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Children's Summer Art school

This year we will be exploring drawing, cyanotypes, 3D model building, heat press textiles, ceramics, sculpture and drawing.

Classes are suitable for 7-14 year olds.

10.30-12.30 or 1.30-3.30

£100 for 6 sessions. There are 10 places available for families on means tested benefits (evidence required).

Booking is essential

Event Dates
27/07/22 - 31/08/22

The Royal Cambrian Academy

Emily Hughes Ceramics

Exploring textures with clay

In this workshop you will express creativity through the medium of clay. The class includes learning how to make unique patterns and textures in clay using a variety of tools both natural and man made. We will also explore simple hand building techniques to make our exciting textures come to life.

(The clay used will be air drying so no firing is needed. simply leave the work in a warm dry spot and the pieces should be fully dry within 24- 48 hours)

Mike Murray

Model Making

Participants will be shown 3D models of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover that is still on Mars and will be asked to design and make their own artistic versions. Participants with be shown how to plan design drawing pupils and develop using measurements and construction steps.
Tools and materials will be provided.

Engineer a small rover buggy from wood by cutting wood to the correct measurements from own personal design specification, also ensure angles are correct and axels run parallel, so wheels run freely.

Create a toy rover which is artistically inspired from the original.

Mike Murray is an Artist, Teacher, and Creative Agent for the Arts Council of Wales. His current studio is in Penmaenmawr, North Wales.

His artwork is multi-discipline, binding together Sculpture and Digital Art. The techniques used in his work vary from digital art to sculpture. He has a fond interest in technology, especial how technology is used to explore nature.
His work has been widely exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Wales and beyond, such as the National Eisteddfod of Wales, G39, Ivy Brown Gallery New York and many others. He has been invited to work on various community project works and commissions for the private, corporate and public sectors, for example: Kier Construction and Galini Construction.
He is also taught in various educational institutions throughout Wales.

Mary Thomas


Using two Victorian photo processes you will produce images on dark room paper without a camera. Using sun/UV power and Cyanotype solution )first invented in 1842), plants and negatives you will create images that are part science, art and magic.

Mary Thomas is a local artist who began her Alternative Photography journey after retiring from her
teaching career in 2014. Starting as a complete novice she realised she had found the creative outlet
she had been searching for.
Her practice is driven by an innate curiosity, wonder and the need to experiment pushing the
boundaries of Photographic Alchemy.. Using Cyanotype one of the first photographic processes from
1842( Sir John Herschel)on dark room paper she creates unique images using plants, negatives and
household ingredients.
She is an experienced workshop facilitator and has been asked to give talks about her work and
artistic journey

Mike Ryder


During this fun workshop, we will be experimenting with pouring and dripping inks as methods for making drawings. Looking at the positive and negative shapes which appear during this process and playing with the incidental to create abstract and figurative drawings.

Mike is an artist based in Colwyn Bay. His practice spans paintings, photography, and digital collage, all underpinned by his love of drawing. Mike has shown his work widely, including, Mostyn, Llandudno; Gallery North, Newcastle; 38B, Peckham; and New York, Tokyo, and Barcelona Photo Festival.

Jude Wood


I have the kind of heat press that you see in T-shirt shops, but instead of pre-printed transfers I use the raw sublimation inks as an art material.

Designs are drawn and painted onto paper and then transferred onto fabric using the heat press machine in 45 seconds. You don’t have to be confident at drawing as painted sheets of paper can be cut and collaged into a multitude of designs. The colours are transparent, so images can be overlaid on top of one another like watercolour.

Synthetic fabric works best and this gives the added bonus of the work becoming waterproof, and therefore useable outside.

I’m an artist, maker, creator and facilitator who in 1997, realised how much I enjoyed sharing the creative process with other people and making things happen.

Since then I have been designing and delivering bespoke projects across Wales full time, and my work has taken me to Welsh castles, terraced streets, abandoned chapels, fine theatres, busy classrooms, hospitals, and the occasional mountain top.

After my own experience of ill health and extensive treatment in 2012, my focus is now centred about Health and Wellbeing and the way creativity and self-expression, when used skilfully and playfully can be a powerful therapeutic tool.

I own a ridiculous number of pens, and my favourite colours at the moment are bluey-grey and mustard yellow.

Claire Halliday

Perspective, light and shadow

This workshop will focus on perspective, light and shadow offering simple tips that make any picture more “3d”. We will create a city skyline sparkling in the afternoon sun.

Claire is a freelance artist. She loves all forms of drawing and painting specialising in portraiture and landscape but enjoys making murals and teaching too. She believes that art can make a positive difference to everybody’s life and can help us all to see the world around us in a new way.

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