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Sean Payne

Seán Payne teaches visual arts. He is an artist, teacher and writer who makes photographs, drawings, paintings, collages and assemblages. He is particularly interested in the commonalities between media, visual cultures and vernacular visual languages. He often takes a minimal approach and is increasingly exploring abstraction. Seán has a consciously ‘mixed media’ approach, reflecting his varied background. He enjoys exploring the underlying theoretical and historical reasons why things look the way they do. 

Seán has been teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2015. He also taught at Deakin University and La Trobe University for many years. He likes summarising complex information or difficult ideas into a form that can be grasped by any student and integrated into their creative practice. He loves to give students a sense that all visual culture is theirs to use and participate in. He also teaches important skills across the visual arts, including drawing, painting, photography and mixed media. Seán loves to ignite students’ excitement when they begin to sense the possibilities of a simple technique or explore a previously vague idea and give it concrete form. He also loves to make unexpected connections between history and the everyday visual environment we all occupy and often take for granted. 

Seán completed a Masters of Visual Arts (by research) in 2005 and an Honours degree in Visual Arts in 2001 at La Trobe University. He also has a Diploma of Photography from the Australian College of Photography Art and Communication, received in 1993. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions since 1990. He won the Australian Postgraduate Award in 2002, was ACPAC Student of the Year in 1993 and won an Ilford Student Scholarship in 1991. Seán has been an exhibiting artist since 1990 and also worked in commercial graphic design and illustration over many years. He writes on visual arts and individual artists and publishes articles, essays and blogs.  

Awards & Grants  

1991 - Ilford Student Scholarship 
1993 - Australian College of Photography, Art and Communication Student of the Year 
2002 - Australian Postgraduate Award

Visual Art Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41315
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Job Trainer VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
The Certificate IV in Visual Arts CUA41315 course is designed to develop and extend skills and knowledge across a range of art forms. The course has a practical hands-on focus with in-depth instruction from specialist subject teachers.
Diploma of Visual Arts - Illustration CUA51115
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Push the boundaries of your art practice and develop your artistic skills and techniques. Work towards becoming an illustrator or designer in our Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 at Melbourne Polytechnic. Be bold and brave – follow your passion, it could lead anywhere.
Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services - Costume for Performance CUA50415
Theatre - Full Time - Prahran
VTAC Theatre - Full Time - Prahran
Turn your costume-making talent into a career. Our Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services CUA50415 (Costume for Performance) prepares you for freelance costume-making work or employment in a variety costume designing and making situations. Create the look and feel of costumes - articulate your designs into visual expressions on the stage.
Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
The Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115 course is designed to introduce students to a range of art forms and develop skills and confidence in using a range of techniques. The course has a practical hands-on focus where students are provided with highly structured tasks and in-depth instruction by specialist subject teachers.
Diploma of Visual Arts - Painting Printmaking CUA51115
Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
VTAC Visual Art - Full Time - Preston
Push the boundaries of your art practice and develop your artistic skills and techniques. Work towards becoming a painter or printmaker in our Diploma of Visual Arts CUA51115 at Melbourne Polytechnic. Be bold and brave – follow your passion. It could lead anywhere.