Art workshop at the Rockingham Arts Centre

What's on  

To register for any of these workshops, please contact the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 8am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Full payment is required at the time of booking. Any cancellations received prior to the workshop registration closing date are eligible for a full refund.

Linocut Printing with Tich Dixon
  • Lino print of artwork of a dog.Date: Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27 July 2024  
  • Times: 1pm - 3pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $80 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 28 June 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this four-week workshop series, participants will learn about basic composition and simplifying their designs into line drawings.  The process of making a relief print consists of transferring the design on to the lino block and then carving the image into the surface of the lino. Once completed, the block is then printed with ink on to paper by using a baren.

About the facilitator

Currently based in Shoalwater, Perth, Tich works as a community artist exploring the use of various mediums within her practise.  

Best Friends Sculpture with Tich Dixon

Ceramic sculpture of a dog.

  • Date: Sunday 7, 14, 21, 28 July 2024  
  • Times: 1pm - 3pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $60 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 28 June 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this four-week series, participants will learn hand-building techniques to create ceramic sculptures to celebrate the wonderful connections with our furry, fluffy, feathered or scaley friends.

About the facilitator

Currently based in Shoalwater, Perth, Tich works as a community artist exploring the use of various mediums within her practise.  

The Study of WA Botanicals with Annette Pesek

Painting of eucalyptus tree branch with yellow flowers.

  • Date: Friday 19, 26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23 August 2024  
  • Times: 10am - 1pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $110 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 5 July 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this six-week workshop series, participants will study various WA native plants, noting their beautiful colours, form, structure and habit. Using some botanical illustration techniques, participants will draw and sketch the plants to produce pleasing compositions that will then be painted in watercolour and can be embellished with graphite pencil or black ink.

About the facilitator

Annette holds a Bachelor of Science Education and Diplomas in Applied Arts (Interior Design) and Holistic Integrated Creative Art Therapy (HICAT). Over many years her artworks have been displayed and sold at various exhibitions, including the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens’ “by selection only” Botanical Illustration exhibitions and in its Botanical Illustrator’s Calendar. She also runs various Art/Craft/HICAT workshops for community groups and individuals.

A Study of Faces and Features by Vanessa Liebenberg

Page from artists diary showing planning for a portrait of a man's face.

  • Date: Wednesday 31 July, 7, 14, 21, 28 August, 4 September 2024  
  • Times: 9am - 12pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $110 per person 
  • Registrations close: Wednesday 17 June 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this six-week series, participants will be observing specific features of the face each week. This practise aids to increase your ability and confidence of painting the often daunting subject of portraiture. Participants will learn how to prepare paper for oil paint, mix colours to create the perfect skin tone and create work in a sketchbook.

Participants are required to bring an A4 or A3 sketchbook with paper 110gsm or thicker, plus close up photos of faces.

About the facilitator

Vanessa Liebenberg is an artist and illustrator. Her favourite mediums to use are oils and watercolour pencils. She is inspired by the observations of nature and people and her work has sentimental themes of nostalgia and family.

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Be Here Now with Deborah Worthy and Leuca Ziemons

  • Date: Saturday 2 August 2024  
  • Times: 10am - 12pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $20 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 1 August 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

'Be Here Now' is a mindful making workshop where the artists of 'Airing Dirty Laundry' will guide you through a peaceful pathway of gentle activities to bring present moment awareness into your day. The session includes a guided mindful walking and looking activity through the 'Airing Dirty Laundry' exhibition, a stitching or weaving activity, cups of tea and poetry. Each participant will receive a small mindful stitching pack which they can take home with them.

About the facilitators

Deborah Worthy and Leuca Siemons are both transdisciplinary artists who include present moment awareness as a part of the making practice. Additionally, Leuca is an educator and Deborah is a social worker and both use these skills in the community to promote empowerment, regulation and self awareness.

Artist Insurance with Peter Grant

Artists chatting in a studio.

  • Date: Sunday 11 August 2024  
  • Times: 2pm - 4pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $30 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 9 August 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Join Artsource Director and CEO Peter Grant for discussions on why insurance is important for practicing artists and how coverage works across different visual art practices. Artsource is a long standing artist membership organisation in Western Australia that provides a variety of services to its members including artist insurance through Local Community Insurance Services (LCIS).

Photo taken from Artsource’s 2021 Open Studios event. Image credit: Stirling Kane

Still Life in Oils by Vanessa Liebenberg

Still life painting of a pot plant.

  • Date: Saturday 17, 24, 31 August, 7, 14, 21 September 2024  
  • Times: 10am - 1pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $100 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 2 August 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this six-week workshop series, participants will learn how to set up their own still life using sentimental or favourite objects, plants or flowers of their choice. Learn composition options and the best way to illuminate with a light source. Painting from life is a wonderful way to sharpen observation skills in terms of tonal values, colour and form.

Participants are required to bring a light source such as a lamp, plus sentimental objects that they would like included in their still life.

About the facilitator

Vanessa Liebenberg is an artist and illustrator. Her favourite mediums to use are oils and watercolour pencils. She is inspired by the observations of nature and people and her work has sentimental themes of nostalgia and family.

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Textured Baskets with Gretchen Stolte

Three textured baskets with dried flowers.

  • Date: Sunday 8 and 22 September 2024  
  • Times: 12pm - 3pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $60 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 23 August 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this two-session workshop series, participants will explore adding textures and shapes to basket weaving. Cultural protocols around sourcing textures such as shells, seeds, nuts and natural materials will be discussed as well as traditions of coiled weaving. All materials and needles will be supplied but participants are welcome to bring fabric scraps, threads and any other materials they think they could incorporate into a basket. These workshops are designed for intermediate weavers but beginners are welcome as well. We will be using larger needles so this workshop is also good for all ages. 

About the facilitator

Dr Gretchen Stolte is a Nimi’ipuu (Nez Perce) Native American who has lived and worked as a material culture anthropologist in Australia for over 15 years. She is a practice-based artist exploring beads, textiles and fibres that celebrates her heritage while developing cross-cultural understandings of cultural art-making. Dr Stolte currently teaches anthropology at the University of Western Australia, focusing on material culture and First Nations peoples. 

Intro to Abstract Alcohol Inks with Anastasia Wright

Close up of artist's hand creating an abstract artwork with alcohol ink.

  • Date: Wednesday 25 September 2024  
  • Times: 6pm - 8pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $30 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 23 August 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Step into the world of vibrant colours and fluid artistry in this workshop. Designed for both beginners and seasoned artists, this hands-on experience invites participants to explore the enchanting medium of alcohol inks. Learn various techniques to create a one-of a kind piece of art. 

Note: Alcohol inks contain isopropyl alcohol which need to be handled with care. Participants will be supplied with masks and gloves or are welcome to bring their own.

About the facilitator

Anastasia Wright creates artworks in fluid media including watercolours and alcohol inks. She is a member of the Rockingham Watercolour Society of WA plus local community art groups and has exhibited her works both locally and internationally.

Abstract Alcohol Inks with Anastasia Wright

Collection of alcohol ink artworks.

  • Date: Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 October 2024  
  • Times: 6pm - 8pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $70 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 23 August 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Dive deeper into the mesmerizing world of alcohol inks in this four week series. This specialised program is crafted to offer an in-depth exploration of alcohol inks, covering their unique chemistry and various techniques for manipulation. Elevate your artistic practice and unlock the full potential of alcohol inks through this comprehensive course.

Note: Alcohol inks contain ispropyl alcohol which need to be handled with care. Participants will be supplied with masks and gloves or are welcome to bring their own.

About the facilitator

Anastasia Wright creates artworks in fluid media including watercolours and alcohol inks. She is a member of the Rockingham Watercolour Society of WA plus local community art groups and has exhibited her works both locally and internationally.

Beginners Guide to Procreate with Elli Moody

Artwork created with Procreate.

  • Date: Friday 4, 11, 18, 25 October 2024  
  • Times: 10am - 12pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $40 per person 
  • Registrations close: Wednesday 2 October 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Procreate for Beginners is a series of workshops exploring the basics of the Procreate app. Participants will be taught skills to create their own set of finished print ready artworks. In this four-week series participants will learn how to create colour palettes, how to use layers and brushes, simple animation techniques and Procreate tricks and tips. Note: Participants will need to bring along a charged iPad with the Procreate app downloaded ($15 one-off fee from the App Store) plus a fully charged Apple Pencil or compatible stylus. No prior knowledge of Procreate is required.

About the facilitator

Elli is a Mandurah-based illustrator and artist. She started using Procreate to create artwork four years ago and is looking forward to sharing the program’s potential with you. Find out more about Eli.

Artist's Book with a Letterpress Element by Vanessa Wallace

Pile of books bounded with hand stitching.

  • Date: Saturday 12 October 2024  
  • Times: 10am - 2pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $60 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 4 October 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Join October exhibiting artist Vanessa Wallace in her workshop where participants will use a variety of book papers to make an artists’ book/journal, using Japanese stab binding. Incorporating concertina and folded elements along with stitch. There will also be the option to include a letterpress words either onto the book's cover or one of the folded-out pages. Participants are welcome to bring a small selection of speciality papers (tissue, handmade paper etc.), drawings or prints that they would like to incorporate into their book. Please note, this is not essential as there will be plenty of materials available at the workshop. 

Note: Letterpress type contains lead and as a result gloves need to be worn when using it. These will be provided or participants are welcome to bring their own.

About the facilitator

Vanessa Wallace’s art practice is predominantly print based with book making forming a central component through the construction of artist’s books and zines and the series-based nature of each new collection of prints. Vanessa completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at Edith Cowan University in 2003 and an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts at North Metropolitan TAFE in 2001. Exhibiting since 2004, Vanessa’s work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally. Wallace has worked professionally as an arts technician, educator, curator and collections manager. Find out more about Vanessa.

Artwork Pricing with Sherri Staltari, Jacinda Bayne and Gary Dufour
  • Date: Sunday 6 October 2024  
  • Times: 1pm - 3pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $30 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 4 October 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Need help to price your artwork so it actually sells? Knowing how to price artwork can be really challenging for a lot of artists. If you’d like to learn how to price your work or are struggling with where to start, come and listen to Director of Stala Contemporary Sherri Stalatri in conversation with Professor Gary Dufour and Fremantle artist Jacinda Bayne as they talk about pricing and secondary markets.

About the facilitators 

​Sherri Staltari.

Sherri Staltari is an accomplished art professional and the driving force behind Stala Contemporary, an independent commercial art gallery based in West Leederville, Western Australia. With a passion for contemporary art, Sherri has been at the forefront of promoting and advocating for artists since 2006.

Prior to launching Stala Contemporary, Sherri held the position of Director at emerge ART SPACE from 2006 to mid-2017. Her extensive experience encompassing exhibition planning, development and curation and dedication to artist management and mentoring continues to shape the gallery’s vision, making it a vital platform for both established and emerging artists.

Sherri's long-term leadership at Stala Contemporary exemplifies her unwavering commitment to advancing contemporary art and fostering meaningful connections between artists, collectors, and broader audiences. With a focus on quality, innovation, and accessibility, Sherri ensures that the gallery remains a beacon of creativity and inspiration with a sustained focus on building community around the visual arts.

Gary Dufour.Gary Dufour is Adjunct Assoc. Professor, UWA School of Design. Professor Dufour is approved to value post-1940 Australian and international art by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. A specialist in Western Australian art and art and culture in America 1900-2020, his recent publications include the Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonné 2005–2021 (Gagosian: New York 2022), Howard Taylor: Works from the Kerry Stokes Collection (Australian Capital Equity: Perth 2022), and editor of The Contingency of Eye Contact: Max Pam 1970–75 (Editions Bessard: Paris 2023). Forthcoming Howard Taylor Journal 1946–2001 (Art Gallery of Western Australia: Perth 2024). 

Previous roles include Chief Curator | Deputy Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 1995–2013, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery 1988–95, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 1983–87, Canadian Commissioner for the Biennale of Sydney in 1992, and the inaugural David and Margery Edwards Curatorial Fellow, in New York, 2007. Professor Dufour received a Master of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Canada. 

Jacinda BayneMid-career artist, Jacinda Bayne is an “emotive colourist”, who is renowned for her vivid, highly collectable, landscape paintings. Her striking oils evoke a sense of place within her artwork, transcending the viewer back to a special place or time in their lives. 

Career highlights include multiple, successful solo exhibitions at Linton & Kay Galleries, Studio Gallery and Anderson Contemporary in New York City to name a few. Jacinda has also participated in several notable group shows as well having won significant art awards and appeared as finalist in art prize exhibitions.

Some of her most memorable work has come from residencies in China and onboard the luxurious True North vessel in the Kimberley. Her love of travel, particularly around Western Australia over the past few years still remains a focal point in her practice.

Jacinda has experience in curating her own exhibitions, conducting workshops and public speaking as well as judging art competitions.

Textile Landscapes with Carinne Meyerink

Collage of a farmhouse and paddock.

  • Date: Saturday 23 November 2024  
  • Times: 9am - 1pm
  • Location: Rockingham Arts Centre, 11 Kent Street, Rockingham
  • Cost: $40 per person 
  • Registrations close: Friday 8 November 2024. To book please call the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

In this workshop, participants will explore their connection with place and the landscape around them by creating a textile landscape using fabric collage, mixed media and embroidery. Using images of landscapes with a personal connection as a stimulus, participants will explore colour, texture and shape as they collage a fabric landscape on a painted background. They will then embellish their artwork with machine stitching and hand embroidery. Participants are encouraged to bring a photograph of a landscape that has a personal meaning to them.

About the facilitator

Carinne Meyerink is an artist and teacher based in Baldivis, WA. She loves to create artworks using paint, fabric collage and stitching. Her work is inspired by the landscape around her, and a lot of her inspiration comes from over 10 years of living in Ireland. Carinne is also a keen birdwatcher and enjoys making fabric collages of birds and other fauna. Find out more.

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