Day Workshops

Specialist Classes

To book telephone 01652 660380 or email Laura


Jo McChesney

Woodcut Print Making with Jo McChesney
Saturday 29th April
£45/£40* (*Ropewalk Members only)

Ideal for beginners, this step by step workshop will guide you through the process of woodcut print making.  From the initial design, through to printing the final image from Japanese plywood.  Create a print or series of the image.


Two Colour Lino Printing with Lindy Norton
Saturday 6th May
10:30- 4:30pm

This workshop is an introduction to colour lino printing using two pieces, or more, of lino in order to produce a multiple colour lino print.


Stone Set Ring with Jacqueline Warrington
Saturday 13th May
10:30- 4:30pm

During this workshop you will learn the skills involved in making a simple stone set ring using the rub over setting and techniques such as filing, cutting, texturing metal, soldering, polishing and setting.  We will be using traditional jewellery making techniques and tools.


Kitchen Lithography with Annemarie Tickle
Saturday 27th May
10:30- 4:30pm

The print method involves drawing with specific media onto kitchen foil which is then etched using a cola drink.  The technique can be interpreted in many ways producing a range of results fairly loose and painterly in character.  Not many materials are required and those needed are cheap and readily available. The process is simple and non-toxic.


Batik with Heather Gatt
Saturday 3rd June
10:30- 4:30pm

A practical workshop that explores the many possibilities of batik wax resist.  Create beautiful effects with hot wax and cold dyes using wax pens, brushes and stamping tools on cotton fabric.  Make paintings or textiles for stitching.  Participants can expect to make three batiks, or more, to take home.


Your Photography Project with Lee Karen Stow
Saturday 10th June
10:30- 4:30pm

This workshop aims to help you focus on your photography, on creating and building a body of work as part of a long-term, personal photography project.  You will discuss ways to bring your images, ideas, subject or your passion together as a visual narrative that expresses what you love about life or what you have to say about it.  For those who wish to share their work we’ll also look at ways to exhibit.  Please note, this workshop is ideally suited for photographers with some experience, as there is no coverage of basic photography or Photoshop skills.


Life Drawing with Richard Hatfield
Sunday 11th June

Students will develop their drawing skills working from the life model using line and tone.Tuition is given on a one-to-one basis where students can learn at their own pace.  Suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists.


Stained Glass Butterflies with Gill Hobson
Saturday 17th June
10:30- 4:30pm

In this workshop you will be guided to design and make your own unique butterflies using a variety of coloured stained glasses, copper foil, wire, and solder.  You will learn all the basic techniques of glass cutting, copper-foiling, soldering, and wirework to create beautiful and unique stained glass art pieces.  Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.  All materials are included, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!


Japanese Woodblock Printing Weekend with Lucy May Schofield
Saturday 1st July & Sunday 2nd July
Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 10.15am-4.00pm

This print technique is perfect for those interested in a non-toxic, table top printmaking technique.  Over the day you will learn the skills to transfer and carve a ‘key line’ and colour separation wood block in the tradition of Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaking.  With no press required, only a hand held barren, you will learn techniques to achieve various print effects while registering your multi-block image through the simple traditional ‘kento’ system.


Sterling Silver Lily Pendant & Earrings with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 8th July

During this workshop you will work closely with Alastair to produce your own version of a lily pendant and earrings.  You will use hand tools to cut and file an ellipse of sterling silver sheet to make the body of the lily flower and then bend the silver into the required shapes.  The stem for the earrings/pendant will be made from silver wire and soldered into place prior to polishing in a barrel polisher.


Aquatint Etching Andi Dakin
Saturday 15th July

During this workshop you will be using nitric acid on resin powder coated zinc plates to generate and develop compositions and make prints with strong tonal ranges. We will aim to achieve high tonal contrast and a subtle range of mid tones. This workshop is suitable for beginners and the experienced printmaker.

*reduced price for Ropewalk members

Additional Information

Lunch is not included in the cost of our workshops, however our licensed Ropery coffee shop offers a delicious range of daily specials and home made cakes and refreshments. Lunch orders will be taken at the start of the day or alternatively you may bring a packed lunch.

*Reduced rates for classes are for Ropewalk members only. If you wish to become a member please ask for details at the Gallery.

All Classes / workshops must be booked and paid for in full in advance. Payments will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to the workshop/class. Cancellations made before this 14-day period will be due a refund less a £5 booking fee.

If you have any special access or equipment needs please let us know so that we can make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this.

t: 01652 660380