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Note: Program may be subject to change.
Colour your Textiles with Plants
with Gina Mostio
Create submersion dyes with numerous plants and experiment with some simple shibori techniques to pattern cloth. We will also explore the magic of eco prints. For beginners and experienced dyers. Gina Mastio is an Australian textiles artist with a passion for the environment.
When: Fri 6 March, 9.30 am-4 pm
Charlotte Thodey - Acrylic Still Life
Learn to paint still life with acrylics. The course emphasis will be on the close-up observation of nature and light. You will look at the basics of drawing and arranging of the objects on the canvas, to the setting out of the painting according to the tonal values. Then you will proceed to the careful building up and layering of colour to capture the light that reveals the fleshy essence of the fruit.
When: Thurs 12-Fri 13 March, 9.30 am-4 pm
Barbara Duckworth Art Masterclasses
This three-day course is run by artist Barbara Duckworth, who has taught botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for the past 16 years, and at the Royal Art Society, Sydney. Students will work in graphite, watercolour and/or coloured pencils. Class is suitable for beginners and experienced students.
When: Fri 20 & 27 March, 10 April, 10 am-4 pm
Meri Peach Basketry Workshop
Learn the techniques of coiled basketry in this workshop, which features a modern twist, making use of reclaimed materials such as plastic bags, scrap fabrics, onion bags, chip wrappers and scrap wool to create colourful basketry vessels.
When: Sat 21 March, 9.30am-4pm
Angela Lober - Botanic Painting for Beginners
This course will cover the techniques of preparing and sketching a botanical subject and building your image in watercolour, applying washes and dry brush, and principles in composition, light and shade and colour mixing.
When: Tues 24-Thurs 26 March, 9.30 am-4 pm
Stephanie Goss - a class in Botanic Art
Learn to paint your subject larger than life, express yourself artistically and have a wonderful, big painting hanging on your wall. We will paint on Arches 640gsm paper and learn a painting echnique enabling you to experience the application of watercolour washes using large brushes, and lots of paint and water. Your approach can be contemporary or traditional. This workshop is for all ages. Some experience with watercolour painting an advantage. Subject matter determined by fruit or vegetables in season.
When: Tues 7-Thurs 9 April, 9.30 am-4 pm
Dry Stone Wall Workshop
Learn how to build dry stone walls during a weekend workshop run by Geoff Duggan, Master Craftsman and Professional Member and Advanced Instructor of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. The two-day workshop offers 'hands on' and theoretical training in the skill of dry stone walling for gardeners, do-it-yourself enthusiasts and professional landscapers. For more information see the Dry stone walling page.
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When: Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 April 2015
Beginner's Photography Workshop
Do you have a great camera but don’t know how to use it? Let our experienced teacher help you with learning the basics of photography and getting the best from your camera. Develop your basic skills and get on the road to taking professional shots to capture special moments.
When: Sun 19 April, 10 am-1 pm
Barbara Duckworth: Art Masterclasses
This four-day course in botanical illustration will be run by renowned artist Barbara Duckworth. Students will work in graphite, watercolour and/or coloured pencils. Suitable for beginners and experienced students.
When: Fri 1, 8, 15 and 22 May, 10.30 am-4.30 pm
Photographing Nature Photography Workshop
Join Ian Brown for a hands on workshop on nature photography. Ian will introduce the basics such as subject selection, understanding nature, lighting, conditions and timing before heading out into the Garden for practical tips and assistance. Participants are required to have some photographic experience(can be limited), own camera (tripod preferred) and knowledge on how to use it. Morning tea supplied. Participants are to bring their own lunch.
When: Saturday 18 April 2015, 10 am - 2.30 pm
Floral Workshop - Ikebana
Sandra Marker, teacher of the modern Sogetsu school of Ikebana, will introduce you to the basic techniques of Ikebana, the ancient floral art of Japan. Sandy will take you on a journey of discovery through the many aspects of Sogetsu Ikebana. Unleash your creativity using the beauty of nature’s bounty and explore the finer details of shape, position and form.
When: Tues 19 May, 10 am-3 pm
Plants, Bugs & Secrets of the Garden Photography Workshop
This one-day workshop is aimed at improving the skills of the intermediate photographer (you know how your camera works) to become skilled at shooting plants, insects and gardens.
When: Sun 24 May 10 am-1 pm
Steven Russell Basket Weaving Workshop
Join us for an indigenous basket weaving workshop with Steven Russell from Nowra’s Jungah Weavers. Steven will teach you how to weave your own dilly bag from traditional grasses.
When: Thurs 28 May, 9.30 am-4 pm
Flora Friedmann Random Weave Basket Workshop
Using native coral pea vine and driftwood for a handle, construct a random-weave basket. The weave may look random but students will soon learn how to control and shape their baskets. Also learn to make a cord, to help attach the handle.
When: Sat 30 May, 9.30 am-4pm
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