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When you attend our full day 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 and classes are held in the comfort of our air-conditioned Studio.
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Due to the current Government restrictions on businesses due to COVID-19 we have maximum numbers we can register for our classes and workshops. Once that number is reached we can’t “squeeze” any more people in!
We have implemented a number of measures in our Gallery and Studio spaces including extra cleaning after each class or workshop, hand sanitiser availability in the building, visitor/student documentation to enable contact tracing if necessary, and food protocols.
Thank You for your understanding and working with us during this time to ensure we comply with all requirements.
Weekly Classes in the Studio
Term Two 2021
The Art of Play with Kerrie Bowles
In this six-week course students will explore playfulness in art making. We will be experimenting with a range of materials to make marks on paper and boards, and exploring the techniques of drawing, painting and collage in unexpected ways. You will be introduced to techniques, methods of working and combinations of materials you may not have encountered previously or thought to use.
Students will create works on paper and boards and will explore working in a series throughout the six weeks. Subject matter is not the focus of this course so students can choose to work in realistic or abstract ways – or a combination of both. A willingness to play, experiment and ask “What if?” will be at the core of student’s work.
This course is suitable for all levels of experience.
Cost: $240.00 includes all materials for the six weeks
Classes commence on Wednesday 5th May 9:00am – 12:00pm
3 SPOTS AVAILABLE
The Secrets of Colour – with Kerrie Bowles
Colour is a global language. It’s effect and impact on our emotions can be immediate and powerful. Colour has many cultural associations and can create symbolism in artworks and our environment. We associate particular colours with certain objects or images or products in our world. The expressive qualities and capacity of colour are limitless.
Working with and understanding colour is a magical process but one that many people struggle with. In this intensive workshop you will not only learn the theory of colour but also how to use colours that create confidence in your art making process. We will work with colour mixing, colour in composition, colour relationships and much more. Join Kerrie for a six-week exploration into the wonderful world of Colour!
Cost: $200.00 includes all materials for the six weeks
Classes commence on Wednesday 5th May 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Introduction to Printmaking with Kerrie Bowles
Join Kerrie for an introduction to the printmaking techniques of block printing, monoprinting and collagraphy in this six week course. These classes are an excellent introduction to the art of printmaking for artists who are just starting out in this media and those with a little more experience. You will learn how to carve blocks to make relief prints, use collaged materials including found objects to create textural prints with the technique of collagraphy, and how to create painterly one-off prints using the simple technique of monoprinting. The classes will cover all the essentials you need to know about these techniques including what materials, tools and set up you need to print and provide you with lots of ideas for how you can continue printing at home.
Cost: $240.00 includes all materials for the six weeks
Classes commence on Thursday 6th May 9:00am – 12:00pm
Colour and Mood in Watercolour - Watercolour Painting with Harry Westera
Join Harry for a new focus in your watercolour painting. Each week students will consider a different mood or feeling: bright and cheerful, dark and wintry, warm and comfortable, fun and playful etc. We will explore the use of a variety of colour schemes, techniques and brushwork to communicate a different theme and mood each week. Harry will provide students with loads of ideas, examples and inspiration. Get in early as Harry’s classes fill up quickly!
Students to bring their own materials – advice will be emailed on enrolment. There will be some watercolour supplies available for purchase in the Studio. We have Cotman paints, good quality watercolour papers and a limited range of brushes.
Classes commence on Monday 3rd May 9:00 – 11:30am
Please note: due to other commitments Harry’s classes won’t be consecutive weeks. They will run on the following six dates – May 3rd, 10th, 24th; June 7th, 14th, 21st.
One Day Workshops in the Studio
Term One 2021
13th February Cyanotype Printing with Raimond de Weerdt
Raimond brings his extensive knowledge, artistic practice and teaching experience to students in the Clarence Valley in this fun workshop. 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.
Students will be sent a small list of materials including paper to bring to the workshop or paper can be purchased from the Studio on the day.
Cost: $150.00 includes most materials
JUST 3 SPOTS LEFT
27th February - Still Life in Oils with Harry Westera
Keep it simple! Learn to paint small realistic paintings of different everyday objects. Our first painting will be a tone study using just black and white paint. Then, with just three colours, we will develop a few useful techniques in oil. Learn about handling oil paints and their additives and how to manipulate this media to create paintings that glow. We will explore colour mixing, use of light and shadow, expressive brushwork and more. Students take home a beautiful finished artwork to frame and hang on your wall!
Cost: $150 includes all materials
13th March – Exploring Mixed Media with Kerrie Bowles
Mixed media is a phrase that is used to describe artworks that utilise many types of media. This workshop is designed to introduce students to a variety of ways of working in various media and how this can be incorporated into future artwork. This is not so much a workshop where you will go home with a finished artwork but more a workshop where you get to experiment with a range of media, techniques and ways of combining these to create interesting results. We will explore image transfers, stencils – making and using, combining unusual mixtures of media types, simple printing, plus lots more. Students will go home with many samples of mixed media and a whole swag of ideas! This workshop is suitable for anyone who has an interest in using mixed media as a means for creating individual artwork or to add to other projects such as journaling and bookmaking.
Cost: $150.00 includes all materials
JUST 4 SPOTS LEFT
20th March - Shibori and Dyeing with Indigo with Kerrie Bowles
Join Kerrie for one of our most popular workshops 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 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. Just bring your sense of adventure and readiness to learn. This workshop is suitable for Beginners and for those with some experience.
Cost: $150.00 includes all materials
JUST 2 SPOTS LEFT
10th April – Exploring Collage with Kerrie Bowles
Collage is an exciting and diverse art form which includes cut and paste, digital work, assemblage, mixed media, photomontage and so on. Cut and paste – or more formally known as analogue – collage artists around the world use a wide range of materials to create their work – old and new papers from books, magazines, journals, etc; paper ephemera, photographs, book covers, cardboard, old packaging and so on. Join Kerrie and explore the world of analogue collage. We will start the day looking at layering and transfer techniques, selecting papers, glues, designing collages, altering papers, creating a story and so much more. At the end of the day you will go home with a range of technique samples, a small collage and a collage on board. All materials will be provided including an artist’s pine board to create your collage on. Students will be encouraged to bring along images and papers to make their work more personalised. This workshop is suitable for anyone who has an interest in using collage as a means for creating art or to add to other projects such as journaling and bookmaking.
12th - 14th April - Towards Fifty Ways to Print Your Etching with Christine Porter
We are excited to have Christine teaching with us for the first time for this new 3 Day workshop to our Studio!
In the early days of traditional etching with metal and acid, once the plate was etched: that was it. These days, many techniques have been introduced that augment the etched mark. Christine has counted more than 50 different processes to ink, wipe or print a plate before it needs to be changed permanently. This workshop is about those processes and we’ll work towards 50 ways. In the time we have, we’ll experiment, explore and extend our understanding, using drypoint plates made on the day, or our own pre-etched plates. We’ll put all the learning into a useful studio resource book, or you can work on your own project. Topics include selective wiping, multi-plate processes, masking, edges, and ways to add colour such as chine colle and watercolour monoprint. This will be a small class to ensure everyone has ample working space and attention.
Cost: $450.00 plus $20 material fee payable to tutor. Fee includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas over the 3 days
SOLD OUT – Waitlist available
17th April – Camera Obscura with Raimond de Weerdt
Join us for this new workshop in the Studio with our favourite photographer! Before photography was invented in the mid 19th century, there was a device called the Camera Obscura. This device consisted of a dark room with a small hole in one of the walls, on the opposite wall an ever so faint image would appear, upside down and the other way around projecting what was in front of the small hole. Over time this device became smaller and started to look like an old style camera. This version of the Camera Obscura was widely used by artists as a drawing aid. Once light sensitive film was invented the Camera Obscura simply became known as a ‘camera’. In this workshop you will be building your own small Camera Obscura out of cardboard. With your own Camera Obscura you will be able to capture photographs using your mobile phone that are truly beautiful and unique. All materials are supplied and you get to keep your own Camera Obscura.
Cost: $150.00 plus $15.00 materials fee payable to tutor
24th April – Watercolour for Beginners with Harry Westera
If you’ve been itching to try the wonderful technique of watercolour then this is the workshop for you. Harry will take you through all the essentials of working in this beautiful media including how to mix colours, use washes, add details, handle paintbrushes and so much more. Harry will discuss what paints, paper and brushes will give you the best success so you can continue to enjoy painting in this media.
This workshop is suitable for Beginners.
Cost: $150.00 includes all materials
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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!