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Stained Glass Windows at Marton cum Grafton Primary School

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Stained glass artist Jane Littlefield has been working on behalf of Rural Arts at Marton Cum Grafton Primary School.  The school has commissioned 3 large stained glass windows to celebrate its150th aniversary.  Jane demonstrated the traditional art of  stained glass making to the pupils, showing them how to cut glass and make a leaded panel.  The pupils then came up with their own designs depicting school life past and present.

The children's pictures will be used to create the design for the stained glass windows, and some children will have the opportunity to paint their designs onto glass, which will then be fired and incorporated into the windows.

Jane said "This is a really exciting project to be involved with.  The 3 windows which are in the school hall will look really amazing, as the children have come up with some beautiful design work."

Pocket Panto perform 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at The Old Courthouse, 7/01/12

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Pocket Panto sell out The Old Courthouse!




Extract from a review in Thirsk Weekly News- Saturday 14th January 2012 by 'Tucker Talks'


We have been to a panto. Oh yes we have! And it was right on our doorstep. The Pocket Panto Company brought their diminutive version of Jack and the Beanstalk to the former magistrates' Court Room at Rural Arts.

The show was a sell out, and I was impressed by how much the cast of three, Dame Dotty, Idle Jack and pretty Jill packed into a small space.

This is the sort of show that Rural Arts successfully promote to put into village halls and bring live entertainment to communities that otherwise would have to travel or watch TV. A round of applause please!







Review below and pictures above by Steve Toase:


Pantomime is all about spectacle, big characters and big performances. You can very easily fall into the trap of thinking that you need a big venue and company to deliver a quality show. After seeing Pocket Panto this notion goes completely out of …

Music Course at The Courthouse

Learn to use YOUR Music Tech skills in classroom settings at MusicLeader Yorkshire’s fantastic course in Thirsk… Please pass on to any teachers, TAs, music teachers, trainee teachers, workshop leaders, facilitators and others you think may be interested in attending!

Music Technology in Practice
Putting your technology skills and knowledge to use in classroom and workshop settings

Thursday 9th February and Thursday 23rd February 2012
The Old Courthouse, Thirsk
10am - 4pm both days

Run by experienced practitioner, Andrew Cleaton, this 2 day course is designed for those who have an understanding of the basic principles of music technology and want to improve how they use these skills to support young people's learning within classroom and workshop settings. Participants require background knowledge of music technology to benefit from this course.

Day one will focus on using more advanced music technology techniques and software. Day two will focus on using music technology to teach all …

A Taste Of…Art Classes at The Courthouse

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Start the New Year with a new skill!
Rural Arts are running A Taste of....Art sessions every Tuesday (1-3pm) 
£10 per session


Have a go at textiles, ceramics, silver jewellery, batik.......(see below for dates)
Fun, friendly sessions for those who want to be creative or just have a go at something new.


Click here to book any of the sessions listed.


17th January Vintage Appliqued Tote bags



24th and 31st January Velvet Devore      
(2 week activity + £12 materials cost)



14th and 21st February Silver Clay Jewellery  
(2 week activity + £12 materials cost)



28th February  Making Pots for Raku  
(+ £10 materials and firing cost)



6th and 13th March  Silk Screen Printing   
(activity over 2 weeks)





20th March   Batik Eggs - traditional wax and dyed eggs  



27th March (10am - 3pm)   Raku Firing

Rural Arts new website - coming soon to a screen near you!!

Coming soon to a screen near you!  
Our new website is almost ready to go live and as we put the finishing touches to it, we’re very excited about the new look and hope that you like it too.
We’ve filled every nook and cranny on the site with news and information about all the exciting things happening here at Rural Arts in Thirsk.  You will soon be able to buy tickets online to music and theatre events in Thirsk and across North Yorkshire, where we are also involved in outreach work with local communities.
Whether you are a local resident or you are on holiday in Thirsk, there are lots of interesting short Arts and Crafts courses and workshops right here in North Yorkshire, where you can choose from our range of Textiles, Ceramics, Printing and Jewellery Making workshops and much more.
Why not pop in and pick up some information in person, and while you’re here browse round our lovely art gallery full of delightful arts and crafts that would make lovely gifts, or why not an unashamed se…