Showing posts from June, 2011

New exhibition coming to the Courthouse 1st August - 21st September "Then and Now" with Jeff Josephine designs


Devore workshop with Dionne Swift

On Friday 24th June we had a very popular devore workshop at The Courthouse with artist Dionne Swift as part of North Yorkshire Open Studios.  The workshop was attended by 13 very keen ladies and they had a busy and productive day as  Dionne guided them through the process of devore to create either a scarf or cushion cover.   

Exciting programme of arts training for teachers, teaching assistants, artists, trainee teachers etc

Jo York, Arts Advisor for NYCC, is running a programme of Art and Design courses  in partnership with Rural Arts in Thirsk.   She has had lots of requests especially for really practical courses, designed to build skills, subject specific knowledge and above all confidence. They are all highly practical, (which explains the choice of Rural Arts as a venue, as we have ideal studio space), and each one focuses on a key area within the  Art and Design curriculum. The courses cover; mark-making and developing a visual language, working with colour and paint, sketchbooks, practical printmaking, textile skills and techniques, and 3D skills, and each will not only give delegates time to acquire appropriate practical skill, but will also offer loads of inspiration for classroom activities and curriculum planning. The courses are aimed at all teachers and teaching assistants and artists in the primary phase and they have been planned to work both as stand-alone courses and when taken toget

French night at The Courthouse!

On Monday evening the French conversation class, who meet at The Courthouse on a weekly basis, celebrated the end of term with a fantastic French meal in The Courtroom.  Over 20 people enjoyed a Racklette fondue style event and a good night was had by all!   Soirée   fantastique!  The French conversation classes will continue in the Autumn.  If you are interested please contact Rural Arts ( and we will forward enquiries to the tutor, Mrs Haisley.

Entertaining the W. I. at The Courthouse

Twenty seven members of Marton-cum Grafton W.I. descended on the Courthouse last night for an evening of cakes and batik,  what a great combination!  After a guided tour round the building and a brief talk about the history of Rural Arts members got stuck into a very productive batik workshop in the Courtroom followed by tea and cakes in the café. This W. I. were a creative lot, none had batiked before and confidently got to grips with dribbling hot wax and applying outrageously bright dyes to their designs.   The results were stunning and in typical W.I. fashion someone suggested a competition, but time got the better of us! 

Fired Up-Ceramics Exhibition July at The Courthouse Thirsk

Flux Flux is an established and emerging group of artists and makers based in Yorkshire working in a variety of materials: hand thrown vessels, kiln formed glass, resin sculpture, jewellery, limited edition prints etc Fired Up Is an opportunity to view, purchase and discuss work as well as take part in a number of workshops run by members throughout the exhibition. Flux  Ceramic Workshops We are planning 2 Raku workshops at The Courthouse Thirsk weather permitting as follows:  Saturday 16 July from 11- 4 Harrogate College students  Saturday 23rd July 10-4 Harrogate College Tutors Both workshops £10.00. Drop-in throughout the day please allow 2hrs to glaze and fire!  All children under 10 accompanied by an adult. Saturday 23 rd July Harrogate Tutors will also demonstrate a range of hand throwing techniques. 22nd July 10 -3 Demonstration of glass bead making using lamp work technique. Harrogate college student Lynn Cook. 21 st July 10-3 Sculpting a small/large head in clay

Puppet Craft Children's Theatre performed at Langton Primary School as part of ON Tour!

Langton Primary School enjoyed a visit from Puppet Craft on Saturday 21 st May. The company brought the award winning book ‘The Mousehole Cat’ alive through carved wooden puppets, coloured shadows, live music, song and a beautiful set! The children also enjoyed a shadow puppet workshop before the performance. Saskia Syms, a teacher at the school commented: ‘The workshop was a really big hit and couldn’t have been improved, we were all amazed what could be produced from an old cereal packet and a bit of cellophane. The set for the performance was magical and the children (and adults) sat mesmerized throughout the performance.’ A Rural Arts photographer was on hand to capture the magic, the full selection of photographs can be seen by following the link below. Delicious cakes were enjoyed afterwards by everyone!

Rural Arts staff doing Race for Life in York - Sunday 19th June

Rural Arts staff, family and friends are running Race for Life on Sunday 19th June, 2.30pm at York Racecourse, fully clad in tutus, pink tights, pink tshirts and bibby boppers and potentially fairy wings too! We hope to raise raise lots of money for Cancer Research Uk in memory of friends and family who have been lost to, or undergone treatment for, cancer. Please give generously and come cheer us on and join the picnic afterwards if you fancy it!