New Year, new programme of workshops at The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

The new programme of day workshops at Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk has just been released and already the classes for the first half of 2014 are attracting interest.

Workshop co-ordinator Laura McNair has put together a blend of old favourites alongside new workshops to temp people either to expand their knowledge of a particular craft or to add ones to their range of skills.
“We welcome the return of Diane Higgins-Lee with a day workshop on intermediate silversmithing as well as printmaker Henrietta Corbett who, in February, will be leading a weekend workshop on Silk Aquatint,” said Laura.

“Gill Hobson, who is a Ropewalk studio artist, also returns the same month with a development of her ever popular Glass Light Catchers workshops where students will be shown how to make their own unique 3D lantern in coloured glass,” she went on.

In March, Alison Walling will be showing how to make garden structures (an obelisk in the morning and a fan trellis or mini-border hurdle in the afternoon) from willow.

The same month sees the return of a popular workshop, Life Drawing, led by another Ropewalk studio artist Richard Hatfield that is both suitable for the beginner and for those artists who want to refresh their skills.

In addition, in April there is the opportunity to decorate a pre-made bird box which would make an ideal Spring table decoration or an inside wall decoration.

“In our feedback surveys many of our customers asked if we could include the price of materials in the workshop costs, so from January all our workshop prices include the costs of all materials used on the day unless otherwise stated,” Laura continued.

A full list of all the workshops from January to June can be found on www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/workshops along with information on how to book.

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The Hallmark Room is hosting a wide selection of affordable prints during August. Thirty-six Print Workshops have taken part in this year’s 20:20 Print Exchange and The Ropewalk Print workshop has been twinned with Fife Dunfermline Print workshop.

Ropewalk Printmakers Keith Charlton, Janet Cox, Tim Needham, Jane Parker, Veronica Pettifer, Jan Stead, Sue Stephenson, Nic Stoker and Gordon Williams and have all produced print editions measuring 20cm x 20cm for the project.

The display also includes a selection of prints from the 415 artists that have taken part both nationally and internationally, including prints from Moscow and Hong Kong and the United States.

The Print Exchange started in 2009 with 10 artists from Salford exchanging prints with counterparts in Southampton.  Since then, more than 133,000 prints have been created especially and exchanged. For more information on the 20:20 Print Exchange go to www.2020printexchange.com

All the prints are for sale. If you are interested in print making, then check out www.ropewalkprintworkshop.org.uk

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Life is solitary without being lonely.

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Professor Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts.

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