Workshops in the Studio

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Join our high quality workshops.

Grow your skills and nurture your creativity in our beautiful space.

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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Weekly Classes in the Studio

Term Three 2021

  • Weekly Classes Dates and Details

    The Art of Play: Getting Serious with Kerrie Bowles

    In this six-week course students will go deeper into exploring playfulness in art making. We will continue to work with mark making, building layers, exploring alternative ways of combining media and working on various surfaces.

    Students will create a series of work on both boards and paper and based on prompts supplied. The prompts will then be investigated and interpreted individually by each student. The goal of these classes is to build your skills whilst committing to a body of work that will see fruition throughout the six weeks. A critical part of the classes is self-appraisal along with feedback from others.

    This course is open to students who have previously completed The Art of Play with Kerrie.

    Cost: $240 includes all materials

    Classes commence on Wednesday 14th July 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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    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: $220.00 includes all materials

    Classes commence on Wednesday 14th July 9:00am – 11:30am

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    Release Your Creativity with Kerrie Bowles

    Join Kerrie for six weeks of exploring your creativity. Each week students will focus on one practical task or exploration that can then lead to new ways of working, new directions in art making and perhaps a new body of work. Students will be challenged to use materials and tools in new ways, explore possibilities and to think critically about how these tasks can generate ideas for future work. At the end of the six weeks students will have employed a broad range of techniques across many different media types, gathered a resource of ways they can identify to take their creativity further, and have a record of their ideas to broaden their practice.

    Cost: $240.00 includes all materials

    Classes commence on Thursday 15th July 9:00am – 12:00pm

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    Bigger and Bolder - Watercolour Painting with Harry Westera

    This term students will work on ‘quarter sheets’ i.e. about A3 size; explore some half sheets and who knows, maybe even some full sheets (76 x 56cm)! Harry will be focussing on and emphasising more free flowing ‘wet-in-wet’ painting techniques.

    Students will continue to investigate the emotional and expressive qualities of colour during this term. Each week there will be a quick processor colour exercise and then go you’ll for the big picture!

    Get in early as Harry’s classes fill up quickly!

    Cost: $200

    Classes commence on Monday 12th July 9:00am – 11:30am

    Students to bring their own materials.

    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.

  • Weekly Classes Dates and Details

    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

    Classes commence Thursday 15th July 1:00 – 4:00pm

One Day Workshops in the Studio

Term Three 2021

  • July August workshops

    Saturday 24th & 31st July - Wallpaper Printing: An Introduction with Rhonda Ellem

    Printmaker Rhonda Ellem is bringing an exciting new workshop to our Studio. Join Rhonda on two consecutive Saturdays and learn to design and handprint beautiful wallpaper. You will be using your very own designed and carved lino blocks.

    Rhonda will guide you through all aspects of the process and you’ll walk away with two drops of wallpaper, a set of carved lino blocks and a sample book.

    Lino, lino tools, wallpaper, paint, and all book-making materials supplied. No experience is necessary and this workshop is open to beginners and those with a little more experience.

    Growing up in the Clarence Valley, Rhonda now lives and works in the beautiful New England ranges. Rhonda has been an artist, art educator and printmaker all her life. She is a practicing artist and a member of the Black Gully Printmakers who are based in the Museum of Printing, situated beneath the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale. Make sure you grab your spot now as this workshop will fill up quickly!

    Cost: $300.00 for both days includes all materials. Please note there is no food included in this workshop – please bring your own morning tea and lunch. Coffee, tea, etc. will be available for a gold coin donation to the Studio.

    Bookings will be made directly with Rhonda – email us as usual and we’ll forward your details to Rhonda.

    Workshop hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm each day

    BE QUICK……ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT

  • July August workshops

    Saturday 14th August - Landscapes in Oils with Harry Westera

    Keep it simple! Learn to paint small paintings of landscapes. 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

    Workshop hours 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • September workshops

    Saturday 4th September – Advanced Cyanotypes with Raimond de Weerdt

    This workshop is for those who have completed the introduction to the Cyanotype process and want to take the art of the blue print a step further to create a suite of prints that are exhibition ready.

    We will be working through techniques of double coating, selective double coating, double exposure and layering to take your cyanotypes to the next level. We will also be looking at how to create a series of visually interrelated works that are ready to be exhibited and admired! This workshop is suitable for Intermediate students who have completed Raimond’s introduction workshop to Cyanotype.

    Cost: $150.00 includes most materials.

    Workshop hours 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • September workshops

    Saturday 18th September - 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

    Workshop Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00pm

  • September workshops

    Towards Fifty Ways to Print Your Etching with Christine Porter

    What a wonderful 3 days we had in April during this workshop. Christine has promised to come back later in the year and teach with us again so if you’re interested, send us an email and we’ll add you to our list of Expressions of Interest and we’ll let you know when we have dates set.

    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

    Workshop hours 10:00am – 4:00pm each day

To book a workshop or class.

Please email

cowpergallery@iinet.net.au

with your full name, a contact number and class or workshop choice.

  • Experienced Teachers

    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.
  • Beautiful Environment

    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.
  • Delicious Food

    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!
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