Weekend and short courses


Art workshops for adults

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. Professional artists teach interesting workshops throughout the year and fresh ideas and techniques are taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Students are required to bring their own art materials however some materials are provided.

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 2020

Painting Watercolours Freestyle #129

Painting ‘Alla Prima’ refers to the method of painting in one application and without retouching. It is an Italian term meaning direct or at once.  The tutor will simplify this method into four distinct steps, which produces fresh and impressionistic looking watercolours painted quickly without layering and overpainting. Two demonstrations daily. Various subjects.

Sunday November 1 and Sunday November 8, 10am - 4.30pm 

Tutor - Tony Belobrajdic. $320 for 2-day workshop

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Watercolour Flowers #130

Learn to paint flowers with impact and vibrancy in a loose, confident style. Susie will teach you simple drawing skills that will impact anything and everything that you draw. She will show you how to mix beautiful colours from a limited palette, and how to fine tune your painting skills so you produce beautiful, transparent watercolour. Students will also address the problem of putting in a background and how to make it effective and relevant to the subject. With all this you will produce stunning flower paintings.

Sunday November 15 and Sunday November 22, 10am - 4.30pm 

Tutor - Susie Murphie. $320 for 2-day workshop

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The Art of Sketching in Watercolour #131

Artist and architect Malcolm Carver is obsessed with watercolour painting, drawing and teaching. This workshop is a must for travelling artists who like to keep a visual journal. From beginners to the accomplished, Malcolm will inspire those wanting to use pencil, watercolour and pen to produce travel journals.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November, 10am - 4.30pm

Tutor - Malcolm Carver. $320 for 2-day workshop

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Mixed Media - Alcohol Ink Background #132

Mixed media - alcohol ink background workshop with Vikki Jackson is where you’ll enjoy the vibrancy and beauty of alcohol inks used as a base which is both quick and fun. Vikki will then show you how to apply different materials including stencils, tissue paper and decorative trim to produce a beautiful, original piece of art.

Sunday 29 November and Sunday 6 December, 10am - 4.30pm 

Tutor -  Vikki Jackson. $320 for 2-day workshop

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Summer school 2021

Week Life Drawing Intensive #70

Develop longer drawings from a life model and explore the vitality and expressiveness of the human form. Be bold, expressive and totally involved in the life drawing process.

Suitable for advanced and beginner artists willing to work hard, experiment and extend themselves during the 5-day workshop.

Monday January 4 - Friday January 8 2021, 10am - 4.30pm 

Tutor - Paul Miller. $635 for 5-day workshop (including 5 model sessions)

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Painting Portraits in Oils or Mixed Media #71

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 1 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 2 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.

Saturday January 9 - Monday January 11 2021, 10am - 4.30pm

Tutor - Stephanie Galloway-Brown. $390 for 3-day workshop (Including 1 model session)

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