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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Term 1 2019

Painting human faces and figures in watercolour #126

Tutor: Tony Belobrajdic

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285

Learn how to paint faces and figures in watercolours, in an impressionistic style. We will learn how to develop strong compositions by creating small size sketches that then progress to final paintings. Tony will give demonstrations and step by step guidance. Photo reference and samples of finished artworks will be provided. Intermediate to advanced level.

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Slip casting worshop #127

Tutor: Chris Suttie

Date: Sunday 17 and 24 February, 3 and 10 March (4 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285.00* incl. firing of work

This workshop is an introduction into making single piece plaster moulds and the poured clay slip cast process. The course will run over 12 hours split into 4 three-hour blocks. In this workshop, students are asked to bring in 2 or 3 objects that they’d like to cast while stipulating a maximum size of 20cm in any one direction. Or they can make a shape in clay to cast from. Functional or sculptural objects can be used to make casts. No experience required.

*Clay can be purchased from Art Centre on the day.

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The art of sketching in watercolour #128

Tutor: Malcolm Carver

Date: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285

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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Collagraph with visiting artist, Kay Watanabe #129

Tutor: Kay Watanabe

Date: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285

In this workshop, participants will learn how to make collagraph prints with artist/printmaker Kay Watanabe. Collagraph is one of the printmaking techniques which does not require harsh chemicals when creating a plate. Participants will learn to make plates through manipulating a sheet of cardboard by gluing paper, strings and other materials on it, and scratching and peeling the surface of it. The plate will then be printed as intaglio and/or relief prints. The workshop will cover such techniques as chine-colle. Suitable for beginners and printmakers with some experience.

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How to overcome the challenges in watercolour - a workshop with Josefia Lemon #130

Tutor: Josefia Lemon

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March (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. Demonstrations will be given throughout the day. References will be provided. This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate students.

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A mixed media workshop - drawing incorporating collage and colour #131

Tutor: Jemma Roberts

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

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285

Fostering experimentation, focusing on ‘the process’ by developing new and unexpected ways of seeing and assembling pattern, line, shape, colour and texture. Focusing on observational drawing from nature to expressive mark making, combining various media including paint, inks and wax, pencils, gouache, watercolour, crayons, charcoal and collaged papers. Different handmade brushes, tools and methods will be used to apply paint and media. Develop confidence to facilitate an enjoyable, intuitive approach to creating work. Prior drawing experience helpful but not necessary.

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Term 2 2019

The art of sketching in watercolour #132

Tutor: Malcolm Carver

Date: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May (2 day workshop)

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285

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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A mixed media workshop - drawing incorporating collage and colour #133

Tutor: Jemma Roberts

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

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285

Fostering experimentation, focusing on ‘the process’ by developing new and unexpected ways of seeing and assembling pattern, line, shape, colour and texture. Focusing on observational drawing from nature to expressive mark making, combining various media including paint, inks and wax, pencils, gouache, watercolour, crayons, charcoal and collaged papers. Different handmade brushes, tools and methods will be used to apply paint and media. Develop confidence to facilitate an enjoyable, intuitive approach to creating work. Prior drawing experience helpful but not necessary.

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Teen art weekend workshop #134

Tutor: Kari Ferguson

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

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $280 incl. materials

This workshop is aimed at teens (12 + years) who are passionate about art, and wish to expand their skills in an intensive weekend environment. Kari, the tutor, will guide you through techniques and styles of art that may be new to you, and help to expand your knowledge. Students will explore imagery and share ideas on how imagery and composition affect the work we create. Students are encouraged to bring in existing work to discuss how it can be pushed further, conceptually. A fun and relaxed space for budding artists.

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Painting still life in watercolour in impressionistic style #135

Tutor: Tony Belobrajdic

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

Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Fee: $285.00

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 - a workshop with Josefia Lemon #136

Tutor: Josefia Lemon

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. Demonstrations will be given throughout the day. References will be provided. This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate students.

Click here to book online