A hands-on weekend of Art and Craft workshops with leading Somerset artist/tutors Sophie Courtiour (willow sculpture), Mel Deegan (wire & resin sculpture), Alison Jacobs (drawing in the landscape), Sarah Meikle (felt making) and Jim Munnion (printing).
Choose from five workshop options and be inspired by the beautiful setting of Halsway Manor. You can immerse yourself in the weekend by staying at the Manor, or come along as a day-visitor, whichever suits you best. Most materials are provided though there may be a £10 fee for some workshop materials.
“A perfect weekend of tuition and skill instruction in a beautiful setting!” Participant
Who’s it For?
All are welcome: you might be an artist interested in trying something new, or you could be a complete beginner wanting to ‘have a go’. For more information please read the course descriptions in ‘The Team’ below.
Introduction to Screen Printing with Jim Munnion
Jim Munnion is a well known full time Somerset painter/printmaker.
This is a hands-on taster course, introducing you to the mysteries of screen printing! However, as some of the processes are complicated there will be a lot to learn and expect some surprising results… All materials will be provided.
The course is suitable for both total beginners and more experienced artists.
Felt Making with Sarah Meikle
Sarah Meikle has worked with a wide range of crafts over many years, and is an experienced teacher and creative therapist. Her inspiration for her creative work comes mainly from the natural world and the seasons around her.
Covering a variety of methods including Nuno and needle felting we will make both practical and decorative items using a wide choice of colours and wool fibers. You’ll begin by making small sample panels, before moving onto functional items of your choice: bags, tea cosys, hats, scarves, cushions – your ideas and suggestions are welcome.
This practical two day course is aimed at beginners but all abilities are welcome.
Sculpture with Melanie Deegan
Melanie originally trained and worked as a woodcarver before the desire for a more flexible approach to sculpture led her to discover Jesmonite, a nontoxic resin that perfectly suits her requirements. Each piece starts as an idea outlined in wire before the final sculpture is produced by building layers of Jesmonite over the metal framework.
Melanie’s sculpture workshop will include experimentation with wire sculpture, creating a wire ‘sketch’ which you can develop into a more detailed piece if you wish. She can also explore mould-making and casting, enabling you to design and produce your own tiles or wall-plaque. Books and images will be available to provide inspiration or you are welcome to bring your own.
The workshop is suitable for those with no previous experience or anyone looking to try something new. All tools and materials provided.
Drawing In The Landscape with Alison Jacobs
Alison is well known as a specialist in detailed animal studies in acrylic. She is also passionate about the Somerset countryside, creating impressionistic, expressive drawings, paintings and – inspired by David Hockney – iPad art.
This course will get you outside to capture the beautiful Quantock setting of Halsway Manor! With the aim of drawing outdoors (weather permitting), Alison will set various projects throughout the weekend, and always be on hand to guide you in your chosen medium.
All levels of experience welcome; however you will need a basic level of fitness as you’ll be walking – with sketch stops – and the area includes some steep climbs and rough going. If this is a concern for you, please let us know. Bring your sketchbook, basic watercolours, iPad – or all three! Bring an easel if you have one. Please also pack suitable outdoor clothing and strong shoes / boots.
Willow Beasts with Sophie Courtiour
Sophie Courtiour is a Somerset artist known for her large public willow sculptures including leaping deer and the beast on the Blackdown Hills, and a 7 metre reclining woman in Weston-Super-Mare!
Sophie will be running this two day workshop using willow grown locally on the Somerset Levels. Participants are welcome to use the comprehensive folk library at Halsway Manor with a view to creating their own mythical beast though the workshop will cater to any ideas and all levels of ability.
There is no need for previous experience and you don’t have to be arty! Be prepared for any weather as we will be working outside and secateurs and a kneeling pad would be useful.