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4th Sept – 20th Nov 2015: Expressive art courses

4th September 2015 @ 11:00 am - 20th November 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Expressive Arts – Art for well-being

Discover your inner Artist with Studio Upstairs!

Studio Upstairs Bristol is pleased to offer its Expressive Arts courses; two terms of 6 week introductions to the techniques of soapstone carving or painting.

About Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs believes in artistic practice as a valuable way to create meaning and purpose in life, leading from isolation to community.

Aims of the course

The courses for adults, aged 18 and above provides an opportunity for people struggling with life’s difficulties to gain a new skill in a safe, open minded and creative environment.

No previous experience in art making is needed and a experienced artist tutor will lead you though the techniques and processes. All materials are provided.

Course structure 

All materials included.

The course will run weekly on a Friday and will begin with a taught session that will include a introduction to tools, art mediums and techniques. The day will continue with your tutor available to offer suggestions and help.

Our tutors are qualified art therapists and psychotherapists.

The course teaches people the basics of painting and soapstone carving, prepares participants for continuing with pieces when they move on from the studio and  is a positive step towards using art as an expression.

At the end of each course, a celebration evening will be held to invite friends and family to enjoy and share in the work created at the studio during the 6 weeks.

Term One: Soapstone carving 04 September – 09 October 2015 11 – 4pm

Soapstone is a soft, colourful and easily worked stone.  You will learn how to shape the stone, use a range of carving techniques using hand files and how to polish and finish your pieces.  You will also learn about design ideas and begin to find ways to express yourself in this medium.

Term Two: Introduction to painting 16 October – 20 November 2015 11 – 4pm

This course will look at using different paints and colour to create visual images.  You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques and learn about colour mixing.  You will also be encouraged to explore how these can be used for your own creative expression.


Both courses are offered free to people on low income, unemployed or in receipt of benefits. A £20 refundable deposit will be required to secure your place.

Waged: £60 per course.

We will require evidence of your benefits or income to confirm your eligibility for a free place.

The subsidised places are funded by Bristol City Council.


To apply, download and complete the application form, email to the address below.

Download application

Email to: bristolstudio@studioupstairs.org.uk


4th September 2015 @ 11:00 am
20th November 2015 @ 4:00 pm


Studio Upstairs Bristol
Units 1 & 2 Albion Dockside Estate
Bristol, BS1 6UT United Kingdom
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0117 930 0314


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