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Art Workshops 2023/2024

winter landscapes workshop

Winter landscapes in acrylics with Paul Weaver 2nd of December, at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £65, please book on the book on line page. 

Acrylics are a versatile and forgiving medium that can be used to create a wide range of expressive marks and textures. Paul will demonstrate techniques for capturing an impression of the scene, including the essentials of composition, skies, winter trees, rivers, buildings, sunlight and shadows on snow. 

Suggested materials:

you can paint on a wide variety of supports, watercolour paper, canvas boards or canvas. This workshop will focus on using acrylics in an oil paint style with textured brush strokes. 

A limited palette of paints: alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, Naples yellow, French Ultramarine, Cobalt blue, Raw umber, Burnt sienna ans Titanium white. 

A palette for mixing

Stiffer brushes designed for oils or acrylics, a range of flat ones, including a large one for blocking out, a pointed round nylon brush for fine details.

Some references will be available, but please feel free to bring your own. Images of river scenes, country lanes, puddles, winter trees, foliage, cottages, farms and barns often make good subjects. 

Useful extras, cropping L's ( 2 large cardboard shapes for selecting images), large water pot, roll of kitchen towel, masking tape, sketch pad and 2B pencil or charcoal for tonal sketches, drawing gear, easel if you use one, hairdryer 

Christmas wreath making 9th of December with Sue from Eden flowers. Come for an afternoon of Christmas fun and make a Christmas wreath, have a mince pie, mulled wine and listen to Christmas music.

Includes all materials. This takes place at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham and its 12.30-3.30pm £55. Please book on the book on line page. 

christmas wreath making workshop

13th of January and the 20th of January 2024 Drawing for the terrified part one Monochrome with Richard Box, at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham10-4pm £60. Please book on the book on line page. 

Are you terrified of drawing but have a secret longing to learn how to do it ? Then enrol on this course where Richard will guide you through certain processes slowly, gently and step by step. If you follow his ' recipes ', you will be amazed at what you will be able to draw. Because you are ' terrified ' you will stay with a simple still life for the whole day. The main focus will be upon learning how to SEE at what is often merely glanced. Once this is understood and put into practice you will be try many and various drawing techniques at home and apply them to any subject you like. If you think this is the most exciting experience you have ever encountered, you might consider enrolling on the ‘ Drawing for the Terrified Part Two‘ course with colour.

Are you terrified of drawing in colour but have a secret longing to learn how to do it ? Then enrol on this course where Richard will guide you through certain processes slowly, gently and step by step. If you follow his ' recipes ', you will be amazed at what you will be able to draw. Because you are ' terrified ' you will stay with a simple still life for the whole day. The main focus will be upon learning how to SEE at what is often merely glanced. Once this is understood and put into practice you will be try many and various drawing techniques at home and apply them to any subject you like. Before we start drawing the still life group, we will start with exploring the nature of colour and achieving amazing effects by mixing and layering.

3rd of February 2024 Impressionistic watercolours with Martin Bowden, at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £55. Please book on the book on line page

A day full of learning and fun. Learn how to paint fast and loose with watercolours and you will take home more than one painting at the end of the day! 

Martin is a fantastic tutor and artist, a lot will be learnt 

Drawing for the terrified workshop
Martin Bowden watercolour workshop
watercolour workshop
watercolour workshop

10th of February wildlife in coloured pencil with Andrew Forkner at Highbury Church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £55. Please book on the book on line page.

This workshop will be kept simple with a chat about working techniques with a simple step by step sheet. There will be guidance and demos throughout. A small selection of materials will be required. 

wildlife drawing in coloured pencils

24th of February Willow Weaving - weave a star gazing hare with Amanda Rayner at The Redding's Community Centre in Cheltenham 10-4pm £85 will include all materials 

Amanda Rayner from Wyldwoodwillow will be with us for a day of willow sculpture weaving.
You will be guided through the steps of putting together a star gazing willow hare. 
We will begin by putting together basic framework and focus on shaping during the morning then after lunch we will add the details and add the covering layers. 

willow hare workshop

2nd of March - Mixed media with Jantien Powell 10-4pm at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham. £60

A fun filled day of mixed media using collage, inks and mark making tools. 

To book please go to book on line page 

23rd of March - Bookbinding with Magalie Briand from  brilliant Magpie Bookbinding at Highbury Church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £60 plus £10 for materials. Please book via the book online page. 

This workshop offers an opportunity to try your hand at making 3 handmade books from scratch. It will introduce you to the skills involved in bookbinding, creating your own single section notebook as well as a soft cover and a hard cover concertina book. Magalie will share her experience of bookbinding and reveal tips she has collected over the years. She will go through the tools and materials used as well as suggest the best and reliable suppliers throughout the day. All these books are created with a modern twist to make them fun and accessible for all. 

You do not need to have any bookbinding experience, Magalie's enthusiasm and knowledge will guide you. You will take away beautiful handmade books to keep or give as a present. 

27th of April Beaded Jewellery workshop with Pat Miller at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £65 to include materials 

Make a beautiful Tree of Life silver plate pendant and earrings in your choice of freshwater pearls, crystals or gemstone chips. Join experienced tutor and jewellery maker Pat Miller for a fun and informative workshop that will get your creative juices flowing, and take away your own unique pendant and matching earrings. 

11th of May Paint a beautiful spring Magnolia in watercolours with Fiona Peart at The Boy's Brigade in Tewkesbury 10-4pm £75. Please book via the book on line page.

Suitable for all skill levels. The subject is a beautiful pink magnolia. You will be working on small sections at a time making this an ideal subject to learn edge control. Fiona will have a very easy way for you to create your line drawing, and you don't need to be able to draw! It's all about enjoying your day painting. She will demonstrate all the necessary techniques throughout the day to enable you to achieve a successful painting. You will be able to add more or less background leaves and perhaps a bud or two. 

1st of June Lake Reflections in watercolour with Catherine Beale. Paint lake reflections in loose watercolour with best selling author and watercolourist Catherine Beale.

Create, loose, luminous watercolours as Catherine introduces you to her "gravity painting" techniques using a colourful lakeside scene from a photo that's provided. Learn numerous watercolour techniques from how to make and plan and tips on composition to trouble shooting and reviewing your work. Watch Catherine demonstrate how to pool paint in water to merge colours and create soft foliage forms and then try it yourself. Use fewer brushstrokes and creating hazy light effects from watermarks then add detail and learn to layer , lift paint off and alter tone. The day concludes with a review to revisit our masterpieces!

8th of June Wildlife drawing in graphite with Jamie Boots at The Boy's Brigade in Tewkesbury 10-4pm £60.

Learn to draw a Meerkat in Graphite. 

Suitable for Beginner's to Advanced. 

On this one day course learn all about working with graphite pencil with experienced artist, Jamie Boots. Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch. 

Jamie will show you that whether you are using a pencil that is blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard, or using a variety of tones, that the effect of fur, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye can be achieved. 

All materials are included. 

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Bookbinding workshop
Bead workshop tree of life necklace and earrings
flower painting in watercolour workshop

Materials list:

£2 to purchase a sheet of A3 rigid watercolour art board (which makes painting wet-in-wet easier

Wooden board to support work plus a tin/case or similar to tilt it up at the back. 

2B pencil and eraser

3 watercolour brushes: one large flat e.g. 1 inch flat, a smaller flat, a fine brush e.g. proarte prolene one stroke

water jar

kitchen roll 

Generous size palette with large wells

Tubed watercolour paint e.g. Winsor and Newton Cotman student colours or similar. 6 colours are suggested: 

Indigo, Turquoise, Violet/Mauve, pink/Alizarin crimson, Raw Sienna, Sap Green 

I can put together a hire box for the day from £10 which will include the brushes and paints 

lake reflections in watercolour workshop
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