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Last Summer places!

Dear Arts & Crafts Student

It's too hot out there, so we have retreated to the cool studio to look at a few remaining July and August workshop places. Most of today's featured workshops have just one or two places left - so it's your last chance to bag some creativity to keep you cool, calm and collected as the weather heats up! 

If you haven't tried this one yet, then enjoy using The Zentangle® method to create tangled feathers. This is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful feathers by drawing structured patterns to enhance your designs. Working on a larger scale than our usual classes, in this workshop over two weeks, we will create Zentangle® Inspired Art using both traditional black & white and colour. Sheila, our tutor, will provide all students with templates to guide a “string” for our tangled art. Just one place left- starts Wednesday 20th July.

We hope to see you online or in the studio soon - keep cool in the meantime.

Yvonne, Simon and Gemma

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Featured Courses and Workshops

Delft in textiles

In this workshop we will explore the decorative beauty of the historic Delft tile. Using only paint and stitch we will produce an antiqued fabric tile (13cms x 13cms) which can be framed or which could become part of a set, should you choose to make more at home. We will combine elements from a number of existing tile images to create your very own personal design in the traditional blue and white colours. 

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Foxgloves and bees

Just one place left. Students will create a watercolour painting capturing Foxgloves elegantly swaying in the breeze with bees buzzing which make a delightful combination of flower and insect in a painting (bees optional). Focus will be on the translucent and radiant qualities of the magical medium of watercolour. An expressive workshop!

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Paint like a wild beast

Les Fauves (The Wild Beasts) is the name given to some early 19th century artists, because their paintings were surprisingly colourful. This workshop is for all of you who would like to paint expressively with bright and bold colours. We will start by exploring the exciting nature of colours with coloured pencils. Then, using acrylic paints, we shall copy one of the original Fauve painters (possibly Henri Matisse,  Andre Derain or Maurice Vlaminck) in order to understand the purpose and enthusiasm of this movement. 

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Polymer clay screen printing

Polymer clay is a malleable material that is baked in a domestic oven.  Available in a rainbow of colours, it can be mixed and blended to create beautiful effects.  This workshop will show you how to screen print designs on polymer clay and embellish with metal leaf and pigments to create beads, buttons, coasters, jewellery and pictures, in fact any small flat item. This workshop will introduce novices to the marvels of polymer clay and develop the skills of those already familiar with its addictive qualities!

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Set the town alight nightlight

Create a beautiful 3D wrap suitable for use with LED string lights or a battery operated tea-light candle. In this workshop you will make a free standing artwork approx 30 x 22 cms depicting a street scene with some 'windows' cut out so that the piece may be lit from behind. It can be used as a nightlight all year round, or even used as a Christmas decoration. The piece is further embellished with paint and free machine embroidery.

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Starting a sketchbook

Channelling your thoughts and observations into a sketchbook can be very absorbing and therapeutic, and also good fun! It’s not about producing perfectly finished work for others to see, because a sketchbook can remain a private place as a record of your thoughts and personal expression. All you need is a few basic materials to start you on your journey. Weather permitting, we may be able to spend a little time sketching outside.

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Sketching with pen and watercolour pencil

This worshop will show you how to sketch landscapes and buildings with pen and watercolour pencil. Using photographs as reference you will be shown how to use the pen and pencils to sketch trees, hills, buildings, skies, and architectural detail. Weather permitting, we may be sketching outside too.

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Blacksmithing - forging for beginners

Just one place left. Spend the day learning how to hot forge and transform a straight bar of steel into a functional object to take home and use. Students will learn to use the forge fire and gauge the temperature of steel stock by its colour. Handling tongs and hammering steel into shape will be put into practice throughout. 

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If you need any help choosing the right course, please give us a call on 01235 833433
Ardington School of Crafts Ltd is based in the village of Ardington, South Oxfordshire and offers an extensive range of onsite Arts & Crafts workshops in well equipped studios. Our additional wide range of online programme of workshops and ArtTalks is available globally.

We hope to see you onsite or online soon!
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