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ArtisOn Open-House Sun 11 Feb – 11:00 till 4:00
ArtisOn Studios, High Burton, Masham HG4 4BS

Get yourself in a creative groove for 2018… 
Mingle with creative friends & familiar faces; draw inspiration from our tutors old & new; stimulate ideas and find rare reference sources at our Art Book Sale…or simply put your head round the door to check us out before you commit to a workshop. Everyone’s welcome – don’t miss your chance to get inspired. You don’t need to book but if you want to let us know you’re coming feel free!

We are luck to have been entrusted with a fabulous collection of art books left by the late owners of The Mistletoe Gallery in Masham.  Some have been welcomed into our reference collection for everyone’s use.  We don’t have room for most of them though.  There are some stunning books.  Come and have a browse on 11 Feb.  All money raised is to be split between Masham charities.

Ideas and encouragement from both regular and new tutors to set 2018 on the right track…Most will be around all day but some may only be around for a shorter time.

Wool & Textiles… 
New tutor Annis McGowan now holds the record for the fastest selling workshops ever – Making a Needlefelt Herdwick Sheep Doorstop sold out in half an hour after going on sale in Oct!  Chat to Annis about her work, view examples and perhaps win a place on her extra workshop (more info in side panel). 
More needlefelt techniques (though with less weighty results) are also on hand with Susie Walker and her gorgeous needlefellt animals. 
Get switched on to the possibilities of traditional wet-felting with Louise Curnin – she can explain the process and show you some of the gorgeous results.  Louise is also one of the founders of Fleece in Reeth. 
Learn from milliner Claire Spooner how her Traditional Moulded Silk Roses are created let her inspire you about what they could be used for and find out more about her millinery skills.
Check out new tutor Betty Brown’s epic hand-sewn patchwork projects using recycled fabrics and chat to her about her (smaller scale) Upcycled HandSewn Patchwork Bag workshop.
Get all excited about webbing and stuffing with upholsterer Nickie Titterington and learn the terrible truth about staples and why you’ll never see them on her workshop to Revive & Reupholster an Antique Chair.

Decorative Mosaics, Glass, Jewellery & Ceramics…   
Last year’s fastest selling tutor Julie Hand will be with us too, along with a selection of her gorgeous mosaics and plans for her this year’s 3 day series to create a Mosaic Green Man. 
Meet new tutor Dave Teece to talk through the beauty of working with glass and the processes used to create decorative pieces with stained glass and copper foil. 
Find jewellery maker Michelle Pilkington with examples of her work which uses wire, beads and recycled metals. 
Catch up with regular favourite, Charlotte Morrison will be on hand with samples of her unique, gorgeous porcelain ceramic work.

3 Dimensions…
Another tutor with high demand for her workshops is Chris Moss. Chris will be around in the afternoon along with samples of work for this year’s workshops. You could win a place on Chris’s extra Pheasant workshop too – see opposite.
Sculptor Sarah Hall Baqai whose wide variety of work includes Willow Seedpod lanterns can describe some of her working methods. 
If you are interested in the timeless processes, tools and skills of stone carving, you can chat to stone carving tutor Gaynor Pearson
If wood appeals to you, Chris Helliwell will be there with examples of his work produced using a traditional pole lathe – plus he’s a whizz with a drop spindle!
If our tools need a bit of TLC, just the man will be on hand – Keith Mott a craftsman in wood, whose talents extend in all directions, will be on hand and his sharpening secrets are legion!

Painting, Drawing, Collage…
New Light Exhibition prize winner Anna Poulton will be with us  – chat to her about about her unique mixed media work.
Botanical painter Karen Innes is a new tutor, whose work is similarly inspired by nature.  She’ll be on hand to talk about her 3 day series Wonderful Ways with Watercolour for Botanical Subjects which runs in the Spring. 
Mixed media artist Stuart Whitehead makes a welcome return as a tutor this year – come and talk to him about his Life Drawing workshop. 
Josie Beszant’s work incorporates mixed media, collage and sculpture.  Josie’s workshops are all ArtisOn favourites, but she is well know for her inspirational beginners sessions for those taking their first tentative creative steps.

Teaching workshops helps stimulate ideas and the enthusiasm of our customers can genuinely help to keep tutors themselves motivated.  Ann Pyrah is one such customer, she’ll be recognised by many as she’s here so often and gets the ArtisOn leaflets distributed around North Yorkshire every year single handed.  She’s a one-woman walking advert for ArtisOn – most of what she is wearing or carrying has usually made here!   
Her creative energy means she accumulates so many beautiful handmade items..so many she is having her own stand at ArtisOn on 11 Feb selling her own work with all proceeds going to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

It’s not only creative nourishment we’ll have on offer on Sun 11 Feb….there’ll be teas, coffees and cakes available all day along with some tasty savoury morsels to sustain you from 12:30 till 2:00.  

You can take some tastes of ArtisOn home too – the updated recipe booklet will be launched at the open day.

What to expect

A weekly course at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create and develop your skills. The weekly format allows you to develop your work and ideas between sessions, you can work more at your own pace and really feel you have moved on from week one to the end.

You can expect the usual warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet and get to know like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences.

There may be two courses going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the others are up to!

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-session break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Due to the requirement for change-overs between morning/afternoon/evening sessions for weekly courses, the finish time given is fairly crucial – the session should not overrun.

All refreshments are included before and during the session each week although lunch is not. However, by popular demand we do provide a light lunch consisting of soup or similar and a pudding from 12:00pm until just after 1:00pm so that anyone attending either morning or afternoon sessions need not go hungry! The cost is £5 and it can be booked and paid for each week for the following week. It would be helpful if you could let us know if you require lunch for week 1.

“I had a fantastic day. Great hospitality and excellent staff.  I really enjoyed it.”

– Pete

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