Roses and Castles Art Classes

Learn a canal tradition

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Learn the traditional canal craft of Roses and Castles painting at London Canal Museum with artist Tricia Parrott. The courses are for all ability levels and aimed primarily at adults.

Two pictures of castles with a canal passing and a bridge

The picture shows some work completed by participants in a previous course with no previous experience.

Tricia Parrott is a professional signwriter who learned the craft in Braunston boatyard in the early 1970's, and you will learn the true Northamptonshire style.

Narrow boat painting is just one aspect of the age-old craft of decorative, or 'folk' painting, practised world-wide by those who would not describe themselves as artists, but who have the desire to create things of beauty. In art, each artist develops his or her own method, preferred subjects, colours, layout, brush strokes, etc.. In craft painting these things are generally dictated by tradition, although, once a certain standard of proficiency has been achieved, most people like to incorporate their own individual ideas within that tradition. The most popular elements of narrow boat livery, roses and castles, can be used to decorate a variety of things, from traditional water cans and dippers to small gift items and even furniture. Jumble sales and junk stalls are great places to find things to renovate and decorate.

Dates, Time, Prices

Roses and Castle - a group learning the tradition

Participants can either bring an object which they would like to paint and take away with them, or else boards suitable for painting will be available to participants to buy at an additional charge of £1. The boards are approximately 8" square. If you wish to bring your own objects to paint, make sure you have one thing large enough to paint a castle on -a tray or box-lid for example. These should be thoroughly cleaned and painted in water-based paint, in a dark colour. Apart from this, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

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