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November 2018

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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…….making an impression

13th October 2018, 9:30 am - 14th October 2018, 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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September 2018

Draw….Think….Make – Claire Heminsley

29th September 2018, 10:00 am - 30th September 2018, 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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Plotting, Scheming and Dreaming: Making Worlds with Words

22nd September 2018, 10:00 am - 23rd September 2018, 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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Working with greenwood – carving a unique spoon or spatula

15th September 2018, 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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New Beginnings – Textile exhibition

8th September 2018, 10:00 am - 21st September 2018, 4:30 pm

Visit this exhibition by Indigo Tracks, the textile group which meets regularly at the Arthouse. Promises to be excellent!

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