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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

Sat 30
10am - 4pm

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Poetry Writing

£38/£35(c) • Friends £36/£33(c)

Published poet Graham Hartill takes you through the process of writing poetry, helping you to put everyday experiences onto paper. Suitable for complete beginners and more experienced poets alike, today’s workshop will refresh your senses and help you find the best way to express yourself through poetry. Discover your own creative language as you explore a variety of poetry-writing techniques before putting your newfound skills to the test as you create your own individual poems as well as a collective piece.

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October

Sat 7
10am - 4pm

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Hand Embroidery

£63/£60(c) • Friends £61/£58(c)

Today’s workshop, suitable for beginners, will teach you how to create small-scale artworks using just a few simple stitches and eco-dyed fabrics. Find out how to translate simple drawings into fabulous embroidered works. Inspiring textiles artist Jemima Lumley shows you how to blend colours and threads using basic drawing techniques to help you to make a unique small-embroidered picture, framed and ready to put on the wall.

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Sun 8
10am - 5pm

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Sketchbook Series: Pattern

£54/£51(c) • Friends £52/£49(c)

This one-day workshop with long-standing Prema friend and inspiring artist Maxine Relton introduces a wide range of black and white painting and drawing materials to lend maximum dramatic impact to your work. Come and explore pattern and drawing from representational to abstract. This one-day course is suitable for all abilities, including complete beginners.

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Sat 14
10am - 4pm

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Traditional Upholstery

£81/£78(c) • Friends £79/£76(c)

Join upholsterer Katerina Gibb to learn how to restore and rework your old furniture. This one-day workshop presents an ideal opportunity to try your hand at upholstery and learn the basic skills required to begin your project. Bring along a small piece of furniture such as a dining chair with a drop seat, piano stool or footstool, along with your chosen fabric for final covering and work with Katerina to discover traditional upholstery techniques such as webbing, stuffing and fabric application.

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Sat 28
10am - 1pm

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Mosaic Robins

£38/£35(c) • Friends £36/£33(c)

Have you noticed Emma Leith’s beautiful mosaic birds hanging around Prema in recent months? Well now it's time to create your own! Spend the day with Emma to create an exquisite mosaic piece inspired by the nation’s favourite red-breasted garden cheeky-chappy. Today’s workshop is perfect for complete beginners or returners - you’ll be guided through the mosaic process all the way from cutting to grouting with plenty of top tips from Emma. Please bring along one piece of old china such as an old saucer or cup to incorporate into your design, all other materials will be provided.

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November

Sat 4
10am - 4pm

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Watercolour Painting for the Positively Petrified

£56/£53(c) • Friends £54/£51(c)

Join watercolour expert Susanna Bailey for a step-by-step guide on how to start your watercolour painting! We know starting a new hobby can be daunting, but fear not; today’s workshop is just the thing for the absolute beginner and promises to invoke that much needed confidence in painting. Susanna takes you through a number of basic watercolour techniques, equipping you with the knowledge you need to carry on painting at home. All materials will be provided; paints and palettes will be available to buy.

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Sat 11
10am - 4pm

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From Bump to Birth

£48/£45(c) • Friends £46/£43(c)

Kelly Allan, the vision and talent behind happy holisitcs is here to teach you how to make natural, non-toxic, organic products that are safe to use for bump and baby! You will come away with stretch mark oil/body butter, massage bar for labour, baby massage oil and nappy balm. Baby-tastic!

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Sat 11
10am - 2pm

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Rag Wreath

£39/£36(c) • Friends £37/£34(c)

Looking for something a little different to adorn your front door or fireplace this winter? Our infectiously joyful resident artist Emma Leith has the answer! Add a personal touch to your Christmas decs by spending the day crafting a beautiful wreath from a variety of recycled fabrics and textiles as you learn how to transform your old rags into a striking piece of art. This festive decoration can be re-used for years to come, and can be as exuberant, decadent or understated as you desire.

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Sat 25
10am - 4pm

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Candles & Reed Diffusers

£75/£72(c) • Friends £73/£70(c)

Sophia Russell from Hestia’s Flame Natural Candles is back and is filling our workshop space with an abundance of exquisite therapeutic scents. You will be introduced to the basics of candle making and how to blend the perfect fusion of aromas. To add a seasonal spin to this session, you will also be trying your hand at making a long lasting festive reed-diffuser from one of Sophia’s bespoke blends.

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December

Sat 2
10am - 3pm

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Cheese Making

£58/£55(c) • Friends £56/£53(c)

Spend a day with the queen of cheese Louise Talbot in our fact-filled workshop which introduces you to the process of turning milk into cheese using basic kitchen equipment and easily sourced, local ingredients. Louise will demonstrate how to make mascarpone and butter before you go on to make your own halloumi and mozzarella, with plenty of additional recipes for you to try out at home.

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