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
Drawing Plants with Andrew Seward Online Zoom workshop
Join artist Andrew Seward as he teaches helpful tips and tricks for drawing plants from home. You’ll just need some drawing implements — coloured or led pencils and pens will do — and a plant! All skill levels are welcome, no prior experience required.
1 session available, July 28th, 12.30 – 2pm. Register here.
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, August 11th, 12.30 – 2pm. Register here.
Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee Weaving Workshop with Aunty Bronwyn Razem
This workshop is run by Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee :
Aunty Bronwyn is one of the fabulous First Nations weavers of the Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee project—our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite everyone to engage their hands and hearts, and be part of creating a giant tapestry of woven circles to show our resilience, feel empowered and bring about personal transformation in this time of insecurity and anxiety.
Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee means ‘we all come together in a meeting’, in Gunditjmara language. Although we cannot come together physically, our project joins community members across all ages, genders and abilities who find themselves in self-isolation, via the ancient art of weaving. Our project invites you to learn a traditional weaving technique, weave circular ‘meeting places’ and decorate public spaces with your woven creations.
Participants will require basic tools and materials for this workshop, information on these will be shared with you after registering your attendance.
1 session available, August 24th. Register here.
Electronic Music Online Zoom workshop
Learn how to make your own electronic music using free software Ableton Live. The workshop will involve a presentation on the basics of electronic music making using the digital audio workstation Ableton Live, which participants will then use to explore making their own electronic music.
Participants will need to bring their own headphones and laptops, with Ableton Live installed in preparation for the workshop. A free version of Ableton Live is available for download here, please take note of the expiry date! Ableton Live Free
1 session available, September 8th, 12.30 – 2pm. Registrations will be available soon.
Creative Writing Online Zoom workshop
Join writer Cynthia Troup in a Creative Writing workshop. Cynthia will provide participants with a series of activities, techniques and tips for harnessing imagination and increasing stamina when writing creatively. Learn how to remain engaged in the writing process when ideas or energy start to flag. The workshop is applicable to all forms of creative writing and accommodates all skill levels.
Based in regional Victoria, Cynthia Troup is a writer and editor whose creative work often emphasises the musicality of language, and the allusive richness of fragments. Her texts have been performed in concert and theatre settings; her publications range from scripts and podcasts to interviews in the fields of contemporary art and music. Cynthia has taught emerging artists at the VCA Centre for Ideas, and students of creative writing at RMIT University, the University of Melbourne, and Deakin University. Recent publications include ‘Harsh and intricate and right in front of you’, an essay for ADSR Zine 007 which revisits a work by John Wolseley during the 2020 Black Summer.
1 session available, September 15th, 12.30 – 2pm. Register here.
Sustainable Beeswax Wrap Online Resource
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
Contemporary Collage Online Resource
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