Life Drawing

I have just had two cancellations for a second beginners life drawing class on Sunday 22 APRIL .. This session is themed ‘Painting and Composition’. It runs from 11-4 and costs £45. Tea coffee and biscuits are included as are the model’s fees. You should bring paper and lunch and any preferred media, charcoal, pencil etc. most things are here at the studio.

This is a taught session by the excellent tutor Melanie Rose, if you would like further details about Mel, please visit the tutor pages of this site, and her own website, details of which can be found on her page

Please let me know on, if you are interested in attending


End of January already!

How can we be at the end of January, it feels as though we have only just put the Xmas decs away … February sees the start of the new years’ classes so things are revving up now, my Creative Textiles and Procion Printing long courses are starting again this week, as is Mel’s life drawing … Amanda Hislop returns to the Granary to teach her ‘Imagined Seascapes’ too…

Caroline Bell is offering a brand new class titled ‘Natural dyeing ‘ in response to requests from preious students .. she has spaces on this, so if you are interested in dyeing rather than printing, then come along to try it out ..two tuesdays 13 & 20 Feb, more details in the classes section of this website, it is £100 for the two days, all dyes included.. should be a great couple of days, let me know if you are interested.

The life drawing is roughly once a month and although we have a nucleus of regular students there are often the odd space so if you wish to go on that email list offering these spaces, please contact me..

thats it for now, more things coming up in March, will let you know at the end of feb

get creative

susan x




A belated Merry Christmas and some classes for you to Consider

sorry to have been so quiet, I lost my hard drive on the approach to Christmas and it has taken me a long time to recover my information!

Anyway, Merry Christmas now, I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I had a good one staying with my kids for the first time , after cooking 37 turkeys on the trot, I was cooked for by my son-in law… very different and very wonderful…

I have  at long last sent out a newsletter to my followers and updated the website accordingly…

First, I introduced Heather Chalkley, who is coming at the end of January to teach a fabulous exotic bird picture, bright and cheerful in these dark days, I expect this workshop to be very popular as I have had quite a few requests to bring patchwork and quilting to the Granary Studio.. in fact the bookings for this have already started! I hope this will be the first of many workshops from Heather… do visit the Classes page to find out more

I have some upcoming classes in January with spaces, listed here, so , if you are interested, do please get in touch.. as follows:

16th Jan     Eco-Stitch taught by Caroline Bell,       a lovely relaxing day, bringing together all those samples you have created in the summer months when there were leaves on the trees!

20th Jan   Life Drawing for beginners,  1space only, taught by Mel Rose,      if you have always fancied a go at life drawing, Mel is a lovely sympathetic and inspiring tutor, so do come and join in the fun

26-28 Jan    Exotic Bird taught by Heather Chalkley,   just released, come for a weekend of bright inspiring learning

Thats all the classes with availability for January, I hope to post this information at the end of every month from now onwards, I won’t mention the full classes but I always keep waiting lists, so it is worth getting in touch for other sessions you see in the Classes page of this site.. life happens and I get cancellations, mainly because students book so far ahead

I hope 2018 is a happy and healthy year for you all

Susan x

A new course from Mel and a couple of spaces on some others

I am announcing a brand new class from Melanie Rose… We are planning to extend the drawing and painting classes offered here at the Granary in addition to the life drawing that is already offered regularly.

A Painting Day, Abstracting the Figure will run  on Saturday 19th November 2016 from 11.00-16.00, the day will cost £45.00

The materials list can be found by clicking on the course code MR010  and when you visit the classes section on this site and scroll down to Mel’s classes

There a couple of spaces on Caroline Bell’s forthcoming two day class ‘Indigo, the Queen of Natural Dyes’ which costs £90 and will run on Saturday and Sunday 15/16 October 2016…this should be great with Caroline creating an Eco Indigo Vat, so none of the evil substances I have used in the past.

Also, Clare Bullock has a couple of spaces on ‘The Versatility of Felt’ which is coming up on Fri & Sat, 11 & 12 November from  10.00-16.00, this also costs £90, and as always will be a fun packed class.

That’s all the spaces I have for the rest of this year 2016, everything else is full so things are very lively here at the Granary Studio

Hope to see you somewhere on any of the classes, if not …. see you next year!


The Autumn Term is upon us

Wow, what a summer… Clare Bullock came to teach at the Granary Studio for the first time … I went to Lizzie Houghton’s summer school in Penzance and made a fabulous nuno felt jacket in the round… Festival of Quilts came and went with lots of new opportunites, exhibitions and new students…. Hampshire Open Studios  has just finished, with lots of lovely visitors and yet more new students.. Our registers are bursting at the seams so new classes have been added to the timetable… read on to see some details …
Caroline Bell has some new classes in the timetable ..her Autumn Eco printing class filled very quickly, so she is offering a slightly different Spring Eco printing class for those that couldn’t get onto the Autumn Eco, this is running Tuesday 18 and Tues 25 April 2017.. and several people visiting our open studios expressed a wish to do the basic two day Eco-printing class at the weekend instead of consecutive Tuesdays becaue they work full time, so, we have EcoPrinting weekend running on Sat 8th and Sun 9th July 2017 for you.
Caroline is also offering a second Eco-masterclass weekend which is running on Sat 17 and Sun 18 June 2017.. All these classes have spaces on at the moment
more of Carolines interesting bundles!
The image shows the nuno felt sample from her first class… everyone had a great time and she has now put in two new classes.. first of all..‘The Versatility of Felt’ will run on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 november 2016, where Clare will show a variety of different effects with felt.. and ‘3D felt’ which will run on Fri 10 and Sat 11 February 2017, where Clare will lead students through methods of creating 3 dimensional form with felt
Life Drawing with Mel Rose continues as usual with the second of the Beginners life days coming up on Saturday 10th September 2016… A new block of six for the advanced class starts on Thurs 15 September, this is a change from Monday evenings owing to other commitments for Mel and Me. I am hoping to persuade Mel to find time for a second less experienced group, but I know just how busy she is with lots of new opportunities coming up
My classes are also booking up fast …The first ‘Procion and Process’ group has now finished all ten sessions and I am really pleased with the work they are now producing, with some of them going forward to study on the Independent Study class next year starting in February 2017…. my new group for ‘Procion and Process’ is signed up to start in February 2017 as well… as always I will take any new names for any of the classes, and start an extra class if it is required
The last session for this group was to learn about the use of Formosul for taking colour out of fabric, and some exciting effects were achieved in spite of the nasty smell of the chemicals!
Finally, I hope you have all had a great summer and are ready for the challenges of the term ahead… I hope you will sign up for classes with what I regard as the best tutors in their field.. always message me if there is a class or tutor out there that you would like to study with and I will do my best to facilitate it…. thanks for reading this and I will be back in touch soon with news of yet more new tutors hopefully, watch this space x
Caroline was busy creating wonderful fabrics at the Open Studios … she has a couple of classes coming up which still have spaces on  …
Indigo Queen of Natural Dyes, Caroline will introduce a natural indigo Vat together with the use of flour paste resist, such a relief to be able to achieve those wonderful blues without the use of toxic chemicals, this is running on Sat 15 and Sun 16 October 2016
And, a second Eco-Stitching day.. this was really good last time, Caroline leads you through putting lots of your samples together into a kind of collage and shows appropriate hand stitches for the piece… a gentle day with lots of time to chat and lovely results.. this is running on Tuesday 15th November 2016.. get in quickly to come to these two wonderful days with Caroline
Clare Bullock is returning to The Granary Studio to teach two more classes
Amande Hislop is coming to the Granary Studio for the first time, she is offering two different classes....’Abstracted Land’ will run on Thurs 25 and Fri 26 May 2017 and is described as an experimental workshop using landscape as a focus… Amanda typically uses a restricted colour palette of natural colours… her second class is ‘Using Sketchbooks as a Rich Resource..‘ which again will be an experimental adventure in drawing collage and mixed media .. this will run for three days on Thurs 28, Fri 29 and Sat 30 September 2017, and I am looking forward to taking part in this one if there is a small space in a corner somewhere!
Kim Thittichai may have nearly emigrated to Western Ireland but she is still coming to teach at the Granary Studio for the first time… Fri 9 June 2017 sees her teaching ‘On The Surface Plus!’ and Sat 10 and Sun 11 June 2017 she will be teaching ‘Transforming Transfers’.  Both these classes are now fully booked but I am keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations or maybe even an extra class if there is a need
I am starting a brand new class called ‘Creative Textiles’ which will start on March 9 2017. It will generally be on the first Thursday in the month running in 5 session blocks. It will kind of replace the Contemporary Textile Workshop that ran at Eastleigh College in previous years… so .. design challenges for students to continue their pieces in between sessions …. and each set of five will have a different theme to start the sessions off. If you want to talk this through with me then don’t hesitate to contact me … it will be part teaching and part mentoring… should be fun!

Autumn Classes

The Autumn programme of classes is up on the website here, just click on the button classes across the top of the home page and you will be taken to the classes that are being offered this autumn/winter… I will be adding more as we go along , but , I have got this together because I am off to the festival of quilts tomorrow.. I will have my leaflets there so, if you are interested, contact me quickly …. i will take waiting lists for all the classes and offer further classes where i can…

i will be on stand QIA24 and also demonstrating on Art Van Go’s Artist in Action stand at the back of their main stand

so, please pop in and say hello, see you there!

Opportunity for Life Drawing

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One place has become available on the Intermediate/Advanced Life Drawing Class…

It consists of a block of 6 Monday evenings from 18.00-20.00 held at The Granary Studio, taught by the very talented tutor Melanie Rose

It is running from Monday 6th June – 11 July 2016, and costs £98 for the six sessions

A different model for each session.

For more information please visit the Classes section of the website



Beginners Life Drawing

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We have one space left on the beginners life drawing course.

This consists of two full days of tuition with two different models

It is running on Saturday 16th July and 10th September 2016, and costs £90 for the two days.

For more information please visit the Classes section of the website