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Commencing in February and July each year , classes are for three hours, once a week for eighteen weeks.
Single-subject enrolment in day or evening classes provides complete flexibility and allows students to progress at their own rate.

  • Level 1 classes require no previous experience.
  • BIA Classes are open to all members of the public.
  • Part-time day or evening classes are  for 3 hours.
  • All subjects may be taken individually or as part of a structured program. 

The Institute also offers a structured program from the mastery of foundation skills to full professional practice.
The Certificate in Art, and studies towards a Diploma in Art, are offered outside the Australian National Training Framework.

Diploma subjects are only offered when numbers permit.

More information about the Certificate in Art and the Diploma in Art >>>>


Introductory Drawing uses studio based exercises, as well as drawing outside the studio, to help develop basic drawing skills by using a range of drawing materials. The course will explore the use of line, tone, shape, texture, space and composition in making drawings. Students will learn how to see and record information from the visual world as well as developing imaginative drawings.

Introductory Watercolour explores the expressive possibilities for this vibrant media. Based not only on traditional watercolour conventions, it addresses the possible inclusion of other media as well – e.g. acrylic inks, acrylic paint, gouache, indian and sepia inks, conte, pastels, etc. Let’s break a few “rules”.

Drawing and Painting for the Raw Beginner is designed to get you started in painting and drawing. Over the 9 weeks you will learn to draw from observation and learn to use drawing to record ideas and compositions for paintings. You will be guided in the use of acrylic paint and taught about colour mixing and paint application. Dismiss all fears – everyone will learn in this course!

Painting 1 provides a foundation in the use of basic painting media and equipment, techniques and methods of painting, and the fundamentals of visual elements including the knowledge and use of colour.

Portraiture and the Human Figure utilises a range of media including: graphite, charcoal, pastels, water media and oils, to explore depictions of the portrait, nude and clothed figure.  A model will be present at every second class for live studies while the alternate classes will focus on skills development and photographic reference. This class is suitable for both beginners and advanced students.

Introductory Printmaking introduces the basics of relief and intaglio printmaking. The Monday morning class with Nancy will explore screenprinting, monoprinting, collagraphy, lino carving, chincolle and drypoint. The Tuesday afternoon or evening classes with David will explore monoprinting, collagraphy, lino and wood carving, chincolle, drypoint and etching.  Images will be printed with colour and texture, exploring both the detail and graphic qualities afforded by printmaking. Various traditional processes of printmaking will be taught, with an emphasis on the importance of responding creatively to materials.

Fabric Printing introduces and explores a variety of techniques for designing and printing onto a range of cotton clothes and fabrics. Students will become skilled in the use of a range of techniques for printing permanent images and designs, (including photos, children’s drawings or favourite magazine pictures or logos or designs) on cotton material, canvas, t-shirts, jeans, etc. - even book covers, wooden panels, almost anything flat and smooth.

Contemporary Printmaking will cover new materials and techniques as well as alternative uses for traditional media, combined with a creative approach to image making specifically designed for printmakers. The course suits all artists, both beginners and advanced. A diverse range of techniques will be offered, including solvent monoprint intaglio, solar plate (photopolymer etching), recycled plates, introductory papermaking and book arts, and alternative lithographic methods such as "mokulito" wood litho.

Ceramics 1 provides a thorough grounding in wheel throwing and hand building using slabs and coils of a wide variety of clays. Students are shown how to finish their work to a professional standard through glazing, carving and other surface techniques. The entire ceramic process of construction, use of tools and firing is clearly demonstrated with printed materials for support. Individual work is encouraged and supported through discussion and observation and online resources are explored.

Introductory Silversmithing is aimed at those new to working in metal for jewellery purposes. You will be introduced to key jewellery design concepts and the basic techniques for hand working in metal and non-traditional materials including piercing, sawing, filing, drilling, shaping, hammering, annealing, soldering and polishing.  Sizing, stone setting and designing will be explored. You will be able to create a number of finished pieces such as rings, chains, pendants and bangles.

Decorative Ceramics will reveal the non-vessel use of clay in creating decorative objects.  This is a journey towards meaningful 3D claywork - large or small, free-standing, or integrated.  The purpose of making such work is to expose a narrative, an emotion, a reason for its creation, a validity for its existence.  Students will encounter all the traditional methods of making and firing but will be encouraged to think outside conventional practice, to experiment with materials and processes to arrive at novel presentations of the medium.  Prior clay experience an advantage but not essential.

Sculpture 1 provides students with the basic understanding, skills and techniques to produce sculptural works.  A variety of techniques will be utilized from mould making, casting, soft sculpture, construction and found objects.  Exploration of these techniques will be done with a variety of materials such plaster, latex, paper, cane, found objects and natural materials.  After the basic techniques and principles have been covered students will work towards creating larger scale pieces from their own concepts.

Children’s Term 1 Art Class (6-12 years) aims to encourage in children an appreciation of the aesthetic experience and personal symbolic language.  The focus for this term will be painting. The tutors, through interaction with each child, will seek to understand and thus offer what would be of value to his/her development.

Art for Teenagers (12 – 17 years) provides students with a range of creative and technical skills through a variety of media and techniques.  Flexible delivery will be provided to suit the individual needs of the students and build upon their individual visual language.  Each term a particular area will be focused on – eg. drawing one term, painting another. (This method has proven to be the most successful method to convey a thorough and working knowledge in developing skill sets in art).  Folio development will be provided as required.

Expanding the Boundaries of Drawing
- a place of refuge and connection, a way to fragment and unify. Specific exercises will be followed using unexpected techniques and surfaces, enabling us to think differently. Drawings from contemporary artists will be looked at. We will discuss the choice of surfaces we draw on/with, their role as support, their significance as layers, and their ability to be transformed. DRAW AND FIND!

Drawing from the Visible World is suitable for students who have completed Introductory Drawing or have prior drawing experience. The knowledge, skills and attitude required to use imaginative approaches to media, and creative drawing techniques will be developed through response to the visible world. Skills and techniques covered will include the use of colour, graphite, charcoal, pen and wash, watercolour pencil and pastels. There will be reference to artists in history and to the practice of contemporary artists.

Metal Sculpture introduces the student to tools and techniques used in making sculptures which are predominately of metal, but may incorporate other media - wood, ceramic, plastics, leather, glass, etc. This is a hands-on course which includes using the techniques of soldering, brazing and oxy acetylene welding.

2D to 3D: Studio Class is designed to complement the methods and materials taught in the course 2D to 3D (Drawing to New Forms of Sculpture).This studio class will extend your creative capabilities and build confidence in adapting to these techniques. We will explore a variety of new surface treatments and methods involving textiles, introduce new tools and armature construction. This course will also challenge the students approach to the found object and the benefits of working on a collaborative project.  By using contemporary drawing methods and alternate surfaces we will incorporate drawing as a starting point and investigate how the two dimensional can be a component of the three dimensional. Starting with exercises and demonstrations of techniques and materials, we will then move toward student directed research and the development of a body of work.

Ceramics 2 encourages the expansion of skills in wheel throwing and/or hand building using slabs and coils of clay. Styles and techniques of international ceramic artists will be discussed, including their construction methods and surface techniques which will be explained and demonstrated in the studio. The entire ceramic process of construction using different types of clay, use of tools, decoration, glazing and firing will be demonstrated with printed materials for support.  Individual development is encouraged and supported through observation, discussion and printed and online resources.  Professional practice including, documenting work, exhibiting, web presence and marketing will be considered.

Ceramics 3 extends proficiency in both wheel and handbuilding, plus decorative, glazing and firing techniques.  Students will be assisted in finding an identifiable individual style and focus on developing it to a marketable standard.  Awareness of contemporary practice and critical reviewing will be expected.  A confident level of expertise is required with a keen interest in mastering all the technical skills to ensure competency as a ceramic artist. 

Intermediate Silversmithing is a great opportunity to extend your basic silversmithing skills. Students will learn about fretwork, tube setting, gypsy setting, making hinges, using a rolling mill to create beautiful surface finishes and how to carve wax for lost wax casting. You will be encouraged to create a series of works using the newly learned skills.  These will include complex pieces such as fretwork kinetic ting,, stone set rings, plus cast silver work based on students own ideas.

Studio Jewellery is aimed at people who wish to continue on developing their practice with the guidance of an experienced teacher. It is suitable for people who have completed an introductory course in Silversmithing and now wish to further practice their skills and develop their personal style. You will be able to work on your own projects in our professionally equipped studio.

Advanced Watercolour - during this course students will learn advanced watercolour techniques: how to combine watercolour with ink, oil crayons, acrylic and collage, studding layering and glazing techniques. Students will experiment with different type of visual texture on paper. Different approaches and ideas will be explored in the studio. Students will study different styles in the class and will have an opportunity for Plein Air work. Basic knowledge of watercolour painting techniques is required.

Creative Portraiture Painting aims to develop skills in colour, design and expression using the human image.  This class will take you on a fun journey from Rembrandt to the outrageous.  The tutor David Paulson wanted to subtitle this course “How to get hung in the Archibald with a few easy lessons!”  We suspect he had his tongue firmly placed in his cheek.

Painting 2 develops observational skills and the ability to depict what is seen in painting. Keeping sketchbooks and producing preliminary studies and painted sketches will be integral to this course.

Painting 3 develops the knowledge, skills, processes and concepts required to research and select appropriate subjects as well as media and techniques to create expressive paintings. Students are encouraged to utilise research, experimentation, risk taking and speculation in their art making.

Painting 4 aims to add to the painting skills you already have and to develop your personal aims for your artworks, with a priority on what it takes to make a good painting. The classes will concentrate on problem solving strategies for developing each individual work, and will introduce information on how a wide range of other painters approach their art practices. The choice of all materials and subject matter is up to you.

Studio Painting is for experienced painting students who are capable of working independently but would benefit from expert guidance and feedback.

Acrylic Applications provides an opportunity to do practical, energetic exercises using acrylic / synthetic polymer paint.  Fast drying acrylic paint has broad painting and printing applications enabling techniques of colour staining, pattern making and layering processes. The course will explore the traditions and production of picture-making as well as abstract painting. 

Studio Etching is a continuing course for students seeking some formalized structure relating to both advanced studio techniques and professional practices. The course will incorporate lectures from specialist guest lecturers. If you are unsure of the skill level required for this module please contact the tutor.




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