Weekend Art Workshops and January Summer School

Art Class Sydney hosts a regular timetable of weekend Painting, Drawing and Watercolour workshops 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.

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 Portraits

Fully Booked

Date and Time

Sunday November 19, 2023

10am-3.30pm

Venue

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

Cost

$185 inc gst (materials excluded), or $210 (including materials)

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Overview

Drawing is everything! It is one of the most basic skills in art one can learn and is really important first step for learning painting and other forms of art. In this fun and challenging one day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of drawing Portraits from a photo, using charcoal and chalk pastel as our medium. Master artists will be referenced and experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will demonstrate different drawing techniques.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • how to draw from observation
  • how to measure basic proportions of the face
  • how to see and render tone using charcoal
  • How to use limited chalk pastel colour
  • about historical and contemporary artists
  • about different drawing materials

Materials List:

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  • Paper – A2 cartridge paper, 3 sheets
  • Willow charcoal – medium size
  • Chalk pastel soft – Cadmium yellow or lemon yellow, burnt Sienna, titanium white
  • Paper towel
  • Hard eraser

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Desks
  • Easels
  • backing boards
  • tea and coffee, microwave
  • toilets
  • Street parking
  • Disabled access

Summer School 3 day Intensive in Painting and Drawing for Adult Beginners

Places available

Date and Time

Monday January 15, 2024

10am - 3.30pm

Venue

Saint Johns Church Hall, Birchgrove

Cost

$600 inc gst (materials excluded) , $660 inc gst (materials included)

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Overview

Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th January 2024

This fun and instructive 3 day Painting and Drawing workshop for adults will cover basic drawing skills and the fundamentals of painting. The workshop is suitable for absolute beginners to students with some experience. Experienced tutor and professional artist Ochre Lawson will guide students through structured techniques using demonstrations and reference to master artists. The genre of Still Life and Landscape will be used to inspire you and bring out your inner artist! You may choose to have materials provided in which case acrylic paints will be used. If you wish to bring your own materials you may bring oils or acrylics depending on your preference.

You will learn about:

  • basic skills in drawing and observation
  • how to measure proportions
  • how to draw and paint tone
  • how to mix a tonal and limited colour palette in paint
  • about proportion and perspective in still life and landscape and creating depth
  • About historical and contemporary artists
  • How to set up a painting palette, basic colours, brushes and materials

A rough program for the workshop will include-

Day 1 – Drawing skills using charcoal and chalk pastel looking at a still life subject. Sketching up the still life onto canvas.

Day 2 – Basics of painting equipment, setting up a palette, learning how to mix tone. Learning how to mix colour. Painting a still life.

Day 3 – Learning about landscape as a genre. Sketching a landscape from a photo onto the canvas and painting the landscape using a limited colour range.

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:

  • 2 x canvas to paint on minimum 16” x 20″ for the workshop. This may be cheap canvas from a $2 shop, spotlight or office works
  • 4 x A3 paper , willow charcoal medium sized and rubber for sketching out ideas
  • A selection of 3-4 filbert brushes small, medium and large size.
  • A rectangle plastic or wooden palette (no smaller 22 x 30cm) Don’t get palettes with wells in them( these are for watercolour). The best for acrylic is a rectangle melamine rectangle plate with edges from a $2 shop. For oils get a flat rectangle palette no edges.
  • Rags, Apron
  • Paints: Students may use Oils or acrylics depending on
    preference.
  • Lemon yellow, ochre yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Vermillion or a warm red
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Titanium White
  • Please buy ‘student quality’ paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands). Cheap paints are a waste of money!

If using Acrylics:

Bring a general flow medium

If using Oil Paints:

You will need odourless solvent for cleanup. 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 must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring 2 small jars with lids to take away spent solvents. Spent solvents must be taken with you. Your tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents. You need to clean oil brushes at home. If you want to save paint bring some glad wrap to put over your pallet. We will not be using mediums in this workshop only solvent.

Places to buy art materials

Art on King in Newtown

The Art Scene in Ryde

The Sydney Art Store in Botany

Parkers in the Rocks

Pigment Lab in Enmore

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Easels and backing boards
  • Tables, drop sheets
  • water containers for acrylic paint
  • bulldog clips
  • Some source material
  • Kitchen facilities with fridge, microwave, coffee/tea, milk, mugs
  • Disabled Toilets and disabled access to hall
  • Free all day street parking around the hall

Summer School 2 day Intensive – Expressive and Abstract Painting workshop for Adults with some experience

Places available

Date and Time

Thursday January 18, 2024

10am - 3.30pm

Venue

St Johns Church Hall, Birchgrove

Cost

$400 inc gst, materials excluded

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Overview

Thursday 18th to Friday 19th January 2024

This fun and challenging 2 day intensive Expressive and Abstract Painting workshop is aimed at adult students who wish to understand techniques in abstraction, composition, brush mark and use of colour. This workshop is for students with some experience. We will use a still life as subject matter over the 2 days to demonstrate concepts that can be used across all genres. Experienced tutor and professional artist Ochre Lawson will facilitate the workshop using both demonstrations and references to master artists to guide students through structured processes.

What you will learn:

  • How to look at abstract and expressive paintings
  • How to create an abstraction from a still life using different techniques
  • Methods of composition
  • How to attain different brush marks and surface textures
  • Some basic colour theory in relation to composition
  • About a variety of modern and contemporary abstract/ expressive artists

Materials List:

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

    • 1 x Canvas to paint on minimum 14” x 18″ for the workshop. This may be cheap canvas from a $2 shop.
    • 5 x A2 paper in 210 gsm
    • An A4 art journal or paper, willow charcoal, chalk pastels (a selection of soft white, yellow, blue, red) rubber for sketching and mark making
    • A selection of 3-4 filbert brushes small, medium and large size.
    • A rectangle plastic or wooden palette (no smaller than A3 size)
    • Rags, Apron
    • Paints: Students may use Oils or acrylics depending on
      preference.
    • Cadmium yellow (hue) or lemon yellow – Yellow mid
    • Ultramarine Blue – Phthalo blue or Prussian Blue
    • Cadmium red (hue) or Vermillion or a warm red  – Alizarin Red
    • Burnt Umber
    • Titanium White;
    • Please buy ‘student quality’ 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. Spent solvents must be taken with you. Your tutor will give you information on reusing solvents. You need to clean oil brushes at home. If you want to save paint bring some glad wrap to put over your pallet.

    Mediums– I mix my own medium using 1/3 solvent, 1/3 refined linseed and 1/3 stand oil and mix it in a glass bottle with a good lid. I prefer you don’t bring toxic premixed mediums to class. If you want to use a premixed medium please buy from Gamblins non toxic range. Medium is not necessary in this workshop.
    If using Acrylic paints:
    Please bring a general flow medium. You may want to also bring a gel medium or impasto medium but this is up to you.

Equipment List:

Facilities provided by Art Class Sydney

  • Easels and backing boards
  • Tables, drop sheets
  • water containers for acrylic paint
  • bulldog clips
  • Some source material
  • Kitchen facilities with fridge, microwave, coffee/tea, milk, mugs
  • Toilets
  • Disabled access

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.