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

19th February -
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.

How to Approach galleries artist talk

20th February -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join a group of like minded creatives on this workshop as we look into the do's and don't's of how to approach a gallery professionally and appropriately. What to send out when and how to get noticed in this competitive market.

6-8pm at Focus Gallery

£28 per person includes tea and cake.

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

 

Keum Boo Pendant with Ruth Wiseman

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

Spend a lovely day with Ruth creating something magical using the ancient Korean art of Keum Boo.
Working with a pre-cut shape you will learn the wonderful techniques of applying the Keum Boo method which is the fusing of 24kt gold to silver. You will then be able to texture your piece with various silversmithing tools and rolling mills. After you are happy with the texture you will finish your piece using tools and polishers for a bright or patinated finish. Price includes materials to create one pendant. If time allows you may create another (materials will cost extra for second piece.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

26th February - 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.

Spring Jewellery School AM

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

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 WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

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.

Six week pottery course with sarah burton

28th February -
10:30am to 1:00pm

Learn a range of traditional pottery hand-building techniques including slab building, coiling and pinching with local studio potter Sarah Burton on this six consecutive week course. Each session will be a different skill to learn and perfect to get stuck into and try your hand at.

£150pp for the full 6 classes including refreshments held on Thursdays 10.30-13.00 beginning 28th February - 4th April and later in the year beginning 6th June - 11th July.
 

Stone Setting at Nottingham Jewellery School

Traditional Stone Setting with Dave Gelder

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

This workshop runs over six hours and covers settings such as claw, rub over and rivet setting. In addition to the standard settings offered in this workshop Dave will be covering correct practice with hand tools. This vastly improves not only your setting skills but all your jewellery work as a whole.

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.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley at Focus Gallery

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

5th March -
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.

six week linocut course with Nancy Power

7th March -
2:00pm to 4:30pm

You will cover all the basics of lino cutting; preparing the block, tool handling and safety, inking techniques and paper choices.

All tools, lino, inks and papers will be provided, all you need to bring is a prepared image. Guidance notes on images will be sent to you once the course is booked.

Small class sizes allow time for personal guidance and space for every student to progress at their own pace.

Week one: Single block print – Design and carve a balanced image and print by hand and with a portable press. Try out various inking techniques to enhance your image. Print up to 10 proofs on various papers and take them home with you!
Weeks two + three: Multi block print – Create a multi block print with two or three blocks. Learn how to transfer the image onto all blocks and how to register the blocks to print perfectly every time. Play with colour choices and inking techniques.
Weeks four, five + six: Reduction print – Learn how to plan and execute a three or four layer reduction print using just one block. Print a small edition to take home and wow your friends!

Suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills.

Thursday afternoons – March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, April 4th and 11th

Time: 2pm – 4.30pm

 

 

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

12th March -
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.

Glitzy Glass Jewellery Workshop with Stevie Davies

16th March -
10:30am to 1:00pm

This workshop is a great introduction to some simple Glass Fusing techniques as well as a chance for you to develop your ideas from a previous workshop. Spend the morning making Jewellery and unique cabochons which you can take further with your other projects including but not limited to, silver smithing, beading, wire wrapping and mosaics.

After being taken through the process of cutting sheet glass safely, we will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. The aim for this workshop will be to create at least 2-4 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes and all basic materials and findings are included in the workshop fee so you can come and make items such as pendants, earrings, cufflinks and brooches. Extra special findings can be purchased on the day, at cost. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and delivered to the Focus Gallery (or we can discuss delivery/collection/postage to you) approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.

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.  

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