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Current Workshops

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email

July 2018 Workshops

Please Note:  Participants are required to pay a materials charge on registration.  Registrations and credit card payments can be made by calling the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.  No registrations will be accepted after the closing date.

Frida Kahlo - Presented by Simon Miskin

Image of a Kahlo style self-portraitRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Wednesday – 4, 11, 18 July 
4.30pm to 8.30pm
Registrations close Wednesday 27 June
Participant materials cost payable on registration:  $27
Learn about Frida Kahlo, the most famous female artist of all time – her life, her work and art therapy process. Help heal personal difficulties through art expression and storytelling. Create a Kahlo-style self-portrait work in mixed media. Suitable for any level from beginner to advanced.

About the Facilitator:

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. As part of his coaching diploma Simon studied and applied Art Therapy to his practice and is passionate about creative arts for mental health.
To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email


Papercutting – Presented by Tusif Ahmed

Tusif Ahmed with his winning papercutting  artworkRockingham Arts Centre
​11 Kent Street

Fridays – July 13, 20, 27
9am to 1.30pm
Registrations close Monday 6 July 
Participant materials cost payable on registration:  $10
Join the 2018 City of Rockingham Art Awards Open Category winner, Tusif Ahmed, in this three-week papercutting workshop. You will learn how to design and create your own papercutting masterpiece.

About the Facilitator:

Tusif Ahmed is a local papercutting artist, jewellery designer, software developer and a palmist who has spent years travelling, exhibiting and working in many different countries around the world. 
To register, please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email


Lino Stamp Making and Fabric Printing – Presented by Hanae Meyer

Lino Stamp Making and Fabric Painting tools and equipmentRockingham Arts Centre
​11 Kent Street

Sunday 15 July
10am to 12pm
Registrations close Friday 6 July
Participant materials cost payable on registration:  $15
Design and carve a simple lino stamp and print your design onto a calico bag.

About the Facilitator:

Hanae Meyer is an artist with experience working in a variety of mediums including found object sculpture, repurposed paper collage, printmaking and water colour illustration. 
To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email

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​August 2018 Workshops

Synthetic Cubism​ - Presented by Tich Dixon

Image of Synthetic Cubism ArtworkRockingham Arts Centre
​11 Kent Street

Fridays – August 3, 10, 17, 24
11am to 2pm
Registrations close Friday 27 July
Participant materials cost payable on registration: $28

This workshop draws on the techniques of Picasso, the father of Cubism.  

Participants may bring a selection of suggested collage materials:  fabrics, patterned, embossed, coloured, toned papers of various textures, string or thread.  We will be working with musical instruments.  The objective is to convey the experience of the music created by the instruments so all visual elements should be organised to this end.

About the Facilitator:

Tich Dixon is an art technician and lecturer at Challenger TAFE. Her public works include contributions to the Z-Force Memorial at Palm Beach Jetty and the memorial seating at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email


Designing with Gouache – Presented by Barb Green

Image of Gouache artworkRockingham Arts Centre
​11 Kent Street

Mondays – August 13, 20, 27
6pm to 8pm
Registrations open Monday 25 June
Registrations close Monday 6 August
Participant Materials Cost Payable on Registration:  $12

Design involves taking the complex and making it simple. This series of workshops will take the participants through a range of design techniques that will result in the production of a number of attractive and colourful artworks.

About the Facilitator:

Barb Green grew up in the back suburbs of Fremantle in the 1960s and 70s. She has painted and created all her life. Her work is design and colour focused, inspired by her love of the coast and sea. Barb has a professional background in education.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email


Community Professional Development Workshops

New workshops are coming soon.

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Past Workshops

Examples of the types of workshops recently held at the Rockingham Arts Centre:

​June 2018

Punch Needle Embroidery - Presented by Hanae Meyer

Participants learnt how to create a modern, abstract wall piece using punch-needle embroidery.

Re-Create Your Jewellery - Presented by Amanda Harris

​In this workshop participants learnt to re-create, re-work and re-purpose old, broken and discarded costume jewellery into amazing, unique pieces ready to wear.

Alternative Print Techniques - Presented by Tich Dixon

Participants learnt how to transfer images of drawings and photos on to paper and wood, incorporated with mixed media collage and other multi medium art work to create unique personal keepsakes.

Paper Cloth - Presented by Lily Tupper

​In this two-week workshop participants created their own paper cloth using colourful paper, muslin and glue, and then used the cloth to cover a book or canvas.

Installing 2D Artworks - Presented by Art on the Move 

This workshop provided participants with the knowledge of hanging techniques for 2D artworks, the principles for handling and installing artworks, and how to acquire a variety of skill around hanging and become aware of preventative conservation methodologies when working with art.
May 2018
Abstracts Using Resins - Presented by Tich Dixon 
Participants experimented with alternative materials and pushed the boundaries to observe unexpected effects and gained an appreciation of oxides and resins as another technique to add to their creative tool box.

Bead and Wirework Necklace - Presented by Amanda Harris

Participants learnt how to create a beautiful beaded necklace joined together by gold, silver and coloured wirework. They also learnt a wire technique to create a unique necklace complete with clasp ready to wear home.

Flowers Up Close - Presented by Verena Marmion 

Participants created a stunning ‘close up’ mixed media image of a real flower inspired by ‘the mother of American Abstract Art’ from the 1920s, Georgia O’Keefe. 

Random Weave Basketry - Presented by Helen Coleman

In this fun, hands-on workshop participants learnt how to make beautiful baskets from locally sourced, natural materials, using a random weave technique.  

Costume Making from A to Z – Presented by Samantha Carson

This was an eight-week course, where participants learnt how to design and create stretch fabric performance costumes suitable for dance, gymnastics, ice-skating and other performance arts.

Wood Block Printing – Presented by Barb Green 

Wood block printing has been used for centuries as a means of creating multiple editions of an image or words. In this five-week workshop series, participants learnt to produce an attractive wood block print of their own design using block ink and other mediums.

​Marketing Your Creative Business – Presented by Amanda Viviers

Participants learnt about marketing their small creative business with a system and plan for press releases, an overview of productivity tips for social media, and the development of a social media plan for their business. 

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April 2018

Screen Printing – Presented by Vanessa Liebenberg

Participants learnt to apply two different ways of screen printing, using stencils and screens and preparing an image for Riso screen printing. 

Small Scale Sculpture – Presented by Tich Dixon

Participants learnt techniques of making small scale sculptures using various materials such as wire and paper mache. 

Pyrography – The Art of Wood-burning – Presented by Dallas Pegrum

Pyrography is a relaxing and enjoyable skill to learn.  Participants learnt to create a beautiful key holder or keepsake box.  Skills learned included line, texture and shading, types of wood, design transfer, adding colour and lettering. 

Create a Travel Sketchbook from Photos – Presented by Pam Lockwood

Participants created a travel sketchbook using their favourite holiday snaps. 

Blind Art – Presented by Barb Green

This workshop promoted the use of simple lines and resulted in the production of abstracts that resembled real objects and people. This workshop was also suitable for the visually impaired who wished to engage in the production of simple but attractive artwork. 

​Unique Shoe Upcycle - Presented by Julie Smith

Participants learnt how to transform an ordinary pair of heels into something amazing and unique.  These shoes could be used for formal occasions, bridal parties, fancy dress or wearable art.  Or just worn grocery shopping.

​Stepping into a Professional Arts Career - Presented by Gillian Peebles

Participants were introduced to the practices of business, professional, ethical and promotional programs for an artist as they leave the student or hobbyist levels to start an artist’s career.

March 2018

Unlocking Your Creativity – Presented by Suzannah Churchman

This was a workshop for people who don’t think they have a creative bone in their body, and those needing to get back into a little ‘me’ time and get their creativity mojo back on tract.  Participants explored what creativity can do for you at work, at home, and in that most important relationship of all, your own skin.

Abstracts Using Yupo Paper – Presented by Pam Lockwood    

Participants learnt how to create unusual abstract works using watercolours and Yupo paper, which is a type of plastic paper in two separate workshops

Puppet Making – Presented by Iona McAuley

Participants learnt to create their own character hand puppet from fabric and foam.  

Woven Coiled Pots – Presented by Lily Tupper

Participants made their own woven coiled pots using wool and raffia. The pots can be decorated with beads and shells. The colour combinations are endless.

February 2018

Terracotta Postcards – Presented by Hanae Meyer

This workshop showed how to interpret much-loved holiday snaps into a physical piece of art.  Using terracotta air-drying clay, participants learnt sculptural techniques to create a 3D clay postcard. 

Pot Painting - Presented by Lulu Ball

Participants decorated glass jars using different techniques such as paint pouring, air jet paint manipulation, layering, flicking and dripping.

Overlocking for Beginners - Presented by Samantha Carson

Participants learnt the tips and tricks to thread, tension, roll hem and create beautiful ruffles the easy way. 

DIY Chalk Paint – Presented by Olya Dallamora

Participants learnt how to revamp old small pieces of furniture, picture frames and other knick-knacks using chalk painting techniques. 

Sandcasting & Garden Art – Presented by Irene Osborne

Participants created their own unique sun-face, owl, fish or other wall hanging sculpture for their home or garden using sand and plaster in this fun workshop.

The Art of Mosaic - Presented by Louise Nielsen  

Participants learnt the “Art of Mosaic” where they chose to design and make their very own creation to take home.

What do Curators and Art Award Judges Look For - Presented by Rebecca Corps

This workshop was open to anyone with an interest in exhibiting their works, particularly those wanting to enter the 2018 City of Rockingham Art Awards.

The Artistic Triangle – Presented by Gillian Peebles

Participants learnt the value of this unique system and how to put it into action for artistic benefit. 

January 2018

Create an Outlander Costume - Presented by Kim Byrnes

Participants learnt how to navigate sewing patterns, learn machine and hand sewing skills to create Outlander costumes.

Soap Carving - Presented by Irene Osborne

Participants learnt how to do their own soap carving from design to finishing and polishing.

Paper Coil Structure - Presented by Hanae Meyer

Participants learnt how to make their own paper twine and create unique coiled sculptural pieces.

Ninja Patchwork - Presented by Jessie Ford

Participants learnt how to create patchwork and make a quilt without following written instructions.