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

Part 1 attendees note: we will not be meeting for part 2 of this course, further information will be emailed to each of you.

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

This workshop has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.

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Adult: Box making
with Avril Makula
27 June, 2020

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

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