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Visual Arts, Handcrafts and Photography

Unleash your inner artist and creative genius with our Visual Arts, Handcrafts and Photography courses

Photography: Capture the perfect sunset, paint with your camera, and master both traditional and digital photography techniques with Byron Community College. If you have an eye for stunning images, you’ll discover the perfect course to frame your creativity and produce breathtaking photographs. Let your visual storytelling skills shine!

Visual Arts: Become a visual artist or designer, or simply explore your creativity through our engaging and fun courses in painting, drawing, screen printing, art history and Floristry

Handcrafts: Discover the beauty of crafting as you explore various mediums, from fabric to clay, metal to mosaic. Our hands-on courses include pottery, sculpture, knitting, crochet, basket weaving, sewing, jewellery making, welding and sooo many more.

At Byron Community College, we’re all about nurturing your creative spirit, no matter where you are on your artistic journey.

Our experienced tutors will guide you through key techniques that unlock your artistic potential. Plus, these some of these courses are nationally-recognised and fee-free and can be your stepping stone to further professional training in visual art.

Advanced Floristry

1 - 22 March 2024, 4 x Fridays
9.30am to 2.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

Each week offers the opportunity to learn and create a different floral design ranging from professionally wired flower crowns to stunning modern bouquets and unique statement arrangements‚ all of which are yours to take home and enjoy for the remainder of the week.

Arranging Dried Botanicals

12 February 2024, Monday
9.30am to 2pm, Mullum, $260pp


Join us for a creative floristry workshop learning how to create three beautiful dried botanical designs to style your home or gift to someone special. This class provides practical demonstrations on the construction of a flower arrangement, a hand tied bouquet and a flower hoop using a mixture of on trend dried flowers & leaves guiding you to design your own masterpiece ready to take home and enjoy for months to come.

Art For The Terrified

24 February - 16 March 2024, 4 x Saturdays
9am to 11.30am, Mullum, $260pp


Wanting to be more creative and enjoy the healing power of art making but have no idea what you're doing? This course is designed to offer a sampler of different mediums while teaching you an intuitive approach to art making, so that you can find your own groove.

Art of Juxtaposition 1 (Part 1)

7 - 28 February 2024, 4 x Wednesdays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

During this 4 week course we will look at the work of various artists known for their use of collage and gain inspiration to construct new images for ourselves. No prior experience is necessary, collage is easy and relies only on a willingness to play with possibilities.
Students will be supported to develop the ideas that come from this practice and build a small body of work. A range of printed material will be available but please collect and bring to class any materials you would particularly like to work with, (e.g. maps, dressmaking pattern paper, catalogues and magazines, tissue paper, serviettes, gold leaf etc).

Art of Juxtaposition 1 (Pt 2)

6 - 27 March 2024, 4 x Wednesdays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, $350pp

 
During this 4 week Part 2 course we will look at the work of various artists known for their use of collage and gain inspiration to construct new images for ourselves. Collage is easy and relies only on a willingness to play with possibilities.
Students will be supported to further develop the ideas that come from this practice and build a small body of work. 

Art of Paper & Print (Pt 1)

5 - 26 February 2024, 4 x Mondays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

Art of Paper & Print is an introductory course into several ways to make Prints. This 4 week practical course will explore drawing and the creative possibilities of transposing drawings into mono-prints and relief-prints. 

Art of Paper & Print (Pt 2)

4 - 25 March 2024, 4 x Mondays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, $350pp

 
Art of Paper & Print is a Part 2 course into several ways to make Prints. This 4 week practical course will explore drawing and the creative possibilities of transposing drawings into mono-prints and relief-prints. 

Basket Weaving

3 x Fri, 7 - 21 June
9.30am to 2.30pm, Mullum, $280

Learn how to create beautiful baskets using natural fibres from plants that grow around us. You will learn how to recognise, gather and prepare local plants for weaving then be shown basic weaving techniques. This is a great way for people to come together and share their creative ideas. It's fun and very relaxing, but be warned, it's addictive! Additional materials $20.

 

Book Binding

If making a hard cover book and learning Book Binding skills is for you, then you will love this workshop. You will learn Book Binding methods, making hard covers, learn about signatures and stitch them into your book, glues, threads, all you need to know. We use our Handmade Papers for the covers, and quality paper internally. You will also stitch a small notebook before your Coptic Stitch task. You take home two books in this beautiful workshop.

Botanical Blueprints

24 February - 2 March 2024, 2 x Saturdays
12.30pm to 4.30pm, Mullum, $240pp


Embark on a creative journey with our Cyanotype Imagery course, a photographic art form dating back to the 19th century, originally used for documenting botanical specimens. Join local artist Katie as she imparts her expertise in crafting stunning botanical blueprints on paper using this ancient technique. Be inspired by the groundbreaking work of 19th-century botanist Anna Atkins and weave your own artistic narrative through the lens of cyanotype magic. Unleash your creativity in this unique exploration of photographic history.
 

Breathing the Land 1 (Pt 1)

8 - 29 February 2024, 4 x Thursdays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

This 4-week art practice will incorporate a range of modalities including meditation, walking, observation, drawing, painting and assemblage. We will make use of materials from the landscape to respond to country, drawing with local ochres, dyeing paper with local botanicals, fuelling our visual responses with local research.

Breathing the Land 1 (Pt 2)

7 - 28 March 2024, 4 x Thursdays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, $350pp

 
This 4-week Part 2 art practice will incorporate a range of modalities including meditation, walking, observation, drawing, painting and assemblage. We will make use of materials from the landscape to respond to country, drawing with local ochres, dyeing paper with local botanicals, fuelling our visual responses with local research.

Butter Knife Carving

Sat, 15 June​
10am to 3pm, Mullum, $190
 
Discover the art of carving as you learn how to select and prepare greenwood timber for small woodwork projects. We will dive into a spectrum of traditional knife grip techniques, mastering the safe use of a sloyd knife to craft your unique wooden butter knife. Learn the secrets of applying food-safe finishes like oils, waxes, and paints, adding a personal touch to your creations. Elevate your carving skills in a journey that merges tradition with practicality.

Crochet For Beginners

17 - 24 February 2024, 2 x Saturdays
10am to 2pm, Mullum, $170pp


Crochet is meditative, relaxing and lots of fun. Use basic crochet stitches and different textured yarns to create a beautiful scarf and another simple garment to take home. When you get hooked you can't stop.

Dreaming in Colour 1 (Pt 1)

6 - 27 February 2024, 4 x Tuesdays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

If you are a complete beginner, if you have painted in the past but want a refresher course or if you simply want to be making art with the camaraderie of colleagues, this course will cover the basics - how to mix colour and understand hue, value, saturation and temperature to compose satisfying mages.
Week by week this class will step you through a process to help you paint expressively and develop your own painting signature.

Dreaming in Colour 1 (Pt 2)

5 - 26 March 2024, 4 x Tuesdays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, $350pp

 
If you are a recent beginner part 2 will build progressively by making art with the camaraderie of colleagues, this course will cover the basics - how to mix colour and understand hue, value, saturation and temperature to compose satisfying mages.

Floral Arbour

21 March 2024, Thursday
10am to 1pm, Mullum, $240pp


Embark on a floral journey where you'll delve into the essentials of constructing a beautifully wired Floral Arbour. Experience the art of asymmetric design, explore sustainable techniques with floral foam, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. Create an on-trend, fresh Flower Arbour, and once mastered, bring this stunning design to life for special events. Ensure a blooming success by enrolling at least 4 days before class, allowing ample time for flower orders. Let your floral creativity flourish!
 

Floristry Intermediate

2 - 23 February 2024, 4 x Fridays
9.30am to 2.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

 
Each week offers the opportunity to learn and create a different floral design ranging from professionally wired flower crowns to stunning modern bouquets and unique statement arrangements, all of which are yours to take home and enjoy for the remainder of the week.

Hand Building Ceramics Introduction

4 x Tue, 4 - 25 June, 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Mullum, $420
Ochre's Hand Building workshop is a beautiful 'entree' into the world of clay. Come and sip tea and coffee while being guided through all the basics of hand building in our beautiful light-filled studio. You will learn how to make a pinch pot, coil, slab build, attach handles, legs, etc...even how to glaze and decorate your beautiful pieces.

Hand Tied Posy

28 March 2024, Thursday
10am to 12.30pm, Mullum, $155pp


Indulge your floral passion in this hands-on course. Awaken your inner florist as you discover the art of crafting a stunning Hand Tied Posy with fresh seasonal blooms and foliage, perfect for any vase. Tailored for beginners, our experienced tutor guides you through the fundamental techniques of posy construction. From expertly spiralling stems to creating handmade bows for your gift-wrapped masterpiece, you'll leave with newfound skills, floral insights, and a beautifully wrapped posy and vase to take home.
 

Introduction to Floristry

1 - 22 February 2024, 4 x Thursdays
9.30am to 2.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0* 

 
Interested in learning about floristry? This 4 week introduction course will step you through the process of creating a variety of floristry designs.

Knitting For Beginners

20 February - 5 March 2024, 3 x Fridays
9.30am to 12.30pm, Mullum, $185pp

Learn knitting the European way! An efficient and faster way of knitting, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Over the 3 sessions you will learn basic knitting techniques including how to cast on and off, knit and pearl stitches as well as how to decrease and increase stitches whilst creating a simple piece like a scarf, wrap of baby blanket.

Life Drawing Sessions

12 March - 2 April 2024, 4 x Tuesdays
5.30pm to 8pm, Mullum, $280pp


A life drawing session with a twist. Our life model won't be entirely nude. A hands-on experience with drawing and honing observation skills of the figure drawn from life. Teacher facilitated warm up session, drawing "timed" warmups, leading to longer timed drawing sessions of the figure.

Lino Block Printing

17 February 2024, Saturday
10am to 4pm, Mullum, $190pp


Many printmaking processes require some serious expertise and equipment. But lino block printing is amongst the easiest method out there and can be done from home using a few basic tools. This course is perfect for you if you want to try printmaking for the first time, no drawing experience needed. Join us in a supportive and empowering environment to explore a new skill. Additional materials $35.

Natural-dyeing and Shibori

This 2 day introductory workshop will give students the chance to discover the magic of extracting colour and imprints from plants, using leaves, flowers, and roots.

Students will be shown several SHIBORI techniques, which is the Japanese word for tie-dyeing, by using stitching, clamping, folding, twisting, and compressing to create intricate patterns.

Additonal materials $50

Pattern Making for Beginners


Byron Bay, $295pp

This course is designed so that you will understand how to take measurements, apply them to a BODY BLOCK, then use this information for pattern alterations and to create better fitting clothes. We will also explore how to copy and make a pattern from an existing garment. This is a great course for those wanting to learn the basics.

Plant Life Drawing 1 (Pt 1)

2 - 23 February 2024, 4 x Fridays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, ACE Funded $0*

Plant Life Drawing 1 (Part 1) is a 4 week art course that will focus on drawing natural forms from life in a variety of mediums, inspired by the botanical work of several famous artists.

Plant Life Drawing 1 (Pt 2)

1 - 22 March 2024, 4 x Fridays
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, $350pp

 
This 4-week course (Part 2) will extend your creative focus as we explore the work of significant artists while studying plants and natural forms through a variety of mediums and processes.

Playful Painting Weekend

6 & 7 April 2024, Saturday & Sunday
9.30am to 3.30pm, Mullum, $240pp


There will be dancing, splashing, spraying, scraping, dripping, laughing and a head-over-heels love affair with colour. Each of us will be painting on a large canvas, adding new layers, in a fun and encouraging environment. Rediscover your enthusiasm for life and uncover painting talents you never knew you had.

Portrait Painting

Are you keen to start painting portraits? Do you already paint people but would like to improve on your realism?

From the subtle curve of a smile to the piercing gaze of the eyes, portrait painting has long been revered as a timeless art form, transcending generations and cultures.

Sculpture Introduction

25 February - 3 March 2024, 2 x Sundays
9.30am to 4.30pm, Mullum, $270


Embark on a dynamic sculptural exploration! Each week we will delve into a unique form of sculpture, from wire and clay to carving, construction, and found object art. Immerse yourself in experimentation, unleashing your creativity and discover the joy of sculpting with this hands-on and versatile course!
 

Silver Jewellery - An Introduction

Sat & Sun 23 & 24 March 2024, or Sat and Sun, 25 & 26 May, or Sat & Sun, 15 & 16 June
9am to 5pm, Mullum, $320

Learn the fundamentals of making silver jewellery with this weekend workshop. This introductory course covers the key skills you need for precious metal work; perfect for anyone keen to start the journey of jewellery design and making. You can expect to complete two or three pieces of finished jewellery. Additional materials fee $90.

Tufting Rug Making Workshop for Beginners

Create your very own unique rug in this tufting rug making course. I will show you the basics of operating a tufting gun and within minutes, you'll be creating your very own designer rug. We will use new and recycled yarns, creating one off pieces! Come have some fun!

Watercolour: Light, Bright, Fresh.

Light, Bright and Fresh are natural qualities of the translucent, flowing medium of watercolour painting. But sometimes our tones and colours can look muddy and overworked, washed out or too dark. Over two Saturdays, we will look at the processes, techniques, colours and mindset which help to better express the vitality and beauty of this versatile medium. Suitable for all levels of experience. All materials supplied.

Welding & Metal Fabrication

6 & 7 April 2024, Saturday & Sunday
9am to 4pm, Mullum, $470pp


Learn to build and repair tubular steel frames with a MIG welder! Experienced welders and novices alike have the opportunity to learn and practice welding tubular steel, both painted and galvanised. Also included is an introduction to techniques and tricks of the trade needed to construct in tubular steel, so you can start planning your own projects for furniture, gates, railings, or repairing the trailer etc.

Welding Basics

17 February 2024, Saturday
9am to 4pm, Mullum, $275pp


New to welding? We offer a safe and accessible learning experience to get you started. Learn the safety aspects and operations of welding before having some hands-on practice on the MIG Welder. There’s no project, however, you’ll create a novel welded name plaque (a la “Myth Busters”) to take home.

Welding Basics for Women

 Mullum, $275pp

New to welding? Well, here we offer a safe and accessible learning experience to get you started. Learn the safety aspects and operations of welding before having some hands-on practice on the MIG Welder. There’s no project, however, you’ll create a novel welded name plaque (a la “Myth Busters”) to take home.

Welding Introduction

2 & 3 March 2024, Saturday & Sunday
9am to 5pm, Mullum, $375pp

If you’ve always wanted to learn electric welding but have never had the opportunity, or you may simply want to hone your welding skills, then here’s your chance. Let metal artisan / fabricator, Nyree, take you on a journey to greater independence and practical, creative empowerment through the amazing world of metalwork!