A Splash of Colour & Creativity
There's a chance to get creative with this week's favourite tour of Faux Arts in the beautiful Wiltshire town of Marlborough. Teaching art to all ages is the passion of owner Sue Faux, an experienced artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and in private collections across Europe.
Whatever your ability, whether it's the first time you've picked up a pastel or you're just a brush stoke away from an old master, everyone is welcome to learn new skills or practice existing ones at Sue's bright and colourful workshop and gallery.
With 23 years working in the arts, Sue began Faux Arts formally in 2001 with her first course, 'Art with Mummy'. As these rapidly grew in popularity, she progressed to using halls, leisure centres and a portakabin, opening a small shop in nearby Pewsey in 2011 before finally moving to the current larger premises last year.
Offering a host of different courses to students whose ages range from 18 months to 86 years, Sue teaches fine art, ceramics, mixed media, plaster work, oil painting, life drawing, fabric painting, and much more. For those keen on something a little more offbeat, there are even opportunities to try your hand at spray can art, Manga or cartoon techniques.
If you don't get around to planning in advance or you prefer a more spur of the moment approach, Sue runs regular drop-in sessions, too. No booking required, anyone can pop in and paint one of the ceramic or plaster pieces, fabric items, or canvases which can be found on the shelves patiently waiting their turn to receive a Cinderella makeover and be turned into something special.
Art parties are another popular feature, with happy adults and children returning home afterwards to proudly show off their finished masterpiece.
If the flowing of all those creative juices stirs up a few hunger pangs, Faux Arts also has a cosy café
area where you can fuel your artistic energies with drinks and delicious home-made cakes.
Sue has her 11-year old daughter, Nelly, to thank for its name. "She has always been obsessed with cafés", said Sue, "and when we set up the café in 2012, when she was 8, she was very vocal in what it should be like; so we called it Nelly's café."
Sue's other three children also work at Faux Arts Studio, giving it a welcoming family business feel.
Who wouldn't enjoy a few hours spent in such relaxing and imaginative surroundings? Ideas come to life within these walls as wonderfully original arty and crafty creations take shape with the help of Sue's inspiration and expert tuition.
You can find Faux Arts Studio at 30, The Parade, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1NE. Tel 01672 564375. Find them online at www.fauxarts.co.uk
, and they're also on Facebook
Date: 15 May 2015
Author: The 360 Company