York Open Studios Workshops at the Yorkshire Museum January 2014


Saturday 11 January  10.30 - 12.30  Richard Mackness - Sculpture

Saturday 11 January  2.30 - 4.30  Cathy Needham - Textiles

Sunday 12 January  10.30 - 12.30  Heather Dawe - Willow Weaving

Sunday 12 January  2.30 - 4.30  Anne Hutchison - Mosaic

Saturday 18 January  10.30 - 12.30  Gerard Hobson - Printing

Saturday 18 January  2.30 - 4.30  Phil Reynolds - Drawing

Sunday 19 January  10.30 - 12.30  Penny Phillips - Ceramics

Sunday 19 January  2.30 - 4.30  Magdelena Thaller - Jewellery

See below for more details.

The artists will be sharing their own skills and enthusiasm, giving you

hands-on experience of working with their particular medium.  No art

training is necessary.  We suggest that everyone brings an apron.


The workshops are open to adults (minimum age 16) and must be

booked in advance.  There is a non-refundable fee of £12 for each

workshop, which includes the cost of materials. 


Early booking is essential.  Please call Peter Donohoe on 01904 704485

or e-mail


Anne Hutchison  This workshop will show you the basics of creating beautiful mosaics from broken tiles and china and show you good design and practice.  You will leave the short course with a small piece of your own making and full instructions on how to finish it completely at home, along with the glow of achievement and satisfaction and the urge to do more. All materials provided, but do feel free to bring some pieces of broken china if you would like to incorporate them.

Gerard Hobson  I am thinking because its only two hours I was going to run the course for beginners or those who did it many years ago at school.  I will talk about the process get them used to the tools, and get them to cut a small lino print hand burnish it and print in black.  At the end of the course a person should have a much clearer idea of the basic principles.

Penny Phillips will be working with clay to produce a small animal or bird, by the end of the workshop everyone will have a piece of work which Penny will take away and fire for you.

Magdelena Thaller  Introduction to Soutache jewellery and the wonderful possibilities from basic earrings to elaborate necklaces.  We will be making basic earrings with Soutache, Swarovski crystal beads or Czech fire polished beads and Toho seed beads.  I am pleased to offer project kits featuring beautiful beads and all things needed to complete 1 set of earrings for every participant.  The only thing you need to bring are little sharp scissors.

Richard Mackness  ‘Participants will create a small scale sculpture, using a selection of natural forms for inspiration.  We will form an armature structure by hand and then cover it with a self-hardening modelling material. Participants will be able to take away the finished piece on the day. All materials will be supplied, no experience necessary.  The aim is to have a fun and exhilarating morning exploring the expressive power of modelling by hand and the beauty of nature. And to have something to show for it!’

Phil Reynolds  I would like the workshop to be about drawing and looking at the textures of age. This would involve gathering information from the exhibits and developing drawings using mixed media drawing materials in the workroom. I will offer guidance and some techniques to help them through this. Hopefully people will engage with some of the exhibits in a different way through this process.

Cathy Needham  In this workshop you will look at different examples of flowers and leaves from Cathy’s work to see the versatility of felt making.  Then make your own wet felted flowers and/or leaves in beautiful autumn colours.

Heather Dawe  Using freshly cut willow, and dogwood with their bright spring colours, we shall each weave a platter or tension tray and learn some simple techniques of willow weaving.

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

An Artist and Lecturer with more than twenty five years experience of working in the photographic medium.

A range of courses suitable for absolute beginners through to more advanced photographers.

Darkrooms located in the village of Stillington, ten miles north of York.

Courses include;

  • Introduction to the darkroom
  • Shooting and Processing Film
  • Creating photograms and negativeless prints
  • Experimental techniques
  • Advanced Black and White printing

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

For more details visit tel. 0785 1036375

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

Come and experience the fun of working with glass on a one to one (or two, maximum) 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,,

If you prefer to work in a larger group environment of 6-10 students there are sessions available at the Dutch House at Crayke please book courses there via their website:

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 £9 and includes materials and refreshments. The first session is free.

Suitable for people over 12 years old.

Wed 7pm-9pm 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

I can give free demonstrations by appointment at:    Originality Studio, 34 Rawcliffe Lane, York,   YO30 5QB

Contact me:  Tel 01904 631749 

Emily Harvey: Printmaking.

Regular weekend courses in collagraph printmaking suitable for anyone over 12 years from complete beginners to experienced artists.

Work with a small friendly group in the garden studio in Copmanthorpe, making collaged printing plates using a wide range of materials to achieve surprising results. tel 01904 702645

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

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