Saturday, 26 November 2011

Next Life Drawing Workshop

Life Drawing Monday 3rd December 2011
Registration and Coffee 10 am. Session runs between 10,30 - 12.30  £15
Join our monthly untutored  life drawing workshops at Honeycomb Studios, bring your own materials, drawing board and easel. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts

Works by both Simon and Sara Bor  have been accepted for inclusion in this year's South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts Open Exhibition to be held at Exeter Castle from the 13th to 20th October.

Further details HERE

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Workshops and Open Studios success at Honeycomb Studios

Our next Life Drawing Workshop is Monday 3rd October
Registration and coffee at 10am, session runs from 10.30am - 12.30pm.  Cost £15
Please bring your own materials and drawing boards etc and contact me to book a place and for directions if you haven't been here before.

Devon Open Studios 

We have had an incredibly busy summer at Honeycomb Studios with preparation for DOS and a 2 day Children's Animation Workshop in August.  Our Open Studios Exhibition was highly successful and we had a good number of Visitor's despite the awful weather.  We were also delighted to have made a healthy number of sales of painting and prints.  The Exhibition also included original animation set ups from some of our productions including Grizzly Tales, Wolves Witches and Giants and Funky Valley and Funky Town.  We also had on display the original 3D set up from Grizzly Tales and kids had an opportunity to have a go at animation themselves.

We ran 3 very successful workshops during Open Studios, the first was Paper Making with Neil from Two Rivers Handmade Papers.  Neil is a fantastic teacher, interesting and informative and he gave us a background to the process and origins.  We had the opportunity to make several A4 sheets of paper using wood pulp, cotton rag and linen. 

We all got the paper making bug and have ordered moulds and deckles from Neil.  We propose to run another workshop at the Paper Mill itself to enable us to produce larger sheets.

Laurie Steen's Intuitive Drawing Workshop was amazing, despite the clouds and showers we managed to find a few breaks in the weather to shadow draw outside.  However with spotlights and large branches dragged into the studio we created our own shadows and produced huge group wall and floor drawings and individual scrolls with large chunks of charcoal.  Everyone was energised by the experience and its definitely a workshop we will repeat.

On yet another very wet day Ashley Hanson ran his fantastic Freedom in Painting workshop.  We started with the fundamentals of colour mixing using complimentary colours and we continued by working directly onto canvas using a series of methods of applying the paint, including brushes, palette knives, hands etc, learning how to layer the paint and examining how colours work together producing different effects.  It was extremely informative and everyone got a lot out of it.  Ashley runs his own workshops in Cornwall and 2012 he will be running 2 Painting Holidays. However he will be back at Honeycomb Studios.

Future Workshops
We are now planning our next batch of workshops, we have had quite a demand for an adult Animation Workshop and we hope to run this in November.  If there is enough interest we will run one on a weekday and another one on a Saturday so that no one misses out.  This would be an introduction to 2D animation and will include traditional drawn animation and some Flash animation.  We will need a minimum of 8 people for each workshop.  So please get in touch if you are interested. 

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Kid's Animation Workshop

The two day animation workshop at Honeycomb was a great success. Here's the fantastic result. Thanks to all the children who worked so hard on their films.

More children's animation can be found our YOU TUBE channel

Friday, 26 August 2011

Grizzly Tales Competition winner

Click here to see the fantastic film made by the Grizzly Tales competition winner Caitlin Milne and her friend APJ at Honeycomb's Animation workshop this week

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Devon Open Studios 3rd - 18th Sept 2011 Workshops at Honeycomb Studios

Book a place on some of the exciting workshops we have on offer during the event.  Contact Sara Bor or tel 01363 866111 for a booking form. Open daily during the event.

Saturday 3rd September - 10.30 am - 4.00pm
Family Experimental Drawing Day Laurie Steen and Sara Bor 

 Lose your inhibition to draw thru large movement and shadow drawing with a focus on experimental mark making.  While exploring different tools and mediums, we will use the natural environment, not only as a subject, but also as a resource for the tools and mediums we use to draw.
Price: Adult £25 children £10     *only children over 8 and must be accompanied by an adult 

 Monday 5th September – 11am – 4pm
Book binding  Joanna Radford

Making Sewn Board Binding, sketchbooks using 210g Norfolk cartridge paper.  Joanna Radford has lived in Devon since 1975, on Dartmoor since 1981. She was a member of Dartington Print Workshop, studying under Michael Honnor, until 2008. She has exhibited work in the South West.  She is primarily a printmaker, but has developed this medium to make artists' books, very often as collaborative projects with other printmakers.  She also makes books and commemorative albums to commission.  Her work is informed by and inspired by her "other life" as a small holder, Dartmoor commoner and breeder of Dartmoor ponies and Shetland sheep.
Price: £35.00  plus materials

Friday 9th September – 11am – 4pm
Paper Making Two Rivers Paper Making Company

Learn to make A4 hand made paper out of cotton and recycled rag. The largest output at Two Rivers is of the famous TR and DeNimes handmade artists paper. This is the paper of choice for many of the country's finest artists. Two Rivers has a unique  random surface texture unlike the mechanically even weave of most other branded papers. This also means that there is not a right or wrong side as both sides are identical. It is incredibly hard sized, allowing the painter the luxury of pushing paint around for much longer than with more absorbent artist’s papers. As well as watercolour, our papers are used for pastels, oils, printmaking, photographic processes and many types of mixed media.
Price £40.00

Tuesday 13th September – 11am – 4pm
Drawing Master Class Laurie Steen

Focusing on the nature of drawing, and the drawing of nature.  Warm up to include large movement and shadow drawing, as above, while encouraging an explorative approach to drawing.   The big Idea: The act of drawing while moving and shadow drawing positive and negative shapes, allows us to loosen up and explore the concept of Edges, Space and Shapes, in a way that doesn’t continually reference our stored symbolic concepts of a subject.  Sometimes learning to draw is about knowing  that your only job is to record information and shadow drawing allows us to do this brilliantly... with creativity following. 
After studying fine arts at the University of Calgary, Laurie graduated with an honors BID and thesis prize from the University of Manitoba in 1993, where she also taught sketch camps and drawing classes. Laurie has been a part of many solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where she is now residing. Laurie has her work in numerous private and corporate collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Price £35.00



Saturday 17th September – 11am – 5pm
Freedom in Painting  Ashley Hanson

An exciting opportunity to work with the renowned colourist and landscape artist Ashley Hanson. The concept is about exploring the possibilities of painting and going beyond your comfort zone , finding your own ‘Freedom in Painting and making something  that surprises you!’. The workshop will include using the language of colour, mark –making, composition, and looking at space and abstraction to develop and push your painting further. Throughout the day Ashley will be hands on with demonstrations and both group and one to one expert tuition, concluding  with a group critique...  Ashley specializes in oils; however you are free to work in either oils or acrylics, whatever you prefer.  Bring along a drawing, photograph or just an   idea to work from.   This course is suitable for students with some experience in painting.  Ashley is a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University and the National Academy of Art, Bergen, Norway. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Edgar Modern, Bath, Campden Gallery the Cotswolds and the Belgrave St.Ives.
Price £35.00 Bring your own materials, list provided

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Drawing workshop 4th July

 Life Drawing workshop  Monday 4th July.

This is an untutored class suited to artists and people wishing to improve their drawing skills.
Over 16 years of age.

Registration 10am class runs from 10.30am - 12.30pm.  Cost £15
Please bring your own materials, drawing board etc.
To book a place email  tel 01363 866111

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Drawing class 6th June

We had a fantastic 2 hour drawing session on Monday, 
with a group of mid Devon Artists .  The weather was beautiful with sunlight streaming through the windows creating inspirational lighting effects on the dramatic poses created by our wonderful model.  Thanks to all the artists taking part and for your support.  It looks like this will  be a regualr monthly class, so if you would like to join in please get in contact.  This is a good opportunity to get to know other artists in the area, share ideas and information.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Nickelodeon Competition to Win a Day in Devon

Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Tales: Win a Day in Devon:

Nickelodeon has launched a Grizzly Tales competition.  The prize is an Animation Workshop for a family of 4 at the Honeycomb Animation Studios in rural Devon where Grizzly Tales is made, plus travel and accommodation.   See the above link for details

Drawing from the Heart

We have had 2 really successful workshops in the studio so far this year. 

In March Artist and Lecturer Louise Watkins led the ‘Drawing from the Heart’ workshop, an introduction to intuitive drawing techniques.   

Louise is scheduled to come back and teach a similar workshop in October 2011
The ‘Introduction to Animation’ workshop in April focused on traditional drawn animation techniques. 

We are pleased to announce that we are able to offer Animation Workshop parties, a 2 hour session of drawn, stop frame animation and pixilation, for a maximum of 8 children aged  8 plus.  
In August we are holding a 2 day holiday animation workshop for children aged 8 and over (limited places available). 
From June we are launching a monthly drawing class on Monday mornings.
For a full programme of forthcoming events contact