Looking for something different to do? Boston Guildhall and arts organisation Transported have teamed up this October to launch a fascinating series of artist led workshops at the historic venue. All of the sessions are suitable for complete beginners, and all materials and tools will be provided. Three artforms will be explored during the 12 week run – printing, metal design and weaving, with 4 workshops on each artform. The workshops all take place on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. The timetable runs as follows:
(27 October, 3 November, 10 November, 17 November)
Textile artist and printmaker Sue Rowland will help you explore different types of relief blocks to create printed patterns. You will make your own detailed lino prints with designs inspired by the history of Boston or from items from the Guildhall collection. The process of lino relief print involves cutting away at the surface of soft vinyl or lino with cutting tools and using marks and textures to produce an interesting surface which is then inked up and printed onto paper. Sue says ‘cutting lino is a very relaxing, fun process and seeing the first print lifted off the inked up plate is always exciting!’
(24 November, 1 December, 8 December, 15 December)
In this exciting entry level taster course, led by metal artist Kathleen Smith, you will learn different processes to make marks and decorate metal. You will learn embossing techniques in metal foil using the exhibits of the Guildhall as inspiration, and use piercing or riveting techniques to design and create your own piece.
(12 January, 19 January, 26 January, 2 February)
Sue Rowland will work with you to create beautiful, woven landscapes based on the countryside around Boston, possibly with a coastal theme with reference to Boston’s maritime history as a major port and its links to wool and sheep.
During the workshops you will use different techniques and yarns (including local Lincolnshire long wool), looking at colour and texture to achieve a tactile piece of work on a card loom. Bring along your own picture of a favourite local coastal scene to work from, or use the provided photos as a starting point. You can include found coastal objects like shells and small pieces of driftwood if you wish.
Sessions cost £5 each, or £15 for four weeks. Places are limited, so to book your place call Boston Guildhall on 01205 365954, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Guildhall is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:30am – 3:30pm.