Community Arts is our drop in happy place where you can create, experience, discover and play! Everyone can be creative – you just need to have a go, and our supportive volunteers and tutors make that easy. Take a break from concerts, dancing and eating to indulge in some relaxing artmaking.
Free All Day Activities
Painting – Put your mark on the 2018 NFF community mural and revisit the masterpieces that you painted in previous years as the mural boards pop up all around the festival. If you’re feeling a bit more artistic there are many other painting opportunities on offer.
Dream Catchers – Try your hand making your very own dream catcher! Learn the different techniques and materials that can be used.
Wool works – learn the art of knitting or crochet, or share your skills with other festivalgoers.
Jewellery making – For the younger artists there are colourful scobiedou wristbands to explore, while older attendees can use wire to create more detailed earrings, bracelets or pendants.
Weaving – learn to weave packing tape using the Sepaktakraw tradition, into a globe shape and then add your art to our Festival group installation.
Sculpt – Construct your own amazing piece using recycled art materials and junk.
Lantern Making – Construct and decorate your own lantern that you can carry in the Festival Parade, lit with LED lights, or join in with others in creating large scale parade puppets.
Be inspired with our great value paid workshops listed below, where you can learn some amazing new techniques and leave with great skills and memories and your own piece of art. Prices range from only $5 – $35.
Limited places will also be available to book on site at the Festival, from the Community Arts Office opposite the Fitzroy building.
Learn more complicated designs with tutor Sharon from Rainbowtopia. Attendees will be given two items to experiment on and may also choose to bring an extra piece such as a silk scarf or cotton sarong.
$30 Monday 9:30am
Discover the simplicity of using sun-activated, non-toxic, water-based dyes to make colourful, wearable art without boiling, salting, rinsing or wasting water. Learn the many variances achievable from the amazing Spiral design.
$15 Friday 9:30am, Saturday 9:30am, Sunday 11:00am
Friday 9:30am, Saturday 9:30am, Sunday 11:00am
This beautiful technique imprints leaves onto paper and fabric through boiling or steaming techniques. Tutor Deborah will teach you how to obtain a variety of colours and you will take home a small artist book and a stunning silk scarf featuring your botanical prints. Please note this class will have a break midway while the prints are setting.
$35 Friday 1:30pm, Saturday 9:30am, Sunday 9:30am, Monday 1:30pm
Friday 1:30pm, Saturday 9:30am, Sunday 9:30am, Monday 1:30pm
Join local Potter Richilde from Girl Nomad Ceramics for a fun and relaxed hand building and modelling workshop. At the end you will be able to take your creation home with you.
$15 Saturday 2:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm, Monday 1:30pm
Saturday 2:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm, Monday 1:30pm
Create your own unique pendants using marbling, decoupage and painting techniques. Under the guidance of tutor Gabrielle, participants can try different techniques and take home three fantastic pendants. Suitable for children and adults, a great class to do together!
$10 Friday 3:30pm, Saturday 1:00pm
Friday 3:30pm, Saturday 1:00pm
Create charcoal sketches of the figure with a partially clothed live model. Learn drawing and sketching techniques with a series of quick studies before completing a longer pose. All skill levels welcome and catered for under the guidance of artist Janet from janethayesart.com
$15 Friday 11:30am, Saturday 3:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm, Monday 1:30pm
Friday 11:30am, Saturday 3:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm, Monday 1:30pm
Learn the ancient and wonderful art of making wine from honey. Michael from Wins Creek Meadery will teach you the process of brewing mead from simple, pure ingredients. Take away local raw honey and yeast to begin fermenting your own mead at home.
$15 Saturday 11:15am, Monday 9:30am
Saturday 11:15am, Monday 9:30am
Create beautiful and intriguing three dimensional artworks using cut, layered, stitched and folded paper. Learn how to work with vintage books to create these unique forms with talented tutor Joy from Willopress.
$15 11:45am, Monday 9:15am
11:45am, Monday 9:15am
Chris from Happy Faces will demonstrate application techniques and how to develop initial outlines to create fantastic designs. Bring your ideas and then participate in the Grand Parade later in the day!
$15 Sunday 3:00pm
Thinking about structures – strength for how they will be displayed; and fine details for ultimate designs, rather than just shape. Come with ideas for something ambitious to make, and get started.
$10 Saturday 9:00am
After a brief overview of characteristics of parade lanterns and the four stages of the process, this workshop will focus on framing and papering. Learn six types of structural joins and use them to make a small pyramid lantern and a larger tubular form, which could become a body, arm, leg or tail of a large parade lantern.
$5 Friday 9:00am, Saturday 11:00am, Sunday 11:00am
Friday 9:00am, Saturday 11:00am, Sunday 11:00am
This free workshop is primarily for people part-way through a project to finish for the Sunday Grand Parade. Hear about other lantern project challenges and get support and ideas for completing yours.
FREE Sunday 9:00am
Learn traditional basket making skills to make your own colourful coiled, wrapped, or crocheted vessel from recycled fabrics with Joy from Willopress.
$15 Saturday 1:00pm, Sunday 9:30am
Saturday 1:00pm, Sunday 9:30am
Stand out from the crowd by learning basic millinery techniques and create your own headpiece, brooch or hair flower. Milliner Barb from BMDesigns will teach techniques for hand draping flowers and freeform sculpting of sinamay material to fabulous effect!
$25 Friday 1:00pm, Sunday 2:30pm
Friday 1:00pm, Sunday 2:30pm
Both beginners and those with existing skills are invited to join us to learn the traditional art of henna. Expert tutor Rianna will teach you the necessary knowledge, skills and control to create henna body art for friends and family.
$15 Friday 10:00am, Saturday 3pm, Monday 11:30am
Friday 10:00am, Saturday 3pm, Monday 11:30am
This workshop uses simple drawing techniques on foam sheets to create blocks which are then printed using brayers and block ink onto coloured card with striking results. No sharp tools or special equipment are required, so this is a skill you will use again and again at home. Suitable for both children and adults – another great class¬¬ to do together.
$10 Sunday 1:00pm, Monday 11:30am
Sunday 1:00pm, Monday 11:30am
Take home your own handcrafted wooden toy, constructed from pre-cut components under the direct guidance of an ACT Woodcraft Guild member. Construction time is approximately 15 minutes, so drop in anytime during the session once you have booked in.
$10 Friday 2:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Monday 11:30am
Friday 2:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Monday 11:30am
Join the Parade
One of the highlights of the Festival, as the sun sets on Friday and Saturday night our lantern parade will wind through the Festival crowds. Sunday culminates with the Grand Parade, where costumed children from KidzFest join the lantern carrying creatives from Community Arts, all accompanied by circus performers, stilt walkers and top Festival bands. This visual feast will lead you into Borderland where an LED light show awaits. Be part of this wonderful experience by carrying your very own lantern or sculpture, created in Community Arts. Or if you’d rather watch the spectacle, follow the lights and laughter that our close knit community creates in this celebration of the Nash.