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Creative Sustenance

$405.00

ONLINE: 9 February – 30 March 2021, Tuesday 10am-1pm AEST. Early fee ends 11 Jan 2021
Sally Swain

Unleash your authentic expression and connect with creativity in community.

How might artmaking provide strength and sustenance in topsy-turvy times? In this experiential course, you will be gently guided to connect with your creative impulse, letting go of pre-conceived ideas about how an artwork should look, or whether it’s ‘good enough’. Art is literally at your fingertips and can be a powerful resource for resilience during challenging times. Sally Swain fosters a safe, non-judgemental, respectful environment within which creativity can flourish.

Full details below: course overview, course delivery, lecturer profile, home-studio requirements and art materials

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Full Details

Term: Term One 2021 Online
Start Date: 9 February 2021
End Date: 30 March 2021
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm AEST
Number of classes: 8

Lecturer: Sally Swain
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Full Fee: $405.00 AUD
Early Fee: $385.00 AUD
Concession: $355.00 AUD
Location: Online delivery via Zoom

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Unleash your authentic expression and connect with creativity in community.

How might artmaking provide strength and sustenance in topsy-turvy times? In this experiential course, you will be gently guided to connect with your creative impulse, letting go of pre-conceived ideas about how an artwork should look, or whether it’s ‘good enough’. Art is literally at your fingertips and can be a powerful resource for resilience during challenging times. Sally Swain fosters a safe, non-judgemental, respectful environment within which creativity can flourish.

You will have the opportunity to explore the sensory qualities of the materials and processes of painting, drawing and collage; playing with colour, water, line, gesture, texture, layering and patterning to awaken the joy and wisdom of artmaking. Each week, art explorations are linked with a theme, such as calmness or self-care.

Sally’s educational approach is grounded in a belief that creativity flows within everyone and ‘where we are is where we begin’. She teaches you how to embrace ‘the art of emergence’; build trust in creative process and cultivate confidence that something of value will arise.

Sally encourages you to apply ‘kindfulness’ (mindfulness plus self-compassion) to your

artmaking; to allow your natural self-expression and to risk making a mess or mucking it up!

The course is open to people at all levels of perceived skill or experience. The focus is on creative confidence, insight and personal well-being, rather than technical excellence. While this online short course is not art psychotherapy, it aims to assist with countering the isolation or uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic period.

Course Delivery

Sally’s online studio course is taught with Zoom and takes advantage of the full range of tools that this program offers. She is present in the online studio for the whole session and she responds directly to student questions in live critiques and discussions. We are also using Padlet in this course, Padlet is a web application that allows users to post information and images on a digital wall. 

If you are unfamiliar with the Zoom program, some tutorial assistance is available prior to the commencement of the first session to ensure you can join in with ease and get to know the online learning environment. You will be guided in Padlet usage by your Lecturer and you can get additional tutorial help from NAS.

Class sizes are limited to a maximum of twelve students and the sessions are not recorded.

Student home-studio requirements

A computer, laptop or ipad with a good internet connection
Digital camera to photograph practical exercises for feedback

Lecturer Profile

Sally Swain has a long-term passion for linking artmaking to wellbeing and for supporting individual, group and community creativity to blossom. Sally initiated Art and Soul Creativity Coaching in 1993. A registered arts therapist, she has brought her unique practice into many contexts including cancer recovery centres, grief cafes, carers’ retreats, women’s conferences and arts festivals. She pioneered art therapy programs for residents, relatives and staff in aged care facilities. In this course Sally synthesises thirty years of Art and Soul practice into a new mode of learning for the NAS Short Courses Public Programs. Sally is highly regarded for her internationally best-selling book, Great Housewives of Art, which she conceived, painted and wrote in the 1980s and which remains popular to this day. She delights in facilitating groups on Zoom, supporting a depth of connection across diverse beliefs and geographies, as we respond to our current climate of challenge and change. www.artandsoul.cc

Art Materials

Paper
A3 cartridge pad e.g. Quill Cartridge Paper Sketch Pad 110gsm
A4 or A3 watercolour paper pad of smooth, hot-pressed paper e.g. Art Spectrum Draw and Wash pad of 210gsm weight
A collection of found papers, such as small packet tissues, 3 – 6 sheets coloured tissue paper, several sheets coloured paper or black paper, recycled cardboard food cartons, brown paper bags

 Paints
Gouache: One set gouache paints e.g. Reeves set of 12 or Derwent Academy set of 24
Acrylic: One set acrylic paints e.g. Reeves set of 12 or 24
Watercolour: Micador watercolour set of 36, or Koh-i-noor Brilliant watercolour disc for more vivid colours

Brushes
1 or 2 aquabrushes e.g. Pentel Aquash
1 or 2 sable round brushes e.g. Roymac
1 or 2 hog hair flat brushes e.g. Artist Spectrum

Miscellaneous
Faber-Castell set of 20 connector pens
Micador set of 24 or Caran d’Ache Neocolour set of 15
3 – 6 magazines for collage
assorted easily gathered objects such as fabric fragments, threads, beads, feathers
up to 1 meter unbleached calico
Plastic compartmentalised palette or a white china plate
2B pencil, black fine-liner marker pen, biro and plain or ruled notebook
PVC-based glue, rags to wipe brushes, water jar, scissors

Note: You can add more materials as the course progresses or you might already have slightly different materials of your own, which is fine e.g. brushes, acrylic or gouache paints.

Parkers Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email parkersartsupplies@aapt.net.au
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

Covered footwear and protective clothes are recommended.

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