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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.

November

Sat 23
10am - 1pm

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Wood block Printed Christmas

£28/£25(c) • Friends £26/£23(c)

We wish you a crafty Christmas, and here’s the perfect way to personalise your gift giving this year. Using a beautiful selection of wood printing blocks with various festive patterns and designs, Clare Walsh will help you print your own wrapping paper, cards, gifts tags and more! Environmentally friendly and stunning.

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Sun 24
10am - 4pm

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Candle Making

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(c)

Bring light to this beautiful night of the festive season by joining Kelly Allan of Happy Holistics to make organic, zero waste candles from natural plant-based waxes. Learn the basics of candle making and explore natural essential oil blends to fill your home with chemical free scents and the perfect aroma to make your home sparkle with comfort and joy.

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Sat 30
10am - 4pm

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Glass Mosaic Birds

£42/£39(c) • Friends £40/£37(c)

In today’s workshop Yvette Green from Baobab Tree Mosaics guides you through making a stained-glass mosaic Robin or Red Cardinal on a stalk. These glorious winter garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

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December

Tue 3
7pm - 9pm

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Aromatics for Relaxation

£28/£27(c) • Friends £26/£25(c)

Join Fen Gerry of Inhara on this aromatic, sensory and creative evening of self-care, and explore simple yet powerful natural tools to support you in feeling relaxed through the festive period. This healing workshop will help you embrace the quieter rhythm of nature this winter and re-balance your body and mind.

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Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Christmas Stitch Angel

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

A wonderfully festive day spent learning to stitch a felt Christmas Angel. The perfect decoration for your home this December. Marion Bedford will introduce you to the techniques of hand embroidery, perfect for complete beginners and seasoned stitchers!

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Tue 10
7pm - 9pm

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Christmas Calligraphy

£32/£31(c) • Friends £30/£29(c)

Emma Barnes hosts this evening’s beginner’s guide to modern calligraphy with a Christmas twist. Put your new-found skills to good use as you produce your own festive decoration and go home with a full kit of goodies to get you going on your festive calligraphy journey. Festoon your gifts this year with beautiful hand lettered labels, a perfect finishing touch.

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January

Sat 25
10am - 4pm

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Watercolour Sketchbook

£54/£51(c) • Friends £52/£49(c)

Join artist Alison Vickery to explore how best to use a sketchbook to create a visual journal of your favourite walks. Gain confidence in sketching with watercolour to really capture the changing seasons, colours and textures.

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Sun 26
12pm - 2pm

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Nourish Bowls

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Nutritional coach Becky Sage offers the perfect antidote to our Christmas indulgences with heaps of delicious, healthy, seasonal food which is brimming with nourishment; plant-based, comforting and fresh! Learn how to create three brilliant dressings that can bring a meal together and add pizzazz to otherwise humble ingredients. Becky’s array of knowledge and passion about food, health and nutrition enrich today’s delicious workshop!

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Tue 28
7pm - 9pm

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Family Legends- Writing Stories for your Children

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

Do you have a funny story which always gets brought up in your family? Or a moment which gets embellished with every retelling? Fancy making one up? This evening workshop is all about how to write stories for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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February

Sat 1
10am - 1pm

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Modern Calligraphy Brush Lettering

£30/£27(c) • Friends £28/£25(c)

Put beautiful pen to paper on this creative calligraphy session with the brilliant Emma Barnes from Emerald Paper Design. Emma guides you through the key modern calligraphy basics; showing you how best to use the essential tools, practising mark-making drills, and alphabet work before moving on to whole words. You will be given all the tools you need on the day including brushes and watercolour palettes.

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Sat 1
10am - 4pm

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Stained Glass Mosaic Swallows

£44/£41(c) • Friends £42/£39(c)

We’re thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Yvette Green from Baobab Tree Mosaics on this beautiful February morn’ to guide you through making your very own stained-glass mosaic swallow. These beautiful garden bird mosaics are designed to interact with their environment, reflecting and refracting light so that they change throughout the day.

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Tue 4
7pm - 9pm

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Writing for Wellbeing

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

This evening come along and explore how writing techniques and methods can be a way to help support emotional wellbeing. Led by Sarah Erskine this workshop can help you unlock and encourage your creativity by exploring and experimenting with writing in a fun and interactive way.

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Tue 11
7pm - 9pm

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Love Letters – Copperplate Calligraphy

£26/£25(c) • Friends £24/£23(c)

On this love-filled week come spend an evening learning copperplate calligraphy with Miranda Songer to create a beautiful motif for yourself or your valentine!

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Sat 15
10am - 4pm

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Silver Bangle in a Day

£60/£57(c) • Friends £58/£55(c)

Decorate and form an exquisite silver bangle on today’s brilliant workshop under the guidance and with inspiration from the shining silversmith Charlotte Duckworth. Use forming and texturing methods to create a bespoke silver bangle; starting with a flat sheet of silver and using a piercing saw you’ll cut in your design to then add texture with hammers or stamps.

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Sat 15
10am - 4pm

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Portrait Photography

£36/£33(c) • Friends £34/£31(c)

Portrait photography is the perfect blend of technique and aesthetics. Understanding light and how to shape it is a huge part of the process but capturing an essence of someone is where the true art lies. On this course photographer Rupert Russell guides you through moving from natural light to full studio lighting.

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Sat 22
10am - 1pm

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Self-Care Mini Retreat- Winter

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Join aromatherapist, bodyworker and teacher Fen Jerry to welcome a new year and a chance to take some time for yourself. Today’s mini-retreat will explore the element of ‘water’ and essential oils to restore and fortify, giving strength, courage and motivation for the rest of the winter season.

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Tue 25
7pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Scriptwriting

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

Lights, camera, action! In this evening’s workshop Sarah Erskine introduces you to the foundations of writing for performance. Focusing on radio and theatre scriptwriting Sarah will show you where to begin with structure, plot and other theatrical considerations

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Sat 29
10am - 4pm

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Natural Skincare

£52/£49(c) • Friends £50/£47(c)

Kelly Allan of Happy Holistics will show you how to make your own skincare products with organic, natural ingredients and zero waste. Using essential oil blends you will make face creams, lip balms and body oils and much more

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March

Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Crochet Project

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Get hooked on crochet this season with artist Emma Leith. Spend the morning learning or refreshing crochet skills and then in the afternoon Emma will set you off on a bespoke project to continue at home. This full-day crochet bonanza urges you to explore beyond the basics to really find your crochet groove.

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Sat 7
12:30pm - 4:30pm

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Silhouette Paper Cutting

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

Join paper artist, illustrator and author Sarah Dennis to create your own spring inspired paper art. In this class Sarah will teach you the core techniques of paper cutting and how to work with a craft knife to cut an intricate design. You will use templates to make your own beautiful stylish paper design that can be displayed in your home.

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Sat 14
10am - 4pm

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Silver Pendant Forming

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Design and create your own pendant using reticulation and texturing techniques with silversmith Charlotte Duckworth. Create shapes by using a piercing saw to cut out your design with the option to apply texture using hammers and stamps, you will also utilise techniques such as doming and forming to make 3D forms.

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Sat 14
1pm - 4pm

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Zine Making

£26/£23(c) • Friends £24/£21(c)

Zinester Sophie Sherwood will share with you the art of creating this classic, lo-fi, DIY form of publication. Zines can be about anything and everything and have been used for political activism to recording the everyday or as a means to making mirth! In this short masterclass you’ll make your own zine in an afternoon using words, image and collage. All materials and equipment will be provided on the day, but please bring anything from your own archive you’d particularly like to include (photocopied if it’s precious) for some old-skool cutting and pasting. No experience needed, and this workshop is open to ages 13+.

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Wed 18
7pm - 9pm

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Experimental Life Drawing

£15/£14(c) • Friends £13/£12(c)

Come and experience a different taste of life drawing in this experimental workshop that will incorporate performance and movement from the model. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to try something new with drawing from life and who might be interested in blurring the lines between disciplines as drawing meets performance. This workshop isn’t about accurately drawing the model but instead reflecting the movement, light and your perspective from changing angles.

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Sat 21
10am - 4pm

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Oil Paint like Van Gogh

£53/£50(c) • Friends £51/£48(c)

Here we have a very exciting opportunity to learn to paint in the style of Vincent Van Gogh with artist Sarah Wimperis. Sarah’s knowledge of Van Gogh’s brushwork is extensive, she was the only UK artist to contribute to the amazing animated film ‘Loving Vincent’; contributing an astonishing 788 paintings! In this illuminating session you’ll learn the skills of how to apply the paint, use colour and texture, using water mixable oil paint.

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Sat 21
10am - 4pm

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Spring Embroidery

£40/£37(c) • Friends £38/£35(c)

Come and join the sensational Marion Bedford for a day of spring stitching. Learn to embroider a delicate wreath of spring flowers and greens. You can also add an optional monogram in the centre to make for the perfect, personalised gift.

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Tue 24
7pm - 9pm

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No Rhyme No Reason

£18/£17(c) • Friends £16/£15(c)

Join words together in jaunty ways, find humour in the most surprising of syntactical locations in this wonderful energetic wordy workshop of poetry like never before! Sarah Erskine will show you how to loosen up, silence the inner critic and create playful poetry.

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Sat 28
10am - 4pm

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Lino Print in Silhouette

£38/£35(c) • Friends £36/£33(c)

Design, cut and print your own designs in silhouette with printmaker Beth Jenkins. You’ll be learning all about lino printing; a technique that allows you to create striking and highly original prints. Using coloured papers and inks, you will experiment with different ways of inking your prints so that each one is unique, as well exploring how to produce a small edition.

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28 Mar -
29 Mar
10am - 4pm

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Introduction to Woodcarving

£120/£116(c) • Friends £118/£114(c)

On this two-day workshop with sculptor Natasha Houseago you will design and carve your own sculpture out of wood. Start by choosing your own piece of locally fallen hardwood and then strip the bark, taking time to look at the natural shapes within the wood. Then experiment with your idea, map out your design onto the wood and start blocking by using a bowsaw.

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April

Sat 4
10am - 1pm

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Self Care Mini Retreat - Spring

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Rebalance your body and mind with self-care techniques on this mini retreat with aromatherapist, bodyworker and teacher Fen Gerry. Create your own aromatherapy blends to take home, learn and experience nourishing self-massage, acupressure, yoga and meditation by focusing on the specific energising spring meridians (energy pathways).

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Sat 4
1pm - 4pm

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Chemigram Print

£28/£25(c) • Friends £26/£23(c)

Sophie Sherwood specialises in photography without a camera and printmaking. Chemigram printmaking is a simple painterly process which can be applied inside and outside of the darkroom using darkroom chemicals and resistant materials. They can often seem like images from another world, that have a somewhat psychedelic feel.

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Tue 7
12pm - 4pm

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Spring Foraging

£35/£32(c) • Friends £33/£30(c)

Here we have a wonderful opportunity to learn all about foraging wild food with Wild Food UK. The course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes, where they relate to foragers. Then we'll set off on a roughly a 2.5 hour walk, identifying the various different edible and poisonous spring shoots, plants, flowers and maybe even fungi that we find.

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