WORKSHOPS

We work with professional artists to provide a range of learning workshops throughout the year. Previous workshops include life drawing, photography, puppet, halloween makeup, sculpture and DJ workshops.  

What's on

Express Yourself using Oil Paints

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 Saturday 14 September 

Hunterston Room Community Centre

10:00am - 12:00pm

Adults £5

In this 2 hour workshop, Clive will give a talk on his work, show how a painting evolves, demonstrate various techniques, including how to use colour, followed by a question and answer session.  There will be an opportunity for participants to try it for themselves, using brush and oil paint, not enough time to paint a picture, but maybe whet the appetite.

          About the tutor

Clive is resident in Studio 30, one of the Craft Studios in West Kilbride, where he paints and shows his own work, as well as various other works of art. He also provides a framing service.

He has a website - www.clivesuttonart.co.uk - where you can view examples of his work and find out more about his background e.g. Post Graduate, Glasgow School of Art.From a background in sculpture and print-making, Clive now works primarily as a painter, working in oils, taking inspiration from the landscapes in the area.

What the Workshop will cover

His demonstration will be based on working on canvas, showing various techniques with an opportunity to be ‘hands-on” and to try them out on canvas. 

What can be done next

Clive runs ongoing “Express Yourself using oil paints”, open to beginners. Check out his website - www.clivesuttonart.co.uk - or call in to the studio for more details. Always open Thursday to Saturday and available other days, by appointment, or when the lights are on.


Ukulele for Beginners

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 Saturday 14 September 

West Kilbride Library

10:30am - 12:15pm

New players & beginners

Free - donations welcome

Just beginning or wanting to learn the ukulele? Now's your chance. Age no barrier - children welcome. Tom Moore from Lochwinnoch's The Small Fezzes, is running a workshop for beginners that will be supported by members of the West Kilbride Ukulele Group. Spare instruments are available, however if you have your own then please bring it along. For further information email wkukele@gmail.com

About the Tutor     

Your tutor, Tom Moore is a founder member of   Lochwinnoch Ukulele Group and an integral member of their much in demand band   The Small Fezzes. Tom organises and runs workshops regularly for beginners   and advanced ukulele players.

What the Workshop will cover

The workshop will cover the   basics from how best to hold and strum the ukulele, and yet, by the end of   the session you will know several chords and be playing popular tunes.

What can be done next

The West Kilbride Ukulele Group   meets every Thursday evening from 7pm in the back room of the Kings Arms. All   adults are welcome to come along and join in. Our guiding mantra is “Strum   and Fun” and additional support is offered to new players.

The next Vertex event will be an open Singalong session and will be   held on Thursday 24th October, 7pm in the back room of the   King’s Arms.

Samba Drumming

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Saturday 14 September 

Main Hall Community Centre

1:00 - 4:00pm

Adults and children over 11 with 

absolutely no musical background and those with some experience.

Tickets  £12

 Vertex Rhythms: this is a hands on, intensive, and fun workshop that will help you to release and explore your inner percussionist. The workshop will be led by Robin Parker, who has many years’ experience of leading drumming groups, percussion workshops, and inspiring community based activities like Vertex Rhythms. The three hour workshop will introduce all participants to some basic Rhythms from Brazil and the Instruments to play them on in a fun and energising way. All instruments provided and no previous experience necessary.     

About the tutor

Robin Parker has   played and taught Samba Drumming for 18 years with a range of bands including   SambaYaBamba, Kaboum, Drumatic, Sumwummindrumen, Arythmia Grooves and along with many other  percussionists from  all round the world. He seeks to get   everyone playing as quickly as possible regardless of their previous   experience and his workshops are always engaging, involving, energising and noisy!

What the Workshop will cover

A hands on, fun and intensive session using drums and other   percussion. The range of percussion you’ll be treated to ranges from small   bells and tambourine type hand drums to the large shoulder-carried Surdos of   Rio-style Carnival with snares and shakers thrown in for good measure.

What can be done next

A regular drumming   session will be organised with the aim of establishing a drumming group for   West Kilbride.


52 Stitched Stories

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Saturday 14 September 

Tarbert Room Community Centre

2:00 - 4:00pm

Free - donations welcome

 52 Stitched Stories is a participatory community arts project that began life on the Isle of Arran but quickly jumped the water to West Kilbride.  The aim is to create a postcard piece of work once a week for 52 weeks.  Whenever you start is your week one. There is no pressure to do every week just as life allows.  On Arran the focus is broadly stitching but in West Kilbride the brief has been expanded to include any media. Each group meets monthly to share, support and inspire each other.  

This taster workshop for the Vertex festival will enable people to talk to existing members and have a go at producing a postcard.  No previous stitching experience is necessary.  There will also be a display of postcards for people to see what others are producing.  You are very welcome to pop by and look at the work and have a chat. 

About the tutor     

Fiona is a textile   artist living on the Isle of Arran, where its landscapes are a major source   of inspiration for her work. She works   with waste from the textile industry. She has been offered a place on the   Arts Territory Exchange Programme where she will be working with another   artist from a remote place in the world to produce a unique body of   work. As coordinator of 52 Stitched   stories she is delighted that the project is now established in 16 countries   around the world.

What the Workshop will cover

Express yourself through textiles and other media.

The textile workshop   involves making a postcard piece of work based on favourite places. Participants will use a range of fabrics   and haberdashery to capture a favourite place and what that place means to   them. No previous sewing experience   necessary, 

What can be done next

Further opportunities to develop your interest in textiles are   available in a variety of contexts in the village, two are: the 52 Stitched   Stories project in WK (more details on the barony website), or the courses   run by Weft Blown.

Graffiti Art

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Saturday 14 September 

Hunterston Room Community Centre

5:00 - 7:00pm

Ages 14 - 20

£3

Learn spray paint techniques to 

create a large scale piece on the theme of 'our town' using vivid colours. Participants will try various spray paint techniques and learn effective stencil making.

About the tutor 

Lucy Russell is a   local artist, and community learning support worker and currently working   with refugee families.

What the Workshop will cover

Create vivid art on   a large scale. At this workshop you will have the chance to design your own   stencils, paint a background and try out spray paint techniques. All personal protection equipment is provided.

What can be done next

A graffiti project exists in West Kilbride and new recruits are welcome to sign up.

Generations; Portraits of West Kilbride

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Sunday 15 September 

The Barony Centre

10:00am - 12:00pm

£10 Adults £5 Concession

 Using a pop-up studio with camera and lights, participants will learn about lighting and composition of objects and people. Participants will bring an object that holds some significance for them and about which they are prepared to tell the story. An audio recording will be made of their story. A portrait will be taken of them, as well as of their chosen object. 

About the tutor 

John is an   independent documentary and fine art photographer. He holds degrees from the   University of London (BA hons) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He is   particularly interested in migration, refugee experience, diaspora, memory,   and peripheral spaces.

Dialogue is at the   core of his working practice and motivates the collaborative processes that   define much of his work. In this way, photography allows him to be open to   new ways of viewing, inhabiting, and thinking about the world in ways other   than his own. You can see a selection of his previous projects at: https://www.johnperivolaris.net

What the Workshop will cover

Photography workshop   on people, objects & their exhibition. In the workshop, the   focus will be on objects brought by participants which hold a personal   significance for them. 

At the workshop,   participants will be photographed with their object and an audio recording   will be made where they tell the story behind the object. Participants are   welcome to bring their own cameras in order to apply some of John’s   techniques to their own work

What can be done next

Participants in the   Vertex workshop on 15 September are requested to bring an object that holds a   personal significance for them.

At a later date, a   further meeting will be arranged where the photographs and accompanying   stories will be presented with a view to organising an exhibition of the work   in West Kilbride. This will take place in 2019-20.

Make your own board game

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Sunday 15 September 

Hunterston Room Community Centre

10:00am - 12:00pm

Young writers age 7 - 12

Free - donations welcome

This workshop will engage participants in key aspects of writing- character, setting, theme point of view and plot - through the development of a board game based on a real work of fiction using  participants creative energy and imagination. Release the bounds.    

 About the tutor 

Alan Dapré is the   author of 60 books for children. His plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio   & published for school use. A former deputy headteacher & TV   scriptwriter, Alan now writes stories for young readers. He delivers lively,   wordplay-packed, interactive events based on his popular fun filled, pun filled Porridge the Tartan Cat stories.

What the Workshop will cover

This creative workshop explores how to make a brilliant board game -   packed full of jeopardy, surprises and quirky wordplay - using a helpful   template based on one of Alan's books. 

First, play a lively board game, then have fun inventing your own   incredible action. We provide the pens and paper. All you have to do is bring   along your imagination! 

What can be done next

Alan has lots of downloadable writing resources on his website www.alandapre.com.

Suggestions from   parents will be very welcome.


Make Your own Head

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Sunday 15 September 

Hunterston Room Community Centre

2:00 - 6:00pm

£10 Adults £5 Concession

Sculpture workshop with local artist Frances Clark, guidance on how to make and fire your own head.

 About the tutor

Frances Clark is a sculptor working   in West Kilbride. She sculpts mainly the human form and animals. She draws   upon the experience and memory of the environment in her figurative work.   Frances sculpts primarily in clay, the work is then fired or a mould taken   from it and cast in resin.

What the Workshop will cover

Sculpture workshop – guidance on   how to make a simple head using clay. Heads will be left to dry and then   fired in a kiln.

What can be done next

Frances has an existing programme   of clay portrait courses on which you can enrol.

Life Drawing

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Sunday 15 September 

The Barony Centre

3:00 - 6:00pm

£10 Adults £5 Concession

 The unique challenges and enjoyment of drawing the human figure will be the focus of this two hour class. The session will be led by Lucy Russell and David Moroney and will feature a life model. Some basic materials will be provided though participants are welcome to bring their own boards, paper and pencils.    

 About the tutor 

Lucy   Russell is a local artist, and community learning support worker and   currently working with refugee families.

What the Workshop will cover

A   session that will develop your skills for drawing from life.

What can be done next

Plans for a regular programme are   under review/discussion.

Professional DJ Workshop

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Sunday 15 September 

Main Hall Community Centre

5:00 - 7:00pm

£5

 Steve Le Mash will draw on his decade of experience as a DJ and music producer in a workshop with a simple goal: how to make it as a DJ. Why do it? How to do it? 

     

About the tutor

 Steve Le Mash has been DJing for   more than a decade. When he is not DJing, he is in the studio making edits   and mashups for when he is...

Mr Le Mash combines House, Electro,   Funk & HipHop in a manner specifically designed for dance floor   shape-cutting. You may hear the odd surprise thrown in. Steve likes to keep a crowd on its toes. All of the mixtapes you will hear   on Steve's page are completely live (save for the occasional sample or ident)   - there are no post production edits. All of the beat juggles and FX   transitions are improvised on the fly using a setup consisting of traditional   DJ gear like 1210s or CDjs and an array of Midi controllers like the VCI-100   and X1 ...all with custom mappings - so things can get a bit hectic at times! Steve's work is fun, energetic and   unpredictable with a serious groove. He has DJ'd at parties for the likes of   P Diddy, designer label Ed Hardy and Miss Scotland to name a few...

What the Workshop will cover

Learn   what it takes to be a great DJ from one of Scotland’s best. This session is an introductory   session to DJing as a profession or a serious hobby covering the following topics:-

Why do I want to be a DJ, what is   my motivation?

Can I be a DJ, what skills do I   need, what music and technical knowledge do I need?

How do I start DJing, what equipment do I need, what commitment is required?

How do I become a professional DJ? How do I deal with venues and other entertainment professionals, how do I deal with the public and prospective clients. Earning a living: what should I   charge; what am I worth? And why charging the correct amount is important.

What can be done next

Subject to demand, a DJ training   programme will be organised with the aim of nurturing DJ talent in West   Kilbride and the North Coast area. 

This initial taster session is   designed to lead on to a programme that will equip participants with the   skills and knowledge to take up djing as a profession, part time occupation   or serious hobby..