Short Course in Printmaking

The print studio during one of our print workshops

with Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode.

Vhairi and Caroline are offering a short course in Printmaking on Saturdays 23rd & 30th November 2019 and 25th January & 8th February 2020, 10.30am till 4.00pm each day. The course will be held in the Learning Room, at Hatton Gallery.

As there will be more time, they aim to introduce simple screen-printing and revisit the 2 plate process, as well as helping students to continue with other techniques.

8 places are available

Cost: £20 per person per day plus a small surcharge for materials.

To register for a place on either of these courses, email FOTHevents@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell us which course you are interested in.

Report on Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton – 22 June 2019

The Workshop was well attended.  Janis very kindly and patiently led us through the process of weaving.  She had prepared the looms for us and had brought a wonderful selection of yarns and threads.  Some participants had had no experience of weaving but produced some amazing and unique pieces of work based on a beach theme.

Have a read through the participants’ reviews:

 I haven’t visited the Hatton Gallery for a while but when I saw the weaving workshop advertised I was tempted to sign up. Welcome drinks were offered by the ‘Friends of the Hatton’ and there was opportunity to chat before the session started. Small looms were already set up for us thanks to our experienced tutor, Janis Embleton, who also provided a lovely range of textured yarns. Our seascapes evolved with her kind support throughout the session which went by so quickly as we were so absorbed in the process and in experimenting with what was on offer. I loved integrating some of my finds from Roker Beach: rope and driftwood. Janis was very encouraging to us all and I will definitely come back to other sessions at the Hatton. Oh! And there were strawberries and cream at the end, to reward our efforts! A wonderful escape on a Saturday afternoon. Thank you.

        Kath Price


I attended the above workshop on Saturday and have to say Thank You for putting on such an event.  I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was very informative and great fun.  It was also an opportunity to meet other ladies with similar interests.  Just wish it had been on for a little longer. Thank you also to Josephine for organising.

Angela Kirby


This was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop. Extremely well organised with all materials provided and a set task taught. It was amazing how different each participant’s work was!

Janis, the tutor, was approachable and very well organised, keeping us on track so that we could complete our weaving in  the limited time available. A lovely relaxing but productive afternoon. I’d happily do the same workshop again but maybe with an extra hour in length to ensure no-one needed to rush to finish.

Many thanks to Janis and also to Josephine for organising attendees and delicious refreshments.

Alison Ainslie


 We had a fantastic time at the weaving workshop. The workshop was well organised and really well taught. Janis was very attentive and always there with an extra tip or piece of advice. Company was excellent and the lovely strawberries and drink really topped off an excellent afternoon. Looking forward to the next craft afternoon, thank you! 

Sophie Cousin

Dates for your diary

Further details of the following events and talks will appear in the next bulletin issue.

In the meantime, please make a note in your diary where appropriate.


Lecture by Prof Richard Talbot

Wednesday 6th November, 13:00, Venue to be confirmed

Organised jointly by FotH and Newcastle University Retired Staff Society (RSS)

Should all art students learn to paint and draw


Lecture by Jeffrey Sarmiento

Jeffrey Sarmiento is from the National Glass Centre Sunderland and Sunderland University

Saturday 9th November, 11:00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Organised through the Contemporary Art Club

Title to be confirmed


Christmas Market

Awaiting confirmation of dates. We are aiming for Saturday 7th December with a second option of Saturday 14th December, 10:00-16:00


Short Course in Printmaking by Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode

Vhairi Cardinal & Caroline Coode will be running a short course in printmaking on the following dates:

  • Saturday 23rd November 2019
  • Saturday 30th November 2019
  • 25th January 2020
  • 1st February 2020

The course sessions will take place in the Learning Room, Hatton Gallery and will run from 10:30-16:00

The course will include an introduction to simple screen-printing and the 2-plate process in addition to other techniques.

Booking forms and further details will be available in the September bulletin.

Weaving Workshop with Janis Embleton

Janis Embleton's small loom

Saturday 22nd June, 13.00-15.00, Learning Room, Hatton Gallery

Summer‐themed Weaving

Janis is a designer and hand weaver of luxury fabrics with many years’ experience. Having completed an Honours Degree in Woven Textiles; she spends her days weaving her fabrics which are for sale, both direct and on line. She works on commissions as well as teaching a new generation of weavers. Janis’ own work ranges from the small gift items such as greeting cards, fabric covered notebooks, zipped purses, keyrings, and scented pin cushions to one-off luxury scarves for both men and women; throws, cushions and framed artwork. Recently, for a commission she had to weave four and a half metres of herringbone tweed which will ultimately become a tailored jacket. Janis has been a professional weaver and designer for 25 years. During this time she has taken part in numerous community and educational projects. One particular project was to create a series of woven panels to be displayed at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. In 2019, Janis was fortunate to travel to China where she was employed to teach two groups of female weavers. Janis taught them to use more contemporary, marketable fabrics to help the women have an income from their textiles.

During the weaving workshop in June, participants will make a Summer themed wall‐hanging using a range of decorative weaving techniques, fancy yarns, and embellishments to create a vibrant beach scene. All materials will be provided and the small looms will be warped so participants can begin weaving straightaway. Please bring a pair of scissors with you. If you have any yarns or maybe something with a memory attached to it and would like to incorporate into your weaving please feel free to bring them. One the day of the workshops, Janis will bring a small range of textiles, which will be for sale at 10% discount. There will be something for everybody from greeting cards, lavender filled pin cushions, covered notebooks, zipped purses and scarves for both men and women all made from luxurious fibres such as line, silk, cashmere and alpaca.

There will be a summer drink and strawberries and cream following the workshop.

Cost: £14.00

For a place please email Jo Cousin (please register for a place before the 13th June).

Glass painting workshop with Carol Nicholson

Learning Room, Hatton Gallery, Saturday, 9th March 1-3 pm

The workshop will be from 1-3 pm. You will expect to enjoy full tuition and plenty one-to-one. It is absorbing and enjoyable, learning from scratch how to design your piece, apply your design to your glassware, apply your outliner, hand paint and finish.

At the end of the workshop you will be confident to be able to take your new skill away with you and use it as a hobby at home.

Everything will be provided for you.

Glassware will be available to purchase.

Carol’s background lies in watercolour and has painted for over 40 years, turning the technique to glass-painting 10 years ago. Carol has a large gallery in Hexham with a wide variety of glassware. Carol sells internationally and has a very popular active website and facebook page.

Carol also runs popular painting courses at the gallery in Hexham on a monthly basis – these are full-day courses.

Cost £12
For a place on the workshop please email josephinecousin@googlemail.com

THIS IS A FRIENDS ONLY EVENT! If you are interested but not yet a Friend of the Hatton you can join here for as little as £5 per year.

Review of the Day Workshops with Renira Barnes

11 Friends took part in Renira Barnes’ ‘Seasonal natural forms: drawing and painting creative day workshops’ in October. Renira brought in a selection of leaves, fruits, dried plants, etc. for the participants to choose from (see photo).

The selected object was then used as a primary reference throughout the day. To start with, Renira tasked the group with timed slots for sketching their chosen objects. This meant 3 x 30 seconds of sketching the object from different perspectives. An extended 2-minute slot of sketching and then another 2-minute session with the other hand followed this. After that participants were asked to sketch the object for another minute by focussing on the object only and not looking at the paper. She then asked to reverse this exercise by not looking at the object or former drawings but sketching for 1 minute from memory. Tasks of using different tools as well as methods to hold whatever drawing device you chose followed (see photos).

Following Renira’s instruction, both workshops’ fresh approaches were explored using line, tone and colour – Our artists enjoyed using the new techniques and we might we might be able to see some of the results at our Christmas market on 15 December – come along and have a look!

Tomke Kossen-Veenhuis, Event Coordinator

Printmaking Workshop Part 2 with Caroline Coode & Vhairi Cardinal

Caroline Coode and Vhairi Cardinal are returning for their popular Printmaking workshops. There will be the possibility to use one press to make intaglio prints. In order to broaden the experience of printmaking (and so that not all have to queue up for the one press!) Vhairi and Caroline will be introducing more possibilities for hand-burnished relief prints. This is a time-honoured way that Japanese printers traditionally used. Further techniques could include collagraph, acetate drypoint (intaglio) linocut and Japanese woodblock (relief). All levels of ability welcome!

Both Vhairi and Caroline will be on hand to help you with your work.

Please bring ideas, enthusiasm and any special items you would like to use!

Update! ** These workshops are now fully booked – waiting list available**

Cost: £20 per person per day – plus a small surcharge for materials. Please register by emailing: fothevents@gmail.com

The workshop will take place on 8 December 2018, 10:30 – 4:00pm, in the Learning Room of the Hatton Gallery.

Two Intaglio print workshops

The print studio during one of our print workshops

Saturdays 24 November & 8 December 2018, 10:30 – 16:00 in the Learning Room Hatton Gallery

Caroline Coode and Vhairi Cardinal are returning for their popular Printmaking workshops. There will be the possibility to use one press to make intaglio prints. In order to broaden the experience of printmaking (and so that not all have to queue up for the one press!) Vhairi and Caroline will be introducing more possibilities for hand-burnished relief prints. This is a time honoured way that Japanese printers traditionally used. Further techniques could include collagraph, acetate drypoint, (intaglio) lino cut and Japanese woodblock (relief). All levels of ability welcome!

Both Vhairi and Caroline will be on hand to help you with your work.

Please bring ideas, enthusiasm and any special items you would like to use!

More details and how to register can be found on our Facebook page.

Seasonal natural forms: drawing & painting creative day workshop

Hosted by Northumberland artist Renira Barnes, these will be linked days allowing time for reflection and optional ‘homework’ between sessions. Single days are possible for those not able to attend both.

Participants will be introduced to drawing with alternative mark making tools and then progress with colour to develop and explore approaches for printmaking and painting.

More details and how to register can be found on our Facebook page.