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In Case You Missed it – the latest News Update from Vitreus Art…

Well, it’s just over a month since we re-opened at our new place at Bell Plantation and it’s been a super busy few weeks. We’re so grateful to all our visitors and customers – new and old.

As we’ve had quite a few questions about workshops lately (and a lot of bookings – thank-you!) let’s start there!

Workshops a c-19 update

So far feedback from students on the workshops we’ve run has been very positive.
The measures we’re taking are in line with the Government ‘Covid-Secure’ audit supplied to small businesses and include:

  • workbenches 2m apart from nearest neighbour, as are the lunch tables
  • benches, chairs and surfaces sanitised between workshops
  • aprons washed between uses, goggles sanitised between uses
  • minimising use of shared tools and sanitising those needed between uses
  • we’re providing face visors which are sanitised between uses, plus hand-washing facilities are nearby
  • separate student and teacher loos and washing facilities, cleaned periodically during the day
  • workshop space kept separate from gallery with separate entrances
  • mugs and cutlery washed and sterilised between uses

As before, if you’re booked on a workshop and are concerned about any aspect of your safety, get in touch. If we can accommodate you on a later date and that’s what you’d prefer, we will.

Lunch is provided by the Bell Cafe and is included in all our 1-day full workshops.

We’re steadily catching up with workshops postponed from earlier in the year, but as the workbenches are spaced out by 2m with the same spacing for the lunch tables too, class sizes are smaller than before. If you’d like to join a workshop, don’t delay booking!
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/index.html


Workshops coming up in Sept:

Workshops coming up in October:

Dates for early 2021 will be added to the programme this month, and we’re planning further Christmas Decoration workshops too – look out for those next time!

Read on below for Clare’s own description of her excellent and fun workshops – Printmaking, Mixed Media Madness, Oil Painting in a Day and Wild With Watercolours.


New artists joining us for September

Welcome Tina Ashton and Carol Read, and Julissimo Jewellery and Robin Souter to our family of excellent local and regional makers.

Last month Robin Souter delivered his dramatic new seascapes and mountain scenes just in time for our opening; Juliet Brown (aka. Julissimo Jewellery) brought her delightful jewellery made from old silver cutlery in ready for our re-opening.
  
And we’ve just received Tina’s charming new canvases and Carol’s new porcelain bowls – in time for you to take a look this weekend! And just as I was writing this, the first of Carol’s pieces sold….

There’s also plenty of new work from our established artists too – Richard Ballantyne has clearly been busy over lockdown, as have glass fusers Ken Flegg and Sam Burke, Upcycled bowl master Graham Lester brought in some stunning new pieces (one of which sold the day after it arrived).
     
Talented painter and art teacher Clare Tebboth delivered a collection of new work and Lesley Passey has launched her new mysterious mixed-media depictions of cityscapes.
  

Much-collected Jane Warwick has brought in pieces from her lively new Rainbow collection too.
But of all the artists we know, Niki Thomas wins the prize for the most impressive lockdown explosion of creativity. I visited her studio last month and was amazed at the new work on show!
We have a selection of her newest pieces and they look terrific.
  

By the way, both Lesley Passey and Niki Thomas are taking part in the South Northants Art Trail in October.
Well worth a visit to their studio right after you’ve visited us!

And there’s even more new work expected this month – keep an eye out….


Macmillan Cancer Care World’s Largest Coffee Morning 25th September – a slight change of plan!

As larger indoor social gatherings are still considered a C-19 risk, and as it’s not so easy to eat cake and drink coffee with a mask on, we’ve decided to run a number of taster workshops this year and early next year to raise money for Macmillan instead of a traditional coffee morning.
We’ll also be offering cake and coffee (or tea, fruit infusions, or hot chocolate) to visitors during the October South Northants Art Trail in return for donations to Macmillan.

Christmas upcycled glass wreath taster sessions as a trial on 25th September…
If these sessions are a success we’ll run some more nearer to Christmas – on 11th November (evening) and possibly one other date, depending on demand.
So who fancies getting ahead of the game and making an upcycled glass Christmas hanging ‘wreath’?

Not only will you go home with a funky glass wreath upcycled from off-cuts, £15 of your class fee of £20 will go to Macmillan and support the good work this essential charity does – especially important currently as fund-raising opportunities for most charities are so limited.
  
We’ll set up a booking page this week and send an email and announce on Facebook when booking opens.
As we can only safely accommodate 5 on each session we expect them to be over-subscribed.
Look out for the announcement soon. To get on the early-bird first refusal list reply to this email to ‘yes please!’


The South Northants Art trail in October is coming up!

There will be 37 artists exhibiting in 13 venues, including 6 at Vitreus Art!
The Trail directories are now out, and the South Northants Arts website has details of all the venues and artists taking part.

There are several new artists this year, and we also welcome the Forge Coffee Lounges at Culworth and Evenley to our Trail.  All the exhibitions are free and you’ll be welcomed at all (but please wear your mask!).


In her own words…

We asked Clare Tebboth to tell us about her one-day workshops so our many new subscribers can find out what they’ve been missing up till now!
  
Clare says:

MIXED MEDIA MADNESS (capitals intended!)
I’m really looking forward to teaching this fun workshop.  If Lockdown has got you started creating art or maybe you feel a bit stuck in a rut with your techniques –  then why not take this exciting workshop exploring the potential of different materials and mediums.

Add texture and depth to your paintings, find out the best way to achieve your desired effects in your paintings.   A wide range of materials, mediums and collage pieces will be available for you to try.  After creating a sampler of different effects you will be guided to create your own compositions.
This is a very enjoyable and productive day which previous students have found extremely beneficial when developing their art practice.
Refreshments, lunch and fun included!

Introduction to Painting and Drawing

This introduction to P&D will equip you with all the basic knowledge and skills you need to get started on  your artistic adventures.  We will cover drawing skills, colour mixing, composition as well as exploring other mediums.
You will leave armed with a range of completed artworks and hopefully a thirst to do more.  Previous students have attended this workshop as a spring board to joining in with our other one day workshops or weekly art classes.

Taking the plunge and joining a workshop can be daunting but I promise you won’t regret it!
There’s lots of individual help and advice, plenty of biscuits and refreshments, a delicious lunch and lots of laughter guaranteed!

Printmaking – Printing Without a Press

A whirlwind tour of all types of printmaking which can be achieved without an expensive press.
You will learn the delights of monoprinting, the intriguing art of lino printing and without doubt get addicted to Gelli plate printing.(everybody does!)  This is a very busy day, bursting with information and chances to try out these techniques.

A popular course which students always leave with arm fulls of masterpieces and ideas for future print days.
It’s a joy to teach as everyone has such a great time.
Oohs and aahhs as prints are peeled back and revealed and lots of scribble notes to record how different effects are achieved.

Class sizes are small so you get lots of individual help.  A real feel good arty day suitable for everyone!
Refreshments, a delicious lunch and lots of fun guaranteed.

Introduction to oil painting

Do you yearn to understand the secrets of oil painting?   Are you fascinated by the vibrant textured oils you see in galleries? This workshops is a speedy introduction to all the basics of oil painting.
You will be guided to create several paintings during this intensive day.
We will look at composition and colour mixing, ways to finish your paintings and care for your brushes.

You will learn about the different materials and supports available.
Previous students have been amazed at the fantastic results they were able to achieve during this busy workshop!

A thoroughly enjoyable day packed with lots of useful tips and advice from an experienced artist.
Class sizes are small to allow for lots of individual help and advice.
An informative day – biscuits, refreshments, a delicious lunch included.

Thanks Clare!
Want to know more? Hit this page for links to all of the workshops at VA and get creative with Clare.
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/index.html

Well – there’s quite a lot to digest – we hope to see you at Bell Plantation, welcome you on a workshop, see you during the Art Trail, or chat with you in some way.
Thanks for reading and keep safe!

Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. Many thanks to Mr & Mrs M for sending us this photo of these three brand-new original watercolours by Marlene Snee – bought as a group. We took the paintings to their home to see how they’d look in situ and you can guess the rest.

It’s often difficult to imagine how large or unusual pieces will work in your own home so we happily offer this service to all our local-ish art loving visitors. Don’t hesitate to ask!

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

 

It’s been too long since the last time….the Vitreus Art & Wakefield Gallery March Newsletter

Hello!

With spring tentatively springing and most of us emerging from hibernation it feels like it’s time to turn the creative dial up a bit!

We’ve got lots of fun classes to offer you, new art work in the gallery and some events we hope will get you out and about in the NN12 7QX area!

How about getting to grips with Mixed Media?
Clare Tebboth’s new one-day class will expand your artistic horizons and is suitable for beginners and established artists alike.

Or for the complete beginner, Clare Tebboth’s Painting & Drawing for Beginners will boost your confidence and inspire you to start creating your own masterpieces.
Clare will introduce you to a range of essential techniques including sketching, colour mixing and brush control, use of watercolours and more.
The course takes place over one morning per week for 5 weeks.

Clare Tebboth Mixed Media Madness, 9th May or 6th June £65 per person including materials and lunch.
Clare Tebboth – Painting & drawing for beginners, 5 week course, mornings, £85 for all 5 sessions, starting 24th April, including materials.

Find out about Clare’s courses here:
http://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes

We’re delighted that Phil Madley (artist and encaustic wax evangelist) is to be running his highly-rated one-day class in our studio. You will use heated scribes, wax irons and coloured waxes to produce abstract art as well as exploring natural subjects via this unusual (and ancient) artform.
Materials are provided and the class is suitable for beginners.

Encaustic Wax art with Phil Madley, Weds 22nd April & Saturday 2nd May, £70 per person including materials and lunch.

Find out more about Phil’s classes here:
http://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/encaustic-wax.html

And for everyone interested in working in 3d, take a look at what you can achieve on Liz Dixon’s Textile Sculpture classes. Liz will demonstrate the use of textiles and Powertex resin to create unusual figures and sculptures. As with all our classes, materials are included, and so is fun!
Liz tells us that many of her students go on to make more sculptures at home after her classes!

Textile Sculpture with Liz Dixon – 20th June, £95 per person including all materials and lunch.

Find out more about Liz’s classes here:
http://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/textile-sculpture.html

And for the budding stained glass artists, we’ve added some additional beginners class dates for both leading (aka garden panels) and foiling – the next foiling classes with places available are on 27th June and 25th July, leading on 4th April and 30th May.
These are all suitable for beginners and cost £125 including all materials and lunch.

Find out more about our stained glass classes here:
http://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/stained-glass-classes.html

And for something glassy but a little different from our stained glass classes, how about learning the art of glass appliqué? Appliqué has been described as ‘see-through mosaic’ and is easy to do at home too.
Jenny will teach you how to use appliqué to make pictures in glass as well as decorate a mirror or a simple glass vase on these Tuesday classes.

Glass appliqué with Jenny Timms – 7th April and 5th May, £60 per person including all materials and lunch.

Find out more about our appliqué classes here:
http://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/glass-applique.html

All our classes are limited to 6 places (5 for stained glass) so early booking is advisable.

Events coming up at Wakefield Country Courtyard

On 3rd April (Good Friday) we’ll be running free stained glass taster sessions for anyone who’d like to have a go at making a simple piece in the foiling method.
Each session lasts about 90 minutes. Get in touch to reserve a time slot soon as places are limited!

Also on Good Friday several of the other businesses at Wakefield Country Courtyard are running events.

Join the friendly folks at Upton Smokery for their tasting day – sample local deli produce, pies, cider and beer, smoked meats and fish and all sorts  of tempting goodies!

The ARTea Rooms are running afternoon tea with sandwiches, tea and cakes (as road-tested by Jenny and her Mum recently!) and pet owners can have their pets photographed by local photographer Barefoot Photographics at Bark N Purr pet boutique.
Have a look at the Wakefield Facebook page to see what’s going on!

Our gallery will be open 10-5pm on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday, closed Easter Sunday.

A bit further ahead but definitely one to put in your diary – how about visiting some artists during Bucks Open Studios in June?
BOS is a 2-week-long festival of Art throughout Buckinghamshire during which we’ll be offering taster sessions, running classes and showing new stained glass plus a few surprises that we’ll hint at in future newsletters!

Last year’s BOS involved 500 artists exhibiting at 200 venues and this year’s season is expected to be bigger yet. This year’s event runs from June 6th – 21st and all exhibitions are free to enter.
There are no prizes for telling us that our gallery / studio is in Northants!

For more info go to:
http://www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk

New work in the gallery – Sophie Court Designs and Tlws Johnson

Continuing our policy of displaying work from the best local artists, we’ve just added cute animal and bird acrylic & paper framed art and jewellery from Sophie and amazing cast glass ammonites from nationally recognised Tlws Johnson.

All our work is affordable with prices starting at £5 and appealing to tastes from serious to frivolous!

Finally – we’re currently taking commissions for stained glass mirrors – just tell us what kind of shape, what size and colours you’d like and we’ll do the rest. Prices start from £50 for square mirrors.

We hope to see you at our gallery soon!

Best wishes,
Mike & Jenny

P.S. We’re delighted that the popularity of Poldark is generating new interest in Cornwall – we’ll be visiting some of the best locations seen on screen during our painting and photography courses in September.

Later in the series, some of our favourites – Gunwalloe (or Church Cove) and the Crown Mines at Botallack – feature in dramatic scenes (no plot spoilers here).

How do we know this?
Mike and photographer Stuart Grieve were scouting for locations for this year’s 3 day photography workshop while the series was being filmed and we bumped in to camera units at several of our chosen locations!

We have a few places left for both painting and photography in Porthleven in September – details here!
http://www.cornwallartschool.co.uk/index.html