What’s new at Vitreus Art?

 

Well you asked for it, and we listened!!

It’s time to take a peek at what we have on offer at your favourite art gallery and creative studio, take 5 minutes from your busy lives and have a relaxing read.

New workshops to enjoy after lockdown are what you have been asking for . So we have come up with a couple of little beauties for you. We’ll set out how we’re re-organising the workshop space at the end of this blog post.

Many of you have been admiring the lovely pebble bowls that Jenny has recently created in the studio, and some of you have purchased them too, thank you.
But, we know that many of you have also been asking how Jenny makes them, and you’d like to create your own.
 
So here you go – follow this link and you can find out all about how you can spend 3 fun evenings in the studio creating your very own pebble bowl. We  announced this workshop last time, and as we are only taking 3 people per course it sold out within a couple of days. So we are now offering a set of new dates in September for you, and surprise, surprise, one place has already been snapped up – so only 2 places currently available, or you will have to wait until we put more dates in the diary.


We ran taster sessions before Christmas where we showed you how to make your very own tealight holders and the demand was so great we have decided to bring you this as a proper workshop.  Again we have listened, and have noted that not everyone can commit to a whole day, so this one will be a half day workshop. Follow this link and you will see pictures and details of the fun session and of course how you can book your place!!
 


The other workshop you have been requesting is ‘Bendy Glass’.
To those in the know this is officially called ‘Glass Slumping’, as you ‘slump’ the glass into a mould using heat from the kiln – but we do like the name that one of our visitors came up with recently, so we are sticking to it – ‘Bendy Glass’ it now is.  Not only will you be adding texture to your glass, but also form.
For more information click here.
 

Wow, that’s an awesome 3 new workshops so what are you waiting for?
Take a look and see what gets the creative tingle in your fingers going.


We know how much you all love Clare Tebboth’s workshops, as her Painting & Drawing course is always fully booked and seldom makes it on to our website.  But aside from the 6-week Painting & Drawing course Clare runs at Vitreus Art, she also runs a selection of one day workshops.
 
Her next one day Oil Painting For Beginners class in the alla prima technique is on 2nd October and there are just 3 places remaining, so if you have ever wanted to try your hand at oil painting, this is the one for you, don’t miss your chance.


Art For Beginners and Art For Improvers Evening Courses with Emily Brady

We know not everyone can make a daytime art course so we asked Emily to run a beginners painting and drawing course on Tuesday evenings for us.

The first Beginners course was a great success with feedback like:

‘An excellent opportunity to try new techniques’, ‘An excellent introduction to various mediums’, ‘Very interesting and fun’, ‘Learned a lot about different techniques and mediums, I feel comfortable about experimenting further’
 

Emily is now teaching the next level up – Art For Improvers, starting on Tuesday August 11th. This is also a 6-week evening course and is perfect for anyone who’s done a little painting or drawing and wants to develop. Small Class sizes, warm studio, tea and biscuits, and a friendly environment – ideal for developing your creativity!
Follow this link for the dates and info – just 3 places left now.And the next 6-week evening course Art For Beginners (which really is for complete beginners and up) starts up again in August. As places are limited we suggest you look at your diary soon and get your place booked!


For further dates coming up after we resume workshops in July please see our Classes website page and you will find an easy to see list on the left hand side of the page.


 New Work in the Gallery

We are very fortunate to know some very talented, local artists and are delighted that we have some new pieces in the gallery from Lou Thomas; on the left, Coniston; on the right – Mont Blanc.


And if you happen to follow our Facebook page you will have seen that Jenny has also been a little bit busy too, creating her new piece ‘Velocity’. This piece actually took 4 firings in the kiln.
Jenny was keen to get the colours just right, so only added small amounts of colour at a time until she reached the point at which she was happy with it.


New Artist in the Gallery
We are very pleased to have recently made the acquaintance of Peter & Greta Holland who between them create some lovely pieces of woodwork for the home and we are delighted to have some of these pieces on display in the gallery now.
 



And now, something a little more serious….
We need to take precautions!

When we resume workshops we’ll be making a number of changes to keep us all safe.

We’ll be restricting access to the gallery side of our premises, and ensuring that the workshop space is kept separate from visitors to the gallery by using the door to the gallery just for gallery visitors and keeping the workshop door closed to other visitors.
  • We’ve re-organised the workshop space so we’ll all be further apart, and not facing each other as has been the case in the past.
  • We’ll all be wearing masks – which we can provide if you don’t have your own.
  • We’ll have cleaning stations and sanitiser at each entrance and workbench.
  • We’re reducing class sizes for the time being and spacing out our teaching benches and student benches.
  • We’ll be cleaning all the surfaces and workbenches, card readers and desks and door handles as well as the kitchens between each session, and at the beginning of each day too
We’re following the official guidance and reviewing the COVID-19 retail and education checklists provided by HM Government in drawing up our workshop and gallery plan.

If you’d like to make a personal visit outside our normal hours so you can visit on your own, just let us know via our contact page.

Thanks for reading, and your support as ever.

Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

 

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