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Autumn was at its loveliest for the Dove Weekend of Workshops. 40 people came over the 2 days, and there was barely a break in proceedings,the atmosphere was so concentrated.

Abstract drawing 1In case you were wondering, this is not a pile of rubbish at the back of the workshops: it is the still life arrangement for the Abstract Drawing course, run by Pennie Elfick. Somehow, the above translated into this (or maybe this was a different exercise: I wasn’t paying attention…)

Abstract drawing 2

Pennie’s second course was colour mixing in oils. She took two different pigments of each of the primary colours, and 3 hours later,  Colour mixing 1these were the results. Colour mixing 2 In the garden, Michael Fairfax was teaching making musical instruments from willow pollard. Shavings flew for an hour or twoInstruments from willow pollardAnd then instruments started to emerge. This was actually made from apple, a far harder wood to work as it was very dry, but Teresa managed it and came up with this made to measure instrument.Instruments 2Here is Clare’s willow harp Instruments 3 In the studio, Variations on the Fold book were being carefully constructed, tutored by Jane Paterson. Jane is being urged to run a handmade books class – at the moment there isn’t one here since my handmade books class became the independent group ABCD (Artists’ Book Club Dove). Variations on the Fold Book 1 Outside, Fiona Hingston’s Walking and Making groups were coming up with the followingWalking and Making 1 Walking and Making 2 Walking and making 3The day was impossibly beautiful, and the rich autumnal colours of the gathered materials only added to this. Walking and making 4 Walking and making 6No pictures of the Ever Useful Coptic binding course, as the photographer was also the tutor (Bron Bradshaw); the students were so concentrated, that there was no time to even think of photos. But books were produced, and I hope they will prove to be ever useful.

Good comments in the feedback forms, and great enthusiasm for this kind of workshop format. So keep an eye on the Dove Arts page: we may be advertising another weekend, although not until the Spring. Thanks to everyone who came and who taught: it was a great weekend with a wonderful atmosphere.

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