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.


Adult: Bookbinding
with Jean Riley
Saturday September 8 2018


Due to refurbishment at Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre this event will be held at:

Northbridge Sailing Club – Club House, Bethwaite Lane, Northbridge

In this workshop Jean will introduce you to one of Keith Smith’s intricate spine sewings.

First she will explain how to back fabric to use for covering books.  By learning this process participants will be able to complete their own projects in the future

However, due to time constraints, fabric already backed will be supplied for this event.

The woven spine sewing, as shown in the right-hand book in the illustration here, will be demonstrated step-by-step to ensure everyone understands each stage and is able to complete the project.

The book style you will be creating will have a return cover as per the book on the left.

Once this has been completed, Jean will guide the class through the steps to make a slip cover to protect the book.

Jean will put together a set of materials for each person to avoid you having to scour suppliers for specific items, and spare tools will be available if needed.

Jean has been making books for many years and has taught for nearly as long.  Her method of sharing her knowledge ensures that each participant, regardless of previous book-making experience, ends the day with a completed project.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75 members $85 non-members
Material fee:  $25

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Adult: Relief Mono-printing
with Robert Ives

**Due to the unavailability of our normal venue and printing press, this workshop has been postponed until 2019.  So check back for new dates**

The day will start with an initial creative exercise demonstrating how to print in many colours from one block, using monoprinting techniques to develop an image.  The resulting prints from this activity make wonderful cards or gifts.

Using these skills and techniques, participants will produce a new block based on idea(s) from either their sketchbook, photos or magazine cuttings. This image will then be transferred to a larger printing block and used to create a range of multi coloured prints.

Printing through the etching press and by hand will be covered.

Check out more about the tutor (and PPA member), Robert Ives, and his printing experience on his member gallery page here.

Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  $75 members $85 non-members
Material fee:  TBA

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Children: Paper Art Workshops

**As we are currently in a temporary venue, with limited access to water and equipment, no children’s workshops are planned for the near future.  We expect to be offering new opportunities in early 2019.


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.

WHEN:    We will be planning new workshop dates for 2019
       10am – 2pm
SUITS:     Children ages 6 – 12 years
COST:       $30 per child
APPLICATION FORM FOR BOOKING: childrens-workshop-application


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 pulp,  forming 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.

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.


Click here to see recent past workshops