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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To book a workshop or class.

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One Day Workshops in the Studio

Registration and payment for our workshops occurs in two parts.

Following your expression of interest via email in one of our workshops you will be added to our list for your chosen workshop and this will be acknowledged via return email. Your place in the workshop is reserved for you at this point.

When we have enough numbers to run a workshop, or a workshop is sold out, an email with an invoice for payment in full, information on how to pay, and other details pertaining to your chosen workshop, will be sent to you. Please do not make any payment until you have received an invoice as it is only at that point, that we can confirm a workshop will run.

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    Saturday 5th August - Basketmaking with Kerrie Bowles

    Many of you will remember that we held many basketry workshops with Ruth Woods from CraftSchool Oz in previous years and if you’ve visited the Gallery you will have seen that Kerrie has been making baskets ever since! At the moment Ruth is not delivering workshops in our area and with Ruth’s blessing Kerrie will now be teaching some basketmaking workshops in the Studio. Our first basketmaking workshop for 2023 was sold out in a minute so let’s do it again! In this workshop Kerrie will be teaching making coiled baskets with raffia. We will also look at how we can incorporate snippets of recycled materials such as fabrics and yarns to create lovely vessels with colour and texture. We will look at how to start a basket, how to construct different shapes using the coiling method, how to build your basket form and finishing off and completing your basket. Ruth’s beautiful new book, Finding Form with Fibre, will also be available to purchase during the workshop.

    Cost: $150.00 includes all materials, a light lunch and morning tea.

    Workshop Hours: 10am – 4pm


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    Saturday 12th August – A Brush with Italy with Harry Westera

    Have you had a memorable trip to Italy or do you dream of holidaying there at some time in the future? Or just love the thought of the country? Would you like to turn your Italian photo memories into watercolour paintings? Harry will teach a variety of watercolour techniques as he demonstrates painting some Italian scenes from his recent painting trip to the provinces of Umbria and Tuscany in central Italy. Bring some of your own photos of Italy too!

    Cost: $150.00 includes all materials, a light lunch and morning tea.

    Workshop Hours: 10am – 4pm


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    Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August - Creating and Using Decorative Papers in your Art and Creative Work with Rhonda Ellem and Kerrie Bowles

    Join Rhonda and Kerrie for another two-day hands-on workshop – it was so much fun last time we ran this workshop! You’ll learn techniques of applying patterns to papers and be introduced to ways of integrating surface pattern into a range of artistic expressions.

    Day 1 you’ll make beautiful papers for your own artworks. Techniques include Suminagashi (Japanese marbling), wood graining, colour-roll blends, geli-plate monoprints, drawing with pens and markers on found paper, Momagami (kneaded paper), laminating papers and many others.

    Day 2 you’ll learn how these papers can enhance and add focal points to lino prints; how stencils are used to make creative designs for cards and tags; journal and book covers; and how these applications can create stand-alone small artworks, collages and so much more.

    Participants to bring:

    Carved lino-blocks of any size (carved blocks are available from the tutors).

    You may like to bring along your own collected and found papers to use and share.

    Pencil case with pencils, glue stick, scissors and ruler.

    All other materials are supplied.

    Morning tea is supplied on both days, participants to bring their own lunch.

    Cost: $300.00

    Workshop Hours: 10am – 4pm each day

    Postponed until later in 2023

    Date to be advised

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    Saturday 2nd September - Introduction to Enamelling on Jewellery with Michelle Walker

    We have an exciting new workshop in the Studio with artist Michelle Walker. Michelle works across a number of media including both two- and three-dimensional forms. This workshop is all about making jewellery! Join us as we explore the basics of dry enamelling using a variety of techniques. These include sifting, counter-enamelling, stencilling and other decorative methods to create a colourful enamel pendant and set of earrings. During the class you will also be introduced to vitreous kiln-fired enamelling. This course is suitable for beginners. Please note: Participants must wear fully closed-in shoes, avoid flowing & loose garments, & long hair needs to be tied up.

    Cost: $150.00 plus $30.00 materials cost payable direct to tutor in cash. Includes all materials, a light lunch and morning tea.

    Workshop Hours: 10am – 4pm


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    Sunday 3rd September - Shibori & Dyeing with Indigo with Kerrie Bowles

    HALF DAY WORKSHOP. Join Kerrie for one of our all-time favourite and 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. You will learn 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 workshop.

    Cost: $110.00 includes all materials and morning tea.
    Please note there is no lunch included in this workshop.
    Workshop Hours: 9:00am – 1:00pm


  • 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!