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Book your Stories of Lynn masterclass place now!

Students stand round Sheila McDonald watching as she, seated at a table, demonstrates enamelling techniques.

Published: Wednesday, 29th June 2016

This summer’s series of masterclasses at Stories of Lynn are well underway, and there is still time to book a place in any of the next five classes.

Each class covers a different specialist technique, and is led by experts and well-known artists.

Ruth Farnan, Learning and Engagement Officer for Stories of Lynn, said: “Our first three masterclasses have been great successes, and these upcoming classes promise to be just as good. We do have a few places left, so I urge everyone to move fast if they would like to join us!

"These day-long classes are a great opportunity to try your hand at a new skill, or practise one you’ve already tried, and make something wonderful to take home with you. Our last class were surprised by the striking and unusual enamel brooches and badges they produced.

"King’s Lynn Town Hall is the perfect place for these classes, as you’ll be surrounded by beautiful objects made using the techniques you’ll learn. Our next masterclass is paper screen printing: you’ll have a fun, creative day working with gifted artists, making your own unique work of art!”

The schedule of classes still to come are:

Tuesday 5 July – Paper screen printing - £35 per person

Artists from Print to the People, a Norwich-based printmaking studio, will help participants make their own experimental screen prints, working with paper stencils and textured screens to create abstract multi-layer A3 prints. The class is ideal for those who have never screen-printed before, and those with some experience. The Print to the People team will demonstrate what can be achieved before participants will work in pairs to produce their own pieces.

Tuesday 12 July – Bookbinding - £20

This class will focus on the medieval Red Register, the treasure of the King’s Lynn Borough Archives, as Nick Sellwood, a conservator at the Norfolk Record Office, explains and demonstrates how books are traditionally bound. This session will be part theoretical and part practical, including instruction in how to bind a small pamphlet. Participants are also invited to bring along their own old books to get specialist advice on how to re-bind and care for them.

Tuesday 19 July – Upholstery - £15 per person

Acclaimed Norfolk-based upholsterer Philip Thomerson will demonstrate practical upholstery and work with participants to create their own pieces. A small project (a piece of furniture and required materials for example) can be brought along and Philip will teach the necessary skills to turn it into a work of art!

Tuesday 26 July – Historic food - £30 per person

This masterclass will explore cooking and dining practices of the past, using historic documents and objects to discover how tastes have changed over the centuries. Some tasting and preparing of food will be included!

Tuesday 2 August – Woodcarving - £20 per person

Participants will work with artist and woodcarver Jason Parr to learn woodcarving skills and make their own piece to take home, transforming a chunk of wood into a beautifully carved creation. Tools and materials will be provided.

All masterclasses will run from 10am to 3pm with one hour for lunch. Refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch. They will all be held in the education room at Stories of Lynn, in King's Lynn Town Hall, on the Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn.

To book a place, or for more information please contact Ruth Farnan on or 01553 669287.

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