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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  • COVID

    COVID SAFE

    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 Two 2021

  • Weekly Classes Dates and Details

    The Art of Play with Kerrie Bowles

    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: $240.00 includes all materials for the six weeks

    Classes commence on Wednesday 5th May 9:00am – 12:00pm

    3 SPOTS AVAILABLE

  • Weekly Classes Dates and Details

    The Secrets of Colour – with Kerrie Bowles

    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: $200.00 includes all materials for the six weeks

    Classes commence on Wednesday 5th May 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Weekly Classes Dates and Details

    Introduction to Printmaking with Kerrie Bowles

    Join Kerrie for an introduction to the printmaking techniques of block printing, monoprinting and collagraphy in this six week course. These classes are an excellent introduction to the art of printmaking for artists who are just starting out in this media and those with a little more experience. You will learn how to carve blocks to make relief prints, use collaged materials including found objects to create textural prints with the technique of collagraphy, and how to create painterly one-off prints using the simple technique of monoprinting. The classes will cover all the essentials you need to know about these techniques including what materials, tools and set up you need to print and provide you with lots of ideas for how you can continue printing at home.

    Cost: $240.00 includes all materials for the six weeks

    Classes commence on Thursday 6th May 9:00am – 12:00pm

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    Colour and Mood in Watercolour - Watercolour Painting with Harry Westera

    Join Harry for a new focus in your watercolour painting. Each week students will consider a different mood or feeling: bright and cheerful, dark and wintry, warm and comfortable, fun and playful etc. We will explore the use of a variety of colour schemes, techniques and brushwork to communicate a different theme and mood each week. Harry will provide students with loads of ideas, examples and inspiration. Get in early as Harry’s classes fill up quickly!

    Cost: $200

    Students to bring their own materials – advice will be emailed on enrolment. There will be some watercolour supplies available for purchase in the Studio. We have Cotman paints, good quality watercolour papers and a limited range of brushes.

    Classes commence on Monday 3rd May 9:00 – 11:30am

    Please note: due to other commitments Harry’s classes won’t be consecutive weeks. They will run on the following six dates – May 3rd, 10th, 24th; June 7th, 14th, 21st.

One Day Workshops in the Studio

Term Two 2021

  • May workshops

    Saturday 22nd May 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.

    Students will be sent a small list of materials including paper to bring to the workshop or paper can be purchased from the Studio on the day.

    Cost: $150.00 includes most materials

    Workshop hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • June workshops

    Saturday 19th June – Watercolour for Beginners with Harry Westera

    If you’ve been itching to try the wonderful technique of watercolour then this is the workshop for you. Harry will take you through all the essentials of working in this beautiful media including how to mix colours, use washes, add details, handle paintbrushes and so much more. Harry will discuss what paints, paper and brushes will give you the best success so you can continue to enjoy painting in this media.

    This workshop is suitable for Beginners.

    Cost: $150.00 includes all materials

    Workshop hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • June workshops

    Sunday 20th June – Camera Obscura with Raimond de Weerdt

    Join us for this super fun workshop in the Studio with our favourite photographer! Before photography was invented in the mid 19th century, there was a device called the Camera Obscura. This device consisted of a dark room with a small hole in one of the walls, on the opposite wall an ever so faint image would appear, upside down and the other way around projecting what was in front of the small hole. Over time this device became smaller and started to look like an old style camera. This version of the Camera Obscura was widely used by artists as a drawing aid. Once light sensitive film was invented the Camera Obscura simply became known as a ‘camera’. In this workshop you will be building your own small Camera Obscura out of cardboard. With your own Camera Obscura you will be able to capture photographs using your mobile phone that are truly beautiful and unique. All materials are supplied and you get to keep your own Camera Obscura.

    Cost: $100.00 plus $15.00 materials fee payable to tutor

    Workshop hours 9:00am – 1:00pm (Morning tea included; no lunch)

  • June workshops

    Saturday 26th June – 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.

    Cost: $150.00 includes all materials

    Workshop hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • June workshops

    Towards Fifty Ways to Print Your Etching with Christine Porter

    What a wonderful 3 days we had in April during this workshop. Christine has promised to come back later in the year and teach with us again so if you’re interested, send us an email and we’ll add you to our list of Expressions of Interest and we’ll let you know when we have dates set.

    In the early days of traditional etching with metal and acid, once the plate was etched: that was it. These days, many techniques have been introduced that augment the etched mark. Christine has counted more than 50 different processes to ink, wipe or print a plate before it needs to be changed permanently. This workshop is about those processes and we’ll work towards 50 ways. In the time we have, we’ll experiment, explore and extend our understanding, using drypoint plates made on the day, or our own pre-etched plates. We’ll put all the learning into a useful studio resource book, or you can work on your own project. Topics include selective wiping, multi-plate processes, masking, edges, and ways to add colour such as chine colle and watercolour monoprint. This will be a small class to ensure everyone has ample working space and attention.

    Cost: $450.00 plus $20 material fee payable to tutor. Fee includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas over the 3 days

    Workshop hours 10:00am – 4:00pm

To book a workshop or class.

Please email

cowpergallery@iinet.net.au

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

  • 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!

Enjoy some Highlights from our workshops.