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We currently offer weekend classes for Furniture Restoration, Wood Working, Wood Carving, Upholstery, Stained Glass and Jewellery Making, and evening classes in Wood Carving (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Wood Working (Mondays and Wednesdays).

All of those classes cost £275, with a £100 deposit and the remaining of the tuition due on the first day of class. Payments can be made in cash, cheques or debit cards. Note credit cards can be used, but there is a 2% surcharge added to cover the bank charges. Tools are supplied for all courses, materials will be charged separately for Upholstery, Wood Working, Jewellery Making and Furniture Restoration.

We are currently planning on classes in French Upholstery, Traditional Finishes, Colouring Techniques, Using Machines in Wood Carving, and Seat Caning and Rushing. Please write and we will keep you informed of the future classes. Also, watch this space!!!!



Chair Seating Club with Christine Brewster – SPRING to AUTUMN 2019 (7 sessions)

The last Friday of every month from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - June 28th until December 20th.

 

For many years the Wycombe area has been famous for its rush seated chairs.

In this class we will learn how to prepare and use English soft rush, harvested from the River Thames, to seat a chair or stool. You will learn to select the rush, to twist it into shape and to create the basic rush seat. The piece of furniture should be square or trapezium shaped and have rough unpolished rails and raised corners.

In all cases students will need to bring their own furniture to work on, although it will be possible to purchase a suitable piece from the Wooburn Craft School. Please contact the school well in advance to discuss your requirements and the suitability of your furniture.
All students should let us know what you want to learn in this class so we can plan appropriately.

 

Class Dates (LAST Friday of every month): Jun. 28, Jul. 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Dec. 20.

Class Times: All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  £10 per hour

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Wood Carving Club with Dr Ernest Riall, PhD – SPRING to AUTUMN 2019 (7 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. - July 9th until December 17th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal. More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces with careful guidance from the tutor.

 

Class Dates (Every Tuesday): Jul. 9 until Dec. 17 (No club on the third week of August and the first week of Sept.!!!)

Class Times: All classes start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Cost:  £10 per hour

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Drawing and Painting with Heidi Ramsay – Tuesday AUTUMN 2019 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - October 8th until December 17th (excluding Oct. 21st).

 

Introduction to Drawing and Painting

This course will introduce the student to a variety of materials and techniques. Each session would start with being presented with a variety of works by selected artists and designers in order to demonstrate the diversity that each technique offers. Some of the topics covered include:

MONOCHROME (2 Sessions)

This will  introduce the student to charcoal and pastels as tools to explore light and dark to create moods.

MONOPRINTS (3 Sessions)

This will introduce the student to creating simple imagery and abstract forms, experimentation with different papers, mark making, creating textures, building layers of colour and texture

PAINTING (5 Sessions)

This section introduces students to various painting materials such as Watercolour, Acrylics and Oils. Students will try these materials in a variety of situations such as portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, and abstract.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £250.00



Stained Glass (Introduction) with Lilian Shaw – Sunday AUTUMN 2019 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (except during school holidays) - September 27th until December 15th.

 

The idea of making pictures with coloured glass, balanced with shapes and rhythm has fascinated generations. This course will introduce students to this amazing craft. Students learn the handling of tools and materials. Developing confidence from straight lines to curves on coloured glass. Projects will introduce the students to the basic techniques such as to score (cut) glass safely, copperfoil and traditional leadwork. This is a hands on practical course, with aspects of design and soldering. As with the Applique technique the students will be able to develop their own design once they have mastered the basics. No previous experience in either art or stained glass is needed for this introduction – just a sense of play and adventure!

Advanced students are also welcome. Lilly will guide and facilitate the creative direction that they want to pursue.

Students are also expected to pay a material cost of  approximately £25.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): Oct. 27, Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 8, 15 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Mosaic Art with Suzy Wright – AUTUMN 2019 (1 day)

Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - December 14th.

The Wooburn Craft School is offering Mosaic work shop.  In this  4 hour workshop, each participant will be creating their own designed mosaic piece.   Come along for some creative fun and spend quality time together.  Each person will complete their own design up to the point of grouting.  Please note, grouting is not included in the class, but you can either take a bag home with you (included in the price), or I can grout for you for an additional fee of £5. Come to the Wooburn Craft School – learn a new craft or maybe develop an already existing skill.

AGENDA

12pm –1pm  Introduction and discussing ideas, looking through some images, sketching (tracing paper provided), or drawing your design freehand for those of you who feel confident enough.

1-2 pm –      Cutting demonstration, preparing and cutting tiles, placing tiles.

2-3pm –      Working through design.

3-4pm –      Completion of Mosaic and finally a grouting demonstration.

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Wood Working (Introduction) with Phil Lyons – Monday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 6th until March 16th.

 

Phil Lyons, of Lyons Restoration Ltd, has designed a series of courses to teach the major aspects of Wood Working. This course starts with an overview of common furniture woods and their qualities as well as the basic hand tools and how to sharpen them. Students will then be introduced to basic Wood Working techniques while each making a beautiful wooden box with a few options to suite all skill levels. Some of the skills students will be introduced to include: using a plane, using chisels to produce dovetail joints, turning, using a cabinet scraper among others. Finally students will try out different finishing techniques before choosing one to apply to their box.

Note the price does not include a £25 materials cost which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

 

Class Dates (every Monday)Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 24, Mar. 2, 9, 16 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Tuesday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 7th until March 17th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood.  They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal.  More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Jewellery Making with Grant Forsyth – Tuesday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 7th until March 17th.

 

Although students will focus on pieces that can be worn they will also look at how these techniques can be used Fine and Decorative Arts. They will follow a basic set outline and they will use these techniques to make items that they will be confident in using. However one goal is to encourage their creativity and if they wish, the design of a piece can be up to them to express their likes and style. Precious metal work and especially jewellery is for everyone, be you a maker, wearer, male or female and it is all about the design, as students follow this course and feel more confident with making pieces I will encourage them to create work that reflects them. However, another side of this will be to teach them the mastery of the techniques related to working with metals.

Students will begin by looking into the basic tools, workshop health and safety, at best practices for the use of equipment and workshop awareness. The first project will teach them about annealing metal, and which involves using a blowtorch, flux and safety pickle, hammering, forging, mark making and polishing. The end result will be a copper bangle.

Following this demonstration students will learn how to solder, to use a jeweller’s saw, how to turn silver wire into a simple ring, and how to make a stone or jewelled setting, for a ring, pendant or brooch. Then they will look at mixing metals and look at more advanced methods of joining them to make a key chain, badge or brooch. Other subjects covered will include:

  • Chain making;
  • Melting and casting metals;
  • The use of rivets, wire and pins.

Finally students will make a number of different items including more brooches, necklaces, etc. The last week will be open to allow them to explore their specific area of interest.

This class offers a discounted rate for ICON members.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 8, 14, 21 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Drawing and Painting with Heidi Ramsay – Tuesday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 7th until March 17th.

 

Introduction to Drawing and Painting

This course will introduce the student to a variety of materials and techniques. Each session would start with being presented with a variety of works by selected artists and designers in order to demonstrate the diversity that each technique offers. Some of the topics covered include:

MONOCHROME (2 Sessions)

This will  introduce the student to charcoal and pastels as tools to explore light and dark to create moods.

MONOPRINTS (3 Sessions)

This will introduce the student to creating simple imagery and abstract forms, experimentation with different papers, mark making, creating textures, building layers of colour and texture

PAINTING (5 Sessions)

This section introduces students to various painting materials such as Watercolour, Acrylics and Oils. Students will try these materials in a variety of situations such as portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, and abstract.

 

Class Dates (every Tuesday): Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Wood Working (Intermediate/Advanced) with Phil Lyons – Wednesday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 8th until March 18th.

 

While building on the basic skills learned in the first course, it is also suitable for students with some basic Wood Working experience. Students are taken through the process of making a beautiful stool with a couple of unusual features to provide a technically challenging but enjoyable project. In addition to making further use of the basic Wood Working skills (using chisels, plans, saws, etc.), it will also include an introduction to mortice and tenon joints, more complex setting out, some specialist tools and more.

More advanced students can, with the approval of the tutor, work on custom projects.

Note the price does not include a £75 materials cost which is payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

 

Class Dates (every Wednesday): Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Thursday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 9th until March 26th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal.

More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces.

 

Class Dates (every Thursday): Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Upholstery with Kat Lyons – Thursday WINTER 2020 (10 sessions)

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 9th until March 26th.

 

In this exciting course, Kat will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers. All types of projects are possible everything from simple drop in seats to complex buttoning and all types of base materials with an emphasis on tradition hair and stitched seats with webbing and springs (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school at least 2 weeks before the start of the term). Obviously, the skill and experience level of the student will guide what is an acceptable project.

All base materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply at the end of the course – the students will be provided materials at a discounted price – an estimate of the material costs can be provided once a photo of the piece is provided). The top cover can also be ordered through the tutor (students will receive a 10% discount on fabric orders.)  Tools will be provided by the tutor for the duration of the class.  If students do want to purchase tools, they, again, can order them through the tutor at a discount.  Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

 

Class Dates (every Thursday): Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m..

Book Now - From £275.00



Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear, MBE – Saturday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 11th until March 7th.

 

In this course, Paul will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced restorers. All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school). All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Paul will carefully walk the student through every step of  the entire process of restoring their selected project.

With over 25 years experience at The Wallace Collection, and over 10 years as the course leader of the Furniture Conservation Course at Bucks New University in High Wycombe, Paul is one of the leading teachers in this field in the UK and one of the best to guide anyone to the successful completion of their project.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 7 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Saturday Winter 2020

Every other Saturday from 11 Jan to 7 March (excl school holidays) Each day runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

In this exciting course, Greg will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers.  All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school).

All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

At the end of the course there will be a small charge for materials used.

Class Dates (every OTHER  Saturday day):  Jan 11, 25 Feb 8, 22, March 7 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Upholstery classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m.





Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Saturday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 18th until March 14th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal. More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces with careful guidance from the tutor.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 15, 29, Mar. 14 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Jewellery Making with Grant Forsyth – Saturday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 18th until March 14th.

 

Although students will focus on pieces that can be worn they will also look at how these techniques can be used Fine and Decorative Arts. They will follow a basic set outline and they will use these techniques to make items that they will be confident in using. However one goal is to encourage their creativity and if they wish, the design of a piece can be up to them to express their likes and style. Precious metal work and especially jewellery is for everyone, be you a maker, wearer, male or female and it is all about the design, as students follow this course and feel more confident with making pieces I will encourage them to create work that reflects them. However, another side of this will be to teach them the mastery of the techniques related to working with metals.

Students will begin by looking into the basic tools, workshop health and safety, at best practices for the use of equipment and workshop awareness. The first project will teach them about annealing metal, and which involves using a blowtorch, flux and safety pickle, hammering, forging, mark making and polishing. The end result will be a copper bangle.

Following this demonstration students will learn how to solder, to use a jeweller’s saw, how to turn silver wire into a simple ring, and how to make a stone or jewelled setting, for a ring, pendant or brooch. Then they will look at mixing metals and look at more advanced methods of joining them to make a key chain, badge or brooch. Other subjects covered will include:

  • Chain making;
  • Melting and casting metals;
  • The use of rivets, wire and pins.

Finally students will make a number of different items including more brooches, necklaces, etc. The last week will be open to allow them to explore their specific area of interest.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 15, 29, Mar. 14 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Stained Glass (Introduction) with Lilian Shaw – Sunday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 19th until March 15th.

 

The idea of making pictures with coloured glass, balanced with shapes and rhythm has fascinated generations. This course will introduce students to this amazing craft. Students learn the handling of tools and materials. Developing confidence from straight lines to curves on coloured glass. Projects will introduce the students to the basic techniques such as to score (cut) glass safely, copperfoil and traditional leadwork. This is a hands on practical course, with aspects of design and soldering. As with the Applique technique the students will be able to develop their own design once they have mastered the basics. No previous experience in either art or stained glass is needed for this introduction – just a sense of play and adventure!

Advanced students are also welcome. Lilly will guide and facilitate the creative direction that they want to pursue.

Students are also expected to pay a material cost of  approximately £25.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 1, 15 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00



Jewellery Making with Grant Forsyth – Wednesday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 8th until March 11th.

 

Although students will focus on pieces that can be worn they will also look at how these techniques can be used Fine and Decorative Arts. They will follow a basic set outline and they will use these techniques to make items that they will be confident in using. However one goal is to encourage their creativity and if they wish, the design of a piece can be up to them to express their likes and style. Precious metal work and especially jewellery is for everyone, be you a maker, wearer, male or female and it is all about the design, as students follow this course and feel more confident with making pieces I will encourage them to create work that reflects them. However, another side of this will be to teach them the mastery of the techniques related to working with metals.

Students will begin by looking into the basic tools, workshop health and safety, at best practices for the use of equipment and workshop awareness. The first project will teach them about annealing metal, and which involves using a blowtorch, flux and safety pickle, hammering, forging, mark making and polishing. The end result will be a copper bangle.

Following this demonstration students will learn how to solder, to use a jeweller’s saw, how to turn silver wire into a simple ring, and how to make a stone or jewelled setting, for a ring, pendant or brooch. Then they will look at mixing metals and look at more advanced methods of joining them to make a key chain, badge or brooch. Other subjects covered will include:

  • Chain making;
  • Melting and casting metals;
  • The use of rivets, wire and pins.

Finally students will make a number of different items including more brooches, necklaces, etc. The last week will be open to allow them to explore their specific area of interest.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Wednesday): Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 26, Mar. 11 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00