for teens and adults
with Karen Gaskell 

Work with Chinchilla potter Karen Gaskell to create a brightly coloured set of discs and a plate using clay slips on a clay slab. All materials and equipment will be provided, and the finished work will be fired by Karen. 

DATE: Saturday 26 November 2022
VENUE: Dogwood Crossing, Miles 
TIME: 1pm – 4pm
COST: $20 

To register call Dogwood crossing on 4628 5330 or email

Image: Clay plate and discs that can also be made for windchimes or jewellery. 

best suited for ages 6+
Pots, Butterflies, Birds with Karen Gaskell

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with Chinchilla potter Karen Gaskell. Karen will step participants through the process of creating a coil pot with added butterfly and bird motifs.

DATE: Saturday 15 October 2022
VENUE: Dogwood Crossing, Miles
TIME: 10am – 12pm
COST: $5

Register here

Image: Collaborative coil pot – Chinchilla Fun Palace

Dabble at Dogwood
For Teens and Adults

Nature Journaling at Myall Park Botanic Garden 
with Dr. Paula Peeters

Saturday 3 September 10am
For teen and adults
Cost: $20
Admission to garden $5 (cash)

Nature Journaling is the practice of drawing or writing in response to nature. Facilitated by scientist and artist Dr. Paula Peeters in the unique surrounds of Myall Park Botanic Garden, you will find the practice calms your mind and increases your attention to detail and appreciation of beauty.

Materials: Artist’s Nature Journaling Kits available ($30 payable to the artist at the workshop – please pay in cash with exact amount)

The kit includes:

  • Make a Date with Nature: An introduction to nature journaling
  • A5 Strathmore mixed media visual journal
  • pigman micron fineliner ink pen
  • 2B pencil


BYO your own unlined notebook, 2B pencil and/or permanent ink fineliner pen.

Also bring: lunch (morning tea provided), chair or rug to sit on, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, insect repellent, water bottle, and your favourite art materials if desired (watercolours supplied).

Make the most of this beautiful part of the Western Downs region and stay the night at Myall Park Botanic Garden. Find accommodation options in the ‘Quarters’ as well as Van and Camp sites at the Garden here:

NB: Admission to the Garden is $5 (cash). Overnight visitors have admission already included in accommodation charge.

Image: O’Reillys, Nov 2017 (detail)

Bird Tours at Myall Park Botanic Garden
Guided by Myall Park Botanic Garden volunteers and bird watchers David and Theresa King, discover the feathered treasures of this heritage-listed Garden.

Hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, insect repellent, and water bottle. If you have binoculars and a bird field reference book, bring them along too.

Evening Tour $10
Saturday 3 September 4:15PM – 6PM

Morning Tour $10
Sunday 4 September 7:00AM – 9:00AM

Make the most of this beautiful part of the Western Downs region and stay the night at Myall Park Botanic Garden. Find accommodation options in the ‘Quarters’ as well as Van and Camp sites at the Garden here:

NB: Admission to the Garden is $5 (cash). Overnight visitors have admission included in the accommodation fee.

Image acknowledgment: Photo by Steve Franklin on Unsplash


The Layered Self 
with Kristen Flynn

Saturday 25 June 10am – 12pm
For school aged children 6 +
Cost: $5 per child

In this workshop Kristen will introduce participants to a way of working that takes the emphasis off creating a realistic representation. ‘The Layered Self’ will focus on of a series of steps and combinations of techniques to create a semi-representational self-portrait.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Dabble at Dogwood

The Lyrical Possibilities of Light 
A Photographic Workshop  
Presented by exhibiting artist Joe Ruckli 

Saturday 7 May 3.30pm – 7pm
For teens and adults
Cost: $20

Explore the creative possibilities of light in hands-on photography workshops with documentary photographer Joe Ruckli. Learn to use everyday materials to manipulate light and craft evocative images that transform ordinary objects and scenes into something extraordinary.

Part 1: Takes place in the gallery, reimagining it as a DIY photographer’s studio.

Part 2: Involves a collaboratively produced landscape photograph/s using Joe’s camera on-location, jointly experimenting with a ‘painting with light’ technique at dusk. Each participant will be provided an archival print of the final co-authored landscape photograph/s to collect from the gallery after the workshop.

All Materials provided. No photography experience required and suitable for all abilities. Bring your own smart phone or digital camera and a bottle of water. Closed in shoes required.

To register for this workshop click here.

Image courtesy of the artist


Presented by exhibiting artist Jennifer Ryan 

For school aged children 6+
Date: Saturday 19 March
Time: 10am – 12pm
Cost: $5

Artist Jennifer Ryan makes a relaxed space for kids to explore their inspiration.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is REQUIRED to visit Dogwood Crossing, Miles.
Please be kind to our staff – help keep everyone safe.
Further info can be found here

Image courtesy of the artist

Dabble at Dogwood
Painting with a knife
Presented by exhibiting artist Henri van Noordenburg 

For Teens and adults
Saturday 12 March
Time: 9am – 3pm
Cost: $20

Discover a new technique developed and used by artist and photographer Henri van Noordenburg. Henri will guide participants in the process of hand carving an image on paper. This unique process, similar to sgraffito, uses a scalpel, sandpaper, inks, and alternative dyes to create an artwork. The workshop is about precision, creativity, and experimentation. 

All materials provided. Please wear closed in shoes. 

Image: Henri van Noordenberg creating an artwork at the opening of his solo exhibition at the John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery, Dogwood Crossing, Miles.


The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Children’s Art Centre and Regional Services are delighted to present APT10 Kids on Tour for children and families in regional and remote Queensland.

APT10 Kids on Tour coincides with ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT10) on display at QAGOMA from 4 December 2021 to 25 April 2022.

The program enables children to explore and experience a range of contemporary art styles and approaches from Australia, Asia and the Pacific through activities celebrating diversity and community, and encouraging mindful contemplation.

The tour includes activities created by the Children’s Art Centre in collaboration with artists Shannon Novak (Aotearoa New Zealand), Phuong Ngo (Australia), Syagini Ratna Wulan (Indonesia), Jamilah Haji (Thailand), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Vipoo Srivilasa (Thailand/Australia).

FREE event
Saturday 19 February
10am – 12pm
Best suited for school aged children
Children must be accompanied by parents/carers

APT10 Kids on Tour is a free QAGOMA Touring program available to regional Queensland communities, with thanks to generous support from The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.


Image caption: Phuong Ngo / Australia b.1983 / Pattern Exchange 2021 / Commissioned for APT10 Kids with support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation / © The artist / Photograph: Chloë Callistemon, QAGOMA

Paint with Damon

Join Damon Miri Anderson a proud Murri Muran from Wakka, Kullilli, Gamoilaroi, Bundjalung language group as he tells traditional Aboriginal stories and helps participants paint their own stories.

Date: Saturday 20 November
Time: 10am – 12pm
Cost: $5

Places are limited.
Bookings are essential.

To register call us on 07 4628 5330 or email ">

Dabble at Dogwood

Sketching and painting with Patricia Hinz and Priscilla Mundell

Join us at Dogwood Creek for a spot of sketching before returning to Dogwood Crossing to create a finished artwork from your reference sketches.

Saturday 30 October, 9am – 3pm

Meet at the Dogwood Creek, 9am
Drive back to Dogwood Crossing, 10am
Dabble concludes, 3pm

Cost: $20
All acrylics, brushes and a canvas supplied.

To register please call Dogwood Crossing on 4628 5330, or email

Feel free to bring your own materials to incorporate into your artwork if desired.

Please bring a hat, water and comfortable shoes for the walk.

Image caption:
Patricia Hinz | Butterfly and gum blossoms (detail) 2021 | Acrylic on canvas | 450mm x 450mm
Priscilla Mundell | Acorns (detail) 2021 | Acrylic on canvas | 450mm x 450mm

International Coffee Day 2021

brought to you by
Western Downs Libraries and Dogwood Crossing, Miles

Friday 1 October is International Coffee Day!
9am – 12pm

Celebrate at Dogwood Crossing with a good book (we’ve got you covered) and a great coffee.

Ludwig & Will Specialty Coffee will provide your coffee fix – they’ll be out the front of Dogwood.
A Little Extra Icing sugar cookies (*insert drool* here) will also be available for purchase.

Katelann Maree playing 2 sets ‘unplugged’ in the Centre.
10am – 10.30am
11am – 11.30am

Paint With Coffee with Patricia Hinz
10am – 11am
To register for this FREE workshop please click here

Artist Talk in the Gallery with Patricia Hinz
11.30am – 12pm

Make Your Own Facial Coffee Scrub with Angelique Delport
10.30am – 11am
To register for this FREE workshop please click here


Unseen for kids with Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Donna Davis
Art meets science 

Dr Sapphire will guide budding ‘art scientists’ in a field trip along the Dogwood Creek to discover local flora species to include in a fun printmaking session with artist Donna Davis. All you need are the keen eyes of a scientist and an adventurist spirit. 

All materials supplied. 

Participants bring hat, sunscreen and water. 

Saturday 17 July, 10am – 12pm
For school aged children
Cost: $5

To register, call 4628 5330, email
or pop in and talk to one of our staff.

Image courtesy Donna Davis

‘Unseen’ is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Donna Davis is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments’. This project is also supported by the Queensland Herbarium, centre for research and information on Queensland ecosystems, plants and fungi.

Dabble at Dogwood

Unseen for adults and teens

Explore the intersection of art and science with artist Donna Davis and scientist Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fischer.

Dr Sapphire will take participants on a walk along Dogwood Creek to check out the local flora and Donna will help participants use what they collect in a printmaking project back in the studio.

All materials supplied.

Participants bring hats, water and sunscreen.

Saturday 17 July, 1pm – 4pm
For adults and teens
Cost: $10

To register click here

Image courtesy Donna Davis

‘Unseen’ is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Donna Davis is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments’. This project is also supported by the Queensland Herbarium, centre for research and information on Queensland ecosystems, plants and fungi.



Kids will discover the world of Stencil Art experimenting with mixed media and stencil making techniques guided by exhibiting artist Adam Lewczuk.

Saturday 22 May, 10am – 12pm
For school aged children
Cost – $5

To register, call 4628 5330, email
or pop in and talk to one of our staff.

Images courtesey Adam Lewczuk


Dabble at Dogwood


Teens will discover the world of street art style paste ups exploring composition, colour, embellishment and stencil making techniques with exhibiting stencil artist Adam Lewczuk.

Saturday 22 May, 1pm – 4pm
Teenagers 12+
Cost: $10

Images courtesey Adam Lewczuk

Dabble at Dogwood

Still Life Fun

Local artist Cindy Grimes leads a beginner acrylic painting workshop. Participants will explore perspective and shape possibilities for a still life composition and ‘have a go’ with some basic colour theory. Each participant is encouraged to bring a favourite object from home to personalise their composition.

Saturday 1 May, 10am – 3pm

Photo courtesey Cindy Grimes

Create With Jennifer McDuff

Informal creating session with artist Jennifer McDuff.

Bring your own art project and enjoy the company of an experienced Flying Arts tutor with fellow artists.

Saturday 10 April, 10am – 4pm

Morning tea and lunch provided.
This is a FREE event.


What’s in a Box?
Make a decorated box with Penny Eamer, inspired by Darryn Campbell’s exhibition, Amarna Tomb.

Saturday 20 March, 10am – 12pm
For school aged children
Cost – $5


Creative Arts Practice Masterclass Weekend

27-28 March 2021
The Laurels of Chinchilla 

Seeking to enhance your arts practice?   

This masterclass is designed to guide you in the process of ‘applied thinking’ strategies for developing ideas and concepts that are the foundation of arts practice. The workshop includes creative investigations, self-reflection, readings, research, and informal group conversations. The outcomes for each artist will include developing starting points for creative explorations, ideas for new projects, time out to think, and to nurture a stronger connection between self and arts practice.   

The masterclass will suit artists who have some experience in exhibiting their work and would like to extend themselves further professionally. You will need to be self-motivated for personal success and open to new ways of thinking. Some additional exercises are required prior to the workshop to bring along so you can get the most out of your time during the workshop. 

The Laurels of Chinchilla
Cost: $150: Workshop fees and catering (You must be able to attend both days) 

  • Saturday 27 March 2021 9am – 4pm 
  • Sunday 28 March 2021 8.30am – 2.30pm 

 Additional Cost: Accommodation 

Participants are encouraged to consider booking overnight accommodation at the Laurels of Chinchilla for a restorative experience and the opportunity to relax and engage with the masterclass tutor and other overnighting artists. 

 About Sandra Pearce: 

Sandra Pearce is a Brisbane based artist working with paper and printmaking media. Her art practice responds to ideas relating to nature-human conflicts, the impacts of urbanisation and the human manipulation of landscape. Personal experiences are integral to her practice.  

Sandra has exhibited widely in both regional and private art galleries, completed several artist-in-residences, and has many years’ experience in delivering public programs for galleries, local councils and community organisations. 

Clay Workshop with Karen Gaskell
Cheeky Chooks
Saturday 8 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
For school aged children 5+
$5 per child

Explore clay building techniques through the construction of a cheeky clay chook on a pinch pot foundation. Finish off your chook with clay slip paint. Firing included in fee.

Alcohol Ink Workshop with Jean Dwyer
Colour Your World
Saturday 15 June, 9am-4pm
For teens and adults
$30 per person

Alcohol inks are an acid-free, highly-pigmented, and fast drying medium, which are specially formulated to create colourful polished stone effects.  In this workshop you will be inspired by this increasingly popular medium, and the beautiful artworks you can create. No previous art skills required!

Bookings essential.

Lego Workshop with Claire Healy + Sean Cordiero
‘Monster’ Lego
Saturday 10 August, 2.30pm-5.30pm
For school aged children 5+
$5 per child

Create your own LEGO ‘monster’ sculpture with exhibiting artists Claire + Sean. Bookings essential.

Image caption: Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Hallway / Rear Entrance – Snake, 2014. Lego, IKEA shelf with drawers and plant, 147 × 115 × 30 cm.
Photograph by Ivan Bulijan. Image courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley.

Mixed Media Workshop with Ruby Purple
Loving Layers
Saturday 24 August, 12pm-3pm
For teens and adults
$10 per person

Explore exhibiting artist Ruby Purple’s ‘tell a story’ creative process to plan a mixed media
artwork and use layering to add depth and interest to your work.

Bookings essential. Snacks provided.

Image: Ruby Purple

Paint Along with Anna Barlett
Colourful Peacock
Saturday 16 November, 12pm-3pm
For teens and adults
$10 per person

Anna’s superpower is making art simple. Paint along with Anna of Happy Shiny Art as she
demystifies the process of creating an acrylic on canvas artwork, taking home your own
‘Colourful Peacock’ ready to hang.
Bookings essential. Snacks provided.

Image caption: Anna Bartlett | Colourful Peacock

Mosaic Paver Workshop with Kylie Bourne
Pieces of the world
Saturday 1 February 2020, 10am – 3pm
For teens and adults.
$10 per person

Dip your toe into the world of mosaics! Selecting from a range of colourful bits and bobs Kylie will teach you the skills needed to create a small mosaic paver, perfect for a spot in your garden.
All materials supplied.

Image caption: Mosaic workshop with Kylie Bourne at Roma

Dogwood Crossing, Miles is delighted to present ‘Island Fashion on Tour’, a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) regional touring project for children and families.

‘Island Fashion on Tour’ features a range of free, hands-on art making activities created by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and Pacific artists Grace Lillian Lee, Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James and Letila Mitchell.

Try your hand at grasshopper-weaving, textile design and creating a piece of wearable art. A trip down the cat-walk will complete the experience.

WHERE: Dogwood Crossing, Miles
WHEN: Saturday 22 August

This is a ticketed timed event, click on the link to register

Image Credit: ‘Island Fashion’ at the Children’s Art Centre, gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.
Photograph: Josef Ruckli, QAGOMA

Arts Dinners ONLINE
The event will be live streamed so people can participate from the comfort of their own home. Click here for more information on the live streamed event and to register.

On Tuesday 9 February at Dogwood Crossing, Miles will host this newly funded touring program, focusing on the topic: Public Programming: How to get the community engaged with your space

Tuesday 9 February 2021, Dogwood Crossing, Miles
6pm Meet and Greet, Dogwood Crossing Foyer
6.30pm – 7.30pm Online Arts Dinner Talks, Murilla Room

For more info and to register click here

Guest Speakers
Councillor Kylie Bourne
Chinchilla artist, Helen Dennis

The Scenic Rim Regional Council is partnering with the Regional Arts Service Network for South -West Queensland, to deliver the newly named Arts Dinners Live & ONLINE South West Queensland program. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.