Launch of the creative arts program at Rheged

Rheged has launched a Creative Learning Program offering beginner-friendly classes taught by established artists and designers.

The first dates of this new current program are now available for online booking. Starting October 16, these are hands-on, relaxed workshops for beginners and those who want to develop their existing arts and crafts skills.

“We are delighted to announce the first dates of our new Creative Learning Program,” said Claire Logan-Stephens, Head of Programming and Partnerships at Rheged.

“With its gallery, design boutique and design-led spaces, Rheged is an inspiring place to try new artistic endeavors, meet other enthusiasts and work with engaging teachers.”

Priced from £ 45 and ranging from two hours to two days, lessons are held mostly on weekends in a large, bright and well ventilated space for groups of eight to 10 people, each of whom will have their own socially table distanced to work at.

Classes begin with A Taste of Acrylics (October 16), a hands-on introduction to acrylic painting techniques led by Catherine MacDiarmid.

An established Cumbria-based artist who has exhibited at the BP Portrait Award and reached Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year semi-final, Catherine has 26 years of experience teaching art classes.

She will also teach Portrait in a Day (November 21) and Introduction to Life Drawing (January 22). Catherine is a member of the Lake Artists Society and her work can be seen at the Society’s annual exhibition in Rheged until November 21.

On October 17, two courses are being held for budding glass artists to create their own works of art under the supervision of award-winning glass artist Roxanne Denny: Making a Bowl of Molten Glass and Introduction to Glass Melting.

On November 13, Jill Liley will teach beginners how to create beautiful handwritten cards using a traditional pencil and ink on her introduction to modern calligraphy.

As the holiday season approaches, Rheged’s Creative Learning Program includes plenty of inspiration for a craft Christmas.

Laura Sowerby

Ulverston artist Hanne Crank will guide beginners in making needle felt Christmas tree decorations (November 20) and decorating a Woodland Lake District Christmas cake (December 12).

Glass artist Roxanne Denny returns on November 27 to guide students in the hand-crafting of melted glass Christmas decorations.

Two festive wreath workshops on December 5 promise two hours spent neck and neck in fragrant, sustainably grown fresh foliage and festive flowers with Ashley Holden of The Floralistas of Kendal.

The creative influence of nature is at the heart of several one-day and two-day workshops led by experienced engravers.

On December 4, to coincide with the opening of Great Print 7 in Rheged’s Gallery, one of the exhibiting artists, Hester Cox will teach the first of two beginner-friendly classes in Collagraph Printmaking – a technique using glued materials, including natural materials found.

Aspiring printmakers can also enjoy Creating Color Botanical Prints: Linocut for Beginners on December 11.

Cumbrian printmaker Laura Sowerby, known for the exquisite botanical wallpapers she creates in her Lake District studio, will encourage students every step of the way to create their own original botanical print.

“Doing something with your hands, whether it’s a botanical print or a festive wreath, can be joyful and fulfilling,” said Claire Logan-Stephens.

“Our sociable classes are something stimulating to do for yourself, to enjoy with friends or to book to please a loved one.”

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