Brush up your art skills

Printmaker  Janet Dickson.
Printmaker Janet Dickson.

NORTHUMBERLAND residents can learn some new skills in this year’s Art Tour.

As well as appreciating the talents of a range of artists across the county, members of the public can also take part in workshops.

This year, the annual event put together by Network Artists in Northumberland includes practical sessions and demonstrations.

Netherwitton resident Janet Dickson, who does hand-made prints inspired by gardens and Northumberland’s landscape, is getting ready for her sixth Art Tour in her old granary studio in the picturesque setting of Healey Mill.

Her Printmaker’s Picnic workshop offers people the chance to have a go at painterly printmaking and explore mark-making techniques to create monoprints.

She said: “I really enjoyed last year and when I was demonstrating the range of techniques lots of people said they wanted to have a go so it made sense to put together the workshops for this year.

“You don’t have to be an artist to take part and groups will be fairly small so there will be time for individual attention if a student would like to do something in particular. Lunch is provided and if the sun is shining we will also have a picnic outside.”

People can see Janet in her studio this weekend as well as on June 18 and 19 and 25 and 26, and July 2 and 3.

Her workshops, priced £65, will take place on June 23 and 30, from 10am to 4.30pm. Materials will be provided.

For more information or to book a place call 01670 772565 or e-mail

Meanwhile, stained and fused glass artist Helen Grierson and Morag Johnston, who works in pastels to produce images in technicolor, are running workshops at the A1 Glass Studio in Eshott Heugh.

Helen’s involves glass cutting and fusing to produce a glass panel and costs £15. Sessions will be held this Sunday and on June 19 and 26 and July 3, all between 1pm and 2pm.

For more details telephone 07905 478767 or e-mail

Morag is providing knitting lessons, as well as a demonstration of the hooky matting technique, every weekend for the next four weeks, from 2pm to 3.30pm. The sessions are free, with knitting kits ranging from £10 to £30.

Telephone 07826 817958 or e-mail for more information.

Barbara Maskrey will also be at the Eshott Heugh studio during the Art Tour. Her paintings of a metro railway station with decorative Victorian features will be on display.

All three artists will be there every Saturday and Sunday in the next four weeks.

Carol White will be running painting workshops covering a variety of techniques, including ‘funnybrush’, at the Druridge Bay Country Park Visitor Centre on June 16 and 23 from 10.30am to 3pm.

Sessions cost £65, including materials. To book a place, e-mail

Pauline Alldis will be showing some of her latest figurative and wildlife paintings and prints at the same venue on the same dates as the Eshott Heugh artists.

Professional mask and puppet maker Rose Furlonger is doing workshops for children and accompanying adults to make simple sculptured card masks at Heddon Methodist Church on June 19 and July 3, between 2pm and 3pm.

Materials are provided and it costs £2 per mask.

To book a place telephone 07950 649828 or e-mail

For the Art Tour, Rose will be joined at the church every weekend for the next four weeks by Jenny Holm, whose paintings are full of illusions, fairytales and myths.

On the same dates, Walter Holmes will be displaying his work at the Blagdon Gallery, Milkhope Centre, and Peter Phillips will be showing his art at Kirkharle Courtyard near Kirkwhelpington.

Walter uses light, water and reflections to create contemporary and traditional paintings. Peter’s paintings capture the ever evolving landscape and iconic architectural classics.

On each day of the Art Tour, studios and facilities are open from 11am to 5pm (Heddon Methodist Church will open from noon on the Sundays) and entry to general displays is free.

Information leaflets about the event are available from Morpeth Tourist Information Centre in the Chantry or online at