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A very warm welcome to our  2017 Calendar of inclusive weekend and evening courses and classes.

We offer a wide range of high quality, affordable art, craft and textile workshops in a inspiring art studio.

Small friendly groups with a maximum of 10 people.

Lots of 1-1 tuition

We have over 50 wonderful, skilled and professional tutors.

2018 programme to come soon.

All abilities are welcomed and supported on all of our courses!

Regular Sessions

Crochet Workshops 

 Cost: £15.00  All materials and handouts provided.

 Time: 1-4pm

 Saturdays

Please note we have had to cancel Oct and Nov sessions, no session Dec.

 Next Session 27th Jan 2018

 

 If you have always wanted to master crochet then this is the workshop for you!
 Learn how to crochet basic stitches and begin to understand patterns & terminology. 

 More advanced crocheters can be taught new stitches & patterns.

 Beginners and left handed welcome.
 Handouts included. 

Dorset Buttons Workshops 

24th June  Saturday

30th Sept Saturday

10.00- 12.30

£12.50 

Tutor: Pauline Stanley

Course Info: 

Join us and learn to make traditional Dorset Heritage Buttons, and experiment with threads, beads

and stitches to make some beautiful Dorset Buttons with a contemporary twist!

All materials provided.

April

SCAPES TEXTILE AND EMBROIDERY COURSE  - PART 6 - 

This course will run in our current studio in Moordown

APRIL 9TH 2017

Sunday from 10 - 4 pm, 

£45 per workshop

Gardenscapes

Flowers and foliage in gardens remain a favourite theme for embroiderers, both in formal and informal settings.

The course is designed to encourage experimentation and the creative use of stitch.

Each session is a stand-alone, hands-on, practical workshop.  

However, anyone able to attend all the sessions will experience the use of hand-stitched embroidery to express their ideas along with a variety of techniques such as embellishing, piecing and layering, fraying, appliqué, bonding, colouring and beading where appropriate.

The workshops are aimed at people who already have a knowledge of basic hand stitches – running, buttonhole, chain, French knots and herringbone and are keen to explore creative textile-making.

Participants are asked to bring in photographs, postcards, sketches or magazine pictures of ‘scapes’ that they have had a positive response to and find interesting.  

Inspiration can also be found in artists’ work, such as Constable’s and Van Gogh’s skies, Turner’s marine scenes and Hockney’s landscapes. These will be used in the workshops as starting points for the themed projects. 

So it is essential that participants bring in their own inspirational materials as each person’s response is highly individualistic. 

The course will also include the elements and principles of design and drawing but  please don't panic about this, you do not have to be good at drawing!!

A wide range of fabrics and threads will be available for each session.

The tutor, Liz Thomas, is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about embroidery. 

She has a BA Hons in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in Embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley.

May 2017 

Green Willow Satchel Making workshop

Sunday 14th May

9.30  - 5pm

Tutor is Cath Pratley

£60 .00

In this workshop we will be making a willow satchel from green willow.

You will be taught  techniques including creating an oval base, wailing and double randing, and learning how to create a simple boarder.

The basket will have a  long leather shoulder strap riveted in.

Some basket making experience would be recommended on this course in order to complete this basket in a day.

 

Cyanotype workshop

Sat 20th May

10 - 4

Tutor is Tim Russell

£50

A day exploring one of the oldest and simplest photographic processes using light sensitive chemicals on paper and cloth. Contact prints are made using UV light from the sun which are then fixed in running water. We will also explore various toning techniques using regular household materials to add depth and tone to the prints. These are also known as blueprints.

We will use plant and available materials and objects to make prints but I would also suggest bringing images you would like to use in the form of simple tonal black and white images printed on to acetate. These can be photocopies or digital prints.

For further information on preparing images or about the day please contact
Tim Russell: timpatrickrussell@gmail.com

June 2017

An Introduction to Intaglio Collagraph Printing – Texture, Tone and Markings 

Date:        Sat 3rd June 2017   (Session 1)

         and Sat 10th June 2017 (Session 2)

Time:         Session 1 – 10:00 until 15:00 (making the collagraph plates)

                   Session 2 – 10:00 until 16:00 (printing from the plates)

Cost:         £80 (both Session 1 and Session 2 included) – all materials provided.

Tutor:       Genevieve Lavers

Please note:  It is not possible to attend Session 2 if you have not attended Session 1 first!  

No actual printing will take place during Session 1 because this time is required to create the collage plates.

In this two-part workshop Genny will demonstrate this intaglio method of printmaking, which never fails to produce striking results from such simple materials! 

In the first session you will build a minimum of three collagraph plates using mount board and a variety of different materials to create interesting textures and tones. 

Your first plate will feature mainly collaged materials which showcase a variety of textures, then on your second plate you will explore the idea of creating tonal contrasts, and for your third plate you will focus on techniques for mark-making. 

If time permits you can compose a fourth plate which combines all these elements together. 

Genny will varnish your plates after the first session, ready for the second session when you will be inking up your plates and using the intaglio printing press. 

The intaglio technique is a very physical process which involves working ink into the plates using rough cloth and polishing it off to leave ink in the crevices. 

You will be using oil-based etching ink, so we provide rubber gloves to protect your hands. 

The pressure from the roller on the press squeezes the ink from the crevices onto the paper. 

It is so exciting to peel the paper off the collage plate and see the results – prepare to get hooked on collagraph printmaking!

Genny will bring along examples of her collagraph prints along with the collage plates they were printed from, as well as some supplementary images, to inspire and guide you as you familiarise yourself with the techniques.

Please wear old clothes – intaglio ink does not wash out. Ideally bring along an oversized man’s shirt.

 

Women's Woodwork -
Pallet Furniture evening course 

Starts Wed 7th June 7-9pm
x 5 following Wednesdays - 6 sessions in total.
£77 for the course.
All materials provided.
8 places.
Tutor is Nicola Bath

Gain useful skills working with power tools to easily create  standard pallet furniture and expand your skills for  a unique aesthetic twist.

This is a popular course so please book your place quickly!

Please check out Pinterest for ideas!

If you have your own jigsaw or any other power tools feel free to bring them along.....


Body Scapes  Textile and Embroidery Course  - part 7

Sunday 11th June

10 - 4

£45

Tutor is Liz Thomas

This is part of an on going course but each session is a stand alone session

The ‘Bodyscapes’ workshop is a hands-on, practical session added onto the successful ‘Scapes’ series, where we explored the natural world through hand embroidery, which will re-commence in September, 2017.

This ‘Bodyscapes’ workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic knowledge of hand stitches: running, blanket stitch, chain, French knots and herringbone.  That’s it!  All you then need is to be open to encouragement as to how to express your ideas through stitch.

Humans have decorated their bodies throughout our different cultural histories with henna designs, tattoos and jewellery.  We have utilised animal skins and fabrics to clothe ourselves, adorn our bodies or to express power over others. A powerpoint presentation will take participants from the Stone Age when we stencilled handprints to decorate caves to the modern age where artists, such as Matisse, and textile artists, for example Julie Sarloutte and Audrey Walker, have used the human figure to express their ideas in embroidery. Other sources of inspiration are also included. Some will be a surprise!

Participants should bring in their own inspirational materials (photos, postcards, sketches or magazine pictures) as each person’s response to this theme is highly individualistic.  These pictures will used as a starting point for their personal project.  People taking part should also bring in a notebook or sketchbook and a pen to record what they have learnt from the workshop and a small pair of sharp scissors.

As well as being encouraged to express their ideas in stitch, participants will learn a variety of hand embroidery techniques, such as embellishing, appliqué, bonding, quilting, colouring fabric and beading, where appropriate. Samples showing how the basic stitches can be exploited will be available to participants. There will also be samples available exploring how to create textural and dimensional surfaces.

 Free handouts on the elements and principles of design; stitch diagrams; the use of bondaweb and a list of useful websites are included in the cost of the workshop.  A wide range of fabrics and threads and other materials will be available and are also included in the workshop fee. 

Also included is the opportunity to get further free advice and help from the tutor to complete your ‘Bodyscapes’ project for up to one month after the workshop, via the internet.  Details will be given during the workshop.

The tutor for the workshop is Liz Thomas.  She is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about hand embroidery.  She has a BA (Hons) in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley at Goldsmiths.

Squirrel Needlefelt Workshop

In our new premises at Branksome

Saturday  17th June

10 - 4.30

Tutor is Carla Taylor

£45.00

Love wool! Then you'll love needle felting!

Fibre artist, Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting including the more advanced technique of learning how to work around a wire tail to create your own unique woodland squirrel out of beautiful wool ready for you to take home or if you can part with it to give someone as a special gift!

A fun, creative and inspiring day!

This course is suitable for both beginners or those with some experience of needle felting and includes all materials used on the day and a needle felting kit that you get to keep, take home and carry on creating with. 

 

Women's Woodwork -
Pallet Furniture evening course 

Starts Tuesday 20th June 7-9pm
And 5 following Tuesdays - 6 sessions in total.
£77 for the course.
All materials provided.
8 places.
Tutor is Nicola Bath

Gain useful skills working with power tools to easily create  standard pallet furniture and expand your skills for  a unique aesthetic twist.

This is a popular course so please book your place quickly!

Please check out Pinterest for ideas!

If you have your own jigsaw or any other power tools feel free to bring them along.....


 

Abstract Painting and Mixed Media Workshop

In our new premises at Branksome

Sunday 25th June

10 - 4

£45

Tutor is Abi Kremer

All materials provided

Learn about the ideas and concepts behind abstract painting, and develop your own piece, in this experimental workshop.

 

Looking at the work of celebrated artists such as Jackson Pollock and Howard Hodgkin, we will work on building ideas, using inks and a chosen object. Learning important aspects governing colour theory, and acrylic painting techniques, we will make some initial trial pieces, and eventually bring these concepts together, including collage. Your final piece will be a synthesis of your experiments, a fascinating journey of discovery.

Please wear old clothes or an overshirt, and bring packed lunch. Coffee and tea on site.

 

July 2017

Print, Pattern and Stamp workshop 

In our new premises at Branksome

Saturday  1st July

10 -4

Tutor is Holly Mure

£45.00

Print making is fun for any age and ability. By making your own stamps you can choose your own theme, create as little or many as you like, be creative by making your own stamps and at low cost. You can be resourceful with the things around you! Plus, you can keep using them again and again.

 

 

Wood Block Printing 

In our new premises at Branksome

July 22nd

10-4 

£65 all materials included

Tutor: Robin Mackenzie

Only 5 places on this very special course with Robin.

On this one day introduction to Wood Engraving students will be taught the principles of designing for engraving, how to engrave into a block of end grain wood and how to print from the finished block. 

You will be using Robin’s portable printing press to print your wood engravings. 

All materials included :the wood block, inks and paper. 

Please bring sketches or photos to work from, pencils, erasers and a fine permanent marker.

Robin Mackenzie is a contemporary illustrator and printmaker specialising in wood engravings and lino-cuts. He graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2013 and has since been creating prints for books, magazines and a wide variety of exhibitions and shows.

Robin works from his studio at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne, Dorset using a traditional cast iron Albion press.

August 2017 - no sessions

September 2017 

Beginners Stone Carving Workshop 

with Sarah Moore 

Saturday Sept 23rd

9.30 - 4.30

£60

8 places available

 

You will be provided and will be working on approx 6"x6"  block of soft limestone.

All tools provided. 

You will be able to complete a relief carving on one side of this stone in this session.

Please bring images/drawings as inspiration for your design.

Please bring a packed lunch and we will provide refreshments.

 

Sarah Moore is a qualified visual artist/sculptor,  a professional stone mason and an experienced tutor and workshop leader.

She makes and sells her stone sculptures as well as working on commissioned pieces. http://www.sarahmooresculpture.co.uk/

 

Creative Hand-stitched Embroidery  Course -  nine independent sessions 

In our new premises at Branksome

Starting on  17th Sept 2017 

Sundays from 10 - 4 pm, 

£45 per workshop

A series of NINE monthly workshops, each one concentrating on a distinctive theme.  

The course is designed to encourage experimentation and the creative use of stitch.

Each session is a stand-alone, hands-on, practical workshop.  

However, anyone able to attend all the sessions will experience the use of hand-stitched embroidery to express their ideas along with a variety of techniques such as embellishing, piecing and layering, fraying, appliqué, bonding, colouring and beading where appropriate.

The workshops are aimed at people who already have a knowledge of basic hand stitches – running, buttonhole, chain, French knots and herringbone and are keen to explore creative textile-making.

Participants are asked to bring in photographs, postcards, sketches or magazine pictures of ‘scapes’ that they have had a positive response to and find interesting.  

Inspiration can also be found in artists’ work, such as Constable’s and Van Gogh’s skies, Turner’s marine scenes and Hockney’s landscapes. These will be used in the workshops as starting points for the themed projects. 

So it is essential that participants bring in their own inspirational materials as each person’s response is highly individualistic. 

The course will also include the elements and principles of design and drawing but  please don't panic about this, you do not have to be good at drawing!!

A wide range of fabrics and threads will be available for each session.

The tutor, Liz Thomas, is an experienced teacher, textile artist and is passionate about embroidery. 

She has a BA Hons in Textiles/ Fashion, specialising in Embroidery, studying under Constance Howard and Christine Risley.

 

17th September 2017 

Sunday

10 - 4

£45 per workshop

Stitch Directory - Part 1

We begin the course with the first two sessions focused on learning and developing stitch.

These two sessions can be part of the Hand Stitched Embroidery Course OR you can do them as independent sessions.

In these workshops you can learn and explore the five basic stitches in hand-stitched embroidery – chain, buttonhole, herringbone, French knots and running stitch.

These stitches can make wonderful textures, bold or subtle, and participants will be encouraged to discover the excitement and versatility in exploring their potential. 

They also have endless creative permutations by using a range of threads and materials and by experimenting with scale, spacing, layering and tension.

The resulting stitch samplers will help participants gain insight, confidence, experience and pleasure in hand-stitched embroidery.

At the end of these two workshops, participants will have made their own personal directory of stitches to refer to and build on.  All materials will be provided along with free handouts.

15th October 2017

Sunday

10 - 4

£45 per workshop

Stitch Directory - Part 2

We begin the course with the first two sessions focused on learning and developing stitch.

These two sessions can be part of the Hand Stitched Embroidery Course OR you can do them as independent sessions.

In these workshops you can learn and explore the five basic stitches in hand-stitched embroidery – chain, buttonhole, herringbone, French knots and running stitch.

These stitches can make wonderful textures, bold or subtle, and participants will be encouraged to discover the excitement and versatility in exploring their potential. 

They also have endless creative permutations by using a range of threads and materials and by experimenting with scale, spacing, layering and tension.

The resulting stitch samplers will help participants gain insight, confidence, experience and pleasure in hand-stitched embroidery.

At the end of these two workshops, participants will have made their own personal directory of stitches to refer to and build on.  All materials will be provided along with free handouts.

19th November 2017 

Sunday

10 - 4 pm,  

£45 per workshop

Autumn

These give embroiderers the chance to observe and celebrate the glorious colours and atmosphere of this season.

 

21st January 2018 

Sunday 

10 - 4 pm,  

£45 per workshop

Gardens

Flowers and foliage in gardens remain a favourite theme for embroiderers, both in formal and informal settings.

 

18th February 2018 

Sunday from 10 - 4 pm, 

£45 per workshop

Sea

The shoreline, surf, waves, rocks and storms offer numerous possibilities of textures and rhythms in hand-stitching.

 

18th March 2018 

Sunday

10 - 4 pm, 

£45 per workshop

Landscapes

These are influenced by weather and the actions of farmers or nature, making them inspirational for embroidery, abstracted or literal.

15th April 2018 

Sunday

10 - 4 pm, 

£45 per workshop

Sky

Skies are extremely varied – weather conditions, time of day and location can give a lifetime’s study of design and colour.

20th May 2018

Sunday

10 - 4 pm, 

£45 per workshop

Trees

The bark and shapes of tree in location and time of year are great sources of inspiration for textile artists, including texture and colour possibilities, such as a favourite bluebell wood.

24th June 2018

Sunday 10 - 4

£45 per workshop

The Body

This ‘Body’ workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic knowledge of hand stitches: running, blanket stitch, chain, French knots and herringbone.  That’s it!  All you then need is to be open to encouragement as to how to express your ideas through stitch.

Humans have decorated their bodies throughout our different cultural histories with henna designs, tattoos and jewellery.  We have utilised animal skins and fabrics to clothe ourselves, adorn our bodies or to express power over others. A powerpoint presentation will take participants from the Stone Age when we stencilled handprints to decorate caves to the modern age where artists, such as Matisse, and textile artists, for example Julie Sarloutte and Audrey Walker, have used the human figure to express their ideas in embroidery. Other sources of inspiration are also included. Some will be a surprise!

Beginners Wood Carving  Evening Class for Women ~ Animal Mobile -

postponed - new date to be arranged- apologies!

Wed 20th Sept  7-9 pm 

And five following Wednesdays - 6 sessions in total

£77 for the course.

All materials provided.

8 places.

Tutor is Nicola Bath

 

You will  create a beautiful and unique small animal mobile.

Each creature will be about 4 inches in size. 

Please bring images of small animal for inspiration

Nicola will teach you lots of hand carving skills.

Wood is provided but you will each need to bring a 12 piece set of  hand carving tools for wood please.


 

October 2017

 

Light over Land and Sea - a Creative Needle Felting Textile course

In our new premises at Branksome

A one day starter course

Sunday 1st October

10 - 4

Tutor is Gillian Lamey

£50

Capturing landscape with needle felting and textiles

In this workshop you will be experimenting with cloth and fibres, and a small amount of stitching. Light can have such a dramatic effect on the landscape we walk through. 

Tiny details that go unnoticed one day, will be bathed in light another day.

We will be exploring a way of capturing those special qualities through needle felting, textiles and stitch.

Materials List 

Artisan studio will provide

  • Acrylic felt base, in cream, white, or beige

  • 1felting needle

  • Bondaweb

  • baking parchment

  • transfer paints

  • drawing materials

  • scissors

  • pins

  • needles and threads

  • a large selection of material

 

Participants need to bring

  • Cloth -  It is important to bring in some of your own cloth and fibres that hold a significance for you. Faded, patched, torn, paint splatted, and old well worn cloth is more interesting as it is softer and therefore easier to felt. The history of that piece of cloth may be more connected to an idea you have.

  • Fibres and threads can have a more personal connection and can be invented. Selvage edges when torn can produce exciting threads, also, pulled warp or weft from sacking etc, work well with embroidery threads so have a good search.

  • You will need to bring an A4 square cushion pad (dense foam rubber). It needs to be 5cm thick  to support your felting, and, prevent the felting needle from breaking on the desk.

  • You will need to bring some images of land or seascapes that particularly capture light.

  • These can be your own photographs, sketches, and magazine cuttings.

  • You will also need  2 or 3 black and white photo copies of those images.

  • We will spend a short time experimenting with these to create the image  before working with cloth.

  • Please bring Pritt stick for this.

  • One needle for needle felting will be provided as part of the course.   Additional needles can be purchased on the day for £1

 

 

An Introduction to Monoprinting workshop - Forests  

In our new premises at Branksome

Saturday 7th October

10 - 4

£50 all materials provided

Tutor is  Genevieve Lavers

Monoprinting describes any type of printmaking where only one original impression is made of an image on a plate. We are used to thinking of prints being produced in multiples, for example in lino printing, but the difference with monoprinting is that the plate does not incorporate a fixed matrix and it is therefore impossible to make repeats once the impression is made on the paper.  Monoprinting really lends itself to experimentation and spontaneity, and it is up to the printmaker how and when to use the many techniques available.  Genny will demonstrate how she uses her intaglio press to develop a series of prints along a central theme by means of cut-outs from textured papers and natural materials. Each print uses the ink left on the plate from the previous impression (called the “ghost”) and each subsequent print becomes more layered and atmospheric! By the end of the day you should have a series of five or six original and unique forest-inspired prints to take home. This type of printmaking always produces “oohs!” and “aahs!” because there is a wonderful element of unpredictability – this is the magic of monoprinting!  You will apply different colours of ink to your plate using rollers, or a brush if you prefer to create a more painterly look to your prints.  Genny will also demonstrate some mark-making techniques, and you will have the freedom to compose each plate with all the materials/techniques to hand. It is best not to arrive with a fixed idea of a print you want to achieve, because this particular technique will lead you along in an organic process of discovery.  It is impossible to predict what you will produce. Be assured that the results are always surprising and uplifting, and in no way connected to your ability to paint and draw!

You will print with water-based inks, but nevertheless wear old clothes. Ideally bring along an oversized man’s shirt.

 

Natural Plant Dyed Silk Scarves  

In our new premises at Branksome

Saturday 14th October

10-4

Tutor is Annabel Wilson

£55.00

Learn how to create stunning patterns through stitch resist and natural plant colours to make your very own textiles.

Make a stunning patterned naturally dyed silk scarf.

Learn how to create colour with natural plant dyes along with an introduction to some simple Shibori stitching. Annabel will show you how to stitch and shape the fabric to resist the dye and create the desired pattern – this is the ancient Japanese art of Shibori.

You will be surprised at the range of colours that are possible from plants and Annabel will show you the common plants that have been used for generations.

Suitable for all and no previous experience is necessary although an enjoyment of sewing is really helpful.

One silk scarf is included in the course fee. If you require any additional scarves they will be available on the day at the cost price of £5

Chinese  Folded Secrets Book

Saturday October 21st

10 - 4

£60

Tutor is Ruth Smith

The women of the Dong and Miao groups make an intriguing and decorative book in which to keep their threads, patterns and cherished photographs.

The book opens up into 15 compartments.

You will be able to complete a similar booklet during the day and ideas will be given for the internal decoration as well as a cover.

The following preparation is required beforehand:-

The paper pieces required to make the book must be cut ready for folding on the day. Instructions are given with the requirements list as well as suggestions for the appropriate type of paper.

This is a wonderful and unusual workshop and highly recommended!

Willow Fruit Basket

October 22nd

10 - 4

£50

All materials provided

This is a good introduction to willow basket making and then you can do some of of our more advanced  Willow Workshops.

On the day you will learn a few different willow weaving techniques and go home with a beautiful hand made willow fruit basket!

Bead and Button Bracelet workshop

29th October

10-1

£20

All materials provided

Tutor is Lesley Watt  http://www.lesleywatt.com/

 

Always wanted to have a go at jewellery making?

Then come and learn how to make a stylish bracelet that can be worn alone or stacked to great effect.

No special tools are required and this project is suitable for all levels.

Materials for 2 bracelets will be provided for each participant with a variety of beads and buttons to choose from but, if you have a favourite button by all means bring it along.

Handouts with written and visual instructions will also be provided.

This workshop is suitable for adults  and for children aged 12 and above.

Creative Blogging Course  for Beginners - evening class -

Cancelled, apologies - tutor has to wok in London for a few months.

 

Mon 30th October     7.00 - 9pm

Mon 6th November   7.00 - 9pm

Mon 13th November 7.00 - 9pm

Mon 20th November 7.00 - 9pm

 

£50 for the course 

8 places

 

Tutor is Gem Mordle

She is an experienced teacher of Media Studies and Film.

She is a freelance Social Media Copywriter / Ceramics Artist

BA Hons in Video Professional Media

 

The course is designed for all those who would like to learn how to set up their own creative customisable blog. 

Perhaps you have a hobby you want to share online, maybe you are a writer or a poet? A gardener? A cook? An artist? 

Blogging can be your portal, to tell your story and express yourself to the world.

Participants are asked to bring in their own laptops. 

Internet is provided by Artisan Community Art Studio. 

Please also bring in any content material, inspiration, images  related to your blog topic.

Course content

Do not panic if you are not a technological genius as long as you have your own laptop and plenty of enthusiasm to share your interest that is all that matters. 

During the month course I will introduce to you everything you will need to know to get your blog up and running. 

We will be using Blogger as a blogger provider, as it is easy to use and has a functional and accessible design

 

Week 1. The first week will be familiarising you with the software and design elements and setting up logins. We will then make individual plans for defining your blogs purpose.  

 

Week 2. We will look at how to personalise your blog post and the use of categories and hashtags to build a larger web following. 

 

Week 3.  We will introduce the art of blog posting and the effective use of imagery.  

 

Week 4. We will focus on how to integrate and share your posts on social media and create a schedule and routine for up and coming posts.

November 2017

 

Felt and Bling Xmas  Tree Decorations  

In our new premises at Branksome

Saturday 4th November

10 - 1

Tutor is Holly Mure

£20.00

At Christmas it's nice to see celebrate with festive cheer and to see a bit more bling to home decor.So why not add some glitz to some home made decorations using glitter and gems. Felt is a fantastic medium to work with, especially combined with fabric using some simple sewing techniques that's suitable for textile amateurs.

Create festive filled hearts, hanging stockings, sparkly stars and alike, you can make gifts or home made decorations to hang on your tree, put on the mantle piece or even accessorise with tags, gift bags, angel wands or cards.

 

This session will introduce you to working with felt, making your own home-made decorations and getting creative with embellishments. There will be templates and idea sheets available to get you motivated!

Please join us for a good Christmas crafting session!

 

 

Needlefelt - Christmas Festive Robins

In our new premises at Branksome

Sunday 5th November

10-4.30pm. 

£45

Tutor is Carla Taylore

 

Love wool! Then you'll love needle felting!

Fibre artist, Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting including the more advanced technique of learning how to work around wire legs to create your own beautiful Christmas festive robin to decorate your home with or give someone as a special gift!

A fun, creative and inspiring day!

This course is suitable for those with some experience of basic needle felting and includes all materials used on the day and a needle felting kit that you get to keep, take home and carry on creating with.

 

 

 

Collagraph Relief Printmaking Christmas Workshop

In our new premises at Branksome

Saturday 18th November

10 - 4

Tutor is Annabel Wilson

£50   all materials provided

Create your own personalised cards using collagraph relief  printmaking techniques.

Learn how to create stunning simple prints using the collagraph technique. 

Using cardboard plates, great results can be created by simply scratching, cutting, sticking, layering or drawing.  Once the design is created, the plates are inked and printed for individual colourful and exciting creations.  Black and white prints are very striking and the coloured inks produce surprising and unexpected effects.

On this one day fun practical workshop, Annabel will be focussing on teaching you how to use this technique to make your very own personalised and unique festive prints which you can then use as Christmas cards or even frame for personalised gifts.

By the end of the day you will be going home with a range of your own prints, plus the knowledge on how to continue this fabulous craft at home.

Suitable for any level of experience and no drawing experience is required.

20 x A6 blank cards and envelopes will be provided.

You will print with water-based inks, but nevertheless wear old clothes. Ideally bring along an oversized man’s shirt.

December  2017

 

Christmas Wreaths Workshop

In our new premises at Branksome  
December 9th, Saturday
10 - 1
£30
Tutor is Sharyn Oliver
Learn to make the BEST Christmas wreaths you have ever seen!
All materials and most of the  foliage is provided but we ask you to bring in YEW and CONIFER please.

Ribbons, baubles and bling provided!
If you want to make a table decoration rather than a door wreath please let us know as you will need a different base and please bring a suitable candle for it.
If you have any interesting or unusual foliage in your garden please bring it.
This is a very popular workshop and will book up very quickly!!

Mince pie and festive cheer provided!

2018

Saturday 10th March 2018

Eco Colour on Cloth, playing with Nature's Colours

10 - 4

£55

Tutor is Nikola Orpen M.A.

Using flowers, leaves and natural dye extracts participants will learn how to create beautiful colours, prints and patterns on cloth and yarn using steam printing techniques.
Create an exquisite silk scarf during the day.

You will also go away with many fabric samples that you can use later on in your textile projects.
All levels welcome no experience necessary.

For those interested in fabric dyeing, surface pattern, quilting, embroidery, weaving, knitting and crochet.
All basic materials are provided there will be more 'special' cloth, yarns and fleece to purchase if needed.
Please bring an apron, rubber gloves, scissors, notebook and pen and if you have any special (not synthetic) yarns or fabrics of a neutral colour that you may want to use.

Nikola runs "Texatelier" (www.texatelier.com) from her base in Portugal and has a well established career in the arts, teaching textiles and art for the last 30 years in colleges and community spaces in the UK and Europe. She is a practicing and exhibiting artist and has work in many private and public collections.

 

 

And more in the planning stage.......

 

More fun with collagraphs – everything in the kitchen sink! 

new dates are being arranged

Date:        Sat ? 2017 (Session 1)

         and Sat ? 2017 (Session 2)

Time:         Session 1 – 10:00 until 15:00 (making the collagraph plates)

                   Session 2 – 10:00 until 16:00 (printing from the plates)

Cost:         £80 (both Session 1 and Session 2 included) – all materials provided.

Tutor:       Genevieve Lavers

Please note:  It is not possible to attend Session 2 if you have not attended Session 1 first!  

No actual printing will take place during Session 1 because this time is required to create the collage plates.

If you have already attended the “Introduction to collagraph printing”, you may be interested in furthering your skills in this exciting and experimental type of printmaking. In the introduction course Genny showed how textural and tonal materials can produce striking abstract prints. In this two session follow-on course she will help you to use a variety of materials to compose a representational image based on the theme of everyday objects in your kitchen. As before, in the first session you will build several collage plates.  The plates will be varnished afterwards once the glue is dry.  In the second session you will have the opportunity to ink the plates and produce your own hand-pulled prints. The intaglio technique is a very physical process which involves working ink into the plates using rough cloth and polishing it off to leave ink in the crevices.  You will be using oil-based etching ink, so we provide rubber gloves to protect your hands.  The pressure from the roller on the press squeezes the ink from the crevices onto the paper.  It is so exciting to peel the paper off the collage plate and see the results – prepare to get even more hooked on collagraph printmaking! Genny will bring along examples of her representational collagraph prints along with the collage plates they were printed from, as well as some supplementary images.  There will also be lots of props on the table in front of you to inspire and guide you as you develop your own style as a printmaker! Feel free to bring along photos of a favourite mug or jug if you have one.

Wear old clothes – intaglio ink does not wash out. Ideally bring along an oversized man’s shirt.

Introduction to Bookbinding Spring 2018  -  dates to be confirmed

Commences  April at 6.30 - 9pm

And then the following 5 consecutive Thursdays, 6.30 - 9pm

6 sessions in total

Tutor: Susan Green http://boundbyhand.co.uk/

£90.00

Course Info: the course will cover folded and sewn book forms including softcover and hardcover bindings suitable for use as journals and artist’s sketchbooks or portfolios. 

The class will be suitable both for beginners and those with a little experience. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own interesting papers such as quality wrapping paper, their own artwork, plant fibre paper, pages from old magazines, maps and books (the larger the better).