Full-time Art Classes Now Offered in Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane Art Workshops (incorporating Brisbane Artists Academé), is moving to Newstead, Brisbane, and will soon be offering full-time art classes with various attendance schedules to suit a busy lifestyle for absolute beginners to professionals.

Brisbane Art Workshops (incorporating Brisbane Artists Academé) is moving to a bigger venue in Newstead, centrally located in the heart of Brisbane city. Full-time art classes allow students to study oil and acrylic painting under several art tutors, in various subjects, by choosing to attend either once, twice, three or four times a week. We also have six week short courses, and art workshops available.

On offer is technical skills based training not found in Universities, therefore filling a void in current art education offerings. Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art, and Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Creative Industries are now more focused on academic outcomes. As such, this “Fine Art” training no longer requires portfolios, and unfortunately no longer produces fine artists.

The “artwork” fostered by the Universities in this digital age has helped shape a post-modernist attitude in which it is widely accepted that “artists” can use enablers to create their “artworks”.

Giles Auty, journalist previously with The Australian, has said in his essay on ‘Postmodernism’s Assault on Western Culture’, that young Australians have no idea of the value of the cultural system they are attempting to destroy, and that the cultural controllers are not always keen to own up to the hidden agenda of supposedly progressivist art forms.

In fact, the distinguished American academic and art critic Roger Kimball, in his book ‘Tenured Radicals’ wrote about the United States, but parallels within Australian (art) practice are far from difficult to find. In recent years, Kimball has been particularly interested in bringing attention to Classical Realism and other contemporary art movements that champion the traditional values and techniques of representational art.

Kimball's writing is directed against what he sees as the politicization and "dumbing down" of Western culture and the arts, and that much of what presents itself as art today can scarcely be distinguished from political sermonizing, or the pathetic recapitulation of Dadaist pathologies. Kimball says that mastery of the artifice of art is mostly a forgotten, often an actively disparaged, goal.

Therefore, another new initiative is the launch of the Brisbane Gallery of Remodernism which will help re-shape the cultural acceptance of skill, as a pre-requisite ability in order to create art with intrinsic value.

Brisbane Art Workshops also offer studio programs to help artists find their own individual style. Classes cover subjects such as Portraiture, the Figure, Still Life, Flowers and Landscape. An arts mentorship program is offered, culminating in the end of year Art Exhibition where we will announce the winners of the 2011 art scholarships up to the value of $6000. To be eligible for the Art Scholarship, applicants must have been a student of Brisbane Art Workshops / Brisbane Artists Academé within the past eighteen months.

Also available for short term hire is the BAA’s Art Shed Hire Space, as well as stalls available on long and short term hire in the Austin Street Artists Market.

To find out more visit the website: http://www.brisbaneartworkshops.com.au

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