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Current Workshops

Ninja Patchwork and Quilting with Jessie Ford   

**This workshop is now fully booked**


Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street, Rockingham

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

Paper Art with Painting with Rashmi Subodika

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street, Rockingham Paper Art with Painting with Rashmi Subodika

Series dates:  June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Cost:  Free
Target Audience: Adults

Workshop Details

Participants will develop a new art method of paper quelling techniques using special tools such as paper quelling slot, pins, wood boards, and a special quelling comb. Spend five consecutive Thursdays with artist Rashmi and develop a sense of freedom and spontaneity using paper quilling in a painting.  Experiment with different papers to create surprising effects and learn a variety of techniques to combine the media of paper and acrylics.


Rashmi is a professional artist from Sri Lanka with a background in contemporary artistic styles. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Fine Art.  Rashmi works primarily with acrylics, using textures to paint a sweeping landscape, then populating it with amazing paper quilling creatures to add creativity.
Places for this workshop are limited.  To register, contact the Rockingham Arts Centre Officer on 9527 0734 or

Abstracts using Resins, Shellac and Oxides with Tich Dixon

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street, Rockingham

Dates:   June 24, 25
Time:     1pm – 4pm
Cost:      Free
Target Audience: Adults

Workshop Details

Participants will have 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.


Tich Dixon is a multiple Castaways Sculpture Award and Stretch Festival exhibitor, as well as exhibiting in spaces as varied as INQB8, Colour Lust Fremantle and Central TAFE. 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. Registration is free, but places for this workshop are limited.

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

Art Explosion- School Holiday Program

This new and exciting free July school holiday art program will be held at the Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street Rockingham from 10-14 July 2017. 

Bookings are essential and are available from 12 June 2017.  To book contact the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, or email

Art Workshops July School Holidays


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Past Workshops

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

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.


  • 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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