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Current Workshops

Design and Make a T Shirt Quilt – Presented by Jessie Ford

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent StreetDesign and Make a T Shirt Quilt – Presented by Jessie Ford
Rockingham

Monday: 16, 23, 30 October; 6, 13, 20, 27 November, 4 December
7pm to 9pm
Registrations Open –18 September

Do you have a collection of favourite T shirts that don’t fit but you can’t bear to throw them away?  With Jessie’s help you can now save your favourite T Shirt memories and turn them into a fantastic quilt in this 8 week workshop series.  Attendees are required to have a serviced, working sewing machine and must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator

Jessie Ford has turned the quilting rules on their head.  She cuts and sews with the speed of a ninja, has fun doing it and enjoys sharing her knowledge.

Creative Christmas Cards – Presented by Laura Beacham


Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Saturday : 4, 11, 18 November
2pm to 4pm
Registrations Open: 2 October

Would you love to give a loved one a card with the “WOW” factor? Do you love the idea of making professional looking, hand-made cards? Come and learn how to create exciting 3D Christmas cards that are Creative Christmas Cards – Presented by Laura Beachamsure to excite any receiver.  Learn techniques with cutting, scoring, stamping and embellishing to make these cards with ease.  These separate workshops will make everyone’s Christmas brighter.

About the Facilitator

Laura Beacham is a paper craft extraordinaire who has been teaching her craft of card making for over 14 years.  She is a passionate and giving person who was featured on Today Tonight through her “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign in September, 2016.

Write to Unravel Your Creative Path – Presented by Nicola-Jane le Breton and the Rockingham Writers Group


Rockingham Arts CentreWrite to Unravel Your Creative Path – Presented by Nicola-Jane le Breton and the Rockingham Writers Group
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Saturday: 4 November
10am to 4pm
Registrations Open: 2 October

You will be invited to reflect upon your creative journey in writing, clarify your vision and purpose, and write imaginatively about your artistic creations, whether literary, visual, tactile, musical, theatrical, community-building or other in this 6 hour workshop.  You will gain a deeper self-understanding and appreciation, more confidence to talk about your work, a draft promotional copy for your website, blogs, biographies that are original and authentic and create new inspiring connections with other creative beings.

About the Facilitator

As a community arts facilitator, Nicola has worked in the genres of poetry and literature, environmental arts, choreography, music, visual arts and theatre.  Her great strength as a teacher is creating a safe space for participants to discover and develop an authentic writing voice, regardless of their level of experience.

The Creativity Challenge – Presented by Peter le Breton, PhD


Rockingham Arts Centre The Creativity Challenge – Presented by Peter le Breton, PhD
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday: 5 November
10am to 4pm
Registrations Open: 2 October

Have you ever doubted your creativity or yearned to become more creative?  Are you open to discovering that you have creative potential beyond your imagination? If you think you are creative, have you found directions, occupations and environments in the traditional, contemporary arts or elsewhere, where you can be fully creative and alive?  If these questions pique your interest and passion, then this workshop is for you.

About the Facilitator

Peter’s approach to teaching, learning and life is innovative.  He teaches students how to be more creative and love it.  He has participated creatively in business, education, team and individual sports and community life.  That creativity has enabled him to compete in an Ironman Triathlon at aged 60 and earn a PhD at age 70.

Creating Beautiful Papers – Presented by Amanda Harris

This workshop is full.
Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Tuesday: 7 November
10am to 2pm
Registrations Open: 2 OctoberCreating Beautiful Papers – Presented by Amanda Harris

Learn a variety of methods to transform ordinary papers into extraordinary works of art by using materials like gold leaf, acrylic paint, water colours, coloured pencils and impasto paste and varnish.  Your papers can then be used in a variety of ways including collages, mixed media paintings or other craft related artwork... Or even become works of art themselves!  Suitable for beginners.

Persian Miniatures – Presented by Shokoofeh Azar

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
RockinghamPersian Miniatures – Presented by Shokoofeh Azar

Wednesday: 1, 8 November
10am to 2pm
Registrations Open: 2 October 2017

In this workshop you will learn to draw and paint a Persian miniature portrait using very fine lines.  This two part workshop is for experienced artists only.  Participants will be required to bring their own very fine, size 0, brushes.

About the Facilitator

Shokoofeh Azar is a writer and artist, who arrived in Rockingham in 2011.  Her artistic technique is Persian illustration mixed with modern abstract techniques. She enjoys teaching abstract, Persian symbols and ceramic techniques.

Mixed Media – Blending Iranian & Western Techniques – Presented by Shokoofeh Azar

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Monday: 13, 20, 27 November
10am to 2pm
Registrations Open: 9 October 2017Mixed Media – Blending Iranian & Western Techniques – Presented by Shokoofeh Azar

Participants will create an artwork using a variety of texture, layering, collage, gold leaf and crayons.  This 3 part workshop is designed for artists with little or no experience.


About the Facilitator

Shokoofeh Azar is a writer and artist, who arrived in Rockingham in 2011.  Her artistic technique is Persian illustration mixed with modern abstract techniques. She enjoys teaching abstract, Persian symbols and ceramic techniques.
 

Sandblasting Glass – Presented by Gonz Velasquez Skinner


Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Wednesday: 15, 22 November
7pm to 9pm
Registrations Open: 16 October

Learn the technique of etching onto glass using sandblasting.  Participants will use a sandblaster box and an air compressor which blasts high pressure abrasives onto the glass, creating etching through a frosted look.   Participants must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator

Gonz is an experienced artist/glazier/installer/fabricator who uses different techniques such as sandblasting, stained glass, glass fusion, chipped glass, glass sculptures, acid finishes, and vinyl to create extraordinary pieces of art.   

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


Rockingham Arts CentrePyrography – The Art of Wood-burning – Presented by Dallas Pegrum
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday: 19, 26 November
1pm to 5pm
Registrations Open: 16 October

This two part workshop series introduce the art of pyrography in a fun and relaxed setting for both the beginner and those who would like to further their skills.  Inspirations and designs will be provided or bring along your own ideas to put onto bread boards, wooden spoons etc.  Participants must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator

Dallas has had a lifelong interest in arts and crafts and discovered the art of pyrography, or “writing with fire” about 12 years ago.  She became fascinated with the process of burning pictures into wood and has been exploring its possibilities ever since.  She has been an art teacher and an activities coordinator.


Colourful Abstract Acrylics – Presented by Pam Lockwood


Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday – 3, 10 DecemberColourful Abstract Acrylics – Presented by Pam Lockwood
10am to 4pm

Have fun with colour on canvas, learn how to pour paint and use spray bottles to create unusual effects.  Participants must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator
Pam Lockwood is originally from Tasmania, moving to WA in 2002.  She has been teaching watercolour landscape techniques on a regular basis since 2008 and also does abstract acrylic workshops and demonstrations.

Wire Workshop – Presented by Carol Clitheroe


Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Friday – 1, 8, 15 December
10am to 12pm

Wire Workshop – Presented by Carol ClitheroeDesign and create your own beautiful 2D artwork using copper wire, gig, board and beads.  Learn the techniques and methods to create wire work without a gig and boards at home and explore other methods of 3D wire artwork.  Participants must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator
Carol Clitheroe is a sculpture and painter with her own business, “Neverending Designs”.  She has received two Castaways awards for sculpture and facilitates workshops for the community.  She has had over 25 exhibitions and works with many community art projects such as Stretch Festival Mandurah, Art Blast Fremantle etc.

 

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Past Workshops

Examples of the types of workshops held at the Rockingham Arts Centre over the past year:

October 2017


Sculpture Photography - Presented by Kingsley Klau

Kingsley took artists through the process of photographing outdoor sculptures as part of the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Competition.


Recycled Jewellery from Aluminum Cans – Presented by Joan Johnson

Participants made unique style of jewellery using the discs from the base of the can and turned them into earrings, pendants or brooches with cut-outs or engraving.

Art Therapy to Manage Stress and Anxiety – Presented by Simon Miskin

Participants learnt ways to use art to manage stress, decrease anxiety and promote relaxation.

Mixed Media Workshop – Presented by Vanessa Liebenberg

Participants learnt how to use layers to create an artwork using mixed media such as ink, calligraphy pens and oils.

Mono Printing Using Gelli Plates – Presented by Lily Tupper
Participants learnt how to make their own plate, what papers and paints can be used plus techniques for making “one-off” fabulous art works.

The Big Draw! School Holiday Program – Presented by Claire Davenhall

Workshops were be held at the Rockingham Arts Centre and the Rockingham Central Library with participants learning a progressive range of drawing techniques from continuous drawing, contour lines, organic and linear lines to create an animated installation in the gallery.
 

Encaustic Collage – Presented by Helen Coleman

Participants discovered the ancient art of encaustic can be combined with modern collage techniques and how to create multiple layers of imagery in translucent beeswax and take home a series of small encaustic panels.
 

September 2017

Finding Your Creative Voice on Social Media – Presented by Amanda Viviers

Participants learnt about iPhone hacks for taking online photographs, editing tips for graphic design plus writing exercises to find your own voice on social media.

 

Paint Pouring – Presented by Jacelyn Peach

Participants learnt various techniques to show the different effects that can be achieved.

Traditional Persian Geometrical Drawing – Presented by Shokoofeh Azar

Participants learnt to draw 3 to 5 traditional Persian geometrical designs plus traditional Persian gold leafing in this three part workshop series.

Natural Dyeing Workshop – Presented by Phoebe Clarke and Tessa Beale

Participants used local Australian flora to experiment and produce unique textile works.

August 2017

Make Your Own Hard-Cover Stitch-Bound Book – Presented by Joan Johnson
Participants learnt the craft of making their own unique stitch-bound book which can be used for a diary, note book or even a photo album. 

Puppet Making – Presented by Iona McAuley
Participants created their own character hand puppet from fabric and foam. Theatre designer Iona McAuley guided participants through the puppet making process with information on pattern making, tools, adhesives and techniques for creating a puppet’s character and movable joints. 

Workshop Your Workshop – Presented by Andrew O’Connell
Participants found out exactly what is needed to make a workshop as effective as possible.

Get to Know Your Overlocker – Presented by Samantha Carson
Participants learnt the tips and tricks to thread, tension, roll hem and create beautiful ruffles the easy way.

 

Experimental Drawing – Presented by Tich Dixon
Participants broadened their boundaries and added new methodologies to their creative toolbox. 

The Art of Mosaic by Louise Nielsen 
Participants were able to choose a design and make a creation to take home.

July 2017

20/20 Vision (Visual Artists Getting Clear. Getting help. Getting out there)

Paula Silbert, renowned arts consultant, curator and media personality will guide you through a game-changing workshop to help you on your way. Artists will explore the real challenges and provide a map for positive change.

 

Taking and Managing Photos for Art - Presented by Kingsley Klau
Kingsley took artists through the process of photographing their art and managing the photographs for their own portfolios and presentations.

 

Art Explosion- School Holiday Program
This new and exciting free July school holiday art program was be held at the Rockingham Arts Centre featuring workshops from an array of art topics.

Writing for Solo Performance by Finn O’Branagáin and Scott Sandwich
Finn O’Branagáin and Scott Sandwich took participants through the creative process from writing a piece to a stage-ready presentation. 

June 2017

Abstracts using Resins, Shellac and Oxides with Tich Dixon
Participants had the opportunity to experiment with alternative materials and push the boundaries to observe unexpected effects, and gain an appreciation of oxides and resins as another technique to add to their creative tool box.

Paper Art with Painting with Rashmi Subodika
Participants developed a new art method of paper quelling techniques using special tools such as paper quelling slot, pins, wood boards, and a special quelling comb.

 

May 2017

Ninja Patchwork and Quilting with Jessie Ford  

Participants learnt the skills required for this practical and popular art form, including sewing machine knowledge, patchwork design, sewing terminology, and binding the finished quilt.
 

April 2017

Elements of Design with Barb Green

This workshop series will helped participants recognise and interpret the simple things in life.  Participants assisted in simplifying drawing and painting style to create modern contemporary artwork that added a new dimension of colour and style.
 

Paint Pouring with Jackie Peach

This workshop suited any level of painter, from beginners to accomplished artists.  Attendees had three paintings well under way by the end of the workshops.

March 2017

Art and Yoga with Simon Miskin and Simone Williamson

Participants created a whole suite of fun and intuitive drawings in their visual art diary and concluded with a colourful final expressive mixed media artwork.

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.

2016

  • 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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