Classes

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

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Tuesdays 2 May – 13 June
10:30am – 12:00pm
$175/$150 InSight Members
Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410

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.

Suitable for beginners & intermediate level
Includes all materials.

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.


Access: Inspired by Art

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Wednesdays, 11 May – 15 June
10:30am- 12:30pm
$90/$80 InSight Members.
Bookings are essential at Reception or 4780 5410

Set over 6 weeks, these unique art classes are for people with all abilities; they provide an opportunity to meet people outside our everyday connections. The focus of the classes is as much about making new and different social connections as it is about creating art. The classes are informal, friendly, relaxed and fun, and are motivated by Clare’s strong belief that not only is art something we can all do but it is for everyone.

Students must be able to have an attention span of 2hrs.

Greystanes Disability Services assists people with disabilities who may require significant support to participate and engage, to communicate, to exercise choice and decision-making, and for daily living and good health. Greystanes is committed to person centred service delivery and we support people to make choices and decisions about their lives and to take part in meaningful, everyday activities.

Clare Delaney is interested in space, what it looks like and the relationship with the objects sitting within in the space. I have explored this theme using different motifs including the house, human figure and dinosaur. The marks I make are an integral part of my work searching for those less deliberate and seemingly random marks. I work in acrylic paint and mixed media both on paper, board and canvas.

 

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Alternative Processes with Kurt Sorensen

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Saturday 17 June 2017
10:30am – 12:30pm
$60 / $55 Insight Members
Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410

Artist Kurt Sorensen will take participants on an exploration of analogue photography where he will anecdotally share both his theoretical and practical approaches to analogue image making, with an emphasis on the cyanotype process.


Tea and Chocolate

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Saturday 29 July
10:30am – 12:30pm
$50 / $45 Insight Members
Bookings essential at Reception or by calling 47805410

Tea and Chocolate Pairing a match made in heaven. Through this workshop you’ll experience flavor, aromas and textures of teas (black, green, black and oolongs) paired with delicious citrusy, fruity, floral, nutty and earthy chocolates, a true sensory appreciation. This workshop will demonstrate how these two ancient and nutritious products complement, enhance and contrast each other, a delightful experience. All teas provided at the workshop are premium teas from natural farming and all chocolate are gluten free.

Liliana Algorry, Tea Sommelier and Tea Blender will run the workshop. All teas provided at the workshop/masterclass are premium teas from natural farming.


8 Week Printmaking Course 

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Thursdays, 3 August – 21 September 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm
$300 |$270 InSight Members
Bookings essential at Reception or 4780 5410

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.
Materials are included. Please bring an apron and closed in shoes.

Liz Perfect 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.