Mix It Up

Series of 4 stand-alone afternoon workshops (available to both 'Mix it Up' and 'Retreat Mode' participants)

(Afternoon Elective)

Would you like to spend some time in a range of stimulating, creative sessions that give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills? This afternoon elective stream offers four distinct workshop sessions over four afternoons, each led by a different Arts professional and focusing on a different topic.  There are over 8 workshops to choose from!  You can either attend all or some of the four workshop sessions by selecting 'Mix it Up', or 'Retreat Mode' for your afternoon elective choice. Each workshop runs for 2.75hrs. Read about the 2019 workshops on offer below:

Vocal Health for Singers (and others!) - Andrew Pilcher - Sunday 6th January (Option 1 of 2)

This seminar is a targeted workshop to further optimise your vocal awareness. World renowned industry professional Andrew Pilcher offers extensive skills and methods to further advance your vocal craft - from basic vocal maintenance to advanced health and development. Calling all singers and anyone using voice in their work - no matter what your vocal experience - you will benefit from what this session offers!  Check out https://www.musicademy.com/2015/03/physiotherapy-voice-singers/ 

Andrew Pilcher is a dance, sports and performance physiotherapist, working extensively with dancers, acrobats and singers. He worked for 7 years in London at PhysioEd Medical on Harley Street and on over thirty West End productions. Andrew has extensive experience with BBC TV and with other successful performers in the commercial, opera and music theatre fields. He lectures in, and practices Vocal Unloading in many of London’s top performance institutes. Along with his wife Lara, Andrew has pastored artists at HTB London (the home of Alpha) and in Arts House, a gathering initiated in Covent Garden. They are involved in Creative Arts Europe and Life International Arts Week in Finland and Bulgaria.

Creating from Contemplation - Mardee Kaylock - Sunday 6th January (Option 2 of 2)

Spiritual disciplines such as slowing down, mindfulness, awareness, discernment, letting go and listening, are wonderful practices for our journey!  They are also essential disciplines for releasing creativity.  Creative freedom is nurtured by discipline, boundaries and sustainable self care practices.  This workshop will explore some contemplative practices and spiritual disciplines in the context of creating new or renewing old works.  And it will be a bit of fun!

MarDee Kaylock is an observer, listener, artist, writer and student. The youngest in her family she grew up amid conversations of life, death, God, football, prison and the rhythms of Warrandyte river. She has studied with and been mentored by incredible elders in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Europe. With over 35 years experience in theatre she has performed, directed and produced both locally and overseas earning respect as an award winning theatre practitioner. As a teacher, counsellor, and spiritual director she has worked in local government, state education and the community service sectors. Currently MarDee works as a freelance theatre maker, artists mentor, & spiritual director, as well as overseeing The Threshold Collective.

Musical Theatre - Lara Bianca Pilcher - Monday 7th January (Option 1 of 2)

Explore the world of the "triple threat" artist - acting, singing and dancing (we like to say "triple gift”)!  We will look into scenes from popular West End and Broadway shows, focusing on the authentic, seamless flow between three art forms.  Anyone with experience, or willingness to gain some, in any or all of these art forms is welcome!

Lara Bianca Pilcher has had a long and varied career as a professional dancer, singer, actress, teacher, producer, choreographer and presenter. Lara holds her Masters in Musical Theatre (Creative Practice - Choreography) from Arts Educational School, London (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber). Some of her favourite career highlights include performing with New Trails Dance Theatre in California, producing Project Dance in Sydney and London, dancing with the TAB 1 Dance Company in Jerusalem, being in the cast of Aladdin for the London tour and staring in ‘I DO! I DO!’ as Agnes at Riverside Studios, London. Lara holds her BCA Dance, from Excelsia University for the Arts, a Grad Dip Ed (Dance and Drama) from ECU and a Certificate II in Musical Theatre from WAAPA. Now based in Melbourne, Lara and her husband Andrew are involved in Creative Arts Europe and Life International Arts Week in Finland and Bulgaria.

Life Drawing - Chris Beck - Monday 7th January (Option 2 of 2)

Life drawing of the human body has a long honoured and respected history in Western Christian art. We are drawing the body as one of the best ways to develop our skills of observation and also seek deeply to communicate something about our human nature, made in the image of God. Life drawing is a sacred art form as well as a valuable skill to learn. 

Chris Beck is a trained art teacher and has coordinated community art groups and taught art privately and in schools in Queensland and Tasmania. He lives in Poatina and is part of the Poatina Artists' Colony, and loves drawing people as well as fantastical and imaginary things and creatures! Chris studied Diploma of Teaching (Art and History) and recently the Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Vis Art and History) at UTas. He also founded the Launceston Life Drawing Group.

Just Mucking Around - Mardee Kaylock - Wednesday 9th January (Option 1 of 2)

Say the words Drama Improv and people tend to either light up or seize up. So lets call it "Just Mucking Around”.  This workshop will be good old unlocking, playing and trying. If you are a painter, sculptor, writer, or fruit picker this workshop is for you! This is not high school theatre sports but some gentle exercises in imagining, laughing and giving things a go… an invitation to play.  

MarDee is an observer, listener, artist, writer and student. The youngest in her family she grew up amid conversations of life, death, God, football, prison and the rhythms of Warrandyte river. She has studied with and been mentored by incredible elders in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and Europe. With over 35 years experience in theatre she has performed, directed and produced both locally and overseas earning respect as an award winning theatre practitioner. As a teacher, counsellor, and spiritual director she has worked in local government, state education and the community service sectors. Currently MarDee works as a freelance theatre maker, artists mentor, & spiritual director, as well as overseeing The Threshold Collective.

Funding your Art through Designer Markets - Tania Vrancic - Wednesday 9th January (Option 2 of 2)

Ever wanted to self fund your art practice? Or even make a living from your art work? This workshop will give you an overview of applying for, setting up and running a successful Designer Market stall or wholesaling your art to gift and homewares stores. We will touch on presentation, marketing, pricing, merchandising and displays as well as administration.  It’s a huge subject so please bring your questions and a notebook so I can concentrate on the areas most important to you.

Tania Vrancic is a practicing ceramic artist and has worked in and run retail stores and market stalls in fashion and ceramics on and off for the past 30 years.

Collaboration - Steve and Hannah Cooper - Thursday 10th January (Option 1 of 3)

Experience RockSalt Arts' unique collaboration process, using interdisciplinary skills to create movement, sound, words and interactions (just choose one!).  We will be exploring the Faith and the Arts 2019 theme, “Hover,” looking at Genesis 1:2. The resulting collaboration will be performed as part of a Morning Gathering. For more info on the creative process see rocksaltarts.com/workshops.

Steve and Hannah Cooper inspire people to engage with each other and the natural world through performance, workshops, education and mentoring. They have spent over 20 years creating performance art in collaboration with other artists throughout Australia and abroad, love being part of the Poatina community, and currently travel Australia performing and teaching in schools and community groups.  rocksaltarts.com/about-us 

Self-Publishing - Louise Merrington - Thursday 10th January (Option 2 of 3)

This session will provide aspiring or emerging authors with an overview of self-publishing, including why writers choose to self-publish, how to get started, managing marketing, and useful resources.  The workshop will also include time for questions.

Louise Merrington is the author of two Gothic mystery novels, 'Greythorne' and 'The Iron Line' (under the pen name L.M. Merrington), and a non-fiction book, 'Communications for Volunteers'.  Louise has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years, including in the media and academia, and also works as a freelance editor.  After her first novel was published by an imprint of Pan Macmillan, she chose to self-publish her next one, and is now a strong advocate for Indie Authors.  Her website is www.lmmerrington.com.

NB: This will be a Skype-assisted session with Louise in Canberra.  

Cheese Made From Nuts - Are You Nuts??!! - Heidi DeNardo - Thursday 10th January (Option 3 of 3) 

That’s absurd! What is Cheese anyway? “A food consisting of the coagulated, compressed and usually ripened curd of milk separated from the liquid!?”  Not any more!  Come learn to appreciate cheese in a whole new way - that’s dairy free and delicious!  Whether who’ve had to say goodbye to dairy, or just want to try something healthy and new, you can look forward to cooking with these cheeses and have some fun learning along the way. You will get to take home what you make and get your creative juices flowing with alternative cheeses for your next cheese platter. 

Heidi DeNardo's fascination with food, nutrition, aesthetics (visual appeal), growing food and meeting people’s individual needs started back in her childhood and has been honed over many years as she sought to address her own life and health struggles. Heidi has an Advanced Diploma in Home Economics, plus a BA with Dip Ed in Food, Design & Textiles.  She has extensive formal and informal hospitality training and experience and has also completed her 1st year Adv Dip in Nutritional Medicine.  Having been diagnosed with Graves disease (Over active Thyroid) in 1998, Heidi is passionate about the healing properties of food, and loves teaching others how to make healthy nutritional foods that can address a wide range of health issues. Heidi firmly believes that good healthy food can be all that you want it to be - scrumptious, tasty, ‘party in your mouth’, have the wow appeal AND satisfy all your dietary needs, whatever they may be! 

Flame-worked Glass - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (booked sessions)

Flame-worked Glass is also offered as an alternative single Afternoon 'Mix it Up' Elective on each of the 4 afternoons. Only 2 places are available per afternoon (4 afternoons available) to those who have selected Mix it Up or Retreat Mode for their afternoon elective choice. Visit the Flame-worked Glass page for more details. Places awarded on a first come first served basis.  To register for one of these places, please select 'Mix it Up' or 'Retreat Mode' AND this elective on the registration form. Participants will be notified of their allocated afternoon upon arrival.  An additional fee of $30 per session is payable when registering - for more info Click Here.

Mix It Up is offered as an Afternoon Elective series in 2019, and these stand-alone workshops can also be attended by those who have selected 'Retreat Mode' as their Afternoon Elective choice.  Each workshop runs for the full 2.75hr afternoon session.

 

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