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January

Mon
8 Jan -
25 Mar
10am - 11am

dance health benefits community fun and friendly
Nia Dance

Nia Dance

On door £10

Nia integrates ancient wisdom and modern science with elements of dance, martial & healing arts to offer physical, mental and emotional conditioning, healing and transformation that is accessible and attainable for every body.

Nia believes in the power and potential of everybody, at any age or level of fitness and that ‘through movement we find health’.

£10 drop-in per session but discounts available for block booking - contact class leader Geri Timmins on 01453 844766 for further info.

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Tue
16 Jan -
12 Mar
7pm - 8pm

flexible fitness strength exercise posture
Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates

£72/£69(c) • Friends £70/£67(c)

Develop your balance, strength and improve posture throughout this fabulous eight-week class in Mat Pilates with practitioner, enthusiast and inspirational teacher Karen Crowcombe from the Great Life Project.

Learn the fundamental disciplines of Pilates in this calm and supportive environment, taking place in the beautiful, airy and naturally ventilated gallery at Prema.

8 week class

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Tue
16 Jan -
12 Mar
7pm - 9pm

Pottery Throwing Pots Handmade
Tuesday Potting Shed

Tuesday Potting Shed

£125/£122(c) • Friends £123/£120(c)

Don’t miss your place on our friendly and ever-popular ceramics class which allows you to get a firm grasp of the foundations of pottery whilst working at your own pace under the thoughtful and gentle guidance of ceramic artist Geg Fayle. Learn how to create vessels by “throwing” on the wheel and discover the limitless possibilities of hand-building while experimenting with a variety of surface decoration, exploring the many slips and glazes to make unique clay work. Here you can work at your own pace at an affordable price.

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Thu
18 Jan -
21 Mar
9:45am - 10:45am

Dance Exercise Exercise made fun
Dancercise

Dancercise

On the day £8

Dance and stretch to great music - Charleston, pop and Latin rhythms, incorporating easy-to-follow dance routines over this 12-week course. Tricia Dunbar leads Dancercise; a sensational movement course which is perfect for all abilities and ideal for anyone looking to improve their general fitness and wellbeing while having heaps of fun along the way! Dancercise helps develop your flexibility, balance, coordination and general fitness levels as well as providing a welcome reduction to stress levels. Most importantly though, it is brilliant fun and definitely “the happy way to get fit!”

Bring along an exercise mat and dress code is all about comfy and non-restricting. Trainers or similar are suitable for the main movement session, though the mat work at the end can more enjoyable bare foot (optional). Also, please bring a water bottle – dancing can be a thirsty business!

£8 per session. Pay on the day.

To find out more please contact Tricia via email:
triciadunbar2@gmail.com

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Thu
18 Jan -
14 Mar
7pm - 8pm

yoga practice gentle movement breath meditation health benefits
Alignment Yoga

Alignment Yoga

£72/£69(c) • Friends £70/£67(c)

We’re excited to welcome back Neil Bloodworth for 2024 for our brilliant Thursday yoga class. With Neil, you’ll spend eight weeks focussing on gentle movement with breathing techniques to complement traditional Yoga postures.

8 week class

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Thu
18 Jan -
14 Mar
7pm - 9pm

Pottery Work with Clay Make from Scratch
Thursday Potting Shed

Thursday Potting Shed

£125/£122(c) • Friends £123/£120(c)

Don’t miss your chance to explore the seemingly limitless joy of working with ceramics on our weekly pottery class led by the hugely talented and ever-patient Geg Fayle.

Try out throwing (working on the wheel) as well as experimenting with a broad range of making techniques, exploring the various surface textures, slips and glazes to create some truly remarkable ceramic work. Geg’s Potting Shed is always friendly and relaxed, meaning you’ll be working at your own pace on a personal and distinctive ceramics project.

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February

21 Feb -
28 Mar

watercolour paintings starlings murmuration landscapes
Kath Williams

Kath Williams

Free entry

Stroud-based Kath Williams is an artist, jeweller, and teacher. Like many, she finds great solace in the natural world. Her work is inspired by the ebbs, flows, light, and space found in nature. 

Forever an optimist, Kath can often be found searching for answers and inspiration from nature; she’s forever in awe of the sky, the sea and local landscape and can happily while away the hours just gazing at the ever-shifting light.

She seeks to capture something of the magic of nature across a range of media including oil, acrylic, watercolour, and vitreous enamel.

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21 Feb -
28 Mar

paintings drawings life symbolism home life
Helen Hardaker Williams

Helen Hardaker Williams

Free entry

Helen Hardaker Williams is a visual artist and teacher.

Throughout her studio practice, Helen is driven by process, always curious about the “what if’s” and “let’s see” moments. She uses relational pedagogy in her approach to both teaching and her creative career - human relationships are always at the very centre of subject. The work is autobiographical, using art processes and metaphors to explore & enjoy, unravel & dwell upon, laugh at and cry about the complexities of human life.

Featuring a cast of animals and other (mostly domestic) references, Helen’s work is about her relationship to being human.

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21 Feb -
28 Mar

colour synesthesia self-image abstracts 3 bodies of work
Jessy Plant

Jessy Plant

Free entry

Step into the creative and colourful world of artist Jessy Plant as it inhabits the upstairs gallery here at Prema. In Jessy’s creative practice colour and emotion converge for a captivating journey through synesthesia (a phenomenon in which a person experiences one of our senses through another – for instance hearing music but seeing shapes or hearing words but sensing colours).

Originally from Brighton, Jessy relocated to Stroud after earning her Fine Art degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2017.

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21 Feb -
20 Mar
4pm - 5pm

Kids Art Club Illustration Graphic Design Art Fun
ArtVenture Explorers

ArtVenture Explorers

£45(c) • £43(c)

‘ArtVenters’ blends learning and creativity through playful activities and design challenges. In this brand-new, engaging five-week class, kids can dive headlong into the captivating worlds of art history, illustration, and graphic design. ArtVenture is sure to be a blast, using a variety of materials for painting, drawing, collage and sculpture – and you can bet your bottom dollar that lead artist Jemma Jamie Skidmore will be fully embracing sustainability and recycled materials!

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Wed
21 Feb -
10 Apr
6pm - 8pm

Illustrate a Book Picturebook Making Storyplanning
Story to Pages: Picturebook Masterclass

Story to Pages: Picturebook Masterclass

£80/£77(c) • Friends £78/£75(c)

Are you an aspiring author with a picture book idea that's been tucked away in your imagination? It's time to bring that dream to life with our 'Make Your Own Picture Book' class.

Led by accomplished picture book illustrator Jemma Jamie Skidmore this six-week course is your pathway to transforming your creative vision into a picture book, outline ready to send to publishers or share with the children you love. With Jemma's expertise, you'll explore every step of the process, from crafting compelling stories and characters to an introduction to the art of illustration. All skill levels are welcome, with a focus on drawing exploration. Materials will be provided, including a sketchbook to keep track of your thoughts and ideas.

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Thu
29 Feb -
21 Mar
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Painting with Bold Colour Painting for Beginners Confidence Builder
Absolute Beginners' Painting

Absolute Beginners' Painting

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

Our four-week painting course with inspiring artist Caroline Cattermull is ideal for total beginners, for those of you who have always wanted to explore painting or who haven’t done any since school. Alternatively, if you have previous experience but would like to refresh your painting skills, go back to basics and try out acrylics, this course is perfect.

Over the four weeks, we’ll be covering: paint mixing & colour; how to mix a myriad of colours using just the three primary colours; including some colour theory. We’ll explore composition – where to place your subject on the page or canvas and how to get started. We’ll be looking in detail at how to apply paint to the surface, mark-making techniques using a brush, palette knife etc.

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March

Sat 9
7:30pm

Kathak dance live music fusion astonishing choreography
Sonia Sabri Company in Roshni

Sonia Sabri Company in Roshni

£12/£9(c) • Friends £10/£7(c) • Family £24/£20(c)

Roshni (from the Persian word meaning light or brilliance) is an intimate crafting of dance and live music, made up of three distinctive and engaging dance pieces: The Call, The Light and The Wave which explore the highs and lows of life today. The audience are taken on an emotional journey, through wordless storytelling, eclectic music, percussive dance and upbeat audience interaction, Roshni is both deeply moving and gloriously entertaining.

Kathak is a striking movement language of virtuosic foot percussion, rapid spins, geometrical patterns, with poignant mime and gesture, all intricately woven with the live music.

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Sat 16
10am - 4pm

Jewellery Making Silver Jewellery Bangle Design
Silver Bangles

Silver Bangles

£90/£87(c) • Friends £88/£85(c)

Join us for today’s silversmithing workshop during which you’ll create a bangle design, before using a hammer to move and/or texture your silver and make a beautiful and unique bangle. You’re able to create tapers and splays or focus on texture and form using hammers and stamps. The bangle can be soldered shut or left open for an adjustable cuff. A wonderful treat for yourself or a truly fabulous and individual gift for a special someone.

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Sat 16
10am - 1pm

Lampshade Making African Inspired Print
Lampshade Making

Lampshade Making

£60/£57(c) • Friends £58/£55(c)

You’re warmly invited to join creative Taiwo Adeoti of Ile Darasimi for a fun and dynamic hands-on lampshade making workshop! Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary design as you explore the beauty of bold and vibrant African Print Inspired Fabrics. Taiwo will have an impressive array of African print fabrics to choose from on the day – mix, match, or contrast to your own home décor to bring a pop of colour and interest to even the darkest corner of your room! Unleash your creativity and craft your very own professional grade 25cm drum lampshade – suitable for table, floor, or pendant lights. All materials are provided – just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. No prior experience needed!

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Sat 16
7:30pm

world music kora harp-lute Mandinka
Suntou Susso

Suntou Susso

£14/£11(c) • Friends £12/£9(c)

Suntou Susso is a multi-instrumentalist: kora player, percussionist, singer and composer from The Gambia. Born a Griot in the 700-year old tradition of the kora - a harp-lute with 22 strings unique to the Mandinka people.

An in-demand and charismatic performer, he has garnererd much attention throughout from the moment he arrived on the UK's music scene.  Suntou joins us this evening for a solo show - a real and rare musical treat for all world music lovers.

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Wed 20
10:30am - 12pm

sketching mark-making plein-air walking & drawing small friendly group
Sketch Out at Sharpness Docks

Sketch Out at Sharpness Docks

£8 • Friends £6

Join artist Rose-Marie Marsall-Jane, a seasoned and passionate artist and dedicated sketcher for a drawing session, while exploring the bustling beauty of the manificent marina and docks at Sharpness. Rose will lead the walk and the drawing session, imparting tips and techniques to help you brush-up on your drawing and observational skills.

We’ll meet in the car park at the Dockers’ Club before moseying around the marina and along the towpath towards the distinctive iron bridge to sketch the fascinating backdrop of the working port and the huge skies down by the riverside!

Places are limited as we’re keen to keep the group small so everyone gets plenty of support in their drawing. Bring along your sketchbook, drawing materials of your choice and dress for the occasion.

You’ll love it - book now to avoid disappointment.

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Fri 22
11am - 3pm

Foraging Herbal Tea Natural Immunity Booster
Make & Forage - Herbs for the Spring Equinox

Make & Forage - Herbs for the Spring Equinox

£50/£47(c) • Friends £48/£45(c)

Come and celebrate the equinox, learning about and connecting with the abundance of herbs in our fields to hail the transition to spring. Explore the abundance of the fields and hedgerows to make a herbal potion to keep healthy through the seasons. Using the expertise and extensive knowledge of Amy Cox, you’ll spend the day learning about the trees and plants in the locality including history, medicinal uses, and folklore. Forage and fill your baskets in the morning to make a herbal remedy, a herbal wreath and a variety of wild teas in the afternoon. You will gain the confidence to forage spring herbs and make more health boosting potions at home beyond the course. We will spend as much of the day outside as possible so please dress appropriately for the weather! Bring a jar, chopping board and knife to make your potions.

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April

Sat 13
10am - 4pm

Fused Glass Clothes Line Glass Work
Fused Glass Washing Line

Fused Glass Washing Line

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

We’re delighted to welcome a new fused-glass artist to our roster of workshop leaders. Caroline Lambert provides the inspiration and technical know-how for our fun-foray into glass fusing to create a washing-line of clothes using kiln-formed glass. This remarkable process involves cutting and layering coloured glass, along with a myriad of inclusions and accessories, which are then heated in the kiln to fuse them together.

With plenty of easy-to-follow guidance, practical demonstrations, samples and patterns, Caroline guides you through the entire process. During today’s workshop, you’ll make at least 4 items for your washing line, and the finished work will be fired and ready for collection a few days later. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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Sat 13
10am - 2pm

Block Printing Table Runners Spring Chicken
Spring Block Printing

Spring Block Printing

£50/£47(c) • Friends £48/£45(c)

In today’s workshop printer Mollie Coggins introduces you to the technique of block printing, helping you to pick up tips and tricks to build confidence with your designs and colours, defining your theme for a beautiful Spring inspired table runner. Choose your design from Mollie's array of beautiful blocks, whether it be a hare, chickens or something more floral. Once you’ve finalised your design, you’ll move onto the printing process, creating the perfect decorative table runner to wow all of your dinner guests.  Suitable for absolute beginners, the focus of the day is spring lovin’ fun and discovering a new printing technique you can use time and time again for birthdays, family celebrations or any “just because” supper! 

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Sat 13
7:30pm

Canadian singer-songwriter stellar band traditional music Celtic bluegrass roots
Allison Lupton Band

Allison Lupton Band

£16/£13(c) • Friends £14/£11(c)

Allison Lupton has truly found her voice as a singer, flautist and songwriter after more than a quarter century performing throughout her native Canada and Europe. She is highly regarded across the globe and has enjoyed many traditional music nominations, including Folk Music Award Traditional Singer of the Year.

Allison is joined this evening by a stellar band, accompanying her exquisite voice and Irish flute with Celtic guitar, mandolin and bass.

Each musician brings their own influences to the ensemble, creating a beautiful fusion of Celtic, bluegrass, roots and more. Together this all-star band transports us to another time and place. Then it dances us home again!

An evening of sheer class and musical beauty. Don’t miss them!

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Wed
17 Apr -
1 May
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Life Drawing Watercolour Paintings Human Figure
Life Drawing through Watercolour

Life Drawing through Watercolour

£85/£82(c) • Friends £83/£80(c)

Join watercolour artist, Peter Garrard for a series of three life drawing classes but with the gentle added dimension of watercolour to really bring the work to life. Peter will show you the basics of measuring and proportion and then over the course gradually demonstrate increasingly complex wet-on-wet watercolour techniques, starting by using one colour and simple poses until finally using three colours and looking at foreshortening and other more demanding poses. All equipment and tools are provided. A perfect course for those of all abilities and levels of experience and a perfect way to boost and extend a portfolio of skills and work (maybe ahead of examinations or an application for undergraduate study).

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Sat 20
10am - 4pm

Intermediate Crochet Flower decorations Crocheting flowers
Crochet Flowers

Crochet Flowers

£65/£62(c) • Friends £63/£60(c)

It’s all about colour and florals on today’s yarnfest with the queen of crochet Emma Leith. You’ll be designing and making your own flowers to embellish garments or maybe to form a wreath or use in whichever way you choose – the options are seemingly limitless! Today’s workshop requires participants to be proficient in the basics of crochet (ideally having previously made a blanket or two); making this the perfect workshop for all those who want to take their crochet to the next level. You don’t need to bring anything as all materials to make the flowers are provided. Please note that the wreath seen in the photo will not be included and should you wish to turn your flowers into a wreath you will need to purchase this elsewhere.

This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

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20 Apr -
18 May
10am - 4pm

Green Man Clay Sculpture Folklore
Green Man Masks

Green Man Masks

£96/£93(c) • Friends £94/£91(c)

Join us for this two day workshop with ceramic sculptor and artist, Peter Garrard to make a ceramic mask of a Green Man. The green man (aka foliate head) is symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. With plenty of demonstrations throughout the day and one-to-one support Pete will guide you through each stage of the task of designing, constructing and then adding colour to your mask.

1st workshop day 10am-4pm Saturday 20th April

2nd workshop half-day 10am-1pm Saturday 18th May

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Wed 24
10:30am - 12pm

drawing inspiration suitable for all levels walk and sketch small group fastincating location
Sketch Out at Breakheart Quarry

Sketch Out at Breakheart Quarry

£8 • Friends £6

For the month of April, we’re heading up to the very top of the hill, to the beautiful yet bleak, unforgiving landscape of Breakheart Quarry (atop Stinchcombe Hill).

Following its rich and explosive past, the quarry is now a brilliant community project which focuses on learning, leisure and countryside education. And today, it serves as an uncharacteristic Gloucestershire landscape for us to explore and sketch. Huge skies with dramatic undulations to draw, plenty of perspective to play with and an abundance of natural light. And by just crossing the lane, we can venture into the spectacular woodland, following the paths through the sculpture trails. Oodles of drawing interest and inspo for your sketches!

Our Sketch Out sessions are led by artist Rose-Marie Marsall-Jane, a talented,  enthusiastic artist and dedicated sketcher who is keen to impart tips and techniques to help you brush-up your drawing and observational skills. Suitable for all levels of drawing experience.

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Sat 27
10am - 4pm

Needle Felting British Birds Felted Birds
Needle Felted Garden Birds

Needle Felted Garden Birds

£65/£62(c) • Friends £63/£60(c)

Bring the cheeky chirrup of springtime into your home, with this fun and easy needle felted garden birds workshop. All materials are provided to make not one, not two but THREE mini birds from soft sheep’s wool - choose from a robin, chaffinch, blue tit, bullfinch, long tailed tit or goldfinch.  Sarah Richards from I Felt Fantastic leads you through the process of building your bird body, adding colour, making the wings and tail, and adding eyes and legs.  The completed birds are a fabulous addition to your home decor; as part of a spring wreath, in floral arrangements and potted plants, or even as a bird garland.  This class is suitable for felting beginners, with plenty of advice and support from a very experienced and wonderfully inspiring tutor.

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Sat 27
10am - 4pm

Willow Sculpture Build a Swan Garden Ornament
Willow Swan

Willow Swan

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

Join willow sculptor Sarah Jayne Edwards to create the most glorious woven willow swan for your garden. In today’s session, you’ll start off with an introduction to your materials; discovering the potential of willow, how to source it, how to prepare it, the different types and what works best for different projects. And then it's time for hands-on design and weaving your splendid cob or pen. You will be given the choice of whether you want your swan to be standing or sitting in a nest. All willow used in today’s session will be locally sourced. We’re providing all the materials but please bring a good pair of secateurs and an apron.

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