What is included in the fee, and how do I book?
The fee covers all tuition, quality materials and use of specialist equipment, including Edna, our antique printing press for printmaking workshops. Individuals will work at their own pace but everyone will take home at least one piece of original art they have created; and printmakers typically produce at least four prints to take home.
A delicious home cooked vegetarian lunch is also included, along with refreshments throughout the day (we grow much of the fruit and vegetables right here in our garden). Please advise when booking if you have specific dietary needs or food allergies.
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Where is Brightside Barn, and what is is like?
Brightside Barn is at Clifton Dykes, just off the A6 between Eamont Bridge and Clifton.Take the road towards Cliburn and we are the 4th property on the right, just next door to Crossfells Campsite. Look out for the bunting on workshop days! We ask that you lift share if possible, as parking is limited and we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint. This is a unique working studio, where we create and display our own original art on non-workshop days. On workshop days we adapt the space for small groups with a large work table and adjustable stools. There are lots of windows and wonderful views: Cross Fell and the Pennines to the front, and Blencathra and the Lakeland mountains from our back garden. We also have a woodburning stove, so it’s toasty warm inside, whatever the weather outside. The studio centrepiece is Edna, our 200 year old star wheel printing press, previously used by David Hockney in the early 1960s.
What time do your workshops start and finish?
Our workshops run from 9:30am till 4:00pm, and we ask that you arrive promptly for tea, coffee and warm Welsh cakes. If you would like to arrange a private group booking on a different date, we can organise timings around you - just gather a group of 4 to 6 and we'll help you plan your day. We can also suggest other additions if you’d like to make your day extra special.
Is your workshop the right level for me?
All our workshops are run in small groups, and we tailor our approach for both beginners and those with more experience. You really don’t need any art experience or drawing skills. Just come along with an open mind, ready to have some fun.
Do I need to bring anything?
Aprons and gloves are provided here but we suggest you wear old clothes; printing inks and paints can stain! Don’t forget your glasses if you need them. If you have any images or sketches that you’d like to use for inspiration, feel free to bring them along. We have lots of reference materials available here too. In printmaking, the block that you create will be the mirror image of your final piece. This might not matter to you, but is worth considering, particularly if you plan to include text. Don’t worry though - we can help you on the day if needed.
What if I can't make a workshop I have booked?
Our Workshop cost is payable in full at the time of confirming, via BACS or phone. Please give us at least one calendar month’s notice if you are unable to attend your booked workshop. We will try to arrange an alternative date if possible, otherwise you can transfer your booking to a future workshop or receive a refund of the workshop fee minus a 10% admin fee. If you cancel with less than a month’s notice, you can choose a credit for a future workshop (subject to availability), send a friend in your place, or we will refund 50% of your workshop fee. If, for any reason, we need to cancel a workshop, we will re-arrange a new date to suit you, or give you a full refund.