New Term Begins: W/C 29th April 2019. Bookings are now being accepted

Art School Ilkley was established in September 2016 and now offers a variety of art classes from a specially designed studio space situated in the Manor House Courtyard.

It is run by Sarah and John Gamble. Sarah has had a long career working as an art specialist secondary school teacher and has a personal practice that centres on textile, print and stitch. John completed his MA in Creative Practice from Leeds Arts University and works mainly with drawing and, more recently paint. They both regularly exhibit work and have completed residencies in Bradford, Kinvara and Warsaw.

Art School Ilkley holds regular tutored after school art workshops and evening adult creative courses, in addition there are regular weekend ‘Day of’ courses which explore drawing through stitch, print making and life drawing. There will soon be a new range of full day courses as they look to collaborate with other creative practitioners to deliver workshops. They also provide specially themed creative children’s birthday parties in the studio.

Sarah and John relish working with students of all ages and of differing educational needs and backgrounds, and their personal practice is enhanced and extended by their work within Art School Ilkley. The classes focus on encouraging a free exploration of the creative process in a friendly, encouraging and inclusive space.

Both Sarah and John hold enhanced DBS checks, have pediatric First Aid Training and are members of AXIS Arts and Artists Network.

Weekly Classes

Young Peoples Workshops

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s 4.30-6.30 pm 11-18 years

We provide a place where young people are encouraged to explore and develop skills in drawing, painting, print, and collage. We also offer the space, materials and guidance for them to work on their own projects, including GCSE and A level work.

Exploring Creativity through Art and Design

Monday’s and Wednesday’s 7-9 pm

Drawing, Eco Print, Stitch, Drypoint and Collagraph

Weeks 1-3: Experimental drawing: exploring different approaches to drawing, and challenging our preconceptions as to what drawing can be.

Weeks 4-6: Working with natural plant transfers, rust prints and stitch

Weeks 7-9: Exploring print using collagraphs, drypoint and monotype techniques

Week 10 will be set aside to finish work, share results and reflection

Tutored Life Drawing

Monday 10-12am and Thursday’s 7.15-9.15pm

 A chance to experience different methods and materials to explore and develop a personal response to the figure. We provide the model, materials and a friendly comfortable place to develop your practice.

It is suitable for beginners and the more experienced life drawers.

10 week Courses £130 (18 and under £110) Starts w/c 29th April 2019

All materials and tuition provided.

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Introduction to Cyanotype Course

Course led by Rachel Sedman MA

4 week course beginning Wednesday 1st May 10-12.

All materials and tuition provided. £60

Learn to create striking blueprints using this historic photographic process.

During this four week course, you will be shown how to mix the cyanotype solution, how to coat or paint it onto the paper and make a test strip. You will learn how to create digital negatives from your own photographic images as well as developing toning techniques, which can be used to alter the depth, shade and tone of your final image.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. You don’t need to be a photographer to join us and you are welcome to bring in imagery, objects and negatives to work with which inspire you.

Full Day Workshops

Day of Life Drawing – Saturday 11th May or Saturday 9th June

A chance to explore a range of different approaches to capturing and responding to the human figure, from intense observation, to the more playful and expressive. The day is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced drawers.

Day of Printmaking – Sunday May 12th

You will use a range of print processes including block, monoprint and collagraph. The day is suitable for people new to print or those wishing to re engage. Time will be given to produce a number of prints using different materials and techniques.

Draw Through Stitch – Saturday 8th June

You will explore ways of responding through drawing and mark making, and then use the results as a basis to explore hand stitching. We will encourage you to create textures through different stitching techniques, threads and surfaces. You will experience the quick immediacy of mark making and the slower pace of hand stitch.

For all course numbers are limited to 10. All materials are provided.

£45 per person

Starts 10am and finishes 3pm with a break between 12-1

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