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No Place Like Home

A No Place Like Home workshop | Presented by Gungahlin Arts and Woden Arts

A monthly workshop series presented by Gungahlin and Woden Arts, running from February – November 2022.

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No Place Like Home is a series of affordable, creative workshops that invite Woden and Gungahlin residents to connect with and shape the place they call home. Engage deeply with your surroundings while spending a Saturday morning learning from local artists. Each workshop is a fabulous opportunity to uncover hidden treasures in your own backyard through drawing, printmaking, photography, indigenous knowledge and more.

Artworks, photographs and quotes from participants in these workshops will be curated into an end of year community exhibition presented in both Woden and Gungahlin which explores our connection to place in these two very different suburban Canberra communities. All contributions to the exhibition are voluntary, and not a requirement of participating in the workshops.

The workshops are open to all levels of artistic experience. Workshops are designed with adults in mind, but passionate children and young people are welcome too. However, please note that all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings for each workshop will open one month prior to the start date.

No Place Like Home is a collaborative program, brought to you by Gungahlin Arts and Woden Arts and is supported by the ACT Government through the Woden/Gungahlin Pop Ups program. For more details on No Place Like Home workshops in the Gungahlin region visit the Belconnen Art Centre website.

Explore the No Place Like Home workshops

November Workshop:

Image of artists supplied by artist Louise Cooke

Nature Crown Workshop

Make a nature inspired crown with flowers and then get your portrait taken.

This Nature Crown workshop with Louise Cooke:

This Nature Crown workshop with Louise Cooke is your chance to make a wearable floral wreath with natural materials, including native flowers and introduced species and willow or grapevine for the crown.

Have fun experimenting with different flowers and colour combinations while making up to three crowns. Then pose for a portrait in your favourite creation!

This workshop is about tapping into your creative spirit, connecting in to your inner voice, having fun and leaving feeling a little lighter.  Through this experience you will have the opportunity to work in a natural setting to:

  • Discover the joy of creating up to three nature crowns
  • Tap into your creative self
  • Pose for authentic portrait photos in each of your nature crowns

Your photos will be sent to you electronically post event.  

All materials are supplied.

About Louise Cooke

Louise is a nature inspired mixed media artist currently enjoying working with people to capture their inner beauty through the making of nature crowns. Her goal is to combine her love for art, wellbeing, healing to empower others. Louise has qualifications in community and health development, counselling, art and design and reiki amongst other things. Her artwork is inspired by the beauty found in nature, spirit and the natural world around her. Subject choices include botanical themes infused with a spiritual connection and create intuitively. Louise believes that the act of creating art provides opportunities for transformative healing and personal growth.

Gungahlin: Saturday 5 November, 2pm – 5pm

$20 per person, Yerrabi Pond District Park
Classes are capped at 12 people.

Woden: Saturday 12 November, 2pm – 5pm


$20 per person Building 2, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Pl, Pearce ACT 2607
Classes are capped at 12 people.

October Workshop:

In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of clay hand-building, utilising three main techniques – pinch pots, coiling and slab-building.

In addition to creating your own unique clay vessel, you will be invited to experience clay as a mindful process, connecting to the grounding elements of the material you’ll be working with and the environment around you. You are invited to bring any finds from the natural world with you use as a tool for creating and shaping your pieces.

About Kate Stevens

Kate Stevens is a potter who creates small-batch functional ceramics out of her studio on Ngunnawal Country. She enjoys making beautiful yet functional work and the mindful and patient process that comes from working with clay. When she is not making, Kate teaches clay workshops out of her studio at Australian National Capital Artists Mitchell.

Kate is constantly inspired and guided by the natural world and has an interest in the connection between working with clay, connecting with nature, mental health and emotional resilience.

Woden: Saturday 10 September, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, Farrer Scout Hall, 21 Longerenong St, Farrer. Classes are capped at 12 people.

September Workshop:

Colours of the Andes by Gladys Casanueva

Introduction to Mosaics With Gladys Casanueva

Gladys Casanueva is an accomplished mosaic artist with many years of experience creating, teaching and running community projects in Venezuela and Australia. In this 3 hour taster class, Gladys will take you through the basics of creating your own mosaic pieces to beautify your surrounds. Learn about the best materials and equipment to use for your own projects, see a demonstration of the tile cutting process, and create your own small mosaic sample from pre cut tiles to take home and inspire you on your continuing creative journey.

All materials are supplied

About Gladys Casanueva

Gladys Casanueva is inspired by the colours and forms around her, and the emotions they evoke. The freedom of playing with these rich colours and patterns that bring out the child within are the foundation of Gladys artwork.

Her creative journey is all about sharing experiences and a way of connecting with her community, her children and grandchildren. It is through creating these colourful mosaics that Gladys expresses herself.

Gladys was born in Chile, before migrating to Venezuela and then Australia. She is a current member of the Migrant Women’s Art Group, where she has been teaching workshops in traditional paper mache as well as learning from other members of the group.

More Information: read this article from Be.Longing Magazine

Gungahlin: Saturday 24 August, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, Training Room 2, Gungahlin Library, Corner of Hibberson & Gozzard St, Gungahlin. Classes are capped at 12 people.

Woden: Saturday 10 September, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, Woden Library, Community Studio Room (meet at café entrance, the out of hours access area), Corinna St &, Furzer St, Phillip ACT 2606, Australia. Classes are capped at 12 people.

August Workshop:

A watercolour drawing of gum leaves
Watercolour Gum Leaves by Cheryl Hodges

Botanical Illustration with Cheryl Hodges

Explore the beauty, variation and natural imperfection of our local Eucalypt species through the medium of watercolour.

Botanical artist Cheryl Hodges will take you through a series of techniques including wet-in-wet and wet on dry and show you how to build up intensity of colour through layers of watery paint and add in final details with a dry brush technique.

You’ll learn about the different kinds of watercolour papers and explore some tips and tricks to fix common mistakes and clean up little messes. You’ll leave the workshop with your own perfectly imperfect eucalypt sketches and some new skills to carry into your own work!

About Cheryl Hodges

Cheryl was raised on a property near Hall, and developed a love of nature and art at an early age. Cheryl has been painting botanical watercolours for over 20 years. She particularly enjoys painting Australian natives and more recently has been focusing on threatened and endangered species. Cheryl teaches both botanical and insect illustration, and has created several online tutorials.

Cheryl has held two solo exhibitions. She is an invited member of the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney with two paintings held in the permanent collection. She has completed numerous commissions, including a major work for the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, and a ‘rediscovered’ orchid for the CSIRO.

Instagram: @cherylhodgesartist

Facebook: @cherylhodgesartist

Website: www.cherylhodges.com

Gungahlin: Saturday 6 August, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, Training Room 2, Gungahlin Library, Corner of Hibberson & Gozzard St, Gungahlin. Classes are capped at 12 people.

Woden: Saturday 13 August, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, Woden Library (Community Studio), Corinna St &, Furzer St, Phillip ACT 2606, Australia. Classes are capped at 12 people.

JULY Workshop:

Image provide by Angela Jane Pisciotta – Firebrace

Dilly Purses weaving workshop with Angela J.P Firebrace

Gungahlin workshop

Saturday 2 July, 1-4pm

$20 per person, Training Room 2, Gungahlin Library

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Woden workshop

Saturday 9 July, 1-4pm

$20 per person, Woden Library (Life lab room)

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Dilly Purses is a weaving workshop with Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta and Kamilaroi artist Angela J.P Firebrace. Combining natural fibres, coloured raffia’s and integrating found objects: gum nuts, feathers and sticks, participants learn traditional weaving techniques whilst creating a contemporary and personal Dilly Purse. Feel free to include your own special finds and materials to weave into  your creation. This workshop series is open to 12 participants..

About the artist

Angela is a Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta artist from Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi country. She has worked alongside traditional Ngunnawal custodians and other organisations in Canberra, Gilgandra and across the nation learning and teaching the art of traditional coil basket weaving, jewellery making and children’s cultural activities. Be inspired by these cultural and creative workshops and get connected to a contemporary approach of traditional and modern fused artistry. Angela will gracefully guide participants into the ancient and living skill of weaving and jewellery making.  

Instagram: @emuly.gatherings

JUNE Workshop:

Lino Printing with John Hart

Gungahlin workshop

Saturday 11 June 2022, 10am-1pm

$20 per person, Training Room 2, Gungahlin Library

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Woden workshop

Saturday 4 June 2022, 10am-1pm

$20 per person, Pearce Community Centre

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Students will learn basic relief printing techniques, including how to cut and ink a lino block, how to pull a print without a printing press, and how to maintain tools. In this process students will also learn to transfer their drawing onto the block, which tools and designs work best for the graphic style of a relief print, and how to choose and prepare paper.

About John Hart

John Hart is a painter and printmaker who graduated with Honours from the Printmedia and Drawing workshop of the ANU School of Art in 2010. Following graduation, John worked as studio manager at Megalo Print Studio for 8 years, was a member and President of the Southern Highlands Printmakers for many years, and has been both printmaker and artist in residence at the Art Vault, Mildura. John continues to teach printmaking and has maintained an active arts practise from his studio in Gungahlin.

Instagram: @john_hart_artist

Website: www.johnhartart.com

MAY Workshop:

Meditative drawing in the parklands with Kirandeep Grewal

Artwork by Kirandeep Grewal.

Immerse yourself more deeply in the world around you and capture your felt experience on paper in this fun and interactive workshop with Kirandeep Grewal. 

Gungahlin workshop: Saturday 7 May, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, Yerrabi Pond District Park

Meet at undercover area next to the adventure playground

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Woden workshop: Saturday 14 May, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person. Please note the change of venue to ACT Down Syndrome building 2 at Pearce Community Centre

Meet at carpark on Launceston Street

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You’ll be introduced to quick and simple drawing techniques including line drawing, mark making and printing (rubbing). You’ll then have the opportunity to combine these techniques as you explore your local parklands to create a playful record of your experience in the form of a scroll.

About Kirandeep Grewal

Kirandeep Grewal

Kirandeep Grewal has been working as a full-time artist for the past 25 years. She is a multi-disciplinary (visual and textile) artist and an art educator. Kiran has been based in Australia for the past 20 years but completed an Art and Design qualification on the other side of the world in Wales (UK). Kiran currently lives in the capital city of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) but has travelled throughout the country, being continually inspired by its unique flora and fauna.

Kiran was invited to be part of an artist team for live painting at National gallery Australia, an event part of the Australian of the Year Awards 2022. In 2015 she was a facilitator for Artist by the River Projects 7 and 8 in Perth, WA. Through this project art was made accessible for adults with mild to severe disabilities. She was recognised by the Rotary Club of Swan Valley, Western Australia for her dedication to the project. Kiran has exhibited in Launceston, Hobart, Esperance, Perth and Canberra. In 2000 she also participated in 9” x 12” National Touring Exhibition of Contemporary Art with CAST Victoria. For her first Solo exhibition in Cardiff, she received a grant from Moving Pictures and Arts Council of Wales, U.K. There Kiran was also part of Women’s Art Festival 1997 supported by Arts Council of Wales, U.K. Now Kiran runs her own art business under a KiranDesigns® banner and facilitates silk painting workshops and art classes for adults and children.

Instagram: @kirandesignstudio

Facebook: @kirandesignstudio

Website: www.kirandesignstudio.com

More info: For more information about the Woden workshop please contact Blaide on (02) 62931443

Past workshops

March Workshop:

Nature Photography with Graham Gall

Photography by Graham Gall.

For our April No Place Like Home workshop, join award winning nature photographer Graham Gall on a wildlife spotting photography adventure.

Gungahlin: Saturday 2 April, 9:30am-12:30pm

Woden: Saturday 9 April, 9:30am-12:30pm

Nature Photography With Graham Gall

A No Place Like Home workshop | Presented by Gungahlin Arts and Woden Arts

Gungahlin workshop: Saturday 2 April 2022, 9:30am-12:30pm, $20 per person, Yerrabi Pond

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Woden workshop, Saturday 9 April 2022, 9:30am-12:30pm, $20 per person, Eddison Park

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Bookings open one month before the workshop date

Join award winning nature photographer Graham Gall on a wildlife spotting photography adventure for this month’s No Place Like Home workshop. You wwill be given an insight into Graham’s creative process for photographing natural subjects and, while he will cover the basics, photographers at any level are welcome to join the class. Topics covered will include framing and composition, focusing, light macro photography and the exposure triangle. Post-processing techniques will be discussed but not practiced in this session.

Just remember, wildlife is unpredictable so there is no guarantee of any particular subjects in this short session!

What to bring

Participants need to bring a camera, tripod, their longest telephoto lens and a macro lens if you have one.

About Graham Gall

Graham Gall is a professional award winning photographer who was awarded a Gold Medal by Birdlife Photography Australia in 2020 in addition to a Bronze in 2019 both at Entry-level. In 2021 he was awarded Bronze at the higher Intermediate level. In 2021 Graham was commissioned to shoot and exhibit 22 images of Significant Trees of the ACT by 11 Commonwealth and Territory Estates.

Largely self-taught, Graham has developed his skills through Master Classes with renowned experts including Steve Parish and Jan Wegener. Graham also undertook specific training on Animal and Botanical photography with Brad Nichols through CIT Solutions.

Instagram: @gallpix

Facebook: @gallpix

Website: linktr.ee/gallpix

More info: For more information about the Woden workshop please contact Blaide on (02) 62931443

March Workshop:

Urban Sketching with Sally Black

Sally Black, Exeter Sketch.

For our March No Place Like Home workshop, have some creative fun out and about with artist Sally Black to learn some simple techniques to observe and sketch what you see. Perfect for travel journaling and everyday drawing, you will be guided to carefully observe your surroundings and find something exciting to sketch. Sally will demonstrate some simple sketching techniques to capture what you see around you. Bookings open on the 5th February, 2022.

Gungahlin workshop: Saturday 5 March 2022, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person, meet at Gungahlin Place Tram Stop

Gungahlin Booking link

Woden workshop: Saturday 19 March 2022, 9:30am-12:30pm

$20 per person. Meet at Woden Town Square, outside the front of the Post Office (next to the sculpture). Look for the Woden Arts banners!

Woden Booking link

What to bring: Participants need to bring their own drawing materials. Basic supplies will be provided.

Have fun as we learn some simple techniques to observe then sketch what you see as an Urban Sketcher. Participants will be guided to carefully observe their surroundings and choose what they would like to sketch. Sally will demonstrate some simple sketching techniques to capture what participants see in front of them. 

Guide and assist participants as needed while they sketch their surroundings.  Prompt participants to share their work through an online or physical exhibition which will celebrate the place we call home. Participants need to bring their own drawing materials. Although we will have basic supplies.  

About Sally Black

Artist Sally Black

Sally Black is a Canberra-based Visual Artist with a Diploma of Visual Art and Teaching Degree creating works on paper using watercolour paints and inks. Sally produces painterly monotypes of our local region that push towards abstraction. Sally has shown her work in a number of group exhibitions in Canberra and is working towards a solo exhibition in 2022 celebrating the landscapes in the local Canberra region. Sally is an active member and administrator of the Global Urban Sketchers Organisation and has travelkled extensively both in Australia and overseas sketching the world around her in a sketchbook.

An important part of Sally’s art practice is sketching on location as it connects her to a time and place.

Instagram: @sallyblacktravellingscribbler

Website: thesallyblack.com

More info: For more information about the Woden workshop please contact Blaide on (02) 62931443

February Workshop:

Native Plant Use, Traditional Tools, and Indigenous Culture: with Aaron Chatfield from Dreamtime Connections.

A No Place Like Home workshop | Presented by Gungahlin Arts and Woden Arts

In the first of our No Place Like Home workshops, join Dreamtime Connections’ Aaron Chatfield on Country for an immersive experience to learn about native plant use, traditional tools and Indigenous culture. You will have a chance to try some bush tucker and learn how to throw a boomerang all while learning about the world around us.

Gungahlin workshop: Saturday 5 February 2022, 10am-12pm

$20 per person, Mulligan’s Flat Nature Reserve, Meet at Amy Ackman Street Carpark

Gungahlin Booking link

Woden workshop: Saturday 12 February 2022, 10am-12pm

$20 per person, Farrer Ridge, Meet at the top of Muresk Street.

Woden Booking link

More info: For more information about this workshop please contact Blaide on (02) 62931443

About Aaron Chatfield

Aaron Chatfield is a Gamilaroi Man with deep connections to Ngunawal people and Country. He runs a Cultural Education Business called “Dreamtime Connections” which has been active in the ACT and surrounding community for the last 3 years helping schools and community groups connect to culture through indigenous themed information workshops, creating bush tucker and cultural garden spaces in schools and running “on country” competency based programs for ACT youth.

Facebook: Dreamtime Connections

What to bring: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking and bring water as this workshop will be outside.

More info: For more information about the Woden workshop please contact Blaide on (02) 62931443

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