autumn workshops for the public

Eco Friendly screen printing workshop with textile artist Sarah Waterhouse

Persistence Works Studios, Studio 14 - various dates  

Textile designer and screen printer Sarah Waterhouse will be running a series of new textile printing workshops from her studio on the following dates:-

Saturday 5th October OR Saturday 9th November – Stencil fabric printing for lampshades 10am to 4pm. Cost: £60

This session is for a full day screen printing class at Sarah's studio in Sheffield. Come and learn how to screen print using stencil techniques and then use those newly acquired skills to print on to fabric. You will then learn how to make a 20cm table or ceiling lampshade using your own printed fabric. You will take home your lampshade and several pieces of printed fabric.

Saturday 12th and 26th October – Designing repeats for fabric 10am to 4pm both days. Cost: £110 for 2 sessions + screen exposure (to be paid for at first session £48+)

 This is a two session lesson in designing and printing on fabric. In the first session you will design one or two prints and learn how to turn them into repeat design. At the end of the session your artwork will be ready to be made into a screen, screens will be prepared before the second session. In the second session you will learn how to screen print and then will use your new design to print on to fabric. Extra costs on top of the course fee are for exposing the screen, these will be charged at cost and will start from £48 per screen. Places on this course will be very limited. Please note the costs involved don’t include screen manufacture and so screens will be image stripped after the last session.

Saturday 19th October OR Saturday 30th November – Stencil fabric printing for use in the home 10am to 4pm. Cost:  £60

This lesson is for a full day screen printing class at Sarah's studio in Sheffield. Come and learn how to screen print using stencil techniques and then use those newly acquired skills to print on to fabric. You can print fabrics for a number of different uses such as cushion panels, pillow case panels, bunting or whatever you can think of.

Saturday 9th December – Stencil printing you own Christmas stocking 10am to 4pm. Cost £65

This lesson is for a full day screen printing class at Sarah's studio in Sheffield and is perfect for the Christmas period. Come and learn how to screen print using stencil techniques and then use those newly acquired skills to print on to fabric which will be made into a beautiful linen Christmas stocking. You can choose to hand or machine sew your stocking at the end of the session.

All sessions have very limited places so please book early to avoid disappointment. Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. It’s best to wear old clothes and shoes as it can get a little messy.  Places are non-refundable.  You will be using eco friendly materials such as sustainable fabrics and organic inks to print. Materials are included in the price of the sessions.  Book by email to hello@sarahwaterhouse.co.uk or phone 07511 638110 (9am to 4pm). Debit and credit cards or cheques accepted.

Print Making with print maker Neil Woodall

Persistence Works Studios - Saturday 14th,  21st and  28th September.  10am to 4pm Cost: £35

These printmaking workshops generally start with a demonstration of dry-points engraving:  drawing onto a plastic plate by scratching with a sharp point. This simple process can result in some wonderful, subtle images and is a great way to loosen your drawing methods and gain an introduction to the process of intaglio printing. We then start working on a copper plate. The process used depends on the images that we work with.  Neil likes to introduce people to aquatint as it is the trickiest technique to learn but, in his words " produces the most beautiful tones and shades".

The workshop costs £35,  including a 6" x 4" etching plate and paper for proofing and printing the finished plates. It should be possible for you to take away two prints at the end of the workshop. Remember to wear something you don't mind getting dirty as there is a lot of ink and grease in an etching workshop. Workshop participants meets outside the gates at the front of Yorkshire Artspace at 10am.  To book your place and/or request further information, contact Neil direct by email neil_woodall@hotmail.com or phone 07963862527 

Raku firing with ceramist Penny Withers

Sheffield Manor Lodge - Saturday 14th September, 11am to 4pm Cost: FREE

Ceramist Penny Withers  will be running a raku drop-in workshop at the wood-fired located at the bottom end of the Manor Lodge site as part of the Manor Lodge Heritage Open Day.  Pots have already been prepared in advance and ready for people to decorate with glaze. They will then be fired, pulled out of kiln and put into sawdust and cooled to take away at the end of the day.  Sheffield Manor Lodge is located at Green Estate, off Manor Lane, Sheffield, S2 1UL

Creative Card making workshops with Lyn Carruthers

Porterbrook Studios and other city centre venues. 10am to 4pm Cost £35 (concessions £25)

Produce your own unique individually hand made cards. No experience needed.

Saturday 21st September - A Stitch in Time: Stitching and weaving techniques

Sunday 13th October - Making Your Mark: Using everyday items to make your mark and print

Saturday 26th October - A Cut Above: Cutting and sticking techniques

(Evening workshops available dates to be decided 7-9.30pm £25.00 each (£17.50 each concessions))

The informal workshops will be structured, friendly and fun. The venue will be a city centre studio. Demonstrations, a selection of tools and materials will be provided. You will be supported and encouraged to develop your creative ideas and processes. All the techniques can be used at home and materials easily and cheaply sourced. Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Booking is essential: 4 places a workshop, first come first served so book early to avoid disappointment. 50% deposit to secure a place. For information or to book onto workshops ring 0114 258 1492 and leave your name and contact number or email lyncarruthers@yahoo.com. “Creative ideas will come with the right kind of encouragement and context”.  former workshop participant

Ceramics Classes with Brian Holland

Persistence Works Studios - Fridays 9.30am to 12.30pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 5pm

My workshops, for both beginners and experienced clay workers, continue throughout September and October every Friday and Saturday.  Apart from different hand-building methods, wheel-work, glaze mixing etc., we also have regular raku events. Cost:  £12.50 per three hour session