Workshops, classes, courses, in jun, jul, aug, sep, on mon, tue, or wed, and no matter if you live in the biggest cities like Melbourne and Sydney, students will find themselves making art whether kids or adults, online or in person.

Beginners who only have a short amount of time and experience with the creative arts, or more advanced artists who have a range of expressive methods to paint, colour, use resin, watercolours, or drawing are all catered for with online and face to face art classes across VIC, NSW, QLD, and all of Australia.

This guide runs you through what kind of workshop, studio session, classes, or course you may want to join for making the most of the range of techniques to create available in Australia. You will learn a bit about the concept and history of art, then delve into the hours and hours of your time you can spend engaging with art in Australia, and finall take some notes on the workshops and studio session varieties available across Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW etc, as well as creative pathways for beginners and more expert expressive kids and adults.

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Background to Art

You will no doubt learn about the role of art during the course of your workshops or classes, but it's also good to reflect on what the significance of what student will be making is in society.

In short, once you will join your class, and even before you start looking at techniques in your session, you will probably need to utilise your skills for taking notes on art history and its role in society.

Beginners will learn straight away that getting creative with paint has been around for millennia. The first appearance of art for a European audience drew from influences in Mesopotamia and Egypt nearly 5000 years ago. Art went about freely and anyone could express themselves (no GST on the sale of works!).

The techniques that one would learn here developed over time to find more expressive and refined ways of creating. During Greek and Roman times, classes in art, namely drawing and sketching and using a range of colour in painting became widely taught and a lot of cultural capital became associated with art.

Flash forward to the time of the Renaissance, and you could talk for hours about the significance of this period. Creative industries started to blossom as appreciation for colour and the ability to create appeared in Europe and across the middle east. Acrylic and oil paint as well as watercolours were all in the making to be the main creative force of the period, and really brought people's attention to the importance of art, literature, music, and culture generally, which led to a range of courses and workshops appearing.

The 19th century saw an explosion of art appreciation too, with the range including the birth of impressionism, abstract art, cubism etc, which have all become highly influential techniques throughout the 20th century up to today, that students will no doubt spend hours of their time perfecting.

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Expressive and Creative Industries in Australia

Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW, Brisbane QLD, and the range of other major cities not in AEST all have notable artists hailing from within their borders. Australians' love to create and be expressive is noted the world over. 

Our indigenous art dates from over the course of the last 40,000 years and has some of the most innovative painting techniques of all time. You don't have to be on AEST to see these either. Outside of VIC and NSW, there is a plethora of indigenous art available to view and support. Students at any stage of life can get lessons in these techniques, and kids and adults alike will never be in short supply of the wonder of Australian art.

Galleries also bound, which usually don't charge you a dozen notes of currency to enter since there's not GST and galleries are subsidised by governments. You can join a gallery as a member or just enter for a single use, either to view the range of artworks that range from tribal artists to art for kids, to contemporary art, to online art, or to attend one of the workshops available to you. 

There are also cultural events such as the Triennale at the National Gallery of VIC in Melbourne which host music and live performance as well as many a workshop or creative incubation studio which focuses on making artists out of all walks of life, regardless of how much time you have to dedicate to the session. These sometimes even occur on tue, wed, or thurs night so you can get a couple of hours of art fix mid week, and you can join them from jul, aug, sep, or really any time of year.

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Kinds of Art for Students

The types of course or lessons you end up following could take place in a studio, online, in a gallery, or even in someone's home. There are some specific types of art that are a catch-all for other styles which we will explore here, and will be making short work of whatever techniques or skills it may be that you're seeking to understand, thus economising of hours of your time searching online.

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Painting

Painting classes is one of the best ways for kids and adults to get creative in their life. This can enhance beginners in their skills or in the class or workshop, or help advanced expressive and creative students to join together their watercolour and resin based techniques for instance.

Students who want to discover painting in their own time would do well with an online course as you're not adherent to the AEST of Melbourne VIC or Sydney NSW, and the low overheads mean there's no GST. Take some notes on what you want to learn before committing hours of your time to painting, and the kind of courses you want your paint to explore.

You will work with both acrylic and watercolours. In such a course, beginners will focus on the elements of brushstrokes and understanding colour by taking notes as well as practice. Being able to learn how to paint and apply the lessons can be difficult at any stage of life, for kids and adults alike. You will need more than one session to master these skills and techniques and be able to create something incredible.

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You will then most likely learn about watercolours to make the most of your painting classes. This is one of the most versatile techniques that can help students be light in their work and bring painting and drawing to life in a short time.

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Drawing

Drawing classes or a drawing course that goes for an extended amount of time will help you with being able to create and making creative colour in any online or in-person art you will want to create.

Drawing classes can also enhance other artistic skills such as painting, since the hours of time spent lessons where you learn about using the hands to make art is applicable to a broad range of artistic techniques.

You can short work of bringing an image to life in the drawing arts since it takes less time to learn the skills to identify lines - exactly what drawing classes will focus on for beginners - than it does to master the intricate painting skills.

You can focus on being able to create drawing by thinking about it in the scheme of all arts, thus being a means a capturing time and life. Students and established artists alike will always benefit from drawing lessons since these are constantly being updated with the advent of online creative energy.

You may focus on line drawing, point drawing, life drawing, portrait drawing, still life drawing, and hyperrealistic drawing in the hours of your session of drawing or arts class. These will generally all build upon the same skills.

Sculpture

This portion of the creative arts is where you make shapes and give life to a material that is three dimensional. This can be with wood, stone, resin, glass, or even ice!

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Sidney Nolan and his paintings of Ned Kelly are some of Australia's most renowned artworks. | Source: Smith&Singer.com.au

The art based skills you acquire in in your drawing studio, painting workshop, or maybe even photography classes will be clear how to join to your other creative and expressive capabilities. It revolves around lines too, much like drawing, but involves understanding how to object occupies the space too.

This branch of the arts can end students up having their work displayed in the CBD of Melbourne or Sydney since sculpture can add so much to the identity of an urban landscape. Just think of the big Y-shaped head along the banks of the Yarra river in Melbourne VIC!

Such a course will centre on ceramics, tool familiarity, carving techniques, metals and wielding, moulds and casts, as well as manipulation of a space and materials to create impactful artwork.

Whatever your desire for your art classes, there will definitely be a class near you in the AEST zone in Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW, Brisbane QLD, or in other parts of the country, or even online.

Whether you want to explore painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance and sound art, or curatorship, Superprof will have a private tutor who can join you online or in-person, whether its on tue, thurs, or sat, in jul, aug, or sep - they will be there to help you learn!

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