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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.

Term 1 starts 12 February
Book online here or contact:
Phone +61 2 9339 8633 ( 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri )
Email shortcourses@nas.edu.au

Dry Glazing Workshop
Full

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
Full

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 Watercolour
Full

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
Full

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Evening)

14 Feb – 4 Apr Therese Keogh

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

Drawing Fundamentals for Beginners (Saturday)

17 Feb – 14 Apr Cameron Ferguson

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 Visual Language
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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.

Sydney Sketchbook
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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
Full

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 from LIfe
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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
Full

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_Saturday
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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 Practice
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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.

Etching
Full

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
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Screenprinting for Beginners

13 Feb – 3 Apr Jacqui Driver

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

Welding Sculptures WS17
Full

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.

Introduction to the Visual Mind and Imagination
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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.

Teacher Masterclass: Egg Tempera Painting

10 Mar Kim Spooner

Egg Tempera is an amazing paint made from the basic materials of egg and pigment but it is not as simple as that!

Painting Masterclass_Revitalise Your Practice
Full

Teacher Masterclass: Exploring Expressive Painting

10 Feb Annabel Butler

This is an exclusive event at a reduced rate for teachers of the students who participated in the 2017 NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice as a special thanks for your continued support of this worthwhile program. The one day Painting Workshop is an excellent opportunity for Professional Development as well as networking with like-minded peers.

During the morning session, a representative from Chroma will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques using their Australian-made Atelier acrylics and the new Atelier Free Flow range together with Atelier mediums. This will be a hands-on session where you will have the opportunity to experiment with various techniques and mediums. The afternoon session will give you an opportunity to put your newly learnt techniques into practice under the tutelage of artist Annabel Butler in a Masterclass based on Abstraction.

In the afternoon workshop you will explore expressive painting and increase your knowledge and understanding of the importance of colour, composition and form. Annabel Butler will guide you on how to abstract from source material so as to move away from realism towards a more expressive, abstracted painting style. She will reference a selection of Australian, American and European expressionist painters who sought to depict their emotional responses rather than an objective reality. Using acrylic paint and the Chroma mediums from the morning session you will be encouraged to experiment with colour, paint quickly and loosely and develop expressive brushwork.

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 (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 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.

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 WS17
Full

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.

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. 

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.

The Art of Illumination

19 May – 20 May Nikki Green

Learn the traditional methods of drawing with pencils, gouache and gold leaf to bring the ancient art of illumination into a contemporary context.

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.

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.

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.

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.