The Creative Workshops program sees a variety of distinguished professional practitioners lead creative arts workshops throughout the academic year. The workshops are free for students, open and applicable to all skill levels, and provide a fun, recreational space to explore new skills and ideas. The Creative Workshops program also includes one-off events, training sessions, seminars and walking tours.
All workshops are FREE for University of Melbourne students.
If you have any ideas for Creative Workshops contact Arts Projects Officer David Attwood here.
Creative Workshops Semester Two 2021
Collage with Minna Gilligan Online Workshop
This workshop will now be held online. Join artist Minna Gilligan to create your own hybrid collage work. In Gilligan’s style, participants will first work using drawing to create a ‘ground’ for their collage to sit on top of. Colour and abstract mark making will set the scene for their eventual cut-out narrative. Then, participants will spend time cutting out imagery from books and magazines. Gilligan will discuss usage of these images, tips and tricks she’s gathered from 10+ years of working with collage, and composition techniques.
1 session available, Tuesday July 27th, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.
Taking Photographs and Making Zines with Yanni Florence
Over two sessions artist Yanni Florence will guide students through a photo-taking workshop in response to the University of Melbourne Parkville campus, with student images used to create a take-home zine publication. No specialost equipment or experience required.
Yanni Florence, born Melbourne 1965, is a photographer and book designer. While at RMIT studying architecture, he co-founded Pataphysics Magazine in 1989. He has published eight photographic monographs: Self Conscious, 2009; Southland, 2014; Animal Life 2014; Street Porn, 2014; Immolation, 2015; HE IS IN THE CITY, 2017; Tram Windows, 2019; and Trees and Fences 2020. His first solo exhibition, Tram Windows, was held at ReadingRoom in 2019 and his work is included in the National Gallery of
Victoria’s Triennial 2020.
Session 1: Tuesday August 31, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.
Session 2: Tuesday September 7, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.
Brainstorming + Clarifying Creative Ideas Zoom Workshop
Join David Attwood from UMSU’s Arts Programs and Union House Theatre Artistic Director, Xanthe Beesley for two workshops on brainstorming and clarifying creative ideas. Dave and Xanthe will lead participants through a series of open-ended exercises designed to assist students to think through how to come up with, build on, shape and crystalise ideas. The workshop is applicable to all creative pursuits (visual art, performing arts, creative writing etc), no prior experience necessary.
Session 1: Wednesday September 1, 1.30 – 3pm. Register here.
Session 2: Wednesday September 8, 1.30 – 3pm. Register here.
The Art of the Studio Visit
After art school, the studio visit becomes an important way to share your work with your peers, writers, curators and other industry professionals. Join artist Andrew Atchison as he discusses some helpful tips on ways to approach the studio visit.
This workshop will be held at Gertrude Contemporary, 21-31 High Street, Preston South VIC
Tuesday September 14, 12.30 – 2pm. Register here.
Radical Botanical with Andrew Seward
Radical Botanical is a series of three workshops that will show students ways to create interesting, fun and stress-free pictures of plants. Artist Andrew Seward will lead workshops in the System Garden. All materials provided, no prior experience required.
Session 1: Tuesday September 28, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.
Session 2: Tuesday October 5, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.
Session 3: Tuesday October 12, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.
Bush Animal Weaving Workshop with Aunty Bronwyn Razeem
Create your own Bush Animal using a method of wrapping hay with wool with Gunditjmara Artist and Master Weaver Aunty Bronwyn Razem. All materials are provided, no prior experience needed. Registration required.
Tuesday October 19, 12 – 3pm. Register here.
More Workshops Coming soon
Making Sustainable Beeswax Wrap
This workshop provides step-by-step instructions for how to produce your own sustainable beeswax wrap at home. The beeswax wrap is a sustainable alternative to plastic cling-wrap.
Download here: Sustainable Beeswax Wrap Online Resource
Creating Contemporary Collage
This online resource compiled by visual artist Isabella Darcy is an introduction to Contemporary Collage. The resource will direct students to create their own collages using recycled clothing. Informed by contemporary art practices, students can produce their own collage based artwork from home using easily accessible materials. All skill levels are accommodated and no previous experience is required.
Download here: Contemporary Collage Online Resource
Previous Workshops 2021
Loosening Up: Abstract Drawing with Minna Gilligan Online Zoom workshop
The aim of the workshop will be to use colour and mark making to produce an abstract drawing. Minna will run participants through a series of warm up and ‘doodling’ exercises, discussing her drawing practice and the techniques she employs to create vibrant, colour-based works of art. Participants will then embark on creating their own abstract drawing, with guidance from Minna as they go.
1 session available, Tuesday July 21st, 2 – 3.30pm.