Courses For Adults

COURSES FOR ADULTS

Artspace are delighted to announce that we plan to reopen to the public for the Autumn 2021 term!

We hope to offer a mixture of ‘in person’ classroom based and ‘distance learning’ (online) courses.

The following programme will be dependent on funding, the status of Covid-19 and is subject to change.

In the first instance, if you see a course below that interests you, please contact sue@artspacecinderford.org for further information and to express your interest in a place.  We will put your name on a waiting list and we’ll contact you as soon as we are able to enrol you.

 

 Costs: Our adult programme is for people aged 19+ and is subsidised by Adult Education in Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire County Council).

Please note:  To help us reduce cash-handling during the Covid-19 pandemic we will ask that you pay tuition fee + materials charges in full, at the start of the course.  

‘IN PERSON’ Courses (delivered @ Artspace Cinderford, or in outreach venues) cost:
£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

‘DISTANCE LEARNING’ Courses (delivered online) cost:
£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

*Concessionary rates are available for people with disabilities or on means tested benefits. Some courses are FREE for people who have fewer than 5 GCSE’s, please contact us to discuss eligibility.

AUTUMN 2021 – Courses for Adults. 

Starting Oct/Nov 2021 – to be confirmed.


Weave a Willow Shoulder Bag

Mondays mornings

Coleford / Venue TBC

 

£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

During this Autumn term we will be focusing on creating a beautiful and useful shoulder bag, perfect to use as a handbag or as a foraging basket. We will be using a variety of different coloured willow and cotton webbing will be available to complete the strap of your basket. 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 techniques including constructing a basket on a Catalan base, three rod wale and a choice of side weaves. Suitable for beginners. You are welcome to bring along a favourite pair of secateurs but tools will be provided.


Volunteering @ Artspace

Monday mornings

Artspace, Cinderford

 

FREE

If you would like to learn and develop the skills required to volunteer for Artspace, then this is the course for you. During our sessions we will learn and develop basic IT skills, complete general admin tasks, learn the basic financial aspects of fundraising and use a variety of creative mediums to help facilitate our goals. We will also use fun, educational games for team building and will learn to work together to achieve our aims. Whilst we will focus on learning new skills and developing them, this course will predominantly be about fun as we identify ways in which we can perform a successful volunteering role, hone our organisational skills and build confidence and team spirit within the group. Ultimately we will put our skills into practice and work in collaboration to organise a fund raising initiative and to gain some experience and benefit Artspace. This course is suitable for all skill levels and will be a fun but productive collaboration.


Discover Drama

Monday mornings

Distance Learning

 

£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

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.


Discover Painting

Monday afternoons

Distance Learning

 

£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

During this course, students will focus on perspective and forms that they will use in landscape painting; we will look at work from both modern and classic artists for inspiration. Learners will be able to use their own choice of medium and we will try to work on large scale pieces. This course is designed for beginner and intermediate landscape artists looking to improve their skills!

 


Exploring Printmaking

Tuesday mornings

Artspace, Cinderford

 

£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

Printmaking is a very diverse subject and by exploring the many different ways of making a print you can develop your own unique language. Printing can be defined as inking a surface and transfering it under pressure onto another surface. We can explore not only printing onto different papers but perhaps onto fabric or other smooth surfaces. We can explore conventional and unconventional ways of making the matrix to print from and experiment with printing by hand and by using an etching press. We can start with monoprinting, a simple way of transfering ink from a plate onto paper and continue onto constructing surfaces to print from. We will experiment with overprinting and layering colour using different papers and scale 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!


Harvest

Tuesday mornings

Venue TBC

 

£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

Since Pagan times, Autumn has been a time of giving thanks, feasting and celebrating the bounty of the harvest: a time of plentiful food. In this course we will look at how food has been represented in art since the earliest Paleolithic cave paintings. We will draw inspiration from Roman frescoes and mosaics, medieval illustrated manuscripts and bestiaries all the way through to Van Gogh, Picasso and Andy Warhol’s soup cans. And we will explore the links between food and myth and how food in art has been used symbolically. We will produce a variety of mixed media pieces of artwork depicting – and celebrating – the food we eat, inspired by what we have looked at and discussed in class. We will experiment with a wide range of techniques including painting with acrylics and collage and we will look at combining several techniques in one finished piece of art.


Sketchbooks for Stitchers

Tuesday afternoons

Distance Learning

 

£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

As stitchers we’re often a bit wary of calling ourselves artists, we might look at others’ sketchbooks in awe, thinking we can’t produce such exciting workbooks. On this course we’ll make our own personal journals, notebooks, visual diaries, and essentially our books will be very personal to us, the makers. It can be so exciting creating a book which can include some doodles, prints, words, pieces of fabric and thread, stitching, collage, photography, notes on our thoughts and our response to our own experiments, found items, and more. From keeping our own notebook, ideas for textiles work will develop and will be our own. When we next have the chance to exhibit our textiles work, we might well feel very pleased to show our ideas developing in our notebook!


Autumn Share 2021

Wednesday mornings

Distance learning /Venue TBC

 

With a relaxed and open, mindful attention, we will get out and about, to observe, explore, share and enjoy the unfolding of this particular Autumn together. We will record what captures both our senses and our imaginations, in individual ways, including through creative writing, with ‘free writing’ exercises to help with the flow of ideas and the generation of material. Ink drawing and painting on absorbent paper will complement your written work. We will also look more deeply at our relationship with Nature, and at Climate Change. Can our art help with stimulating practical local action? We will explore this question. Participants will be involved in helping both to plant, and creatively record the planting of, a small copse of native trees on the Northern edge of Brierley Playing Fields, below The Pludds. We will also pay at least one visit to Speech House Arboretum and create an ephemeral sculpture there using the Autumn leaves.

 


 

3D Ceramics

Wednesday afternoons

Artspace, Cinderford

 

£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

A ceramic class for both beginner adventurers in clay and those with previous experience. The emphasis this term will be on slab work, with students making a variety of boxes, containers, vases, even sculptures, incorporating and exploring techniques of printing on slabs of clay, for some surprising results. The overarching theme will be inspiration from Nature.


Fun with Fabric

Thursdays

Artspace, Cinderford

 

£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

Enjoy using recycled plain and patterned fabric to make an item, for example a cushion cover, a scarf, a throw. Using print blocks, paint, hand and machine stitch, patching, we’ll have fun with fabric.


Re-Imagining Still Life

Thursday afternoons

Distance Learning

 

£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

Six sessions are to run on consecutive weeks using objects familiar to everyone and perhaps mean something to each learner. This will be the starting point to explore some different ways of representation. The ‘still life’ could be made from stones and shells collected on the beach, dried flowers and seed heads found in the garden, a favourite mug or even a pair of shoes! The same thing or group of things will be used for each of the 6 sessions exploring different ways of representation by using different media. An activity sheet for each session will give some examples of ways of looking and recording the objects including using colour with paint and crayons and then only black and white adding chalk and charcoal. Then to try collage by tearing and cutting coloured found papers and perhaps even 3D by assembling the objects in different ways to make a ‘temporary sculpture’ and photographing the result. Everything needs to be recorded by photographing work in progress as well as the finished piece. Support will be given over the telephone and by weekly video calls.


Collaborative Art

Friday mornings,

Artspace, Cinderford

 

£60 tuition fee + £20 materials
Concessions* £25 tuition + £20 materials

Lockdown has seen us all working individually in our own homes. This 9 week, Collaborative Art Course is designed to get us back to the world of ‘together’, and what better way to come together than to work on a range of collaborative pieces? Each week we shall work to complete a group piece that you will either be able to have a photograph of, or be able to keep your piece of the work after the whole has been photographed. We shall work in a wide range of media to create a striking selection of artworks for all to enjoy!


Peculiar Portraits – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Friday afternoons

Distance Learning

 

£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

Explore a range of more unusual and imaginative ways to create a portrait! We will continue to explore the exciting and unconventional work of a variety of artists and experiment with mixed media to produce our own strange and beautiful interpretations.


Experimental Acrylics – One Step Further

Friday afternoons

Distance Learning

 

£45 / £25 concessions* Including online tuition, follow up support and materials delivered to your door.

Investigate the many alternative effects you can achieve with this amazing versatile paint medium to create unusual and visually interesting effects. We will look at other contemporary artists for reference and inspiration and practically explore associated materials and techniques to produce a range of quirky outcomes.


Places are limited, please contact sue@artspacecinderford.org to book your place.

Whilst the New Mercury building remains closed, Artspace will put ideas and links to videos on this website and any updated information will be included.

 

Download a print version of the Summer 2021 programme here.

Click here to see the gallery of previous adult courses at Artspace Cinderford