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Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group Brochure  2021 

   26th - 30th July

Welcome—we hope that you enjoy browsing through our 2021 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.01452 531744

              Mobile—07874 604952


                   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 sixth 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 contacted to choose another. 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 a mandatory service charge to the school. This covers  an excellent lunch ( varied menu ) cooked by first class caterers on the premises, morning coffee and afternoon tea/coffee breaks with  homemade biscuits and cakes. Also staff wages and the hiring of the school


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

We hope you have a happy and creative week.


5 Days                26th - 30th July 2021

Ladderback Chairmaking

Life Drawing


Woodcarving Improvers

Amazing Acrylics


Pastels for beginners

Sculpting Animal Characters


3 Days         Mon/Tues/Wed      26/27/28 July 2021

Fabric Sculpture


Botanical Art


3 Days          Wed/Thurs/Fri       28/29/30 July 2021

Drawing a Leopard


2 Days           Mon/Tues                26/27 July 2021

Draw an Owl      Fully  Booked - sorry

Fused Glass Flower Lantern  Fully Booked - sorry

Decorative Clay Bowls

Beading - Crystals, Cubes and Cathedrals



2 Days      Thurs/Fri                   29/30 July 2021

Millefiori bead making

'Dos-a Dos' Leather Binding

Needle felting

Fascinator Making



1 Day

Eco Printing *               Mon/Fri          26th and 30th Juy 2021

Indian Block Printing     Wed                 28th July 2021

Bountiful Buttons          Wed

Etching momo print       Wed

Crochet for beginners     Wed

Lino Printing                  Thurs               29th July 2021

Fabric Printing                Fri                    30th July 2021


Please note * Eco Printing is a  1 day course run on two different days

 Summer School 2021       Booking Form


Home Address



Contact number

GACG member number

( if member) 


Dietary  or access   requirements

Course fees 

 I enclose: (please circle as appropriate) 

Either   A non-returnable deposit

5 Day       4 Day    3 Day      2 Day      1Day

£70           £60        £50        £40         £30


Or   full payment of  

£250*      £200*     £150*    £100*      £50*

          *(includes a non-returnable deposit)

NB the amount payable is for the total number of days at Summer School regardless of the length of the class or classes.

Please complete the booking form and send with your cheque (Payable to Gloucester Arts & Crafts group) and Stamped Addressed  Envelope to:

Gill Webb, 51 Riversley Road, Elmbridge, Gloucester

GL2  0QU

Tel.01452 531744

Mobile  07874 604952

Email: gilly8080@blueyonder.co.uk

How did you hear abut Summer School? 


Amazing Acrylics                                                  5 days

Recent innovation has made acrylics the most versatile of paints. This class will concentrate on discovering methods and purposes of different types of acrylics. We will focus on experimenting - exploring textures, creating layers, applying paint in a variety of ways - to enhance your art and give more individuality to your work. 

Part 1 will focus on different types of acrylic ink and paint products

Part 2 will concentrate on a variety of acrylic mediums

This class may be booked as Part 1 (2 days) or Part 2 (3 days) or both together as a 5-day course. There will be a charge for some materials

Tutor - Jackie Garner

Jackie 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 portraying wildlife and is the author and illustrator of The Wildlife Artist’s Handbook. Jackie teaches and lectures regularly, exhibits locally and nationally and is a guest contributor to Leisure Painter Magazine. www.jackiegarner.co.uk (01453 847420)

An introduction to Eco Printing:     Monday 26 July

                                                                         Friday 30 July

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. There will be a small charge for materials used to the tutor.


Tutor -  Sue Griffiths

Sue 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.


Beading,                                                    26/27 July

weaving with Crystals, Cubes and  Cathedrals                                                                                                     

We will cover three different bead weaving designs  with beads from crystal bicones, little cube beads, beads with one and two holes, to the mysterious Cathedral beads!  We will start with a pentagonal pendant, using the Cathedral beads combined with crystal bicones and seed beads, continuing with a pretty bracelet project using two-holed beads alongside crystal bicones, cubes and squares.  To finish, there will be a chance to set a pretty lead crystal stone into a bead woven surround using yet more crystals and two-holed beads.  A chance to get truly adventurous!  Suitable for those with some beading experience.

Students may purchase/borrow all materials from the tutor or bring the following from your bead stashes: 

Size 10 and 11 beading needles, beading thread, beading mat, small sharp scissors, thread conditioner, 10 x 6mm Czech Cathedral beads, 3mm and 4mm Austrian crystal bicones, 16 x Miyuki 5mm Tila beads, 2.5x5mm Superduo beads, 1 x 18mm Austrian or Czech crystal rivoli (no holes), Japanese size 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, Czech size 11/0 seed beads, 3mm cube beads, size 11/0 Miyuki Delicas. The approx. cost of materials is £15


Tutor - Sally Boehme. See below for Sally’s details

Bountiful Buttons                                                 28 July

 in Polymer Clay: Stamped, Striped and Swirled                                                                                

Join Sally for a day playing with polymer clay to create buttons of all shapes and sizes.  If you’ve not tried polymer clay before, this is your chance to discover how versatile it is.  Or extend your existing repertoire in this wonderful medium.   Sally will show you how to apply foils and create texture, plus stripes and swirl effects.   Then she’ll show you how to create buttons in myriad shapes and sizes.   They will be the perfect adornment for you and your personal projects! Students should bring the following: apron, wet wipes (not water-based).

All tools and clay will be supplied by the tutor.  The approx cost of materials is £10.

Tutor - Sally Boehme

Sally has worked in beads and polymer clay for over 25 years and taught for 11 years at       venues nationally.  Her work has been published in Vogue, Beadwork, Bead, WI Life and Making Jewellery magazines.  She also runs workshops at her home studio in rural Herefordshire, sells her pieces through several galleries and works to commission.( info@sallyboehme.co.uk, www,sallyboehme.co.uk) 

Contemporary Botanical Art                       26/27/28 July

 in Graphite and Polycromos Oil based Coloured Pencil                                                                                      

In this course students will achieve drawing skills, mixing colours, composition and using solvent. 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.

 Tutor - Marilyn Hughes.

Her love of flowers and gardens, together with  flower arranging and floristry skills, made possible the natural progression to Botanical Art. After using most mediums she found that oil based pencils with a mix of graphite to be her chosen medium. Marilyn has been teaching pencil for the past 20 years. Her superbly finite  detailed drawings have been admitted and exhibited nationwide.

Decorative clay bowls                                      26/27 July

You will have a choice of a range of clays to line one or more bowl/plate moulds. You will be shown how you can use stencils, scraffito and a range of painting techniques using underglaze colours and coloured slips to decorate your clay work. Your finished design can be pattern based or contain images or text. Prices start at £7 per item which includes the cost of materials and a firing in my kiln to bisque. You can choose to come to my studio in Longlevens at an agreed date to add underglaze colour and glaze to your work before having it fired again to either earthenware or stoneware (which makes it frost-proof).

 Tutor -  Peter Garrard

I am a ceramicist and painter, creating functional and sculptural hand-built ceramics for the home and garden and watercolour paintings from my studio in Longlevens, Gloucestershire. I gained a 1st class honours degree in 3D Design at Manchester and studied Ceramics at Alfred University in New York State, USA before gaining a PGCE at Cardiff university. I exhibit across the region and make bespoke pieces to commission. Some of my work I repeat on a regular basis whilst other pieces are unique.

As an artist I am interested in the world around me. My work is varied as at different times I become absorbed in the human figure, architecture or the natural world, however, underlying much of my work is a fascination in artefacts from the past such as ancient Chinese bronzes, medieval carvings and pre-Renaissance biblical imagery. I am also a professional tutor with extensive experience in secondary and further education and offer courses and workshops in watercolour and ceramics.

Dos-a-Dos Leather Binding & Tooling               29/30 July

with coloured foils

Dos-a-Dos, also known as 'Back-to-Back' binding, the origin of the double book goes back to at least the 16th century. During this workshop you will recreate this fascinating book structure where two books-blocks are joined together in opposite directions sharing a middle board. You will learn how to stitch a book and your beautiful creation will be covered in leather. On day 2 you will learn how to emboss with different coloured foils  and hot tools creating your own unique book. Suitable for all levels of experience and beginners are welcome.

£20 for all materials for this 2-day workshop paid on a day to the tutor. All materials will be carefully cut and prepared for you. All tools will be provided but you can bring your own craft knife, scissors, cutting mat, bone folder, metal ruler, pencil and a notepad to write notes.

Tutor  - Anna Yevtukh-Squire

Anna is a member of the Society of Bookbinders, Designer Bookbinders and the local Guild of Designer Craftsmen, Anna studied art and bookbinding in Ukraine and has been utilizing these skills to build her handmade books since 1998. Anna has been teaching bookbinding and creative bookmaking workshops across the country and regular classes at Malvern Hills  College for more than 10 years.

Etching with mono print                                       28 July

A great way of turning photos and sketches into fine art prints on beautiful heavyweight paper.  Great for those who like to draw, but also perfect for those who don't, as images can be directly transferred from photos. (photos and sketches will need to be reversed if you want them to print the right way round) This method works well on pictures of houses or pets, but can also be used to produce lovely abstract images.  You will learn how to make single colour images, and how to add colour using mono printing techniques.  Suitable for all levels of ability,. We will be working on A5 and A6 plates.  Materials charge  is £6 .  You will need to bring  paper, pencil and an apron.  I will bring  source materials for ideas, but if you have sketches or photos of work that you are interested in making, that will be helpful.  Lino and Etching are reverse  processes, so it is a good idea to flip photos  in advance, if possible.

Tutor -   Beth Jenkins

Beth is a professional printmaker from Stroud.  She was recently artist in residence at Slimbridge and was included in the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers' inaugural Masters of Relief Print exhibition. She teaches throughout Gloucestershire and beyond and likes to encourage her   students to help them build confidence in their abilities.

Fabric printing                                                      30 July

with lino, plant materials, letters and more.         

Print your own tea towels, cushion covers and tote bags with highly individual designs.  You will have the opportunity to add words and phrases to your designs using wooden letterpress, as well as designing and cutting lino blocks, using hand made stencils and plant materials.  This is suitable for all levels of ability, absolutely no drawing is necessary to make prints, although those who like to draw may enjoy designing and cutting a lino block to add to their designs.

All materials will be provided, but you can also bring your own washed cotton fabric to print on and plant materials that interest you.  You will need to bring  paper, pencil and an apron. There is a materials cost of £6 to include a tote bag or tea towel, extras are available to buy on the day.  (Tea towels and tote bags £1.50, cushion covers £3)

Tutor -   Beth Jenkins

Beth is a professional printmaker from Stroud.  She was recently artist in residence at Slimbridge and was included in the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers' inaugural Masters of Relief Print exhibition. She teaches throughout Gloucestershire and beyond and likes to encourage her students to help them build confidence in their abilities.


Fabric Sculpture                                         26/27/28 July

Ragtaggle Huffinpew – the steampunk hare with a taste for adventure – was created for an exhibition at Kingshill House, Dursley a couple of years ago.  I was then asked to run a workshop on creating him.  He has since found a couple of friends – Lady Flora Belle, the cat who loves flowers and Sir Ferdinand Sly, the fox with a dubious past.  This is a fun and messy workshop where you will learn how to create a sculpture from polystyrene packaging, newspaper and dowels.  The sculpture is then covered in fabric and decorations of your choice, which will   harden overnight to enable the final stage of painting, again in colours of your choice.  Please note you will only have time to make one sculpture and you will need all 3 days to complete it.

Materials cost is approximately £25.

Tutor - Jackie Ginley

Having recently left full time employment  Jackie 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 at Kingshill  House, Dursley.

Fascinator making                                           29/30 July

In this time, people will be able to make two finished fascinators. They will make two bases, one small, one larger, and learn lots of techniques for trimming them. We will use a material called sinamay, which is plant-based and comes in a large variety of colours. No special equipment is needed, so after the workshop, if they wish to, attendees will be able to go away and re-create these techniques at home with the use of a steam iron, and bits and pieces most will have around the house. 

It will cover: Making simple fascinator bases - 2 styles, Trimmings such as: Flowers - roses, lilies, buttercups, Bows & loops, Sinamay 'feathers' , How to wear fascinators, Attaching the fixings, i.e., combs, headbands, elastic & clips. There will be a  charge for materials used to the tutor.

Tutor - Rachel Warrillow

Award-winning designer, Rachel Warrillow has been a milliner for over 12 years. Starting simply as a hobby, Rachel’s designs have taken on a life of their own, with appearances on the catwalk, in printed publications and on TV. Rachel is now very keen to pass on her knowledge and skills, encouraging others to embrace their own creativity by teaching people to make their own, exclusive designs. Rachel runs regular workshops around the country and also offers talks and presentations at events on a regular basis.

Fused Glass Flower Meadow Lantern               26/27 July

Sorry fully booked - take a look at the other great courses

You will make a set of 4 fused glass panels incorporating a wild flower meadow or other seasonal theme to create a fabulous storm lantern.  With a simple and practical approach to design Caroline will help you to discover how easy it is to create a stunning piece which can be displayed either indoors or in the garden. Glass fusion is a remarkable process  which involves cutting and layering coloured glass with a myriad of inclusions to form a design which is then taken back to Caroline's studio where it is heated in a kiln so that the glass 'fuses' together.

All tools and equipment will be provided.  No previous experience is necessary but if you have done it before, you will be more than welcome. Material fee £35 including all glass, kiln firing and the lantern itself.

Tutor - Caroline Lambert

Caroline has been working exclusively with glass for nearly 20 years.   She teaches stained glass full time and divides her working time between teaching adults and children. In her spare time, she  is a practising artist who continues to explore glass as a creative medium.

Get Hooked on Crochet                                            28 July


If you have :

never lifted a crochet hook, this is the day for you.

crocheted a long time ago and need a refresher, this is the day for you.

want to have a day where we can chat crochet together, this is the day for you.

We will learn and practice the basic stitches to get you going on your crochet adventure. There will be hooks of various sizes and styles to practice with and plenty of yarn but if you want to bring your own so you can continue your project after the day that will be fine.

So come along, hook up with some friendly folk, and have a yarn.

Tutor - Patricia McDowell

Lover of all things crafty. Moved to England from Northern Ireland where I taught in further and higher education across the whole age range from school leavers to ‘the silver surfers’. On landing here took up a position in Solihull College working with young adults who required additional help to allow them to reach their full potential. Now retired I can concentrate on doing what comes naturally (and run after my beautiful grandson)

Getting a feel for watercolour                                5 days   

That mysterious medium - arguably the most difficult one to master.

On this five day course we shall be covering many of the myriad of different techniques, tricks and tips exploring this wonderfully sensitive medium. From the basics; brush and paper choices, colour mixing and laying down basic washes of colour (wet on dry/ wet on wet) through to the more complex use of specialist watercolours, watercolour pens and pure pigments. Suitable for beginners and those looking to refresh their knowledge or learn new techniques. Although the ideal would be to attend all five days, as we shall be moving      towards more advanced techniques as the week progresses, for those that can't manage every day it would be best if students who have little knowledge of watercolour come on the first day(s).

Please bring any watercolour materials that you use. Paints, brushes, pens and paper will all be available to use at a cost of £7 per student.

Tutor - Jackie Cox

Jackie 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.

How to Draw an Owl in Graphite Pencil            26/27 July

Sorry Draw and Owl is fully booked - take a look at the other great courses

How to Draw a Leopard in Graphite Pencil     28/29/30 July


Graphite pencil can be used to produce so much more than just a sketch. Using a   pencil blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard and using a variety of tones, learn how to create the effect of fur, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye. With the expert tuition from Jamie over the course of the 2 or 3 days, you will learn and be able to practice new techniques to develop your drawing skills.

Tutor - Jamie Boots

Originally from New Zealand Jamie first exhibited his work in 2004 and turned professional in 2006.  With pictures taking up to four months to produce, only a limited number of originals are available each year.  Limited edition prints are available from a number of galleries throughout the UK.

Indian Block Printing for Fabric                               28July

Why not join Caroline and Nigel for a fantastic day of block printing on fabric? You don't need to be an artist to enjoy Indian Block Printing!  In this relaxed session, you will learn how easy it is to create wonderful images on a range of fabric items such as T towels, aprons, napkins, table runners, bags etc. using traditional hand carved Indian wood blocks and fabric paints. Between them Caroline and Nigel have a wonderful collection of Indian wood blocks for you to choose from, and you won't believe how simple it is to get some really fantastic results. This workshop is suitable for all abilities, whether you have printed before or not.   Caroline and Nigel will bring lots of ideas and samples to help you get started and they will be on hand throughout the day to guide you through the process, from start to finish.

There will be a basic charge of £10 for materials on the day, and you will also be able to purchase a range of items to print on, or you can just bring your own.


Tutors - Nigel Ginley and Caroline Lambert

You may already know Caroline and Nigel  from their stained glass teaching but they also have a passion for block printing and are keen to share it with others! Caroline teaches stained glass full time but very much enjoys the occasional day teaching block printing.

Nigel creates and sells a range of block craft items and is a member of the Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group Committee.

Ladderback Chairmaking                                          5 Days

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.  There will be a charge for materials used to the tutor.


Tutor - Phil Shipley

Phil 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   (01452 617546)

Life Drawing                                                             5 Days

This course is a must for anyone wanting to improve their drawing and observational skills. Life drawing is considered to be the foundation of art education. During this week we will make quick sketches, draw longer classic poses and have the chance to work in different mediums. Demonstrations of a variety of techniques will be given showing how to achieve correct proportions and make your work look three-dimensional. It is possible to book from a single day to the full five days making the course ideal for someone who would like to try life drawing for the first time for just a couple of days, to someone who would relish the opportunity to improve their skills and produce finished paintings.

Charcoal and rough paper will be provided for quick sketches, but you will need to bring in good quality paper/coloured paper for more finished drawings, along with your pencils, pastels or coloured pencils. You will need watercolour paper or a canvas, together with your paints and accessories if you would like to paint. There will be a daily charge for the life model. The daily fee is divided equally between the students each day – on average about £8 per day. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions regarding the contents of the course.

Tutor - Kate Smith

Kate studied illustration and graphic design at Goldsmith’s College, London University; became a    Further Education Tutor at Warwick University; and then gained a PGCE in Secondary Art Education at Gloucester University. She is a member of the Wildlife Artist Society and Gloucestershire Society of Artists. Currently Kate works as a freelance artist and graphic designer, and runs several weekly art classes for adults. She also enjoys giving art related talks to local groups.


Lino print                                                             29 July

Using easy to cut lino, you will learn how to design, cut and print your own original artworks.  You will have the opportunity to print pictures and greeting cards in a single colour and learn how to ink up your prints in new and imaginative ways.  You will also learn about the materials and equipment you will need to continue printing at home.  Suitable for all levels of ability.

 There is a materials charge of £6 for this course.

Tutor -   Beth Jenkins

Beth is a professional printmaker from Stroud.  She was recently artist in residence at        Slimbridge and was included in the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers' inaugural Masters of Relief Print exhibition. She teaches throughout Gloucestershire and beyond and likes to     encourage her students to help them build confidence in their abilities.

Millefiori techniques in Polymer Clay               29/30 July

Celebrate summer in polymer clay.  Using two millefiori (meaning a thousand flowers)    techniques, originally developed by Venetian glassmakers. We will create a stylised flower cane with a spiral centre and blended petals and a rose cane (the ‘cane’ is akin to a piece of seaside rock with the pattern running through the centre).  Taking slices from the canes we will create beads of all shapes and sizes (spheres, bicones, lentils, coins, barrels, pillow bicones etc.) plus veneers to apply as buttons, brooches and other motifs to use in your own projects to take home.

Students should bring the following: apron, wet wipes (not water-based).

All tools and clay will be supplied by the tutor.  The approx. cost of materials is £12.


Tutor - Sally Boehme

Sally has worked in beads and polymer clay for over 25 years and taught for 11 years at    venues nationally.  Her work has been published in Vogue, Beadwork, Bead, WI Life and Making Jewellery magazines.  She also runs workshops at her home studio in rural Herefordshire, sells her pieces through several galleries and works to commission.( info@sallyboehme.co.uk, www,sallyboehme.co.uk) 


Mosaic                                                                       5 Days

Mosaic is hugely enjoyable, absorbing and addictive! Suitable for beginners, or those with some experience, you will learn to design, cut and lay tesserae, and grout and finish. 

MDF boards, a good selection of glass and ceramic tesserae, all glues, grouts, tools and safety glasses will be provided. 

There will be a materials charge, dependant on materials used. Usually £25-£35 

Tutor - Erica Bibbings

Erica is a mosaic artist who enjoys working to commission, exhibitions and leading her popular workshops from her own studio, for art clubs, the National Trust, Denman College. She has been the mosaic tutor for GA&CG since 1999.


Needle felting                                                   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. Beginners will discover how the needle-felting technique can be used to create very different art forms in 2 and 3 dimensions (see www.tayloredfelt.com for examples). Those  with  needle-felting experience will have the opportunity to work on a project of your choice which may involve sculpting an animal or human figure or working on a more abstract piece. You are welcome to discuss your ideas in advance of the workshop, You will be given the chance to explore and exploit the different qualities of British rare-breed sheep fleeces, and alpaca wool. 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 if you haven’t tried it before, be prepared to go home with a new passion in your life!   There will be a charge for materials to the tutor.

Tutor - Helen Taylor

Helen started using wool as a sculpting medium ten years ago in her artistic exploration of the natural world, as wool's light textured form paradoxically captures nature's fine detail but with soft edges. She developed a passion for using rare-breed fleece and for plant-dyeing Cotswold fleece when she had a studio at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth. She now creates and exhibits her work around Britain 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. Her website is www.tayloredfelt.com. (0752 8857598 or hctaylor2002@aol.com)

Pastels for Beginners                                               5 Days


If you have wanted to try pastels for the first time then this is your chance. A beautifully direct way of making a full colour image, pastels are a wonderful solution for those who have struggled with water colour painting. We will use pastels of various qualities (including oil pastels) on various papers or supports. Many inspiring images and subjects, from faces to landscape and more on which to hone your newfound skills. A hands on course where you do the work, with David’s help of course.

Materials will be supplied.

Tutor - David Ochiltree

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

Sculpting Animal Characters                                 5 Days

This Course will teach you how to create unique characterised animals from your own design, to a final painted model. Welcome to all levels of sculpting! 

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 and armature, sculpting a form, creating effective textures and painting your model. You will be using "SuperSculpey"; a polymer clay used by industry professionals. It's a non-toxic, easily malleable clay that can simply be set solid in a low heat conventional oven, then painted with Acrylics.

The course will build your confidence in sculpture and allow you to make your own designs at home, anytime.  There will be a charge for materials to the tutor.

Tutor—Nate Sanger-Davies  

Nate is a Sculptor/Model maker for Film and Television. He specialises in creature and character sculpture and has taught at the GACS summer school for the past 2 years. You can visit his website: natemakes.co.uk to see his work.  For any information please call 07951 793955

 Willow   -   Basket Making                          26/27/28 July


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. Buff, brown and steamed and also possibly Dicky Meadows and Flaunders Red. There will be a charge for materials to the tutor.     Warning- Willow can be very addictive...


Tutor - 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.


Woodcarving – Improvers                                        5 Days

This course is aimed at students who already have some experience of woodcarving and are looking for assistance in developing or executing a challenging project of their own choice.

You will need to either bring the piece of work you are currently working on; or liaise with the tutor, BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS, to develop and prepare the project you are hoping to start in the period before the actual practical sessions.

Tutor - Dave Johnson

A professional wood sculptor of 30 years experience and a qualified teacher.  Dave has worked on both large scale and smaller carvings using a wide variety of tools.  He often incorporates other materials eg silver or stones, into his smaller pieces. He is a founder member of The British Woodcarvers Association (BWA). Examples of his work can be seen on his website – www.djsculptor.co.uk

Art shop

Art Materials -will be selling on Tuesday 27th July. This is an amazing opportunity to stock up or buy items that you didn’t know you needed, at reasonable  prices.



Our ever popular raffle will take place on Wednesday 28nd 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 during the afternoon and prizes can be collected at home time.


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.


 Your elected committee


 Gill Webb - Chairman,   Summer School Co-ordinator and Online editor 

gilly8080@blueyonder.co.uk - 01452 531744

 Phil Shipley - Treasurer and Membership Secretary    

phil@philshipleychairs.co.uk - 01452 617546

Kate Smith - Minutes secretary

 David Gray - Assistant to the Summer School  Co-ordinator

Sue Cheviot - One Day Workshops Co-ordinator

Bev Allen

Catherine Askew

Nigel Ginley

Gloucester Arts and Crafts Group

We are a registered charity (No.1069039) whose main aim is to provide adults, with opportunities to take part in Arts and Crafts activities.  The first Summer School was held at St. Peter's High School and then Beaufort Community School.  Since 2015 we have been at  Newent Community School, Gloucestershire.

On average, we offer 25 different courses at Summer School, most but not all, for the full five days.  Because we are a non-profit making organisation, we are able to offer courses that are truly excellent value for money, run by experienced tutors who are    accomplished artists in their own right.

Although the Summer School is our main event, we do have other activities including two one-day workshops in spring and autumn. These workshops are held at Maidenhill School, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

The organisation is carried out by volunteers, who do it to give others the chance of enjoying arts and crafts.

 A lot of our students are members of the group, although non-members are equally welcome.  Members receive early information about the Group’s activities, two weeks booking priority over non-members by receiving the brochure through the post, discounts for the One Day Workshops and a newsletter.

If you would like to join us the information and forms are on our website.


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