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Workshops at the MWAC
Sat 24th Mar 18
Sun 25th Mar 18
STARTS 10.00am - 16.00pm
Pottery Week End Texture & Colour In Natural Objects
Due to the success of Andy Warren's Pottery Workshop in April we are delighted to offer another week end in 2018.

Andy has been making pots for over 40 years and is an experienced teacher. He will be giving a hands-on 2 day workshop suitable for all abilities. Over the 2 days you will have the opportunity to examine, discuss, study and practice various methods of forming shapes and build onto them to give a sculptural feel to your work. You will also use slips on leather hard pieces that will be fired and ready for collection 2 weeks' later. Cost for the two-day course is £110. Delicous healthy food is available. Limited accommodation is available to book at the centre. ( book early to avoid disappointment!) Contact info@midwalesarts.org.uk or ring 01686 688369.

One previous participant of the same course said:

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality and superb lunch over the weekend. I loved Andy's Pottery Workshop and the lovely setting. We will certainly be visiting you again.

Sat 24th Mar 18
Sat 24th Mar 18
Lino Printing At Newtown Market Hall
As part of the 'Celebrating Newtown' project looking at buildings of interest, we are working with Mid Wales Housing to produce a series of individual prints and a group mural inspired by the history of the Market Hall.
All materials will be supplied and children will learn how to design and make a lino printing block. They will be taught by a practising artist and have their work displayed as part of an exhibition as well as having individual work and a block to take home.
This workshop is free.

Sat 7th Apr 18
Sun 8th Apr 18
STARTS 10.00am
Pottery And Woodburning Kiln Weekends: Various Dates
This is an exciting new opportunity for you to understand how a wood burning kiln works and make your own work to fire in it. Taught by potter Carine Van Gestel.

This is a two day course and will ideally entail a second weekend so that your work can dry and be ready to fire. We will start the day by inspecting, bricking up and igniting a packed kiln, which will be alight for approx 12 hours. While we are firing you will be able to use hand building techniques or a wheel to experiment and then make your own final piece. You will be encouraged to use suitable slip and glazes to decorate your work. We will take turns to keep the fire burning during the day.
If you are able to stay until 10 pm on Saturday you will have observed the complete process of operating a wood burning kiln.
Hopefully you will book a second weekend when you can fire your own work as well as making further pieces.
Cost for the weekend: £120 includes all materials and firing. Coffee & Tea throughout the day. Great accommodation and healthy food available at the centre. To book contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk 07970671819/01686 688369
7th  -  8th April
28th -29th April
19th -20th May
2nd  -3rd June
29th -30th June
29th -30th September

Sun 6th May 18
Sun 6th May 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
Drawing From Memory..a Workshop With Karl Sylvester
Karl Sylvester has designed a drawing workshop that will focus on drawing from memory. You will begin by making a list of observations, emotional and physical, recalled from waking and preparing to leave the house that morning, and these will be developed as ink drawings. You will be restricted to a basic drawing tool (supplied)... You will begin by making a list of observations and thoughts, these will be developed as ink drawings focusing on your recollections of emotional and physical experiences. You will be restricted to basic drawing tools(supplied) to encourage focusing on expression. How much of what we do and what we see is really absorbed and retained? Can drawing improve this? The aim of the workshop is to emphasize the value of memory as a route to creative composition and an emotional response to subject and to loosen/broaden your approach. The afternoon will be used to produce a more complex figurative composition developed from memory of a recent event, We will look at artists such as Rembrandt and Daumier who have used drawing effectively to express figurative ideas.These could be developed in materials preferred by students.
Workshop £50 restricted to a maximum of 8 participants.
Materials provided but bring along your preferred tools and media.
Contact: info@midwalesarts.org.uk tel:01686 688369 text: 07970671819 to book your place.
Excellent accommodation and healthy lunch available.
Karl Sylvester has designed a workshop that will focus on drawing from memory.You will begin by making a list of observations, emotional and physical, recalled from waking and preparing to leave the house that morning, and these will be developed as ink drawings. You will be restricted to a basic drawing tool (supplied)... etc.etc...

Sat 9th Jun 18
Sun 10th Jun 18
STARTS 10am-4pm
Artistic Blacksmithing Courses With Spike Blackhurst
A practical course suitable for beginners age 16 and over. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Attendees are asked to wear working clothes and stout footwear. After covering health and safety procedures in the forge tools and equipment will be explained and you will be shown how to light and use the forge.
You will have the opportunity to work on an anvil and learn how to manipulate metal using a variety of techniques. You will practice these techniques, learn how to forge hooks and pokers etc and then you will be able to use all these processes to create your own forged metal artwork
Group size is never more than six at one time to ensure personal attention and there is an experienced assistant on hand.

We are taking bookings for 2018 and gift vouchers for this course are now available.
Cost £125 per day.
Contact Cathy on 07970671819 or info@midwalesarts.org.uk to book a place
for group and individual bookings

Tea and Coffee will be provided.

Fri 27th Jul 18
Fri 24th Aug 18
STARTS 10.00am - 16.00pm
Children's Summer Holiday Workshops
Following the success of previous years we are running a varied programme of fun activities for children 7-12 years that are designed to encourage your child to develop their imagination. The theme running through these all of these workshops will be 'Fantastic Folk'. We will encourage children to develop their own creative voice as well as using Welsh Folklore and the natural world as inspiration.
Run by professional artists and experienced teachers in the art studio every Friday 10-4pm. during school summer holidays. 27th July, 3rd 10th 17th and 24th August.
Activities will include clay, wire sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking and textiles.
Artists will include Sara Philpott, Nicky Arscott, Amy Sterly and Cathy Knapp assisted by Carla Owen
£17.50 per child(family rates).
Children should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.
These are popular courses and early booking is advised.
e mail cathy@midwalesarts.org.uk for a booking form or ring 01686 688369

Wed 1st Aug 18
Wed 29th Aug 18
Sculpteen 18
For our 4th year running Mid Wales Arts will hold a series of Sculpture workshops for teenagers during the Summer holidays.

We will make good use of our facilities, using clay, wood, plaster and found objects to make an installation. Each days work will be a complete component part so that you can come for all or some of the sessions.

This project will build on previous years activities. It will involve teamwork, be a lot of fun, allow students to develop and work to their individual strengths and work collaboratively with professional sculptors.
Every Wednesday during August:. 1st-8th-15th-22nd-29th. 10-4. Students should bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes.