Scroll down to see this Summer's art courses for young people, in date order!

Botanical Drawing for Young People

Botanical Drawing for Young People (8-14 yrs)

Monday 25th July, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Do you love nature? Do you love drawing and creating? Then this workshop is for you! Pupils will learn about botanical illustration, with a fun take on painting/drawing by using an abstract and surrealist approach. We’ll work from real natural objects, as well as photos, to create an inspiring gallery of prints at the end of our workshop, where the paintings might not always be what they seem! We’ll be getting up-close and personal with flowers, leaves, feathers, shells, and more... and you can bring your own, too! Take home a set of their beautiful pictures, prints, and bookmarks to keep or share as gifts.

Tutor: Betty Adamou

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Mixed Media Mayhem

Mixed Media Mayhem (6-12 yrs)

Tuesday 26th July, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

There are many ways to print, some traditional and some experimental. We’ll be exploring a few of those many techniques, from foam printing to collagraphs to mono printing and more! You’ll be encouraged to experiment with different techniques and combine them together to make your own unique design. Learn about composition and colour combinations to create your own beautiful print work.

Tutor: Tash Mok

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Summer Screen Printing

Summer Screen Printing (7-12 yrs)

Thursday 28th July, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Learn the whole process of screen printing, from drawing up your own design to using a silk screen to transfer it onto paper and fabric. Create your own graphics to turn into a poster and tote bag that you can take home and show off to your friends and family!

Tutor: Tash Mok

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Make A Dream Catcher

Make A Dream Catcher (6-12 yrs)

Tuesday 2nd August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

The tradition of weaving dream catchers goes back to many Native American cultures and stories. It is often said that, when hung above your bed, they trap bad dreams so that they burn up in the sunlight of a new day. Make sure your summer dreaming is sweet by making your very own dream catcher and working with different textile mediums, like cardboard, wool, feathers, stones, fabric and other materials from nature.

Tutor: Lilly Walker

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Groovy Tie Dye

Groovy Tie Dye (6-12 yrs)

Wednesday 3rd August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Learn how to dye fabric using natural and synthetic dyes, creating groovy patterns and colours. First we will use different tying techniques to make a range of patterns, practicing first on scrap material, and then transferring what we’ve learnt onto t-shirts, tote bags and socks. Design your own range of tie dye summer wear that you can proudly show off to your family and friends!

Tutor: Tash Mok

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We All Scream for 3D Ice Cream

We All Scream For 3D Ice Cream (6-12 yrs)

Thursday 4th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

What does summer mean? Ice-cream! At least, they were a central theme in the art of Pop Artist Wayne Thiebaud, who represented the image in his 1960s themed works of sugary sweets. In this workshop we will be exploring his use of colour, shape and feeling, making our very own (unfortunately non-edible) ice-cream sculptures.

Tutor: Lilly Walker

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Flaming Firebird

Flaming Firebird Sculpture Workshop (8-14 yrs)

Friday 5th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

In this one-day sculptural workshop you will be creating a unique ‘Firebird’ headdress, inspired by the Slavic folktale that tells of a magical firebird with magnificent feathers of gold and red that lights up the night sky! Bringing your individual creativity and experimentation, and through guided design interpretation you will learn paper pattern and construction techniques, colour and texture effects, feather fabrication, ribbon work and a range of decorative skills to create your ‘Firebird’ headdress. You will also have the opportunity to make a decorative flaming ribbon staff to accompany your firebird headdress and take both home at the end of the day!

Tutor: Dot Young

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Capture The World With Your Smart Phone

Capture The World With Your Smart Phone (and take better selfies!) (9-14 yrs)

Monday 8th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Do you have thousands of photos and videos on your phone that you never do anything with? Wondering how your photos can stand out from the crowd and be unique? Want to up your selfie game? Come along to this one-day workshop where you will learn all about using the best angles, the right lighting, and all the professional tips and tricks to shoot better Smart Phone photography. Learn how to shoot great pictures every time under the guidance of our expert, and then develop your skills in editing them to get the best out of your images. Participants will need to bring a smartphone or tablet to get the most out of this workshop.

Tutor: Paul McGhie

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Starry Night

Van Gogh Vases: Starry Night (6-12 yrs)

Monday 8th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

One of the world’s favourite paintings is Starry Night by Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh said “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream”. Exploring his dreamy swirls by using the alternative medium of clay, this workshop will give you your very own clay vase to present your summer flora in… sunflowers maybe?

Tutor: Lilly Walker

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside (5-11 yrs)

Tuesday 9th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Learners will draw from an imaginative and colourful seaside-inspired still life. They will create sea and beach themed collages using recycled papers inspired by Picasso’s collages and paintings. Learners will then draw, design and then paint a beach bag inspired by their drawings and collages. They will paint miniature scenes on stones, shells and driftwood to create seaside souvenirs.

Tutor: Nicola Corrigan

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Make a Japanese Kokeshi Doll

Make A Japanese Kokeshi Doll (8-14 yrs)

Tuesday 9th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Kokeshi dolls originated in Northern Japan hundreds of years ago, but have stood the test of time and still remain a popular Japanese gift today. Traditionally these dolls were carved from cherry and mizuki trees without arms and legs, instead having a simple trunk with an enlarged head. This workshop will explore making the popular dolls using clay whilst trying to replicate the beautiful, hand-painted designs that give these traditional dolls their charm.

Tutor: Lilly Walker

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Intro to Lino printing

Intro to Lino-Printing (11-14 yrs)

Wednesday 10th August, 12.30 - 16.30 (£40)

This lino-printing course for beginners will give students an introduction to the method of using linoleum blocks to create intricate and interesting prints. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with mark-making and test prints to understand how relief printing works before creating an intricate and personalised piece based off their own designs and imagination. Students should come to the course with an idea of what they wish to print – and we’ll turn ideas into a reality!

Tutor: Catherine Walker

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Harry Potter

Story Explorers: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (6-11 yrs)

Thursday 11th August, 09.30 - 13.30 (£40)

Create your own spell book inspired by your favourite Harry Potter character! We’ll start this course by reading ‘Diagon Alley’ together (chapter 5 from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), and we’ll go on to make our very own spell book to take home. We will encompass marbling and paper aging techniques, collage and found materials to make our books look as old as Dumbledore himself. To stay inspired we’ll listen to music by John Williams from the original film. We’ll finish with a fun trivia quiz so brush up on your Wizarding World knowledge!

Tutor: Clare Kendall

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Summer In The Forest

Summer In The Forest (5-11 yrs)

Thursday 11th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Learners will create and grow an imaginary forest themed artwork using recycled card, collage, drawing, painting, natural elements and mixed media. They will draw from leaves and branches to create elements for the forest, and will make a woodland themed memory or story box. They may use paint, drawing, collaged pictures, leaf printing and recycled boxes. They will construct characters that live in the forest and may choose to become a character in a forest story, creating with collaged papers, fabrics, drawing, paint and lolly sticks. They will make a nature sketchbook journal using collage and drawing, inspired by the artist Lubaina Himid.

Tutor: Nicola Corrigan

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Kusama

Kusama, Creative Collage and Circles (5-11 yrs)

Friday 12th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Learners will create a collaged Kusama-inspired artwork on recycled card trays using cut out circles and textural backgrounds. They will draw and paint an abstract picture inspired by their collages. Learners will study the work of Yayoi Kusama and design and create an artist inspired tshirt using textile pens and circle themes. Finally they will make a circular corsage brooch using layered recycled fabrics and textile pens, sequins and buttons.

Tutor: Nicola Corrigan

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Boardgame 1

Make Your Own Boardgame (9-15 yrs)

Monday 15th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a board game, and would love to explore making one of your own? Join this workshop at the Conservatoire with award-winning game designer Betty Adamou, where you'll learn what makes a fun and engaging board game, and how to create one yourself. Learning skills in design, making, problem-solving, teamwork and independent learning, this fun workshop will get you thinking and creating all day! We'll be using all sorts of materials to make our games, and be inspired by old and new games alike to bring our ideas to life. Best yet, we'll be using our board game designs to understand and solve real world problems - come along to get involved!

Tutor: Betty Adamou

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Melt Time

Melt Time with Salavdor Dali (8-14 yrs)

Tuesday 16th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Ever felt like time was just melting away? We can’t make time appear or disappear, but we can help you make your own clay melted clock in the style of surrealist artist Salvador Dali. The motif was one of the great artist’s most iconic, and his pictures featured the clocks hanging on branches, furniture and even wrapping up sleeping humans! Time is a central to everything we do in life, come along to discover what Dali wanted to explore by melting it.

Tutor: Lilly Walker

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Mr Jeremiah

Mr. Jeremiah’s Sunset Guitar: Romare Bearden (5-7 yrs)

Wednesday 17th August, 13.30 - 15.30 (£20)

We will look at the work of Romare Bearden, an African-American artist who worked across many different media, including music. We will use paint, rubbings, wax resist and magazine images, to create our own versions of his piece of work ‘Mr. Jeremiah’s Sunset Guitar’.

Tutor: Sue Harris

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Surrealist Summer

Surrealist Summer (5-11 yrs)

Thursday 18th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Learners will create dreamy, colourful, summer-themed landscapes based on an eclectic still life using collage and mixed media. Their art will challenge reality, illustrating daydreams and mysterious worlds where anything can happen! We will look at art by Magritte and Man Ray, and learners will make a creative summer journal or sketchbook, illustrating the front cover using collage and mixed media. They will begin to use the books for drawing, writing and collage, as well as decorating a themed upcycled box to store their books and summer treasures.

Tutor: Nicola Corrigan

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My Treasure Bowl

My Treasure Bowl (5-7 yrs)

Thursday 18th August, 13.30 - 15.30 (£20)

Do you want somewhere to keep your treasures safe? Let’s make a bowl out of plaster, and you can paint it however you want. We will decorate it inside and outside, maybe we will collage leaves or items of your choosing. Then, you can take it home and use it to store all of your special things.

Tutor: Sue Harris

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Making Short Films Travel into Space and Beyond

Making Short Films: Travel Into Space and Beyond (9-14 yrs)

Friday 19th August, 09.30 - 15.30 (£50)

Ever wanted to make a short film? Ever wanted to have an adventure in outer space or another dimension? Now you can do both with this filmmaking workshop that explores how to write, shoot and edit a short film whilst travelling on the adventure of a lifetime. With their own tablets or smartphones, all children will work together to write short films which they will then produce in the studio by acting out, filming and editing into a final production they can take home for a popcorn premiere! Please note that participants must bring their own tablet or smartphone.

Tutor: Paul McGhie

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Inspecting Insects

Inspecting Insects (5-7 yrs)

Friday 19th August, 13.30 - 15.30 (£20)

Let’s take a closer look at the mini beasts around us! With a microscopic eye we will observe and draw them, and make our own realistic insect out of wire, fabrics and feathers. You can take it home and surprise your family!

Tutor: Sue Harris

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