Walking (into art-making), Scarborough Winter School, Crescent Arts 2016



Try something different at Crescent Arts this spring. There’s a wide range of exciting activities on offer such as photo-transfer etching, Mokulito (wood lithography), abstract drawing and, for the more energetic, walking (towards art-making). Our weekly open print course, and ceramics workshops continue alongside one-day workshops including life-drawing, screenprinting and assemblage sculpture for those with the urge to experiment! Whether you’re a beginner and want to try things out, or would like to develop your skills, our artist-tutors are guaranteed to inspire you. 

BOOKING:  To book, please download workshop booking form 2020
or email us at info@crescentarts.co.uk

EARLY BIRDS: Book a place on a workshop before Monday 20 January and you’ll be eligible for a £5 discount on each one-day workshop fee and when booking 6 sessions for ceramics or printmaking.

Ceramic Sculpture Course
6 week course: February 4, 11, 18 & March 3, 10, 17
Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Artist/tutor: Charlotte Salt

Learn hand-building techniques with clay whilst exploring your own creative ideas. Gain new skills, or develop and refresh skills you may already be familiar with, in a nurturing environment. You can work at your own pace and at the end of sessions you’ll definitely have something to show for it – be it expressive, decorative and/or functional. Please plan to wear clothing that you do not mind getting a bit dirty. You may want to bring your own apron and a small hand towel. This course is suitable for all abilities. Booking is for all six sessions.

Open Printmaking Course
6 week course: February 5, 12, 19, 26 & March 4, 11
Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £78 / non-members £90 / single sessions £16

Develop your skills using drypoint, etching, chine collé, non-toxic etching, collagraph and carborundum printing. Learn more about intaglio printing, printmaking materials, using a printing press and produce a series of prints in stages over the duration of the course. Bring a sketchbook for ideas and 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 course. Please note, no discounts on single sessions.

Mokulito: Wood Lithography
Sunday 16 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £35 / non-members £45

Mokulito, or wood lithography, is a Japanese technique based on the principles of lithography, but the stone is replaced by plywood. Like traditional lithography, Mokulito relies on the principle that water and oil do not mix and the image is drawn using greasy inks and crayons onto the printing plate. As wood is an organic material the image changes slightly after each print. An advantage of using wood as the printing block is the possibility of combining lithography with woodcut, which can be used to create contrasting mark making and textures.

Life Drawing from the Nude
Saturday 22 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Adele Longstaff
Members £40 / non-members £50

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 the more advanced.

Etching: Photo-transfer
Sunday 1 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £35 / non-members £45

This technique involves transferring a toner-printed image onto a metal plate to act as a resist in the etching process. The image is transferred onto the plate using Gum Arabic and lavender oil as opposed to the traditional harmful chemicals. Drawn marks can be added to the photo image to add detail and texture. Bring a few photographic images (print or digital) to work from.

Drawing: exploring abstraction
Saturday 7 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Ruth Miemczyk
Members £35 / non-members £45

Drawing offers a tremendous range of options with the materials we choose and the ways we can explore mark-making, surface, space and scale. Ruth will guide you through both intuitive and more formal approaches, producing a series of drawings using different materials, and at the same time questioning ideas about ‘abstract composition’.

Transformer: the art of assemblage
Saturday 14 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: CLAIRE.
Members £35 / non-members £45

Assemblage crosses the boundaries of collage and sculpture using ‘found’ objects and materials. Let your imagination run riot and bring together everyday materials to create surprising and poetic visual associations. The surrealists made extensive use of this approach and we’ll take a look at some examples of their work. Some materials are provided but do bring your own collection – including photographs, memorabilia and anything that has personal associations.  

Life Drawing (detail), Roland Wallis, 2018


Life Drawing from the Nude
Saturday 21 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Artist/tutor: Adele Longstaff
Members £40 / non-members £50

Life drawing challenges the way we look at the human figure, which is a constant source of fascination and inspiration. Adele will 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 the more advanced.

Etching: Sugar Aquatint
Sunday 22 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Dawn Brooks
Members £35 / non-members £45

Aquatint is used to create an area of tone on the printing plate. Traditional aquatint uses very toxic chemicals whereas this technique uses much safer materials, such as icing sugar, to achieve similar effects. Combine aquatint with line to create subtle and expressive monochromatic images from a single plate. All are welcome including beginners. Bring a sketchbook with ideas to work from.   

Ways of Walking (into art-making)
Saturday 28 March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Artist/tutor: Janet White
Members £35 / non-members £45

This workshop will start with walking and will involve a variety of simple exercises concerning perceptions and experiences of time, space and place, and focus on found objects in locations in Scarborough’s Valley Gardens and around South Bay. We’ll use a variety of ways of gathering and recording our findings: mobile phone photos, cyanotypes, drawings, rubbings, small plaster casts, written words and sound recordings. We’ll then share, discuss and continue to work with this material back at Crescent Arts to create mixed-media ‘collages’.  

There are limited places on each workshop, usually a maximum of 6-8, so book early to avoid disappointment. All workshops are for adults 18 years and over and all materials are included unless otherwise indicated.

Saturdays/Sundays: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Tuesday, Wednesday evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Other workshop times are as advertised.

Saturdays/Sundays (one day workshops) – members £35 / non-members £45
Tuesday, Wednesday evening courses – (6 two-hour sessions of Printmaking, Ceramics)
members £78 / non-members £90

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

Book our print facilities – please email info@crescent arts.co.uk

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 have priority access to book our printmaking facilities and workshop space. 

Visit our membership page at www.crescentarts.co.uk