Serena Partridge, Set, detail, photograph Jonathan Turner, 2017

We have some great new workshops on offer this autumn, leading up to Christmas! Why not try your hand at embroidery, drawing, ceramics, cyanotype, etching, drypoint or screen printing? Create special Christmas cards or make personalised gifts for friends and family.

We’ll be continuing our life drawing classes, open print course and introducing a new course of ceramics workshops. Following a highly successful collage workshop-exhibition in July there’s a great opportunity to participate in a drawing ‘installation’ workshop this October. Whether you’re a beginner and just want to have some fun and 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 processes.

Book a place on a workshop before Friday 31st August 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 ceramics, life drawing or printmaking courses.

To book, please download a form here, or email us at

Enrich with Stitch
Saturday 29 September
Artist/tutor: Serena Partridge

Translate your treasured drawings or designs into hand embroidery using a variety of techniques. You will learn how to re-size, duplicate and embellish your own images, photographs or fantastical children’s drawings. These can be used as a starting point to enliven and individualise clothing, accessories, bed-linen etc. Don’t forget to bring a sketch, photograph or something similar to work from. This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Open Print Course: Intaglio Printmaking
Wednesdays: September 19 & 26 / October 3, 10, 17 & 24
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.

Miniature Prints: Hard and Soft Ground Etching
Saturday 6 October
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks

The workshop will include a guided tour of Luminary II, Serena Partridge’s exhibition (see our exhibition page), to give participants ideas to create small scale prints inspired by the work in the exhibition. Dawn will lead the workshop and provide creative guidance and practical assistance using a variety of etching techniques, working from the intricately stitched artworks, to create equally exquisite intaglio prints.

Life Drawing from the Nude
Thursdays: October 11, 18 & 25 / November 1, 8 &15
Artist/tutor: Adele 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 pencil, ink, pastel and charcoal is provided and you’ll discover different ways these can be used. Feel free to bring other materials that you’d like to use. 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.

Drawing: Dissecting Space
Saturday 13 October
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. What to draw is no longer the main concern when we set out to make a drawing. Instead mark-making, surface, material, space and scale are some of the considerations we might think about. On this workshop we will spend time experimenting with small-scale individual works using a variety of different mediums, provided by Crescent Arts. Then we will move into our gallery space to create large-scale installation work and collaborative pieces.

Christmas Collagraphs
Saturday 3 November
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks

Here’s an opportunity to create unique Christmas gifts and cards using a range of intaglio techniques including collagraph and drypoint etching. Drypoint is a very direct way of creating a print, drawing with a needle on a metal plate – giving lines a rich, velvety quality. A collagraph print is created using collage techniques to make printing plates. Collagraph plates can be printed as intaglio (etching), as relief print or blind embossing (print without ink).

Charlotte Salt, coil built structures, 2018

Ceramic Sculpture Course
Tuesdays: November 13, 20 & 27 / December 4, 11 & 18
Artist/tutor: Charlotte Salt

Try 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). Please note that bookings are for all six sessions.

Christmas Stockings: Cyanotype Textile Printing
Saturday 17 November
Artist/tutor: Janet White

Create special gifts and accessories for the festive season from your own unique designs. In this workshop, you will learn the cyanotype process using our professional UV light box (simple, with Janet’s help). The cyanotype process dates back to the birth of photography and you will learn how to make your own deep blue prints. Create festive designs with found objects and materials that might include small items – flowers, foliage, feathers or photographic negatives. Make decorative prints onto an assortment of fabric items. Choose from a selection of tote bags, goody bags, and Christmas stockings, which will be available at cost price. If you’d prefer, bring something of your own to print onto. White cotton is best!

Screen Printing
Sunday 25 November
Tutor: Justin DL

Justin will introduce you to the colourful medium of screen printing using direct stencils to produce multi-colour prints over several stages and developing an image working from your original drawings or designs. 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. Great for printing Christmas cards or just experiment with ideas.

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 2018-2019 and benefit from members rates for our workshops? You’ll also receive invitations to exhibition opening and events, and have priority access to book our printmaking facilities and workshop space.
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