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Workshops for adults

by beth sorensen

Open Studio

Enjoy the run of your very own studio space each Wednesday, with sessions run by artist Patrice Wills suitable for beginners through to seasoned artists.

Connect with other local creatives, try out new skills and develop your existing artistic skills in a supportive group environment open to everyone.

Workshop facilitator Patrice Wills has several decades experience as a working visual artist, teacher and community support officer, with a focus on evocative, emotionally rich portraits and landscapes.

Experience what it’s like to work in a lively, collaborative studio space, learning from your fellow artists and experimenting with new forms.


Cost: $15
Facilitator: Patrice Wills
Age: Adults and young people
Dates and times:
Wednesdays, 21 April – 23 June
10.30 am to 1.00 pm

All About Drawing

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw? Do you love playing around with drawing and would like to upskill?

Drawing is the basis from which we start all artworks and this workshop will have you feeling confident and inspired! This is the perfect course for the complete beginner who is wanting a structured, results guaranteed session in a relaxed easy to follow environment.

In this workshop, you will learn the foundational techniques and methods to establish a comprehensive drawing practice. This class is perfect for the complete beginner or as a refresher. Drawing is the most important skill in artmaking as it is the essence of all visual mediums. All exercises are designed to strengthen your “mind-eye-hand” connection to allow you to draw what is really there, not what you think. 

Starting the session you will be introduced to the history, methods and exercises used to construct effective drawings. With a focus on drawing from life, learn key observational, proportional, tonal and spatial techniques. Follow an easy step-by-step approach with a perfect balance between theory and practical.

Learning the foundational methods and techniques is how you will build confidence in composing scenes, choosing subjects and creating finished artworks.

With these skills, you will be able to skilfully create drawing both from your imagination and from observing the world around you.

All materials are provided, these include:
– A3 artist-grade drawing paper
– Drawing tools
– Theory booklet

Cost: $25 per session
Facilitator: Teresa Small
Age: 16+
Dates and times:
Thursdays, 6 May – 24 June
10.30 am to 1.00 pm

NAIDOC Week | Darug designs printing workshop

In this special workshop, Darug artist-educators Leanne Watson and Erin Wilkins will be joining artist Hayley Coghlan to yarn and screen-print Bundeluk Watson’s sun print which is featured in our current exhibition, Songlines and Sightlines – Colouring in Blacktown.

Bundeluk Watson left a legacy of shared Darug culture and stories including beautiful artwork and screen-printed designs. The son of Aunty Edna Watson and Allan Watson, he was a Darug artist and an educator who grew up in western Sydney and spent many years protecting Darug country. Bundeluk started painting with his mother and Aunty and continued to paint for many years travelling all over the world sharing Darug knowledge and culture. Leanne Watson and Erin Wilkins are proud Darug women, artists and educators, and continue the important work of sharing knowledge and culture.

This workshop is a special opportunity for a few participants to learn basic screen-printing skills and listen to stories of local First Nations culture and history. Participants are invited to bring along something they would like to print on or they can print on paper provided by the Arts Centre. All other materials are provided.

Cost: $40 per person
Facilitators: Hayley Coghlan, Leanne Watson and Erin Wilkins
Age: 16+ unless with a parent/carer
Dates and times:
Friday 9 July, 11 am – 1 pm