Short courses

Short courses

Workshops

Short, low-cost workshops that provide an introduction to the range of programs on offer at Pine Street Creative Arts.

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    Join celebrated object artist Rosie Deacon for a 2-day weekend jewellery making workshop. Rosie’s contemporary, bold and colourful works use a diverse assortment of natural and manufactured materials, combining kitsch, craft and folk-art practices.

    In this fun workshop, you’ll get to explore mixed media contemporary jewellery techniques using Rosie’s signature materials including acrylic paint, applique, fimo, beading and iconic Australiana souvenirs.

    Over the 2 days you’ll create 2 or 3 small pieces of jewellery like, earrings and necklaces to take or wear home.

    Rosie Deacon is a Sydney-based artist working in sculpture and installation. She engages with the spectacle of obsession and realms of the absurd. Rosie graduated from UNSW COFA with first class honours in 2010 and was the recipient of both the Gallery Barry Keldoulis Grant for Emerging Artists and the Dinosaur Designs Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at The Egg & Dart, The Cube Mosman Art Gallery, Firstdraft, Gaffa Gallery, 107 Projects, Redfern and been included in group shows across Sydney, Newcastle, Townsville and Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Rosie was selected for the inaugural Runway Annual Artist Commission and guest artist for Studio A’s project for Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island in 2015. She has also exhibited at abandoned theme park ‘Adventureland’ for Campbelltown Arts Centre’s Winter Wonderland, and was included in Performance Contemporary for Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks. In 2016, Deacon curated ‘Koala Nutbush’ Art Bar, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and was awarded Viewers Choice in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School, Darlinghurst.

    Full instruction is provided on materials, products, tools, equipment and studio procedures.

    Intimate class size: maximum 12 students
    Level: Open to all levels from beginners to advanced students
    Wear: comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes (aprons provided)
    Bring: yourself – all materials provided

    Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
    Cost: Full price: $325.00 Concession: $232.50
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Step outside and join talented artist Becky Gibson for a 2-day weekend plein air painting workshop.

    Becky, a Brett Whitley Travelling Scholarship winner, will introduce you to various painting and drawing methods responding to urban environments. In locations around Chippendale, you’ll make initial quick plein air studies using pencil, charcoal, pastels and water colours. Then back in our studio you’ll use your sketches to compose an urban landscape painting.

    Over the 2 days, you’ll get a hands-on introduction to composition, perspective, tonal values, colour mixing and how to prepare supports and grounds, as well as learn about acrylic paints, brushes and canvas.

    The workshop is a fantastic opportunity for beginners to more advanced artists to gain insight in to the working methods of a practicing, award winning local artist.

    About Becky

    Becky Gibson completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School in Sydney. She has multiple prizes including the Mosman Art Prize and was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which allowed her to travel and study in Europe and America.

    Her work has been exhibited at the Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery and Arts Centre and the Adelaide Perry Art Gallery where she was also Artist-in-Residence in 2014.

    Becky paints a broad spectrum of subject matter but is mainly drawn to the Australian landscape. Her work contemplates the Australian landscape in all its guises, with particular interest in the ever-changing nature of inner city Sydney compared with the decay and inertness found outside the city limits.

    Full instruction is provided on materials, products, tools, equipment and studio procedures.

    Intimate class size: maximum 10 students
    Level: designed for beginner – advanced level students
    Wear: comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes (aprons provided)
    Bring: yourself – all materials provided

    We use non-toxic paints and non-toxic cleaning products and methods wherever possible.

    Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
    Cost: Full price: $325.00 Concession: $232.50
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    Join ceramics artist and professional mould maker Somchai Charoen to learn how to make moulds and slip casting techniques.

    In this 4-week course for beginner to intermediate ceramicists, using a small simple object you’ll learn how to make a casting mould from plaster. Somchai will share his knowledge and experience as well as his designs and prototypes and demonstrate his own studio techniques. You’ll also get hands on experience in slip-casting – the process where liquid clay is poured into the plaster mould to form the cast on the inside walls

    This class caters for adults wanting to extend their learning and practice to include mould making and slip-casting.

    Students will need to bring in 2 or 3 small simple objects made from either clay, wood, metal or plastic (no larger than 20cm x 12cm) to use as a prototype in making their 1 or 2 piece plaster mould. You’ll also get to take home the moulds you make.

    Intimate class size: maximum 10 students.
    Level: designed for beginner to intermediate level students.
    Wear: comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes (trousers recommended).
    Bring: please bring your own apron and towel – all materials provided.

    Somchai Charoen is a Thai born ceramic artist based in Sydney. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, worked commercially as a mould and model maker and established his ceramic homewares label Eat Clay. Somchai has worked with artists, designers and ceramics companies including Ben Quilty, Hany Armanious and Mud Australia. He is a co-founder of Belmore ITCH, a residency for non-ceramic artists to explore and interpret the medium.

    4 week course continues until 3rd March
    Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
    Cost: Full Price: $325.00 Concession: $232.50
    Address: Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine Street, Chippendale
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    Have you ever wanted to learn how to bind your own books? Join us for a 1-day Bradel bookbinding introductory workshop. Developed in Germany in the 18th century, this general purpose binding structure can be used to create your own artist books or journals.

    In this fun workshop, you’ll develop a good working knowledge of book binding products, tools, equipment and process and skills to progress to more complex book-binding techniques. You’ll also gain an understanding of the properties of paper, adhesives, thread, fabrics and leather, all used for book binding.

    With our experienced tutor, you’ll be guided through the design, material selection and finishing processes of book binding and take home the 2 finished books you create.

    We’ll look at a variety of contemporary and historical artist’s work throughout the day for inspiration.

    Full instruction is provided on materials, products, tools, equipment and studio procedures.

    Class size: maximum 12 students
    Level: designed for beginner level students
    Wear: comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes (aprons provided)
    Bring: yourself – all materials provided

    We use non-toxic cleaning products and methods wherever possible.

    Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
    Cost: Full price: $125.00 Concession: $105.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
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    A current trend in fashion and homewares, shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique that involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it before dyeing it in indigo to create beautiful textile designs.

    In this 2-day introductory workshop with artist and textile maker Micaela Christie, you’ll develop an understanding of shibori techniques and surface design procedures to create your own fabrics.

    You’ll get hands-on experience in preparing and using an indigo vat, selecting suitable fabrics as well as techniques to create a different patterns including using wood blocks, rubber bands and folding.

    Create unique fabric samples that you can take home and make into cushions, clothing or other homewares.

    Full instruction is provided on materials, products, tools, equipment and studio procedures.

    Intimate class size: maximum 8 students
    Level: designed for beginner level students.
    Wear: comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes (aprons provided).
    Bring: yourself – all materials provided

    We use non-toxic inks and non-toxic cleaning products and methods wherever possible.

    Tutor: Micaela Christie
    Since 2010, Micaela has been the creative director of Atomic Fox, a studio that produces hand printed textiles and artwork for interiors, homewares and costumery. Her work can be found in private collections in Australia and the UK. Based in the Blue Mountains, Micaela’s multidisciplinary practice incorporates printmaking, painting, graphic design, fibre and lighting installations. She is a graduate of the University of NSW College of Fine Arts (now UNSW Art & Design). Her work is handcrafted with love and passion.

    Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Cost: Full price: $275.00 Concession: $231.00
    Address: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington