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For those who’ve had art in their lives and want more, for complete beginners, or for anyone feeling adventurous to try something new …. welcome to our summer programme of visual arts workshops and events

We provide out-of-the-ordinary art-making opportunities to work with professional artists who love to share what they do.

  • Try something different
  • Learn from experienced artists with broad-ranging specialisms
  • Make some beautiful art to take away
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun in a spacious and welcoming artists’ studio in the heart of the Dartington estate in South Devon

at Arts Lab, Studio 20, Dartington Space, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN 

park in main car park & follow signs down the hill

Book online

at www.dartington.org/whats-on/arts-lab

or contact Dartington Box Office

Open 12.30 – 7pm every day  tel: 01803 847070 / email: [email protected]

All profits from these workshops are reinvested to support creative opportunities and learning for those who are financially challenged. This enables Arts Lab to work towards fulfilling its aspirations of a meaningful social impact.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES – go to enquiry form at bottom of page


OPEN STUDIO FOR VISITORS

For everyone

every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

10am – 5pm      FREE

Days welcoming drop-in visits to the Lab’s information area with posters and brochures telling you all about the project. Our artists and volunteers may be working, but feel free to come by.

MAKING MONDAYS with Sara Downham-Lotto

For everyone (16+)

Mondays 12.30 – 2.30 May 21st; June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th; July 2nd, 9th

£15; course of any 6 Mondays £72 (includes materials & refreshments) Booking essential

Fun and friendly art workshops for all levels with abstract artist Sara Downham-Lotto. 2 hours of playful experimenting with mixed media and collage in the spacious studio 20 and gardens of Dartington. Complete beginners are welcome. For more information, see blog.

AFTER SCHOOL JUNIOR ARTS LAB with Sophy D’Angelo

For 8-13 year olds

Mondays 4.30 – 6.30pm May 21st; June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th; July 2nd, 9th, 16th

£10 (includes materials and refreshments) Booking essential

After school art club for 8-13 year olds with Sophy D’Angelo. Developing ideas and talents in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, students learn new skills and experiment with mixed media. The work created this term will be part of an exhibition at Arts Lab in July!

EXHIBITION showcasing Arts Lab artists

For everyone

22nd May – 19th June

Opening view 22nd May 6-8.30pm

Open daily  10am – 5pm – check Arts Lab website for times

Exhibition of drawing and painting on paper by Jonathan McCree, Claudia Schmid, Stephen Park, Stacey Righton, Stuart Voaden and Sara Downham-Lotto

FREE

YOUNG ARTIST DAYS with Mia-Violet Leech

Thursdays – June 7th, July 5th

11am – 5pm

£3 suggested donation

Young artist-run day for and with other young creatives, based solely on hosting and promoting their work. An amazing platform for us to blossom, learn and show.

For more information, see blog or contact: [email protected]

SASSY SATURDAYS with Sara Downham-Lotto 

For everyone

Saturdays – June 9th, July 7th

10am – 1pm with additional option to work alongside artists until 4pm.

£30 + £10 per added hour (includes materials & refreshments, but bring own favourites to share plus lunch)  Booking essential

Colourful and lively whole-day immersive experience building creative confidence through drawing, painting and collage with abstract artist Sara Downham-Lotto. For more information, see blog.

SENSORY PLAY & MAKING COMMUNITY DAYS WITH YOUNG ARTISTS

For everyone

Sundays – June 10th, July 15th

12 – 4pm

£3 suggested donation

An open-for-all afternoon of making and sensory play with local young artist Mia-Violet Leech and co. Experimenting with a range of interactive mediums for all ages, abilities and members of the community to engage with!

For more information see blog or contact: [email protected]

ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE EVENING

For all artists, all levels

5-8pm Thursday June 21st

FREE – bring food to share  no need to book, just turn up

Meet other artists over shared food for informal chat about artwork and ideas. Join us for tonight’s talk – Sophy D’Angelo on ‘The Art of Invitation’ and Sara Downham-Lotto on ‘The Story of Arts Lab’.

WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU AT ART COLLEGE with Stephen Park

For artists of all levels

10am – 4pm Tues 22nd & Wed 23rd May; Sat 30th June & Sun 1st July

£50 for both days (includes materials & refreshments, but bring own favourites to share plus lunch)

Booking essential

2 day art workshop run by Stephen Park to help you survive and flourish as an artist. About “action, creative flow, resilience and other animals, this is a compass of transformation” drawing on Stephen’s breadth of experience as artist and tutor.

For more information contact Stephen on email: [email protected] or mobile: 07503 296545 or see Creativity sweet spot for artists

PAPER STRUCTURES with Helen Snell

Saturday 16th June 

10am – 4pm

£70 Booking essential

A chance to explore and develop a range of paper sculpture techniques with Helen Snell. Participants will create their own piece of wearable sculpture to be sited, lit and photographed in the studio or in the Dartington grounds (weather permitting). For further information, contact Helen Snell on email: [email protected] or mobile: 07934 212371

CREATURES IN THE DRAW(ERS) with Claudia Schmid & Diana Collins

Sunday 17th June 

10am – 1pm with additional option to work alongside artists until 4pm.

£30 + £10 per added hour. Booking essential 

Claudia Schmid and Diana Collins are artists who use the doodle and invented imagery in  their practices. They invite you to join in the process of drawing, using creative methods to help unlock playful discovery.

For further information, contact Claudia Schmid on email: [email protected]

FAMILY DAY with Sophy D’Angelo

For Everyone

Saturdays – June 23rd, July 21st

10am – 4pm

£25 per adult; £15 per child.  Booking essential

Open to all, this is an opportunity to make art work with your children, grandchildren or friends in a large artist studio with Sophy D’Angelo. Discover how we can connect with each other and imagine together through making art.

For further information, contact Sophy D’Angelo on email: [email protected]

IT’S IN THE DOODLE with Claudia Schmid

For everyone

Saturday 14th July  

10am – 1pm with additional option to work alongside artists until 4pm.

£30 + £10 per added hour. Booking essential

Anyone who enjoys doodling and/or is curious how to create artwork starting from doodles is welcome – no previous skills needed. In this workshop, Claudia Schmid takes participants through the steps – examining – extracting – transforming.

For more information, see blog or contact Claudia on email: [email protected]

EXHIBITION – Junior Arts Lab

23rd – 25th July

Mon. 23rd 4.30-6.30pm; Tues. 24th 10am – 6pm; Wed. 25th 3-5pm

FREE

Exhibition of work created by Sophy D’Angelo’s after school art club for 8-13 year olds Everyone welcome. For further information, contact Sophy on email: [email protected]

SHAPING OPPORTUNITIES – YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING ALONGSIDE PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS. Empowering and inspiring experimental mixed and multimedia workshops for young people. A chance to explore and experiment in a spacious, welcoming studio with professional artists with a breadth of experience working with young people. We promote the fun and freedom of making art independently and with each other. Arts Lab is a great space in a fantastic location with great people! (See more)

Who for: all 12-25 year olds

When: contact Arts Lab to discuss available dates and times

Cost: half day £150 per group (max 20)* ; whole day £250 per group (max 20)* ; residential weekend (please enquire)

ART FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Creative workshops in a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental environment. Exploring and experimenting freely with a range of art materials, the sessions are very much participant led, with guidance from a professional artist. Much of the work is based on individual responses to music, the beautiful gardens of the Dartington estate and original art in the studio. Creating at times collaboratively, in small groups and independently, the pace varies and embraces what those in the group want to follow or express on the day.

Where: Arts Lab, Studio 20, Dartington Space Studios (park in main car park & follow signs)

Who for: carers, family, friends and individuals affected by or recovering from mental health

When: contact Arts Lab to discuss available dates and times

Cost: half day £150 per group (max 15)* ; whole day £250 per group (max 15)* ; residential weekend (please enquire)

*Price includes materials and refreshments

LEARN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE THROUGH ART

If English isn’t your first language, here’s a chance to learn everyday English while having some creative fun in an artists’ studio on the beautiful Dartington Hall estate. Any level is welcome and you don’t have to be good at art. We will get you speaking, thinking and dreaming in English! Your tutor is a professional artist with EFL training. Arts Lab is dedicated to student-centred learning and the benefits of learning through activities that interest and excite everyone.

Where: Arts Lab, Studio 20, Dartington Space Studios (park in main car park & follow signs)

Who for: students of English as a second language of any age

When: contact Arts Lab to discuss available dates and times

Cost: half day £150 per group (max 15)* ; whole day £250 per group (max 15)* ; residential weekend (please enquire)

Booking essential* – go  to booking enquiry form at bottom of page

*Additional materials cost of approx. £35 depending on size of group and length of session

TEAM-BUILDING

An opportunity to work with professional artists and experienced facilitators for some shared fun and a confidence-boost. Our activities help you to think and do outside the box and take creative risks. We believe in the benefits of play and creative thinking and making for everyone. Skill development in problem solving and collaboration is an outcome, as well as some beautiful art.

Where: Arts Lab, Studio 20, Dartington Space Studios (park in main car park & follow signs)

Who for: staff groups in businesses, schools and colleges

When: contact Arts Lab for available dates and times

Cost: half day £150 per group (max 20)* ; whole day £250 per group (max 20)* ; residential weekend (please enquire)

Booking essential* – go  to booking enquiry form at bottom of page

*Additional materials cost of approx. £35 depending on size of group and length of session

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