You are warmly invited to this celebration of our City & Guilds Basketry and Printmaking students’ achievements this year.  If you are considering enrolling on any of these courses from October, this will be a perfect opportunity to meet the tutors and some of the students who have completed their courses this year.  Additionally, we are excited to be holding a sale of donated craft items to launch our new bursary fund.  We are very keen that Westhope College should remain accessible to anyone who would enjoy a workshop in these beautiful, peaceful surroundings and this fund will help us to achieve that.  We hope you will join us on 8th July.
We were delighted to welcome Public Service Artists at the end of May for their week’s residential art holiday.  They drew inspiration from the local landscape (one local to their own area!) and this is a selection of the lovely work they produced.  We are already looking forward to seeing them again next year.   Do contact us if your group would enjoy a residential break in this creative space in the beautiful Shropshire Hills AONB.  We can offer ten bedrooms, a variety of classrooms to suit all requirements and a warm welcome.
We have just three places left on the recently launched City & Guilds Level 2 Basketry course that starts in October.  Email  for a course information pack.
We will be adding more exciting new workshops to our course programme during the next few weeks. Click here to browse the latest additions.  Alternatively, browse the full course programme here.  Do let us know if there is a particularly craft in which you are interested that we have not yet included in the programme.

We have featured below a few of the exciting courses that we have coming up in the next few weeks and hope you will find something here to inspire you. 

A gleam of straw

Tuesday 14th June 10am - 4pm

Join Anne Dyer for this beginners half day workshop learning basic marquetry skills.
Anne will show you how to prepare your straw and then how to work with both inlay and onlay techniques. You may choose to make a small  butterfly or bird.

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Watercolour made easy

Tuesday 14th June 10am - 4pm

If you like the effects of watercolour painting but don't know where to start, this is the day for you. Using plenty of demonstrations, the tutor will guide you each step of the way to producing your painting, teaching you skills on the way for you to continue to use in the future.

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Mini collage concertina books

Tuesday 21st June 10am - 4pm

Spend a creative day making mini collaged concertina books. Investigate collage techniques using a variety of media, pre-printed papers, fabric, magazine images and text, then you could embellish with stitch or drawing techniques. 

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Intro to woodcut printmaking

Wednesday 22nd June 10am - 4pm

Only 1 place left

You will design and produce a wood block print using your own collected ideas and imagery. Experiment with basic carving techniques on a sample piece of wood before carving the Japanese plywood block. Learn  how to apply ink and then hand burnish the printed block, using a Japanese baren, onto fine paper to create your own beautiful print.

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Zarzo basket

Tuesday 14th June 9.30am - 4.30pm

Only 1 place left

During this workshop, you will be taught the special technique to create a round Zarzo basket.

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Introduction to polymer clay

Wednesday 29th June 10am - 1pm

Only 1 place left

Learn the basic techniques required to work with polymer clay.  From conditioning, shaping, colour mixing and blending to baking and storage tips.

In this fun introductory session you will learn tips and tricks for handling the clay and its many uses, making basic shapes by hand and also using simple tools.

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Simple line and watercolour

Tuesday 5th July 10am - 4pm

Create an inspired piece of work on this exciting workshop. Working from a still life subject you will be given tips on drawing pen types and watercolour techniques.

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Introduction to macrame

Wednesday 6th July 10am - 4pm

Macrame is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques.

Join us for this fabulous new workshop and make three or four macrame items to take home.

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An introduction to shibori

Thursday 14th July 10am - 4pm

Only 1 place left
You will learn some of the history and practice of shibori and the process for using indigo as a dye. Combine folding, twisting and binding techniques with the dyeing process to create a selection of unique fabric samples to start you on your shibori journey.

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Please call us on 01584 861293 if you would like to a book a place on any of our workshops or City & Guilds courses.  We are open this weekend for bookings and enquiries.   

We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alison and the Westhope team

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