What a wonderful day we had on Saturday with members of Wem Group of WIs who joined us for their “Day of Craft”.  It was lovely to have the building (and the marquee!) filled with so much creativity, enthusiasm and laughter; we enjoyed their company and hope to see them all again soon.
Each member chose two of the four half-day workshops offered: willow weaving (dragonflies and sunflowers), needlefelting (wild sheep fridge magnets), silver clay jewellery (necklaces and earrings) and copper foiling (glass hangings).  Many thanks to tutors Sophie Francis, Clare Linford, Lori Ridgway and Jen Brewer for running some fabulous workshops.  The sun shone for us throughout the day, feedback was amazing (thank you!) and everyone made two lovely, unique pieces to take home.

Do call us if you would like us to organise a similar day of craft for your group.
Due to popular demand (and with two courses already full for next year), we are delighted to let you know that we have added a third City & Guilds Level 2 Basketry course to our programme. This is now open for booking.

Join us for one weekend each month between between October and June to immerse yourself in your basketry with like-minded students and the course tutor, Alisha Davidson.  The course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced basketmakers who wish to broaden their knowledge and develop their skills. There are no entry requirements and no previous experience is necessary. 
Course fees may be paid in full in advance or in monthly instalments.  We request a non-refundable deposit on booking to secure a place. 
We have some residential accommodation available to students who wish to stay in college during their course.  Full details of accommodation and costs are available on request from Sarah at
If you would like to receive details of this latest City & Guilds Level 2 Basketry course at Westhope College, please email the Course Co-Ordinator,

Images below are of current students' fabulous work
If you are a more experienced basketmaker, you might be interested in the City & Guilds Level 3 Basketry Diploma (exclusive to Westhope College). This is a small group, progressive basketry course which teaches a wide range of basketry techniques (traditional and innovative) over two years.  It will enable you to become a well-informed basketmaker able to research and sample ideas and create well-designed baskets of a very high standard.  This is an internationally recognised qualification which will give you the skills to progress into employment in the basketry industry or to develop your own small business.  The course tutor is Clare Revera.  Please email the Course Co-Ordinator, to request a course information pack.
If your creative interests lie elsewhere, we continue to add exciting new workshops to our programme here.  Alternatively, click here to browse our full course programme.

Here are a few of the exciting courses we have coming up in the next few weeks...


Thursday 26th May 10am - 4pm

Students will use their own images, design or drawings to make their unique collaged/collagraph plates. These will then be inked up, and using a small etching press, produce A5 printed images onto paper.

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Sketching outdoors

Tuesday 31st May 10am - 12.30pm
Working outdoors, you will learn how to select and record what is in front of you producing a series of sketches using pencils, pens and colour.

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Line and wash

Only 1 place left
Tuesday 31st May 1.30pm - 4pm
Line and wash is a simple technique involving drawing out an image using waterproof ink and
washing watercolour over the ink once.

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Wildlife in watercolour

Only 2 places left
Tuesday 7th June 10am - 4pm
A one day workshop with the theme of wildlife. Looking at a range of techniques and equipment that can be used to produce beautiful wildlife watercolour paintings.

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Reduction lino printing

Wednesday 8th June 10am - 4pm
Learn how to create a two colour reduction lino print. One piece of lino is used multiple times in one print, as the lino plate is recut after each colour printed. 

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A gleam of straw

Tuesday 14th June 10am - 1pm

Straw marquetry is the art of forming a decorative panel using flattened slithers of straw.

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.  

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Watercolours 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.

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An introduction to papercutting

Thursday 16th June 9.30am - 4.30pm
Learn how to design and create a paper cut panel unique to you. You will master basic accurate cutting techniques and explore letter forms and a wide variety of cut out items including Polish paper cuts, Haitian metal work and Victorian fret work.

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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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An introduction to woodcut printmaking

Only 1 place left
Wednesday 22nd June 10am - 4pm
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. 

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An introduction to polymer clay

Wednesday 29th June 10am - 1pm

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.  
You will mix and blend colours and use these to make a couple of simple projects to take away on the day and simply bake at home.
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Painted stained glass panel

Tues 29th June - Thurs 30th June 10am - 4pm

An exciting three day workshop where you will design and make a beautiful, painted and stained glass panel.

Learn how to combine coloured glass, glass paints, lead cames, solder and leaded light cement to create a unique panel to take home.

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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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