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 One 2020
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: $180 plus materials fee of $60.00
Classes commence on Monday 2nd March 9:00am – 12:00noon
In this six-week course students will explore making books as a creative form. Initially students will use simple book forms such as the accordion fold and pamphlet stitch that 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. Students will then go on to explore more complex book forms in the final weeks. Making covers for the books in a variety of ways will also be included.
The course not only concentrates on book making but also on 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. These papers will form the basis of student’s individual books.
Cost: $180 plus materials fee of $60.00
Classes commence on Wednesday 4th March 9:00am – 12:00noon
Before painting there is drawing! Before printmaking there is drawing! Before….well anything…..there is drawing! Harry has extensive experience in drawing. Intensively trained in the fundamentals of drawing at Julian Ashton’s School in Sydney, Harry draws every day. His journals are artworks in themselves and endlessly fascinating to browse.
Learn some basic skills and techniques that will enable you to observe and put down on paper a convincing image of objects you see in the world around you. Develop your sensitivity in using proportion, line, and light and shade to express your visual ideas with greater expressive clarity. We will mostly draw actual objects and things rather than work from photographs. All you need is pencil and paper!
At this stage we are still confirming day and times with Harry. This will be advised as soon as possible. Term One classes will commence in the week beginning 2nd March.
8th February - 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.
14th & 21st March – Essentials of Art & Design with Kerrie Bowles
Essential to working in and exploring the creative fields of Art and Design is an understanding of the fundamentals. This workshop – held over two Saturday mornings – introduces students to the elements and principles of Art and Design. Through a wide range of practical exercises students will explore line, value, colour, texture, shape and a lot more, and gain an understanding of how each of these influences the composition of a piece of art and allows it to become pleasing to the eye.
This structured workshop provides students with knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions and choices in future art making.
The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills and knowledge.
Please note the times for these workshops are different to our usual workshop hours and include morning tea but no lunch. Workshops run from 9:00am – 12:30pm.
28th March – Bold, Bright, Botanical Block Printing on Paper 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.
4th April – Cyanotype Photographic 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.
Thursday 23rd April - Shibori and 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.
25th April – Painting Still Life and Objects in Watercolour with Harry Westera
Harry is bringing a new watercolour workshop to the Studio for 2020. Although often associated with landscape painting, watercolour is a beautiful medium for sketching everyday physical objects around us. Students will sketch and paint a variety of objects, both organic and man-made, with a special emphasis on colour, tone and light to create realistic looking objects.
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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!