thelma1Last Thursday at stupid-o-clock in the morning, I found myself driving all the way from Surrey to the beautiful New Forest down in Hampshire. Now, as much as I would have loved this to be a holiday, I was in fact taking my car (loaded with printmaking materials) off for a one-off classes4u workshop.

A lovely lady who had initially heard of Magenta Sky by purchasing the ‘Learning Linocut’ book, had booked me in to run a private printmaking workshop in her home for her and 5 friends. It was in fact a birthday celebration and a way of spending time with her friends and collectively enjoying a creative day together.

themla2The topic we chose for the workshop was ‘repeat pattern’ as an introduction to linocut. She chose this subject from a collection of available workshops listed on our clsses4u information sheet and together we discussed the length of time the course would run for and start times to find the perfect balance for her and her friends.

Firstly, just driving down into Hampshire and across the New Forest (overtaking ponies and cows on the way) was a treat, but to be welcomed into someone’s home to teach a subject that I thoroughly enjoy was a pleasure. Some ladies had never done any printmaking before, so were picking up linocutters and creating a print for the very first time. And what great work they did in just a short four hour session.

We had small sampler linocuts, colour (multiple block) prints and sheets of hand-printed wrapping paper all finished and drying by the end of the day. People really found the creative side that they never knew they had and it was a great way for the lady I ran the workshop for to share her interest in print with her friends.

thelma3At Magenta Sky we can offer this service for art groups, art festivals, small groups of friends, crafty hen parties, sewing groups or art/craft centres… Basically anywhere or anyone that wants a small specially designed workshop run and taught in printmaking, sewing or textiles… Magenta Sky can help. Just take a look at our Classes4u page to find out more and download a selection of sample workshops. We can also tailor a workshop specifically to you… Just let us know what you would like taught and we can come up with a proposal free of charge. Please email for further information or to book a workshop today.

Now in the meantime have a look at just some of the work that was produced last week….

thelma4  boats

sampler5  paper2

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