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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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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]

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

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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Glass Bead Making

Glass Bead Making

Glass Bead Making with Chris Pena of Meant to Bead is the only hot glass workshop in the local area. This is a rare opportunity to learn the art of glass bead making in a relaxed safe enviroment with the flaming torch. Every person has the opportunity to make a bracelet, necklace or earings in every class. Additional materials fee $50. View our 1min video at www.meanttobead.com.au What to bring $50 to pay tutor for materials Covered shoes hair tie for long hair Important... [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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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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Four Views Of Byron

Four Views Of Byron

Byron Bay is a town with history, vitality, culture and diversity. Paint four recognisable views of the interesting Byron townscape. Drawing from photo images, you will learn a simple, effective way to sketch a few trees, the outlines of some buildings and maybe even a shorthand way of adding a car or two! Develop your drawing into a black and white watercolour painting. Then try different pictures in colour. Easy step-by-step instruction. Work in your own sketch-book or on... [More]

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Colour Mixing

Colour Mixing

Develop confidence with colour by learning how to mix the colours you want every time, using the double primary mixing system. The colour wheel and the most commonly used colour schemes will be gradually introduced, with the aim of developing a strong foundation in the understanding and use of colour. Experience is gained through practical hands on sessions using coloured paper and gouache(opaque watercolour), with plenty of visual examples to inspire. This workshop is open to... [More]

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Complementary Colours

Complementary Colours

Expand your knowledge of colour by learning how to use complementary colours to great effect. Understand how this dynamic colour scheme is so important when working with your colour palette. Learn how to recognise and use complements when mixing colour, under painting or glazing colour over colour. Working with the medium of gouache (opaque watercolour), we will produce a series of colour studies to take home as a valuable reference for future artworks. Experience is gained through... [More]

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