You can now see a full list of our May workshops as a PDF below.
The first series of talks and workshops are now coming to fruition, and we have some fascinating things in the pipeline ... starting on Wednesday 26 April. The costs are very reasonable - a special introductory offer!
Wednesday 26 April, 10am - 1pm
Mixed Media House workshop with Sam Packer
£25 per person including materials
Thursday 27 April. 10am - 3pm
How to Draw - workshop with Ginny Ostle
£40 per person including materials
Portraiture Workshop at Claydon House with Peter Keegan - Special Offer for the Gallery
In conjunction with our Peter Keegan exhibition opening on Tuesday 16th February, Peter is running a portraiture workshop for 8 people at his new studio at Claydon House on Monday 29th February, 10am - 4pm.
Cost per person is £50 for the day and is a special offer rate as part of the exhibition.
Peter will provide easels, tables and chairs, and tea and coffee. Participants are asked to bring their own materials of oils, acrylics, canvas, paper, brushes etc, and a packed lunch. Participants will work from photographs, which Peter can provide, or they are welcome to bring their own.
Over the course of the day, Peter will both demonstrate and guide you through his easy to follow and structured step-by-step approach to creating a head and shoulders portrait in either oils or acrylics. You will be shown the key elements of portraiture including where to begin, how to mix flesh tones, understanding tone and form, painting facial details and ultimately capturing a likeness. As well as plenty of one-on-one tutoring and guidance, time will be given for relaxed, informal, group critiques to help our understanding and enjoyment of painting and the genre of portraiture. "I intend for all of my workshops to be engaging, productive and enjoyable, helping everyone produce work they are very happy with, regardless of their ability."
To take part in this unique experience, please come into the gallery to sign up. Due to the limited spaces, we can not take telephone or email bookings.
Last week was a busy week at the upstairs gallery with Sketchbook, Felt Making and Decorative Felt Jewellery workshops with Connie Flynn. Lots of fun was had developing new skills. Connie is exhibiting new work in her exhibition titled Apron Strings! There are workshops and a gallery talk relating to the work shown. Well worth a visit !
Apron Strings! exhibition by Connie Flynn
1st – 12th September 2015, Courtyard Arts Gallery, Hertford, Herts
This exhibition features a selection of contemporary aprons created in response
to the traditional apron, blending quality craftsmanship with tales of social and cultural history
Meet the Artist with free talk on Sat 5th September 2pm
Sit N Stitch workshop Fri 4th Sept 10.30 - 3.30 £35 inc materials
Fun with Felt workshop Tues 8th Sept 10.30 - 3.30 £35 inc materials
For more information - http://www.courtyardarts.org.uk/courtyard-arts-gallery/apron-strings/
The exhibition will consist of new work, together with some work previously exhibited -
1. New work - Cloth Connotations, a collection of half apron which also could be viewed as textile wall hangings, this is Connie's (hons) year body of work.
2. New work - Shetland Lighthouse Residency work, in June 2015 Connie was the Artist in Residence which meant she stayed in a lighthouse. During the residency she researched the lighthouse keepers and families that lived and worked at the lighthouse. The fascinating tales were collected and recorded in textiles. This is her current work in progress but The Keeper's Apron will be in the exhibition.
3. Threads of Time II project
For this project Connie made an Archivist's Apron, the process is recorded in a blog http://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/page/threads_of_time_2
4. Old Wives Tales installation
For those of you that haven t seen her third year degree show installation which was in her SHETLAND exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in January 2015, it will be part of the exhibition, a collection of aprons and tools relating to Shetland's textile history.
Please note the gallery is closed from 2nd August - 10th August.
We will be reopening with workshops by the fantastic textile artist Connie Flynn.
Connie will be offering two sets of workshops in the gallery and there are still a few places left!!
For more information visit our website
Connie Flynn, whom many of you will have met during her Exhibition 'Shetland'
will be offering two sets of workshops in the gallery during the 2nd week of August 2015
Connie is an established Textile artist and Teacher and has recently finished a residency at the lighthouse in Shetland and is now back in Hertfordshire. We are delighted she is willing to share her expertise with us.
If you would like to book on any of these workshops please email the gallery email@example.com for further information and a booking form. Places are strictly limited and must be paid for in advance
Sketchbook Workshop - Developing Ideas
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th August
10.30 am - 3.30 pm
cost £40 per day
This workshop is for any artist interested in developing creative design ideas and playing with colour and texture. Connie will be talking though her approach to sketchbooks showing examples and leading you through the process to develop your own inspirational ideas, using a variety of materials. The workshop can be for 1 or 2 days to develop ideas further Please note this is not a traditional drawing sketchbook workshop
Felt Making for Beginners From Fleece to Felt
Wednesday 12th August
10.30 am -3.30 pm
cost £40 per day
Learn the process of felt making, exploring various materials and processes
Decorative Felt Jewellery Workshop
Friday 14th August
10.30 am -3.30 pm
cost £40 per day
Learn how to make decorative felt jewellery creating your own unique pieces in felt.