Continuing Furniture making Classes
Nov
2
to Dec 21

Continuing Furniture making Classes

Weekly furniture making and fine woodworking class. 

3 class times available - Mornings 9-12, afternoons 1-4, and evenings 5:30-8:30. Feb 9, - Aug 31, 2017

In our continuing weekly classes, we work on student directed projects. Students all begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design. Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools. We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Felder  panel saw, Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, Hammer spiral head thicknesser, spindle moulder, mortisers, overhead routers etc).

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Sculptural furniture making class with Ross Annels
Nov
7
to Dec 12

Sculptural furniture making class with Ross Annels

Explore the expressive side of furniture making. We will draw, stack-laminate, carve, bend, cooper, turn, join, burn, and paint to achieve sculptural forms that also serve a functional purpose. In the class we will begin building either a small table or a seating form. You will need to set aside studio time of your own to complete your project. This class is an introduction to a range of advanced techniques for creating and joining sculptural furniture elements. 

6 weeks Tuesdays, 10:30am-5:30pm, 7 Nov - 12 Dec 2017

Class limited to 4

$780 plus materials

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Nature writing and the poetics of place
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Nature writing and the poetics of place

Exploring place through art journal and writing…

You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:

  • build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
  • play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
  • sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.

$275, includes materials.

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Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture
Aug
4
to Aug 6

Get Bent: Bending wood for sculpture and furniture

It's almost alchemical - turning the stiff brittle stuff that is timber into a plastic material that forms lovely curves ...

In this workshop we will spend 3 hands-on days exploring bending techniques for use in studio furniture and sculpture. We will work with steam bending, laminating, kerf-bending and hot-pipe bending, and investigate a range of approaches to each technique. 

Ross has taught wood bending at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA, to Indonesian Forest Product Researchers, to university design students, and to woodworkers from all around Australia.

More about this course.

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$750, includes materials.

 

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Jewellery gone wild: not so fine jewellery techniques.
Jul
14
to Jul 16

Jewellery gone wild: not so fine jewellery techniques.

This workshop will cover a range of techniques for "not so fine" jewellery. This is not specifically a jewellery course. It will cross across metals and techniques that can be used in jewellery or for inclusion in woodwork, small sculpture or wherever your fancy takes you.

More information here.

Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). Feel free to contact Bill before hand with special requests or questions. 

This is the second of two workshops with Bill Dorman in our Metal Month - you can do one or the other or both. Individually the workshop is $850. Buy a place.

There is a special discounted price of $1500 for both workshops.

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Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman
Jul
7
to Jul 9

Metal techniques for Sculpture with Bill Dorman

The return of this very popular teacher and workshop.  

Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). This workshop will cover a range of techniques for working with metals in sculptural context.

More information about this course here.

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This is the first of two workshops with Bill Dorman in our Metal Month - you can do one or the other or both. Individually this workshop is $850.

There is a special discounted price of $1500 for both workshops.

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Smoke on the Water
Jun
28
to Jul 2

Smoke on the Water

Australian wood fire ceramics conference. The mudlark pottery is a host studio.

During the lead up to Smoke on the Water, contemporary aboriginal artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins will be in residence and will work with students from Griffith University's Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program in Cooroora's Mudlark Studio. 

Grace Cochrane, art critic and craft writer, will be our visiting scholar in residence over this period. 

Anika Annels will be firing the Kiln on Wednesday 28th, from 8am into the evening. The kiln will be opened over our regular Open Studios on Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm, with a number of visual artists in attendance. 

At 4pm Wednesday 28th there will be a tour of our newly established coppicing woodlot, and a talk from Steve Husband and Phil Moran from Noosa District Landcare on growing your own fuel, followed by coffee and drinks in the courtyard and studios.

The Cooroora Institute cafe and mini gallery will be open throughout the conference and visitors are welcome.

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Chairmaking class with Ross Annels
May
23
to Jul 25

Chairmaking class with Ross Annels

Let Ross guide you through the process of making a refined dining chair. Along the way we will investigate ergonomics, design, shaping and bending timber, joinery options, jigs and upholstery. Requires previous woodworking experience.

Class size limited to 4

10 weeks Tuesdays 10:30am - 5:30pm

$1300, includes materials.

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Women's Woodworking Class
Apr
25
to May 16

Women's Woodworking Class

A gentle introduction to woodworking, including the use of hand tools, power tools and workshop machinery. In just one day a week for 4 weeks Ross will guide you through making a series of small wooden boxes, using increasingly sophisticated techniques each week.

10:30am - 2:30 pm Tuesdays, 25 April - 16 May.

$400, includes materials.

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Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class
Mar
28
to Apr 11

Hand tool fundamentals woodwork class

If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills.  This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.

Limited to 6 participants

4 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30am-5:30pm from 28 March - 18 April 2017

$520, includes materials. 

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Working with machinery class: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels
Feb
14
10:30am10:30am

Working with machinery class: build a workshop stool with Ross Annels

An introduction to basic machine tool woodworking, covering the safe and accurate use of basic static wood machinery. We will prepare timber with the bandsaw, surface planer, thickness planer, and cut joinery with mortisers, routers, drill press, panel saw and spindle moulder.

Limited to 4 participants

6 weeks, Tuesdays 10:30 - 5:30, 14 February - 21 March.

$840, includes materials.

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The handcut dovetail class with Brian Reid
Dec
12
to Dec 13

The handcut dovetail class with Brian Reid

Dovetails, sweet dovetails, wasp waisted dovetails, created at the bench, quietly, with the whispers of a well tuned saw and crisply sharpened chisel. We strive for perfection and beauty with the simplest of tools. It just doesn't get any better than this. In two days you will be more than on your way to mastering this most beautiful of joints.

$540, catered, includes materials.

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Cooroora Institute End of year Celebration
Dec
10
1:00pm 1:00pm

Cooroora Institute End of year Celebration

 

A gentler end to the Cooroora Institute's year (to replace our long dinner). We'll have some student's work on display along with gift certificates for our many courses next year. All the long term inhabitant artists will be here: Ross Annels, Tamsin Kerr, and Anika Annels, along with our two USA artists-in-residence, Brian Reid and Monica Chau, who will talk about their practice and fine work. And there'll be champagne and nibbles and celebration all round for another year of creative practice in sharing the song of this earth. All welcome!

 

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Sonic Environments
Nov
20
9:30am 9:30am

Sonic Environments

Listening to place: sonic adventures

Join Vanessa Tomlinson, Leah Barclay and Tamsin Kerr for a day exploring the sonic environments and acoustic ecologies of place. The morning will start with a sound walk and listening activities followed by presentation and discussion about the practice and philosophy of listening, recording, improvising, composing, and celebrating the many layered sounds of place. The afternoon will be a listening museum of transient installations and performances celebrating the acoustic ecologies of the Cooroora Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to join improvisations, collaborate on site-responsive installations or explore and discover sonic environments throughout the landscape. 

9:30am to 5pm Sunday 20th November

Full day catered: $75/$45

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Nature writing and the poetics of place with Tamsin Kerr
Sep
24
to Sep 25

Nature writing and the poetics of place with Tamsin Kerr

Exploring place through art journal and writing…

You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:

  • build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
  • play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
  • sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.

Tamsin says

"Some of the inspirations for this course: Barbara Hurd, Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver, Barbara York Main, Annie Dillard, Margaret Sommerville, Freya Matthews, Judith Wright, Kathleen McArthur, John Wolesley, Andy Goldsworthy, and so many more.

We'll be putting together our own responses to one small area in our vine rainforest through conversation, wild printing, weaving, and words: a start to the many partnerships we can form with place wherever we are.

You'll learn a good process for writing words that speak to our emotions with intelligence and poetic conciseness; based upon reading, finding the still centre of a writing site, creatively transforming the blank page, and listening to both the place and to your own words."

Cost: $275 includes morning and afternoon teas, materials, and two days tuition. Bring lunch to share.

Dr Tamsin Kerr writes short stories and magazine articles about creativity and environment. She has a PhD on the role of the wild in the arts, and is nationally and internationally awarded for her Nature Writing. She has run workshops and given talks around the world and was voted best teacher in her last university course. She has a large social media following and directs the Cooroora Institute, sharing the song of the earth through creative practice.

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Solo Cello concert with Louise King
Sep
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Solo Cello concert with Louise King

The fabulous Louise King performs modern art music for solo cello.
 

Louise King takes you on a virtuosic collection of art music written in the last two decades for solo cello inspired by landscape, horizon, place and light showcasing her signature style of virtuosity, expression and vivid story-telling. Inspired by natural landscape, sense of place, stories of migration, identity and global horizons, this performance promises beauty and lyricism.

Inspired by natural landscape, sense of place, stories of migration, identity and global horizons, this performance promises beauty and lyricism. Hear the evocative sound of didgeridu bowing, musical birdcalls on the horizon and natural landscape. Acoustically brilliant, visually stunning, enticingly modern, expertly curated, the CELLO DREAMINGcollection offers a thrilling glimpse into modern music.

PROGRAM to include works for solo cello by Australian composers Paul Stanhope, Iain Grandage, Peter Sculthorpe, Sarah Hopkins, Betty Beath, Stephen Cronin and Scottish composer Sally Beamish featuring an Australian premiere of a work HORIZON by New York composer Nell Shaw Cohen.

When

Friday, 9 September 2016 from 5:30pm, concert begins 6pm.

Where

Cooroora Institute, 780 Cooroy Belli Ck Rd, Black Mountain, 4563

Cost
Tickets from $20 - $40. Ticketing from eventbrite.

Other Information

This is an outdoor venue on a steep hill overlooking a beautiful valley. Bring warm casual clothes and a rug to sit on.

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2016 Noosa Open Studios
Aug
19
to Aug 21

2016 Noosa Open Studios

Cooroora Institute is part of the Noosa Open Studios Weekend: 19-21 August. We’ll have the café operating with our fine barista and potter, Anika Annels and our studios – woodworking, ceramics, printing, metalworking, word crafting – all open. Our mini gallery and teaching studio will be full of recent works, available for sale. This includes fine furniture, table, chairs, and art furniture; wood block prints, word art and prints, ceramics, cards, jewelry, and small works inspired by the natural world all around us.

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