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Short Courses

Enrol in a National Art School Short Course or School Holiday Workshop and experience a unique visual arts education with a practical, studio-based approach to learning. Courses are designed for people of all ages and levels of experience.

Short Courses
Phone +61 2 9339 8633
Email shortcourses@nas.edu.au

School Holiday Workshops
Phone +61 2 9339 8751
Email educationoutreach@nas.edu.au

A Week on The Wheel
Full

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
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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
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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_2018
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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 - Winter School 2018
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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.

Portrait Painting in Oils with Henry VIII and The Tudors

9 Jul – 13 Jul Michelle Hiscock

Learn the oil painting techniques of the great masters

The Language of Landscape Painting
Full

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
Full

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.

Art Objects: Drawing, Textiles and Ceramics

16 Jul – 20 Jul

Create artworks inspired by the current NAS Gallery exhibition, A Measured Response.

Art Objects: Drawing with Textiles 1

18 Jul

Develop a range of skills that use thread and stitch to create ‘soft’ drawings. 

Art Objects: Drawing with Textiles 2

19 Jul

Develop a range of skills that use thread and stitch to create ‘soft’ drawings. 

Art Objects: Expressive Drawing 1

16 Jul

Draw the objects, patterns and shapes you see and learn about in the exhibition, A Measured Response.

Art Objects: Expressive Drawing 2

17 Jul

Draw the objects, patterns and shapes you see and learn about in the exhibition, A Measured Response.

Art Objects: Stories in Clay

20 Jul

Create your own ceramic artworks inspired by the current exhibition 'Measured Response'. 

A Week of Mixed Media

9 Jul – 13 Jul

Work across a range of themes in ceramics, sculpture and painting over the week.

A Week of Sculpture and Painting

16 Jul – 20 Jul

Work across a range of themes in ceramics, sculpture and painting over the week.

sketchbooks
Full

A Week of Sketchbooks

9 Jul – 13 Jul

Develop your sketchbook practice in a full week of drawing.

Collage and Etching

16 Jul – 20 Jul

This five-day intensive workshop aims to introduce students to the heat press, collage and etching processes.

Contemporary Painting

9 Jul – 11 Jul

Experiment with all things watercolour in this three-day intensive painting course.

Drawing People in Places

10 Jul

A sketchbook workshop focusing on drawing people.

Expressive Handbuilding in Ceramics

9 Jul

Experiment with ceramic hand building techniques to develop your own projects.  

Handbuilding in Clay

12 Jul – 13 Jul

Explore and document the world around you by working with clay and other raw materials.

Landscape Painting 1

19 Jul

Learn how to paint real and imagined landscape scenes.

Landscape Painting 2

20 Jul

Learn how to paint real and imagined landscape scenes.

Mapping Landscapes 1

12 Jul

Create your own expressive map in this painting workshop. 

Mapping Landscapes 2

13 Jul

Create your own expressive map in this painting workshop. 

Mini Makers Art Studio

11 Jul

Mini Makers aged 6-8 can come along for a day of painting and drawing. 

A young artist painting
Full

Mini Makers Art Studio

10 Jul

Mini Makers aged 6-8 can come along for a day of painting and drawing. 

Mini Makers Drawing

10 Jul

Mini Makers aged 6-8 can come along for a morning of drawing

Mini Makers Drawing

11 Jul

Mini Makers aged 6-8 can come along for an afternoon of drawing

Mini Makers Painting

10 Jul

Mini Makers aged 6-8 can come along for an afternoon of painting.

Mini Makers Painting

11 Jul

Mini Makers aged 6-8 can come along for a morning of painting.

Mixed Media Sculpture 1

10 Jul

Use recycled materials to create quirky new sculptures. 

Mixed Media Sculpture 2

11 Jul

Use recycled materials to create quirky new sculptures. 

Nature in Clay

18 Jul

Learn how to re-create the natural world in clay. 

Observational Drawing

9 Jul

A sketchbook workshop focusing on observational drawing. 

Painting Natural Landscapes

13 Jul

A sketchbook workshop focusing on natural landscapes.

Perspective Drawing

11 Jul

A sketchbook workshop focusing on perspective and architecture.

Pop Art Sculpture 1

16 Jul

Learn about the Pop Art Movement and the basics of cardboard construction.

Pop Art Sculpture 2

16 Jul

Learn about the Pop Art Movement and the basics of cardboard construction.

Reworking Still Life

16 Jul – 20 Jul

This five-day intensive workshop aims to deconstruct the genre of still life painting. 

Saturday Studio: Sculpture

7 Jul

Work with different materials in this Saturday Studio in Sculpture. 

Watercolour Painting

12 Jul

A sketchbook workshop focusing on painting with watercolour.

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
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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)

30 Jul – 17 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 Tonee Messiah

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

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners
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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
Full

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.

Art and Science: Abstracted Ecologies in Clay

18 Aug

For Sydney Science Week, create expressive and abstract natural forms in clay.

Drawing Celestial Bodies

18 Aug

Enter into a cosmological investigation in this experimental drawing workshop.

Family Workshop: Sunlight and Cyanotypes

18 Aug

Explore how images are captured on paper and film using sunlight.

Family Workshop: Thermodynamic Printing

18 Aug

Painting Natural History

18 Aug

Focus in on the subtle and quirky details of native plant varieties in this botanical painting 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.

Photojournalism, Documentary and the Photo Essay

15 Oct – 3 Dec Glenn Lockitch

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

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.