Tours & Courses

INFORMATION FOR ALL CLASSES
Total beginners and those with previous stencilling experience should benefit from any class. Also, the classes may be useful for those that are already teaching paint related workshops and want to add some extra skills to their repertoire. We will start with the basic stencil skills then build. Once the techniques have been demonstrated the students will work and experiment to their own level. Bring a note book, tape measure and an overall/apron. Refreshments, lunch (vegetarian) and materials are provided on full day classes. Please advise us if you have any allergies or dietary requirements. Refreshments and materials are provided on half day classes. We offer a price reduction of £5.00 per class per person when two or more classes are booked at the same time (does not apply to House Tours).

Upcoming Tours & Courses

TOURS OF THE STENCILLED HOME Morning or evening tours £14.00

E: 7pm 4th Mar. 27th Mar.  24th April. 22nd May. 3rd June. 7th July

M. 10am 3rd April. 4th July

All of the rooms in Stocksfield Hall are decorated with stencils. The house has been featured on television and in many books and magazines. The tour visits 13 rooms, the decoration of the different surfaces is explained and discussion is encouraged. After light refreshments a demonstration of basic stencil techniques is given. Duration 2.5-3 hours.

THE STENCILLED HOME, TOUR with TEA & STENCILLING £40.00

22nd Mar, 6th June 2pm.

You get a guided tour around The Stencilled Home, enjoy tea and cakes then have a stencilling lesson. Participants decorate and take home a cushion cover. Ideal for a treat to yourself or with friends. Allow 4 hours.  Can be booked as a private event on other dates.

STENCIL DAY 9.45-5pm £80.00

 21st Mar, 4th April, 23rd May

This class gives a good base to develop stencilling skills along with plenty of inspiration for using them. The day involves practical work, demonstrations and a visit to 13 of the stencilled rooms at Stocksfield Hall. Students will learn to cut a stencil and experiment with different media and surfaces including fabric. Participants gain confidence, knowledge and skills to tackle projects such as walls, floors and soft furnishings. Students take home completed samples and a starter kit worth around £40.00 which includes brushes.

STENCIL TECHNIQUES FOR FABRIC

Half day 9am-1pm – £75.00

 5th April, 24th May

This class gives you the knowledge, experience and technique to stencil fabrics for home decoration and clothing. Using an elaborate, Moroccan style square stencil and matching borders we will decorate a length of fabric. During the class you will learn how to apply colour, repeat the patterns, how to measure for symmetry and how to connect corners in your project. The stencil set is yours to take home, along with your project, and is suitable for walls, floors and furniture decoration not just fabric.

The fabric classes usually follow a stencil day; if a student is attending both days we offer a £10.00 discount on the combined price.

STENCIL TECHNIQUES FOR FURNITURE 9.45-5pm 6th June. £95.00

Students will experiment with a collection of corner, border, repeat and spot motif stencils to create panels, circlets and overall pattern. Special attention is given to corners, symmetry and contrast panels. Simple fantasy finishes and decoupage will be demonstrated. Students will practice with paint and metal leaf.  Many of the skills learned will apply to larger projects too.  Participants should gain skills and confidence to customise pieces of furniture and other small scale projects.  Students take home completed samples of work on paper along with notes to accompany the class and more than £50.00 worth of stencils.

MIRROR IMAGE 9.45-5pm 5th July. £95.00

Create a decorative mirror finish on a framed acrylic panel (size approx 30x40cms). Students will explore stencilling reverse colour onto a transparent surface before gilding it.  Unique water gilding process and metal leaf will be employed.  This technique can transform flat glass or acrylic into a silver leaf effect mirror suitable for wall panels, splash-backs and furniture.  The mirror frame will be decorated using a different gilding process.  Students keep framed panel, stencil and notes.

Persian / Moroccan Style Panel. 9.45-5pm Mon, 25th May £110.00

Content to be confirmed but it will be a fun and challenging project and you will leave with a decorative panel and a fabulous set of stencils.

CHINESE FAKE-AWAY 2 days. 9.45-5 then 9.45-12.45.  £180.00.

25th to 26th April.

Fake your own Chinoiserie wallpaper with stencils. We will explore ways of using stencils to create the look of hand painted Chinese wallpapers from the 1700’s to the present day. We will create at least one decorative panel and practice simple gilding and broken colour techniques. Students use and take home an exclusive stencil set to help create their murals and panels; discount will be given on the day if further stencils are desired.

INFORMATION FOR ALL CLASSES

Total beginners and those with previous stencilling experience should benefit from any class. Also, the classes may be useful for those already teaching paint related workshops who want to add extra skills to their repertoire. We will start with the basic stencil skills then build. Once the techniques have been demonstrated the students will work and experiment to their own level. Bring a note book, tape measure and an overall/apron. Refreshments, lunch (vegetarian) and materials are provided on full day classes. Please advise us if you have any allergies or dietary requirements. Refreshments and materials are provided on half day classes.

ACCOMMODATION

We are a short train ride or a longer bus ride from the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the historic market towns of Hexham and Corbridge. There is accommodation to suit various budgets in those places. There is also B&B accommodation in Stocksfield village but you will need to walk or drive from this. We have a car park for visitors to the Stencil Library. Newcastle upon Tyne is 17 miles away and has an airport, rail, bus and coach station.

GENERAL

The classes and tours take place in a private home; there are uneven floors and stairs. The house can be cold, even in summer, so wear layers!

Classes are limited to a maximum of 6 students (4 on Chinoiserie, Moroccan and Fabric due to the size of the projects). House Tours accommodate 14 persons; We can host private classes and tours on other dates by request.

All classes and tours must be booked in advance; full payment is required with your booking and confirmation will be sent upon receipt. Cheques made payable to The Stencil Library at the address below. Credit card payments are accepted by phone or PayPal. In the event of customer cancellation, no money will be refunded unless 14 days notice has been given or we can fill your place on the class. We will endeavour not to cancel a class unless unavoidable, but reserve the right to do so.