York Open Studios: January Workshops 2016

Our January workshops 2016 were a hit! 

Hosted at York College, our current and very talented YOS Artists lead a variety of workshops. Those were;

Photography- Simon Palmour, Ceramics - Emily Stubbs, Woodcut - Milena Dragic, Collage - Judy Burnett, Textiles - Fran Brammer, Introduction to acrylics - Jackie Midgely, Painting - Emily Harper, Lino Printing - Jo Walton

The public had a brilliant time getting involved with enthusiaitic and vibrant sessions, learning or improving on skills and techniques. 

We are now less than one year to go until the next set of YOS Workshops! So keep your eyes peeled, you'll find out here first!

Meanwhile checkout the advertised workshops below, for a chance to take part in  the fabulous settings of artist studios to learn, develop or improve your desired material and skills.

Sudeshna Chattopadhyay: Acrylic and Printmaking Workshops

From May 2016 Sudeshna will be leading day workshop sessions focussing on acrylic and printimaking techniques. This is an opportunity to work with Sudeshna from 10am - 3pm, one to one, for only £60. Shorter duration sessions on a one to one basis are also available.

For more information please contact Sudeshna through email:  

Karen Winship: Painting Holidays in France

Join Karen and take part in her Painting Holidays in Civray, France  
Learn to be creative in the surroundings of a 12th century Knight’s Templar Chapel venue. Relax under the trees painting au plein air (weather permitting). You will have the chance to visit local markets, restaurants and bespoke craft shops. This opportunity is designed for beginners and improvers

May 19-26th (1 week)
May 26-29th (3 days)
September 15-22nd (1 week)

To find out more visit Karen's website

Bridget Bernadette Karn: Workshops for 2016

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


2 Day Felt Picture Masterclass

  • 13/14 August 2 places available
  • 10/11 September 4 places available
  • 29/30 October Fully Booked
  • 26/27 November 4 places available


1 Day Felt Picture Workshop

  • 18 September 2 places available
  • 16 October 1 place available
  • 13 November 4 places avaiable

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 and Maps

Now the 2016 event is over, you can still access information about the event and artists and maps from this website.  Also lots of information from previous years.  If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us at

We continue to run information updates, news and activities through the rest of the year, so keep your eyes on this site.

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2016 Central Map

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