Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Classes to come

Our next class will be
  • Grungy Grannies make yourself a Grungy Granny doll Tutor Margaret
This class is on 7th June from 10 till 4 price £20 and places are still available. If you want to join us for this fun class email us at schoolhousearts@yahoo.co.uk

We are in the process of booking hall time and organising some more classes.
So coming up will be

  • Beginners Patchwork a series of 6 half day classes taking you through basic techniques of both hand and machine sewn patchwork
  • Textured Landscapes
  • Stitch to Paint another chance for those unable to make the first class and an opportunity for those who attended the first class to further develop ideas.
  • Big Bag workshop to make one of this seasons*must have* big bags.
  • Making Art Books
  • Beginners Quilting a series of 6 half day classes introducing both hand and machine techniques
  • Dabble Day come and try mediums and techniques that you may not have experienced before
  • Mixed Media Postcards
  • A Day to Dye for. Create your own unique fabrics using easy dyeing techniques.
  • Christmas project Days
Dates will be finalised shortly

If you are interested in any of these workshops please email us at schoolhouse arts@yahoo.co.uk
It would also be nice to recieve some comments on this blog
Thank you

Monday, 28 April 2008

More pictures from our first workshop

Nearly ready to go

Sharne the able assistant

All hard at work

Still smiling !

Getting to grips with discharge paste

More pictures from our first workshop

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Stitch to Paint with Nickie Kimber

The very first workshop to be offered by School House Arts. And what a cracker.
Nickie, very ably assisted by Sharne, presented her workshop on Stitch to Paint.
11 students started the morning with experiments with discharge paste using freezer paper and masking tape resists and and also bleaching some fabric that had been stitched into.
Next we machine quilted a sampler piece with four different patterns and used a different medium on each to colour it.These included markal,emulsion paint, a rub on gold medium and lumiere paint.
Next was lunch!
We then moved onto what was to be the main focus of the workshop which was a Celtic tree piece.First we ironed on the leaf motif down the side then discharged the leaves and either painted or used markals to further enhance these.Using a freezer paper pattern we machined round the tree and then machine quilted the background to give texture which would later be either discharged painted or decorated in any of the ways that we had been shown.
At intervals Nickie stopped us to show more techniques ideas and wrinkles.
At this point I feel I should mention something that I feel will become a feature of School House Arts workshops
Maybe I should explain.As this was the first workshop Nickie and Sharne had a run through and noted the time that things should take.Nickie had then written herself a timed running order and the timer was set accordingly.Needless to say we didn't always keep exactly to time but it caused much mirth and various offers of what we could do with this timer.
Everybody was really pleased with the results of their day and I know many of the students were stretched to attempt new things.
A great day and a great start of School House Arts

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Launch day

Launch Day
Dawned, cold and damp.But we were not going to be put off by the weather oh no.
A few very busy hours preparing and setting up and then sit back and hope that at least a few were going to turn up.
We were not to be disappointed.Over 70 people visited including many locals. There was lots of interest in the classes and a good few suggestions of other classes to run.
The free refreshments seemed to be enjoyed by all.
Bookings were taken for classes but there are still spaces on
Stitch to paint Sunday 27th April 10-4
Fabric Corsage Friday 16th May 7.30 - 9.30
Grungy Grannies Saturday 7th June 10-4
for details of these courses email us at schoolhousearts@yahoo.co.uk

Friday, 18 April 2008

School House Arts Launches 19th April

School House Arts launches 19th April with an open day at North Fambridge.
Exhibition of work,meet the tutors,sales table free refreshments and an opportunity to chat with the tutors to tell us what kind of courses,day schools,clubs and classes that you would like to be available.
Initially we are offering three classes

Stitch to Paint tutored by Nickie Kimber Sunday 27th April Day class

Fabric Corsages tutored by Debra Sargeant Friday 16th May Evening class

Grungy Grannies (Doll making) Tutored by Margaret Garrood Day class

We will update this blog as soon as any other classes are arranged and with photos of classes as they happen so do keep checking back