Workshops on demand
We offer workshops from our Newport Pagnell base to private groups of at least four people and a maximum of eight, depending on the subject. Larger groups may be possible if you are able to provide a suitable setting with sufficient space and facilities.
Half day or evening private workshops are £35 per person and full day workshops are £70 per person. Check out some of the potential workshops you might like to try out below. Mix and match of subjects is possible and I can explain how long each topic requires - so get in touch here: Marie and let me know what you are interested in.
Feedback from our workshops has beeen consistently good - we ask questions about the content, value for money and tuition and often score 100%. Comments tend to focus on the relaxing effect of creativity and the fun clients have meeting other people and trying new things.
Wire Sculpture Portraits Taking inspiration from the work of Alexander Calder, you’ll be led to create a wire portrait either of yourself or someone important to you. Then we’ll see how the use of a direct light source can bring your works to life!
Introduction to Collage Collage is such an exciting medium with endless possibilities. We’ll make several in this workshop and explore the huge variety of materials that can be used. We’ll give you loads of inspiration from diverse sources and you’ll probably be collecting materials for your next piece before you get home!
Mapping - Inspired by Aboriginal Art Using some of the symbols used in Australian Indigenous Art, you’ll map out somewhere special to you. A quiet contemplative session which will include looking at this amazing art source for inspiration.
The Beautiful Stripes We’ll do a quick warm up exercise and then, whilst you are working on some other creations, your tutor will talk about several artists who have been fascinated by line.
Top Tips for Getting Around Creative Blocks This is an interactive chat with a couple of fun exercises - where your tutor will work with the group to discover everyone’s creative side and to start unpicking some of the barriers to creativity.
‘For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.’ Does this ring a bell? It’s probably the most often quoted piece of flash fiction (attributed to Hemingway), although most are slightly longer. In this workshop we’ll get you writing – not a novel - but short thoughtful pieces using some innovative prompts. You’ll learn more about this style and we think you’ll go away itching to try more.
Introduction to Linocut
Includes set of lino-cutting tools to take home. We’ll show you how from one carved piece of lino many different creations can emerge. You’ll learn how to carve safely and how you can easily print at home. We explore how choice of colour and material impacts your work and you’ll take home your own tools and plate and several different prints from it. During the autumn months we can deliver this as a session focussed on printing your own Christmas cards.
A follow-on workshop for those who have already attended one of our beginner’s classes or have done some lino work before. You’ll carve another plate and explore the many ways you can create more complex colour and texture in your work.
Learn how to make your own plate to print from (without a press), and then have fun making your own layered prints working with natural materials. (May not be suitable for some winter dates when foliage limited. A little messy – needs a suitable environment.)