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Current Workshops

Art and Yoga with Simon Miskin and Simone Williamson

**This workshop is now fully booked**

Rockingham Arts Centre
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Dates:  7, 21, 28 February and 7, 14, 21, 28 March 2017
Time:   6.30pm - 8.30pm
Cost:   Free
What to bring:   Yoga mat/beach towel, loose comfortable clothing, cushion, blanket, A3 sketchpad

Workshop Details

Creatively blocked?  Looking for something different to free up your inner artist?  This course combines the ancient art of yoga with free form creative expression.  Let go of your inner critic, enjoy the art making process and set up regular practices.  You will create a whole suite of fun and intuitive drawings in your visual art diary and finish up with a colourful final expressive mixed media artwork to take home.


Simon Miskin is a life coach, artist and heads the Arts department at a local school, with a degree in fine art, and a diploma in coaching and stress management.  Simone Williamson is a renowned yoga teacher who specialises in women’s health and helping people find their creative expression.  Additionally she is a trained nurse and workshop facilitator.

Registration is free, but places for this workshop are limited. To register, contact the City on 9528 0333 or

Ninja Patchwork and Quilting with Jessie Ford   

**This workshop is now fully booked**

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Dates:   Block One:  20, 27 February. 13, 20, 27 March. 4 April 2017.
Block Two: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 May, 12 June (no class WA/Foundation Day).
Time:    7pm - 9pm
Cost:     Free

Workshop Details

Have you always wanted to make a quilt, but have no idea where to start? In this very hands-on course, Jessie Ford will be working closely with participants to create a patchwork quilt. Learn the skills required for this practical and popular art form, including sewing machine knowledge, patchwork design, sewing terminology, and binding the finished quilt. Upon completing these workshops, attendees will leave feeling enabled to confidently continue quilting.


Jessie is an experienced sewing and craft instructor who uses a tactile and interactive teaching approach to effectively pass on her knowledge and skills. She’s passionate about introducing this unique craft to eager beginners.

Registration is free, but places for this workshop are very limited. To register, contact the City on 9528 0333 or

Paint Pouring with Jackie Peach

**This workshop is now fully booked**An example of paint pouring artwork

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street, Rockingham
Date: April 2, 9, 23
Time: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Cost: Free
Target Audience:  Adults

Workshop Details

Explore the materiality of paint through Jackie’s introduction to dripping and pouring techniques, a style that lends itself well to a range of subjects, be it abstract, land or ocean-scapes.  This workshop suits any level of painter, from beginners to accomplished artists.  Attendees will have three paintings well under way by the end of the workshops.

Please note:  With this technique works need to dry overnight before being moved.  Works must be collected on each Monday following the workshop.  Dates for collection are 3, 10 and 24 April between 10am and 3pm.  We are unable to store the works until the following week.


Jackie Peach is an artist, painter and teacher, who has had three successful exhibitions and has paintings on show at Boranup Gallery, Margaret River and at various cafes.  Jackie’s paintings are among many private collections and include commissioned works.  She believes that painting can serve as a form of meditation and self-healing.

Places for this workshop are limited.  To register, contact the City on 9528 0333 or

Elements of DesignExample of artwork by Barb Green

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street, Rockingham
Date: April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 17
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Target Audience:  Adults

Workshop Details

This workshop series will help you to recognise and interpret the simple things in life.  You will be assisted in simplifying your drawing and painting style to create modern contemporary artwork that adds a new dimension of colour and style to your world.


Barb Green is a local artist whose paintings are inspired by the places she has visited in Australia and by her love of the coast and the sea.  Barb is heavily influenced by the modern artistic styles of the 70s and 80s.  Her work is design and colour focused and created mostly through the use of gouache – a strongly pigmented water colour.

Places for this workshop are limited.  To register, contact the City on 9528 0333 or

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Past Workshops

Examples of the types of workshops held at the Rockingham Art Centre over the past year.

February 2017

Persian Patterns with Shokoofeh

In this workshop series Shokoofeh taught designers, artists and illustrators traditional Persian painting and illustration techniques, and how these ancient approaches can be used in a contemporary creative context.

Papercutting with Tusif Ahmad

Participants learnt the simple yet sophisticated skill of paper cutting, based on the principle of positive and negative space in visual art, and how it functions to create an image. 

Encaustic Collage with Helen Coleman

Participants discovered how the ancient art of encaustic can be combined with modern collage techniques in this encaustic collage workshop with Helen Coleman.

January 2017

Introduction to Pyrography with Dallas Pegrum

Participants learnt a brief history of pyrography, safety aspects, choice of wood, basic techniques, line, texture and shading, methods of design transfer, some decorative techniques, and completed their own piece.

Collage and Mixed Media Painting with Amanda Harris

Participants learnt to create a collage/mixed media painting using a wide variety of old and new papers, gold leaf, small found objects such as buttons and lace, and acrylic paint.
Calligraphic Art with Marion Caunt

Participants learnt to create beautiful italic lettering for their personal projects and explored its flexibility through colour, texture and contrast. 

December 2016

Zendoodles with Lesley Jeffreys

Participants learnt Zendoodles, a simple type of free flowing design that everyone can learn to do. Once participants learnt how to do them, they were induced in a state of 'flow'. This term, also known as 'the zone', comes from Positive Psychology and is a mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Introduction to Digital Photography with Kingsley Klau

Participants learnt aspects of their cameras to improve and give confidence in gaining great photos. They learnt how to compose scenery and 'people' photos to the best effect. Topics covered included: settings, modes, composition, post-processing and file management.

Face Painting for Beginners with Jasmine Mary-Anne

These workshops were  a fun, relaxing and educational way to learn the basic techniques of face painting. Jasmine, owner of Little Fairy Face Painting, instructed attendees on the creative art of face painting. The workshops were suitable for adults and teens wanting to try something new or brush up on skills.

November 2016

Ten Abstract Techniques with Shokoofeh Azar

Participants learnt the very basics of abstract techniques: colour wheel, preparation of canvas and paper, identification of materials and tools, textured painting, making texture with painting knife and brush, geometric painting, drip painting, making your own textures, making texture with gold and silver leaf, layering, impasto painting, mix media and more.


Mobile Phone Photography with Kingsley Klau
During this course participants with mobile devices (either Apple iPhone or an Android device) learnt how to get the best out of it photographically, and to explore the broad capabilities of these devices, plus the best apps to use.  They looked at other aspects of how to not only take images more effectively, but what they could do with them. The future of mobile device photography is bright and more exciting apps and equipment are being released each year.

Exquisite Corpse with Tich Dixon
Exquisite Corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each participant added to a composition in a sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. 

October 2016

Alternative Print Techniques with Tich Dixon
Participants explored alternative methods for printing images onto a support. They experimented with binder mediums and other materials including paint, coloured pencils, and collage to create individual designs.

The BIG Draw with Claire Davenhall
The BIG Draw – the world’s biggest drawing festival.
Participating youth attended a five-day workshop and were part of a large scale community drawing installation, resulting in a three-week exhibition at the Rockingham Central Library.  Participants learnt a progressive range of drawing skills including tonal drawing in charcoal and conte, colour with chalk pastels, and drawing inks.

Learning the art of Mosaic with Louise Nielsen
A fun, relaxed workshop, exploring design, colour and mosaic techniques.

“Pyjama Party” – basic garment construction course with Liz FordLiz Ford

Have you always wanted to make clothes but are a little unsure about where to start?  In this class series Liz lead participants through all the skills needed to read and understand pattern terminology;  work out how much fabric to buy; cut fabric;  and construct a pair of pyjamas.


  • Pouring Techniques with Jackie Peach
  • Ten Abstract Techniques with Shokoofeh Azar
  • Introduction to Digital Photography with Kingsley Klau
  • Cartooning Workshop for Kids and Adults with Veronica Rooke
  • Lino Prints and Printmaking Workshop with Tich Dixon
  • Structured Patterns Workshop with Lesley Jeffreys
  • How to Develop Recycled Sculpture with Tich Dixon

  • Thread Play’ with Liz Ford
  • How to Develop a Maquette with Tich Dixon
  • Poetry Slam with Kate Wilson


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