A. FACE to FACE COURSES
OTTOMAN STITCHNESS with Amanda Clayton
29/30 April £150
This workshop is based around a collection of Ottoman textiles purchased in the mid-eighties from the island of Crete. Their unique combination of stitches, and relationship of ground to stitched mark will inspire your own personal journey of thread and cloth. Cross stitch, gold thread work, pulled work, outlining and ‘filling in’ all have their role to play. A rare workshop taught in colour by Amanda who will share her obsession about these qualities of ‘oldness’ and the importance of informing ourselves through history and tradition, combined with our contemporary response.
PHYSICAL MARK-MAKING/VISUAL TEXTURE with Alex McIntyre
9/10/11 June £225
Responding to the Shropshire landscape, this course will encourage you to use physical and experimental drawing processes to find freedom, joy and playfulness in the creation of new work. You will use metal kidneys, sticks, squeegees, brushes, acrylic gesso, paint, various acrylic mediums, charcoal, pencils, sandpaper, and wire wool on paper. Working both outside and in the studio, you will be encouraged to work quickly, intuitively, and responsively. Use physical texture as an essential part of the drawing process, consider layers, and visual texture including engraved, carved, glossy, smudged, and eroded marks. Take creative risks, have fun, reflect and feel your drawings and their presence in the world through your body as well as your eyes.
STITCHED PICTURES with Dorothy Tucker
31 July/1 August £150
Kantha is a Bangladeshi word for cloth and a particular way of stitching embroidered quilts made from the good parts of old worn-out saris. Old traditional kantha feature a wealth of images eloquently drawn with running stitch. These images are filled in with pattern and colour and then surrounded with the rippling quilted textures unique to kantha. Dorothy will show you some traditional and contemporary examples and will lead you into stitching a kantha based on your own designs. Fruit and flowers, leaves and seeds, working tools and everyday objects, birds or animals or fish all provide interesting shapes and a personal story.
WILD FIBRES with Alice Fox
4/5/6 August £225
An introduction to gathering and processing a range of plant-based fibres that grow wild, including nettle, bramble and willow herb. We will gather the relevant plants from the land near to the studio and learn the different ways to extract and process fibre that could then be used for cordage making, soft basketry and weaving. Some of the workshop will be spent outside, whatever the weather. You will produce a selection of fibre and cordage samples and learn about times to gather, process and store your wild fibres. The focus of the workshop is on gathering and processing fibre and aims to open our eyes to the usable fibres that are commonly available to us.
CHINESE WHISPERS with Amanda Clayton
11/12/13 August £225
This workshop will be informed by Amanda’s collection of vintage collars. Edge, scale, proportion, drape, right side/wrong side, transparency and placement of embellishment are all qualities that these inspirational collars possess. We will move between cloth and paperwork, making connections and relationships whilst exploring trapunto, Italian and English quilting as well as couching, cutwork, inlay and surface stitches. Paring down to neutrals and predominantly tone this experience will nurture plenty of ideas/techniques to explore in colour back in your own working environment. A series of hand stitched personal works will be produced rather than one prescriptive piece.
TEXT…..ile with Matthew Harris
29/30 September 1 October £350
A project that looks at the calligraphic mark as a creative starting point. Through drawing and sampling we will explore both the narrative and abstract potential of handwritten text, and develop exciting new visual ideas about form, pattern, scale, shape and structure within textiles. Matthew delivered this course some years ago now and it is one that I can recommend. It will get you thinking in new ways but also with opportunities of applying ideas to your current working practise. An excellent and stimulating 3 day course.
B. ONGOING COURSES
BOBBY BRITNELL Drawing and Painting
Art courses offering insight into innovative art projects, exploring many ways of using techniques and mixed media. Critique of work, artist research, lively discussion are essential parts of each session. Join us and work in this stimulating environment.
See website for these dates. www.bobbybritnell.co.uk
Moor Art 1 Wed: 6 sessions fortnightly £35 per session payable in advance for the course = £210
Moor Art 2 Weekends: 3 weekends monthly £70 per weekend payable in advance for the course = £210
C. SELF-STUDY COURSES by Bobby Britnell
All at £25 for 2023
My self-study courses are a series of inspirational courses which I’ve adapted so you can work at your own pace and in your own time. Courses come with detailed notes, instructions and illustrations and include a number of sessions. Although untutored, I will always respond to questions and queries via email, and I would love to see images of what you are doing. Bookable on my website: www.bobbybritnell.co.uk
D. ON-LINE COURSES by different tutors
I shall be offering more on-line courses throughout the year. Please, keep checking my website for when these become available or sign up for my newsletter to hear as soon as these courses are available and the prices.
DURATION OF SESSIONS ~ All face to face sessions run from 10.00 to 4.00, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED although on longer courses students are welcome to stay in the studio and carry on working, use the library or relax in the gardens or even explore the surrounding area. Please arrive in time to settle and have a drink.
LUNCH BOX ~ Scrummy lunchboxes can also be provided for all courses except the on-going courses with myself where packed lunches are recommended. You may choose to provide a packed lunch on any of the courses. The studio does have a fridge, microwave and a couple of electric rings, for students use.
ACCOMMODATION ~ Information on recommended places to stay can be found on my website www.bobbybritnell.co.uk There is also a caravan club site down the lane.
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16 March 2023 ::: posted by Bobby Britnell in courses