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Arts and Crafts Workshops

Date: Sat 05 May, 2018

Time: 15:00

Arts and Crafts Workshops

Putting the "Arts" into BCAF! This is the fifth fantastic year that we have offered these Saturday workshops, and they grow ever more popular as word spreads. For 2018, we're back in the Millennium Hall with a mixture of old and new activities. Free tea and coffee to participants throughout the afternoon, along with a variety of cakes available to purchase.

We've five different Arts and Crafts workshops, all offering taster sessions, mostly of around two hours each. Take home a mini-project. Materials supplied. Scroll down to see them all




 Graphite Drawing class     

 3PM - 5PM


 SmARTsy Glass Fusion 

 3PM - 5PM


 Willow Weaving               

 3PM - 5PM


 Copper Wire Bracelets     

 3PM - 5PM


 Block Printing

 3PM and 4PM (45 min each)


So, who better to tell you about the individual workshops than the artists, themselves?

Graphite Drawing and Illustration with Joanne Stewart

Paint tubesLearn how to draw using graphite pencils or charcoal, or spend a couple of hours improving and honing your skills. No matter what your level, come along and enjoy yourselves.

Joanne says, "The workshop will demonstrate and teach you the techniques needed to draw with graphite or charcoal pencils. Learn how to refine your graphite skills by blending with a variety of tools, undertsand how to use specific erasers, explore a variety of papers and build an understanding of the graphite pencil."

All materials will be provided, or feel free to bring along your own.

Maximum of 10 places per class, one two hour class running from 3PM - 5PM. Places are £8.00 per person.

Glass Fusion with Ali from smARTsy

Glass fusion 3

"I'm Ali from smARTsy, and am bringing a beautiful array of glass in many forms and colours to BCAF's Arts Workshop event at the Millennium Hall. It is my second visit to the Festival.

"Your works of art will be taken away for firing in a kiln offsite, and will be available for collection at the Art Exhibition on 19-20th May at the Congregational Church 

Ticket price (£10) includes materials to make a variety of birds, coasters and hangers. Additonal pieces may be available for purchase on the day.

For more information, you can visit my facebook page smARTsy or contact me via email

Willow Weaving with Chaz Friend

willow2018BCAF welcomes back Chaz from Wayside Willow. He seeks to bring the ancient craft of Willow weaving to Twenty First Century learners, engaging them with historical skills and techniques, while cultivating  creative thinking and problem solving.

Chaz says: "l believe we are all created to be creative - its a core part of our humanity. Some people never find that place inside them. I know from experience that willow can help free that creative spark  in people who think of themselves as non-artistic."

Today, Chaz will be guiding you to make a BIRD FEEDER for you to take home.   Add your own choice as to shape, size and weaving style. Suitable for beginners. All materials provided.

More details from Chaz's website here

Places are limited to just 10 for this two-hour session. Tickets cost £15.

Copper Wire Bracelet Workshop with Andrena Porter

Copper Wire Bracelet

Join Andrena for this workshop to create a beautiful wire and gemstone jewellery bracelet for you to keep.

Andrena says, "Hi, my name is Andrena, and I love making jewellery in a variety of media. At this workshop you will get to make a unique piece, a copper heavy wire gauge  bracelet, which can include natural gem stones, beads and embellishments. The bracelet can be textured, and woven with coloured wire or copper wire.

"All the materials, copper, stones and tools are provided. I will help you design, and stage by stage, you'll create this bespoke piece. Suitable for ladies and men, so come and enjoy learning a new craft. Your bracelet is designed to be adjustable to fit any size"

The cost of the workshop is £12, and includes all materials, and you will take home your finished piece. There are limited places (10) for the 2 hour workshop.

Woodblock Printing with Saski and Strawbs

hare tote bagJoin Saski and Strawbs for this hands-on printing workshop based around the ancient art of printing with carved wooden print blocks onto fabric.

You'll produce a "tote" bag (like the one shown) to your own design, to take away.

We will provide a variety of blocks including abstract shapes, fruit, leaves, flowers, insects and animals.

There will be two 45 minute classes starting at 3PM and 4PM. Maximum of 15 people per class. Places are £5.00 per person.


Refreshments available in the Millennium Hall,  throughout the afternoon.

Booking your Workshop places

We recomend booking your session in advance, but places may be available on the day (subject to availability).

1. Please select the name and time of the workshop required from the drop-down list, below.

2. If you want more than one place, change the quantity from 1, as required

3. Then press "Add to Cart" just once! (or you'll select multiple places...)

4. Select any further workshops if required.

5. Please check your shopping basket for the correct number and workshops required.