Autumn Workshops 2019

Welcome to the 
Autumn 2019
Workshop Programme

This programme runs until December.

News of 'In Residence' days and exhibitions will be listed as they are confirmed

All workshops are held at ART VAN GO and run from 10am to 4pm

The maximum numbers on a workshop is normally 12, but many workshops listed here have the maximum reduced to a lower number to accommodate the greater demand for space for particular subjects.
Where this is the case, a note has been added to the workshop details.

Booking is by phone, or in person, only
Tel: 01438 814946
We can only answer queries about availability by email.

For Booking Conditions click HERE

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What If......?

Two Day Workshop: Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th July

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Less is more working with mixed media and mono type print.

Working within the restraints of simple materials and limited colour combinations let your work grow and unfold in an exploratory workshop creating both subtle and dynamic surfaces which will work with mixed media and hand stitch.
Transform a variety of papers with simple mono-type drawing; work fabric scraps and muslin scrim into layered surfaces; work with hand stitch using only white and neutral threads.
Let the work evolve. Add layers of restricted colour combinations to reveal subtle and surprising effects.
Take it further. What would happen if the surface was further developed? Folding, fragmenting, rearranging, adding more stitch - follow your own creative direction towards imaginative conclusions.
Suitable for those with an open mind, a desire to explore and who also enjoy the challenge of intuitive experimentation. Enjoy the freedom to broaden creative boundaries while developing a collection of paper and mixed media samples by exploring the creative potential of line colour and texture in textiles and mixed media.

Cost: £105.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

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Colourful Contrasts in Felt

Two Day Workshop: Wed 10th & Thurs 11th July

Tutor: Jeanette Appleton

Become less afraid of colour by enjoying the surprises of colour mixes and surfaces at each stage of the felt making process and appreciating the contrasts between intense vibrancies and complexities of greys.
Using prefelts the scale of colour areas and composition will be considered before fully felting, while stitching with coloured threads will create interesting small marks and textures. Further contrast of depth will be achieved by bonding open weave fabric to the surface. Depending on what emerges through the process, these will become the ideas for future work or for a small finished item.
Individual guidance will be available to extend your personal approach and development. Examples of ethnological and contemporary felts will be shown during the course.

Cost: £137.00 (inc £7.00 materials charge)

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Summer Fruits in Coloured Pencils

One Day Workshop: Sat 20th July

Tutor: Jill Winch

In this one day course Jill will be using coloured pencils to depict the many fruits available at this glorious time of year.
Jill will show, by way of demonstrations, how to blend together coloured pencils to achieve a smooth effect, how to achieve a bloom as with plums and peaches, and how to achieve shine as with cherries.   Jill will also show how best to use composition to bring out the best in showing off your choice of subject.

Cost: 35.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

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There is such a demand for this workshop from Heather Miller (there was a long waiting list for the April date) that we have put in another date. Once again you will be bringing your own source material and so the features of the day are likely to be completely different even if you have done this workshop before. Some experience of acrylics is recommended though not essential.

Working Fast & Loose with Acrylics

One Day Workshop: Fri 9th August

Tutor: Heather Miller

You will be looking at techniques to get the best out of this vibrant medium, working quickly and expressively. Learn how to get the best composition from your photograph, exploring colour mixing and mark making in fun, fast and lively ways that enhance your painting. Bring photos of landscapes, flowers or any others you have, as your inspiration.

All materials provided.

Images show examples of student work from a previous Fast & Loose workshop

Cost: £48.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)

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Contemporary Wired Jewellery

Two Day Workshop: Tues 10th & Wed 11th September

Tutor: Pauline Verrinder

Explore the creative potential and processes involved in combining wire with fabric and stitch to create Jewellery. Concentration will be on creating beads, bangles, brooches and pendants using wire and experimenting with a medley of techniques. Once the techniques are mastered a variety of forms can be created other than jewellery.  Both hand and machine stitching will be used with the wire so it is essential you are skilled with free-machine embroidery.

Cost: £77.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

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Print, Print and Print Some More

Two Day Workshop: Thurs 12th & Fri 13th September

Tutor: Alison Hulme

Using a variety of tools, including GelPress plates, Thermofax and stencils, learn to make clear prints on a variety of fabrics. You will have a variety of pieces from which you could make a collage, bag or picture. The workshop will develop your skill level with printing techniques, encourage experimentation and be a lot of fun too!!

Cost: £106.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8

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Experimentation with a wide range of art materials has given Ruth Issett a terrific in-depth knowledge as well as many hours of fascination and enjoyment. This workshop will revisit some of the ‘what if’ moments that Ruth has experienced over her long association with Art Van Go and celebrate the energy and excitement that occurs when being allowed to use a glorious range of different art materials.

Where it all Began!

Two Day Workshop: Tues 17th & Wed 18th September

Tutor: Ruth Issett

"What If....?" and "I Wonder....?"

In a structured manner, this paper-based workshop will look at a wide range of materials, paints, inks, drawing media, as well as at the papers themselves.   Methods and processes will be shared and explained throughout the two days allowing you to develop an understanding of different media.   This workshop will provide the opportunity to get your hands messy and is certain to include the excitement of rich and vibrant colour, bold mark making, enhancement of surfaces, and maybe the creation of delicate effects and refined finishes!

Once introduced and trialled there will be ample opportunity to develop your work further, as well as create a unique collection of paper-based samples.

Cost: £120.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

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Analysing Colour

Two Day Workshop: Thurs 19th & Fri 20th September

Tutor: Julia Triston

This two day workshop will be about analysing colour.  There will be several practical sketchbook based exercises; we will work with papers, paints and threads.  We will investigate compositions, collages, colour proportions and colour distinctions. Students will work at their own pace to develop a range of ‘samples’ which may be used as inspiration for stitched textiles.

Cost: £112.00 (inc £2.00 materials charge)

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The Heat is On!

Two Day Workshop: Tues 24th & Wed 25th September

Tutor: Lynda Monk

A mixed media workshop creating surfaces using materials which react to heat, along with materials created with heat and materials which generate heat - well at least for a bit! An action packed, two day workshop! (Redbull not provided!)

Cost: £98.00 (inc £20.00 materials charge)

All materials for this workshop supplied by the tutor as part of the charge.

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Silver Birches in Autumn

One Day Workshop: Fri 27th September

Tutor: Nodeen Salmon

"I love trees but particularly in autumn. When travelling along roads, or in some gardens, we see lovely displays of autumn silver birches, with their distinct white trunk, they are instantly recognisable. They are an intriguing subject for machine embroidery." 

The workshop will aim to cover how to stitch the bare trunks and branches, considering their construction  and focussing on techniques that will achieve the delicate balance between the colours in the tones of the trees. This will all be achieved using machine embroidery threads

Cost: £40.00

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Piecing & Patching

Two Day Workshop: Tues 1st & Wed 2nd Oct

Tutor: Amanda Clayton

Flat seam, French seam, butting, overlaying, right side, wrong side, transparency, contrasts and opaqueness; hand stitich your way through these techniques allowing your work to develop organically.

The workshop is about the process of making, considering the decisions we take along the way, with the materials and techniques we use. Amanda's signature techniques will be taught but you will be encouraged to develop them in your own way. The techniques will take on a new life when pared down and worked in neutrals, allowing you to go home with a multitude of ideas to inspire and enjoy.

Cost: £98.00

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Woven Accordion Books

One Day Workshop: Fri 4th Oct

Tutor: Derek Wood

These accordion style books are constructed without the need for stitching or glue, but instead rely on some clever folding and weaving techniques.
You will begin by creating hand decorated papers, using various resist techniques. These will then be woven together, to create chequerboard style covers with accordion pleated pages.
This workshop is suitable for beginners, and all materials are provided.

Artist and bookbinder Derek Wood will guide you, step by step through the project.
All instructions and templates, pre-cut boards and papers are provided, which means less time spent measuring and cutting, and more time for creativity!

Cost: £38.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

All of the specialist materials needed for the workshop are provided by the tutor as part of the charge.

Hot & Cold Resists on Paper

Two Day Workshop: Tues 15th & Wed 16th Oct

Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

Explore the exciting marks and effects created by using different forms of resist waxes with stencils - hot Batik, cold brushable wax resist, oil pastels and candles.
With tissue and paper as the base you will work with the resists with inks and bleach. To add to the excitement you will be using a wide range of traditional and non traditional tools to apply the hot wax. Get your potato mashers ready!

On the second day you will develop ideas using your findings as well as develop new pieces using the effects you’ve discovered. You can also use some of the papers to explore the possibilities of collage

Cost: £90.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

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One Thing Leads to Another

Two Day Workshop: Fri 18th & Sat 19th Oct

Tutor: Bobby Britnell

Find out how one simple drawing idea can lead to multi-media approaches in design. A very accessible course for anyone concerned about drawing and design, as well as being great fun. This workshop will show you how, from one simple and accessible starting exercise, ideas can keep growing and developing. You will start with a pastel drawing using the source material provided, or your own special artifacts, as starting points. The workshop will continue with this drawing, showing how it can be changed through a variety of activities, include mixed media and collage, resulting in an excellent series of artworks which can be presented or framed. These works could also serve as ideas for textile designs at a future date.

Cost: £105.00 (inc £3.00 materials charge)

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Fun with Lino Cutting

One Day Workshop: Tues 22nd Oct

Tutor: Anna Pye

Enjoy this fun, creative printmaking medium. During the workshop you will learn about the tools, lino, papers and inks involved in lino-printing.   After demonstrations and experiments you will cut your design, learn to ink up your block and print it by hand on a variety of papers.

Cost: £48.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

All of the specialist materials for this workshop are provided by the tutor as part of the charge.

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Experimenting with Nuno Felt

Two Day Workshop: Wed 23rd & Thurs 24th Oct

Tutor: Clare Bullock

Explore the technique of 'nuno' felt - a fabric produced by combining diaphanous fabrics and wool fibre. You will be encouraged to experiment with the techniques and, having discovered the creative potential and possible effects of the cloth produced, you will go on to explore the almost limitless textures and surfaces that can be created by sampling all sorts of different combinations of fibre and fabric. Using Clare's techniques your finished pieces will be full of interest while retaining complete surface integrity.

Cost: £77.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

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This workshop is part of our 'Amanda Fest'!!!

Amanda Hislop will have her first Search Press book published in the autumn.   We feel proud and privileged to be hosting Amanda's celebration events!   We will have this series of three workshops, as well as an exhibition and a launch party.

Look out for more details soon!

Colours of the Sea & Shore

One Day Workshop: Tues 29th Oct

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Colour Exploration - Less is More!

Working within the restraints of a limited colour palette let colour mix and mingle in an exploratory workshop creating subtle colour combinations inspired by sea and shore.
Explore subtle mixes of colour, tonal variation, warm and cool mixes; overlay, thicken and dilute. Experiment with gloss and matt acrylic medium to alter texture and transparency while playing with the application of paint using specific brushes and tools.

Enjoy the freedom to develop a collection of colour and mixed media samples, exploring the creative potential of mark making, colour and texture to use in textiles and mixed media.
Suitable for those with an open mind and desire to explore who enjoy the challenge of intuitive experimentation.

Cost: £52.00 (inc £6.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

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Seascape Sketchbook Exploration

Two Day Workshop: Wed 30th & Thurs 31st Oct

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

During this workshop you will explore the creative potential of line and texture, with restrained colour, through experimentation with drawn marks and simple collage. Working with personal seascape inspiration, you will develop drawings, observing shape and line, adding detail from your inspiration and experiences of the sea. Explore and simplify, abstract and fragment your image to create a highly personal record of inspiration and experimentation to be drawn upon in later work or to be appreciated in their own right.

Work intuitively with materials and mediums to create personal pages using line texture and colour. Explore different qualities of drawn lines with resist, layered tissue and colour washes to free up and create expressive original abstract arrangements to form inspired sketchbook pages.
Suitable for those who enjoy the challenge of intuitive experimentation, exploration and extension of creative boundaries who have an open mind and a desire to explore.

Cost: £99.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

Students need to collect information & source materials in advance

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Bleach and Beyond

One Day Workshop: Fri 1st Nov

Tutor: Mary McIntosh

Starting with a piece of procion dyed cotton (variety of colours available, contact Mary with any special requests) we will first remove colour using Jacquard Decolourant and household bleach working with thermofax and silk screens with your own design to create a light delicate background.

Then add colour back in on top working again with the screens and screenprinting inks, fabric and acrylic paints. You should go away with a highly individual piece of cloth to use for future textile work.

Masks will be worn and the room well ventilated so wrap up warm.

Cost: £56.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8

Please be aware that it can be quite steamy and smelly so masks will be worn and it may not be suitable for those with breathing problems.

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Abstract Sea

Two Day Workshop: Tues 5th Nov & Wed 6th Nov

Tutor: Amanda Hislop

Explore the colours and textures of the sea and shore through expressive mark making and print. Develop your ideas with abstract collage arrangements and simple hand stitch. During the course you will explore a restrained colour palette, with line and texture, working with a series of print blocks and mark making tools. The resulting developed surfaces can be fragmented and overlayed . You will think about abstraction, working intuitively to create highly individual arrangements of small abstract collages to work into with simple hand stitch.

Suitable for those who enjoy the challenge of intuitive experimentation, exploration and extension of creative boundaries who have an open mind and a desire to explore.

Cost: £105.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9

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Chasing Print & Stitch Shadows

Two Day Workshop: Thurs 7th & Fri 8th Nov

Tutor: Sarah Burgess

This workshop will push ideas further and build on previous Layering Print and Transparency and Chasing Shadows workshops but will also be suitable for those new to print and working with semi-transparent materials.

We will explore transparency and layering using a range of experimental print methods, stitch and applique using hand or machine stitch as the student prefers. Participants will work with a range of semi-transparent surfaces in paper and fabric to produce complex incidental layered images which explore shifting and fleeting shadows. Working from the student’s own imagery, such as plant and tree forms, human and animal figures, water and reflections or man-made structures we will produce a range of highly individual and atmospheric pieces culminating in more resolved personal work, supported by individual tutorials.

Cost: £135.00 (inc £8.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8

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Batik for Collage - Collage for Batik

Two Day Workshop: Tues 12th & Wed 13th Nov

Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

Explore the exciting technique of Batik, hot wax resist, on tissue paper, with inks and bleach using collage and layering. Create translucent layers of tissue to Batik onto and also Batik onto different papers. Use these beautiful papers you’ve created to create collaged images and designs by cutting, tearing, selecting and composing.

Cost: £90.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10

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It's a Wrap

Two Day Workshop: Fri 15th & Sat 16th Nov

Tutor: Frances Pickering

Make three or four small books and a decorated wrap with pockets to hold them. The books can be individual or a set on one subject, e.g. the seasons, types of flowers, wildlife, sewing items, etc. The wrap can be richly embellished to reflect the contents.

The emphasis on the workshop is that the books are small (no bigger than 2ins x 2½ ins) which will limit the size of the inclusions. Students should bring items they may want to put in their little books or to use as inspiration - photos, small scraps of fabric, tickets or any other small printed memorabilia.

Cost: £78.00 (inc £4.00 materials charge)

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Draw & Stitch Permutations

Three Day Workshop: Wed 20th to Fri 22nd Nov

Tutor: Alysn Midgelow Marsden

There are times as textile artists in which we plan, design, consider, trial and discuss our ideas to the extent that by the time we are creating them, quite honestly, we are over them! In this course we will lighten up, try something different, and simply instinctive, creating freely made lines. An improvisational mark making journey which glides effortlessly into creating works from natural or other observed forms.

We will look at options for developing these into print, into layered bases and later will use free flowing, simple stitching, applique, wires and couching.

This is an improvised design technique which is spontaneous, straightforward and effective for everyone. You absolutely don’t have to be able to ‘draw’ or ‘design’, simply be willing to go with the flow! Can be either machine, hand stitch or both as suits you. There is no necessity of any history of drawing, stitch or textile work, everyone is welcome.

Cost: £130.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

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Stitch with Found Objects

Two Day Workshop: Wed 4th & Thurs 5th Dec

Tutor: Alice Fox

Taking an experimental approach, we will explore different ways to incorporate a range of found objects into textile artwork. (Bring along some of your own collected items to see what potential they hold!) We will use a range of techniques including, wrapping, couching, binding, stitching under, over and through!

Students will produce a series of unique samples to take away, providing a springboard for further work.

Cost: £98.00

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