WORKSHOP | Sculpt a Character with Gab Garde

WORKSHOP | Sculpt a Character with Gab Garde

When: Saturday 12th June

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Duration: 5 hours

Where: artisan, 45 King St Bowen Hills

Cost: $180 Limited to 8 tickets

Skill level: Suitable for all adults, no prior knowledge necessary


About the workshop:

Join toy enthusiast and artist Gab Garde for a unique sculpting experience where you’ll be introduced to the intricate world of bust sculpting. Gab has been passionately creating figures, particularly ‘elder’ characters, since he was a small child, and will guide you through the creation of a captivating character ‘art doll’ bust. Dissatisfied with the lack of elder action figures in his youth, Gab’s first figures were made of scrap paper, before he began sculpting heads in papier-mâché, and then learned to sew at age ten. When he was twelve years old, he discovered polymer clay, and would use his Siberian Husky’s shed fur as the characters’ hair. He has since been continually refining his skills, and looks forward to sharing his passion with the workshop participants.

You will be expertly shown through sculpting, painting, and adorning your character bust using polymer clay that will be baked on-site. You will have access to multiple adornment options including hair, eyes and clothing and will leave your workshop with a completed bust that you can proudly display in your home!

Included in workshop ticket:

o A character modelled and styled by you to take home

o All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided

o Light refreshments

What to bring:

o Please wear closed shoes. Aprons will be provided.

About Gab Garde:

Gab Garde is a toy collector, doll maker, artist, musician, and aspiring conservator from the Philippines (by amazing coincidence, this workshop will take place on Philippine Independence Day). He is a graduate of Museum Studies and Psychology at UQ, and undertook work experience at the UQ Art Museum, before joining the Visitor Experience Team at the Museum of Brisbane, where he has also worked as a Collections Assistant and Assistant Conservator. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne, which will allow him to work within a unique framework that combines art, archaeology, and science. He has also performed music at such venues as the RSL Currumbin, The Scottish Prince, King George Square, and the UQ Red Room.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:

Please note this workshop can be cancelled by artisan due to unforeseen circumstances or if minimum numbers are not reached. In this event participants will be refunded accordingly and as soon as possible.

Participant Cancellation Policy:

Workshops have limited spaces and involve preparation by the facilitator.

Bookings cancelled up to one week prior to the start of the workshop may be refunded, but a 20% non-refundable administration fee will be deducted.

Bookings cancelled within a week of the workshop commencing will NOT be refunded.

You are welcome to transfer your booking to another person prior to the workshop commencing. Please confirm this arrangement in writing to

IMAGE: © Gab Garde, 2021. Photo: the artist


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