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

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    Studio Printmaking Series with Kerrie Bowles

    2022 sees a focus on Printmaking in the Studio and we’re excited to say that we’ve recently acquired a wonderful printing press to add to our Studio equipment! Each term Kerrie will be offering a block of classes exploring a deep dive into one method of this diverse art form.

    In Term 3 we’re exploring collagraphy and we’ll be learning the intricacies how to use a press. Collagraphy is one of the more contemporary experimental processes and involves making your plate from materials found in our environment, pastes, gels and so on. We’ll be exploring a large range of materials to make our plates for printing and will also experiment with embossing using collagraph plates.

    As always, emphasis will be on using this techniques artistically with a deep investigation of the conventions of printmaking and working to create professional work.

    Cost: $250.00 for six weeks of classes includes all materials

    Mondays – classes commence Monday 8th August.

    9:00am – 12 noon

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    Introduction to Printmaking with Kerrie Bowles

    Printmaking in the Studio – there’s so much to explore! This introductory class is for those who are just starting on their printmaking journey and who would like a taste of what this media offers. We will look at the techniques of lino/block printing, monoprinting and gel plate printing over the six weeks. All of these techniques can be easily done at home without any specialist equipment and Kerrie will help you get set up to print at home with easily accessible materials to produce beautiful prints. If time allows we will also cover how to incorporate these techniques with other techniques of art making such as collage. During these sessions we will also look at the history of printmaking, artists whose practice in is this field and how to develop our own practice.

    Cost: $250.00 for six weeks of classes includes all materials

    Mondays – classes commence Monday 8th August.

    2:00pm – 5:00pm

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    Unearthing Your Authentic Voice with Kerrie Bowles

    Kerrie has worked across a wide spectrum of the visual arts over many years – printmaking, textiles, drawing, painting, 3D work, collage, photography, etc and she draws on these when creating her own work. These weekly classes are your opportunity to work with Kerrie to explore many of these areas to help you uncover your voice in your artmaking by finding new ways of expressing your thoughts and mark making. This is not a painting class, or a printing class, or any other specific media class – rather it’s your opportunity to explore a whole range of techniques and explorations guided by Kerrie and find new approaches for your own work. You will explore mark making, making your own paints and inks, creating your own textile pieces by dyeing, printing, burning, stitching and so on to incorporate into your art making, creating small objects and experimental 3D pieces and so much more. Students will come with a desire to be open to new approaches, a wish to experiment and try new things; and they will leave with a stash of new ways to create visual artworks.

    Cost: $250.00 for six weeks of classes includes all materials

    Wednesdays – classes commence Wednesday 10th August.

    9:00am – 12 noon

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    Life Drawing Sessions

    We will be holding regular life drawing sessions throughout 2022 in the Studio. These sessions are not a workshop or class but rather an opportunity to come together with other artists – regardless of experience – and enjoy three hours of drawing from a live model. Kerrie will be in the Studio (and will be drawing too!) and will be available for advice and a short chat with everyone at the end of each session, however this will be an informal gathering.

    The fee for each session includes model fee, use of the Studio space and equipment including easels and drawing boards with clips, along with tea, coffee and milk for morning tea. Students bring their own drawing materials – there will be some materials including paper available for sale if you need to top up your supplies.

    You can book now for one or all sessions to secure your spot.

    Cost: $30 per session (3 hours). Maximum of 6 artists. Minimum number of 4 artists required for each session.

    Thursdays 9:00 – 12:00 each day

    New dates coming soon

To book a workshop or class.

Please email

cowpergallery@iinet.net.au

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

One Day Workshops in the Studio

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    Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August - Colour Confidence with Kerrie Bowles

    Working with and understanding colour is a magical process but one that many people struggle with. Kerrie has been teaching The Secrets of Colour to students in her weekly classes over the past two years and has had many requests for a weekend workshop – so here it is! If you struggle with mixing paint and often end up with ‘mud’, then this workshop is for you!

    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 spend two days doing a deep dive into understanding how paints work, how to simplify your paint choices to create any colour you desire (and save money!), how to work with colour to create successful and confident palettes and how to love mud – yes mud is beautiful when you know how to use it correctly!  Join Kerrie for two days of colourful fun!

    Cost: $300.00 includes all materials, lunch and morning teas both days

    Workshop Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00

    2 spots left

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    RESCHEDULED Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th SEPTEMBER - Exploring Printmaking – an experimental approach with Christine Porter

    Traditional etching involves metal plates, acid and permanency, however, new ways of creating prints include the use of everyday surfaces such as plastic and found objects, everyday tools such as kitchen and workshop equipment, and the idea of individual prints instead of large editions.

    This workshop explores the basic techniques of intaglio printmaking and also how these can be extended. Participants will make some traditional drypoint plates, which will include exploring alternatives ways with surface, tool and mark. Then we look at conventional and experimental ways to ink, wipe and print the plate/s we’ll make at the beginning of each day. Christine has counted more than fifty variations printed from a single plate, though in a two-day workshop we’ll end up with a smaller collection.

    Participants will work at their own pace, with demonstrations occurring throughout each day in, for example, selective wiping, masking, adding colour, and multi-plate processes. Participants can attempt these techniques, or simply take notes for later. Examples of experiments, and notes, are collected into an artist-made, take-home studio reference book. Some people may find themselves engrossed in the traditional methods, others will enjoy the spontaneity of experimentation. In a small class this suits Christine’s teaching methods perfectly.

    This workshop suits beginning or emerging printmakers, or artists from other media.
    More experienced printmakers will be encouraged to extend their knowledge base even more.

    Cost: $300.00 plus $20 material fee payable to tutor. Fee includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas over the 2 days

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

    3 Spots available – get in touch today!

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    Saturday 10th September - Papermaking with Yvonne Ledingham

    Join us in welcoming Yvonne back to the Studio for another papermaking workshop. Yvonne has been working with papermaking for over 40 years and will demonstrate various artistic effects in this exciting workshop. The workshop will focus on making cards and small artworks featuring plant fibres, along with methods to add texture and making simple tiny books. Yvonne will demonstrate different effects and participants will make simple notepaper size sheets of paper and embellish these whilst learning to embed decorative materials supplied by participants & /or by the tutor.

    Yvonne will demonstrate the creation of images using different coloured pulp (‘pulp painting’) – a technique that is hard to explain, as this technique is fairly rare. Prepared pulps (recycled select waste office paper) & some plant fibre pulp will be provided by tutor. Basic papermaking equipment will be available for you to use on the day.

    Samples of Yvonne’s work will be on display including papers for sale. She will also bring along one of her more recent paper sculptures and discuss how she created this artwork. Having given many workshops Yvonne has learnt to be flexible & will answer questions & share her skills throughout the day.

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

    Workshop Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00pm

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    Saturday 17th September - Portrait Drawing with Harry Westera

    Do you want to learn from someone who has not only studied the Old Masters drawing techniques but has also been a finalist in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize at Lismore Regional Gallery on several occasions? Then this is the workshop for you! Harry is a master himself at drawing and this is your opportunity to learn from a practising artist and skilled teacher who knows his stuff!

    If we draw faces only from photos, our drawings will end up looking like … photos! In this workshop you will explore the techniques of drawing portraits starting with the basics of structural foundations using the method of the Old Masters. We start by drawing portrait heads from 3D plaster copies of sculptures from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Italian Renaissance and 19th Century France. Building from this knowledge we can then work from a live model creating realistic work guided by our observational skills. Join us for this new workshop in our Studio and let Harry guide you to develop your drawing skills. This workshop is suitable for all levels of students from beginners to those with a few more skills looking to gain more experience.

    Harry has taught hundreds of students in our Studio helping them to gain new skills and confidence in the areas of drawing and painting. He trained in drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton Art School and under the Tonal Impressionist portrait painter Graeme Inson. Having an honors degree in Art History and Theory, Harry combines his practical skills with a deep understanding of the methods and traditions of Western Art.

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

    Workshop Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00pm

  • 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!