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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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 Three 2020
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: $180 plus materials fee of $60
Classes commence on Thursday 30th July 12:30 – 3:30pm
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: $180 includes all materials
Classes commence on Thursday 30th July 9:00am – 11:00am
Views of the Clarence - Watercolour Painting with Harry Westera
Each week students will paint one or two scenes from the Clarence Valley, ranging from the headwaters in the mountains down to the wide calm expanses of the river towards Yamba. From a large selection of paintings from Harry’s previous exhibitions, class members will have a choice of the images to study. For both beginners and the more experienced, students will consider the elements of light and colour, design and the illusion of distance, as well as a variety of different watercolour techniques to create mood and feeling.
Cost: $180 plus a watercolour kit fee of $80 for beginners if needed. Kit includes enough paints, paper and a brush for the six weeks of class with plenty left over to continue at home. Students who have previously purchased a kit – paints and paper will be available in the Studio for individual purchase.
Classes commence on Monday 27th July 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Saturday 22nd August - Spoon Carving from Scratch with Carol Russell
Carol is heading back to the Studio for more Spoon Carving workshops in Term 3 ad we can’t wait! 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 right from scratch in this workshop – take a piece of wood and learn the skills and techniques to form a spoon from the very beginning. The workshop 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 the knowledge you’ll need to continue carving your own unique spoons.
All materials and equipment are supplied for this workshop.
Workshop cancelled due to COVID-19 Border restrictions
Sunday 23rd August - Animal & Bird Whittling with Carol Russell
Explore the gentle, meditative art of whittling by learning to carve bird and animal forms. The emphasis of this class is to learn to create a small three-dimensional sculpture hand-held using only a knife. Learn to make objects that are recognisable, abstract in form and can be held in the hand. You will be encouraged to play with shapes without being bound by functionality. The timber used for the whittling these little sculptures is very much part of the story, and the form can be influenced by the grain. We’ll work with a variety of beautiful Australian timbers. In the class, you will be provided with a variety of animal blanks. We will discuss, design and interpretation of forms, timber and tool selection, knife sharpening, whittling techniques and finishing using milk paint, natural pigments, oils and charring.
All tools and blanks provided No previous experience necessary. Please wear covered shoes.
Workshop cancelled due to COVID-19 Border restrictions
Saturday 29th August - Bold, Bright, Botanical Block Printing
Explore the beautiful world of Botanical Art in printmaking. This workshop focuses on creating prints of flowers, leaves, ferns, seed heads and everything else botanical. Students will be guided through designing a print using simple drawing techniques, carving blocks and design placement for various uses. Using the techniques of block printing students will create prints on paper suitable for Art prints, cards, wrapping paper, tags, etc. Single and multiple plates will be used to create interesting plays of design. The use of hand colouring after printing will also be explored. All materials are included for this workshop.
This workshop is suitable for Beginners to Intermediate students.
Saturday 5th Sept. - Papermaking as Art with Yvonne Ledingham
Yvonne has been working with papermaking for over 40 years and will demonstrate various artistic effects in this exciting new workshop for our Studio. More recently, Yvonne has exhibited works made from paper and was offered the opportunity in 2019 to produce and show over 50 works at one of her local galleries of international standard. The response of visitors has increased Yvonne’s resolve to keep working with this art form and to raise the interest in & profile of specialised papermaking. The creation of images using different coloured pulp (‘pulp painting’) is hard to explain, as this technique is fairly rare. Prepared pulps (recycled select waste office paper), cotton rag pulp & some plant fibre pulp will be provided by tutor. Basic papermaking equipment will be available for you to use on the day. Yvonne will demonstrate different effects and participants will make simple notepaper size sheets of paper and embellish these with coloured pulp & learn to embed decorative materials supplied by participants & /or by the tutor. Yvonne will demonstrate how to make a large sheet of paper using small sheets formed using a small mould & deckle.
Samples of Yvonne’s work will be on display including papers for sale. Having given many workshops Yvonne has learnt to be flexible & will answer questions & share her skills throughout the day.
Recycling is a high priority in my life. To create beautiful work using discarded household organic materials and many plants fibres from my rural environment enables me to depict the textures vastness and timelessness of the Australian landscape. Some of my work depicts a bird’s eye view of the country. Fibres from my outback travels & ones from the local environment produce different effects within and on top of formed sheets and may increase internal strength as well as influence the texture and colour of the finished product. Linen rag fibre creates very malleable paper. Manipulating paper while still on the mould & when sheet is freshly dewatered has been revolutionary for my art practice. Eggs, rope, straw hats , clothing of natural fibres, leather, vintage embroidery, Xanthorrhoea grass, echidna quills, spinifex (from Central Australia), paddock burrs, prickly pear, corn husks vegetable scraps , kangaroo and cow poo. Considerable preparation is involved to render the aforementioned materials.
Saturday 19th Sept. - Shibori & 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.
Saturday 26th Sept. - Essentials of Art & Design with Kerrie Bowles
Essential to working in and exploring the creative fields of Art and Design is an understanding of the fundamentals. This workshop introduces students to the elements and principles of Art and Design. Through a wide range of practical exercises students will explore line, value, colour, texture, shape and a lot more, and gain an understanding of how each of these influences the composition of a piece of art and allows it to become pleasing to the eye.
This structured workshop provides students with knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions and choices in future art making.
The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills and knowledge.
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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!