Random Weave Baskets

Random Weave Baskets with

Sunday, November 15th, 2020, 10:00am - 3:30pm

Spend the day learning to use locally sourced plant material and cane to create visually stunning and functional baskets. Students will learn the basic skills of the random weave technique to make their own unique basket. A guide to what plants to use and how to harvest and prepare these plants will be given.

This workshop is suitable for the beginner and an excellent way to explore your own creativity. Trudi will guide you through each step in a relaxed and friendly environment so that each person will take home their own unique and gorgeous basket.

Students will need: secateurs, bucket, wear closed in shoes, old clothes or apron.

Cost: $100 includes materials.

Please note: Because of Covid-19 considerations, lunch will NOT be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Arrangements can be made to pre-order from the local cafe/ takeaway if you wish.

Places are strictly limited to allow social distancing. Please do not attend the workshop if you are unwell. Temperature checks will be done on arrival.

 

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Shibori Dyeing Workshop

Shibori Dyeing Workshop with

Saturday, October 24th, 2020, 10:00am - 3:30pm

Explore shibori techniques to create your own beautiful pieces in this face to face workshop.

Shibori dyeing is a way of making patterns on fabric by exposing only some portions of the fabric to dye. Tie, pinch, fold, concertina, clamp and stitch your fabric then dye it.

This workshop is a great opportunity to enjoy handmade processes and have fun learning how to continue these traditional crafts.

Feel free to bring anything smallish that you want to dye – preferably silk.

Cost: $100 includes material fee

Please bring your own lunch (there is a fridge but no re-heating facility). Food may be pre-ordered from the local Cafe or Take-away.

Please do not attend the workshop if you are feeling unwell. Temperature checks will be done on arrival. Social distancing measures will be in place. Please bring a mask.

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Coiled Basket Workshop

Coiled Basket Workshop with

Saturday, August 29th, 2020, 10:00am - 3:30pm

In this workshop participants will learn how to make a small coiled basket that is both functional and visually appealing and, at the same time, discover the joy basketry brings and the sense of calmness it creates.

Participants will learn the basics of coiled basketry with raffia, including – how to start, form and finish a basket.

Trudi will guide you through each step in a relaxed and friendly environment so that each person will be confident in the process of making a basket. Notes will be provided.

Cost: $100 includes materials. Please note: Because of Covid-19 considerations, lunch will NOT be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Arrangements can be made to pre-order from the local cafe/ takeaway if you wish.

Places are strictly limited to allow social distancing. Please do not attend the workshop if you are unwell. Temperature checks will be done on arrival.

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Mosaics

Mosaics with

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, 10:00am - 3:00pm

In this full day workshop, you can decorate a plant pot with coloured mosaics or make a tiled wall plaque.

Because of the tools and equipment used this workshop is only suitable for ages 10 years+.

Enclosed footwear MUST be worn.

Cost: $100 includes all materials. Bring your own lunch.

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Music & Drawing Evening

Music & Drawing Evening

Friday, November 1st, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for an evening of life drawing and music combined as part of the Lake Macquarie Open Studios Trail weekend.

You are invited to come along, choose some drawing materials, enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the music as you draw the musician. Leslie will be on hand to give tuition and advice as needed. At the end of the evening, take home your drawings and impress your friends!

This fun night is suitable for all skill levels from beginners to experienced artists.

Cost: $15 at the door includes the use of drawing materials and wine & nibbles.

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Oil Painting Basics Workshop

Oil Painting Basics Workshop with

Saturday, October 19th, 2019, 10:00am - 3:30pm

This introduction to oil painting workshop is suitable for beginners or those with limited experience using oil paint.

Participants will be guided through basic surface preparation, mediums, paint mixing and application and give guidance with clean-up and safe material usage.

Students can work from sketches created in the previous ‘Developing Imagery’ workshop, or bring along printed landscape images that you might like to use (please do not try and work from devices).

Cost: A. Bring your own materials ( list supplied on request) $100

B. All material for use in the workshop supplied $130

Lunch is included for both option A. and B. Please advise Leslie of any dietary requirements when you book.

A deposit of $50 will secure your place. The deposit is not refundable for cancellation made less than one week before the event.

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Developing Imagery

Developing Imagery with

Saturday, August 10th, 2019, 10:00am - 3:30pm

Join John Morris for this one day workshop to get you moving!

Well known for his ability to inspire and challenge his students, in this workshop John will encourage participants to leave what they already know at the door and playfully develop new imagery and launch into new directions.

Lunch will be provided, so please advise Leslie of any dietary requirements.

Material list available on booking.

Cost: $100

Your place in the workshop will be secured  with the payment of a $50 deposit by 21/7/19. Full payment is required by 4/8/19. There will be no refund of deposit for cancellations after 4/8/19. Please contact Leslie (0419471660) for payment options.

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‘In 2 Places’ exhibition: 16th – 25th August

‘In 2 Places’ exhibition: 16th – 25th August with

Please join us for  ‘In 2 Places’, an exhibition of paintings by Leslie Duffin held concurrently over two locations: Finite Gallery and The Creator Incubator Gallery.

As the Owner and Director of Finite Gallery, Leslie can be found in the gallery each weekend and through the week teaching the children’s after school art classes. On the days she is not at the gallery, she is working artist in her studio at The Creator Incubator. These two aspects of her life are being reflected by holding exhibitions concurrently at the two locations.

The subjects for the exhibitions are plants from her garden which have come to her as gifts and cuttings. The plants have lived on far longer than the occasion for giving and in some cases, hold memories of friends and family that have passed. There is a link between present and past – between two people – a sharing which transcends time and place. A simple gift can translate to something much more.

Opening events will be held at the two locations:-

The Creator Incubator Gallery: 6 – 8pm, Friday 16th August

Finite Gallery: 2 – 4pm, Saturday 17th August.

Please join Leslie for these two events – everyone is welcome!

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Sunrise Photography

Sunrise Photography with

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, 6:00am - 11:30am

This will be a practical workshop with hands on landscape shooting at two locations.

The workshop will begin at the first location with a quick introduction regarding camera settings. To get the best light, images will be taken right away. The instructor will be available to assist and help fine tune settings as needed.

When  this session raps up, the students will return to the gallery for  breakfast and a discussion and review of the images. We will cover more material regarding exposure and composition.

After the review, the workshop will continue at a second location. This will allow participants to shoot incorporating what they’ve learned from the first shoot and image review.

There will be another image review and discussion before wrapping up the workshop.

Bring your camera and , if you think that you might have any questions about operating your camera, please bring the camera manual (pdf is fine). If you have a tripod, please bring it.

Cost: $110 includes an SD card to keep, breakfast and morning tea. Please advise Leslie of any dietary requirements.

This workshop will include some walking across sand to the locations.

Booking is essential.

Your place in the workshop will be secured  with the payment of a $50 deposit by 2/6/19. Full payment is required by 16/6/19. There will be no refund of deposit for cancellations after 16/6/19. Please contact Leslie (0419471660) for payment options.

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