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 Four 2020
Expressive Drawing with Kerrie Bowles
Join Kerrie for six weeks of exploring expressive drawing in the Studio and beyond. Drawing is all about mark making and in this class we’ll be investigating many ways of making marks. Learn how to be curious when working and find new ways to create interest, attention and detail in your drawings.
You will be drawing from real life both in and out of the Studio – including one week of life drawing with a model. We’ll explore a wide range of media, work in both small and large formats, utilise loads of different drawing tools and we’ll experiment, play and have fun. These six weeks will take you on an adventure that might be unpredictable, perhaps challenging, and possibly surprising – but that’s just what’s needed to enable you to discover your own language to make your work uniquely yours!
Cost: $180 plus materials fee of $60
Classes commence on Thursday 15th October 9:00am – 12:00pm.
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 15th October 1:00 – 4:00pm.
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 Friday 16th October 9:00am – 11:00am.
Join Harry for our fun new weekly class – Pen and Wash. The emphasis in this class is on completing a drawing in pen and then adding some washes in watercolour, coloured inks, or other wet media. This method of working is perfect for both quick sketches to capture a scene, a group of people, animals or a change in weather, in both urban and rural areas; or to take it further towards a completed artwork.
Your first two weeks will be in the Studio exploring the various techniques of drawing with pen and adding emphasis and highlights with colour with various wet media. Then you’ll go out into the field for some en plein air excursions to points of interest around Cowper and surrounding areas.
These weekly classes are for both beginners and those with more experience. Expand your skills and enjoy some lovely days out and about capturing the essence of what you see around you.
Cost: $180 (students will need to bring their own media – a pen and some wet media – for this workshop – details will be provided on enrolment).
We are offering two class times for Term 4 (however if numbers do not warrant both times this will be condensed into Monday only)
Monday 12th October 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Six weeks of classes.
Friday 16th October 11:30am – 2:00pm. Six weeks of classes.
Saturday 17th October - Books as Art with Kerrie Bowles
In this workshop you will explore making books as a creative form. We will investigate simple folded book forms that can easily be created at home with just a few easily found tools. These structures are simple enough to be made in a relatively short time but complex enough to become artist’s books, sketching journals, travel journals and diaries. We’ll also look at making covers for our books.
This workshop will also explore mark making on paper so that you can go home and create your own papers to enable you to make books like no-one else!
Saturday 24th October - 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 31st October - Still Life in Oils with Harry Westera
Keep it simple! Learn to paint a few small realistic paintings of different everyday objects. 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. We will explore colour mixing, use of light and shadow, expressive brushwork and more. Take home a finished artwork to frame and hang on your wall!
Saturday 21st November - Bold, Bright, Botanical Block Printing with Kerrie Bowles
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 28th November - Exploring Collage with Kerrie Bowles
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 and bookmaking.
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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!