Monthly Archives: December 2013

Creative summer days…

Hello everyone,

now that you’ve cooked on the beach, read The book and listened to The CD five times… are you ready for some fun and creativity… yes? then we have 3 workshops to choose from… one strictly for younger creatives (7 to 12) and two open to all including of course younger (and motivated) artists-to-be…

Wednesday 15th January

A Klimt cat, a spotty dog or a wise owl…which animal will you paint?

Kids workshjpp10am till 1pm – Tuition + a healthy morning tea + all materials  = $35

Using a mixed media approach your child will have fun making a beautiful piece of art that the whole family will cherish!

Experienced teacher Turiya Bruce will gently guide and inspire your budding artist to explore and play with fine art techniques over an easy 3 hour session.

Places limited to 10 children ages 7- 12.


Sunday 19th January (fully booked) & Sunday 23rd February

Gelli Plates + Open Acrylics = Monotype Magic

With Golden Artist Educator Turiya Bruce


 10am till 4 pm – $120

A day of exploring the unlimited fun and beauty with the latest innovation of Monotyping: the Gelli plate.

Based on the original gelatine plate and hectograph this flexible plate will constantly surprise and mesmerise with its unique capabilities. The sensitivity of the plate is such that it gives optimal paint release onto paper without the need of a press.

Stencilling and layers of acrylic paint will engage and inspire you , as Turiya guides and demonstrates many facets  of this delightful form of artist printing.

As a participant you will have the use of a Gelli plate and a limited range of Golden Open acrylics with which to make your own monotypes. It is also advised to bring a selection of your own favourite acrylic paints and acrylic inks, stencils and soft found natural objects that you can use to impress upon the plate. Bring paper too if you have some… however other paints or products are available from the art shop to purchase.

BYO lunch to share, morning tea provided.

Places limited to 8 participants.


Thursday 23rd January (fully booked) & Wednesday 29th January

the Secrets of Creativity, the secrets I wish I had known 25 years ago

with Zom Osborne


10am till 4.30pm – $95

In this workshop I will share the secrets of creativity that I have learned from 23 years as a practicing artist. From complete beginners who want to explore their creativity to experienced creatives feeling stuck or wanting to expand, these secrets are for everyone.

“I share how creativity works, how to call in inspiration, what slows creativity and what stops it completely. I call it ‘the Secrets of Creativity’ because much of what I reveal is counter to how we have been taught to do things. My creativity expanded exponentially since I discovered these ‘rules’.”

This is an experiential workshop, there will be lots of doing and experiencing and play. No need to know how to draw or paint.

Bring your lunch or walk a little stroll away to find shops and cafés.

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Still not a clue?

How is that possible… personally I want to take the whole shop home!

In my twelve days before Xmas I would like (and I’ve been an extremely good girl so….)

1) a field easel

(for some reason simply owning one of these sounds terribly romantic)

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2) a Bellini frame

(I’ll worry about what to put in it later or maybe just admire it as is)

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my only problem is which one??

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3) that encaustic book

(feeling like going a bit waxy over the holidays)


4) + a bar of Langridge’s encaustic medium of course

(not edible but nearly!)


5) a beautiful fountain pen

(to replace the one I’ve had for 40 years but is now leaking really tooooo much)

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6) a black carbon disc from Portugal

(super black, super intense drawing tool)


7) beautiful blank cards and envelopes to make and send some truly personal wishes


8) a travel set of watercolours

(to sit and paint in cafés in terribly far away places and look interesting)

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9) a little suitcase of beautiful paint brushes

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10) a very big brush

(a must-have-one-at-least-for-bold-days)


11) a few of the crazy, not quite sure yet what for, Catalyst blades and wedges


12) and last but not least, I’m still debating between a full set of Sennelier oil pastels


12/2) or a complete range of Golden fluids

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but maybe that’s pushing it, maybe I wasn’t such a good girl after all??!!

Hope you’ve all been really good to and deserving of all you will get and more… have a fun and peaceful end to this year…

Our very best wishes from us all here @ the centre

Noel, Sabine and Vianney

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