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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 customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au

April 2018 Workshops

Screen Printing – Presented by Vanessa Liebenberg (Registrations full)

Image of screen printingRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Wednesday – 4, 11, 18 April
10am to 1pm
 
Learn to apply two different ways of screen printing, using stencils and screens and preparing an image for Riso screen printing.  This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn to apply screen printed images to fabric or T-shirts of your choice, layering the images to create an interesting finished product.  Suitable for beginners. 

About the facilitator

Vanessa Liebenberg is a local artist residing in Rockingham.  Her background in textiles can been seen in the layering and patterning, with nature playing a huge part in her work.  Her public art can be seen at Skottowe Park in Parmelia.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.

 

Small Scale Sculpture – Presented by Tich Dixon (Registrations full)

Image of Small Scale SculptureRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Friday – April 6, 13, 20
10am to 1pm
 
Learn techniques of making small scale sculptures using various materials such as wire and paper mache. 

About the facilitator

Tich Dixon, local community artist and sculptor, will be presenting this alternative approach to 3D artmaking workshop to inspire participants to broaden their boundaries and add to their creative tool box.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.

 

Pyrography – The Art of Wood-burning – Presented by Dallas Pegrum (Registrations full)

Image of PyrographyRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Saturday – 7, 14, 21 April
12.30pm to 4.30pm
 
Pyrography is a relaxing and enjoyable skill to learn.  Come along to this workshop and create a beautiful key holder or keepsake box.  Skills learned will include line, texture and shading, types of wood, design transfer, adding colour and lettering. 
 
All workshops are run separately, please advise when booking which date you wish to attend. 

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.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.
 

Create a Travel Sketchbook from Photos – Presented by Pam Lockwood

Image of SketchbookRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Sunday – 8, 15 April
10am to 4pm
 
Create a travel sketchbook from your trips abroad using your
favourite holiday snaps.  Take the skills learned with you next time you are on holidays.
 
All workshops are run separately, please advise when booking which date you wish to attend. 

About the facilitator:

Pam Lockwood is an award-winning abstract artist.  Her works are all about colour, design, pouring and spraying with her subject matter relating mostly to water, space or volcanic images.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.
 

Blind Art – Presented by Barb Green

Example of Blind ArtRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Monday – April 9, 16, 23
6pm to 8pm
 
Barb has been inspired by her son who is visually impaired to create artwork while blinded. The method promotes the use of simple lines and results in the production of abstracts that bear some resemblance to real objects and people. This workshop is also suitable for the visually impaired who wish to engage in the production of simple but attractive artwork. 

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 customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.
 

Unique Shoe Upcycle – Presented by Julie Smith

Picture of Unique Shoe Upcycle ArtRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Tuesday – April 10
10am to 3pm
 
Join Wearable Artist Julie Smith in a Unique Shoe Upcycle workshop.  You’ll learn 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 wear them grocery shopping! Grab a pair of suede (real or fake) shoes from your wardrobe or op shop, and let your imagination run wild.

About the facilitator:

Julie D Smith, from South Yunderup, is an award-winning artist, specialising in wearable art and jewellery. She is self-taught, utilising a wide range of techniques, including sewing, hand embroidery, dyeing, smocking, felting and bead embroidery to create unique, wearable garments and accessories from upcycled materials and household rubbish.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.
 

Costume Making from A to Z – Presented by Samantha Carson (Registrations full)

Costume making imageRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Wednesday – April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
7pm to 9pm

In this eight week course, you will learn how to design and create stretch fabric performance costumes suitable for dance, gymnastics, ice-skating and other performance arts.  Begin with basic stretch sewing techniques and create a variety of costumes starting from basic shorts and leotards to more complicated costumes.  All participants are required to bring their own sewing machines and materials. 

About the facilitator

Samantha is an accomplished seamstress who has been creating garments, custom-made dance costumes and specialised ballet wear for over 20 years.  She is also an accredited ballet teacher, dancer, hairdresser and mother of four.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.
 

Wood Block Printing – Presented by Barb Green (Registrations full)

Image of Wood Block PrintingRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Monday – April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28
6pm to 8pm
 
Wood block printing has been used for centuries as a means of creating multiple editions of an image or words. Participants in this five-week workshop series will produce an attractive wood block print of their own design using block ink and other mediums.

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 customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.


May Workshops

Abstracts Using Resins – Presented by Tich Dixon

Image of Abstracts Using ResinsRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham
 
Sunday May 6
10am to 4pm
 
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.

About the Facilitator

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.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.


Bead and Wirework Necklace – Presented by Amanda Harris

Image of Wire Work NecklaceRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Friday – May 11, 18
9.30am to 12.30pm

In this workshop you will learn how to create a beautiful beaded necklace joined together by gold, silver and coloured wirework.  You will learn a wire technique to create a unique necklace complete with clasp ready to wear home.

About the Facilitator:

Amanda is a West Australian artist who works in the medium of collage and mixed media acrylic painting.  She also works in ceramics and creates sculpture and produces a tableware range.  Amanda also teaches at the Gifted and Talented programs in high schools and art colleges.  She also teaches adults at various workshops and classes.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.


Flowers Up Close – Presented by Verena Marmion

Image of Flowers up closeRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday 12 May
12.30pm to 4pm

Create 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. Verena will provide a series of short skill building warmer activities to teach you how to use and combine ink, pencil and gouache. She will also teach you theory and techniques to assist you in planning your final flower composition. You will take home a crisply mounted picture of a bold and inspiring abstracted flower.  

About the Facilitator

Verena has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy and a Masters of Teaching: Visual Art. She has a particular interest in painting still life and figurative work including life models and dancers. Verena is a member of the select Western Australian Watercolour Society.  

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.


Random Weave Basketry – Presented by Helen Coleman

Image of Random Weave BasketryRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday 13 May
10.30am to 12pm
Registrations Open – 9 April

In this fun, hands-on workshop you will learn how to make beautiful baskets from locally sourced, natural materials, using a random weave technique.  This workshop is suitable for beginners, with all equipment and materials provided.  

About the Facilitator

Helen is an encaustic/mixed media artist, currently working as an artist-in-residence at the CASM Gallery in Mandurah.  She enjoys working with found natural materials to create sculptural forms and looks forward to inspiring others to see the beauty hidden in the ordinary.

To register please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with ‘Rockingham Arts Centre Workshop Booking’ in the subject line.

 

Community Professional Development Workshops

Stepping into a Professional Arts Career – Presented by Gillian Peebles

Gillian PeeblesRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday April 29
10am to 4pm

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

About the facilitator

Appreciative of advantages and experiences gained in a career dedicated to visual fine arts, Gillian devotes her working time to sharing her extensive collection of unique knowledge.  Many ex-students, now themselves multi award-winning artists, lay testimony to the value of this sharing, and in turn, hand on the information.


 

Marketing Your Creative Business – Presented by Amanda Viviers

Marketing Your Creative Business – Presented by Amanda ViviersRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Sunday 27 May
10am to 2pm

In this workshop you will receive practical tips and tools for marketing your 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 your business.  Come along and learn about the ever-changing landscape of marketing for a small business.

About the facilitator

Amanda Viviers is a writer, speaker and creative coach.  She has published four books, is the co-founder of Kinwomen and is on radio daily across Australia and New Zealand.
 

Installing 2D Artworks – Presented by Art on the Move

Installing 2D Artworks – Presented by Art on the MoveRockingham Arts Centre
11 Kent Street
Rockingham

Thursday 14 June 2018
9am to 4pm

This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge of hanging techniques for 2D artworks. You will learn the principles for handling and installing artworks, acquire a variety of skill around hanging and become aware of preventative conservation methodologies when working with art.

About the facilitatorArt on the Move logo

Art on the Move encourages connections and fosters a sense of belonging, creativity and a greater understanding of ourselves and the world through visual art. It does this by touring quality, contemporary art with appropriate learning and developments opportunities that speak to and develop the unique cultural narratives of communities whatever the cultural practice, age, ability, and engagement with culture.

Art on the Move is Western Australia's only organisation dedicated to touring contemporary visual art exhibitions across the regions, interstate and beyond.
 

Past Workshops

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

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.

December 2017

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

Participants learnt how to turn old T shirts into quilts including techniques with cutting and sewing.

Colourful Abstract Acrylics – Presented by Pam Lockwood

Participants learnt how to pour paint and use spray bottles to create unusual effects on canvas. 

Wire Workshop – Presented by Carole Clitheroe 

Participants learnt how to design and create 2D artwork using copper wire, gig, board and beads. They also learnt how to create wire work at home.

November 2017

Creative Christmas Cards – Presented by Laura Beacham

Participants learnt how to create exciting 3D Christmas cards including techniques with cutting, scoring, stamping and embellishing.

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

Participants reflected upon the creative journey in writing, and gained an understanding of vision and purpose, and wrote imaginatively about the artistic creations, whether literary, visual, tactile, musical, theatrical, community-building or other.

The Creativity Challenge – Presented by Peter le Breton, PhD

Participants learnt from Peter’s approach to teaching, learning and life. Peter taught students how to be more creative and love it.

Creating Beautiful Papers – Presented by Amanda Harris

 

Participants learnt 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.

Persian Miniatures – Presented by Shokoofeh Azar

Participants learnt to draw and paint a Persian miniature portrait using very fine lines.
 

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

Participants created an artwork using a variety of texture, layering, collage, gold leaf and crayons. 

Sandblasting Glass – Presented by Gonz Velasquez Skinner

Participants learnt the technique of etching onto glass using sandblasting.  Participants used a sandblaster box and an air compressor which blasts high pressure abrasives onto the glass, creating etching through a frosted look.  
 
Pyrography – The Art of Wood-burning – Presented by Dallas Pegrum

Participants learnt the art of pyrography in a fun and relaxed setting for both the beginner and those who would like to further their skills. 

 

 

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