Events - 21 May 21

Not Normal: An Expression of the Self by Jamie King

Not Normal: An Expression of the Self by Jamie King

Monday 3 May - Friday 21 May
All Day

Self-portraits painted from the beginning of lockdown to the present day. An exploration of the self from my perspective of having schizophrenia whilst experiencing lockdown. All painted using oil on canvas and are approximately 50cm x 60cm. Observing lockdown rules led to isolation and separation from family, friends, and groups that provide vital support with face-to-face contact. This has brought a new and unwelcome ‘normality’. Finding coping strategies has been invaluable in dealing with hallucinatory voices and heightened anxiety. Fortunately, having the opportunity to paint and sculpt has led to a semblance of ‘normality’ for me.

You can view the entire exhibition here: VIEW EXHIBITION

To the Moors over Water by Sheena Phillips

To the Moors over Water by Sheena Phillips

Friday 7 May - Friday 21 May
All Day

Walking the same path every day gave me so many ideas and time to think about the places I loved.  I found my passion again for painting atmospheric and slightly abstracted landscapes.

This group includes some larger statement pieces and some mid-sized ones which would fit well in any room.

You can view this exhibition here: https://www.edinburghpalette.co.uk/events-2/exhibitions/to-the-moors-over-water/

www.sheenaphillips.uk

Painting Workshops for P3-P7

Painting Workshops for P3-P7

Saturday 15 May - Saturday 19 June
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Painting Workshops for Children 7 – 12 yrs. Starting Sat 15th May. 11-1pm. £20 per session. This course is designed to teach the basics of painting…preparation of surfaces, brushwork, colour theory, form, structure, tonality, perspective etc.

Further info from graeme1410@yahoo.co.uk. 07842 576939.

I plan to teach the basics of painting using watercolours and acrylics.
Classes will explore
1. How to look at and analyse paintings of the masters
2. How to use brushes and prepare paper for painting
3. Colour theory in relation to paint mixing.
4. The importance of form and structure
5. Tonality
6. Applying washes and working wet in wet.
7. Constructing a painting in successive layers.
8. Mixed media techniques including collage.

Better Dressmaking Course

Better Dressmaking Course

Thursday 20 May - Thursday 15 July
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This Better Dressmaking summer school course is packed with tips and techniques to help you improve the fit and finish of your home-sewn clothes.

Refresher Sewing Class

Refresher Sewing Class

Friday 21 May
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 1-day Refresher sewing class will be a useful reminder to brush up your sewing and dressmaking techniques if you used to sew but have got a bit rusty.  I’ll take you through some common sewing tasks that you’ll need if you’d like to start sewing again, and throw in lots of the tips for an expert finish.

Level 2: Beginners – Improvers. You should have done some sewing before but need a reminder of the foundation techniques.

Who is the Refresher sewing class aimed at?

Anyone who needs to refresh their sewing techniques. If you need a reminder of how to thread your machine, wind bobbins and understand sewing machine tension. Or you could consider one of my Beginners courses which are covers these topics and many attendees are taking them as a refresher.

What will I learn?

I’ll take you through some common sewing tasks that you’ll need if you’d like to start dressmaking again. Plus there’s plenty of my tips to help you achieve a professional finish to your dressmaking projects.

The Refresher Sewing Class will cover:

  • a reminder of how to thread your machine and wind bobbins
  • how to sew neat, accurate seams
  • different seam types and when to use them
  • how to take up hems
  • various methods of neatening raw edges
  • trimming and pressing
  • edgestitching and topstitching to create impact.
  • how to sew in a zip
  • how to make buttonholes using your sewing machine

The list above are all common dressmaking techniques if you want to achieve a neat-looking finish to your sewing projects.  You may have forgotten how to do these, or perhaps you haven’t learned these before? In addition, if there’s a technique that you can’t seem to get to grips with, then please let me know in advance of the class, and I’ll try to cover it if there’s time.  You will make samples of most of these techniques, and will have notes to take away so you will be able to use these as a reference for your future sewing.

In addition, I’ll tell you about how to choose the best needle for your sewing project, the different types of thread you can use etc, and lots of other information that you’ll need to start sewing again.

Course arrangements

All materials are supplied. Sewing machines are available but you may prefer to bring your own. If so, please bring your accessories (presser feet), bobbins, and the instruction manual. Please also check that you have your power cable/foot control. You’ll need a notebook, and a pair of small embroidery scissors for trimming.

Artisan Stitch has recently won a Certificate of Excellence and is rated Best sewing classes in Edinburgh.   Winner of the UK Enterprise award for Best sewing classes 2020, and recommended for sewing tuition by Queen Margaret university. Tutor, Jen has over 40 years sewing experience and over 20 years in a training role.

For Enquiries, call 0773 939 7369 or E-mail jen@artisanstitch.co.uk.

Places are limited so early booking is essential. Book here.

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