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CLASSES, COURSES & WORKSHOPS

NYAS offer a wide range of art and craft activities in locations across the UK. 

Click on the links below to find out more about the classes, courses and workshops on offer along with the locations where are are delivering these workshops.

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LIFE DRAWING

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Suitable for all levels. Tuition is on hand from timekeeper and artist Chris Shaw.

 

There are a number of poses from a few 5 minute ones to begin with to poses that last up to 45 minutes. 

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PORTRAIT

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Suitable for all levels. Tuition is on hand from timekeeper and artist Chris Shaw.

 

There are a number of poses from a few 5 minute ones to begin with to poses that last up to 45 minutes. 

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STILL LIFE

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There's something a bit old and fusty about the still life genre, isn't there? With life drawing, there's a beating heart at the centre of the subject but still life with its apples and oranges, mugs and jugs just feels a bit, well... still.

Except it's really not. It has a rich tradition within art history and all the movers and shakers from bygone years found drawing and painting inanimate objects in some sort of arrangement endlessly fascinating... Cézanne and Picasso to name two.

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PAINTING

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Taught by Chris Shaw, these classes will give anyone wanting to take up painting the skills and confidence to carry on painting. The classes are relaxed and friendly and Chris likes to get artists painting and producing results immediately.

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OUTDOOR SKETCHING

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Bring along your sketchbooks, watercolours, inks, pens and pencils and draw and paint in the company of others. Each Friday we'll meet in places around Scarborough and learn to look at things. Buildings, flowers, people. Our goal as artists is to be aware of the world around us more acutely. To pull it apart. To analyse how it hangs together. The rhythm of life. Its shape, colour, texture, tone. 

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CROCHET

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We have a woolly vision we’d like you to help us with.

We need the help of crocheters to be a part of our new forthcoming online shop, dedicated to all things crochet.

We want to make and sell the sorts of practical, affordable clothing people like, such as:

Hats, snoods, scarves, ear warmers, slippers and more besides.

If you attend regular crochet meetings and classes at NYAS, you can create garments using our materials.

You can follow patterns we have available, help us look for new ones or create your own.

If your items are sold, you'll earn commission.

Come along and work with likeminded crocheters, share ideas, experiment and try something new.

Everyone is welcome from beginners to the more advanced.

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PRINTMAKING

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We have a range of printmaking workshops that include, at any one time, methods such as drypoint, collagraphy, monoprinting, wood block relief and more besides. 

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CERAMICS

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Our ceramics course is for anyone who has never played with clay before and for those who feel they need a refresher of all the hand-building techniques. All the equipment is provided. 

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FREEFORM CROCHET

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Freeform Crochet is a liberating and expressive art form that allows you to break free from traditional patterns and rules. Its all about embracing spontaneity, texture and colour to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are as individual as you are.

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SOCK BLANK DYING

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Do you love vibrant colours and unique patterns? Are you a fan of cosy socks that showcase your personal style? If so, this workshop is for you!

 

We are thrilled to invite you to our exclusive Sock Blank Dyeing Workshop, where you'll have the chance to create your own one-of-a-kind sock masterpieces.

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WEAVING

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During our weaving workshops you will be shown a range of different techniques that you can incorporate as you wish whilst having access to a wide range of yarns, both synthetic and natural in lots of different colours and textures.

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PRODDY MAT

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The tradition of making ‘rag’ or ‘thrift’ rugs became widespread during the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century. However by the 1920s the craft was dying out as it was associated with hard times. The necessity for thrift during World War II brought a brief revival and interest in the craft grew again in the 1980s. 

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LINOCUT PRINTMAKING

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Discover linocut with this direct graphic printmaking technique. Linocut printmaking involves carving an image into a piece of lino using various chisel-shaped tools. These come in all different sizes allowing for thick and thin marks to be carved into the lino.

It's a really fun and absorbing process and ideal for creating elaborate artwork as well as simple greetings cards for friends and family. You may want to bring an image to work from or choose from one of ours. Tuition is on hand.

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BATIK

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Batik is an ancient textile technique originating in Indonesia and its use then spread to many other countries, with each putting a different cultural slant on the choice of images and their outcomes. The pattern was traditionally applied onto cloth using molten wax with fine brushes or tools called tjantings, before coloured dyes are applied to the fabric.

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CALLIGRAPHY

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Modern Calligraphy has rapidly become one of the most popular forms of artistic expression. From huge works of art to smaller intricate messages on greetings cards, the applications for calligraphy are many and varied. 

You don’t need beautiful handwriting to be able to produce high quality modern calligraphy; the skill lies in the shapes and flow of the letters brought together to create a unique piece of art. This workshop is perfect for beginners or those looking to enhance their projects with a new skill. 

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FLORISTRY

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Our floristry programs are run by Cream and Browns Florists and have been developed in diverse ways to give you the highest level of learning in the shortest amount of time. From half-day workshops to 12 week courses NYAS offers something for everyone.

 

You’ll learn the basics in floral designs from hand tied bouquets to seasonal decor as well as learning the different types of flowers.

 

Why not also get festive and creative with this fresh Christmas wreath making workshop taking place this December. 

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PHOTOGRAPHY

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Join us for our 35mm film photography workshop taking place at NYAS. Be part of the film photography revival and discover new techniques to take your own black and white photographs. 

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STITCH

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NYAS offers a range of workshops and courses using hand and machine stitch. From using an embroidery hoop to making your own buttons and working with different threads.

You will go away with the skills to design to showcase your new stitching skills.

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GLASS FUSION

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This workshop is suitable for those exploring glass for the first time as well as those with some glass fusing experience. All materials and firing included.

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JEWELLERY MAKING

This workshop is suitable for those exploring jewellery making for the first time as well as those with some previous experience. All materials and firing included.

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WATERCOLOUR

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Learn how to paint using watercolour with award winning professional artist Richard Burton. Our six week course is ideal for beginners or those looking to develop as a watercolourist.

 

For those at a more advanced stage, our pay-as-you-go sessions allow you to explore the medium of watercolour with more challenging exercises.

Our one-day workshops also allow you to immerse yourself in a day of painting both inside the studio or studying the local area.

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MOSAICS

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Join Sue to create an indoor mosaic plaque (22cm sq) choosing from a wide range of exciting colours and materials. You do not need to be able to draw to attend. You can select from one of many provided designs, or bring along your own.

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LEATHER WORKSHOP

You will use the finest British leather in a range of colours and finishes to create your own unique leather tote bag or tool roll.

 

Your tutor, Catherine Edwards, trained as a boot and shoemaker working for many years before embarking on a residency at the royal armouries. This led to the production of her first collection of unique leather goods.  

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