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Short Courses

Enrol in a National Art School short course and experience a unique visual arts education within a studio-based, practical approach to learning, taught by professional artists. These short courses are designed for people of all levels of experience–whether starting out as a beginner, contemplating a full-time fine arts degree, or practicing as an artist–we invite you to join the NAS community of artists in the beautiful surrounds of our Darlinghurst campus.

Term 2 starts 24th April
Book online now or contact us:
Phone +61 2 9339 8633 ( 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri )
Email shortcourses@nas.edu.au



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Wheelforming Techniques

29 Apr – 17 Jun Joseph Purtle

Learn the ancient art of wheel-throwing using traditional techniques in a contemporary context.

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners
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Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners

26 Apr – 14 Jun Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing your Visual Language

2 May – 20 Jun Pam Vaughan

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

Life Drawing (Daytime)

24 Apr – 19 Jun Anthony Cahill

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

Life Drawing
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Life Drawing (Evening)

24 Apr – 19 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

Painting and Drawing For High School Students

29 Apr – 3 Jun Cameron Ferguson

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

Watercolour Drawing and Painting

29 Apr – 17 Jun Andrew Antoniou

Learn to draw and paint in watercolours, working from the life model, botanical subjects and architecture.

Expand Your Painting Practice
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Intermediate Painting

27 Apr – 15 Jun Kim Spooner

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

Applied Painting T2
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Landscape Painting

29 Apr – 17 Jun John Bokor

Explore the world of landscape painting, materials and practices associated with outdoor painting, from plein air through to studio practice.

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

24 Apr – 19 Jun David Briggs

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

Starting Painting for Beginners
Full

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners

26 Apr – 14 Jun Tonee Messiah

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

Starting Painting for Beginners

24 Apr – 19 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

24 Apr – 19 Jun Glenn Lockitch

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

Experiments in Print
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Advanced Screenprinting

26 Apr – 14 Jun Claude Jones

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

Etching

29 Apr – 17 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

29 Apr – 17 Jun Clara Hali

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

Welding Sculptures 2017
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Welding Sculptures

29 Apr – 17 Jun David Horton

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

Teachers Only: Collaboration in Contemporary Arts Practice

1 Apr Judith Blackall Aly Indermühle Michele Elliot

Professional Development for Visual Arts teachers relating to studio disciplines...

Hardcore Hand-Building in Clay
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Hardcore Hand-Building in Clay

20 May – 21 May Ramesh Nithiyendran

Discover contemporary and sculptural approaches to ceramics, extending the foundational practices of coiling, slabbing and making pinch pots

Introduction to Classical Oil Painting
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Introduction to Classical Oil Painting

20 May – 21 May Michelle Hiscock

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

Intro to Expressive Painting
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Introduction to Expressive Painting

20 May – 21 May Annabel Butler

Learn to paint expressively with an individual style while increasing your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form

Sculpture and The Found Object

20 May – 21 May Jane Gillings

Construct assemblages and sculptures from found objects to transform useless materials into new forms and delightful artworks

Exploring the Creative Process

20 May – 21 May Helen Mueller

Discover more about the intriguing and elusive creative process through a range of targeted tasks

Handmade Artists Books

20 May – 21 May Liz Jeneid

Enjoy making unique hand-made books with a selection of texts and images, which may be drawings, prints, or photographs from your own collection

Uncanny Objects in Clay

3 Jul – 7 Jul Juz Kitson

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

Wheelforming with a Twist

3 Jul – 7 Jul Simone Fraser

Learn new and experimental throwing techniques throw upside-down, use coil-throwing to achieve scale.

Anatomy for Life Drawing

3 Jul – 7 Jul 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 and Memory

3 Jul – 7 Jul Chelsea Lehmann

This beginner course offers stimulating ways to start making unique drawings of the world around you.

Drawing for High School Students

3 Jul – 7 Jul Cameron Ferguson

This course provides a solid foundation on which to develop techniques in observational drawing.

Drawing into Animation

3 Jul – 7 Jul Sebastian Danta

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

Soft Drawing: Cloth and Thread

3 Jul – 7 Jul Michele Elliot

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

Starting Drawing for Beginners

3 Jul – 7 Jul 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

The Sydney Sketchbook

3 Jul – 7 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.

Contemporary Painting for High School Students

3 Jul – 7 Jul Bernadette Trela

Learn skills and strategies to paint with a contemporary edge and uncover your own artist’s accent.

Painting Masterclass

3 Jul – 7 Jul Roger Crawford

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

Painting with Confidence

3 Jul – 7 Jul Maryanne Wick

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

Still Life Painting and the Moderns

3 Jul – 7 Jul Kim Spooner

Get inspired by the exhibition Making Modernism at the Art Gallery of NSW and bring life to objects through colour, light...

The Language of Landscape Painting
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The Language of Landscape Painting

3 Jul – 7 Jul Idris Murphy

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

Digital Photography Basics

3 Jul – 7 Jul Glenn Lockitch

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

Screenprinting on Paper

3 Jul – 7 Jul Wendy Murray

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

Constructed Sculptures

3 Jul – 7 Jul Anita Larkin

Create exciting sculptural forms from collected and discarded objects, and learn basic assemblage techniques such as screwing, gluing, riveting...

Welding Sculptures

3 Jul – 7 Jul David Horton

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

Dry Glazing Workshop

22 Jul – 5 Aug Simone Fraser

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

Wheelforming Techniques

17 Jul – 4 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

17 Jul – 4 Sep Gina Bruce

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

Drawing for High School Students

22 Jul – 16 Sep Cameron Ferguson

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

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners

19 Jul – 6 Sep Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing Your Visual Language

18 Jul – 5 Sep Pam Vaughan

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

Life Drawing (Evening)

17 Jul – 4 Sep Noel Thurgate

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

The Sydney Sketchbook

22 Jul – 16 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

20 Jul – 7 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

17 Jul – 4 Sep David Briggs

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

Painting and Drawing the Life Model

18 Jul – 5 Sep David Briggs

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

Painting for High School Students

22 Jul – 16 Sep Annabel Butler

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge and understanding.

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners

19 Jul – 6 Sep Anwen Keeling

Learn the essential techniques of painting in a logical and simple way while gaining an understanding of the properties and possibilities of the painted image.

Painting Masterclass

22 Jul – 16 Sep Roger Crawford

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

Plein Air Painting

22 Jul – 16 Sep Kevin McKay

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

Starting Painting for Beginners

17 Jul – 4 Sep VR Morrison

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

Etching

22 Jul – 16 Sep Angus Fisher

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

Screenprinting for Beginners

17 Jul – 4 Sep Jacqui Driver

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

Welding Sculptures

22 Jul – 16 Sep 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

19 Jul – 6 Sep Kelly-Ann Denton

Learn to use the visual mind to access, strengthen and grow its potential in order to create.

Teachers Only: Digital Possibilities: from Lo-Fi to High-Tech

9 Sep

Professional Development for Visual Arts teachers relating to studio disciplines...

Teachers Only: Indigenous Issues in Art Education

17 Jun To Be Advised

Professional Development for Visual Arts teachers relating to studio disciplines...

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.

Contemporary Watercolours

9 Oct – 27 Nov Gina Bruce

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

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)

9 Oct – 27 Nov Noel Thurgate

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

Seeing and Drawing with Confidence

14 Oct – 2 Dec Annelies Jahn

Learn how to draw intuitively from the three-dimensional world into the two-dimensional plane.

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.

Intermediate Painting

12 Oct – 30 Nov Kim Spooner

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

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

9 Oct – 27 Nov David Briggs

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

Painting and Drawing the Life Model

10 Oct – 28 Nov David Briggs

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

Painting for High School Students

14 Oct – 2 Dec Annabel Butler

Learn to paint expressively with an individual painting voice while increasing your knowledge and understanding.

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

9 Oct – 27 Nov VR Morrison

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

Black and White Analogue Photography

14 Oct – 2 Dec Caterina Pacialeo

Learn the art of black and white photographic practice and be introduced to all aspects of the medium.

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.

Introduction to Relief Printing

14 Oct – 2 Dec Esther Neate

Discover the expressive qualities and material potential of relief printing through formal and experimental approaches.

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.

Teachers Only: Experimental Drawing

4 Nov

Professional Development for Visual Arts teachers relating to studio disciplines...