Art and Craft Courses, Classes and Workshops at the Plant Craft Cottage

Saturday Craft Workshop with Lydia Beshara - 

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Join Lydia Beshara on our new Saturday program of Basketry/Craft Workshops for 2018. Lydia has Diplomas in Art and Horticulture and uses her passion for art, craft and plant materials to create unique baskets. Lydia is Basketry Group Coordinator at the Plant Craft Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and member of the Basket Makers of Victoria.
 When: Saturday 8 December 2018
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $85 (members) $95 (non-members)
Suitable for both adults and teenagers
No experience needed. All materials included. Morning tea and coffee provided. BYO Lunch.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - Limit of 10 per workshop


or phone Friends' office for Enquiries or bookings - 03 9650 6398

Paint Flowers in the Garden (Gouache) Workshop - Booked Out, phone Friends' office for waiting list

Gouache workshop with Jo Reitze of ‘Paints Your Garden’ in the Plant Craft Cottage's pretty garden. Bring the outside inside, capture the garden or that special spot. Join Jo at this hands-on workshop in the beautiful surrounds of the PPC Cottage Garden. This workshop will give participants experience working in gouache (opaque water colour), sometimes referred to as designer colour. This is a very forgiving medium and relies less on accidental effects than traditional watercolour. The strong tonal contrasts of oil can be achieved without the mess as it is a water based medium. A post card sized painting would be completed in the session.
A materials list will be available from the Friends’ office after booking.
Jo Reitze is a Fellow of The Victorian Artist’s Society and is the Past President of Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. Jo usually works on location (en plein air) and in recent years, has concentrated on painting flowers and gardens, enchanted by their colour and beauty.
When: Saturday 24 November 2018 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Plant Craft Cottage Garden (under cover if weather inclement) RBGV, Melbourne Gardens, enter via H Gate
Cost: Friends $50  Non members $70   (includes tea & coffee BYO lunch)


or phone Friends' office for Enquiries or bookings - 03 9650 6398 

Beginners' Basketry Workshops with Lydia Beshara

Come to one or come to all 4 beginners’ basketry workshops, each one which will teach you how to make something different using recycled, re-purposed, or new materials. Once you’ve started, basket-making will hook you in. Soon you will be collecting materials and making presents for everyone. It's a delightfully relaxing, rewarding avenue for self-expression.

 Grab your old shirts, sheets, wool, ribbon or whatever else you have lying around and join us for a beginners’ basketry workshop at Plant Craft Cottage nestled in the RBGV Melbourne Gardens. Each workshop will inspire you to make your very own treasures by re-purposing your old clothes and plant materials to tackle the growing war on waste.

No experience needed. All materials included. Suitable for both adults and teenagers.

When: Saturday 23 February 2019 - 10 am to 3 pm

Where: Plant Craft Cottage RBGV, Melbourne Gardens enter via H Gate
Cost: Friends $85     Non-Members $95 
Limit of 10 per workshop Morning tea and coffee provided. BYO Lunch.


or phone Friends' office for Enquiries or bookings - 03 9650 6398

Colours From The Kitchen Garden - Natural Dye Workshop - Advance Notice

Learn how to mordant wool yarn, make dye baths and obtain colours from the kitchen garden.

When: Saturday 23 March 2019 - 9 am to 3.30 pm

Where: Plant Craft Cottage, RBGV, Melbourne Gardens enter via H Gate
Cost: Friends $100     Non-members $135.00 
All materials supplied             

Number Limit 10
Closing date Thursday, 14 March
No late applications accepted.

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