Suitable for the complete beginner right through to masterclass and professional development level.
We also offer a schools programme aimed at supporting teachers in delivering their art and design curriculum.
We welcome visits from school groups and can provide free talks about the craft made by our guild members and about the work within our special exhibitions.
All of our workshops are delivered by professional artists.
Drop-in craft sessions, arty parties and tailor made workshops are also available. Please contact us for more information.
You can book online or telephone 029 2048 4611 for further details or to make a booking.
Egg Tempera Painting (2 days) with Amanda Blake
16th and 23rd March 2019
A two day introduction to preparing a natural Chalk Gesso painting ground and painting with Egg Tempera. The focus is on ‘ancient palette’ - working with pure ground raw Earth and Stone pigments and exploring the inherent luminosity and translucency unique to this ancient medium, as well as ideas around the environment and sustainability.
The first day will involve an introduction to the medium, the materials and to making Gesso. You will prepare your own grounds, explore grinding and preparing the pigments, and experiment with the earth and stone pigment palette which will include red, yellow ochres, umbers as well as Lapis Lazuli and Malachite.
The second day will involve finishing off your gesso panels, making your own egg yolk binder and creating the egg tempera paints to work with. It will allow time for layering, scratching in, as well as a demonstration on using the egg white for a different binder known as Glair, used in Medieval manuscripts for its pearlescent qualities and bright colours. You will have time to develop up to two small paintings as well as explore ideas around the nature of the pigments used, the environment, and an understanding of the purity of what is left that goes down the sink at the end!
This is a workshop aimed at adults, no previous experience necessary, so would suit interested beginners, as well as artists wanting to expand their practice and approach.Artists are advised to bring their own sketchbooks and watercolour brushes if you have them, although one set of three high quality brushes are included in the materials cost which you can take home, with some pigments, at the end of the day.
All pigments, and materials for the gesso ground and tools will be provided.
Paper Sculpture with Danielle Sullivan
2nd February 2019
10:30 - 16:30
Artist Danielle Sullivan will show you how to create floral sculptures using the pages and structure of reclaimed books. She will teach you skills in folding and joining the paper to create your own three dimensional designs to take home - techniques that you can apply again to further projects.
Slab building and surface pattern in clay with Paul Taylor
2nd February 2019.
10:30 - 16:30
Guild member and potter Paul Taylorwill show you how to create intricate patterns in clay using various textured surfaces. Learning slab building techniques you can design and make sculptural vessels - they can be left at the gallery to be fired when dry and given a glaze if desired. Please allow three weeks before collecting your fired work from the gallery. Paul's sculptural vessels can be seen in the gallery at Craft in the Bay.
All materials will be provided for his workshop. We also have aprons available.
Painting with Egg Tempera, Amanda Blake
16th February 2019
A one-day introduction to painting with Egg Tempera, with a focus on ‘ancient palette’ - working with traditional raw ground Earth and Stone pigments to explore the inherent luminosity, translucency and purity of colour unique to this ancient medium.
The day will involve an introduction to artists working in this medium, hands on experience making the egg yolk binder, painting with raw natural pigments (red and yellow ochres, umbers, and precious stone Lapis Lazuli and Malachite), and creating your own small painting on a natural gesso ground.
The day will allow for ideas around the nature of the pigments used, an understanding of the purity of this medium, the environment, and noticing that only what is natural goes down the sink at the end!
This is a workshop aimed at adults, no previous experience necessary, so would suit interested beginners, as well as artists wanting to expand their practice and approach.
Artists are advised to bring their own sketchbooks, and watercolour brushes if you have them, though one set of three high quality brushes are included in the materials cost which you can take home with some pigments at the end. All pigments, a natural gesso ground and other materials / tools will be provided.
Amanda Blake lives and works in Pembrokeshire and has built her practice around the use of traditional processes and natural materials to explore ways of questioning and deepening our connection to Nature and the environment, and to issues surrounding Sustainability, Value and Care.
A deep interest in phenomenology and philosophies of Being are at the heart of the work, and the choice to work with ancient processes such as fresco, egg tempera and watercolour is particular - it allows the use of solely natural raw materials - pigments, stone and earths - and their inherent qualities of colour and light to be pushed. It also involves a deep sense of touch, intimacy and the contemplative through the slowness and hands on nature of the processes used.
Amanda graduated with an MA Distinction in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art in 2009 and has spent time living and working in Italy as well as Wales, with a year studying Drawing and Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence in 1995. She is currently Lecturer in Painting at Carmarthen School of Art.