Short Courses 2017

WEEKEND COURSES | Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May, 9.30am-4.30pm

Ephemeral Art with Shona Wilson THIS COURSE IS NEARLY FULL
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May
Level: All | Cost: $300 + materials TBA
Collaborate with nature. This workshop is for anyone that is interested in connecting with their creative self in a playful and unpressured way. Using lateral thinking you will open yourself up to new ways of thinking and creating.
Students will need to bring a camera (the camera on your phone will do) and notepad and paper and suitable outdoor clothes/wet weather gear.

Shona Wilson is an Australian sculptor who engages with the natural world, creating beautiful assemblages. Shona’s materials are drawn from her surroundings, continually foraging and hoarding and is renowned for her ability to re-contextualize materials into intricate and striking artworks.
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Tool Restoration and Sharpening with Keith Houston
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May
Level: All | Cost: $300 + materials TBA
Using a tool you have rescued and lovingly restored, whether it is a chisel, a plane or perhaps even an antique bread knife, is rewarding. But what is the best way to restore an object? This two day, hands-on course will show you how – and, importantly, what not to do. Bring a selection of hand tools, no matter what their condition, and be prepared to transform them back into working condition, whether for personal use or for profit.

Keith Houston, a retired scientist and past President of the ACT Woodcraft Guild, has been collecting and restoring hand tools for much of his life. You may have seen him and purchased restored items at tool events, or read his articles about hand tools, or attended one of his many workshops on woodcarving or sharpening.
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WEEKEND COURSES | Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August, 9.30am-4.30pm

Tablet Weaving: experiment with Egyptian Diagonals with Angharad Rixon
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $30 materials
Egyptian Diagonals is a technique in tablet weaving which allows you to create patterns or, recipes, to weave beautiful interlaced motifs. It is a principle which is a great addition to any weaver’s tool box and a wonderfully simple way to weave very complex decorative bands. Over the weekend, you will weave an original belt or guitar strap with an intricate design.

Angharad Rixon is an historian specialising in textile techniques, interested in structures, surface treatments, textile materials and the relationship between commerce, design and craft. Angharad has taught at numerous international institutions including NABA, Milan and Roberto Capucci Foundation Florence.       

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Introduction to Steam Bending with Phoebe Everill THIS COURSE IS NEARLY FULL
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August
Level: All | Cost: $300 + materials TBA
Make a set of 3 boxes in traditional oval shape, exploring not only steam bending but also peining the fixings and shaping the decorative fingers. Traditionally made without glue, you made with glue, you will also make the dowels for the base and lid.

Phoebe Everill is a third generation wood worker with a passion for beautiful timbers and the details that make them sing. Defying convention as a female tradie, she established a successful carpentry and renovations business before turning her eye to fine furniture by moving interstate to study at Sturt School for Wood in 2009.
Still Alive!! Still life painting with Charlotte Thodey
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $25 materials
A practical search for solutions in the ‘Still Life’ genre with an emphasis on composition, tone and colour decisions to finely detailed finished work with a respect for individual style. Using seasonal fruit, foliage, vegetables, china and linen as props, learn to make big decisions about small things! The process is both meditative and exhausting.
Charlotte Thodey has exhibited her work for over 25 years and has produced a number of posters for the Botanic Gardens and Historic Houses Trust as well as devising and illustrating books. Charlotte regularly teaches classes at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and exhibits her work in Australia and France.
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WEEKEND COURSES | Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September, 9.30am-4.30pm

Building straw and clay sculptures for outdoors with Karen Farrell
Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $ materials tba
Karen Farrell is an established ceramic artist with a studio practice that includes the production of both functional and sculptural works. Her recent large scale outdoor installations have been receiving accolades and include work currently on show in Sturt gardens.
Course details will be posted soon. Register online » 
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WEEKEND COURSES | Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October, 9.30am-4.30pm

Woodwork project with Isabelle Moore
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Level: Some experience | Cost: $300 + $ materials tba
Edinburgh-based furniture designer-maker Isabelle Moore’s work focuses on seating and textiles. Endlessly inspired by the incorporation of different techniques, Isabelle has explored the possibilities of ‘active sitting’, ergonomics and minimal material to provide holistic and fun ways to interact with our built environment.
Course details will be posted soon. Register online » 
Exploring the Bangalow basket with Glenese Keavney
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Level: Some experience | Cost: $300 + $25 material fee to be paid to the tutor
Discover Bangalow palm - a beautiful and versatile material to get creative with.  Using the Bangalow sheathing base, inflorescence and spathe, students will experiment; a basket, a sculptural form - adding feathers, buttons, stitching and more. String and coiling techniques will be incorporated as part of the making process.
Glenese Keavney is a master in working with Bangalow, creating baskets for over 15 years. Glenese exhibits her work regularly and was a founding member of Basketry NSW Inc.
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Ply-Split braiding with Angharad Rixon
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $45 for ply split (incl grip-fid)
Ply-Split braiding provides endless possibilities for creating 3 dimensional forms. Learn the basics of this technique and create your own ply-split basket! You will also learn how to prepare your own cords to make beautiful patterns and textures. Working with paper, students will make very strong (and useful) baskets, boxes, trays etc in a technique that can also be adapted for chair seats for those interested in furniture making. 
Angharad Rixon is an historian specialising in textile techniques, interested in structures, surface treatments, textile materials and the relationship between commerce, design and craft. Angharad has taught at numerous international institutions including NABA, Milan and Roberto Capucci Foundation Florence.

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To enrol in a course, please use the online enrolment form or download the enrolment form below and return to Sturt Short Courses, PO Box 34 Mittagong NSW 2575 or email to: shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au. For more information, phone: 02 4860 2083. 

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SHORT COURSES TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • ENROLMENT: Students are strongly encouraged to enrol early – at least 2 weeks out from the course commencement date. Late enrolments cannot be guaranteed a place or that the course will run.
  • PAYMENT: Full payment is required to confirm your place in any course.
  • CANCELLATION BY STURT: Sturt Craft Centre reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to under enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances. Courses with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date. In this case enrolled students will receive a full refund.
  • CANCELLATION BY STUDENTS: No refunds will be given to enrolled students wishing to cancel less than two weeks in advance of the course commencement date. Students who cancel and wish to receive a refund before 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date will incur a $50 cancellation fee. 
  • MINIMUM AGE for adult course enrolment is 16 years.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Sturt reserves the right to photograph classes and to use these photos for publicity purposes only.