A series of new and exciting adult creative workshop come to Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries this spring, so if you fancy refreshing your art skills or trying something completely new then they might have just the course for you!
On Saturday April 11, local artist Pamela Grace leads a one day workshop in drawing in pen and ink – a lovely introduction to a time-honoured art form with an inspiring tutor.
This is followed on the 18 April by Jo Dix’s silver clay jewellery. Based in her Cumbrian workshop & shop, Jo has run this workshop to great success twice in recent months at Gracefield, and mainly because they couldn’t fit everyone in to the workshop at once, they have invited her back for a third time! So back by popular demand, and with just a few places remaining, this very special workshop shows you how to create unique cast silver into bespoke jewellery and is not to be missed.
After the Easter holiday, on the 24 & 25 April they are delighted to welcome Edinburgh-based craft artist Anna King who will be looking at creating folded hand-made artists books and pamphlets. On 1&2 May locally-based weaver Katie Russell, leads a two day tapestry weaving introduction workshop. Later in the spring/summer there will also be workshops in life drawing, photo-plate lithography, collograph printmaking and abstract art – so lots of ways to get your creativity going!
For full details of the costs, times and booking method, please visit their website on www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield or download their Spring/Summer brochure here. Lat but not least why not give their friendly team a ring on 01387 262084 to find out more.
Alongside these weekend workshops there is much to see & do in the exhibition galleries:
The current exhibition, ‘Archie in Oil’ runs in Gallery 2 until 11 April. In Gallery 1, ‘Spring Fling Young Artists’ is open until Saturday 4th April, and features jewellery, installation, painting and textiles from six up-and-coming artists. On the last day of this exhibition, Easter Saturday, there will be their annual Easter Egg hunt, special Easter kids club workshop and free Easter-egg painting art activities for kids (from 11-3pm).
Launching on 18 April, ‘Fabric, Fibre Thread’ is the hotly anticipated textiles exhibition presented every three years by members of the Dumfries Embroiderers, Solway Quilters and Spinners Weavers and Dyers – a must see for anyone interested in traditional and contemporary crafts.
For more details about the gallery talk, classes for adults and kids, exhibitions, events, craft shop and café Hubbub, please give Gracefield a ring on 01387 262084, visit the website, or see them on Facebook or Twitter @GracefieldArts
Keep an eye out for the daffodil ‘word sculpture’ in the grounds which will be coming to its peak very soon!