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The Illuminated Letter

AF001.17

Pamela Brown

A modern simplification, bringing this art within the capabilities of the unskilled. Enjoy the diverse applications of gold leaf (imitation) starting with personalising your own initials.

Class Numbers: 3 - 5.
Costs: Costs of art materials and photocopying given on enrolment.
Student Materials: Art materials.
Venue: Private home, Weston Creek
Starts: Thursday 2 March from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Thursday 26 October
Contact: Pamela Brown on 6288 5952

The Illuminated Letter

AF001.18

Pamela Brown

A modern simplification, bringing this art within the capabilities of the unskilled. Enjoy the diverse applications of gold leaf (imitation) starting with personalising your own initials.

Class Numbers: 3 - 5.
Costs: Costs of art materials and photocopying given on enrolment.
Student Materials: Art materials.
Venue: Private home, Weston Creek
Starts: Thursday 2 March from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 26 October
Contact: Pamela Brown on 6288 5952

Films of the Past

AF014.08

Alan Duke and Richard Keys

To introduce, view and discuss a variety of films from around the world. Introduce leading film directors and film stars. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 25 - 65. There are 65 vacancies as of 2016-10-07
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Participants must be members of Southern Cross Club. Cost of film hire approx $25.00 a term depending on length
Student Materials: -
Venue: Southern Cross Club, Woden
Starts: Wednesday 1 February from 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Ends: Wednesday 6 December
Contact: Alan Duke on 6257 9990,
Enrolments from: 8am on 18/01/2017

Watercolours

AF006.09

Ann Baker

A continuing course for people with previous knowledge of watercolour painting, without a tutor and operating on a self-help basis.

Class Numbers: 4 - 35. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Club joining fee of $10 and parking fee of $20 if required.
Student Materials: Materials list will be advised on enrolment.
Venue: Woden Seniors Club
Starts: Wednesday 1 February from 9:00 am - 11:45 am
Ends: Thursday 7 December
Contact: Ann Baker on 6286 2211

Australia's social attitudes as seen through its films.

AF038.03

Gail Ford

This course follows Australian film-making from its auspicious beginnings in the early 1900s and great revival in the late 1960s after 50 years during which it virtually disappeared, through to the present. We will trace the themes, characters and style of films set in rural, urban, and aboriginal Australia over this period in order to discuss the depiction of Australia’s society and social attitudes through its films. Further information is available.

Class Numbers: 10 - 45. There are 10 vacancies as of 2016-10-23
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent.
Student Materials: Access to a computer to receive emailed notices and information before sessions.
Venue: Cook Community Hub Room 3
Starts: Wednesday 19 July from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday 29 November
Comments: Term break from 23 September to 9 October.
Contact: Gail Ford at (preferred) or 6231 8247 / 0408 181560
Enrolments from: 9am on 21/06/2017

Post-war Italian and French Cinema: some leading film-makers and their films.

AF065.01

Gail Ford

Film-making was born in France, but though losing its lead in the making of films, analysing them as a serious art form continued. After World War 2 Italian film-makers, wanting to show the reality of war-ravaged cities, produced Italian Neorealism, which fed into the New Wave in France. We will discuss the work of a number of leading Directors from both countries, such as Roberto Rossellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, Francois Truffaut and Louis Malle.

Class Numbers: 10 - 45.
Costs: Room rent
Student Materials: Access to a computer for notices, reading lists, etc which are emailed before sessions.
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Wednesday 1 February from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday 28 June
Contact: Gail Ford at (preferred) or 6231 8247 or 0408 181 560

The Hobbit - a film study

AF062.01

Judith Tregoning

Enter the fantastic world of Tolkein as presented by the New Zealand film makers Peter Jackson and Weta workshop. Watch each of the three movies, extended editions, in turn and have a follow up discussion the following week. You do not need to have read the book as the emphasis is on the problems and issues faced with making the films. Additional information can be sent to enquirers.

Class Numbers: 3 - 6.
Costs: -
Student Materials: -
Venue: Private home in Weston Creek
Starts: Friday 5 May from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ends: Friday 9 June
Contact: Judith Tregoning at or ph: 6288 3009

The Lord of the Rings - a film study

AF062.02

Judith Tregoning

Enter the fantastic world of Tolkein as presented by the New Zealand film makers Peter Jackson and Weta workshop. Watch each of the three films extended editions, in turn and have a follow up discussion the following week. You do not need to have read the book as the emphasis is on the problems and issues faced with making the films. This is a follow up from the study of the Hobbit films but you do not need to have attended the earlier course. Additional information can be sent to enquirers.

Class Numbers: 3 - 6.
Costs: -
Student Materials: -
Venue: Private home in Weston Creek
Starts: Friday 4 August from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ends: Friday 8 September
Contact: Judith Tregoning at or ph: 6288 3009

Drawing Workshop

AF029.08

Alyson Robinson

Participants in this workshop have some experience in a variety of media and work at their own pace with some input from a tutor when available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 20. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent, small amount for photocopying.
Student Materials: Basic drawing equipment to begin with.
Venue: Uniting Church, Curtin
Starts: Tuesday 31 January from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday 12 December
Contact: Alyson Robinson at (preferred)

Female Australian Artists at the NGA

AF064.01

Jennifer Williams

Discussion will focus on works hanging in the gallery in April 2017. Colonial, Contemporary and Indigenous works and artists will be explored. No prior knowledge required.

Class Numbers: 6 - 8.
Costs: Cost of parking at NGA
Student Materials: -
Venue: National Gallery of Australia
Starts: Monday 24 April from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Monday 15 May
Contact: Jennifer Williams at

Drawing for Pleasure

AF046.03

Rosemarie Millar

The course is a self-help group meeting together to draw. There is no formal tuition and the course is very informal in nature.

Class Numbers: 4 - 8. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $15.00 per term for room hire.
Student Materials: Drawing pads, pencils, pens, pastels, etc.
Venue: Cook CC Rm 2
Starts: Monday 30 January from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ends: Monday 11 December
Comments: School Terms only
Contact: Rosemarie Millar on 0412247411

How Art Made Our Civilization

AF057.03

Graham McLennan

Studies of individual art works and their connections with western history. No previous knowledge of art or history required. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 6 - 12.
Costs: Room rent plus Photocopies $0.50 cents weekly per participant.
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Tuesday 2 May from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday 11 July
Contact: Graham McLennan at

U3A(ACT) Camera Club

AF043.07

Bob Hay

A course using the methods of a camera club to teach photography and provide a place where amateur photographers of all levels of skill can share their enthusiasm, experience and expertise. We run short specialised courses, workshops, studios, field trips and exhibitions of members’ work. Further information from

Class Numbers: 5 - 60. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent plus entry to institutions for field trips.
Student Materials: Members' own photographic equipment.
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Tuesday 7 February from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday 5 December
Comments: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month
Contact: Membership secretary

Come to Life – A Life Drawing Sketch Group

AF034.05

Lalor Curran

An untutored two hour life drawing sketch group in which artists with some drawing experience come together weekly during school terms to share the costs of a model and draw in pencil, pastel or charcoal. The venue is not suitable for inks, paints or watercolours because of potential damage to carpets.

Class Numbers: 9 - 15. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Model costs are expected to be about $10 per person per week.
Student Materials: Tables and chairs are provided. Attendees bring their own art materials and easel (if required).
Venue: Bellerive Retirement Village
Starts: Thursday 2 February from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Ends: Thursday 14 December
Contact: Lalor Curran on 6169 3518 or

A Focus on Drawing

AF061.01

Leigh Toop

A Practical course for those with some drawing experience. It is designed to extend drawing skills, ideas and use of drawing materials. We will take observational, expressive and experimental approaches to drawing.

Class Numbers: 10 - 15. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent $3.70 to $5.50 per session.
Student Materials: Drawing materials. List will be advised on enrolment.
Venue: Village Hall, Strathnairn, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt
Starts: Friday 3 February from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ends: Friday 6 October
Comments: School holidays will be observed. See: www.strathnairn.com.au
Contact: Leigh Toop at or 0402 309 220

Rock Bottom How to Draw

AF018.09

Alyson Robinson

A 20 week (2 terms) course for people who would like to learn how to draw, beginning from the simplest possible point. All the mysteries explained.

Class Numbers: 15 - 20. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room Rent. Small sum for photocopying
Student Materials: A3 cartridge paper sketchbook, HB, 2B and 4B pencil or graphite stick, soft eraser, pencil sharpener (I prefer a snap-off cutter) a black biro, black texta (fine and medium point) eg Sharpie.
Venue: Uniting Church, Curtin
Starts: Tuesday 18 July from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday 12 December
Contact: Alyson Robinson at (preferred) or on 6281 0842.

Rock Bottom Continued - Workshop

AF063.01

Alyson Robinson

A 20 week course to expand on basic skills. We move from design elements to composition and design principles, and away from realism to distortion. Some new media and skills introduced. Further information is available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 20.
Costs: Room rent plus small amount for photocopying.
Student Materials: Basic drawing materials to begin with.
Venue: Uniting Church, Curtin
Starts: Tuesday 31 January from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday 27 June
Contact: Alyson Robinson on 6281 9842 or

Satellite Arties of Kippax

AF045.04

Jan Kicenko

This is a continuing self-help group who paint and draw and share their ideas without the benefit of a teacher. Participants need to be self-motivated.

Class Numbers: 14. There are 5 vacancies as of 2016-09-20
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: -
Student Materials: All materials, paint, paper etc to be provided by participants.
Venue: Canberra Raiders Club, Holt
Starts: Thursday 2 February from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 14 December
Comments: Course run in four terms. No classes held during school holidays.
Contact: Jan Kicenko on 6241 7071
Enrolments from: 9am on 30 January (may leave a message)

Make a Mark II

AF025.15

Glenn Smith

Continuing Art Group building on skills gained in the Make a Mark II art courses of 2014, 2015 and 2016 (following on from the U3A Back to Basics drawing course of 2013).

Class Numbers: 6 - 7. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent, refreshments, photocopying, etc.
Student Materials: General art materials (esp watercolour paints and brushes).
Venue: Cook CC Rm 1
Starts: Monday 6 February from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Monday 4 December
Comments: The year will be divided into four terms as per ACT school terms.
Contact: Glenn Smith at

Make a Mark MAM 1 2017

AF025.17

Paul Humphreys

A continuing Art group that enjoys exploring different techniques and subjects for expression in their visual Artwork. The group has since its inception undertaken numerous art projects, exhibitions involving different media and approaches. It is a self-help group utilising the knowledge and experience of members and occasional external visual guidance tutorials.

Class Numbers: 10 - 15. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $20 per term incl room rent, refreshments, photocopying, etc.
Student Materials: Participants are expected to provide general art materials
Venue: Cook CC Rm 3
Starts: Monday 6 February from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ends: Monday 4 December
Contact: Paul Humphreys

Make a Mark IV

AF025.16

Sylvie Sampson

This continuing art group builds on skills gained in the Make a Mark basic drawing course in 2013. Our group has members with varying art experience . In 2017 we will continue developing our colour mixing and brushwork skills using acrylics, watercolour and ink. There are currently no vacancies in this course, however please contact the course convenor to register your interest should a vacancy occur.

Class Numbers: N/A. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent plus $15 per term for group art supplies.
Student Materials: The group shares art materials but participants bring their own brushes.
Venue: Cook CH Rm 2
Starts: Friday 10 February from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ends: Friday 8 December
Contact: Sylvie Sampson on 6251 2524

Open Studio 2017

AF039.05

Esme Bracken and Jenny Aitchison

Open Studio is a non-judgemental creative space. Members can relax and work on their own projects in whatever medium and style they choose and develop at their own pace. At present, members’ work is based in, but not limited to, the visual arts, textiles, crafts, poetry and prose. Freedom of expression and lack of inhibition is encouraged. The environment is welcoming and supportive, allows for exchange of ideas, skills, and collaboration between willing participants. There is no tutor.

Class Numbers: 10 - 15. There are 5 vacancies as of 2016-10-21
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $20 per term
Student Materials: Own materials
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Monday 30 January from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Monday 27 November
Comments: Weekly during school terms.
Contact: Esme at or Jenny at
Enrolments from: 18/01/2017

Pottery For Fun

AF048.07

Suzanne Fox

No previous experience with clay is required. Come and have some fun. Make your own pots for home and garden with an experienced teacher. Learn the basic techniques for hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Explore surface decoration and glazing techniques. This course is 9 weeks in duration for $60.00 which includes your own set of tools, a mask, notes, afternoon tea & room rent.

Class Numbers: 6 - 10.
Costs: Course $60 plus Clay $22 per bag, plus firing & glazing-$6 per kilo.
Student Materials: Apron and Towel. 2 Buckets and containers for clay and tools.
Venue: Canberra Potters Society, Watson Arts Centre, Aspinal St. Watson
Starts: Wednesday 3 May from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday 28 June
Contact: Suzanne Fox at

Pottery For Fun

AF048.08

Suzanne Fox

No previous experience with clay is required. Come and have some fun. Make your own pots for home and garden with an experienced teacher. Learn the basic techniques for hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Explore surface decoration and glazing techniques. This course is 9 weeks in duration for $50.00 which includes your own set of tools, a mask, notes, afternoon tea & room rent. Further information is available to enquirers.

Class Numbers: 6 - 10. There are 6 vacancies as of 2017-09-25
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Course $50 plus Clay $22 per bag, plus firing & glazing-$6 per kilo.
Student Materials: Apron and Towel. 2 Buckets and containers for clay and tools.
Venue: Canberra Potters Society, Watson Arts Centre, Aspinal St. Watson
Starts: Wednesday 18 October from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday 13 December
Contact: Suzanne Fox at
Enrolments from: 27/09/2017

Art on Friday

AF067.01

Linda Tawagi

Continuing group drawing and painting in various styles and mediums.

Class Numbers: 6 - 15. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room Rent
Student Materials: Own art supplies for drawing and painting
Venue: Cook Mtg Room
Starts: Friday 3 February from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ends: Friday 15 December
Comments: maximum number of 8 due to space restrictions and the class is now full
Contact: Linda Tawagi 0418 658 136 /

Continuing Pottery

AF066.01

Suzanne Fox

This course is only open to people who have already completed a "Pottery for Fun" course. We will be exploring more advanced projects and techniques building on the basic skills from your previous course. Explore more surface decoration and glazing techniques. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 6 - 10.
Costs: Course-$50 (includes notes, afternoon tea & facilities hire), plus Clay-$22.00 per bag, plus firing and glazing-$6 per kilo.
Student Materials: Bring your tools, apron and towel. 2 Buckets and container for your clay.
Venue: Canberra Potters Society. Aspinall St, Watson
Starts: Wednesday 8 February from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday 5 April
Contact: Suzanne Fox at

Monday Films

AF068.01

Julie Woollacott

View a film to be followed by coffee and discussion at a nearby café. Check your email or phone the number provided on the previous Thursday to get the film title, time and location. Pay at the cinema. Usually under $10 a ticket for Seniors. This is for those who would enjoy seeing current films recently released. The discussion afterwards will not have a formal structure - it is intended to be an informal exchange of views. Choice of the film will be limited by the offerings available on the designated day and times. Attendance would be encouraged as members like, however, to manage booking arrangements at a nearby cafe the coordinator would need to have an indication of numbers by 2pm on the day prior

Class Numbers: 5 - 25. There are 25 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Pay for own ticket at the cinema
Student Materials: -
Venue: Manuka Event Cinema Or Dendy Cinema Civic
Starts: Monday 17 July from 10:00am -1:00 pm start to NLT4:00 pm
Ends: Monday 20 November
Contact: Mob 0467 275 852
Enrolments from: 14/07/2017

Continuing Pottery

AF066.02

Suzanne Fox

This course is only open to people who have already completed a "Pottery for Fun" course. We will be exploring more advanced projects and techniques building on the basic skills from your previous course. Explore more surface decoration and glazing techniques. This course is 9 weeks in duration for $50.00 and includes notes, afternoon tea & facilities hire.

Class Numbers: 6 - 10.
Costs: Course-$50 (includes notes, afternoon tea & facilities hire), plus Clay-$22.00 per bag, plus firing and glazing-$6 per kilo.
Student Materials: Bring your tools, apron and towel. 2 Buckets and container for your clay.
Venue: Canberra Potters Society, Watson Arts Centre, Aspinal St. Watson
Starts: Wednesday 26 July from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday 20 September
Contact: Suzanne Fox at

Photography for Beginners

AF069.01

Bob Hay

Do you enjoy taking photographs? This course aims to teach basic techniques and aesthetics of fine art photography. Topics include hardware and software, basic procedures and principles of composition. Ideally you will be familiar with your camera settings and reasonably computer literate. There will be homework.

Class Numbers: 10 - 30. There are 30 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room Rent
Student Materials: A computer. We will discuss cameras at the beginning of the course.
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Wednesday 25 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Monday 27 November
Contact: Bob Hay at
Enrolments from: 18 September 2017

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