Indigenous Weaving Workshop with Aunty Bronwyn Razem, 2019 Arts Lab, level 3 Union House

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

Drawing Plants with Andrew Seward

Drawing Plants is a series of four workshops that will show students ways to create interesting, fun and stress-free pictures of plants. Artist Andrew Seward will lead workshops online. All materials provided, no prior experience required.

Session 1: Tuesday September 14, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.

Session 2: Tuesday September 28, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.

Session 3: Tuesday October 5, 12.30 – 2.30pm. Register here.

Session 4: Tuesday October 12, 12.30 – 2.30pm. 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


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.

Minna Gilligan, ‘Someday Soon’, 2012

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.

Minna Gilligan, ‘Sweet dreams ’till sunbeams find you,’ 2020 Marker, ballpoint pen and coloured pencil on paper. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery.

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.