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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.

September

Tue 10
7pm - 9pm

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Celia Smith Wire Garden Birds

£38/£37(c) • Friends £36/£35(c)

Following the runaway success of her exhibition last season our fabulous resident artist Celia Smith is opening her studio doors for THE ABSOLUTELY FINAL insight into her magical method of wire sculpture. Book now - places very limited.

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Tue 10
7pm - 9pm

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Vietnamese Rice Rolls

£28/£27(c) • Friends £26/£25(c)

rice paper rolls. These rolls are the perfect snack, starter or even light meal for the warmer months. Using a selection of fresh fillings, we will conquer the techniques of soaking, filling and rolling the rice paper. We will also create a couple of delicious dipping sauces to eat with our rolls; traditional Vietnamese nuac cham and creamy peanut sauce.

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Tue 10
7pm - 9pm

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Aromatic Self Care Autumn

£28/£27(c) • Friends £26/£25(c)

Take some time after the holidays to and have a moment for yourself. Fen Gerry will show you how to care for yourself at home in amongst a busy life. An aromatic, sensory and creative journey through the season - this self-care evening will help you to get into the natural rhythm of nature as we make the transition from late Summer into Autumn (The Five Element 'Earth').

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Sat 14
10am - 4pm

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Painting the Landscape

£32/£29(c) • Friends £30/£27(c)

Voyage into the wilderness, well a short stroll from Prema, and begin your adventure in painting outdoors. Following the success of his exhibition of bold and gestural landscapes earlier in the year renowned painter Rupert Aker is leading the way on this brilliant one-day workshop. You’ll work directly from the beautiful Cotswold landscape using oil paints and a palette knife to quickly to capture the colours and glorious September light.

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Thu 26
7pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Short Story Writing

£12/£11(c) • Friends £10/£9(c)

This evening workshop will introduce you to writing a short story from where to begin and how to structure. Discover your voice, explore your ideas, use practical tips and writing guides and have the confidence to put pen to paper. This workshop will make you write. Perfect preparation for The Prema short story competition!

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Sat 28
10am - 12:30pm

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Cartoons and Comics (for adults!)

£26/£23(c) • Friends £24/£21(c)

Kev F Sutherland is bringing this hugely popular comic book masterclass back to Prema but this time for adults! Explore the place where words and images join together to tell stories. Learn how to draw, design and conceive the most amazing caricatures and comic strips.

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October

Tue 1
7pm - 9pm

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Introduction to Sketchnoting

£26/£25(c) • Friends £24/£23(c)

Enigmatic creative Liam Williams will be introducing you to sketchnoting; a way of using visuals to think, learn and help others. This inspiring and engaging workshop is all about using drawing in a really practical way, on a day to day basis. Turn your margin doodles into a useful notetaking, event recording technique.

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Sat 5
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, finding a moment of openness or vulnerability with your subject is where the art lies.

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Sat 5
10am - 4pm

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Natural Skincare

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(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 oils blends you will make a cleanser, exfoliator, face oil and eye cream or gel.

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Tue 8
7pm - 9pm

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Autobiography Writing

£16/£14(c) • Friends £13/£11(c)

This brilliant new workshop with writer Sarah Erskine will give you tips and practical advice on how to capture your story and make others want to read it. Suitable for autobiography and biography. What to put in, what to leave out and how to qualify for your poetic licence!

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Sat 19
10am - 4pm

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Japanese Bookbinding

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(c)

Prepare for a magical day steeped in paper and stitch with this exquisite workshop. Ursula Jeakins will guide you through making your very own set of beautifully bound books using Japanese techniques, including the inner bindings with twisted paper thread, and outer bindings with silk. You will also use beautiful Japanese decorative papers for the book covers.

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Sat 19
10am - 4pm

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Photographing your work

£36/£33(c) • Friends £34/£31(c)

Setting up your own business? Applying for university? Improving a website? In this masterclass photographer Rupert Russell is on hand to show you how to photograph art work, products, food and all other imaginable objects to show them in their best light.

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Sat 26
10am - 1pm

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Beginners Crochet

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

This introductory session is the perfect autumn treat for crochet beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Textiles artist Emma Leith is on a mission to get you hooked! You will learn the most basic of crochet stitches using a chunky hook and yarn. This workshop will get you started on making a gorgeous scarf and you will leave not only with a skill that lasts a lifetime but also a hook, enough yarn and confidence to keep going once you get home.

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Sat 26
10am - 12pm

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Editing a Short Story

£12/£11(c) • Friends £10/£9(c)

With your first draft complete, it’s time to hone your work. We will look in detail at editing; word choice, rhythm and pace, reading for sense and creation of atmosphere. This is the fine crafting of your story and every word counts. Sarah will help you complete your writing, improve structure or decide what to include. All ready for the Prema short story competition!

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Sat 26
2pm - 5pm

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Needle punch Embroidery

£36/£33(c) • Friends £34/£31(c)

Punch your art out and create your very own woolly wall hanging in this 3 hour needle punch class. Perfect for the complete beginner and anyone keen to have a go at something new. If you enjoy playing with yarn but have not yet mastered crochet and knitting then this is the class for you.

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November

Sat 9
10am - 4pm

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Silver Ring Forming

£49/£46(c) • Friends £47/£44(c)

Come and learn how to form your own exquisite solid silver rings with award winning silversmith Charlotte Duckworth. Use silversmith techniques to form your own ring or collection of stacking rings, shaping and marking the silver to make your own unique design.

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Sun 10
10am - 1pm

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Indian Woodblock Printmaking

£28/£25(c) • Friends £26/£23(c)

In today’s half day workshop you will learn to use traditional woodblock printing techniques to create stunning designs. Textile artist Clare Walsh has a stunning collection of hand carved woodblocks, a mixture of old and new with many collected from her travels around India. With excellent demos, you will be printing onto tissue and a variety of papers and card to take home to use as special gift wrapping, tags and cards.

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Sat 16
10am - 4pm

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Hand Embroidered Heart

£34/£31(c) • Friends £32/£29(c)

Stitching sensation Marion Bedford is bringing this stunning workshop to create a hand embroidered felt heart this winter. These beautiful stuffed hearts will look fabulous adorning your home or make a wonderful gift.

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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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