Thursday, September 4, 2014

Marion Shapiro - Mosaics

Marion Shapiro is offering a new mosaics class at the centre on Monday evenings in Term 4.  6:30 - 9:30  $135 This six week course will start on Monday 20th October.

Adults Mosaics
Come and learn the ancient art of mosaics with Marian Shapiro.  During the six week course, you will get an overview and history of mosaics and the basics of design. We will look at a variety of different materials and how to cut and shape them, plus gluing and grouting.  During the course, students will complete a small  garden paver or wall hanging in a design of your choice.  Students with some mosaic experience are welcome to work on their own projects after prior consultation with the tutor.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Alison James - New teacher for BMCAC

Alison comes to us with a range of Certificates and Diplomas in Arts and working with children.  Her print works are currently in an exhibition at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and she has been involved in numerous art awards.
Her passion is Ceramics and Printmaking and her works are held in private and public collections, and featured in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, July Issue, 2012.

Alison brings a fresh approach to our Pottery studio and is very keen to cater for all abilities and ages.

Alison is also keen to offer art and craft for children at the centre on days when she is not teaching pottery.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Richard Cutler - Developing your own vision in oils or acrylics Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30

Richard Cutler - Painting – Developing your own vision in oils or acrylics

Today it is obvious that there are many different ways and traditions of painting that we can learn from.  Each person has their own personality. So to express this, we can learn from these traditions.  Painting is a visual art so we can educate one’s senses much like a composer or musician educates the ears to hear more deeply.  To develop the beauty in our paintings sometimes we have to undo habits of thinking that get in the way.

As a painter of 50 years experience, and having experienced a very profound teacher in John Ogburn, I hope I can help you to see more for yourself.

Richard Cutler

Wednesday evenings, 6:30 till 9:30. $135 for eight week course. 
Beginners and experienced students welcome. Bring along your own paints, brushes, rags, containers and canvas or paper supports.
If using oils, please bring only low odour or non turps based spirits.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tempered Glass Mosaics - More info

Level:  Suitable for absolute beginners, but will also be enjoyed by people with mosaic experience but no exposure to this particular technique.

One and a half consecutive days. 
Day 1                        9 am – 5 pm  Saturday 12th October
Day 2                         10 am – 1 pm  Sunday 13th October
Tutor: Marian Shapiro
Cost: $120 per person plus materials fee $25

In this workshop, students will use paint, papers and other materials under tempered glass (crash glass), combined with other mosaic materials if desired, to produce unique mosaics suitable for indoor display.   Although basic materials will be provided, participants are encouraged  to bring their own thin, flat, materials to put under the glass, plus any mosaic inclusions they wish to use. No mosaic experience necessary.

The course will start with introductions and expectations, plus an outline of what we will be doing.  A brief visual presentation of both 2-D and 3-D tempered glass mosaics will follow, to give participants ideas and inspiration.  Students will then decorate their mosaic bases and complete them by adding tempered glass.  The short session on day 2 is for grouting and finishing.

Each participant will make a small hanging mosaic (25 c m x 25 cm) suitable for interior display, consisting of a mosaic base decorated with either paint, thin papers, foil, glitter or a mixture and covered with tempered glass.

Basic materials including tempered glass, paint, foils and adhesive will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring small amounts of additional mosaic material which can be used in with the tempered glass, bearing in mind that tempered glass is usually thicker than materials such as vitreous glass.  Suitable additions could include; glass gems, fused glass inserts, beach glass, ceramic, etc, but they must have a flat back.

Students may also bring any thin, flat paper materials they might wish to put under the glass: printed paper, foils, decorative wrapping paper etc. NB:  anything that is printed must be from a professional printer – items printed on a deskjet printer are not suitable for this method as the glue can cause bleeding of the ink.

Full electronic course notes will be provided.


Day 1

Introductions and expectations
What is Tempered Glass?
Overview of the technique of tempered glass mosaics
Decorating the mosaic base (substrate) and starting to apply the glass

Finishing the application of the tempered glass

Day 2

Half day session
Show and tell of work completed so far
Cleaning and grouting the mosaic
Discussion about grout treatments

There will be a materials fee payable to me of $25 per person.  Tempered glass will also be available for sale after the course at $7.00 per kilo for students who wish to make further pieces at home.

I will provide
Per person
·       1 mosaic base per person.  25 x 25 cm mdf with hanging fitment
·       Tempered glass, pre-shattered
·       Adhesive and sealant

·       For general use
·       White paper for drawing
·       Carbon or transfer paper
·       Palette knives
·       A selection of student quality acrylic paints
·       Paint brushes and palettes
·       Water containers for diluting paint
·       A selection of coloured glitters
·       A selection of coloured metallic foils: gold, silver, and maybe some colours (I usually hunt round shops that sell wrapping papers and dollar shops)
·       Hairdryers
·       A selection of different coloured grouts, or white grout plus oxides
·       Grout mixing and spreading paraphernalia
·       Rags for cleaning grout
·       1 bottle of nail polish remover with acetone
·       Box of cotton buds
·       Pop sticks

Students will be asked to bring
·       A pencil
·       Sharp scissors
·       A dust mask
·       Anything extra they may want to bring to decorate their mosaic base: eg: thin papers, metallic paint, glitter etc to swap/share.

Max participants 10

I am happy for students and prospective students to contact me in advance with any questions by either phone or email.

02 4739 3532
0404 850 157

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Introducing Abby Howells

My art training has focussed on painting, etching and textiles. I also trained in drawing and sculpture.  My own work focusses on the individual qualities of the mediums I use, which are predominantly in the tapestry medium.  In my work I focus on an idea that grows and takes shape, slowly becoming a body of work that echoes and evokes the central idea.  

Class Outlines – Rough Guide

Crafty fun - Tuesdays 4:00 till 5:30, for children 6 to 9 years old.

Week 1 Paper Lanterns
Week 2 Felt Mask
Week 3 Mobile birds
Week 4 Clay hanging
Week 5 Fabric Puppet
Week 6 Hat
Week 7 Doll / Caravan
Week 8 Flag

Fantastic Creatures - Mondays 4:00 till 5:30, for children 6 to 9 years old.

Week 1 Dragons  – Collage - Colour Pencils and watercolour pencils, watercolour, snowflake, tissue
Week 2 Dragon Paper Lantern
Week 3 Egyptian –Eye of Horus – Black card, Scratch, Gold and collage
Week 4 Australian - Rainbow serpent, Mimi, - Rrark and dot painting – Acrylic paint – Concertina book
Week 5 Elves, Fairies, Trolls – Paper Swivel Boxes
Week 6 Mermaids and Sea creatures – Mobile – Watercolour/gouache pencils/collage
Week 7 Greek - Minotaur, Medusa’s, Hydra Cyclops Centaur Chimera – Stencils, stamps, paper mosaic - Concertina book
Week 8 Students work on their own Final Artwork

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Introducing Cathie Cox.

Unfortunately Cathy is not available Term 3, 2013.

Cathie will be offering Mixed Media for Children 9 to 12 yrs  Wednesdays 4:00 till 5:30  and  Drawing for Children 9 - 12 yrs Thursdays 4:00 till 5:30.

Art making and creating have been an absorbing and fulfilling interest for me since childhood. After study at TAFE and university I continue to find the greatest enjoyment in the fundamental practice of drawing. I like to use a variety of media (eg. pencil, silverpoint, watercolour pencil and watercolour) on different supports. Currently I am exploring the art of papercutting in combination with mixed media as an extension of drawing. I look forward to working at BMCAC as an opportunity for shared enjoyment through art making and discussion. 

Programme outlines for the mixed media and drawing classes.

Mixed Media: Introduction to the practices of mixed media and portraiture (which will serve as a theme). Surface treatments including frottage, printing paste paper and plaster paper. Decorate a folder to hold class work.
Discuss portraiture (incl. backgrounds to portraits) create portrait/s using surface treatments already explored.
Textured backgrounds using applied papers and collage (found objects etc.)
Discuss composition, try a portrait/double portrait with techniques previously practised. Look at examples eg. Anne Bagby. Try stencils and stamping.
Using photocopies, making transfers, applying colour to transfers.
Simple book making or repurposing a book.
Assemblage using a shallow box or a plaster/gyprock base as support.

Drawing: Introduction, discuss drawing and importance of looking, holding a pencil, using a drawing board, relaxing about results. Discuss and demonstrate media and supports. Experiment with markmaking including blotting and automatic drawing. Create a folder to hold work.
Discussion of different ways of creating the drawn image eg. different emphasis - line, colour, tone etc. Try contour drawing using an object/s. Expressive/gestural drawing, discuss emotion and markmaking.
2D drawing using a gridded background, a striped background, relating the object to its background and vice versa.
Colour media demonstration, experimentation, try coloured paper. Tracing a photo combine with pop art colouring, shading and hatching, line patterns.
Proportions, relating one part to another, looking at negative shapes. Try simple still life eg. containers/fruit, tools, simple furniture.
3D drawing - overlapping shapes using simple objects, imaginary cityscape. Discuss light and shade, creating a 3dimensional look.
Discussion of aerial perspective, effect on light, colour, detail. Look at examples, discuss. Portraits with landscape backgrounds.
Proportions of the face/figure (touch on perspective).
Make a concertina book.