Weekend Art Workshops and January Summer School

Art Class Sydney hosts a regular timetable of Sunday Workshops in Painting, Drawing and Watercolour throughout the year for absolute beginners to more advanced students. The workshops have a maximum of 12 students which ensures students get quality time with the tutor.

The Sunday workshops are conducted in a natural light-filled room in the Back Hall at the Annandale Community Centre on Johnston St Annandale. This room has disabled access, street parking and access to public transport.

January Summer School 2025

The January summer school runs annually in the third week of January. There is a 3 day Intensive for absolute beginners to more experienced and a 2 day Intensive in Expressive and abstract painting for those with some experience to more advanced. These workshops are held in the St Johns Church Hall in Birchgrove, which is a large wooden light filled hall with plenty of free parking close by. More details below.

I’ve learned so much from Ochre – not just about the mechanics of painting but also how to look at pictures and see things differently which is still a skill that I’m working on, it’s a practice. Classes with Ochre are fun and accessible and I find it inspiring and a privilege that I am learning from an artist that I admire.

Cluny, Northern Suburbs

Current Workshops

Introduction to Drawing

Places available

Date and Time

Sunday February 18, 2024

10am-3.30pm

Venue

Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale NSW 2038

Cost

$185 inc gst (materials excluded), $210 inc gst (materials included)

Enrol

Overview

In this fun and challenging one day workshop you will learn the fundamental skills of drawing from observation. Using a still life as subject matter experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will guide students through exercises in learning how to see shape, proportion and tone using charcoal and pastel as . Ochre will introduce master artists work and demonstrate techniques in how to draw.

In this workshop you will learn-

  • how to draw from observation
  • how to measure proportions
  • how to see and render tone, texture and line using charcoal
  • how to use limited chalk pastel colour
  • about historical and contemporary artists
  • about different drawing materials

Materials List:

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  • A2 cartridge paper – 3 sheets
  • Willow charcoal – size Medium
  • Chalk pastel soft – medium yellow, burnt sienna, titanium white
  • Paper towel for rubbing back, rubber, stubb
  • ruler

You can buy materials at your local art store. Here are a few suggestions.

Art on King – Newtown

Pigment Lab – Enmore

The Art Scene – Ryde

The Sydney Art Store – Botany

 

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Desks and chairs
  • Easels
  • backing boards
  • bulldog clips
  • tea/coffee, milk, mugs, microwave
  • toilets
  • Free street parking
  • Disabled access

Introduction to Painting Still Life with Flowers Workshop

Places available

Date and Time

Sunday March 17, 2024

10am-3.30pm

Venue

Annandale Community Centre, Back Hall, 79 Johnston St, Annandale

Cost

$185 inc gst, or $210 including materials

Enrol

Overview

In this fun and challenging one day adult workshop students will learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting with a still life of flowers as subject matter. Students may use either acrylic or oil paint. Master artists will be referenced and experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will demonstrate different painting and drawing techniques. 

You will learn about:

  • how to draw and paint from observation
  • how to measure basic proportions
  • how to see and paint tone
  • how to mix a tonal and limited colour palette 
  • About historical and contemporary artists
  • How to set up a painting palette, basic colours, brushes and materials

Materials List:

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Unless you have paid for art materials they are not included in the workshop fee. Students will need to bring the following items: 

  • Canvas support, canvas paper or Board to paint on, minimum 14” x 18″ for the workshop. This may be cheap canvas from a $2 shop.
  • An A4 art journal or paper, willow charcoal/pencil and rubber for sketching out ideas
  • A selection of 3-4 filbert brushes small, medium and large size. A large glue brush for painting a ground is also useful.
  • A rectangle plastic or wooden palette (no smaller than A3 size), do not bring pallets with wells, these are for watercolour. If you dont have a palette just bring an old big plate.
  • Rags, Apron
  • Paints: Students may use Oils or acrylics depending on
    preference.
    For a beginners class we will use:
  • Cadmium yellow (hue) or a primary yellow
  • Cadmium (Hue) or Vermillion red or a warm red, primary red
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Titanium White;
  • Please buy ‘student quality’, not kids paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands). Cheap paints are a waste of money!

If using Oil Paints: 

You will need odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. We recommend ‘Gamsol’ by Gamblin. This is the least toxic solvent on the market and the same price as other odourless solvents. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring 2 small jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/ mediums must be taken with you. Your tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums. You need to clean oil brushes at home. If you want to save paint bring some glad wrap to put over your pallet. 

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Easels and backing boards
  • Tables, drop sheets
  • water containers for acrylic paint
  • bulldog clips
  • Still life set up
  • Kitchen facilities with fridge, microwave, coffee/tea, milk, mugs
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access
  • Street parking

Enrolment Terms and Conditions

If the hall is forced to close due to restrictions being put back in place students must be prepared to do the class via zoom. There will be no refunds due to hall closure.

All term classes must be taken within the term paid for. 

Fees are non-refundable, unless negotiated for an extended illness.

You may make up missed classes by attending other classes within the same term (Subject to available places in the class)You may also use credit toward a workshop within one month of the term finishing – only up to 2 missed classes may be used in credit. This is also subject to availability within a week of the workshop. Credit per class missed is as follows – Wednesday morning – $50, Wednesday evening – $30, Thursday morning – $40

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop up to 7 days before its commencement, you will be charged a $25 administration fee. You may transfer the remaining value (class fee paid less administration fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the course or workshop fee paid.

If you choose to withdraw from a course or workshop within 7 days of its commencement, you will be charged 50% of the class fee. You may transfer the remaining value (50% of the class fee) to another class or student, to be used within 12 months of the date payment was received. You will not receive a refund for the class fee paid.

NO refunds transfers or credits if you withdraw or cancel on the day of the course or workshop.
NO refunds transfers or credits once the class has commenced.

If you have enrolled in a one day weekend workshop that you cannot attend, you may transfer your enrolment to someone else. Please let us know prior to the workshop.

If you are enrolled in a term course and if for any reason you are unable to attend a class during the term, you cannot give your place for the missed week/s to someone else. 

Art Class Sydney strive to run every class advertised, however, very rarely, classes may be cancelled due to low numbers. Students will be reimbursed the full fee or they may be credited toward another class if you prefer.