Illustration Basics at the MakerSpace

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw but didn’t know where to start? Do you draw but would like to develop your skills and play with different mediums?

Would you like to become more observant, reduce stress and enhance your problem solving? How about improving your communication and making friends?

The MakerSpace’s Illustration Basics classes can do all of these things!

Guided by Linda Cox, MakerSpace Student Peer Support Assistant and Natural History Illustration PhD candidate, you will learn about equipment for drawing, why illustration can improve your mood and creativity plus have plenty of time to experiment and draw.

  • Week 1: Graphite
  • Week 2: Ink and pens.
  • Week 3: Watercolours.
  • Week 4: Field trip at the Ourimbah campus.

Illustration Basics starts on Wednesday 26 February and runs for 4 weeks. Book your place now.

The Library MakerSpace is located in Ourimbah Library (OIRC-107) and is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Make ~ Create ~ Connect


5 reasons to visit the Library MakerSpace in 2020

Want to try out new technology?

We’ve got Arduino kits, Raspberry Pi’s Sphero’s, 3D printers, a 3D scanner, LEGO Mindstorm and Boost, green screen, GoPro and audio recording equipment. Plus loads of software for creating, editing and learning.

Need to take a break from study?

No problem! Visit the MakerSpace and play with our LEGO, colour in, start a jigsaw puzzle or play some of our boardgames. You can chat with MakerSpace staff too, you might even come up with an idea or project to make!

Use the MakerSpace to create your next uni or TAFE assessment.

Need to make finger puppets, create a poster, 3D print a game or object . . . the opportunities to add that extra special ‘something’ to your assessments are endless in the MakerSpace. And if you aren’t sure where to start, talk to the friendly staff, they will help you get started.

You don’t need to be an expert in the MakerSpace.

We are all about making mistakes, getting messy and finding solutions, so don’t worry if you have never created a 3D object or used a sewing machine, we are ready to help.

MakerSpace has the space and tools you need.

Need space to spread out your poster or plot your group project? Or do you need scissors, pens, glue guns and rulers to create your assessment? You’ll find it all in the MakerSpace (with bonus encouragement from the team!).

And a bonus reason!

The MakerSpace runs classes and drop-in sessions every week, check out what’s coming up on the MakerSpace calendar.

The Library MakerSpace (IRC-107) is inside Ourimbah Library and is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. You can contact the MakerSpace via

Follow the MakerSpace via the library’s Instagram and Twitter and #UONMakers.

Make ~ Create ~ Connect

A sign hanging in a window that says "sorry we're closed but still awesome".

MakerSpace closed for staff training

Ourimbah Library MakerSpace will be closed temporarily for staff training and planning on Wednesday 27 November, Monday 2 December and Monday 9 December.

MakerSpace staff can show you how to use all the equipment, so visit the MakerSpace to create Christmas gifts, try out the sewing machines, 3D printers and scanner or play with our LEGO and board games.

Feedback for Semester 2

We heard your feedback that the Group study spaces bookings system needed better location details.  So now we have now added more maps, room numbers and which level the rooms can be found. See all here Book a study space.

You asked if Library hours could be extended at Auchmuty on the weekends,

“Auchmuty should have extended night time hours on weekends so we don’t have to drive to the City!”

So the good news is that the main Library will be open during November until 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

We have received some great feedback on the new Ourimbah Library MakerSpace.

“I would LOVE a quick tour and/or run through of the space! It’d be fantastic to have some of my Design In Society students along to see the space.”

“…i am in love these classes, they are so much fun and exciting.”

“On the facility itself, it is amazing for those breaks in between study.”

“Overall I love this new space and have already become a familiar face with Sally.”

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Sewing basics on a table: scissors, tape measure, pins with coloured heads, fabric and a pattern that says how to make a classic Boomerang Bag.

New Workshop: Sewing Basics in the MakerSpace

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew?

Let us introduce you to straight sewing, backstitch, assembling a basic pattern, seams and ironing. By the end of this workshop you’ll have basic sewing machine skills and will have made your very own Boomerang Bag to take home.

Where: Ourimbah Library MakerSpace (IRC-107).

All materials provided, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm! Places are limited so book now.

Learn a skill, make with us!


Ourimbah MakerSpace wants you!

A table with scissors, rotary cutter, washi tape, paper and post-its on it.Photo by Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash

Do you love coding, sewing, knitting, crochet, craft, origami, collage, zines, 3D printing or LEGO? Would you like to share what you know in a friendly and fun space? If the answers are yes, the MakerSpace wants you!

We are looking for students and staff who would like to share their skills in the MakerSpace. You can run a workshop, give a lunchtime learning talk, or simply sit, chat and create. We provide the equipment, supplies, support and space, you provide the skills – simple!

Come and talk to Sally, Naomi, Jake, Linda or Samantha in the MakerSpace from 2 September or send an email to Sally the MakerSpace Coordinator.




Ourimbah MakerSpace opens in September

Ourimbah Library MakerSpace is nearly finished! We’ve gone from an empty room to a creative, collaborative space that’s almost ready for current students and staff to use. MakerSpace staff are busy setting up the sewing and embroidery machines, 3D printers and computers and *testing* the board games and LEGO!

You’ll be able to bring your own project to work on in the MakerSpace or start something new, all you need is an idea, we’ll provide the tools and space for you to tinker, create, discover and explore.

The MakerSpace doors will be open for all in September so get ready to make!

Makerspace – student positions closing soon


Interested in an exciting part-time role at the Central Coast campus?

Applications for the role of Makerspace Student Peer Support Assistant have been extended to 14th July.

The new Makerspace in the Ourimbah Campus Library will  be ready to start in the 2nd semester. Please check out the Makerspace webpage to learn about some of the equipment that will be available. There’s also a short video highlighting the 3D printer.


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Ourimbah Library MakerSpace student role

Would you like to work on campus while completing your degree?

A MakerSpace is opening soon in the Ourimbah Campus Library  and there is an opportunity to work as a Library MakerSpace Student Peer Support Assistant.

The role will support the use of the MakerSpace technologies by providing peer to peer support, delivery of small group training sessions and promoting the service to the student community. Technologies include 3D printing, Raspberry Pi, sewing machines, power tools, video and sound recording. For additional information on the MakerSpace please see our University Library MakerSpace webpage.

Get your applications in by 28 June 2019!