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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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2nd March – 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.
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 on the day from the Studio.
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.
30th March – Weaving on a Simple Frame Loom with Kerrie Bowles
Have you been admiring beautiful hand woven wall hangings and other items on Instagram, Facebook and interior design magazines? Have you been wishing you could make your own? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn how to use a simple frame to create a small woven piece. We’ll be using yarns, threads, fabrics, wool roving and found bibs and bobs to create something that is as individual as you are. You’ll learn the skills to take you from start to finish of this relaxing and meditative craft. You will be provided with a small loom, which is yours to take home to complete your weaving and go on to make more pieces in the future. This workshop is suitable for Beginners and those who would like to brush up on their weaving skills.
6th April – 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.
One Day Workshop
20th April – Spoon Carving with Carol Russell
We are delighted to be bringing Carol back to the Studio for more Spoon Carving workshops in 2019. 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 the knowledge you’ll need to continue carving your own unique spoons.
All materials and equipment are supplied for this workshop.
One Day Workshop
21st April – Carving Spoons from Salvaged Branches with Carol Russell
There’s so much material lying around on the ground that’s fallen from trees during high winds and storms. The shapes and textures that can be found are inspiring. It’s great to pick up a stick and use the natural shape of the branch to carve small spoons. No two are ever the same.
In this class you’ll go wandering and find your own material, bring it back and whittle some small spoons using mainly knives and chisels. In this class you’ll cover tool choice and maintenance as well as design and carving techniques specific to branch material.
One Day Workshop
27th April - 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 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 those with some experience.
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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!