York Open Studios Summer Workshops 2017

2 exciting new workshops are now available by Lesly 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 [email protected] 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

Corner Studio - Life Drawing & Painting courses and sessions

Join Andres Jaroslavsky for a 5 week Life Drawing Painting course. 

£95 with life model and all materials included.

The course will start on Saturday 18th February at the Corner Studio, 29 Lesley Avenue, York YO10 4JR.

Andres also teaches Painting and Drawing from his Studio in Fulford on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as Life Drawing in Heworth Community Center every Tuesday 7.15pm

For bookings or more information contact via Tel: 07913920118 or email: [email protected] or visit

Elise Bikker: Stained glass workshops

Sarah Hall Baqai: Making Willow Seedpod Lanterns

At Artison, High Burton, Masham, North Yorkshire HG4 4BS

(All full day-workshops include a homemade lunch and all refreshments)

Full Day, All levels

£75 + £8 materials

For further information/booking see or contact ArtisOn Tel: 01765 689637

Alternatively, contact me to arrange a workshop for yourself and/or a group or check my website for further workshop information: or email: [email protected] or phone: 07715 550844

Lesley Birch: Acrylics for beginners

A two-day course in historic York

Saturday/Sunday Nov 26/27, 2016

10.30am - 4pm

Cost £185

Includes all materials
Morning and Afternoon Refreshments

Limited places left! Book through to secure your place.

Simon Palmour: Digital Photography

Tuition sessions tailored to improve your photography - Getting It Right For You. You choose which areas you want to work on, from taking photographs, to editing, to printing. Solo or small group sessions run from between two to four hours with continued on-line support. £75 for a two hour session in my Holgate studio.

Contact me to arrange your session [email protected] 07772 896 629

Sudeshna Chattopadhyay: Acrylic and Printmaking Workshops

From May 2016 Sudeshna will be leading day workshop sessions focussing on acrylic and printimaking techniques. This is an opportunity to work with Sudeshna from 10am - 3pm, one to one, for only £60. Shorter duration sessions on a one to one basis are also available.

For more information please contact Sudeshna through email: [email protected]  

Karen Winship: Painting Holidays in France

Join Karen and take part in her Painting Holidays in Civray, France  
Learn to be creative in the surroundings of a 12th century Knight’s Templar Chapel venue. Relax under the trees painting au plein air (weather permitting). You will have the chance to visit local markets, restaurants and bespoke craft shops. This opportunity is designed for beginners and improvers.


2017 dates are;

18th - 21st May

21st - 28th May

3rd - 10th September

10th - 14th September

Also one day workshops are available.

To find out more visit Karen's website

Bridget Bernadette Karn: Workshops for 2017

Dates for all of you that are interested in joining Bridget this year to create your own felt masterpieces;


Felt Picture Workshops & Masterclasses 

1 Day Workshops

8th January 2017  3 places available

5th February 2017  5 places available

5th March 2017 5 places available

2nd April 2017  6 places available

7th May 2017  6 places available

2nd July 2017 6 places avaiable

3rd September 2017 6 places available

15th October 2017  6 places available

12th November 2017 6 places available


2 Day Masterclasses

21st & 22nd January 4 places available

18th & 19th February 2017  6 places available

18th & 19th March 2017 5 places available

8th & 9th April 2017  4 places available

20th & 21st May 2017  6 places available

24th & 25th June 2017 6 places available

22nd & 23rd July 2017 6 places avaiable

16th & 17th  September 2017 6 places available

28th & 29th  October 2017  6 places available

25th & 26th  November 2017 6 places available


Please contact Bridget via the methods below if you would like to take part in any of the above workshops. 

The Studio, Acaster Malbis, York



Bridget also offers the opportunity to have a feltmaking workshop for you and your friends! Check out this link for more information.

Emma Welsh: Jewellery Making classes

Emma offers afternoon and evening classes that are run all year round at the Rogues Ateliers Studios, Fossgate in York. The classes are suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

You can request more information at Emma's facebook page 

Alternatively you can contact her via email at [email protected] or by phone 07817050718


Jill Ford Ceramics: Ceramic workshops

Ceramic workshops making beautiful objects for your home and to give away.

Thursday evenings 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Providence House, Ellerton, YO42 4PB


£24 to inc welcome drinks and all materials and & firings

Suitable for all abilities – everyone welcome


3.11.16 - decorative spoons, can be personalised to make gifts

17.11.16 - a shaped serving tray with cool handles

1.12.16 - porcelain roses decoration for a table centrepiece

8.12.16 - Christmas tree decorations


For more information or to book please contact Jill via email: [email protected]

Peter Heaton, Vale of York Darkrooms: Traditional Black and White Photography

Darkroom hire available, for both individuals and groups up to a maximum of five people.

Darkroom Facilities now available for hire to external Photography tutors wishing to run their own courses.

Equiries: visit or tel. 07851 036375

Suzanne Dekker: Glass fusing, casting, copper foil and leaded glass

Come and experience the fun of working with glass on a one to one/two (or more by arrangement) basis in my home studio.  

Suitable for anyone over 16, for total beginners or those with some experience. Times by arrangement.  £30 for a two-hour session (£10 per additional hour after that) which includes use of all tools and some basic materials.

29 Eastfield Crescent, Badger Hill, York YO10 5HZ, t:  07760 354699, [email protected],

Phil Reynolds: Mixed media, drawing and painting

Mixed media art classes in the studio of Fulford based artist Phil Reynolds.
The sessions are predominantly drawing and painting either using still life, or images to work from. 
I also provide other workshops at weekends including life drawing, portraiture as well as abstract courses. 
All levels of ability are welcomed. The two hour class costs £48 for 6 a week block. 
The price includes materials and refreshments. Please check out the class blog on

Suitable for people over 14 years of age.

Wed 7pm-9pm, Thurs 10am -12 noon and 1pm - 3pm

Call 01904 655091

Jane Marsh: Batik

My studio is open every Saturday from 10am - 1pm with a few exceptions which are posted on my website.

I can give free demonstrations by appointment at:    

Originality Studio, 34 Rawcliffe Lane, York,   YO30 5QB

Contact me:  Tel. 01904 631749 or email.  [email protected]

Emily Harvey: Printmaking.

Regular one and two day courses in collagraph and experimental printmaking.

Courses take place in my studio near York, with a maximum of 4 people to ensure everyone has space and time for 1-1 tuition. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, encouraging people to share ideas and learn from each other.

Everyone makes several plates and a mini portfolio of about 10 – 15 completed prints to take home.

You will learn technical skills and techniques as well as developing confidence in your own creativity.

All the short courses aim to free up thinking and technique, encouraging an inquisitive experimental approach that can feed back into your own creative work, whatever that may be. They are suitable for all levels of experience (or none) unless otherwise indicated.

Please see my website for more details;  

Catherine Boyne-Whitelegg: Potter & Teacher

Individual hand-building pottery sessions £18 per hour, or wheel lessons at £36 for 2 hour session.

Day sessions for £80 or full weekend workshops from £140 including clay & firings.  1-1 or group sessions for up to 10 people.  01904 427681 [email protected]

YOS 2017 is now over

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