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ARTS & CRAFTS

Art and craft activities at Stanwick Lakes; events and workshops to suit everyone

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Pottery

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Mixed Media

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Pastels

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Art & Crafts Programme

Stanwick Lakes has a wide variety of art and craft courses available throughout the year, from batik silk-painting to glass fusion candle-holder classes. Whether you want to learn a new skill, or are a budding artist, the Visitor Centre’s diverse spaces accommodate a range of workshops, and the natural light that streams through the windows attracts regular groups.

The site is run by Rockingham Forest Trust as a social enterprise and any income made from Art and Craft classes held at Stanwick Lakes is reinvested into the crafts programme and used for maintaining the site as a nature reserve and countryside attraction. Arts and crafts events are kept at a low cost, to enable as many people as possible to have a go and be introduced to a new skill.

There is ample parking onsite, and a car pass is included in the course price.

Read on for information about our Arts and Craft Courses, or view our Heritage Courses.

Craft Café

Our weekly Craft Café is a weekday drop-in session and a great way for adults to try a new craft and to meet other crafters. The Café usually takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays (but not in the school holidays) between 10.00am and 12.00pm in the visitor centre. These sessions are free, everyone brings their own projects in with them and this collaborative and friendly group just spend time together chatting and exchanging thoughts on crafting projects. Standard car parking charges apply for this group.

 

Course Name Glass Fusion – Holey Moley Glass Bowl
Tutor Sally McRae
Date and time

Wednesday 17th April 2024 – 10.30am until 1.30pm

Saturday 8th June 2024 – 10.30am until 1.30pm

Numbers 8 students per class
Cost £65.00 per session
Aimed at Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials and safety equipment are provided. Please do not wear open toed shoes.
Overview

In this workshop Sally will guide you through making  a 17cm abstract bowl.  These pieces are unique and no two are ever the same.  You will have access to a wide choice of colours in both transparent glass to design your own bowl.  You will learn how to cut glass and will have access to all of the tools and safety equipment necessary to make your beautiful bowls.

After the workshop your pieces will be taken to tutor Sally McRae’s studio where they will be fired in her kiln then fixed to the copper frame.  They will be ready within 10 days of the workshop and can be collected from Stanwick Lakes or posted out to you for the cost of the postage.

About the tutor

Sally has always loved glass, particularly the reflections you get from the sun shining through garden art and after attending a couple of basic glass fusing courses she bought her first kiln in 2019. She has since honed her teaching skills and developed a passion for teaching. There are so many things to make, different techniques to learn, firing schedules to understand – the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

Sally’s workshops are always relaxed and fun and she encourages everyone to come up with their own designs.  She particularly enjoys working with people who say they are not artistic or creative because they always surprise themselves by creating something beautiful.

 

 

Course Name Monthly Oil Painting
Tutor Catherine Matthews
Date and time

Monday 22nd April – 1.30pm

Monday 13th May – 1.30pm

Monday 10th June – 1.30pm

Monday 8th July – 10am

2.5 hour classes

Numbers 10 students per class
Cost £30.00 per session
Aimed at: Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials are provided.
Overview Each 2.5 hour session will have a different subject and emphasis. Exploring practical skills and techniques from preparing surfaces to paint on to application of paint, tools and use of mediums.
About the tutor Catherine Matthews is a practicing artist and qualified art teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching Art in secondary schools, as well as with adults and community groups. With a friendly, enthusiastic approach and fresh ideas, she aims to inspire creativity in others through art as an adventure. Traditional skills with old and new processes. Learning through doing.

 

Course Name Glass Fusion –  Lantern Workshop
Tutor Sally McRae
Date and time

Wednesday 15th May 2024 – 11am until 4pm

Saturday 27th July 2024 – 11am until 4pm

Numbers 8 students per class
Cost £130.00 per session
Aimed at Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials and safety equipment are provided. Please do not wear open toed shoes.
 

In this workshop you will make four glass panels to go in a lantern.  You will have access to a wide choice of coloured transparent glass and pre-fused cabochons which you can use to design your own piece of art.

The workshop is suitable for all abilities and Sally will help you design your lantern and teach  you to cut glass and give you all the help you need to make your beautiful piece of glass art.

After the workshop your creations will be taken to Sally’s studio where they will be fired twice in her kiln.  They will be ready within 14 days of the workshop and can be collected from Stanwick Lakes or posted out to you for the cost of the postage.

About the tutor

After a 36 year career in Local Government Sally thought it was time to try something new. She loves to be creative and wanted to do something that would combine her creativity with her geeky technical side. Sally has always loved glass, particularly the reflections you get from the sun shining through garden art and after attending a couple of basic glass fusing courses she bought her first kiln in 2019. There are so many things to make, different techniques to learn, firing schedules to understand – the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

Sally loves teaching workshops, they are always relaxed and fun and she encourages everyone to come up with their own designs.  She particularly enjoys working with people who say they are not artistic or creative because they always surprise themselves by creating something beautiful.

 

Course Name Monthly Pottery Classes
Tutor Catherine Matthews
Date and time

Monday 20th May – 10am

Monday 24th June – 10am

Monday 18th July – 10am

2.5 hour classes

Numbers 10 students per class
Cost £30.00 per session
Aimed at: Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials are provided.
Overview

Each session will be different. We will create decorative and/ or functional ceramic pieces using a range of hand building techniques whilst learning about safety and preparation of clays, tools and decoration methods.

We will explore all 3 of the main hand building methods: Coiling, pinch pots and slab construction to create a number of small ceramic objects before looking at glazing and other methods of decorating.

You will be able to collect these once they have had their final firing.

You could dip in and out of these sessions as each is stand alone or book them in a series.

About the tutor Catherine Matthews is a practicing artist and qualified art teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching Art in secondary schools, as well as with adults and community groups. With a friendly, enthusiastic approach and fresh ideas, she aims to inspire creativity in others through art as an adventure. Traditional skills with old and new processes. Learning through doing.
Course Name Monthly Watercolour Painting
Tutor Catherine Matthews
Date and time

Monday 29th April – 1.30pm

Monday 20th May – 1.30pm

Monday 17th June – 10am

Monday 8th July – 1.30pm

2.5 hour classes

Numbers 10 students per class
Cost £27.00 per session
Aimed at: Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials are provided.
Overview

Each session will have a different emphasis. Exploring practical skills from surface preparation to application of paint, tools and use of mediums.

We will be exploring a range of techniques to create washes, layers, textures and fine details, looking at different subjects for inspiration each month. You could dip in and out of these sessions as each is stand alone or book them in a series.

About the tutor Catherine Matthews is a practicing artist and qualified art teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching Art in secondary schools, as well as with adults and community groups. With a friendly, enthusiastic approach and fresh ideas, she aims to inspire creativity in others through art as an adventure. Traditional skills with old and new processes. Learning through doing.
Course Name Mixed Media Painting 
Tutor Catherine Matthews
Date and time

Monday 22nd April: Meadows

Monday 13th May: Farm Animals

Monday 3rd June: Boats

Monday 1st July: Wildlife

All classes are 2.5 hours long and begin at 10am.

Numbers 10 students per class
Cost £27.00 per session
Aimed at: Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials are provided.
Overview

In these sessions you will use a range of wet and dry media. Exploring light and contrast and thinking about composition for dramatic visual impact.

These classes are suitable for all abilities and all materials are provided. Old clothes are recommended. 

About the tutor

Catherine Matthews is a practicing artist and qualified art teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching art classes in secondary schools, as well as with adults and community groups.

With a friendly, enthusiastic approach and fresh ideas; she aims to inspire creativity in others through art as an adventure.

 

Course Name Glass Fusion – Garden piece
Tutor Sally McRae
Date and time

Saturday 25th May – 11am until 4pm

Thursday 8th August – 11am until 4pm

Numbers 8 students per class
Cost £100.00 per session
Aimed at

Suitable for all abilities and all materials and safety equipment are provided.

Old clothes are recommended. Please do not wear open toed shoes.

Overview

In this workshop, you will learn to cut a wide range of transparent and opaque glass and make your own unique copper framed garden ornament, ready for summer!

After the workshop, your pieces will be taken to tutor Sally McRae’s studio, where they will be fired in her kiln, then fixed to the copper frame. Within 10 days of the workshop, they can be collected from Stanwick Lakes, or posted out to you for the cost of postage.

About the tutor

Sally has always loved glass, particularly the reflections you get from the sun shining through garden art, and after attending some glass fusion courses she bought her first kiln in 2019. She has since honed her teaching skills and developed a passion for glass art education. There are so many things to make, different techniques to learn, and firing schedules to understand – the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

Sally’s workshops are always relaxed and fun and she encourages everyone to come up with their own designs. She particularly enjoys working with people who say they are not artistic or creative, because they always surprise themselves by creating something beautiful.

 

Course Name Introduction to Silk Painting 
Tutor Catherine Matthews
Date and time Monday 17th June – 1.30pm until 4pm
Numbers 10 students per class
Cost £30.00 per session
Aimed at: Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials are provided.
Overview During the session you will learn about the process of designing and painting on silk. Exploring practical skills and techniques from preparing and transferring designs, to application of resists and dyes.
About the tutor Catherine Matthews is a practicing artist and qualified art teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching Art in secondary schools, as well as with adults and community groups. With a friendly, enthusiastic approach and fresh ideas, she aims to inspire creativity in others through art as an adventure. Traditional skills with old and new processes. Learning through doing.
Course Name Glass Fusion –  Candler Holder Workshop
Tutor Sally McRae
Date and time Thursday 20th June 2024 – 10.30am until 2.30pm
Numbers 8 students per class
Cost £85.00 per person
Aimed at

Suitable for all abilities and all materials and safety equipment are provided.

Old clothes are recommended. Please do not wear open toed shoes.

Overview

In this workshop, you will learn how to cut glass to make the pieces fit together perfectly, and will have access to a wide choice of colours to design your candle holder.

After the workshop your pieces will be transported to Sally’s studio where they will be fired twice in her kiln. Within a 14 days of the workshop, they can be collected from Stanwick Lakes or posted to you for the cost of postage.

About the tutor

Sally has always loved glass, particularly the reflections you get from the sun shining through garden art, and after attending some glass fusion courses she bought her first kiln in 2019. She has since honed her teaching skills and developed a passion for glass art education.

Sally’s workshops are always relaxed and fun and she encourages everyone to come up with their own designs. She particularly enjoys working with people who say they are not artistic or creative, because they always surprise themselves by creating something beautiful.

 

 

Course Name Fused Glass Flowers Wave or Candle Holder Workshop
Tutor Sally McRae
Date and time Thursday 11th July 2024 – 10.30am until 1.30pm
Numbers 8 students per class
Cost £65.00 per session
Aimed at Suitable for all abilities. Old clothes are recommended. All materials and safety equipment are provided. Please do not wear open toed shoes.
Overview

In this workshop you will have the choice of making a flower wave sculpture or a flower candle holder.  You will have access to all of the materials to decorate your glass including pre fired glass beads and frit.  This workshop does not involve any glass cutting so is suitable for complete beginners.

After the workshop your pieces will be taken to Sally’s studio where they will be fired twice in her kiln.  They will be ready within a 14 days of the workshop and can be collected from Stanwick Lakes or posted out to you for the cost of the postage.

About the tutor

Sally has always loved glass, particularly the reflections you get from the sun shining through garden art and after attending a couple of basic glass fusing courses she bought her first kiln in 2019. She has since honed her teaching skills and developed a passion for teaching. There are so many things to make, different techniques to learn, firing schedules to understand – the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

Sally’s workshops are always relaxed and fun and she encourages everyone to come up with their own designs.  She particularly enjoys working with people who say they are not artistic or creative because they always surprise themselves by creating something beautiful.

 

Our Tutor Biographies:

Catherine Matthews

Catherine Matthews is a practicing artist and qualified art teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching Art in secondary schools, as well as with adults and community groups.

With a friendly, enthusiastic approach and fresh ideas, she aims to inspire creativity in others through art as an adventure. Traditional skills with old and new processes. Learning through doing.

Paul Berryman

Paul is a lifelong artist whose practice concentrates on making figure and portrait art, with the focus on working from live models. Paul has delivered hundreds of life drawing and portrait events with his own drop-in groups. He has honed a supportive and light-hearted teaching style when facilitating classes with a wide mix of abilities. Paul endeavours to leave absolutely nobody behind when it comes to finding progress from a live art session

Judith Allnatt

Judith Allnatt is a fiction writer, poet and experienced tutor.  Her novels have been featured as a Radio 5 Book of the Month and shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and the Portico Prize for Literature. Her short fiction and poetry has been listed for many awards including the Commonwealth Short Story Award, Bridport Prize, Radio 4 Showcase and the National Poetry Competition. She has worked widely as a Writer in Residence and has most recently served as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. www.judithallnatt.com

Pauline Procter

Pauline has been passionate about art and crafting all her life.

Once she left full-time employment she began teaching crafts, she also went to several different ‘Art Tutors’ to improve her own drawing skills and confidence. She has taught a whole variety of crafts including crochet, cross-stitch, button art and textile art.

Since the pandemic, she has continued to crochet for family and friends and has become very interested in textile art – mainly as gifts but she also works on commissions.

Courtney Love

Courtney started chunky knitting 15 years ago and began by knitting very long chunky scarves. She loves knitting super chunky blankets and homeware using the best merino wool available.
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