Set in our new Creative Space , our workshops offer a unique experience where floortalks of the Gallery's three exhibition spaces are combined with a workshop in a specially built room. OPur after school workshops cater to young members of the community wishing to further their creative thinking, and develop an appreciation of the visual arts.

The workshops are presented by a practising artist who is able to bring out each participant’s unique style and interests.

We also offer workshops for schools and other community groups to visit the gallery. Below you will find a current list of these, but we are also open to developing the workshops to suit your needs.



Create and Make – Curious Creatures of the Sea
(For years 5-13)
A series of six workshops responding to artworks in the Exhibition: Tidal
Tuesdays or Wednesdays 4-5pm

Tuesday 6, 13, 20, 27 November and 4, 11 December
or Wednesday 7, 14, 21,28 November and 5, 12 December

These sessions are Free of Charge


Bookings essential: [email protected] or (03) 6424 8296

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YOUTH ARTS – Urban Art Waves
Creating cartoons, print and paint effects, planning and installing a paste-up mural.
For ages 12 - 16 years.
Mondays 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec
4.00 - 5.00pm

Cost: FREE (bookings essential)



Facilitated by Ashleigh Butler. 1,2,3... Create uses music, art and sensory play to create a fun, educational program for children aged 1–4 years with their carers and parents.

2018 dates: Wednesdays 10–11 am
28 November @ paranaple Arts Centre

Who: ages 1-5 years
Free of Charge
Bookings essential: (03) 6424 8296 or [email protected]

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Workshops at the Gallery for Schools and Community Groups

The Gallery offers the following workshops in relation to two new exhibitions (opening November 2, 2018) Tidal.18 City of Devonport National Art Award and  In Your Words, The Robinson Project. Workshops are also offered in relation to the upcoming Tidal Festival and the Permanent Collection. 

Most workshops can be adjusted for differing year levels, and will take place in our new Creative Space workshop area. 


Some artworks explore changes in our natural world, caused by the forces of nature and human intervention. Find out how some artists have expressed these ideas. The Gallery tour will focus on global changes in the environment (melting ice, atolls, land formations) and human impact  (plastic, tourism, pollution). 

Make a mini diorama about a landform you are concerned about, focusing on your own knowledge and ideas about our changing world. 

(Curriculum context - Arts: Considering ethical and valued ways of being and acting at a personal level in the wider world, experiment with different technologies, materials and processes to make a new artwork, use and experiment with a broad range of materials; Science: climate change and its effects, the changing earth, thinking about the challenges that environmental degradation pose, people use science to care for their environment). 



Sometimes a place contains experiences and memories for us. Some of the artists in Tidal.18 have related places by the sea and coastal regions as holding meaning and memories for them. These meanings and memories are also held in the artworks which are made about the place. Like-wise the community members speaking in  In Your Words, The Robinson Project voice memories which are evoked by photographs of places. 

Paint a picture of a place which holds meaning or memory for you and write an artist statement to explain the significance of the place to the viewer. 

(Curriculum context - Literacy: speaking and listening, reading, viewing, writing and creating; Arts: explore, express and communicate ideas, feelings and experiences, Literacy: language, listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating, cross-curricular: links between writing and art-making) 



Artworks are often made through a series of processes. A Tour of the gallery will explore how artists in tidal.18 have used multiple processes to make artworks, including unusual materials and techniques such as gathering mist, and collecting sounds and light.  

Invent and describe new ways of making artworks and make an artwork with unusual materials. 

(Curriculum context - Science: how people use science every day to make art, Arts: use and experiment with a broad range of materials, make independent, deliberate decisions about the use of imagery, concept, materials and techniques) 


The waters around us are home to many creatures – some of which can be discovered in the artworks of tidal.18. A gallery tour and discussion about our relationships to these creatures will lead to a workshop where students can participate in drawing scientific illustrations of local water creatures to contribute to a public art mural on the paranaple arts centre wall. (Artworks can be photographed if students wish to contribute to the mural, but keep their original artwork). 

(Curriculum context – Science: People use science to care for their environment, living things have basic needs; Social Sciences: The impact that settlement has on the environs) 


In some ways, artworks try to comment about ideas in ways other than words. Some of the artworks are about ideas which are difficult to sort out in our minds or express. Explore the exhibition from the lens of how artists are conveying complex ideas through art materials, processes and their artist’s statement. 

Discuss, draw, paint and write words, phrases and poetry about our relationship with the sea and coastline. Artworks, words and phrases can be contributed to a collaborative poetry installation. (The installation can be displayed at your community, and we also invite you to have it displayed as part of the Tidal Festival January 2019). 

(Curriculum context -  Literacy: speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing and creating, aesthetic texts, explore, express and communicate ideas, Arts: communicate ideas and feelings; Science: climate change and its effects, the changing earth). 


In Your Words, The Robinson Project  

Exhibitions of the Robinson Collection draw from 100,000 photographic negatives taken by local photographers Bert and Albert Robinson in the mid-nineteenth Century. The new exhibition -   In Your Words, The Robinson Project -  includes the voices of nine local community members talking about photographs they have chosen from the collection. The exhibition is accompanied by a digital resource which can be used for follow-up activities in the classroom. 


Drawing on what you see in the photographs and what the community members have spoken about, can you think of which things remain the same and what has changed? Write or speak your own response to one of the photos in the exhibition. 


This workshop can include your choice of writing, speaking and voice recording activities. Students respond to the photographs by presenting to the rest of the group. They could present to the class in pairs, one person holding the chosen photograph whilst the other speaks. Students can also bring their own photographs to the workshop for other people to respond to. 

(Curriculum context-  literacy: speaking and listening, reading, viewing, writing and creating; Arts: communicate ideas and feelings, explore, express and communicate ideas, social learning; History: understanding the experiences, beliefs and values of people from the past and present, develop a deeper and broader comprehension of the world in which we live) 


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