Escape the ordinary, immerse yourself in creativity, hand-make something unique and embrace a new skill at Woodfordia’s Artisan Camp.
Held onsite at Woodfordia, you’ll learn to construct a go kart, prepare a platter of delicious cheeses and design jewellery as well as sculpt, build, carve, write, improvise, weave, grow and harmonise.
Hosted by passionate artisan educators, these intensive classes provide an intimate, hands-on learning experience. Space is limited and spots are selling fast. Enrol before you miss your chance.
The rumours are confirmed that Woodfordia will turn into a race track this year, if only for one day. Over a weekend, families will work together with fourth generation maker Aaron Barton to build a dream machine go kart using found, scavenged and recycled material. A grand race will then be held on the final day of the camp.
Exploring Gospel & Groove, hosted by Yani ChoirMistress, is also open to families and groups and explores the joys of group harmony singing over three days. Yani has led choirs in India and studied African part-singing in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Learn vocal technique, stagecraft, performing philosophy, the importance of rhythm, movement and emotional intention in this amazing masterclass.
Play and laugh, sing and dance, make merry and learn to fail well in The Art of Improvised Comedy. Hosted by Jenny Wynter, she’s an award-winning comedian and cabaret artist who has performed and trained with The Second City (USA), Loose Moose Theatre (Canada) and in 2016 was awarded Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival, NYC. You won’t want to miss this class.
Handcrafted Boots is a six-day boot-making intensive hosted by Pendragon – designer shoe-makers Jackie Orme Ward and Adrian Lockwood. This all-star team has had shoes featured in Milan Fashion week, Design Festa Tokyo and Italian Vogue. Clients include Jimmy Choo, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and their work has walked the sets of numerous films including Peter Pan.
In Traditional Maori Basket Weaving with Alice Spittle, learn how to weave with traditional New Zealand harakeke (flax). Alice is a Maori contemporary artist with past exhibitions at the Fish Hooks and Moving Trees Touring exhibition, Queensland BEMAC Gallery, The Queensland Multicultural Centre, Christchurch Art Gallery, as well as the Te Toi Mana Gallery.
Songwriting with Andrea Kirwin, is all about the artist’s journey from holding a pen and blank paper to performing written songs to an appreciative audience. Andrea is an Australian-Fijian singer/songwriter who has released three albums under her own independent record label Peace Run Records and who performs at music festivals around Australia.
Build incredible structures utilising local materials and create timeless shapes and forms in Tile Vaulted Bridge with James Bellamy. James is a sustainable designer/builder based in New Zealand with many significant and award winning works such as Pines Calyx in England, Mapungubwe National Park Interpretation Centre in South Africa and most recently Rwandan National Cricket Stadium.
Create an architectural installation onsite at Woodfordia in Urban Shelter hosted by Jed Long. Jed is the co-founder of Sydney-based architecture collective Cave Urban, a current Churchill Fellow and an Associate of the University of Tasmania who is investigating the translation of traditional bamboo construction into contemporary building practice.
Bamboo Essentials and Humanitarian Shelter Building both focus on working with bamboo. Each one is hosted by Fabian Prideaux, a project advisor for Humanitarian Bamboo, a small social enterprise with operational offices in Melbourne and Jogjakarta, Indonesia who has managed and delivered a range of consultancy projects for the United Nations, Red Cross national societies, the Shelter Cluster, and other lead humanitarian agencies.
There are many more classes to choose from. Be sure to enrol as spots are limited.