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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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18th May - 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!
25th May – Natural Dyeing with Plants with Kerrie Bowles
Natural dyeing with plants you can find in your garden and surrounds is a beautiful and gentle way to add colour to cloth. In this workshop you will learn about the technique of natural dyeing and getting colour onto cloth in unique ways. This is not so much a technical workshop as a chance to explore, experiment and enjoy the chance encounters that dyeing with natural dyes gives us. We will wrap, bundle, simmer, hammer and splash to see what happens. You will be given information on which plants are likely to produce certain colours; mordants, dyeing equipment and other information necessary to go home and continue using natural dyes. Come prepared for a day of asking ‘what if?’ Most materials and equipment for the workshop are included in the price. Bring along small pieces of fabric and yarns for dyeing – wool, silk, cottons will work best. Bring your sense of adventure and readiness to learn. This workshop is suitable for Beginners.
We are delighted to be bringing Carol back to the Studio for more Spoon Carving workshops in June. 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.
In the small bowl carving class you’ll get to choose from a range of blanks in different timbers, all of which can be found in this region. The bowl class will cover: design, carving techniques as well as tool choice and maintenance and wood finishing, including the use of Milk Paint. You’ll carve a small serving bowl and will be encouraged to explore some design features such as creating feet, handles and texturing. This class is most suited to someone who has attended a spoon class but that isn’t essential.
29th June – Exploring Simple Book Forms with Kerrie Bowles
Simple book forms such as the accordion fold and pamphlet stitch open up all sorts of opportunities for creative books. Simple enough to be made in a relatively short time but complex enough to become artist’s books, sketching journals, travel journals and diaries. In this workshop we will spend the morning exploring mark making on paper – everything from using wet and dry media to making our own tools for making marks. Marks will be made on beautiful artist’s quality papers. We will then go on to use these papers to create our own individual books using one or more simple forms. Making our own covers for the books in a variety of ways will also be included. All materials are included for this workshop.
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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!