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With the uncertainties of COVID we're running workshops on a case by case situation.  Please get in touch if you'd like to do a workshop - and note that we are also running individual workshops as well as small group workshops too!

Don't want to miss out on our workshops or events?  Register your email address with us and follow us on Instagram or Facebook!


Welding for Beginners Workshop - with Ian Michael

In this hands-on workshop, our very own Ian Michael, who is a metal sculptor and also has a certificate IV in Training and Assessment, will introduce you to the basics of welding.

You will learn to weld with a MIG and MMA (stick) welder and how to weld different types of metals.

Using these techniques you will produce your own simple artwork to take home.

The workshop is limited to 6 places and we need a minimum of 4 people attending to run the workshop. Children over the age of 14 are welcome to attend.

Please contact Jane on 0427448481 if you are interested.

$110 per person including materials

Lust for Rust - A Special Effects Metallic Paint workshop - with Jane Michael

This two and a half hour workshop is an introduction to working with special effects metallic paint; learn how to make any paintable surface look like aged metal, the techniques involved and the surfaces it can be applied to.

Jane Michael, an artist with a Certificate IV in training and Assessment, will show you how to apply special effects paint and use different methods to create various patinas and oxidisation effects. You will then produce your own outdoor artwork to take home. If you have a piece of your own that you would like to work on you are welcome to bring it - but it's best to check with us first to make sure it's appropriate.

All materials and equipment are supplied. Children over the age of 14 can attend. We recommend wearing older clothes on the day, as it can be a messy process!

To book, or for further details, please contact Jane on 0427448481.

$110 per person including materials

Cyanotype Printing Workshop - with Meleah Farrell

In this hands-on and experimental workshop, local abstract photographer Meleah Farrell will introduce you to one of the oldest photographic processes – Cyanotype Printing. Cyanotypes are also commonly nicknamed “blueprints” due to their characteristically bright cyan-blue colour.

Cyanotype printing was discovered in 1842 by astronomer John Herschel in a quest to make copies of his notes. It was brought to the field of photography by botanist Anna Atkins, who first used it to capture shadow images of plants for scientific illustration.

Using traditional techniques with an updated recipe, you will produce your very own unique and handcrafted Cyanotype Prints by composing found items and local flora on paper and fabric – and then developing them using sunlight. 

If you would like to see examples of what can be created visit our Pinterest board or go to Instagram and search #designerdirtworkshops to see our cyanotype workshops.

The workshop is limited to 12 places and we need a minimum of 8 people attending to run the workshop. We will consider running a second workshop if we get adequate numbers. Register through our Facebook event (Just click "Going") or phone Jane on 0427448481. This is a fantastic workshop and Meleah is a very talented and knowledgeable teacher!

$110 per person including materials

Workshop Payment + Cancellation Policy

Full payment must be paid at least two weeks before the event.  Please note that your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received in full.

If the event is cancelled by Designer Dirt (e.g. due to bad weather, insufficient numbers or illness), participants will be offered a full refund, a reschedule or a credit.

If a participant wishes to cancel their booking more than 7 days before commencement of the event, a $20 administration fee will apply and then the balance will be refunded. Participants can also choose to transfer their credit to a future event.

Participant fees will not be refunded for cancellations made within 7 days of the event commencement. If we can fill your spot, a full refund will be made, minus a $20 administration fee.

Payment can be made by EFTPOS at the yard or over the phone, cheque or direct deposit.

Please make cheques payable to "Designer Dirt".

Direct deposit details -

Account name - Designer Dirt

BSB - 086 518

A/C No. - 94 712 2318

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