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Workshops

All of our wonderful workshops are held in the space below the gallery with only stair access.
Each one is designed for ages 18+ unless otherwise stated.
Tea and cake will be served on all of our workshops, so let us know of any dietary requirements.
You can book here, in the gallery, or by phone on 0115 837 5570.
No refunds within one month of chosen workshop start date. Should there not be minimum numbers for workshops to run within two weeks full refunds will be given and students notified.

For wedding ring workshops please click here.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

11th December -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley at Focus Gallery

Exercise your drawing or start as you mean to go on studying the human figure with Oliver Lovley BA Hons, SGFA in the comfortable surroundings of the downstairs gallery space at Focus Gallery in Nottingham. At each session you can choose to receive individual guidance from Oliver regarding mark-making, observational drawing, composition and other practical aspects of drawing. The drop-in style sessions will be designed to develop your individual artistic interests and allow you to grow as an expressive artist at your own pace.

2½ hour 'drop-in' session from 6:30pm to 9:00pm every Tuesday evening (arrive whenever you wish during the session)
£13 per person.
Art materials and tuition included. Any drawing ability welcome. A different model each week.
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol or soft drinks.

Parking outside the gallery on Derby Road from 6:00pm for about £2. The Gallery is directly opposite the excellent Hand and Heart pub on Derby Road.

Three Rings In A Day with Alys Power

26th January -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for? Beginners to intermediate makers

What will I make? You will make at least three solid silver rings.

What will I learn? You will learn to measure and cut a length of silver wire accurately and to use a hand held torch to solder a neat join. You'll be shown how to shape, texture and polish to create three rings to be worn together or seperately.

What is included? Your class fee includes enough silver to create three rings with extra available to purchase on the day if you want to make more.

Layered Silver Pendants with Alys Power

16th February -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for? Beginners to intermediate makers

What will I make? You will make a sterling silver necklace made up of different handmade elements. You can choose to work to one of my design sheets or to come up with your own design. Each necklace will be unique as you select and layer your own design.

What will I learn? You will experiment with different design ideas and come up with a uniques design to suit you. You'll learn to cut and shape metal and add texture using a rolling mill, hammers and stamps. You'll learn how to form metal using doming blocks and how to create solid and open forms. We'll use hand torches to solder pieces together. We will explore different metal finishes including polishing, oxidising and matt finishes.

What is included? Your class fee includes enough silver to create a necklace. Each student will have a sheet of silver measuring 3 x 4cm, a 16" or 18" chain and  assorted wire and findings to complete the necklace. Extra silver will be available to purchase on the day if required.

Wax Carving with Loree Bologna Two Day workshop

23rd February -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Join Loree on this wonderful two-part workshop into wax carving. You will need to attend both sessions to finish your piece/s of jewellery so must be available on Saturday 23rd February and Saturday 9th March, or Saturday 7th September and Saturday 21st September.

In this introductory course you will learn some of the basic wax carving skill, which will allow you to design and make at least one piece of jewellery.

You will learn how to carve, file shape and texture a piece of wax which will then be cast into the metal of your choice. There will be an additional cost for your chosen cast metal, which will be based on the weight of your piece so please take this into consideration (charges for casting will be at trade value).

The waxes will then be sent off to be cast and on the second part of the class you will learn how to finish the raw casting into a beautiful unique creation. Cake and refreshments served but please bring your own lunch.

£150 per person inclusive of both days.

For more information or to book please use the link or email info@loreebologna.com

 

Spring Jewellery School AM

27th February -
10:30am to 1:00pm

This is a six week class in all things jewellery. Suitable for beginners up to more experienced makers. We'll cover all the basics of silver smithing and an introduction to jewellers tools and techniques to allow you to create your own pieces of jewellery and metal work. Working in a fully equipped jewellery studio you can try your hand at sawing, drilling, hammering, texturing, enamelling, torch soldering and fusing, finishing, polishing and more. Learn new skills or bring along your own projects to work on. Alys will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, guide and advise you.

Spring Jewellery School PM

27th February -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

This is a six week class in all things jewellery. Suitable for beginners up to more experienced makers. We'll cover all the basics of silver smithing and an introduction to jewellers tools and techniques to allow you to create your own pieces of jewellery and metal work. Working in a fully equipped jewellery studio you can try your hand at sawing, drilling, hammering, texturing, enamelling, torch soldering and fusing, finishing, polishing and more. Learn new skills or bring along your own projects to work on. Alys will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, guide and advise you. All tools and equipment are provided. Aluminium, brass and copper sheet and wire and base metal jewellery findings are included in your class fee. Please provide your own silver or purchase it at the class.

Chinese Brush Painting with Stephanie Morris

2nd March -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Have you ever wanted to try Chinese brush painting before? This workshop is suitable for all levels and abilities so come and enjoy a relaxing day using traditional Chinese art materials (provided) to create a painting in beautiful Chinese papers or card.

Following dates:

Sat 3rd November 2018 10.30-4.30
Sat 2nd March 2019 10.30-4.30
Sat 20th July 2019 10.30-4.30
Sat 9th Nov 201910.30-4.30

For more information or to book please use the book now button, email Stephanie.g.morris32@gmail.com or pop into Focus Gallery.

Enamelled Pendants & Brooches with Alys Power

16th March -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginners to intermediate makers

What will I make?

You will begin by making a selection of samples and experiemntal pieces. Based on these you'll make a final brooch or pedant or two

What will I learn?

You will learn to shape and clean copper sheet. You'll learn to apply layers of glass powder and to kiln fire the pieces to fuse the materials together. You'll explore colour, pattern, layering, to create your own designs.

What is included?

All tools, equipment and materials are provided.  

Wire Wrapping With Angela Askins

23rd March -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Come and spend a day making beautiful wire wrapped jewellery with Angela Askins at the Nottingham Jewellery School.
In this first wire wrapping workshop you will learn how to handle the materials and wire, make simple shapes, attach beads and leave with a completed pair of earings and a bangle. You will be using copper, silver plated and brass wire. All equipment, wire and beads is provided but if sterling silver is required this will be at extra cost. Refreshments are provided during the day, please tell the school or tutor of any dietary requirements. 

Copper Spoons with Alys Power

30th March -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginners to intermediate makers

What will I make?

A handmade spoon in copper. Enough material are available to make more than one spoon if time allows.

What will I learn?

You will learn to use a piercing saw to shape copper sheet. You'll use a hand held torch to solder a handle to the spoon. You'll explore different mark making techniques - stamping, roll printing and hammering to add detail to your design and learn to use a hammer and stake to shape the bowl of the spoon. You'll learn how to file, sand and polish your spoon for a beautiful finish.

What is included?

All tools, equipment and materials are provided.  

Introduction to Silversmithing with Alys Power

27th April -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginner makers

What will I make?

In this class that depends on you!! The class aims to teach you the basics of silversmithing - what you do with them is up to you.

Some students come with a particular item they would like to make, some just want to have a go and try out the different techinques.  Please use the message box to let me know if there is something you would particularly like to make or learn. And, don't worry if you don't know what you want to make - I have plenty of simple project sheets for you to follow too.

What will I learn?

You will learn some of the basic of silversmithing. We focus on how to cut, solder, texture and finish silver. We'll explore saw piercing, hammering, roll printing, stamping, forming, soldering, filing, sanding, polishing and more.

The morning is spent learning about the tools and materials in the workshop and planning and designing your project. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to create you own wearable piece to be proud of.

What is included?

Your class fee includes enough silver to get you started with more available to purchase on the day.

Chain Link Bracelets & Necklaces with Alys Power

25th May -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginner and more experienced makers

What will I make?

You will make your own length of sterling silver chain and a handmade clasp to be worn as a bracelet or a necklace

What will I learn?

You will learn some of the basics of silversmithing. We focus on how to cut, solder, texture and finish silver wire to create the individual links of  your chain. We will explore design options and ideas and you'll learn how to solder all the elements to create a strong and flexible chain.

What is included?

Your class fee includes enough silver to create a standard bracelet length chain and clasp with more available to purchase on the day.

Summer Jewellery School AM

5th June -
10:30am to 1:00pm

This is a six week class in all things jewellery. Suitable for beginners up to more experienced makers. We'll cover all the basics of silversmithing and an introduction to jewellers tools and techniques to allow you to create your own pieces of jewellery and metal work. Working in a fully equipped jewellery studio you can try your hand at sawing, drilling, hammering, texturing, enamelling, torch soldering and fusing, finishing, polishing and more. Learn new skills or bring along your own projects to work on. Alys will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, guide and advise you. All tools and equipment are provided. Aluminium, brass and copper sheet and wire and base metal jewellery findings are included in your class fee. Please provide your own silver or purchase it at the class.

Summer Jewellery School PM

5th June -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

This is a six week class in all things jewellery. Suitable for beginners up to more experienced makers. We'll cover all the basics of silversmithing and an introduction to jewellers tools and techniques to allow you to create your own pieces of jewellery and metal work. Working in a fully equipped jewellery studio you can try your hand at sawing, drilling, hammering, texturing, enamelling, torch soldering and fusing, finishing, polishing and more. Learn new skills or bring along your own projects to work on. Alys will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, guide and advise you. All tools and equipment are provided. Aluminium, brass and copper sheet and wire and base metal jewellery findings are included in your class fee. Please provide your own silver or purchase it at the class.

Multi Materials Brooches & Pendants with Alys Power

29th June -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Who is this class suitable for?

Beginners and more experienced makers.

What will I make?

You will make a composition of layered plastic, wood, metal and other materials to be worn as a brooch or pendant

What will I learn?

We will explore the properties of different materials and how to cut, shape and finish them. We'll look at design inspiration and composition, layering our different material to create something unique. We'll learn some different cold connection methods such as tack riveting, tube riveting, stitching and jump rings.

What is included?

All tools, equipment and materials are provided.  If you have any materials you would like to use please feel free to bring them along with you.

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