Past Workshops 2023
2nd of September stained glass with Sharon from Maybug studios at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £60 plus £10 for materials.
Our day starts with a Health and Safety briefing. We move onto a demonstration of the 4 ways to safely cut glass from straight cuts to circles. Time is given to practice these skills, then we move onto making a small 2 piece suncatcher. All the steps in the process are demonstrated before you attempt them, and Sharon is on hand to help if you get stuck.
This generally takes us to lunchtime. In the afternoon, you choose the suncatcher to make from a variety of prepared designs that we know you will complete to take home with you (along with the 2 piece suncatcher you made in the morning).
The process that will get you from a sheet of glass to a suncatcher :
Tracing the pattern onto the various pieces of coloured glass selected
Cutting the glass to shape
Grinding the edges to remove any lumps and bumps and prepare the surfaces for copper foiling
Soldering the pieces together
At the end of the day you’ll take home 2 finished pieces to show to family and friends.
All material's are supplied at a cost of £10 which is payable on the day.
9th of September lino printing cards with Christine Felce at The Boy's Brigade, Tewkesbury 10-4pm £55 plus £10 for materials
Learn how to design and cut a lino square or two suitable for printing onto cards. The course will supply water based printing inks, lino tools, 10 cards with envelopes and specialist lino. During the course you will have the use of a printing press, you will also be shown methods of printing with out a press that you could use at home. Do bring an apron to protect your clothes, You will be able to work safely with your own space to design and cut the lino. All tools inks and lino supplied, Materials cost per person £10 short Bio Christine studied fine art & printmaking BA at Cardiff College of Art then an MA in film at the Royal College of Art. My prints have developed from issues I feel passionately about and images that are important to me. I have been involved in public art projects and installations. At the moment I am working on an installation entitle' R is for Revolution 'at the Museum in the park Stroud. This draws a portrait of what Revolution means to people personally by their contributions to a giant Alphabet
Please bring an apron and newspaper to cover the table all other materials are provided
7th of October Flower painting in watercolours without lines with Fiona Peart at The Boy's Brigade Tewkesbury 10-4pm £75
In this workshop we will complete a number of studies as well as a painting which includes its planning, and composition without any drawing necessary on the paper. We focus on many of the basics, whilst experimenting with different ways to achieve our goals. You will decide on the scale you wish to paint depending on your skill level, everyone’s paintings will be unique, and our subject will be botanical, flowers such as asters berries and leaves. There will be demonstrations throughout the day and examples as well as reference photos to inspire you, just come along with your art materials and enjoy the day. I look forward to painting with you! What you will need to bring with you on the day • At least 6 sheets of smooth HP watercolour paper 140lb A4 • Some ultra-smooth card to experiment with. I recommend you bring a couple of used greetings cards as you can use the inside facing page. • Watercolour paints whichever you use, tubes or pans. • White gouache (only if you have some already) • Brushes, I shall be using my Classic size 10 round sable brush and my Pointer brush, which is like a size 6 with a very long point. • Board to lean on. • A colour mixing palette which has a flat mixing surface, avoid shallow wells (a plate would be suitable) • Kitchen roll
Learning Points • Brush Use • Paint consistency • Colour Mixing • Making Colour choices • Composition • Choosing Scale • Reacting to situations • Fixing problems
21st of October complete beginner's watercolour workshop with Nick Dawe,at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham 10-pm £65. Please book on the book on line page.
welcome to the magic world of watercolour. You will learn all there is to get started/improve using this wonderful medium from materials needed, techniques and lots of tips and tricks.
All material's are provided.
28th of October pastels with Jan Whitton, landscapes in pastel, at the Boy's Brigade in Tewkesbury 10-4pm £55. Please book on the book on line page. All abilities welcome. This will start with a general chat about working with pastels and then a demo and you will be shown with guidance how to create a landscape in pastels. A small selection of pastels and aper required.
Pet portraits in oils or acrylics with Lucy Burton from Aladdins cave, at Highbury church hall in Cheltenham 10-4pm £55. Please book on the book on line page. Together you will work through a stage by stage process to create a pet portrait in oils or acrylics - using an islands to oceans method of working. You are aiming to make the eyes come alive and give the animal and the painting lots of personality! You will be inspired with new ideas and techniques to take away with you and apply to your own work. You will take home a completed painting at the end of the day.
You will be supplied with an 8"x8" gesso board at a fee of £5
You will need to bring: A colour photograph of your animal or an image on an ipad/tablet.
A black and white print out of your square cropped image as large as you can make it on an A4 piece of paper
A selection of brushes including small flats
A selection of good quality paints in oils or acrylics
paper palette and a box to take your work home in
oils only, A jar and some low odour thinners, rags and kitchen roll
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.