Half Term Workshops

We’ve had a lovely couple of days of workshops this week! Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Collaged Characters

We used a variety of coloured and patterned papers to create characters inspired by the work of artist Ana Ventura!

Wednesday 9:30am Session

Wednesday 5:00pm Session


Get Your Skates On!

We used paint and oil pastels in this workshop, using the wax resist technique to design some colourful clothing and snazzy ice skates!


Pebble Cactus Pots 

We painted pebbles in different shades of green, then used Posca pens to add details before arranging our finished cacti in a little pot to take home (much less prickly than the real thing!)

Wednesday Session

Thursday 12:00pm Session

Thursday 2:30pm Session


Crazy Carnival Masks

We designed and created oversized masks inspired by the colourful and flamboyant masks featured in Brazil’s Rio Carnival. We used junk modelling techniques, combining cardboard and other collected materials with paint to make our masks as wacky as possible!


Thank you to everyone who came along to our workshops- it was lovely to see you all!

Summer Holiday Workshops

We’ve had a lovely couple of weeks of workshops! A big THANK YOU to our fabulous visiting artists (Sam Hope, Clare Turner, Lee Mason and Rose Croft), and of course to our fantastic students! We hope you had a wonderful time.

Here’s what we’ve been up to… (Please click on a photo to enlarge)

Mandala Pebbles with Sam Hope

Sam showed us how to create beautiful Mandala-style patterns onto pebbles using cotton buds, cocktail sticks and acrylic paint. The results were really effective, and looked especially lovely once varnished!

Tuesday Session

Thursday Session


Watercolour Skies with Clare Turner (Paisley Art)

Clare showed us how to create atmospheric skies using different watercolour techniques. The results were really effective!

Clare’s Facebook page- Paisley Art


Charcoal Trees with Clare Turner (Paisley Art)

We learned two different techniques for creating trees using charcoal, achieving some stunning results!


Painting in Virtual Reality with Lee Mason

Wednesday Session

These sessions were so exciting! The students picked up the technique very quickly and were soon producing fantastic three-dimensional virtual art. They particularly enjoyed the sound effects, and the fact that they could teleport around their virtual space to see their artwork from different angles. The photos of the laptop screens show a glimpse of what the students could see, but they really don’t do it justice!

Lee’s website- www.lee-mason.co.uk

Monday 2:30pm Session

Monday 5:00pm Session


Mosaic Flower Pots with Sam Hope

We decorated flower pots and coasters using lots of different glass tiles, beads and buttons. They looked lovely when they were finished!


Giacometti Figures with Ellie

We made sculptures based on the work of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti using lolly sticks, wire and tin foil. The students came up with some brilliant poses and the results were very effective!


Circle Weaving with Rose Croft

We used coloured yarn and different beads to create wonderful woven patterns. The students got the hang of it quickly and produced some wonderful work!

Rose’s website- www.rose-croft.co.uk


Festival Hair Braids with Rose Croft

We learned how to create colourful clip-in braids using coloured threads. It was a fiddly job- the students showed real patience and concentration!