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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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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]

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Painting From Nature

Painting From Nature

Gouache is opaque watercolour yielding rich velvety surfaces that can be used onto black and toned paper. It is a versatile medium that can be used in conjunction with other drawing and painting media, and is a great portable paint to have with you when travelling. We will paint from natural objects brought into the studio, which is a very relaxing way to connect with the natural world. A variety of gouache painting techniques will be explored using an assortment of brushes and we... [More]

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Pottery Introduction

Pottery Introduction

This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn basic techniques in handbuilding and wheel work. Both of these creative processes are beautiful and quite different in nature. You will have a “taste” of both worlds and finish your own handmade pieces. Additional materials $70 plus firing costs. In this course you will get the opportunity to learn and experience: Introduction of clay types and preparation for wheel throwing and hand building Basic skill of throwing on the... [More]

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Watercolour Still-Life

Watercolour Still-Life

Learn to paint some realistic, every day, household objects in simple tones. With the use of light and shadow to make objects look three-dimensional, we will arrange our subjects to make appealing picture compositions and mix the three primary colours to create interesting artworks. Your projects will involve at least one floral painting. Initially, we will work from a range of photographs and finish by painting objects from life! Extensive instruction will be given on drawing,... [More]

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Still-Life In Oils

Still-Life In Oils

In this course you will develop a basic understanding of light and shadow to realistically represent some simple everyday objects with oil paints on canvas. Mix simplified tones and basic colours and learn about different techniques and use of materials. Keep it simple! Learn to paint a few small realistic paintings of different everyday objects. Our first painting will be a simple black and white subject and then, with just three colours, we will develop a few useful techniques in... [More]

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Watercolour Wild

Watercolour Wild

Splotches, dribbles, backwashes and splashes can be exciting surprises for a watercolourist. Instead of forcing the paint into preconceived outcomes, this course is fun, experimental and creative. Like gazing at moving shapes in the clouds, Ri shows you how to create gorgeous colourful paintings, abstract or impressionistic, out of what can happen when you let go and trust this vibrant medium. What to bring PAINTS: prussian blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium red, permanent rose, lemon... [More]

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Acrylic Adventures

Acrylic Adventures

Standing in front of a canvas can feel daunting. Ri shows how to jump in and experiment with brushwork, colours, textures and shapes – allowing a painting to appear before your eyes. Then it’s just a matter of taking it in the direction you like, whether abstract or impressionistic. Great for beginners and also experienced. You will come away with something you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. What to bring ACRYLIC PAINTS: white, black, crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, lemon... [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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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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