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Inspirational journey from pencil and watercolour studies of landscape to a wool fibre painting.

Learn to draw and paint outdoors with a professional Artist from Worcestershire Raya Brown

Duration: 6 days 10am-4pm

Price: £215

Book with: Raya Brown
at Magic Wool Studio

Bodenham Arboretum
Wolverley, Kidderminster
DY11 5TB

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About the Course

Join us for an inspirational journey, creating pencil and watercolour landscapes, culminating in a unique wool fibre art painting.
You will be working outdoors in the lovely grounds of Bodenham Arboretum, guided by Raya Brown, a professional Artist and Art Tutor.
To begin, you will explore the flora of the great garden by making sketchbook studies of nature - trees, plants, sky, water and the surrounding countryside.
You will receive guidance in pencil and watercolour techniques. You will explore line, tone, colour and composition as well as develop your observational skills. These studies will help you to capture interesting scenes and convey impressions of atmosphere.
Finally, you will use your landscape work to produce a wool painting/ wool watercolour. Raya will introduce you to the unique technique of making a painting using layers of merino wool and enhancing it with silk and viscose fibres. You will love the therapeutic experience of working with feather like strands of natural fibres and exploring various textures and effects.
This course is ideal if you are either new to sketching and watercolour or if you have some experience and wish to refine your existing skills. It also offers you the opportunity to learn a new medium, develop your creative skills and share ideas with likeminded people in a friendly, comfortable and tranquil environment.
The price of this 6-day course (during a two week period) is £215. It includes entry tickets to the Bodenham Arboretum, tuition and the cost of some materials.

In case of bad weather we will be able to study indoors at the Gazebo on the grounds of the Arboretum.
Drinks and a homemade lunch can be purchased from the Arboretum Cafe.
The list of materials will be sent to you once you have booked the course.

There will be an add-on opportunity to further develop your skills in wool painting. Join Raya at her Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio in Kidderminster on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th of September. An additional cost will apply.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes entry tickets to the Bodenham Arboretum, tuition and the cost of some materials.

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What a fantastic course! I feel so inspired by Raya's expert tuition. I have learnt so much within a short period of time- some watercolour techniques, how to compose the subject, how to sketch in the open air, etc. I feel a lot more confident using different materials and can create quick sketches as well as longer studies of landscapes! Thank you so much, Raya. I will be back for your watercolour course in September to advance my painting skills. Looking forward to it.


- - #23953

Expert tuition with a very personal approach. I am fortunate to have found such a talented artist Raya Brown who is also an excellent tutor. Raya is inspirational, knowledgeable and patient. She gives us clear instructions and lots of encouragement. I recommend her art courses to anyone.
Thank you Raya for your hard work.

- - #23308

Thank you so much Raya for an excellent course. I feel that I have learnt so much and I gained confidence to start painting at home. I will definitely recommend Raya's courses to anyone. Her expert tuition would benefit anyone from a complete beginner to an experienced artist. Raya is a talented Artist and very generous with her professional advice and expert guidance.

- - #22683

Raya Brown is a inspirational teacher and a talented Artist. I just can not believe how far I have come in just a few weeks. I just love coming to her classes each week. She takes you from the basics of drawing through to using layers of colour to create tone when drawing from life. I feel as if she has made my life so much more interesting than it ever was. Thank you Raya.

- - #21407

What a fantastic experience wet felting with a talented Artist and Felt maker Raya Brown! Raya inspired me to create fantastic felt work. I got totally addicted to the therapeutic process of wet felting! It is magical- you start laying wool fibres, then add water and soap and do some rubbing and end up with a substantial piece of fabric called felt ! I love it. Really enjoyed working with natural fibres in a lovely creative atmosphere of Magic Wool Art and Craft Studio with likemined people. I recommend this course to anyone! Thank you Raya!

- - #20975

Had a fantastic relaxing day today and chuffed with my first creation in wool. Cannot recommend Raya highly enough. A very calm and positive approach to teaching and sharing her vast knowledge.

- - #20624

Mum and I enjoyed a lovely day with Raya making poppies and daffodils. She made us feel very welcome at her home and is very good at explaining and demonstrating the techniques. Lots of tea and biscuits were offered through out the day! We had a fantastic day and have learnt a new skill set. Can't wait to carry on making flowers and would definitely book on to another course. I would highly recommend felting with Raya.

Jenny and Mary

- - #20147

I thought this was an extremely well-organised workshop with a friendly approachable tutor. I felt I learnt a lot about techniques as well as having my eyes opened to the possibilities of working with wool and various yarns and threads. Really enjoyed the process and will be doing more at home. Thank you, Raya.

- - #19736

Thank you Raya for a wonderful workshop! I love wool painting and you were an exceptional teacher. Though you guided us we were also able to be creative with our pictures. The atmosphere was relaxing, fun and creative. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy and miserable Saturday!

Clearly you are very knowledgeable and an experienced teacher. I look forward for your next wool painting class. I have a photo of my a very special scenery and would love to recreate it in wool fibres. I can't wait for the next class. Thank you. I highly recommend Raya's classes for anyone. They are suitable for absolute beginners .


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Course Start Dates

Wednesday 4th September 2019
Thursday 5th September 2019
Friday 6th September 2019
Wednesday 11th September 2019
Thursday 12th September 2019
Friday 13th September 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly

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