On March 30th I’ll be running a creative Printmaking Workshop at the Tithe Barn in Bishop’s Cleeve as part of the first Happy Makers Project. This event is a celebration and showcase of Cheltenham Mumboss Club creative talent and we are joined by many local artisans for the day. Rather then sell, I jumped at the opportunity to provide a creative workshop.
As an artist myself and a mother of two 3 year olds and a 9 year old I know how hard it is to carve out ‘me’ time to be creative. In my monthly family Colour Club sessions I love watching the parents get stuck in with the Art, and they are almost apologetic for having such fun – well, this one is for you!!! I’ll be showing you how to experiment with textures and shapes, making printing plates and printing onto different surfaces from book pages and old manuscripts to tracing paper.
We’ll make a set of 8 cards and a framed final piece for you to take home. The session is for all abilities and starts at 1pm and will run until 3pm which will fly by once you get going. The class is aimed at adults but I shall run another printmaking session for children alongside it, my sessions are inclusive and happy places. The £15 ticket includes one child up to age 11 to with extras at £5 and children must have their adult present for the duration.
I taught Art and Design in schools for 10 years until 2017 when I decided to mix my Art skills with business. I also set up The Colour Club to give me the freedom to teach all ages, make a lot more Art myself and most importantly, spend more time with my three children.
It’s just over a a year since I sat at my kitchen table prepping into the early hours for my first event and now in a normal week I teach preschool up to 70+ including after school clubs ( 3 for the summer term) and Monday day and evening acrylics classes. My monthly weekend one hour sessions for creative families are based at the large School House Café Hall in Cheltenham.
At these friendly sessions I read a children’s story at the beginning and then we talk about it a bit so I can engage the children with ideas and certain words. Then we’ll use these as a springboard to make something. I keep the media varied so that children (and parents)learn to ‘think’ in different materials. For example, we’ve modelled pirate peg dolls and salt dough glitter snails, fashioned Gruffalo costumes from gigantic paper bags, stomped bare foot on giant Cave Baby floor paintings and printed colourful large labels for Tiger food … (Just in case)…
My next Family Colour Club is on 13th April where we are reading ‘The Princess and the Wizard’ and using air drying clay to model castle towers and fairy houses just perfect for evil wizards and fairy godmothers! I often love to make a playlist connected to the theme which generally includes lots of dance music. 15 families spread out across a large canvas working out how to translate the rhythm of drum n bass into paint is the sort of thing that might happen at The Family Colour Club!
Next up is’ The Princess and the Wizard’ Family Clay Workshop aimed at age 3-10 but accessible for all. April 13th
10.45-11.45am School House Café. £5 per child To book , please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be selling my paintings, prints and collages at Dumbleton Village Club’s Spring Pop up Market on April 14th and exhibiting at Winchcombe Festival’s Art Trail in late May in Archway Barn.
I’m also excited to have been invited to run workshops at several festivals this year! You can find The Colour Club at Cornbury Festival 5-7th July… Exciting times!
There is always new stuff going on at The Colour Club and you can keep up to date by following me on Instagram www.instagram.com/thecolourclub2018
It would be fabulous to have a buzzing, happy workshop on 30th March…Bring some baby wipes and a container to take drying work home in! Oh, and don’t wear white!
A Guest Blog from Jen Beetson
Jen is a local artist, teacher and Mum of three. She’s also a valued member of the Cheltenham MumBoss Club.