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Visual Arts courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Become a visual artist or designer, or simply explore your own creativity through our engaging, informative and enjoyable Visual Arts courses.

Study design and visual art through one of our nationally-recognised short courses and workshops. You’ll learn key techniques with experienced tutors that will help you to realise your artistic potential. Our courses are also the perfect launchpad for further professional training in visual art.

Our short courses cover a diverse range of arts and design subjects, including:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Journaling
  • Screen Printing
  • Art History
  • Pottery
  • Design

Courses are hosted at both our Byron Bay and Mullumbimby campuses. Learn more through the individual course outlines below.

Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

Join us in the Laneway studio to experience the beauty and joy of natural Botanical Dyeing. Using nature as our colour tools, we will discover the simple techniques of natural dyeing, cooking up a visual feast with local plants to release the colours and patterns of nature. We will experiment dying watercolour paper with a variety of plants to achieve stunning results. All materials supplied. What to bring Own refreshments and lunch Important information Once your enrolment is... [More]

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Oil Painting Basics

Oil Painting Basics

Keep it simple! Learn to paint from real objects, not photos. Concentrating on tone, we will paint a few simple, single objects: an apple, a cup, a teapot – or bring your own object. We will use light and shade to give a strong illusion of reality. This will provide a solid foundation for good still-life, portrait or landscape painting. What to bring Own canvas, palette, brushes and oil paint if you already have them. Otherwise materials can be purchased during the first lesson for... [More]

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Goddess Mixed Media

Goddess Mixed Media

Always wanted to learn how to draw faces, in a beautiful and unique way? The Goddess Mixed Media course does just that, incorporates drawing faces with mixed media. Spend some time learning to draw a face and getting proportion and shape correct. Faces can be a lot of fun to draw and I have a foolproof way of showing you how to achieve a lovely result. We then paint the image using mixed media techniques. This is a fun engaging class of drawing, painting, and being creative. Step... [More]

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Watercolour In Black And White

Watercolour In Black And White

‘Tone does the work, colour gets the credit’ is an expression often used by artists. Learn to paint beautiful watercolours by painting tone with just one colour: Black! Create beautiful effects of light and dark; develop fresh, fluid wash effects and strong dynamic pictures. Demonstrations and guided exercises will improve your skills and confidence. Become better equipped to express the beauty of colour through this workshop in black and white. What we will cover in the course... [More]

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Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

Art Journaling - Ignite Your Creativity

Art Journaling is a wonderful tool for anyone newly entering or re-entering, their creativity. It combines the excitement of mixed media with the benefits of journaling. Collaging, painting, doodling, and experimenting in an art journal is different from working on a canvas, it can stay as safe and private as you like. Art Journaling is not just for artists. You do not need to know how to draw. For beginners, it is a non-threatening, fun entryway into your creativity. For more... [More]

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A Brush With Italy

A Brush With Italy

Have you had a memorable trip to Italy or do you dream of holidaying there one day? Or just love the thought of the country? We will paint and explore a variety of subjects and watercolour techniques: wet-in-wet, drybrush and glazing etc, as Harry demonstrates painting some Italian scenes from recent trips to Tuscany and Umbria in central Italy. Maybe a view or two of Venice as well. Bellissimo! What to bring Tutor will provide all materials Bring your own lunch and refreshments... [More]

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Painting With Acrylics

Painting With Acrylics

The super power of acrylics is their versatility. Acrylics can be used with various techniques and on a surprising variety of surfaces. In this class we will experiment with different approaches over the four days. While not an introduction to painting per se, the class is suitable for complete beginners, those new to acrylics or who want to explore different ways of using the medium. What to bring • Acrylic Paints: white, cadmium or naphthol red, crimson or magenta, hansa or lemon... [More]

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Drawing Basics

Drawing Basics

Learn some basic skills and techniques that enable you to observe and put down on paper a convincing picture of the objects you see in the world around you. Develop your sensitivity in using proportion, line and light and shade to express your visual ideas with greater clarity. All you need is pencil and paper! What to bring Charcoal pencils; Paper: A3 or bigger Materials available from tutor at cost price if prefered Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will... [More]

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Exploring Etching

Exploring Etching

Explore the process of metal plate etching; with these techniques you will produce lustrous etchings with velvety tones, on fine quality paper. Bring along a drawing for inspiration, and you will have the opportunity to produce a small edition of your own etchings to take home. You will be fascinated by the possibilities etching can offer. What to bring A drawing for inspiration Gloves and apron All materials provided Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will... [More]

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Pottery Introduction

Pottery Introduction

In this introduction to pottery, you will experiment with the fundamental hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building. Using these techniques, you can create a range of forms, varying from functional ware to sculptural. There is so much you can learn and then implement from your own home, the possibilities are endless. This course will use a variety of teaching methods, including one to one tutorials and group demonstrations. Students will receive one to one... [More]

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