Community Workshops & Activities

The Tanks Arts Centre precinct welcomes community groups to host their workshop or activity as part of the diverse program on offer. Featuring a range of workshop series, classes and activities from botanical drawing to ballet for pre-schoolers and more. Some events are held on a weekly basis and others may be a short course or a weekend intensive only.

CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKSHOP

Chocolate Making Workshop

Learn how to make chocolate in the cacao capital of Australia. This 75 minute demonstration style class includes recipes, tastings, cacao tour and more

WHEN: Sundays 6 & 20 August, 10 September
TIME: 10am – 11:15am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $55
INFO & BOOKINGS: 0408 063 746 angels@heavenlycacao.com.au heavenlycacao.com.au


SHARED JOURNEY EXHIBITION

Shared Journey

A celebration of the ever-evolving creativity of the artists who make up the Saltwater Basketry Group.

WHEN: Tuesday 25 July – Monday 28 August
TIME: 8.30am – 4.00pm weekdays; 8.30am – 1.00pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free


LITTLE TACCAS

A nature based, fun activities program for kids up to 5 years, set in Botanic Gardens.

WHEN: Each fortnight on Thursdays. 27 July + 10 & 24 August + 7 & 21 September
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: Please note the booking day for Program 4 is Monday 25 September between 6am-4pm.

The online form will only be available at this time.


WEAVE AND ART WORKSHOPS

Wear and art workshop

The craft of weaving mats and baskets is a form of art. It is eco-friendly and the coconut palm tree is a very common tropical plant in Cairns.

Participants will not just be learning the skill of weaving an item out the coconut palm leaves, they will also be learning about the significance of these two practical items from another culture.

WHEN: Saturdays 16 & 23 September 
TIME: 1pm - 4pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$35
INFORMATION & BOOKINGS: Rosie Omundsen 0412 598 377 rosie@omundsen.com.au


DRAWING AND PAINTING WORKSHOPS: TEXTURAL PATTERNS IN NATURE

Yoga workshop

Depict and replicate patterns from nature using charcoal and mixed media. The Artist will instruct on various mark making techniques - pre-format in producing a mixed media painting on canvas.

WHEN: Saturdays 12 August, 16 September, 14 October & 11 November 
TIME: 9:30am - 12:30pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $120 for 4 sessions
BOOKINGS: Sonja La Spina 0459 030 095 creative.interiors.cairns@gmail.com


BOTANICAL DRAWING WORKSHOPS WITH JULIE MCENERNY

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

A relaxed and enjoyable day drawing botanical studies using watercolour pencils. Requirements: Basic drawing skills OR completion of Botanical Drawing Introductory Course.

WHEN: First Saturday of the month - The September workshop will take place on 9 September.
TIME: 
10:00am – 3:30pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre 
COST: $85 (includes materials)

WEDNESDAY COURSE

Learn the basic techniques for drawing plant structure and form, foreshortening, cast shadows, capturing character and creating depth through shading texture and detail.

WHEN: Wednesdays 
TIME: 6:00pm-8.30pm
COST: $150 for 4 lessons
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

INFO & BOOKINGS: Julie McEnerny 0407 556 189 art@juliemcenerny.com.au


SALTWATER CREEK BASKETRY WORKSHOPS

Botanic Gardens Basketry

Join Saltwater Creek Basketry Group for a fun morning of basketry and other weaving craft using natural products from the Botanic Gardens. Suitable for all skill levels, free entry.

Book early as spaces are limited!

WHEN: Saturdays 29 July, 26 August, 30 September 
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


HOOP, THERE IT IS 

Take your hooping to the next level and get fit in a fun and relaxed class. Suitable for beginner to intermediate hoopers. 

WHEN: Monday nights
TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
VENUE: Tank 3
COST: $15 per person or $120 for 10 classes | $10 concession
BOOKINGS: Numbers limited. 0422 311 131 hoop.thereitis@hotmail.com Facebook


IS TOASTMASTERS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Do you want to become a confident communicator, strong leader and, if you want to, public speaker? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace.

WHEN: Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month
TIME: 6:30am - 9:00am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$10 per meeting. First meeting is free.
INFO: Katrin Costa 0408 954 980


ACTING COURSE SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE

Box Jelly Theatre workshop participants present scenes from Australian plays.

WHEN: Thursday 14 September
TIME: 7pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $10 at the door
INFO & BOOKINGS: 0431 259 859 boxjellytheatre@gmail.com


QIGONG FOR HEALTH CLASSES

Easy to learn, gentle exercises that help restore natural mind, body harmony, promoting vibrant good health.

Qigong classes

WHEN: Weekly Saturdays from 2/9/2017
TIME: 8am - 9am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $10 per class – 1st class is free
INFO & BOOKINGS: bodyandbreath@hotmail.com Ph: 0410 795 578 www.facebook.com/bodymindbreathcentre


HIKE 'N' BIKE
WET TROPICS WILD EXPOSURE EXHIBITION

Hike 'N' Bike

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area offers many opportunities to get in to nature. This exhibition highlights the tracks and trails that allow you to be immersed in ancient rainforests and discover the beauty of the region. Keep an eye on the website for workshops and events attached to this program.

WHEN: 29 August – 2 October
TIME: 8.30am – 4.00pm weekdays; 8.30am – 1.00pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free