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.
Wood Engraved Christmas Cards with Kath Littler
Rescheduled to Saturday 22nd February 2020
10:30 - 13:00
A great workshop as a taster to the art of wood engraving and as an opportunity for you to create cards to your own design for a special occassion. Kath Littler will show you how to use the engraving tools to make a variety of line, texture and tonal shading. She will show you how to make prints from your woodblock, adapt your design until completion and make a small collection of prints to take home.
Kath will provide the equipment and materials for the day and will let you have the information on where to buy materials to enable you to continue this fascinating craft at home. Please bring with you some ideas for your card design - this needs to be fairly simple, having an area of black and white and 2-3 tones in between. The block will be around 5 x 7 cms in size so keep this in mind when thinking about your design. It would be helpful if you could also bring a flat paperback to support the block whilst cutting.
Drop-in knotwork & beading
Drop-in monthly sessions where you can bring along your current knotwork and beading projects to continue with fellow makers. These are not taught sessions. Instigated by specialist knotwork and beading artist Suzen Millodot, the group have been meeting here at Craft in the Bay for a number of years - sharing skills and supporting one another with their projects. We welcome new makers to come along - you can book on-line or just turn up on the day. Second Saturday of each month (11am - 3pm). Refreshments available. Giovanni's restaurant/pizzeria just next door too! £5 payable on the day.
An Introduction to Table Loom Weaving with Laura Thomas
Sunday 2nd February 2020
10:30 - 16:30
Using prepared 4-shaft table looms you will be introduced to the basics of table loom weaving, taught basic weave structures and hand manipulation techniques. Laura will encourage you to experiment with a variety of weft yarns in many fibres, textures and colours in order to take home a collection of technical and creative woven samples. Detailed handouts will be provided.
Suitable for complete novices to weaving.
Please bring a notebook & pen, fabric scissors and if desired, your own yarns, although Laura will supply a good range of yarns on the day.
Only four spaces available on this workshop.
Learn to make a warp & thread up your handloom with Laura Thomas
Saturday 29th February & Sunday 1st March 2020 - NowSOLD OUT - but we will be scheduling another workshop soon!
10:30 - 16:30
Using your own handloom and warping frame/mill, learn how to plan a warp and make all the necessary technical calculations. You will then go through the complete process of making the warp and threading up your loom. You will conclude day 2 by starting to weave and receiving personal tuition in weave techniques, processes and materials relevant to your ambitions for your weaving project.
Detailed handouts will be provided.
Suitable for warping novices but who have some weave experience.
Please bring: your loom and warping mill/frame, notebook, pencil, pen, rubber, calculator, ruler with inch markings, masking tape or sellotape and fabric scissors. You may also want to bring a camera so you can take pictures to act as a personal aide memoire for the process. Once booked Laura can advise you on your warp yarn.
If you do not have a table loom then you may be able to hire one from the Makers Guild Wales for a period of up to four weeks at a fee of £25/week plus a £200 refundable deposit. Please email email@example.com or telephone 029 20484611
Drawing with Nature II - Gesso & Natural Inks - with Amanda Blake
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February 2020
10:30 - 16:30
Specialist workshop with traditional Natural Drawing Materials and Grounds
A two-day workshop for those interested in learning to make and use traditional, natural drawing materials and grounds from Renaissance times and earlier.
During this workshop you will learn to prepare your own Gesso panel, create Oak Gall and Sepia Inks and be introduced to and use natural drawing materials including handmade Khadi paper, Rock Sinopia, Silverpoint and local chalks and charcoal.
Day One will involve learning and making the Gesso panel, recipes for Oak Gall and other inks and preparing papers for Silverpoint, tracing and larger experimental pieces. There will also be time for initial drawing and sketching ideas.
Day Two will involve developing final drawings on the Khadi paper and your prepared gesso and silverpoint grounds.
The focus will be on the luminosity, colour and qualities of the chalk ground and natural materials used - their subtle differences and marks that come from their physical makeup, their direct link to our natural environment, and how working with them can deepen our connection and interest in nature and the land.
Research material on artists and inspiration for drawing will be provided, along with tuition to explore line, mark-making, light and shade from observational toward more fluid or experimental approaches. The scale for gesso and silverpoint is small but rewarding and there is scope for larger work using gesso on paper or card and in making your own tracing papers.
Would suit artists and those interested who have experience of drawing, painting or making.
No prior experience of gesso or the materials needed.
Please bring your own sketchbooks, pencils and watercolour brushes. A drawing board if you have one and an apron.
All other materials and equipment will be provided.
Painting with Nature - Egg Tempera & natural Gesso grounds - with Amanda Blake
Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th March 2020
10:30 - 16:30
‘Painting with Nature’
A specialist three day workshop in Egg Tempera and natural Gesso grounds
This workshop will involve learning and using Egg Tempera Painting processes that date back to early Renaissance and late Medieval times. The focus will be on the natural raw materials and pigments involved, their purity of colour and their direct connection to the environment.
You will learn to create your own chalk Gesso Panel and Egg Tempera Paints and have time to explore the luminous, translucent and pure qualities unique to this medium.
The first and second days will involve an introduction to the medium, making Gesso and exploring the natural palette. You will prepare your own panel and other grounds for experimentation, learn how to make the egg yolk binder, and prepare and grind the pigments.
There will be time for experimentation and development of ideas, working with the pigment colours and their natural qualities, layering, scratching in, and a demo on ‘Glair’, the egg white binder used in Medieval manuscript illuminations for its pearlescent qualities and bright colours.
On day three, you will develop your work toward your finished painting with time for individual tuition on approaches to working with this medium.
This workshop will allow participants the knowledge and understanding needed to work with this medium from the home or studio. Inspiration with a still life and artists’ research will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring their own sketchbooks and ideas to develop.
Discussion around the nature of the pigments used and the environment is welcome, as well as an understanding of the purity of what is left that goes down the sink at the end!
Would suit interested beginners, as well as artists wanting to expand their practice and approach.
Please bring your own sketchbooks, watercolour brushes and pencils.
All other pigments and materials will be provided.