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 9 & 23 July, 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


KEEP IT WILD
ECO-ART EXHIBITION

Keep it Wild

Colourful and innovative artworks created by children from the Wet Tropics. By turning clean litter into artful messages we are reminded of the importance of protecting our reef and rainforest.

WHEN: 19 June – 24 July
TIME: 8.30am – 4.00pm weekdays, 8.30am – 1.00pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Free


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. 29 June + 13 & 27 July + 10 & 24 August
TIME: 10.00am - noon 
VENUE: The Deck, near Tank 3
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: Please note the booking day for Program 3 is Monday 3 July 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. 8, 15 & 22 July, 12 & 19 August, 16 & 23 September 
TIME: 1pm - 4pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST:
$35
INFORMATION & BOOKINGS: Rosie Omundsen 0412 598 377 rosie@omundsen.com.au


EXPLORE YOGA 5 WEEK COURSE

Yoga workshop

This course is great for beginners, those looking to revisit their practice, gain more insight into yoga and movement, or those recovering from injury.

WHEN: Starting Monday 19 June – Monday 17 July 
TIME: 5.30pm -7:30pm
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $90 for 5 week course
BOOKINGS: Rachel Rannow 0473 199 982 smile@yogawithrachel.com.au


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.
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 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: Saturday 24 June, 29 July, 26 August 
TIME: 9:30am -12:30pm 
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: By donation
INFO & BOOKINGS: Pam Kusabs (07) 4032 5039


CREATIVE FAMILY WORKSHOP

Hedy Verhulst

Come with your favourite adult and see how creative you can be together with paper and clay. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old and their adults.

WHEN: 3 July
TIME: 9.30am -11am
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $30 (per pair)
BOOKINGS & INFO: hedy.verhulst@hotmail.com 0428 883 121


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



MISS CHELSEA'S BALLET FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS

Miss Chelsea's very proudly offer Kinderballet (TM) accredited programs to children aged from 2 years in and around Cairns.

Kinderballet is a classical ballet program crafted specifically for pre-schoolers. Our program is set around the Adventures of Bella Ballet Bear. A program designed to introduce the basics of classical ballet, in an imaginative way. The program has been structured so that children can fully enjoy the experience of ballet at a young age. With quality, hand-picked teachers, and limited class size numbers all without the pressure and expense of big concerts and costumes, as this can be overwhelming for children so young. Kinderballet is affordable and family friendly.

WHEN: Tuesdays 9.45am – 11.15am (last class for 2017 Tuesday 5 December)
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: Classes are $12 per class for our “Mummy and Me” (2-3.5 year old), and $15 per class for our “Tots" classes (3.5-5 year old).
BOOKINGS: Ph 0438 422 110 info@misschelseasdance.com Website Facebook

NB: Operates during school terms excluding public holidays.


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 WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS

NIDA acting graduates Rachel and David Terry of Box Jelly Theatre are offering a 20 week acting programme culminating in a public performance. Workshops include acting technique, voice, movement and script analysis.

WHEN: Term 2 begins July 13th
TIME: 8.30am – 4pm weekdays & 8.30am – 1pm weekends
VENUE: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
COST: $25 per lesson
BOOKINGS: Numbers limited. 0431 259 859 boxjellytheatre@gmail.com