Weekend and short courses

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Art workshops for adults

What's on offer?

The Art Centre offers art classes for all levels of experience and ability. Our classes are held in light, airy studios providing a stimulating atmosphere in which to work. Professional artists teach interesting workshops throughout the year and fresh ideas and techniques are taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere. These weekend workshops are a great way to meet new friends or where you can share an arty experience with a like-minded friend or family member.

Students are required to bring their own art materials however some materials are provided. See below for more information on each workshop.

Need help choosing a class?

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 the Semester 1 brochure for 2020

 

January Summer School 2020

Painting portraits in oils or mixed media #70

Tutor: Stephanie Galloway-Brown
Dates: Friday 3 - Sunday 5 January 2020 (3 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $375 inc. 1 model session

Students can choose to paint either a realistic facial portrait from the life model and reference in oils, or a loosely stated freestyle portrait in acrylic or mixed media. The tutor will also demonstrate along the way. Day one focuses on the drawing, composition and construction of a tonal underpainting, rendering a good foundation to build your portrait and strengthening your observational skills. Day two focuses on how to set out a basic oil colour palette for mixing skin tones, fine tuning tonal values and rendering form. Day 3 students
can either continue to achieve a realistic portrait or focus on more loosely, energetic freestyle portraiture, utilising mixed media.
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Week life drawing intensive #71

Tutor: Paul Miller
Dates: Monday 6 - Friday 10 January 2020 (5 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $620 inc. model sessions

Develop a number of longer drawings from a life model, exploring the vitality and expressiveness of the human form. Experiment with all sorts of media to build up drawing skills, develop your personal approach and further your understanding of the life model. Be bold, be expressive and be totally involved in the life drawing process. Suitable for advanced and beginner artists, but be prepared to work hard for the week.

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Art entrée #72

Tutor: Kevin McKay
Dates: Wednesday 8 - Friday 10 January 2020 (3 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $420*

Is 2020 the year you are going to be creative but you don’t know what you are going to do? You are faced with materials lists which don’t make sense and once you have made the investment - will you like it? Try Art Entrée! Art Entrée is a three day workshop where the materials are included. You will get to have hands-on experience in charcoal, ink, pastel, acrylic, oils and watercolour. The different skills and techniques required will be explained, and exercises included. There will also be time for you to explore a chosen medium more thoroughly.

Day 1 Drawing basics - Learn how to draw from still life with accurate proportions and to use tone to model 3D form. (Pencil, charcoal and pastels).

Day 2 Fluid media - Explore the gentle tones and colours of ink and watercolour.

Day 3 Painting - Introduction to painting with traditional oil paint and versatile acrylic.

* Most materials provided! Great value workshop. Would make an excellent gift for the aspiring artist.

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Term 1 2020

Plen air Workshop #126

Tutor: Lyn Woodger Grant
Dates: Sunday 16 and Sunday 23 February (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

Discover the pleasure of directly sketching and painting from nature - ‘plein air’. Learn about the significant contribution made by the Impressionists in capturing the changing effects of light and colour, which continue to influence artists today. There will also be a ‘plein air’ landscape demonstration outdoors. Suitable for most levels including Year 11 - 12 students.

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Watercolour bootcamp #127

Tutor: Susie Murphie
Dates: Sunday 1 and Sunday 8 March (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

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. Confidently create in watercolour with the least amount of effort, following Susie’s steps... it’s only tricky if you don’t know the rules!

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Cynotype printing #128

Tutor: Eleanor Amiradaki
Dates: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

Explore cyanotype printing - one of the oldest photographic processes, which uses the natural light of the sun. Cyanotypes were made famous by Anna Atkins who was considered the first female photographer. You’ll learn how to prepare paper, create exposures and develop prints in natural solutions. Since each print is handmade, tones will give subtle variations ranging from light blue hues to deep indigos. Work with a range of fine art papers and explore various compositions to develop a body of work over the weekend.

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Drawing and sketching on an Apple iPad #129

Tutor: Malcolm Carver
Dates: Sunday 22 and Sunday 29 March (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300
Learn how to use your Apple iPad to draw and sketch using the Procreate app. This can be used for all types of freehand drawing and is particularly suited to travel sketching. Starting with an image and then a photograph, the course shows you how to produce outlines in layers of shapes, then light and dark tones with the ability to move, merge and add detail. You will learn to search for tones then add colour from a limited palette. The course teaches you how to use this unique new art medium with confidence.
*Students must bring their own iPad with the app installed and preferably an Apple pencil.

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Term 2 2020

The art of sketching in watercolour #130

Tutor: Malcolm Carver
Dates: Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 May (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

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.

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Acoustic guitar workshop - Exploring musical diversity #131

Tutor: Eugene Mitchell
Dates: Saturday 16 May (1 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $200*

Take your rhythm guitar and lead solos to new levels of musical expertise. We will be looking at scales, modes, arpeggios, shredding, drop D tuning, Punk, Folk, Metal, World Music, Rock, Blues, songs, solos, and riffs. Explore solo playing over chord progressions, guitar strumming patterns
from a variety of musical styles, ear training, songwriting and practising Rut Busters - proven to help your home practice routine!
*Bring a pad and pen, guitar, guitar pick and music stand (not essential but helpful).

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Watercolour bootcamp #132

Tutor: Susie Murphie
Dates: Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 May (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

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. Confidently create in watercolour with the least amount of effort, following Susie’s steps... it’s only tricky if you don’t know the rules!

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Cynotype printing #133

Tutor: Eleanor Amiradaki
Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

Explore cyanotype printing - one of the oldest photographic processes, which uses the natural light of the sun. Cyanotypes were made famous by Anna Atkins who was considered the first female photographer. You’ll learn how to prepare paper, create exposures and develop prints in natural solutions. Since each print is handmade, tones will give subtle variations ranging from light blue hues to deep indigos. Work with a range of fine art papers and explore various compositions to develop a body of work over the weekend.

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Exploring portraiture #134

Tutor: Lyn Woodger Grant
Dates: Sunday 14 and Sunday 21 June (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $300

Combining history and practice, this weekend workshop will teach you portraiture through basic techniques such as cross-hatching, plus the importance of structure, light and proportion. There will be discussions on anatomy and interesting portraits and a painting session using Rembrandt’s colour palette. Suitable for most levels including Year 11 - 12 students.

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