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    January 2020

    Pottery Drop in Day

    January 18 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $15.00

    Pottery Drop in Day - try the pottery wheel Saturday 18th January 10.30-3.30pm Family Pottery Drop in Day - suitable for all ages... bring the kids, bring your mum, bring your aunty or uncle - all welcome! Ever wanted to try the pottery wheel - here's your chance. $15 includes studio access, tuition, 250gm of clay and bisque kiln firing. Your creation will be ready for collection 2-3 weeks after the day. If you are on holidays visiting from interstate…

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    Children’s School Holiday Pottery Workshop  – Fantasy Creatures

    January 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $39.00

    During the January school holiday pottery workshop children will use the pinching method of construction to create two small bowls which will be joined together. Hand modelled fantasy features will then be applied. They will be decorated with coloured slip (liquid clay) and may be personalised. These pinch pot critters are a great keepsake for the children, or would be a great gift for grandparents and family members. While this project is a fun activity, designed to stimulate the children,…

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    Craft Drop in Days – ClayMotion Craft Corner

    January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until 23 January 2020

    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $10.00

    Craft Drop in Days - ClayMotion Craft Corner January 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd Drop in anytime between 1-4pm January 17th & 24th Drop in anytime between 10.30am -4pm Join us on the craft table - During the school holidays the craft table will have a range of different craft activities set up for instant making, such as stencilling, felt flowers, beading, paper weaving and string crafts. This is an unsupervised space IE - no tuition, and instructions are…

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    BMI Building Tours

    January 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 28 January 2020

    Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St Ballarat
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $10
    BMI Tours

    Hear about the colourful history of the institute and its people, from J.B. Humffray (fresh from Eureka) to the grand Minerva space and its history as a cinema. Explore the Max Harris Photography and heritage book collections, and get special local tips on the best things to see, do, and taste in town. Every Tuesday throughout January 2020 Tours commence and 2pm and finish 3.30pm $10 per person includes refreshments

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    Children’s School Holiday Mosaics Workshop – mosaic the first initial of your name

    January 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $35.00

    During this two hour Childrens School Holiday Mosaics Workshop your children will learn to create a mosaic picture which they can take home with them on the day. The mosaic will be made using a combination of glass tiles, ceramic tiles, ceramic shards and flat backed beads. No cutting of tiles will be required. Templates will be provided on the day to inspire the children, and they will also be encouraged to develop their own designs. Composition and colours will…

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    Craft Drop in Days – ClayMotion Craft Corner

    January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until 23 January 2020

    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $10.00

    Craft Drop in Days - ClayMotion Craft Corner January 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd Drop in anytime between 1-4pm January 17th & 24th Drop in anytime between 10.30am -4pm Join us on the craft table - During the school holidays the craft table will have a range of different craft activities set up for instant making, such as stencilling, felt flowers, beading, paper weaving and string crafts. This is an unsupervised space IE - no tuition, and instructions are…

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    School Holidays Acrylic Pouring Workshop – create a flower painting

    January 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $40.00

    During this School Holiday Acrylic Pouring Workshop participants will create a beautiful canvas painting using the string pull acrylic pouring technique.  Each workshop will explore a different fluid art method which will engage your children's imagination and enthusiasm. The canvas will be approximately 20x22cm. All paints will be pre-mixed, and the acrylic paint and pouring medium is non-toxic and safe for children. Parents are also welcome to join this workshop. The fee will be the same for adults. The acrylic…

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    Craft Drop in Days – ClayMotion Craft Corner

    January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until 23 January 2020

    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
    + Google Map
    $10.00

    Craft Drop in Days - ClayMotion Craft Corner January 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd Drop in anytime between 1-4pm January 17th & 24th Drop in anytime between 10.30am -4pm Join us on the craft table - During the school holidays the craft table will have a range of different craft activities set up for instant making, such as stencilling, felt flowers, beading, paper weaving and string crafts. This is an unsupervised space IE - no tuition, and instructions are…

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    Craft Drop in Day – ClayMotion Craft Corner

    January 24 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Friday, repeating until 24 January 2020

    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $10.00

    Craft Drop in Day - ClayMotion Craft Corner January 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd Drop in anytime between 1-4pm January 17th & 24th Drop in anytime between 10.30am -4pm Join us on the craft table - During the school holidays the craft table will have a range of different craft activities set up for instant making, such as stencilling, felt flowers, beading, paper weaving and string crafts. This is an unsupervised space IE - no tuition, and instructions are…

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    Acrylic Pouring Drop in Day – make your own painting

    January 25 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $15.00

    Acrylic Pouring Drop in Day - make your own painting Saturday 25th January 10.30-3.30pm Family Acrylic Pouring Drop in Day - suitable for all ages... bring the kids, bring your mum, bring your aunty or uncle - all welcome! Express yourself and create your own acrylic pour painting. All paints are pre-mixed so you can just have fun pouring the paint on the canvas and experimenting. You can choose between 15x15cm canvas - $15 - or a 25 x 20cm…

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    BMI Building Tours

    January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 28 January 2020

    Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St Ballarat
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
    + Google Map
    $10
    BMI Tours

    Hear about the colourful history of the institute and its people, from J.B. Humffray (fresh from Eureka) to the grand Minerva space and its history as a cinema. Explore the Max Harris Photography and heritage book collections, and get special local tips on the best things to see, do, and taste in town. Every Tuesday throughout January 2020 Tours commence and 2pm and finish 3.30pm $10 per person includes refreshments

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    February 2020

    Pottery Wheel Throwing Workshop – Beginners

    February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $125

    Ever wanted to learn the potters wheel and make your own gorgeous bowls and cups? During this three hour pottery wheel throwing workshop you will learn and practice the basics of using the potter’s wheel with Dawn Whitehand. What you will learn: Clay preparation Clay centring Making a bowl Making a cylinder Slip and carving decorative techniques. Dawn will demonstrate the techniques you need to achieve making your pots, and you will then have the opportunity to practice these making…

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    Acrylic Pouring for Beginners

    February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $120.00

    The Acrylic Pouring for Beginners workshop is an introductory workshop for people who would like to learn some basic technical aspects about acrylic pouring. Paints are not pre-mixed and you will make two 20x25cm paintings. Acrylic pouring is a mesmerising, satisfying and meditative – ideal for settling the mind and inner healing via abstract expression. Participants will create two beautiful pieces of art and will learn how to recreate the experience at home thereby building upon the skills learnt during…

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    Eco Dyeing – create your own silk scarf

    February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $95.00

    Also called eco printing, eco dyeing is a contemporary application of traditional natural dyeing. Eco dyeing uses plants which are enclosed within fabric by bundling, winding over rods or stacked in layers and then steamed or immersed in hot water to extract the pigments and produce a print made with plant dyes. Presented by ClayMotion owner, Dawn Whitehand, this eco-dyeing workshop will be held on Saturday 15th February from 1-4pm. You will leave the workshop with two beautiful silk scarves…

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    Make your own Olla (ancient method of irrigating your garden)

    February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    One event on 26 February 2020 at 6:00 pm

    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $95

    During this 3-hour Olla Making workshop you shall construct your own Olla using terracotta clay and the coil building method. The vessel will hold approximately 3-4 litres of water, and we will also make a lid. Your creation will remain at the studio to dry and be kiln fired. Once you learn the making technique you can make as many as you need at home for your garden and bring them into the studio for kiln firing.

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    Make your own Olla (ancient method of irrigating your garden)

    February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    One event on 26 February 2020 at 6:00 pm

    ClayMotion, 34A Mair Street East
    Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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    $95

    During this 3-hour Olla Making workshop you shall construct your own Olla using terracotta clay and the coil building method. The vessel will hold approximately 3-4 litres of water, and we will also make a lid. Your creation will remain at the studio to dry and be kiln fired. Once you learn the making technique you can make as many as you need at home for your garden and bring them into the studio for kiln firing.

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    Les Miserables

    February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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    One event on 1 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on 7 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on 8 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South
    Ballarat, 3350
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    $48.50 – $52.50
    Les Miserables - Ballarat Lyric Theatre

    Les Misérables is a sung-through musical adapted from French poet and novelist Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (original French lyrics), and Herbert Kretzmer (English lyrics). Its English-language adaptation by producer Cameron Mackintosh ran in London from October 1985 to July 2019, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story…

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    March 2020

    Les Miserables

    March 7 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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    One event on 1 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on 7 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on 8 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South
    Ballarat, 3350
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    $48.50 – $52.50
    Les Miserables - Ballarat Lyric Theatre

    Les Misérables is a sung-through musical adapted from French poet and novelist Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (original French lyrics), and Herbert Kretzmer (English lyrics). Its English-language adaptation by producer Cameron Mackintosh ran in London from October 1985 to July 2019, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story…

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    Les Miserables

    March 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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    One event on 1 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on 7 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    One event on 8 March 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South
    Ballarat, 3350
    + Google Map
    $48.50 – $52.50
    Les Miserables - Ballarat Lyric Theatre

    Les Misérables is a sung-through musical adapted from French poet and novelist Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (original French lyrics), and Herbert Kretzmer (English lyrics). Its English-language adaptation by producer Cameron Mackintosh ran in London from October 1985 to July 2019, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story…

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