A creative year ahead - join a class here at Yorkshire Artspace

Fancy getting creative in 2018? Lots of our artists hold classes here at Yorkshire Artspace, giving you the opportunity to have a go at weaving, ceramics, metalwork, mosaic and more. Classes are available as one offs or as part of a longer series, for children, adults, experts and total novices. Take a look at the list below and see if there is something here to help get you started on a creative path in 2018.

Classes take place in individual artist studios. All studios are warm and cosy and are accessible, though please check with the artist if you have particular access requirements. Both Persistence Works and Exchange Place Studios are 5 minutes walk from Sheffield train station and close to the city centre. Manor Oaks Studios is a little bit further out - see the 'Our Studios' page for more details.

Follow the links to book and for more details and prices.

Classes at Persistence Works Studios

Alex Shimwell: Ceramics

Alex runs throwing classes from his large ground floor studio. There is a maximum of 4 to a class so there is a lot of one to one time. Regular classes are 2.5 hrs per week for 6 weeks at £180. Upcoming classes:

  • Monday afternoons 2.30pm-5pm starting 5th Feb
  • Monday evenings 5pm-8.30pm starting 5th Feb
  • Tuesday afternoons 2.30pm-5pm starting 6th Feb
  • Tuesday evenings 5pm-8.30pm starting 6th Feb
  • Full day workshop Saturday 10am-5pm 3rd Feb
  • Weekend improvers throwing class 10am-5pm 17-18 Feb

Andrew Heath: Mosaic classes for children and adults

Andy offers mosaic making courses from his wonderful studio at Persistence Works.

Andrew offers kids parties as well as classes, held on weekends as well as during school holidays. 10am-2pm. The cost is £20 per head which includes materials. Each participant comes away with their own decorated ‘round.’

This class also makes a great adult party or craft club idea. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments.

Check facebook for latest dates and availability, and photos of previous participants and their wonderful creations.

Brian Holland: Ceramics

Brian runs classes on all aspects of ceramics. Sessions are all 3 hours in duration.

  • Thursday evenings 6pm-9pm
  • Friday mornings 10am-1pm
  • Saturday mornings 10.30am- 1-30pm

Beginners and more experienced clay workers are welcome.

Charlotte Tollyfield: Silver and Metal work

Silversmith Charlotte Tollyfield is offering a range of classes for adults that cover a variety of silversmithing techniques, to suit all abilities, which will teach you the skills to create your own piece to take home. The course of your choice can be arranged on dates to suit you, with a maximum of two people per course booking.

  • Raise Your Own Copper Bowl 2 Day Course
  • Forge Your Own Silver Spoon 2 Day Course
  • Raise Your Own Silver Whisky Tumbler 2 Day Course

Coralie Turpin: Mosaics

Anyone can join the mosaic classes, all abilities welcome. Come and try this fascinating art using professional materials and techniques which Coralie has developed with over 20 years experience.

  • Mosaic Mondays weekly classes: 12.30 - 2.30pm or 4.30pm - 6.30pm. Direct method, reverse method, 3D sculpting, cutting and laying techniques
  • Full day classes run on the first Sunday of every month 10am - 4pm. Direct method, reverse method, 3D sculpting, laying and applying techniques
  • Children’s Art days full day with a range of art activities including mosaic and lunchtime games.

Other times and flexible arrangements for individuals always possible.

Jason Turpin-Thompson: Wood Carving

Jason runs carving classes for children and adults, beginners and advanced level. Perhaps you want to make some fireside artwork, a relief panel artwork for your wall, a bench, table or stool top or even a totem / garden sculpture. Jason’s carving classes are running monthly in 2018, please check his website for dates, times and prices.

For beginners, the introduction to wood carving covering basic techniques will get you started with the skills you need. Working to a plan or carving intuitively to explore the wood will create an artwork for your home. You will be working with a billet of hardwood and a variety of carving tools.

Julia Spall: Glass Bead Making

Make your own glass beads by melting coloured rods of glass in an open flame, using a technique called 'lampworking'. The sessions are one-to-one and include use of all tools and materials. Your beads will be available to collect after 24hrs or posted to you free of charge after the class. If you would like the beads to made into a bracelet, Julia can do this for you at no extra cost. Classes usually run from 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Mon to Fri but can run sessions other times including evenings and weekends.

Penny Withers: Ceramics

Penny runs weekly classes which are currently full. She also runs short courses from time to time so do take a look at her website to see if there are any coming up soon.

Classes at Exchange Place Studios

Krishna Alageswaran: Ceramics

Pottery sessions for beginners and intermediate learners

Krishna hold regular year round classes from his studio.

  • Thursday evenings 6.30pm - 9pm
  • Friday afternoons 2.30pm - 5pm
  • Saturday mornings 10am - 12.30pm

Krishna also runs classes with the WEA, check his website for more detail

Jane Huws - Weaving

Join one of Jane’s small groups and learn how to make scarves, fabric for bags, cushion covers, mats and belts using peg looms, rigid heddles and inkle looms.

Weekly Weaving Classes

  • Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30pm
  • Thursday 1.30 - 3.30pm

​Day Workshop: Rigid heddle weaving

  • ​Saturday 24th March - 2 places available

Classes at Manor Oaks Studios

Anna-Mercedes Wear: Ceramics

Anna runs regular one day hand-building workshops from her studio, these include making figures, foxes, cats, hares, pots and a whole lot more. They are great fun and enable the student to make, decorate and finish a piece in a day.

2018 Spring Ceramic Workshops: All workshops include materials and 2 x firings, tea, coffee and cake. BYO lunch

  • Saturday 27th January Crazy Cat Day 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 10th February Dog Day 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 11th March March Hares 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 31st March Fabulous Foxes 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 7th April Crazy Cat Day 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 21st April Fabulous Foxes 10am-3pm