Most classes will be kept quite small so that you'll get all the help you need. Half day courses (typically £40) will include home-made refreshments and full day courses (£80) a delicious lunchtime meal too! Please use the CONTACT page to let us know which sessions you are interested in. If you cannot find a convenient date - or have found something you'd like to do in the list at the bottom, please let us know and we will try to arrange a day that suits you. Private sessions are also available for small groups of friends.
Please contact us to arrange a date
Full day, 10 - 5pm
The main aim is to get people with fancy cameras off their 'auto' setting and to understand how to use aperture and shutter speed to take more creative photos. During the day I hope to...
- Demystify your fancy digital camera
- Demonstrate how to use aperture, shutter speed and ISO to make better images.
- Get you to do some test shots with your new found knowledge.
- Critique the test-shots, pointing out what worked or what didn’t.
- Cover shooting RAW and post-processing your images in Lightroom.
(Along the way I’ll touch on composition, lenses and other creative choices.)
This is a good way for someone with a new camera (or a camera that someone has never taken off auto) - or someone who is thinking of buying a new camera - to get a bit of confidence and a few pointers to set them on the road to making better images. It’s quite a lot to fit in - so you probably won’t leave with a beautiful image to print and hang on your wall - but you’ll have a better chance of taking one the next time you go out with your camera. I have spare cameras if needed. The cost includes tea, cake and a delicious home-cooked vegetarian meal! Please contact us to book the remaining place. Course is limited to two people.
Coming again soon!
4 - 6 pm
Join us for some costumed life drawing - but not the usual 'serious' class, held in silence. There will be a theme, background music, refreshments, a chance to socialise and some unusually costumed 'models'. The sessions will be structured much like the ones we had at Aardman, with mostly shorter poses (ideal for gesture drawing) and a few longer ones towards the end. Suitable for all ages and abilities - with drawing help if you want it. Limited space so please contact us to reserve a seat. Bring drawing materials if you have them - or we can provide some.
Please contact to arrange a date
Full day, 10am - 5pm
Design and make your own nuno scarf. Nuno is a technique combining silk with wet felted wool and other fabrics such as lace and dyed silk threads. As the felt shrinks it pulls the silk into intricate gathers - resulting in really interesting textures and shapes. Please wear old comfortable clothes and shoes as we will be using dyes and a lot of water!. Please contact us to to arrange a date that suits you.
Friday 4th or Friday 25th October - one place reamining on each day.
Full day, 10am - 5pm
Join Cathy and learn the fascinating process of wet-felting. In a full day you can make something more challenging such as a bag, bowl or decorative panel. Includes all materials, home made refreshments and a delicious vegan meal. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes - and be prepared for it to be fairly strenuous if you're making a larger item :) Please contact us to book a place.
Please contact us to arrange a date
Half-day £40 or Full day £80
Needle-felting can be used to sculpt quite complex shapes and is perfect for modelling animals. In this small class you will learn all the basic techniques and create your own model. All materials and refreshments provided. Please contact us to arrange a date to suit you.
Starting again in December 2019
Spend a cosy afternoon by our lovely studio fire, creating your very own bespoke Christmas wreath. We will be working on a willow ring cut from the tree in our garden. It will then be covered in moss and decorated using a combination of locally sourced greenery, fruit and berries, seed and flower heads, ribbons and... maybe even some lights. You will create a wreath which will be the envy of the neighbourhood! - Includes all materials, mulled wine, hot chocolate and home-baked mince pies! Please contact us to reserve a space. If this date doesn't suit, please contact us and we'll try to arrange another date..
Date - When the weather warms up!
What could be more fun than to sit doodling with your family or friends, a mug of coffee and a freshly baked pastry by your side? There may be some informal drawing lessons but this is really just about having fun together. It's free to join in and drawing materials will be provided - there is just a small charge for any refreshments. If the weather is nice and plenty of people turn up we'll probably be outside so bring suitable clothes. No need to book - just turn up :)
We're lucky enough to know lots of talented folk from sculptors to children's book illustrators and from time to time we'll be asking them to come and give a talk. This could be a great opportunity to learn about something you may be thinking of pursuing further.
Here is a long list of the things we think it would be fun to teach. We'd be delighted if you could let us know which ones you would be most interested in :)
Batik Introduction - ½ day
Batik Silk Baby quilt - 2 days
Batik art/scarf/cushion cover - 1 day
Felt Introduction - ½ day
Nuno scarf - 1 day
Felt slippers - 1 day
Felt bag/iPad case - 1 day
Felt hat/tea-cosy - 1 day
Felt baby shoe making - ½ day
Christmas wreath making - ½ day
Christmas gift tag and wrapping block printing - ½ day
Christmas felt tree decoration making - ½ day
Christmas stocking making - ½ day
Crazy patchwork - 1 day
Creative appliqué - 1 day
Basic machine patchwork cushion cover - ½ day
Simple blind making - 1 day
Fancy dress costume making - Individual sessions can be arranged
Basic sewing machine skills - ½ or full day
Corsage/flower fascinator making - ½ day
Simple block printing - ½ day
Animatable puppet making - 1 day
Mask making (for masked ball) - ½ day
Monoprint pictures - ½ day
Photography Introduction - 1/2 day or full day
Photography - Advanced/Post processing - ½ day or full day
Photography - long exposure light painting - evening
Photography - woodland walk (tuition whilst on the walk, then a little post-processing over tea and buns) - ½ day
Drawing for beginners - ½ day or full day
Costumed Life Drawing - 2 hoers - or longer
Intoduction to drawing on the iPad (and Android tablets) - ½ day
Doodle Breakfasts - Free sunday morning family drawing session (with pastries and coffee!)
Drawing - cars - ½ day or full day
Drawing - perspective - ½ day
Sketchcrawl (free - meeting up and going for a wander with our sketchbooks - Wrington, Wells etc)
Introduction to Photoshop - ½ day
Introduction to Animation - ½ day