Monday, 22 July 2013

Tonbridge Artist Christine White

If you make your way down the little alleyway known as Skinners Terrace you'll find a gem of an art studio at No 2.  Amidst the muddle of doors, in this rather uninviting walkway, I first discovered Tonbridge artist Christine White's compact studio, during The South East Open Studio's yearly event in June.

Once through the door, which might have been little hard to find but for the Open Studio posters, a flight of stairs surrounded by wall and hanging art invites you upstairs to an Aladdin's cave of artwork and equipment, and a smiling Christine who welcomed me to her working studio.

Artist Christine White

Christine's work-in-progress sits side-by-side with finished pieces, and she told me she has been inspired by youth culture, text and language in much of her work. The bright studio allows uninterrupted light to stream through the large windows, and is a perfect working space all year round.

Christine holds regular art lessons for children, as well as art parties, at her Skinners Row studio, and during the long summer holiday she will be holding daily workshops. These are no ordinary holiday workshops consisting of splashing a bit of paint around or cut and pasting. Christine has fine tuned each one to not only be fun, but to also educate and inform on both skills and artists themselves, such as a Van Gogh sunflower workshop to a 2 day tribal mask making workshop using mixed media. She has a BA in Fine Art and is fully CRB checked and insured.

The daily workshops start next week, and set out below are the first 2 week's schedule. There are 2 more weeks of workshops throughout the the summer holidays, and to find out what's on offer give Christine a call on 01732 350192 / 07771349062 or email: ... Remember spaces are limited.


Monday 29th July 10am -12 or 2pm - 4pm
Summer themed postcards using watercolour,
£15.00 (this workshop is repeated on 14/8)

Tuesday 30th July 10am - 12 or 2pm - 4pm
Collagraph printing workshop,
(this workshop is repeated on

Wednesday 31st July 10am - 12 or 2pm- 4pm
Eric Carle style tissue paper butterfly pictures, £15.00 

Thursday 1st August 10am - 12 or 2pm -4pm
Still life pictures of shells using charcoal and chalk, £15.00 

Friday 2nd August 10am – 12 or 2pm -4pm
Paint with acrylics on mini canvas panels,


Monday 5th August 10am - 12 or 2pm - 4pm
Van Gogh inspired Sunflower pictures
using oil pastels, £15.00

Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 
'Giant Fruit' 2 day
workshop held at Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells, £25.00 –
please contact Christine for more details.

Thursday 8th August 10am - 12 or 2pm - 4pm
Picasso style guitar collage, £15.00

Friday 9th August 10am - 12 or 2pm - 4pm
Scraper-board pictures using acrylic
and oil pastels, £15.00

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