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February 2019

One-day introduction to woven bowls

Sat 16 February, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Here is another chance for a one-day introduction to the art of willow weaving, this time on a cold and frosty February Saturday. The course is perfect for those thinking that winter will never end and who are longing to get back into the garden. You will start by making an attractive nut bowls, and if you are still feeling St Valentines romance vibe, woven hearts! You will learn to use the tools of the basket maker and the art of soaking and preparing willow and will have the opportunity…

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Try for a day – Chinese brush painting

Sat 9 February, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tutor: Chi Zhang

  Discover the fascinating art of Chinese brush painting and try your hand at this expressive art form. This workshop is suitable for beginners or people who have painting experience but would like to explore Chinese brush painting techniques. No prior knowledge is necessary, you should simply be keen to learn and willing to hold a brush. All tools and materials used during the workshop will be supplied. Using Chinese soft brushes, ink and colours, you will be shown how to achieve…

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Flower landscapes in acrylic – developing a freer style

Sat 2 February, 9:30 am - Sun 3 February, 4:30 pm

This workshop is targeted at people who would welcome guidance in developing a freer style when using acrylic paints and inks. It is based on Sharon’s own vibrant, colourful style and experimental approach to painting. Some basic principles about using acrylics will be covered on day one – including materials, paints and mediums – and will also include tips on composition, colour mixing and paint techniques. There will be demonstrations and plenty of opportunity to try various techniques and be…

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December 2018


8th December 2018, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Following on from our last workshop, this will be a refresher for your skills and also an opportunity to refine and develop, as well as being open to those new to the craft. During this intensive day, you’ll have the opportunity to make both a spoon and a spatula, although you may wish to concentrate on producing a single, more finished piece to take home. You’ll leave with a thorough understanding of the process, and may even have produced something…

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November 2018


18th November 2018, 2:30 am - 4:30 pm

Another chance to take part in CARVE – a fun and unique workshop that brings jewellery making together with unique and inspiring venues. Learn the skills to CARVE your unique ring or charm from jeweller’s wax and we’ll transform it for you from wax to silver. CARVE classes are run by Kate Pickering who has over 10 years of jewellery making experience. Kate has built a reputation for supporting and promoting the jewellery industry in Scotland through her jewellery incubator programme Vanilla Ink,…

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Festive Willow Crafts

17th November 2018, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Get in the mood for the festive season with a creative, fast-paced event. Get together with some friends and enjoy a one-day class which will introduce you to the art of willow weaving. If you have some experience, this will also allow you to develop your skills and ideas. Jane Wilkinson, the tutor will help you to make attractive festive decorations such as wreaths, woven Christmas trees and even reindeers, while learning how to use the tools of the basket maker and the art of…

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Ukulele group

13th November 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are starting a weekly group at Off The Rails Arthouse for up to 10 ukulele players who wish to improve their existing skills. The group will be tutored by Ewen Campbell, an experienced ukulele musical arranger and performer. The sessions are best suited to intermediate ukulele players that know a good range of chords, can strum a few strumming patterns and understand the basic theory of finger picking and TAB. The weekly sessions will be tailored to suit intermediate…

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Paint and decor: upcycling furniture

10th November 2018, 10:30 am - 11th November 2018, 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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October 2018

Texture and Colour in Tapestry Weaving

27th October 2018, 9:30 am - 28th October 2018, 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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thinking on ones feet – take 2 Sally Payne

19th October 2018, 6:30 pm - 21st October 2018, 4:30 pm

thinking on ones feet – take 2 19th(evening) 20th and 21st October 2018 Friday evening,  Saturday and Sunday Course fee: £110 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 our ideas on a journey, exploring motion and action. Interacting with our drawings and created structures, working frame by frame to create…

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