Art class

All art workshops/classes are introductory and suitable for most ages and abilities. Workshops run for two hours with a set fee. Workshops can be tailored to suit your or your groups needs. Mentoring, Portfolio and Group workshops are tailored to suit therefore fee is negotiated.

Artist Fern Smith holds a working with children certificate, Advanced Diploma Electronic Design and Interactive Media 2000, practicing artist for 30 years and ten years of art workshops experience with  people  from all walks of life, abilities and age. From individuals, groups, communities, neighbourhood houses, and education institutions (Primary and Tertiary)

Sometimes it is not the creativity, it is the trade you want to know. How do I do that? An entry level into knowing your craft in  oil painting the non toxic way . While the oil is drying get to know  the ins and outs of opaque watercolour on cotton. There is method in the madness. One hour sessions then you can whizz home and practice until next time.

One hour workshop with Fern Smith



Puppet Making: Learning the art of puppet making brings together the art of craft, character development, art practice and developing imagination creativity. You will be introduced to different types of puppets for example; Shadow puppet, Rod puppet, Glove puppet to Marionette puppet. Through puppet creation you are introduced to design and development, drawing, printing, construction, sewing, pasting, painting, paper clay. 2 hour session.

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Bookbinding: Learn the basics bookbinding styles from the ancient scroll to the modern art house methods. Through bookbinding you are introduced to design and development, drawing, printing, construction, sewing, pasting, and binding. Two hour session.

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Banner Art:  A great way to bring your friends or community together. Learn the Tuthill method of banner making. Banners give a sense of time, place and belonging.Through banner making you are introduced to design and development, drawing, printing, painting and sewing. Two hour session.

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Mentoring program, Tailored workshops & Portfolio creation

To start the conversation please download this guide: FernArtz-Workshop-Mentoring-Portfolio-form

The ‘exhibition’ mentoring program spanning 12 months is designed for emerging artists and creatives. The focus of the program is to provide you guidance in designing, developing, creating, curating, promoting and presenting a body of work for an exhibition.

  • Design and establish your programme
  • Coaching sessions (fortnightly)
  • Quarterly workshops
  • Exhibition venue at FernArtz studio
  • Tailored to suit you

Create your own portfolio:  This workshop is a one to one workshop. Suitable for persons who wish to gain entry into an art course at University or a (Tafe) Technical college. Fern will assist you in; selecting your artworks and sketches for your portfolio; enable art speak of your art style; design develop and produce to a hand crafted portfolio. Tailored to suit you.

One off workshops  at studio or off site for groups price is dependant  on size, materials, time, venue and will be negotiated.

All workshops are tailored to suit.

On going general creative workshops work out cheaper per workshop minimum is two hour at $80 per hour unless negotiated and confirmed in writing and paid before workshop starts.

More on Fern Smith the artist, her many art projects and artists in her family Joy HesterGray SmithPeregrine Smith. To know and understand about copyrights. 

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Fern Smith
FernArtz Studio
23a Lorensen Avenue
Merlynston Coburg North
Victoria Australia 3058
M: 0408978747

Fern Smith paper mache
Fern Smith paper Mache “egg shell” 2012

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