Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Open Day on Friday.  It was lovely to welcome you all to Westhope.  Many thanks also to our wonderful students, tutors and volunteers who made a special day happen.
The exhibits of our City & Guilds' Basketry and Printmaking students' work were absolutely wonderful, the sun shone for us and the wildflower meadow was just beautiful and appreciated by everyone.
We all had a fabulous day and hope that you enjoyed your visit.

Pop-Up Shop raises £418.95

Thank you also to everyone who supported our craft sale at the Open Day in aid of our newly launched bursary fund.  You helped us to raise an astonishing £418.95!  We have decided to retain this as a Pop-Up Shop for a few weeks until the classroom is needed for workshops.  It will be open from Monday to Friday (11am to 3pm) until further notice, with a wide range of donated craft items for sale.  Do come and browse and support our bursary fund if you can.  

Silversmithing course

We were excited to launch this new course yesterday.  Five days (over ten weeks) at Westhope to learn and practise a range of traditional and contemporary silversmithing techniques: puzzle inlay; press forming; soldering tips and practice; scoring and mitreing.  The course is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience of silversmithing who wish to develop their skills.  Full course information here             
We have just a few places now available on the Level 2 Printmaking and Level 3 Basketry courses that start in October.  Contact to receive a course information pack.  Level 2 Basketry courses are now all full but do email Eileen if you would like to be added to the reserve list.
We have featured below those workshops running during the next few weeks where there are still places available. Alternatively, if your creative interests lie elsewhere, click here to browse our full course programme.  Book by 4pm tomorrow (Friday) to take advantage of our Summer Special offer (details below).

Gel plate printing

Tuesday 19th July 10am -4pm

Spend the day experimenting with the exciting technique of gel plate printing. Create prints on paper using acrylic paint and a variety of found objects to make patterns then layer with stencils to create exciting colourful images.

Click here for more info

Experimental Enamelling

Wednesday 20th July 10am - 4pm

Experimenting with Decals, Riso Screens and Enamelling.
A new workshop learning how to prepare a copper blank using opaque and transparent enamels, ready to use decals and Riso Screens.
A really exciting combination of decorative media.

Click here for more info

Macrame Tote "Bag for life"

Tuesday 16th August 10am - 4pm

Discover how the humble square knot can be used to create your very own 'bag for life' with chunky soft twisted cotton.
Learn how to use the macrame square knot, binding technique and a reef knot to make this very attractive and practical bag.

Click here for more info

Modern calligraphy - Using a dip pen

Wednesday 17th August 10am - 12.30pm

Are you interested in learning how to use a dip pen to create lovely hand lettering? This workshop introduces you to the art of modern calligraphy where you will learn basic calligraphy techniques and then have fun experimenting with your new skill.

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Starting silver clay

Thursday 18th August 10am - 4pm

An introduction to the amazing qualities of silver clay.  Learn how to combine both clay and fireable stones, how to prepare your pieces for firing and how to professionally finish your work to a high standard.

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Chinese brush painting - Peony and insect scroll

Tuesday 23rd August 10am - 4pm

We will explore the brush strokes that make up the petals and leaves.  From these exercises we will design a small scroll. Insects will make up part of the days studies.

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Screen printing with paper stencils

Tuesday 23rd August 10am - 4pm

Learn how to cut your own paper stencils, transfer these onto a screen printing frame and produce wonderful printed images onto paper.

Click here for more info
Please call us on 01584 861293 if you would like to book a place or enquire about any of our workshops or City & Guilds courses.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alison and the Westhope team
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