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MADA’s Winter Short Courses


The Department of Fine Art at Monash University is the place to warm up this winter. All throughout July, MADA (Monash Art Design & Architecture) is offering a range of creative short courses aimed at practicing artists, art students looking to enhance their existing skills, and members of the general public looking to shake their inner artist out of hibernation.

These two and four-day courses have been curated to unearth natural talent and encourage further development in a chosen creative field. The exciting suite of courses will include painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery design, film-making and glass-blowing for beginners to intermediates.

As a community of recognised excellence and innovation across art, design and architecture the contemporary artists at MADA are renowned both nationally and internationally for being at the forefront of their fields, with diverse experience in industry and teaching capacities.

The winter suite of Contemporary Art Short Courses will be held in small, intimate groups led by practicing artists in an interactive environment. MADA is the place to stave off the cold this winter, experience a new form of artistry and even develop the skills to walk confidently into an art school studio.

Fine Art Short Courses:

Jewellery – Contemporary Practice, 7–10 July
Introduces participants to the basics of jewellery making, with introduction to the equipment and tools to give form to metals.

Video Production & Editing, 9–10 July
Introduction to studio production and lighting, ideal for artists and creative people wanting to develop their interest in video and aspiring film makers.

Painting for Beginners, 7–10 July
Participants will be guided to use painting as a form of creative expression. This includes intensive studio sessions and lectures covering historical approached to painting.

Sculpture – Mould Making and Casting, 7–10 July
Sculpture creates the ability to copy and replicate objects. Participants will be introduced to these processes by creating replicas using their own bodies and small found objects.

Printmaking and the Artist Book, 7–10 July
Exploring the art form known as the artist book, participants will be making their own artist book using the Ancora Letterpress and book binding methods.

The Digital Fine Art Print, 7–8 July
Participants will learn the basics of digital workflow – from camera to print. The process of acquiring high quality digital print from digital files will be taught.

Drawing, 7–10 July
A range of practical and intellectual drawing skills are introduced to students. Observation, analysis, selection and interpretation are studied through various drawing projects.

Glass Blowing for Beginners, 7–10 July
Participants will explore the history of traditional glass art and develop skills to create simple paperweights and blown vessels, and learn the basics of hot glass blowing.

Folio Building & Foundation Workshops for Year 11/12 and Non School leavers, 1–3 July 2014; 24–26 September 2014
Run through the school holidays at Monash University this workshop will give participants the inside knowledge on studying a creative discipline and developing a folio.



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