Saturday Series


The Artspace ‘Saturday Series’ is a programme of weekend workshops for adults running here at Artspace. Each workshop is designed to provide a bespoke, one-off, arts experience that you can enjoy, at your leisure, on a weekend. Whether you would like to paint something to hang on your wall at home, or make a beautiful crafty gift for a friend or family member, these half-day or full day workshops aim to help you to create something unique! A deposit of £20 is required to secure your place on each workshop.

To express your interest in a place, please contact Dan on 01594 825111 Ext 1 or email

A deposit of £20 is required to secure your place on each workshop.

Workshops take place at Artspace, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside Street, Coleford, GL14 2NL


Embroidering Creatures from the Riverbank, with Becky Mackay   

Saturday 6th April 2019

10:30am – 4.30pm

Learn the art of embroidery whilst stitching a couple of Forest locals. During the class you will learn how to: create and transfer designs to fabric; use different outline and floral stitches; use a simple thread painting technique for fur and feathers, and how to finish off your hoop ready to hang. Embroidery is just as adaptable as painting or drawing, and once you’ve learnt the key techniques you’ll be able to create your own embroidery work in your own unique style.

Costs:  £39.  All materials provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Reduction Lino Printing, with Melanie Ruston

Saturday 4th May  2019

10:30am – 4.30pm

Learn about the art of relief printing. We will use lino cutting and the reduction process to make a small edition of coloured prints that could be used in card making, invitations or used in book form as well as a framed image to hang on the wall. There will be examples of all sorts of relief printing available for inspiration but bring your own sketchbooks, photos etc. to provide a starting point and then see what happens.

Cost £39. All tools and materials will be provided but please bring your own secateurs if you have them. Please bring a packed lunch. 

Introduction to Clowning Workshop, with Bianca Bertalot 

Saturday 18th May 2019 / 10:30am – 4:30pm

Booking deadline 4th May

Age: 16+

A full day of pure fun and lots of laughter! Learn clowning, improvisation, physical theatre and movement techniques that will allow yourself to let go and be who you are! Through different games and exercises creativity will be developed, not only individually but also collectively in a group. It will be a safe environment where each participant will discover their clown within. ‘For what humans call mistakes and failures, the clown calls it play.’ Bianca Bertalot

Costs: £29. Please bring a packed lunch. An email with more information and what to bring will be sent to each participant near the time.

Writing, Self-Publishing and Promotion, with Nathan Kift

 Saturday 1st June 2019

10:30am – 4.30pm

Many people have ideas for a book or may have started writing, even finished a book, but don’t know what to do next. The world of publishing is changing, and there are many ways to get your book into bookstores and being sold online. This can all be very confusing. We will go through some techniques that are useful to new authors, and work through exercises which help you as an author to decide what your next steps might be. There will also be the opportunity to join an online group for ongoing support as you work towards becoming a published author!

Nathan is the international bestselling children’s picture book author of the ‘Harry The Happy Mouse’ series. Three of his first four books have now achieved bestseller status on Amazon, with Harry The Happy Mouse being inducted into the Children’s Classic’s Chart. Nathan was named among the top 10 children’s authors of 2018 at the Author Academy Awards (USA).

Costs:  £39.  All materials provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Introduction to Fooling Workshop for Adults, with Bianca Bertalot

Saturday 22nd June 2019

10:30am – 4:30pm

Booking deadline 8th May

Age: 16+

At the beginning there was an empty space!

Learn the fooling technique, where we work and explore the different voices and architypes within ourselves, learning to use them in our favour, creating a balance within our emotions. A safe space for solo improvisation, living in the moment, embracing all of who you are! You will go on a journey discovering the unknown. Incredible stories will unravel. It will be funny, engaging, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly. Who knows what will happen?

Costs: £29. Materials will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch. An email with more information and what to bring will be sent to each participant near the time.

Writing Children’s Picture Books, with Nathan Kift

Saturday 6th July 2019

10:30am – 4.30pm

Do you have an idea for a children’s book? Would you like to start writing for children? In this relaxed workshop we will investigate the key elements of a children’s picture book, the current market and options for publishing. We will also look at our own reasons for writing a picture book, and how to use those motivations to take it in the right direction. How to write a book that will appeal to a young audience, and also appeal to the person that makes the decision to buy it (often an adult). There will be time to discuss and develop your ideas, choosing a name, and book cover design. We will also cover ways in which you can find the right illustrator for your book, should you need one. During the workshop we will go through the whole journey of writing a picture book, from the very start of an idea, to seeing your book in print.

Costs:  £39.  All materials provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Eco Dyeing and Printing, with Lizzie Godden    

Saturday 6th July 2019

10:30am – 4:30pm

Enjoy the exciting process of using plants to dye and print onto fabric and paper. You will take away dyed and ecoprinted pieces of silk, cotton and cartridge paper. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with some shibori techniques and to dye stitched fabric with natural plant dyes.

Costs: £49.  All materials provided but please bring a strong container to take warm work home, a jam jar with a well-fitting lid, a pair of rubber gloves and any leaves you would particularly like to print with. Plenty of suitable leaves will be provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Needle Felting, with Mo Parker

Saturday 13th July 2019

10:30am – 4.30pm

Learn how to make a 3D needle felted animal. I will take you through the process of building up the sculpture, adding limbs and colour to create your very own sculpture! Made of lambswool, needle felted sculptures are very popular and fun to make. You can also put your own stamp on your sculpture, let your imagination run wild! Make something for you to look at and admire, or maybe as a gift for a loved one.

Costs:  £39.  All materials provided.  Please bring a packed lunch.


Pallet Signs, with Louise Penny

Saturday 13th July 2019

10:30am – 4:30pm

Come and create your very own pallet sign. Experiment with lettering and designs of your choice. Using reclaimed wood which will be prepared ready for your unique design.  You will hand paint your message to be taken away with you.

Costs: £39. All materials provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

What would you like to do?

We can offer workshops in a wide variety of creative subjects. If you would like to try something specific, please get in touch!


Booking is essential. To secure your place, please contact…

01594 825 111 or email