Introduction to Gem Stones and Minerals

A short course to introduce participants to the wide range of gemstones and minerals. The class focuses on gemstone sources, historical uses and gemmological properties to enable gemstones to be identified using basic gemmological equipment. A wide range of natural, synthetic, imitation and treated gemstones and minerals will be discussed and handled.

Knitting and Crocheting

We are a ‘chat and do’ group! We help each other and receive inspiration and encouragement from fellow members.

Lead Lighting - Advanced

This advanced class is designed to assist students in enhancing and building on previous knowledge. Students can work on set projects and / or work on their own projects with the opportunity to bounce ideas off their peers.

Lead lighting - Beginners Level (4 term course)

Learn this fascinating artform from the basics. Tools are provided to use during classes. You will learn to leadlight, copperfoil, etch and enlarge a pattern. Six positions only available for this 12 month course.

Picture Framing for Beginners

Calling all artists who want to present their unique art work in a professional manner. Learn how to cut mat-boards and glass, mitre moulding and v-nailing the finished frame to achieve that professional look. Classes will provide access to professional framing equipment and the option of joining the NFP Darling Downs Framing Cooperative. Limited numbers.

Pottery for Beginners

Learn a range of basic techniques, including slip casting, press moulding, hand and wheel work, glaze decoration and firing.

Scrap booking /Card Making

We will apply some basic design and colour theory and a variety of materials, tools and techniques to create our own embellishments, greeting cards and scrapbook layouts.
Please bring your own kit of basic supplies (discussed in Lesson 1), and a sense of fun.

Sewing Circle

Members will do their own projects and assist each other as much as possible. The group will have a facilitator to organise necessary business. Guest Tutors may be invited in from time to time to teach new skills.

Silverwire & Optional Beadwork

Basics to level 2 but no experience needed. All welcome.


Tatting is lace making using a shuttle and thread. We will learn to make rings and chains, techniques to expand the range of possible objects, and how to translate instructions into actions.

Up-Cycling Clothing or Household Linens

Tap into the living with less philosophy, and use the plentiful natural fibres sourced from op shops to revamp your wardrobe and create unique wearable items. Skills gained include:
• Optimising your body shape and colouring • basic pattern fitting and alterations • matching complementary patterned fabrics and colours    • basic sewing techniques. Men welcome


Learn basic wood turning, design and tool sharpening skills from beginner to intermediate standard. First four participants will be in the morning class, the remainder in the afternoon class.
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