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Events/Workshops

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Blurred Lines Exhibition 

1st to 31st January 2024

Step into the captivating world of "Blurred Lines" by Jaqueline Curran, a talented Scottish artist hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Ayrshire. 

"Blurred Lines" is a celebration of Curran's mastery in seamlessly blending various mediums. The amalgamation of beautiful soft lines, rich textures, and a vibrant palette of colors results in artworks that exude a striking and sweet allure. The organic feel and look of the finished pieces transport viewers into a realm where art becomes a sensorial experience.

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Introduction to Sourdough
Bread Making Workshop

Sunday 18th February
2pm - 5pm

This three hour workshop will explain the fundamentals and provide an introduction to the basics of sourdough bread making and show you what makes wild yeast baking so special. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to make and bake with your own sourdough starter. You will create your own starter and then use ours to produce a sourdough loaf and we will show you the process of a no knead sourdough.

 

Sourdough Bakery 3 Cathcart St, Ayr KA7 1BJ

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Analogue Street Photography & Film Processing Workshop

Saturday 17th February
10am - 4pm

Learn how to load and shoot with a 35mm film camera. Introduce the techniques of street photography and then process your film by hand. Suitable for all, from complete beginners to experienced photographers looking to refresh their skills.

 

Participants can arrive with nothing (but if you have your own 35mm camera please bring it along). You will leave with the confidence to tackle street shooting, a roll of processed B&W Film and your favourite frames ready to share.

All materials and chemistry supplied in Makes Dark Room, and we have a range of SLR and Rangefinder cameras we can lend you.

Last workshop sold out instantly, limited spaces left!

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Mug Making Workshop Series

Monday 19th & 26th February 2024

6.30pm-8.30pm

The first class is making and the second glazing.  Great idea as a present!Come and make your own mugs! In this tactile workshop you will get hands on with clay, and learn ceramic hand-building techniques to create two mugs. Whether you prefer espresso, coffee, or tea mugs. The mugs will be fired and in the second workshop you will decorate them with glaze. After the workshop, the mugs will be fired for the final time and ready for you to pick up and enjoy using at home for your favourite drinks. This class is perfect for complete beginners as well as those with some experience in clay.

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Painting workshop with Madhumati Manda- Mixed Media & Collage

Saturday 24th February
2pm - 5.30pm

A journey in mixed media techniques- painting workshop with local artist Madhumati Manda exploring Mixed media & Collage on canvas. Unleash your creativity on canvas with acrylic paints and an interesting array of mixed media tools. This workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities, strikes a perfect balance between free-spirited self-expression and structured techniques.

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Fluid Art - Acrylic Pour Painting Workshop with Jacqueline Curran

Tuesday 27th February
7pm - 9pm

Create a stunning work of art with this acrylic paint pouring workshop, perfect for all skill levels. A wonderfully calming way to get creative, you’ll fall in love with acrylic paint pouring as you bring the art to life. Whether you’re looking to brush up on your skills or you’re completely new to acrylic paint pouring, this is a great way to learn simple techniques, showing you different ways to pour your paint to achieve beautiful results. Local artist Jaqueline Curran Local artist currently exhibiting in Make will take you through each step of the pouring process, guiding you with tips and tricks along the way

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP


Ceramic Collage/

Riso printing workshop= CERISO

Saturday 2nd March
10am - 3pm

This exciting new workshop involves experimenting with papers and collages to create your very own run of colourful Riso prints in the first part of the day, before using the same inspiration materials later in the afternoon, to create your own ceramic collage using enamels and blank tiles. Riso printing is a sustainable printing process that uses vegetable, soya based ink- similar to screen printing!

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Play With Food!
Collage/Riso printing workshop

Saturday 9th March
1pm - 4pm

Make textural riso prints inspired by food!


In this workshop, you will make food-inspired artworks, going straight to the source. You will make abstract marks and patterns with fruit, veggies and other food items, creating collages from these marks, which will result in 2-colour Risograph prints you can take home with you. Risograph  is a sustainable printing method using sustainable soy based inks.

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

An Introduction to
Darkroom Printing

Saturday 16th March
10am-4pm

If you’ve attended one of our analogue film processing workshops and want to print your negatives or if you’ve just always wanted to learn the process, this course is the

perfect introduction to darkroom printing.

 

In our brand-new darkroom space, we’ll familiarise you with the darkroom equipment, enlargers, safe lighting & processing equipment. You’ll be instructed in chemical preparation safety and taken step by step through the printing process before going solo and printing your own images. All under the guidance of our

resident darkroom tutors.

All materials and chemistry supplied. Bring your own 35mm negatives or we can supply from our archive.

 

Owing to the size of the darkroom, places are limited to a maximum of 6 per session, so book early.

 

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Mug making Ceramic workshop series with Creadh Studio

Monday 18th & 25th March
6.30pm - 8.30pm

Come and make your own mugs! In this tactile workshop you will get hands on with clay, and learn ceramic hand-building techniques to create two mugs. Whether you prefer espresso, coffee, or tea mugs. The mugs will be fired and in the second workshop you will decorate them with glaze.

After the workshop, the mugs will be fired for the final time and ready for you to pick up and enjoy using at home for your favourite drinks.

 

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

Photogram Printmaking
Evening Workshop

Thursday 28th March
5.30pm - 8.30pm

A fun and experimental session introducing you to the creation of Photograms and darkroom practice. Photograms are a cameraless darkroom process where objects are placed on photographic paper allowing you to create abstract photographic compositions through light and shadow.Popularised in the 1920’s by Dada artist photographer Man Ray and the Constructivist El Lissitzky as a challenge to traditional photography, this graphic process brings chance and mystery into printmaking. Led by photographer and educator Mike Stone @_rodinal on Instagram

 

A great introduction to darkroom working, we’ll familiarise you with the darkroom, safe lighting & processing equipment. You’ll be instructed in chemical preparation and taken step by step through the photogram process.

 

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Japanese Poetry Forms- A Six-week Course in Writing

Japanese-style Verse

Tuesday 2nd April - Tuesday 7th May
5.30pm - 7.30pm

A Six-week Course in Writing Japanese-style Verse with local poet Alistair Paterson. Poetry is all about condensing, and no poetry is more condensed than Japanese. We will learn from this tradition and endeavour to be creative with it at the same time, without losing sense of its original context. Every Tuesday from 2nd April to 7th May 5.30pm - 7.30pm

£120 for entire course, normal concessions apply, please get in touch.


Alistair Paterson works as a creative writing tutor specialising in running retreats to inspirational locations across the UK. His poetry has been widely published in Britain and abroad. He is the author of four Japanese-style poetry pamphlets, and been published in Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society, and Haiku Scotland.
Week 1
Haiku within its original context. We will learn how haiku arose and try our hand at the form.

 

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

Ceramic Slip Casting Bowl workshops with Creadh Studio

Monday 3rd & 10th June
6.30pm - 8.30pm

In this class you will learn how to use slip to take casts from plaster molds and make beautifully refined bowls. You can either make a nest of 4 bowls of varying sizes or a set of 4 small bowls the same size. This technique is a lovely introduction to ceramics and allows you to take home something very refined that looks like it’s been made on the wheel.

 

MAKE 30 Newmarket St, Ayr, KA7 1LP

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Interested in doing a workshop, talk, event or hiring space? Please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

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