York Open Studios January Workshops 2016

Here are the new January York Open Studios Workshops 2016!

These workshops will take place at York College, Sim Balk Lane, York, YO23 2BB.  Please BOOK, details below

Saturday 16th January

10 am - 1pm

Emily Stubbs    Ceramics

In this workshop you will be able to create jugs using the processes of slab building and handle pulling. You will build up intricate surface texture using tools, slips and glazes.

or Simon Palmour    Photography

Bring your own camera and one of your favourite photos. In this workshop you will learn about types pf photography, how to take a photo and tips and ideas for taking great shots. You will also cover photography software, editing, storage and presentation.

2pm - 5pm

Milena Dragic    Woodcut

In this workshop you will use A5 blocks of wood, cutting each colour on seperate blocks and printing on a variety of papers. Please bring protective clothing and any design or drawings you would like to use.

or Judy Burnett   Collage

Using a variety of papers, drawings and images, you will develop a range of exciting pieces of art work during this workshop. You will experiment with folding , cutting, mark-making, colour and composition. You may bring your own images to work from.

Saturday 23rd January

10am - 1pm

Fran Brammer    Textiles

During this workshop you will create brightly coloured and texured bird panels using raw and scrap applique using lots of free hand machine stitching. You will need to bring your own machine with appropriate free motion or darning foot and thread and a pair of scissors.

or Jackie Midgley     Introduction to acrylics

A workshop demonstrating how to produce atmospheric landscapes with acrylics. Please bring along a canvas, which can be any size, and any brushes or acrylics you have. Dont worry if you are missing anything as equipment will be provided on the day.

2pm - 5pm

Emily Harper    Painting

During this workshop learn how to use paintto create a variety of different effects. Create grounds, mix colour and explore negative painting and texture. Ideal for beginners and improvers. 

or Jo Walton    Lino Printing

During this workshop learn how to line up blocks correctly for multi-coloured lino prints, carve the lino and hand burnish. We will work on simple designs incorporating two colours so we can complete a print within this session.

These workshops are run by experienced artists/workshop leaders who will be sharing their skills and enthusiasm, giving you a hands-on experience and guidance in their chosen medium.

No art training is necessary. We do suggest you bring an apron, and be prepared to be impressed by your creations! 

Our workshops are open to adults only (min age 16) and must be booked in advance. The non-refundable fee of £25.00 for each workshop includes materials. Certain workshops will require you to supply your own equipment e.g. camera or sewing machine.

Free parking is available at York College for these Saturday workshops. 

Early booking is essential! Please call Peter Donohoe on 01904 704485 or email

Bridget Bernadette Karn - Workshops for 2016

Here are MORE workshops run by individual artists.


Dates and prices for all of you that are interested in joining Bridget this year to create your own felt masterpieces;

30/31 January, 25/26 June £130

2 day Fantastic Felt Picture Masterclass Workshops

21 February, 20 March, 22 May  £70

1 day Fantastic Felt Picture Workshop

17 January  £40

Cobweb Felt Scarf Workshop

7 February  £40

Simple but Stylish Felt Hat Workshop

13 March  £40

Felt Flower Workshop

3 April  £45

Felt Clutch Bag Workshop

15 May  £65

A Hat for All Seasons Workshop

Please contact Bridget via the methods below if you would like to take part in any of the above workshops. 

The Studio, Acaster Malbis, York



Bridget also offers the opportunity to have a feltmaking workshop for you and your friends! Check out this link for more information.

Emma Welsh - Jewellery Making classes

Emma offers afternoon and evening classes that are run all year round at the Rogues Ateliers Studios, Fossgate in York. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

You can request more information at Emma's facebook page 

Alternatively you can contact her via email at or by phone 07817050718


Jill Ford Ceramics Thursday Evening, Autumn/Winter Workshops

Fun, relaxed evening workshops where you learn a new skill and create your own lasting keepsake.

Come along for a chat, welcome drink and a guided ceramic lesson that takes you through the stages of making, glazing and decorating your own bespoke piece!

There are two workshops running;

26th November 2015

Oriental pagodo lantern

Make a ceramic lantern from slabs of clay.

Suitable for battery powered light and for indoor or outdoor use.

10th December 2015

Tree decorations 

Fill your house with beautiful porcelien decorations this christmas.


Worksop sessions run from 7.00 - 10.00PM

£22 to inc all materials and firings

To Book a place please email 


Peter Heaton, Vale of York Darkrooms: Traditional Black and White Photography

Darkroom hire available, for both individuals and groups up to a maximum of five people.

Darkroom Facilities now available for hire to external Photography tutors wishing to run their own courses.

Equiries: visit or tel. 07851 036375

Suzanne Dekker: Glass fusing, casting, copper foil and leaded glass

Come and experience the fun of working with glass on a one to one/two (or more by arrangement) basis in my home studio.  

Suitable for anyone over 16, for total beginners or those with some experience. Times by arrangement.  £20 for a two-hour session which includes use of all tools and some basic materials.

29 Eastfield Crescent, Badger Hill, York YO10 5HZ, t:  07760 354699,,

Phil Reynolds: mixed media drawing and painting

Mixed media art classes in the studio of Fulford based artist Phil Reynolds.
The sessions are predominantly still life study through visual analysis.
Professional development and criticism is there for the more serious
student. All levels of ability are welcomed. The two hour class costs £10
and includes materials and refreshments. Please check out the class blog on

Suitable for people over 14 years of age.

Wed 7pm-9pm and Thurs 10am -12 noon

Call 01904 655091

Jane Marsh: Batik

My studio is open every Saturday from 10am - 1pm with a few exceptions which are posted on my website.

I can give free demonstrations by appointment at:    

Originality Studio, 34 Rawcliffe Lane, York,   YO30 5QB

Contact me:  Tel. 01904 631749 or email.

Emily Harvey: Printmaking.

Regular one and two day courses in collagraph and experimental printmaking.

Courses take place in my studio near York, with a maximum of 4 people to ensure everyone has space and time for 1-1 tuition. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, encouraging people to share ideas and learn from each other.

Everyone makes several plates and a mini portfolio of about 10 – 15 completed prints to take home.

You will learn technical skills and techniques as well as developing confidence in your own creativity.

All the short courses aim to free up thinking and technique, encouraging an inquisitive experimental approach that can feed back into your own creative work, whatever that may be. They are suitable for all levels of experience (or none) unless otherwise indicated.

Please see my website for more details;  

Catherine Boyne-Whitelegg: Potter & Teacher

Individual hand-building pottery sessions £16 per hour, or wheel lessons at £32 for 2 hour session.

Day sessions for £60 or full weekend workshops from £140 including clay & firings.  1-1 or group sessions for up to 10 people.  01904 427681

2016 Directory

A copy of the 2016 directory will be available early in 2016.  It will contain a fold-out map to help you navigate around the studios.

When the new directory is published, you will be able to download a low-resolution version of the directory here, which might help you plan a route in advance of arriving in York.  

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