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Charles Darwin University

Dry Season Arts Immersion Program 2022

Explore your endless creativity while soaking up the Top End's famous Dry Season with the Charles Darwin University Arts Immersion Program!

Our 2022 program offers professional development opportunities for creatives like you to discover new artistic mediums, add to your portfolio, expand on your current skills and progress in creative practice.

Attend your favourite face-to-face short courses run by artists who are specialists in their field, from screen printing and unique drawing master classes to Japanese Risograph design.

The ultimate setting for your artistic exploration, Darwin's Dry Season promises day after day of perfect weather for enjoying countless exhibitions, festivals, performances, markets and more.

Evening drawing course hosted by Sarah Pirrie with guest artists

Come together on Monday evenings for six weeks to explore technical and communicative principles of drawing. Great for portfolio building, fun and engaging this course will be facilitated by Lecturer in Visual Arts Sarah Pirrie who will invite specialists in this field to host sessions. Don’t miss these unique drawing master classes.

When: 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm (ACST), Monday 27 June to Monday 1 August 2022

Where: Orange Building 11, Level 2, Room 13, CDU Casuarina campus

Cost: Workshop participants - 6 sessions $300

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Drawing class at CDU

Woodcut printing with Jacqueline Gribbin

A 3-day weekend introductory class to woodblock printing. Participants will be introduced to traditional tools, techniques for carving woodblocks using Japanese shina and paper. 

When: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (ACST), 8 July - 10 July 2022

Where: Orange Building 11, Level 1, Room 17, CDU Casuarina campus

Cost: Workshop participants - 3-day $450

CDU Creative Arts students & VET Visual Arts students - refer to FAQs for tuition and student amenity fees.

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Woodblock printing equipment

Printmaking with Jocelyn Tribe

Creatively experiment and innovate with various printmaking techniques and design concepts to develop professional practice and an individual style.

When: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm (ACST), 13 July - 15 July 2022

Where: Orange Building 9, CDU Casuarina campus

Cost: Workshop participants - 3-day $450

CDU Creative Arts students & VET Visual Arts students - refer to FAQs for tuition and student amenity fees.

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Creative and visual arts print making

Screen printing with Jocelyn Tribe

CDU HART LAB Creative-in-Residence Jocelyn Tribe will facilitate a 3-4 day journey into the versatile world of screen-printing designs on textiles. Bring your own project ideas or start from scratch. CDU screen-printing facilities include an eight metre textile printing table and four colour T-shirt carousel (Optional 4th day). 

When: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm (ACST), 19 July - 22 July 2022

Where: Orange 11.1.17, CDU Casuarina campus

Cost: Workshop participants - 3-day $450 or 4-day $500

CDU Creative Arts students & VET Visual Arts students - refer to FAQs for tuition and student amenity fees.

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Screen Printing course at CDU

RISO for Beginners at SPLIT/SHIFT PRESS

Join Matthew van Roden, cofounder of SPLIT/SHIFT PRESS for an introductory session to the RISO ROOM. Learn the basic principles of designing with this unique Japanese Risograph duplicator. At the end of day, you will have a small edition of prints which reflect the layered CMY-Kinda print process.

When: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (ACST), Saturday 30 July 2022

Where: Orange Building 11, Level 1, Room 05, CDU Casuarina campus

Cost: Workshop participants - $150 (Max 8 participants)

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CDU creative arts students - Riso exhibition
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Frequently asked questions

How do CDU VET Visual Arts students sign up for the workshop?

CDU VET Visual Arts students will need to register for this program by emailing sarah.pirrie@cdu.edu.au and enrol in one or all of the short courses prior to course commencement. Feel free to discuss options with VET Creative Arts Course Coordinator Sarah Pirrie.

Associated VET CUV401320 Certificate IV in Visual Arts units are:

  • MSTTD4005 Produce screen printed textiles
  • CUAPRI411 Experiment with printing techniques
Can this course be recognised for my degree or Certificate?

Once you have successfully completed your DRY SEASON ART IMMERSION course you will be provided with a Digital Badge recognising assessment skill set that can provide partial completion of IAS173 Drawing and Other Visual Representation Tools. For students wishing to use units for completion of Certificate IV in Visual Arts additional assessment requirements will need to be undertaken. Please contact VET Creative Arts Course Coordinator Sarah Pirrie for assessment requirements.

How do I enrol if I am not a current CDU student?

If you are not a current CDU student enrolled in a Creative and Digital Arts course you are considered a Fee for Service (FFS) student and can participate in one or multiple Dry Season Art Workshops. If you are interested in attending Workshops you can pay and register here. Online enrolment will require upfront fees. All classes require a minimum of 10 to run with a maximum of 16 in each class. Classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient numbers, and all paid monies will be fully refunded.

If I can’t attend, can I get a refund?

Full FFS refunds can be issued up to two weeks prior to commencement of program; however individual classes will not be refunded due to nonattendance. Late registrations will only be considered if the maximum class has not been reached by the enrolment date of 24/6/2022.

Skill levels required

All classes will cover the fundamentals of the technical knowledge required. Students will be encouraged to work at the level they are comfortable.

Interested in studying further?

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