Winter workshops at The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

If one of your New Year resolutions is to learn a new skill why not take a look at the winter programme of workshops being offered at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber?

Photography workshops, jewellery workshops, print workshops and textile workshops are just a selection of what is on offer at The Ropewalk from now until the end of March

Those wanting to extend their expertise and skills with their cameras can do so with Simon Vickers’ workshop on Saturday, February 4, offering to show you how to make the most of your camera while the following month fine art photographer Christine Thomas promises a workshop for anyone who uses a camera and would like to learn more.

Ropewalk studio artist Hazel Burnham returns with her very popular Fused Glass workshop while those interested in printmaking can learn more with an introductory course on Collographs with Angela Lindsely in February and the following month those with some knowledge of printmaking can learn about Mezzotint Engraving with Martin Maywood.

 Jenny Ashby and Wendy Chan are both running jewellery workshops.  While Jenny’s focuses on textured silver jewellery Wendy’s workshop will explore the various components of jewellery felt-making.

The final workshop of the winter season heralds the start of spring with Elaine Burke’s Cherry Blossom Crafts where you will create cherry blossom inspired crafts from both paper and textiles.

All workshops run from 10.30am until 4.30pm and cost £34 or £30 if you are a Ropewalk member.  Full details of each workshop, including additional costs for materials, can be found at http://www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/workshops/

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