NatureArt Lab


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Learn how to share your passion and become a voice for the planet. Enhance your powers of presentation to deliver memorable content with expert voice and communications specialist Charmian Gradwell! 

Dates: Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 September 2022

Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab studio, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, ACT

Course Description: 

This course is designed to give the student the confidence to dynamically engage with audiences large or small, on screen or off, whilst delivering their messages powerfully and memorably.

The students on this course will utilise a variety of techniques some used by the ancient Greeks, others, by many of our most successful actors today; and it will also delve into some of the more recent scientifically analysed strategies which are now being used by the world’s most famous business entrepreneurs and speakers.

This workshop has been designed specifically for students of the NatureArt Lab to promote (as the title may suggest), some of the core beliefs of the arts and citizen science movement whilst learning how to engage with audiences.

Namely, a belief in craftsmanship whilst appreciating the inherent beauty and flexibility of the materials that we work with (in this case voice, body and mind along with our research data, art and technology); whilst at the same time remembering the  importance of Nature as an inspiration and the value of simplicity, when communicating the complex.

Learning outcomes:

  • An understanding as to how to approach public speaking with excitement rather than with apprehension in turn leading to a greater confidence in the ability to deliver a paper or a public speech on screen or off.
  • A greater confidence in engaging small and larger audiences
  • An understanding of how to increase engagement with an audience
  • Strategies and techniques for building dynamic presentations and how to deliver them to be heard
  • Strategies for overcoming nerves
  • An understanding of proxemics and how body language will affect audiences’ perceptions
  • How to share your passions and help to be a voice for the planet 

Prerequisite/level:  This workshop requires no previous experience. Suitable for all students 16+ from beginners through to intermediate students who wish to develop their printmaking skills.

Materials: Please bring a notebook and writing materials for this workshop. Check your junk and spam inboxes so you don't miss our emails.

Administration: There is free parking available onsite as well as a Cafe located a short walk away at Griffith Shopping Centre.  All students are requested to bring their own drinks/beverages (or purchase from the shop).

Class Size:  The class size is strictly limited to 12 students.  There is a minimum number of students required to run the class.  If the minimum number is not reqched NatureArt Lab may postpone the workshop to a later date.  Students affected by this will be offered an option to transfer to the new dates, or if unable to attend, a full refund.   

About the tutor

Charmian Gradwell is a voice and communication specialist who has taught and coached in many arenas; from Hollywood movie sets, to prison cells; from running sessions for asylum seekers and refugees in order for them to be able to tell their stories; to sessions for high profile business CEO's to tell theirs.

She has worked with lawyers and politicians, Members of University business faculties and she also spent a year in Nigeria training a theatre company in all aspects of performance whilst working on Boal’s forum techniques delivering theatre for change.

 Charmian was an actor for over 20 years herself, before retraining as a voice and communication specialist. She has held positions in the voice departments of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK and Sydney Theatre Company here in Aus.

But in the years of the pandemic has been engaged more in film and TV .

In between jobs Charmian rescues and rehabilitates many of Australia’s native fauna being a member of Sydney Wildlife Rescue. She is a committed advocate for the health of our planet and in keeping it safe for all the sentient creatures that we share it with.

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Refund Policy:  Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course).  Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee.  Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking.  This includes showing proof of double vaccination prior to entry at the NatureArt Lab premises, use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop.  This policy will be reviewed and amended as ACT Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout.  If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email

Image Credit: Julia Landford