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    Gloucester Arts and Crafts Summer        School Brochure for 2019

Our 39th year  29th July—2nd August

Welcome—we hope that you enjoy browsing though our 2019 brochure, whether  you are a regular Summer School student or a potential new one.

As is our custom, we offer a broad range of arts/crafts courses and this year a number of new, exciting options have again been added.

When you have made your choice and filled out the booking form, we hope that you will tell other people who you think might also enjoy and benefit from the unique experience and atmosphere of the GACG Annual Summer School.


      Newent Community School, Watery Lane, Newent,

                Gloucestershire GL18 1QF

                 Summer School co-ordinator

              Gill Webb  Tel.01452531744


          51 Riversley road, Elmbridge, Gloucester. GL20QU

                   All  courses - 9.30am- 4.30pm

Organised by The Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group

Reg Charity No 1069039

For more information go to:-



           General information

This is the fifth year that we have Newent Community School as our venue.  Situated on the outskirts of Newent town, it has the Arts College status and offers excellent facilities for our courses. Students will be pleased to know it has ample parking.

All courses are open to everyone over 18 years of age. Usually courses are limited to a maximum of 10 students to enable tutors to give individual attention to the members of the group. Tuition in basic skills will be available for beginners, whilst those with   previous experience will be given opportunities to expand and  advance their existing skills.

Early enrolment is strongly advised because of the limited places available. Phone    numbers of most tutors are shown in the brochure. They are quite happy for              prospective  students to contact them before enrolment with any queries. Tutors will specify charges for materials and hire of models where applicable, in addition to course fees.

Prior to Summer School, students will be supplied with information about their courses (if necessary ) and suggestions on what equipment or materials they should bring.

Any course under-subscribed will be cancelled at the end of June and students will be offered their 2nd  choice if places are available. Alternatively any fees will be refunded.

 Should an advertised tutor withdraw from Summer School, Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group reserve the right to use a substitute tutor. In  such unforeseen   circumstances, no   refund will be made to students.

Most important

Your fees includes tuition and an excellent lunch ( varied menu ) cooked by first class caterers on the premises. Also morning coffee and afternoon tea/coffee breaks with  homemade biscuits and cake.

Students are responsible for  Insurance and safe-keeping of their own property.


We hope you have a happy and creative week.



     Art  and Craft Courses                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Creating & Sculpting Animal Characters       

Acrylic Painting & Colour Mixing*                             

 Ladderback Chairmaking                                         

Elements of the Landscape*                                           


The Pencil Experience*

 Wood Carving                                                           

Five different Art Media


                                             3, 2& 1 DAY COURSES            

29 July                                                                29 / 30 July

An Introduction to Eco Printing                   A Voyage into Beading         

                                                                Floral Embroidered Animal -

                                                                Silhouette Pictures  

                                                               Sculpting & Painting with wool                                                                            


29/30/ 31 July                                                                  

Fused Glass                                                                                       


The Magic of Willow


31 July 1 /2/ August                                                               

Lino Printing


1 / 2 August                                                                                         

Summer Espadrilles & Patchwork Bag                                                                    

  Botanical Art                                                                                                                                                                                                          

       2 August

An introduction to Eco Printing

Flower Arranging                                                                        

*This course can also be booked for any number of days. All Courses: 9.30am – 4.30pm  


Costs are as follows                                                 

                                                          5 Day   4 Day   3 Day    2 Day     1Day

            A non-returnable deposit of     £50         £50       £50       £30       £30

            A full payment of                     £215*    £175*   £145*    £105*  £60


Acrylic Painting and Colour Mixing                            5 days*


This course covers many aspects of painting with acrylics – with particular emphasis on mixing colours.  Using just the three primary colours and white, it is possible to mix an infinite variety of colours.  Only requiring four tubes of paint has obvious cost benefits and means less to carry around. It will also improve your knowledge and understanding of colour theory and practice. Suitable for complete beginners and more experienced artists, we will be painting a variety of subjects, with plenty to suit all tastes, and you will have the opportunity to bring in your own choice of subject.



Kate Smith studied at Goldsmith's College in London for 4 years. She is a qualified tutor in further education (FENTO) as well as having a PGCE (secondary art) qualification. Kate works as a freelance artist and runs several weekly art courses across the county. Tel:( 01452) 840189  / Mob: 07970242808 

An introduction to Eco Printing:  Monday 29  July or Friday 2 August


Eco printing is a fascinating process using natural plant based dyes and leaves to create different, unique and intriguing effects on paper and fabric. No two eco prints are identical. 

This is a one-day workshop which will be repeated, so please only sign up for one day or the other and specify the date on the Booking Form.

You will create a silk panel, paper eco prints suitable for use in card making, and other cotton samples.



Sue Griffiths has always enjoyed trying out various crafts, and is now experimenting with different forms of printing. The use of plants from the garden and found foraging is a bonus.


A Voyage into Beading                            29/ 30 July


In this workshop you will learn how to make a beautiful necklace with matching bracelet and earrings using Half Tila beads, crystals/pearls and seed beads. The rectangle shape of a Half Tila bead when woven together produces a stunning wave effect which is most comfortable to wear. This workshop is a good introduction to the art of bead weaving using various shaped beads.

This course is suitable for all abilities. All tools and equipment will be provided but there will be a charge for materials.


Jenny Hodgett has years of experience teaching crafts to a wide age group both in the UK and overseas. She specialises in beading but regularly teaches a variety of crafts to groups locally in Gloucestershire. Her work is displayed and sold at various craft shows around the county. 


BOTANICAL ART (Coloured Pencil with Graphite Pencil):    1 /2/Aug


The course is designed to build confidence, encourage accuracy, observation and composition for beginners and intermediate students. It also introduces students to the wonderful world of coloured and graphite pencils. The course will concentrate on combining both mediums in one composition using fruit, vegetables, seed heads and flowers. No water is used as these pencils are oil based.


Marilyn Hughes SBA. UKCPS, teaches a method of pencil drawing devised by Ann Swan who is an accredited Botanical Artist and an RHS Gold Medallist. Marilyn has been working with coloured pencils since 1994 and for the past 10 years teaching Botanical Art at Cirencester College, Nature in Art, Home Workshops and Art Clubs. Bristol Botanic Gardens

Creating & Sculpting Animal Characters       3 days    SPACES AVAILABLE


This five day course will teach you how to create unique characterized animals from a design, to the final painted model. Welcome to all levels of sculpting; complete beginners to August​e​ Rodins​!​ You will be able to express your creativity through your design and learn simple sculpting techniques to fabricate your ideas in three dimensions. You will be taught everything from what makes a good design, to making an armature, sculpting a form, creating effective textures and painting your model. You will be using “Super sculpey”, a polymer clay used by industry professionals. It is a non-toxic, easily malleable clay that can simply be set solid in a low heat conventional oven. This course will build your confidence in sculpture, and allow you to make your own designs at home, anytime.



Nate Sanger-Davies is a Modelmaking Graduate from the Arts University Bournemouth. He specializes in creature and character sculpture and teaches fellow students as president of AUB sculpting society. Visit his website natemakes.co.uk. For any information please call 07951793955 or email natesangerdavies@gmail.com


Elements of the Landscape*        1/2/3/4 or 5 days

Day 1: Flower Meadows

Day 2: Woodland Scenes

Day 3: Strong light in the landscape

Day 4: Sheep, Cattle, Horses – individuals & herds in the landscape

Day 5: Softening Structures – adding plants to walls and fences


Suitable for all abilities, this course will allow participants to explore different

elements of the landscape in turn. Acrylics are the preferred medium for this

course, other media by arrangement with the tutor. The days can be booked

individually or as a five-day course.



Jackie Garner (01453 847420) trained at Medway College of Design, is a former  Education Officer at the Nature in Art Museum and is qualified in Further and Adult Education. She is a professional artist who specialises in   wildlife and is the author and illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook.   Jackie teaches and lectures regularly, and is a guest contributor to Leisure Painter Magazine. www.jackiegarner.co.uk,      email:     artist@jackiegarner.co.uk,:

Five different art media                       5 days       SPACES AVAILABLE

If you have ever wanted to try different media this is your opportunity. Inspire you artistic flow using, pastels, charcoals, pen &ink, water soluble graphite and classic silverpoint, a favourite of the old masters. We will also try variants of each. It’s a five day course with a different medium (and subject) each day.

Subjects will include the face, landscape, animals and the human body. A linear perspective exercise will also be included.

A five day course for beginners, improvers and advanced level students. Lots of individual attention in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere, and each person taught according to their ability. David will supply all the mediums and the papers that you require.


David Ochiltree is a practicing illustrator & artist with over thirty years of illustration experience. He has illustrated his own historical colouring books for museums and publishers all over the UK. David has been teaching adults at his art classes in Gloucestershire for the last twelve years. http://ochiltree.org.uk


                                                                                           SPACES AVAILABLE

You will produce an embroidered picture of an animal of your choice filled with an abundance of flowers. We will be using simple embroidery stitches and beads, which makes the technique ideal for beginners. More experienced students  may wish to incorporate your favourite embroidery stitches for a personal look. We will be breaking a few rules! I don’t use a hoop and I like the freedom of embroidering in felt rather than a woven fabric. I rarely use less than 4 strands of embroidery thread at a time and often more. This may not be for the purist embroiderer, but it is fun and easy. All materials and picture frame will be supplied for a small charge. You may bring along your own pictures of animals or pets. Please ensure the outline is clear as we will not be embroidering any features. All pictures need to fit inside an 18cm x 18 cm picture frame.


Jackie Ginley, having recently left full time employment now indulges her passion for all things craft. In the past she has been a toy maker and a hobby ceramics teacher. She currently runs a ‘drop in’ craft group where she teaches a different craft each week.


                                                                                 SPACES AVAILABLE

You will learn how to make beautiful natural arrangements using all British-grown seasonal foliage and cut-flowers, including unusual varieties not widely available. In the morning, you will be taught how to cut and condition flowers and will make and wrap a Hand-Tied Bouquet.  In the afternoon you will make a Table Centrepiece in a footed glass bowl and, if time, a decorated Jam Jar Posy. There will be discussion of what makes a good cut flower and the best varieties to choose should you wish to try growing your own cutting patch at home. Students will be provided with all the flowers they need to make the arrangements as well as all wrapping materials, a footed glass bowl for their table centrepiece and a jam jar and decorations. All tools will also be provided. There will be a cost of £40 for materials.



Liz Fallon runs the Cotswold Posy Patch, a floristry and flower growing business based at Primrose Vale Farm in Shurdington. She is a passionate advocate of British Grown flowers and is a member of Flowers from the Farm. Liz has a degree in plant sciences and an RHS Certificate in Horticulture. She has studied floristry with a number of respected florists including Sabine Darrall, Wendy Paul at Organic Blooms, The Garden Gate Flower Co and Hans Haverkamp. Liz also has a background in Horticulture Therapy and has worked for Thrive and a local independent charity teaching gardening to people with support needs.

Fused Glass for your Garden     29 /30 /31 July


Make stunning pieces of fused glass for your garden using the vibrant medium of coloured glass to create all manner of decorative objects such as birds and flowers to hang in trees or put in your borders and pots. With a simple and practical approach to design Caroline will help you to discover how easy it is to create a stunning piece of kiln formed glass using this remarkable process, which involves layering together colourful pieces of glass which are then heated in a kiln so that they fuse together. All tools and equipment will be provided and a good range of glass and other compatible materials will be available for sale during the course. No previous experience is necessary but if you have done it before, you will be more than welcome.


Caroline Lambert has been working exclusively with glass for nearly 20 years.  She divides her time between teaching adults and children and is a practising artist.     



Learn how to design, cut and print your original artwork, using traditional or easy to cut lino.  Over the three days, you will learn how to make individual black and white and colour prints.  You will learn a number of ways of adding colour to your prints, to take them to a new level.  Absolute beginners will be guided at every step of the process, whilst those with more experience will be encouraged to learn new techniques to broaden their knowledge.  It would be helpful if you brought sketches, photos or ideas with you, or you can choose to use the reference material provided.  You will also gain information about the best tools, papers and inks to use to successfully continue printmaking at home. There will be a Materials Charge of £8 for this course, payable to the Tutor.



Beth Jenkins is a professional printmaker and a member of Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-op.  She teaches regularly throughout Gloucestershire and beyond, as well as being involved in running public art events.  Beth was recently Artist in Residence at WWT Slimbridge. Contact her for more information on bethjenkinsfyc@hotmail.com, 07969 125271 or www.bethjenkins.co.uk



Our main aim of this course is to make a quality ladderback chair in a week. The method is by turning legs and rails using tools called rotary planes and is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience. The ability to measure in imperial units will be useful. We will use Ash and the design of the chairs will be heavily influenced by the Gimson/Clisset/Shaker styles and can either be side or armchairs. All tools and equipment will be provided, but materials will have to be paid for at cost. Seats can either be rushed or seagrassed.


Phil Shipley (01452 617546) was a teacher in the Design and Technology subject area for 30 years. He is now semi-retired, but still restores/repairs furniture and tutors chairmaking courses, as well as working on commissions from time to time. He is the Short Course tutor at West Dean College, Chichester and exhibits at Frampton County Fair.

MOSAIC                      5 days                            SPACES AVAILABLE

Mosaic is fun, fascinating and addictive!

Discover how to design a mosaic, cut and shape tesserae and grout the finished work. Selecting from a wide range of glass and ceramic tiles and broken china, complete a mosaic on MDF.

Explore the possibilities of colour, form, pattern and texture.

All materials and tools, are provided; a charge will be made by the tutor for materials used. Please bring a shoebox sized cardboard box to cut into.

Any questions?  Please contact Erica on 07909754242



Erica Bibbings is a professional draftsman and artist who has been experimenting with mosaic for many years. She is experienced in running workshops as well as working to commission.

Pottery /Ceramic Sculpture                          29 /30/ 31 July


Discover how to hand-build a range of pots and sculptural forms in clay. The course is structured to give the complete beginner the skills and confidence that they need whilst allowing the more experienced artist the freedom to explore their own ideas. To give you some idea, last year students made a wide range of pieces including mugs, bird houses, natural forms and figurative sculpture. I will support and guide you through all stages

All tools and equipment are provided, with a charge made to cover the cost of materials that you use. I will fire your work for you and you can choose to add glaze at a later date.



Peter Garrard has a first class honours degree in 3D design and studied Ceramics in the USA. He has extensive experience teaching Ceramics and Painting and Drawing to adults and children across the county. He divides his time between making work for exhibition and teaching from his studio and other venues.

Contact him on petergarrardceramics@yahoo.com / 07985 294 312

View other students work: Facebook: Pottery and Art Classes with Peter Garrard

View Peter’s work and course details: www.peter-garrard-ceramcis.co.uk

SCULPTING and PAINTING with WOOL                  29/ 30 July


Discover the wonders of wool by learning or developing your experience of needle-felting (a dry-felting technique) to create pictures with a three-dimensional form or sculptures, inspired by the natural world. You will be given the chance to explore and exploit the different qualities of British rare-breed sheep fleeces, alpaca and angora wool in studies of animals or birds (pets or wildlife) and landscapes (see www.facebook.com/taylored.felt for examples). Stunning plant-dyed Cotswold wool will be available for you to capture the natural tones of the countryside. There will be time for you to discover how the needle-felting technique can be used to create very different art forms. No drawing or needle-felting experience is necessary. Equipment is provided and materials can be purchased at cost during the course. This is a very portable, creative and therapeutic craft so be prepared to go home with a new passion in your life!


Helen Taylor (0753 8857598 or hctaylor2002@aol.com) started using wool as a sculpting medium eleven years ago in her artistic exploration of the natural world, as wool's light textured form captures nature's fine detail but with soft edges. She developed a passion for using rare-breed fleece and for plant-dyeing Cotswold fleece. She now creates and exhibits her work from her studio in Victoria Works Studios in Chalford. Helen has spent her working life teaching both adults and children and runs workshops in her studio and as a guest tutor for various Guilds. www.facebook.com/taylored.felt

Summer Espadrilles And Patchwork Bag  1 / 2 August  


Make your very own pair of stylish espadrilles, a Spanish style sandal perfect for wearing on holiday. As well as modern sewing machines for you to use, there will also be the opportunity to test your skills on a 1950’s Singer sewing machine. The espadrilles will be hand finished by you in time to wear on the beach. Choose from a range of stylish fabrics to create a perfect patch-worked bag. Use geometric shapes to design and make your bag, adding your own unique flair! Your bag will be lined to make it extra sturdy, ideal for shopping trips. These projects are great if you are starting a venture into textiles, refreshing your skills or simply want to add to your Summer wardrobe! All other equipment is provided.



 Rebecca Lodge has 10 years sewing experience and a BA (Hons) in Costume Construction for Stage and Screen, she has been working within television and film since 2013 including: Taboo, Wolf Hall and Cold Feet. Rebecca also runs textile workshops for children and adults. If you would like to find out more about her work please contact:  wwadstudio@hotmail.co.uk  or to view Rebecca’s shop and workshops please visit: www.whatwouldaudreydo.co.uk.

The Pencil Experience *           5 days       SPACES AVAILABLE


Make your mark with a week experiencing how far the humble pencil has come. We will get to the point using graphite, water soluble graphite, coloured and pastel pencils, watercolour pencils and inktense on a variety of grounds. Find which paper not only best suits the type of pencil but your own way of working. We will also try working on a heated surface, working on silk, and trying out metalpoint drawing on a special chalk ground. (Although each day is planned out it is possible that should you only be able to attend for a shorter number of days we can work in whatever particular pencil type you would like to try out)

Suitable for all abilities. Students are welcome to bring whatever pencils they have. Pencils and paper are supplied for a fee of £7 per student



Jackie Cox became a freelance artist in 1984 and since then has had many successful exhibitions in the UK, Germany and the USA. As well as regular local art classes, she also does demonstrations and workshops, both here and abroad.


The Magic of Willow   -   Basket Making     29/30/31 July

                                                                                  SPACES AVAILABLE

Learn to use Willow to create a little Magic. At the beginning of this three day course we will have bundles of Wet willow Rods, and by the end of the three days you could be walking out with a basket over your arm. You will learn how to construct a basket around a round base. A shopper with a handle, an Apple Picker's basket, a nest of three willow platters, an Ali Baba, a Log basket or an Umbrella Basket....

For those who have already worked a little with Willow, may I introduce you to the French Oval Base. Extending your range of possibilities....

We will be using a range of willows grown in Somerset. White, Buff, brown and steamed and also possibly Dicky Meadows and Flaunders Red. 

Warning- Willow can be very addictive...



Helen Lomberg has been a tutor for about 20 years, regularly teaching for Waterperry Gardens, The Women's Farm and garden association, Nature in Art and Highgrove. In 2010 she set up the Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre in Gloucester, where she teaches 4 times a week.


5 distinct forms   of carving will be offered and students may choose their preference. Chip carving and lettering, Architectural relief i.e. decorative mouldings such as egg and dart and forms such as acanthus leaf, Artistic relief carving, Carving the human head and Love spoon carving.

Suitable for beginners or improver level entry. Tuition will be one to one.  All tools and materials will be provided, with appropriate costs. See website for details of post course support.


Dave Johnson is a  professional wood sculptor . Dave works from his own studio and uses a variety of timbers.  His work is varied in size and theme and ranges from small animal and human figures to large scale outdoor pieces, often in the form of a collage which depicts a story. He is well known in British woodcarving circles as a result of his work with the British Woodcarvers Association and his regular appearances as a wood sculptor demonstrator at the major woodworking exhibitions.




Art shop

Art materials -will be selling Thursday 1st August



Our ever popular raffle will take place on Wednesday 31st July. Tickets will cost £1 and will only be available on that day Donations of prizes will be most welcome. The draw will take place at 4.15pm in the main entrance

The Marketplace

The Marketplace comprises of a 5 day Arts and Crafts sale, where Tutors and students have the opportunity to sell their own and original creations. This takes place in the main foyer. We  always have an amazing diversity of goods on sale.

If you would like to sell your wares, bring them along with a price list and we will do the rest. 10% of the cost of the items sold goes towards GACG funds.

Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group

The Arts and Crafts Group is an independent educational charity and all decisions are taken by its voluntary committee.

The annual Summer School is one of the events organised by the group, as well as One Day workshops.

Members always receive early information about the Group’s activities, plus two weeks priority over  non-members, by receiving the Summer School brochure through the post. Members also receive a discount for the One Day  Workshops.

If you would like to become a member, contact Treasurer, Phil Shipley, 14 Six Acres, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester GL$ SAX,  Glos 617546.

All booking forms, dates and information can be found on our website-








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