art & craft workshops

Workshops take place on Wednesday mornings starting at 10:00. Most are 3-hour sessions that finish at 13:00, a few are all-day sessions. Many workshops are multi-part, so participants need to attend all parts on the dates given. Prices for workshops vary, depending on the materials involved. Payment details can be found here.

The calendar below lists the workshop dates. Below that are full descriptions of the various workshops on offer.

Calendar September 2016 – June 2017
September 7: Watercolour
September 14: Screenprinting
September 21: Block printing part I: creating your blocks
September 28: Block printing part II: printing on paper and fabric
October 5: Watercolour
November 16: 30 pictures in 3 days part I (10.00 – 16.30)
November 23: 30 pictures in 3 days part II (10.00 – 16.30)
November 30: 30 pictures in 3 days part III (10.00 – 16.30)
December 7: Silver clay jewellery part I
December 14: Silver clay jewellery part II
January 18: Gelli Monoprinting
January 25: Screenprinting
February 1: Watercolour
February 8: to be announced
March 1: 30 pictures in 3 days part I (10.00 – 16.30)
March 8: 30 pictures in 3 days part II (10.00 – 16.30)
March 15: 30 pictures in 3 days part III (10.00 – 16.30)
March 22: Block printing part I: creating your blocks
March 29: Block printing part II: printing on paper and fabric
April 5: Watercolour
May 10: Watercolour
May 17: Screenprinting
May 24: Gelli Monoprinting
May 31: to be announced
June 7: to be announced
June 14: Holiday art part I: photography, sketching and watercolour for travellers
June 21: Holiday art part II: collage and printmaking for travellers

Watercolour
September 7, October 5, February 1, April 5, May 10, June 14
Watercolour classes are all aimed at beginners, but those with some experience will also learn new tips and tricks. Watercolour isn’t the easiest of mediums, but problems often arise simply because people use the wrong materials and haven’t learned the rules of colour-mixing. We use artist quality materials and a step-by-step approach, which guarantees success. The three-hour sessions cost CHF 75 (or CHF 70 with an abonnement).  Book a session here.

Screenprinting
September 14, January 25, May 17
Screenprinting is a method used to print all manner of things including t-shirts, tea towels and fine art. We have a quick and easy way to make screens for printing at the studio, so in no time you can create up to 3 screens and have a go at printing with them. You’ll need a black/white design, which you can hand-draw or which we can photocopy at the studio. A special machine is used to ‘burn’ the design onto a mesh fabric, transforming it into your printing screen. Then we use a squeegee to apply printing ink across the screen and onto paper, card or fabric. The cost of this workshop is CHF 75 (or CHF 70 with an abonnement). Sign up here.

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Screens, designs and a fern print on linen (the screen was made by scanning a real fern).

 

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Prints on a variety of papers.

 

 

Block Printing
September 21 & 28
March 22 & 29
Otherwise known as relief printing, this includes making prints using a block of cut lino, wood, rubber or polystyrene. In the first session you can make your blocks, and in the second session, try printing on lots of different papers with different coloured inks. You can also try reduction prints, collaged prints, chine collé and collagraphs.
Book a place by email here.
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30 Pictures in 3 Days
November 16, 23 & 30
March 1, 8 & 15
A 3-day class (you need to attend all 3!), based on Georg Kleber’s method for working in a series as a means of developing original artwork. Starting with layers of mark-making in different media, we progress to dealing with the challenge of considering all 30 works-in-progress in terms of the rules of composition. At the end, you will have created a series of 30, small-scale, mixed media, abstract/semi-abstract works of art, which you may decide to group into larger works.

This class will run twice, in November and in March. Each session is 6.5 hours, which includes a half-hour lunch break. Please bring your own lunch! Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge.

The cost for the set of 3 sessions is CHF 450 or 485 (depending on whether you wish to work on paper or canvas boards), payable in advance. This includes all materials. A minimum of 4 people is needed to run the class and the maximum class size is 8 people. Book your place by email.

The images below show selections from various series of 30.
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Gelli Monoprinting
January 18 and May 24

IMG_2730-1This is a fun technique for making unique colourful patterned papers that can be used for collage, paper crafts, card making, scrapbooking and as works of art in their own right.

Tools include a reusable gel printing plate, rollers, brushes, stencils, stamps, masks and acrylic paints, including metallic, fluorescent, pearlescent and interference colours. The prints can be built up in layers, and you never know what you’re going to get until you peel the paper off the gel plate. You can keep adding layers until your design “pops”.

In three hours you can probably make 20 or so multi-layered prints.

Cost: CHF 75.- per 3-hour session (or CHF 70 with an abonnement) including the use of all materials. Book your place here by email.



 

 

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Introduction to Card-making and Stamping

Expert crafter and card-maker Cindy Strickland will be teaching this inspiring class! You’ll make at least 8 completed cards in a variety of designs, shapes and sizes.  Instruction will include beginning rubber stamping techniques, matching envelopes and ideas for many different occasions from Birthdays to Holidays and more.

Dates to be confirmed later.

Cost: CHF 80.- including all materials. Book your place here by email.

Stamping: Almost everything you need to know
Cindy Strickland will show you 12 stamping techniques that can be used in card making, scrapbooking and mixed media art and will attempt to answer all your questions about rubber stamping in this comprehensive and FUN class.  (What Cindy doesn’t know about rubber stamping isn’t really worth knowing).

Dates to be confirmed later.

Cost: CHF 80.- including all materials. Book your place here by email.

Silver Clay Jewellery
December 7 & 14
Make solid silver earrings, pendants and rings from special clay, which is a combination of

powdered silver, water and a pulp binder. You can shape and mould it just like modelling clay, and it even comes in a syringe-able form and a liquid paste. Once your shaped clay is dry and sanded smooth, it goes into a kiln and is baked at 750°C. This process burns off the binder and water, leaving 99.9% solid silver. The fired silver next has to be polished, burnished, tarnished (if you like), polished again, and assembled with silver findings into the finished jewellery.

You need to come for 2 mornings: the first one for shaping the clay ready for firing, and the second to do the polishing, finishing and assembly.

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Cost: CHF 220.- including 20g silver clay and findings. Extra clay is available for sale at CHF 55.-/20g. Book your place here by email.