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Visual Arts courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Become a visual artist or designer, or simply explore your own creativity through our engaging, informative and enjoyable Visual Arts courses.

Study design and visual art through one of our nationally-recognised short courses and workshops. You’ll learn key techniques with experienced tutors that will help you to realise your artistic potential. Our courses are also the perfect launchpad for further professional training in visual art.

Our short courses cover a diverse range of arts and design subjects, including:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Journaling
  • Screen Printing
  • Art History
  • Pottery
  • Design

Courses are hosted at both our Byron Bay and Mullumbimby campuses. Learn more through the individual course outlines below.

A student experience: Suzi Lechner

"Art and creativity has been a continued passion of mine since early childhood. Because I started a family at a young age tertiary education was not an option for many years, plus the logistics of long distance travel for further study also provided too many obstacles. With the discovery that the Byron Community collage offers a Certificate III course in Visual Arts I was compelled to sign up and without a doubt it was the best decision I could have ever made.

This has been a year filled with sustenance for my soul. To be fully immersed in the creative process over a wide range of mediums, under the guidance of such knowledgeable and supportive teachers, amongst a group of fellow students from a wide range of backgrounds, all in the local town of Mullumbimby. I feel very blessed to have had such an opportunity, both challenging and highly rewarding on a technical and personal level. I would recommend this course to others who may have a desire for creative expression."

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Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain

Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain

For those who think they can’t draw! This course will teach you how to draw what you see, not what your brain thinks is there. We will be utilising exercises from Betty Edwards' famous book amongst others. You will also be given some practical tips on how to draw people and faces. We will be using pencil, pen and charcoal. You will be surprised and proud of what you can do! For reference buy the book Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain by Betty Edwards. What to bring 2B pencils... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Discover the joy of designing and printing your own images onto fabric, paper or timber in this weekend workshop suitable for beginners, or the more experienced artist. All processes of screen-printing will be covered, including the art of photo-emulsion application, stripping your screen, and printing with solvent-free inks onto your choice of materials: from t-shirts and textiles to paper and plywood. The weekend will give you plenty of time to get your design photographically... [More]
$180 Limited inc GST / $162
Screen Printing

<p>Discover the joy of designing and printing your own images onto fabric, paper or timber in this weekend workshop suitable for beginners, or the more experienced artist. All processes of

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Henna - Sacred Body Art

Henna - Sacred Body Art

This workshop will show you how to create your own beautiful henna designs and introduce you to the sacred body art of henna. You will learn about the different styles of henna from around the world and have the opportunity to practice your skills with pre-prepared organic materials. Additional materials $20. What to bring $20 to pay tutor Henna kits can be be purchased on the day Own refreshments Feedback from Past Students “Really happy with what I learnt today. So much nicer &... [More]

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Producing Public Art In Byron

Producing Public Art In Byron

This course is for artists and sculptors who wish to take their work to the public realm. Having your 3D art on a street corner or in a public park, or on the grounds of a museum or a resort, involves a whole other set of skills, often not associated with making art; risk assessments, engineering to council standards, collaborating with council and specialists, creating a secure worksite and having an understanding of civil works. Your creative process is also not entirely your own... [More]

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A Brush With Italy

A Brush With Italy

Have you had a memorable trip to Italy or do you dream of holidaying there at some time in the future? Or just love the thought of the country? Would you like to turn your Italian photo memories into watercolour paintings? Harry will teach a variety of watercolour techniques as he demonstrates painting some Italian scenes from his recent painting trip to the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany in central Italy. Bring some of your own photos of Italy too! What to bring One sheet (or... [More]

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Felt And Plant Dye Bundling

Felt And Plant Dye Bundling

This fun, felt making course will introduce beginners and advanced felt makers alike to the process of felting on silk substrates, so that light weight but strong felt is produced. This will then be dyed using a technique called plant bundle dyeing which uses eucalyptus dye and leaves. You will take home two light weight felted bundle dyed scarves and several samples. Additional materials $40. What to bring an old towel a 1.5 m piece of old nylon curtain from op shop a bucket of... [More]

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Stitch Drawing

Stitch Drawing

This workshop consolidates our learning into a beautiful artwork combining naturally dyed samples with creative stitch. Create a personal stitched story from all your lovely textured fabrics samples. You will combine fabrics, deconstruct and reconstruct, learn how to use a range of traditional and free form embroidery stitches for samplers and to create texture, surface treatment and line, overlay and juxtapose to tell a personal story. Additional materials $30/$40 What to bring... [More]

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Drawing In The Park

Drawing In The Park

Drawing and Painting outside is a great way to relax and observe the details of nature. We will be based in Heritage Park in Mullumbimby and will meet in the studio first to explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques. We will make short trips out into the park throughout the day, regrouping in the studio to refresh ourselves and check on progress made. The tutor will demonstrate various ways of using Graphite pencils, felt tipped pens, watercolour and gouache (opaque... [More]

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Dyeing With Eucalyptus

Dyeing With Eucalyptus

Fall in love with the beautiful colours created through dyeing with some of our native eucalyptus species which give great permanent colour to various silks and wools. In this fun hands on workshop you will get to experiment with different techniques and take home two eucalyptus shibori dyed scarves and several samples. Additional materials $40 What to bring bucket washing up gloves pen $40 to pay tutor for materials own refreshments/lunch Important information Once your enrolment... [More]

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Studio Portraiture: Special Effects Lighting

Studio Portraiture: Special Effects Lighting

In this NEW small group, practical workshop, students will create fun, artistic and unique portrait & self-portrait photographs in the studio, using their DSLR camera, tripod and specialised lighting (lighting supplied by Caroline). During the afternoon & evening session, learn about long exposure photography and portraiture special effects lighting techniques while venturing outside your comfort zone. You will discover how to see in exciting and creative ways, experimenting with a... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.