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Prema is a family friendly Arts Centre, promoting performance, live music and art exhibitions as well as accessible workshops, classes and creative experiences for kids and adults.

Prema, near Dursley in the Stroud valleys, offers an affordable day out for all folk in the South West.

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Our workshops are one-off events, rarely repeated so snaffle away while we still have places. We try to offer a really broad range of participatory and learning sessions, some over a full day and a handful of half-day happenings. All artists leading Prema workshops are at the forefront of their creative practice as well as seasoned and experienced facilitators.

May

Sat 6
10am - 4pm

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Willow Garden Structures

£57/£54(c) • Friends £55/£52(c)

With summer just around the corner its time to give our gardens a little bit of TLC! Willow weaver and basket maker Helen Lomberg is here to teach you how to make plant climbers and supports, decorative hurdles, trellises and teepees, all from locally grown and sourced willow and hazel. You will walk away with 3-4 garden structures to help bring some life to limp plants and droopy vines.

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Sun 7
10am - 4pm

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Animation for Adults

£37/£34(c) • Friends £35/£32(c)

Create characters from everyday objects and watch as simple line drawings begin to move on the page! Today’s workshop is suitable for complete beginners, you don’t need to be a confident drawer or a technical wizard, you just need to be prepared for a jam-packed day of drawing.

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Sat 20
10am - 2pm

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Mosaic Plant Pots

£48/£45(c) • Friends £46/£43(c)

Emma Leith will be guided through the mosaic process from cutting to grouting, with access to a wide range of colourful mosaic tiles. All materials will be provided but if you would like to incorporate any broken china into your design please bring along.

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Sun 21
10am - 4pm

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Leather Belts

£65/£62(c) • Friends £63/£60(c)

Using traditional hand tools and techniques, learn how to cut your belt strap, prepare edges, lay-out and mark-up leather, punch, attach a buckle and hand stitch. Carla and Jeremy will guide you through each step as you are introduced to the wonderful world of leatherwork.

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June

Sat 10
10am - 4pm

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Collaged Landscapes

£44/£41(c) • Friends £42/£39(c)

You will spend the first part of the day creating quick sketches outdoors before deconstructing and reconstructing you chosen vista to create a beautiful mixed media landscape. Prema resident artist Hannah Dyson shows you how to build layers of texture from hand-drawn elements using acrylic, pen, pencil and ink; your finished piece can be as realistic or abstract as you desire!

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Sun 11
10am - 4pm

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The Art of Words

£68/£65(c) • Friends £66/£63(c)

Artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis joins forces with writer and lyricist Alun Hughes for a creative collaboration. Work with two intuitive artists as you discover the world of visual storytelling in its broadest sense. You will spend the day writing, drawing and collaborating together to create responsive imagery and text that aims to become the basis or starting point of your artistic exploration.

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Sat 17
10am - 2pm

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Crochet Baskets

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

These handmade baskets make beautiful authentic storage solutions for your home. With a wide range of colours to choose from, our lovely resident textiles artist and frequent yarn bomber Emma Leith teaches you how to create a gorgeous woolly basket! Suitable for anyone who can already crochet and confident beginners who have mastered chain and double crochet stitch.

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July

Sat 8
10am - 4pm

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Copper Jewellery

£80/£77(c) • Friends £78/£75(c)

Choose between two of Jemima’s original designs, a butterfly or a swallow, to transform into a bespoke piece of jewellery. Jemima takes you through each stage as you learn to cut delicate shapes from copper, file and finish metal edges, texture and polish surfaces. Today’s workshop equips you with the basic skills to be able to make simple pierced jewellery, along with all the best tips on where to purchase materials if you wanted to experiment at home.

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Sat 22
10am - 4pm

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Botanical Bundle Dyeing Silk Scarves

£68/£65(c) • Friends £66/£63(c)

Create your own eco-printed silk scarf from foraged petals and plant materials in this one-day workshop inspired and led by mineral artist Babs Behan. Bundle-dyeing is a contemporary natural dye technique that allows for direct colour transfer from natural materials, without the need for traditional dye extraction.

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