Artist Master Classes

We are sorry that the workshops below are currently unavailable . Supporting resources can by accessed from the Teachers Resources page. Artists from the Gallery's regular freelance team can come out to schools to deliver workshops. Please see the Visiting the Gallery page for details. Join our learning mailing list to receive the latest updates on our programmes.

The Permanent Collection

Half day artist-led workshops tailor made for primary and secondary levels
Maximum numbers: 30 primary, 20 secondary

These are in-depth exploration of Morris's work, or our temporary exhibitions, across a range of media. A study session in the Gallery is combined with ideas development and practical activity where students create individual artworks. Sessions are run by experienced local artists who discuss their practice with students. Secondary groups can also book the studio space for the remainder of the day for self-led activities.

Topics include:

  • block printing on paper or textiles
  • pattern design and pattern making
  • natural dyeing
  • weaving
  • constructed textiles
  • ceramic tile design
  • developing drawing skills from natural forms.

Artist Activity Days

The master class sessions can be extended to a whole day with more time for sketchbook work – great for end of term Arts Week or Arts Award.

Artist Team

Carolyn Abbott: Weaving, Constructed Textiles, Natural Dyes
Carolyn makes hand-woven and hand-felted textiles for galleries and private commissions. She is a founder member and coordinator of the E17 Designers group and has worked as educator with a number of local community arts organizations

Anna Alcock: Woodblock Printing, Lino, Silkscreen
Director of Inky Cuttlefish Studios, Anna trained in South Africa before completing an MA Printmaking in London. Anna’s subject matter revolves around myths, folktales and stories which underpin personal narratives. She has over 20 years’ experience in delivering projects and workshops.

Sarah Lowe: Drawing and Painting
A qualified primary school teacher with a fine art degree, Sarah works as an art specialist, teaching all aspects of the primary art and design curriculum with particular interest in the development of drawing. She also exhibits her own paintings regularly.

Lucy Rainbow: Fabric and Tile Design
Lucy Rainbow is a printed textile designer and an artist educator. Educated at the RCA her designs reflect nature indoors through her use of colour, pattern and sustainable practices.

Sba Shaikh: Fabric Printing, Pattern Design
Founder of Mehraj Textiles, Sba creates richly coloured fabrics with various print techniques, embellished with embroidery or gold leaf. She is inspired by both her Muslim Indian/British heritage and by contemporary “kitsch”.