27th August to 9th September

Art Workshops

Below are details of the Workshops that took place during Plumstravaganza 2017. Details of this year's events will appear her in due course.

Arts  & Craft Merry-Go-Round 

This took place between at St. Marks Church Hall, Old Mill Road SE18 1QE.


11.00-12.30 Session 1
Anyone wanting to do needle felting , wet felting, Lino cutting or beginners watercolour needs to be there at the start of the session to avoid repetition of technical and/or health and safety instructions.

12.30-1.00 Lunch Break

1.00-2.30 Session 2
As first session.

Prepare Merry-Go-Round installation, and photograph it on the common.

What is this all about? : the opportunity to have a go at some arts and crafts in a convivial atmosphere – led by local people who are willing to share their skills
What activities are on offer?: needle felting, felting with soap and water, beginners watercolour painting, making jewellery with beads, weaving, simple printing (monoprint), linocut printing, printing with a gelatin plate (more details below).
What does it cost? : £3 (all materials are free – subsidised by Art Plumstead)
Who is the day for?: 16 years and over
Are there limited spaces available?: Needle Felting, Wet Felting, beaded jewellery and lino cutting will be limited to 6 people at a time and to be guaranteed a place you will need to book (see below).
Do I need to book?: Other than to be guaranteed a space for a specific workshop listed above you do not need to book. Alternatively you can turn up on the day and see if spaces are available in these workshops and to do the other things on offer
How do I book?: By email to

Will I be able to book to do a particular session? Yes –see above
How long does it last?: You can come and go as you wish or stay all day– you may only want to try one craft or take the Merry-Go-Round and try most of the activities on offer! Some of the activities will take longer than others. Needle felting, wet felting and beginners water colour will take place as a morning or afternoon session whilst some printing techniques, weaving and making beaded jewellery will available throughout the day.
What will happen to the things I make?: You will be able to take these home with you but we also plan to take the things we have made out onto the common between 2.30 -3.30 for photography with their makers!
Will there be any refreshments?: Tea, coffee and cake will be available (50p) but if you are staying all day then bring your own lunch.

Arts and Crafts on offer

Mono printing – this is an easy but interesting form of black and white printing without the need for artistic skills as you can draw round a pre printed image.

Acrylic paint is rolled onto a gelatin surface and various things can be used to make a patterns before printing onto paper. It is addictive!

Lino printing
Lines and shapes are cut into lino or a softer equivalent product before inking up and printing onto paper

Water colour for beginners – always wanted to have a go at painting? This is your chance! Learn the basic techniques of watercolour painting such as applying a wash.

Jewellery Making with beads – come and learn how to make a simple pair of earrings or a bracelet. This will also teach you how you can restring those broken necklaces!!

use your imagination to do some simple weaving with a variety of materials.

Needle Felting
Learn how to make a simple characterful bug or insect using a special needle and sheeps wool. (the Magic Roundabout characters on the photo are made using needle felting). This is an increasingly popular craft and you will explore its potential from this simple starting point.

Wet Felting
This involves using sheep’s wool, soap and water and a lot of elbow grease to create a piece of felt. Come and make your first felt masterpiece.

Some other activities such as making our very own Plumstead Bunting will be on offer during the day.


Cyanotype Workshops 

Cyanotype by Sandra Marques
Cyanotype by Sandra Marques

Sandra Marques is a local photographer who is going to demonstrate and let you try the cyanotype process. Sandra will be showing you how to treat a piece of paper, so it is ready to produce the cyan blue print known as cyanotype. This very simple, safe process has been used since the mid -1800s and is still popular with photography artists today. These workshops are child friendly and is open to all age groups, it will run on the following dates: 28th of August, 1st September, 3rd of September between 11 am – 13:30pm. This sessions will have a maximum of 6 participants. Costs: £5.00 per person. All materials are included. By the end of each workshop all participants will have an A4 cyanotype art work to take home and a second treated piece to be exposed later on. Please book by email on: . The event will take place in a private house in Plumstead. Venue details will be emailed prior to the event and payment will be taken on the day.