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Short Courses

Enrol in a National Art School Short Course and experience a unique visual arts education with a studio-based, practical 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.

Summer School Week One and Week Two open
Book online here or contact:
Phone +61 2 9339 8633 ( 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri )
Email shortcourses@nas.edu.au

Raku and Earthenware Firing
Full

Raku and Earthenware Firing

14 Oct – 3 Dec Joseph Purtle

Experience raku and earthenware glaze firing by making a range of hand-built ceramic objects.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners
Full

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners

11 Oct – 29 Nov Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing your Visual Language

10 Oct – 28 Nov Pam Vaughan

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

Life Drawing (Evening)
Filling Fast

Life Drawing (Evening)

9 Oct – 27 Nov Noel Thurgate

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

Applied Painting
Filling Fast

Applied Painting

14 Oct – 2 Dec Nick Collerson

Expand and your practice and reassess your artwork with guidance from a professional artist to develop your own style, themes and vision.

Expand Your Painting Practice
Filling Fast

Intermediate Painting

12 Oct – 30 Nov Kim Spooner

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

Painting and Drawing the Life Model

10 Oct – 28 Nov Dr David Briggs

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

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners
Full

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners

11 Oct – 29 Nov Anwen Keeling

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

Plein Air Painting

14 Oct – 2 Dec Kevin McKay

Explore the world of landscape painting and paint confidently in the studio and outside using acrylic or oil paints.

Starting Painting for Beginners
Filling Fast

Starting Painting for Beginners

9 Oct – 27 Nov VR Morrison

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

Photojournalism and the Photo Essay
Filling Fast

Photojournalism, Documentary and the Photo Essay

9 Oct – 27 Nov Glenn Lockitch

Learn how to tell personal stories via the camera and develop a great photo essay.

Welding Sculptures 2017
Full

Welding Sculptures

14 Oct – 2 Dec David Horton

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

Uncanny Objects in Clay

8 Jan – 12 Jan Juz Kitson

Experiment with hand-building techniques to create individualised ceramic objects for installations and learn about the properties of various clays.

Wheelthrowing: Form and Surface

8 Jan – 12 Jan Tania Rollond

Learn the fundamentals of wheelthrowing, refine your existing skills, and evolve your personal approach to working on ceramic surfaces.

Anatomy for Life Drawing

8 Jan – 12 Jan Dr David Briggs

Learn simple anatomical concepts that will enable you to visualise any part of the body, in any action, from any direction, and grasp the essential action of drawing.

Drawing into Animation

8 Jan – 12 Jan Sebastian Danta

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

Drawing your Story

8 Jan – 12 Jan Andrew Antoniou

Unlock your imagination and learn to draw your own stories through a series of visualisation exercises, mark-making, collage and other drawing techniques.

Experimental Fibre Drawing

8 Jan – 12 Jan Sue Pedley

Create experimental drawings and extend your practice into the world of sustainability through using recycled materials.

From Sketchbook to Studio

8 Jan – 12 Jan Angus Fisher

Draw and paint the world around you en plein air and make sketches into artworks using pencil, watercolour and gouache

Starting Drawing for Beginners

8 Jan – 12 Jan Deborah Marks

This beginner course offers stimulating ways to start making unique drawings and will inspire you with the confidence to develop your perceptions of the world around you

Contemporary Figurative Painting

8 Jan – 12 Jan Kim Spooner

Discover the elements of contemporary figurative painting with live models in the studio and visit exhibitions at Art Gallery NSW

Oil Painting with Rembrandt and The Dutch Masters

8 Jan – 12 Jan Michelle Hiscock

Learn the fundamentals of classical oil painting with demonstrations of methods and materials, and the artistic conventions of Dutch painters

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners

8 Jan – 12 Jan Tonee Messiah

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

Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

8 Jan – 12 Jan Roger Crawford

Extend your critical thinking about painting processes with robust conversations in the studio, group discussions and individual tuition.

Unlocking Colour: The Tri-Colour Oil Palette

8 Jan – 12 Jan Andries Gouws

Gain mastery over colour-mixing oil paints and experience working with a three colours palette to enhance your understanding of colour

Digital Photography Basics

8 Jan – 12 Jan Glenn Lockitch

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

Etching

8 Jan – 12 Jan Bruce Latimer

Discover the exciting world of etching techniques with dry point, open biting, sugar lift, aquatint and colour printing editions

Experimental Print and Bookmaking

8 Jan – 12 Jan Janet Parker-Smith

Make original mono-prints and combine them with Japanese binding techniques to make soft and hard covered books.

Screenprinting on Paper

8 Jan – 12 Jan Wendy Murray

Learn a range of screenprinting techniques to make single and multicoloured prints on paper, and explore stencil-making processes.

Felted Forms In Sculpture

8 Jan – 12 Jan Anita Larkin

Learn the fundamental felting techniques to make seamless three-dimensional forms.

Sculpture and the Found Object

8 Jan – 12 Jan Jane Gillings

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

Welding Sculptures

8 Jan – 12 Jan Simon Hodgson

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

Clay, Wheel, Body

15 Jan – 19 Jan Dr Louise Boscacci

Explore the potter’s wheel as an instrument for making works in flowing clay, with a special focus on building big pots.

The Art of Drawing

15 Jan – 19 Jan Kim Spooner

Discover the traditional genres of drawing with interesting arrangements of objects and live models whilst developing your personal aesthetic

Oil Painting with Rembrandt and The Dutch Masters

15 Jan – 19 Jan Michelle Hiscock

Learn the fundamentals of classical oil painting with demonstrations of methods and materials, and the artistic conventions of Dutch painters

Traditional And Modern Colour Theory

15 Jan – 19 Jan Dr David Briggs

An introduction to modern colour theory with illustrated lectures, exercises and still life painting studies, vital for your artistic practice

Welding Sculptures

15 Jan – 19 Jan Paul Hopmeier

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

Glazing Workshop

17 Feb – 3 Mar 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

12 Feb – 9 Apr 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

14 Feb – 4 Apr Gina Bruce

Ignite your understanding of watercolour drawing and painting by learning traditional and contemporary methods.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

14 Feb – 4 Apr Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Saturday)

17 Feb – 14 Apr Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing your own Visual Language (Daytime)

13 Feb – 3 Apr Pam Vaughan

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

Drawing your own Visual Language (Evening)

13 Feb – 3 Apr Pam Vaughan

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

Life Drawing (Daytime)

12 Feb – 9 Apr Annelies Jahn

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

Life Drawing (Evening)

12 Feb – 9 Apr Noel Thurgate

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

Soft Drawings: Cloth and Thread

17 Feb – 14 Apr Michele Elliot

Explore working with cloth instead of paper and play with creating patterns, shapes, and textures.

The Sydney Sketchbook

17 Feb – 14 Apr 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

15 Feb – 5 Apr Kim Spooner

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

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

12 Feb – 9 Apr Dr David Briggs

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

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

14 Feb – 4 Apr Tonee Messiah

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

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners (Saturday)

17 Feb – 14 Apr Tonee Messiah

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

Painting Masterclass: Revitalise your Painting Practice

17 Feb – 14 Apr Roger Crawford

Extend your critical thinking about painting processes with robust conversations in the studio, group discussions and individual tuition.

Starting Painting for Beginners

12 Feb – 9 Apr VR Morrison

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

Traditional And Modern Colour Theory

13 Feb – 3 Apr Dr David Briggs

An introduction to modern colour theory with illustrated lectures, exercises and still life painting studies, vital for your artistic practice

Photojournalism, Documentary and the Photo Essay

12 Feb – 9 Apr Glenn Lockitch

Learn to develop a great photo essay and tell personal stories via the camera.

Etching

17 Feb – 14 Apr 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

13 Feb – 3 Apr Jacqui Driver

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

Silicone Mould-Making Workshop

17 Feb – 14 Apr Sam Valenz

Learn the fundamental principles of mould-making using silicone rubber Pinkysil and polyurethane casting.

Welding Sculptures

17 Feb – 14 Apr Simon Hodgson

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

Alchemy and the Imagination: A Visual Journey

14 Feb – 4 Apr Kelly-Ann Denton

Learn to use the visual mind to access, strengthen and grow your potential to create.

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.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

2 May – 20 Jun Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Saturday)

5 May – 23 Jun Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing your own Visual Language (Daytime)

1 May – 19 Jun Pam Vaughan

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

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)

30 Apr – 25 Jun Noel Thurgate

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

The Sydney Sketchbook

5 May – 23 Jun 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

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 (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 Painting Practice

5 May – 23 Jun Roger Crawford

Extend your critical thinking about painting processes with robust conversations in the studio, group discussions and individual tuition.

Painting Techniques for Beginners (Evening)

2 May – 20 Jun Anwen Keeling

A hands-on, techniques-based course which will give you the practical skills to create paintings ranging from textural abstraction to classical realism.

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.

Photojournalism, Documentary and the Photo Essay

30 Apr – 25 Jun Glenn Lockitch

Learn to develop a great photo essay and tell personal stories via the camera.

Advanced Screenprinting

5 May – 23 Jun Claude Jones

Extend your understanding of the four-colour separation screenprint process, stencils, photo emulsions, inks and colour mixing.

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

5 May – 23 Jun Clara Hali

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

Welding Sculptures

5 May – 23 Jun Simon Hodgson

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