Workshop Programme Summer 2019


Welcome to the next part of the 2019 ART VAN GO Workshop Programme.

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The current programme concludes with the Caroline Bell 'Advanced Eco Printing' workshop in June (shown below).
2019 will continue with four workshops taking us through until August before the autumn programme gets underway in September.


 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 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

For Booking Conditions click HERE

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     Advanced Eco Printing

 Tues 4th June

      Two Day Workshop  

  Wed 5th June

      Tutor: Caroline Bell

IMG_2053 webA more advanced approach to eco-printing.   Using the process of applying heat and moisture to plant material wrapped in fabric, you will have the opportunity to build on established skills through the use of natural dyes, mordants and different ways of bundling.

      Cost: £95.00 (inc £5.00 materials charge)

      NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9



What if....?   Less is more!   Working with mixed media and mono-type print    

  Wed 3rd July

 Two Day Workshop        

  Thurs 4th July

 Tutor: Amanda Hislop

HislopA2e smWorking 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.

Look out for Amanda's book launch exhibition and further workshops in the autumn!!!


 Cost: £105.00 (inc £10.00 materials charge)

        NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9


       Colourful Contrasts in Felt  Wed 10th July
       Two Day Workshop  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 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)

 NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 10


 Summer Fruits in Coloured Pencils   

 Sat 20th July

 Tutor: Jill Winch

summer fruits AVGIn 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)


Working Fast & Loose with Acrylics

 Fri 9th Aug

 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.

 Cost: £48.00 (inc £12.00 materials charge)

       NOTE: Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 9



Look out for emails announcing the launch of the autumn programme which will include workshops from many inspirational tutors including


Bobby Britnell, Sarah Burgess, Alice Fox, Ruth Issett, Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


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So, for the next exciting workshops

Watch This Space!!!!