Indigenous Art Workshop

Learn about Indigenous culture and art and paint your own artwork

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 50     label $39

Learn about the various styles, symbols and techniques in Indigenous art and apply them to painting your own beautiful masterpiece in this unique Brisbane workshop.

This workshop is suitable for painters of all levels, especially those who are interested in learning more about Indigenous culture

Over two-and-a-half-hours, you will learn about the spiritual meanings and symbology in Aboriginal paintings and also about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories (mythology) and customs of Indigenous people. Your teacher John, who belongs to the Kooma tribe, will pass down this knowledge and skills so you have a better understanding of this ancient culture.

At the end of the workshop, you'll take home your unique Indigenous-style artwork and lots of new cultural knowledge.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
  • A completely unique Indigenous-style artwork.
  • Ice buckets, filtered water and wine glasses will be provided.
What to bring
Bring along a painting smock if you're concerned about getting paint on your clothes.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or Xmas gift.

John Martin (your teacher) adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.

See additional precautions taken   

All materials will be sanitized, good ventilation will be ensured.

City Workshop, Charlotte Street, Brisbane City QLD

Your teacher
John Martin

John Martin

5.0 (4)

My name is John Martin, I was born in Toowoomba in 1985 and I belong to the Kooma tribe. Our land stretches from St George to Dirranbandi and our totem is the brown snake. My grandfather Jack Martin was a very well known and respected elder in the Aboriginal community as well as my grandmother Zona Martin of the Kamilaroi Tribe who was awarded NAIDOC women of the year some years ago.

My father Sonny Martin was involved in the political protests that lead to the 1976 referendum to give the Aboriginal people a sense of equality and identify as human beings as before the 1976 referendum we were not classified as human and excluded from voting.

I have taught street art/graffiti workshops for a Youth Club that ran after school hours in Toowoomba for the final two years of high school.

After that, I went on to study Aboriginal culture and received my Certificate 4 in Visual Arts at TAFE here in Brisbane. I was also involved in some teaching classes at Yamba High School on the outskirts of Brisbane during the time I attended TAFE.

Your host
City Workshop (Brisbane)
City Workshop (Brisbane)

4.9 (11)

Brisbane City Workshop is a fresh community of ordinary locals with extraordinary talents to share. Blessed with our very own heritage-style basement in the middle of town, our aim is to keep bringing you a dynamic lineup of exciting and creative workshops where you'll meet cool peeps and learn to make all kinds of cool stuff.

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Nadiia Danylevska Aug 2021

A very warm thank you to the teacher for an incredible experience. The teacher was attentive, it was very interesting to listen to him, he introduced me to several techniques at once, and at the end of the lesson he shared a very cool drawing style. I haven't had such pleasure from studying for a long time)) In addition, the teacher helps a lot and instills confidence in my abilities, as well as gives a piece of his love for drawing. All the materials were provided and even more. The class is comfortable, fully equipped, has everything you need and many thanks to the organizers. .

Debbie Venables Aug 2021

John was the most amazing teacher. Hew was willing to share his knowledge and beliefs with the class and allowed us to experience a wide range of techniques even diversifying from the course to allow each client to develop their own skills. I am visually impaired and found the structure of keeping with in the lines difficult and so John introduced me to manipulating paint with my fingers and in the end, while my painting was not traditional indigenous style, I came home with a painting that I am proud to show anyone.

The venue was well set up for the activity and all equipment was easily accessible to us. John went out of his way to ensure that all our needs were meet.

I would recommend this class and the teacher to everyone. In fact we have asked for another opportunity to work with John so that we can share this experience with more of our friend.

Thankuou again for a wonderful evening.

Painting workshop review by Debbie Venables Sydney

Simon Fozzard Aug 2021

Class was great, informative and fun. Teacher was awesome and would def recommend. We enjoyed the session and would do it again

Indigenous Art Workshop review by Simon Fozzard

Denise Hart Jul 2021

Keys was very generous with his knowledge and encouragement. I was the only person there and so he was happy to adapt and just do whatever it was I wanted to learn about. Lovely guy and very talented.

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