The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques.

Mon 13 May 2019 - Mon 24 Jun 2019

09:00 - 12:00

5 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

Teacher: Cathy Franzi

In this course, students will explore techniques of making through hand building. A range of techniques including pinch and slab will be explored and surface imagery explored using a variety of materials and techniques. Students will develop their own approach to form and decoration as the course progresses.

Course outline

The possibilities of the ceramic form will be explored in this course through the techniques of hand-building. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own ideas and to use with instruction the techniques most suited to express them. Students will develop skills whether they are beginners or at an advanced level. Techniques will be covered in detail, working with the needs of each individual. Inspiration will be sought from both historical objects and contemporary artists.

By the end of the course, students will have created a number of works in their chosen forming method. A range of surface treatments will have been explored and the appropriate firing process completed. Techniques in hand building and surface decoration will be developed. Students will cultivate an individual approach to form and surface both conceptually and in practice.

Dr Cathy Franzi is a full-time practising artist and recent PhD graduate from the Ceramics Workshop in the ANU School of Art & Design. Her career spans over twenty years and includes teaching at undergraduate level, in community arts and across a broad range of specialities in the field. Through her artwork, she explores ideas around Australian flora and the environment and is represented in public collections including Parliament House Art Collection, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection. Her work has won a number of national awards and she is represented by Beaver Galleries in Canberra and Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.


Mon 25 Feb 2019 - Mon 01 Apr 2019

09:00 - 12:00

5 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

 Teacher: Cathy Franzi

In this course, students will explore techniques of making using the potters’ wheel. A range of surface decorating techniques including sgraffito, clay marbling and inlay will be explored using a variety of materials. Students will develop their own approach to form and decoration as the course progresses.

Course outline

The possibilities of the ceramic form will be explored in this course through the technique of making on the potters' wheel. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own ideas and to use with instruction the techniques most suited to express them. Students will develop skills whether they are beginners or at an advanced level. Techniques will be covered in detail, working with the needs of each individual. Inspiration will be sought from both historical objects and contemporary artists.

By the end of the course, students will have created a number of works in their chosen forming method. A range of surface treatments will have been explored and the appropriate firing process completed. Techniques in wheel-throwing and surface decoration will be developed. Students will cultivate an individual approach to form and surface both conceptually and in practice.

Dr Cathy Franzi is a full-time practising artist and recent PhD graduate from the Ceramics Workshop in the ANU School of Art & Design. Her career spans over twenty years and includes teaching at undergraduate level, in community arts and across a broad range of specialities in the field. Through her artwork, she explores ideas around Australian flora and the environment and is represented in public collections including Parliament House Art Collection, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Canberra Museum and Gallery and the ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection. Her work has won a number of national awards and she is represented by Beaver Galleries in Canberra and Sabbia Gallery, Sydney.





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Teacher: Ian Jones

Go potty with this class. Wishing to learn, develop and improve you wheelwork technique for making pots? Extend your ability and scope to produce various sizes and styles of pottery.

Course outline

This course for is designed for beginners and continuing students, wishing to learn, develop and improve their wheelwork technique for making pots. You will extend your ability and scope to produce various sizes and styles of pottery focussing on vases, bottles, and bowls as well as making stoneware pots, fired using simple glazes to 1100deg.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, beginners will have developed basic wheel-working skills while more advanced students will have improved their skills, increasing the scale and variety of forms they can make. There will be a focus on basic throwing skills in a series of exercises. More advanced students will be assisted in improving their techniques and achieving self-guided outcomes.

Who should enrol

Both the beginning student and more advanced will equally enjoy this course.

Course materials

Beginners will not require any tools or equipment, however more advanced students will need to supply their own pottery tools. Clay will be available during classes. Please bring a plastic ice-cream container, a sponge, and an old towel and it is recommended to wear old clothes.