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Georgia Hill, Ever and Ever, Perth
Have you ever had the desire to learn how to weld? Maybe you wanted to learn botanical illustration, how to blend your own gin, to practice aerobics Fonda style. Enter Work-Shop, an initiative from Sydney-based duo Matt Branagan and Chester Garcia, which teaches life and art classes to adults. Here, students learning the art of taxidermy can find as much guidance as those wishing to 'buy property like a pro'.
The idea came to fruition over a beer, "like many great ideas", says Branagan. “As Melbourne boys, we found Sydney lacking in connection. So we created a place that like-minded people could come together and share knowledge the old-fashioned way. We invite people to put down their iPhones, and pick up a paintbrush, or hammer, and experience the joy of creating.”
The classes currently run in three cities (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), with plans to expand internationally later this year. Running the lessons are over 200 artists and practitioners of varied disciplines. One of them is commercial illustrator and artist, Georgia Hill. “I originally started working with the guys from Work-Shop to run lettering-based classes," Hill explains. "Since then my lettering work has become more art-based and experimental too, and the guys have taken that on board for other projects we work on together.”
Students vary in age and experience, but that’s the joy of the classes: they’re for anyone who wants to learn. “There's sometimes mums with their teenage sons, or people who haven't drawn a day in their life,” says Hill. “I love that people are willing to give it a shot and see what they can come up with.”