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Previous Workshops

Sunday 24th September (2017) was the first of our Creative Fun Day's and it was a great day! We had demonstrations from some of our tutors, freebies and giveaways to the value of around $250. Plus we had a sausage sizzle to raise money for Beyond Blue. We raised $92.50 and I rounded it up to $150 which was donated to Beyond Blue a week or so after the event. It was a wonderful day and as a result we will be planning...

Once again, we had a busy month here at the studio in August. Lots of wonderful things were created and lots of fun had! One of the first workshops we held this month was Polymer Clay Brilliant Bezels. This is always a popular workshop and we'll likely run it again next semester so if you're interested, let me know by commenting here. If we get enough interest we will definitely offer this again. Here's a few photos from the day including student...

July was a busy month here at the studio with workshops in a variety of mediums taking place. From Polymer Clay to Resin, Metal Work to Precious Metal Clay with some beading thrown in too! Here's a little sneak peek...

On Sunday 30th July (2017) we were so pleased to welcome Leanne & Simon from Oraco Resin Arts to our team of tutors. Leanne & Simon taught our two sell-out classes of excited students how to create their very own piece of amazing resin art (and how to do this again at home if they wished). These workshops will only ever run with 6 students so you receive personalised attention from tutors (2 tutors : 6 students). We'll be running more in the...

With Bead and Buy , a public holiday long weekend and us finalising the new workshop schedule for semester 2, we've been pretty busy so June was a relatively quiet month for workshops. The ones we held were good ones though and very popular. Without a doubt the most popular workshop this month was our Maille Mania : Focus on Chainmaille Bezels workshop. This was an intermediate workshop and booked out last year within only a few days of us listing it. Each student managed to...

May was one of our busiest workshop months here at The Whimsical Bead studio. Along with our local tutors, we also hosted extremely talented metalsmith and mixed media artist, Wendy Hearn. I've known Wendy for around 12 years or so - might even be a bit longer. I always knew she was a talented artist and over the years she's become a friend too. Wendy is accomplished in many mediums so picking only a few for her to teach in was difficult...

With Easter and School Holidays this month, April was a little quieter than usual for workshops however we still had quite a bit on and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. We started off the month with our regular bi-monthly chainmaille workshop, this time focusing on Rondo, Whirlybird and Starfish weaves. Everyone managed to get quite a bit completed during this workshop which was great! The next day was our first Jewellery Assembly 101 workshop where students came and learned how to...

March was a fabulously busy month here at the studio with our own local tutors as well as Debbie Crothers from Western Australia coming back to visit. We started the month off with a brand-new-to-the-studio workshop - Cold Process Natural Soap Making with Kylie Callander who made her teaching debut here at the studio with this workshop. Students had a wonderful time and I can tell you that the studio smelled amazing! So scents not to mention colours in the soap that...

We started our workshop schedule for January 2017 later in the month as we usually do, but we started with a bang! Lots of wonderful creations were made and lots of happy students left the studio with new found skills. Our first workshop of the year was 'Simply Seed Beads : Focus on Tubular Rope' with Karen Donald. Our Simply Seed Beads workshops run approximately every 8 weeks and students are welcome to bring their own project to work on/get help with or...

February was jam packed of workshops - so many exciting things on! In February,  award winning artist, Catriona Starpins (who is also a pretty awesome person!) made her Whimsical Bead teaching debut with this amazing new workshop - Dimensional Bead Embroidery. I was so thrilled to join in on this workshop myself, I learned so much. Every student in the class managed to design some wonderful components and with Cat's help, were well on their way to creating some fabulous dimensional embroidered...