Folk and Decorative Art

Course Overview

Join us for a captivating journey into the world of traditional folk art and its modern applications, tailored for both beginners and advanced painters.

Tracing back to the origins of folk art, which began centuries ago you will learn traditional techniques, motifs, the historical significance of folk art and its evolution into contemporary art forms.

From beginners to advanced painters, all students are guided through these traditional folk art methods, offering a progressive learning experience. While beginners grasp the foundational techniques, advanced painters have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to create modern artworks on canvas.

Throughout the sessions, students will explore a diverse range of subjects, including floral motifs, patterns and designs. They will also learn how to adapt these techniques to contemporary painting styles, encouraging personal expression and innovation.

This course is designed to cater to individuals at all skill levels, offering a holistic view of the evolution of folk art techniques and their versatility in the realm of modern artistic expressions.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course:

  • Beginners follow a set structured course covering the basics of painting folk art including, brush use and care, colour mixing and application (including faux finishes, shading and highlighting, blended backgrounds), how to set up, paint and complete a painting, follow demonstrations, use notes and samples to paint and varnish.
  • Beginners will learn styles such as Bauernmalerei, rustic country style fruit, 3D teddy bears and American decorative art.
  • For advanced and continuing students, the paintings offered for inspiration change each term. Students can choose from the tutor's designs or their own to paint a wide range of stylised or realistic projects on wood, furniture, or canvas. Styles may include florals, still-life, seasonal pieces, painting for children, landscapes, or reproducing Art Nouveau and Old Masters using the folk art techniques.
  • Everyone works at their own pace and will receive practical help and guidance with progress.

Course outcome

  • After completing this eight week course, beginners will have a very good grounding in folk art technique, have produced five works, and feel confident about undertaking more challenging and ambitious works.
  • Advanced and continuing students will grow in their painting ability and confidence with each new painting.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

No artistic ability or prior painting experience in any mode is required.

What you need to provide

  • Please bring an old bath towel, pair of scissors and a packet of cheap disposable plastic plates.
  • $96 beginner's kits supplied, payable in cash to tutor at the first class.

Other information

  • Beginners have one-on-one instruction in a classroom setting.
  • Advanced and continuing students can choose what to paint, whether to use wood or canvas and will work at their own pace with full notes and colour instructions, designs and demonstrations. Students may alter designs and colours or design and draw their own, prepare paintings at home or do everything at class, and decide how many paintings they wish to produce.

Class details

Start Date08 May 2024
End Date26 June 2024
Time10:00am - 12:00pm
TutorWendy Lenehan


Class details

Start Date10 May 2024
End Date28 June 2024
Time1:30pm - 3:30pm
TutorWendy Lenehan


Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.