Weekend Art Workshops

Weekend painting and drawing workshops
January Summer Art School

Weekend Painting and Drawing Workshops in Sydney

Art Class Sydney hosts a regular timetable of weekend painting and drawing workshops throughout the year. Spend a creative Sunday with us.

2020 January Summer Art School Early Bird now enrolling

Each January we also offer special summer art school classes. Get a creative start to the new year. View our summer art school classes.

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 I and find it inspiring and a privilege that I am learning from an artist that I admire.

Cluny, Northern Suburbs

Weekend Workshops December and January

2020 January Summer Art School

Travel Sketching in the Park – Landscape and Park Features

sketching in the park

Date and Time: Sunday 19th January 2019
10am-3pm
Venue: Wendy Whitleys garden, Milson Point
Cost: $130 materials not included but may be purchased on request. (Annual returning students 5% discount $123.50)

Overview
Going travelling and want to know how to sketch out in the landscape? In this fun and challenging one day workshop you will learn useful skills in travel sketching using pencil and watercolour. We will be sketching in the gorgeous Wendy Whiteley’s Garden at Milsons’ Point which will be shady and protected.

You will learn about:

  • observing shapes and light
  • what to take when sketching on your travels
  • composition in the landscape
  • how to achieve depth and proportion
  • how to mix basic watercolour and how to use it across pencil
  • materials and tools for sketching outside

Materials List:

  • A5/A4 sketchbook suitable for a light wash minimum 220gsm or A5/A4 sheets of watercolour paper and a small board (cardboard or ply) to masking tape sheets onto
  • Lead pencil HB, 4b, charcoal pencil, rubber (if you have other drawing mediums like ink pens, watercolour pencils ect. you are welcome to bring them)
  • Basic watercolour set, brushes , small water jar, water
  • You may bring a small portable stool if you like but don’t bring a big camping chair. If you like to work on a portable easel you are welcome to bring it also but its not necessary. Bring a sarong to sit on, hat, sunscreen, lunch, drink. Everything should fit in a backpack so you are moveable!

Landscape in Watercolour and Drawing Media 2 Day Intensive

Date and Time: Monday and Tuesday 20 and 21 January 2020 10am-3.30pm
Venue: St Johns Church Hall downstairs room, plenty of free street parking, cafes and public transport nearby
Cost: Early Bird until 20th December $280, after 20th December $310

Overview
This 2 day intensive workshop will either teach you the basics of using drawing media (charcoal, ink and pencil) with watercolour or give you a better understanding of using these media together. We will be focussing on the landscape genre both urban and natural and doing a variety of work from photos and some en plein air close to the venue.

You will learn about:

  • observing shapes and light
  • composition in the landscape
  • how to achieve depth and proportion
  • different techniques for using watercolour, ink, pencil and charcoal
  • how to observe and simplify
  • Lessons in perspective of buildings

Materials List:

  • A3 watercolour paper smooth
  • masking tape 
  • Lead pencil HB, 4B
  • Charcoal pencil, rubber
  • Ink pen, ink 
  • Basic watercolour set, wash brush, medium brush
  • Water jar
  • Kitchen paper 

Coffee/ Tea and biscuits will be provided. You will need to bring lunch or there are plenty of cafes nearby.

2 day intensive
Abstracting the Landscape in acrylic or oil paint

Expressive landscape oil on canvas by Ochre Lawson

Date and Time: Wednesday and Thursday 22 and 23 January 10am-3.30pm
Venue: St John’s Church Hall, Cnr Spring and Thomas St Birchgrove (Balmain)
Cost: Early Bird until 20th December $280, after 20th December $310

Overview
This 2 day intensive workshop will teach you how to begin to abstract the landscape in oil or acrylic paints through looking at different methods of simplification used by historical master artists of abstraction. This workshop is for painters who have had some experience in painting and would like to push their painting further. We will work from both images and from sketches done en plein air close to the venue.

You will learn about:

  • composition and simplification of the landscape
  • how to achieve depth and proportion whilst abstracting
  • different techniques in brush and mark making in using acrylics and oil paints
  • how to observe and simplify
  • different contemporary artists

Materials List:

  • Bring your paints, brushes, palette
  • 1 or 2 canvases

Coffee/ Tea and biscuits will be provided. You will need to bring lunch or there are plenty of cafes nearby.

Fundamentals of Drawing – still life

painting-one-day-workshop

Date: Sunday 16th February ,10am-3pm
Venue: St Johns Church Hall downstairs room, plenty of free street parking, cafes and public transport nearby
Cost: All materials included $160 (Annual returning students get 5% discount , $152) Providing own materials $145 ($135 returning students to be paid through Direct Transfer)

Overview
In this fun and challenging one day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of drawing with a still life as subject matter. Master artists will be referenced and experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will demonstrate different techniques. In this workshop you will learn:

  • how to draw from observation
  • how to measure basic proportions
  • how to see and draw tone
  • how to use chalk pastel and mix a tonal palette
  • historical and contemporary artists drawings
  • drawing materials

For absolute beginners to more advanced.