Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

PEN & INK & WASH WORKSHOP

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Pen & Ink & Wash Workshop - Tutor: Tim Morrison - When: Tuesday 18th June 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

During this workshop you will work from observation, looking a natural objects to experiment with pen and ink and wash and explore the how to make creative use of Ink and water combined to find a new ways of describing reality whilst really exploiting the true characteristics of the mediums. We will be inspired by pen and ink works of artists such Wols as well the infinite complexities of nature itself.

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Jun
19
to Jun 26

ACRYLIC PAINTING 2 DAY LANDSCAPE COURSE - INSPIRED BY YORKSHIRE LANDSCAPES

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Acrylic Painting 2 Day Landscape Course - Inspired by Yorkshire Landscapes - Tutor: Julia Borodina When: 19th and 26th June 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included - (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £90 - Suitable for all levels

During this 2 day course you shall be exploring the beauty and peacefulness found in Yorkshire Landscapes. Throughout the two days you shall:

  • Develop a painting reflecting one of your favourite spots

  • Explore your paints and brushes to capture crucial elements of a landscape

  • Mix varieties of hues, shades and tints of colours

  • Look into the colour theory and the effects of colour primers on further layers, as well as learn how to apply thick marks using palette knives. You will be working on a canvas and images to work form will be provided, however, please feel free to bring any images or sketches that inspire you to work from if you would like to.

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Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

USING COLOUR EXPRESSIVELY - ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

Using Colour Expressively - Acrylic Painting Workshop - When: Thursday 27th June - Tutor: Richard Barnes - Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £55 - All materials and refreshments included, (just bring a packed lunch) - All levels welcome - Limited Places available

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Piccadilly Circus at Night - Richard Barnes

During this workshop you shall be encouraged to work from an objective drawing or photograph and concentrate on moving away from depicting reality and encouraged to use colour experimentally and expressively. We will look at artist over the last 100 years who have explored ways making paintings that express feeling. You will be working in acrylic paints on paper and canvas and will be able to take your own small canvas painting to take home as well as having the opportunity to work on a larger communal piece.

If you have a drawing that you’ve made or a photograph that you would like to work from please feel free to bring these with you, otherwise a range of images with be provided for you to explore moving away from realistic drawing to more expressive paintings, be it urban cityscapes or rural landscapes.

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Jul
1
to Jul 2

PALETTE KNIFE TECHNIQUES 2 DAY ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

Painting by Kyffin Williams

Painting by Kyffin Williams

Palette Knife Techniques 2 Day Acrylic Painting Workshop with artist Julia Borodina - When: Wednesday 1st July & Wednesday 2nd July 2019  Level: Suitable for all  levels from complete beginners to experienced painters - All materials  and refreshments  included - (just bring a packed lunch) Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £90 - Limited places available

This course is all about breaking free from the traditional use of acrylic painting. You will get inspired from Kyffin Williams famous paintings of Welsh landscapes. Through a series of exercises and creative accidents involving colour, texture, and composition you will see how the medium can be manipulated with the use of large brushes and palette knives providing you with the opportunity to create paintings that have a balance of shape, form, and light. 

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Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

INSPIRED BY MEDITERRANEAN LANDSCAPES ACRYLICS PAINTING WORKSHOP

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Inspired by Mediterranean Landscapes - Acrylic Painting Workshop - Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Thursday 4th July 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included - (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45- Suitable for all levels.

During this workshop you will be working on a canvas and aim to complete your own composition of a Mediterranean landscape of your choice. You will start by exploring a composition for your painting. Images will be provided, and please feel free to bring any images you would like to with you. During the workshop you will develop your skills of colour mixing, vibrant mark making and ‘lost’ and ‘found’ edges. There are will be numerous tips to help you how to capture mood, paint realistic skies, water and architecture, and reproduce stunning light effects, all of which are essential for capturing the essence and beauty of Mediterranean landscape.

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Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

FIND YOUR VOICE: SONGS FROM AFRICA - SINGING WORKSHOP

Find Your Voice : Songs From Africa - Singing Workshop with community musician Chris Bartram -  When:  Saturday 6th July 2019 - Time: 10am - 4.00pm - Level: All, no ability to read music necessary - All equipment & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £35 - Limited places available

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Would you like to discover what your voice can really do? ‘Find Your Voice’ is a practical vocal and singing workshop takes place in a friendly, fun and supportive environment where you can explore just how amazing your voice is.  The day is great for anyone who would like to to have fun with their singing, and also extremely useful for anyone whose voice is an important part of their work such as teachers, lecturers, professional speakers and even parents! During the workshop we will work with a range of breathing and vocal exercises with an emphasis on singing together as a group, with a specific focus on songs from various African traditions. 

At the end of the workshop you will receive a detailed handout with all the exercises and ideas covered during the day. All the songs will be taught orally, therefore there is no need to be able to read music.

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Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP INSPIRED BY DAVID TRESS

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Acrylics Painting Workshop Inspired by David Tress - Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Monday 8th July 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45

During this workshop you will investigate how to build an atmospheric composition, build an energy charged collage and create expressive and wacky texture using acrylic paints. You will work by exploring the work of artist David Tress, learn about his representational landscape painting, and particularly, how a personal, expressive 'gut response' painting can be underpinned with keen observation, drawing and painting skills. Visual imagery will be provided, however please feel free to bring along any images or drawings to work from to produce some exciting and inspirational work. The course will value an expressive, emotional and spiritual response to landscape.
During this workshop you will have the opportunity to complete a number of short exercises and a longer study. 

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Jul
10
to Jul 11

COMPOSITION IN PAINTING - PRACTICAL 2 DAY COURSE

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Composition in Painting: Practical 2 day Course - Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th July 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included - (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £90 - Limited places available


’Even in front of nature one must compose.’ - Edgar Degas.

This course is a perfect opportunity for you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of composition and how when creating work can learn to lead the viewer’s eye through the painting using a variety of techniques. Done successfully, good composition draws the viewer in and then moves the his eye across the whole painting so that everything is taken in, finally settling on the main subject of the painting.

During this 2 day course you will learn how to build a successful composition whether your painting is abstract or representational, and regardless of a subject matter. You will find out how over the centuries some of the best artists developed composition techniques and placed hidden messages in their work.

There will be plenty of discussions, practical exercises, which will lead you to produce one medium size painting. Join this unique workshop to discover composition tricks from best artists!

If you have an idea to create some art work personal to you, but don’t know where to start or struggle to go through the process on your own, then this is a perfect opportunity for you.

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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

PLEIN AIR WATERCOLOUR PAINTING WORKSHOP

Plein Air Watercolour Painting Workshop - When: Monday 15th July 2019
When: Monday 15th July - Time: 10am - 3pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost £45

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During this session you will be painting outdoors (weather permitting), outside at York Art & Crafts studio, overlooking countryside views close to Copmanthorpe. The focus will be to build confidence when painting in the outdoor environment, to inspire by various light conditions and to develop resilience to changing weather. You will explore how colours affect the temperature of a painting, especially how to paint a range of green colours with an impact. Each session will start from a demonstration and discussion of the focus for the day, followed by practical work.

  • A hands-on course for beginners to intermediate painters;

  • All equipment and materials for outdoor painting are provided;

  • You will produce a number of short and one long study.

Please dress in comfortable for the day clothes and shoes.

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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

DEVELOP YOUR WORK - PERSONAL PROJECT

Painting by Julia Borodina

Painting by Julia Borodina

Develop Your Work - Personal Project
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Saturday 20th July 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm
Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £50 - Limited Places Available

If you have an idea to create some art work personal to you, but don’t know where to start or struggle to go through the process on your own, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to join this new class. This session is the first of the series of workshops aiming to get you planning, setting realistic objectives and producing a personal art project/ body of work. It will gear you up with some tools such as: main composition rules; how to develop your drawing/ painting technique or chose appropriate medium; artistic style and development of your own style; colour manipulations; texture; setting short and long term realistic targets for further improvements. There will be plenty of one to one support and guidance. Group and tutor critic will boost your confidence and encourage you to make steady progress.

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Jul
22
to Jul 23

ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

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Acrylic Abstract Painting Workshop - Tutor: Phil Reynolds - When: Monday 22nd July 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £50 -  Limited places available - More information coming soon…

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Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

PLEIN- AIR ACRYLIC OR OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP

Plein-Air Acrylic or Oil Painting Workshop - Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Time: 10am - 3pm - All levels welcome - All materials and refreshments included - (just bring a packed lunch) - Limited places available - Cost: £45 - Suitable for all levels

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Learn how to paint skies and clouds on Plein-air with acrylic or oils. During this session you will be painting outdoors (weather permitting), outside the York Art and Crafts studio, overlooking countryside views close to Copmanthorpe. The focus will be to build confidence when painting in the outdoor environment, to inspire by various light conditions and to develop resilience to changing weather. You will explore how use your brushes and other tools effectively, when painting skies as part of a landscape. The session will start from a demonstration and discussion of the focus for the day, followed by practical work.

  • A hands-on course for beginners to intermediate painters;

  • All equipment and materials for outdoor painting are provided;

  • You will produce a number of short and one long study.

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Jul
25
1:00 PM13:00

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR PRINTING INKS

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How to Get the Most Form Your Printing Ink Colours - Demonstration, Talk & Demonstration & Answers - with Barry & Michael of Hawthorn Printmakers - When: Thursday 25th July - Time: 1pm - 4pm - All levels welcome - Refreshments included - Cost: £15 - Limited Places Available

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Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies is a family run business, offering high quality range of printmaking equipment to artist. They manufacture their own range of presses and unique Stay Open inks along with all other printmaking supplies. Barry & Michael’s inks are made using vegetable based varnishes and contain no heavy metals. Many years ago pigments were made from lead, arsenic and cadmium salts. Whilst they produced bright colours many were very toxic. Even now we may still use the original names of these pigments, such as Cadmium Yellow but they only use none toxic alternatives. 

During this workshop Barry will demonstrate and explain how you can get the very most from your printing inks from how the transparency works, to how you can make greens without using any blue, to make greys without black and much more. You will leave with a record and knowledge and understanding printing colour and how to get the most from your printing inks.

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

MONO PRINTING WORKSHOP

Mono Print by Patrick Smith

Mono Print by Patrick Smith

Mono Printing Workshop with artist Patrick Smith (using an etching press)
When: Monday 29th July 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Suitable for all levels - Cost: £65
Limited places available

We are very excited to have artist Patrick Smith run this mono printing workshop using our etching press. During this workshop you shall: learn dark line in a white field and white line in a dark field, learn good studio practice, care, preparation and maintenance of material, work monochromatically in the morning transcribing ideas onto the studio etching press in the afternoon, explore colour mixing and over laying, have produced a sequential body of work  by the end of the day, source material will be provided but please feel free to bring any images etc if you wish to. 

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Aug
1
to Aug 4

4 DAY INTENSIVE CLAY FIGURE COURSE

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4 Day Intensive Clay Figure Course - When Thursday 1st August - Sunday 4th August - Time: 9am - 5pm - All materials, a hearty lunch and refreshments included - Suitable for complete beginners to experienced artists - Cost: £475 (50% deposit is required to book your place) - Limited paces available.

During this four day course, sculptor Jason Arkles will leads the course in creating 1/3 life-sized figures in clay, using the visual measurement techniques of the Sight Size method. Working from a live model posed in a seated position, students will learn how to build clay figures of substantial dimensions without the use of an armature, in water-based clay. Jason will work alongside you throughout the duration of the course, providing a demonstration of techniques and practices  for the entirety of the course.

Throughout the 4 day course, you will be working from a living model seven hours a day with an hour for a hearty lunch. Instead of moulding and casting the work at the end of the course, these seated figures will be hollowed out ready to be fired into terracotta statuettes, should you wish too. Alternatively, you can take their work home for further finishing or casting, as desired.

On the last day, various finishing techniques will be introduced, and the works will be hollowed and left to dry.

About Sight size techniques:

'Sight size' is the common name for a body of techniques designed to develop the eye of the artist into a powerful, objective measuring tool. Its origins date back to the early Renaissance, and many elements employed in the technique are detailed in Leon Battista Alberti's treatise of sculpture known as 'Della Statua' first published in 1436. The method cemented itself into its current form when it became a popular technique in the Parisian studios of the 19th Century, when it was known generally as 'the French Method'. The method was favoured by the Romantic and Realist movements, as well as the 'New Sculpture' movement in Victorian Britain, and the 'Beaux-Arts style' in the United States.

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Utilizing a plumbline, mirror, and simple optical and geometric principles (no math involved!), a person sculpting using Sight size methods has little need for compasses and caliper measurements, ruler measurements, or compositional canons (like drawing a center line down the torso, dividing the face into three equal parts to locate features, and other non-visual, constructionist  methods). The result in being trained in Sight size is that an artist has an improved visual memory, an instinct towards seeing the 'big look' of a composition, and most importantly, it leads to a personal, non-formulaic style in art, as the result of sight size is sculpture which stands as a record of the artist's visual perception of the world, filtered through the artist's consciousness. Sight size is sculpting what you see, tempered by how you feel about what you see. Once the method is mastered, you can effectively model in clay a copy of anything you see in nature around you.

Jason Arkles is an American sculptor, art historian, podcaster and author living in Florence, Italy. Beginning his training as a sculptor in 1996 at the Charles H. Cecil Studio in Florence, Arkles soon began to teach in the sculpture department there, notably heading up the experimental sculpture program initiated by Cecil, which sought to revive a sculptural method based on optical and geometric processes ( in painting, known as Sight-Size), once used in the ateliers of Francois Rude and other sculptors in 19th century Paris, but since the 20th Century known only as a technique for painters and draughtsmen.

In 2006 Arkles published the fruits of this experimental sculptural technique under the title Sculpting From Life – A Studio Manual of The Sight Sized Method. As of 2018, he is working with a publishing house in the UK on producing a greatly expanded and improved second edition. Continuing his research into historical techniques, in 2013 Arkles published a translation into English, with extensive commentary, of Leon Battista Alberti's Della Statua, regarded as the earliest figurative sculpture manual in Europe, and is the first published English translation in almost fifty years. Notably, Arkles' is the first English translation to approach the text not as merely a historical document, but as it was originally intended by its author – to be read, understood, and utilised by practitioners of the craft of sculpture. He us currently writing a survey of optical approaches and techniques in Western European sculpture which unites and contextualses contemporary and historical practice.


As a practicing sculptor, Arkles operates a studio in Florence and works on private commissions, specialising in portraiture in marble, but also producing figures and monuments in various media. His work is largely driven by a sense of narrative and psychological symbol, and this has sometimes led Arkles to foray into ecclesiastical work. Arkles is drawn both to sacred art and to portraiture for the same reason – narrative. To this end, in 2010 Arkles received a Master's degree in Sacred Art and Architecture from Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, a degree program instituted by the Vatican in 2007 and under Pontifical authority.

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Recently, Arkles' role of lecturer and instructor has come to the fore, locally and internationally. He has held a position since 2014 on the History of Art Department at the British Institute of Florence, and lectures for several institutions and studio in town. In 2015, Arkles assembled his lectures and research into a podcast called The Sculptor's Funeral, which is ongoing and reaches a global audience. The  podcast discusses significant events, artists, and sculpture in art history, promotes and discusses current events relevant to sculptors, and in a broad sense, connects the diaspora of figurative sculptors everywhere. And since 2015, Arkles has given workshops on the sight-size method of clay modelling, as well as lecture tours and other educational programs, in ateliers and institutions around the world, an endeavour fuelled by the worldwide popularity of the podcast. Arkles also seeks out opportunities to help sculptors and institutions raise the profile of figurative sculpture, and art history. Some of those opportunities include presenting art history for the New Masters Academy, an online educational forum for artists; helping to institute a traditional skills-based marble carving program for Boise State University in Idaho, US; giving lectures on Art History to sculptors working in the special effects industry in New Zealand; and collaborating with various schools and ateliers in developing sculpture departments. In 2019, Arkles will be the Guest Speaker at the International Stone Sculptors Symposium in Washington State, USA, and present a talk at the annual convention of the National Sculpture Society in New York.

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Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

LANDSCAPES IN RECYCLED BARICS WORKSHOP

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Landscapes in Recycled Fabrics Workshop - When: Saturday 23rd August - Tutor: Justine Warner - Level: All Refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £60 Limited places available

During this workshop you will use a canvas of recycled fabric and build layers and texture to create a landscape or seascape. By layering and blending with threads, found objects and other textiles you will produce a piece of art which will be highly textural and have a depth of colour. 

You will be introduced to and be given the opportunity to use experimental textile techniques to enhance and embellish the work and we will look at using pattern to create perspective. This will include free machine embroidery. No previous sewing machine experience necessary but you will need to bring your own fully working machine including a free machine embroidery foot/ drop feed dog. Justine will be happy to discuss whether your machine will be able to do this before the course date if you are unsure, just get in touch if so.

All materials will be supplied but you may like to bring fabrics of sentimental value or pieces you may have already have based on your choice of moorland, landscape or seascape. Inspirational resources will also be available but you may like to bring your own photograph for us to discuss. Due to the varied nature of the topics you may choose please bring your own thread in the colours you think will suit. A sharp pair of fabric scissors would also be beneficial.

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Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP

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Stained Glass  Workshop with specialist Helen Bower BA (Hons), MA, SPAB Fellow - When: Saturday 7th September - Level: Beginners - All materials, tools and refreshments provided and included (just bring a packed lunch) - Time: 9am - 5pm - Cost: £95 - This course is not advised for anyone who may be pregnant due to lead-based products being used. (Course now full please get in touch if you are interested in future dates to be set soon).

Have you ever felt you would like to learn how to create quality stained glass work and create your own stained glass panel.  If so this workshop is just the thing for you. This course will teach you the basic practical techniques enabling you to go on and develop further should you wish to.

 During this workshop you will be guided through the techniques of glass cutting, lead shaping, soldering and cementing; have the opportunity to explore using various coloured and textured glass, construct a leaded panel developing your skills, knowledge and technique, create your own stained glass panel. There will be a number of preprepared designs for you to choose to work from and you will go away with a 220mm x 220mm finished stained glass panel

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Sep
13
to Oct 18

SIX WEEK WOOD CARVING COURSE

Six Week Wood Carving Course - Tutor: Tim Foster - When: Friday 13th September - Friday 18th October 2019 - Level: All
Time: 1pm - 3.30pm - All practise tools and materials & refreshments provided - Cost: £110 - Limited places available

Taught by York's exceptional wood and stone carver Tim Foster, an excellent and experienced teacher and professional, who has worked at York Minster and several royal palaces. This course is suitable for all levels offering differentiation for complete beginners and providing opportunity to develop to a more advanced level through a project led six week course for more experienced carvers.

Taught by York's exceptional wood and stone carver Tim Foster, an excellent and experienced teacher and professional, who has worked at York Minster and several royal palaces. This course is suitable for all levels offering differentiation for complete beginners and providing opportunity to develop to a more advanced level through a project led six week course for more experienced carvers.

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An example of lettering

If you are a beginner, during the first 3 weeks you will be taught through a set project spending the last 3 weeks on a project of your choice, applying your learnt carving skills. Experienced carvers are able to be taught and work on projects of their choice throughout the whole 6

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Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

COLLAGE WORKSHOP

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Collage Workshop  - When: Monday 16th September 2019 - with artist Patrick Smith  - Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £65 - All levels welcome All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) - Plenty of one to one - Limited places available

During this workshop you shall produce  a concise body of work utilising techniques associated with found images and materials. All materials are provided, however to maximise your experience if you would like to bring any found ephemera, old newspapers, old stamps bus tickets any thing at all that you personally find interesting visually and that you are prepared to destroy and use, please do so. Patrick also asks that suspend any preconceived ideas associated with image making and what constitutes art. The key ingredient of any successful work be it figurative or abstract is a letting go so with good humour and an open mind we promise you a day to remember!

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Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

INTRODUCTION TO CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP

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Introduction to Cyanotype Printing Workshop - Tutor: Rachel Sedman - When: Thursday 26th September 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Cyanotype printing is one of the first photographic processes to be discovered in 1842.  It is characterised by the deep indigo blue prints that are produced using this process which are a result of the mixture of two iron based compounds. It is referred to now as an Alternative Photographic Process and it’s a great way to use darkroom techniques but without the use of a camera.


Cyanotype printing offers an affordable introduction to the world of photographic processes and printmaking. You will learn how to coat paper with cyanotype solution and then to expose paper to make a print. It is a flexible processes where any found material can be used to make a negative or images can be used from photographs using an acetate photocopy. Objects and acetate negatives are then exposed to direct sunlight or through the use of a specialised UV lamp. The image is then washed off in water thoroughly to show the final image. You will also learn techniques to tint the final images to create different tonal ranges of your prints. You are encouraged to bring objects of interest with you to use for the day to experiment with this process. This workshop will be a fun, practical and creative day where you will learn techniques and process that can be applied at home. There will be a specially created hand out detailing the process and where to buy equipment from. Suitable for beginners with no experience necessary.

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Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

DEVELOP YOUR WORK - PERSONAL PROJECT

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Develop Your Work - Personal Project
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Saturday 28th September 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm - Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £50 - :Limited Places Available

If you have an idea to create some art work personal to you, but don’t know where to start or struggle to go through the process on your own, then this is a perfect opportunity for you. This session is the first of the series of workshops aiming to get you planning, setting realistic objectives and producing a personal art project/ body of work. It will gear you up with some tools such as: main composition rules, how to develop your drawing/ painting technique or chose appropriate medium, artistic style and development of your own style, colour manipulations, texture, setting short and long term realistic targets for further improvements. There will be plenty of one to one support and guidance. Group and tutor critic will boost your confidence and encourage you to make steady progress.

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Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

FIND YOUR VOICE: SONGS AROUND THE WORLD - SINGING WORKSHOP

Find Your Voice : Songs From Africa - Singing Workshop with community musician Chris Bartram -  When:  Saturday 19th October 2019 - Time: 10am - 4.00pm - Level: All, no ability to read music necessary - All equipment & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £35 - Limited places available

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Would you like to discover what your voice can really do? ‘Find Your Voice’ is a practical vocal and singing workshop takes place in a friendly, fun and supportive environment where you can explore just how amazing your voice is.  The day is great for anyone who would like to to have fun with their singing, and also extremely useful for anyone whose voice is an important part of their work such as teachers, lecturers, professional speakers and even parents! During the workshop we will work with a range of breathing and vocal exercises with an emphasis on singing together as a group, with a specific focus on songs from various African traditions. 

At the end of the workshop you will receive a detailed handout with all the exercises and ideas covered during the day. All the songs will be taught orally, therefore there is no need to be able to read music.

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Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

LANDSCAPES IN RECYCLED FABRICS WORKSHOP

Landscapes in Recycled Fabrics Workshop - When: Saturday 23rd August - Tutor: Justine Warner - Level: All - Refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £60 Limited places available

During this workshop you will use a canvas of recycled fabric and build layers and texture to create a landscape or seascape. By layering and blending with threads, found objects and other textiles you will produce a piece of art which will be highly textural and have a depth of colour. 

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You will be introduced to and be given the opportunity to use experimental textile techniques to enhance and embellish the work and we will look at using pattern to create perspective. This will include free machine embroidery. No previous sewing machine experience necessary but you will need to bring your own fully working machine including a free machine embroidery foot/ drop feed dog. Justine will be happy to discuss whether your machine will be able to do this before the course date if you are unsure, just get in touch if that is the case.

All materials will be supplied but you may like to bring fabrics of sentimental value or pieces you may have already have based on your choice of moorland, landscape or seascape. Inspirational resources will also be available but you may like to bring your own photograph for us to discuss. Due to the varied nature of the topics you may choose please bring your own thread in the colours you think will suit. A sharp pair of fabric scissors would also be beneficial.

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Apr
20
to Apr 25

SIX DAY WOODWORK & FURNITURE MAKING COURSE - MAKE YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED CUSTOM WOODWORKERS BENCH

Make Your Own Professional Woodwork Bench with experienced Furniture Maker & Teacher - Kevin Lordan When: Monday 20th April - Friday 24th April 2020 - Time: 10am - 4pm

Kevin is a fully qualified and experienced craftsman and teacher at The Yorkshire Hut Company and York Art & Crafts with a BA Hons in Design and 30 years experience  of hand crafting unique products. He has been passionate about creating products and working with timber from a young age and has a wide variety of skills knowledge and experience from construction through to fine furniture making.

Level: Some Basic Experience of Woodwork Required - A hearty lunch and refreshments included - Only 7 places available - More details and images coming soon.

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

DURA-LAR TRANSPARENT DRAWING WORKSHOP - INSPIRED BY Laurie Steen

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Dura-lar Transparent Drawing Workshop - Inspired by Laurie Steen - When: Monday 17th June - Tutor: Phil Reynolds - Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £50 - All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) - Suitable for all levels - Limited places available

This is a technique employed by Laurie Steen on a substrate called Dura-lar This is a semi-transparent acetate film with a slight tooth to allow the use of graphite or other types of pencil. In this course we will use both Conte and Faber- Castell oil base pencils. These allow a great variety of tone and are erasable to create very soft effects on the surface bringing a wonderful sense of atmosphere to work. Drawings can be layered up and mounted on various backgrounds. We will work on landscapes in this workshop, but the media would easily work with other subject matter.

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Jun
12
10:00 AM10:00

ANN BLOCKLEY - EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES IN SPRING LANDSCAPE WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP

Ann Blockley - Experimental techniques In Spring Landscape Watercolour Workshop with artist Julia Borodina -  When:  Wednesday 12th June2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

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The workshop is about very much about how to break free, to create your own works using the watercolour medium, which is perfect for making wonderfully fluid, abstract or representational works. Through a series of carefully conceived exercises and creative accidents involving textures, experimental techniques you will see how the medium can be manipulated to create works, from a variety of sources that have a balance of shape, form, and light. You will work from observation using your own photos, alternatively imagery will be provided as a starting point. A hands on experience of this easy accessible but at the same time complex combination painting techniques will allow free experimenting with the medium.

During the day, you will investigate how to use brushes to your advantages, manipulating effects and creative styles, apply masking fluid and cellophane for additional effects and textures, and finally, work into detail and try loose and bold approaches to painting. You will create a number of various size outcomes. Teaching is informal and encouraging. This workshop will suit a beginner as well as an art practitioner who wishes to explore and further develop their watercolour painting. 

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Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

COLOUR MIXING WORKSHOP USING THE MICHAEL WILCOX METHOD

Colour Mixing Workshop using the Michael Wilcox Method with artist Phil Reynolds - When: Monday 10th June: Time: 10am - 4.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included - (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £50 - Limited places available

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This is a practical colour mixing workshop where you can explore looking at effective use of colour and learn how to mix an exciting range of greens, earth colours, greys and more. You will mainly uses acrylic paint and discover the way in which a limited palette can achieve a versatile and harmonious variety of colours.

You shall use some of the methods and aids from the Michael Wilcox colour course exploring the control that can be gained when using colour. By understanding what really does happen when colours are mixed, you will be able to master colour mixing in a very short time. This look at colour mixing is applicable to oils, acrylics, watercolour, gouache, pastels, coloured pencils, silk screen inks, textile inks and all arts and crafts which involve the use of colour. By unravelling the many ambiguities and myths inherent in the established way of working we will attempt to transform colour mixing from a haphazard affair into a thinking process where you can find out what really happens when colours are mixed.

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Jun
5
10:00 AM10:00

FLOWERS IN WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP (INSPIRED BY SHIRLEY TREVEN'S EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES)

Flowers in Watercolour Workshop (Inspired by Shirley Trevena’s Experimental Techniques) with artist Julia Borodina -  When: Wednesday 15th June 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Painting by Shirley Trevena

Painting by Shirley Trevena

Break the rules of conventional watercolour painting inspired by Shirley Trevena! You will learn a wonderfully loose way of painting, using a dynamic palette of colours and unique magical effects. This is a workshop opportunity not to be missed! During this workshop you shall discover Trevena’s marvellous innovations. To start with you will be encouraged to paint on a flat surface, allowing colour mixture and clean water to create it’s magic for you; you can make your work very personal if you bring some interesting objects (a small vase, colourful fabric, oriental plates or possibly some fresh flowers) to construct a small still-life as a reference point. Alternatively, other sources such as, photographs and drawings may also be used. You can enjoy exploring some unexpected effects created by using salt, spray bottles, hair driers, sprinkling dust from sanded watercolour pencils and many more. You will be breaking rules when planning your composition designs too using masking tape as a crucial painting tool, allowing it to combine and contrast different sections of your work. Washes over certain completed sections, rubbings with tissue and sponge, spontaneous splashes will be part of the painting process too as well as the presence of decorative patterns and other elements allowing you to develop your awareness of colour and form.

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Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

EXPLORE LANDSCAPE ACRYLIC PAINTING WORKSHOP

Explore Landscape Acrylic Painting Workshop - When: Monday 3rd June 2019 - with artist Patrick Smith - Time: 10.00am - 4pm - Cost: £65 - Level: All - All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) - Limited places available

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Working from found images inspired by the landscape ie. travel photographs, images of your favourite vista, Patrick will take you through very expressive ways of painting using your hands and various techniques, not usually ascribed to traditional painting. This workshop is about freeing up and enjoying the properties of paint. It will change the way you think regarding the techniques in painting. You will be working on matt board of varying sizes exploring ideas associated with composition and the edge.

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Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

DEVELOP YOUR WORK - PERSONAL PROJECT

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Develop Your Work - Personal Project - Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Saturday 1st June 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm - Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £50 - Limited places available

If you have an idea to create some art work personal to you, but don’t know where to start or struggle to go through the process on your own, then this is a perfect opportunity for you. This session is the first of the series of workshops aiming to get you planning, setting realistic objectives and producing a personal art project/ body of work. It will gear you up with some tools such as: main composition rules, how to develop your drawing/ painting technique or chose appropriate medium, artistic style and development of your own style, colour manipulations, texture, setting short and long term realistic targets for further improvements. There will be plenty of one to one support and guidance. Group and tutor critic will boost your confidence and encourage you to make steady progress.

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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP

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Stained Glass  Workshop with specialist Helen Bower BA (Hons), MA, SPAB Fellow - When: Saturday 25th May - Level: Beginners - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Time: 9am - 5pm - Cost: £95

Have you ever felt you would like to learn how to create quality stained glass work and create your own stained glass panel.  If so this workshop is just the thing for you. This course will teach you the basic practical techniques enabling you to go on and develop further should you wish to.

 During this workshop...

  • You will be guided through the techniques of glass cutting, lead shaping, soldering and cementing

  • You will have the opportunity to explore using various coloured and textured glass

  • You shall construct a leaded panel developing your skills, knowledge and technique

  • You shall create your own stained glass panel

  • There will be a number of preprepared designs for you to choose to work from

  • You will go away with a 220mm x 220mm finished stained glass panel

I loved it! Helen was a truly excellent teacher. I liked the balance she achieved between the theory and practice - she was well informed and able to convey information in an interesting way.’ - Meg Huby

All materials, tools and refreshments provided - Suitable for beginners. This course is not advised for anyone who may be pregnant due to lead-based products being used. To book a place, for payment details and directions please contact Pennie Lordan on: t: 01904 651085 or m: 07851 299140 email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com

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May
23
11:30 AM11:30

INSPIRED BY DAVID TRESS 2 DAY ACRYLIC PAINTING COURSE

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Inspired by David Tress 2 Day Acrylic Painting Course - Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July 2019 - Level: All - Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £90 - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Limited Places available

During this course, you will have the opportunity to investigate how to build an atmospheric composition, build an energy charged collage and create expressive and wacky texture using acrylic paints. You will work by exploring the works by David Tress, learn about his representational landscape painting, and particularly, how a personal, expressive 'gut response' painting, can be underpinned with keen observation, drawing and painting skills. Using your own photos and drawings or, alternatively, provided imagery you will produce exciting and inspirational work. The course will explore an expressive and emotional response to landscape painting.

Please contact Pennie to book a place - email:  pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 - mobile: 07851 299140

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

CHARCOAL LANDSCAPES ON ON VARIOUS PAPERS WORKSHOP

Charcoal Landscapes on Various Papers Workshop - When: Monday 13th May - Tutor: Phil Reynolds - Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £50 - All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) - Suitable for all levels - Limited places available

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Charcoal on watercolour paper by Linda Brill

In this workshop we will explore the range of uses that the natural resource of charcoal can offer in producing landscapes work. There are many combinations of different types of charcoal and different papers that we will introduce you to in this workshop.
You will be taught how to render soft flowing skies, expressive textural work for land and sea as well as gaining the skills to tackle fine detail.
We will work from images and outdoors if the weather allows, so please bring along any images you would like to work from, although there will be plenty of source material provided.

Phil Reynolds who studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 1997 and has since pursued a career as an artist. He has been exhibiting his work in contemporary galleries throughout the North of England as well as London and Bristol affordable art fairs. Phil's work explores the ground between abstraction and figuration where forms emerge from a fluid use of acrylic paint. His work is both instinctive and keenly observed bringing together raw marks with more mediated responses.

Charcoal Landscapes on Various Papers Workshop - When: Monday 13th May 2019
Tutor: Phil Reynolds - Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £50 - All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) - Suitable for all levels - Limited places available (more information coming soon)

To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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May
2
to May 16

3 WEEK MIXED MEDIA PAINTING COURSE WITH FREYA HORSLEY

Landscape Painting by Freya Horsley

Landscape Painting by Freya Horsley

3 Week Mixed Media Painting Course - When: Thursday 2nd May - Thursday 16th May 2019
Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £145 - All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch)
Suitable for all levels - plenty of one to one. 

During this 3-week course we will explore some of the many possibilities of mixed media painting with reference to various modern and contemporary artists. Using a variety of painting and drawing media we will play and experiment, thinking our way up through the layers of a painting. We will look at preparing different surfaces and grounds and how these affect subsequent layers, experiment with opaque and transparent layers, and take a dynamic approach to mark making and colour.

The course will be suitable for all levels of experience.

Tutor: Freya Horsley

Freya studied in Birmingham, Lyon and York and exhibits in galleries around the country and has work in private collections in Europe and the United States. Alongside painting Freya has taught nationally and internationally.http://www.freyahorsley.com/

Using a variety of painting and drawing media we will play and experiment, thinking our way up through the layers of a painting. We will look at ways of building up a painting from base to top layer, exploring grounds and textured surfaces, through opaque and transparent layers, to the final marks and details.

Freya Horsley

Freya Horsley

When: Thursday 2nd May - Thursday 16th May 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £145 - All materials and refreshments provided - suitable for all levels - plenty of one to one. Please contact Pennie: email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com Office: 01904 270707 - Mobile: 07851 299140 - Thank you.

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May
1
to May 22

4 WEEK DRAWING COURSE

Drawing by Julia Borodina

Drawing by Julia Borodina

4 Week Drawing Course with artist Julia Borodina When: Wednesday 1st May - Wednesday 22nd May  Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm -Level: All - All materials and refreshments included   (just bring a packed lunch) Cost: £195- Limited places available


A solid understanding of perspective gives the artist the means to draw what they see both accurately and believably. This course will provide you with the understanding of not only the concepts but also put them into practice. During the course you shall cover the following:

  • Week 1 shall explore one-Point and Two-Point perspectives as well as the basic concepts

  • Weeks 2 and 3 will be based on drawing still-life from observation. You will be encouraged to use constructive lines, apply the rules of perspective and composition;

  • Week 4 will be all about tone and practicing applying shading;

  • During the last week you will be focused on creating studies with a personal impact, exploring your individuality and pushing your practical knowledge by using impermanent ink. 

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to further develop their drawing and observation skills.

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Giorgio Morandi

When: Wednesday 25th May- Time: 10am - 3pm - All materials and refreshments are provided (just bring a packed lunch) - Level: all

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Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in fine art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from the University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk

4 Week Drawing Course with artist Julia Borodina When: Wednesday 1st May - Wednesday 22nd May  Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm -Level: All - All materials and refreshments included   (just bring a packed lunch) Cost: £195- Limited places available

Please contact Pennie to book a place or for further information: email:pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

DEVELOP YOUR WORK - PERSONAL PROJECT

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Develop Your Work - Personal Project
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Saturday 27th April 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm
Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 (Introductory Price)

If you have an idea to create some art work personal to you, but don’t know where to start or struggle to go through the process on your own, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to join this new class. This session is the first of the series of workshops aiming to get you planning, setting realistic objectives and producing a personal art project/ body of work. It will gear you up with some tools such as:

• Main composition rules;

• How to develop your drawing/ painting technique or chose appropriate medium;

• Artistic style and development of your own style;

• Colour manipulations;

• Texture;

• Setting short and long term realistic targets for further improvements.

There will be plenty of one to one support and guidance. Group and tutor critic will boost your confidence and encourage you to make steady progress.

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Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in Fine Art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in the water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk

Develop Your Work - Personal Project
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Saturday 27th April 2019 - Time: 10am - 4pm
Level: Some previous experience of art - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 (Introductory Price)

Please contact Pennie to book a place - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140



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Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

ANN BLOCKLEY - EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES IN SPRING LANDSCAPE WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP

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Ann Blockley - Experimental techniques In Spring Landscape Watercolour Workshop with artist Julia Borodina -  When:  Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

The workshop is about very much about how to break free, to create your own works using the watercolour medium, which is perfect for making wonderfully fluid, abstract or representational works. Through a series of carefully conceived exercises and creative accidents involving textures, experimental techniques you will see how the medium can be manipulated to create works, from a variety of sources that have a balance of shape, form, and light. You will work from observation using your own photos, alternatively imagery will be provided as a starting point. A hands on experience of this easy accessible but at the same time complex combination painting techniques will allow free experimenting with the medium.

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During the day, you will investigate how to use brushes to your advantages, manipulating effects and creative styles, apply masking fluid and cellophane for additional effects and textures, and finally, work into detail and try loose and bold approaches to painting. You will create a number of various size outcomes. Teaching is informal and encouraging. This workshop will suit a beginner as well as an art practitioner who wishes to explore and further develop their watercolour painting. 

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Ann Blockley - Experimental techniques In Spring Landscape Watercolour Workshop with artist Julia Borodina -  When:  Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Limited places available. Please get in touch to book a place or if you have any questions. Email:pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

FLOWERS IN WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP (INSPIRED BY SHIRLEY TREVEN'S EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES)

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Flowers in Watercolour Workshop (Inspired by Shirley Trevena’s Experimental Techniques) with artist Julia Borodina -  When: Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Break the rules of conventional watercolour painting inspired by Shirley Trevena! You will learn a wonderfully loose way of painting, using a dynamic palette of colours and unique magical effects. This is a workshop opportunity not to be missed! During this workshop you shall discover Trevena’s marvellous innovations.

  • To start with you will be encouraged to paint on a flat surface, allowing colour mixture and clean water to create it’s magic for you;

  • You can make your work very personal if you bring some interesting objects (a small vase, colourful fabric, oriental plates or possibly some fresh flowers) to construct a small still-life as a reference point. Alternatively, other sources such as, photographs and drawings may also be used;

  • Be prepared for some unexpected effects created by using salt, spray bottles, hair driers, sprinkling dust from sanded watercolour pencils and many more;

  • You will be breaking rules when planning your composition designs too;

  • Masking tape will become a crucial painting tool, allowing to combine and contrast different sections of your work;

  • Washes over certain completed sections, rubbings with tissue and sponge, spontaneous splashes will be part of the painting process too;

  • Not to forget the presence of decorative patterns and other elements;

  • This session could make you oblivious of everything except colour and form.

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Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in Fine Art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in the water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk

Flowers in Watercolour Workshop (Inspired by Shirley Trevena’s Experimental Techniques)
When:  Wednesday 10th April 2019-
 Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Limited places available. Please get in touch to book a place or if you have any questions. Email:pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

THE VENETIAN SCHOOL OF PAINTING WORKSHOP - WORKSHOP FROM STILL LIFE

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The Venetian School of Painting Still Life Workshop - Venetian School of Painting Workshop - When: Monday 1st April 2019 - Tutor: Patrick Smith - Time: 10.00am - 4pm - Cost: £65
Level: All - All materials and refreshments provided  - (just bring a packed lunch)

Have you ever fancied exploring the medium of acrylics further yet felt intimidated? During this workshop you shall have the opportunity to explore the work of artists such a Mary Feddon and Ben Nicholson. We shall execute a charcoal drawing onto a pre prepared canvas panel using the technique of alla primer before working dark to light, echoing the painters of 15th century Florence.

Patrick Smith is an established artist in fine art and printmaking having work in many private collections both nationally and internationally. His practice concentrates on ideas associated with the edge and devices in composition and form. Patrick studied painting and printmaking at Leeds Metropolitan University where he was awarded the William Tier memorial award for Landscapes and Erasmus scholarship to train at the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland. He has taught for many years to degree level and runs various courses and workshops: https://www.psmithstudio58.co.uk/

 

Painting by Ali Watson

Painting by Ali Watson

 

 

The Venetian School of Painting Still Life Workshop - Venetian School of Painting Workshop - When: Monday 1st April 2019 - Tutor: Patrick Smith - Time: 10.00am - 4pm - Cost: £50
Level: All - All materials and refreshments provided  - (just bring a packed lunch) - Limited places available

Please get in touch to book a place or if you have any questions. Email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

 

 

 

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Mar
28
to Mar 31

4 DAY PLEIN AIR WATERCOLOUR COURSE

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Plein Air  (painting outside) workshop artist Julia Borodina - When: Tuesday 28th May - Friday 31st May 2019  Level: Suitable for all  levels from complete beginners to experienced painters - All materials  and refreshments  included - (just bring a packed lunch) Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £180

These sessions will be based on creating a number of landscape themed compositions. A hands-on course for beginners to intermediate painters. You will build confidence to explore the outdoor environment around you, inspire by various light conditions, develop resilience to changing weather and gain an insight to challenges of an outdoor practitioner. You will explore how colours affect the temperature of a painting, how to paint a range of green colours with an impact and how to use colour for maximum benefit when creating exciting compositions. Each session will start from a demonstration and discussion of the focus for the day, followed by practical work.

  • You will produce short and long studies;

  • Focus will be on exploration of various painting approaches, such as, sketching with a brush, wet on wet, layering, grisaille, pointillism and watercolour and ink. 

  • You will be encouraged to observe and produce a personal response;

  • You will be mainly painting outdoors (weather permitting) outside the studio also in York city centre and other close to Copmanthorpe locations!

Please dress in comfortable for the day clothes and shoes. You may wish to bring a foldable chair or a light easel to be extra comfortable.

Please contact Pennie to book a place - email:  pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 - mobile: 07851 299140

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Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

MARK MAKING INTO LANDSCAPES WORKSHOP

Painting by Joan Eardley

Painting by Joan Eardley

Mark Making into Landscapes - When: Monday 25th March 2019
Tutor: Phil Reynolds - Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £50 - All levels welcome
All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch)
Suitable for all levels - Limited places available

The aim of this workshop is to open up the range of marks and gestures we use to build up a landscape. The landscape can be as much about you and your own self-expression as it is a representational image of a scene. During the workshop we will  look at ideas of depth and perspectives with an emphasis on the impact the landscape has on us.

The workshop will explore various ways of varying marks and use of appropriate tools, including making our own tools. We will explore this through a range of mediums including charcoal, paints and other substrates. We will also be inspired by and looking at the work of artists such as Joan Eardley, Jeremy Gardiner, Peter Lanyon and others.

Weather permitting, we will take the opportunity to work outside, otherwise views from the studio and images shall be available. 

Phil Reynolds who studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 1997 and has since pursued a career as an artist. He has been exhibiting his work in contemporary galleries throughout the North of England as well as London and Bristol affordable art fairs. Phil's work explores the ground between abstraction and figuration where forms emerge from a fluid use of acrylic paint. His work is both instinctive and keenly observed bringing together raw marks with more mediated responses.

Mark Making into Landscapes - When: Monday 25th March 2019
Tutor: Phil Reynolds - Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £50 - All levels welcome
All materials and refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) `
Suitable for all levels - Limited places available

To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

 

Phil Reynolds

Phil Reynolds

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Mar
13
to Apr 3

4 WEEK OIL PAINTING COURSE

Oil Painting by Julia Borodina

Oil Painting by Julia Borodina

4 WEEK OIL PAINTING COURSE

4 Week Oil Painting Course with artist Julia Borodina - When: Wednesday 13th March - Wednesday 3rd April 2019- Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) -Cost: £180 -Limited places available

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During this course you will explore the unique qualities of traditional oil painting. During the course you shall get to know your paints, brushes and oil mediums. You will concentrate on portraying a specific type of atmosphere within your chosen theme (it is highly recommended that you collect ideas, sketches and photos prior to the sessions). During the course you will produce a number of short studies (applying Turner’s glazes, exploring texture and getting inspired by the Impressionist style of painting) leading to a final outcome. You shall have the opportunity to select and convert your images into impressive oil paintings and develop work using rules of perspective, tonal values and composition. Whether it will be a quiet and provincial part of a town or a busy and full of noisy city street, a dramatic landscape or a bouquet of summer flowers – this is a fantastic opportunity to discover your potential of this medium and develop your painting skills.

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The course is an introduction to the fundamentals of oil painting, however, if you have attended a similar class in the past you can start on developing your painting straight away, therefore this course is suitable for all levels.

 

4 Week Oil Painting Course with artist Julia Borodina - When: Wednesday 13th March - Wednesday 3rd April 2019- Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) -Cost: £180 -Limited places available

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Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in fine art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from the University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk

Please contact Pennie to book a place or for further information: email:pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

THE ART OF SKETCHING WORKSHOP

Sketch by Kate Downie

Sketch by Kate Downie

The Art of Sketching Workshop with artist Phil Reynolds - When: Monday 11th March: Time: 10am - 4.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included
(just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £50 - Limited places available

During this workshop you shall look at some artists approach to sketching, such as Henry Moore, Edgar Degas and Alberto Giacometti. We will tackle a variety of subjects and methods.

Some of the elements we will consider are: -

  • Lightness of touch

  • Conveying essential information

  • Speed of recording

  • Conveying feeling

  • The use of notes to add context

You shall explore at a range of materials to work with including pencil, charcoal and paints on a variety of papers. We shall also look at effective uses of sketchbooks. Please feel free to bring a sketchbook along if you have one though this is not a necessity.

Phil Reynolds who studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 1997 and has since pursued a career as an artist. He has been exhibiting his work in contemporary galleries throughout the North of England as well as London and Bristol affordable art fairs. Phil's work explores the ground between abstraction and figuration where forms emerge from a fluid use of acrylic paint. His work is both instinctive and keenly observed bringing together raw marks with more mediated responses.

The Art of Sketching Workshop with artist Phil Reynolds
When: Monday 11th March: Time: 10am - 4.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) 
Cost: £50 - Limited places available

To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

 

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Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

LINOCUT PRINT MAKING WORKSHOP

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Linocut Print Making Workshop with artist Freya Horsley
When: Thursday 7th March - Time: 10am - 3pm - Cost: £45 - All materials & refreshments provided (just bring a packed lunch) - All levels welcome.

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to design and create your own lino cut block which you will then ink and print to create your individual prints through the teaching of artist Freya Horsely. Plenty of imagery shall be provided, however you are welcome to bring any of your own sketches, images etc to work from if you would like to.

Freya studied in Birmingham, Lyon and York and exhibits in galleries around the country and has work in private collections in Europe and the United States. Alongside painting Freya has taught nationally and internationally.http://www.freyahorsley.com/

To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

ETCHING PRINT MAKING WORKSHOP

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The Three Trees - Etching by Rembrandt

Etching Print Making Workshop - When: Monday 4th March 2019 - Tutor: Patrick Smith
Time: 10am - 4pm - Cost: £65 - All levels welcome All materials and refreshments provided
(just bring a packed lunch)

This etching one day workshop in etching will introduce you to the magical processes used by Rembrandt and his many followers to the present day. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to create your own etching plates and prints and learn and practise the correct procedures pertaining to a busy print environment such as the correct use of the etching press and registration technique using a safe mordent on zinc plates.

There will be an introduction to etching through a presentation and you will experience safe mixing and use of copper sulphate crystals with salt in water bath, plate preparation and grounding, smoking the plate, drawing on the plate, etching the plate, inking and wiping the plate, proof printing the plate, presentation and care of the prints that you create through the day.

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Patrick Smith is an established artist in fine art and printmaking having work in many private collections both nationally and internationally. His practice concentrates on ideas associated with the edge and devices in composition and form. Patrick studied painting and printmaking at Leeds Metropolitan University where he was awarded the William Tier memorial award for Landscapes and Erasmus scholarship to train at the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland. He has taught for many years to degree level and runs various courses and workshops: https://www.psmithstudio58.co.uk/

A few places available. Please contact Pennie to book a place - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Feb
25
to Mar 1

INTENSIVE 5 DAY WATERCOLOUR PAINTING COURSE

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Intensive 5-DAY Watercolour Painting Course
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Monday 25th February to Friday 1st March 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm - Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £195 (50% deposit of £97.50 required to book your place) Plenty of one to one -Limited places available

 Have you been mystified by the magic of watercolour and often felt it is too unreachable to be explored on your own? This 5 week course invites you to and discover and develop colour washes, develop interesting mark making and enjoy painting expressively through the medium of watercolour.

Each session will start from the specially designed exercises to support your learning, leading to independent practical work during the second half of the day and suitable for all levels. There will be on-going referencing to inspiring watercolour practitioners and a discussion of their methods. Reference material and handouts provided for visual support.

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Over the 5 sessions you will:

  • Explore tones, washes, methods on lifting paint and creative use of brushes all inspired by W.Turner;

  • Practice to use ink and pen with watercolour by learning from the great masters, such as  Rembrandt and John Piper;

  • Discover the principles of Complementary Colours and how to paint with impact like Matisse;

  • Practice ‘loose’ painting style by Alvaro Castagnet and test how Explore soft and hard edges impact your work;

  • Break the rules and experiment with bold colours inspired by Shirley Trevena.Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in Fine Art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in the water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk


A few places available. Please contact Pennie to book a place - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

 

 

 

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Feb
22
to Apr 5

WOOD CARVING COURSE

Wood Carving 6 Week Course

Taught by York's exceptional wood and stone carver Tim Foster, an excellent and experienced teacher and professional, who has worked at York Minster and several royal palaces. This course is suitable for all levels offering differentiation for complete beginners and providing opportunity to develop to a more advanced level through a project led six week course for more experienced carvers.

Taught by York's exceptional wood and stone carver Tim Foster, an excellent and experienced teacher and professional, who has worked at York Minster and several royal palaces. This course is suitable for all levels offering differentiation for complete beginners and providing opportunity to develop to a more advanced level through a project led six week course for more experienced carvers.

If you are a beginner, during the first 3 weeks you will be taught through a set project spending the last 3 weeks on a project of your choice, applying your learnt carving skills. Experienced carvers are able to be taught and work on projects of their choice throughout the whole 6 weeks.

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An example of lettering

Six Week Wood Carving Course with craftsperson  Tim Foster
When: Friday 22nd February - Friday 5th April 2019
(no session Friday 1st March half term) - Level: All - Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm - All practise tools and materials provided
Cost: £110
- Limited places available

OR

Six Week Wood Carving Course with craftsperson  Tim Foster
When: Friday 22nd February - Friday 5th April 2019
(no session Friday 1st March half term) - Level: All - Time: 1.00pm - 3.30pm - All practise tools and materials provided
Cost: £110
- Limited places available

 Please contact Pennie to book a place - email:  pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 - mobile: 07851 299140

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Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE THROUGH MONOCHROMATIC PAINTING

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Create an atmosphere through Monochromatic Painting in Acrylics
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Wednesday 20th February 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm
Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch)

Why is tone important? Here's what that master of colour Henri Matisse had to say:

‘When I have found the relationship of all the tones the result must be a living harmony of all the tones, a harmony not unlike that of a musical composition."

The tone of a painting can do a variety of things, from setting the mood to adding emphasis. A painting with only mid-tones risks being flat and dull. Understandably, monochromatic palette is a limited palette to work with but a very expressive one! Come along to this stimulating workshop and learn:

  • how tone can be relative to other tones

  • how to recognise the tone of a colour

  • tone as key element of composition

  • what is global and local tone

  • how to paint with impact.

During the day you will work from a chosen image completing a number of short exercises and longer studies. This workshop will demonstrate that a monochromatic palette is anything but dull.

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Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in Fine Art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in the water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk

Create an atmosphere through Monochromatic Painting in Acrylics
Tutor: Julia Borodina - When: Wednesday 20th February 2019 - Time: 10am - 3pm
Level: All - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch)

A few places available. Please contact Pennie to book a place - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140



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Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

MONO PRINTING WORKSHOP

Mono Print by Patrick Smith

Mono Print by Patrick Smith

Mono Printing Workshop with artist Patrick Smith (using an etching press)
When: Monday 18th February 2019
Time: 10am - 4pm
All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch)
Suitable for all levels - Cost: £65
Only a couple of places still available

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We are very exciting to have Patrick Smith run this mono printing workshop on our brand new etching press.

During this workshop you shall:

-  learn dark line in a white field and white line in a dark field

-  learn good studio practice, care, preparation and maintenance of material

-  work monochromatically in the morning transcribing ideas onto the studio etching press in the afternoon

-  explore colour mixing and over laying

- have produced a sequential body of work  by the end of the day 

- source material will be provided but please feel free to bring any images etc if you wish to 

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Patrick Smith is an established artist in fine art and printmaking having work in many private collections both nationally and internationally. His practice concentrates on ideas associated with the edge and devices in composition and form. Patrick studied painting and printmaking at Leeds Metropolitan University where he was awarded the William Tier memorial award for Landscapes and Erasmus scholarship to train at the Utrecht School of the Arts in Holland. He has taught for many years to degree level and runs various courses and workshops: https://www.psmithstudio58.co.uk/

Limited places available - Please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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INSPIRED BY CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING -  Celebrate Chinese New Year by learning how to paint River Scenes and Orchid Flowers
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

INSPIRED BY CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING - Celebrate Chinese New Year by learning how to paint River Scenes and Orchid Flowers

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Inspired by Chinese Brush Painting – Learn the rules of traditional composition in a landscape - some of your images can include animals - with artist  Julia Borodina When: Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Time: 10am - 3pm - Level: All - All materials and refreshments included - Cost: £45 - (just bring a packed lunch) Plenty of one to one
Limited places available

Chinese Brush Painting is the art of using simple and effortless brush strokes to give an impression of a figure or scene. It’s an art form quite unlike any other, with an evocative and exquisite look that is inspired by the sweeping curves of nature.

During this unique workshop you will explore how to paint wild Orchids and create images of River Landscapes.

Immerse yourself in the beautiful oriental art of Chinese Brush Painting with its sweeping lines and haunting, fragile style, this ancient oriental art form is a fantastic subject of study. With advice and support, you can learn the intricacies and delicacies of this wonderful painting technique.

The workshop is run by practicing artist Julia Borodina who is member of Chinese Brush Painting Society in the UK. 

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Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in Fine Art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in the water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. www.juliaborodina.co.uk

To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

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Feb
11
10:00 AM10:00

URBAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING & COLLAGE WORKSHOP

Urban Landscape Painting & Collage Workshop - Tutor: Phil Reynolds - When: Monday 11th February - Time: 10am - 4.00pm - All materials  and refreshments a included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45

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During this workshop you shall:

  • Explore Urban Landscape using acrylic paint and mixed media including collage.

  • Learn how to achieve depth through overlapping collage and paint.

  • Discover the liberating use of collage and mixed media

All materials will be provided, however, please feel free to bring an image or two that inspire you and some found collage that you feel may be appropriate to that image of you would like to (corrugated cardboard could represent a fence or corrugated roof, a grid for windows etc).

In the morning we will do all the sticking which could be 2 or more depending on speed and then paint and or draw on top in the afternoon. You can be as literal and detailed or abstract and loose as you want with this technique. It is a good opportunity to explore your style with a city scape of your choice.

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Phil Reynolds who studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 1997 and has since pursued a career as an artist. He has been exhibiting his work in contemporary galleries throughout the North of England as well as London and Bristol affordable art fairs. Phil's work explores the ground between abstraction and figuration where forms emerge from a fluid use of acrylic paint. His work is both instinctive and keenly observed bringing together raw marks with more mediated responses.

Urban Landscape Painting & Collage Workshop - Tutor: Phil Reynolds
When: Monday 11th February - Time: 10am - 4.00pm
All materials  and refreshments a included (just bring a packed lunch)
Cost: £45 -Limited Places Available

To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Pennie - email: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

 

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Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

INTRODUCTION TO CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP

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Introduction to Cyanotype Printing Workshop - Tutor: Rachel Sedman - When: Thursday 7th February 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Cyanotype printing is one of the first photographic processes to be discovered in 1842.  It is characterised by the deep indigo blue prints that are produced using this process which are a result of the mixture of two iron based compounds. It is referred to now as an Alternative Photographic Process and it’s a great way to use darkroom techniques but without the use of a camera.

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Cyanotype printing offers an affordable introduction to the world of photographic processes and printmaking. You will learn how to coat paper with cyanotype solution and then to expose paper to make a print. It is a flexible processes where any found material can be used to make a negative or images can be used from photographs using an acetate photocopy. Objects and acetate negatives are then exposed to direct sunlight or through the use of a specialised UV lamp. The image is then washed off in water thoroughly to show the final image. You will also learn techniques to tint the final images to create different tonal ranges of your prints. You are encouraged to bring objects of interest with you to use for the day to experiment with this process.

This workshop will be a fun, practical and creative day where you will learn techniques and process that can be applied at home. There will be a specially created hand out detailing the process and where to buy equipment from. Suitable for beginners with no experience necessary.

Rachel is a multi-disciplinary artist working across the mediums of alternative photographic processes, printmaking, sound recording and performance. Her work is underpinned by an understanding and appreciation of elements of Japanese philosophy and aesthetics.

Introduction to Cyanotype Printing Workshop - Tutor: Rachel Sedman - When: Thursday 7th February 2019 - Time: 10am - 3.00pm - Level: All - All materials & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £45 - Limited places available

Limited places available. Please get in touch to book a place or if you have any questions. Email:pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140


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Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP

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Stained Glass  Workshop with specialist Helen Bower BA (Hons), MA, SPAB Fellow - When: Saturday 2nd February - Level: Beginners - All materials and refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Time: 9am - 5pm - Cost: £85 - A couple of places available

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Have you ever felt you would like to learn how to create quality stained glass work and create your own stained glass panel.  If so this workshop is just the thing for you. This course will teach you the basic practical techniques enabling you to go on and develop further should you wish to.

 During this workshop...

  • You will be guided through the techniques of glass cutting, lead shaping, soldering and cementing

  • You will have the opportunity to explore using various coloured and textured glass

  • You shall construct a leaded panel developing your skills, knowledge and technique

  • You shall create your own stained glass panel

  • There will be a number of preprepared designs for you to choose to work from

  • You will go away with a 220mm x 220mm finished stained glass panel

Taught by Helen Bower, an experienced stained glass professional with a 3Dimensional glass design degree, a Masters in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management and has worked on glass from medieval to modern, at the V&A, York Minster and commercial workshops nationally for over 20 years. 

I loved it! Helen was a truly excellent teacher. I liked the balance she achieved between the theory and practice - she was well informed and able to convey information in an interesting way.’ - Meg Huby

All materials, tools and refreshments provided - Suitable for beginners. This course is not advised for anyone who may be pregnant due to lead-based products being used. To book a place, for payment details and directions please contact Pennie Lordan on: t: 01904 651085 or m: 07851 299140 e: pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com

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Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

FIND YOUR VOICE - SINGING WORKSHOP

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Find Your Voice - Singing Workshop with community musician Chris Bartram -  When:  Saturday 26th January 2019 - Time: 10am - 4.00pm - Level: All, no ability to read music necessary - All equipment & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £35 - Limited places available

Would you like to discover what your voice can really do? ‘Find Your Voice’ is a practical vocal and singing workshop takes place in a friendly, fun and supportive environment where you can explore just how amazing your voice is.  The day is great for anyone who would like to to have fun with their singing, and also extremely useful for anyone whose voice is an important part of their work such as teachers, lecturers, professional speakers and even parents!

During the workshop we shall work with a wide range of breathing and vocal exercises, and a variety of easy-to-learn songs from a variety of vocal traditions. These exercises demonstrate how to use your natural voice efficiently and effectively, whilst the communal singing provides a unique space for social interaction. As well as experiencing and learning more about the voice, other benefits commonly mentioned by people doing this workshop include developing more confidence - in their voices, in being in front of people, and in themselves generally. 

At the end of the workshop you will be given a detailed handout with all the exercises and ideas that you will have covered as well as audio recordings of all the songs. All songs shall be taught orally, so you don’t need to be able to read music!

Tutor: Chris Bartram is a highly experienced music educator and community artist. He taught music for many years at York St John University, and has also worked for many years as a freelance music professional with many leading arts organisations, including Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Northern Ballet, and Accessible Arts & Media.  Chris has been a facilitator for the national singing programme 'Sing Up', and runs singing and voice training workshops for a variety of clients, including business professionals, arts organisations, university and school teachers, and students. Currently he leads the highly popular monthly ‘A Cuppa and A Chorus’ workshops at the National Centre for Early Music in York. He is a member of the Natural Voice Network.

Find Your Voice - Singing Workshop with community musician Chris Bartram -  When:  Saturday 26th January 2019 - Time: 10am - 4.00pm -  Level: All, no ability to read music necessary - All equipment & refreshments included (just bring a packed lunch) - Cost: £35 - Limited places available

Please get in touch for further information or to book a place:  email:pennie@yorkartandcrafts.com office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140

 

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