Autumn – A Time to Create

Get Creative This AutumnSummer this year seems to be rolling on and on, with beautiful sunny days right through September! But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and maybe now is the time to think about doing something a bit different. Here’s a good idea – why not come down to The Bank and reinvigorate your creative side on a full day workshop. I don’t think we’ve ever had more variety on offer, so now is a great time to try your hand at; Painting, Textiles, Printmaking or Crafting. At the time of this newsletter hitting your ‘in box’ there are still places available on the following events (if however we’re showing ‘no places available’ it’s still worth giving us a call):

Mosaic Upcyclingmosaic upcycling
Create either, a unique house number plaque, stylish mirror or heart design, using crockery, tiles, glass, buttons, etc. All materials are included.
Saturday 25th October, 10am to 4.30pm, Includes Lunch £65
Special Offer – BOOK 2 PLACES FOR £100 Please contact us before booking

Textile Artbird textile
(machine embroidery)

Learn how to make an appliqué picture by layering small pieces of fabric and machine stitching. All materials are included.

Saturday 1st November, 10am to 4pm, Includes Lunch and All Refreshments, £48.00

Paint a Local Scene with Paul AlcockPlum cottage - Oil on board 20cm x 20cm 2011
Working from your own reference material or photos provided you will paint a local scene in Oils or Acrylics.
Saturday 8th November, 10am to 4.30pm, Includes Lunch and All Refreshments, £49.00
Lino Printing for Beginners!cid_142B14FF-9969-48CA-8E4F-F7F4732EE10D
Design and create a Lino Print with a Christmas or winter theme. Learn to safely cut lino and make repeatable images.
All materials are included.
Sat. 15th November, 10am to 4.30pm, Includes Lunch and All Refreshments, £65.00
Christmas Themed Oil Paintingwinter robin
An introduction to oil painting with artist John Shave. Create a picture which could be reproduced as a greetings card.
All materials are included.
Sunday 16th November, 10am to 4.30pm, Includes Lunch and All Refreshments, £65.00
Felted Friends with Rosie MacRaephoto 1
Especially for beginners. Learn how to make a flexible frame and then build up layers of wool to sculpt your figure.
All materials are included.
Sat. 22nd November, 10am to 4.30pm, Includes Lunch and All Refreshments, £48.00
Paint, Print & Stitch with Alex Waylettdetail 1
Create vibrant and contemporary floral designs on both silk and calico with printing, stencilling and embroidery.
All materials are included.
Friday 28th November, 10am to 4.30pm, Includes Lunch and All Refreshments, £48.00


photo 10After his absolutely brilliant ‘Sunlit Trees’ workshop last week, we are really pleased to be welcoming Hashim Akib back in April 2015, where the theme will be ‘Expressive Portraits’ in vibrant acrylic. Bookings for this event were taken on the day, so we think it will fill quite quickly – don’t delay if you think you might want to join us for this workshop.


Between her putting on exhibitions, travelling abroad and winning prizes we’ve managed to persuade Haidee-Jo Summers to come for a full weekend in May. Entitled ‘Light and Colour’ you will have the opportunity to paint with Haidee-Jo and explore her approach to fresh, contemporary landscapes and seascapes. You can choose to come on either day or both if you really want to immerse yourself. There are plenty of interesting places to stay in Harwich (check our accommodation link) if you want to stay over.


Here’s what some of our recent students have had to say:

“I must write and congratulate you on the wonderful facilities you have created in Harwich yesterday was a very inspiring experience, which I will relish for a long time. I had witnessed a demonstration by Hash previously so his charisma and talent came as no surprise. Thank you for your constant attention to detail culminating in a truly splendid lunch”. Terence

“Thanks for a great workshop experience Bev – one of the best ones I have ever been to. Wonderful to have someone like Hashim  Akib too. I still keep thinking about those cream scones mmmmmmmmmm”. Jane Carle

And finally, stuck for a present for that all important someone? Old Bank Studios offer GIFT VOUCHERS in £5, £10, £20 and £50 denominations. Please contact us for more info.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and we hope to see you at the Bank soon.

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