CONTEMPORARY CRAFT RETREAT

Metal clay, Polymer clay,               
Air Dry clay,Paverpol,                    
Doll Art & Mixed Media.                 
 
 OCTOBER 22nd to 25th, 2021       

 Greenhills Conference Centre       
 Cotter Road, Canberra, Australia

WORKSHOP DETAILS

FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER  1.30 to 5.30 & 7 to 9pm


POLYMER CLAY VENEER BOOKLET  with Pam Annesley

Explore making unique polymer clay veneers which are then constructed into several two sided triangle veneers, these are sewn together to form - a book or a puzzle or a coffee table focal piece.



KIT DETAILS:-

Kit $20

which includes:-


4 x 57grms Polymer clay, needle, threads, wax



PLEASE BRING:-

Scrap clay (approx. 100gm)

Polymer clay tools

pasta machine

ruler

paper

scissors

Posca paint pen 1mm - white & black (Officeworks) optional



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QUIRKY BIRD with Linda Misa























This is a 1-day class to sculpt a whimsical bird with a human face. You will learn about clay sculpting, mold/texture plates use, building a base 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, then attach to a bird body you have made and patterned. It is a layered approach right the through to the painting and lots of fun to do.

You will end up with your own unique Quirky Bird and skills to develop your own ideas later.






KIT DETAILS:-

$40 class materials fee includes

  • Air dry clay
  • 1 face mask
  • Styrofoam form.
  • 16-gauge tie wire
  • Clay sculpting tools will be available to use – small shaping and cutting type
  • Clay preparation medium
  • Seed pods
  • Metallic specialty paints
  • I will have some Texture plates/molds suitable for clay for students to use.


PLEASE BRING:-

  • White craft glue – PVA (like Aleen’s Tacky glue)
  • Small roll of aluminium foil
  • Small retractable cutting blade
  • Basic Clay sculpting tools including rolling pin
  • Very fine finishing grade sandpapers or sanding sticks (nail files will work)
  • Acrylic paint – artist quality paints please if you can. Set of primary colours (Red, Yellow, blue) plus black and white and a skin tone (Jo Sonya skin tone base)
  • Very small fine round tip paintbrush (size 0 or 00), size 2 round, Size 6 and 12 flat paintbrushes (approximately as a size guide.)
  • Water container
  • Any adornments/embellishments like beads, charms/jewellery you might like to add.
  • 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.




METAL CLAY and ENAMEL NECKLACE
with Sara Feeny Marks



This year we’ll be creating a fabulous necklace and earring set using mixed media; copper metal clay, enamels and some makins clay beads (along with some fabulous paints, guilders paste and UV resin).  






KIT DETAILS:-

COST :- $70

Which includes:-

Copper Metal Clay 
 Enamelling Powder (Choice of colours)
Makin's Clay 
 Findings and Chain
Cling Wrap
 Sanding Papers


PLEASE BRING:-

* Paint Brushes (fine)

* Paint mixing palette or small pots ( small lids will do)

* Burnisher (straight & curved).... Available from Jen at www.metalclay.com.au

* Jewellery Tools ( Round nosed pliers, Chain Nosed pliers, Bent nosed pliers , side cutters) , I will have a couple of sets available.

* Small cookie/clay cutters ( I have lots, or bring your own).

* Cutting Mat ( not essential, but good if you have one. I will have a couple to share

 * Teflon or Silpat non-stick sheet ( I have a couple to share)

* Small wire brush available at Bunnings, Josco 3 piece Hand Wire Brush Kit.

 * Texture mats or stamps (I have lots.... or bring your own).










GLASS ENAMEL NECK PENDANT  with Janice Laurent

This is a great workshop to get your creative juices flowing for the rest of the weekend.

This is for those who have done the previous microwave glass workshop.

You will be using float glass this time (window glass). Different to fusing glass , It is cheaper and a harder glass but cannot be mixed with other glass or frit.

In this workshop You will paint and bake 2 pendants and

If time permits we will finish them completely ready to wear.

The enamel paint you will be using starts as a powder and is mixed and when baked gives a tin like finish.

It is fabulous for jewellery amongst other things but jewellery is the best way to learn how to use it.

I will have a selection of enamel painted items to give you some great ideas for its future use.






KIT DETAILS :-


Your kit cost is $20 and will include.

Glass enamel powders and fluid mix

Selection of float Glass shapes

Findings , beads , chain and cord for 2 pendants.

Class notes.



What to bring.

Jewellery making tools such as pliers only if you have them.


That's it….. I will supply the kilns for class use.

If I can get them I will have a couple of kilns for sale at the retreat.


Just a finishing note.

The heart pattern is just one of many styles you can achieve

It is a simple style and easy to do however I will have Many ideas on the day if hearts are not your thing.


If you have any queries please click on Janice’s EMAIL in TIMETABLE.




SATURDAY 23rd OCTOBER     9am to 5.30pm

TWO PLACES LEFT
BIRDS of a FEATHER with Linda Misa

This is a 1-day class to make a small bird or 2 on a creative upcycled base. You will learn about clay sculpting, mold/texture plates use, building a base form, balance and capturing a sense of an expression.

Your bird can be as real as you like or just out of your imagination. Please bring images either printed or on your phone if you have a particular bird you want to create.

If you are totally new to air dry clay, that is fine, this clay is wonderful to work with regardless of your level of practice.

This form of sculpture is a very layered approach, right the through to the painting and lots of fun to do. You will end up with your own unique sculpture and skills to develop your own ideas later.






BLEACH and ACRYLICS with Michelle De Groot

Painting and Bleaching



COS CLAY PLAY with Lex Sorrentino

I have not been able to get the Cosclay in colours as yet.... I will add a pic ASAP.


The Workshop consists of.....

Sculpting a bust of an animal/ dragon/ elf using a skinner blend of CosClay colours. We will then create a pattern, cut and add fur then paint as needed to complete.




Because we need to fit the finished piece in the oven we will keep the size to approx. 10cm high and 12cm wide



            

KIT DETAILS:-

$30 class materials fee includes

  • Air dry clay
  • Styrofoam form.
  • 16-gauge tie wire
  • Clay sculpting tools will be available to use – small shaping and cutting type
  • Clay preparation medium
  • Texture plates/molds suitable for clay for students to use.


PLEASE BRING:-

  • White craft glue – PVA (like Aleen’s Tacky glue)
  • Images of any specific bird you want to make – or just your imagination!
  • Some form of a sturdy base to attach your bird to – eg, rusty metal pegs, wooden blocks, ceramic ball. If the item can be drilled into, have wire wrapped around or inserted into it – anything could work. Upcycling/recycling is what I am thinking!
  • Small roll of aluminium foil
  • Small retractable cutting blade
  • Basic Clay sculpting tools, including rolling pin
  • Acrylic paint – artist quality paints please if you can. Set of primary colours (Red, Yellow, blue) plus black and white.
  • Very small fine round tip paintbrush (size 0 or 00), size 2 round, Size 6 and 12 flat paintbrushes (approximately as a size guide.)
  • Water container
  • Texture plates/molds suitable for clay or any mark making tools 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.













 KIT DETAILS :-

COST $15   Pay on the day !!

Square of cotton fabric x 2
Wadding square
Pattern for class
Resist and Bleach

Use of teachers paints


PLEASE BRING:-

Pencil, notepad, eraser
Gloves

Hairdryer



                                 

                                   





KIT DETAILS:-


COST : TBA


which includes:-

CosClay

Eyes

Tubing

Metal base plate and rod

Fur

Paint

Glue


PLEASE BRING:-

Al. foil

Sculpting tools

Pasta Machine ( if you have one )

Fur ..... if you have a fave you would like to use








CREATING FLOWER CUTTERS plus Pastels on Polymer Clay

 

You'll have fun with layering pan pastels and using silk screens and stencils to make pendants or earrings or brooches. You will also learn to make your own flower cutters to use and take home with you. Findings for jewellery pieces (ie ear hooks, brooch backs and screw eye pins) are included. If you like to crochet or want to learn how, please bring your favourite thread and your own crochet hook (size 8 or 10 or 12) and beads with holes large enough to take your thread. You might not get time to crotchet much in the class, but enough to start you on your way. Otherwise, there will also be cord and some hooks to use available.





PAVERPOL with Bronny Stuart
( PAVERPOL AUSTRALIA)

Add a dash of Paverpol

Paverpol is a versatile non-toxic product used as a stand-alone art product as well as an enhancement for other mediums.

Come and try this simple sculpture and see how Paverpol might be useful for your art works.

We will be making a frame from polystyrene, skewers, wire and aluminium foil. 

To give our sculptures some life we fashion a face out of Apoxie sculpt clay using a mold and to adorn our creations we can use fabric and found organic or inorganic objects to create an individual sculpture.




Students work can be as minimalist or detailed as desired



KIT DETAILS :-

COST :- $22

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 and paper towels


Cling wrap and baking paper


Large knitting needle or similar smoothing tool


Wet dry sandpaper 400 grit, 800 grit


Jewellery pliers if you have them, otherwise can borrow





KIT DETAILS :-

COST $20

More detail soon


SUNDAY 24th OCTOBER, 9am to 5.30pm



SILK SCARF PAINTING with Michelle De Groot

Painting silk.





POLYMER CLAY 
PASTELS, PENS, PRESSING & POLYMER
with Wendy Moore

Creating and using beautiful veneers combining colour and texture.


In this class we will use Pan Pastels and all sorts of surprising and delightful mark makers to create a range of unique, personalised veneers. We will learn how to use these veneers to create a stunning magnetic backed brooch/ clasp or brooch duo. This is a very freeing and enjoyable class with lots of scope for exploration and discovery. I will provide all that you need but if you have favourite texture tools, bring them along. And we all know that favourite texture tools might just mean a much loved rock or button or stick or teaspoon end....





KIT DETAILS :-

COST $25   Pay on the day !!!


Includes:-


 Silk Scarf

 Resist

Pattern for the class supplied

Use of teachers silk paints



PLEASE BRING :-

 Hair Dryer


                                         































KIT DETAILS :-

KIT PRICE $35


WHICH INCLUDES.....

 magnet backs

 clay 

 access to cutters, tools, pastels and everything you need to create two brooches. And maybe a pair of earrings!! 




PLEASE BRING:-

Wendy will provide all sorts of surprising bits and pieces to make patterns and marks but if you have favourite texture makers...like your special piece of bark or a beloved button...bring it along. 


Apart from that and a spirit of exploration and discovery you don’t need to bring anything! 







MERMAID, Sculpting in Apoxie Sculpt and Makin's Clay

with Lex Sorrentino

Learn to sculpt a face and torso using Apoxie Sculpt, then dress the figure using Makins Clay. 

(A face mould will be available if you prefer to use one).


With Apoxie Sculpt you achieve amazing detail and Makins Clay has flexibility so you can "go to town" with your creativity.



 

PLEASE NOTE: It is likely a full body will not be completed in this workshop, 

but its easy to create a tail !!    



(I will run a sculpting Workshop on the Tuesday after the Retreat if you wish to complete your Mermaid).


NB: Sculpture in pic is not yet painted.... you will paint yours at home!!!




KIT DETAILS:-



 FULL BODY  (head to tail)     $68

Which Includes:-
*1lb Apoxie Sculpt $45

*250gm Makins Clay $12.50
* Wire
*Rod 
*Wooden Base/ weights
Glad wrap
Saucer and sponge provided

You may need to purchase more Makins Clay, it depends on the dressing and tail decoration you choose to create. (Available on the day if needed.)



PLEASE BRING:-
Sculpting tools (if you have them)
An extruder (if you have one)
Wipes
Pasta Machine ( if you have one .... for Makins Clay)
....... or Roller
 Al. foil
 Small Scissors
Scalpel










METAL CLAY,
 Seashore Inspirations with GOLD ACCENTS
with Pam Annesley
















Come and make your own solid silver jewellery inspired by the seashore in this fun and informal workshop. We will be using natural forms such as found shells, leaves and flowers to make moulds and texture the silver clay. The silver pieces can be earrings, pendants or bracelet charms.


We will make reusable moulds and create texture mats using shells, plants and leaves.
Then use the moulds and textures to create a pendant, earrings or some charms.

We will add 22 carat gold accents to the fired silver pieces for an extra highlighted finish.





KIT DETAILS:-


COST: $70

 which includes:-
 Embeddable findings
Silicon Moulding Compound
15gm PMC Flex
Aura 22 paste

PLEASE BRING:-
Silver Clay Tools
Small textures
 Shells



GREEN MAN WALL PLAQUE in Air Dry Clay

with Bobbi Oliver

Come join Bobbi and make this Greenman plaque.  20x15cm

Working with air dry clay over an armature, Bobbi will work with you to create the male facial anatomy using the classical sculpting rules thumb technique and help you explore the versatile medium of air dry clays.

Bring your favourite sculpting tools or Bobbi will have tools you can borrow. Everything will be supplied that you need to complete this piece. You may need to take home to paint as drying completely might not be achieved. It will firm up enough to transport though.














A bit of history about Greenman.

An An enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history.  Permeating various religious faiths and cultures, the Green Man has survived countless transformations and cultural diversities, enduring in the same relative physical form to this day.  Although specifics about his beginnings and his worship are not fully known, due in large part to how far back and to what initial cultures he can be traced to, it is a testament to the widespread reach of his character that he is still remembered and worshipped to this day. 

The Green Man is most highly believed to have begun as a pre-Christian entity, a spirit of nature personified as a man.  His earliest images have been dated long before the coming of the Christian religion, depictions dating back before the days of the Roman Empire.  However, it is with the coming of the empire that his images are noted as spanning religions, as he has been found both within the empire and at its borders, and then similar versions in other far reaching cultures such as India. Despite the range in locations of artifacts of the Green Man, he is most often associated with the society of the Celts, sequestered particularly in today's Britain and France, because of the high number of images found in these regions and the stylized way in which he has been portrayed.  enigma spanning thousands of years, the Green Man is a symbol of mysterious origin and history.  








KIT DETAILS :-

COST: $50

Includes complete instructions on how to form your armature for future relief sculptures.



MONDAY 25th October, 9am to 12 noon

TRANSFER MAGIC VASE and INCENSE HOLDER,   POLYMER CLAY
with Melanie Dilday

You'll learn to use magic transfer paper on polymer clay and create a small vase and also an incense holder. Small aluminium bowl for incense and some cone incense included in the material costs.

I will have plenty of graphics already printed but if you want a particular graphic, please send it to me and I will print it and bring with me......


KIT DETAILS :-


 COST:  $20


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


Alcohol based hand wipes and paper towels


Cling wrap and baking paper


Thick knitting needle or similar smoothing tool


Wet/dry sandpaper 400grit, 800grit


Jewellery pliers if you have them, otherwise can borrow







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GIN BOTTLE ART
with Janice Laurent

It has to start somewhere and earrings and pendant are are perfect place to start your Gin Bottle Passion.

Other than the gin just tasting good the bottle is so pretty especially once it is fused. Gin bottle art is becoming a real art in itself and many glass artists are using it.

In this 3 hour workshop you will definitely make a pair of earings and then if time permits a simple pendant.

You will learn how to cut the bottle, cut and shape the glass and fire it in a microwave kiln.


This workshop is designed for a beginner but if you have done any of my workshops previously you still might get something from this.


You can do so much with recycled glass as I will demonstrate just what can be achieved. It is not an expensive art if you have access to the bottles. This can be just the start of something bigger and better.

The sky's the limit with any recycled glass once you know the basics.










KIT DETAILS:-

COST: $10  (Sign up now and Pay on the Day)

Kit includes everything
 No need to bring a thing!!

If any questions please click EMAIL


XMAS CRACKER & STICKY NOTE BOOK with Jane Lambert   
                           KIT DETAILS:-

Come join Jane and make these great little gifts!
Your kit will include every thing you need to make one of these beautiful reusable Christmas Crackers. You fill with all your own treats for a unique Christmas lunch gift for your guests.....  or the Christmas cracker can be used as a table decoration. 

It’s made with a combination of paper, fabric and Christmas embellishments. 

This little book has a sticky note pad inside and can be refilled. It’s a great stocking filler or just a nice gift for someone special.

This workshop will supply all you need in your kit  to create one of each of these projects, with full printed instruction.

                         COST : $20.00 sign up and pay on the day!


                         This workshop will supply all you need in your kit  

                         to create one of each of these projects, 

                         with full printed instruction. 


                              Please bring a pair of scissors if you can! 



POLYMER KALEIDOSCOPE CANES   with Pam Annesley
                                                               KIT DETAILS:-



Using skinner blends and easy canes explore the possibilities making a polymer clay cane that can easily be made into a variety of kaleidoscope pendants or veneers.


COST: $20

4 x 57grms Polymer clay


PLEASE BRING:

Polymer clay tools, pasta machine.