COURSE PROGRAMME 2017

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    With Tracey Bell

    CELEBRATING THE 15TH  ('GLASS') ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF COURSES AT THE OLD KENNELS ALL PROFITS GO DIRECTLY TO CHARITY - DEVON AIR AMBULANCE, WATER AID & TOILET TWINNING If you’re mesmerised by the beauty of glass beads you will adore this introductory class! You will make your own lampwork glass beads using a bench mounted oxygen/propane torch; learning the basic principles of working safely and understanding your equipment and materials. There will be ample opportunity to try several shapes of bead and work in your choice of colours, as well as some basic surface decoration.

    £75 (including materials)

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    With Amanda Muddimer of Mango Beads

    If you are looking to further your lampworking skills then these three linked days will help you to do just that. Our aim is to make enough beautiful beads for you to make a necklace or a bracelet.
 We will cover as much as we can on the three days, some of the techniques we will cover are... • Dots, big dots, little dots, placing dots, and layering dots • Stripes and dot manipulation under a layer of encasing • Surface design including raking, flowers, and masking
• Reactive designs, letting the colors do the work • Bumpy Beads • Gravity Beads ...and lots more Manda has been exploring Lampwork since 2005.  She works with her partner David Knight (BA Hon's Ceramics with Glass) from their own studio/workshop in Barnstaple North Devon. She is resident lamp worker at Dartington Crystal UK Manda has demonstrated and taught classes in the UK, America and Europe. (ALSO SEE BEGINNERS CLASSES IN MARCH AND NOVEMBER)

    £285 (plus materials approx. £20)

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    With Jo Dove of RAW artwork projects

    This course will look at the beautiful designs in Moroccan tiles and the traditional way that they were made using the ‘Encaustic’ or inlay method. We will explore the use of print to make impressions in clay that are filled with different coloured clays to enhance the design. We will also be looking at tessellating shapes that are used in Moroccan tiling. This is a two part workshop; you will make clay tiles to your own or traditional designs on the first day and finish them with glazes on the second day. Tiles will be available to collect when the processes of drying and kiln firing are completed thereafter, or can be posted to you (at cost) if you prefer.

    £130 (plus materials & firing approx. £30)

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    With Sean Hellman website

    We use spoons every day and usually give them little thought. They are wonderful examples of 3D design and art meeting function, with their almost infinite variety of shapes and form. People have carved wooden spoons since we began working wood, a tradition that is still alive today with more and more people taking up this practical and rewarding pastime. Spoons come in all shapes and sizes: eating, serving, cooking, sculptural, and love-spoons. This workshop will concentrate on spoons for eating with, and smaller serving spoons. Depending on your ability, you will take home at least one spoon and the techniques used in making, so you can continue making spoons to your own designs. Spoon carving tools will be on sale at the workshop. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    £130 (including materials)

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    With Tom O’Reilly M.A of ~ The Little Egret Press www.l-e-p.com ~ The Golden Hare Press www.goldenharepress.com ~ www.bookbindery.co.uk ~

    This engaging two day workshop will guide students through various aspects of hand book binding and slip case making. You will try your hand at various binding techniques, such as coptic, single section leaflet, traditional hard back and slip case making. Tom O’Reilly M.A has been a book binder for over twenty years and he has taught the art of hand bookbinding, tutored and lectured at BA and MA level. All materials needed for workshop are provided.

    £130 (Plus approx. £15 materials)

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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a workshop. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    £65 (plus nominal charge for materials as required)

    PLEASE ENQUIRE OR SEE OUR WEBSITE WWW.THEOLDKENNELS.CO.UK DETAILS OF OUR REGULAR MONTHLY BOTANICAL DRAWING CLASSES
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    With Kate Semple of Kate Semple Sculpture

    Join Kate Semple to carve your own Gargoyle inspired by the wonderful carvings we admire on churches and cathedrals. Kate will take you step by step through the ancient skills of stone carving, to create your own sculpture for your home or garden.

    £130 (Plus approx. £25 materials)

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    With Julian Livingstone

    Ever popular, this two-day class with a professional silver smith is aimed at complete beginners and improvers. Starting with sheet metals and expert guidance you will learn to cut, shape, solder, bezel set stones and polish to make small items of jewellery, a sugar spoon or other trinkets and keepsakes to your own designs. You are welcome to work in gold or other metals by prior arrangement.

    £130 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

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    With Flora Arbuthnott ofloraarbuthnott.com & Simple Printmaking Workshops 

    We will explore a range of fabric printing techniques. Starting with lino and potato printing, and moving on to screen printing (with paper stencils), looking at how you can make repeat patterns and create multiple colour designs. You’ll come away with your own hand printed fabric to make a couple of cushions. You will leave with the expertise you need to get going.

    £130 (plus materials approximately £15 or as required)

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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a series of linked days, one day a month, to build up different skills and learn tips and tricks to keep in your pencil case for the required moment. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    Monday 27th February 2017 - Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers – Absolute beginners class (£65) Summer Term 2017 Mon 27th March 2017 - Green Woodpecker on bark (ornithological study) Mon 24th April 2017 - Camellia (using pinks) Mon 22nd May 2017 - Cow Parsley & a Butterfly (using coloured paper) Three classes £155 (or £55 per class if booked individually - please call to book) Autumn Term 2017 Tues 12th Sept 2017 - Hedge Fruits - Elderberries/Rosehips & Blackberries(botanical study) Tues 10th October 2017 - Woodland Floor – fungi, mosses, lichens (deep dark tones) Tues 14th November 2017 - Otter (wet fur and beautiful eyes) Three classes £155 (or £55 per class if booked individually - please call to book)

    SPECIAL OFFER

    Book both Summer and Autumn Term for £295 and get a complimentary place on; Wednesday 6th December 2017 "..IN A PEAR TREE" (including a glass of festive cheer with lunch)

    PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO BOOK NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE!

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Puro Soaps

    An introduction to traditional cold process soap making. You will take home a kilo of natural soap (approximately 12 large or 20 small bars) scented with your choice of essential oils. A relaxing day producing wonderful gifts, or a bespoke soap to enjoy yourself. You will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation.

    £75 (plus materials approximately £35 per kilo made)

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Puro Soaps

    Ultimate soap making for the home!  Come and learn how to make beautiful, safe, clear liquid plant derived soap base that can then be turned into a long list of safe, chemical free household products that really work infused with your choice of natural aromatics.  These can include all purpose soap for floors and surfaces, laundry soap, dog soap, insect deterring garden sprays, car wash, stain remover, shaving foam and much more. If you care about your environment and are discerning about ingredients this is the course for you. As always you will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation. This course is suitable for those who have already attended our cold pressed natural soap making course.

    £130 (plus materials approximately £45)

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    With Ann Oldfield – www.annoldfield.co.uk

    An introduction to the history and principles of making chain mail with Ann Oldfield, a silversmith who spent 30 years working on the conservation of Arms and Armour for notable collections at Inveraray Castle for the Duke of Argyll, the National Trust, the V&A and the Tower of London. You will learn to make jump rings from a straight piece of wire and to link them together in the correct order according to the principles of mail-making, solder, finish and polish your piece. Suggestions for your project might be a pair of earrings or a simple bracelet.

    £130 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

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    With Tracey Bell

    If you’re mesmerised by the beauty of glass beads you will adore this introductory class! You will make your own lampwork glass beads using a bench mounted oxygen/propane torch; learning the basic principles of working safely and understanding your equipment and materials. There will be ample opportunity to try several shapes of bead and work in your choice of colours, as well as some basic surface decoration.

    £75 (including materials)

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    With Andrew Kirby of Kirby Woodworks

    Learn how to turn a log into an ash splint basket. The first day of the course covers the little known technique of ash log pounding, this process produces thin strips of wood that are flexible enough to weave intricate baskets with. You will learn the basics of weaving with flat material and will make a 'square to round' basket, adding a handle is optional. No basket making or wood working experience is necessary.

    £225 (plus materials approximately £10)

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    With Louise Scammell – website

    Produce your own small edition of beautiful drypoint and chine collé prints . Chine collé is a wonderful way of adding colour or pattern to an image. We will look at Japanese papers, silver and gold leaf, or any other interesting materials  which could ultimately become part of our prints. All materials will be supplied, but if you have an interesting old letter, sheet of music score or wrapping paper please bring it along with you.

    £130 (plus approximately £20 materials)

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    With John Carnell of 1066 Sussex Trugs, Hastings (Trug sales via Carnell’s of Castle Cary)

    Learn the secrets of hand-crafting traditional steamed Sussex Garden trugs made of ‘cricket bat’ Willow and Sweet Chestnut under the instruction of a traditional Sussex trug maker. You will cleave the timber, shape panels, frame and handle with a drawknife, then steam the Chestnut and soak the Willow before assembling your trug with copper nails. This is a very special and rarely seen course which employs only hand tools and where you will construct your trug from tree to finish. All tools are provided and the group will be small, no experience is necessary.

    £185 (plus approximately £25 materials)

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    With Tom MacCurrach and Justyn Brooke of Northstar Timber Frames

    An introduction to time honoured methods of traditional timber framing.  We will be building a 3m by 5m open sided garden structure from green Oak ready to be slated at a later date.  Students can expect three days of hands on work learning the basics of Oak construction, which will include hand conversion of timber, cutting a variety of joints, making pegs and some basic roof geometry.

    £225 including lunch

  • GIFT CARD

    Free!
    If the course you are booking is a gift, we will be happy to send it in a pre-printed gift voucher card. Please remember to tell us which course you would like a gift card for if you are booking several. All bookings with Gift Cards are dispatched in plain brown envelopes to the purchasers address.  We can send direct if required, please contact us with clear instructions if you would like the gift voucher sent direct to the recipient.
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    With Jemma Lewis of Jemma Marbling

    Hand Marbled paper is a treasure often found inside the covers of quality books, but you will not want to hide your beautiful creations! Wonderful for decoration of the covers (inside or out) of your books. A useful and interesting technique, as at home on paper as it is on fabric. A rare opportunity to be taught by a professional. All materials are provided, a really fun day, simply bring a pinny and wear old clothes, very addictive!

    £75 (plus £10 materials)

    YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN THE IMPROVERS MARBLING CLASS IN JULY (Metallics and coloured papers!)…
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    With Andi Rickard of Somerset Scythe School

    Woodland, meadow, lawn, allotment, churchyard, footpath: the scythe manages them all.
 Quieter, quicker and more efficient than modern machines the traditional scythe  is making a comeback. Your day will include an introduction to the scythe: history, anatomy, the different types available. Choosing the right tool(s) for the job, safety, fitting the scythe to you to minimise the risk of pain and strain, mowing techniques: coping with differing terrains and vegetation, sharpening techniques: honing and peening and a chance to discuss haymaking, woodland management and wild flower meadows.

    £75 (Please mention your height when booking, scythes will be available for use or purchase on the course)

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    Sand Casting in Aluminium for beginners with Jon Foster

    If you adore the timeless sophistication of lettered signs, let experienced foundryman Jon Foster guide you through the process of traditional sand casting in aluminium.   You will cast using traditional methods, learn about finishing your castings to form beautiful plant markers or small signs for indoor or outdoor use. You can leave them to adopt their own patination, or paint them with traditional black enamel and white letters at a later date. This will be a relaxed course, with great emphasis on casting safety. Although some heavy lifting is a necessary part of the process, this can be done for you as required. Students will produce several markers or signs, these can be made to your specifications and will be costed by worked (finished) weight.

    £130 (plus materials approx. £20 per kilo)

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    With Shane Whitehead of www.artofafinenature.com Pewter is a versatile and manageable medium, with a low melting point, it can easily be cast at home and so offers a great introduction to metal casting on a small scale.  
    You will carve a design for a simple pin broach, torc, bangle or other small item, as intricate or plain as you desire into plaster, then use this relief carving to make an open back mould using high temperature RTV rubber, cast and finish your item to your own design in beautiful lead free pewter. Your mould is yours to take home and reuse, so you can produce repeat copies. This course is suitable for all levels of ability and experience.

    £130 (plus materials approx. £40 to include mould for repeat copies)

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    With Jim Edmondson of Bristol Lapidary Club A hands-on course to create your own gemstone. You will cut, grind, polish and finish slices of natural semi-precious rock in to beautiful cabochon stones. Why not attend a silversmithing course (see next two days, or November course) and try setting them in silver, or simply enjoy them as they are – it’s not magic its lapidary!

    £85 (plus nominal charge for materials approx. £5 per slice)

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    With Julian Livingstone

    Ever popular, this two-day class with a professional silver smith is aimed at complete beginners and improvers. Starting with sheet metals and expert guidance you will learn to cut, shape, solder, bezel set stones and polish to make small items of jewellery, a sugar spoon or other trinkets and keepsakes to your own designs. You are welcome to work in gold or other metals by prior arrangement.

    £130 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

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    With Susan Foulkes - blogspot

    This two day workshop will provide and opportunity to learn how to weave patterned bands using a double slotted heddle and backstrap. A seemingly infinite variety of patterns can be produced on narrow bands. The workshop will cover the basics of weaving these patterned bands: how to start, finish and pick up patterns.

    £130 (materials included, heddles and shuttles will be available for use and purchase)

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    With Andrew Kirby of Kirby Woodworks Learn the process of bowl carving on this two day course. You will use traditional green woodworking hand tools to turn a log into a bespoke bowl. You will learn about how to work with the grain of the wood to produce a useful hand crafted addition to your home, whether it be a fruit bowl, an eating bowl or possibly a gift.

    £130 (plus materials approximately £5)

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    With Tobias Carleton-Prangnell of TCP Heritage Lime Plastering With expert guidance you will design and produce a zinc profile, which will form the face of the running mould used to construct and run a picture frame with a 6 x 4” aperture. When completed, this can be decorated, producing an individual piece to be proud of. No previous experience is necessary this course is designed as an introduction to traditional ornamental plaster techniques for complete beginners.

    £130 (plus £10 materials)

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    With Jemma Lewis of Jemma Marbling

    A further progression in techniques for students who have previously attended an introductory class with Jemma; Pick up the basics again and then in addition to this we shall use coloured base papers and metallic paints, as well as handmade papers, mix some paints directly from the tubes, learn double marbling and also try to match a piece of marbling.

    £75 (plus £15 materials)

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    With Hilary Burns - website

    Make a traditional North Devon Maund basket in buff willow with hazel feet approx. 18” long. The word ‘maund’ appears in documents dating from the 1500s and was an agricultural basket usually round or oval with two side handles or finger holes, some were made to an exact specification and used as a measure (bushel baskets). This one, used in the pannier markets of North Devon is different, it begins as an oval that turns into an oblong, with a lid designed to form a shelf when open, on which produce such as butter and eggs would be displayed by farmer’s wives. This versatile basket involves the making of an underfoot base, handles, feet, latches, square borderwork and a lid. It is suitable for those already familiar with the basics of English basketry techniques, who wish to improve their basket making skills.

    £225 (plus materials approximately £20)

  • *TWO CANCELLATION PLACE AVAILABLE!*

    Introduction to lead work and copper foiling

    With Ann Pengelly of The Good Shepherd Glass Studio

    Explore the diversity of stained glass panels – using copper foil & lead work. A voyage of discovery through these fascinating techniques culminating in a small panel up to a square foot in size (larger pieces can be started but will not necessarily be completed in the two days). This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as improvers.

    £130 plus materials as required approximately £20 to include practice glass, lead, foil and glass for a finished panel up to 12” square (further materials available if required)

  • *TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Hannah Hartwell of COADE  

    Sculpting in the style and technique of the renowned Coade Workshops. You will first push clay into a plaster mould. You will be provided with a clay flower ornament or classical head in relief made with Coade Clay.  After a short demonstration, you will learn to sculpt and finish your piece using traditional tools and techniques. Your sculpture will be available for you to collect approximately two weeks later, this allows for drying and firing time. Postage can be arranged at cost if required.  

    £130 (plus £30 materials and firing)

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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a series of linked days, one day a month, to build up different skills and learn tips and tricks to keep in your pencil case for the required moment. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    Monday 27th February 2017 - Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers – Absolute beginners class (£65) Summer Term 2017

    Mon 27th March 2017 - Green Woodpecker on bark (ornithological study) Mon 24th April 2017 - Camellia (using pinks) Mon 22nd May 2017 - Cow Parsley & a Butterfly (using coloured paper) Three classes £155 (or £55 per class if booked individually - please call to book) Autumn Term 2017 Tues 12th Sept 2017 - Hedge Fruits - Elderberries/Rosehips & Blackberries(botanical study) Tues 10th October 2017 - Woodland Floor – fungi, mosses, lichens (deep dark tones) Tues 14th November 2017 - Otter (wet fur and beautiful eyes) Three classes £155 (or £55 per class if booked individually - please call to book)

    SPECIAL OFFER

    Book both Summer and Autumn Term for £295 and get a complimentary place on; Wednesday 6th December 2017 "..IN A PEAR TREE" (including a glass of festive cheer with lunch)

    PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO BOOK NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE!

  • *FOUR PLACES REMAINING*

    With Shane Whitehead of www.artofafinenature.com

    This year’s course will focus on making original pieces in wax to be cast in Bronze using the ancient lost wax casting process. You will learn the techniques required to cast in bronze; starting with wax sculpting and creating a casting tree over the first two days, then casting your sculpture, finishing your castings and finally patination techniques the following week. This course is suitable for all levels of ability and experience.

    £285 for four days (plus materials approx. £65)

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    With Ishbel Ramsay of Puro Soaps

    An introduction to traditional cold process soap making. You will take home a kilo of natural soap (approximately 12 large or 20 small bars) scented with your choice of essential oils. A relaxing day producing wonderful gifts, or a bespoke soap to enjoy yourself. You will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation.

    £75 (plus materials approximately £35 per kilo made)

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    CLEARLY NATURAL ...

    With Ishbel Ramsay of Puro Soaps

    What could be more beautiful for the festive season than a towering pile of sparkling, sugared fruit? Except that these are not fruit but soap of course!  Learn new cutting edge techniques to make totally natural vegetable glycerine solid soap, which will then be shaped into beautiful fruits and decorated to look just like the real thing.  This is the answer for those of you who like transparent solid soaps but don’t like the artificial scents and chemicals. As always you will receive full written instructions so you can make more at home as well as simple ideas for wrapping and presentation. It is absolutely essential that you have attended our cold pressed natural soap making course or have previous soap making experience to attend this course.

    £130 (plus materials approximately £45)

  • *SIX PLACES REMAINING*

    With Hannah Hartwell of COADE  

    Carving in an historic style inspired by C17th limewood architectural carving made famous by Grinling Gibbons. You will be provided with a prepared blank of timber and will learn to carve an Acanthus husk, much used in architectural ornament.  You will be guided through all of the processes using traditional tools and techniques.

    £130 (plus £20 materials)

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    With Sarah Waters - website 

    Learn the ancient art of felt making and make your own pair of wet felted slippers using the 3D seamless method. You will learn to calculate sizing and shrinkage and how to measure the template. The workshop will also focus on design and colour mixing of fibres as well as embellishments and finishing techniques, including the addition of soles (later when dry). No previous experience necessary.

    £130 (plus £15 materials)

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    With Michael Johnson of The Copperworks Newlyn

    Bring your ideas and see them come to life in the rich hues of copper. Explore the basic hand crafting techniques used to shape and form this soft malleable metal with the guidance of a professional coppersmith - stretching, shrinking, raising, repousse, chiselling and chasing to form a bowl, or perhaps small decorative pieces.

    £130 (Plus materials as required)

  • GIFT CARD

    Free!
    If the course you are booking is a gift, we will be happy to send it in a pre-printed gift voucher card. Please remember to tell us which course you would like a gift card for if you are booking several. All bookings with Gift Cards are dispatched in plain brown envelopes to the purchasers address.  We can send direct if required, please contact us with clear instructions if you would like the gift voucher sent direct to the recipient.
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    With Tracey Bell

    If you’re mesmerised by the beauty of glass beads you will adore this introductory class! You will make your own lampwork glass beads using a bench mounted oxygen/propane torch; learning the basic principles of working safely and understanding your equipment and materials. There will be ample opportunity to try several shapes of bead and work in your choice of colours, as well as some basic surface decoration.

    £75 (including materials)

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    With Julian Livingstone

    Ever popular, this two-day class with a professional silver smith is aimed at complete beginners and improvers. Starting with sheet metals and expert guidance you will learn to cut, shape, solder, bezel set stones and polish to make small items of jewellery, a sugar spoon or other trinkets and keepsakes to your own designs. You are welcome to work in gold or other metals by prior arrangement.

    £130 (plus materials by weight – guide approx. £1.95p/gm inc. solder, flux and consumables)

  • *ONE PLACE REMAINING - or see additional course Thursday 16th November 2017*

    With Chichi Parish website

    Let your creativity fly with this sparkly workshop, gain confidence with your medium by creating and decorating cut-out birds with gorgeous inks, dip pens, parallel pens, brushes, ribbons and faux gem stones as delightful decorations or for use as greeting cards. Then take to the page as free as a bird on a journey of discovery with your ink pen! No drawing ability or inking experience necessary, this workshop is open to all levels from absolute beginners to art practitioners alike.

    £75 (Plus materials £20)

  • *ADDITIONAL COURSE NOT IN BROCHURE - SIX PLACES REMAINING - Also see course Wednesday 15th November 2017*

    With Chichi Parish website

    Let your creativity fly with this sparkly workshop, gain confidence with your medium by creating and decorating cut-out birds with gorgeous inks, dip pens, parallel pens, brushes, ribbons and faux gem stones as delightful decorations or for use as greeting cards. Then take to the page as free as a bird on a journey of discovery with your ink pen! No drawing ability or inking experience necessary, this workshop is open to all levels from absolute beginners to art practitioners alike.

    £75 (Plus materials £20)

  • *ONE PLACE REMAINING*

    With Alma Swan

    You will create a beautiful design using the classical elements – that is, calligraphic lettering, traditional decoration and some illumination using gold leaf.  Just in time to get your design printed to send out for the festive season. Other ideas could be for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation or other special event, turning your design into a very personal gift for someone to treasure.

    £130 (Plus approximately £15 materials)

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    With Ruth Smith

    Folded Secrets projects are inspired by an ingenious and little known Chinese folk art tradition. Instead of pages these intriguing folded paper books contain 3D compartments. Used originally to store embroidery threads, precious photographs and family mementoes they are surprisingly capacious and fun to make. The Dragon Book, so named because of the design, contains nineteen 3D compartments made from folded paper. These can be decorated in the Chinese style with colourful geometric patterns, stylised floral, butterfly and animal motifs or with ideas of your own. The book has a cloth cover and an ornamental tie to add a finishing touch. A requirements list and cutting layout are provided before the workshop so that you can come prepared with the paper cut ready for folding. You will be able to complete the construction and start the decoration on day one. On day two. the decoration is finished and a cover attached. You can then have fun planning what to conceal inside!

    £130 (Plus approximately £5-10 materials as required)

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    With Ruth Smith

    Folded Secrets projects are inspired by an ingenious and little known Chinese folk art tradition. Instead of pages these intriguing folded paper books contain 3D compartments. Used originally to store embroidery threads, precious photographs and family mementoes they are surprisingly capacious and fun to make. The Dragon Book, so named because of the design, contains nineteen 3D compartments made from folded paper. These can be decorated in the Chinese style with colourful geometric patterns, stylised floral, butterfly and animal motifs or with ideas of your own. The book has a cloth cover and an ornamental tie to add a finishing touch. A requirements list and cutting layout are provided before the workshop so that you can come prepared with the paper cut ready for folding. You will be able to complete the construction and start the decoration on day one. On day two. the decoration is finished and a cover attached. You can then have fun planning what to conceal inside!

    £130 (Plus approximately £5-10 materials as required)

    (NB Same course also running 30th November/1st December 2017)
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    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. It is genuinely an easy medium to master and so I invite you to join me in a workshop. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ and techniques. Beginners and improvers welcome.

    £65 to include a glass of festive cheer with lunch (plus nominal charge for materials as required)

    PLEASE ENQUIRE OR SEE OUR WEBSITE WWW.THEOLDKENNELS.CO.UK DETAILS OF OUR REGULAR MONTHLY BOTANICAL DRAWING CLASSES
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    With Janet Waters of JW Blooms

    A little festive inspiration with the wonderful Jan Waters of JW Blooms! Jan will guide you through making a festive wreath to adorn your home or front door, using locally sourced garden greenery and decorated with hedgerow finds. You’ll also make a small table hanging foliage ball, which can be decorated for outdoors or in. Natural simplicity using the colours and textures of the season.

    £75 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch

    (plus materials approximately £20)
  • *SIX PLACES REMAINING*

    With Janet Waters of JW Blooms

    A little festive inspiration with the wonderful Jan Waters of JW Blooms! Jan will guide you through making a festive wreath to adorn your home or front door, using locally sourced garden greenery and decorated with hedgerow finds. You’ll also make a small table hanging foliage ball, which can be decorated for outdoors or in. Natural simplicity using the colours and textures of the season.

    £75 including a glass of festive cheer with lunch

    (plus materials approximately £20)
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    If the course you are booking is a gift, we will be happy to send it in a pre-printed gift voucher card. Please remember to tell us which course you would like a gift card for if you are booking several. All bookings with Gift Cards are dispatched in plain brown envelopes to the purchasers address.  We can send direct if required, please contact us with clear instructions if you would like the gift voucher sent direct to the recipient.