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Workshops

A diverse range of workshops take place during holiday breaks. These courses run over several consecutive days, where students can learn from some of the best Australian artists, including regular VAS Teachers and Guest Artists. These are intensive courses running in the VAS Studio from 10am until 3:30pm. The lineup of workshops is always different: previous workshops have included print making, still life in oil, watercolour basics, Chinese brush painting and self portraiture among many others.

Workshops run in the VAS Studio from 10am until 3:30pm. BYO lunch.

DECEMBER 2022

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Maritime Painting in Watercolour with Julian Bruere
Julian Bruere
10 Dec 2022 - 11 Dec 2022
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Please contact the office for availability.
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SUMMER WORKSHOPS - JANUARY 2023

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Fundamental Art Skills Workshop
Julian Bruere
9 Jan 2023 - 13 Jan 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Join teachers Julian Bruere, Nicolas Chen, Rob Kelly and Lucy Maddox for a five-day intensive workshop in which you will learn and hone the core concepts and skills of representational visual art.
Please contact the office for availability.
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Portrait Painting in Oil with Gregory Smith
Gregory R Smith
14 Jan 2023 - 15 Jan 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Develop a greater visual knowledge through painting tone form and the true meaning of colour, especially skin tones.
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Realist Oil Portraiture with Lee Machelak
Lee Machelak
16 Jan 2023 - 20 Jan 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Use a direct method of painting to touch on the fundamental principles of traditional portrait painting, including composition, tonal relationships, colour and temperature in general and as they apply to the subtleties of flesh.
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Observational Painting through the iPad with Andrew Li
Andrew Li
Sunday 22 Jan 2023, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Learn how to utilise the iPad as a tool to paint and study from life, bridging the gap between traditional and digital mediums.
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Fundamentals of Still Life in Oil Paint with Swathi Madike
Swathi Madike
23 Jan 2023 - 24 Jan 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
In this course, you will learn the fundamental skills of oil painting, embracing the range of approaches with this medium.
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Expressionist Landscapes in Acrylic with Olga Dziemidowicz
Olga Dziemidowicz
Wednesday 25 Jan 2023, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Explore the expressive possibilities of using acrylic paint to capture impressionist & expressionist landscapes.
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Exploring Mixed Media Acrylic - Using Colour and Line with Olga Dziemidowicz
Olga Dziemidowicz
Friday 27 Jan 2023, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Explore the expressive possibilities of using acrylic paint to capture impressionist & expressionist landscapes.
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Watercolour Painting Inside and Out with Mike Kowalski
Mike Kowalski
28 Jan 2023 - 29 Jan 2023
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sketching and painting in Fitzroy Gardens, finding, composing and painting scenes we find under the trees. Distilling the subject, composing shapes, defining colors and values will all be in the offing. We will spend time sketching and covering tips on painting outdoors.
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Meet the Tutors

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Andrew Li
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Gregory R Smith
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Julian Bruere
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Lee Machelak
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Lucy Maddox
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Mike Kowalski
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Nicolas Chen
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Olga Dziemidowicz
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Robert Kelly
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Swathi Madike
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Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.