Jan Dowson Workshops at The Steel Rooms


5th September 2018 13:00 - 16:00

Jan Dowson Workshop at The Steel Rooms

Level: Suitable for beginners and more experienced textile makers. Ages 16 +

Tutor: Jan Dowson

Workshop Date and Times:

This is a 4 week course beginning Wednesday 5 September running up to and including Wednesday 26 September 2018

1pm – 4pm

Cost: £120 per person for the full 4 weeks + materials. Includes light refreshments

About The Workshop:

We all look at the same view and see it differently – do we really look, fully exploring the colour, texture, line and form.

During this 4 week course we are going to take a really good look at the local landscape. Developing sketches, taking photographs, making lots of notes that depict feelings and build an emotional narrative. Back in the workshop we will continue to develop ideas using mixed media. Painting fabric, identify composition. Selecting appropriate techniques and stitches in order to produce a stitched landscape. A wonderful atmospheric and thought provoking work, an emotional response to such a beautiful area of our coast.

Materials list:

  • Sketchbook
  • Range of mixed media – pencils, pens, watercolours, acrylics, oil pastels (anything you have in your art box)
  • Water pot
  • Calico & scraps of muslin, linen, hessian, small scraps of print fabric.
  • Xpandaprint
  • Bondaweb
  • Range of appropriate coloured threads
  • Basic sewing materials – scissors, needles, pins

Jan will have resources available to purchase at a small charge. I.e. bondaweb, XPandaprint

A bit about Jan:

Jan has over 20 years of teaching experience at the Grimsby Art College, North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe and Community Learning in Cleethorpes also with several years as a Creative Arts  Curriculum manager. Finding it a joy and a pleasure to facilitate in the creative journey of so many learners over the years, Jan continues to deliver exciting and interesting textile workshops here at The Steel Rooms and at the Discovery Centre in Cleethorpes as well as delivering talks,  workshops and summer schools for Embroiderer’s Guilds around the Country.

Jan is also a textile artist in her own right,  exhibiting her work with great success across the years and most recently at The Discovery Centre in Cleethorpes. Working in constructed textiles, the motivation behind Jans work is to promote hand embroidery, never really feeling satisfied unless the surface is fully stitched. Although her work also involves machine embroidery, applique, and mixed media she feels working in textiles gives her flexibility; that she can create painterly effects with the added bonus of a tactile three-dimensional quality.

Jan has been awarded the ‘Winner of the Beryl Dean National Teaching Award 2015’ and ‘2014/15  Winner of the City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence for teaching Creative Textiles’, highly esteemed accolades which are testament to Jans work and teaching with judges comments that “Jan  generously and tirelessly inspires and enhances the learning experience”. With Jans enthusiam to teach, learn new skills and share ideas we’re sure there’s plenty to learn and enjoy in her workshops.

To book a place on this or any of our other workshops, call in to our shop or telephone 01652 657256. Please note, to ensure your place is secured on any of our workshops, we ask that payment is made in full at the point of booking.



Payment is non refundable unless we are able to fill your space. In the event of cancellation no less than 14 days prior to the workshop date the credit may be transferred. If The Steel Rooms cancels a workshop you will be entitled to a full refund or to transfer payment to another workshop. If a session which has been prepaid at the discounted rate is cancelled, the discounted rate will carry over to the next workshop.

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