Weddin Workshop Weekend - Celebrate Henry Lawson's 150th Birthday

Start Date: Saturday, 17 June 2017

Finish Date: Sunday, 18 June 2017

Location: Grenfell, NSW

Contact: Grenfell Visitor Information Centre - 02 6343 2059

Workshops such as story writing, drama, weaving, photography, lead lighting, painting, shibori, singing, verse and pottery.

BOOK NOW to avoid missing out! Help us celebrate Henry Lawson's 150th birthday and the 60th Henry Lawson Festival of Arts!

Details on the workshops and how to book can be found below:

'Story Writing Workshop'

DATE: Saturday 17th June
TIME: 2pm to 5pm
LOCATION: CWA Rooms, Cnr Camp Street and Church Street
COST: $20 high school students (year 9 to 12) and pensioners; $30 adults
BOOKINGS: Cath Sullivan – Lawson’s Legacy writing group coordinator - Ph: 02 6345 5818, M: 0437 455 818, E: 
FACILITATOR: Cath Sullivan was an English/History teacher for 20 years and now runs Lawson’s Legacy, a writing group for young people from Year 6 to 12 based in Grenfell. The two writing classes she conducts each school week allow the students to experiment with various forms of writing – poetry, short story, scripts, speeches, non-fiction and song writing – after exposure to great examples. The students enter their work in various writing competitions and have been enjoying success for their efforts.
DETAILS: This writing workshop will allow you to develop a better understanding of the process of writing a short story. The workshop will canvas ideas about genre, playing with structure, engaging openings, sustaining the story/characters/plot, endings and how to play with words, sentences and paragraphs. After an afternoon tea break (provided), you will have time to apply the above information to create, or at least begin to create, a story of your own. You will receive a handout with helpful suggestions and examples. You are asked to bring along an exercise book and writing equipment or a laptop.


'Drama Workshop - A Slice of Life'

DATE: Saturday 17th June (possible afternoon workshop if required)
TIME: 9.30am to 12.30pm
LOCATION: Grenfell Dramatic Society Rooms, Rose Street
COST: TBC
BOOKINGS: Grenfell Visitor Information Centre - Ph: 02 6345 2059, E:
FACILITATOR: Georgina Myers-Brown is Head Teacher Creative and Performing. She has been teaching Drama in high school for 26 years and comes with a wealth of acting and directing experience for community theatre, especially in the area of Musical Theatre.
DETAILS: We will be exploring Group Devised / Individual performances - creating drama from a stimulus and character development. Participants need to wear comfortable clothing and be willing to 'get up and give it a go'. I am happy for participants to bring suggestions such as preparing for an audition. We can cater to the individual needs (if we can)of workshop participants.


'Camera Craft'

DATE: Saturday 17th June
TIME: 2pm – 6pm
LOCATION: In our newly renovated re-branded inspiring space My White Walls 42 Main Street
COST: $99 pp
BOOKINGS: 02 6343 2227 or email hello@mywhitewalls.com.au for a booking form
FACILITATOR: D.A Yates full-time professional photographer with 12 years’ experience.
DETAILS: What do you get? Delicious Catering by Alice – Full Course Materials – 4 Hours of hands on in depth tuition with. What you will learn: How to Control and be the master of your camera. Take your images to a new level by using all the manual functions on your camera. An in depth understanding of shutter, aperture and iso and how you can use these to photograph under any circumstances. Learn the basics of composition and framing. For those with a genuine interest in taking their photography to a new level.


'Exploring the art of Symbolism and Connection in bright beautiful acrylics and inks'

DATE: Sunday 18th June
TIME: 9.45am for 10am start until 3pm
LOCATION: Patina Gallery, 166 Gooloogong Road, Grenfell
COST: $40 per person
BOOKINGS: Kathleen 0419 149 372 or 02 6343 1231
FACILITATOR: Kathleen is a practising artist/sculptor who is constantly updating her skills and always looking for new techniques that excite and inspire! She runs her own bespoke gallery, Patina Gallery, in Grenfell and exhibits frequently in the surrounding towns.
DETAILS: In the workshop you will learn to make connections and tell stories by using ancient/personal symbols and icons and use layering techniques in luscious bright acrylic inks and paints to produce a unique artwork that is your own.
All materials supplied as well as morning and afternoon teas. We will break for lunch for 1 hour at 12noon to allow paints to dry. Starting again at 1pm with the workshop finishing at 3pm.Bring something to share for lunch. Please also bring an old shirt/apron to protect your clothes.


'Vocal Workshops'

DATE: Saturday 17th June
TIME: 12:00-1:30pm (16 & under)& 2:30-4:00pm (16+)
LOCATION: Grenfell Public School Hall, Melyra Street
COST: FREE
BOOKINGS: belindadaymusic@bigpond.com or 0408 655 206 - email is preferable.
FACILITATOR: Belinda Day has a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Vocal major) and a Bachelor of Education. She has toured Japan as part of an 8-voice A Capella ensemble and has performed at various music festivals both as a soloist and as a member of Lawson Shire.
DETAILS: Suitable for singers and public speakers of any level and interest. Participants can expect to learn the basics of some vocal techniques, warm ups, vocal health and a practical component. Please bring a notepad and pen. Parents of 16yr olds should phone to discuss content to determine which session would be more suitable as content slightly differs for the two age groups.


'Kangaroo Valley Leadlights - Beginners Lesson'

DATE: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 
TIME: 9am to 12noon
LOCATION: The Henry Lawson High School, Wood Work Rooms, 49 South Street, Grenfell
COST: $60 *Special event price only
BOOKINGS: Lance Brown Ph: (02) 4465 1001
FACILITATOR: Lance Brown has been a Leadlight Artist for approximately thirty years and has been the sole owner / craftsman at Kangaroo Valley Leadlights since 1997. Here Lance designs and makes commissions, in leadlight and copper foil, teaches beginner weekend classes (when not too busy) and sells tools and glass supplies to the Do -It -Yourselfers.
Lance always had a passion for pencil drawing, then decided to learn the crafts of leadlight and copper foil, where the multitude of textures and colours of the glasses created another more exciting dimension.
DETAILS: TAKE THE OPPURTUNITY TO LEARN AND HAVE FUN. Lesson will involve the ‘Beginners Guide to Leadlight and Copper Foiling’. *You can take home what you make*. Beginners don’t have to be able to draw, but it helps if you like to be original in your designs. Patience, accuracy and a passion to create is all you need.
Equipment to bring: Apron / Safety Glasses / and if you have a glass cutter please bring one, as only a limited supply can be borrowed during the lesson. Please wear closed shoes (NO sandals or thongs).
Course cost covers glass, solder, lead and copper foil and use of tools. Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, classes are NOT available for expectant mothers.
Once you have booked with Lance payment can be made by Direct Deposit into: Kangaroo Valley Leadlights - Account No: 482 260 200. BSB:112-879


'Pottery Hand Building Workshop'

DATE: Sunday 18th June
TIME: 10am to 4pm
LOCATION: Grenfell Bowling Club, Cross Street 
COST: $90 per perspn
BOOKINGS: Jude Keogh - 0401 294 060
FACILITATOR: Jude Keogh has a associate diploma in ceramics gained at Orange TAFE college. She has been working in her own studio for 3 years.
DETAILS: Participants will be making slab built canisters or vases, decorated with coloured clay slip. They will be learning clay joining techniques, slip decoration, sgraffito and stencil decoration techniques.
Could participants please bring a small ice cream container or stable plastic bowl for water.


'Garden Weaving with Lanny Mackenzie'

DATE: Saturday 17 June 2017 (if Saturday books out a extra class will be held on Sunday 18 June 2017)
TIME: 10am to 3.30pm
LOCATION: Grenfell Bowling Club, Cross Street;
COST: $90/person (includes workshop materials)
BOOKINGS: Lanny - (e) lannym@bigpond.com, phone 0434 979 302 (h) 02 6362 0795
FACILITATOR: Spend a relaxing day with Lanny Mackenzie, experienced fibre artist/weaver based in Orange NSW. Through years of practise, Lanny has perfected her technique in imparting her weaving skills to provide an enjoyable day in learning and experimentation in woven form.
DETAILS: This beginners class will focus on the coiling technique, how to source your own natural materials, and up-cycling everyday household waste into functional art. It is aimed that each participant will go home with not only the knowledge of how to coil but their very first basket. Materials list for the workshop:"Thank you for enrolling in my Coiling weaving workshop, I hope you are all eager to share my passion for weaving using natural and recycled materials. Please bring the following to the workshop (if possible), otherwise I’ll have enough materials for the workshop":

  • A pair of scissors, small pliers, secateurs, clothes pegs, a large darning /tapestry needle
  • From your garden or a friend’s: wisteria vines, non thorny rose /banksia, willow branches, silver birch branches, any long skinny sticks, long tussock grasses, red hot poker leaves, New Zealand flax leaves, long iris leaves etc. Anything that can be used to weave with, please make sure any green sticks / grasses are collected a few days before the workshop day to ensure they are starting to dry and ready to weave, after picking keep in dry areas, on top of newspapers to soak up moisture, do not put inside plastic bags as they will sweat and rot. (Please bring just a sample to share on the day, thank you)
  • Maybe an apron to protect your clothes
  • Notebook and pen to jot down ideas, discussion points during the day

There will be a small set up selling extra materials which will be available for purchase (cash & EFTPOS available)

  • Wonderful mixed dyed raffia $30.00/large bag to get you started on your next colourful project.
  • Starter kit containing natural raffia, selection of glass/ceramic beads, a pair of shears, 2 nickel plated darning needle, hand-made pin cushion (a small weaved basket by me) filled with alpaca wool $40.00 / bag. Everything you need to start your first coiling project.
  • Plus other materials (waxed linen, coconut husks etc)

'Japanese Arashi Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop'

DATE: Sunday 18 June 2017
TIME: 9.30am to 4pm
LOCATION: Lodge 33, Cnr. Camp & Burrangong Streets
COST: $99/person
BOOKINGS: Maureen 0439 844 446 – maureen.locke@optusnet.com.au or Verdel 0409 902 816. www.lodge33.com.au - Payment Credit Card, Cash, Direct Deposit
FACILITATOR: Maureen Locke-Maclean Textile Fibre Artist & Educator specializing in Japanese design methods and dyeing applications since 1986. Natural Indigo is an ancient dye, commonly derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria. Maureen has exhibited nationally and internationally particularly in Japan at the Cultural Festival of Edogawa-ku Tokyo and the Kusunoki Cultural Festival in Tokyo and featured in various textile magazines.
DETAILS:  Material is folded/wrapped around a pvc plumbing pipe, or empty wine bottle, using Pearl Thread, white string, raffia gardening polyester etc; Material is compressed and then dyed. Each method of folding/binding produces a different dyeing result. Arashi means ‘Storm’ leaving a design left by the ocean on the sand.
Requirements: 100% natural fibres only - White Cotton, Linen, Silk etc; no synthetics. 1 metre medium weight material of choice. Plus 50cm x 1 metre. (Pre-hemmed silk scarfs will be available for purchase if required). Please wash the material so that any dressing is removed. If you have old bed or table linen from Grandmothers, fantastic, recycling puts them to good use in home furnishings, or quilting. Plus: Binding of choice, Masking Tape, Scissors, Quick unpick, work apron, 2 old towels, garbage bag, 10 pegs, strong plastic gloves, 2 buckets, notepad and pen. Plumbing Pipe 10cm diam. Length from 40cm – 1 metre. (Available hardware store). Your own Mug for tea/coffee. A light lunch provided.
Please wear comfortable old clothes, sneakers/shoes (no sandals). The Indigo Vat will be prepared and you will fold/wrap, dye, rinse and wash your own work pieces. The introduction to Arashi Shibori is a creative, messy and fun day.
Material Costs: Dye Vat ingredients etc: $10.00 per person.
Result: Indigo Dyed cloth that can be used for sewing into a scarf, garment, quilt, cushion cover, wall hanging each uniquely different.


"This project is supported by Arts NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Arts Outwest on behalf of the NSW Government"