Get creative with 2012 art courses

'An Open Door to the World of Art' class at Northlight Art Studios
'An Open Door to the World of Art' class at Northlight Art Studios

AN art studio is encouraging people to get creative in 2012 with a range of new courses.

The Back Door education initiative at Northlight Art Studios, Hebden Bridge, saw its autumn term defy the economic downturn and exceed expectations, with several popular courses and workshops added to its core programme.

A new life drawing class has proved very successful.

“An Open Door the World of Art” offers artists a variety of drawing, painting and printmaking sessions.

Ceramics classes have given people the opportunity to be creative with clay.

The “Art for the terrified” and oil painting classes led by Mary Loney MBE will continue throughout 2012.

A new ten-week term starts today, Thursday.

Anyone interested should contact the Back Door for availability of places.

The Spring term will also offer another programme of day and weekend workshops: life drawing and printmaking, life painting, beginners bookbinding, collagraph and monoprint printmaking, and digital camera use and photography.

Another weekend art break is scheduled for March, giving the chance to explore experimental 2D approaches.

These workshops are now sponsored by Calderdale Adult Learning, endorsing the Back Door as a recognised centre for adult education in this field.

“The Back Door is now becoming the first choice for visual arts and crafts learning in the Upper Calder area,” said co-ordinator Don Myers.

“We offer high quality tuition and a no nonsense approach.

“We are very lucky to have such great tutors such as Mary Loney, Sue Turner and James Fearon – who are all experienced lecturers and well known practising artists.

“We are now attracting acclaimed tutors from across the region to contribute to our day and weekend workshops.

“Our recent ‘Lino-cutting – exploring narrative’ workshops with master printmaker Ruth Fettis were a great success.”

For more information about the upcoming courses, call 01422 843519 or visit the studio’s website www.northlightstudio.co.uk.