If the Biennale of Sydney has inspired you to be more creative, try your hand at one of the many art classes Sydney has on offer. There’s wheel throwing, metalwork, glass firing and more. You won’t know what your secret skill is until you try.
Ceramics classes at Kil-n-it
The team behind Kil-n-it, an experimental ceramics studio in Glebe, caught on to the growing interest in ceramics and opened early last year. Backed by City of Sydney, and with a focus on the artistry of handmade pieces, the workshop and studio space offers beginners and experienced artists alike a creative space in which to hone their skills. The beginner’s six-week course covers everything from hand-building techniques to wheel-throwing skills, and how to mix and apply glazes. Upon graduating, students can book the workshop or glaze kitchen and fire solo.
Sundown Sketch Club at the MCA
If life drawing has always been on your bucket list, there’s no better place to put your pencil to paper than the MCA. Hosting classes in life drawing, architectural exploration and experimentation, taught by MCA educators, the Sundown Sketch Club offers a meditative space where slow drawing is the focus. There’s wine to loosen the hands, cheese to nibble on, and fine-art materials are provided to bring your lines to life.
Glasswork at Sydney Community College
If you want to try your hand at a more niche art form, then Sydney Community College’s glasswork classes are for you. The not-for-profit college offers numerous workshops that introduce students to contemporary kiln-fired glass; mosaics; stained glass; and lampworking. There’s opportunities to design your own glass platter, a stained-glass window, glass beads for jewellery or sculptural pieces.
Printmaking at Pine Street
A key member of the Chippendale Creative Precinct, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre provides local and accessible arts and cultural programs to the Sydney community. One of its studio workshops is an eight-week printmaking course. Run by professional artists and specialist tutors, the small classes cater to a variety of ages and skill levels. The beginners will learn the techniques of drypoint; etching; solarplate; lino and collagraph, and how to use a range of printmaking tools and machinery. Intermediate classes will include an artist demonstration of a specialist technique, so students can then develop their own process.
Metalwork and Silversmithing at Sydney Jewellery School
Nothing says statement piece more than a piece of jewellery you’ve made yourself. The metalwork workshop at the Sydney Jewellery School will equip you will all the silversmithing skills you need to adorn your fingers with your own designs. Guided by industry professionals, students will learn the two fundamental techniques of saw-piercing and soldering, beginning with making a copper pendant, and progressing to making a sterling-silver ring. By the conclusion of the course, you will have a series of projects in brass, copper and sterling silver.
Painting at Waverley Woollahra Art School
Since 1968, Waverley Woollahra Art School has endorsed the artist as teacher. With sessions spread throughout the morning and night, its class timetable features lessons for experienced painters, or those just looking try their hand with a brush. All classes are taught by practicing artists, their specialties ranging from Aboriginal art, to watercolour painting, portrait painting and everything in between.