February Newsletter

Dear painters, Crafters and Stitchers,

The holiday’s over and we’re raring to go, spring is around the corner and the days are getting longer – yipee! Although it is still a tad chilly, as reported by Nigel as he returns from the quay after another plein air painting expedition.

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The Kitchen

We have now fitted a lovely new kitchen in the vault adjoining the main studio, which was christened last Saturday with our first catered workshop of the year – it’s sooo much easier. Culinary delights await you and on a more practical note it frees up the sink in the utility area for the sole purpose of washing brushes and pallets.

what’s coming up…..
As mentioned in previous newsletters we have a brand new tutor to kick off March.
Anna Davies will teach her technique for creating beautiful flower still lifes using alcohol (for painting only) and inks.
This day is priced at only £49 including materials and lunch, but there are only a few spaces left.
Click here for more information
If you’re a beginner or looking for guidance in watercolour, a days tutoring from the hugely talented and knowledgeable Lavinia Hamer could be just what you need. From watercolour in its simplest form ‘Line and Wash’ you will learn all about tone, colour mixing and a variety of brush techniques.
Learn Watercolour with
Lavinia Hamer – Line & Wash
Wednesday 8th March 10.00 to 4.30
£59 including refreshments
Click here for more details
Book 2 places for £98
(save £20)
please phone 01225 242930
March Madness…… I can’t believe we still have a few spaces left on Jake Winkle’s Dynamic Watercolours – March Hares.

Click here to get a taste of Jake’s approach and what you could learn on this fantastic days workshop.

You still have time to book your place with the ever popular
Hashim Akib
Saturday 25th March
Sunlit Streams and Rivers in Vibrant Acrylic
Be prepared to use big brushes and lots of paint
Click here for more details
Anne Schwegmann’s Upcycled Mosaic Workshop and Amanda Walker’s 6 Week Dressmaking Course are now fully booked, however we will be asking Anne when she can work with us next and there are a few more dressmaking opportunities with Amanda later in the year.

Brand New Workshop
Polymer clay – versatile colourful and addictive fun. Why not try something new with Melanie Blakie our expert silver clay and jewelery designer. You will begin by making a colourful clay ‘cane’ that is sliced up into kaleidoscopic pieces to make earrings, brooches, beads and more. Prepare to be amazed!
I’ll be doing this one – Nigel’s  cooking in the new kitchen. More Info

Silk Painting Scarves with
Tessa Spanton
Sunday 12th March
10.00 to 4.00
Including Materials and Homemade Lunch
Spaces Available Click Here
Basket Weaving for the Sane
Deb Hart
Sunday 19th March
This is one of or most popular events. The group is very small so you get lots of individual attention with guaranteed results.
Click here for more details
Welcome to Lois Cordelia; a new tutor with a new workshop
We are so pleased to be working with Lois, who’s paper cut art is truly amazing; it has to be seen to be believed.
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Hopefully that gives a flavour of what’s going on at the Bank and maybe wets your appetite to get creating. As always you can give us a call or email if you want to know any more about our courses and workshops or indeed, if there is anything you would like to see that we don’t currently offer; if you are a club or a group of friends we might be able to tailor something to your needs.

So all that’s left is to wish you all well, hope to see you soon and the obligatory Banksey pic.

Bev x

Banksey sitting on my recently completed tuffet – did someone say tuffet, I feel a course coming on……….

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