Points of Departure: CirclesCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Bobbie FrancesCourse Code: 3424-05


Starting with the simple theme of 'circles', we will be exploring ways to create our own individual designs that can then be translated into stitched textiles or your own craft.


Using a variety of media and starting points we will explore methods and processes to create a collection of designs. No specific skills are required for this course, all that is needed is a willingness to have a go and an interest in self-expression through art. Through a mixture of individual and group activities we will each create a selection of 2-D and 3-D designs which will provide inspiration for further development in your own craft.

Please bring with you

Suitable protective clothing for working with paints, pastels, etc
Mixed Media Cartridge paper, A3 size, around 250gsm
Small notebook or sketchbook to keep records
A small selection of permanent, waterproof black pens, e.g. biro, sharpie, thin, thick
Wet Colour media of your choice – e.g. acrylic paints, watercolour, acrylic inks
Paint brushes, water pot, pallete or old yogurt pots to mix colours, old towel or kitchen roll, baby wipes for cleaning
Dry colour media – colouring pencils, marker pens, oil pastels
Paper scissors and/or craft knife and cutting mat
Small selection of soft pastels, fixative or hairspray, a few cottonwool balls
A few bits of cardboard from old packaging such as a cornflake box
A few papers for collage if you have some e.g. old magazines, napkins, painted papers
PVA or equivalent and glue spreader
Pencils for drawing, a ruler, rubber, a pair of compasses if you have them
Floristry or thin gardening wire, wire snippers


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Bobbie Frances

Bobbie Frances is an experienced artist and teacher, having taught City & Guilds courses in stitched textiles as well as advanced design courses for textile artists in the UK and Europe. An enthusiastic and passionate teacher, with over 30 years of experience, Bobbie enjoys seeing others grow in confidence as an artist. An experimental and conceptual artist, her current series of work is influenced by surrealism, alternative realities and the spoken word, drawing upon her background as a mathematician and her love of endless possibilities.

19th to 21st Aug 2024
Monday to Wednesday


9.15amStudents arrive (coffee available)
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.00amBreakfast for residents
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.00amBreakfast for residents
9.30amTeaching session
12.45-1.45Lunch for all
1.45-5pmLast teaching session

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For Points of Departure: Circles on 19th to 21st Aug 2024