Workshops

Note: All workshops, unless otherwise stated, are held at:

Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre
Matora Lane, off lower Young Street
Cremorne, NSW

It is a condition of entry to all workshops that closed in shoes are worn and any specific safety issues identified prior to, or during, the individual workshops is observed.

This page is split into two sections:
First are the ADULT workshops, followed by CHILDREN’S workshops.

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Adult: Introduction to paper-making
with various tutors

 Choose from these dates:
Sat 14 March, Sat 13 June, Mon 3 August or
Thurs 15 October, 2020

Come and learn the very basics of how to create your own unique sheets of paper.  We will start by preparing the fibre and pulp and learning how to set up a workspace and vat ready to start pulling sheets.  This will be followed by step-by-step guidance on how to form your own paper.

By the end of this workshop participants will understand:

  • The fundimentals of paper-making and relevant equipment
  • How to work within a studio scenario
  • How to prepare pulp and form sheets of paper
  • How to operate a paper press
  • How to dry sheets, ensuring they remain flat

Participants will leave with a set of their own paper produced on the day.

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  $80 members $100 non-members
Material fee:  Nil

Click here to download booking form ** Remember to specify which session you wish to attend.

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Adult: Making small vessels
with Louise Gilchrist
 2 x 1/2 day: Monday 9 & 23 March, 2020

Louise creates the most amazing paper sculptures, both large and small-scale.  Her exhibition work is highly admired and sought after.  This is a rare opportunity to attend a workshop with her and learn how to turn your paper-making skills into dimensional art pieces.

Day 1: we will learn to make the pulp and create our vessels.  These can be left in the studio as they may take a week or more to dry, depending upon the weather.

Day 2: we will remove dry vessels from molds, and proceed to embellish in your own style – this is a workshop so it’s good to experiment.  We will discuss various ways to seal the finished product.  Time permitting we may be able to make more vessels with our freed up molds.

Note: All raw materials will be provided for the first day.  Workshop attendees will need to bring some additional equipment such as towels, containers, and molds over which to cast, etc..  A comprehensive list will be sent out at least 2 weeks prior to workshop.

Check out more about the tutor (and PPA member), Louise Gilchrist, and her stunning work on her member gallery page here.

Time:  2 x 10am – 1pm
Cost:  $80 members $100 non-members
Material fee:  Nil

Click here to download booking form

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Adult: ‘Bushscape’
Rendering trees in watercolour and ink
with Ingrid Bowen
4 April, 2020

Ingrid Bowen is a landscape artist working from a studio surrounded by bush at Eramboo Artist Environment in Terrey Hills.  Her recent practice focuses on depicting Australian forest environments in an evocative and gestural style by combining the use of traditional and contemporary watercolour & ink techniques.

She actively exhibits with fine art galleries in Sydney and regional NSW, and participates in various community art and landscape study projects locally and further afield.

Ingrid has a collaborative and friendly approach to guiding participants through various watercolour & ink painting and drawing techniques, and beginners are most welcome.

Focusing on the beautiful bush backdrop surrounding Primrose Park, the format for the workshop will involve demonstrations, and trialling organic and loose techniques for rendering trees and classic Australian bush scenes.  Learn new skills, plan and paint your own bushscape in a creative, immersive and relaxing environment.

Note: Participants are asked to bring their own paper/surfaces/sketchbooks and paintbrushes/tools, as well as watercolours/inks if you already have them.
Otherwise, brushes & palette can be borrowed, and supplies for the day can be purchased from the tutor for an additional $15 (please indicate when booking if you require this)

Click here to visit Ingrid’s website, learn more about her and discover her art practice.

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  $80 members $100 non-members
Material fee:  (Optional, see above) $15

Click here to download booking form

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Adult: Box making
with Avril Makula
27 June, 2020

Avril is a well-regarded book-maker whose work has been widely exhibited.  In this workshop she will be sharing with us her unique method of box construction.

Avril Makula, Ellsworth Kelly’s Australian Summer, 2019
Magnani paper, Epson archival paper, bookcloth, pigment inks
26.5 x 21.5 x 3.5 cm

More details on this workshop will be available soon.

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  $80 members $100 non-members
Material fee:  TBC

Click here to download booking form

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Adult: Colour, Composition & Collage
with Claire Brach
26 September, 2020

More details on this workshop will be available soon.

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  $80 members $100 non-members
Material fee:  TBC

Click here to download booking form

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Children: Paper Art Workshops

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Our expert paper artists will explain how to make fabulous new paper from recycled paper and mountboard.  The children make their own unique pieces to take home.

We are currently offering children’s paper-making workshops on request to groups, organisations or individuals who have a minimum of 5 children attending.

These workshops are extremely popular and the children always go home with the thrill of having made their own paper from start to finish.  They enjoy making the sheets, texturing and adding inclusions to form their own unique pieces.  It’s a great day and we look forward to helping them learn the basics of this art.

Click here to contact us and arrange a children’s paper-making day.

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WHEN:   On request – Click here to contact us with your request.
TIME:      3 hours
SUITS:     Children ages 4 – 12 years
COST:      $30 per child
GROUP:  min 5 – max 10

Note:  Children should bring lunch, an apron, some cardboard (eg. cereal boxes, manila folders) to carry the papers home.  Wear closed in shoes.  No experience necessary.

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Click here to see recent past workshops