It’s time to create your own art attack here in Norwich- unleash your crafty side, be sociable and learn a new skill at one of the city’s many ‘arty’ classes and workshops taking place over the next few months.
For those of us that would like to believe we’re the next David Bailey, but stick resolutely to that magic ‘auto’ setting on our cameras whenever the pressure’s on, this is the workshop for you. ‘Taking Your Camera Off Auto’ at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden is a practical workshop with a professional photographer, designed to help you sort your shutter speed from your aperture and get you snapping like a pro (well, maybe semi-pro; let’s not get too ahead of ourselves!) Booking is essential.
Puppets certainly aren’t just for kids; Norwich Puppet Theatre has a unique and wonderful selection of workshops for adults throughout the summer. Anyone who’s visited this unique theatre, based in a converted medieval church and one of only 3 puppet building-based puppet theatres in England, raves about its quirkiness. You may feel a bit unsettled by the many puppets lining the walls of the foyer, but don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to them! Whether you’d like to construct a miniature film set with characters (1-3 August), compose a director’s text analysis on the topic of fairytales (4 August), or participate in their 10-day ‘International Summer School’ (1-10 August), there’s something for every interest (as long as it involves puppets, of course!).
To get among the great outdoors and work on your painting skills – yes, even if they’re non-existent - what location could be better than the beautiful, sprawling Holkham Estate on the North Norfolk coast? Artist Bob Larkin will be on hand for tutored art sessions in July, offering group classes where you’ll be able to work on your masterpiece all over the Holkham grounds, painting and drawing the lakes, the Walled Gardens and the Church of Saint Withburga, among others! All abilities can take advantage of expert advice from Bob, and you can choose to attend one or two days depending how eager you are! Either way, booking is essential - call 01362 668941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery’s ‘Castle Art Club’, which takes place monthly (the next few sessions this year fall on 22 June, 20 July and 25 August) also offers aspiring artists of all abilities the opportunity to work on their artistic skills and experiment with new mediums and techniques. You can’t fail to be in awe of your surroundings; the Castle’s collections are an almost bottomless source of stimulation and inspiration, and the classes have a truly friendly atmosphere so make sure you book a space soon! Sessions cost £6.50 for adults and £6 for concessions.
Norfolk Yarn is a haven for craft lovers, stocking a huge range of yarn, wool and other materials as well as spinning equipment, plus they run fantastic craft workshops throughout the year. Try your hand at something new and meet like-minded craft enthusiasts too! Coming up over the next few months are felt making, patchwork, spinning and knitting workshops for various abilities; read more or call 01603 927034.
It may not file itself under ‘art’ as such, but Louis’ Deli on Upper St Giles offer free conversational languages Monday – Friday. With a different language being practised each day, get yourself a tea or coffee and one of their scrumptious sausage rolls and polish your language skills. Alternatively Writers’ Centre Norwich's ‘Writers at Work’ series have masterclasses and day classes taking place over the summer with various writers and agents including; Gill Blanchard, Mark Cocker and Isobel Dixon, to name but a few! Read more.