Top 10 Best Art Deco classes, courses, learnings kits and gifts in the UK

Art deco is a design style from the 1920s and 1930s in furniture, decorative arts and architecture characterised by its geometric character. If you wish to incorporate this style in your home, office or premises then most large distributors will have specific designs and features available.

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9. Venetian Mask Decorating Workshop
Workshop structure: Theoretical element (20 minutes): Explanation of the various techniques used to decorate masks. A brief description of the use of masks in Venice with an explanation of the most significant model, the “Volto”, also called “Bautta” (The mask is ready-made by the tutor. You can make your own mask from scratch in our mask making workshop: see more on our profile).. Discounts offered when purchasing both: mask making and mask decorating workshops). There are 7 different techniques available. The tutor will provide images with examples showing the end result of each technique. Nevertheless, this is the creative part of the workshop; therefore, each participant has total freedom of expression in this process. If the participant picks one of the presented techniques, the tutor will demonstrate step by step how to recreate it. Even if the person is not a confident decorator, he/she will be able to end up with a creative piece. Practical element (1.30 minutes): Once each individual has decided how to decorate his/her own mask, the decoration phase can start. Acrylic tempera paints are used, metallic colours such as gold, silver and copper can be added for a bit of sparkle. Various types of wax can also be used to create a finishing touch. Finally, the participant can choose from a number of different coloured ribbons to match their mask. At the end of the workshop, each participant will take home his/her decorated mask.
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10. Abstract Painting using pre-felt inspired by the masters - Braque, Matisse, Bauhaus weavers ...
You'll use scissors to cut/place different colours of pre felt atop a maximum A3 size pre-felt background. Then you'll use wet felting techniques to bring everything together to form your final pieces of work. Depending on the complexity of what you make you may have time to make more than one piece. You can use abstract Bauhaus imagery as inspiration or bring your own. A relaxed workshop taking place at Heather's home studio in Camberwell fuelled by plenty of home made cake and teas. A maximum of four participants, means these workshops provide everybody with plenty of time for one on one attention. Heather always aims for sessions to be flexible to individual participants needs. This workshop uses wet felt making techniques to bring your cut pre-felt together into the finished piece. It's a simple process (once you know how) made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find it relaxing and some a stress buster. But, the final stages of of felt making are quite vigorous and very hands on. If you have arthritis in your hands you may find parts of the process challenging. That being said it’s not stopped anybody before and Heather is very happy to help you with vigorous parts of the process. Allergies to cats or indeed wool? Please note Heather has three cats (they’ll be elsewhere in the house during the workshops). Antihistamines are available but her workshops may not be for you.
Next available date:11th September 2022
11. Collages and Paintings Using Pre-Felt
This Live online version of my pre-felt workshop needs a minimum of TWO people to run and for me to post you a kit; please bear this in mind when booking. Please message me if you're looking to join a group. On this online workshop you'll use sharp scissors to cut and place different colours of pre-felt atop an A4* size pre-felt background (or two A5*). Once your design is complete we’ll use wet felt making techniques to bring your cut pre-felt together into the finished piece without the need for glue or a single stitch! Exactly what is pre-felt? It's partially processed felt, somewhere between the loose fluffy wool fibres and fully fused felt fabric. It differs from craft felt in that it needs to be further worked to create a finished product. Pre-felt’s "part cooked" state, it's propensity to be cut into clean crisp shapes coupled with its tendency to better keep its shape during processing make pre-felt perfect to use to create collage style imagery. In your kit you’ll receive a selection of pre-felt pieces in various colours and sizes plus the A4 background, an A4 sheet of tracing paper, net, chunk of olive oil soap and a sheet of bubble wrap (if you haven’t got a large enough piece waiting for recycling). Once you’ve booked you’ll need to contact me to let me know what colour background you want to use (a choice of three: natural, blue or plaster). I can also signpost you to various inspiration to get you started. Developing the pre-felt into felt is made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find these relaxing and some a stress buster. But, the final stages of wet felting can be quite vigorous and is very hands on. If you have arthritis or a similar condition in your hands you may find parts of the process more challenging. This does not mean you will not be able to undertake this workshop, just that it may take you a little longer to fully felt your work. Please note during the wet felting process your work will shrink. Pre-felt tends to shrink less than handmade wet felting. By how much varies considerably for lots of reasons including the structure of the pre-felt and the technique of the maker. I find a general rule of thumb is between 5-10%. These figures rise to 10-30% for completely hand made wet felted work.
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