COURSE PROGRAMME 2020

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    With Ruth Smith

    Inspired by a Chinese folk-art tradition, this chunky, richly decorated Yi-style book has 11 compartments, 6 pages and a distinctive red cloth cover with tassels. Traditional examples are decorated inside with flowers, birds, figures and tiny triangles. Colourful paper edging strips are also a feature. New to my courses? Then make the Folded Secrets Keepsake Book with 15 opening compartments. The construction is simpler, but the opportunity to decorate is just as much fun. A requirements list and cutting layout will be provided before the workshop so that you come with the paper cut ready for folding. Step by step instructions are given along with ideas for decoration from finished examples and from original Chinese ‘zhen xian bao’ with their colourful woodblock prints, geometric patterns and stylised motifs. Used originally to store embroidery threads, precious photographs and family mementoes these books are surprisingly capacious and fun to make.

    Folded Secrets Keepsake Books:

    Option 1: Make a chunky, richly decorated book with 11 compartments and 6 pages; the traditional versions from Yunnan have distinctive red cloth covers with tassels and are decorated inside with birds, flowers, figures, and tiny triangles. Colourful paper edging strips are also a feature.
    Option 2: If you are new to my courses you may prefer to make a book which is simpler to construct; this type has 15 opening compartments.   However, the opportunity to decorate is similar to Option 1.

    £165 (Bring your own materials, with more available on the day)

  • *FOUR PLACES REMAINING*

    With Linda Hampson Member of the SW Society of Botanical Artists

    Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium. We will work with Faber Castell Polychromo 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 ABOUT OUR REGULAR MONTHLY BOTANICAL DRAWING CLASSES
  • *FOUR PLACES REMAINING - SEE NOVEMBER FOR ADDITIONAL COURSE DATE!*

    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. 

    £95 (Including materials)

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  • *TWO PLACES REMAINING*

    With Kate Semple of Kate Semple Sculpture

    Join Kate Semple to carve your own Koru inspired by the simple beauty in nature of unfurling of bracken fronds and symbolic of new beginnings, growth, strength, peace and harmony. Kate will take you step by step through the ancient skills of stone carving, to create your own sculpture suitable for your home or garden.

    £155 (Plus approx. £25 materials)

  • *FIVE PLACES REMAINING*

    With Ella McIntosh of www.EllaMcIntosh.co.uk

    Create a pewter trinket box of your own design using traditional metalwork and pewtersmithing techniques such as adding pattern/texture to pewter with a rolling mill, constructing your box using sheet metalwork skills and sand casting found items such as shells, seed heads and motifs to create the lid and box decoration.  Ella, whose pewtersmithing practice has been established for 7 years, is a contemporary maker who uses traditional metalwork skills to create table and home wares. Her work is recognised by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers having won their Pewter Live award twice and she was delighted to receive a 2018 Creative and Cultural Skills award for her workshop programme. Having studied Silversmithing Ella specialised in pewter to celebrate her love for the metal and its unique characteristics. This malleable metal has been used to create tableware for generations and modern makers such as Ella keep the flag flying for pewter and heritage pewtersmithing skills. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who may have experienced silver or other metals previously.

    £165 (plus approx. £45 materials)

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    With Tom Bree 

    This drawing class will focus upon the geometric symmetries found in natural growth as well as planetary movement and how such patterns have accordingly come to be used in the sacred art and architecture of various religious traditions. This particular class will focus mostly upon the drawing of Islamic patterns although the symbolism and contemplative dimension of pattern will consider the ideas of various different religious cultures.

    £155 (Bring your own materials)