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2024 

We are pleased to announce these workshops will be taking place in our NEW venue at The Corn Store, part of Barnstaple’s Pannier Market. There is disabled access and disabled toilets. Barnstaple is served by a number of bus and train options, and there is parking close-by.

Life-Drawing Sessions

Tuesday evening at life-drawing is a chance for beginners to professional artists to gather and spend the evening drawing and experimenting, whilst celebrating the human form. Each week we have a different life model, who will pose for a series of quick poses and one long pose at the end. There is a break in the middle for free tea, coffee and biscuits. Easels and boards are provided.

 

Please bring along your own drawing materials of choice and paper. We just ask that there is nothing toxic with strong fumes.

Our group welcomes anyone, wherever they are on their artistic journey - we all learn from each other.

Please note, this group is only open to people over 18.

Unplugged: with Scott Anchors and Martin Barnes

Saturday 2nd March 2024
19:00 -21:00
£8 via Eventbrite 

Join local folk-rock songwriters, Scott Anchors and Martin Barnes,

as they share new songs and chat a bit about their inspiration, songwriting processes, and tales behind the tunes. Against the backdrop of our exhibition, 'Common Ground', our unplugged evenings are a chance to get an intimate view into the art of songwriting.

 

Bring your own drinks.

Four-week colour linocut printing course with
Luna North

Sunday 3rd March 2024
10:00 -13:00
£110 via Eventbrite 

We will take the time to learn how to design a colour print from your choice of picture. Luna has a love to share this technique as wonderful colour combinations can be created. This course would be great for someone wanting to extend their single colour printing skills.

This course is for all abilities.

Luna will provide materials including soft and firm cut lino for all.

Each session will run Sunday mornings 10-1pm from 3rd March

for 4 weeks

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Introduction to oil painting with Amy Jobes

Sunday 3rd March 2024
14:30 -19:30
£50 via Eventbrite 

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at oil painting and simply don't know where to start, this beginners workshop with Amy Jobes will help unleash your creativity. Amy will guide you step by step to create an expressive landscape oil painting. This class will cover basic traditional techniques and methods, whilst helping you to let go of feeling anxious or precious about your work. This includes: Composition ideas, how to start using a sketch and ground, how to create depth with tone, working from dark to light, muted vs saturated colours, impasto mark-making. 

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Introduction to monoprinting with Annabel Hill

Using vegetable fantastic shapes and colours as inspiration, we will draw and cut out our own stencils. Combine with real leaves, thread and netting, we will learn to ink up and put our prints through the small printing press.

Come away with up to 4 good size prints ( 17 x 24cm each)

Beginners very welcome as drawings will be available to trace.

Materials Included.

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Introduction to chemigrams with Stephen Raff

This is a fun and playful opportunity to create exciting and unusual prints. Using traditional darkroom papers and chemicals outside of the darkroom and learning how each component reacts with or against the other.

 

All materials are provided. 

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Pinhole camera masterclass with Stephen Raff

A fun-packed day of pinhole photography, from start to finish. You will learn the basics of photography and light and the with household materials build your own pinhole camera. After lunch we will take the cameras out and about town to make photographs and then head to the darkroom for the magic process of developing. Please note that the darkroom is located in a different building. 

 

All materials are provided.

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Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving with Jessica Cutler

You will learn how to make your own fabric using a variety of classic weave structures as well as some decorative tapestry techniques. Students will learn how to warp their own looms, weave, finish and create their own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric. The workshop will focus on texture, pattern and colour. 

All materials will be included. 

This course is intended for beginners, anyone wanting a recap or anyone looking for some creative downtime. 

For ages 16+

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An Introduction to Visible Mending with Molly Rooke

Darning is a great skill to learn to keep your knitwear going for longer whilst bringing in beautiful colours and patterns to accentuate the repairs you have done. Visible mending is helping us to be more sustainable and reduce waste!

All darning materials included. Samplers will be provided but you can also bring an item of knitwear that you'd like to mend yourself - socks and jumpers are particularly good to work on.

Find out more about Darn Good Studios: www.darngoodstudios.co.uk

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Painting with Earth Pigments with Pete Ward

Starting the day at Fremington Quay to forage for ochres, and later returning to Studio KIND. at The Corn Store in Barnstaple Pannier Market, this popular workshop will offer participants a journey through geology, local history, paint making and painting with North Devon and Cornish earth pigments. After an introduction to the pigments, including the locally renowned Bideford Black, you will experiment with a range of processing techniques and binders including egg tempera, linseed oil and gum Arabic before making some paintings individually and as a group. The workshop is a starting point for your own more intimate journey with earth and natural colour.

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Introduction to oil painting with Amy Jobes

Sunday 21st April 2024
14:30 -19:30
£50 via Eventbrite 

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at oil painting and simply don't know where to start, this beginners workshop with Amy Jobes will help unleash your creativity. Amy will guide you step by step to create an expressive landscape oil painting. This class will cover basic traditional techniques and methods, whilst helping you to let go of feeling anxious or precious about your work. This includes: Composition ideas, how to start using a sketch and ground, how to create depth with tone, working from dark to light, muted vs saturated colours, impasto mark-making. 

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Spring Flowers: Drawing with Pastels with Georgie Stewart

Thursday 2nd May 2024
18:30 -20:30
£15 via Eventbrite 

In this 2 hour workshop, Georgie will cover the essentials of colour theory, composition and pastel techniques, surrounded by beautiful seasonal arrangements of spring bulbs and flowers. We’ll dive into Georgie’s creative process and how she approaches her drawings, from layering and mark making to tips on paper and storage.

This workshop is perfect for all skill levels, from complete beginners to more seasoned artists (ages 14+).

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Creative Colour Mixing for Painters with Luna North

Sunday 5th May 2024
10:00 -13:00
£45 via Eventbrite 

This course will take your colour skills to a new level. We will look at seasonal colour palettes and learn to record the colour that we see accurately.

The colour palettes that you create will look like abstract paintings or colour jewels and are beautiful in their own right. This palette can then be used by you to make richer more interesting paintings in the future.

If you have always wanted to create paintings that have a real glow, where the colours harmonize then this is for you whether beginner or more experienced.

Bring with you paint brushes and acrylic paint if you have them. Luna will also provide some paint and paper.

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A Creative Day of Linocut Printing with Luna North

Linocut printing is such an enjoyable process and creates bold graphic pictures. This day is suitable for beginners and more experienced students.

All materials are provided including traditional lino and soft cut lino, to suit all hand strengths. We will make a single colour print in black or blue, your choice.

Have you always wanted to make a print from a special photo, a landscape, place or person? Bring along your photo and I will support you to make the design.

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Introduction to oil painting with Amy Jobes

Sunday 9th June 2024
14:30 -19:30
£50 via Eventbrite 

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at oil painting and simply don't know where to start, this beginners workshop with Amy Jobes will help unleash your creativity. Amy will guide you step by step to create an expressive landscape oil painting. This class will cover basic traditional techniques and methods, whilst helping you to let go of feeling anxious or precious about your work. This includes: Composition ideas, how to start using a sketch and ground, how to create depth with tone, working from dark to light, muted vs saturated colours, impasto mark-making. 

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Woodcut Printing Masterclass with Merlyn Chesterman: Exploring the Process

Sunday 28th July 2024
10:00 -16:00
£85 via Eventbrite 

The focus of this session is to focus on learning the process from start to finish, and is open to people of all abilities – from beginners to experiences printmakers. Even beginners can expect to come away with beautiful prints from the workshop.

 

Merlyn Chesterman RE is a local printmaker; and has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, exhibiting around the

UK and internationally, and regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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Hester Berry Masterclass: landscape oil painting

Wednesday 25th September 2024
10:00 -14:30
£50via Eventbrite 

Hester Berry's practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but she constantly challenges her understanding of painting and explores ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. She uses marks as economically as possible, distilling the image / feeling / moment into what is necessary, so that through objective representation there is enough room for subjective interpretation. 

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Social Sessions

Makers Meet

Every Wednesday
13:00 - 15:00
Free (donation welcome)

Meet other makers at Studio KIND. every Wednesday 1-3pm, where you can bring your current arts and craft projects and make together. Makers of all types and abilities are welcome - it's about making together and being part of a creative community! 

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Emerging Creatives of North Devon

Every second to last Saturday
of the month 
24th February 2024 

15:00 - 17:00
Free (donation welcome)

Emerging Creatives of North Devon is a new peer support group of artists and creative professionals under the age of 30 who are living in North Devon. Perhaps you've returned from university, perhaps you've recently graduated from Petroc, perhaps you're just setting up your creative business, or recently registered as self employed. Meet other creatives in North Devon and share your experiences, support each other, exchange skills, collaborate, or just have a chat! These sessions will be headed up by our gallery assistant and local fine art photographer, George Rayner. For more information contact george@studiokind.org.uk

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Say what you see

Every first Thursday of our
curated exhibitions
7th March 2024

12:00 - 13:00
Free (donation welcome)

are new sessions lead by Sharon Gale, who will lead a fun, informal tour of our current exhibition talk about ways to look at contemporary art, and sharing our thoughts, feelings, and ask ourselves the question ‘But What Is it?’ There are no right or wrong answers when looking at art, all interpretations are valid! So come along, find out a bit about the artist and their work, and share your opinions. Sharon Gale is an artist and arts educator, and taught herself everything she knows about contemporary art. As a firm believer that art is for everyone, Sharon wants the gallery to be a non-judgmental and safe space to talk openly about what we’re looking at!

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ZestLab Adult Social Art Sessions

Mondays
26th February
15th March

13:15-15:00
£11 per session via ZestLab

If you enjoy having a go and being creative, trying something new and meeting others, then these sessions are perfect for you. Sessions are running once a month with the first few focused on simple printing techniques. 

 

Sue, who is leading the sessions, is an experienced primary school teacher with a big passion for recreational art. No previous experience is needed for these sessions and it might be that this builds your confidence to have a go at a more technical sesison. 

In the sessions you will be able to try out different printing techniques and have a go at creating your own print to use as design for a card or put in a frame. 

 

Most importantly there will be a cup of tea and slice of cake! 

Visit our events page for more details and to sign up:  https://zestlab.org/events or send an email to contact@zestlab.org

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