Seasonal wreath making course
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VV383
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to creating a unique seasonal (door) wreath made from humble materials.
Cut, paint, twist, wrap, bind, trap, tie, bend, squeeze, slot, thread, glue - just some of the techniques we will use to re-purpose your materials to create your own individual wreath.
Have fun learning how to transform and combine a variety of waste, found and natural materials and then use these to decorate your wreath.
Guided by your tutor you will investigate applicable techniques, materials and processes to develop your ideas and to help progress your wreath design. There will be demonstrations to assist with making your wreath base and with re-purposing your materials, transforming, and attaching them to the base to create the wreath.
You are encouraged to bring in your own found and waste materials to work with and / or share with the rest of the group. Please see below for examples of suitable materials.
What will we cover?
• Designing your wreath.
• Making the base / ring.
• Choosing several materials to combine and transform.
• Ideas and techniques suitable to transform waste, found and natural materials.
• Attaching your transformed materials to the base / ring.
• Preserving / weather proofing your chosen materials (where possible).
• The correct use of any tools and materials involved.
• Health and safety issues around the workshop equipment.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Choose materials to create a base for your wreath.
• Experiment with a variety of waste, found and or natural materials.
• Produce a range of samples, test pieces and models exploring materials, processes, and ideas.
• Select and work with appropriate processes and techniques to transform humble materials.
• Identify and solve problems such as how to join several different materials together and attach them to your base.
• Make technical notes to support your learning.
• Work with your chosen materials using a variety of techniques to produce your door wreath.
• Apply your new skills and knowledge to future creative projects.
• Contribute to a culture of mutual support within the group, and enjoy the profitable exchange of ideas, materials and inspiration.
• Work within health and safety guidelines.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for anyone who would like to work with re-purposing materials.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations and for
health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through examples and practical demonstrations. There will be plenty of 1:1 help. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. It will not be necessary to do any work outside the class apart from saving and collecting waste / found / natural materials to bring in and use or share with other members of the group on the day of the course.
Examples of suitable waste and saved materials to bring along are - sweet wrappers, packaging, fruit and vegetable nets, cardboard tubes, coloured paper, old books, plastic milk cartons, foil, coloured plastic drink bottles, lids, corks, garden wire, wool, thread, fabric, ribbon etc. Examples of suitable natural / foraged materials to bring along are - seed pods, grasses, conkers, twigs, autumn leaves etc. Keep any collected autumn leaves in a plastic bag and leave outside to prevent them from drying out).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides almost all the basic tools and equipment you will need.
Please bring any waste, found or natural materials to use or share with others. City Lit will have a limited supply of waste materials for re-purposing use.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Please browse our current offer online for complimentary courses.
Elizabeth Bone is a professional Jewellery artist, maker, educator & author. She has been designing & making jewellery for over 25 years, exhibiting & selling in the UK, Europe, America & Japan. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in numerous jewellery publications & purchased by private collectors from all over the world. Elizabeth is a skilled maker who employs hand-fabricating techniques in her own work. She has a BA in Crafts - wood, metal, ceramics and textiles. After graduation Elizabeth was apprenticed to the jewellery artist Wendy Ramshaw where she became her principal workshop assistant for 10 years. In 2011 Elizabeth was commissioned to write a book, Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers – techniques, treatments & applications for inspirational design published in the UK, USA and China. Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her knowledge, her teaching experience at degree level and in adult education covers a broad spectrum of levels and subject areas and spans her career.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.