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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 Early Fee ends 20th March
Book online now or contact us:
Phone +61 2 9339 8633 ( 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri )
Email shortcourses@nas.edu.au



Glazing Workshop

18 Feb – 4 Mar Joe Purtle

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

Dry Glazing Workshop
Full

Japanese-inspired Ceramics

18 Feb – 8 Apr Mitsuo Shoji

Learn to make Japanese-inspired functional tableware with wheelforming and handbuilding techniques.

Raku and Earthenware Firing
Full

Wheelforming Techniques

13 Feb – 3 Apr Joe Purtle

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

Contemporary Watercolours
Filling Fast

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

15 Feb – 5 Apr Rachel Fairfax

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

Drawing your Visual Language

14 Feb – 4 Apr Pam Vaughan

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

Life Drawing Daytime
Full

Life Drawing (Daytime)

13 Feb – 3 Apr Daniel Pata

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

Life Drawing
Filling Fast

Life Drawing (Evening)

13 Feb – 3 Apr Noel Thurgate

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

Drawing and Memory
Filling Fast

Seeing and Drawing with Confidence

18 Feb – 8 Apr Annelies Jahn

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

Expand Your Painting Practice
Full

Intermediate Painting

16 Feb – 6 Apr Kim Spooner

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

Oil Painting with Colour and Light

13 Feb – 3 Apr 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

15 Feb – 5 Apr Tonee Messiah

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

Painting Masterclass Summer School
Filling Fast

Painting Masterclass

18 Feb – 8 Apr Roger Crawford

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

Etching

18 Feb – 8 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.

Welding Sculptures 2017
Full

Welding Sculptures

18 Feb – 8 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

15 Feb – 5 Apr Kelly-Ann Denton

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

Wheelforming Techniques

29 Apr – 17 Jun Simon Reece

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

Drawing For High School Students

29 Apr – 3 Jun Cameron Ferguson

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

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 Daniel Pata

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

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

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.

Applied Painting

29 Apr – 17 Jun Nick Collerson

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

Intermediate Painting

27 Apr – 15 Jun Kim Spooner

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

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.

Painting and Drawing the Life Model

2 May – 20 Jun David Briggs

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

Painting for High School Students

29 Apr – 17 Jun Annabel Butler

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

Painting Fundamentals for Beginners

26 Apr – 14 Jun VR Morrison

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.

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
Full

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.

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

20 May – 21 May Michelle Hiscock

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

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