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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!

 

Welcome to the first Vitreus Art update of the year!

Welcome to the first Vitreus Art update of the year….new workshops, new art, new news – from Mike & Jenny – aka. Vitreus Art

 

Welcome to the first Vitreus Art update of the year!
Mike and I hope you are all feeling refreshed after a relaxing couple of weeks and looking forward to being creative in 2022!Although we have been closed over the festive season, we haven’t been idle – well not too much.

So, without further ado it’s time to share with you all the new things that are happening in the Gallery and the studio now that we’re open again Tuesday to Sunday.

Firstly, we have had a good re-organisation in the gallery, hung and displayed lots of new works of art – over a hundred pieces in fact.
Joining us for the first time in 2022 is Sally McRae – a fused glass artist creating not just beautiful, but also functional pieces of glassware. Sally’s collection is on our website now.
 

Marlene Snee has been exhibiting with Vitreus Art since we opened our first Gallery back in 2014.
Recently Marlene has taken her art in a new direction, and we are delighted to have some of her brightly coloured reduction lino prints on display for the first time. These and more are on our website now.
 

There’s also new work on the gallery walls by local artist Lesley Passy.
 

And on display for the first time since completion, Louise Thomas is exhibiting her latest Greenland panoramic oil on canvas paintings, a real ‘must come and see’.
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Then there is also a plethora of new ceramics on display too, including stunning new raku fired pieces by the ever-popular Richard Ballantyne.
These will be on our website soon.
 

And new work by Milton Keynes based artist Kirsten Holuj –  some of her textured pieces such as the ‘Winter Scenes’ really do need to be held in the hand to get the full experience of a piece of Kirsten’s work, as it is so very tactile.
 

Not to mention the amazing animated animal ceramics by Hilary Audus.
You may not know this but during her career Hilary has worked on many films you may have seen.
She co-scripted and animated on The Christmas Classic, “The Snowman” and directed and scripted “The Bear”, by Raymond Briggs.

More recently Hilary co-wrote and directed the sequel to “The Snowman”, “The Snowman and The Snowdog”.
So, if when looking at Hilary’s creations you see a likeness to something you may have seen before, you will know where from!

All these will be added to our website in January.


Now what’s new in the Studio??

As mentioned in the last newsletter we said we would tell you about 2 new workshops coming up, and we will, but first here’s a quick look at some workshops in January that still have one or two spaces on – so if you fancy getting your creative ‘KICK’ in early this year, don’t hang around!!

Short notice we know, but due to postponement there are 2 places available on Tuesday 11th Jan for our Fusion/Inclusion workshop, suitable for beginners or those wanting a bit of a refresher.
This is a great introduction to fusing as it gives you hands-on experience of a wide range of fusing materials.
Vitreus Art Glass Fusing with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)

An Introduction to Oil Painting with Clare Tebboth on Friday 21st Jan has a few spaces available – Vitreus Art Oil Painting One-day Introduction with Clare Tebboth (vitreus-art.co.uk)
I might just have to give this one a go, I keep saying I must get the paints out again!!

Saturday 22nd Jan – Fused Glass Lanterns, 2 places available:
Vitreus Art Fused Glass Beginners Classes – Make a Lantern (vitreus-art.co.uk), I just love this class, not just pretty, but usable too!!

All the other classes in January are already fully booked, so if the above doesn’t tickle your creative fancies you’ll need to take-a-peek at February dates….to be found here:
Art and Craft Courses with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)

So how about those two new workshops we mentioned – well, here we go and if you haven’t already, grab a cuppa and biccy (or two) and we will get started.

Firstly (and JT, is most excited about this one) Fused Glass Sunflower – make your own brightly coloured glass Sunflower window art approx 23cm across on this 2-day workshop under the guidance of long-term glass artist Roger Loxton.
 
This class will give you a brief introduction to glass cutting, tack fusing, including the differences between the types of glass you can fuse with, and some of the essentials of kiln operation and is suitable for all levels, especially beginners.
As with all the classes at Vitreus Art the materials and tools needed to create your own sunflower are all provided, with enough time to make a piece like the ones shown.

Firstly, Roger will teach you how to cut clear glass so that you learn the skills of glass cutting and how to use the tools required.  You will then move on to cutting the coloured, fusible glass for your sunflower.
Roger will then show you how to construct the first stages of your flower before going into the kiln.
You will also learn the basic preparation for the kiln operation along the way!

This course is structured over two days. On day one you’ll learn how to cut circles in glass (for the centre section) and how to apply frit, ready for your circle section to go into the kiln at about lunchtime.
You’ll then learn how to cut the 48 petal sections from 3 different colours of amber glass too.

On day two you’ll finish cutting the petals and assemble your sunflower using the centre circle section fresh from the kiln. We’ve allowed plenty of time for this important step as the appearance of your sunflower depends on getting this stage right!

After firing you’ll be able to collect your sunflower – you’re now ready to enjoy your art at home!

There’s a video on the website page explaining how this workshop runs.
Just click on the link to book your place – Fused Glass Sunflower workshop for Beginners with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)

Now for the 2nd New workshop of 2022 – are you ready??
And this is the one that Mike is super excited about, as he’s the one teaching it.

Fused Glass Ocean Wave (Splash!)
Have fun making your own glass Ocean Wave art complete with a wooden display base (looks very professional) approx. size will be 250mm wide and you can do all this in just one day.
The photos show an early example made by a student as a test – it looks fab!
 
You’ll be using float glass, coloured frit and glass you’ll crush with a hammer to make the water ‘spray’ for your wave.
You’ll start by cutting a number of glass shapes out of glass under Mike’s expert guidance.
You’ll then lay out the first layer, and build up the overlapping second layer to ensure a strong end result.

It’s then time to add coloured glass frit and crushed clear glass if desired to create your own individual sea-themed piece of glass art.
After firing you’ll be able to collect your glass wave and attach it to the base which we’ll supply.
You’re now ready to enjoy your art at home!

This class will give you a brief introduction to glass cutting, basic tack fusing, including the difference between the types of glass you can fuse with, and some of the essentials of kiln operation and is suitable for all levels, especially beginners.
And not forgetting that as always – all materials, refreshments and lunch are provided on the day – no need to bring anything with, just your enthusiasm!!

There’s a video on the page for this workshop too – featuring Mr C in person.

Check out the link here – Fused Glass Ocean Wave Making workshop with Vitreus Art (vitreus-art.co.uk)
As usual we are keeping the classes nice and small for these two new classes to ensure everyone gets the attention needed.

It’s been great chatting and we hope you have enjoyed all the new news for 2022.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the Gallery and/or studio or hearing from you via email, Facebook or even Instagram!!

Here’s to a fun, healthy and creative 2022
Jenny & Mike

P.S. Our opening hours are now back to normal – Tuesday to Sunday, 10-5 weekdays and Saturdays, 11 to 4.30pm Sundays.

 

*Baby it’s cold out there….* – open up for news from Vitreus Art, aka Mike and Jenny

 

This is our penultimate newsletter before Christmas and now the weather has gone
from mild and sunny to cold and bloomin’ snowing in parts, winter is definitely creeping up.
And everyone knows what else is creeping up!
May we invite you to read on?First up – what’s new at the gallery?

Yep – Some more Christmassy treats fresh out of the kiln from Allan Page – there are these gnomes and Santa Bells.
Each bell has a different pitch and if any more kids play with them I’m going to start calling these Satan Bells.
They are cute though!

In from glass fuser Ken Flegg, there are more penguin, snowman and santa tree decorations;
when they’re gone they’re gone.
And after a busy weekend, there are now just a few of our own glass-decoration-cards which you can post
or use to decorate your own tree – as you choose!
Jenny’s been making these in every spare moment but we’re now running out again
and there won’t be kiln time for many more.

Meanwhile, for plant-people, there are these robin and holly plant stakes, and just a few bumble-bee plant stakes.
Great for decorating a floral centrepiece or a Christmas houseplant.

Newly arrived, there is a fab collection of new ‘Just a Splash’ porcelain bowls and vases by
Carol Read – colourful and every one is unique.
We’ve already sold nearly half the pieces delivered earlier this month so it’s clear they’re desirable!

On the walls and in the browsers – there are new Mark Duffin Prints to replace the ones sold
this month and three new superb Val Goldfinch original watercolours.

Also, remember the Lou Thomas Greenland painting so many of you watched Lou creating during
South Northants Art Trail?
Well – it’s finished, gorgeous, and on display at just £325.

As with all our large paintings and 3d pieces, if you’d like to see it at home, just ask.

Freshly woven by wire sculptor Linda Johns we have a brand new silver spider’s web set in a willow branch
(exquisite) and two more of her mini webs on card ready to take home.

Now it’s time for News from the studio….

Terrarium Triumph!
Our first one-day terrarium stained glass copper foiling workshop ran last week and it was a blast!
Three groovy terraria made, and we’ve just received a photo from Fran of hers planted with cacti.
This is an enjoyable and educational project to build if you’d like to learn how to make 3d copper foiled pieces.
Thanks to Fran for the pic of her terrarium at home.


Lots of interesting techniques, and a piece made you can take home, plant, and enjoy.
Visitors to your home will be green with envy!
There’s a second-up one-day workshop programmed for next year, and if the 4-week evening course currently running works well, we’ll consider adding another evening course too.
See here for info…

However, we’ve got so many new workshops to fit in it’s going to be a busy year in 2022.

For example, we’re working on a brand-new fused glass sunflower 2-day course with glass fusing expert Roger Loxton, an upholstery course with Jason Brown, the new Wire-Wrapped Jewellery workshops with Jo Cross (already three-quarters booked for the first 2 sessions next year), our forthcoming ocean wave fusing class, our new 2-day weekend Fusing course for intermediates and some more which must remain a closely-guarded secret for now!

Speaking of the new Fusing Weekend course (code-named ‘Turning Up the Heat’), the first weekend session is now fully booked so we’ve added in another session in June and a final one for the year I November.
Places are limited to 4 for this course to ensure plenty of input from us.
Have you done some fusing before and want to learn new techniques, build your confidence, or develop your understanding of firing schedules? This is the course for you!

Beginners looking to get a good grounding in lots of essential fusing techniques are invited to join our 6-week Intensive Fusing evening course. Test out a number of key techniques like tack-fusing and slumping and then make a project over the latter 3 weeks incorporating your new knowledge. The next 6-week course with spaces starts in May.

By way of a little teaser, here’s a cool, simple fused glass wreath made by Bron recently, as a little add-on project.
She’s convinced us to include this a half-day Christmas workshop next year.
We’d hoped to add one of these as a workshop this year but time has got away from us!
Also shown some groovy icicles made on the same day.

And finally, there are more dates for most of our established workshops in to May next year, plus there are dates for Emily Brady’s Art For Beginners 6-week evening course and for all of Clare Tebboth’s one-day arty painting and printmaking classes. We’ve even persuaded Clare to run one of her unique Paint Like Monet workshops!

Since the last newsletter, Jo Cross’s first Wire Wrapped Jewellery workshop is now fully booked with just 3 places remaining on the later session in September. Don’t delay booking if you’d like to make groovy jewellery with this fashionable technique!
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/wire-wrap-jewellery-jo-cross-beginners.html

All our classes and courses and those run by Emily, Clare and Jo Cross are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/index.html

And we have a question for you – we’re contemplating running a 4-day intensive stained glass ‘prairie’ lamp workshop as an evolution of our column lamp workshop. A Prairie lamp is a 4-sided lamp with flat sides fanning out at an angle.
We expect this workshop would include all the materials including base, lamp holder, glass and 4 days of full tuition.

The cost is yet to be decided, but it will not be an inexpensive workshop as we want to keep the class size small.
What do you think?
Photos here are of a lamp I made last year, and one made by regular student Lizana this year.

We’ll offer two designs of ours, but will be open to helping you design your own, subject to some practical considerations. If you like the sound of this, let us know and we’ll add you to the VIP invite list….

Well – that’s plenty of news for now – thanks for reading this far and we hope you’re keeping warm,
Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S – Regarding wearing masks
As the government has now mandated the wearing of face-coverings in shops we’d like to say thanks to everyone who’s been wearing theirs throughout!

 

A brand new workshop for next year, new art, fun hand-made Christmas decorations – updates from Vitreus Art aka. Jenny & Mike

Since we last posted we’ve been away for a week, got rained on heavily, ate at some great restaurants, hoovered up the sea air and visited some favourite old haunts down in Cornwall.
We’ve come back with heads full of ideas of new workshops and pieces to make so do keeping reading our newsletters – otherwise you might miss something exciting!

To start off with, here’s a completely new workshop for you – Wire Wrapped Jewellery – make contemporary jewellery with your choices of sea glass, polished pebbles and glass cabochons, taught by jewellery maker Jo Cross.
 
Wire-wrapping is a fun way to make stylish pendants out of any interesting stones, pieces of glass or fused glass ‘gems’ you may have at home.

On this workshop Jo Cross will teach you how to make a series of pendants using glass cabochons, sea glass pieces and smooth stones and you’ll leave with at least two pieces of completely unique jewellery.
All materials are provided, but you could also incorporate your own pieces of sea glass (for example).

The workshop is structured to lead you through all the essential techniques and will include student notes to help you carry on at home if you get the bug!

Jo recorded a short video explaining what this new workshop is all about – visit this page on the VA website and learn more!
Vitreus Art Wire Wrapped Jewellery Workshop with Jo Cross (vitreus-art.co.uk)

As with all workshops at VA, class sizes are small, lunch, refreshments and materials are included in the price and our Covid no-quibble policy still applies!
Go here for info, dates, prices and to book!
Vitreus Art Wire Wrapped Jewellery Workshop with Jo Cross (vitreus-art.co.uk)


Vouchers – give the gift that shows you have great taste!

With Christmas fast approaching, it must be time to remind you about our Gift Vouchers!
If you know someone who’d love to get crafty in the new year, or who’d like to choose their own arty present, get in touch to arrange, or visit this page:
Vitreus Art Gift voucher (vitreus-art.co.uk)

You can buy a voucher for a value, or for some of our most-requested workshops.
When you do, we’ll email you when we receive the transaction to ask who the voucher is for and if it’s for a special occasion. We’ll then send you a personalised voucher to print out, with room inside for your own message.
Or if you have something a bit different in mind, just get in touch and we’ll sort it out with you.
We can also print vouchers in the studio while you wait.
Vitreus Art Gift voucher (vitreus-art.co.uk)


New in the gallery….

Meanwhile in the gallery, you’ll see there’s lots of new art for all budgets.
For starters, how about these delightfully mystical paintings by Mark Duffin, all originals, all neatly framed in white and ready to hang. Great value for £250 for genuine originals!

There’s also a selection of limited edition prints for just £45, but be advised – in the first week half of our stock of prints has sold already.

Pop in and have a look, or visit Mark’s page on our website:
Mark Duffin Artist at Vitreus Art – Magical Acrylic Paintings (vitreus-art.co.uk)

And there’re three fabulous pieces from new artist to the gallery – Sally McRae.

Sally devotes a great deal of time to experimenting in fused glass and we love her latest creations!
I haven’t had time to add these to our website this week so you’ll have to pop in or message us if you’d like to buy one of her new pieces!

There’s also several new slate paintings from Val Goldfinch, some painted during last month’s Art Trail and a new series of painted wooden houses.
Check out her cute rainbow cottages (some sold already), or her new bird paintings in operson – or they’ll be on our website later this month.

Jenny’s got her eye on the puffin pair, so you’d better be quick if you fancy these two yourself!

You can see examples of work from almost all of the 50 artists showing with us here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html


Also new in the gallery….

And now it must be time to share some of the new Christmas decorations making their first appearance this week!
In addition to last year’s super popular Snow-Persons and Penguins, Ken Flegg has made us a batch of his cheeky Santas – so charming!
We also have some more of his coloured stars and frosty icicles.

And all the way from Devon, there’re new metal decorations from Cuffys – stars, mistletoe, snowflakes and a few mini trees – all in this year’s fashionable hammerite finish.
There’s also a selection of Jenny’s ‘frozen ice’ fused glass snowflakes on our tree, ready to be hung on yours!

We have a finite stock of all of these – when they’re gone they’re gone.
We’re now getting low on Jenny’s tealight holders and fused glass card-decorations too.
This year we probably won’t have time to make all these purchasable online so either call in or message us to order yours.


Workshops coming up…

Or if you fancy getting a bit creative yourself, there are just a few places left on these workshops before Christmas:

Christmas Scented Candles –  26th Nov at 2.30pm – 2 places, with a collection of seasonal fragrances to choose from. We won’t be running this workshop next year so why not snag one of the last places now?

Fused Glass Tealight holders – make 4 funky fused glass tealights – 14th Dec at 10.30am – 2 places – decorate a set of 4 tealight holders to light up your dinner table!

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations 1-day Workshop – make around 8 unique decorations – 18th Dec – 1 place; make a whole collection of decorations including stars, trees, Santas, tealight holders, icicles and more!

Or if you’re looking to learn more and make something more substantial, we’re adding more new dates up until May next year for all our regular workshops.

Well – that’s a lot to digest – thanks for reading this far.
All our best wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. look out for details of new upholstery evening course in March- it’s going to be fun!

P.P.S If you’ve been creating recently, or have taken what you’ve learned with us and started working at home, do send photos of what you’ve made – we love seeing them!

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!