Charlotte Bronte’s birthday celebrations

On the 21st of April it was the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birthday. I have been teaching drop in workshops at the parsonage, so I was asked to plan a birthday craft session.

I have always loved the quote from Jane Eyre:

“I am no bird;and no net ensnares me:I am a free human being with an independent will”

so after researching I found a good card template here which looked like this;

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and fit with idea of freedom in the quote.

When I got to the school room in Haworth it looked so pretty.The flowers had been arranged on a workshop taught  by simply by arrangement and looked great. The West Yorkshire Playhouse were there singing songs to showcase their Bronte season that is coming up in Autumn, a must see if the beautiful songs were anything to go by.

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The sun shone all day!


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and lots of birthday cards for Charlotte were made and decorated.

I got quite caught up with the day and didn’t end up taking that many photographs but there was cake, plays,poetry and music to name a few things.

I will be at the parsonage on the 1st of June with another craft workshop, pop in and visit this very special place if you can.

30 days…November

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first row stand at the hepworth christmas fair 2.hepworth gallery decorations 3.monoprinting done by pupils at crossley fields school, mirfield, (where I teach after school club).

second row 1.autumn walks 2.the corn exchange, leeds printed postcards

third row 1.hebden bridge train station decorations in the making 3.misty mornings

Workshops at the Bronte Parsonage

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For the past couple of weeks I have been heading to Haworth and teaching drop-in art workshops at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

The first one I did was based on silhouettes of the Bronte sisters and their books.

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Wuthering Heights was a popular choice! The image was made with collaged text that was then tea-stained and included Emily Brontes silhouette.

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This was from Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, vintage birds were added to fit with the text.

Last week the workshop was on mono printing with natural materials. I picked grasses and leaves when I got to Haworth…

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And these were used to make prints, along with stencils I had prepared earlier. It was so lovely to see that people approach things in different ways. I got a few ideas for myself!

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There is another one this Wednesday: 11-4pm, do come and say ‘Hi’ if you can! We will be printing again but this time making animals inspired by the wildlife in the Bronte area.

The workshop is run on a drop-in basis and is free with admission to the museum.

Haworth is so pretty I took a few snaps too..

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I have made a friend on my visits.

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Mark making workshop

Last week I taught a mark-making workshop.We started off with very quick drawings of a still life set up. Drawing for 5 minutes, 3 and 1!


We drew with sticks, drew as though we were shading around an object and with white chalk on black paper.

I then introduced words to think of whilst drawing, the first was bold…So big brush strokes and large drawings were apt. I think using words can help encourage different and braver ways of mark making,when a word is the main focus the drawing can flow automatically.

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The next word was frightened.

mark make frightI did gestural marks in charcoal and moved the charcoal around the page a lot.

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This was done by a student using a mix of sponging with different strengths of ink and also using a brush.

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This was drawn with a sponged paint brush, drawing with a stick and thin ink washes over the top. A lovely development of different marks.

I hope to hold more mark making workshops and I will have a new beginners drawing class starting in September, so lots more drawing to be done!

Art Classes in Hebden Bridge

Starting on the 14th of October I will be teaching evening art classes in Hebden Bridge. On Tuesdays it will be beginners pencil drawing. This will include a range of techniques to create realistic drawings.

There will be a maximum of 6 students in a class, keeping the classes small means I am able to help more! If you are a complete beginner then this is the class for you, every drawing will be explained step by step in a friendly atmosphere.

Collage evening class

We will explore shading, mark making, reflections and composition.We will start by drawing apples. We will then progress to objects with more texture such as onions and more details such as christmas baubles!

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On wednesday evenings I am teaching improvers drawing. This course will still be suitable for beginners as well as students with more experience. We will be using charcoal and ink, looking at light and shade, texture and expressive marks.

The classes are from 7-9pm and there are still places left.The classes run for five weeks and are £70.

Here are some students comments from day classes I have taught:

” I enjoyed very much the day and found your help invaluable”

“I really enjoyed it”

“I enjoyed the class and I am looking forward to finishing my final piece”

Contact me if you would like to join in!

Painting and drawing workshop in Hebden Bridge

In March I taught a painting and drawing workshop in central Hebden Bridge.It was a lovely sunny day and the large windows in the studio let the light in. The aim of the day was to create a picture of a tree in pencil or charcoal with painted acrylic birds in it; learning new drawing and painting techniques.

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The workshop began with making observational drawings of trees (looking out of those windows!) in charcoal. The drawings were timed and we explored a variety of approaches, such as; using the side of the charcoal; just using the charcoal dust; not looking at the paper and using continuous line. We then did some quick charcoal drawings of birds.

I did a painting demonstration and everyone experimented with acrylic paints.

Lunch was homemade sandwiches, tea, brownies and flapjacks

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The results were really beautiful!

Please contact me if you would like to be put on my mailing list for future workshops.

Painting and Drawing Workshop

I am looking forward to teaching a painting and drawing workshop in central Hebden Bridge, taking place on the 19th of March. I will be teaching creative painting and drawing techniques based on my own work.

Where the workshop is going to be held there is a great view of the trees outside, so plenty of chance to do quick sketches whilst staying in the warm.


The aim is to use these quick sketches to develop a mixed media piece of work adding birds in the trees, using pencil and acrylic paint.

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There are still a few places left. It is £50 per person including a homemade lunch and refreshments. It starts at 10 am and finishes at 4 pm. Please contact me if you are interested!