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News from Vitreus Art – January 2022 – let’s get creative!

 

Have you been inspired by all the painting and pottery programmes on TV starting this month?

Well, January is a good time to re-ignite the creative spark so here’s an introduction to some of the painting and printmaking  workshops running here soon that will get you back in to the swing of things!

If you’re feeling a bit lacking in cheer right now (and many of us are!) then getting in to (or getting back in to) some sort of creativity can really help.


If you’d like a gentle (but productive) introduction to art, Emily Brady’s (left) 6-week evening course for beginners starts on 1st March. This 6 evenings course on Tuesdays will lead you along (not astray!) a path towards confident mark-making and you’ll produce a range of work that will get your creative juices going.
Find out more here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/introduction-to-art-evenings.html

Or how about a compact 1-day Introduction to Painting & Drawing with Clare Tebboth (right)?
It’s amazing how much learning and fun Clare can pack in to a day! If you need a boost, or a reminder of which end of the brush goes in the paint, or a gentle nudge back in to painting, this is a great option.
Find out more here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/introduction-to-drawing-painting.html

Fancy trying your hand at Printing?
The next session of Clare Tebboth’s Printing Without a Press is on 6th March and is sure to get you thinking about print in new ways. The focus is on techniques you can try at home, including lino-printing. As with all our full-day workshops, materials lunch and refreshments are included.
Details are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/printing-without-press.html

And later on in March Clare’s back again to lead her legendary Expressive Watercolours workshop.
A great opportunity for painters to up their skills, learn new colour mixing and masking techniques, and experiment with some watercolour paints they may not have tried before. Another great workshop from Clare!
Find out more here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/expressive-plants-flowers-watercolours-with-clare-tebboth.html

Phew – lots to think about there. Let us know if you need more information. Each of the workshops and courses above has a website page of its own with a video from the teacher introducing you to the structure of the course too.

We’ll come back to the glass workshops further on but now…..


What’s new at the gallery this month?

There’s loads of new work – we’ve been busy photographing and labelling more than 100 new pieces but there’s more for next time too….

New from Richard Ballantyne – quirky Raku-fired  animals and birds with character.

Just arrived from glass guru Alison Vincent – stunning blown glass sculptures and vases.

Recently received from Hilary Audus – characterful ceramic birds and animals from an award-winning creator with a background in animation.

New on the walls – several new paintings from expert watercolourist Clare Tebboth (so if you want to see if Clare walks the walk as well as she talks the teaching-talk take a look!).

Just in from Sharon, aka. Across The Bay Designs – super-popular seaside cottages from reclaimed wood all the way from Cornwall.

And from versatile painter Val Goldfinch – new charming slate paintings to replace the ones sold in December (and to add to the new framed watercolour originals also recently arrived).

Examples of work by all our artists can be seen here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html


Time for a Vitreus Art workshops update…

Since we announced the new Ocean Wave Glass fusing workshop last time the first date is now fully booked, and an additional spring date is half-full. There’s another date for the summer with places if March is too soon….

Details are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/fused-glass-ocean-wave-beginners.html

And the first Sunflower glass fusing weekend workshop with seasoned fuser Roger Loxton now has just two places remaining. If you fancy some glass fusing in a different direction to our regular one-day workshops, these might well fit the bill!

Details are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/fused-glass-sunflower-beginners.html

If you’re in to stained glass (leading, foiling, 3d or mirrors) and have a more complicated project you’d like to make, our 2-day Weekend Project course is coming up at the end of March.
This is a fully tutored course, designed for those who’ve done some glass work before and want to make something that will stretch the brain and techniques more.

Previous students have made large mirrors (like the 2-layer Tulip gothic mirror shown above Lynne designed and made in two days), 3d sculptures, windows for their homes and more on this course; what would you like to make?
Details are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/stained-glass-project-workshop.html

We’re continuing to provide visors, maintain spacing and small class sizes and keep up the sanitizing routine – our students have told us they feel safer like this and so do we!
We’re taking lateral flow tests frequently and we ask workshop attendees to do the same.
If you book a workshop and need to reschedule for health reasons we will happily re-schedule.

As always, we read all replies to these emails so if you have questions about workshops or the art in the gallery, just hit ‘reply’!

Until next time, look after you and yours.
Best wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. We’re looking at running some mini- taster workshops over the June extra bank holidays – with a contribution to charity from the proceeds.
We’d love to get some of your ideas for practical fused or stained glass projects that can be made in half a day.
We’ve got ideas ourselves but let’s have yours please!

 

News from Vitreus Art – late January 2021

Aloha from Jenny and me!

It’s getting harder and harder to work out how to write these posts without sounding annoyingly cheery and upbeat or downbeat or gloomy, so let’s just jump straight in to what we picture as clear, blue, tropically-warm waters!

We’re writing to you a week early as we’ve got new news you may want to know about!

First up, here’s a fun new evening short course in glass fusing for you – Fused Glass Flowers.
Yes, you read that right – flowers, made from fused glass, by you!
You can ‘plant’ these outdoors, or create a mini indoor garden er, indoors!
Either way, these are fun to make, not too challenging, and look cool once finished.
  
This course runs over two evenings, and is definitely suitable for beginners as well as being stimulating for anyone who’s done a bit of fusing already.
We supply all the materials including the metal ‘stems’ which are about 30cm tall, with biccies and good humour all included, as always!

The first session starts in May, with places already being snapped up so if you fancy getting all horticultural, don’t delay!
Details and pics of the sorts of flowers you could be making are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/fused-glass-flowers-course-beginners.html
Although the fun will be big, the class sizes will be small!

And, yes, here’s another new course!

Also just added to the VA website, the new 6-week Introduction to Glass Fusing Intensive Evening Course is designed for folks who want to learn as much as they can about glass fusing in stages, and want to try several different techniques.

If this is you, read up here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/glass-fusing-evening-classes-beginners.html
We’ve designed this as an evening course so that you can make a number of projects with time for kiln firing in between.
  
This structured course will introduce you to three essential fusing methods over the first 3 weeks, and then encourage you to create your own project/s with the knowledge you’ve gained over the preceding 3 weeks.
These could be several smaller projects employing lots of different techniques and materials, or one or two larger or more complex projects – we’ll help you decide over the initial 3 weeks.

You’ll learn about fusing, slumping, kiln operation and firing schedules, frits, powders, metals and inclusions, compatibility and COE, moulds and more – all in 6 weeks. We’ll even include printed course notes to keep and refer to.

The aim of this fully tutored course is not just educational though – you’ll have fun, and you’ll get to make a number of projects you’ll be proud of.
As with the Fused Glass Flowers, places are limited – hit the link to find out more.


It’s probably time for a reminder about our ‘no-quibble guarantee’ covering all workshop bookings with us:

If it’s necessary to change a date, or re-schedule, or you need to cancel because of illness or local restrictions, or any other Covid-related reason, we’ll find future dates for your workshop as often as needed, and make every effort to offer dates that are easy for you to make.

After 2 re-schedules we’ll also offer either an open-ended credit note worth 120% of the value of the workshop you’ve paid for, or a full refund as well as further dates.

If you’re unwell, or have to shield, or need to change a date for any other reason, we’ll find a way to sort things out to your reassurance.


And if you’re looking for some painting or printmaking fun, we’ve now got new dates for courses and workshops with our wonderful painting and printing tutors Emily Brady and Clare Tebboth.

Have you been inspired by Landscape Artist of the Year, or Portrait Artist of the Year on the box?
One of these courses is bound to help ease you in to the ‘joy of painting’ (thanks Bob Ross!)!

Starting with evening courses, Emily Brady’s Art For Beginners 6-week evening courses are perfectly judged.
  
Friendly with a well-planned structure that guides us all along, not too serious, but rather more productive than ‘sip and sketch’ sessions in the pub.
Great if you’re nervous about starting painting, or need a confidence boost.

For painters who’ve already begun painting and want to step up their skills, Emily’s Art for Improvers 6-week evening courses are also carefully structured. Covering composition, perspective, more advanced mark-making, painting from memory and more, this course will boost your technical skills, appreciation of the media, and, we’re sure, your enjoyment from your art too!

Both these courses are recommended if you’ve struggled for motivation during recent lockdowns.
Jenny has certainly enjoyed taking part, and is really enjoying her painting now – having had almost no intimate contact with real paintbrushes for at least 20 years before joining Emily’s beginners’ course!


If you like your painting or print-making in a one-day workshop form, there are plenty of lively classes with Clare Tebboth on the radar for later this year.
These are especially suitable for anyone who’s a bit stuck in a rut artistically!
  

And there’s also Clare’s famous Printing Without a Press full-day workshop too.
Get to grips with several print-making techniques in one day, including lino-cut, and produce an impressive body of work to take home. Jenny and I are always amazed by the results students produce on this workshop – quantity AND quality!
This, and all Clare’s fun workshops are online here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/index.html
All one-day classes will continue to be limited to 4 or 5 places, with benches spaced out, face visors provided, and sanitised surfaces, plus the full range of measures required by the official COVID-Secure business premises audit.


And now, it’s time to drop a few hints about that most heart-shaped of days coming up in the middle of February!

Will we be able to roam about by then, or meet others, or visit Alton Towers?
Who can tell, but you might want to show someone how you feel about them with an affordable token so here are some suggestions for you, all hand-made, and all available for collection, or with free or nearly-free local delivery or low-cost national post in time for the 14th Feb.

Here are some new fused glass mini ‘Love Tokens’ to hang in a window at just £11 plus postage (or local delivery):
  

And here are some charming new pieces of fine-silver jewellery made by Jennifer-Ann (Jenny’s new nom-de-plume), sold in presentation boxes:
  

Or you could give a flower that won’t droop or shrivel up – a glass flower like the ones made on our Fused Glass Flowers workshop! We haven’t made a rose design yet but we’re sure pansies, poppies and ‘tropical flowers’ will be much-appreciated too!
  

Or (final suggestion!) – in these uncertain times, our Voucher Scheme is perfect, so you can give the gift that shows you have great taste knowing that your recipient can choose their own gift when we can all get out more!

Our vouchers are redeemable against workshops and courses, or any purchase from our gallery, and have a loooooooong expiry date with the option to extend at no cost if needed.
Info and online purchase here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/voucher.html

Well, that’s lots of new news for now – thanks for reading and supporting us – we hope we can all carefully move towards getting out and being creative in person more over the next month or two.

Take care
Mike & Jenny

P.S If you like the look of the silver jewellery we showed you earlier and fancy making some for yourself (or a significant other!), these new video introductions might whet your appetite!

The four short videos give you an introduction to the PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Silver Jewellery workshops we run. The videos cover most of the stages in making silver jewellery, showing the kinds of projects you’ll work on, and the tools and processes you’ll be learning about.

Enjoy responsibly!