Grow your skills and nurture your creativity in our beautiful space.
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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2nd Feb. - 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 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 those with some experience.
This workshop focuses on printing fabrics to use in home furnishings and/or clothing, however your blocks can also be used to print on paper after the workshop. We start the day working with simple shapes and lines building up to explore a more detailed pattern using lino blocks. You will get to try both Ezy Carve blocks and lino blocks in this workshop. We look at design for fabric printing, simple block placement, random printing and repeat printing – used to create an overall pattern suitable for longer pieces of fabric. You’ll leave the workshop at the end of the day with a range of small pieces of fabrics and a completed T-Towel. This workshop is suitable for Beginners to Intermediate students.
2nd March – 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.
Raimond is a practicing Photo-Media artist specialising in digital technologies and 19th-century photographic practises. His artwork is found in public and private collections in Australia and Europe. Raimond has taught photography for over 15 years at Charles Sturt University in Albury and at Southern Cross University Lismore. His classes are informative, hands-on and a lot of fun.
Students will be sent a small list of materials to bring to the workshop or materials can be purchased on the day from the Studio.
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.
30th March – Weaving on a Simple Frame Loom with Kerrie Bowles
Have you been admiring beautiful hand woven wall hangings and other items on Instagram, Facebook and interior design magazines? Have you been wishing you could make your own? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn how to use a simple frame to create a small woven piece. We’ll be using yarns, threads, fabrics, wool roving and found bibs and bobs to create something that is as individual as you are. You’ll learn the skills to take you from start to finish of this relaxing and meditative craft. You will be provided with a small loom, which is yours to take home to complete your weaving and go on to make more pieces in the future. This workshop is suitable for Beginners and those who would like to brush up on their weaving skills.
Our weekly watercolour classes in 2018 with Harry Westera were a wonderful addition to our program in the Studio. We had 24 students attend the classes over three terms so we now have another 24 keen and accomplished watercolour artists in the Clarence Valley!
We will be running the classes again in 2019 however at this stage we are still confirming dates and times with Harry. This will be advised as soon as possible. Term One classes will commence in the week beginning 11th February.
If you are interested in joining these popular six weeks of classes please let us know by sending us an email and we’ll add you to our list of potential students.
Cost: $180.00 plus kit cost of $65.00 which includes all you’ll need – paints, paper and brush – for the 6 weeks of classes. If you are a previous class student you won’t need to purchase the kit.
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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!