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Workshops are a way to extend our skills, we learn better ways , and refine our art making. We can also learn and experience new skills in a workshop outside our chosen field, not only extending our practice but stimulating us in our usual chosen field.

There is great satisfaction in creating good artwork, satisfaction that goes to the core of our being, our workshops foster the making of art and the appreciation of each others art making in the presence of expert guidance from the tutor.

In 2017 we also introduced short courses. 

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About the tutor

Linda Swinfield is an experienced studio-based teacher. She taught across the Fine Arts within TAFE NSW from 1998 until 2014. She also taught within community-based adult organisations since 1987.

Linda was Artist in Residence at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery in 2017. Since graduating from a Masters of Fine Art, majoring in Printmaking, at The University of Newcastle in 2010 she was selected for Artist in Residences at Thirning Villa, Ashfield in 2015, Nullumbik Council in 2013 and at The Gunyah AIR in 2012 and 2016. Additionally, she was selected for the Nillumbik Prize in 2013 and 2016, Laman Street Art Prize in 2013 and has recently held solo exhibitions at Newcastle Art Space in 2017 and The University of Newcastle in 2010. In 2010 she was awarded a NSW Marketing Grant, by NAVA.

Contemporary printmaking is now the spine of her art making processes, most recently she has extended her printmaking skill into photo lithography and developed suites of objects as installation utilizing contemporary processes of laser cutting and digital media.

Her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and Europe. In 2015 and 2016 exhibited Digging the clays: seeking family- a collaborative installation born out of the Ashfield Residency created with the assistance of clay artist Helen Dunkerley for Hidden Sculpture Walk at Rookwood Cemetery and Sculpture in the Vineyards.

Since leaving a full time TAFE teaching position at Newcastle Art School in 2013 she taught Printmaking at Newcastle Printmakers Workshop NSW and independently runs workshops with NSW.



About Natasha

Natasha is an experienced teacher who has been awarded a number of prizes and national and international residencies. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and practice with others.

Her work currently focuses on the atmospheric nature of landscape explored through colour and gesture. Her recent residencies in Tasmania and Italy have been pivotal in developing both techniques and concept in her work. She has a Masters in Painting from the University of New South Wales and her work can be found at GalleryOne88 in Katoomba with a show of new work is scheduled for June 2018.

You can read more on Natasha’s website Natasha is also on Instagram at www.instagram/daniloffnatasha


About Clara

Clara Hali is an artist who engages with the sculptural possibilities offered by the human form. Influenced by the Cubist ethos of combining figurative and abstract planes, Clara’s sculptures explore the bold characteristics of both the female and male figure. Her journey with the human form has been influenced by her surrounding landscape, as she captures the vulnerability of human nature through the precarious rock formations that are characteristic of the Blue Mountains. Employing the metaphor of landscape, the sculptures explore how life’s experiences can impact and shape us, capturing humanity’s strengths and weaknesses.

Clara studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney and later some engineering and ornamental ironwork at the Sydney Institute of Technology. Clara Hali has been a lecturer at the National Art School since 1988 and completed her Masters of Fine Art there in 2007. She has exhibited extensively, and her work is represented in the collections including Macquarie University (Sydney), University of Sydney, Compaq Computers and Brambles Australia.

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Please note that no refunds can be made for any cancellation within two weeks of a workshop starting date.