Drawing & Painting Workshops @ Fox Wood Forest School


Workshops for children and adults, with Birks Holden.

Clare & Christopher of Birks Holden are back with a new series of Drawing Workshops, held in the spacious barn at Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon. The site includes plenty of parking, and further details can be found on their website: www.foxwoodforextschool.com

Enjoy exploring different drawing and painting techniques, mark making, and using different materials. Dress for Mess!

1st Saturday of the Month

Starting from Saturday 1st May 2021 10am – 12noon

£15 per workshop, including materials and refreshments

Location: The Barn, Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon, IP22 5SD

A magical place where children can have adventures…’

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each child is assured individual attention, so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

To book and for further information please contact Clare by text on:

07870813643 or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk

Birks Holden are hoping to run the first session for adults on 1st May, but this is yet to be confirmed. Please check back for updates, or email clare@birksholden.co.uk for more information.


Drawing and Painting for Children

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic it was not possible to run many workshops for children at designermakers21 during 2020. To ensure we can begin our spring season in March 2021, we are very pleased to announce that the first few at least will be in the barn at Fox Wood Forest School in nearby Brewers Green. The site includes plenty of parking, and further details can be found on their website: www.foxwoodforextschool.com

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Clare and Christopher look forward to welcoming you there on the 6 March.

Enjoy exploring different drawing and painting techniques, mark making, and using different materialsDress for Mess & Wrap Up Warm!

1st Saturday of the Month

Starting on Saturday 6th March 2021 10am – 12noon

£15 per workshop, including materials and refreshments

Location: The Barn, Fox Wood Forest School, Brewers Green, Roydon, IP22 5SD

A magical place where children can have adventures…’

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each child is assured individual attention, so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

To book and for further information please contact Clare by text on:

07870813643 or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk


Drawing Workshop for Adults

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB


Relaxed, friendly, fully tutored class

Starting on Saturday 6th March 2021 2pm-5pm

£22 including materials and refreshments 

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each student is assured

Individual attention so please book in advance to guarantee your place.

For further details please phone or text Clare on 07870 813643
or email: clare@birksholden.co.uk

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An opportunity to learn new skills

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

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Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact the individual members if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

Workshops offered in the studios by members –

Printmaking – Annette Rolston & Mike Fenton
Feltmaking – Janine Oxley
Mosaics – Joy Holden
Jewellery – Kate Heath
Sewing and upcycling – Marie Mallen
Freestyle Saori weaving – The Saori Shed
Theatre crafts – Christopher Holden
Stained glass – Hunnybunny Glass
Basic skills with hand tools – David Whatley Ceramics – Kate Welton

The Upstairs workshop and exhibition space hosts a rotating calender of events by external practioners

Printmaking – linocut & mixed media

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

2 day course, from 10.30 to 5pm – Price £165

This course covers linocut and mixed media printing. Students get to print onto fabric – linen, cotton, satin etc., to create several cushion cover fronts or wall-hangings. A calico shopping bag and a blank medium-sized silk scarf are also included to block print onto, along with half a dozen blank greetings cards and sheets of paper.

Annette teaches only two students each time who receive lots of individual tuition, and have plenty of scope to create and print several variations of their print blocks within the allotted time.

The aspects that have most delighted the students have been exploring the different marks made by the carving and engraving tools, the range of imagery possible and how to ink creatively and colourfully.

Many have discovered ‘jigsaw’ linocuts for the first time and produced multi-coloured images using one print block. They have explored painterly stencil prints onto fabric too, experimenting with impressions of leaves, grasses feathers and lace etc., combined with block-printing of linocut motifs. Almost all students aim to purchase their own tools and materials to continue printing at home, which Annette gives guidance on plus suppliers lists.

Annette provides all materials – lino, vinyl, carving tools, drill, inks, rollers, printing press, paper, fabric (linen, cotton, satin), calico shopping bag, silk scarf, 6 greetings card blanks. Teas, coffees, biscuits are also provided. She has recommendations for local accommodation if needed.

Printmaking – linocut 1 day course

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

Develop a linocut image, either A6 or A5 in scale.  Try out professional cutting tools, experiment with mark-making. Use traditional grey lino and a new softer vinyl.

Carve the image then print in black and white on paper through a printing press as well as learning hand printing techniques. Subsequently, print over a monoprinted background, then try over-printing in colour. Print several prints in the session, fabric off-cuts available as well as a selection of papers. Explore some colour inking, masking and layering techniques if time allows.

If you have any images that you would like to work with please bring them along, otherwise there will be images provided. Bring a packed lunch and an apron.

£75 per person, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Regular ongoing workshops for 1 or 2 people. Contact Annette Rolston to arrange days