CONTEMPORARY CRAFT RETREAT

Metal clay, Polymer clay, Air Dry Clay,
Paverpol, Doll Art & Mixed Media.
OCTOBER 26th to 29th, 2018
Greenhills Conference Centre
Cotter Road, Canberra, Australia

WEEKEND PROGRAMME for 2019

See "TIMETABLE and CLASS INFO" for more class Information 

FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER, 1.30pm to 5.30pm and 7 to 9pm

 

ART DOLL BUST

PART #1

with

LINDA MISA
 
 

 

This is a full, busy 2-day workshop.

You will be working with a beautiful airdry clay to create an artdoll bust. We start with one of my pre-sculpted face masks and learn how to turn this into a fully sculpted bust. Working with texture and mark making tools, learning how we can incorporate pattern into the design and how to make your piece well balanced. The use of colour and how it affects your design are also topics we will talk about as we play with the clay.

I love to work with each student to achieve the look they are after – if you have an idea of what you would like your finished piece to look like, I will do my best to help you achieve it. These are whimsical pieces so there are no rules as to what they can be like. Time will be our only enemy! I aim to complete but I know that sometimes things will get finished at home.

 I will provide a sculpted face, clay plus a body form in your kit fee. ($30.00) 

POLYMER        CLAY

      and  

SILVER         CLAY

with

PAM ANNESLEY  

 

 


 

An ABSTRACT in 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. 

OLD MAN LOOK at my LIFE....

 with
 
BRONWYN STUART
 

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. 

 


BOXED BIRDS

A Makin's Clay Project  

with

 LEX SORRENTINO 

 

 

pic coming soon 

 

A simple, but effective project using Makin's Clay.                 

Create several varieties of birds, paint them, then cram them into a boxed frame to make a great wall feature.

 

SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER, 9am to 5.30pm

 

 ART DOLL BUST
 
PART #2

with

LINDA MISA 

 

You will be working with a beautiful airdry clay to create an artdoll bust. We start with one of my pre-sculpted face masks and learn how to turn this into a fully sculpted bust. Working with texture and mark making tools, learning how we can incorporate pattern into the design and how to make your piece well balanced. The use of colour and how it affects your design are also topics we will talk about as we play with the clay.

I love to work with each student to achieve the look they are after – if you have an idea of what you would like your finished piece to look like, I will do my best to help you achieve it. These are whimsical pieces so there are no rules as to what they can be like. Time will be our only enemy! I aim to complete but I know that sometimes things will get finished at home. 

MICROWAVE KILN  GLASS 

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.
During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s
and get to play.
A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics 
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 
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.
During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s
and get to play.
A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics 
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 
Projects to help you get started.
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.
During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s
and get to play.
A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics 
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 
Projects to help you get started.
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.
During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s
and get to play.
A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics 
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 
Projects to help you get started.
This workshop will introduce you to the delights of 
Glass fusing in a microwave oven using a small microwave kiln and 

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 etc. During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s and get to play. A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics you can continue your learning at home. Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other projects to help you get started.

Projects to help you get started.
      Warning !!! this hobby is addictive !!
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 
Projects to help you get starte
and get to play.
glass, from jewellery to bowls, wall hangings, sun catchers….. 
the list goes on.
During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s
and get to play.
A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics 
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 
Projects to help you get started.
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.
During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s
and get to play.
A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics 
you can continue your learning at home.
Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other 

 

Projects to help you get started.

WARNING ……this hobby is addictive 

COVER to COVER

Create a Hand Sewn Book  

 with

PAM ANNESLEY

 

 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. 

POLYMER CLAY and SILVER CLAY

PART #1 

 with

 MELANIE DILDAY 


WOOD NYMPH

WALL HANGING

 with

SARA FEENY-MARKS

 

 

SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER, 9am to 5.30pm

 POLYMER CLAY

DOUBLE "D" ICONS 

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 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.

  

 


 MICROWAVE
KILN
 GLASS

with

JANICE LAURENT 


This second glass workshop is similar to Saturdays workshop. If you choose to do both workshops you may create something different in each.

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 etc. During this 1 day workshop you learn the difference between glass COE’s and get to play. A small kiln is included in your kit cost so once you have the basics you can continue your learning at home. Also included in your kit will be a USB stick with a couple of other projects to help you get started.

Projects to help you get started.

      Warning !!! this hobby is addictive !! 

POLYMER CLAY and SILVER CLAY 

 PART #2

with

 MELANIE DILDAY 

 HORSE/DRAGON
An Apoxie Sculpt Project

with

LEX SORRENTINO 

pic coming soon 

 

 

Create a stylised horse, learn how to add a zipper and crystals into the clay.

 

Use your imagination and maybe add a dragon tail and feet.... or leave it as a horse.

Cant wait to see your ideas!!


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. 

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. 

with

MEL DILDAY


 MONOTYPE MAGIC

with

GAYE NIEUWENHOF 

  

 

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.