Summer School 2014 Courses (6-11 January) - Register Online

001 Almost anything goes: mixed media & drawing with Sue Meredith

Monday 8 July
Leave the ipads at home and draw from nature and your imagination. Explore mark making using unusual painting and drawing tools. Learn how to use objects from around the home or garden to create exciting and unique textures in your works of art. Let the materials guide you. Almost anything goes!
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 including materials, morning tea and lunch

002 Power painting: painting & drawing with Sue Meredith

Tuesday 9 July
Get stuck into the paints to create bold and colourful works. Choose your own subject and explore, using acrylic paints and various media. You’ll use unusual methods with tools you may never have thought of to create vibrant, powerful pictures. We’ll even make our own paintbrushes!
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 including materials, morning tea and lunch

003 Woven wonders: basketry with Penny Simons

Wednesday 10 July
Create your own coiled basket using ancient basketry techniques and materials. You’ll use raffia and grasses to make beautiful work, then decorate it to your own design. Finish the day weaving willow, stars and hearts to enliven any festive occasion throughout the year.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 including materials, morning tea and lunch

004 3D Aliens: printmaking with Angharad Rixon

Thursday 11 July
Aliens have been found, but squashed passing through the atmosphere! Can you help us design new bodies for our alien friends? We will make Alien x-rays, print their new body shapes onto t-shirts and then help them become 3D in the Alien incubator! Finally take your new friend home and introduce them to planet Earth.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 including materials, morning tea and lunch

005 Discovering clay: ceramics with Machiko Motoi

Friday 12 July
Where does clay come from? What happens when water is added or you dry it and fire it in a kiln? Explore with Machiko different clays, their properties and hand building techniques. Create a masterpiece you can take home after it returns from the fiery depths of Sturt’s ceramics department. Firing included – collection TBA.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 including materials, morning tea and lunch

006 Children's courses Monday - Friday

Monday 8 July | Almost anything goes: mixed media and drawing with Sue Meredith
Leave the ipads at home and draw from nature and your imagination. Explore mark making using unusual painting and drawing tools. Learn how to use objects from around the home or garden to create exciting and unique textures in your works of art. Let the materials guide you. Almost anything goes!
Tuesday 9 July | Power painting: painting and drawing with Sue Meredith
Get stuck into the paints to create bold and colourful works. Choose your own subject and explore, using acrylic paints and various media. You’ll use unusual methods with tools you may never have thought of to create vibrant, powerful pictures. We’ll even make our own paintbrushes!
Wednesday 10 July | Woven wonders: basketry with Penny Simons 
Create your own coiled basket using ancient basketry techniques and materials. You’ll use raffia and grasses to make beautiful work, then decorate it to your own design. Finish the day weaving willow, stars and hearts to enliven any festive occasion throughout the year.
Thursday 11 July | 3D Aliens: printmaking with Angharad Rixon
Aliens have been found, but squashed passing through the atmosphere! Can you help us design new bodies for our alien friends? We will make Alien x-rays, print their new body shapes onto t-shirts and then help them become 3D in the Alien incubator! Finally take your new friend home and introduce them to planet Earth.
Friday 12 July | Discovering clay: ceramics with Machiko Motoi
Where does clay come from? What happens when water is added or you dry it and fire it in a kiln? Explore with Machiko different clays, their properties and hand building techniques. Create a masterpiece you can take home after it returns from the fiery depths of Sturt’s ceramics department. Firing included – collection TBA.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $440/week – including materials, morning tea and lunch

01 Drawn to painting with Ruth Stone

Consider the dynamics of making marks with line and contour drawing; tonal, black to white, blind drawing, tonal values, light source and the use of tone to show form. Experiment with a variety of techniques including mixed media, frottage, collage, texture and composition and explore colour. Focusing on composition, create a tonal painting before continuing on to explore a variety of techniques to further develop your work, resulting in several completed works by the end of the week.
Ruth Stone is a practising artist and art educator. In 2018, Ruth worked as Art Project coordinator for Maruku Arts, Uluru, living on community with the Anangu artists. Ruth has been a finalist for several prestigious art prizes and continues to exhibit her work nationally. 
Level: Beginners - Intermediate | Cost: $745 + $35 materials

02 Watercolour: impressionistic style with Tony Belobrajdic

Paint quick, expressive watercolours with fewer brush strokes. Work with large brushes (sizes 12 or 16), adding shape against shape, stroke by stroke, leaving large areas of paper untouched. Create atmosphere using a limited palette, oversimplifying shapes and avoiding too many details regardless of complexity of subject matter, in this fun, quick approach to creating fresh and spontaneous works.
Tony Belobrajdic studied Architecture and Engineering in Croatia, moving to New York, were he painted and exhibited in water based mediums. Tony has lived and worked in Sydney since 1988, specialising in watercolour but also working in other water-based mediums. He travels and paints overseas frequently in between conducting workshops. Tony’s works are featured in several books and magazines.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $10 materials

03 Painting: intensive colour – still life to abstract with Virginia Cuppaidge

Paint a still life, transforming it into an abstract painting, with a focus on individual colour preferences. Explore the colours you are drawn to, while considering composition and placement, creating abstract forms that reflect your individual style. Creating two or more paintings, explore your own personal imagery and develop a fuller understanding of your individual approach to painting in this explorative class.
Virginia Cuppaidge has held over 32 solo exhibitions in Australia, USA and Canada. Having studied under Desiderius Orban, John Olsen and Maria Gazzard, Virginia relocated to New York, painting and exhibiting. She is a recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Foundation award and was Associate Professor of Art at City University of New York (1992-2008). Virginia is currently represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery.
Level: All* | Cost: $745 + $20 materials      *Some experience

04 Printmaking: alternative etching & drypoint with Tony Ameneiro

Explore alternative methods & materials for drypoint and etching techniques with an emphasis on low cost, lower toxicity, ease and availability of materials. Look at various types of plastic sheeting for single and multi-colour work incorporated with more traditional etching methods, including drypoint techniques, colour relief & stencilling work and multi-plate colour printing. Create at least two prints from each area. 
Tony Ameneiro is an artist-printmaker, working within his drawing practice across the areas of etching, lithography, relief printmaking and monotype. Tony exhibits professionally and is the winner/finalist in many prestigious art prizes within Australia as well as overseas. His printmaking skills are also sought after for several prominent Australian artists. Tony’s work is in collections in the UK and Australia.
Level: All* | Cost: $745 + $90 materials     *Some experience

05 Organic indigo vats: shibori & resist printing with Julie Ryder

Explore different types of organic indigo vats, their maintenance and the many aspects of shibori in order to resist-dye with indigo – clamping (itajime), stitching (nui), pole-wrapping (arashi) and many other methods including resist paste printing and dyeing. Experimenting with a set of small samples, you will gain knowledge and understanding of the processes involved, allowing you the confidence to work more independently on a larger set project.
Julie Ryder is a textile designer and artist who has gained international recognition for her work. With a strong interest in natural dyeing, hand-printing and sustainable practices, Julie has taught widely for over 25 years, exhibits her work nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, art residencies and commissions.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $40 materials

06 Making Saori woven textiles with Kaz Madigan

Relax into weaving in your own personal rhythm with a spontaneous, improvisational and exploratory approach that is the core of Saori weaving philosophy. There are no ‘mistakes’, only exploration. Learn techniques, loom hacks and gain new ideas. Students can expect to take home at least one finished handwoven cloth for interior, tableware, artistic expression or accessories with an opportunity for creating garments from woven cloth.
Kaz Madigan has been handweaving for over 40 years, exhibiting and selling her work throughout Australia, alongside writing and teaching on a continuous basis. Energised and inspired by teaching weaving, Kaz finds the Saori approach opens a fresh, accessible way of looking at the most ancient yet contemporary of craft skills – woven textiles.
Level: All | Cost: $835 + $10 materials + pay tutor – loom hire optional

07 The modern knitter with Robynn-El Ross

Compile a portfolio, learning different skills; casting on/off, simple lace knitting, basic cables, scrumbling (aka form free knitting), texture and pattern, buttonholes, wild beginnings, intarsia, knitting in the round and creating your own pattern. Achievable patterns will be shared and used as extension work consolidating skills. Take your knitting to a new level and gain confidence to attempt fancy patterns or whole garments. Every effort will be made to answer individual knitting queries.
Robynn-El Ross is an educator, author and artist, passionate about passing on skills and techniques, creating confident knitters. Her publishing credits (cross stitch design, knitwear and knitted accessories) include two books, many designs and feature articles for Artwear Publications and Australian Indie Road magazines. 
Level: Beginners - Intermediate | Cost: $745 + $10 materials

08 Creative papermaking with Peter Taylor

Learn the basics of recycling coloured paper, pulp production & sheet formation, moving on to experimenting with natural & man-made additions; dyes, double couching ‘sandwiches’, embossing, joining sheets, free-form pulp pouring, pulp painting, paper-casting, bowl making, surface treatment & chromatography. Techniques for producing artists’ books will be covered as well as opportunity to work on personal projects focusing on papermaking as an artistic endeavour rather than bulk production. Tuition will also be provided on making moulds and deckles the cheap and easy way.
Peter Taylor is a highly experienced teacher, initially studying in London with the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. His handmade paper artworks have featured in the Queensland Museum and his artists’ books displayed in Queensland State Library.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $75 materials + pay tutor

09 Metalwork: taking a line for a walk with Vicki Mason

Learn to use the rolling mills as a tool for drawing on metal, opening a totally new avenue for exploration and invention. Print sheet metal with wire to create lines as design elements and go on to transcribe your own drawings. Learn solder inlay, how to make and use jigs, make simple findings, design with sheet metal and how to patinate copper and silver. Complete a series of experiments and finished jewellery or small metal objects.

Vicki Mason has been making jewellery for 23 years specialising in the use of metal and textiles. Trained by Swiss and German jewellers she went on to complete a master’s degree (research) in jewellery at ANU. Vicki runs both production and exhibition practices and teaches. 

Level: All* | Cost: $835 + $120 materials     *Some experience

10 Sculptural basketry circling back with Harriet Goodall

Combine basketry techniques, incorporating found and recycled metals and wires with traditional materials. Identify, gather and prepare native and non-native plants and salvage both hard and soft materials to use in the creation of contemporary woven fibre art. Learn rib basketry, twining, string making, hexagonal weave, netting and random weaving. Understand gathering found materials sustainably. You will be supported to create a series of unique works to take home.
Harriet Goodall is a professional weaver and fibre artist, leading weaving workshops nationally and internationally, including facilitating projects with indigenous weavers across the world, and helping to raise awareness of fair trade, traditional handcraft and natural dyeing. Harriet exhibits widely alongside working on various commissions of woven lighting and sculpture.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $95 materials

11 Introduction to marquetry with Peter Young

Using the double bevel technique, learn to create two images; one to use as a box lid and the other to be used as a tray. Learn how to choose and handle veneer, hot sand shading, gluing strategies and finishing. You will go home with a finished tray and a box. In addition you will have a cutting stand and specialist saw to continue doing your own marquetry in the future.
Peter Young focuses on individually designed and handcrafted furniture, dedicated to excellence and a focus on technical detail, frequently featuring marquetry and parquetry. A former research scientist, Peter returned to his first passion, retraining in USA, Canada and Australia. Peter teaches across the country including at Sturt School for Wood and is a frequent contributor to the Australian Wood Review magazine. 
Level: All | Cost: $835 + $95 materials

12 Wood carving: one small tree with Jeff Donne

Create a number of beautiful handmade objects. Using knife and axe carving techniques, make a selection of hand carved spoons working up to a complex Swedish eating spoon with a cranked bowl and handle decoration. Learn to make a hand carved marionette stringed puppet, carved in the Czech tradition as well as a selection of tree-craft items such as wall hooks, crochet hooks, knitting needles or animal charms. All from one little tree.
Jeff Donne is a spoon carver and woodcraft teacher, having started his journey with axe and knife over 20 years ago. Running a travelling Spoon School, Jeff is also a key person in the Lost Trades Fair, and is a co-organiser of Spoon Jam, an annual spoon carving festival, teaching alongside Swedish and American master carvers.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $50 materials

13 Porcelain: colour and light with John Tuckwell

Extend your depth of technical knowledge. Learn about slip mixing and maintenance, adding paper, blending and colouring slip, and simple slip casting. After a demonstration in making a plaster slab, learn how to laminate coloured clay on and off a slab as well as construction techniques. In this inclusive class you can expect to explore new ideas and mix theory, demonstrations as well as the hands on, giving you the opportunity to create new work over the week.
John Tuckwell has been a ceramic artist for more than 25 years. Johns’ work has evolved to specialise in porcelain slip constructions - his highly successful practise that sees him exhibit in Australia and overseas, including over 60 group and solo exhibitions. 
Level: All* | Cost: $745 + $85 materials     *Some experience

14 Hand built ceramics: vessels with lively tactile surfaces with Rachel Wood

Be experimental! Learn to apply slips and glaze, building layers in combination with mark making, adding vitality and life to your work. Working through fundamental techniques, explore with playful experimentation, understanding the qualities of the clay, exploiting its strengths and limitations. Each student can expect to have made several test pieces, and a larger piece of work fired and glazed.
Rachel Wood works from Harley Foundation Studios in Welbeck, England, creating hand built stoneware vessels, recognised for their unique and complex surfaces. After assisting renowned ceramist, Robin Welch, Rachel now exhibits widely across Europe. In 2016 she was winner of the Neue Keramik Prize in Germany, and in 2017 winner of the Diessen Ceramic Prize.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $55 materials

15 Soft basketry with Jillian Culey

Learn the ancient arts of twined, plait and twilled basket weaving using a range of plant materials, including the collection and preparation of natural fibres. With different bases or starts/finishes, create small sample baskets or bags in each of the techniques and learn different fibres, textures and patterns, considering design and form. Following on to the opportunity to extend your skills into a larger bag, basket or sculptural piece.
Jillian Culey is a fibre artist who is inspired by the natural fibres she uses and by the ancient and universal craft of basket weaving. Jillian’s work explores the woven form: its delicacy and its strength, its simplicity and its complexity. Jillian designs and creates baskets and sculptural pieces for exhibition, retails stores and private collections.
Level: Beginners - Intermediate | Cost: $745 + $100 materials