TAILOR-MADE FOR YOU

 

In summer/autumn 2020, workshops are offered every day by appointment, starting June 6. 

Simply decide:

  • when you'd like to come (any day and any time from 09.30, just ask!)

  • whether you'd like to stay for 2 hours (CHF 70.- per person) or 3 hours (CHF100.- per person)

  • whether or not you're bringing someone with you (from age 8)

  • what you'd like to do

 

Every class is tailor-made for you!

Here are some ideas of projects, techniques and skills that might interest you (or you may have great ideas of your own):

 

  • watercolour: for any level, how to create washes, wet-in-wet, glazes, how to mix perfect colours, painting landscapes, portraits, still life, abstracts, creating special effects with salt, sandpaper, wax and masking fluid, and painting with opaque gouache, adding ink or oil pastel and using bamboo pens, sponges or spatter screens as well as brushes. We also have interesting metallic, iridescent and mineral-based watercolours for you to try

  • block printing: make a printing plate by carving your design into lino, rubber or wood or create a collagraph by sticking foam shapes onto a board, then print your image in different colours onto different papers or fabric by hand or with the printing press. Alternatively, use one of our printing plates (we have a range of linocut cows, goats and other local animals) and have fun printing and collaging a unique masterpiece (needs 3 hours)

  • stamp-making: carve a number of small rubber stamps and then print patterns, pictures or a poster using water-based colours on paper or white linen

  • acrylic painting: copy a photo or a picture from our big catalogue, or paint from your imagination, or bring some flowers with you. Acrylic paintings can be bold or subtle, textured or smooth, and with the latest slower-drying paints, the result can be just like oil paint, without the need for solvents. Find out what acrylics can do and how easy they are to use (needs at least three hours)

  • drawing: learn the basics - a lot can be covered in just a couple of hours and you're guaranteed to draw better when you discover some of the clever ways of thinking, seeing and measuring that artists use.  Alternatively, come and try out different drawing materials including pencil, ink, markers, charcoal, graphite, pastels and coloured pencils. Learn how to draw portraits, people, animals, landscapes or still life objects. 

  • monoprinting: if you love colour and pattern, monoprinting is for you. It's a simple technique using acrylic paint and gel printing plates with stencils, stamps and rollers to make multiple patterned layers on paper. You can frame your best unique prints or use them for collage or bookbinding. 

  • mixed media abstracts: gets you thinking about composition: we make a set of three abstracts using paint, collage, stamping, scribbling, spattering etc. and aim to ensure that the end result has contrast, movement, balance, harmony and tension (needs three hours)

  • bookbinding: make two notebooks or small sketchbooks using Japanese stab-binding techniques. Choose from a wide range of papers for the covers including designs from Nepal, Italy, England and Japan (needs three hours)

  • Japanese box-making: make two square prism boxes (3 hours) or one hexagonal box (2 hours). The box parts are already cut out for you, ready to assemble. Then you cover the boxes with your choice of Japanese Washi or Nepalese Lokta paper. Great gifts (but you might not be able to part with them)

  • collage on wood: choose a ready-cut wooden animal, flower, or other shape from our collection and have fun covering it in patterned papers, paint, gold leaf or acrylic markers. Mount your finished collage in a frame, hand it on the wall or display it on a shelf (needs 3 hours)

  • sketchbook consultation: bring your sketchbooks or part-finished paintings if you'd like some advice on what to do next, or how to develop your skills

  • colour theory: if you'd like to learn how to mix colours accurately, how to choose colours for a painting, and which colours you need in your paintbox (the answer is not many if you choose the right ones), everything can be explained in two hours 

Via Nova 33a, CH-7017 Flims 

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