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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Weekly Classes in the Studio

Term Three classes coming soon

Due to illness our weekly classes for Term Two have been put on hold. Keep checking in here over the coming weeks for when things will kick off again!

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    Studio Printmaking Series with Kerrie Bowles

    2022 sees a focus on Printmaking in the Studio and we have added a printing press to our Studio equipment this year which allows us to offer a broader range of printmaking classes and workshops. Each term Kerrie is offering a block of classes exploring a deep dive into one method of this diverse art form.

    In Term 4 we’re exploring Collagraphy and we’ll be learning the intricacies how to use a press. Collagraphy is one of the more contemporary experimental processes and involves making your plate from materials found in our environment, pastes, gels and so on. We’ll be exploring a large range of materials to make our plates for printing and will also experiment with embossing using collagraph plates.

    As always, emphasis will be on using this techniques artistically with a deep investigation of the conventions of printmaking and working to create professional work.

    Cost: $250.00 

    Six weeks of classes commencing Wednesday 26th October

    Class Hours: 9:00am – 12:00 noon

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    Create Books with Kerrie Bowles

    In this six-week course students will explore the art of making books. Students will initiate and work with self-determined personal themes throughout the six weeks to create books that are unique to each student. We will begin by collecting ideas and inspiration for your book and gathering materials ready to create. Next we will look at ways of applying marks, images, colour and ideas to papers as an integral element to be incorporated into a book. We will explore 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, story books, sketching journals, travel journals and diaries. Making covers for the books will be explored as an essential part of the whole book form.
    Essential to book making is an understanding of the materials used – paper, boards, threads, etc. and the tools used in bookmaking. Students will gain knowledge of the properties and use of materials, the correct way to use tools and how to combine these to achieve a beautiful book. Access to beautiful papers for book making is included in the materials cost.
    At the end of six weeks each student will have one or more beautiful and unique books.

    Cost: $250.00 

    Six weeks of classes commencing Monday 24th October

    Class Hours: 9:00am – 12:00 noon

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    Life Drawing Sessions

    We’ve been holding regular life drawing sessions throughout 2022 in the Studio and it’s been great! These sessions are not a workshop or class but rather an opportunity to come together with other artists – regardless of experience – and enjoy three hours of drawing from a live model. Kerrie will be in the Studio (and will be drawing too!) and will be available for advice and a short chat with everyone at the end of each session, however this will be an informal gathering.

    The fee for each session includes model fee, use of the Studio space and equipment including easels and drawing boards with clips, along with tea, coffee and milk for morning tea. Students bring their own drawing materials – there will be some materials including paper available for sale if you need to top up your supplies.

    You can book now for one or all sessions to secure your spot.

    Cost: $30 per session (3 hours). Maximum of 6 artists. Minimum number of 4 artists required for each session.

    Thursdays 9:00 – 12:00 each day

    Term 4 Dates

    Thursday 10th November – JUST ONE SPOT LEFT. GRAB IT BEFORE IT’S GONE!

    Thursday 1st December – JUST ONE SPOT LEFT. GRAB IT BEFORE IT’S GONE!

To book a workshop or class.

Please email

cowpergallery@iinet.net.au

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

One Day Workshops in the Studio

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    Saturday 22nd October – Block Printing - Xmas Cards and Tags with Kerrie Bowles

    Kerrie is running a series of half day workshops in Term 4 and there’s a focus on practical outcomes utilising artistic techniques for you to create items for the coming festive season. In this first half day workshop you’ll be creating a simple design with a Xmas theme to print on cards and gift tags using Ezi-Carve blocks. These block prints can also be used for printing lengths of wrapping paper, etc.
    Join Kerrie for a fun morning and get your Xmas stationary sorted early!

    Cost: $80.00 includes all materials and morning tea.

    Please note there is no lunch included in this workshop.

    Workshop hours 9:00am – 1:00pm

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    Saturday 29th October - Watercolour in Black and White with Harry Westera

    Tone does the work, colour gets the credit’ is an expression often used by artists. Learn to paint beautiful watercolours by painting tone with just one colour: Black! Create beautiful effects of light and dark; develop fresh, fluid wash effects and strong dynamic pictures. Demonstrations and guided exercises will improve your skills and confidence. Become better equipped to express the beauty of colour through this workshop in black and white.

    What will be covered in this workshop:

    • Develop a series of basic tonal exercises using black watercolour paint; practise graduated washes; paint sea/sky picture
    • Identify light and dark areas of an image; paint basic forms and scenes with two tones only; paint a picture with three tones only
    • Practise and develop more watercolour images painted in three tones. Use photos as reference material and follow tutor demo paintings
    • ‘Pitching the tone’: high, middle and low key. Why and when to use which key
    • Introduce wet-in-wet technique: blurred edges and merged tones
    • Bringing it all together and introduction of colour/tone exercises

    Cost: $150.00 includes all materials, a light lunch and morning tea

    Workshop hours 10:00am – 4:00pm each day

    Just 2 spots left – be quick!

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    Saturday 5th November - Gel Plate Printing with Kerrie Bowles

    Kerrie is running a series of half day workshops in Term 4 and there’s a focus on practical outcomes utilising artistic techniques for you to create items for the coming festive season. In this half day workshop you’ll be creating your own unique wrapping paper using the gel printing technique using leaves and plants combined with other textures. We’ll be printing on a range of papers so you’ll have lots of choice to wrap those Xmas gifts. Gel plate printing is an easy technique to use at home with minimal equipment – Kerrie will share a recipe with you so you can go home and make your own plate and continue the fun.
    Join Kerrie for a fun morning and get your Xmas stationary sorted early!

    Cost: $80.00 includes all materials and morning tea

    Please note there is no lunch included in this workshop.

    Workshop Hours: 9:00am – 1:00pm

    SOLD OUT

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    Saturday 19th November - Creating Mood & Emotion in Watercolour with Harry Westera

    Join Harry for his second watercolour workshop in Term 4 where he will be focussing on creating moody watercolours! It is not just the subject of an artwork that evokes an emotional response in us. More importantly, it is the manner in which the subject is portrayed. The same portrait, still life or landscape could be bright and cheerful, dark and wintry, warm and comfortable, terrifying, or just fun and playful. We will explore how to use colour, light and shade, design, brushwork and painting processes to communicate a range of themes, moods and feelings in watercolour.

    Cost: $150.00 includes all materials, a light lunch and morning tea

    Workshop Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00pm

    ONLY 1 spot LEFT – grab it now!

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    Saturday 26th November - Shibori & Dyeing with Indigo with Kerrie Bowles

    Kerrie is running a series of half day workshops in Term 4 and there’s a focus on practical outcomes utilising artistic techniques for you to create items for the coming festive season.
    It’s been a while but it’s time to open up the indigo vats again! This has always been one of our most popular workshops and is lots of fun in the Studio. 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. You will learn various ways of creating pattern on cloth and then go on to make a beautiful silk or cotton scarf ready for Xmas gift giving – to someone near and dear or yourself!

    Cost: $100.00 includes all materials and morning tea

    Please note, there is no lunch included in this workshop

    Workshop Hours: 9:00am – 1:00pm

    SOLD OUT

  • 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!