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Current Workshops

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 can be made by contacting the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, or emailing

Writing for Solo Performance by Finn O’Branagáin and Scott Sandwich

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Saturday - July 1, 8, 15
2pm to 4pm
Registrations Open - June 5
Writing for Solo Performance Workshop

Workshop Details

Have you a performance poetry, story, stand-up comedy or skit idea you would like to perform? Finn O’Branagáin and Scott Sandwich will take you through the creative process from writing your piece to a stage-ready presentation.  Participants must be available for all workshop dates.


Finn O’Branagáin and Scott Sandwich are performance makers who write, perform, design sound and do dramaturgy. Their company, “Ten Tonne Sparrow”, makes fast-paced, comedic performance lectures based on pop-science, anthropology and modern culture.

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

The Art of Mosaic by Louise Nielsen  

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Tuesday 4, 11, 18, 25 July and 1 August
9.30am to 12pm

Workshop DetailsThe Art of Mosaic

Learn the art of mosaic. Participants will be able to choose a design and make a creation to take home. Participants must be available for all workshop dates.


Louise Nielsen has been working as an educator for 26 years. Mosaics and art are her passion.  She loves to share with people the skills she has learned over the years.

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

Taking and Managing Photos for Art - Presented by Kingsley Klau

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
RockinghamTaking and Managing Photos for Art - Presented by Kingsley Klau

Thursday - 13 July
12pm to 3pm

Workshop Details

Kingsley will take artists through the process of photographing their art and managing the photographs for their own portfolios and presentations.


Kingsley Klau has been a professional photographer since 2004 and works from home as a photographer, teacher and mentor.

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

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

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Saturday, July 22
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Target Audience:  Adults

Workshop Details

What creative achievements will you accomplish by 2020? Got a treasured artistic vision and the necessary support and encouragement for the journey? 
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. The following topics will be discussed and shared:
1. Sshh, don’t tell anyone… I think I’m quite a talented artist. What should I do?
2. Who you gonna call? Artbusters! Finding the right people, organisations and peers to help.
3. Showing, selling and being out there… Rinse, cycle, repeat.

This up-tempo half-day workshop is ideal for emerging, mid-career and established artists, visual artists, sculptors, crafts practitioners, designer-makers, mural artists, public artists, art teachers and their peers.


Paula Silbert is an energetic arts consultant, curator and media personality who champions artists. Paula engages with emerging and established practitioners and has advised the Art Gallery of WA, the cities of Perth, Fremantle, and Kalgoorlie, tertiary institutions and galleries. She was the foundation director of the Festival Fringe, inaugurating curator for the St John of God Hospital Art Collection, and is well-known for her arts radio segments broadcast on commercial radio stations 94.5fm, 96fm and 6PR.

Places for this workshop are limited.  To register, contact the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm (Monday-Friday) or email

Experimental Drawing – Presented by Tich Dixon

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
RockinghamExperimental Drawing – Presented by Tich Dixon

Sunday – 23, 30 July and 6 August
2pm to 5pm
Registrations open 26 June

Workshop Detail:

This enjoyable workshop series will inspire participants to broaden their boundaries and add new methodologies to their creative toolbox.  A fun, no-stress workshop which is suitable for beginners and experienced artists alike.  Participants must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator:

Tich Dixon is a local community artist and sculptor who teaches art workshops in various art techniques.

Places for this workshop are limited.  To register, contact the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm (Monday-Friday) or email

Get to Know Your Overlocker – Presented by Samantha Carson

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Wednesday – 9, 16, 23 August
10am to 1pm
Registrations Open – 10 July

Have an overlocker but don’t have the first clue how to use it?  Learn the tips and tricks to thread, tension, roll hem and create beautiful ruffles the easy way. Be guided by Samantha who will show you how to get the most out of your 3 or 4 thread overlocker and create a ruffled cushion cover to keep in this three part workshop series.  Attendees must have their own serviced and running overlocker to participate and must be available for all workshop dates.

About the Facilitator
Samantha is an accomplished seamstress who has been creating garments, custom made dance costumes and specialised ballet wear for over twenty years.  She is also an accredited ballet teacher, dancer, hairdresser and mother of four.

Workshop Your Workshop – Presented by Andrew O’Connell

Rockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street

Saturday – 12, 19 August
1pm to 3pm
Registrations Open – 10 July

The secret to running a successful workshop is the facilitator.  Come and find out exactly what you need to do to make your workshop as effective as possible.  Participants must be available for all workshop dates.
Andrew O’Connell
About the Facilitator
Author, actor, educator, Andrew O’Connell has spent the last 10 years educating future educators.  He brings almost 20 years’ teaching and facilitation experience to bear on his ‘workshop on workshops’.


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Past Workshops

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

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.


  • 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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