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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.

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Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

Art Journaling is a wonderful tool for anyone newly entering or re-entering, their creativity. It combines the excitement of mixed media with the benefits of journaling. Collaging, painting, doodling, and experimenting in an art journal is different from working on a canvas, it can stay as safe and private as you like. Art Journaling is not just for artists. You do not need to know how to draw. For beginners, it is a non-threatening, fun entryway into your creativity. For more... [More]

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

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 “The information on how to make Henna was amazing - I... [More]

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Art In Motion

Art In Motion

Get out and about in this creative art course. Learn new mixed media techniques using photography, drawing and painting taking your idea from concept to completion.... We take cameras and sketchbooks for a walk, looking at shop window displays, streetscapes, cafe culture, clouds, parks, gardens, and dogs. Learning about composition, close focus and distance perspective and cropping photos. We bring these observational sketches or photos back into the studio to develop further... [More]

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Visual Art - Breathing the Land

Visual Art - Breathing the Land

Breathing the Land is an opportunity to join a small group in an experiential research project focusing on deepening our relationship to the landscape we inhabit. This 7 week art practice will incorporate a range of modalities including meditation, walking, observation, drawing, painting and assemblage. We will make use of materials from the landscape to respond to country, drawing with local ochres, dyeing paper with local botanicals, fuelling our visual responses with local... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)

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Paint The Australian Outback

Paint The Australian Outback

Uluru, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) symbolise the grandeur and mystery of the Australian landscape. Harry will demonstrate ways to represent the majestic forms, vast distances, brilliant light and mesmerising colours of this quintessential Australian landscape. Using drawing and watercolour, you will learn to apply and control washes of colour, simplify the painting of rocks and hills, and depict the textures of gumtrees and spinifex. If you have been or still... [More]

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Drawing Basics

Drawing Basics

Learn some basic skills and techniques that enable you to observe and put down on paper a convincing picture of the objects you see in the world around you. Develop your sensitivity in using proportion, line and light and shade to express your visual ideas with greater clarity. All you need is pencil and paper! What to bring Charcoal pencils; Paper: A3 or bigger Materials available from tutor at cost price if prefered Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will... [More]

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Oil Painting Basics

Oil Painting Basics

Keep it simple! Learn to paint from real objects, not photos. Concentrating on tone, we will paint a few simple, single objects: an apple, a cup, a teapot – or bring your own object. We will use light and shade to give a strong illusion of reality. This will provide a solid foundation for good still-life, portrait or landscape painting. What to bring Own canvas, palette, brushes and oil paint if you already have them. Otherwise materials can be purchased during the first lesson for... [More]

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Watercolour In Black And White

Watercolour In Black And White

‘Tone does the work, colour gets the credit’ is an expression often used by artists. Learn to paint beautiful watercolours by painting tone with just one colour: Black! Create beautiful effects of light and dark; develop fresh, fluid wash effects and strong dynamic pictures. Demonstrations and guided exercises will improve your skills and confidence. Become better equipped to express the beauty of colour through this workshop in black and white. What we will cover in the course... [More]

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Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

Join us in the Laneway studio to experience the beauty and joy of natural Botanical Dyeing. Using nature as our colour tools, we will discover the simple techniques of natural dyeing, cooking up a visual feast with local plants to release the colours and patterns of nature. We will experiment dying watercolour paper with a variety of plants to achieve stunning results. All materials supplied. What to bring Own refreshments and lunch Important information Once your enrolment is... [More]

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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.