Join Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for a range of exciting classes and courses. See below for what’s on this month or the side panel for all other upcoming programs.

7 Week Calligraphy Course


Tuesdays 31 January – 14 March, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Suitable for beginners & intermediate level

The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy is traditionally said to be like meditation; quieting the heart and calming the mind by moving its qi or energy in rhythm with the movement of the brush. Learn to control a soft brush on rice paper and use it to form confident yet delicate strokes that create harmonious and elegant Chinese characters. At the completion of the course, you will have meaningful works of your own to take home and the technique and appreciation to make calligraphy an everyday skill that is a pleasure to perform and a delight to view.

$175/$150 InSight Members. Includes all materials.

About Xueyi Bai

Xueyi Bai worked in the Shanghai Children’s Palace for 12 years as a Chinese calligraphy teacher. She is a member of the Chinese Calligraphy Association and the Shanghai Chinese Calligraphy Association, one of few in Australia. Xueyi is a Chinese calligraphy workshop presenter at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and now the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

8 Week Printmaking Course 


Thursdays, February 16th – April 6th 2017, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Produce a diverse body of work as you learn how to use three different
printmaking mediums: Etching, where you will develop tone as well as
line – Silkscreen, where you will build images with layers of colour and the
choice of woodcut or lino for Relief printing. The course is designed to
encourage experimentation and gives the opportunity to explore how your
work is shaped and transformed in response to each medium. This course will introduce the beginner to a range of methods and materials. For the more practised printmaker this course will offer extension with woodcut relief printing as well as discovering how you can combine more than one kind of printmaking in individual artworks. Please note water-based inks will be used and when etching, students will be using nontoxic etching solutions, non-rosen based aquatint and inks that safely clean up in water.
$300 |$270 InSight Members. Materials are included. Please bring an apron and closed in shoes. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

About Liz Perfect:
Liz studied her BA (Hons) in Painting and Printmaking at the Central School of Art in London, going on to win post-graduate scholarships to paint and print in Italy. In 2015 she graduated with a Master of Art in Printmaking at UNSW Art & Design where she had the benefit of being tutored by outstanding artists Joan Ross, Michael Kempson and Peter Sharp.
Liz’s work is on show regularly in Sydney and nationally. Internationally, she has shown in Bologna, Italy and shows regularly in the UK.

Discovering the World of Tea


Saturday March 11, 10:30am – 12:30pm

This introductory, hands-on tea workshop has been designed for participants to enjoy the charming world of tea. Participants will learn about a range of tea varieties from black, green and white to oolongs and pu-erh, while also sampling each variety from different world regions. A sensory experience of dry leaf appearance, wet leaf appearance, scent, aromatic profile, infusion colour, texture and taste will also be explored. Professional tea cupping technique as well as methods of preparation for each tea variety will also be discussed. This workshop is ideal for beginners and all those who wish to explore and deepen their knowledge of this ancient beverage.

$50 / $45 Insight Members. Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

9 Week Drawing & Painting Interiors Course


Wednesdays 15 March – 5 April (followed by a break for 2 weeks) recommencing on 26 April – 24 May, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Learn to compose exciting, subtle drawings and paintings of interiors and the objects that have traditionally made up interior studies. In this course you will gain an understanding of the methods of Johannes Vermeer, Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Olley, Henri Matisse, Peter Godwin, and Luke Sciberras and more.
Beginning with basics, colour, form, tone and perspective are explained simply and clearly. Students will then explore in greater detail the relationship of shape and colour, using light to observe variations in tone that aid drawing and painting depth of field.
To ensure that students receive one on one time with Rowen Matthews, tickets will be strictly limited.
$275/$250 InSight Members – Includes all materials.
Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410.

About Rowen Matthews:
Rowen Matthews lives in Blackheath on the edge of the Grose Valley. He has been exhibiting his work professionally since 2000 and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Calleen Art Prize and the Blackheath Art Prize. Since 2003, he has taught in the Art Education Faculty at the University of New England and in 2015 he completed a PhD in Creative Practice.