Introduction to Pyrography

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Saturday 3 February

Develop skills in burning freehand designs on wood and leather.

Pyrography involves using a heated implement to burn a design freehand into a surface; traditionally wood, but also leather, paper, tagua, bone, velvet or even glass. Ideal for the beginner, this course provides a full introduction to the decorative art of pyrography which involves using a specialised electrically heated pen to burn designs on natural materials. It will focus on both wood and leather. The morning will be spent learning how to handle the pen and investigating various shading techniques. Students will then go on to produce a variety of small completed projects in both these materials to take home. Guidance on transferring a design provided, as well as advice on lettering and drawing a pencil guideline directly on to the surface. No artistic skills necessary as a choice of designs will be available.


The course will run from 10:00 to 16:00.

This course is suitable for beginners age 16 +. Please wear comfortable casual clothes with closed toe shoes. All tools and materials are provided.

Tutor: Susan Robey

Susan is a professional British artist based in Lincolnshire. She has nurtured a passion for creative and artistic pursuits from an early age.  Susan now specialises in pyrography, a medium she discovered in the early 1980s but she is also accomplished in the more traditional media of graphite, pen and ink, coloured pencil and pastel, but has always been keen to explore the more unusual. As a pyrographer Susan utilises her existing artistic knowledge and skills to develop her own distinctive style and technique. She has taught all aspects of pyrography in adult education classes and now runs workshops for beginners and improvers both privately and in conjunction with other organisations. She regularly demonstrates and gives talks and presentations to various groups and societies throughout the county and beyond.