Something for Everyone

The Cooroora Institute has a great roll-up of events in wood, metal, words, and music over the next few months.

Check out our calendar, details. Don’t forget we close for all of 2019 for a sabbatical, so this is your chance to share the song of this country through creative practice. If you’ve been thinking, I’ll do that one of these years, this is the time to pounce.

Work from our teachers and students are on display in our mini gallery, which is open weekly along with our café, library, and studios. If you’d like more details, or just need the extra inspiration, come along any Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm. 

Wood artistry: April, May, July, and September

Along with Ross’ regular Thursday woodworking classes, we have two carving workshops and three intensives. Ross still has a few places available on Thursdays and takes all comers from beginners to experts; they are relaxed and enjoyable classes from a highly respected and skilled designer/maker/teacher. As Ross is going away for a month from mid July to mid August (an international artist collaboration and teaching in Canada), we are offering a 10% discount to all Thursday woodworking students for the following wood workshops. weekly woodworking classes
The first carving opportunity is at the end of this month with the highly skilled passionate wood carver and sculptor John Van Der Kolk; here you’ll learn everything you need to carve and to carve better using the bird form as a teaching tool. John is a master artisan, winning many awards and teaching all over the world; John always over-delivers and he’s a great and caring teacher, so you’ll go home with far more than just birds. SCULPTURAL WOOD CARVING WITH JOHN VAN DER KOLK - CARVING BIRDS

The following month, we have our regular Spoontanza with not one, but three very different and skilled teachers; we can guarantee you’ll make multiple beautiful spoons and learn many approaches to hand carving, machining, finishing, and design with Carole Russel, Gary Field, and Jeff Fraser. Spoontanza 2018

In July, Ross offers his favourite activity of bending wood, using many techniques including steam, heat, lamination, kerf, and pipe. Ross is one of Australia’s go-to experts in wood bending and a great teacher too, so if you want to put the curve into your making, this is the course. Wood Bending
Later, in September, we provide for the full range of woodworking capacity: six days of hand-tool fundamentals with Ross for those just beginning (Handtools fundamentals) or a seven day intensive with the master of furniture making and design, Brian Reid, coming all the way from the USA to teach us all the fine art of hand-made jointing through mitres and birdsbeaks – for those seriously into fine furniture making, this is not to be missed. Brian is one of America’s best makers and a great teacher. Cabinet Intensive with Brian Reid

The language of country and of clay: in May

The month of May also provides the opportunity for families to spend three Sunday mornings with the marvellous Aunty Beverley Hand, Kabi Kabi elder and Mimburi director, who walks and talks this country and will introduce you to some local words for country, to a better understanding of Indigenous connections through ancestry, song, drawing, performance, and walking place. This is a rare honour to sit in a talking circle in our beautiful space with someone who speaks the language of country. Our lovely Indigenous art coordinator, Melissa Stannard, will also be here to help younger children learn and play with these ideas. Language of Country

The amazing Anika will run her second introduction to ceramics and clay on Saturday afternoons, where you’ll learn handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques as well as glazing and wood-firing. It’s a great introduction to pottery with a patient teacher and experienced potter with buyers lining up to get hold of her work. We also have many books and ceramic artworks to help inspire you too. Introductory Ceramics.

Metal, sculpture, jewellery, copper, blacksmithing: June

June, our excuse for a winter, is our heavy metal month. We’ll stay warm with the forge and with welding, plasma cutting, annealing, hollowing, raising, bending, planishing, drilling, riveting, soldering, and blacksmithing. Heavy Metal Month
The lovely, grounded, skilled, world-famous even, Canadian blacksmith Sandra Dunn will be here with her assistant Bronson to teach sculptural forms using sheet copper as well as three days of introductory blacksmithing making wall hooks and candle sticks. Coppersmithing  Blacksmithing

Bill Dorman, our regular winter teacher and teacher of the year almost all the time, will be teaching metal techniques for jewellers, sculptors, and furniture makers to add to his life of making intriguing story sculptural works all around the world. Metal Techniques

And a last minute addition is the amazing sculptor Neville Parker from New Zealand who will be here for most of heavy metal month, offering his highly skilled capacity along with many bad jokes. 
Together we’ll also be making the railings around the new tank; if you do any of the metal courses, you are welcome to join in the community collaboration and keep learning and exchanging skills. It’s going to be a great month – really kicking off from 9thJune and finishing 22ndJune. If you come to it all, or even just one component, you’ll never regret it!

Wild words, words, and more words: August, September, October

Towards the end of August, the Cooroora Institute is offering a lively one day interactive seminar exploring developments in wild laws and earth jurisprudence with Michelle Maloney, the co-founder and national convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. Wild Law
Tamsin will be teaching her fully immersive and transformative Poetics of Place course, drawing on nature writing, journal keeping, and conversations with the nooks of environment in September. Poetics of place

And our old friend and skilled writer, Stephanie Green, will be our writer in residence over October and will be offering a workshop in (slightly) more standard practices in developing mastery in writing and reading. Stephanie Green

Wild printing: using all the other tools of our workshops and from country: September

Which leaves us with the tools of printing press, the metal press, plaster and ceramic work, used to explore ways to creatively record the language of the wild a little more. Anne Harris, eco-dyer extraordinaire and wild artist, along with Anika, Ross, and Tamsin (the full package!) will offer eco dyeing, natural inks, wild printing on paper with plants and animal remains using an etching press, printing wood grain, making impressions of plant materials in clay, and rolling textures from nature on metal with a rolling press, as well as words and walking. A little taste and try of everything and a way to start our own conversations with the places we inhabit. Wild Printing


And last, but not least, music: August, October, December

How’s this for exciting? Along with our fast-growing wood-lot, we are planting a piano at the end of the property and on 26th August, prepared piano and wild music experts are coming from around the country to play it and perform. Clocked Out duo – percussionist and wild music partner, Vanessa Tomlinson and composer and pianist Erik Griswold – will play with West Australian composer and performer Linsey Vickery. We’ll be around the planted piano for the first part of the performance, then walk through the woodlot to coffee and more performance. All 2018 students get free tickets. 
In October, we hope to have the beautiful Danielle Joint here as musician in residence from West Australia, and will confirm as soon as it’s certain. 
And we’ll have our traditional end of year concert and student/teacher exhibition in early December; free to all students, volunteers, teachers, and residents from our busy 2018 year. I suspect Jeunae Rogers may be involved bringing her travelled experience and local knowing of this country to her beautiful voice and compositions.

Stay in touch with reminders of things coming up through the Cooroora Institute’s mailing list: we hope to see you here either for one of these great events or just one Sunday afternoon. We hope you are all sharing the song of the earth through participation in such creative practice. 

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


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