Grow your skills and nurture your creativity in our beautiful space.
When you attend our workshops all materials and meals – morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch – are included. This makes it easy for you to come along and enjoy the day. Our workshops are held in the comfort of our air-conditioned Studio.
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Weekly Watercolour Classes with Harry Westera
Our weekly watercolour classes with Harry Westera have been a resounding success so we will be running these again in Semester 2.
Term 4 dates:–
25th October – 29th November – 6 weeks. 9:30am -12:00pm
These times may be subject to change however will be confirmed asap.
Cost: $180.00 plus a kit cost of $65.00
The kit includes all the material you will need for the six weeks of classes.
20th October – Gum Bichromate Photographic Printing with Raimond de Weerdt
The gum bichromate printing process was first used in 1858 by John Pouncy, he experimented with adding colour to a mixture of potassium dichromate and gum arabic, to produce the first colour photograph.
The gum print process works in many ways like the Cyanotype, the gum print is exposed in the sun and developed in tap water. But unlike the Cyanotype, the gum print is not restricted to one colour, prints can be produced in any colour. The gum print can also be manipulated whilst it is developing in water. With a small brush the print can be touched up whilst it is still wet. The finished gum print has a beautiful painterly quality which is unique to this process.
The gum print was favoured by the Pictorialists, an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. The aim of the Pictorialists was to create photographs rather than simply record a moment in time. The gum print was very well suited to their often soft and dream like photographs.
This workshop is suited for those who enjoyed working with the cyanotype process and want to learn about another 19th century print process.
25th& 26th August – Spoon Carving with Carol Russell
We are so excited to be bringing Carol Russell to the Studio for a Spoon Carving workshop. Carol has extensive experience working with timber and has been teaching workshops since the late 90’s when she ran a woodworking school at Carbatec in Brisbane. Here’s a little from Carol’s artist’s statement:
“When I make my spoons, I’m aware that each piece of timber carries with it the story of the tree it came from. The character of the grain speaks to me of diverse landscapes, from high mountain country in Tasmania to harsh desert regions and dry riverbeds in Western Queensland.
I’ve always loved being in the bush, collecting sticks and natural objects with interesting shapes and textures. I try to use these elements in my spoons by choosing shapes that follow the natural lines of the timber. Every tiny piece of wood is unique and its’ figure determines the curves and twists that I carve. No two spoons can ever be identical, just as no two pieces of wood can be. The grain is like fingerprints, almost the same but never exactly.
I chose spoons because I love their sensuous, smooth shapes. To me they represent giving, sharing and hospitality. A spoon can be used to serve food to others or given as a gift. They are both sculptural and utilitarian”.
Create your own unique wooden spoon in this workshop, which is suitable for both beginners and those with a little more experience – you’ll learn carving techniques, tool sharpening and timber finishing. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend the day with Carol and learn this gentle art. Go home with loads of inspiration and all you’ll need to continue carving your own unique spoons.
All materials and equipment are supplied for this workshop.
1st September, 6th October, 24th November - Shibori & Dyeing with Indigo with Kerrie Bowles
This is one of our most popular workshops and is always lots of fun in the Studio. Indigo has been used as a dye substance for centuries and traditional ways of using it are still practiced around the world. Shibori is the technique of folding, wrapping and tying to create beautiful designs in dyed fabrics and other materials. In this workshop you will learn a little about the history of indigo and shibori, and gain experience using this beautiful dye. We will begin the day by experimenting with various ways of creating pattern on cloth and then go on to make a beautiful silk or cotton scarf ready to take home and wear at the end of the day. All materials, including a silk or cotton scarf, and equipment for the workshop are included in the price. Come along ready for a day of fun! This workshop is suitable for Beginners and for those with some experience.
22nd September - Cyanotypes with Raimond de Weerdt
We’ve been running this popular workshop since 2017 and it’s always loads of fun with fantastic results at the end of the day. Cyanotype – also known as shadowgraphs or blue-prints – is a fascinating photographic process that produces prints that are a beautiful cyan blue. Without any photographic knowledge or specialist equipment, it is possible to create beautiful images with the cyanotype process. Images can be printed on a range of surfaces such as fine art papers, silk and cloth. Cyanotypes can be used to create fine art prints, books, hand made cards and wall hangings. Cyanotype prints are archival and will last for many decades.
Raimond is a practicing Photo-Media artist specialising in digital technologies and 19th-century photographic practises. His artwork is found in public and private collections in Australia and Europe. Raimond has taught photography for over 15 years at Charles Sturt University in Albury and at Southern Cross University Lismore. His classes are informative, hands-on and a lot of fun.
Students will be sent a small list of materials to bring to the workshop or materials can be purchased from Raimond on the day.
In this workshop we will deconstruct old books that are likely to end up in the bin and give them new life. We will rebind, add to and regenerate what was once old and tatty, creating a book that is unique to each maker. These new book forms can be used for artist’s journals, diaries, sketchbooks, writing journals, etc. We will spend time in the morning exploring some unusual techniques for adding interest to our papers, learning how to fold papers, create signatures, stitch, embellish and bind. We then go on to stitch, embellish and rebind our new book. We will be working with recycled and new materials drawing inspiration from the materials we use. Each book will be unique and individual to its maker.
Send us an email now to book your spot in our Workshops.
All our teachers are practising artists who have extensive training combined with many years of experience. You can be assured that you will receive expert tuition and bucket loads of inspiration.
Our renovated church nestled on the banks of the Clarence River is the perfect setting for a relaxed and creative day out. Enjoy our beautiful space whilst learning new skills and relaxing by the river.
We provide wholesome food and drinks throughout the day to keep your energy levels high. All our food features home style baking with delicious lunches using as many local ingredients as possible - some grown in our own gardens!