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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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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]

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

Visual Art - Dreaming in Colour

Visual Art - Dreaming in Colour

Have you often imagined you might like painting but not been sure how to start? If you are a complete beginner, if you have painted in the past but want a refresher course or if you simply want to be making art with the camaraderie of colleagues, this course will cover the basics – how to mix colour and understand hue, value, saturation and temperature to compose satisfying mages. Week by week this class will step you through a process to help you paint expressively and develop... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to basic workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG02)
  • Use oral communication skills to participate in workplace teams (FSKOCM06)
  • Engage in basic spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM02)

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

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 8 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.
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)

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

Visual Art - Plant Life Drawing

This 8 week course will focus on drawing plants from life in a variety of mediums, inspired by the botanical work of several famous artists. The morning session will focus on drawing and the afternoon session will involve experimenting with mixed media, including cut and paste collage, printmaking and constructing compositions for painting. You don’t need to know how to draw for this course - it is for anyone (from complete beginners to experienced artists) who is inspired by the... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Identify strategies to respond to basic workplace problems (FSKLRG02)
  • Write simple informal workplace texts (FSKWTG04)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace procedures (FSKRDG05)

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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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Create A Beautiful Handmade Journal  - Book Binding - Online Class

Create A Beautiful Handmade Journal - Book Binding - Online Class

Create a personalised, handmade journal or sketchbook as we re-discover the art of Coptic bookbinding, one of the oldest bookbinding techniques. This one day course will give you the skills to make your own beautiful journals at home, ideal for all those special musings, art journals or treasured gifts. What to bring 1 A4 pad of watercolour paper/ or mixed media paper 25 sheets approx 200 gsm Two pieces A4 thick cardboard, called box board. We can stick cereal packets together to... [More]

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Watercolour Magic - Two Little Birds - Online Class

Watercolour Magic - Two Little Birds - Online Class

This two hour, online workshop offers you some simple relaxing watercolour techniques to help you get creative, have fun and watch the magic appear. What is required watercolour paints – cheap ones are fine, whatever you have at home 2 to 3 x A4 sheets watercolour paper – 300 gsm is best couple of watercolour brushes masking tape craft knife 2 to 3 x A4 pieces of card (black is good) glue and ribbons This is an online class learn from the comfort of your own home, this class will... [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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Creating Memorable Photo Books

Creating Memorable Photo Books

It may be your family history, or a concept for a children’s book. Learn how to develop that idea using the latest in easy-to-use digital publishing software to make it into a book. You’ll have two tutors to help you develop the idea and make it a reality. You will need basic computer skills, a selection of images and a laptop if you have one. After just two days, your book will be on the way to the printers! Course costs exclude digital book publishing costs. What to bring:... [More]

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