CONTEMPORARY CRAFT RETREAT

Metal clay, Polymer clay,               
Air Dry Clay,Paverpol,                    
Doll Art & Mixed Media.                 
 
 OCTOBER 23rd to 26th, 2020       

 Greenhills Conference Centre       
 Cotter Road, Canberra, Australia

TIMETABLE and CLASS INFORMATION 2019


This Workshop Information is for 2019.  New workshops will be added by March 2020



FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER, 1.30 to 5.30 & 7.00 to 9.00pm 


ART DOLL BUST with LINDA MISA
PART 1
 
 
 
 This class is to help you learn to make a whimsical Artdoll bust.
You can embellish her as much as you like. I will do my best to help you create the look you are wanting.

This is a 2- day class, learning about clay sculpting, building a form and working on capturing an expression.  If you are totally new to clay, that is fine, this clay is wonderful to work with. We are going to be using a face mask that I have sculpted for you and turn that into a head and then attach to a torso you have made. It is a layered approach right from the sculpting through to the painting and lots of fun to do. 

 

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   KIT COST $30

·   Air dry clay

·   1 face mask

·  Styrofoam body form.

·  16-gauge tie wire

·  Clay sculpting tools will be available to use – small shaping and cutting type

·  Black gesso for underpainting

·   I will have some Texture plates/molds suitable for clay for students to use. If you have some or any mark making tool like stamps, lace fabric, stencils etc, please bring.

 

 PLEASE BRING.... 

·         White craft glue – PVA (like Aleen’s Tacky glue)

·         Small roll of aluminium foil

·         Small retractable cutting blade

·         black felt to cover base of the finished bust (approx. 10cmx4cm)

·         Basic Clay sculpting tools if you have some

·         Rolling pin for the clay

·         Very fine finishing grade sandpapers or sanding sticks (nail files will work)

·         Small tubes of red, yellow, blue, white, black and skin tone acrylic paints. You can bring any secondary colours you like as well. Please bring artist quality paints if you can. (please ASK if unsure)

·         Very small fine round tip paintbrush (size 0 or 00) and size 2 round

·         Size 6 and 12 flat paintbrushes (approximately as a size buying guide.)

·         Sakura Pigma Micron pens in brown and black .01 tip

·         Water container

·         Fibre for hair …wool, mohair, wig or you can use clay.

·         Any adornments/embellishments like beads, lace, jewellery…

·         Texture plates suitable for clay if you have some or any mark making tool like stamps, lace fabric, stencils etc. I will have some for you to use as well.

·         Matt varnish and gloss varnish suitable for acrylic paints – can be done later so only bring if you have some.

   An ABSTRACT a DAY   with GAYE NIEUWENHOF

 

 

So, you think you can’t paint abstracts.

You can and will under gentle guidance.

Composition, colour and texture will be covered.

We will be using Acrylic paint along with Charcoal, ink and collaged elements.

 

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KIT COST $65 

 PLEASE BRING....

 A stretched canvas at least 60cm on one side.

1 sheet of heavy watercolour paper i.e. at least 350gsm.   I will bring some for purchase.

Good quality Acrylic paints: Warm and cool of each Red, Blue, Yellow + Black/White. Reds: Cadmium Red/Quinacridone Red, Blues: Pthalo Blue/Ultramarine Blue/Cerulean Blue if you have it, Yellows: Cadmium Yellow or Hansa Yellow.

Acrylic glazing medium.

Nylon flat brushes: One being at least 3cm wide but an assortment is good.

Acrylic Matt Medium.

Collage papers of your choice: These can be from magazines, wrapping paper or even your own hand printed papers. i.e. Jelly prints. (thin paper is better).

Spray bottle for water: Can be a recycled bottle with sprayer.

A stick of vine Charcoal.

Palette knife for mixing paint.

Palette – can be a plate or a disposable palette.

A notebook. Pencil/Pen.

Ink.

White Gesso.

Masking Tape  (any width).

 

I will have some additional supplies, just in case, so don’t worry if you can’t obtain any of the above.  Just let me know so I can accommodate.

  

  SILVER CLAY BEZEL, POLYMER CLAY INCLUSION with PAM ANNESLEY

 

Make a silver clay bezel with ease, add embellishments and fill with a polymer clay cabochon

 

 

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KIT COST: $60

INCLUDES:

 Polymer clay

PMC Flex clay 15grms

Use of tools 

 

PLEASE BRING:

 Silver clay tools

Work surface, cling wrap, baking paper

Roller, Blade, needle tools, scalpel

Small paint brush, small water container, Small amount of olive oil

Textures, cutters

Sanding papers 400 - 1200 grit

 

Polymer Clay Tools

 cutters, polymer clay canes (optional)

  

 OLD MAN LOOK AT MY LIFE...  with BRONWYN STUART

 
CLASS FULL

 
A collage of complimentary mediums to create a small decorative mirror – perhaps a reflection on life itself or the stage you are at.

 

 

We will be combining the use of Makins clay to create an old man’s face with the use of a mould and enhancing the image by draping Paverpoled fabric and applying Paverscrub to adorn the piece.

 ( Dragon not included)

 

 

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                                                  KIT COST $25

  INCLUDES :

Mirror base
Clay
Paverscrub
Paverpol
Gloves
Some tools

Fabric to embellish but please bring pieces for decoration that you would like to use

PLEASE BRING: 
Any decorative pieces you would like to use

 

 

 

BOXED BIRDS with LEX SORRENTINO


CLASS FULL

Create 5 bird heads using Makin's Clay, then cram them into a Box Frame. Paint in your fave colours.

(This piece will be small, Therefore easy to carry home ) 

 

 

KIT COST $38

INCLUDES:

500gm Makin's Cay
5 x Pairs of glass eyes 
Box Frame 


PLEASE BRING: 

 Sculpting tools
Craft Glue & Fave acrylic paints.... I will bring mine too

 

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SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER, 9am to 5.30pm

ART DOLL BUST with LINDA MISA .......... PART 2
 
 
 
 
 

 

SEE FRIDAY FOR DETAILS 

 

MICROWAVE KILN GLASS,  Christmas decorations and other fun stuff.  with JANICE LAURENT
This workshop will introduce you to the delights of 
Glass fusing in a microwave oven using a small microwave kiln and 
An ordinary everyday home microwave.
You can make all sorts of creations melting and fusing 
glass, from jewellery to bowls, wall hangings, sun catchers….. 
the list goes on.

 
CLASS FULL
 
In this workshop you will make a selection of Christmas
decorations while learning how to use a microwave kiln.
These small kilns are only good for small projects however are
the best way and an economical way to learn the basics of MWK
and fusing glass.
You will learn about glass COE and why it's important not
to mix certain glass together.
You will also get an understanding of how glass reacts depending
on its shape .

This is a fun workshop and you will be amazed at what you can create.

If time permits we will also make a couple of sets of earnings and maybe even a glass neck pendant.
 
 
 
 

   

KIT COST $ 55

Includes:

1 x small microwave kiln.

1 x pair of Cotton protective gloves

1 x hand glass cutter.

1 x glass file tool

A selection of glass

10 pieces of kiln paper

USB stick with a few additional projects to do at home 

 

 

PLEASE BRING: 

 Protective glasses, just plastic will do.

Face mask.

A ruler and black marking pen.

A small  tile for cutting your glass on or a cutting mat.

A small box  & bubble wrap to put your creations in.

 

 

Note:  if you do both days you will only have to buy one kit therefore I will only charge $18 for  the additional glass and fusing paper required for the Sunday workshop.

 

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BOOK MAKING, COVER To COVER  with PAM ANNESLEY


 CLASS FULL

 Make a hand sewn book - Cover to Cover

 Design and colour the cover with mixed media techniques, then make the leaves of the book and hand sew together using the ancient Coptic stitch.

 

 

KIT COST $10

INCLUDES: 

Linen thread, needles, handmade paper motifs.

 

PLEASE BRING:

 Two x A 4 sketch pads

Scissors

craft knife 

ruler

scalpel

awl

craft glue

paint brushes

acrylic paints 

 

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 SILVER CLAY PRAYER WHEEL with MELANIE DILDAY.

 

 

 

This focal pendant is a kinetic prayer wheel pendant (moves like the Tibetan prayer wheels) made from silver metal clay and pre-blended polymer clay.

You will learn to use silver metal clay to make the roof, base and stamped plaque of the pendant. You will then construct the pendant using the finished silver pieces and the pre-blended amber, turquoise and coral polymer clay The outside wheel turns like a real prayer wheel. I have all kinds of stamped quotes.

 

This can be a stand alone class but is also designed to include a second workshop in making the polymer clay faux amber, turquoise and coral beads and necklace. (Sunday's class)

 

KIT COST $65

Note: Those doing both days save $10 on materials ($100 total) 

Includes 15g PMC Flex silver clay $53

Pre-blended polymer clay

Misc materials such as silver clay paste, butane torch gas 5-10 cm fine silver or sterling silver wire 20 gauge, fine silver chain (I will supply)  

 

PLEASE BRING: 

 Pasta machine if you have one, if not, I have a few for people to use

 

Ceramic tile or tempered glass work surface. Large-ish i.e. around 30cm is best

 

Roller…Lucite roller or piece of poly pipe 10cm long or more.

 

Lucite or acrylic slab to roll beads (or an old plastic cd cover)

 

Tissue blade (if you have, I will have spare)

 

Needle tool or simply a large darning needle

 

Small paint brush firm short bristles (Needed to get into pin prick holes with amber paint on baked polymer clay)

 

Small pointed painting brush x2 (for silver clay paste and oil)

 

Alcohol based hand wipes and  paper towels

 

Cling wrap and baking paper

 

Knitting needle or similar smoothing tool

 

Ball stylus tools/carving tools/…or anything that can be used to indent tiny patterns into clay, I will provide some as well.

 

2 small jars cup sized or smaller (one with water, one with a couple tablespoon olive oil)

 

Wet/dry sandpaper 400grit, 800grit, 1200grit

 

Jewellery pliers and cutters if you have them, otherwise can borrow

 

2 large marbles 

 

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WOOD NYMPH WALL HANGING  with SARA FEENY-MARKS

 

In this workshop we will be playing with several mediums to create a lightweight Wood Nymph Wall Hanging to adorn your wall. 

 

 

  

 

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KIT COST $40

INCLUDES:

Canvas 30 x 40cm
 full blank mask
 hot glue sticks
 masking tape
 modelling paste
 crackle paste
 metal leaf
 varnish
 use of paints & moulds and other bits and bobs. 

 

PLEASE BRING:

Paintbrushes (various sizes)
 glue gun
heat tool
 palette knife and any other clay and texture tools. 

 Feel free to bring paints, moulds and any found objects or inclusions you’d like to use for your piece. 

 

SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER, 9am to 5.30pm
 CLASS FULL
 
POLYMER CLAY 

DOUBLE-D GODDESSES with WENDY MOORE

 We creators need to be Double D girls: Dreamers AND Doers.  This is a class for dreaming and doing.  Create your Double D icon, connect with your inner Carnivale queen and discover your Rio roots. Learn lots of polymer skills on the way.  I have always been fascinated by reliquaries, shrines and iconography and have discovered that this form of art exists in many different traditions and cultures. Making these icons is A LOT OF FUN and will give you a chance to combine creative expression with reflection about values, intentions and having fun!  In my case making these also helps me deal with my latent desire for bigger, perkier boobs.  

 We will NOT be making a face cane but each participant will receive a slice of one made expressly for this class.  If you have made your own face cane (say in my class a couple of years ago), do bring it along.  We will try to match skin colours.  I will be bring plenty of embellishment canes but this is a terrific project for using up butt ends of beloved canes if you have them.  Participants will receive extensive notes and my 40 Fantastic Canes Flow chart.

 

 For those among you who are partial to the Iris Apfel philosophy of jewellery and adornment,  I will bring, nay wear, my Double D goddess necklace.

Too much was certainly not enough. 

 


  

KIT COST $45


Includes....

 All clay and liquid clay required

Various purpose made canes

Slice of face cane

Bling and matchsticks

Extensive notes!

Templates

And, as I say each year, lots of other stuff I can't possibly think of, this far in advance!!

 

PLEASE BRING.... 

Pasta machine if you have one.

Canes you can use for embellishment (optional).

Any other tiny things you might like to adorn your icon with e.g. feathers. beads. buttons, fabric etc.

Roller

Paper towel

Tissue blade (optional) 

 

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 FABULOUS FAUX NECKLACE in Polymer Clay (amber, coral and turquoise) with MEL DILDAY 

 

 

 

 

 You'll learn to make the three favourite fauxs...amber, coral and turquoise...in polymer clay...in the shades you prefer (have recipes for different ones). These will be made into beads of all kinds.

You'll then string them all to create a stunning piece of meaningful, colourful jewellery. 

This can be a stand alone class but is also designed to include a second workshop in making the silver clay and polymer clay kinetic prayer wheel pendant. (Saturday's class)

KIT COST $45

Note: Those doing both days save $10 on materials ($100 total)

 

KIT COST  $45

Note: Those doing both days save $10 on materials ($100 total)

 

INCLUDES: 

1 x Sculpey Premo Cadmium Yellow  (56g) $3.85 

1 x Sculpey Premo Orange (56g) $3.85 

2 x Sculpey Premo Translucent/frost (56g) $3.85 ea 

1 x Sculpey Premo Wasabi (56g) $3.85 

1 x Sculpey Premo White (56g) $3.85 

1 x Sculpey Premo Turquoise (56g) $3.85 

1 x Sculpey Premo Cadmium Red (56g) $3.85

 

Misc materials such as paint, inks, varnish, liquid polymer clay, 5-10 cm fine silver or sterling silver wire 20 gauge, necklace wire, crimps,  misc filler beads, cord  etc (I will supply)   

 

 

PLEASE BRING: 

 Pasta machine if you have one, if not, I have a few for people to use

 Ceramic tile or tempered glass work surface. Large-ish i.e. around 30cm is best

 Roller…Lucite roller or piece of poly pipe 10cm long or more.

 Lucite or acrylic slab to roll beads (or an old plastic cd cover)

 Tissue blade (if you have, I will have spare)

 Needle tool or simply a large darning needle

 Small paint brush firm short bristles (Needed to get into pin prick holes with amber paint on baked polymer clay)

 Small pointed painting brush x2 (for silver clay paste and oil)

 Alcohol based hand wipes and  paper towels

 Cling wrap and baking paper

 Knitting needle or similar smoothing tool

 Ball stylus tools/carving tools/…or anything that can be used to indent tiny patterns into clay, I will provide some as well.

  Wet/dry sandpaper 400grit, 800grit, 1200grit

 Jewellery pliers and cutters if you have them, otherwise can borrow

 

Bring extra fillers beads or silver accent beads if you want, although not necessary.

  


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MICROWAVE KILN FUSED GLASS SUN CATCHER  with JANICE LAURENT

CLASS FULL

 

 

 This workshop is either a follow up of Saturdays workshop

Or a stand alone workshop.

 

You  will learn all the basics of glass COE, cutting, fusing and design.

Fuse small items into a larger piece

You will also learn how to cut glass into interesting shapes and add wire to enhance

your design.

In your small microwave kiln (included in your kit) you will melt several pieces of glass into interesting shapes  then using one of the “class larger kilns”  fuse your pieces together into your personalised sun catcher approx 15 x 20cm

This is the best way to try these larger more expensive kilns and to make they meet your expectations before you take that next step of purchasing one.

I will have details of where you can purchase larger kilns and some prices.

I will endeavour to have a couple of larger kilns for sale on the day and will

definitely have a selection of fusible glass. 

 

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 KIT COST $ 60

Includes:

 1 x small microwave kiln.

1 x pair of Cotten protective gloves

1 x hand glass cutter.

1 x glass file tool

A selection of glass pieces

10 pieces of kiln paper

USB stick with a few additional projects to do at home

 

PLEASE BRING: 

 Protective glasses, just plastic will do.

Face mask.

A ruler and black marking pen.

A small  tile for cutting your glass on or a cutting mat.

Either chain or  macrame strength cord to hang your sun catcher.

  

Note:  if you do both days you will only have to buy one kit ,therefore I will only charge $18 for  the additional glass and fusing paper required for this workshop.

 

 

 THE APPRECIATION OF NEUTRALS  with GAYE NIEUWENHOF

 

 

 

 

We will use humble materials such as calico, muslin, brown paper, magazine papers, charcoal, ink, coffee and tea staining, string, embroidery cotton and white ceiling paint to magic into being some organic tactile pieces.  These can be further deconstructed and reconstructed to realize your vision.

 

KIT COST $65

PLEASE BRING:  (Start collecting).

Calico at least 2 metres

Old muslin, lace etc.

Brown paper (if wrinkled all the better) magazine papers that you like, even dried leaves will work.

Bring any acrylic paint that you have.

Needles for stitching (variety), thread of your choice e.g. linen works great as done the cotton used in the kitchen for  tying,

tacky craft glue (Spotlight).

Brushes (what you have). 

I will bring the ceiling white (there will be plenty for everyone, so bring a container to take some home). 

Baby wipes, gloves if you like, scissors.  You might like to include some of your polymer clay beads. Finally bring your Imagination.

I will bring extra of everything. 

 

CLICK here to EMAIL Gaye 

HORSE with LEX SORRENTINO

 

CLASS FULL 

An Apoxie Clay Project incorporating a zipper and crystals. Use your imagination and maybe add a dragon tail and feet.... or leave it as a horse.

 

 


This pic shows the leather thong for the mane and tail
 

 

 

KIT COST with Fringing, Crystals and tiles $62

KIT COST Bringing your own Fringing (or leather thong), Crystals and tiles $45

Also
INCLUDES:
Wire frame
1lb Apoxie Sculpt
Zipper
 

PLEASE BRING: 

 Al. foil
Silver insulation tape
Sculpting tools
Small glass beads for fillers around the Crystals, max 4mm

If you opted to bring accessories then bring....

Fringing or Leather thong for mane & tail 
Crystals approx. 2 to 4 cm tall
Small tiles approx. 12mm square or smaller

 

If using the leather option, Leather thong used for Necklaces is perfect. 3 metres should be enough. 

  

 

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MONDAY 28th OCTOBER, 9am to 12 noon

POLYMER CLAY EAR RINGS to MATCH YOUR SHIRT with PAM ANNESLEY

 Using colour mixing, texture and cane techniques in polymer clay, make a slab of design features to match your garment.
 
 
 
 

  

KIT COST $25

INCLUDES: 

 Polymer clay and earring findings

 

PLEASE BRING:

 Colourful Shirt/Top or Dress

    Polymer Clay Tools 

          Cutters     

 

 

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MONOTYPE MAGIC with GAYE NIEUWENHOF

                      CLASS FULL 

 

 This class is for those new to printmaking and also more experienced print makers.  We will go outside and choose some vegetation to create wonderful mono types from a plastic plate and black ink.

 

KIT COST $ 25

 PLEASE BRING :

Notepad and pencil.

Some paper of your choice. E.g. Newsprint, cartridge, handmade paper, watercolour paper. 

Any or all of these, just what you have. 

I will provide you with 2 plastic plates and bring rollers and ink.

 

 

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 BOWLED OVER.... Big Colour, Tiny Size    POLYMER CANED BOWL with MEL DILDAY

 
          CLASS FULL

 

 Don't be fooled by the photo. This cute polymer clay millefiori bowl is tiny, only about 4cm with a 2cm lid. Suitable for beginners and fun for the more experienced. You will learn to make a skinner blend and reduce to a plug. Note how the blend goes from side to side, not the usual bullseye blend. Then you will add the layers, reduce and shape...and da daa, you have a cane! Finally, you will learn how construct this bowl and lid using your cane slices.

 

KIT COST $21 with moulds

         $16.00 without moulds (You can use them and just leave them with me)

INCLUDES:

1 x Sculpey Premo  your choice  (56g) $3.85

1 x Sculpey Premo your choice  (56g) $3.85

1 x Sculpey Premo black (56g) $3.85

1 x Sculpey Premo white (56g) $3.85

3 aluminium round soap ball moulds 2, 2 ½ and 3cm (total 6 pieces)  $5.00 (optional) 

 

PLEASE BRING: 

Pasta machine if you have one, if not, I have a few for people to use

Ceramic tile or tempered glass work surface. Large-ish i.e. around 30cm is best

Roller…Lucite roller or piece of poly pipe 10cm long or more.

Tissue blade (if you have, I will have spare)

Needle tool or simply a large darning needle

Alcohol based hand wipes

Paper towels

Baking paper

Knitting needle (thick) or similar smoothing tool

Wet/dry sandpaper 400grit, 800grit, 1200grit

Shallow dish for water when sanding

Important. Please let me know what two colours you want to use for your blend. Make sure the two colours can blend, not turn to mud in the middle. If you don’t know, no probs, email me. 

 

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