Funded by Touching the Tide and run by the Tidal Margins artists

STEAM, SAIL AND SAXONS – workshop 1

The first workshop in this series.  Drawing and making wire sculpture reliefs at Leiston Long Shop Museum on the subject of steam engines.  Workshop run by Heather Hodgson (painter) and Jennifer Hall (printmaker/sculptor).

Drop-in workshop for children and adults where you will learn about the great steam engines which were such an important part of our local history.  We will be drawing them first and then having a go at turning the drawings into an annealed steel wire sculptural relief.  No experience required. This is part of the Long Shop Museum’s Workshop Wednesdays: Magic Materials Family Day! Please see: http://www.longshopmuseum.co.uk/6th-april-2016-workshop-wednesday-materials/ for further details.

When: Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 13.00 to 16.00.

Where:  The Long Shop Museum, Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES

Meet: Come and find us inside the museum.

Cost: There is the usual entry fee to the museum.

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for more art workshops in this series as well as other fab events.

STEAM, SAIL AND SAXONS – workshop 2

The second workshop in this series – Drawing and collage at The Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room, on the subject of boats run by Heather Hodgson (painter) and Jennifer Hall (printmaker/sculptor).

Free Drop in workshop over the course of the day for children and adults which will give you a little insight into the history of marine boats and fishermen in Southwold, and along the Suffolk Coast.  You will be doing some drawing and colourful collages on the subject to take home with you. No experience required.  Due to space, maximum 10 per session.

When: Saturday 21st May 2016, 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00 (two sessions)

Where: The Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room

Address: East Cliff, Southwold IP18 6EL (on the cliff beyond The Lord Nelson pub)

Cost: FREE

Parking: see the following website: www.southwold.info/local-info

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for more art workshops in this series as well as other fab events.

STEAM, SAIL AND SAXONS – workshop 3

The third workshop in this series.  Drawing and transfer monoprinting at Dunwich Museum on the subject of archaeology.  Workshop run by Karenza Jackson (painter/printmaker) and Jennifer Hall (printmaker/sculptor).

Two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for children and adults which will give a little introduction into the exciting world of archaeology, and the fascinating pieces found at the recent Dunwich dig.  You will also do some drawing and make some colourful transfer monoprints on the subject to take home with you. No experience required.  Maximum 15 per session.

When: Saturday 28th May 2016, 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00 (two sessions)

Where: Dunwich Museum

Meet: Dunwich Museum, front entrance

Cost: £3 per person for the session, including materials

For further details and to book a place, please contact Dunwich Museum –

Tel: 01728 648796 or email: info@dunwichmuseum.org.uk

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for more art workshops in this series as well as other fab events.

STEAM, SAIL AND SAXONS – workshop 4

The fourth workshop in this series.  Drawing and painting at Felixstowe Museum on the subject of paddle steamers.  Workshop run by Karenza Jackson (painter/printmaker) & Jennifer Hall (printmaker/sculptor).

Two separate sessions for children and adults which will give a little introduction into the exciting world of paddle steamers at Felixstowe, and their role in the community in the 19th Century.  You will do some drawing and make some colourful paintings on the subject to take home with you. No experience required.  Maximum 12 per session – booking in advance is essential – first come first served.

When: Sunday, 5th June 2016, 12.15 to 14.15 and 14.30 to 16.30 (two sessions)

Where: Felixstowe Museum, Viewpoint Rd, Felixstowe IP11 3TW (www.felixstowemuseum.org)

Meet: Felixstowe Museum, front entrance

Cost: £3 per person for the session, includes Entry to Museum and materials

For further details and to book a place, please contact Felixstowe Museum –

Tel: 01394 674355 or email: felmuseum@btopenworld.com

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for more art workshops in this series as well as other fab events.

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ART WORKSHOP for FAMILIES

run by the artists involved with the TIDAL MARGINS project

www.tidalmargins.wordpress.com

and funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme

www.touchingthetide.org.uk

Drawing with charcoal and gel pens to produce images for a colourful painting, using acrylics, of the view from the Wildlife Lookout.  You may well see some of Minsmere’s special birds and learn about why they visit the reserve.

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Workshop run by Heather Hodgson (painter) and Karenza Jackson (printmaker/painter).

Two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for children and adults which will take you out into the landscape and introduce you to the wildlife.  Whilst out in the landscape we will do some drawings of what we see. Then we will go back to the Discovery Centre to make some fun paintings using the drawings as reference.  No experience required.  Maximum 20 per session.

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When: Saturday, 12th March 2016, 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.30 (two sessions)

Where: Minsmere RSPB Nature Reserve

Meet: At Discovery Centre, Minsmere

Cost: £3 per person for the session, including materials

For further details and to book a place, please contact Minsmere Nature Reserve –

Tel: 01728  648281 or email: minsmere@rspb.org.uk

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for art workshops to be run at other venues.

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ART WORKSHOP for FAMILIES

run by the artists involved with the TIDAL MARGINS project

www.tidalmargins.wordpress.com

and funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme

www.touchingthetide.org.uk

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Drawing with charcoal and gel pens to produce images for a colourful transfer monoprint of ancient trees, and the secret lives that inhabit their foliage and branches.  Workshop run by Karenza Jackson (printmaker/painter) and Jennifer Hall (printmaker/sculptor)

Two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for children and adults which will take you out into the landscape and introduce you to ancient trees.  We will hear all about the wildlife that inhabit their foliage and branches and at the same time do some drawing. Then we will go back to the Discovery Centre to make some fun transfer monoprints using the drawings as reference.  No experience required.  Maximum 20 per session.

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When: Saturday 13th February 2016, 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00 (two sessions)

Where: Minsmere RSPB Nature Reserve

Meet: At Discovery Centre, Minsmere

Cost: £3 per person for the session, including materials

For further details and to book a place, please contact Minsmere Nature Reserve –

Tel: 01728  648281 or email: minsmere@rspb.org.uk

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for other art workshops to be run at Minsmere Nature Reserve in March 2016.

 

ART WORKSHOP for FAMILIES

run by the artists involved with the TIDAL MARGINS project

www.tidalmargins.wordpress.com

and funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme

www.touchingthetide.org.uk

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Drawing with charcoal and gel pens to produce images for a colourful collage of ancient trees, bird and bat boxes and their secret interiors.  Workshop run by Heather Hodgson (painter) and Jennifer Hall (printmaker/sculptor)

Two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for children and adults which will take you out into the landscape and introduce you to ancient trees, bird boxes and bat boxes.  We will hear all about how the boxes help the wildlife and at the same time do some drawing. Then we will go back to the Discovery Centre to make a fun collage using the drawings as reference.  No experience required.  Maximum 20 per session.

When: Saturday 16 January 2016, 10.00 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00 (two sessions)

Where: Minsmere RSPB Nature Reserve

Meet: At Discovery Centre, Minsmere

Cost: £3 per person for the session, including materials

For further details and to book a place, please contact Minsmere Nature Reserve –

Tel: 01728  648281 or email: minsmere@rspb.org.uk

Please see www.touchingthetide.org.uk for other art workshops to be run at Minsmere Nature Reserve in February and March 2016.

 

For close to a year we have, collectively and individually, walked, swam and sailed the Suffolk coast. Our footsteps have traced the shoreline in snow, rain and howling winds; with hot water bottles strapped to our bodies and flasks of tea to fuel us, we have drawn, painted and written the landscape.  We have sat through balmy, sun-filled hours, watched sun and moon rise and set; seen the port lights compete with the stars; followed the paths of container ships and seals; picked up pebbles, shells, wax and corn husks from the shore.  We have told stories, dropped words into the sea and dreamed of what lay beneath the waves.

The Suffolk Heritage Coast is constantly evolving with the actions of natural forces in particular, the sea – there is a short and urgent timeframe to capture for future generations, its power, its history and its inspiration. Landscape is an essential component of people’s surroundings. It is an expression of the diversity of their shared cultural and natural heritage. It is a foundation of their identity. Therefore, more than ever, there is a need to interpret and value contemporary landscape anew.

A collective of five artists, three writers and a photographers have been working  to paint, draw, photograph, print, collect, sculpt and write the Suffolk Coastline from Covehithe to Felixstowe.

I take a step out of myself and into a place beyond our noisy, built-up, locked-in land, to a different place, where the water and the sky are bounded only by the hazy line of the horizon.

Julie Garton – on Felixstowe Pier

We invite you to take a step out of yourselves and immerse yourself in a different place.  Sunday – coffee, croissants and creative writing amongst the inspiring exhibition, Tidal Margins III, at the Ipswich Art School Gallery.

Swallows,

hung like notation,

pant silently on the wires:

a symphony to English summer.

James Canton

Join Julie Garton, James Canton and Juliet Lockhart to explore, challenge and extend your creative writing skills.  Authors, wanna be authors and those who have always wanted to pick up a pen but never quite dared or never found the time are all welcome.

When : Sunday  – 13th July  (James Canton) and  20th July (Julie Garton)  2014.

Time: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm 

Where: Ipswich Art School Gallery, I Upper High Street, Ipswich IP1 3QH

Cost:  £20 per day workshop

For further information or to book a place please fill in the contact form below.

 

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Walk the wild Suffolk coast in Ipswich this summer – from the ruins of Covehithe church, to the pier at Felixstowe, via Dunwich, Snape and the Deben estuary. This is Tidal Margins, a major exhibition of art, photography and writing at the Ipswich Art School Gallery, and the culmination of three years’ work by six artists, two photographers and four writers, all inspired by the Suffolk Coast.

 

Art and writing workshops for children of all ages are being offered by the Tidal Margins project. Children can make wire sculptures at the first workshop on 28th May, the next on 23rd July, will combine words and pictures in a concertina book. A total of seven workshops run right through July and August, so bring your children along for a chance to make their own work inspired by the sea. Cost £3.  These workshops are funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme.  For more information on this project go to http://www.touchingthetide.org.uk

There will also be opportunities for adults to respond to the exhibition through art, writing and textiles in a series of workshops and courses.

Tidal Margins is at the Ipswich Art School Gallery, at 1 Upper High Street, Ipswich, from 24th May to 7th September 2014, with work also on display at Christchurch Mansion,  and Ipswich Museum. 

For more information on opening times, as well as the  courses and workshops for adults and children, go to to http://www.cimuseums.org.uk

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We began the day with general introductions and what each of us hoped to achieve by the end of the workshop.  Hatted, gloved and armed with bags for collecting we headed to the beach.  High tide was due in an hour and so access was limited. However, with well sharpened observational skills and a sense of urgency as the waves lapped at our feet, many wonderful treasures were snapped up.

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The rest of the morning was spent on capturing the landscape through writing exercises.  Looking beyond the visual we concentrated on other senses, listening to hear sounds beyond the roar of the sea, finding detail in the heaving mass of water and feeing the texture of stone beneath our fingertips.

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Back in the warmth of the hall, the hushed sounds of pen on paper replaced the those of the boisterous elements and prose and poem took shape.

 

Sticks and stones may hurt

My bones but never break me.

Words can leave me wrecked.

 

Wooden bird lays prone.

I want to cradle it and

Wing it to my heart.

 

Broken vacuum flask,

Vintage photos, holidays,

Cherished memories.

 

Taken, thrown away,

Polystyrene pizza tray,

Picnics on the beach.

 

Mermaid’s purse washed up.

A tale waiting to be hatched.

Mysteries of the deep.

 

Val Denton

March 2014

Mysteries of the deep.

We broke for lunch and sat in next door in the cafe chatting whilst bowls of steaming soup and hot plates of filled potatoes were placed in front of us (followed by the odd wedge of golden sponge oozing with raspberry jam).

Replenished, we set about arranging our findings from the morning.  Brightly coloured plastic, seaweed, spars of driftwood, shells and the occasional bit of fishing net spilled onto table tops.

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Whilst some continued to write, others hammered, glued, tied and drilled until gradually a set of figures began to emerge,

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and finally a selection of beach combings strung into a mobile.

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FELIXSTOWE AT HIGH TIDE

In the vast moving mother-sea
white-caps crash, roll against groynes
those rigid resisting rocks,
breathing in and out, out and in.

Waves batter granite-grey boulders,
shine wet in the slanted sunlight,
foam fizzes, percolates pebbles
disappears, now invisible.

Hardwood pylons brace the shore’s shift,
some uprights split by scouring seas.
A square sign says Beware Hightide;
to those possessing sea knowledge

a green skeleton pyramid
announces Shallow water here
and its sloping pole sings southward
away from the embankment wall

where welcome warmth is trapped
from a generous sun
and southwest winds whip air upward,
chilling despite high noon.

Waves breathe out and in, in and out.


Kaaren Whitney
2nd March 2014

 

 

I very much enjoyed the workshop at Felixstowe on Sunday. the weather and venue were great and the tutors very inspiring and non-intrusive. 

It was nice to have an event like this in Felixstowe as often I have to travel to Ipswich.  More please. The facilitators were both very knowledgable and able to impart their knowledge well and enthusiastically.

 

 

 

 

Over the coming months we are running a series of creative workshops.  These one day workshops provide a chance to explore the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast in the company of two artists and experiment with different media and art forms to capture a moment in time.

Collage and Creative Writing with Julie Garton/Karenza Jackson

Drawing and Collage/Monoprinting  with Karenza Jackson/Jen Hall

Creative Writing/Poetry & Sculpture with  Julie Garton/Jen Hall

Textiles & Creative Writing with  James Canton/Juliet Lockhart

Drawing/Monoprinting with  Heather Hodgson/Karenza Jackson

Creative Writing/Painting with  Julie Garton/Margaret Wyllie

Beachcombing/Creative Writing with James Canton/Juliet Lockhart

Beachcombing/Painting with Heather Hodgson/Margaret Wyllie

Drawing/Painting with Heather Hodgson/Karenza Jackson

Drawing/Wire Sculpture with Margaret Wyllie/Jen Hall

Full details of each workshop and how to book can be found on the Workshop tab at the top of this page.

The workshops are funded by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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