CREATIVE Workshops

Workshops are fun!

What could be better than  engaging in a creative activity in a beautiful setting with a glorious sea view and good company?

I love to pass on my skills and knowledge and it’s a privilege to see my students discover and explore their own creativity in the process.

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If you don’t see a date that suits, I can arrange most classes as private tuition on a date to suit you.

I am also happy to travel and teach at your venue, please contact me for a chat if you are interested.

Painting workshops

Dip your toes in the world of art and let me show you the media and techniques that I use in my studio.

I don’t focus on drawing or exact reproductions, my goal is to help you explore a variety of media and develop confidence working on an intuitive level to express emotion and a feeling for a subject, rather than reproduce a photograph.

Suitable for all levels of experience, whether you are just starting out, or you are a seasoned professional  looking for a fresh approach. 

Introduction to Mixed Media

  • Tuesday 9 June
  • Tuesday 18 August

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Introduction to Mixed Media

Learn how to create diverse effects such as faux encaustics to chalky frescoes with acrylic grounds, and mediums. You will leave with a range of swatches and samples to refer back to and a deeper understanding of how mixed media can enhance your painting.

Price: £75
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £120
Private class with no other students

One day: 10.00am – 4.00pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and a light lunch. Please let us know any dietary preferences beforehand.

Mixed Media Seascapes

  • Wednesday 10 June
  • Wednesday 19 August

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Mixed Media Seascapes

Create a seascape scene using acrylics and mixed media. We will cover colour mixing, composition and perspective tricks, to create a loose and expressive work of art.

Price: £75
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £120
Private class with no other students

One day: 10.00am – 4.00pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and a light lunch. Please let us know any dietary preferences beforehand.

Dyeing Project Classes

I have developed a real passion for dyeing over the last four years and I am now offering two half day dyeing classes to enable you to create your own hand dyed skein of yarn or silk scarf.   The two can be combined into one day if required.

Dyeing classes are only available for adults.

Dye your own Yarn

  • Wednesday 22 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday 3 June, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Wednesday 5 August, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Tuesday, 25 August, 13:30 – 16:30

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Dye your own Yarn

In this half day class, you will learn the basic steps needed to dye wool and other animal fibres.  We will cover colour theory, which type of dyes to use and different methods of applying the dye and you will take home a skein of your own hand dyed merino.

Price: £45
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £60
Take this as a private class with no other students

Half day class: 9.30am – 12.30am or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and snacks.

Dye your own Shibori Silk Scarf

  • Wednesday 22 April, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Wednesday 3 June, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday 5 August, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday 25 August, 09:30 – 12:30

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Shibori Silk Scarf

In this half day class, you will use traditional shibori techniques of pleating, clamping and tyeing to dye a silk scarf. You will learn about colour theory, which dyes can be used with silk and different methods of applying the dye.  You will take home your own beautiful dyed silk scarf.

Price: £45
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £60
Take this as a private class with no other students

Half day class: 9.30am – 12.30am or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and snacks.

Bookbinding Workshops

I studied traditional bookbinding, apprentice-style,  with a retired master binder and have incorporated bookbinding into my art practice ever since.

My one day classes mix traditional bookbinding techniques with contemporary designs, focusing on simple and fun book structures that can be completed in a single day.

The Folded Book

Tuesday 16 June

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The Folded Book

Learn some of the fundamental bookbinding techniques with simple book structures, focused on folding, such as accordian books, maze books and map folds.

Price: £75
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £120
Private class with no other students

One day: 10.00am – 4.00pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and a light lunch. Please let us know any dietary preferences beforehand.

The Stitched Book

Wednesday 17 June

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The Stitched Book

In this class we explore bookbinding through stitched book structures, such as pamphlets, mediaeval long stitch, japanese stab binding and coptic binding.

Price: £75
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £120
Private class with no other students

One day: 10.00am – 4.00pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and a light lunch. Please let us know any dietary preferences beforehand.

Two day workshops

A two day class allows you to go deeper and immerse yourself further in a subject. 

You have time after the first day to pause and reflect, which often leads to meaningful questions and discussion on day two, resulting in some real  breakthrough moments.

Introduction to Traditional Bookbinding

By arrangement

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Introduction to Traditional Bookbinding

Bookbinding is a process that involves working in stages with elapsed drying time. This two day workshop will give students a chance to work on several books, using the drying time of one to continue work on another. We will make a range of stitched and folded books and should be able to finish a traditional quarter-bound hardback book over the weekend.

Price: £150
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £240
Take this as a private class with no other students

Two Day class – 10.00am – 4.00pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and a light lunch each day. Please let us know any dietary preferences beforehand.

Intuitive Abstracts

Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August

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Intuitive Abstracts

Over the two days, we will work through a series of exercises and practice pieces to introduce you to the principles of composition, tone, mark making and colour which are vital to creating any artwork. Working mainly with acrylics, we will also explore working with inks, charcoal, watercolour and pastel to add depth, vibrancy and spontaneity to our work.We will also look at sources of inspiration and keeping a visual diary, with the aim of creating a finished canvas by the end of the two days.

Price: £150
Maximum 4 students

Two Days – 10.00am – 4.00pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and a light lunch. Please let us know any dietary preferences beforehand.

Crochet Workshops

I rediscovered crochet about ten years ago as a mindful antidote to a very stressful time in my life.  At times, it was a steep learning curve, but I am now confident tackling the trickiest of patterns and know how much a helping hand can ease those frustrating moments.

I can take you through the basics in a half day beginners class, or you can come to my custom crochet clinic to tackle the areas you specifically need help with.

Crochet for absolute beginners

By arrangement

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Crochet for absolute beginners

This half day class will give you time to learn the basic stitches and to find a method of holding the hook and yarn in a way that is comfortable for you.

We will also look at how to read a crochet patterns and charts and you can browse through my extensive crochet library.

Price: £45
Maximum 4 students

Individual Price: £60
Take this as a private class with no other students

Half day class: 9.30am – 12.30am or 1.30pm – 4.30pm

All class materials are provided, along with drinks and snacks.

Custom Crochet Clinic

By arrangement

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Custom Crochet Clinic

Are you struggling and getting frustrated with your crochet? This private class is for you if you have some crochet knowledge, but have reached a standstill and you need some face to face help.

Maybe you are trying to learn a new stitch or understand a crochet pattern. Perhaps you just can’t keep your edges straight (very common). Whatever your problem is, let’s sit down together over a cuppa and I’ll work through it with you.

Price: £60
Maximum 1 student

3 hour class: times to be arranged
This is an individual class, run over three hours and can be arranged at a time to suit you.

Bring along any projects or patterns you are struggling with and I’ll provide hooks, yarn, a comfy sofa with beautiful sea views and of course tea, coffee and snacks.

An extra perk!

Workshop participants will be entitled to a 10% discount on all Glenda Waterworth Fine Art products on the day of your workshop.  This excludes original paintings, but includes prints, cards, hand bound books and textile products and applies to items that are in stock on the day. 

DATES

If there are no dates showing next to a workshop, I can probably add an extra date to the diary or arrange it as a one-to-one class to suit you.  Please use this form to send me an enquiry and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

WORKSHOP ENQUIRY FORM

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Want me to come to you?

If you would like me to come and teach at your club, guild or venue, I’d love to hear from you.

I am a member of the Scottish Artists Union and use their guidelines to set my day rates. This generally works out cost effective for groups of 6 -12, depending on the location (ie, expenses).

I have also organised and taught at trade shows and retreats with up to 60 students per class, so would be happy to discuss arrangements if you are thinking of something on a larger scale.

Don’t take my word for it – here’s what previous students have to say about my classes.

Big thanks to Glenda – Keith and I had super fun and buzzed with ideas all the way home.
Beverley

My sister Wendy and I had the extreme good fortune to be on holiday in Portpatrick when you held one of your fabulous workshops on mixed media. We were blown away at the knowledge and information on techniques we picked up and had the most incredible fun trying out the different products new to us. Wendy has written up copious notes (she doesn’t trust her memory!) and has a shopping list ready for this weekend. Thank you so very much for all your help and for sharing your knowledge with us. I have been an admirer or your work for years and was blown away at actually meeting you. 

I would have written this earlier but only had a laptop with us and I cannot get into using those silly little keyboards. Thank you once again and I recommend anyone thinking of signing up for one of your courses or retreats – stop thinking about it and sign up for the most fabulous time of your life.

Pat

It was brilliant, I had so much fun and learnt techniques I didn’t know existed – thank you Glenda for a great time

Lesley E

Well…just back from an Art Journaling workshop at Portpatrick Studios with Glenda Waterworth (weather was horrible – rain! LOTS of it so it was slow going at times) and can I say what an amazing and VERY inspirational day it has been! Learned an amazing amount using surprisingly easy sources of information ranging from every day surroundings, events, colours , favourite animals right up to personal situations as well as getting incredibly messy, inky and painty. Learned a lot about different mediums as well as using stencils (I am a stamper so need to expand my methods a little) ! Glenda was very inspirational and informative and her style of teaching is just wonderfully relaxed and without any pressure. It was also lovely chatting to the other ladies in attendance today (none of whose name I can remember sadly)

So if anybody out there fancies a cracking little day out with some inspiration thrown in then try out Glenda workshops ! You won’t be disappointed.

Also need to give a big mention to Adrian for doing the lunch and keeping all plied with tea and coffee all day.

Thank you everyone for making my day.

Jacqui

Thank you Glenda for another great workshop. Lovely group of gals and lots learnt.
Shame I had to leave slightly early – next time I’ll make sure I’m going home afterwards!!!

Rhuna

Thank you Glenda for yet another brilliant workshop. It was such a friendly, inspiring group. I came away with lots of ideas and pages to finish at home. I can’t recommend these workshops enough.

Beth

Had a brilliant day with Maggie over at Portpatrick Studios today. We were on a book binding workshop and I came away having made this fab note book with fly sheet. I am in AWE of Glenda who runs the studio xx

Roz

Just finished a fantastic weekend of workshops with Glenda at Portpatrick Studios. Had an absolute blast and definitely refilled my creative well. Thanks a bunch Glenda your teaching is as informative and generous as always. I recommend these classes for their sheer joy and fun plus there is so much to learn

Lesley W

Chocolate Baroque

Workshop Terms & Conditions

Most classes include all materials, but some will incur an extra materials cost, based on your choices (eg, for dyeing classes, you can choose from a selection of different yarn bases or different types of silk scarf).

Classes are designed for adults, and I am only insured to teach age 16 and older.

Classes include drinks, snacks and lunch (if longer than a half day).  We will do our best to accommodate any dietary preferences, but if you have allergies, you must tell us before the class so we can ensure no cross-contamination.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch. 

Accessibility Statement

Teaching takes place in either my studio or conservatory, both of which are on the ground floor of the house, with level access internally.

There is a small step to enter the house (7cm) and the corridor to the conservatory is 74cm wide at its narrowest.

We do have a downstairs toilet, but it is just not big enough to get a wheelchair into easily.

I will always do my best to accommodate anyone with a disability, but if I feel that my premises are not suitable, then I will suggest that we try to find a venue that is better suited to your needs.

Other points to note

We have two (timid) cats, so our venue is not suitable if you have an allergy to cats.  To keep our cats happy, we do not allow dogs or other pets.

We are a completely non-smoking property which includes no smoking in the garden.  You can smoke in the lane or path outside the garden.

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