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Open Studio

Open Studio

Terms 1 – 4

Duration: 8 weeks

Erika Gofton and Ilona Nelson – Day session
Erika Gofton and Jennifer Whitten – Evening session

Hours: 9:30am OR 6pm
Location: Studio
Price: Open Studio is by application only

The OPEN STUDIO class is for students that have completed our Foundation Drawing and Painting classes or have an existing practice. Artists work independently in these sessions with guidance, support and mentoring from tutor Erika Gofton.

The ongoing focus for Open Studio is the development of your individual practice, both conceptually and technically. We encourage discipline and hard work, and motivate and challenge you to make the best work you can. In our nurturing and respectful environment you will feel comfortable to take risks, make mistakes and explore new ways.

This is an ongoing class that runs all year in 8 week terms. As a new student we discuss your short and long term goals and establish a personalised development plan based on your needs. This detailed plan specifies the technical and professional skills you wish to develop in your practice and how to do so.

If you struggle with an isolated studio and loneliness this class offers you a welcoming and supportive community, whether you’re a recent graduate or have taken a break from your practice. Many students use these classes to develop a body of work to exhibit and we offer assistance with proposals, CV’s, artist statements plus general professional development advice. Every year we host an Open Studio exhibition which also provides the opportunity to gain valuable curation and hanging experience.

Throughout the term you can participate in critique sessions and group discussions, gain new skills and refresh past learnings with practical demonstrations directed by the group’s needs and requests. We also host social events such as dinners and even Art Camps where we travel together such as going to visit MONA in Tasmania.

Open Studio will make a meaningful difference to your practice and empower you to become the best artist you can be.

Artists that have completed Foundation Drawing and/or Painting, and are confident working independently

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