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September 2018

Two-day workshop in basketry with plaited borders

Sat 8 September, 9:30 am - Sun 9 September, 9:30 am

We are delighted to welcome back our friend Jane Wilkinson for another weekend basketry workshop. This is suitable for beginners and also for those with more experience, with options to make a simple or more complex basket. You will be able to make a round fruit bowl or bread basket or alternatively, a shopper with a handle. But in this workshop, you will also learn how to decorate them with a plaited border. These borders give a very attractive finish to the basket whilst still being…

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Working with greenwood – carving a unique spoon or spatula

Sat 15 September, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This workshop is for beginners who would like an introduction to this wonderful craft. Working with wood fresh from the forest, Fife-based artist and maker Steve Bretel will guide you through a day designing and making your own unique spoon or spatula, with instruction in using simple specialist carving hand tools. Manipulating the wood and allowing the design to take account of its natural twists and turns is both challenging and enjoyable, being a direct connection with the natural world around…

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Plotting, Scheming and Dreaming: Making Worlds with Words

Sat 22 September, 10:00 am - Sun 23 September, 4:30 pm

A two-day creative writing course with Rebecca Sharp. All levels welcome. 10am-4.30pm both days Course fee £80 In this (very) creative writing course, you will develop innovative techniques for creating detailed imaginative worlds with originality and depth. We’ll explore elements in all forms of writing – poetry, prose, performance and creative non-fiction. You might intend to focus on one, or else try something new – all styles will be catered for. Rebecca’s own work includes devising and realising complex interdisciplinary…

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Draw….Think….Make – Claire Heminsley

Sat 29 September, 10:00 am - Sun 30 September, 5:00 pm

Draw….Think….Make….. Encouraging the unexpected and accidental.  29th and 30th September – optional extra Monday 1st October 10-5pm 2 day fee £90 3 day fee £125 This course is aimed at people of all levels of experience who wish to challenge their creative thinking, or who are at the very beginning of their creative journey, or who would welcome intense support for a specific project. The course will appeal to artists or designers who work in any media, as a catalyst…

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October 2018

…….making an impression

Sat 13 October, 9:30 am - Sun 14 October, 4:30 pm

This two-day workshop is for anyone interested in surface, colour and pattern. It will be particularly suitable for those with a textile background but will also appeal to those with a more general interest in design. It is ideal for those working with children or young people. The workshop will introduce you to the art of gelatine printing, a simple, accessible and inexpensive monoprinting technique. Using gelatine to make a simple plate and using water-based paints, you will be able…

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thinking on ones feet – take 2 Sally Payne

Fri 19 October, 6:30 pm - Sun 21 October, 4:30 pm

thinking on ones feet – take 2 19th(evening) 20th and 21st October 2018 Friday evening,  Saturday and Sunday Course fee: £110 Advanced masterclass. Continuing our series of professional development masterclasses, which, are designed for those with considerable previous experience within the visual arts. This workshop will take you on an adventure. We will explore the movement of image and the development of narrative through experiments in drawing and mixed media. Working with low tech methods and techniques we will take…

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Texture and Colour in Tapestry Weaving

Sat 27 October, 9:30 am - Sun 28 October, 4:30 pm

We are delighted to welcome back tapestry weaver Fiona Rutherford for another two-day workshop.  Fiona’s tapestries have been exhibited widely across the UK and internationally and are held in major public exhibitions. Her tapestries are highly narrative, infused with stories, poems and music drawn from everyday life. They contain simple abstract imagery infused with a love of colour that stems from her early childhood years in India. You can see examples of her beautiful work here. This workshop will appeal…

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November 2018

Paint and decor: upcycling furniture

Sat 10 November, 10:30 am - Sun 11 November, 4:30 pm

This weekend workshop introduces you to the techniques of transforming tired looking furniture into unique eye-catching pieces with a contemporary design. On Saturday artist and upcycler Cornelia Weinmann will talk about how to develop a design that matches the furniture you want to upcycle. Then you’ll learn and practise how to prepare furniture for painting, and explore decorative techniques like stencilling, stamping, craquelure, gilding, decoupaging, distressing and staining with antique wax. Ways to protect the finished piece will be shown.…

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