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This is the archive of courses we staged

 

Music  

Fri. 2nd - Sun. 4th September 2011
John Kirkpatrick - The Anglo Concertina - 'Adding Chords to Tunes and Songs'

FULLY BOOKED

This three day course is aimed at helping players of the Anglo concertina discover the full musical potential of their instrument. John will be looking at all the various technical aspects of playing, but will mostly be exploring what can be found in the way of chords and harmonies in the left hand to support melodies in the right hand. This is all very physical stuff, and teaching will be in terms of patterns and finger memory, rather than a more abstract intellectual approach. Although a broad grasp of the complexities of music will naturally grow out of the work involved, the ability to read musical notation is by no means essential, and may in fact be a hindrance!

The sessions will not be suitable for complete beginners, and as they are very specific to the instrument they will not be suitable for players of the other kinds of concertina either - the English or the Duet. And please note - the small twenty button Anglo will not be adequate for this course.You'll need an Anglo concertina with not less than thirty buttons, and ideally a keyboard chart of what all the buttons are. If you haven't got a chart, John will help you to knock one up, and, thus equipped, whether your interest is in beefing up your tune playing or adding floating parts to accompany your favourite song, Mr Kirkpatrick will be able to bring a lifetime's experience to bear and help you along the way.

In 2003 John was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society's Gold Badge
for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Music and in 2010 he received the Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Cost of Long Weekend: £130, includes small buffet on Friday night at 7pm, following
afternoon course, plus home-cooked lunches, snacks and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. Booking essential as numbers are limited.


On Saturday evening, 3rd September, John will be performing "The Victorian Farmer's Year
in Song" at Hope Village Hall, 8pm. Tickets £8 (Gleaners £5)

More info: www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Sat. 17th - Sun. 18th September 2011
Alistair Anderson -
Music of Northumberland and Beyond

Open to all melody instruments

An in depth opportunity to get to grips with the rich heritage of melodies and styles from
Northumberland and the Scottish Borders (which of course have a wider cross over with
repertoire from elsewhere in England than many a northerner may care to admit!)

We will look at over 300 years of tradition; from the early manuscript books of Henry Atkinson (1694) and William Vickers (1776), through the 19th Century Hornpipe Craze (led by James Hill), the tunes of the coalfields (from the Clough family to Gordon Cutty) and shepherd musicians (Billy Pigg, Joe Hutton, Will Atkinson and Willie Taylor), to the recent compositions of Kathryn Tickell, Matt Seatle and others, including, of course, Alistair himself.
As well as tunes, you will learn how to make the music come to life, how it fits the dances and energizes dancers.
You will have access to some older recordings and video and we may discuss the role that music and dance played in social life over the centuries and how it can continue to do so today.

Cost of Weekend: £130, which includes home-cooked lunches, snacks and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. Booking essential as numbers are limited.

On Saturday evening, 17th September, Alistair will be in concert at Hope Village Hall, 8pm.
Tickets £8 (Gleaners £5)

More info:
www.alistairanderson.com
www.rothbury-traditional-music.co.uk/alistair.asp

Sat. 16th - Sun. 17th July
Jim Crawford - Folk, Blues, Finger style & Slide Guitar 
This course will dip into a wide range of guitar styles from my Folk & Blues repertoire. As well as giving you instruction in finger picking & slide techniques, I will help you demystify the use of open tunings!

We will look into understanding how simple chord forms can be used all over the finger board to produce beautiful sounding arrangements of instrumental pieces and song accompaniments. I will also give you advice on how to set up your instrument for "bottle neck" or "slide" playing to achieve the best action and tone. I've also had over 30 years experience singing for a living, so this could be another subject we could look into! Whether you're just starting out as a player or have been playing for some time, I'm sure there will be plenty here for you to enjoy.

On Friday evening (15th July) from 7pm onwards, there will be an informal session in Gleanings.

Cost of Weekend: £120, includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments. Booking essential as numbers are limited

On Saturday, 16th July - Jim will be holding an "At Home" in Gleanings at 8pm. Tickets: £5 (Gleaners free). Numbers are very limited so booking essential.

More info: www.jimcrawford.org.uk/home.html
www.myspace.com/jimcrawfordmusic


Fri. 22nd - Sun. 24th July
Paul Hutchinson - Accordion Workshop - "Bring Your Accordion Alive!"
Paul Hutchinson is passionate about English traditional music, in particular 17th and 18th century dance music and so for the last 15 years he has been busy collecting, adapting and interpreting these wonderful melodies for the accordion. 

Paul is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House in London (the home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society), runs regular courses at Halsway Manor in Somerset (Centre for English Traditional Music) as well as Folkworks Summer Schools, Hands On Weekends and at many folk festivals in the UK. He is renowned for his collaboration with Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards nominated duo Belshazzar's Feast.

The weekend will be spent concentrating on improving left-hand techniques as well as exploring simple but effective methods to bring this music alive. The course will be aimed at players who are at intermediate level and above and the music will be supplied a month in advance. 
So if you want to play with a degree of subtlety and discover the diverse range of our musical heritage, please sign up!

Cost of Weekend: £130, includes Friday night buffet at 7pm plus 
home-cooked 
lunches, snacks and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. Booking is essential as numbers are limited

More info:
www.wildgoose.co.uk/displayartist.asp?ARTIST_ID=35
www.belshazzarsfeast.co.uk/reviews.htm


Mon. 13th - Fri. 17th June
George Papavgeris - 'Songwriting for the Unsuspecting' 
I am convinced that everyone has the potential to write a great song, and through this course I aim to release that latent talent, and where it has already surfaced, to help improve and develop it. The course follows the songwriting process from intent, idea and inspiration to structured crafting, arrangement and instrumentation, and will include elements of performance and marketing, (in other words getting your song "out there"). You will have the oportunity to put all these into practice and in addition there will be one-to-one tutorials to help you develop your skills.


Cost of 5-Day Course: £240, includes welcoming tea on Sunday afternoon plus home-cooked lunches, snacks and refreshments during course.
 Booking essential as numbers are limited

On Saturday, 13th June - George will be in concert in Hope Village Hall, 8pm. Tickets: £8 (Gleaners £5)

More info: www.folk4all.net/ 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qivWtWvVI2M

Sat. 5th March 2011
Kitty Greenwood - 'Fiddle-playing for Pleasure': tunes, techniques and learning by ear

Ideal for players wanting to join in folk sessions, this workshop will extend your repertoire, improve your technical skills and de-mystify the process of learning to play by ear. A chance to enjoy playing alongside others and have your fiddling questions answered in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Supporting course materials, both written and audio-visual, will be supplied to all participants.

Cost of Day: £40 and this includes home cooked lunch, plus snacks and refreshments - Booking essential as numbers are limited

About Kitty
Kitty is a versatile and experienced teacher of both classical and folk music. She is musical director of the 30-strong community band Ffonic  
where she is renowned for her innovative arrangements and energetic teaching style.  Kitty performs with the ceilidh band HiJinx  and can also be spotted leading tune sessions and fiddlle workshops at our local Shrewsbury folk festival.      


Fri. 1st - Sun. 3rd April 2011
Vocal Harmony Weekend with Craig Morgan Robson
Improve your harmony singing (intermediate +):  if you are already involved in harmony singing, can carry a harmony part, and are keen to hone your singing skills, this workshop is for you. The tutors will help you to polish some of the finer details such as vocal technique, balance, blend and arrangement and you will also have a chance to develop skills of singing in a small group. Anyone booking on the course is invited to an informal session with Craig Morgan Robson on Friday evening, 1st April at 7pm when a small buffet will be provided. On Saturday evening, 2nd April, CMR will be performing in our local village hall at Hope - ticket price: £8 (£4 to Gleaners)

Cost of Weekend: £130, includes Friday evening buffet, home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments for weekend - Booking essential as numbers are limited.

More info: www.cmr-harmony.org.uk


Sat. 14th - Sun. 15th May 2011
'Sing the Song, Tell the Story' with Brian Peters
In this course Brian will explore ways of presenting songs so as to make them interesting musically while bringing out the great stories that make folk material so rewarding.  This might include vocal techniques such as expression, phrasing and ornamentation, accompaniments using a variety of instruments, and repertoire issues such as finding and selecting songs and polishing them for performance.  Brian will be showing a few tips from recordings of his favourite singers, and also looking at the traditional ('Child') ballads, songs with the greatest stories of the lot!  You're invited to bring along a 'work-in-progress' song that you'd like advice about - it doesn't have to be traditional, but songs with stories would be good - and if you'd like to come away with a new song or two, Brian will have on hand some of his favourite songs, that you might like to learn. 

Although the course doesn't officially start until Saturday morning, if anyone would like to arrive on the Friday evening Brian will be at Gleanings for an informal session from 7pm when 
a small buffet can be provided. 

On Saturday afternoon Brian would like to extend the course time to accommodate a small song circle where any student who wished to could offer a song in front of the group and get some positive feedback.

Saturday evening is reserved for a concert by Brian in our local village hall at Hope, starting at 8pm - ticket price: £8 (Gleaners free!)

Cost of Weekend: £120, includes Friday night buffet, home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments for weekend. Booking essential as numbers are limited.

More info:  www.harbourtownrecords.com/petersbiog.htm


Sat. 4th - Sun. 5th June
Frankie Armstrong - 'The Joy of Singing' 
Singing is one of the easiest and most accessible ways to give us a feeling of well-being, relaxation and energy. Singing with others also allows us to create a sense of communal celebration. Recent medical research has verified how parts of the brain’s pleasure centres are stimulated by singing, and how fuller breathing stimulates the circulation. 

We start with simple body loosening and voice exercises. These lead into ways of playing with creative vocal expression. The workshop also includes songs and chants from different parts of the world. The workshop is open to anyone regardless of their prior experience. We create a supportive, easy-going and playful atmosphere, with an approach of exploration rather than ‘getting it right”.

Cost of Weekend: £130, includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments for weekend. Booking essential as numbers are limited.

On Friday, 3rd June - Frankie will be in concert in Hope Village Hall, 8pm. Tickets: £8 (Gleaners £5)

More info: www.frankiearmstrong.com 

Sat. 30th - Sun. 31st October
Rees Wesson - A weekend of melodeons and more!

Rees will be running two workshops over the weekend. On the Saturday evening there will be an informal session in Gleanings so that the tasters can get a taste of the real thing and the early arrivals for the East Anglian day can get warmed up. It would be great if all could get together, and even better if you could bring food and drink to share. This looks like the recipe for a night to remember!

Sat. 30th October - Workshop 1. Melodeon Taster Session.
The melodeon is a small button accordion. It has different notes on push and pull just like a mouth-organ. It is a true folk instrument in that no musical knowledge is required in order to knock out a few simple tunes.
Fancy having ago? Come and spend the day in the company of melodeon wizard, Rees Wesson.
Instruments will be supplied.

Sun. 31st October - Workshop 2. East Anglian Style for all instruments
Learn how to play in this highly rhythmic style with Rees - Polkas, Stepdances, Jigs, Waltzes, Schottisches, etc.
Copies of the East Anglian tune-book "Before The Night was Out" will be available to purchase (in advance if required)

For more information: www.myspace.com/reeswesson  -  www.melodeons.com

Cost of each day: £50 and this includes a yummy homecooked 2-course lunch, plus snacks and refreshments

Fri. 2nd - Mon. 5th April 2010

Mary Humphreys & Anahata

Fenland Tunes Workshop - Easter Weekend This course will be covering tunes from the Cambridgeshire Fens and surrounding areas, and some arranging with harmony parts. It is aimed at players of melody instruments such as melodeons, concertinas, fiddles, whistles, flutes and other woodwind etc. We'll keep to melodeon-friendly keys of G and D. There will be music but you don't have to be a reader. If you play a transposing instrument like a clarinet or brass and you want to use music you'll have to be able to read at concert pitch (but contact us if you want to come and this would be a problem) We plan to cover at least some of these topics: The original collected molly dances tunes from Cambridgeshire Tunes from the unpublished manuscript of William Clarke of Feltwell, Norfolk (date 1858) Other East Anglian Tunes (Norfolk and Suffolk) Tunes from John Clare's notebooks (Peterborough) The evolving tradition - some newer tunes adapted or composed for current Molly Dance teams in the Fens. Playing harmony parts (with so many musicians around, it's a great opportunity) Playing for dancing Informal evening sessions where you can sing, dance or play anything you like.

£180 for long weekend - includes Friday night supper plus lunches and refreshments on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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3rd - 7th May 2010

Harvey Andrews

Harvey's course deals with lyric writing, melody, and performance. Suitable for both beginners and seasoned veterans of all ages and both sexes, the emphasis is on enjoyment and shared activity.

£260 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course. Harvey will be in concert in our local village hall at Hope on the Saturday evening, 8th May, following the course .
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7th - 11th June 2010

George Papavgeris

“Songwriting for the Unsuspecting”
I am convinced that everyone has the potential to write great songs, and through this course I aim to release that latent talent (hey, that's an anagram!) and help improve it where it has already surfaced.

£260 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course. George will be in concert in our local village hall at Hope on the Saturday evening, 12th June, following the course.
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21st - 25th June 2010

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick's course will be suitable for players of any instrument, and preferably with at least some practical experience. While he is used to working with musicians at any level of skill, this week will probably be more beneficial to those with a few miles behind them rather than people who have just passed their test! Whether you're used to working from written music or playing by ear, both approaches will be catered for, and part of the work of the week will be to explore how these two apparently opposite extremes can be made into friends. John will be looking at how to delve into the subsoil beneath songs and tunes, and try different approaches and techniques with a view to presenting a suitable bed of music on which to present each piece. His own great strength and experience is firmly based on a lifetime's handling and interpreting traditional English folk music in all its forms, but as he has also proved himself to be a prolific songwriter and composer, he is quite used to smoothing the path from arranging and accompanying into creating brand new work. Bring your own songs and tunes to work on, or be guided by John using items of his choice to help you along the way to discovering your own unique voice and sound.

£260 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course. John will be in concert in our local village hall at Hope on the Saturday evening, 26th June, following the course.
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5th - 9th July 2010

Pete Coe

Pete presents a series of informal themed workshops celebrating songs from English traditions including classic ballads, rural & seasonal songs, industrial & political broadsides and sea songs & shanties, etc. The aim of this series is to encourage participants to engage in a wide variety of song styles and sources, to develop solo and group arrangements (both vocal and instrumental accompaniments) and enhance performance skills.

£260 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course. Pete will be in concert on Sunday evening 4th July before the beginning of the course.
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31st July - 1st August

Paul Adams - Demos, Preparing to Record & Recording Workshop

The World Of Recording – an introduction to the technology, making demos, how the record business works. Will include a practical workshop. (£120)


16th - 20th August 2010

Cloudstreet - "Singing and Performing"

A week of song and skill-building with Nicole Murray and John Thompson who will guide you through the discovery and joy of song. We work through a firm grounding in warmups and explore how to gently develop the great gift of voice that we all share. In a totally supportive environment (no solo singing required), we’ll share loads of songs and explore magical harmonies together. We will also explore performance skills and how to build confidence in presenting live performance. We'll cover preparation, stage technique, overcoming nerves and building a complete show. This week of workshops will be a must for anyone who wants to develop their singing and take the next step into the world of performance. There will be time for individual coaching as well as group work. Suitable for those new to the discovery of their voice, as well as more experienced singers looking to re-establish some basic skills.

£280 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course. Nicole and John will be in concert in our local village hall at Hope on the Saturday evening, 21st August, following the course.
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Sat. 20th - Sun. 21st November
Bill Caddick  -  Songwriting

A wonderful weekend of songwriting and wit with fabulous singer/songwriter, Bill Caddick.
A quote from John Kirkpatrick sums this man up - "The man's a wonder. Unique. Masterful. Magnificent . . 

On this same weekend Bill's wife, Katherine Soutar-Caddick, will be running a Classy Christmas Card Workshop in the Stable at Gleanings - See Art and Craft Workshops
www.billcaddick.com

Cost of weekend: £90 and this includes a lovely homecooked 2-course lunch, plus snacks and refreshments

Sat. 27th - Sun. 28th November
Polly Bolton - "Singing from the Souls of Your Feet"

Whether you are an experienced singer or just beginning to dip your toes into finding your voice, Polly will lead a weekend of vocal exploration through singing harmony songs. She will start with some basic vocal techniques and teach a wealth of songs from many cultures, including many traditional British folk songs and some of her own compositions.
Polly believes that singing with others is a joyful experience resonating deep in our souls and DNA memory. All our songs will be taught by ear, so there is no need to read music. To miss out on the experience of a cappella singing is to miss out on one of the good things about being a human being. She believes that for too long our western music has been divided into performers and audience which prevents many people from having a go at singing with others.
Polly will also be teaching some vocal ornamentation, to garnish the folk songs we will be learning.
Polly has sung and recorded folk and jazz since the 1960’s and for the last 12 years has been a Natural Voice Practitioner and led her community choir, Ludlow Larks.
She is regarded as one of the country’s leading exponents of vocal ornamentation.
Wear loose fitting comfy clothes and shoes!
More details about Polly from www.pollybolton.co.uk

Cost of weekend: £90 and this includes a delicious homecooked 2-course lunch, plus snacks and refreshments.


Arts & Crafts The pattern for the week art courses will be similar to the music courses with the exception of the Friday evening where there will still be a social gathering arranged with the added bonus of being able to display your work in Gleanings should you wish to.

Sat. 16th April 2011
Pamela Breakwell - An Introduction to Polymer Clay Jewellery

Learn to make beautiful Polymer Clay jewellery; beads, pendants, earrings etc. also buttons of your own design and colours.

A word of warning though, it is  very additictive!

What is Polymer Clay?
Polymer Clay is a synthetic modeling material which is available in a wide range of colours . It is one of the most exciting craft materials on the market today. An ideal medium for eginners, it produces beautiful results without much training or equipment. Polymer clay is baked in a convential oven, no kiln is required.

Cost of Day: £40 and this includes home cooked lunch, plus snacks and refreshments. There will be a small charge for materials used. Booking essential as numbers are limited.

About Pamela:
My name is Pamela Breakwell and I'm an ADDICT! A Polymer Clay addict that is. I fell in love with this wonderful medium about 2 years ago after meeting a fellow student on a jewellery making workshop. She introduced me to Polymer Clay and showed me all the beautiful objects that can be created with it. I was hooked! Since then I have attended workshops, taken courses etc. on making Polymer Clay jewellery with international renowned teachers.

I enjoying teaching others about this wonderful versatile material, and find that people are just as enthusiastic about it as I am.

Apart from making jewellery I enjoy other crafts including felt making.


Sun. 17th April
Rees Wesson & Sioned Camlin - Welsh Unscrambled

Rees and Sioned are part of the newly formed Welsh Band called 'Parti Gungrog' and they both share a love of the Welsh language and Welsh traditional music, so come along to their lively, interactive workshop aimed at pronouncing place names, reading signposts, etc. Also covering many other key words which can be used as building blocks to construct the whole language. 
This workshop is solely aimed at pronunciation. Participants may bring place names to unscramble. i.e. Llaregyb.

Cost of Day: £30, this includes home-cooked lunch, refreshments and snacks. You are welcome to arrive at Gleanings from 9.30am onwards for a drink and chat.

 


Fri. 6th - Sun. 8th May
Long Weekend of Egg Tempera Painting with Sarah Harding
An introduction to the Renaissance medium of egg tempera painting including: making tempera from pigments and egg yolk, different approaches and techniques used in the past and today to produce the luminous effects that egg tempera is valued for.

This medium can produce striking luminous effects due to its semi-translucent nature and the method of building up many layers of transparent colour. I make my paint from pure pigment and egg yolk and the lengthy process of using many tiny brush strokes has been described as drawing with colour.

Gesso panels and pigments provided. Some knowledge of colour theory is helpful.

Cost of Long Weekend: £180 - includes tea on Friday, plus home-cooked lunches, snacks and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday

More info:  www.sarahmharding.co.uk/


Sat. 21st - Sun. 22nd May
Oil Painting For Beginners with 
Jude Robinson 

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the joys of painting with oils and build confidence in using this extremely versatile medium.  We will focus mainly on painting landscapes, water, skies, and the natural environment, inspired by the beautiful scenery which surrounds Gleanings.  Both days will be fully tutored by Jude Robinson with plenty of opportunity for discussion, having fun and you will be supported throughout. Jude has a friendly and relaxed style to teaching which will hopefully make for a thoroughly enjoyable course.

The morning of the first day will involve how to mix the paints with linseed oil/distilled turpentine, painting a colour wheel (mixing primary colours together), how to prepare your canvas/paper, and then committing paint to canvas/paper (painting an object of the tutor’s choice).  We will then break for lunch and in the afternoon, students will be asked to paint one of their photographs.  Guidance and support will be given throughout the afternoon although every student will be encouraged to develop their own style.

On the second day, some of the morning will be spent learning techniques which may not have been covered the previous day e.g. blending colours, water reflection, painting trees.  The remainder of the second day, including a break for lunch, will be spent painting a large piece from a photograph of your choice.

Cost of Weekend: £100 which includes 
home-cooked 
lunches, plus snacks and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday

Materials needed - a selection of good quality oil paints (particularly the primary colours, and
also white and black). A selection of landscape/water/sky photographs of your choice. An assortment of brushes to include a fine brush, a flat brush, a fan brush and a large brush for canvas preparation. Artist’s linseed oil, and artist’s distilled turpentine. Kitchen roll, a palette (wooden or tear-off disposable palettes) and a mixing pot. Also a selection of three pre-stretched canvasses (at least 12” x 10”) or oil sketching paper. We would advise you bring something to cover your clothes to protect them from the oil paints. Easels can be provided unless you would like to bring your own.

Please note, oil paints do take a length of time to dry. We would suggest you bring along some large pizza shaped boxes to put your completed work in. You will need three of these.

More info: www.artbyjude.co.uk


Sat. 28th - Sun. 29th May 2011
Jenny Jones - Charcoal Workshop

The aim of the course will be to build confidence and to introduce students to the possibilities of using charcoal as a medium. Both days will be fully tutored and will end with a discussion of the work completed during the day.
The morning of the first day would consist of an introduction and exploration of materials
working from an arrangement of objects. We would then break for lunch and in the afternoon a large drawing will be undertaken. On the second day there will be a choice of working inside on a still life, or outside in locations around the house and gardens with a break for lunch at midday. Students may work on imaginative subjects if they would like to but working from photographs is discouraged. The Materials needed are charcoal, putty rubber and good cartridge paper. You may bring your own, or they will be available to buy at cost. Bring your own drawing board if possible.

Cost of Weekend: £120, includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments for weekend.

 


Mon. 1st – Fri.  5th August 2011
"Garden, Field and Hedgerow". . . Drawing and Painting Plants in Watercolour
with Sue Linton B Ed, SBA Dip.

Sue is making a return visit to Gleanings following last year’s successful course ‘Landscape and Living things’. This time we shall be looking more closely at the wonderful variety of flowers and shrubs that grow wild in this beautiful part of Shropshire, as well as some of the cultivated plants to be found around Gleanings.
Throughout the five days, Sue will demonstrate drawing and watercolour techniques needed to produce beautiful plant paintings, whether in a loose style or as true botanical illustration. Every student will be guided and encouraged to look at plants in new ways while developing their own individual style.

Cost of 5-Day Course: £240, includes welcoming tea on Sunday afternoon plus home-cooked lunches, snacks and refreshments during course. Booking essential as numbers are limited

Some comments from Sue's course last year . . .

"Fabulous week, good tuition, good company and first class food. Such a warm welcome . . . " -  Audrey S, Brighton, Sussex

"What at week! I have learnt and enjoyed so much. Can't praise the course enough - all superb. Above all it's been fun and met super people. Thanks for the motivation, the memories and super duper tuition!" - Su, Minsterley, Shropshire.


Sat. 13th - Sun. 14th August 2011
Jill Leventon - Enamelling

During Day 1 of this course Jill will give an introduction to Health & Safety when working with enamelling equipment and materials. This will be followed by Basic techniques, such as cleaning copper, sifting enamel onto copper, firing, transparent and opaque enamels, plus experimentation with some or all of the following (dependant on students' inclinations): Stencils, Sgraffito, Decoration media, Rubber stamps, Using Wires/Cloisonné, Wet laying and High firing. On the second day students may choose from the following:

On Day 2 students may choose to - Explore one technique further, Continue exploring all the techniques or design and execute at least one piece to a high stand.
Jill will bring her library of enamelling books and design source books so that students have access to inspiration sources. She can also advise on ‘what next’ if anyone wishes to take the craft further.

Cost of Weekend: £120, includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments. The will be a small charge for materials used. Booking essential as numbers are limited


More info:
www.madeinshropshire.co.uk/makers.php?company=jill-leventon
www.flickr.com/photos/28943063@N04/



Sat. 6th - Sun. 7th November

Ivan Williams - Observational drawing and composition through to intaglio printing – with a difference!
Intaglio printing using the dry-point technique is very direct and versatile. A simplified description for anyone not familiar with the process is as follows: 
The printing plate on which the image is drawn can be made from a variety of materials, so long as the plate is of a softer material than the stylus that you draw the image with. 
To create a plate you simply move the hardened stylus, a needle-type tool of varying thicknesses, across the surface leaving scratch marks. These marks can be incredibly fine or coarse (it’s not hard work). 
The marks then have special ink rubbed into them and the ink left on the surface is wiped off. 
The plate is then placed on a roller press (etching press). A dampened sheet of paper is placed on the plate and passed through the press. The pressure forces the damp paper into the scratch marks and in so doing, lifts the ink out. 
The course will explore a technique that quickly and easily gives results that I am sure will thrill you. This, linked with the initial design of the plate, will give you a course with a difference.   

Cost of weekend: £90 which includes a home cooked lunch each day, plus snacks and refreshments


Sat. 13th - Sun. 14th November
Pippa Scott  -  Make a Square Willow Basket 

This workshop is an introduction to square basketmaking using a simple method suitable for those with little or no previous experience of basketmaking.  For the more confident it will also be possible to learn advanced methods. 
There will be an emphasis on practising borders, corners, and handles. This will enable participants to make useful baskets suitable for A4 sized papers, and with the addition of handles, you will be able to make a basket for shopping, etc. 
This is Pippa's second workshop at Gleanings and she has been asked back by popular demand. Her workshops are full of fun and this gives the chance to make new friends as well as new skills. Pippa will also be covering the growing, harvesting and preparation of willow. There will be a small charge for materials.

Cost of weekend: £90 which includes a home cooked lunch each day, plus snacks and refreshments.



Sat. 20th - Sun. 21st November
Katherine Soutar-Caddick  -  Design your own Classy Christmas Cards - to be held in Gleanings Stable

These will not be the usual home made Christmas Cards - some will be funky abstract and at the other end of the scale, they can be painted in watercolours with beautiful rhymes. Katherine is a much sort-after artist not only in her home territory of Ironbridge but nationwide with book illustrations, CD covers, etc. To find out more about Katherine and to see her paintings log into her website: www.dancingcatdesign.co.uk
This promises to be a very exciting and creative weekend and lunchtime should be great as we shall be dining with Katherine's husband, Bill Caddick and his course participants as Bill is running a Songwriting Workshop at the same time in Gleanings.

Cost of weekend: £90 which includes a home cooked lunch each day, plus snacks and refreshments. All materials will be supplied including the card and envelopes and you could go home with as many as two dozen hand-made classy cards!



Sat. 4th December
Catherine Murphy & Bernard Edwards - Hedgerow Garlands and Corn Dolly Christmas Decorations

This workshop will start with a guided walk over the hill top smallholding with small-scale collection of berries and material. (Cath & Bernard will also bring along extra materials), followed by demonstrations of building garlands and seasonal corn decorations and practical hands-on activities.

There will be an Exhibition of the products of the day – ‘Deck the Boughs’ and a celebrate with song -  singers will be invited to join us for this event - Christmas merriment to be had plus a glass of mulled wine.

Outline Time Table

 9.30                    Arrive for tea/coffee

10-11                     Guided walk

11 – 12.30 Demonstration and Activities – Garlands

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch – encourage continued activity

1.30 – 3.30            Demonstration and Activities – Corn Decorations

3.30 – 4.30            Celebration – ‘Decking the Boughs’ and Sing

Cost of Day: £45 which includes a home cooked lunch, plus snacks and refreshment




Sat. 11th - Sun. 12th December
David Turner  -  'Belting Up' - Make your own hand-embossed leather belts - a unique Christmas Gift

By the end of the weekend each participant will have made two stamped belts. One at 1" wide and one at 1 1/4" wide. These will be fitted with a brass or nickel finish buckle. We will start with a bit of background into what sort of leather we will be using and why, plus the use of stamps and other tools to achieve our aim. You will be able to choose which stamped design you wish to put on your belt from a range of samples. Then after some basic practice we will get started on our individual tasks.
Leather stamping is fun, creative, satisfying and rewarding. It should be a real belter of a weekend!

Cost of weekend: £90 which includes a home cooked lunch each day, plus snacks and refreshments


Arts & Crafts The pattern for the week art courses will be similar to the music courses with the exception of the Friday evening where there will still be a social gathering arranged with the added bonus of being able to display your work in Gleanings should you wish to.

1st - 7th October
Art Exhibition of Shropshire Artist, the late Val Gunnery

This is a unique opportunity to view original paintings from the studio of the late Val Gunnery from Shropshire 
Preview on Friday, 1st October at 5pm till 8pm  where you will be welcomed with a glass of Wine and Nibbles
Open daily thereafter from 11am to 6pm. There will be the opportunity to purchase original paintings as well as prints during the exhibition time

Val Gunnery B.Phil.Ed
Val was born in February 1950 in the English border county of Shropshire. She painted for a number of years gradually developing her unique style. She lived in Birmingham for five years and at the time worked mainly in charcoal obtaining her effect by removing layers of charcoal to create a misty, nebulous effect.

Moving to Brazil in in 1979, she transferred this technique to working with oils and modified the style with the introduction of colours to suit the tropical environment. Her inspiration was influenced by the cool tranquility of the English countryside tempered by the heat and abundance of the Brazilian forest where everything is interlaced and intertwined. 

Val once said, "In my paintings I am attempting to parallel music in terms of rhythm, pace and colour. I am making a complex world which bears a relationship to the one I experience, both internally and externally. I want my work to contain a magical, enchanted quality; movement caught and held as though permanently fixed within a state of constant change. If the onlooker sees it as a tangled web of emotions or a futuristic landscape and is moved by it then I have succeeded in my intention."

Val died on the 4th July 1982, aged 32.



Sat. 9th - Sun. 10th October
Paul Bennett - Beginners Photography Course

Paul is Director of Unique Photo's Ltd and his course will be aimed both at complete beginners and people who want to improve their knowledge of basic photographic techniques. You will not need to have sophisticated equipment as most of the basics can be applied to the simplest camera equipment; although it's ideal for anyone with a new camera that they're unfamiliar with or who is looking to purchase a new camera and wants some direction.

Although Paul will be using and expect most delegates to work with digital equipment, traditional film equipment will also be covered.

The syllabus will include a little theory and a lot of practical field work covering: 

  • Exposure control with shutter speeds and aperture control
  • Control of colour – White Balance setting
  • Appropriate selection of shutter speeds and apertures to control pictorial effects
  • Appropriate choice of viewpoints and lens focal lengths to control pictorial effects
  • Effective use of compositional techniques
  • A study of light and shadow, both ambient and supplementary (flash etc.) sources and how to make the most effective use of them
  • Simple post production editing, although this will not be an in depth study of Photoshop etc. (that’s an entire course in itself!)

Cost of weekend: £90 and this includes a delicious homecooked 2-course lunch, plus snacks and refreshments.



Sat. 16th October
Mark Bardsley  -  Cartooning and Caricaturing

Come and enjoy a day developing your cartoon style with experienced illustrator Mark Bardsley. Mark will be providing tuition and insight into the art of caricature and cartoon character creation as well as his humorous take on illustrating wildlife and rural subjects. The workshop will be interactive, so bring sketchpads, (watercolour gear as well if you have it). This is an opportunity to learn some trade secrets from a professional cartoonist! There should also be time for a bit of portfolio appraisal. Mark has also been an Art foundation course lecturer in illustration so if you have work that you'd like to get some professional feedback on, do bring some along.

www.markbardsleyillustration.co.uk

Cost of Day: £50 and this includes our homecooked 2-course lunch, plus snacks and refreshments

Sat. 23rd - Sun. 24th October
Jackie Williams  - A Weekend of Crewel Embroidery

Come along and learn the delights of this traditional and beautiful form of ancient embroidery using wool, with experienced tutor of needlecraft, Jackie Williams. 

Crewel Work is embroidery with crewel wool on printed linen, working a Jacobean design. The wools most usually employed for this are Appletons or Paterna crewel wool. One or two strands of Appletons are generally used according to preference, or one strand of Paterna. Crewel needles come in various sizes according to the wool. The needles are large in the eye with a sharp point for penetrating the fabric, which is generally linen union or linen twill. Anything with polyester content is not suitable.

All the above are supplied within the cost of the course. The correct frames are available on loan for the 2 days - they can be purchased if you decide to continue with your work.

The course will start with a practice piece when five stitches will be worked. These will then be applied to a design printed ready for you to work. On the second day more stitches will be taught which can in turn be applied to the design. You should finish a small design in 2 days!

This all sounds very serious, but I promise there is a lot of laughter involved. I will bring completed designs and books for discussion during our time together which I look forward to.

Cost of weekend: £90 and this includes a delicious home-cooked lunch, plus snacks and refreshments. 


Sat. 7th - Sun. 8th August 2010

Jenny Jones - Charcoal

£120 - includes lunches and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. The aim of the course will be to build confidence and to introduce students to the possibilities of using charcoal as a medium. Both days will be fully tutored and will end with a discussion of the work completed during the day.
The morning of the first day would consist of an introduction and exploration of materials working from an arrangement of objects. We would then break for lunch and in the afternoon a large drawing will be undertaken.
On the second day there will be a choice of working inside on a still life, or outside in locations around the house and gardens with a break for lunch at midday. Students may work on imaginative subjects if they would like to but working from photographs is discouraged.
The Materials needed are charcoal, putty rubber and good cartridge paper. You may bring your own, or they will be available to buy at cost. Bring your own drawing board if possible.
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BASKET MAKING COURSE with PIPPA SCOTT

10th - 11th APRIL 2010

In this two day workshop you will become familiar with the wonderful nature of willow as a material. You will learn the basic techniques necessary for the making of a traditional willow basket, and will make one or two round baskets, possibly with handles. There will be the opportunity to practise borders and handles, and to learn about the growing, harvesting and the preparation of willow for use. The course is suitable for complete beginners and for those with some experience who want to learn more. In the inspiring environment of Gleanings an enjoyable weekend is promised!

£120 - includes lunches and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday.
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24th - 28th May 2010

Sue Linton - Watercolours

“Landscapes & Living Things. £260 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course. On this course, we will sketch and paint on location, interpreting the natural and man-made landscapes around Gleanings, and study in more detail the colours, shapes and textures of natural objects brought back to the studio.There will be lots of demonstrations of watercolour techniques and every student will be encouraged to develop their own style.
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29th - 31st May 2010

Wilfred Langford - Pastel Painting - The Shropshire Landscape

Come & enjoy a structured three day course in Pastel painting based in the heart of the stunning landscape of the Shropshire Hills. Friendly, encouraging tuition, demonstrations & guidance to suit all abilities in a peaceful & relaxed atmosphere.

£180 for long weekend - includes lunches and refreshments on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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19th - 23rd July 2010

Sarah Harding - Egg Tempera

£260 - includes supper on Sunday afternoon and lunches and refreshments for the 5 day course.An introduction to the Renaissance medium of egg tempera painting open to all levels of painters, including: making tempera from pigments and egg yolk, different approaches and techniques used in the past and today to produce the luminous effects that egg tempera is valued for and that is impossible to create with any other medium.
This medium can produce striking luminous effects due to its semi-translucent nature and the method of building up many layers of transparent colour. I make my paint from pure pigment and egg yolk and the lengthy process of using many tiny brush strokes has been described as drawing with colour. Subjects include portraits, still-lives and landscapes very local to where I live, in South Shropshire.
Gesso panels and pigments provided
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Sat. 7th - Sun. 8th August 2010

Jenny Jones - Charcoal

£120 - includes lunches and refreshments on Saturday and Sunday. The aim of the course will be to build confidence and to introduce students to the possibilities of using charcoal as a medium. Both days will be fully tutored and will end with a discussion of the work completed during the day.
The morning of the first day would consist of an introduction and exploration of materials working from an arrangement of objects. We would then break for lunch and in the afternoon a large drawing will be undertaken.
On the second day there will be a choice of working inside on a still life, or outside in locations around the house and gardens with a break for lunch at midday. Students may work on imaginative subjects if they would like to but working from photographs is discouraged.
The Materials needed are charcoal, putty rubber and good cartridge paper. You may bring your own, or they will be available to buy at cost. Bring your own drawing board if possible.
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bernard edwards

Sat. 13th March 2010
CORN DOLLY WORKSHOP with BERNARD EDWARDS

10am-4pm If you have always fancied learning to make Corn dollies then come along to Gleanings. Bernard Edwards from Bishop's Castle will demonstrate the technique of making Corn Dollies and teach you several designs. There will also be the opportunity to learn the history of this pagan custom that goes back for thousands of years. Corn dollies were made at Harvest time from the last sheaf of corn cut. The Corn Spirit was supposed to live or be reborn in the plaited straw ornament or corn doll and was kept until the following spring to ensure a good harvest. The corn dolly often had a place of honour at the harvest banquet table. The craft was brought to a halt by the advent of mechanization in the 1800s, but is now being revived as a fascinating hobby. The cost day: £15 which includes lunch and refreshments. All materials supplied - just come along and have a great day in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere . . . log burning stove, mulled wine and laughter! >>images<<