GROUP CLASSES: below is a list of upcoming workshops open to public enrolment. Bookings are through the venue listed.  
PRIVATE TUITION is available if you prefer to have a one-on-one class. You can have a class specifically tailored to you, learn in the privacy of your own home or come to my studio. Contact me to discuss.
TAILOR A CLASS If you have a group of people who want to learn a particular aspect of feltmaking or sculpture,  I  travel to your venue to teach your group. Email me 

I have been teaching feltmaking skills and sculpture since 1994. This has included workshops in High Schools and Primary Schools, for private community groups as well as teaching courses at University level, and supervising masters students. I am currently a sessional lecturer at National Art School in Sydney, and am completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MY WORKSHOPS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC. 
 
PUBLIC WORKSHOPS 2020

13 - 17th January 2020
National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Summer School 
www.nas.edu.au
bookings here

CONSTRUCTED SCULPTURES
Anita Larkin derives narrative in a sculpture by joining disparate collected objects together. Students will learn various simple methods of joining their own found objects together using hand tool skills. The class will also discuss methodology for creating sculptures that are engaging for the viewer, and discuss the development of conceptual artworks from found objects. It will be an opportunity to learn what makes a sculpture constructed from junk much greater than just the sum of its parts. Skills learnt will be directly dependant on the student's particular objects they are working with, but will include basic assemblage techniques, screwing and gluing, pinning to create strong seamless joins, riveting and shaping of soft metals, making your own rivets using metal tube, and modifying objects by using modelling materials. This is a week of alchemy, of animating the inanimate, of creating story and sculpture out of discarded objects. The course includes a visit to the MCA to see Cornelia Parker's exhibition.

Friday 3 April - Sunday 5 April 2020 POSTPONED: date to be advised
FeltWEST 2020, PERTH W.A.
feltwest.workshops@gmail.com

DESIGN IDEAS FOR FELT
This course looks at depth into the design process for making a felt item, functional or otherwise. Students will use music, abstract drawing, and collage as improvisational design tools to create new forms and shapes for innovative felt projects. Explore collage with paper, with felt resists and also during the actual felting process. We will cut, re-arrange, and assemble to drive ideas. This workshop will leave the feltmaker with a whole range of completely new ways for creating practical prototypes for innovative creations in your future making.


11 October 2020 
2pm - 3:30pm 

Wollongong Art Gallery 
www.wollongongcitygallery.com
ARTIST IN CONVERSATION
Journalist and writer Caroline Baum will talk with artist Anita Larkin about her art practice and the works in her exhibition, “Come to me without a word”. This conversation will be followed by a performance with musicians playing a composition on one of the sculptures in the exhibition.


19 - 20 August 2020 (12 to 4pm) 
Wollongong Art Gallery
www.wollongongcitygallery.com
POETIC MENDING of OBJECTS – soft sculpture workshop
Anita Larkin will lead this exciting workshop teaching various ways of transforming found objects using soft sculpture techniques. She will share her methods of felting around an object (or part thereof) as well as different ways of stitching, wrapping, and mending your objects to create poetic narrative sculptures from found things. BYO: Students will need to bring 2 small found objects, in addition please bring 1 soft toy, needle and thread, pins and fabric scissors.

18 - 19 July 2020

Mt Kembla Art Studio - Mt Kembla, NSW

www.lizjeneid.net 0408 421 664
ejeneid@ozemail.com.au
CONSTRUCTED SCULPTURES from FOUND OBJECTS
Anita Larkin has a special interest in the narrative associations that can be drawn from the found object and uses this as a beginning to develop sculptures. This workshop will explore various hand-tool methods of joining found objects together and lots of skills needed when working with diverse materials. This will include basic assemblage techniques, riveting, pinning, and using fillers. This is a weekend of alchemy, of animating the inanimate, of creating story and sculpture out of discarded objects. The workshop also includes a visit to Anita's solo exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery on the afternoon of Friday 17th.

3th and 4th October 2020
Tom Bass Sculpture School, Erskineville
www.tbsss.org.au
FELT FORMS IN SCULPTURE

Felt in contemporary sculpture is a medium that has a strong tactile allure. Known since Neolithic times, felt is humanity’s first textile, and has the ability to form intriguing shapes. In this workshop wool fibres will be felted by hand using agitation and soapy water, coaxing them into sculptural shapes. Learn fundamental techniques making hollow forms using a resist, as well as techniques for the modelling of solid felt shapes. Combine these skills in a sculptural project of your own design. Learn how to calculate for shrinkage and how to plan a 3 dimensional object using a 2d resist. Explore the wonderful realm of sculpturing felt forms.



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current workshops

GROUP CLASSES: below is a list of upcoming workshops open to public enrolment. Bookings are through the venue listed.  
PRIVATE TUITION is available if you prefer to have a one-on-one class. You can have a class specifically tailored to you, learn in the privacy of your own home or come to my studio. Contact me to discuss.
TAILOR A CLASS If you have a group of people who want to learn a particular aspect of feltmaking or sculpture,  I  travel to your venue to teach your group. Email me 

I have been teaching feltmaking skills and sculpture since 1994. This has included workshops in High Schools and Primary Schools, for private community groups as well as teaching courses at University level, and supervising masters students. I am currently a sessional lecturer at National Art School in Sydney, and am completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MY WORKSHOPS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC. 
 
PUBLIC WORKSHOPS 2020

13 - 17th January 2020
National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Summer School 
www.nas.edu.au
bookings here

CONSTRUCTED SCULPTURES
Anita Larkin derives narrative in a sculpture by joining disparate collected objects together. Students will learn various simple methods of joining their own found objects together using hand tool skills. The class will also discuss methodology for creating sculptures that are engaging for the viewer, and discuss the development of conceptual artworks from found objects. It will be an opportunity to learn what makes a sculpture constructed from junk much greater than just the sum of its parts. Skills learnt will be directly dependant on the student's particular objects they are working with, but will include basic assemblage techniques, screwing and gluing, pinning to create strong seamless joins, riveting and shaping of soft metals, making your own rivets using metal tube, and modifying objects by using modelling materials. This is a week of alchemy, of animating the inanimate, of creating story and sculpture out of discarded objects. The course includes a visit to the MCA to see Cornelia Parker's exhibition.

Friday 3 April - Sunday 5 April 2020 POSTPONED: date to be advised
FeltWEST 2020, PERTH W.A.
feltwest.workshops@gmail.com

DESIGN IDEAS FOR FELT
This course looks at depth into the design process for making a felt item, functional or otherwise. Students will use music, abstract drawing, and collage as improvisational design tools to create new forms and shapes for innovative felt projects. Explore collage with paper, with felt resists and also during the actual felting process. We will cut, re-arrange, and assemble to drive ideas. This workshop will leave the feltmaker with a whole range of completely new ways for creating practical prototypes for innovative creations in your future making.


11 October 2020 
2pm - 3:30pm 

Wollongong Art Gallery 
www.wollongongcitygallery.com
ARTIST IN CONVERSATION
Journalist and writer Caroline Baum will talk with artist Anita Larkin about her art practice and the works in her exhibition, “Come to me without a word”. This conversation will be followed by a performance with musicians playing a composition on one of the sculptures in the exhibition.


19 - 20 August 2020 (12 to 4pm) 
Wollongong Art Gallery
www.wollongongcitygallery.com
POETIC MENDING of OBJECTS – soft sculpture workshop
Anita Larkin will lead this exciting workshop teaching various ways of transforming found objects using soft sculpture techniques. She will share her methods of felting around an object (or part thereof) as well as different ways of stitching, wrapping, and mending your objects to create poetic narrative sculptures from found things. BYO: Students will need to bring 2 small found objects, in addition please bring 1 soft toy, needle and thread, pins and fabric scissors.

18 - 19 July 2020

Mt Kembla Art Studio - Mt Kembla, NSW

www.lizjeneid.net 0408 421 664
ejeneid@ozemail.com.au
CONSTRUCTED SCULPTURES from FOUND OBJECTS
Anita Larkin has a special interest in the narrative associations that can be drawn from the found object and uses this as a beginning to develop sculptures. This workshop will explore various hand-tool methods of joining found objects together and lots of skills needed when working with diverse materials. This will include basic assemblage techniques, riveting, pinning, and using fillers. This is a weekend of alchemy, of animating the inanimate, of creating story and sculpture out of discarded objects. The workshop also includes a visit to Anita's solo exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery on the afternoon of Friday 17th.

3th and 4th October 2020
Tom Bass Sculpture School, Erskineville
www.tbsss.org.au
FELT FORMS IN SCULPTURE

Felt in contemporary sculpture is a medium that has a strong tactile allure. Known since Neolithic times, felt is humanity’s first textile, and has the ability to form intriguing shapes. In this workshop wool fibres will be felted by hand using agitation and soapy water, coaxing them into sculptural shapes. Learn fundamental techniques making hollow forms using a resist, as well as techniques for the modelling of solid felt shapes. Combine these skills in a sculptural project of your own design. Learn how to calculate for shrinkage and how to plan a 3 dimensional object using a 2d resist. Explore the wonderful realm of sculpturing felt forms.



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