Sturt Winter School

The 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. Proposed courses and tutors are available in January each year.

Sturt is an endorsed provider of professional development by the NSW Institute of Teachers, 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 2016, Monday 4 - Friday 8 July, is offering 16 adult classes and we are also introducing daily classes for children, offering a choice of different experiences for each day of the week. Don't forget to look at our accommodation options - children under 12 years can stay for $50 a night when staying with parent/guardian.

PLUS special 2-day course for young adults (years 7 to 12) in Digital crafting technology - laser cutting and 3D printingMonday 4 & Tuesday 5 July. DETAILS »

Find out all the details below and book online, or download and print the enrolment form. You can also book the children's classes for the whole week, from Monday to Friday, with a discount price of $440. Click here to go to KIDS 1-DAY COURSES »

For more information on Sturt Winter School – email: shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au

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STURT WINTER SCHOOL ~ Monday 4 - Friday 8 July 2016 

01 Drawing for beginners with Louise Owen

This course will take you on an adventure of personal expression and discovery. Students will be encouraged to re-think how to ‘see’ in ways that will give surprising results on paper. You will keenly observe and visually explore a range of ordinary things, experimenting with drawing approaches and materials, to produce dynamic and extraordinary drawings.
Louise Owen has 25 years teaching experience in drawing, painting and sculpture, working in TAFEs and universities across Australia, as well as running drawing workshops in NSW, Victoria and Central Australia. As a professional practicing artist including drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, Louise has exhibited widely around Australia.
Level: Beginner - Intermediate | Cost: $660 + $25 materials

02 Animal magic: inspired animal portraits with Karen Bloomfield

With step-by-step guidance, work towards completing an animal portrait in charcoal and ink on plywood. Students will gain valuable insight into the importance of quality reference selection and cropping for composition. Demonstrations will be given and a cropping tool provided to each participant. Ink and other mediums will be used to colour or highlight the final work. Working with compressed charcoal, rubbers & brushes, students will be working with a truly hands-on approach to art making. 
Since leaving the corporate world to work as a full time artist, Karen Bloomfield has had several succesful shows, won awards both within Australia and internationally in addition to being shortlisted in various art prizes. Karen’s work graces collections here in Australia, the UK and Copenhagen.
Level: All*  | Cost: $660 + $35 materials         *Some drawing skill will be valuable

03 Watercolour: painting with light with Tony Belobrajdic

Learn how to paint quick, expressive watercolours. By leaving large areas of paper unpainted, watercolours will look vibrant and full of light. Gain insight into transforming complex scenes into simple yet effective finished artworks. All subjects will be covered; streetscapes, landscapes, still life, marine, flowers and more. There will be practical demonstrations followed by Tony moving around the class personally assisting each student. The ultimate intention is for students to explore and develop personal expression with watercolours.
Tony Belobrajdic is a professional artist with more than 30 years experience in water based mediums. Tony has been teaching beginners to advanced students in Sydney art schools, conducting workshops in Australia and overseas and is an award winning artist including two first prizes in 2014.
Level: Beginner - Intermediate | Cost: $660 + $10 materials

04 Painting from life with Rachel Milne

Learn about structure, tone, colour and composition using the everyday as inspiration. You will be taken through basic drawing and painting techniques intended to make you question how we use observation and allowing you to tackle any subject with confidence. Students will work from strongly lit still life arrangements as well as en plein air, weather permitting and will take home a finished painting of an interior on canvas, a limited pallet portrait study, several colour and tonal studies as well as structural drawings.
Rachel Milne started out as a set painter working in film and TV for the BBC before deciding to concentrate on her art full time. Rachel has been accepted as a finalist in several significant art prizes, her most recent win, the Singleton Portrait Prize. Rachel is represented by King Street Gallery on William.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $660 + $35 materials (includes model)

05 Non-toxic printmaking with Seraphina Martin

Explore forms of non-toxic printmaking techniques including drypoint, monoprint and solar plate etching. Experiment with printing processes including a la poupée, chine-collé and colour viscosity printing – using large rollers to create multi-layered effect – to produce a stunning print portfolio. Suitable for beginners who will find instant results using these techniques, as well as experienced print enthusiasts who can extend their skills. 
Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris before moving to Sydney to teach at the Sydney University art workshops. Seraphina was a recipient of the Cité des Arts residency in Paris in 1988. Seraphina has been developing the non-toxic printmaking technique using solar plate etching and has exhibited widely, represented in Australian and overseas collections.
Level: All | Cost: $660 + $60 materials

06 Photography: still life in a studio with Robert Billington

Using a digital camera on a tripod, professional lighting, as well as camera techniques, students will closely examine found objects and rearrange them to be photographed as a work of individual art. Sets will be created in the studio following the techniques of the masters of photography from the 19th & 20th Century. At the end of the course, each student should have 15-20 unique still life photographs that can be framed or made into a coffee table book.
Professional photographer Robert Billington has won over 100 awards, including the Australian Photographer of the Year, AIPP and twice, the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award. Robert’s works have been collected, exhibited and published in Australia, Asia, USA and Europe, and he was a featured artist for the famous French TV documentary Thalassa.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $750 + $55 materials (includes model)

07 Macrame: the art of knotting with Natalie Miller

Learn the different knotting techniques of macrame to create a series of small pieces such as plant hangers and knotted jewellery or make a large wall-hanging or chandelier. Over the week you will be instructed on the difference in materials, thicknesses, cutting lengths, how they are used for different knotted forms, as well as the wide variety of design ideas for macrame projects. 
Natalie Miller has been painting, drawing, making, creating and taking photos for as long as she can remember! Natalie is a registered architect, interior designer, and textile artist with a passion to explore the different techniques of textiles, especially in weaving and macrame. Natalie has taught worldwide and is regularly commissioned for specific projects including the biggest macrame chandelier in the world, in Hong Kong, for Chinese New Year 2016.
Level: All | Cost: $660 + $10 materials + pay tutor (project-based)

08 Basketry with a twist with Mary Preece

Learn string-making and braiding using a range of native plants including rushes, bark, vines and other fibres. Prepare fibres and create lengths of different textured string to make baskets by using open coiling techniques with different stitching patterns. Explore the properties of Brush Kurrajong – how to strip, prepare and plait the bark over a form to make a small basket. Extend to make sculptural forms with a twist. Students will make several small vessels and sculptural objects, which may also incorporate crochet and twining techniques.
Mary Preece has over 30 years experience as an art and design educator, including roles as head of art department, examination assessor and residential tutor. As a practising and exhibiting artist, Mary currently works in textiles, basketry, drawing and printmaking, as well as leads Bundanon Trust’s education team. 
Level: Beginner - Intermediate | Cost: $660 + $75 materials

09 Wild knitting: tea cosies and knitted ikebana with Loani Prior

Spend a week of making fabulous little projects. Learn a number of essential techniques and create your own designs, taking home a magnificent tea cosy and knitted bonsai. Knit in the round with the magic loop – a versatile skill you can then transfer to knitting socks, jumpers, bags and all sorts of things. Learn colour stranding (Fair Isle technique), continental style knitting, understand the simple maths of shaping with increasing and decreasing stitches, ‘read’ your knitting so that you are not reliant on every line of a pattern or fret over a lost count.
Loani Prior, Grandpurlbaa, Queen of the Tea Cosies is the author of 4 best selling books. In 2013, Portraits of a Tea Cosy was exhibited at Sturt Gallery as part of a 2-year regional gallery tour. Loani has taught at Sturt for many years and holds 2-day workshops regularly at her home in the hills of Noosa.
Level: All* | Cost: $660 + $65 materials       *For all who can knit & purl

10 Make cloth - Saori freestyle weaving with Kaz Madigan

Weave a unique, painterly-like and textural cloth to reflect your own style in colour, texture and design. Saori freestyle weaving is an improvisational handweaving technique, using a compact floor loom to create distinctive textiles. Participants will weave to their own human rhythm rather than the repetitious and monotonous style of a machine. The structure of this course supports creative decision making and expressive ideas within the threads. Weaving within a group is an important aspect in supporting individual expression in the Saori style; the handwoven cloth reflects the maker in an immediate and intimate way.
Kaz Madigan has been exploring hand weaving for over 30 years and has been writing and teaching weaving continuously. After studying hand weaving in Japan, Kaz opened Curiousweaver Studio in Old Bar.
Level: All | Cost: $750 + $55 materials + pay tutor

11 Small sculpture: copper wire and found objects with Bronwyn Berman

Create sculptural forms using copper wire and found objects. Using simple weaving and binding techniques you will be guided through the process from sketch plan and maquette to a finished sculpture. Collecting materials from the local environment is an option, however you are encouraged to bring a collection of objects you would like to work with. Topics covered include composition, making a sculpture stand/hang, basic patination techniques using commercially available ingredients and methods of incorporating materials into a wire form.
Renowned for her sculptural work, Bronwyn Berman has exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi and Cottesloe and Montano Sculpture Prize, just to name a few and has completed many public art commissions. Bronwyn’s professional practice also incorporates 2D media, jewellery and teaching.
Level: All | Cost: $660 + $15 materials + pay tutor

12 Paper cut - making paper objects with James Gordon

Learn to make beautiful paper objects using scissors and scalpels. This course will take you through the basics of constructing different things – flowers, animals, miniatures, leaves, jewels etc in the morning sessions, spending the afternoons working on a major solo project that when combined en-masse will become part of a group installation.
Sydney artist, illustrator and designer James Gordon has worked in a series of creative jobs including visual merchandising. It was here that James’ affection for paper took hold. James has shown at a number of galleries nationally including Tim Olsen and David Jones galleries. James is regularly commissioned to create works for events, photoshoots and installations as well as managing all aspects of his company, Mixed Business.
Level: All | Cost: $660 + $60 materials

13 Wood project: making a Krenov-style cabinet with Stuart Montague

Using New Guinea rosewood and blackwood, make a Krenov inspired cabinet. Learn carcase construction, door and drawer making, dovetails and fitting, with lots of handwork and routing, all in solid timber. Covering many techniques, thoughts and ideas, students are encouraged to discover and explore the intimate relationship that exists between the wood, the tools and the details of fine woodworking.
Stuart Montague has been making furniture for over 30 years and is a third generation furniture maker. With a trade background as well as a fine arts degree from the University of Tasmania, Stuart majored in design in wood, giving him a diverse understanding, from traditional French and English furniture through to contemporary. Stuart has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Level: Intermediate - Advanced | Cost: $660 + $150 materials

14 Marquetry and veneering with Katalin Sallai

Learn the basics of working with veneers using the knife-cut technique to create decorative parquetry and marquetry pieces, with a wide range of Australian and exotic timbers. Learn the techniques of cutting, pressing, inlaying, as well as using clamps and hide-glue for hammer-veneering. Take home a number of parquetry and marquetry pieces and a finished product that may include inlays. The theory of veneering and of French-polishing is going to be covered in detail.
Katalin Sallai trained in traditional marquetry making and pursued a career in teaching and woodworking in Australia and NZ. She aims to integrate the traditional techniques of knife-cut veneer into contemporary woodwork, exploring the intimate relationship between the wood, the tools and the details of fine woodworking.
Level: All | Cost: $660 + $50 materials

15 Pinch it! Exploring bowls, brooches and spoons with Vicki Grima

Develop hand-forming techniques to create small precious works – bowls, brooches and spoons. Use Cool Ice porcelain to pinch, roll, poke, prod, paint, stencil, splash, trail, slide and slip. Learn the application of underglazes, decals and precious gold lustre and take a look at jewellery findings. Students will take home several small pieces at various stages of completion.
Vicki Grima is a Sydney-based artist, tutor and editor, whose practice is squeezed between her positions as Editor of The Journal of Australian Ceramics and EO of The Australian Ceramics Association. Nature is a constant inspiration – irregular repetition, delicate intricacies and inherent patterns that create and define the form. My pinched forms are functional, made to be used and handled.
Level: All | Cost: $660 + $35 materials

16 Mosaics: into the third dimension with Marian Shapiro

Take mosaics to a new level, move from the flat to the dimensional. Learn to make lightweight, 3D wall-hanging substrates. Take an in depth look at the design and practical considerations when working in 3D, how to cut material accurately and increase your understanding of andamento. By week’s end you will have completed one dimensional substrate with a second prepared.
Marian Shapiro is known for her innovative use of hand-formed substrates, often giving the illusion of soft flowing material. Grounded in traditional technique, Marian’s contemporary pieces often push the boundaries of mosaic art. Trained in Italy, the US and the UK, she has been a full-time artist since 2003, taking public and commercial commissions. Marian’s work is shown and collected nationally and internationally.
Level: All* | Cost: $640 + $40 materials + pay tutor       *Some experience required

2-DAY COURSE FOR YOUNG ADULTS

00 Digital crafting for young adults with Sophie Piper

In this two day class students will go through the processes used for laser cutting and 3D technologies. Using Adobe and Autodesk design softwares you will learn more about how to incorporate the new tool technology into your practice. Students will develop and manufacture two products, one on the laser cutting machine and one on the 3D printer. Complexity can be easily added to students with previous experience, however the course is structured around the beginner.
Sophie Piper is currently the junior and senior Design and Technology teacher at Frensham and has qualifications in Photography, Visual Arts and Graphic Design. She has been involved from the start with the introduction of STEM projects to the school and has introduced students from all years to the CNC router, 3D printer and laser cutting machine through a wide range of learning activities.
Level: Beginner (Young adults - Year 7 to Year 12) | Cost: $210 + $40 materials

KIDS 1-DAY COURSES

001 Kids' drawing and mixed media with Slavica Zivkovic

Monday 4 July, 9.00am - 4.00pm
In a fun and inspiring workshop, experiment with drawing 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.
Slavica Zivkovic is an experienced printmaker/painter, exhibiting regularly in Australia and overseas. Slavica has been involved in many community arts projects and is the manager of Sturt Gallery and Shop. Slavica is also a popular children’s art teacher at the Bowral and District Art Society and at Sturt Summer School.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95

002 Kids' collage with Slavica Zivkovic

Tuesday 5 July, 9.00am-4.00pm
Expand your imagination with collage! In this one day workshop you will create wonderful images by combining layers and textures with other media to develop work in a completely new way.
Slavica Zivkovic is an experienced printmaker/painter, exhibiting regularly in Australia and overseas. Slavica has been involved in many community arts projects and is the manager of Sturt Gallery and Shop. Slavica is also a popular children’s art teacher at the Bowral and District Art Society and at Sturt Summer School.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95

003 Kids' watercolour painting with Slavica Zivkovic

Wednesday 6 July, 9.00am-4.00pm

Explore the dreamy world of watercolour. Learn blending and wet-on-wet techniques on paper, giving you new skills to create your own images. Watercolour allows for the exploration of opaque and transparent painting, creating wonderful effects.

Slavica Zivkovic is an experienced printmaker/painter, exhibiting regularly in Australia and overseas. Slavica has been involved in many community arts projects and is the manager of Sturt Gallery and Shop. Slavica is also a popular children’s art teacher at the Bowral and District Art Society and at Sturt Summer School.

Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95

004 Kids' clay: cactus-back creatures with Karen Farrell

Thursday 7 July, 9.00am-4.00pm
Using a rustic handbuilding approach, you will sculpt fantasy four-legged garden creatures, which will incorporate a “garden pot” within their backs. A fun day with clay, hay and colour.
Karen Farrell is a ceramic artist whose practice includes the production of both functional and sculptural ceramics. Karen is the recipient of a number of significant awards including the AGL Energy Peoples Choice Award at Harbour Sculpture, Woolwich, 2014. Karen has been a resident potter and teacher at Sturt, teaching both adults and children classes.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95

005 Kids' clay: scary fairies with Karen Farrell

Friday 8 July, 9.00am-4.00pm
Using both slab construction and coiling techniques, you will create your own ’scary fairy’ for the garden. Another fun day with clay, hay and colour – perfect for the upcoming Halloween season.
Karen Farrell is a ceramic artist whose practice includes the production of both functional and sculptural ceramics. Karen is the recipient of a number of significant awards including the AGL Energy Peoples Choice Award at Harbour Sculpture, Woolwich, 2014. Karen has been a resident potter and teacher at Sturt, teaching both adults and children classes.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $95

006 Kids' courses Monday to Friday

Monday 4 July: Kids’ drawing and mixed media with Slavica Zivkovic
In a fun and inspiring workshop, experiment with drawing 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.

Tuesday 5 July: Kids’ collage with Slavica Zivkovic
Expand your imagination with collage! In this one day workshop you will create wonderful images by combining layers and textures with other media to develop work in a completely new way.
Wednesday 6 July: Kids’ watercolour with Slavica Zivkovic
Explore the dreamy world of watercolour. Learn blending and wet-on-wet techniques on paper, giving you new skills to create your own images. Watercolour allows for the exploration of opaque and transparent painting, creating wonderful effects.
Thursday 7 July: Kids’ clay: cactus-back creatures with Karen Farrell
Using a rustic handbuilding approach, you will sculpt fantasy four-legged garden creatures, which will incorporate a “garden pot” within their backs. A fun day with clay, hay and colour.

Friday 8 July: Kids’ clay: scary fairies with Karen Farrell
Using both slab construction and coiling techniques, you will create your own ’scary fairy’ for the garden. Another fun day with clay, hay and colour – perfect for the upcoming Halloween season.
Age: 7-12 years | Cost: $440 for 5-day courses