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. Please see the cost section of each course description for information on price.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 + £2 a week towards materials (collected weekly). Except ‘Start the Week Singing’.

Concessions: £25 for people on means tested benefits or for people with disabilities, plus £2 a week.

FREE: ‘First Steps’ Enrolments. If you have less than 5 GCSE’s 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 volunteers 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.  You will have the opportunity to try a range of different creative mediums and identify ways to raise money for Artspace developing your creative skills along the way.  We will cover poster design, work out ways of using our creative skills to make a range of saleable items, gain an understanding of the costing process and we will put what we have learned into practise by planning a fundraising event or initiative. This course is suitable for all skill levels and will be a fun but productive collaboration.

Starts: 29th April 2019.  For 6 weeks.

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


NEW!! School of Rock & Roll, with Angie Burgess

1:00pm – 3:00pm

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

Love music? During this fun course we will get creative – taking inspiration from the music, fashion and album artwork of different musical genres. We will delve into the work of some iconic musicians, look at band logos and get a feel for the sounds of some of the many instruments that make the music. During the course, there will also be the opportunity to try out some instruments and take inspiration from their shapes and sounds. Inspired by our work in previous weeks, we will use a real vinyl LP as a substrate/surface on which we can create our final piece of artwork! This course is suitable for all skill levels, the sessions will be fun and friendly – foot tapping and singing along will be encouraged!

Starts: 29th April 2019.  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: 30th April 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

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


NEW!! Zen, Mindfulness, Nature and the Arts, with Jane Spray

10:00am – 12:15pm

The Grange, Littledean Road, Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, GL14 1HJ

In these sessions, we will explore ways of being fully and mindfully present in the moment, and bring this into our practice of several arts – chi kung, ceramics, haiku writing and ink painting. An over-arching theme will be looking at our inter-connectedness, including our profound inter-connection with nature.

The structure will be: 2 weeks chi kung and mindfulness, 2 weeks on a ceramic project, 2 weeks haiku writing out in nature, 2 weeks ink painting on rice paper and/or on pottery, with the option of contributing to a joint class book of haiku, photographs and ink painting.

Starts: 30th April 2019.  For 8 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 porfolio 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: 30th April 2019.  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: 1st May 2019.  For 8 weeks with a half term break.

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


Drawing & Painting Inspired by Nature at The Pludds, with Warren Day

10:30am – 12:30pm

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

Inspired by nature and the beautiful landscape around us, we will explore a wide range of media, materials and associated techniques including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking and more traditional approaches together with contemporary and experimental methods will be covered and links to other inspirational artists will be made. 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: 1st May 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

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


NEW!! Organic Art at The Pludds, with Warren Day.

12:45pm – 2:45pm

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

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 the Pludds 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: 1st May 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

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


Pottery Afternoons, with Jane Spray

1:15pm – 3:30pm

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

This course is suitable for beginners and near beginners as well as the more experienced.  There will be a chance to develop your hand building skills and also to practice using the wheel if you would like to.  We will start with small projects to get you going, and from there on you will plan and execute your own chosen project.  Please bring a notebook or sketchbook, and an old shirt.

Starts: 1st May 2019.  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

From small controlled mark making with a pencil to bold marks with a decorator’s brush. 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: 2nd May 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

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


New Clothes from Old! with Lizzie Godden

10:30am – 12:30pm

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

Do you have old holey jumpers, stained t-shirts, worn out jeans, clothes that don’t fit any more, but just don’t want to throw them away or pass them on? Some clothes are old favourites we just can’t let go of! Do you fancy making something new with them? Make a scarf, a bag, a skirt, a shirt, ‘upcycle’ those unused favourites. There will be items of clothing provided for you to upcycle if you haven’t got any of your own. We will be working towards a fashion show at the end of June. This will be great fun!

Starts: 2nd May 2019.  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: 2nd May 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.


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


Earth Painting, with Warren Day

12:45pm – 2:45pm

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

Using locally sourced earth samples, take part in a large organic mural using this beautiful natural colour palette.  We will learn about the history of paints and pigments and how different cultures have used them. You will have the opportunity to prepare your own earth colours such as red and yellow ochres, greys and black and white and eventually apply them to individual pieces and a larger group piece using this amazing ‘living painting medium’.  So wear old clothes and come and get dirty!

Starts: 2nd May 2019.  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.

1:15pm – 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: 2nd May 2019.  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: 2nd May 2019.  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

NEW!!  Willow Weaving, with Helen Parkinson

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Due to popular demand, we are launching this brand new Willow weaving course which is based at Artspace. In this introduction to willow weaving you will learn to make traditional round bottom baskets, as well as have 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 stages involved in constructing stake and strand baskets with handles. You will have used a selection of weaves and you will have completed at least 3 different items. You are welcome to bring along a favourite pair of secateurs but tools will be provided.

Starts: 3rd May 2019.  For 9 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: 3rd May 2019.  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

10:30pm – 12:30pm

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: 3rd May 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

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


The World Underwater, with Jo Jarratt

1:15pm – 3:15pm

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

We live in an amazing world.  It is full of life, colour, texture, shape, form and exciting new discoveries. On this nine week course we shall specifically look at the world we don’t often see – the world underwater. We shall explore coral reefs, sea creatures, microscopic organisms, grains of sand and more! We shall work using a range of recyclable materials to create artworks and models inspired by this magical hidden world!

Starts: 3rd May 2019.  For 9 weeks with a half term break.

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