Classes for adults

artwork by Cilla Davis

We have many fun and creative art, writing and guitar classes for adults on offer! 

Important note for bookings

Council has launched a new booking system. The improved system is more user friendly, has better self service functions and is mobile friendly making it faster and easier to book events and classes online.

As part of the new system, we have updated the process to give all students the opportunity to enrol in different courses each term. This has been done by removing the priority bookings option. To guarantee a spot in a class over two terms, you still have the two-term booking option available for each semester which if selected means 10% off the second term.

  • Bookings open for Semester 1 2022 (Terms 1 and 2) on 7 December, 9am

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Term dates

Semester 2, 2021

  • Term 3: cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdown
  • Term 4: 1 November - 11 December (shortened 6-week term, there will be no make-up classes).

Note: Students who already made a booking before lockdown for Term 4 will be contacted regarding a partial refund due to the shortened length of Term 4. 

Semester 1, 2022 (Terms 1 and 2)

  • Semester 1, 2022 enrolment date: Tuesday 7 December 2021, 9am.
  • Term 1: 31 January - 2 April.
  • Term 2: 26 April - 27 June.

Bookings can ONLY be made via the phone or booking online. Please note that dates are subject to change.

How to enrol

Booking information / Terms and conditions 

Classes

Drawing and mixed media

Drawing essentials

Explore drawing techniques and the basic principles of drawing, line, tone, perspective and composition. Learn right brain drawing and how to see with an artist’s eye. Students will be encouraged to develop their own personal style. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their drawing skills.

Mondays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Rachel Carroll. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


The joy of painting and drawing

This class will cover design elements and principles, colour theory, composition, tone and basic perspective. We’ll also explore techniques, materials and subject matter during the course and some art history. The overall emphasis is about enjoying the experience of creating art. All levels welcome.

Mondays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Lyn Woodger-Grant. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Pencil shading and sketching

In this class you will learn the techniques of pencil shading and sketching objects proportionately and putting them together in an interesting composition. You will then learn to pencil shade them with light and tone to create depth as the class progresses. These techniques will also be explored using graphite to learn detailing of an interesting object/composition, making it look extremely realistic. This class is perfect for people who want to unwind and learn valuable pencil shading and sketching techniques. Ideal for both beginners to intermediate level.

Mondays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Shipra Shah. $300 per 9-week term


Painting discovery - pushing the edge

Discover and explore painting with acrylics. Mixed media and expressive drawing will be used to learn about composition, line, texture, colour and tone. Beginners are welcome. 

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Cilla Davis. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)

Tuesdays, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Tutor - Cilla Davis. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Painting and mixed media

An ideal course for beginners or those wishing to improve their painting and drawing skills. Enjoy the learning process. Be guided through the basic principles of painting and drawing, including tone, line, composition and perspective. Experience handling a variety of media - pastels, pencil, ink, watercolour, acrylic paint and more. Through these processes students are encouraged to explore and develop personal expression.

Tuesdays, 7pm - 9.30pm
Tutor - Brandt Lewis. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Towards abstraction

This is a class for those who want to take their art into abstraction, with a process of learning and experimenting with tools, mediums, methods and techniques - this includes making handmade brushes and tools. Each week students look at different artists via video and images, and their approach to abstraction - inquiring into styles and expressions helping to understand our own visual language. Connecting with emotion, taking risks, trust and intuition are integral to creating abstract art. Integrating drawing throughout and extending into mixed media. Enjoy the process and the result whilst increasing your understanding of colour, shape, design, texture, value and line. All welcome - some prior experience in drawing and painting is helpful.

Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Jemma Roberts. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Expressive life drawing

By using different media, beginners will be encouraged to explore individual development of personal drawing skills - understanding line and tone, observation of form-movement and shade control. Advanced students will continue to experiment with the above studies, and introduce acrylic, ink and watercolour.

Wednesdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Kim Sotheren. $355 per 9-week term (including 9 model sessions)


Botanical drawing and painting

Join a supportive daytime group and learn the exciting art of botanical painting and drawing through demonstrations and guided observations of structure, form, tone, texture and colour.

Wednesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Shipra Shah. $300 per 9-week term 


Exploring drawing - objective to abstract

 In this class there is a focus on observation through drawing and is extended using different mediums like charcoal, pencil, crayons, ink, acrylic, paper and canvas, collage and mixed media. By looking at different artists each week, individual styles are explored. Encompassing traditional methods to experimental processes, through to abstraction. Encouraging enjoyment in the process of creating whilst learning about colour, value, line, shape, form, design and composition. Suits all levels of drawing experience.

Thursdays, 10.30am - 3.30pm
Tutor - Jemma Roberts. $460 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Life drawing

A dynamic drawing class focusing on the figure, observing fluidity, form and gesture. The class will explore a range of materials and expressive styles.

Fridays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Paul Miller. $355 per 9-week term (including 9 model sessions)

Creative writing

Creative Writing - Dream to Dare

Have you a tale to tell? "Then nothing is impossible”. This was said by the famous novelist Charles Dickens. "Write like no one will ever read it”, spoken by the hugely prolific writer, Stephen King. "In this way you will speak from the heart”. Writing is an exciting adventure, as your story takes you on a sometimes unexpected journey; twists and turns sending you down pathways you hardly thought possible. Join this fascinating nine week course, looking at the craft of novel writing, it's peaks and pitfalls. Hosted by published author J.A. Wells, you will discover the wonder of words and a passion for plots and characters. Nothing to bring except a trusty Biro pen, an exercise book, and your imagination.

Wednesdays, 9.30am - 12pm
Tutor - John Wells. $270 for a 9-week term

Painting

The joy of painting and drawing

This class will cover design elements and principles, colour theory, composition, tone and basic perspective. We’ll also explore techniques, materials and subject matter during the course and some art history. The overall emphasis is about enjoying the experience of creating art. All levels welcome.

Mondays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Lyn Woodger-Grant. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)
Paint with acrylics

A great class for the new artist! Be introduced to the world of painting in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Acrylics are the perfect medium for someone who is learning to paint with its wonderful textures and techniques.

Mondays, 7pm - 9.30pm
Tutor - Brandt Lewis. $300 per 9-week term 


From realism to abstraction: the versatility of acrylics - NEW CLASS!

This course will take you on a journey that explores the many different applications of acrylic paint including mixed media and collage while also exploring new themes. Take your work from Realism to Expressionism and then into Abstraction. This is a course which does it all.

Mondays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Rachel Carroll. $300 per 9-week term


Painting discovery - pushing the edge 

Discover and explore painting with acrylics. Mixed media and expressive drawing will be used to learn about composition, line, texture, colour and tone. Beginners are welcome.

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm 
Tutor - Cilla Davis. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)

Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Cilla Davis. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Painting and mixed media

An ideal course for beginners or those wishing to improve their painting and drawing skills. Enjoy the learning process - be guided through the basic principles of painting and drawing, including tone, line, composition and perspective. Experience handling a variety of media including pastels, pencil, ink, watercolour and acrylic paint. Through these processes students are encouraged to explore and develop their own exciting and personal expression.

Tuesdays, 7pm - 9.30pm
Tutor - Brandt Lewis. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Towards abstraction

This is a class for those who want to take their art into abstraction, with a process of learning and experimenting with tools, mediums, methods and techniques - this includes making handmade brushes and tools. Each week students look at different artists via video and images, and their approach to abstraction - inquiring into styles and expressions helping to understand our own visual language. Connecting with emotion, taking risks, trust and intuition are integral to creating abstract art. Integrating drawing throughout and extending into mixed media. Enjoy the process and the result whilst increasing your understanding of colour, shape, design, texture, value and line. All welcome - some prior experience in drawing and painting is helpful.
 
Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Tutor - Jemma Roberts. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Exploration of painting techniques

Creative learning to find your painting style. Individual teaching covering mixed media, medium, colour mixing, composition, observation of form and depth and research. Introduction to one portrait painting class, graphic or realistic study. Students are encouraged to develop self-expressive works in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Wednesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Kim Sotheren. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Oil painting (Wednesday)

You will learn the fundamentals of painting and during each session be introduced to new techniques so you build your skills. Students will learn about paint materials, the fundamental skills of tone and composition, different ways of applying paint, organising your palette and colours and how to move on to larger individual projects. This course is for beginners and intermediate students.

Wednesdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Brandt Lewis. $300 per 9-week term


Old master oil painting - NEW CLASS!

This course surveys the fundamentals of traditional oil painting by working through painting projects inspired by the artworks of Old Master painters. Foundational aspects of painting such as tonality, composition, colour and texture are taught as well as the characteristics of oil painting materials and tools. Throughout the course, students will explore essential painting techniques, some of which include impasto, alla prima, glazing and scumbling. Classes are accompanied by painting demonstrations, analysis of Old Master paintings and discussions of technical art history studies (the study of artist’s techniques and materials).

Jackson has a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation and his teaching is informed by his knowledge of artist’s materials, tools and techniques. Jackson is an award-winning artist represented by Art2Muse in Woollahra. 

Wednesdays, 7pm - 9:30pm

Tutor - Jackson Davies. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session) 


Artists' workshop

This workshop is perfect for those wishing to develop their own style by working from the human form, still life and landscape with a focus on creativity. Intermediate and experienced artists are welcome.
 
Thursdays, 9am - 12pm

Tutor - Erika Beck. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Oil painting (Thursday) - NEW CLASS!

This course is designed for beginners who wish to learn the basics of oil painting, as well as experienced students wishing to extend their knowledge and skills. Students have the opportunity to explore foundational oil painting techniques through a variety of exercises such as portraiture and still life studies. Students will be shown professional painting practices such as palette mixing, brush cleaning, planning processes, as well as discussions of painting mediums and pigments. In each class, you will be guided through painting projects and receive individual feedback. Jackson is committed to developing a positive dialogue between students to foster a welcoming studio environment. Above all, the course will give you a rounded education in artist’s materials as well as the confidence to develop your own paintings. 

Jackson has a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation and his teaching is informed by his knowledge of artist’s materials, tools and techniques. Jackson is an award-winning artist represented by Art2Muse in Woollahra. 

Thursdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Jackson Davies. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session) 


Saturday painters - release the inner artist

This structured class will deliver the basic fundamentals of painting and allow more advanced painters to discover new ways of working. This is a chance to explore stimulating concepts and ideas in an enthusiastic setting. All levels welcome.

Saturdays, 1pm - 4.30pm
Tutor - Paul Miller. $325 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)

Glass art

Glass Art 

Learn to make unique creations in clear and coloured glass and sometimes even recycling old glass. Working with pure colour in transparent and opaque forms, pieces can include platters, bowls, sculpture, wall hangings, mobiles, jewellery or whatever your imagination allows. We will work together in a fun and relaxed environment and fire on-site so you can collect your pieces throughout the term. All levels welcome.

Fridays, 9.30am - 12.30pm
Tutor - Jan Blum. $340 per 9-week term (including firing of class work)

Fridays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Jan Blum. $340 per 9-week term (including firing of class work)

Guitar

Guitar for beginners

A beginner’s introduction to the guitar, targeted and structured for adults. You will learn techniques, basic chords, lead melody exercises as well as popular songs with a relaxed approach. The perfect introduction to learning an instrument for those who always wish they learned guitar when they were at school.

Thursdays, 7pm - 8pm
Tutor - Toby Fredkin. $240 per 9-week term. *Own guitar required


Guitar extension

This course is aimed at advanced guitarists with a solid knowledge and understanding of the guitar, who are comfortable with chords and lead melody exercises. It is designed for those who wish to develop and hone their skills through learning an array of contemporary songs.

Thursdays, 8pm - 9.30pm
Tutor - Toby Fredkin. $255 per 9-week term. *Own guitar required

Pottery and sculpture

Creative pottery - a journey with clay

Have fun and explore the tactile qualities of working with clay. This course will cover hand-building, wheelwork and sculptural forms, with emphasis on self expression. Beginners to advanced students are encouraged to express their creativity.

Mondays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor Julianne Smallwood. $330 per 9-week term (including firing and glazing of class work)


Creative pottery and sculptural forms

From timid beginners to advanced potters. The tactile sensuality of this forgiving medium will help find and extend your hidden talents. This flexible course covers sculptural forms, the wheel and hand-building.

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Jacqueline McBeath. $330 per 9-week term (including firing and glazing of class work)


Sculpture

Using life models as inspiration, explore the sensuous and tactile qualities of the sculptural form in clay. Students will be guided through self-initiated projects, exploring media such as soapstone, sandstone, plaster and resins.

Tuesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor -  Helen Leete. $350 per 9-week term (including 4 model sessions and firing of class work)

Thursdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor -  Helen Leete. $350 per 9-week term (including 4 model sessions and firing of class work)


Ceramic Sculptural

Ceramics sculptural will use an array of hand building techniques, slip casting, surface decoration and glazing possibilities to express your imagination with this magnificent medium. This class is suitable for beginners to advanced.

Tuesdays, 7pm - 9.30pm
Tutor - Diamando Koutsellis. $330 per 9-week term (including firing and glazing of class work)


Ceramic hand building and surface treatments

Ceramics is a wonderful form of self expression. In this course we will learn surface treatment techniques, with your choice of hand building or wheel throwing skills. Learn to create your own individual style. Each student will have one on one time with the teacher to talk about creative ideas and plans. This course welcomes all levels of experience.

Wednesdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Kim-Anh Nguyen. $330 per 9-week term (including firing and glazing of class work)

Wednesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Kim-Anh Nguyen. $330 per 9-week term (including firing and glazing of class work)


Pottery wheel and sculptural hand building

Create ceramics in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Use basic coil, wheel throwing and hand building fundamentals to create your works. From pinch pot cups, wheel thrown bowls to hand built animals or portrait sculpture, this class is open to all forms of ceramic creativity. In addition to class discussions, students will also have one on one time with the tutor to help them develop. Suitable for all levels.

Thursdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Kim-Anh Nguyen. $330 per 9-week term (including glazing and firing of class work)


Creative pottery and sculptural forms

Suitable for beginners to advanced potters, this class explores the tactile sensuality of this medium and helps you find and extend your hidden talents. The course covers sculptural forms, the wheel and hand building.

Thursdays, 7pm - 9.30pm
Tutor - Julianne Smallwood. $330 per 9-week term (including glazing and firing of class work)

Printmaking

Printmaking - traditional to experimental

Explore printing techniques such as solarplate, etching, drypoint, lino, woodcut, collagraph and monotypes. Creative freedom is encouraged; find your own creative voice and pursue a body of your own work. Safer printmaking practices are used. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Thursdays, 9.30am - 1.30pm
Tutor - Susan Baran. $395 per 9-week term

Jewellery

Jewellery studio 

An introduction to the ancient craft of jewellery making using sterling silver and base metals (copper, brass and nickel). Beginners learn to silver solder, cut, file and form metal to create their own rings, earrings or pendants. More advanced students can develop their personal style and progress their skills in areas such as stone setting. Suitable for all levels.

Fridays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Susanna Strati. $295* per 9-week term 

Fridays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Susanna Strati. $295* per 9-week term 

* Students must purchase metal and tools including jewellery saw blades, silver solder and emery papers. Some hand tools and larger equipment are provided. Continuing students can discuss jewellery specialist tools with the tutor.

Watercolour

Watercolour objects and compositions

Explore the beauty, versatility and delicate nature of watercolours. This course will develop skills and confidence to use watercolours for object drawing and still life. Topics include the principles of watercolour application and theory, sketching proportionately, creating depth in an object, detailing with light and tone, and the fundamentals of perspective and composition. Suitable for beginners or intermediate level.

Mondays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Shipra Shah. $300 per 9-week term


Watercolour

Enjoy the beauty and magic of watercolour. It’s a great class for beginners to advanced. Be part of this dynamic class that covers composition, colour theory, tone and design.

Tuesdays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Ann Milch. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Watercolour for all

Join this fun, relaxed course and discover this wonderful, soft yet powerful medium. You’ll begin by learning basic techniques, colour mixing and effects. Bring along your own subject - a favourite photo of a landscape, loved one or pet. You’ll be amazed by your progress in only a very short time.

Wednesdays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - John Wells. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


The art of watercolour

The vibrant freshness in watercolour allows you to create expressive and beautiful paintings and combine aspects of nature, animals and the human form. We’ll look at shadows (value), shapes (proportion) and composition (structure). Techniques and methods will also be shown. All levels are welcome.

Fridays, 9am - 12pm
Tutor - Dee Jackson. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)


Trompe l'oeil: to trick the eye

Confused if it's real? Then this is Trompe L'Oeil Art. Clever realism to amaze the spectator. Over nine weeks, this class aims for the student to achieve at least four Trompe L'Oeil studies. They can be of any subject they choose. Maybe an open window, revealing a romantic Tuscan landscape; perhaps a marble terrace, decked with potted flowers, framing a view across the Ionian Sea; the combinations are endless. Learn the art of faux marble, wood graining, fake stone, and the science of perspective.

Fridays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - John Wells. $300 per 9-week term


Watercolour with Tony Belobrajdic 

Learn to paint quick, expressive watercolours with fewer brush strokes. Choosing one focal point of interest, learn to apply a decisive brush stroke and move on. Work with large brushes, adding shape against shape, stroke by stroke, leaving large areas of paper untouched. You will create atmosphere using a limited palette, simplify shapes avoiding too much detail, regardless of complexity of subject. Learn to make basic pencil sketches, then progress to paint directly with brush to produce artwork that is fresh and spontaneous. There will be a variety of subjects each term, with portraits being 30% of the course work. 

Fridays, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
Tutor - Tony Belobrajdic. $310 per 9-week term (including 1 model session)