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Art Classes for Beginners

Classes listed as suitable for Absolute Beginner assume no prior art training. These are great classes if you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since school, or have never picked one up! Suitable also for those who are quite to painting and are still developing foundation skills. Enthusiasm is the key!

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Drawing in Colour | Ochre Lawson

A fun and relaxed drawing class for anyone who would like to learn to draw with a wide range of drawing media including charcoal, pencils, ink, watercolour and pastels. Ochre will demonstrate different techniques and lead the class in a variety of structured exercises designed to loosen you up. Over the 8 week term, students will learn : to draw a range of subject matter including the still life, urban and natural landscape, interiors, objects and the figure about observing and... [More]
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Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to those with prior experience | Suitable for new and continuing students with new subject matter and exercises each term.
No classes public holiday Monday 12 June, additional class runs Monday 26 June
Maximum of 12 students in all our classes
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Price excludes art materials | Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to those with prior experience | Suitable for new and continuing students with new subject matter and exercises each term
Maximum of 12 students in all our classes

Watercolour Painting Open Studio | Tanya Baily

This class is designed for those new to watercolours or those with prior experience. In this relaxed and friendly class, students bring their own ideas and subject matter to paint. This makes the class ideal for those with specific projects in mind, whether you want to paint portraits, to landscapes and beyond. It is also a perfect class for those new to Watercolour painting wanting to gather some techniques and gain confidence through simple exercises. Students can expect to learn... [More]
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Price includes most materials but there are some items to bring | Suitable for anyone who wants to paint with watercolours | High School Students are encouraged to attend this class
Maximum of 12 students in all our classes

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Painting for Everyone - Oils or Acrylics | Nicole Kelly

In this evening painting course you can expect to gain much from Nicole’s dynamic and vibrant painting style. Over the 8 week course, students will learn painting techniques across a range of genres including landscapes (Nicole’s particular interest), interiors and still life. Students will: learn approaches to applying paint and mark making learn about classical and modern master painters learn to bring colour, light and energy into paintings learn about composition, colour... [More]
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Price excludes materials | Suitable for enthusiastic beginners and those with prior experience | Suitable for new and continuing students

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Foundations of Art | Acrylic Painting for Beginners | Sally Mowbray (daytime)

Anyone can learn to paint, and this guided step by step acrylic painting class is the perfect starting point. Each week you will learn new painting techniques and build your skills and confidence gradually. By working from simple subject matter, students will: learn about acrylic paints and materials learn the fundamentals painting skills of tone and composition learn different ways of applying paint learn how to organize your palette, name, mix and match colours enjoy discovering... [More]
Foundations of Art | Acrylic Painting for Beginners | Sally Mowbray (daytime)
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Price excludes materials | Suitable for absolute beginners | New and continuing students welcome
Maximum of 12 students in all our classes

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Watercolour Painting for Everyone | Gina Bruce

Take a step into the magical world of watercolours in this 8 week course with Gina Bruce. We are pleased to welcome Gina to Art Est. in 2017. Gina has been teaching watercolours for 10 years, including at the National Art School. She has a reputation for her ethereal watercolour and acrylic paintings and reguarly exhibits her work at Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney. Over the 8 weeks you will learn the joys of the tricky medium of watercolour including both traditional watercolour... [More]
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Price excludes materials | Suitable for any level beginner and beyond | Suitable for new and continuing students
Maximum of 12 students in all our classes

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Oil Painting Made Easy! | Kevin McKay

This workshop demystifies traditional materials and methods, and leads students through the essential skills of objective painting with a series of still life tonal studies. You will learn how to paint objects from life in correct proportion, the secrets of perspective and how to render the effect of light and shadow that will bring convincing 3-D illusion to your canvas. Is this course right for me? This class is designed for those new to painting, artists wishing to refresh their... [More]
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Price includes most art materials | Suitable for beginners

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Painting under the Influence with Kevin McKay

For centuries artists have learned to paint by copying the masters. Kevin McKay will help you learn to paint and develop your skills by replicating the methods and processes of the historical and contemporary greats. With his guidance you will apply these methods to your own original composition, learn about the lives of the artists and the characteristics of that period. Is this course right for me? This class is for beginners or those with experience in other paint mediums who... [More]
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Fee EXCLUDES materials. Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to more experienced artists.

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Printmaking Made Easy Three Ways with Karen Ball

Over a series of four lessons students will be shown three forms of printmaking: collagraph, dry point and copper sulphate etching of aluminium which are easy to continue at home. Techniques will be demonstrated, instruction sheets provided and most requirements supplied within the course fee. This short course is suitable for students who want to try printmaking or have had minimal printmaking experience. Students should bring along any ideas, in the form of drawings, their own... [More]
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Price includes most materials | suitable for beginners to more experienced artists. No printmaking experience required. Maximum 10 students in printmaking classes.

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All that Shimmers Isn't Gold Mixed Media | Mignon Parker

In this workshop enjoy creating a series of small paintings of owls on watercolour paper. Students will learn to incorporate gold leaf and iridescent paints and powders, inks and watercolours and enjoy experimenting with a range of techniques. Suitable to the raw beginner or the more advanced student. Each student will learn freedom of expression in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Take home finished paintings and a wealth of knowledge. Suitable for enthusiastic beginners and... [More]
All that Shimmers Isn't Gold Mixed Media | Mignon Parker
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Material fee of $20 is payable direct to the tutor on the day | All levels welcome including enthusiastic beginners | High School visual art students welcome

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Sculpture | The Figure in Clay | Kassandra Bossell

Work with clay to make a sculpture from a life model. Like life drawing, but working in 3D, this class will provide new insights for students interested in the human figure as a subject of art. Whether you would like to develop your way of seeing for drawing practice or take the sculpture further, the process of building the figure in clay is a fascinating and exciting project. We look at the fundamental sculptural principles of proportion, volume and movement in a study of the... [More]
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This class includes the model fee and most materials. Fee excludes kiln firing.