With long careers in the animation world we’ve have had to turn our hands to all sorts of arts and crafts - and the joy of making has never left us. At the Tanyard Studios we’ll be enthusiastically exploring a wide range of fun activities. Our aim is to provide an enjoyable experience for small groups, in a lovely nurturing and creative environment. Typical prices are £40 for a half-day and £80 for a full day. Half-days will include tasty home-made refreshments and full-days a delicious lunchtime meal too! Below are some of  the classes we'll be running most frequently - but we'll be adding lots of others and hosting drop-in sessions - or perhaps you'd like to get together with a few of your friends and arrange a session of your very own! Please check the COURSES page for details and CONTACT us to arrange a date.


Spend a day learning the art of felting. Design and make your own unique felted accessory by blending beautiful colourful wools and silks.

Workshops will cover scarf, hat, bag, teacosy or slipper making. All materials provided and no previous experience is necessary... just enthusiasm and energy!.


Using this fascinating technique you will learn how to draw and paint with  molten wax and colourful dyes to create a beautiful cushion cover or scarf.

A two-day batik and simple quilting workshop to create a personalised baby quilt is also available


To sit and observe something for an hour as you draw it is wonderfully rewarding.

Join us for informal costumed life drawing sessions every month.

We'll also be adding some more structured lessons which will  cover the basics,   using different tools (traditional and digital), drawing from life, character design and thumbnailing.


Digital cameras have made taking a photograph easy but are we sometimes missing out on the really exciting pictures?

This simple workshop will explain how a camera works and will give you the confidence to stop using the 'auto' setting.

More advanced classes are also planned.


Well it's been a much quieter year in the Tanyard Studio. We hope you've managed to keep safe and well. Arts and crafts have played an important part in keeping us sane and cheerful in our isolation - and it's great to hear from many people who have rediscovered a love for drawing whilst being stuck at home. When restrictions are lifted we'll still be being extra careful and running courses outside - Cathy has even made a giant gazebo so there will be shelter from the rain - or blazing sun! We're really looking forward to getting together again when it's safe to do so.

GIFT VOUCHERS! The perfect present for someone that's difficult to get something for as they can choose any course they like. They're for half-days, cost £40, and can be topped up or combined for full-days. Please contact us for more info.