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Overview

We have a wide range of short courses and qualification courses, activities, events, MakerSpaces and social groups. Select a category to see the range. 

Art and clay

Also check out our art MakerSpaces

Arts for health

Increase mental health, well-being, confidence and social connection through art. Two groups are scheduled: a men's group and a women's group.

Art for kids

Enabling children to develop their natural curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm for art. Tuesday and Thursday after-school classes available. 

Art for teenagers

A fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere where teens can create within a group of peers with similar interests to their own.  Tuesday and Thursday after-school classes available. 

Botanical illustration

Focus on flowers, fruits and plant features - for beginners or those with experience.

Creativity Unleashed - NEW!

Creativity Unleashed focuses on creative energy and resilience. You’ll discover where to find inspiration and explore practical ways to enhance and harness your creative energy, while mapping your goals and plans for success.

Drawing Portraits

Learn how to draw the basic components of the face and head and put it all together into a portrait with our experienced tutor

Drawing the Figure

In this workshop you will be studying the structure of the body and how to draw it

Drawing Pet Portraits

In this workshop we will be looking at a what makes a good pet portrait. Our non-human companions are well loved, and can be wonderful subjects for drawing.

Exploring art styles and mediums

Discover your medium and your style - whether traditional or contemporary. Monday and Friday classes available. 

Japanese ink art

Create traditional Japanese sumie ink paintings and calligraphy on washi paper. Choose a beginners workshop or an "ongoing" workshop if you have done one of Junko's classes before.

Leadlight and glass art for beginners & beyond 

 Learn the beautiful art of leadlighting and working with glass. A daytime and an evening class scheduled.

Life drawing co-op

Join a relaxed, friendly group of artists for regular sessions working with a life model.  Two groups - Monday morning and Thursday evening.

Learn macrame

Create a wall hanging to proudly hang in your home with the satisfaction of having made itwith your own hands in a relaxed and friendly class over 2 Saturdays.

Mosaics introduction

Workshops for beginners and MakerSpaces to continue after catching the 'mosaic bug' from our experienced tutors. 

Introduction to Clay - NEW!

Begin your journey with clay in one of our Introduction to Clay courses. Experience new techniques each week in this 10-week workshop that show you the many different ways clay can be used to express your unique creativity. 

Pottery for beginners and beyond 

Learn basic throwing, hand-building, glazing and decorating skills with our very knowledgeable tutors. We have evening classes on Tuesday and Wednesday and a morning class on Wednesday. 

ClayTaster workshop

A fun short class if you have always wanted to give wheel-throwing a go.

Watercolour painting for beginners - NEW!

Learn watercolour techniques, colour theory and drawing skills in this 8 week course.

Watercolour painting - Perspective, Proportions & Placement

This short course covers different aspects of the medium, building skills and improving technique in the process. Saturday mornings.

Clay Firing and Clay Bag Purchase

Pre-purchase bulk clay firing and clay bags online.

Books and writing

Creative writing - "Literary Optimists"

Join this established group for a 2 hour session to continue developing your writing style.

Creative writing - beginners

Learn to capture your thoughts, personal history or imagination on paper.  Learn about different writing genres.

Earthmender Fiction - NEW!

 This course will help you to understand Earthmender Fiction. Most importantly you will learn how to effectively create these sorts of stories for the media of your choice: novel, short story, graphic novel, electronic game, or film and television. Let's raise some awareness!

Second Wednesday Book Club

Discuss great books with great people.

 

Career and employment pathways

Computer skills update

Review the basics of Word and file management and learn a few tricks to improve your efficiency. 

Daily Grind: Youth employment program

10 week program to help young people aged 16-24 upskill and find employment in the hospitality industry.

Barista Basics

A 1-day practical short course where participants learn the basics of coffee-making and safe practice using a commercial machine. 

 

 

 

Children and teens 

Art for kids

Enabling children to develop their natural curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm for art. Tuesday and Thursday after-school classes available.  

Art for teenagers

A fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere where teens can create within a group of peers with similar interests to their own. Tuesday and Thursday after-school classes available. 

Pottery for kids

A fun and interactive school holiday workshop over two sessions for kids aged 8-12 years to introduce them to creating with clay. 

Nature Journaling with a Difference

Explore the beauty of nature through a variety of prompts, mixed media techniques and fun exercises. This is not traditional nature journaling. It’s about making mess, thinking outside the box and connecting with nature. 

Online party games

An afternoon of fun, laughs, new friends and board games, all from the comfort of your computer. Explore party games new and old with other young adults aged 14-24 years. 

 

 

Community events and social activities

Red Hat Sparklers

If you enjoy meeting new people and visiting new places, then the Red Hat Sparklers group is for you.

Understanding Kangaroos 

This one day information session will help you raise awareness and understanding of how kangaroos live, including their family structure to better understand our iconic and often misunderstood kangaroos.  

Online party games

An afternoon of fun, laughs, new friends and party games, all from the comfort of your computer. Explore party games new and old with other young adults aged 14-24 years. 

 

 

Craft

Also check out our craft MakerSpaces

Craft for a cause

A fun day (and night) of demonstrations, craft and show-and-tell. Bring your own project and have some uninterrupted ‘you’ time.  

Mosaics

Workshops for beginners and MakerSpaces to continue after catching the 'mosaic bug' from our experienced tutors. 

Learn macrame

Create two projects to proudly hang in your home with the satisfaction of having made them with your own hands in a relaxed and friendly class over 4 weeks.

 

Dance and music

Discovering dance

A fun way to exercise with a friendly, relaxed group. Explore different dance styles and learn basic and intermediate dance techniques.  Thursday mornings.

Learn guitar  New!

Learn beginners guitar from an experienced tutor.

Harp Co-op

Join this group for inspiration and fun to practice and improve your harp skills in a group environment. 

Evening and weekend 

Online party games

An afternoon of fun, laughs, new friends and party games, all from the comfort of your computer. Explore party games new and old with other young adults aged 14-24 years. 

Building and renovating seminar: "Start right, Finish Right" 

An information session that will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to take on a building or renovating project and help you avoid the pitfalls.  

Craft for a cause

A fun day (and night) of demonstrations, craft and show-and-tell. Bring your own project and have some uninterrupted ‘you’ time. 

Digital photography 

Practical, hands-on courses and workshops covering the most important aspects of your own camera to get you taking images that you will be proud of.  

Japanese ink art

Create traditional Japanese sumie ink paintings and calligraphy on washi paper. Choose a beginners workshop or an "ongoing" workshop if you have done one of Junko's classes before.

Life drawing co-op

Join a relaxed, friendly group of artists for regular sessions working with a life model on Thursday evenings. 

Mosaics introduction

Workshops for beginners and MakerSpaces to continue after catching the 'mosaic bug' from our experienced tutors. 

Pottery for beginners and beyond 

Learn basic throwing, hand-building, glazing and decorating skills with our very knowledgeable tutors. We have evening classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Learn guitar  New!

Learn beginners guitar from an experienced tutor.

Watercolour painting

This short course covers different aspects of the medium, building skills and improving technique in the process. Saturday mornings.

 

Health and fitness

Arts for health

Increase mental health, well-being, confidence and social connection through art. Two groups are scheduled: a men's group and a women's group.

Discovering dance

A fun way to exercise with a friendly, relaxed group. Explore different dance styles and learn basic and intermediate dance techniques.  Thursday mornings. 

First Aid for Seniors

This entertaining and informative session is specifically focused on the first aid needs of seniors and those who care for them

Meditation Class

Would you like to retreat from today’s fast pace and immerse in calmness, tranquillity and peace? Join our new meditation class. 

Qi Gong

Gentle movements, with awareness and breathing, to move the qi around the meridians of the body, releasing energy blockages and restoring balance.

Tai Chi

Join this gentle exercise group for meditation and core strength and more.

Walking groups 

Get out and about, take in some fresh air walking at a leisurely pace with these friendly groups. 

 

Home, cooking and gardening

Building and renovating seminar: "Start right, Finish Right" 

An information session that will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to take on a building or renovating project and help you avoid the pitfalls.

Community organic vegie gardening

Come along and get your hands dirty in the Eltham centre community organic vegie garden. Thursday mornings.

Galloping Gardeners

Tour a local garden with like minded group members and share tips, knowledge, and possibly even cuttings.

Sourdough breadmaking - Online 

Learn how to make your own sourdough bread at home.

 

Italian

Italian

Start your Italian language journey as a level 1 beginner or continue on with levels 2-4 all the way through to our Italian Amici group.

MakerSpaces

MakerSpaces are creative, social spaces, where people share their passion for their art or craft, learn from each other and connect. 

Art MakerSpace

Draw, paint, pastel and be inspired and motivated by others in the group.

Clay MakerSpace

Join other potters in our well-equipped, light-filled clay studio.

Crafty Cats MakerSpace

Knit, sew, crochet, patchwork or chat.  This group is filled with various yarn and fabric crafters.

Just Xmas MakerSpace

Create beautiful items for gifts and home decoration while chatting and being inspired by other Christmas crafters in this group.

Leadlight and Glass Art MakerSpace

Share skills and ideas whilst working independently in our well-equipped, light-filled studios.

Mosaics MakerSpace

Design and develop practical and decorative mosaic creations in a social environment.

Needle Natter MakerSpace

Cross stitch, tapestry, embroidery, knitting, crochet and more. Natter while you stitch in this social environment.

Scrapbooking and Paper Crafts MakerSpace

An opportunity to share and learn in the company of others who love working with paper!

Sew Social MakerSpace

This group of avid sewers meet on a monthly basis to be inspired, complete their sewing projects and learn new skills.  The group have made anything from toys, tailored shirts, kids clothes, lined coats and even doona covers.

Sewing and Repurposing Makerspace

Join this fun and environmentally-friendly Makerspace as they mend and alter clothes to be reused and repurpose fabric items into new things.  

Studio Arts MakerSpace

An opportunity to share and learn in the company of others who love making art!!

Yarn and Needle MakerSpace

Knitting, crochet and any yarn & needle projects.  Have a yarn while you create, beginners most welcome.

 

New programs

See what's fresh and exciting at Living & Learning Nillumbik. More workshops will be added soon, so check this page regularly for new opportunities.

Online party games

An afternoon of fun, laughs, new friends and party games, all from the comfort of your computer. Explore party games new and old with other young adults aged 14-24 years. 

Drama for seniors

Fun, socialising and creativity combined in this friendly drama workshop.

Introduction to Clay - NEW!

Begin your journey with clay in one of our Introduction to Clay courses. Experience new techniques each week in this 10-week workshop that show you the many different ways clay can be used to express your unique creativity. 

Creativity Unleashed 

Creativity Unleashed focuses on creative energy and resilience. You’ll discover where to find inspiration and explore practical ways to enhance and harness your creative energy, while mapping your goals and plans for success.

 

Online

Lockdown doesn't have to mean an end to our fun and learning. Jump online for these great programs and contact us if you'd like help with getting online.

Online party games

An afternoon of fun, laughs, new friends and party games, all from the comfort of your computer. Explore party games new and old with other young adults aged 14-24 years. 

Creative writing - "Literary Optimists"

Join this established group for a 2 hour session to continue developing your writing style.

Creative writing - beginners

Learn to capture your thoughts, personal history or imagination on paper.  Learn about different writing genres.

Italian

Start your Italian language journey as a level 1 beginner or continue on with levels 2-4 all the way through to our Italian Amici group. 

Sourdough breadmaking

Learn how to make your own sourdough bread at home.

Performing arts 

Drama for seniors

Fun, socialising and creativity combined in this friendly drama workshop.

 

Photography

Digital photography 

Practical, hands-on courses and workshops covering the most important aspects of your own camera to get you taking images that you will be proud of.  . 

 

School holiday activities

 

Drama for kids

Structured performing arts sessions for kids to enjoy dress ups, puppets, improvisation and socialising. 

Nature Journaling with a Difference

Explore the beauty of nature through a variety of prompts, mixed media techniques and fun exercises. This is not traditional nature journaling. It’s about making mess, thinking outside the box and connecting with nature. 

Pottery for kids

A fun and interactive school holiday workshop over two sessions for kids aged 8-12 years to introduce them to creating with clay. 

 

 

Seniors

Be Connected

Be Connected is a FREE program run on behalf of the government in conjunction with Good Things Foundation.  It aims to support 1 million Australians to get online by providing an opportunity to learn and practice computer and technology skills with the help of friendly, volunteer digital mentors.  Call to find out how our volunteers can help you or a loved one connect online.

Drama for seniors

Fun, socialising and creativity combined in this friendly drama workshop.

Seniors Week - October 2021

This Seniors Week we are offering a range of free workshops in partnership with Bolton Clark. 

First Aid for Seniors

This entertaining and informative session is specifically focused on the first aid needs of seniors and those who care for them

 

Technology and computers

Be Connected

Be Connected is a government funded program administered by Good Things Foundation.  The program aims to support 1 million Australians over 50 to get online by providing an opportunity to learn and practice computer and technology skills with the help of friendly volunteer digital mentors. 

Book an appointment or two with a volunteer digital mentor to answer your questions and support you with your computer learning journey.

 

Computer courses for everyone

ipad for beginners

Step by step, guided 'play' to gain familiarity and confidence with a range of different functions of an ipad.  

Computer skills - update

Refresh your memory and update your Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook) and be ready to get back to work.

Computer tutoring 1 on 1

Develop your computer skills with a personal tutor.  

MailChimp e-newsletters

Discover the functionality of this amazing free online newsletter portal which will help to keep you in touch with your clients, community group members or even your extended family and friends.