Sunday, 27 September 2009

Experiments in Collagraphy

Colour, texture and composition are still the guiding principles this weekend but with a change of technique for the new group of students at BAC. We're printmaking with Laurie Rudling.

Several students are LOLs (Lauries Old Lags!) but many are new to this intriguing type of printing. We usually have a good mix of students and on this course the students range from complete beginners to professional printmakers. (see the 'BAC Link to Artists' on the side bar) A variety of textural papers and fabrics - such as scrim - are used to make printing blocks and careful inking with a limited palette gives a beautiful subtle range of colours.

Next year, 2010, Laurie will be back at BAC on March 28/29 for 'Explorations with Monoprinting' and for August Bank Holiday he will teach a three day course for 'Further Experiments in Collography' which will allow us to make larger prints and investigate more complex ideas and techniques. This course will also be suitable for beginners. We would encourage you book early to avoid disapointment.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Precious Cloths - the second day

Lovely fragile pieces have developed during the day. Jewel colours, subtle colours, wonderful contrasts between matt and shiny textiles and each students individuality emerging. Jan has drawn out and taken forward design skills using new techniques with soluble fabric, sharing her vast knowledge and experience.

Jan Beaney returns next year in May with a new course using landscape as it's inspiration. We can't wait! See the side bar for the 2010 list of courses and contact Kit for booking details.

Meet Jan and Jean Littlejohn at the Knit and Stitch Show and let them know you've seen our blog!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Precious Cloths

Sunrise over Dilham was stunning this morning. Julie, staying here for Jan Beaney's course said, "As good as an African sunrise!"
The studio is now buzzing with excitement and activity. Jan's title this year is 'Precious Cloths' and she has brought the most beautiful samples to inspire the students.

They are looking at various aspects of their lives and, inspired by Jan, interpreting them in line, colour and texture using delicate fabric and threads.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Tim Fisher - Fast and Loose

Tim Fisher's approach to the use of watercolour, pen and wash gave us all the courage to be experimental. Balanced between studio based theory and 'on location' in the sunshine at Waxham, the students left the course fired with enthusiasm for his more spontaneous approach.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Give me an Oooh!...

...give me an aaah!.. and you'll understand the reaction from us when opening the amazing and generous parcel of goodies from Coats UK, the sponsors of Jan and Jean's courses at Broadland Art Centre. Every colour and texture you would imagine when contemplating 'Precious Cloths' and 'Fragile Carpets', and what you see here isn't even the half of it!

It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...

...and Broadland Art Centre's latest line up of textile and printing courses.
First up is Jan Beaney with her 'Precious Cloths' course taking place next week. Her Double Trouble partner Jean Littlejohn is teaching the 'Fragile Carpets' course in the middle of October, and at the end of September Laurie Rudling returns with more 'Experiments in Collagraphy'. As an added bonus this year, Ewa Kuniczak is back with an extra course at the beginning of October when we will be making 'Fabulous Hats' from felt. I'm booked on this course, and can't wait!

Due to late cancellations,there are two places available on Jan Beaney's course, please contact Kit if you are interested in a last minute treat.