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 13 March, Sat 12 June, Mon 2 August,
Thurs 14 October, 2021

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 fundamentals 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

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Adult: ‘Bushscape’
Rendering trees in watercolour and ink
with Ingrid Bowen
Saturday 27 March, 2021

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

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Adult: Eco-dyeing
with Wendy Joyce
Saturday & Sunday, 10 & 11 April, 2021

More information will be available closer to the date.

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Adult: Box making
with Avril Makula
Saturday 26 June, 2021

Boxes can be both beautiful and functional. A box can protect and extend the life of a book or artwork, form part of the overall creative concept, or it can be made for easy storage of prints, paper and objects.

Avril is a book designer, book artist and bookbinder who has a particular liking for making boxes to house her books. Her quest for the best and most effective boxmaking techniques has led her to a method of construction which is easy, accurate and strong.

In this hands-on workshop you will learn these techniques, and make an elegant (yet sturdy) double-walled, lidded and lined A5-sized box to house a book, prints or paper. Once you have made your first box it will be an easy step to customise the dimensions of your boxes to house any object.

The National Library of Australia and State Library of NSW have Avril’s works in their collections.

‘Green’, recently on display at the State Library, is housed in a double-walled lidded box, lined with AstroTurf, covered with black buckram, featuring an inset adhesive street sign on the lid.

This workshop is suitable for all levels. The only prerequisite is the ability to use pencil, ruler, and hand-held cutting tools.

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

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Adult: Paper Manipulation
with Midori Furze
TBC

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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.

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WHEN:   On 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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