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August 2018

Masterclass with John Ellison

August 11
Creek Cottage Farm,
85, Bobin,

Blue Mountains based artist John Ellison will teach people to work straight from the imagination in the way that Daumier and Picasso as part of a one-day masterclass in Bobin on 11th August 2018. The workshop will guide participants through easy methods to put people into paintings, without the need for models or photographic reference. John said the course will open up a new realm of subject matter for participants and will suit all level of artists. Amongst John’s notable…

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Abstract Ink with Sofie Dieu and Mixed Up Art

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bellingen Sustainability Centre,
The Stables, 6A Church St, Bellingen NSW 2454, Australia, Bellingen,

Join us for this action packed workshop! You will be introduced to the fundamentals in ink painting and will experiment with wet and dry techniques, texture effect, light and shadow rendering … and much more. As part of this workshop you will also learn about ink management, paper and brush quality. This workshop will also cover notions of gradation, layering, balance between detailed and quiet space. Using various reserve techniques and mark making methods, you will develop your own visual…

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$60 workshop

Drawing Into The Landscape

August 4
Sawtell ARt Group,
Cnr Lyons and Bayldon Rds, Sawtell,

Come and capture this! View of Bongil Bongil National Park. 4 August 10-4pm Drawing into the Landscape Workshop OR Thursday morning classes starting 26 July. Plein air sketching and studio ‘found objects’ drawing techniques. Gain confidence in drawing by understanding nature, through light, shade, differing tones and mark making. Enquiries to the art group ‭ Ph: 02 6658 6477‬ or Tutor Angie: sawtellartist@gmail.com Sawtell Art Group Inc School 1 Bayldon Rd Sawtell

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July 2018

Paint pARTy at Oasis

July 21 @ 12:00 pm
Oasis By The River,
613 Ocean Dr., North Haven,

Join us for a fun creative activity at Oasis By The River Saturday Jul 18th, 12-2:30pm. Arrive @ 11:45 to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to have a good time. Painting begins at 12pm. An artist will walk you through a step-by-step painting so no experience necessary. You get to relax, sip on your favourite cocktail while you get your paint on. There will be a desidnated 40min break to enjoy some lunch together. So grab…

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Well of Being: A Three-Part Workshop for Women Change-Makers

July 21 @ 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Casuarina Steiner School,
Gentle St, Coffs Harbour,

This three-part workshop invites you to dive into your Well of Being and access deep spiritual, creative resources you already have through Storytelling, Conversation, Music & Art. Nurture yourself through artistic activities that support you to take initiative, find new direction & foster your authentic, creative expression. Lets come closer to who we truly are so that we can contribute to transforming our communities!

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$80 $65 Concession

Big Sing by the Sea

July 21 - 22
Holy Name School Hall,
41 Lake St, Forster, NSW Australia
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Worimi Elders and Great Lakes Neighbourhood Services, on behalf of Better Learning, Better Communities (BLBC), invite you to share the second Big Sing by the Sea, a musical Worimi cultural experience where Aboriginal and non‐Aboriginal people sing and learn together. Guided by Rachel Hore, OAM, who founded the Big Sing in the Desert, we will sing familiar songs, learn new ones, including some in Worimi language, Gathang. All this fun, while we form a new singing community. DOWNLOAD FULL INFORMATION…

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C.A.M.P- Creative Art, Music & Performance workshops for kids

July 9 @ 9:00 am - July 13 @ 3:00 pm
Scout Hall,
Hollingworth Dr, Port Macquarie,

Creative Arts, Music and Performance School (CAMP) is a 5 day school holiday program aimed at giving students in years 1 to year 6 the opportunity to participate in workshops of visual arts, drama, dance music, and now yoga! Specialised tutors will guide children through the fine and performing arts in an encouraging environment, outside of the school setting. Students bring their food each day, but we provide the rest. 9am-3pm July 9-13th Port Macquarie. Come any or all days!

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June 2018

Press Play Print Workshop

June 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Big Fig Arts - The Bellingen Brewery & Co.,
Up Church Street Lane, Bellingen,

PRESS PLAY Linocut Print Workshop with Big Fig Arts. Learn how to design and print your own ideas in linocut in this introductory and creative workshop. Use traditional carving tools, techniques and the Big Fig etching press to create your own prints on rag paper. 9.00am-12.00pm Sunday 24th June in the courtyard of the Bellingen Brewery, up Church St Lane, Bellingen. $65, all materials supplied. Suits all levels of ability, 16 years plus. Limited places. Book online at www.bigfigarts.org/workshops

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A Ros Robertson Workshop

June 23 @ 12:00 am - June 24 @ 11:00 pm
Sawtell Art Gallery,
Cr Lyons & Bayldon Roads, opp Sawtell Bowling Club, Sawtell, NSW 2452 Australia

Ros. is a well known local artist whose career spans more than thirty years, and whose work has been widely collected by both private and corporate sectors. She has won numerous awards and has been selected as a finalist in national competitions. A highlight of one was being exhibited at Parliament House and included in a tour of Australian galleries. In recent years Ros has enjoyed teaching and combines the knowledge gained from a Diploma in Visual Arts, countless workshops with notable Australian artists…

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Coloured Pencil Workshop with Richard Klekociuk

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunset Gallery,
2/11 Murray street, Port Macquarie,

Hi, my name is Richard Klekociuk and I’m an ambassador for Caran d’Ache in Australia and I’m currently living in Port Macquarie. I don’t get paid by the company to promote their coloured pencils, it’s just that I use them and it’s a case of ‘practice what you preach’ when it comes to my coloured pencil workshops that I conduct from Hobart to Mareeba. Still not convinced? I’m originally from Tasmania and I have been an art teacher for over…

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$20.00 Participants/ $10.00 Observers

AMEB Workshop with Jason Noble (Woodwind)

June 8 @ 3:25 pm - 5:30 pm
Manning Valley Concert Band Room,
River Street (Next to St John's Anglican Church), Taree, NSW,

Jason Noble will adjudicate the 2018 Taree Instrumental Eisteddfod this year and before he returns to his high flying life as an educator and performer around the globe he has very generously agreed to conduct a workshop for woodwind students on Friday 8th June at 3.30pm. Jason’s position as a senior AMEB examiner makes him the perfect tutor to be trying your AMEB exam pieces out on before your exams later this year. If you don’t do exams you will…

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May 2018


May 30 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia
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Targeted for year 10, 11 and 12 students 8.30am – 3.00pm, Wednesday, 30 May 2018. Students book through The Arts Unit website and their schools. If you would like a free tour please contact the gallery on art.gallery@midcoast.nsw.gov.au ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions that showcase outstanding works by Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students from schools in NSW. The ARTEXPRESS 2018: an exhibition of outstanding works by 2017 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts Students from schools in NSW.…

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May 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Manning Regional Art Gallery,
12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW 2430 Australia
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8.30am – 3.30pm, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 Teachers book through the MyPL online portal. ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions that showcase outstanding works by Higher School Certificate Visual Arts students from schools in NSW. The ARTEXPRESS 2018: an exhibition of outstanding works by 2017 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts Students from schools in NSW. selected by Manning Regional Art Gallery focuses on regional students with works exploring culture, society, and the environment. It encompasses a broad range of…

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Sunday Drawing Sessions with Hastings Valley Fine Art Members

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - July 1 @ 3:00 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Join Hastings Valley Fine Arts members for an afternoon drawing session in the Gallery. Join Hastings Valley Fine Arts members for an afternoon drawing session in the Gallery. Paper and basic drawing materials are provided, however feel free to bring some of your own favourite materials to play with. All abilities welcome. Bookings essential. Stools available for drawing without an easel. Sunday Drawing Sessions are held on the top floor of the Gallery. WEEKLY PROGRAM Sunday 20 May Composition and…

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8 x Classes: $280 Adults.

Experimental Printmaking: the next step. Evening Classes with Wendy Stokes

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - July 4 @ 8:30 pm
Glasshouse Regional Gallery,
Crn Clarence/Hat Sts, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 Australia

Get Creative Experimental Printmaking: the next step – evening classes with Wendy Stokes In this class students will learn a combination of traditional and alternative printmaking techniques to develop a body of work. The workshops will focus on the development and refinement of image and subject matter that will lead the students to create a series of experimental prints. Wednesdays, 6pm to 8.30pm 16, 23, 31 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June and 4 July, 2018. Join Wendy each Wednesday…

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Flying Books & Giant Pens – Sculpture Workshops

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Bellingen Memorial Hall,
Hyde Street, Bellingen,

Flying Books and Giant Pens for the Readers & Writers Festival – Sculpture Workshops Be involved in some large scale and creative art making in preparation for the Readers & Writers Festival with two upcoming sculpture workshops. Use paper pulp, cutting tools, cardboard and wire as old books and other materials are re-purposed into large literary themed sculptures and a flock of flying book birds. Learn skills, sculptural techniques, connect with other creatives and be involved in this exciting project…

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April 2018

Absolute Beginners Ukulele Workshop

April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Uniting Church,
24 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell, New South Wales 2452 Australia
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Saturday 28 April, 2.30-4.30pm Uniting Church Hall, 25 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument? Well come and feel the joy and let me teach you the ukulele! This two-hour ukulele crash-course will get you rocking out a tune before the session is over. Learn the basics: how to hold a ukulele, basic chords and strumming patterns, and what you need to get started. This is the perfect introduction to the Sawtell Ukulele Beginners Group…

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$60 non-members, $50 members

When I Am 50 Art Journal Workshop

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Woolgoolga Art and Craft Gallery,
73 Turon Parade, Woolgoolga,

Woolgoolga Art Group is pleased to offer an art workshop led by Kim Price. Kim is a professional mixed-media artist with a unique, colourful and whimsical style. She teaches popular workshops throughout the country and this offering focuses on painting people in acrylics and incorporating these images into a personal art journal. If you wish to attend the workshop, please call into the Woolgoolga Art and Craft Gallery, 73 Turon Parade, Woolgoolga to register and for further details. Places are…

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$5 per child

Glasshouse Sprouts Road Show at Wauchope Library

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wauchope Library,
51 High St, Wauchope, Australia

Awesome Fun! The Glasshouse Sprouts program is on the move! Kids and their grownups will have fun creating art together! The artworks are inspired by Glasshouse Regional Gallery exhibitions and are a great way to learn creatively. Bring your kids and come along to one of our Glasshouse Sprouts Road Show activities these school holidays. Glasshouse ‘sprouts’ – helping them grow their creativity, learn new skills and make new friends! The activities are just $5 per child – places are…

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Smart Portraits – A smartphone photography workshop

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dark Alley,
Shop 3 24 High Street, Wauchope, NSW 2446,

Presented by Ronnie Grammatica, the artist behind #facesofthehastings, as part of the Creative Wauchope initiative. A workshop designed for anyone seeking to better understand how to use their smartphone camera to capture great portrait pictures in everyday situations. WORKSHOP SUMMARY Ronnie will show that expensive and complicated equipment and programs are not essential for capturing and creating unique and powerful images. Everything you need is at hand in a smartphone. Coupled with a basic understanding of the key photography rules,…

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Experimental Watercolour

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Port Macquarie Creative,
Belgrave Place, Port Macquarie,

Come and Try Watercolour! In this ‘experimental watercolour’ class, we will learn the basics of using the watercolour medium, including paint transparency, colour-mixing, watercolour techniques and watercolour textures. We’ll also look at using guoache to create textures. Once we’ve mastered the basics, we’ll move on to create some fun and cute feather paintings (like the one pictured). And at the end of the class, you’ll be able to pop your painting into a cute frame so you can hang it…

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$250 members $270 Non Members

Splash a line with Peter Griffen

April 21 - 22
Sawtell ARt Group,
Cnr Lyons and Bayldon Rds, Sawtell,

For all artists who wish to let go and become loose and impulsive this workshop is for you. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet one of Australia’s best modern expressionists and be inspired. Peter will demonstrate and encourage you to go beyond the boundaries and comfort zones. An enlightening weekend is guaranteed.

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$220 non members $200 Members

Funky Felting Workshop

April 21 - 22
Sawtell ARt Group,
Cnr Lyons and Bayldon Rds, Sawtell,

Design and create a fun, colourful and unique sculptural vessel using pure merino wool. Textile artist Denise Lithgow will teach the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You will learn how to mould felt into shapes, then translate these into 3-dimensional non-functional vessels. Enthusiasm and imagination are the best ingredients to bring along to this workshop.  In this workshop, a progressive range of skills will be developed, so that the participate feels confident designing their…

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Grassroots Writers Weekend, Dorrigo

April 20 - 22
Dorrigo High School,
Waterfall Way, Dorrigo,

The Grassroots Writers Weekend offers hands-on, practical, inspiring writing workshops for writers across all skill levels – from never having put ‘pen to paper’ to experienced writers. Take the opportunity to discover, develop and hone your writing skills, to experience and share with others the thrills (and torments) of writing, to encourage collaboration and build networks between writers and writers groups across the region. If you are interested in sharing your skills and passion in hands-on, grassroots sessions or to…

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