Courses for Adults

COURSES FOR ADULTS

Our adult programme is for people aged 19 and over. Please note we are a non-profit organisation. The fees that we charge contribute towards the costs of running workshops.

To discuss Artspace courses or to express your interest in a place, please contact Sue on 01594 825 111 Ext 7 or email sue@artspacecinderford.org

Costs:  £60 course fee. Except ‘Start the Week Singing’.

Concessions:  £25 for people on means tested benefits or for people with disabilities.

Materials (collected weekly):  £2 per week on 9 week course/£2.25 per week on 8 week course/£3 per week on 6 week course.

FREE: ‘First Steps’ Enrolments. If you have less than 5 GCSE’s or need to gain confidence before re-entering education/training then you may be eligible to enrol for free. Materials costs of £2 a week may apply. Please get in touch to discuss.


TIMETABLE

MONDAY

Volunteering in the Arts, with Angie Burgess

10:00am – 12:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Would you like to be part of the volunteer group at Artspace? If so this could be the course for you. This is a free 6-week course during which you will be working as part of a team exploring volunteering and fundraising. This term we will be improving team skills and developing our fundraising possibilities.  We will work on team building and cover basic IT skills, and also continue to develop an understanding of task leadership and the importance of individual roles within a team.  This course is suitable for all skill levels and will be a fun but productive collaboration.

Starts: 20th January 2020  For 6 weeks.

Costs:  This is a FREE ‘First Steps’ course.  See ‘Costs’ section above for information on eligibility.


School of Rock & Roll, with Angie Burgess

1:15pm – 3:15pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Love music? During this fun course we will get creative – focusing on the sights and sounds of the pre Rock and Roll 40’s and 50’s.  We will create artwork using inspiration from the music, fashion, art and designs of the times. This course is suitable for all skill levels, the sessions will be fun and friendly – foot tapping and singing along will be encouraged!

Starts: 20th January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Start The Week Singing, with Kirsty Abraham

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Barnspace, Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, Glos, GL15 4AP

Start your week with a Monday afternoon sing! Singing with other people helps body, mind and mood, as well as being friendly and sociable. The more you sing, the better it really does get. Songs are taught by ear – you don’t need to read music to sing with us, or to sing on your own (unless you want to). We sing songs and harmonies from around the world that can’t be sung alone. We start with vocal and body warm-ups and activities to help us sing.

Starts: Dates to be confirmed, contact sue@artspacecinderford.org for more information

Costs: TBC


TUESDAY

Exploring Printmaking, with Melanie Ruston

10:00am – 12:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

This is an opportunity to explore the many ways of making a print. We can try printing from a matrix made from collected textured surfaces by hand and by using an etching press. We can make a relief block by cutting into various surfaces and printing as a single colour and to make multi coloured images. Monoprinting can be a quick way of transferring ink onto paper making a simple drawing or continue to add more than one colour to make a multi layered print. We will experiment with overprinting and layering, using different papers and scale and perhaps culminating in a collaborative piece of paper sculpture! Nothing is wrong and everyone can have a go even if you think you can’t draw!

Starts: 21st January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


An Introduction to Screen Printing, with Rob Toomer

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Screen printing was made a popular choice of medium in contemporary art by 1960’s pop artists such as Peter Blake, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. Also referred to as ‘Serigraphy’, screen printing originated as a way of transferring designs onto fabric but can be used for printing images onto all kinds of materials, including paper, plastics and even ceramics. This course will introduce you to the basic process of screen printing and guide you step by step to creating your own hand printed images; from designing images for printing and preparing your screen and stencils to making your first prints on paper or fabric. By the end of the course you will have a large portfolio of work to take away with you. Suitable for those new to screen printing as well as those with previous experience of the process.

Starts: 21st January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


WEDNESDAY

3 Dimensional Ceramic Form, with Jane Spray.

10:00am – 12:15pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

A class best suited to those with some previous experience of using clay, this will be a chance to explore form and experiment and ‘play’ with different making and decorating techniques in a stimulating and supportive atmosphere. Please bring a sketchbook or notebook to jot down your discoveries.

Starts: 22nd January 2020.  For 8 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Reach for the Sky, with Warren Day

10:30am – 12:45pm

The Pludds & District Village Hall, Ashdene Road, The Pludds, Ruardean, Gloucestershire, GL17 9UQ

Inspired by nature and the beautiful landscape around us, this term will focus on the sky and ‘skyscapes’ You will have the opportunity to investigate a range of media and associated techniques and a variety of inspirational artists who specialise in this subject matter. Towards the latter end of the course you will be able to produce a personal, final outcome using one or a combination of the initial workshops previously undertaken. Suitable for all skill levels, this is a fun, friendly, and supportive course aimed at those who wish to practice with new techniques and have a love of nature and the natural world.

Starts: 22nd January 2020.  For 8 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


THURSDAY

Mixed Media Drawing & Painting, with Warren Day

10:00am – 12:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

If you have a love for all things arty and would like to experiment with a wide range of different media and techniques, this course should be right for you!  We will explore different and sometimes unusual expressive and energetic drawing exercises, combining traditional observational skills with alternative experimental techniques. Mark making, line, colour and composition will be covered enabling you to apply these skills to your own observational or non-representational piece of work towards the end of the course. We will also look at the work of other historical and contemporary artists for reference and inspiration. The course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience. All you need to bring is curiosity and enthusiasm!

Starts: 23rd January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Fun With Fabric with Lizzie Godden

10:00am – 12:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Enjoy using colourful fabric to make items of your choice; we have boxes and boxes for you to choose from! You could make a bag, a scarf, a wall hanging or repair a favourite old item of clothing for example. There’ll be a lot of techniques to use to embellish your fabric – you might love hand embroidery or using a sewing machine, we have lovely printing blocks to use, you might want to use fabric crayons to draw on your fabric. Join us, we have fun!

Starts: 23rd January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a  half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Drawing and Painting, with Mariette Voke

10.30am – 12.30pm

The Pavilion Cafe. Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground, Victoria Road, Coleford, Glos. GL16 3DR

Come along to the Angus Buchanan Pavilion, Coleford, for a weekly session of drawing and painting with a professional artist. Explore a wide range of mediums, pencils, charcoal, watercolour, acrylics and oils in a friendly and encouraging environment. To include still life subjects and in good weather simple local landscapes. Basic materials provided. Beginners welcome as well as those more experienced and wishing to paint within a group.

Starts: 23rd January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.


Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Organic Art, with Warren Day

12:45pm – 2:45pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Get closer to nature with this introduction to the world of organic art using the natural resources in the beautiful Forest of Dean whilst in the comfort of the studio here at Cinderford  in the middle of the Forest! You will experiment with different drawing and painting media that celebrate the natural environment around us. Feel the satisfaction as you make a personal bark covered sketchbook. Using simple resources from nature, begin to create media such as inks from berries and paints from earth pigments. Collect wood for charcoal and petals for paper making to help produce artwork to go inside your unique handmade drawing book.

Starts: 23rd January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Developing Ideas for Textiles, with Lizzie Godden.

1:00pm – 3:30pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

We’ll make our own visual ideas books. Our individual books can contain natural forms of interest (for example flowers, leaves, feathers), poems or other written pieces, pieces of fabric and thread, found items (for example tickets, wrappers, cuttings), quick drawings, photos, ideas, thoughts and feelings. We’ll have fun experimenting with varied media. Our workbooks will be stimulation for developing our ideas. We’ll identify ways of developing our thoughts and findings into a textile piece/pieces. Our textile pieces will relate to our experiments, it needn’t be a direct translation of our workbook. We’ll have a lot of fun!

Starts: 23rd January 2020.  For 8 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Creative Pottery (Evening Class) with Jane Spray.

6:45pm – 9:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

If you cannot make it to Artspace during the day, then this is the evening class for you! Relax and enjoy using clay in a creative atmosphere. A range of making and decorating techniques will be explored throughout the course and you will be encouraged to work on and develop your own projects.

Starts: 23rd January 2020  For 8 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


FRIDAY

Willow Weaving, with Helen Parkinson

10:00am – 12:15pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

During this Spring term we will be focusing on creating a beautiful and useful frame basket using a variety of different coloured willow. There will also be an opportunity to complete a variety of small projects for your home and garden.  At the end of the course, you will have a good basic knowledge of willow types and how to prepare them, weaving tools and how to use them and the traditional techniques involved in constructing a frame basket. You are welcome to bring along a favourite pair of secateurs but tools will be provided.

Starts: 24th January 2020.  For 8 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Discover Drama, with Jo Jarratt

10:00am – 12:00pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Have you ever wanted to have a go at acting? Do you want to develop your confidence? This course offers adults the chance to explore and develop their communication and performing skills using improvisation, characterisation, vocal and physical exercises in order to challenge and excite! There will also be the opportunity to devise your own piece of theatre for performance. All levels of experience welcome.

Starts: 24th January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


Weaving With Willow, with Lin Powell

10:30am – 1:30pm

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, GL16 8RH

 

This course is a relaxed friendly class which is aimed at beginners or intermediates. We will learn about willow varieties, preparation and hedgerow resources. You will have the chance to explore traditional basketry skills and or more contemporary styles and a variety of weaves depending on your interests.  There will also be opportunities for you to make garden structures for your climbing plants or sculptures to enhance the natural beauty of the garden.  Tools will be provided however if you have a favourite pair of sharp secateurs please bring them with you.

Starts: 24th January 2020.  For 6 weeks.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.


It’s all in the detail, with Jo Jarratt

1:15pm – 3:15pm

Artspace Cinderford, The New Mercury, 3 Woodside St, Cinderford GL14 2NL

Inspiration is all around us but sometimes we forget to look really closely. On this nine week course we shall be looking at the importance of detail.  We shall work in different media to create close up works that show the world as it can be seen.  Bright, bold and intense.  We shall look closely at organic and man-made forms and highlight their characteristics in both 2D and 3D.  So, if you fancy viewing the world in a new light, then come and have a go!

Starts: 24th January 2020.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

Costs:  See ‘Costs’ section at the top of this page for information on prices and concessions.