Cyanotype Workshop, Crescent Arts, 2017


We have some great workshops on offer in the run-up to Crescent Arts’ 40th Anniversary!

There’s a great opportunity to participate in an experimental drawing ‘installation’ workshop this January with an exhibition of work produced. A new collage workshop, recycling materials, offers plenty of scope for the imagination and you can make a very special card or gift for your loved one in our Valentine print workshop this February. We’ll also be continuing our life drawing classes, open print course and ceramics workshops.   

Whether you’re a beginner and just want to try things out, or would like to develop your skills further, our artist-tutors will inspire you with new ideas and guide you through a range of exciting creative and technical processes.

Be an ‘Early Bird’ and benefit from a discount for even greater value. Book a place on a workshop before Friday 11th January and you’ll be eligible for a £5 discount on each one day workshop fee or when booking for all 6 sessions for the weekly life drawing, printmaking or ceramics courses.  

To book, please download a booking form HERE, or email us at

Ceramic Sculpture Course
January 22 & 29 + February 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Members £78 / non-members £90 (all six sessions)
Artist/tutor: Charlotte Salt

Develop hand building techniques with clay whilst exploring your own creative ideas. Charlotte will demonstrate pinch pot, coil building, slab techniques and using glazes – all of which can be combined in one piece of work. Whether you want to experiment, be decorative and/or functional, you’ll learn new skills in a nurturing environment, working at your own pace. You’ll definitely have something to show by the end of the course. Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty – bring your own apron and a small hand towel. The course fee for six weeks includes clay / all materials and two kiln firings (bisque/glaze).

Open Printmaking Course
January 23 & 30 + February 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Members £78 / non-members £90 / single sessions £16
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks

Develop your skills using intaglio techniques including drypoint etching, chine collé,non-toxic etching, collagraph and carborundum printing. Learn more about intaglio printing, printmaking materials and using a printing press. You’ll produce a series of prints in stages over the duration of the course. Bring a sketchbook for ideas and any existing printing plates you’d like to develop. Consumable materials are provided, except for new copper or zinc plates, which are available for purchase at cost price. Enrol for all six sessions to get the most out of this season of print. Please note there are no discounts on fees for single sessions.

Life Drawing from the Nude
January 24 & 31 + February 7, 14, 21 & 28 – Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Members £78 / non-members £90 / single sessions £16
Artist/tutor: Adèle Longstaff

Life drawing challenges the way we look at the human figure and can change how we see it. The human figure is a constant source of fascination and inspiration and, whether your approach to life drawing is observational or more expressionistic, we offer advice and guidance to develop your drawing skills. A selection of materials including paper, pencil, ink, pastel and charcoal is provided and you’ll discover different ways these can be used. Feel free to bring other materials with you. All are welcome from beginners to those more advanced. You can book for all six or any single session but please note that discounts are not available for single sessions.

Life Drawing at Crescent Arts


Drawing The Line
Saturday 26 January, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Members £30 / non-members £40
Artist/tutor: Ruth Miemczyk

Paul Klee, in the 1930s, famously talked of “taking a line for a walk” which suggests that the concept of line is unfixed, active and essentially abstract. Mark-making, surface, materials, colour, space and scale are some of the aspects we will explore on this workshop. A related exhibition will present both individual and collaborative experiments by members of this workshop led by Ruth Miemczyk.

Photographic Screen Printing
Sunday 3 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Members £30 / non-members £40
Artist/tutor: Justin DL

Justin will introduce you to the colourful medium of screen printing using photographic stencils to produce multi-colour prints over several stages and developing an image working from your original material. Justin will guide you through the basics of screen printing with an opportunity to explore the versatility of the medium. This workshop is aimed at all levels from beginners, as well as those with some experience. Bring a photograph or two to work from (print or digital).  

Love, Love, Love: Valentine Prints
Saturday 9 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Members £30 / non-members £40
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks

Forget the clichés and explore your individual creative expression to make beautiful and unique cards or gifts for your loved ones. Using intaglio printmaking processes – etching, drypoint, collagraph – Dawn Brooks will guide you though the stages of designing and printing your very own cards or gifts, just in time for the 14thFebruary!

Awash, detail, Janet White, 2018


Plastics Recycle & Cyanotype Printing
Saturday 23 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Members £30 / non-members £40
Artist/tutor: Janet White

The cyanotype process dates back to the birth of photography and on this workshop you will learn how to make your own stunning deep blue prints. Create designs on an environmental theme with waste plastic objects and materials that can be recycled. Bring discarded plastic materials of all kinds to use in the workshop.

DIY Recycle to Collage
Saturday 2 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Members £30 / non-members £40
Artist/tutor: Claire Ward

Bring your creativity to bear on recycling materials, while helping to conserve the environment. Almost any material can be recycled so, rather than throw things away, save and bring things to use in this workshop to make intriguing collages. We’ll provide the basic means to attach with glue, staples, tapes, pins etc. There’ll be a ‘swap shop’ of materials in the workshop, so bring at least one item to barter!   

Workshop Information
There are limited places on each workshop, usually a maximum of 8, so book early to avoid disappointment. All workshops are for adults 18 years and over and all materials are included unless otherwise indicated.

Workshop Times
Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Other workshop times are as advertised.

Workshop Fees
Saturdays & Sundays (one day workshops) – members £30 / non-members £40
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening courses – (6 two-hour sessions of Life Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics)
members £78 / non-members £90

Individual two-hour sessions on Wednesdays or Thursdays £16 each session (sorry, no discounts).
Other workshop fees are as advertised.

Facilities Booking
Book our print facilities – please email info@crescent
Full day (10.00am – 4.00pm) members £10 / non members £20
Half day (10.00am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 4.00pm) members £5 / non members £10

Why not join Crescent Arts for and help us to celebrate 40 years of creativity! Benefit from members rates for our workshops and receive invitations to all exhibition openings and special events. You’ll also have priority access to book our printmaking facilities and workshop space. 

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