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Short Courses

Enrol in a National Art School Short Course and experience a unique visual arts education with a practical, studio-based approach to learning. Courses are designed for people of all levels of experience – whether starting out as a beginner, contemplating a full-time fine arts degree, or practising as an artist. We invite you to join the NAS community in the beautiful surrounds of the Darlinghurst campus.

Term Two starts 30 April
Book online here or contact:
Phone +61 2 9339 8633 (9am–5pm, Mon–Fri )
Email shortcourses@nas.edu.au

Wheelforming Techniques
Full

Wheelforming Techniques

30 Apr – 25 Jun Joseph Purtle

Become proficient on the potter’s wheel and learn how to throw pots with a strong architectural form to create objects of simplicity and beauty.

Starting Drawing for Beginners
Full

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

2 May – 20 Jun Stephanie Monteith

Develop your drawing skills, observational techniques and extend your understanding of composition.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Saturday)

5 May – 23 Jun Cameron Ferguson

Develop your drawing skills, observational techniques and extend your understanding of composition.

Drawing your own Visual Language (Evening)

1 May – 19 Jun Pam Vaughan

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Life Drawing (Daytime)

30 Apr – 25 Jun Annelies Jahn

Develop your observational skills and learn the fundamental elements of drawing from the nude life model.

Life Drawing Evening
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Life Drawing (Evening)

30 Apr – 25 Jun Noel Thurgate

Work directly from the nude figure to explore and develop observational skills, perceptual awareness and the balance between...

Intermediate Painting

3 May – 21 Jun Kim Spooner

Develop a distinct, personal aesthetic and visual language while extending your understanding of the painting practice.

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

30 Apr – 25 Jun Dr David Briggs

Learn to handle oil paint confidently, tonally and expressively, and mix any colour quickly and accurately.

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners
Full

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

2 May – 20 Jun Tonee Messiah

Learn practical methods to compose figurative, still life, landscape and abstract paintings using oil and acrylics.

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Saturday)

5 May – 23 Jun Tonee Messiah

Learn practical methods to compose figurative, still life, landscape and abstract paintings using oil and acrylics.

Painting Masterclass_Revitalise Your Practice
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Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

5 May – 23 Jun Roger Crawford

Extend your critical thinking about painting processes with robust conversations....

Starting Painting for Beginners

30 Apr – 25 Jun VR Morrison

Gain a practical foundation in painting for complete beginners using while using both oil and acrylics.   

Etching

5 May – 23 Jun Angus Fisher

Acquire the printing skills and expertise to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other etching techniques.

Bronze Casting
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Bronze Casting

5 May – 23 Jun Clara Hali

Discover the mystery of bronze through the step-by-step processes of modelling a figurative sculpture.

Welding Sculptures WS17
Full

Welding Sculptures

12 May – 30 Jun Simon Hodgson

Learn fundamental welding skills and complete small-scale welded steel sculptures using arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene.

3 small ceramic vessels of varying shape and texture
Full

Teacher Masterclass: The Nature of Clay

16 Jun Merran Esson

This ceramics hand-building workshop will experiment with techniques of constructing clay objects and explore the notion of place. 

A Handful of Clay
Full

A Handful Of Clay

19 May – 20 May Merran Esson

Learn the ancient art of hand-building ceramic objects and the fundamental techniques of coil, slab and modelling with clay.

Drawing and Memory

19 May – 20 May Chelsea Lehmann

Explore concepts of memory using various processes and materials of drawing, focusing particularly on layering and erasing.

Fine Art Illustration

19 May – 20 May VR Morrison

Learn about the fine draughtsmanship techniques of the great masters by learning how to identify basic shapes within the complicated forms.

From Sketchbook to Studio
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The Travel Sketchbook

19 May – 20 May Pollyxenia Joannou

From first impressions to sustained studies, learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you.

Introduction to Classical Oil Painting
Full

Introduction to Classical Oil Painting

19 May – 20 May Michelle Hiscock

Discover the sensuous beauty of classical oil painting through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations.

Painting Masterclass_Revitalise Your Practice
Full

Introduction to Expressive Painting

19 May – 20 May Annabel Butler

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge of colour, composition and form.

Sculpture and the Found Object

19 May – 20 May Jane Gillings

Find inspiration with the readymade or found objects to rework, reinterpret and reuse materials that are thrown away.

Machine Age Knife Magic: Collage Workshop

19 May – 20 May Deborah Kelly

Discover the witty art of collage and be encouraged to play purposefully with pictures and learn the cutting and composing skills to create your own museum-quality collages.

Professional Practice for Artists

19 May – 20 May Joan Cameron Smith

For early- to mid-career artist, develop new approaches to your professional practice in a challenging marketplace.

A Week on the Wheel

9 Jul – 13 Jul Cameron Williams

With plenty of clay, clear instructions and time to practise, achieve great results in a week on the potter’s wheel.

Sculptural Ceramics and Keepsakes

9 Jul – 13 Jul Robyn Phelan

Create unique sculptural forms and vessels through using fundamental hand-building techniques.

Anatomy for Life Drawing

9 Jul – 13 Jul Dr David Briggs

Learn simple anatomical concepts that will enable you to visualise any part of the body and from any direction.

Drawing into Animation

9 Jul – 13 Jul Sebastian Danta

Experience the magic of animation and learn how timing, persistence of vision and sleight of hand can transform your drawings into animation.

Soft Drawing with Cloth and Thread

9 Jul – 13 Jul Michele Elliot

Create ‘soft’ drawing through working with cloth instead of paper and play with patterns, shapes and textures.

Starting Drawing for Beginners

9 Jul – 13 Jul Deborah Marks

This beginner course offers stimulating ways to start making unique drawings and learn solid drawing skills. 

The Sydney Sketchbook

9 Jul – 13 Jul Pollyxenia Joannou

Learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you, from first impressions to sustained studies and finished works in journals. 

Watercolour Painting and Drawing

9 Jul – 13 Jul Graham Marchant

Explore the magical medium of watercolour through drawing a range of objects and botanical subjects.

Contemporary Painting

9 Jul – 13 Jul Kim Spooner

An intense and energetic course Kim Spooner will extend your understanding of painterly practice, mediums and techniques.

Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

9 Jul – 13 Jul Roger Crawford

Extend the formal and aesthetic understanding of your work and find a new form of practice.

Painting with Confidence

9 Jul – 13 Jul Maryanne Wick

Improve your skills, gain confidence, and take chances in your painting practice in this stimulating learning environment.

The Language of Landscape Painting
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The Language of Landscape Painting

9 Jul – 13 Jul Idris Murphy

Extend your understanding of the landscape through the study of spatial illusion, composition, colour and mark-making.

Digital Photography Basics

9 Jul – 13 Jul Glenn Lockitch

Be guided away from your automatic settings and learn how to ‘see’ and take great photos.

Etching

9 Jul – 13 Jul Bruce Latimer

Learn how to realise visual concepts through the exciting world of etching with techniques such as linear hard ground, dry point and many more.

Experimental Print and Bookmaking

9 Jul – 13 Jul Janet Parker-Smith

Create experimental handmade books and alter existing books from your own collection.

Screenprinting on Paper

9 Jul – 13 Jul Wendy Murray

Be inspired by the fascinating history of Australian screenprinted fine artworks to make single-colour and multicoloured prints on paper.

Constructed Sculptures

9 Jul – 13 Jul Anita Larkin

Learn basic assemblage techniques to make constructed sculptures that are more than just the sum of its parts.

Welding Sculptures

9 Jul – 13 Jul Paul Hopmeier

Complete small-scale welded steel sculptures through using arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene to cut, shape and bend steel.

Creative Wheelthrowing Techniques

21 Jul – 15 Sep Dr Louise Boscacci

Learn to shape clay into a range of thrown forms through hands-on techniques for making larger individual pots.

Glazing Workshop

21 Jul – 4 Aug Joseph Purtle

Bring your bisque-fired work and learn about stoneware and porcelain glazes and high-temperature firing techniques using our gas kilns.

Wheelforming Techniques

23 Jul – 10 Sep Joseph Purtle

Become proficient on the potter’s wheel and learn how to throw pots with a strong architectural form to create objects of simplicity and beauty.

Contemporary Watercolours

16 Aug – 4 Oct Tanya Baily

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Daytime)

21 Jul – 15 Sep Cameron Ferguson

Develop your drawing skills, observational techniques and extend your understanding of composition.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

25 Jul – 12 Sep Deborah Marks

Develop your drawing skills, observational techniques and extend your understanding of composition.

Drawing Your Own Visual Language (Daytime)

25 Jul – 12 Sep Pam Vaughan

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Drawing Your Own Visual Language (Evening)

24 Jul – 11 Sep Pam Vaughan

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Experimental Drawing

26 Jul – 13 Sep Dr Liz Bradshaw

Experiment with surfaces, scale and mediums to find diverse ways of drawing using non-traditional materials, methods and processes.

Life Drawing (Daytime)

23 Jul – 10 Sep Annelies Jahn

Work directly from the nude figure to explore and develop observational skills, perceptual awareness.

Life Drawing (Evening)

23 Jul – 10 Sep Noel Thurgate

Work directly from the nude figure to explore and develop observational skills and perceptual awareness.

The Sydney Sketchbook

21 Jul – 15 Sep Pollyxenia Joannou

Learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you, from first impressions to sustained studies and finished works in journals.

Intermediate Painting

26 Jul – 13 Sep Kim Spooner

Develop a distinct, personal aesthetic and visual language while extending your understanding of the painting practice.

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

23 Jul – 10 Sep Dr David Briggs

Learn to handle oil paint confidently, tonally and expressively, and mix any colour quickly and accurately.

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Daytime)

21 Jul – 15 Sep Pollyxenia Joannou

Learn practical methods to compose figurative, still life, landscape and abstract paintings using oil and acrylics.

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

25 Jul – 12 Sep Tonee Messiah

Learn practical methods to compose figurative, still life, landscape and abstract paintings using oil and acrylics.

Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

21 Jul – 15 Sep Roger Crawford

Extend the formal and aesthetic understanding of your work and find a new form of practice.

Paint the National Art School and Darlinghurst

21 Jul – 15 Sep Kevin McKay

Draw and paint the one of Sydney’s best-preserved examples of colonial sandstone architecture.

Starting Painting for Beginners

23 Jul – 10 Sep VR Morrison

Gain a practical foundation in painting for complete beginners using while using both oil and acrylics.

Understanding and Applying Colour

24 Jul – 11 Sep Dr David Briggs

Deepen your knowledge of colour and its use through this unique course that explores our current understanding.

Digital Photography Basics

23 Jul – 10 Sep Glenn Lockitch

Learn how to achieve an accurate exposure and put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

Etching

21 Jul – 15 Sep Angus Fisher

Acquire the printing skills and expertise to work with acid, hard ground, soft ground, drypoint, aquatints, chine collé and other etching techniques.

Screenprinting for Beginners

24 Jul – 11 Sep Jacqui Driver

Discover the joys of screenprinting with step-by-step instructions on using printing techniques.

Welding Sculptures

21 Jul – 15 Sep Sam Valenz

Complete small-scale welded steel sculptures through using arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene to cut, shape and bend steel.

Alchemy and the Imagination: A Visual Journey

25 Jul – 12 Sep Kelly-Ann Denton

Learn to use the visual mind to access, strengthen and transform your art practice.

Art and Text: Playing with Words and Images

24 Jul – 11 Sep Brendan Smith

Combine your love of language and images in this hands-on, skills-based, tech-connected workshop.

Expressive Handbuilt Ceramics for Beginners

22 Sep – 23 Sep Linda Seiffert

Create dynamic sculptural vessels and gain the technical ability to make unique ceramics.

Introduction to Fine Art Illustration

22 Sep – 23 Sep VR Morrison

Learn simple step-by-step methods that will demystify the drawing process.

The Travel Sketchbook

22 Sep – 23 Sep Pollyxenia Joannou

From first impressions to sustained studies, learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you.

Introduction to Classical Oil Painting

22 Sep – 23 Sep Michelle Hiscock

Discover the sensuous beauty of classical oil painting through a series of structured exercises and demonstrations.

Watercolour Painting and Drawing

22 Sep – 23 Sep Graham Marchant

Explore the magical medium of watercolour through drawing a range of objects and botanical subjects.

Birds of a Plastic Feather

22 Sep – 23 Sep Jane Gillings

Learn to construct an armature and create a life-sized sculpture using recycled plastic and other found materials.

Introduction to Silicone Mould-Making

22 Sep – 23 Sep Sam Valenz

Learn the fundamental principles of silicone mould-making – how to make a silicone rubber mould and cast it into plaster.

Paper Sculptures

22 Sep – 23 Sep Dr Liz Bradshaw

This workshop introduces you to three-dimensional thinking and some of the building blocks of sculptural form, using accessible and recycled materials.

Machine Age Knife Magic: Collage Workshop

22 Sep – 23 Sep Deborah Kelly

Discover the witty art of collage as you play purposefully with pictures to create your own museum-quality pieces.

Natural Dyeing Fabric Workshop

22 Sep – 23 Sep Samorn Sanixay

Learn the ancient tradition of natural dyeing with seasonal plants and flowers from your own neighbourhood.

Tool Up for Success: Professional Writing for Artists

22 Sep – 23 Sep Gina Fairley

Designed specifically for artists, this hands-on workshop aims to sharpen your writing skills.

Contemporary Watercolours

18 Oct – 6 Dec Tanya Baily

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Daytime)

20 Oct – 8 Dec Cameron Ferguson

Develop your drawing skills, observational techniques and extend your understanding of composition.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

17 Oct – 5 Dec Deborah Marks

Develop your drawing skills, observational techniques and extend your understanding of composition.

Drawing Your Own Visual Language (Daytime)

17 Oct – 5 Dec Pam Vaughan

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Drawing Your Own Visual Language (Evening)

16 Oct – 4 Dec Pam Vaughan

Explore a range of drawing media, techniques and compositional tools through guided exercises.

Life Drawing (Daytime)

15 Oct – 3 Dec Annelies Jahn

Work directly from the figure to develop your observational skills and perceptual awareness.      

Life Drawing (Evening)

15 Oct – 3 Dec Noel Thurgate

Work directly from the nude figure to explore and develop observational skills and perceptual awareness.

Mixed Media Drawing

18 Oct – 6 Dec Judith White

Expand your ideas of drawing from traditional observational methods towards a contemporary approach to art-making. 

The Sydney Sketchbook

20 Oct – 8 Dec Pollyxenia Joannou

Learn to use your sketchbook as a way of seeing and interpreting the world around you, from first impressions to sustained studies and finished works in journals.

Intermediate Painting

18 Oct – 6 Dec Kim Spooner

Develop a distinct, personal aesthetic and visual language while extending your understanding of the painting practice.

Painting and Drawing the Life Model

16 Oct – 4 Dec Dr David Briggs

Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model with a strong emphasis on colour and tone.

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

17 Oct – 5 Dec Tonee Messiah

Learn practical methods to compose figurative, still life, landscape and abstract paintings using oil and acrylics.

Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

20 Oct – 8 Dec Roger Crawford

Extend the formal and aesthetic understanding of your work and find a new form of practice.

Paint the National Art School and Darlinghurst

20 Oct – 8 Dec Kevin McKay

Draw and paint the one of Sydney’s best-preserved examples of colonial sandstone architecture. 

Starting Painting for Beginners

15 Oct – 3 Dec VR Morrison

Gain a practical foundation in painting for complete beginners using while using both oil and acrylics.

Welding Sculptures

20 Oct – 8 Dec Sam Valenz

Complete small-scale welded steel sculptures through using arc and MIG welders and oxyacetylene to cut, shape and bend steel.

Art and Text: Playing with Words and Images

16 Oct – 4 Dec Brendan Smith

Combine your love of language and images in this hands-on, skills-based, tech-connected workshop.