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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Term 2 2019

Painting still life in watercolour in impressionistic style #135

Tutor: Tony Belobrajdic

Dates: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4:30pm

Fee: $285

Painting still life from actual settings in a studio. We will create storytelling without all the details, capturing the mood, the motion and creating feelings about the subject matter. Demonstrations and step by step parallel painting with students. Impressionistic loose style. Intermediate to advanced level.

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How to overcome the challenges in watercolour - workshop with Susie Murphie #136

Tutor: Susie Murphie
Date: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June (2 day workshop)
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Fee: $285
This workshop aims to simplify some of the fundamental techniques of painting with watercolours and to achieve a sense of distance, using tonal values, colours and shapes; including composition.  emonstrations will be given throughout the day. References will be provided. This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate students.

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Term 3 2019

Texturing and patterning jewellery with the rolling mill #126

Tutor: Susanna Strati

Date: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August  (4 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $560* inc. materials

This intensive jewellery workshop introduces students to the correct use of the jeweller’s rolling mill. It focuses on instructing learners how to texture and pattern metal surfaces to create unique jewellery pieces such as bangles, pendants or brooches. During the workshop students learn to anneal, cut and prepare metal for jewellery items so they can be embellished with surfaces from metal mesh, fabric remnants, lace, natural materials such as leaves and patterns cut from paper stencils. It’s a fun workshop open to beginners and advanced students designed to allow you to complete the course with finished wearable pieces.

*Starter kits with metal sheet, saw blades and emery papers are included in the price.

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Watercolour - dogs, cats and other animals #127

Tutor: Susie Murphie

Date: Saturday 4 August (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $200

Discover how easy it is to create stunning paintings of your pets in watercolour. Dogs, cats, birds and more...you’ll use loose, vibrant paint with minimal detail. And at the end of the day you’ll take home half a dozen or more fabulous paintings. Plenty of images supplied. You can even bring along a little canvas and we will paint on that too. It’s a really fun day.

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Drawing for beginners #128

Tutor: John Wells

Date: Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 August (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $315 inc. 1 model session
This workshop covers the basics of drawing techniques through a practical study of form, shading, colour and perspective. Participants will gain the skills needed to produce a lovely landscape, still life, figure drawing and more. Fun and relaxing, this drawing course for beginners is accessible to anyone wanting to explore their creative potential.

Day one

  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Using shading
  • Drawing from an assembled still life
  • Drawing subjects: plants, flowers, animals and birds

Day two

  • Building and perspective: bring along a photograph of a street at your favourite holiday destination, or an image of an interesting building. You will be amazed at the results!
  • Drawing people and portraits: participants will discuss the rules of proportion of the human body, and begin to look at features of the face, ending in a complete portrait study from a photo of their choice.
  • Life drawing: fun with drawing a life model!

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Drawing and sketching on an apple iPad #129

Tutor: Malcolm Carver

Date: Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 September  (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $300*
Using recent technology the latest Apple iPads are useful to draw and sketch using an Australian App, Procreate. Suitable for beginners up to advanced, the medium can be used for all types of freehand drawing and particularly those wishing to be accomplished in travel sketching. Starting with an image and then a photograph, the course will show you how to gain outlines in layers of shapes. Then discover the lights and darks with the ability to move, merge and add detail. Through learning to see, you will be able to search for tones then add colour from a limited palette. From the course you will become more aware, more confident and improve your ability to discover this unique new medium.

*Students will need to come with their own iPad, with the App installed and preferably with an Apple Pencil.

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Term 4

Portrait sculpture in clay #130

Date: Sunday 13, 20 and 27 October and Sunday 3 November (4 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $560*
Creating true likeness in portrait sculpture requires more skill than just producing features; you must also capture the spirit of your subject. These are aspects of the art many sculptors find difficult. This four day intensive course is for beginners to intermediate students that want to create a lifelike portrait sculpture in clay exploring the anatomy of the face, proportions, features, and expressions. Students will make individual samples of the features eg. eyes, ears, mouth, nose etc; to then fire and keep for reference. A life model will be brought in for one day as our muse.

*Students must purchase a sculpture tool from the teacher for $15 AND clay on the days of the workshop (please bring cash). The tutor will supply armature props.

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Travel sketching #131

Tutor: Susie Murphie

Dates: Sunday 3 October (1 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $200

Improve your travel sketching skills! Susie will simplify the whole process of how to quickly capture a scene. There are a variety of ways to do this and you will work your way through all sorts of exercises to learn them. It’s a fast and furious day where drawing skills are not the priority. You’ll learn how to make the paint look beautiful.

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Drawing for beginners #132

Tutor: John Wells

Dates: Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 October (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $315 Inc. 1 model session

This workshop covers the basics of drawing techniques through a practical study of form, shading, colour and perspective. Participants will gain the skills needed to produce a lovely landscape, still life, figure drawing and more. Fun and relaxing, this drawing course for beginners is accessible to anyone wanting to explore their creative potential.

Day one

  • Drawing basic shapes
  • Using shading
  • Drawing from an assembled still life
  • Drawing subjects: plants, flowers, animals and birds

Day two

  • Building and perspective: bring along a photograph of a street at your favourite holiday destination, or an image of an interesting building. You will be amazed at the results!
  • Drawing people and portraits: participants will discuss the rules of proportion of the human body, and begin to look at features of the face, ending in a complete portrait study from a photo of their choice.
  • Life drawing: fun with drawing a life model!

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The art of sketching in watercolour #133

Tutor: Malcolm Carver

Dates: Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 November (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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Drawing with graphite #134

Tutor: Tony Belobrajdic

Dates: Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 November (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $300

Basic drawing methods and composition will be taught in this exciting workshop. The drawing with graphite method will start with a pencil and graphite bar sketch, and finished with brush and water. Because graphite is water soluble, your drawing will be ‘transformed’ into tonal watercolour. Charcoal will be used only for adding darkest accents. This technique is easier to control than traditional watercolours and simpler because it is tonal - black and white only. It is great for studies, sketches, or it can be a finished detailed drawing. Some drawing experience required.

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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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