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  • Writer's pictureAndy Bell

Best wishes for the New Year

Happy Christmas and we wish you well for 2021

It’s been a challenging year for all and we would like to thank you for bearing with us whilst we try out new activities and temporarily deliver our programme online.

We’re grateful to have been able to connect with many of you during this time and thank those who have been in touch and have participated in some of our sessions. We've really enjoyed seeing and hearing about the creative tasks you’ve accomplished.

We’re sorry this platform hasn’t been accessible to everyone, but we hope to be able to work with you in a range of indoor and outdoor settings very soon. We continue to work on a new programme of activities and will share updates with you shortly.

Activities will remain online throughout January and February and include sessions in Acrylic Painting, Mindfulness Art, and a virtual Literary Walking Tour.

For full details and booking visit our Online Workshops page


An Introduction, Free taster – Thursday 7 January, 11:00 – 12:00

Learn the basics of Acrylic painting with painter and illustrator Ben Sherwin in a relaxed taster session. Throughout the session you’ll study different objects to produce observational sketches and learn about colour tone.

This session is free. Material packs can be purchased for £15. Book here

An Introduction, Session 1 & 2 – Thursday 21 & 28 January, 10:30 – 12:00

Further explore the artform of Acrylic painting and develop your skills. Through this short series of sessions you’ll learn about different painting techniques, the rules of composition, colour mixing and colour balance. You’ll gain an understanding of how to use your artistic license and work towards producing your own piece of work.

£10 fee for workshop series. Material packs can be purchased for £15. Book here


Literary Walking Tour – Friday 15 January, 11:00 – 11:45

On this virtual tour led by award winning tour guide Felicity Whittle from Gold Star Guides, you’ll gain an insightful introduction to the City’s strong literary heritage whilst taking in some of the important sights throughout Nottingham City Centre.

During this lighthearted tour, Felicity will discuss the novels, poetry and scandalous private lives of legendary local writers such as DH Lawrence and Lord Bryon. It'll also be chance to learn more about some key fictional literary figures and the successful library service in the City today. You can enjoy it all with a cup of tea in the comfort and warmth of your own home!

This tour is FREE. Book here


Learn the art of being mindful and gain confidence in your artistic ability through a range of relaxing, stimulating and fun, creative workshops. The workshops will be delivered by Artist Amber Bain and can be enjoyed as a series or as individual sessions. Each workshop is designed to enable you to develop your skills, build on the techniques taught and broaden your vocabulary for your own unique creative voice.

Shades of Emotion – Tuesday 19 January, 10:30 – 11:45

Colours can evoke different emotional responses within us; learn how to use colour theory language to express your feelings within your Artwork. Using watercolour pencils you’ll experiment with mixing colour hues and learn how to add a tint, shade and tone to your work. Book here

Inner Landscapes – Tuesday 2 Feburary, 10:30 – 11:45

Learn Self Exploration techniques to visualise your own Inner Landscape. Using watercolour pencils you’ll learn how to blend colours through shading and adding water to produce your own unique abstract artwork. Book here

Sound Reflections – Tuesday 16 February, 10:30 – 11:45

Sounds can evoke different emotional responses within us. In this workshop, sounds of the Sea, Countryside and Rainforest will be used as stimuli, to evoke and influence your feelings and images when creating three Artworks. Book here

£5 per workshop, discount available for block session booking.

Book as a series of sessions here

Material packs can be purchased from £8


If you have not yet had chance to have a look at our Art book, you can view it here and dip into some of the activity ideas and recommendations.

Take care and we hope to see you virtually or in person very soon.

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