Sturt Winter School

NSW Education Standards AuthorityThe first Sturt Winter School was held in July 2006, offering approximately 15 courses and has become a regular part of the Sturt calendar. Enjoy a real Highlands winter with the open fires of the Sturt and Frensham campus and be challenged by craft and art classes in a unique learning environment.

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

Sturt Winter School 2018 (Monday 9 - Friday 13 July), offers 16 adult classes and Children's 1-day courses, offering a choice of different experiences for each day of the week. We also offer accommodation and meals packages. Please note that accommodation package includes all meals. For day students, lunches are available by selecting those options on the booking form. Find out more on the General Information page. 

See details of each course below. You can register online or by using the enrolment form below (downloadable as a PDF document). Click here to go to CHILDREN'S 1-DAY COURSES »

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For more information on Sturt Winter School – email: shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au or phone: 02 4860 2083.

STURT WINTER SCHOOL ~ Monday 9 - Friday 13 July 2018 

01 Drawn to nature with Pat Shirvington

To observe an object through drawing develops our connection to it and a deeper understanding of the things around us. Extend your drawing skills by enhancing the creative process and allowing your individual creativity to evolve. You will develop the study of objects in nature, from detailed drawings through to more experimental techniques, working with pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, as well as a variety of mixed mediums.
Patrick Shirvington has been a practising artist for over 40 years, with work held in public and private collections world wide, including the Kedumba Drawing, Bundanon Trust and Macquarie University. Patrick was recently invited to present at the Drawing International Brisbane Symposium, Queensland College of Art. He is represented by Art Atrium Gallery, Sydney.
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $20 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

02 The landscape in watercolour with Tanya Baily

Increase your confidence and skills by working through a full range of techniques and aspects of drawing. With exercises in colour mixing, applying paint and using water washes, and along with plenty of tips, learn how colour and composition can transform your painting. Working from photographs, these exercises are designed to extend each student at their own level, both independently as well as one-on-one with Tanya who will guide you to develop your own style. 
Tanya Baily has worked in watercolour for the last 15 years with a strong interest in portraiture and urban scenes. More recently she focusses on large expressionistic landscapes. Tanya has been finalist/winner of several significant art prizes. She exhibits regularly and enjoys teaching watercolour classes in Sydney.
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $20 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

03 Painting: Turner to Rees – glazing your way to the light with Juliet Holmes à Court

Turner is known for his light and his wild-painted surfaces. From Turner, Lloyd Rees learnt the power of glazes and layering to create works loaded with light, gesture and feeling. Over the week, you will learn to use glazes and different mediums to really enhance your paintings. Whether you are attempting a landscape, realistic or abstract painting, you will gain depth and sophistication. 
Juliet Holmes à Court‘s work is quickly recognised due to her ability to capture light. Over the years, her fascination with light has become integral in her paintings and they are often likened to Turner yet with the colours akin to Lloyd Rees, which led to many highly successful solo exhibitions. A winner/finalist in several significant prizes, Juliet is a passionate and energetic teacher.
Level: All* | Cost: $710 + $20 materials | *Some painting experience | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

04 Botanical illustrations from nature with Tanya Hoolihan

Mankind has a long-held desire to collect, classify and display natural objects, and botanical illustration is an excellent way of capturing unique fragments of the environment. Using watercolour techniques, learn to illustrate nature in fine detail, exploring colour mixing and matching, glazing, dry brush and masking. Gain a better understanding of composition, experimenting with colour, line, value, focal point and negative space. Create a sampler of natural curiosities to tell a story, using objects such as feathers, shells, insects, seed pods, etc.
Tanya Hoolihan has received several significant awards for her botanical illustrations, with her work held in collections nationally and internationally. Tanya continues to exhibit, is completing her PhD, as well as teaching at the University of Newcastle and community and private workshops.
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $10 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

05 Non-toxic printmaking with Seraphina Martin

Explore forms of non-toxic printmaking techniques including drypoint etching, mono printing and solar plate etching. Experiment with many printing processes including à la poupée, Chine-collé and viscosity printing. Using large rollers, create multi layered effects and produce a stunning print portfolio. Beginners will find instant results and experienced print enthusiasts can extend their skills, with opportunity to critique and explore the aesthetic values of your evolving prints.
Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris and has been developing the non-toxic printmaking technique using solar plate etching since 1994. Seraphina has taught at various universities and community workshops, exhibited widely and her work is represented in Australia and internationally.
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $10 materials + pay tutor $50 | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

06 Weave! Create cloth with Saori weaving with Kaz Madigan

Japanese Saori philosophy invites you to weave and create cloth in your own unique way. Explore texture, colour and fibres spontaneously to your own internal rhythm. Saori weaving is improvisational, there are no ‘mistakes’, only the exploration of ideas and techniques guided by Kaz. Take home enough cloth made as a wall hanging, interior textile or garment. Simple garment cutting and construction will also be offered.
Kaz Madigan has been hand weaving for over 30 years, exhibiting and selling her work throughout Australia. After studying in Japan, Kaz extended her Curiousweaver Studio in Old Bar, NSW to include Saori Japanese creative freestyle weaving. Kaz also writes and teaches and is author of The Australian Weaving Book, T-Shirt Yarns, and articles in magazines and online publications.
Level: All | Cost: $800 + $10 + pay tutor + limited loom hire @ $50 | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

07 Knitting: a cosy extravaganza with Loani Prior

The little tea cosy is the perfect project to learn fabulous stitches and techniques including continental knitting, fair Isle, knitting in the round, short rows and cables. Following diagrams (not patterns), learn the art of knit design. Suitable for those who can knit, purl and cast on/off, or if you are an advanced knitter, leap away from your woolly comfort zone! You will make three fabulous tea cosies and practice a little bit of millinery to boot. 
Loani Prior, Grandpurlbaa, Queen of the Tea Cosies, is the author of four best-selling books. In 2013, Portraits of a Tea Cosy was exhibited at Sturt Gallery as part of a two- year regional gallery tour. Loani has taught at Sturt for many years and holds two-day workshops regularly at her home in the hills of Noosa.
Level: All* | Cost: $710 + $30 materials | *All who can knit and purl Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

08 Small scatterings – contemporary embroidery with Carolyn Sullivan

Expand on your hand stitching to create embroideries based on observations of wild flowers and/or landscapes. Large, bold stitches will be overstitched and laid over a base made with an embellishing machine. The techniques of researching and application of stitch can be transferred to your own investigations. Basic tuition in the use of an embellishing/needle felting machine (it is not a requirement to have one) will be covered. At the end of the course you could expect to have completed two small artworks.

Carolyn Sullivan has been a practising teacher and sewer for over 45 years. As a geographer and artist, her interests lie in observations and interpretations of the land. Carolyn exhibits extensively in Australia and abroad. 
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $10 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

09 Textile printing for texture with Angharad Rixon

Explore printmaking on fabric, moving beyond the 2D to create 3D surfaces! Push devoré printing to its limits and experiment with forms of resist and controlled shrinkage techniques to create sophisticated textures. Deepen your knowledge of the textile design process and its creative potential. From an initial concept, develop a ‘mood’ or aesthetic to translate into fabric, then through a process of drawing and print sampling you will create a mini textile collection that resonates with your chosen theme. 
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: $710 + $60 materials | *some experience Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

10 Collect, explore, construct – working in metal with Julie Blyfield

Develop ideas for making jewellery and objects taking inspiration from personal, historical or botanical collections. From sketching, model making and exploring ways of texturing metal you will investigate how one idea can be developed in a number of different ways, resulting in the design and creation of a suite of personal jewellery pieces or objects.
Julie Blyfield‘s work is inspired by botanical specimens and forms. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, Julie creates intricately textured pieces, capturing the essence of the Australian landscape. She began her career as an art teacher before studied jewellery-making and silversmithing. Julie now mentors emerging jewellers as part of her art practice, with her work exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. 
Level: All* | Cost: $800 + $65 materials | *some experience Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

11 Patterns in nature – mixed media with Sabine Brosche

Nature provides a large variety of different shapes, patterns and textures – it is surprising how endless the inspirations are! Learn how to simplify complex patterns and shapes found in nature, and incorporate them into your mixed media art works. By experimenting in playful and abstract drawings, you will create multi-layered mixed media works using the combination of burning and mono printing. This workshop has been designed for beginners through to those with experience who would like to explore their own creativity.
Sabine Brosche is a visual artist and councellor living in the Byron Bay hinterland. She is passionate about nature and about using reclaimed materials in her art works which cover a wide range of mediums: sculpture, painting, photography and collage and exhibits regularly. 
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $20 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

12 Basketry in sculpture with Brooke Munro

Be inspired to develop and construct sculpture using basketry techniques. Mornings will be spent developing/refining skills: coiling, cord making, string bag making techniques, random weaving, twining and neolithic burkina weaving to equip you in taking on significantly more advanced projects. Afternoons will be devoted to the construction of a sculpture of your choosing.
Brooke Munro, a local maker, studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Sculptural Textiles. Greatly inspired by the late artist, Virginia Kaiser, Brooke draws creatively from nature, femininity and traditional crafts. Her sculptural forms feature traditional basketry such as weaving, coiling, twining with an emphasis on texture and form and are made from a combination of found materials with natural fibre. 
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $100 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

13 Wood project: stool making with Peter Young

Create a 4-legged stool with a rectangular top and a 3-legged stool with a curved seat. Learn how to cut the blank seats on a band saw and shape them. Students will also learn about rake & splay angled legs and cutting angled mortises. Alternatively, those with experience on the lathe may choose to turn the legs. Each stool can be purpose built to any height and will be finished in oil-wax. 
Peter Young is a furniture designer-maker, focussing on individually hand-crafted furniture. Formerly a research scientist, Peter returned to his first passion and retrained in the USA, Canada and Australia. Dedicated to excellence and technical details, his work often features marquetry and parquetry. Peter teaches across the country including at Sturt and is a frequent contributor to the Australian Wood Review Magazine.
Level: Intermediate-Advanced | Cost: $710 + $115 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

14 Woodcarving: one small tree with Jeff Donne

The one small tree workshop will take you on a journey using the entire tree to make a selection of beautiful hand carved objects. Using simple and traditional tools you will explore carving spoons in many forms, create a basket using bark and sapwood, carve a simple 3-legged foot stool as well as a selection of items such as crochet hooks, knitting needles and animal charms. You will be taught knife and axe carving techniques and how to apply them to different parts of the tree.
Jeff Donne is a professional spoon carver and woodcraft teacher running a travelling spoon school, using knife and axe to create objects out of wood. As a key person in the Lost Trades Fair, Jeff has been one of the many artisans demonstrating and is a featured maker in Lost Trades Fair Artisans Journal. 
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $35 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

15 Figure sculpting in clay with Kassandra Bossell

Sculpting directly in clay and working from a model, you will study the body’s 3D form with emphasis placed on the fundamental sculptural principles of proportion, volume and movement. This course is designed for both beginner and advanced students interested in the human figure as a subject of art. You will complete several studies with an undraped model provided for three mornings. Limited bisque firing included.
Kassandra Bossell’s work addresses our experiential and cultural relationship with the natural world. She has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin with public commissions for the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Museum and National Museum of Australia, amongst many others. Kassandra is an experienced teacher having taught at universities and community centres.
Level: All | Cost: $710 + $70 materials (undraped model + clay included) | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

16 Oribe unpacked – contemporary ceramics, traditional techniques with Paul Davis

Oribe ceramic ware was a radical departure from the traditional way of making. Oribe occupies a place of importance historically, but the principles on which it was developed remain a challenge for contemporary artists/makers. Learn basic approaches of Oribe to engage with key technical and aesthetic elements – the development of form, surface, glaze and firing. Each student will be encouraged to interpret these elements to develop personally relevant outcomes. 
Working from his studio in Newcastle, NSW, Paul Davis continues a long term commitment to studio practice. His approach is informed by a deep interest in the development of clay and glaze, and extensive overseas experience in America and Japan. Paul's work is represented in public and private collections nationally and internationally.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $710 + $50 materials | Download INFO SHEET (PDF)

CHILDREN'S 1-DAY COURSES

For 2018 Winter 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 Monday to Friday (please use option 006 below to register).

001 Mix it up! Mixed media artworks with Sue Meredith

Monday 9 July
Mix it up! Explore patterns, abstraction and animals and incorporate some surprising and fun printing methods into your mixed media artwork.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)
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002 Take a brush for a walk: painting and drawing with Sue Meredith

Tuesday 10 July

Take a brush for a walk! Using observational drawing games learn painting techniques to create strong and vibrant artwork with a people and/or plants theme.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)
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003 A loom party: weaving with Sue Walker

Wednesday 11 July

Learn to weave! Make a funky bag, some wall art, a scarf – anything! The minute you start weaving, your imagination will take over. Looms and yarn supplied.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)
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004 A whale of a snail: ceramics with Karen Farrell

Thursday 12 July

Create a garden sculpture inspired by a fantastical snail. Is your snail a red baron, a racing car driver, or a princess? Get your hands into some clay, hay and colour!
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)
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005 The dragon’s castle: ceramics with Karen Farrell

Friday 13 July

Create a castle fit for a king, with towers and a friendly dragon using clay, hay, and a variety of building techniques!
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95 (including morning tea, lunch and materials)
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006 Children's courses Monday to Friday

Monday 9 - Friday 13 July 2018

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

Monday 9 July | Mix it up! Mixed media artworks with Sue Meredith
Mix it up! Explore patterns, abstraction and animals and incorporate some surprising and fun printing methods into your mixed media artwork.
Tuesday 10 July | Take a brush for a walk: painting and drawing with Sue Meredith
Take a brush for a walk! Using observational drawing games learn painting techniques to create strong and vibrant artwork with a people and/or plants theme.
Wednesday 11 July | A loom party: weaving with Sue Walker
Learn to weave! Make a funky bag, some wall art, a scarf – anything! The minute you start weaving, your imagination will take over. Looms and yarn supplied.
Thursday 12 July | A whale of a snail: ceramics with Karen Farrell
Create a garden sculpture inspired by a fantastical snail. Is your snail a red baron, a racing car driver, or a princess? Get your hands into some clay, hay and colour!
Friday 13 July | The dragon’s castle: ceramics with Karen Farrell
Create a castle fit for a king, with towers and a friendly dragon using clay, hay, and a variety of building techniques!
Download INFO SHEET (PDF) for Children's Courses