TEXTILE and ART courses offering unique learning opportunities for all

In beautiful South Shropshire an area of outstanding natural beauty

Hello Everyone

I think everyone will be enjoying their snowdrops this year. We have never had so many........they are just glorious. Here are some pictures.


Well both of my art groups have got of to a good start with the new terms project and some lovely results are emerging. This term we are looking at structures and how these can, to begin with, be created simply, using just a small square of photocopier paper. More complex structures occurred with the use of two sheets of paper and then the addition of using different means of joining.

Of course a drawing then needed to be made of these structures using charcoal on A2 drawing paper. The question then whether students should draw exactly what they were seeing which included all the shadows, or stick with a principle of drawing that I frequently use, which employs light tones coming forward and dark tones receding. All of these issues were discussed when the work was critiqued.

Today we moved onto making our own coloured and decorated papers which will be used for making construction next session. The students said today how much they enjoy the sessions and that it was not just about drawing and painting, but so much more. We really embrace so many techniques in the classroom, relating to design and processes and they never really know what is coming next. It is all very exciting!!!!

First set of images are from the initial structures

If you are interested in joining either of these groups, please look at the website as indicated below

HERE for Moor Art 1

Moor Art 1 meets fortnightly on a Wednesday throughout the year.

Course costs £35 per session payable in advance for 6 sessions = £210. If a student misses a session they may attend the other group on the weekend to make up for the missed session, if space allows.


HERE for Moor Art 2

Moor Art 2 meet for a weekend monthly for 9 weekends per year.

Course costs £35 per session payable in advance for 6 session (3 weekends per term) = £210. The same arrangement applies for when students miss a session, they can join in with Moor Art 1 space permitting.

There are currently SPACES in both groups


but not to late to book

Julia Triston ~ Between the Lines

An on-line course over 4 working sessions, including an introductory session and a feed-back session, which will give you a few weeks to complete something. This is a lovely and very accessible course.

The Introductory Session: 26th february ay 2.15pm

Session dates and times: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March at 2.15 to 4.30pm

Feed-back session: 29th April at 2.15pm                           

Course Description

Effective use of ‘Line’ is one of the most important design considerations in textile art, and compositions have more impact when this element is expressed visually and intentionally. During this on-line course you will investigate ‘Line’ through a series of design and stitch exercises, with each session offering new experiences in developing ways of working with papers, paints, fabrics and threads to explore this essential element. You will experiment with ink, collage paper and cloth backgrounds, then further embellish these with linear marks in print, hand embroidery and/or machine stitch. 

Image by Julia Triston

The emphasis will be placed on making lots of small samples to fill a sketchbook (some of which will be print or stitch ‘sketches’) which can be used as an aide memoire for future work, but there will also be scope to make a larger composition if preferred.


A direct and compelling headline

This course which is delivered by myself follows on from Julia's and still has places

Bobby Britnell ~ Inspired by Mary Fedden

Another on-line course which looks at the work of the amazing artist Mary Fedden. This course will happen in April.

Course Description

A course which examines the drawing and design inspirations, lines, marks, imagery and techniques used in the drawings and paintings of Mary Fedden. We will be examining these aspects of her work closely and then students will collect and draw from their own personalised imagery. Through a series of sketchbook exercises you will build up reference material to use in creating your own still life study.

Sessions are 'live' and will run from 2.30 (GMT) to approximately 4.30pm (GMT) on each of the course dates.

SESSION 1 ~ 09/04/24 ~ Introduction, setting the scene.

SESSION 2 ~ 16/04/24 ~ Looking at lines, marks, and imagery

SESSION 3 ~ 23/04/24 ~ Looking at pattern and landscape

SESSION 4 ~ 30/04/24 ~ Considering composition / working in tone

SESSION 5 ~ 07/05/24 ~ Use of colour



Book HERE this option

Tonal Study by Bobby Britnell

Colour Study by Bobby Britnell


Bobby Britnell

23/24 March


This course is one of my favourites and one that I have presented several times for outside groups. It guarantees exciting results from everyone every time. It also makes people who say they cannot draw soon realise that there are many different ways in drawing.

Exercises will be varied so hopefully they will be something for everyone.

We will be working mainly with dry media, but also with some wet media.

You will be working 'expressively' with charcoal to create a landscape or a piece of work from your imagination. 

You will be working 'collaboratively' with pastels but with a personal twist in the end.

You will explore the use of wax crayons and oil sticks used with inks to build up a still-life drawing.

And you will love the portrait drawing with a difference!!!

All of the projects tackled will be clearly explained during the course making it accessible for all. Join me to extend your drawing skills, learn new ones and have lots of fun. There will be plenty of discussion as to how images produced can be developed and used as designs for translation into fabric and stitch in your own time if this is of interested to you. And let's see if we can get some work into frames as well?



You an book HERE for that option

Both Works by Bobby Britnell

Left: Collaborative Project

Above: Landscape in Charcoal



AS ONE: Fibre, Ground, Thread and Stitch Revisited

26/27/28 April


As the title suggests Amanda will be revisiting techniques from her past and delivering them as a complete workshop with stitch. Using linen/flax and silk fibre you will make felted paper grounds, spin thread if you want and integrate into some stitched pieces. Handmade papers will also support this work.

This will be a ‘playful’ workshop combining different neutral surfaces together and sharing Amanda's love of hand stitch. She will encourage you to inlay, darn, reinforce, make fragile, couch and embed your stitching into your grounds with the inspiration coming from all the textures and shapes of Moor Hall.


Image by Amanda Clayton

Image by Amanda Clayton


Stitch, Print, Stitch / Repeat

14/15 May ~ £150

Come and explore some of the hidden marks and possibilities that basic stitches can reveal.

Using hand stitch marks to form simple printing blocks we will use rubber rollers to print on to a range of materials; paper and fabric, opaque and semi-transparent, positive and negative to reveal hidden marks and build unexpected patterns. Participants will continue their explorations with layering and stitch and have the opportunity to develop their work into a series of small studies for future development.


Image below by Sarah Burgess


17/18/19 May


Working from a collection of personal objects we will be looking at ways in which abstracted visual imagery might convey, explore and develop the idea of personal language, narrative and history through the interaction of making, materials and process. Matthew delivered this course some years ago now and it is one that I can recommend. It will get you thinking in new ways but also with opportunities of applying ideas to your current working practise. An excellent and stimulating 3 day course. Matthew did this course a few years ago and I attended the workshop and absolutely loved it. I am sure you would too.


Image below by Matthew Harris


28/29/30 June


Join this course if you would love to embrace creative process and play with intention. This course will encourage you to ‘be less precious’, let go of ‘thinking’ and embrace the possibility and potential of ‘mistakes’ – all whilst gaining insight into your unique visual language, intuition and taste.

You will: Work outside and in the studio with fast, intuitive and expressive drawings and paintings inspired by the Shropshire Landscape. Use accidents and physical texture as an essential part of the drawing process and consider layers, and visual texture.

Employ processes of construction and destruction to move your source material into studies for paintings through collage.

Gain insight into your own unique visual language through reflection and conscious exploration of colour relationships, texture and composition. Take creative risks, and have fun.


Image below by Alex McIntyre



I am thrilled to be part of this prestigious exhibition with the Textile Study Group.

Celebrating Innovative Textile Practice by the Textile Study Group

Now showing in Farnham with a Meet the Artists Event, of which I hope to be attending, on

April 4th from 12.00 to 2.00.

Exhibition will run until Sat April 27, 2024 10.00am to 4.00pm

at Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey


01252 891450

[email protected]

Above/Top - Bobby Britnell

Courtesy of Curtis James

Above/Bottom - Jane McKeating

Courtesy of Curtis James


These courses are still available on my website. Click HERE

Inspired by Line

Inspired by Ben Nicholson

Inspired by Grids

Exceptional value of £25 each

I hope to see some of you book on one or other of my personal courses, so that I can welcome you into my studio either face to face or virtually or maybe you might get along to see the Textile Study Group exhibition in Farnham.



Inspired by Line

Ben Nicholson

Inspired by Grids

On-line Courses

Short Courses


01547 510664

[email protected]

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