York Open Studios Workshops 2015

Listed below are  the artists' workshops for January 2015, all over now.  But have a read of what you missed, and keep an eye on this page for the 2016 schedule, and get in touch if you think there is something in particular we should try to provide....

Eight three-hour workshops at the Yorkshire Museum led by some of our 2015 artists.

Saturday 17 January            10.00 - 1.00            Suzanne Dekker - Glass

Saturday 17 January             2.00 - 5.00             Ruth Claydon – Upcycled Jewellery


Sunday 18 January            10.00 - 1.00              Milena Dragic - Lino Printing

Sunday 18 January             2.00 - 5.00               Lyn Wait – Drawing


Saturday 24 January            10.00 - 1.00            Emily Harvey - Collagraph

Saturday 24 January             2.00 - 5.00             Anne Hutchison - Mosaic


Sunday 25 January            10.00 - 1.00              Simon Palmour - Photography

Sunday 25 January             2.00 - 5.00               Ben Arnup – Ceramics


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 £25.00 for each workshop, early booking is essential. Please call Peter Donohoe on 01904 704485 or email

Friends of York Open Studios enjoy advance booking at a reduced fee!

An inspiring start to the New Year I’m sure you’ll agree and what a great idea as a Christmas gift for the person who has everything

Suzanne Dekker  I plan to get people cutting glass so they can go on to make a small piece or two - a coaster, a pendant, small sun catcher etc.  Pieces will be cut and assembled on the day then I bring them home to fuse them and they can collect from me (or a designated venue) the following week.

Ruth Claydon  Participants to bring small sharp scissors (such as nail scissors) plus any materials they might wish to use. 

This craft afternoon is inspired by a resident in the Yorkshire Museum collection!

The Ivory Bangle lady, a wealthy foreigner who lived in 4th century York, was found buried surrounded by her riches, including not only ivory bangles but a plaque with the blessing 'hail sister, may you live in God', suggesting a Christian faith. Using the idea of combining objects and words that are precious to us, we will be creating unique bangles (or bring a surface of your choice, such as an urn or picture frame, to embellish if bangles aren't your thing) with hidden writing using, well, whatever inspires, from vintage book collage to fabric to beaded embellishment to paint. Perhaps you would like to bring old material that reminds you of a loved one, or sneakily cut a button from your husband’s shirt, or embellish the bangle with well loved broken jewellery. We will be using a needle and thread, but no sewing skills are necessary as the rawer this looks the better.

Milena Dragic  Printmaking workshop, using lino, wood and other materials, will be an introduction to the art of colour printing. We will be using a variety of papers (hand and machine made) and printing by hand, building colours in layers. All stages of relief printmaking will be covered, from choosing a suitable design, to how to sharpen the tools!

The printing inks used for the workshop are oil based, so please bring apron or similar protective clothing.

Lyn Wait  Drawing - Creating an atmospheric scene - one mark to the next! 

I will provide materials, to include: 

A5 sketchbooks/notebooks, pencils, drawing pens nos 3 - 8, black felt tips, quills, cartridge paper.

We'll be looking at the eccentric, exotic and unusual in the museum's collection - sketching them quickly in pencil to make them the central subject of a finished drawing.

Prepare to think about meaning and surprise in making a drawing and how to create dramatic effect through use of mark making and depth of tone just with pens and ink.

5 min intro

25 minutes around collection

30 -45 min practice with materials

1.45 - 2.00 hours on final piece 

Emily Harvey  We will make collagraph plates inspired by the collections at the museum and print these onto paper with a small etching press. This is a chance to learn about and experiment with both intaglio and relief techniques. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience (or none!)

Anne Hutchison  The mosaic workshop will be fun, informative and hard work.  We will concentrate on creating a shaped piece using roughly 8" square pieces suitable for indoors, looking at pattern, colour and texture, and learning various cutting and design techniques.  If you have done one of her workshops before, come for a new challenge.  If not, Anne can get you started quite quickly.  Anne uses recycled materials so if you have a special plate or piece of china you have broken, we can incorporate it into your artwork.

Simon Palmour  Bring your digital camera, learn the theory, put into practice, and see the results. The workshop includes consideration of what makes a photograph work as well as hands on practical work. 

Ben Arnup: Colour and Pattern in Clay.

We will each colour and pattern a slab of clay, from which we will make a cylindrical pot that I shall later fire to stoneware to reveal the colour and rhythm of your making. All you need to bring is a willingness to experiment. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting a bit of clay on.



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 £10
and includes materials and refreshments. Please check out the class blog on

Suitable for people over 14 years of age.

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 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

2015 Directory

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

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

Low resolution directory

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