Weekend and short courses


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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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.

January Summer School

Week life drawing intensive #70

Tutor: Paul Miller

Date: Wednesday 2 - Sunday 6 January 2019 (5 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $550 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 drawers, but be prepared to work hard for the week.

Art entrée #71

Tutor: Kevin McKay

Date: Wednesday 2 - Friday 4 January 2019 (3 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $370*

Is 2019 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, graphite, 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.

Art Entrée is a platter of mediums from which you can choose and is under the expert tutelage of Kevin McKay, an experienced teacher and artist. For the absolute beginner and the undecided.

Day 1 AM: Drawing - charcoal/graphite PM: Pastel/watercolour

Day 2 AM: Acrylics PM: Oils

Day 3 AM: Pastel/watercolour PM: Self Directed - using any of the above

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

Painting portrait, oils or mixed media - New Workshop! #72

Tutor: Stephanie Galloway-Brown

Date: Saturday 5 - Monday 7 January 2019 (3 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $320

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.