Learn something new in September

We have plenty of classes for all ages and events in the next few weeks, so come along and join us in learning and developing your skills.

Saturday 5 September

First thing in the morning, 10am, is the return of “Off the Grid” and this special event is a textile plate weaving workshop. In this family workshop children will use recycled fabrics and yarns to create woven flowers. All ages welcome, this is a special price for this day only of £3 per child (adults are free).

Then from 11am, jelly artist Mark Webber will be in the jelly space at The Oracle (next to Game) using big spoons to print his Paris Map Linocut. He needs help from people that want to see what its like to print with a spoon, to come and join in to create a print.  This is how his bigger Berlin map was created and this will give insight into how bigger works can be produced, and also for those that have not seen prints being made, a good chance to see it in action and even take part. This event is free


imageTuesday 8 September, 7pm is the return of the monthly Mandala Drawing Class.  This is a chance to use and experiment with pattern, new materials, and to find a calm space to enjoy drawing.  This class is suitable for beginners and experienced artist alike. A little chai tea will also be on hand to help us all get into the mandala zone.  Tickets are £7 each including tea, session ends at 8.30pm and tickets are bookable here

Wednesday 9 September is Knit Night and Life Drawing (both in jelly but held in separate spaces)

Knit Night starts at 6pm and runs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, all abilities welcome, there is a contribution of 50p towards jelly. This week we also will be having a yarn sale starting from 7.30pm.

Life Drawing is an opportunity to dust of your drawing skills or find new ones in a relaxed environment. It is not a taught class, the session is led by Mark (jelly studio resident) who organises a variety of models. The first session is a series of short quick poses, for an hour followed by a refreshment break. From 8.30-9.30 the model normally holds a longer pose although you can feel free to move around the room to draw the same pose from different positions.  There are a limited number of easels available, please bring your own materials. Costs are £8 per session and please let us know if you are coming by emailing: studios@jelly.org.uk or by booking through eventbrite here.

imageIf you are looking for Tutored Life Drawing, learning new skills, we have a new 6 session programme starting in September, led by jelly artist Julie Simmonds. The sessions will be the third saturday of every month and be an opportunity to develop skills, confidence and techniques. You can find more information here.

We even have a class for complete Beginners in Drawing, where you can come along and learn some new drawing skills and techniques. Great for beginners, or for those wishing to try working in a lively experimental style.  Class content will varies each month. One week it could be reworking and imagelearning to layer a classic drawing, the next might be sketching imaginary creatures with sticks and ink.  Basic materials are provided for this class, but it’s always handy to bring any favourite drawing materials or sketch books if you have them. The sessions take place the last Saturday of each month and can be booked here.

Thursday 10 September

imageJelly Tots have moved from Wednesday to Thursday 10.30am to 11.30am. Emma plans a different activity for every week in a friendly environment, aimed as a pre school art club.  Each week has a different craft theme. Tot and big person work together to create an arty crafty masterpiece.

September themes:

3rd – Letters

10th – Knights and dragons

17th – Monsters

24th – Rainbows

Please wear old clothes or bring an apron, no need to pre-book during term time but durin the school holidays it can get very busy so booking recommended then

Animation Club has returned for the autumn too, come along and share our passion for anything animated.  Stop-motion or digital, 2D or 3D, poignant or silly.  We will set up a basic animation stand and explore animation software.  We will build 2D and 3D actors.  We will watch our favourite videos, make animated experiments and discover more about the art of making the inanimate come to life.

If you have a story or an idea for a film,  animation may be the ideal medium. Want to refresh your website with an animated GIF? Bring your ideas and we’ll see if they can be realised.

Run by Peter Lang,  an animator, who over the last 40 odd (“most odd”) years has written, designed and animated films for children’s TV (BBC, ITV and Channel 4), starting from “Vision On” via “Ludwig”, “Pigeon Street”, “Sesame Street”, “Rub a Dub Dub”, “Doris”, “Rosie and Jim”, “Bonny, Banana and Mo”, “Tronji” and “DipDap” to literally thousands of educational shorts, music videos and commercials.

Come and join in. This is our “Animation Club!”

It is ok to turn up and pay on the day for this event or pre-book here

Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August, Heritage Open Days

imageOn Friday 11th join Jelly’s pre school art club Jelly Tots in the morning for a special craft session inspired by the mad hatters tea party and we will be making tea pots, cups, plates and pretend takes to take home. Activity is suitable for 5 years and under.

Saturday 12th we will run similar activities suitable for pre school to 11 years. We shall also be joined by jelly artist Nightmonkey and he’ll be inviting children to draw and decorate a mad hatters tea party table cloth.

On both Friday and Saturday Jelly artist and Children’s animator Peter Lang will be on hand to animate the childrens crafts and display his current sculpture entitled ‘times and places’.

There are prizes for children who come dressed up in the theme of Alice in Wonderland donated by Broad Street Mall and there will be juice from Vibe Juice and cookies and sandwiches from Subway plus the opportunity to win more prizes. Spaces are free and please book  online so we have an idea of numbers but it is also ok to turn up on the day.

Saturday 12 August back at the studios we will be running our all day life drawing session. The 6 hour life drawing session runs from 10am – 6pm (due to breaks) This is an opportunity to work on a long life drawing pose. The session will be untutored and please bring all your own materials. There will be regular breaks through out the day, tea and coffee are included but please bring your own snacks/ lunch. Visit here to book your space


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