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

2nd October -
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.

Mixed Media Sculpture Workshop with Priscilla Edwards

6th October -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Priscilla will share with you the creative techniques developed through her own experimentations.
You will make your very own 3D sculpture inspired by whatever theme you wish… using wire, wax, and found ephemera – then embellish with paper, buttons, beads and trimmings. During the workshop you will create lots of different shapes from light weight wire that can easily be manipulated with your fingers tips. Materials will be provided all you need bring is enthusiasm and some found objects or materials from your own collecting. 

Improvers Silver Smithing with Alys Power

6th October -
10:30am to 4:30pm

Aimed at anyone wanting to improve and expand on their silver smithing skills.

Set in the well equipped professional jewellery studio at Focus Gallery facilities are availble for you to pierce, drill, file, polish, solder, texture, stamp and design and create your own bespoke jewellery piece. Bring a project or two to work on or try something new with some support and guidence.

This class is aimed at those who have already done a class or two at Nottingham Jewellery School or who already have some jewellery making experience so we won't be covering the basic techniques leaving us lots of time to have a go at some more advanced processes.

The day is tailored around you and your needs so let me know what you would like to spend the day doing and I will make sure we have the right tools and materials available on the day.
 

How to Approach galleries workshop

8th October -
10:30am to 12:30pm

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.

10.30-12.30 at Focus Gallery

£25 per person includes tea and cake.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

9th October -
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.

Ceramic Jewellery With Sarah Burton

13th October -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Design, make and decorate up to 6 pieces of ceramic Jewellery.

Sarah will show you how to make a variety of different shapes of necklaces and brooches using a series of cutters and templates. You can decorate your creations with different textures and paint them with underglazes on the day. Your necklaces/brooches will then be glazed with a transparent glaze and fired ready for you to collect from the Focus Gallery a few weeks later. Bring with you any design ideas you may have for necklaces and/or brooches?  Think about textures and colours and look around your day to day environment for inspiration. Alternatively get ideas on the day from the ‘Bits and Bobs Box’ that Sarah will bring along to inspire your creativity.

 

Ceramic Buttons and Brooches with Sarah Burton

13th October -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Design, make and decorate up to 6 ceramic buttons/brooches.

Sarah will show you how to make a variety of different shapes of buttons and brooches using a series of cutters and templates. You can decorate your creations with different textures and paint them with underglazes on the day. Your buttons/brooches will then be glazed with a transparent glaze and fired for you ready to collect from Focus Gallery a few weeks later. Bring with you any design ideas you may have – do you have a knitted cardigan that needs those special buttons or a jacket that would look great with a unique brooch?  Alternatively get ideas on the day from the ‘Bits and Bobs Box’ that Sarah will bring along to inspire your creativity.

 

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

16th October -
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.

Glass Fusing Taster with Stevie Davies

20th October -
10:30am to 1:30pm

An introduction to Glass Fusing techniques used to make Jewellery and unique cabochons.

After being taking through the process of cutting glass, you will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. You can create at least 2-4 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes. Materials included. Pendants will hang on ribbon and earrings/studs will be finished with Sterling Silver Findings. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and posted/delivered to you approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.

Glass Fusing Taster with Stevie Davies

20th October -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

An introduction to Glass Fusing techniques used to make Jewellery and unique cabochons.

After being taking through the process of cutting glass, you will enjoy layering small pieces of coloured glass with copper elements and Dichroic sparkle. You can create at least 2-4 items depending on your chosen designs and finishes. Materials included. Pendants will hang on ribbon and earrings/studs will be finished with Sterling Silver Findings. Your work will be taken by Stevie to her studio to be fired, cleaned, finished and posted/delivered to you approximately 2 weeks after the workshop.
 

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

23rd October -
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.

Fold Formed Jewellery with Helen Domleo

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

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those wanting to learn a new skill.

Charles Lewton-Brain invented fold forming and it completely revolutionized the way you could make unique, organic, textured, 3D jewellery with basic tools. On this course you will learn how to fold, hammer, anneal and finally open up your pieces to reveal unique sculptural designs.

You will begin by learning some basic fold forming techniques before moving onto more complex processes using not only hammers but also a rolling mill. We will explore single folds first before progressing onto multiple folds. You will go away with a good knowledge of several different fold forming techniques.
All tools and copper will be provided for you to master this technique, silver will be available at cost if you wish to make your designs in silver.

Life Drawing with Oliver Lovley

30th October -
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.

Electroforming with Hayley Priestley

3rd November -
10:30am to 4:30pm

***New Date Added***

Electroforming is the process of creating a metal layer of a desired thickness onto the surface of otherwise organic items. On this introductory day, we will discuss the chemical process and safety of electroforming, set up the electroplating system, before preparing various items to proceed with electroforming (with copper) to a suitable standard.

Various interesting items will be provided for the purpose of electroforming, however, you are invited to bring along small items of memorabilia with you, such as a child’s dummy or first shoe, a tooth, a favourite flower (which should be pre-dried). We will aim to create jewellery with suitable items so that you have something wearable at the end of the day.

Materials included in cost. Refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch.

£80 per person

To book please email Hayley on hayleypriestleyjeweller@gmail.com

Chinese Brush Painting with Stephanie Morris

3rd November -
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.

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