Studio Sessions: Creative workshops for adults

The Horsebridge is launching a programme of Creative Workshops supported by a great community of local artists and teachers.  The workshops will take place in our large, light and airy Studio and our aim is that each session will give people the confidence to try a new skill and take part in creative and enjoyable activities as part of new group.   

Thanks to so many of our tutors offering their services for free, and support from Arts Council England, we are able to offer the workshops on a Pay What You Can donation basis.  We hope that through these donations we will be able to extend these activities and make them part of a permanent creative programme at the Horsebridge. 

All equipment and materials, as well as tea and coffee, will be provided and the courses are free although donations are welcome.

Christmas Studio Sessions

Create a Stitched Felt Table Wreath With Debbie Swann of Cygnini Crafts

In this workshop we will create felt holly leaves, stitched with a contrasting thread and then use them to create a wreath that can be used as a candle mat or under a bowl of treats! Each leaf is cut by hand either with a template or freehand if you prefer! 

Friday 3 December 10am-12pm

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Create Christmas Bird Tree Decorations With Debbie Swann of Cygnini Crafts

In this workshop, you will create a collection of decorated felt birds to hang on your tree or give as gifts. Each bird will be decorated with stitching, beads and ribbon, but each will be unique to you! Debbie will show you different methods to achieve different effects and then you will be able to create your very own personalised birds. 

Friday 10 December 10am-12pm.

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Create a Christmas Peg Angel With Debbie Swann of Cygnini Crafts

In this workshop, you will create a gorgeous angel from a dolly peg, complete with tulle skirt and halo.
Debbie will take you step-by-step through the process as you make your own personalised angel and create something truly special!

Friday 17 December 10am-12pm or 1-3pm

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Courses

Lino print course With Ben Dickson

This is an entry level lino print course to suit the beginner. In the first session attendees will be designing, drawing and cutting some simple lino designs. In the second session the cutting will be completed and the finished designs printed.

The course will be in the morning from 9:30am - 1:00pm either Saturday 13th and 27th November or Wednesday 17 and 24 November. You need to be able to come along to both sessions on either Wednesday or Saturday. 

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Painting from still life With Harriet Gifford

On this five week course students will learn to paint directly from still-life using acrylic paint on paper. The emphasis will be on direct painting without preliminary drawings. Classes will be a mix of practical hands on painting and short illustrated talks about different styles of still-life to help students consider their own style and to encourage student experimentation and to try new styles.

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Quick and easy patchwork for beginners With Ann Small

Ann is running a four week course that will include four different methods of patchwork by hand.  There will be lots of help for complete beginners to get started on this fabulous craft. 

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Beginners knitting course With Joyce Wilson

This is a four week course aimed primarily at complete beginners and will cover learning about how to use patterns, create basis stitches as well as using your new skills to create a small knitted toy.

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Single Workshops

Wet Felting taster session With Lindsay Wilkinson

Discover the ancient craft of felt-making. In this taster session you will learn how to lay out wool, sprinkle it with warm soapy water, then rub and roll it into a small piece of strong felt using soap, water and your hands and arms. Along with your unique felt creation you will take home an understanding of the basics of wet felt-making.

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Handmade Books for Beginners With Alex Hare

This workshop is designed to show you how to make a handmade book with a cover design of your choice that can be used to display your photos, drawings, notes (even an address book!) or any other content you wish to include.

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Beginners Ceramics taster session With Sue Morton

In this session you will learn the techniques of slab rolling and how to create textures in clay to create and wall-plaque suitable for indoors or outside. You will also learn about the process the clay goes through from wedging, forming, drying through to firing and glazing. You will be able to have your best piece fired and glazed for collection at a later date.

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Beginners Ceramics taster session With Sue Morton

In this session you will learn the techniques of creating pinch pots, joining, moulding, attaching and texturing clay to create an animal or mythical creature. You will also learn about the process the clay goes through from wedging, forming, drying through to firing and glazing. You will be able to have your best piece fired and glazed for collection at a later date.

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Past Sessions

Beginners phone to printed photo With Harriet Gifford

This is a 3 week course to show you how to get your photos off your phone, onto a computer, learn how to crop them for best effect and ways to get them printed, including in our Creative Digital Hub.

Printing with Natural Objects With Wendy Murray

This one-off workshop invites you to explore printmaking techniques with Wendy who has been teaching for more than 10 years. With a vast knowledge when it comes to transferring pigment to paper in the process of printmaking Wendy will teach you the art of ‘Printing with Natural Objects’.

 

Still life drawing and painting With Linda Karlsen

This is a four week course looking at small still life groups of things found on the beach, shells, stones etc. Learn how to observe, compose, sketch, draw and paint using acrylics. Drawing from observation build up your skills to create your own painting based on objects found on Whitstable beach.