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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.

Textured Glass Wall Art Workshop with Stevie Davies

16th March -
2:00pm to 4:30pm

In this popular workshop you will design and create a piece of artwork by manipulating different types of glass details, along with wire and metal, to create a highly textured panel. With a focus of colour and abstract form you will make a truly unique piece of glass art for you home. No experience necessary, just a love of colour and detail.

Your creations will need to be fired, cleaned and finished by Stevie, before returning them back to to the Focus Gallery for you to collect. This will take approximately two weeks (hopefully less). You are welcome to bring your own inspirational images too, we are aiming for abstract shapes and patterns. Stevie wouldn’t recommend anything figurative or any realistic images to try to copy. Your pieces can made with a wire loop, as a hanging, or mounted in a frame. Stevie will have a variety of frames to choose from or you can source your own, before or after the session. What size piece can you expect to make? The course fee will give you enough materials to make a 15cm square piece of glass which could replace the sheet of glass in a picture frame. That way you can feel the textures of your design. Or you may like to create a triptych of 3 5x15cm or a selection of 5cm tiles. Both these options would then need mounting at a later date, Stevie is happy to advise on how you can do this..

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

19th March - 2:00pm

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.

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. 

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

26th March - 6:30pm

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.

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.  

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

2nd April -
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.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

9th April -
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.

Preparing for trade Artist talk

10th April -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Whether it's your first trade show or tips on making direct selling events more profitable. Learn what you need to do to prepare for an event, even down to getting your stand show ready.

6-8pm at Focus Gallery

£28 per person includes tea and cake

allium sculpture workshop with rachel carter

13th April -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Rachel Carter is holding an exclusive sculpture weaving workshop.
The workshop which runs from 10.30am-4.30pm will introduce you to the new Eco-Fibre and Rachel's trademark Swirl weave, you will apply the weave to a spherical frame to create your very own Allium Sculpture which is housed upon a curved rusted steel rod.
All materials included in the price.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley at Focus Gallery

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

16th April -
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.

April May Jewellery School AM

17th April -
10:30am to 1:00pm

NEW DATES ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

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.

April May Jewellery School PM

17th April -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

NEW DATES ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

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.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

23rd April -
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.

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.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley at Focus Gallery

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

30th April -
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.

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