Short course

Visual Art Studio: Contemporary Painting 2020

Take your painting skills to the next level, develop your own visual language and gain invaluable exhibiting experience.


Visual Art Studio: Contemporary Painting will help you develop fundamental artistic skills and knowledge and deepen your appreciation of contemporary art.

Located in the University of Melbourne's renowned arts precinct at Southbank, this intensive, part-time, year-long course is designed to provide adults who have completed Visual Art Studio: Painting Techniques with a foundation in the practice and study of fine art.

You will have the opportunity to develop painting projects that incorporate new ideas and techniques, drawing on the supportive and critical encouragement of your tutor, practising artist and educator.

The class explores a wide range of practical methods including the use of oil and acrylic paint as well as the preparation of a variety of painting surfaces including canvas, wood and paper. You will also gain an understanding of the ways artists, of both national and international significance, are working with painting today.

The program culminates in an end-of-year exhibition, where you will have the opportunity to publicly exhibit your work.

I’ve learnt different approaches to contemporary painting, technical aspects of painting and to think about how to present work. Visual Arts Painting Participant, 2016

Entry requirements

  • Completion of Visual Art Studio: Painting Techniques course or some previous experience in visual art practice is recommended.
  • Participants must be aged over 18 years old.

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