The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

Thu 03 May 2018 - Thu 14 Jun 2018

18:30 - 21:30

7 Sessions
11 spots remaining.

Learn different oil painting techniques and concepts, including colour mixing and composition while exploring a range of themes such as still life, landscape and portrait painting as you’re exposed to works of artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: General introduction: you will be introduced to the important technical information of oil painting and the relevant drawing techniques. You will work on still life painting teaching important techniques of painting models and learning to develop accuracy
  • Topic 2: Still life and colour: you will once again work on a still life project, but this time focussing on colour. You will learn to understand tertiary colour and how to colour match.
  • Topic 3: Landscape painting: you will learn about and to paint 'alla prima'. You will learn to develop an understanding of how colours mix naturally when painting onto a wet ground. You will also discover to paint quickly without worrying about accuracy and preliminary drawing.
  • Topic 4: Portrait painting: you will paint directly from a model learning the develop the techniques of Stanley Spencer and Lucien Freud. You will be shown how to mix flesh tones and colour match against the model. Different approaches to composition will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • understand key technical aspects of oil painting including: modelling paint, value and saturation, colour matching, types of mediums, painting surfaces, types of brushes and storing paint
  • understand the different ways in which oil paint can be applied including: painting in sections, painting 'alla prima', repainting sections of a painting once those sections are dry
  • understand key aspects of art theory including:
    • the concept of context - discussing the work of Carl Andre and Eduard Manet
    • the idea of modernism and how it was put visually into practice by a range of painters form the 19th and 20thC's.
    • the subjective nature of taste and how this is shaped by different external influences.

Who should enrol

This course is open to beginners who want to learn oil painting.


Wed 21 Feb 2018 - Wed 30 May 2018

18:30 - 21:30

13 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

Creating a portfolio is a rewarding experience and a great way to share your artistic talent with the world. Assemble a portfolio for submission to any art school or similar course of studies. Develop your working abilities centred on your visual creativity to produce a balanced portfolio.

Course outline

Creating a portfolio is a rewarding experience and a great way to share your artistic talent with the world. Assemble a portfolio for submission to any Art School or similar course of studies. Develop your working abilities centred on your visual creativity to produce a balanced portfolio. We will cover general drawing of line, form and mark making, life drawing of the male and female form, painting from observation and abstraction, and a number of creative projects.

  • Topic 1: General drawing line and form
  • Topic 2: Drawing from observation marks and scale
  • Topic 3: Drawing from observation still life
  • Topic 4: Life drawing the female form in charcoal
  • Topic 5: Life drawing the male form in ink
  • Topic 6: Life figure using clay
  • Topic 7: Panoramic drawing elongated format
  • Topic 8: Painting - Self-portrait
  • Topic 9: Painting from observation - still life
  • Topic 10: Painting - abstraction from nature in acrylics
  • Topic 11: Painting - abstraction from nature (continued)
  • Topic 12: Creative project a collage exercise
  • Topic 13: Creative project (continued) and review

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have an art portfolio showing the student's unique sense of drawing expressed in charcoal, pencil, ink and clay. Paintings will show their use of colour, mark making and observational skills. Their creative projects will demonstrate creativity expressed using a variety of mixed media.

Please note completion of this course does not guarantee automatic acceptance into any Art School or entry into Tertiary studies but it will enable a student to be confident about their work and equip them to undertake a degree course in the visual arts if accepted.

Who should enrol

No prior knowledge or experience required, best for those requiring a prerequisite art portfolio for submission to an Art School for tertiary studies.

Course materials

You will be required to bring a sketchbook (visual diary) as it becomes a component of your final portfolio.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Thu 05 Apr 2018

18:30 - 21:30

8 Sessions
8 spots remaining.

Teacher - Chan Dissanayake

If you have worked with watercolours and enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Learn how to create depth, incorporate figures, connect shapes, and control edges as you discover how to exploit the medium to create wonderful atmospheric effects such as mists, rain and fog.

Course outline

These workshops will suit students who have been exposed to the medium of watercolour and want to extend their knowledge to the next level.  If you enjoy the challenge of producing loose, bold and free watercolours, then this is for you. Each week we will complete a painting from start to finish. The course will begin with simple subjects and proceed to more challenging subjects. Each week students will be taken through the stages of design, drawing and painting in an easy follow step-by-step process. We will be tackling a wide variety of subjects from rural landscapes, urban cityscapes to coastal seascapes.

Chan will dispel myths in watercolour and share his valuable insights and experiences. Each student will receive personal attention and encouragement.

Topic covered may include: 

  • Topic 1: Beach Scene. Paint a simple beach scene, exploiting the medium of watercolour using wet-into-wet technique using a limited palette.  We’ll incorporate a few figures to this subject to add vitality and energy.
  • Topic 2: Panoramic Landscape. Tackle the challenge of painting a panoramic Australian landscape.  The success of this painting will be based on the most important technique in watercolour, the graded wash. The controlling the consistency of water to paint and gravity washes will be discussed and demonstrated in detail.
  • Topic 3: Snow Scene. Paint a snow scene, by using the technique of negative painting, leaving the white of the paper and painting around to create the mid and dark tones.
  • Topic 4:  Boat Scene. Boats and water are excellent subjects for portraying the subtleties in watercolour. We will discuss how to create depth in water and techniques in anchoring boats to water surfaces. The demonstration will also cover how to create reflections in water.
  • Topic 5: Misty Gum Trees. Watercolour is best exploited in creating atmospheric effects. We will paint a misty landscape with gum trees using the wet-into-wet technique using a paper that is pre-wetted with water. As the paper dries we will work from the background to the foreground by exploiting various edge controls from soft uncontrolled, soft controlled to hard edges.
  • Topic 6: Streetscape. We’ll tackle an urban streetscape with a single point perspective incorporating cars and figures. We’ll learn how to observe proportions by using constructive lines and gestured mark makings to suggest moving cars and figures.
  • Topic 7: Waterlilies. We will learn how to paint a scene containing waterlilies on still water. A full demonstration will include how to simplify a complex scene and achieve a fresh spontaneous looking painting using two washes.
  • Topic 8: Sky and Cloud Scene. Painting clouds in watercolour can be most enjoyable and rewarding.  We will learn how to paint various types of clouds using all the techniques learnt so far. The translucency of the clouds can be best expressed in subtle washes using the damp paper.
  • Topic 9: Rainy Scene A wet rainy scene can provide the watercolour artist with excellent subject matter.  Heavy atmospheric scenes such as rain suppress colour and introduce subtle tonal ranges. We will tackle the challenge of painting a rainy scene using the various stages of wetness of the paper from wet, moist, damp to dry.
  • Topic 10: Render the Human figure in watercolour. The final week we will paint a nude study in watercolour. We’ll discuss various colour mixes for producing different types of skin complexions. How to use alternating grades of warm and cool colours in revealing the human figure in watercolour. A photo reference will be provided.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should walk away with a sound understanding of the medium of watercolour and gain practical insights into the intuitive use of watercolour to express yourself.

Who should enrol

This course is best suited to intermediate to advanced students.

Course materials

Paper: Saunders Waterford 300gsm rough surface or Arches 300gsm rough or medium texture.

Brushes: Medium size squirrel mop brush with a sharp point (Size 8 to 12). A good quality brush will hold lot of pigment and present a sharp point when fully loaded. Artist quality brushes will make a significant difference to your work

  • Essential brushes
    • Medium Size squirrel hair or natural hair Mop brush ( Size 8 to 12)
    • Size 12 round Brush with sharp point (Synthetic or Natural hair)
    • Size 8 Round with sharp point (Synthetic or Natural hair)
    • Size 0 or 1 Rigger (Synthetic)
  • Extra brushes (optional)
    • Size 6 Dagger, also known as a "sword brush" (natural hair)
    • 1" inch flat brush (synthetic)
    • 2" inch hake (natural hair)

Wed 14 Feb 2018 - Wed 28 Mar 2018

18:30 - 21:30

7 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Extend your love of painting in this course set to take your painting skills to the next level. After selecting a project and medium, a set of exercises will challenge your perception and techniques to help discover the artist within.

Course outline

  • Developing your chosen subject matter will form the basis of learning. 
  • Student reflections and revelations are shared with the group as an exciting way of learning from each other.
  • Discussions on art theory and perception.
  • Expand and refine your unique way of mark making, and their ability to manage hue, value, tints, shades and saturation.
  • Develop compositional skills.
  • Develop the conceptual underpinning of your art.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should have expanded your existing painting skills and have a greater understanding where to focus your painting practice.

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for all levels and anyone interested in developing their painting skills and knowledge in a studio environment of like-minded artists. 

Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Thu 29 Mar 2018

13:30 - 16:30

7 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Thu 03 May 2018 - Thu 14 Jun 2018

13:30 - 16:30

7 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

Indulge your addiction in this course! Designed for oil painting students who have experience, pursue your passion of this art form and develop advanced oil painting techniques.

Course outline

Lessons shall cover the following as needed:

  • discussion of sourcing and using oil painting materials
  • mixing colours to achieve different tonal values
  • observational drawing techniques using still life objects
  • applying paint: palette knife techniques, tonal value in painting, painting wet into wet,
  • chiaroscuro method (bringing light into dark)
  • how to work in series working on more than one painting at a time
  • identifying areas of interest, images, and subjects for conceptual development
  • identifying key elements and painting approach for concept and project development
  • begin concept development project
  • observational drawing techniques using still life objects
  • advanced sketching with oils, alla prima, painting wet into wet, Chiaroscuro method
  • concept and project development
  • finalisation and presentation of concept and project to the group.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should have:

  • have an ability to apply paint using different techniques to achieve desired visuals, using oil paint, from Alla Prima (sketching with oil paint ), glazing techniques Palette knife techniques and different methods of under-painting
  • development your personal palette will be addressed to help you use your colour preferences to the fullest
  • have some basic drawing skills.
  • have a knowledge of oil painting methods, techniques, and materials
  • have a knowledge of past and present artist
  • have an understanding of the variety of approaches to painting method, concept, and materials
  • have a cohesive body of work with technical and conceptual improvements in the student use of oil paint

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone with basic knowledge of painting and is designed to improve your skill and technique.

Materials

A materials list will be sent upon enrolment.

Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Thu 29 Mar 2018

09:30 - 12:30 pm

7 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

Beginners – learn the basics of oil painting and develop and refine your concept to produce your very own masterpiece.

Course outline

Lessons shall cover the following as needed: 

  • discussion of sourcing and using oil painting materials
  • mixing colours to achieve different tonal values
  • observational drawing techniques using still-life objects
  • applying paint: palette knife techniques, tonal value in painting, painting wet into wet
  • chiaroscuro method (bringing light into dark)
  • how to work in series working on more than one painting at a time
  • identifying areas of interest, images and subjects for conceptual development
  • identifying key elements and painting approach for concept and project development
  • begin concept development project.
  • observational drawing techniques using still life objects.
  • advanced sketching with oils, alla prima, painting wet into wet
  • chiaroscuro method concept and project development
  • finalisation and presentation of concept and project to the group

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • have an ability to apply paint using different techniques to achieve desired visuals, using oil paint, from Alla Prima (sketching with oil paint ), glazing techniques Palette knife techniques and different methods of under-painting
  • development your personal palette will be addressed to help you use your colour preferences to the fullest
  • have some basic drawing skills
  • have a knowledge of oil painting methods, techniques, and materials
  • have a knowledge of past and present artist
  • have an understanding of the variety of approaches to painting method, concept, and materials
  • have a cohesive body of work with technical and conceptual improvements in the student use of oil paint

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone interested in exploring, or developing knowledge and practice of oil painting.

Sat 28 Apr 2018 - Sat 09 Jun 2018

14:00 - 17:00

7 Sessions
12 spots remaining.

Escape from every day and find sanctuary in the traditional art form of Chinese landscape painting.

Course outline

Discover your inner artist as you paint the various elements of trees, rocks, mountains, and clouds. Enjoy the depth and detail that traditional Chinese landscape painting can offer.

  • Topic 1 - Introduction to the course content and materials used for Chinese painting
  • Topic 2 & 3 - A study and composition of various styles of trees in Chinese painting 
  • Topic 4 - A study and composition of rocks in Chinese painting
  • Topic 5 - A study and composition of mountains and clouds in traditional Chinese painting
  • Topic 6 & 7 Bringing all the skills together to form a piece of art

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should develop a basic understanding of traditional Chinese landscape painting and its elements. Students should also be able to use the skills in a simple landscape painting.

Who should enrol

Anyone interested in traditional Chinese landscape painting or Chinese painting as an art. There is no required prior knowledge for this beginners course. Experienced students are also welcome as the teacher can tailor the work to suit the skill level of the individual.

Materials

A materials list is available upon enrolment

Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Thu 17 May 2018

09:30 - 12:30

12 Sessions
4 spots remaining.

Michael Winters

Discover the world of landscape painting, using Canberra's three beautiful lakes as your motif. Capture the moment land meets water as you explore the techniques employed by famous artists: Claud Monet, James McNeill Whistler and Brett Whiteley. Experiment with colour and techniques as you learn to capture the lakes during different seasons and weather.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: The water's edge: Examine the techniques used by famous artists - Claud Monet, James McNeill Whistler, Brett Whiteley and Lloyd Rees - to capture where land meets water.
  • Topic 2: Creating mood: Explore how weather and different times of the day affect lakes and the mood of your paintings.
  • Topic 3: Different viewpoints: Learn how to capture lakes during different seasons and from different vantage points, such as glimpsing a lake through a window.

A class excursion to one of the lakes, as a drawing exercise, will be held during the course.

Who should enrol

The course is best suited to students who have had some painting experience.

Course materials

To help you in your landscape painting journey, you are encouraged to bring to class items of inspiration - images, photographs, reference material etc. These will be discussed in greater detail closer to the class start date.

A list of painting materials will be available in the student portal once you have enrolled in the course.

Wed 21 Feb 2018 - Wed 28 Mar 2018

18:30 - 21:30

6 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Teacher - Chan Dissanayake

Learn about all aspects of watercolour technique – colour mixes, intensity and washes, composition and drawing – by creating small, simple paintings. Experiment with materials and the medium, in this fun and easy going class.

Watercolour is a lifelong creative medium, as you can find endless new ways to use it. The perplexities of watercolour are best understood by knowing its fundamentals. The most captivating and intricate watercolour is composed of few simple techniques.

With many demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a wider appreciation and understanding of the medium of watercolour which will help you build your confidence to proceed to the next level. Following the fundamental skills you will learn four critical aspects of the watercolourist: Planning, Drawing, Timing and incorporating Figures into Landscapes.

During each session, a small painting will be completed. You will be guided through a demonstration of painting techniques. An explanation will be given of the first washes and as these dry, you will attempt you own first washes. The tutor then continues to demonstrate the painting, stopping at each stage allowing you to catch up and provide help.

Course outline

  • Topic1: Introduction to Watercolour Materials
  • Topic 2: Properties of Colour
  • Topic 3: Washes
  • Topic 4: Tonal Values
  • Topic 5: Watercolour Techniques
  • Topic 6: Planning and Design

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course,  you should:

  • Become familiar with the medium and watercolour techniques
  • Be able to plan an approach and method to complete a painting
  • Learn different subjects
  • Create fresh and lively paintings
  • Obtain a series of paintings at the end of the course.

Who should enrol

The beginner watercolourist.

Wed 02 May 2018 - Wed 06 Jun 2018

18:30 - 21:30

6 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Teacher - Chan Dissanayake

Learn about all aspects of watercolour technique – colour mixes, intensity and washes, composition and drawing – by creating small, simple paintings. Experiment with materials and the medium, in this fun and easy going class.
Watercolour is a lifelong creative medium, as you can find endless new ways to use it. The perplexities of watercolour are best understood by knowing its fundamentals. The most captivating and intricate watercolour is composed of few simple techniques.

With many demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a wider appreciation and understanding of the medium of watercolour which will help you build your confidence to proceed to the next level. Following the fundamental skills you will learn four critical aspects of the watercolourist: Planning, Drawing, Timing and incorporating Figures into Landscapes.

During each session, a small painting will be completed. You will be guided through a demonstration of painting techniques. An explanation will be given of the first washes and as these dry, you will attempt you own first washes. The tutor then continues to demonstrate the painting, stopping at each stage allowing you to catch up and provide help.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Drawing Towards Painting
  • Topic 2: Timing
  • Topic 3: Incorporating Figures
  • Topic 4: Edge Control
  • Topic 5: Creative Mark Making
  • Topic 6: Advanced Techniques

Who should enrol

Beginner to intermediate artists.

Wed 14 Feb 2018 - Wed 14 Mar 2018

18:30 - 21:30

5 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Thu 03 May 2018 - Thu 31 May 2018

18:30 - 21:30

5 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Learn the techniques of contemporary watercolour! Learn about a broad range of subjects and techniques aimed to build your proficiency and confidence to develop your own painting language.

Course outline

Undertake a variety of projects focused on still life and architectural subjects. Classes will cover a broad range of watercolour techniques with reference to appropriate contemporary and historical artists.Each week, students will be presented with a new approach to watercolour, covering everything from bold loose applications to miniature painting and monotype.Students can expect to gain confidence in watercolour while receiving practical guidance that responds to their artistic interests and encourages the development of a personal painting language.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should:

  • have an expanded knowledge of watercolour materials, techniques and processes
  • have a greater appreciation of contemporary watercolour artists and their historical contexts
  • have increased confidence to produce their own works independently
  • have greater proficiency in colour mixing, building compositions, establishing tonal values and drawing from life.

Who should enrol

This course is open to all skill levels, but is best suited to intermediate and advanced students.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Introducing a brand new course! Learn the process of hand-set letterpress printing from the initial stages of design, hand-setting the moveable lead and wooden typefaces, to printing.

Course outline

  • Week 1: Introduction to presses and equipment, their associated safe use and operation.
  • Weeks 2-4: Design development and typesetting techniques
  • Weeks 5-6: Individual project completion and printing process 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • have a broader understanding and appreciation of typography and the origins of book design and letterpress printing
  • develop confidence in the use of printing presses and the equipment within the letterpress studio
  • have completed an edition of beautifully hand printed and typeset letterpress prints.

Who should enrol

Anyone with an interest in typography or a love for the written word.

Course materials

Workshop materials will be provided in class.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Course Outline

  • Topic 1: We begin by experimenting with the three most popular painting media, watercolour, oils and acrylics.
  • Topic 2: Painting supports, brushes and processes.
  • Topic 3: Composition- the importance of the elements of design through preparatory drawing exercises.
  • Topic 4: Colour Theory – using a restricted palette  and colour harmonies in painting
  • Topic 5: Subject Matter- how to explore and develop themes in your artworks.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you should:

  • be able to consider and apply theoretical factors involved in organising visual elements
  • be able to experiment with various media and experimental approaches to painting
  • be able to investigate a single form-idea
  • have an appreciation of a diverse range of painting techniques

Who should enrol

This course is open to both beginners and intermediate students who wish to develop and extend their painting skills



Thu 15 Feb 2018 - Thu 17 May 2018

13:30 - 16:30

12 Sessions

Michael Winters

Wassily Kandinsky was well known for his strong use of colour and heavy lines while Joan Miro - especially in his early work - had a sense of naivety and whimsy. Using these artists as inspiration rediscover your home and garden - give it a creative makeover if you like - while you develop and hone your painting skills.

Course outline

The aim of this class is to rediscover your home through the creative lenses of two artists while honing your drawing and painting skills. As colour is a key component of each artist, you will explore the use of exaggerated colour how it can be used to heighten the emotional intensity of a work.

  • Topic 1: Wassily Kandinsky: rediscover the streetscape of your home using Kandinsky's emotive style of strong, bold colours and use of heavy lines
  • Topic 2: Joan Miro: explore painting your garden and plants using Miro's earlier naïve sense of whimsy, pattern and detail.

Who should enrol

This course is best suited to students who have had some painting experience.

Course materials

You will need to bring to class some photographs of your home and particular objects as a reference point. This will be discussed in further detail during your class.

A full list of painting materials will be available in the student portal once you have enrolled in the course.