York Open Studios Summer Workshops 2017

2 exciting new workshops are now available by Lesley Birch and Mark Hearld. These workshops will be held at York Art Gallery. Each workshop costs just £50.

Mixed Media with Lesley Birch

Sunday 18 June 2017 10am - 4pm

Albert Moore: Of Beauty and Aesthetics
This mixed media workshop will encourage a response to the current exhibition in York Art Gallery - 'Of Beauty and Aesthetics’ presents the first solo exhibition of York-born artist Albert Joseph Moore. The show highlights the beautiful and classical women for which the artist is most famous and demonstrates the modernity of Moore’s approach. Participants will use charcoal, collage, inks and acrylics on paper to produce an individual and personal response to the paintings of Albert Moore on show in the gallery.

Book tickets with Lesley Birch

Collage with Mark Hearld

Saturday 17 June 2017 10am - 4pm

Using a mixture of found and made papers, participants should bring a range of their own papers in addition to odds and ends that the artist will supply. Explore colour, mark making and composition in this five hour workshop.

Book Tickets with Mark Hearld - *Please note this workshop is sold out*

York Open Studios Spring Workshops 2017

Our 2017 season is nearly here, starting with your chance to join us on a workshop.

Our ever popular spring schedule of public workshops is now open for booking. The eight classes, held over 4th and 11th February, will again be at York College which offers super facilities and free parking.

These affordable 2.5 hour workshops offer a great opportunity to try a new medium or develop an interest a bit further. Experienced artists/workshop leaders will be sharing their skills and enthusiasm, giving you hands-on experience and guidance. No art training is necessary. The non-refundable fee of just £25.00 for each workshop includes basic materials. We suggest you bring an apron and certain workshops may require you to bring other things with you. Full details are below.

Early booking is essential. Don’t leave it too long as these workshops have limited spaces. Treat yourself or book a place for a friend as a really imaginative Christmas present. Please contact Rebecca at to reserve your place.

These workshops are open to age 16 and over and must be booked in advance. 

Reserve your place now!


Saturday 4 February

Simon Palmour - Photography

A Hands-On run through digital photography in a morning. The workshop will talk and lead you through the digital photographic process from taking the shot,editing using Lightroom, production and display. Participants will have a chance to talk about their own photography, take shots and look at a shot being edited. You should bring your camera (not essential) a favourite photograph that you have taken, and a favourite image (on line, or in print) that you like.
10.00am - 12.30pm 

Emily Harper - An Introduction to Painting

Fully booked
Over the course of the workshop learn how to use paint to create a variety of different effects. Create grounds, mix colour and explore negative painting and texture. Ideal for beginners and improvers. 
10.00am - 12.30pm

Jo Walton - Lino Printing

Fully booked
Learn how to line up blocks correctly for multi-coloured lino prints, carve the lino, and hand burnish. We will work on simple designs, incorporating 2 colours so we can complete a print in the time given.
1.30pm - 4.00pm

Emily Stubbs - Ceramics

Fully booked
Participants will be creating slab built and pinch pot vessels looking at building up intricate surface textures on the clay using tools, slips and glazes, learning basic building techniques along the way. Perfect for beginners and intermediates.
1.30pm - 4.00pm


Saturday 11 February

Alun Kirby - Cyanotypes, a Practical Introduction

Fully booked
This introductory workshop will lead you through the entire cyanotype process, from preparing chemicals and paper, to making shadow and contact photograms. You will make several prints on the day, and be provided with the chemicals to make more at home later.
10.00am - 12.30pm

Tessa Layzelle - Collage/Textiles

Fully booked
'Thinking through Making'. In this workshop we will take a whistle-stop dip and delve into histories and traditions of hand quilting across the world. Via Matisse's bright 'cut-outs' we will hand craft a small, abstract quilted piece for wall or table. This will in effect be a miniature quilt, so you can complete all the stages of construction in a single session, gaining the skills and confidence to tackle a full size quilt at your leisure. In the session you will learn the simple techniques of hand appliqué, how to layer a quilt, an introduction to the Japanese method of sashiko stitching as well as different ways of interpreting it, and finally how to finish your piece with a blind stitch and mitred corners.
10.00am - 12.30pm

Liz Foster - Abstract Painting

Fully booked
An afternoon of experimental painterly techniques. We'll look at how to develop imagery and composition and generate ideas, how colours work together and lots of mark-making techniques exploring pattern and texture in your painting. You'll work on a range of studies exploring your own ideas and discuss how you can develop your studies in into larger scale work.
1.30pm - 4.00pm

Jacqueline James - Felt Making

Fully booked
'Painting with Wool'. Felt is made using coloured and processed wool. Layers of fleece are laid out, wetted and rolled to create a decorative fabric square. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided.
1.30pm - 4.00pm