Summer School

NSW Education Standards Authority

Sturt's annual Summer School was established in 2000 and is growing in popularity over the years. You can now join our Sturt Summer and 'get creative' in the holidays. Hundreds of like-minded people enjoy our cool-climate campus and share courses across a wide range of art forms plus dedicated courses for young people.

Sturt is an endorsed provider of professional development by the NSW Education Standards Authority, so the Summer School is also a great opportunity for educators to learn and expand their skills in an exciting and enjoyable environment.

For Sturt Summer School 2019 (Thursday 3 - Monday 7 January), we are offering 23 adult courses and 1-day courses for children (different course each day). For this one-week residential school, we also offer accommodation and meals packages. Please note that accommodation package includes all meals and final night party.

For day students, lunches and party attendance are available by selecting those options on the booking form.

Find out more on the Summer School General Information page.

See details for each course below. Click here to go to CHILDREN'S COURSES. You can register online or by using the enrolment form (PDF document): 

Summer School 2019 Enrolment Form Summer School 2019 Enrolment Form (156 KB)

STURT SUMMER SCHOOL ~ Thursday 3 - Monday 7 January 2019

01 Drawing nature with Suzanne Archer

The study of objects in detail gives great insight into subjects that are often taken for granted and provides the opportunity to explore more experimental and personal image-making. Starting with the construction of a simple artist’s book, you will record carefully researched, small studies of exotic flowers and other treasures from the natural environment to develop imaginative mixed-media drawings with students encouraged to scale-up the studies to works larger than life size. 
Suzanne Archer has been exhibiting nationally and is the winner of many art awards. Her work is included in many public and private collections throughout Australia and she is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery in Melbourne.
Level: All* | Cost: $835 + $10 materials *Some experience 

02 Self-portraiture with David Fairbairn

Extend your ideas, drawing and mixed media skills to make a more emotive and individual response to portraiture. Starting with two sessions, working with a model, progress to working from yourself with a mirror or with photos to create detailed preliminary studies, including collage and monotypes. These provide the starting point for developing your initial studies into finished drawings or mixed media works investigating pose, character, personality and mood. Bring accessories: hats, scarves and more to explore different aspects of character and personality. 
David Fairbairn has exhibited extensively throughout Australia & overseas and has been awarded many prizes. David has taught at many art schools and is represented by Port Jackson Print Gallery in Melbourne.
Level: All* | Cost: $835 + $55 includes models & materials *Some experience 

03 Drawing fundamentals & beyond with Ochre Lawson

Learn the fundamentals of drawing technique including learning to see, drawing contours, looking at proportions and perspective, how to draw tone, render an object, achieving volume and depth, mark making, different qualities of line and use of limited colour. Predominantly working from life, different subjects will be explored including still life, animals, portrait, natural landscape and buildings using charcoal, chalk pastels and ink while being encouraged to find your own style. 
Ochre Lawson is an enthusiastic and experienced art tutor, teaching and exhibiting in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums. Ochre has exhibited widely with both solo and group exhibitions and has been awarded various commissions for public sculpture as well as being a finalist in many prestigious art awards.
Level: Beginner-Intermediate | Cost: $745 + $20 materials 

04 Plein air painting with Evan Salmon

Working within the grounds of Frensham/Sturt, learn strategies to simplify your painting practice, allowing a more direct connection with your landscape subject as well as methods of capturing the effects of sunlight and atmosphere in a spontaneous and tonally accurate way. Focusing on a practical approach you will explore composition, optical colour mixing, palette set up, painting supports and brushes with the opportunity to produce several oil or acrylic paintings over the week.
Evan Salmon works primarily in the mediums of painting, drawing and printmaking with his more recent works focusing on the landscape surrounding his Port Kembla home. Represented by Watters Gallery, Evan has exhibited regularly and has been the recipient of several prizes and his work is held in public and private collections across Australia. 
Level: All* | Cost: $745 + $10 materials *Some experience 

05 Still life: painting in acrylic with Charlotte Thodey

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. Working in acrylics, we use 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.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $40 materials 

06 Letting the light in - aerial perspective in pastels with Tricia Taylor

The landscape is full of light! Learn how to capture distance and understand how colour changes due to the light. Starting with basic art theory that refreshes the more advanced students and informs the new, going on to focus on composition and how to use it. Exploring paper choices, underpainting options and application techniques you will learn how to get the most out of your pastels, with the opportunity to paint your own project/s.
Tricia Taylor is best known for her seascapes and international plein air painting tours. Winning many awards, including Pastellist of the Year and being accepted into the International Pastel Exhibition in USA, Tricia’s workshops are in high demand nationally and internationally with a keen interest to teach students of all levels.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $10 materials 

07 Watercolour: the painting rules and how to break them with John Haycraft

Be prepared to be bold and make mistakes, combined with repeated practice and experimentation, to gain new understanding. Painting inside in the mornings and plein air in the afternoon (weather permitting) learn the essentials of composition, contour drawing, the power of greys, how to use complementary colours, managing perspective and most importantly, how to break the rules and paint with freedom and emotion.
John Haycraft is interested in watercolour as a medium for expressive painting, particularly well adapted for plein-air. An experienced teacher, John encourages his students to look for the mood and atmosphere in a painting. John is the author of 3 books as well as a regular exhibitor and award winner and is represented by Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries in Paddington.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $10 materials 

08 Exploring watercolour with Tanya Baily

In this fun, fast-moving course you develop your own style while learning a full range of new techniques. With structured exercises you gain a deeper understanding of colour and pigments, wet and dry mark- making, and learn tips for precise drawing and for painting outdoors. The emphasis is on capturing light and painting from life, including landscape, still life and the figure. You will finish the week in a subject area of your choice, completing a finished painting (or more!). 
Tanya Baily has always painted and sketched the landscape outdoors. With a strong interest in portrait and urban watercolour, her more recent works have focused on large expressionistic landscapes. Exhibiting regularly, Tanya has been finalist/winner of several significant art prizes and enjoys teaching watercolour classes in Sydney. 
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $25 includes models & materials 

09 Calligraphy: hierarchy of the scripts with Gemma Black

In the evolution of writing there has been a hierarchy of letterforms – from beautiful, intricate illuminated initials right down to the book-hand of the day. With a hands-on approach, create examples from chosen works of the 10th, 11th & 12th centuries, then springboard forward to explore contemporary ideas and create samples. Pen, paint and draw, working on a variety of compositions, culminating in small works on paper that are both traditional as well as having a modern spin on the “hierarchy of the scripts”.
Gemma Black is an artist, teacher and calligraphic-designer from Tasmania. A Churchill Fellowship recipient and an Honoured Fellow of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society, UK, Gemma has joined the faculty at international lettering-art conferences worldwide and her work is housed in private and public collections nationally and internationally.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $20 materials 

10 Narratives in print and book with Glen Skien

Use personal narratives as the platform for completing a series of works, incorporating various print mediums, that will be hand-bound into a book structure. You will be introduced to a variety of printmaking methods including dry-point etching, monotypes and polyplate lithography as well as book binding components including various binding methods that will allow for print works to be formulated into a book.
Glen Skien is highly respected within the national printmaking community. Renowned for the delicacy and sensitivity of his images, Glen’s work has lyrical narrative. With over 25 years’ experience, Glen has exhibited widely with work held in public and private collections throughout Australia and Japan and has extensive teaching experience, including lecturing at Griffith University, QLD. 
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $35 materials 

11 Photography that 'feels like' not just 'looks like' with Jackie Ranken

Explore photographic techniques that help you to interpret a scene or subjects in ways that go beyond simple documentation. Make photographs that resonate with your core visual aesthetics through experimentation and pushing photographic boundaries. Throughout the week your images will be printed on a Canon Image PROGRAF PRO 1000 printer supplied by Canon Aust. 
Jackie Ranken is one of Australasia’s most passionate landscape photographers, however it is in her personal fine art photography that Jackie excels. Awarded both Australian and New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year, along with numerous other awards for her portrait, editorial, illustrative and travel photography, Jackie is a Canon Master and a Grand Master with AIPP and NZIPP. Jackie is not only exceptionally qualified but also very generous in sharing knowledge.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $835 + $35 materials 

12 Automata basics: make your artwork move! with David Archer

Enjoy the unique experience of designing and constructing your own interactive sculpture. Learn the fundamentals of mechanisms used in automata design, along with construction techniques, modelling, decorating skills and the use of simple hand tools and common power tools. With this basic understanding of automata principles you will be able to create and “bring to life” your own unique sculpture. Materials are supplied.
David Archer is a maker of ingenious automata, animatronics and paintings. His career spans more than 25 years from childhood inventor to boilermaker to visual artist. David’s work has appeared in and been commissioned for many festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally. A significant exhibition of his work was held at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney in 2014 - 2015. 
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $100 materials 

13 Folding & fabrication for metal objects with Christian Hall

Discover folding as a design element! Using paper prototypes explore new practices for folding metal to create jewellery and objects in the folded form. Learn techniques for folding; scoring, die folding and hammering as well as associated jewellery skills; saw piercing, soldering and roller embossing, going on to create your own project.
Christian Hall is a designer and maker specialising in metal whose practice encompasses jewellery and objects, sculpture, furniture and combines hand making with digital and industrial processes. Christian is the former creative director of the Jam Factory Jewellery and Metal Studio, Adelaide, from 2009-2017. Christian currently works as an independent artist while pursuing a practice-led PhD in Object Art and Design.
Level: All* | Cost: $835 + $135 materials *Some experience 

14 Knit, weave, lace + wire with Angharad Rixon

Explore different textile techniques that translate into metal wire. Learn to knit like a Viking, free-form knitting, tablet weaving, braiding and bobbin lace; examining ways these techniques were used historically and by contemporary makers. Each technique will be learned by making a small project; a Viking knit bangle, knitted pendant, tablet-woven bracelet, braided chain and the choice of a bobbin lace pendant or earrings. An ideal course for makers from all genres of fine craft, providing pathways to inform your work in new ways.
Angharad Rixon is a technical textile historian specialising in lace and passementerie; her studies in Italy, Switzerland and Spain have led to her skills in a variety of off-loom techniques. Angharad lectures in Milan and Florence and consults for museums and universities around the world.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $70 materials 

15 Stripes: designing & weaving coloured striped fabric with Liz Williamson

Weaving stripes is a fundamental skill in creating a patterned or coloured cloth. Interpretations are endless: horizontal in the weft or vertical in the warp, regular/irregular, wide/narrow; in muted, graduated or bold colours, contrasting, harmonious or jarring, organised/random, balanced/unbalanced, textured, looped, flat or plain; woven with synthetic or natural materials. Explore the options through sampling, then work on a finished piece that reflects your experiments and interest. 
Liz Williamson’s weaving practice is diverse: designing, exhibiting, producing wraps and scarves in her studio, teaching nationally and internationally, and more recently engaged with artisan groups in India. At the heart of her weaving are the innovative, experimental and unusual designs created at the loom. Liz is an Associate Professor at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. 
Level: Beginner - Intermediate | Cost: $745 + $10 materials 

16 Exploration of place: plant-based dyeing, imprinting & stitching with Kirsten Ingemar

Learn the basic techniques of plant-dyeing and imprinting of plant material onto cloth and paper. Discover the natural environment through colours, textures and collected plant material, mark making with natural dyes, rust dyeing and collage. Creating a set of samples you will explore their possibilities as a springboard to future work, making a small reference book of samples. 
Kirsten Ingemar has worked as a textile artist and maker in Australia for over 25 years. Her work is a blend of different dyeing techniques, collage and stitching, focusing on plant dyeing and leaf imprinting. Kirsten has taught in diverse settings, including COFA in Sydney, Flying Arts in Queensland and numerous workshops around the country. 
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $30 materials 

17 Interwoven: weaving sculptural basketry forms with Catriona Pollard

Explore traditional basketry with a sculptural perspective through a series of creative exercises that will uncover the unique properties of natural materials. Beginning with the exploration of ephemeral art techniques, connect nature with your personal stories and creativity. Learning traditional basketry and weaving techniques, including random weave, twining and constructions, you will use a variety of foraged and harvested natural fibres to weave forms to complete a series of sculptural forms.
Catriona Pollard’s work is inspired by her relationship with the environment. An accomplished basketry artist, Catriona sees the extraordinary in the ordinary, predominantly using found and salvaged organic material, she adds a contemporary layer to the ancient form of basketry. Catriona’s work is featured nationally in galleries, design spaces and private collections.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $110 materials 

18 Exploring basketry & its fundamentals with Jillian Culey

Learn the ancient arts of twined and ribbed basket weaving as well as string making using a range of plant materials. By creating small sample baskets or bags in each of the techniques, students will explore different fibres, textures, techniques and shapes. Over the week there will be an opportunity to extend these skills into a larger bag, basket, wall hanging 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. Her 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, retail stores and private collections.
Level: All | Cost: $745 + $100 materials 

19 The unswept floor: Neo-Greco Roman mosaics with Helen Bodycomb

The Unswept Floor is a genre of Hellenistic mosaic with contemporary appeal. Explore andamento and sdoppiamento to make a mosaic depicting a food item. Working with hand-tools or hammer and hardie, make a neo-classical mosaic using glass, stone or unglazed porcelain. Utilising the direct method, the course is accessible to beginners while providing higher levels of technique for the more advanced or professionals. 
Helen Bodycomb is regarded as one of Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary mosaic artists and is a sought after teacher, including in the USA and Italy. Trained as a painter, Helen takes both a painterly and 3-D approach to her mosaic practice, sometimes working in ephemeral and experimental media to make contemporary art works that are still identifiably classical in origin.
Level: All | Cost: $835 + $55 materials 

20 Working with glazes: developing glaze surfaces with Greg Daly

Explore glaze application, in particular glaze on glaze. Using a number of glazes you will explore with exercises how glazes respond and work together. Application through dipping, pouring, spraying, painting, wax resist and latex resist of the glazes will be used to develop the surface colours and finishes. Firing will be at stoneware temperature, majority under reduction conditions. 
Greg Daly has had a passionate interest in glazes spanning over 45 years. Greg’s work is represented in numerous national and international galleries, including the NGA and V&A Museum, London. With over 90 solo exhibitions behind him, Greg has won many national and international awards and is the author of two books on glazes. Greg currently works as an independent artist.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $835 + $75 materials 

21 Porcelain: surface stories with Mollie Bosworth

Learn techniques to design and apply your drawings, photos, text and patterns to ceramic work using laser print water-slide decals. Learn ways to consider the form and build interesting compositions through layering and combine with other techniques including soluble metallic salts, types of decals and materials. Techniques for applying decals to bisque and glazed surfaces will be explored through two firing temperatures. Students will complete designs on test tiles as well as at least 4 bisque and 4 glazed ceramic pieces that they have supplied.
Mollie Bosworth is a well-seasoned ceramic artist producing work for exhibitions and retail. She explores colour and complex surfaces on polished translucent porcelain, working with water slide decals, and soluble salts. Her work is included in several ceramic publications and held in national public collections.
Level: All* | Cost: $745 + $70 *Some experience 

22 Wood project: Wollombi wine table with Simon Zablotsky

This freeform table was principally designed as a response to an accumulation of short length, quality furniture timber. Learn the best use of small lengths of timber to make furniture that is creative and freeform, using hand planes, spoke shaves, scrapers, rasps and carving chisels, jig making, wood drilling and limited machinery use. Each student will take home a contemporary Wollombi wine table handcrafted from fine timber shorts.
Simon Zablotsky is a designer/maker of high end contemporary fine furniture. With extensive experience in art and design, furniture making and public art, Simon has a long list of commissions including, private and public collections and public commissions. When time permits he runs small masterclasses and introductory fine furniture classes from his workshop.
Level: All* | Cost: $745 + $85 materials *Some experience 

23 Wood turning with Richard Raffan

Increase your confidence at the lathe by working through a wide range of projects designed to develop and refine specific techniques. Each project is simplified or complicated to meet your skill level and beyond, with lots of demonstrations. Initially concentrating on cutting and chucking techniques, by the end of the week you’ll have turned several bowls, boxes, scoops, tops, plates, and possibly a car or pull toy, or you can work on your own pet project. 
Richard Raffan is one of the most respected and sought-after wood turners in the world. Since the publication of Turning Wood in 1984, Richard has led over 500 hands-on workshops mostly in North America and Europe. His books and videos have influenced woodturning techniques and design worldwide.
Level: All* | Cost: $835 + $10 materials + BYO lathe (limited lathes are available for hire; blanks can also be purchased from Richard) *Some experience 
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CHILDREN'S COURSES ~ Thursday 3 - Monday January 2019

For 2019 Summer School, we have 5 children's courses available where each course is offered as a stand alone day course. Each day is a different course, and children can enrol in several courses. A discounted cost of $440 applies if enrolled if enrolled into all 5 courses from Thursday to Monday (please use option 006 below to register).

001 Painting and collage with Slavica Zivkovic

Thursday 3 January
Explore colour and texture in this painting and collage workshop. Learn a variety of techniques, including palette knife and impasto to create wonderful and exciting works.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)

002 Drawing and mixed-media with Slavica Zivkovic

Friday 4 January

In a fun and inspiring workshop, experiment with drawing and using pencils, charcoal, crayons, pastels and other mixed-media to create a variety of effects, exploring the vivid and brilliant world of line and colour.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)

003 Printmaking with Penny McManus

Saturday 5 January

Learn three forms of printmaking: scratch foam printing on paper, mono printing on paper and screen printing on calico bags. Explore colour and form – be bold and have fun!
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)

004 Clay: creatures from your dreams with Machiko Motoi

Sunday 6 January

What creatures live in your dreams? What do they look like? Let’s make them come alive with clay and hay! Explore your ideas and be guided through techniques of building and decorating your work.
Machiko Motoi is an independent artist with interest in ceramics and performance art. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries, artist run project spaces and in public spaces around Sydney. She is currently working as a technical assistant of Ceramics at the National Art School and an art facilitator at Campbelltown Art Centre, Casula Powerhouse Art centre, Cabramatta Elysian School and Shopfront Theatre. 
Note: work will be fired in the Sturt kilns after the workshop is finished. Pictured is Machiko's work
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials). 

005 Clay: magical pots! with Machiko Motoi

Monday 7 January

Turn your hand-built pot into a magical sculpture! In the creative process you will learn the techniques to hand-build in clay; coiling, pinching and joining, going on to decorate your new sculpture! 
Machiko Motoi is an independent artist with interest in ceramics and performance art. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries, artist run project spaces and in public spaces around Sydney. She is currently working as a technical assistant of Ceramics at the National Art School and an art facilitator at Campbelltown Art Centre, Casula Powerhouse Art centre, Cabramatta Elysian School and Shopfront Theatre.
Note: work will be fired in the Sturt kilns after the workshop is finished. Pictured is Machiko's work
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials). 

006 Children's courses Thursday to Monday

Thursday 3 - Monday 7 January 2019

Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $440 for 5 days (including morning tea, lunch and materials)

Thursday 3 January | Painting and collage with Slavica Zivkovic
Explore colour and texture in this painting and collage workshop. Learn a variety of techniques, including palette knife and impasto to create wonderful and exciting works.
Friday 4 January | Drawing and mixed-media with Slavica Zivkovic
In a fun and inspiring workshop, experiment with drawing and using pencils, charcoal, crayons, pastels and other mixed-media to create a variety of effects, exploring the vivid and brilliant world of line and colour.
Saturday 5 January | Printmaking with Penny McManus
Learn three forms of printmaking: scratch foam printing on paper, mono printing on paper and screen printing on calico bags. Explore colour and form – be bold and have fun!
Sunday 6 January | Clay: creatures from your dreams with Machiko Motoi
What creatures live in your dreams? What do they look like? Let’s make them come alive with clay and hay! Explore your ideas and be guided through techniques of building and decorating your work.
Monday 7 January | Clay: magical pots! with Machiko Motoi
Turn your hand-built pot into a magical sculpture! In the creative process you will learn the techniques to hand-build in clay; coiling, pinching and joining, going on to decorate your new sculpture!
Children’s clay courses: work will be fired in the Sturt kilns after the workshop is finished.

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