Weekend and short courses

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The Art Centre offers classes for all levels of experience and ability. Our classes are held in light, airy studios providing a stimulating atmosphere in which to work. For more information on our kids, teens or adult day and night term classes contact the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre on 9424 0310 or artcentre@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

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Click here to download a copy of the semester 1 2018 program (pdf. 2MB)

Term 2

Rock guitar workshop #133

Tutor: Eugene Mitchell

Date: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $280

This Rock Guitar workshop is for someone who has had from 18 months to 2 years of guitar playing experience, has developed a working knowledge of bar chords and power chords, and can play in the open position the following chords; major, minor and 7th chords.

This workshop will be multi layered, starting with learning rock songs, then working on your rock techniques by using musical exampled to develop rhythm guitar playing and soloing skills. This course aims to provide an interesting selection of Rock, Punk, Metal, Ska and Pop from around the world, ranging from the modern through to the classics.

Term 3

Enamelling on copper #126

Tutor: Jane Tadrist

Date: Saturday 28 July (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $180

Work with a copper base and opaque powdered vitreous enamels fired in a special kiln. Powdered enamel can be used in a range of ways; find out how to prepare metal, apply layers of glass powder to copper and complete with a decorative finish. Various contemporary decorative techniques will be shown and you can create 2-3 pieces during the day. No experience required.

Note: this workshop is not suitable for pregnant women or those with breathing difficulties due to the fine powder enamel.

Watercolour bootcamp #127

Tutor: Susie Murphie

Date: Sunday 29 July (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $180

Learn the rules of watercolour to make your work look wonderful. Tutor, Susie Murphie will show you how to get the paint down so it is transparent and beautiful. Create confidentially with the least amount of effort, following Susie’s steps....it’s only tricky if you don’t know the rules!

Sculpture worshop #128

Tutor: Helen Leete

Date: Sunday 5 August (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $200 inc. model

Ideal for sculptors who carve marble, sandstone, steatite or timber, but all techniques and media will be considered. Work during daylight using the outdoor space and some equipment. Also suited to those who need space to create mixed media assemblages. A model in the pottery room will be available for students who want to begin with a clay maquette to carve or simply as an exercise. Some experience is required for those wanting to carve stone.

Students must supply their own stone; a few blocks of sandstone are available which can be used at no cost. For those carving with serpentine, steatite or soapstone contact the tutor for supplier details.

Slow-stitched apron workshop #129

Tutor: Rhonda Pryor

Date: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $280*

Save the environment and enjoy hand-stitching your heart out making a crossback apron for household or garden work using an assortment of old and discarded fabrics. Some machine sewing, cutting and assembling but lots of time for decorative stitching along the way, plus good conversation of course! Bring along fabric such as old doilies, tablecloths, jeans, etc. or use some from the tutor. If you have embroidery or fabric scissors please bring them along.

*Please note: $30 cash materials fee for thread and cloth to be given to the tutor on the day.

Sculpting a head - towards portraiture #130

Tutor: Richard Byrnes

Date: Sunday 2 and Sunday 9 September (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $320 inc. firing of work

Have fun learning how to construct the human head in clay and modelling facial features. Bring along large, clear profile and frontal A4 photographs of your subject to assist. The clay head will be hollowed with a view to drying and firing at a later date. All clay, tools and equipment included in cost. No experience required and beginners are welcome.

The art of sketching in watercolour #131

Tutor: Malcolm Carver

Date: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $295

An artist and architect, Malcolm Carver is obsessed with watercolour painting, drawing and teaching. His passion for architecture is matched by a keen interest in sketching, video and photography. This workshop is a must for travelling artists who like to keep a visual journal. Reference material will be available to hone your skills in every aspect of the medium. For beginners to the accomplished, Malcolm will inspire those wanting to use pencil, watercolour and pen to produce competent illustrations and work for travel journals.

Term 4

Watercolour bootcamp #132

Tutor: Susie Murphie

Date: Sunday 21 October (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $180

Learn the rules of watercolour to make your work look wonderful. Tutor, Susie Murphie will show you how to get the paint down so it is transparent and beautiful. Create confidentially with the least amount of effort, following Susie’s steps....it’s only tricky if you don’t know the rules!

Sculpture worshop #133

Tutor: Helen Leete

Date: Sunday 4 November (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $200 inc. model

Ideal for sculptors who carve marble, sandstone, steatite or timber, but all techniques and media will be considered. Work during daylight using the outdoor space and some equipment. Also suited to those who need space to create mixed media assemblages. A model in the pottery room will be available for students who want to begin with a clay maquette to carve or simply as an exercise. Some experience is required for those wanting to carve stone.

Students must supply their own stone; a few blocks of sandstone are available which can be used at no cost. For those carving with serpentine, steatite or soapstone contact the tutor for supplier details.

Making a mindful totebag workshop #134

Tutor: Rhonda Pryor

Date: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $280*

Spend a weekend indulging in contemplative hand-stitching as you create a unique, fully lined, and beautiful tote bag from an assortment of eco-dyed fabric and recycled cloth. Play with colours, textures and composition, learn new stitches or create variations with one stitch. Some machine sewing and cutting and assembling is involved. Lots of time for

decorative and other stitching along the way, plus good conversation of course! Bring along fabric such as old doilies, tablecloths, jeans, etc. or use some from the tutor. If you have embroidery or fabric scissors please bring them along.

*Please note: $20 cash materials fee for thread and cloth to be given to the tutor on the day.

Carving the female torso #135

Tutor: Richard Byrnes

Date: Sunday 25 November and Sunday 2 December (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $320*

The female torso is a recurring timeless theme in art. Learn to carve the female form to create a permanent garden sculpture or interior piece. Initially a clay maquette is modelled to provide a direction for the finished piece. Instruction is provided in mapping out forms and carving techniques. We will work in Hebel which is easily carved and can be brought to a fine finish. No previous experience is required and beginners are welcome.

*All clay, tools and materials are included in course cost.

The art of sketching in watercolour #136

Tutor: Malcolm Carver

Date: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $295

An artist and architect, Malcolm Carver is obsessed with watercolour painting, drawing and teaching. His passion for architecture is matched by a keen interest in sketching, video and photography. This workshop is a must for travelling artists who like to keep a visual journal. Reference material will be available to hone your skills in every aspect of the medium. For beginners to the accomplished, Malcolm will inspire those wanting to use pencil, watercolour and pen to produce competent illustrations and work for travel journals.