With Christmas fast approaching, many of us would already be making plans to celebrate the festive season with family or friends. The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones, take a vacation and catch up on some much-needed rest.  

Gift-giving is one aspect of the Christmas holidays, and sometimes it can be tricky to know what to buy someone. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together, but there are commercial pressures to purchase new decorations, gifts and goods. 

Handmade gifts for Christmas are a great alternative to store-bought ones, they are personal, one-of-a-kind and fun to make. Plus crafting your own gifts is a great way to learn a new skill, reduce waste and give something meaningful to a loved one.   

The CAE has a variety of affordable art classes coming up, where anyone can learn the skills needed to make their own gifts for Christmas. Why not make your own unique artwork or learn a skill in one day at one of our upcoming classes: 

Make Your Own Soft Sculpture in a Day

This course explores feminist icons and lets participants create their own soft sculpture character to take home or gift to a loved one. The course covers the basics in soft sculpture, you will learn pattern making, stitching and fabric painting 

Feminist ikons Fred Kahlo and Amelia Earhart

Portrait & Self-Portrait Drawing

Create a portrait or self-portrait for someone by observing photographs, this one-day class teaches pencil, charcoal and ink techniques. You will study the structure and proportions of the head and facial features in order to create a convincing likeness.

Self Portrait Drawing - 660x350

Make Your Own Gelli Prints

Discover the art of screen-printing with gelatine print plates, your finished prints can be made into books cards or framed as an artwork. This class will experiment with found objects and stencils and handout instructions will be provided to continue this practice at home. 
CAE short course - Printmaking

Learn Floristry In A Day

Thinking about decorating your table with a flower arrangement on Christmas day? Learn the art of flower care, design and arranging in our one-day Floristry course. This class is also a great gift for someone who has always wanted to try floristry or a fun activity to try together.  

Floristry In a day

Sip and Sketch at Journal Cafe

Our new Sip and Sketch class is taking place in the cosy Journal café at our CBD campus, bring a friend and enjoy a glass of complimentary wine and shared nibbles. For all drawing skill levels, learn simple perspective, composition, tone, shading and more.  Drawing materials provided.

CAE Short Course - Drawing

Gift Vouchers

The CAE offers a huge range of Short Courses and Language Short Courses all-year-round, covering topics such as the arts, business, design, fitness and much more. Give someone the gift of learning and let them discover new talents and learn new skills.  

Gift vouchers