Looking for some crafty ideas to try in Birmingham? Here are five workshop and course ideas to help you unleash your inner creative.
1Screen Printing at Winterbourne House and Garden
Winterbourne House is renowned for its printing workshops throughout the year. Explore screen printing with tutor Karoline Rerrie using hand-cut stencils combined with drawing or painting directly onto silk screens at Winterbourne House in June as part of their Year of Print. Karoline is an illustrator, renowned for her patterns and bright colours, and using drawing materials or colourful inks participants will learn how to draw or paint directly onto silk screens, creating screen prints with the stencils, silk screens and squeegees.
The screen printing workshop is available for everyone, from beginners to those who are looking to refresh their skills. It is available for £50.00 per person at Winterbourne House on 22nd June from 10:45 am – 4:15 pm and is suitable for over 18’s only.
For more information, visit here: https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/screen-printing/
2Make Your Own Silver Ring at Quarterworkshop
Make your own sterling silver ring at QuarterWorkshop in the Jewellery Quarter. Suitable for complete beginners and those who have some previous experience, the workshop offers participants to learn the basics of shaping the metal, heating, soldering, filing and creating a finish on a 3-4mm wide ring that allows for different textures and patterns.
The workshop is available for £55.00 per person and usually starts at 6.30pm, lasting approximately three hours. All tools and materials are provided and the completed ring can be taken home afterwards!
For more information, visit here: https://thequarterworkshop.com/make-a-silver-ring
3Absolute Beginners Sewing Course
Learn how to use a sewing machine and make a basic tote bag in this introductory workshop with the Birmingham School of Sewing. Set up and thread a machine, guide the fabric when sewing, sew seams, neat corners and a basic hem accurately and then use your skills to create a tote bag to take home.
The workshop is suitable for absolute beginners or for people who have not used a sewing machine for a long time.
It is available on Monday 3rd July from 10.30am-1.30pm and 6.30pm – 9.30pm for £55.00 per person, with a maximum of six students per workshop. Sewing machines, all materials, equipment and fabrics included.
For more information, visit here: https://birminghamschoolofsewing.co.uk/product/absolute-beginners-sewing-course-10-30am-1-30pm-monday-11th-february-2019/
4Life Drawing Class: St. Paul’s Church
Work directly with a talented artist and an experienced female life model for 5 hours of sketching and painting in various mediums. Starting with a variety of short poses in pencil, charcoal and pastel and moving into acrylic paint and developing detail, this class gives participants the opportunity to become familiar with life drawing techniques and experiment with different mediums.
The workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to improve their technique. With just eleven spaces available there is lots of opportunity for one-to-one tuition and feedback in a fun and friendly environment.
The workshop takes place on Saturday 27th July from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with an hour-long lunch break.
For more information, visit here: https://artcoursesbirmingham.com/product/life-drawing-class/
5South American Pots: Mac Birmingham
During this short course, participants will get the opportunity to examine contemporary work by ceramicists in pre-Colonial South America and learn decorative techniques such as carving, slip painting and sgraffito to explore and develop your own designs, finally realising your design in clay.
The workshop takes place over three days:
Mon 29 July: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Mon 5 August: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Mon 12 August: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Starting at £97.00, the pottery studio is fully equipped and provides all the necessary tools.
For more information, visit here: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/south-american-pots