Workshops !

Courses at Nant Spring 2015
Date Event Time Cost
Sunday 15th Feb Reduction Lino printing
Using easy-cut lino, learn the basic technique of reduction lino cuts and complete your first multicolour print
Materials provided
£23 (tools if needed £5 extra- please order when booking)
Monday 23rd Feb Lino Printing with 2 plates.
Printing with two or more plates create more complex designs Materials provided
£23 (tools if needed £5 extra- please order when booking)
Wed 25th Feb Book binding 1 Concertina books and stab stitch techniques 10.30 -4 £20 each workshop including most materials
'What to bring' list when booking
Monday March 2nd Book binding 2 Books using longstitch and expanding spines 10.30 -4
Sunday March 8th Book binding 3 Coptic binding and Open Spine Techniques.
For those with some experience.
10.30 -4
9th March
Monday 16th March
Structure, form and contour: build up a likeness directly from the model.
Tutor: Glenn Ibbitson Model: Carole King
Work in Acrylic or Oils
Bring painting materials of your choice and a panel or canvas of your preferred size
Each session 10.30 - 3pm

Two day course: £45 . maximum 4 people
Wed 18th March
Graphic novels and the Cartoon Strip
Do you have a story in you, but feel daunted by the prospect of days at a keyboard? Then consider the medium of the Graphic Novel.
A one-day workshop which will guide you through the basic visual language of 'sequential art' to develop a your idea through a balance of word and picture.
Tutor: Glenn Ibbitson A fine artist influenced by the medium of comics, he is now the author of three graphic novels, with a further book in production
10.30 - 4pm.
£20 All materials provided.
Monday 30th March
Collage: Beyond Two Dimensions
Lifting the practice of paper mosaic and assemblage from the flat page to produce works in Relief, Pop-ups, Tunnel Books, Boxes and etc. One day course guaranteed to produce intriguing conversation pieces.
Tutor: Glenn Ibbitson
10.30 - 4pm.
£20 All materials provided
Wed 8th April
Mon 13th April
The Surreal Still-Life:
Too often, Still-Life is to the painter what scales are to the pianist.
Still-Life can be much more than just an exercise. By substituting vases of flowers or bowls of fruit for a range of more unusual objects in an imaginative composition, your painting will develop over two days into a painting which transcends the genre and feeds the imagination.
Work in Acrylic or Oils
Bring painting materials of your choice and a panel or canvas of your preferred size
Bring two objects which have a special meaning for you to include in your set-up.
Each session 10.30 - 4pm.
Two day course: £40
Tea and coffee provided- please bring your own packed lunch.
Booking essential : email or call 01559 370276

Everyone welcome
We are based 2 miles south of Newcastle Emlyn on the B4333- directions and map available on booking.

Booking can be made through our new site
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Bookbinding Workshop

Further information:
Bookmaking Workshop
Saturday 21st March 2015
Preseli Community Learning Centre

Make a complete book with hard covers and a stitched and covered spine, suitable for use as a sketchbook, notebook, diary or journal. Learn techniques for including storage pockets or envelopes, place markers and retaining ribbons for closure.
During this one day workshop participants will complete an A5 size book filled with drawing quality paper.

We will start the day with a short examination of various book structures, materials and tools.

Tools /Materials suggestion list

I will provide
pieces of thick greyboard for the covers
book cloth for the book spine
140gsm white acid free cartridge for the pages ( if you would prefer watercolour or another type of paper please contact me)

Please will you bring:

Essential tools- scissors- I use a big pair for cutting paper and a small pair for fiddly bits
a ruler – both for measuring and as a cutting edge
darning size needle
a paintbrush suitable for glueing

If you have one
a craft knife / stanley knife
board to cut on
a bradawl with a point and tools for making holes

wrapping papers for the book covers eg interesting paper bags, packaging, gift wrap, advertising flyers, pages from magazines..... etc

cords and ribbons
If you might like to add a 'tie' to close your book a ribbon piece approximately 1m in length and 1-2cm wide is required- I will bring a selection of ribbon but you might like to bring what you have.

embellishments eg lace, decorative pictures, fabric,beads, buttons, anything you think might be useful

If you would like to attend this workshop please book directly with

I will soon be publishing a list of other workshops that will take place at Nant-all sorts of techniques and fun-let me know if there is anything you would like especially on the list.

How to........ instructions to make a concertina book

Those attending my workshops on printmaking or bookbinding will have received notes on various techniques. I have now started turning these into a series of little books. 
These concertina books contain fully illustrated instructions for making zigzag ( concertina) books. Approximately 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 inches) and hand bound in my own handprinted paper with hard covers. The 8 pages have been digitally printed and folded to give clear directions for making any size of book.

Tunnel Books workshop

Tunnel Book Workshop Saturday 17th November Artists books come in diverse range of types and formats.They can be inte...