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Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto

21 December 2017, 16:30 - 17:00

Wander through an enchanted corridor to arrive at Santa’s workshop, where you will be entertained by one of his elves: write your letter, look for his naughty friend and browse in the toyshop windows before taking a magical journey to meet Santa all cosy in his sitting room, where he will complete the magic with an early Christmas present.

Prices: Child Under 1 - £4.00 (only 2 Child Under 1 tickets left!); Adult - Free

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Skin Deep - Painting the Face in pastel, acrylics or oils

04 May 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

The human face is eternally interesting. Join artist Linda Birch to create a human visage, taking inspiration from the current exhibition Skin Deep by Jonathan Yeo, who explores conceptual themes in his Surgery Series, depicting in the classical medium of oil paint, the intricacies and complex issues surrounding the current cult for cosmetic surgery and the quest for physical ‘perfection’.

Prices: Adult - £35.00 (only 1 Adult tickets left!); Friend - £33.00 (only 1 Friend tickets left!)

This event is not currently open for booking.

Gouache Townscapes in the French Tradition

20 July 2018

Gouache, an opaque form of watercolour, was always more popular in Europe than the English tradition of transparent watercolour. It has many attributes in that it can be used thickly like oil painting or in rich washes similar to watercolour. Join artist Linda Birch to create your own work inspired by the Museum’s collection of Gouache paintings.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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A Nursery Rhyme in Line and Wash

14 September 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

Join artist Linda Birch to create your own illustration inspired by the current exhibition of Quentin Blake’s lively illustrations to Roald Dahl’s tales for children. Using simple steps, this day course will enable you to create a charming picture for a nursery wall.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Masaai Warriors Concert

15 September 2018, 19:30

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors are a talented tribal group who tour the UK to raise funds for charitable projects in their homeland of southern Kenya. Join us for an entertaining and informative evening, featuring authentic Maasai songs, dance and drama with the opportunity to ask questions and purchase authentic tribal arts and crafts.

Prices: Adult - £11.00; Concession - £10.00

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Painting Everyday Life in Oils or Acrylic

09 November 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

Join artist Linda Birch to be inspired by the work of Courbet, the socialist realist painter of everyday life, whose work hangs in the Museum. This class will examine how to depict people at work or pursuing leisure interests, including sporting and social events, farming and shopping.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

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Let it Snow – Two Small Christmas Pictures

07 December 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

The Bowes Museum has some lovely winter paintings, including the work of Joséphine Bowes. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story about a little fir tree, join artist Linda Birch to create a small but richly decorative picture using watercolours or acrylics. The painting will be of two small images on a folded piece of mount card with a richly decorated edge.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00; Member - £33.00 (only 1 Member tickets left!)

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