Art courses, Felt making and Wool painting Workshops 

 

Professional Artist and Art Tutor Raya Brown at her Art and Craft Studio in West Midlands
Professional Artist and Art Tutor Raya Brown at her Art and Craft Studio in West Midlands

Learn how to draw at Fundamental Art Skills course for complete beginners in Worcestershire
Learn how to draw at Fundamental Art Skills course for complete beginners in Worcestershire

 

 

Fundamental Art Skills course 

                      

               

   14-week Fundamental Art Skills course will start in  September and will run on Wednesdays 10am-1pm.      Full

Next Fundamental Art Skill course will start in January 2020.

 

Due to a high demand Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio in Kidderminster  will be delivering  the Fundamental Art Skills Course again .   The course  will be running  once a week,  3 hours a week  for 14 weeks. 

This is a unique opportunity for Art and Craft lovers, beginners and people with some experience in Art and Craft to receive a proper  Art education in the traditional methods by a professional artist and a tutor Raya Brown.

Raya’s teaching is based on classical Art education with emphasis on the importance of developing solid traditional foundation skills in drawing and painting.

This course will assist you to take your Art and Craft projects to the next level and gain confidence in developing your own ideas and artistic style.

The course will include:

  • Building strong basis of drawing skills and techniques
  • Exploring  line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern and colour
  • Developing knowledge of composition, proportions and perspective
  • Developing creativity and artistic vision
  • Looking at Art History and visiting a museum 

Students will study the following subjects during the the course:

Still Life drawing
Floral studies
Animal drawing
Landscape drawing and painting

 

Drawing and painting outdoors at Bodenham Arboretum in Worcestreshire
Drawing and painting outdoors at Bodenham Arboretum in Worcestershire

Exploring inspirational landscape of Bodenham in Kiddermoinster with artist Raya Brown
Exploring inspirational landscape of Bodenham in Kiddermoinster with artist Raya Brown

Create pencil and watercolour studies of landscape outdoors at Bodenham Arboretum in Worcestershire with artist Raya Brown
Create pencil and watercolour studies of landscape outdoors at Bodenham Arboretum in Worcestershire with artist Raya Brown

 

‘Inspirational journey from pencil and watercolour studies of landscape to a wool fibre painting.’

6-day course at Bodenham Arboretum.

 

Wednesday 4th of September  10am-4pm

Thursday 5th of September  10am-4pm

Friday 6th of September  10am-4pm

Wednesday 11th of September  10am-4pm

Thursday 12th of September  10am-4pm

Friday 13th of September  10am-4pm

 

Join us for an inspirational journey, creating pencil and watercolour landscapes, culminating in a unique wool fibre art painting.

You will be working outdoors in the lovely grounds of Bodenham Arboretum, guided by Raya Brown, a professional Artist and Art Tutor.

To begin, you will explore the flora of the great garden by making sketchbook studies of nature - trees, plants, sky, water and the surrounding countryside.

You will receive guidance in pencil and watercolour techniques. You will explore line, tone, colour and composition as well as develop your observational skills. These studies will help you to capture interesting scenes and convey impressions of atmosphere.

Finally, you will use your landscape work to produce a wool painting/ wool watercolour. Raya will introduce you to the unique technique of making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk and viscose fibres. You will love the therapeutic experience of working with feather like strands of natural fibres and exploring various textures and effects.

This course is ideal if you are either new to sketching and watercolour or if you have some experience and wish to refine your existing skills.  It also offers you the opportunity to learn a new medium, develop your creative skills and share ideas with likeminded people in a friendly, comfortable and tranquil environment.

The price of this 6-day course (during a two week period) is £215.  It includes entry tickets to the Bodenham Arboretum, tuition and the cost of some materials.

In case of bad weather we will be able to study indoors at the Gazebo on the grounds of the Arboretum.

Drinks and a homemade lunch can be purchased from the Arboretum Cafe.

The list of materials will be sent to you once you have booked the course.

There will be an add-on opportunity to further develop your skills in wool painting. Join Raya at her Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio in Kidderminster on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th of September.  An additional cost will apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolour Art Course for beginners and more experienced amateur artists. 

 14-week course. Mondays 6pm-9pm

Starting in September.   Cost: £15 a week.    2 places left

 

You are invited to join a group of enthusiastic like minded people to study Watercolour painting in relaxed and friendly atmosphere of Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio. Guided by a professional Artist Raya Brown you will receive step-by-step instructions and individually tailored tuition, inspired by Raya’s watercolour demonstrations and her own work.

What is included:

  • Learning about materials and equipment
  • Studying colour mixing and colour wheel
  • Exploring some watercolour techniques
  • Experimenting with different textures and washes
  • Learning to paint from observation and portray depth and space
  • Studying old and contemporary masters of watercolour

The subjects covered:

  • Still life painting
  • Floral painting
  • Animal painting
  • Landscape painting

 

Animal Style  Felted Hat workshop  ( previous felt making experience is necessary)       £65+ materials

Design and make a beautiful hat for yourself or your child. Why not give someone a great present –an animal hat ? In this workshop you will learn how to make a pattern, use a resist, add a brim, make strings and flaps. Find out how to give your hat a desired shape. You will also be taught how to add various textures and patterns to your work using different fibres and yarns. All in one workshop!

 

Nuno Felted Luxury Shawl
Nuno Felted Luxury Shawl

 

 

Nuno Felted Luxury Shawl workshop. 2-day workshop  ( previous felt making experience is necessary).     Saturday 24th  August,  Sunday 25th August 11am-5pm   £160 ( materials included)

Create this stunning accessory which is both sumptuous and easy to wear. Learn how to make fine felt combining silk fabric and merino wool. Discover how to create beautiful textures and effects using various fibres and yarns. This is a great opportunity to master the Nuno felting technique.

 

Handmade felted Daffodils
Handmade felted Daffodils

Felted Poppies and Daffodils
Felted Poppies and Daffodils

 

 

 

Felted Poppies and daffodils workshop  ( no previous felt making experience is necessary)   

This is a very easy and enjoyable workshop for absolute beginners. Make beautiful felted flowers –a  poppy and a daffodil at this enjoyable and relaxing workshop taught by a professional artist Raya Brown. The flowers can be worn as a brooch or attached to a handbag or a hat. During the workshop you will explore felt making processes and learn wet felting technique. You will find out how to make even felt and create a 3D felt piece. You will take home 2 beautiful hand felted  flowers decorated with various fibres and beads.

Felted Mobile Phone case. Sunday 9th June, Sunday 18th August 11am-5pm, £65 (Beginners + workshop), (materials included)

Design and make a beautiful Mobile phone case. In this workshop you will have a chance to explore different qualities of felt and other fibres and experiment with textures and colours. Learn how to make a pattern and use it to create a 3D felt piece. You will also be taught how to use felting needles. At the end of this workshop you will have a great gift, a Mobile phone case, for you or your friend which you can take with you.

Nuno Felted clutch purse (Beginners + workshop),  11am-6pm, £65 + materials

This is a great workshop for enthusiastic beginners. It will teach you wet felting technique. You will get an opportunity to design and make a clutch purse which could be used as a make-up bag or a bag for essentials (mobile phone, money, keys and lipstick). At this workshop you will learn to combine silk and wool and use a resistant technique to create a seamless purse. I will supply a purse frame for you and teach you how to fit it. At the end of this workshop you will have a great gift, a clutch purse, for you or your friend which you can take with you.

"Fields with red poppies" wool painting (Complete beginner or experienced artist workshop)

Saturday 4th July 10am-4pm £75 (materials and delicious homemade lunch from the Gallery's cafe are included). The course will take place at   Bevere Gallery in Worcester. 

Saturday 10th August 11am-5pm £70 (materials included). The course will take place at Magic Wool Studio.

Friday 11th October 10am-4.30pm £75 (materials and delicious  lunch are included). The course will take place at  Broadway Tower, Cotswolds

Wool painting or wool watercolour, as some people call it, is a unique relatively new technique which originated in   St. Petersburg.  This is not felt making. It is about creating a fibre picture using merino wool, silk and viscose.

Laying and shaping fibres, blending the colours together, creating beautiful textures and effects with a professional Artist Raya Brown is a great experience for complete beginners as well as people with some knowledge of Art and Craft. Following Raya’s step by step instructions you will create an amazing picture with some lovely watercolour effects and textures, which you will take home at the end of the workshop. Come around and enjoy tactile therapeutic experience of working with beautiful feather like strands of natural fibres in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

 

The course will cover:

* Recreating a photo or a picture of a landscape with poppies in wool fibres

* Exploring the qualities of wool and experimenting with wool and other natural fibres

* Developing skills of working with loose fibres

* Learning techniques and methods of making a wool painting

* Making your own fibre picture

* Unique therapeutic experience of working with natural fibres

 

 

 

'Bluebell woods' wool painting by Worcestershire Artist Raya Brown
'Bluebell woods' wool painting by Worcestershire Artist Raya Brown

“ Bluebell wood” wool fibre painting workshop (suitable for complete beginners)

Saturday 20th July 10am-4pm . £75 (materials and a delicious homemade lunch from the Gallery's cafe in included) The course will take place at Bevere Gallery in  Worcester

Saturday 7th September 11am-6pm £70 (materials included) The course will take place at Magic Wool Studio in Kidderminster. 

Wool painting or wool watercolour, as some people call it, is a unique relatively new technique which originated in   St. Petersburg.  This is not felt making. It is about creating a fibre picture using merino wool, silk and viscose.

Laying and shaping fibres, blending the colours together, creating beautiful textures and effects with a professional Artist Raya Brown is a great experience for complete beginners as well as people with some knowledge of Art and Craft. Following Raya’s step by step instructions you will create an amazing picture with some lovely watercolour effects and textures, which you will take home at the end of the workshop. Come around and enjoy tactile therapeutic experience of working with beautiful feather like strands of natural fibres in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

 

The course will cover:

* Recreating a photo or a picture of a landscape with bluebells  in wool fibres

* Exploring the qualities of wool and experimenting with wool and other natural fibres

* Developing skills of working with loose fibres

* Learning techniques and methods of making a wool painting

* Making your own fibre picture

* Unique therapeutic experience of working with natural fibres

 

 

Enlarged part of Nuno Felted Shawl made with British wool
Enlarged part of Nuno Felted Shawl made with British wool

Luxury Nuno Felt wrap decorated with British Fleeces
Luxury Nuno Felt wrap decorated with British Fleeces

Nuno Felted shawl made with British wool   2-day workshop

(Some experience in felt making is necessary)  Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th of September,  £170 (materials included)

This is a very informative,  experimental workshop and a unique opportunity to explore the qualities of various British fleeces such as Shetland, Gotland, Ryeland, Manx Loughton, etc. Come along, design and create a beautiful wrap using a Nuno felting technique. Decorate your shawl with different fibres, yarns and threads. Create fantastic textures and effects using a great variety of materials. Why not treat a special one or yourself with a soft, warm and cosy  present?

Felted rose

 

Felted Roses (Beginners+ workshop), Sunday 15th September 11am-3pm, £55 (materials included)

Make a beautiful felted rose in this enjoyable workshop. Find out how to make a complex 3D seamless flower which you could wear as a brooch or attach to a bag or a hat. Learn how to felt exploring wet felting techniques and processes as well as experiment with various fibres and colours. All in one workshop! Enjoy the fantastic experience of creating handmade felt.

 

 

Felted Christmas table Mat workshop
Felted Christmas table Mat workshop

Felted Christmas table decoration (enlarged detail)
Felted Christmas table decoration (enlarged detail)

 

Christmas Table Runner/ Place mat

(Beginners+  workshop)    Sunday 24th  November 11am-6pm,           £65  + materials

Come around and create a unique Felted Christmas table decoration –either a table runner or a table mat.  This will be a centre piece of your festive table and draw everyone’s attention. Made of prefelt and merino wool and decorated with embroidery and creative stitches this felted piece has a handmade Christmas flower candle holder in the middle and lovely holly leaves and berries. No matter if you are a beginner in felting or an experienced felt maker you will enjoy learning wet felting technique with an experienced Textiles Artist Raya Brown who will guide you through each stage of felt making and share her knowledge and experience of creating beautiful felt. You will be exploring  various natural fibres, threads and yarns , playing with textures and colours  while enjoying the unique tactile and therapeutic  felting process.  At the end of the workshop you will take home a beautiful handmade felted gift .

Felt bracelets, bangles and butterfly brooches

 Felt bracelets, bangles and butterfly brooches (Beginners + workshop), £70 (materials included), Sunday 6th October 11am-5pm

This is a great opportunity to learn a wet felting technique as well as a needle felting in one workshop! Find out how felt with felting needles, make a template and use it to make 3D object from felting wool.There is so much to learn in this workshop! Come around and experiment with different colours and shapes! At the end of this very exciting and informative class you will make a unique bracelet or a bangle and a butterfly brooch.

 

Felted Jewellery (Absolute beginners workshop), Sunday 14th July  11am-5pm £65 (materials included)

In this workshop you will make felt beads, necklaces and a lovely flower brooch. You will learn wet felting technique and make a flat piece of felt as well as 3D felt. Come along to explore different stages of felt making and experiment with various colours and shapes!

 

Felted scarf (Beginners + workshop),   £80 + materials

In this workshop you will make a fantastic felted scarf. Felted scarves are light weight, yet surprisingly warm and snug. You will learn how to lay out wool fibres to create wearable and even felt. You will explore various decorative fibres, silks and threads and use them to decorate your scarf. I will also teach you to make an even edge. At the end of this 6 hour workshop you will take home a sumptuous scarf or a wrap.

 

 “Autumn landscape” wool painting (Complete beginner or experienced artist workshop), £75 (materials and lunch are included) Tuesday 17th September 10am-4.3opm at Broadway Tower, Cotswolds.

Come along to make this lovely and colourful picture. You do not need to have an Art Degree or any experience working with wool. This is an easy step by step workshop, designed for you to have fun with different wools, experiment with colours and fibres as well as learn wool painting techniques. At the end of this class you will make a fantastic gift for yourself or a friend-a wool painting which you will put in a glass frame and take with you.

 

 

 

Nuno Felted handbag (Beginners + workshop),   Saturday 30th November 11am-6pm £75 + materials

In this workshop you will design and make a unique seamless handbag. You will make a pattern for your bag and find out how to calculate a shrinkage coefficient for your work. You will learn how to combine wool and silk and create a wearable felt. I will supply a bag frame which you will fit to your bag. At the end of this class you will take home a one-off designer handbag.

 

 

Handfelted berets and scarf

Handmade berets ( Beginners + workshop), £65 (materials included)

Design and make a beret of your choice. Do not worry if you never made felt or have very little experience of felt making. This is your opportunity to learn basic felt making techniques and experiment with different textures and fibres. Explore the qualities of felting wool and other materials, such as silk, viscose and yarn. In this workshop you will also find out how to use a pattern to make 3D items.

 

 

“ Red Robin with snowdrops” Wool Painting ( Experience in wool painting is necessary),  Sunday 2oth October 11am-6pm £70 (materials included)

This is not felt making. This is making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk or viscose fibres. This is a workshop for people with experience in wool painting. You do not need to be an artist but you need to have some knowledge of wool painting techniques. This is a step by step workshop which is designed for you to have fun with different wools and experiment with colour and fibres. Come around and advance your skills in wool painting as well as explore the qualities of various fibres. At the end of this class you will make a fantastic gift for yourself or a friend-a wool painting which you will put in a glass frame and take with you!

Exploring British Fleeces with Textiles Artist Raya Brown
Exploring British Fleeces with Textiles Artist Raya Brown

 

Exploring British Fleeces Workshop,  (beginners + people with some experience in felting workshop)  

This is a great opportunity to explore the unique qualities of various British Fleeces. Learn and further improve your wet felting techniques. You will have a chance to experiment with Shetland, Gotland, Ryeland, Manx Loughton and Wensleydale wools. Learn what textures and colour effects could be made.  Find out how you can use different wools for the best results. During the workshop you will create some test pieces as well as a small wall hanging or a table mat.

 

Felted Frilly Scarf Workshop
Felted Frilly Scarf Workshop

'Felted Frilly Scarf'  workshop. (Beginners + workshop) £80 + materials

 

During this workshop you will make a fantastic scarf with frills in Nuno Felting technique. You will learn how to lay out wool fibres to create wearable and even felt. You will explore different decorative fibres, silks and threads and use them to decorate your scarf. I will also teach you how to make a frill and even edge. At the end of this 7 hour workshop you will take home a sumptuous scarf or a wrap.

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Felted Flowers workshop. (Absolute beginners workshop). Sunday  2nd June 11am-3pm £45

 This is a very easy and enjoyable workshop for absolute beginners. You will make unique hand felted flower that you can wear as a brooch or attach to your bag or hat.  During this workshop you will learn how to make basic felt using merino felting wool, explore the wet felting processes and techniques. Following step-by-step instructions by Raya, experienced Felt maker, you will enjoy the tactile therapeutic experience of working with natural fibres. You will also experiment with design, colour and texture. You can  add beads and tendrils and leaves to your flower .

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Felted Cushion Covers (beginners+ workshop) unique chance to explore British fleeces and learn about their qualities,  Saturday 16th November 11am-6pm, £65+ materials

This is a great idea! Why not make a lovely cosy cushion as a present for your loved one? Design and create a felted cushion cover. Do not worry if you never made felt or have very little experience of felt making. This is your opportunity to learn basic wet felting techniques and experiment with different textures and fibres. Find out how you can use different British fleeces to decorate your work. Explore the qualities of felting wool and other materials, such as silk, viscose and yarn. In this workshop you will also find out how to use a resist to make 3D items. All in one workshop!!

“Winter Landscape”wool painting workshop (Complete beginner or experienced artist workshop),  Sunday 10th November 11am-6pm, £70 (materials included)

Realize your white winter dream in wool painting! This is not felt making. This is making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk or viscose fibres. This is a workshop for anyone. You do not need to have an Art Degree or any experience working with wool. This is an easy step by step workshop which is designed for you to have fun with different wools and experiment with colour and fibres. You will also learn many wool painting techniques. At the end of this class you will make a fantastic gift for yourself or a friend-a wool painting which you will put in a glass frame and take with you!

'Recreate  a landscape in wool fibres' workshop
'Recreate a landscape in wool fibres' workshop

“Recreating a landscape in wool fibres” wool painting workshop (Complete beginner or experienced artist workshop), Sunday 30th June 11am-6pm,  £70 (materials included)

 

Have you got a picture or a photograph of your favourite landscape? I am sure you have. Please, bring it to the Magic Wool Studio where you will be able to recreate it in wool fibres using the unique technique of wool painting.

Wool painting or wool watercolour, as some people call it, is a unique relatively new technique which originated in   St. Petersburg.  This is not felt making. It is about creating a fibre picture using merino wool, silk and viscose. Laying and shaping fibres, blending the colours together, creating beautiful textures and effects with a professional Artist Raya Brown is a great experience for complete beginners as well as people with some knowledge of Art and Craft. Bring a picture or a photo that you would like to recreate in  fibres. Following Raya’s step by step instructions you will make an amazing picture with some lovely watercolour effects and textures, which you will take home at the end of the workshop. Come around and enjoy tactile therapeutic experience of working with beautiful feather like strands of natural fibres in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Many of these workshops and talks take place in Kidderminster,  Worcestershire. I also travel around the country and deliver them to different guilds, societies and WIs.

 

For more details, please contact me via the contact page or have a look at the timetable.

 

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