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Venue: Online

Dates: This online workshop ran for five days from Monday 27th July 2020 until Friday 31st July 2020.  

Workshop Information

Course Outline:

Penwork is a type of decoration applied to objects such as small boxes, frames and furniture in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century, mainly in England but it is also found in Japan and China. The penwork is applied on a white gesso substrate and two layers of white gouache are added. The design, details and shading are all then hand drawn with black Indian ink. The design is then sealed with several layers of shellac to give a glossy finish – the effect is delicate and lacy. This historical craft is on the Radcliffe Trust list of endangered crafts.

The highly talented Creative Dimension Trust tutor Rian Kanduth will be running this course.



Students must report for group teaching at 10am for a 30 minute tutorial. Following the first session, students will go offline to create their own work. The afternoon session will include private one-to-one sessions, a show and tell, and a briefing for the following day.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Fine Art, Illustration, Conservation, Print Making, 3D Design, Furniture Design and Product Design. (to name a few)


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 10 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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