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Saturday Studio Sessions: Youth workshops with local artists

In the build up the this year's Young People of Bayside Art Exhibition, we're giving you the chance to work with some of our most talented local artists.

If you are aged between 13 and 25 and would like to see behind the scenes into a working artist’s studio and try your hand at a new medium, the come along and join us for our Saturday Studio Sessions.

Over the course of 6 weeks, you'll be able to work with professionals, either in their studios or at the Bayside Gallery.

Each week a different artist will be offering a workshop in a different medium, including clay wheel throwing, sculpture, photography, solar plate etching and animation. 

Designed especially for young people, each workshop is delivered in a safe and supportive environment where you can let your inner creative shine!

Places are limited so bookings are essential.

Pick your workshop

15 May: Urban Clay - Wheel Throwing
22 May: Adrian Spurr - Found Object Sculpture - cancelled
29 May: Rhiannon Slatter - Smart Phone Photography
5 June: Lisa Sewards - Solar Plate Etching
12 June: Merryl Sacher - Kiln-formed Glass Plate
19 June: Luhsun Tan - Stop Motion Animation

Rhiannon Slatter - Smart Phone Photography

Date: Saturday 29 June, 2pm – 4pm 

Cost: $20

Location: Bayside Gallery, Cnr Carpenter & Wilson Street, Brighton

Smartphone capturing image of a colourful tube station.

Image credit: Unsplash photos, artist Mike Kienle

Join local artist Rhiannon Slatter for this wonderful workshop in photography. Using your own smartphones, this workshop will explore some key elements of photographic image making. While actively examining the gallery’s immediate environment, we will explore different qualities of available light, what can be achieved with changing angles of view and some fundamental principles of composition.

Rhiannon Slatter bookings

Details will be available here soon.

Lisa Sewards - Solar Plate Etching

Date: Saturday 5 June, 2pm – 4pm 

Cost: $20

Location: Studio #Artist Proof, 16A Advantage Road, Highett

Lisa Sewards Afloat (6 of 8) 2019 46x36cm (framed), etching, hand coloured,plate 18.5cm diameter.Image credit: Lisa Sewards Afloat (6 of 8) 2019 46x36cm (framed), etching,hand coloured,plate 18.5cm diameter


An introduction into non-toxic Printmaking within the Artist’s private vintage warehouse studio – this simple contemporary and safe approach of etching plates is an alternative to hazardous traditional intaglio techniques whereby acids are required to etch the drawing lines into copper plates. Participants will create a line drawing, etch the image onto a metal backed photopolymer solar plate using UV light (the sun or a UV light box), and develop the plate using water.  A small edition of prints will be hand pulled on a Printmaking Press using beautiful 300gsm printmaking papers. 

Solar plate etchings and impressions have reached the same level of being exhibited as traditional etchings and engravings in places like The National Gallery of Australia. 

Lisa Sewards bookings

Kiln-formed Glass Plate with Merryl Sacher

Date: Saturday 12 June, 2pm – 4pm

Cost: $20

Location: Merryl’s Mosaics & Glass Studio, 723 Glen Huntly Rd, Caulfield VIC 3162

Fused glass Image from artist's website

Join Merryl Sacher in her mosaic and glass studio to discover the wonders of kiln-formed glass. Work with glass cutting tools to create your own glass plate that will be fused and slumped in a kiln.

Merryl Sacher bookings

Luhsun Tan - Stop Motion Animation

Date: Saturday 19 June, 2pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $20

Location: Billilla Historic Mansion

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Image credit: Creator: kanishiotu | Credit: Getty Images

Join Billilla Artist in Residence, Luhsun Tan in this exciting workshop where you will learn how to create a stop motion animation using your own smart phone or iPad.

Luhsun Tan bookings