Metro Art Dept.

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Where to buy fabric in Melbourne Online

August 2020

We’re all confined to our homes, with no shops open, so how do we get fabric to sooth our creative urges – or to make masks? Let our fingers do the walking and head online of course.

Click the link to see our recomendations and tips on where to buy.

Now you’ve got no excuse not to be making in lockdown.

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10 rules to writing a great script

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upcoming classes & courses

We aim to constantly release new engaging and focussed courses that continue to develop your skills. Check in below to see what is coming up.

4 sessions starting from Thursday November 20th

Linocut Printmaking

Framed linocut of Jacques Cousteau

4 X 2hrs


Printmaking and design for all levels.

This ongoing course provides opportunities for all skill levels to create striking linocut prints. The printing techniques will be tailored to your experience. Ample opportunities will be available for you to learn and practice new techniques and there will be a focus on getting the most out of your designs using different colour ink and paper combinations. You will print with and without the press, using various methods ranging from custom stamps, reduction printmaking and multiple-block printmaking. The sessions will be loosely structured around design or technique challenges intended to focus your creativity and learning. The sessions are a great chance to get together and be creative.

Materials included in the price.

Sessions run from  7:00 - 9:00PM on Thursday Nights


4 Saturday afternoons starting 28th November 10

Foundation Drawing for Kids

grey lead drawing in progress

Learn a range of technical skills

4 X 1.5hrs


Traditional and contemporary drawing skills

Foundation Drawing is an opportunity for kids aged 10-16 to learn focussed drawing skills and techniques to support their creativity. Each week different activities will concentrate on learning specific aspects of drawing. These build up overall strategies in how we see and draw objects and people. The activities are structured to allow all skill levels to achieve and improve. They combine drawing from observation or tracing, with explorations of rendering and shading methods. A variety of mediums will also be explored, including graphite (grey lead) pencil, fine liner, charcoal and pastels. This regular practice with a variety of strategies will build artistic confidence, and a strong skill base demonstrated in a collection of striking artworks.

Saturday Afternoons 2:00 — 3:30


3 Wednesday Mornings or Nights starting from December 2

Absolute Beginners Sewing

Sewing 101 photo

3 X 2hrs


Learn to use a sewing machine

This short course is for anyone who has wanted to learn to sew, but doesn’t know where to start. This course is designed to ease you into sewing and not overwhelm you.

Each week, as you complete a usable project, you will also gain new skills. We start by getting to know the machine and how to thread it, followed by sewing fundamentals including seams, and hemming while making a draw string bag. In the following two weeks you’ll learn how to use a pattern to make a tote bag and in the last session, to insert a zip to make either a cushion cover or a zip pouch. This course will show you that you don’t need to fear sewing, instead you will relish in all of the new creations you can make with this practical and valuable skill.

Wednesday Mornings 10:00 — 12:00
or Wednesday Nights 7:00 — 9:00


Wednesday nights starting Jan 6th


This beginners course will also enhance your viewing experience of film.

5 X 2hrs



Ever wanted to write your own screenplay, but don’t know where to start? This beginners course will teach you how. Learn how to structure and format your story ideas for the screen medium. Explore techniques of visual storytelling using action, character and dialogue. You don't need any prior experience for this engaging and wide ranging introduction to the screenwriting process.

ALAN WOODRUFF is an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker with many years experience in the film industry and teaching in universities.

Sessions run from  7:00 - 9:00PM on Wednesday Nights


Returning early 2021

Sew Bathers and Swimwear

Bathers on a towell

Learn how to alter commercial patterns to fit your body and style

5 X 2hrs


Bathers you like…that actually fit!

If you have always wanted to have a go at making bathers, but have been a bit scared to work with stretch fabrics like Lycra. Then this is the course for you. Over 5 weeks we will first sew black bikini bottoms before completing a pair of bathers, of your choice, customised to fit your body.

A choice from a range of swimwear patterns allows you to make bathers to suit your preference and needs, whether skimpy or for sun protection, one or two piece. There are almost limitless possibilities. There will be a focus on adjusting commercial patterns to fit your body type and you will be guided throughout the process to build the necessary skills to make your totally unique swimwear that you won’t see anywhere else.

Some general sewing ability is required, but you don’t need to have experience sewing stretch fabrics.


Booking a custom Course

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Book a time that’s right for you

If you have a work or social group that would like to participate in one of our courses at a time that suits you, please contact us. We can arrange to run sessions on a day and time that suits everyone. There is also the possibility of changing the structure of the course sessions. For example changing eight weekly sessions to an intensive four-day course. We can even arrange a one off class for a party or special occasion. We are happy to discuss options and we will do our best to fulfil your requests.

Email to make an inquiry

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About us

Metro Art Dept is made up of a group of like-minded artists and practitioners, with a depth of experience ranging from teaching at universities to professionals working in their fields, who have a passion for creative arts and strive to pass on what they have learned to others.

We felt that there needed to be a place where people can experience focussed creative art based education and flex their creative muscle.

Our engaging courses are designed to improve your skills and teach you strategies that enable you to realise your creative ideas.

So come along and learn something new or hone your skills.

contact us

Metro Art Dept
170 Haughton Road
Oakleigh South. 3167