Specialist Classes for Autumn 2018
To book telephone 01652 660380 or email here
Fairground Fables: An introduction to Sculpture with Michelle Forrest-Beckett
Saturday 24th November
In this workshop you will work with artist Michelle Forrest-Becket learning how to fabricate a sculpture from Victoriana and vintage ephemera. All materials will be provided by Michelle who invites the participants to select from the Fairground Fable suitcase to construct their sculpture. As you are building your sculptures you will learn about the history of the materials that are used, helping you build a narrative that surrounds the sculpture you have created – your own fairground fable.
Make a professional Roman Blind in a Day with Lucy Valentine Interiors
Saturday November 24,
9.30am – 5pm
Using designer materials you will learn how to make a Roman Blind to a professional standard using a traditional fabric covered batten. This is a hands-on workshop where you will have the opportunity to practice the techniques involved in creating a Roman Blind including pattern placement, hand sewn stitches and all materials required. Full course notes will be provided and tea/coffee. You will leave the workshop knowing how to make your own Roman Blinds & will have made a sample sized operational Roman Blind to take home with you. All materials provided.
Make a piped cushion with zip with Lucy Valentine Interiors
Sunday November 25th
9.30am – 5pm
Spend a day with Lucy Valentine Interiors and learn how to make a piped cushion with a zip using beautiful fabric from the new Studio G portfolio. This is a hands-on workshop where you will learn how to cut fabric to pattern, create your own piping and insert a zip. All materials are provided.
We will be using Dunwich fabric from the new Land & Sea range in one of two colourways, Mineral or Pastel (please specify) and will also create co-ordinated piping to give a professional finish.
Expect to leave the course with a beautiful cushion of your own making, the skills to make more & a comprehensive set of notes. Tea & Coffee will also be provided.
Oynx Statement Ring with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 8th December
Participants will work in sterling silver and a round cabochon cut onyx gemstone to make a statement ring. Using a length of “D” section sterling silver wire participants will form a band, solder it together and polish by hand and finally “buff” the ring to their required size. Then participants manufacture a setting for the 20mm diameter cabochon cut stone using fine silver for the bezel and sterling silver sheet for the base. Once the two parts are soldered together they are filed to shape.
Workshops for 2019
Basic Upholstery with Lesley Leonard
Saturday 26th January
Do you have an old stool that needs some new life breathing into it? Bring it to Lesley Leonards Basic Upholstery workshop. Here you will learn how to upholster a small stool, Lesley will provide all the materials and equipment you will need.
“During the last 20 years it is amazing how many rescued chairs, stools, headboards, boxes and sofas have been brought back to life. To see the potential in old pieces of furniture is a fantastic achievement. Recycle – Brilliant… Upcycle – Amazing!!”
Willow Birds with Alison Walling
Saturday 2nd February
These willow birds are full of character and a great introduction to random weaving with willow. Make a pheasant or a chicken to roost at home or in the garden. All tools and materials provided but you are welcome to bring along your favourite secateurs.
Sterling Silver Bangles with Alastair Scargall
Saturday 16th February
Participants will spend an enjoyable day with Alastair learning how to craft two different styles of bangle from Sterling Silver learning how to twist a single length of square wire bangle and two lengths of round wire – sterling silver and brass together. All equipment including protective clothing will be provided.
Woodcut Printing with Jo McChesney
Saturday 2th March
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.
Eco-print Cushion Cover with Joelle Harris
Saturday 9th March
Eco-Print is the environmentally friendly way to print textiles with leaves and flowers, Joelle will show you how to achieve these beautiful prints and help you choose leaves and petals to create your own printed samples on linen cotton and silk as well as either a beautiful silk or fair-trade cotton cushion for you to take home.
Bird Automata with Susan Evans
Saturday 16th March
Spend an enjoyable day designing and creating a bird automaton including producing mechanical movement based on a simple crank. Under Susan’s guidance you will learn: – how to carve and finish a simplified shaped fish from lime or basswood; how to make a simple but effective crank which converts circular movement into a reciprocal (up and down) one; and the decorative processes to use on painted or stained wood.
Wire Jewellery with Jenny Weston
Saturday 23rd March
Artist and jewellery maker Jennifer Weston will guide you through the process of designing and making a bespoke bracelet and pair of earrings, using wire and a selection of genuine gemstones and pearls.
Four Legged Animal Sheep or Pig with Alison Walling
Saturday 30th March
Create a fabulous life sized willow Sheep or Pig to adorn your home or garden! Alison will lead you step by step through the process and you will take home a new addition to the family. Some experience of Willow Weaving is recommended for this class.
Introduction to Collagraph with Angela Lindsley
Saturday 31st March
During this introductory course you will learn the versatile techniques of collagraph printmaking. Printing blocks are produced by cutting, tearing and adding DIY materials. Once the plate has been prepared, you will be shown how to ink it up to produce rich and vibrant prints.
*reduced price for Ropewalk members
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.
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