Live online course – Wild winter landscape art textiles with Cas Holmes

Ref: SCW13623

Location: Online
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About this course

Explore the use of found papers and textiles to create rich mixed media layers as a base for collage work. Discover how the winter landscape or garden can be a rich resource for creative exploration.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on Monday, 22 and Wednesday, 24 January 2024. Tuesday, 23 January is an untutored day for self-directed study while developing your work.

Course Description

This course will be taught over two days (22 and 24 January) with an untaught day in between designed to give you time to develop the work made on the first taught day. This work will then form the basis of the explorations that happen on the second taught day.

Discover how the everyday things you have to hand can be a rich tool for both resource and reference.  Look through your collections of old cloth, handkerchiefs, clothing, vintage fabric and found papers think and choose some that reflect the colours you would like to work with. These will be used to create mixed media layers as a base for stitch and collage and introduce you to the notion of making paintings with cloth.  Your visual narrative will be informed by the references to be found in the winter landscape from your own sources such as sketchbooks (if you have them) and photographs.

You will increase your knowledge and confidence in working with a number of techniques used to create complex layered surfaces exploiting found materials and basic media (paint, inks etc.) supported by live demonstrations and guidance by the tutor.  This course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some related experience. Confidence with a sewing machine is useful but not essential.

Cas Holmes’s approach is hands-on, experimental with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes as part of the exploration of developing a creative language. She is the author of of several books, the most recent ‘Embroidering the Everyday (Batsford, 2021) and ‘Textile Landscape’ (Batsford, 2018).

DAILY TIMETABLE for taught days, 22 and 24 January 2024 

9-9.15am - All students to join via Zoom by 9.15am
9.15-10.45am - Introductions, health and safety, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45-11.00am - Break
11.00am-12.45pm - Teaching, Q+A followed by independent study, with tutor support
12.45-2pm - Lunch
2-3.45pm - Teaching, Q+A, independent study with tutor support
3.45-4pm - Break
4-5pm - Plenary and next steps

Course Materials

What you need

Please read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9.15am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.

To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either:
1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the Share Screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary. 
2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference). 

You will also need to have: 

The course is based on invention so be prepared to use what may come to hand around the house and garden. As you work through the course you may chose to make reference from personal images or ideas, surfaces of walls, tree shapes and patterns, etc using materials you have collected for inspiration.

Suitable clothing for workshop.

Notebook or sketchbook and camera/phone to make notes and record work as your work progresses.

Lightweight conservation paper, Tissuetex or abaca paper

Plastic sheeting clear or an open white plastic bin liner.

2 large sheets of white paper or a white tabletop cover  to work against (so you can see what you are doing)

Dilute cellulose (wallpaper) paste to about half of its strength (preferarable) – or you can also use PVA glue diluted to the same consistency as an alternative.

Your favoured drawing media/paints – can include any of the following, small tubes of acrylic or fabric paint, Koh-I Noor paint pallets. Any dyes stains you may like to bring (ink/ silk paint etc.)

Found materials: Assorted papers, fabrics and found materials to reflect the patterns and colours of the winter landscape or your theme. 
Papers: Collect assorted waste papers from patterned paper bags, oriental specialist papers, art papers, printed photocopies, old or discarded sketchbook drawings paper offcuts.
Fabrics. A range of cloth, scraps of cotton, linen, silk, lace, fabrics/organza with or without prints. Include some larger pieces of pre-washed linen cotton or similar cloth to use as a base for work (about half metre maximum).

Before the first day you will need to set up: a clear table workspace with newspaper/covering to protect while working and to set out your materials, with access to water, (near to your computer/device).

1 inch brush, 2/3 finer brushes, sponge, plastic lidded containers, old plates, for paint and paste, sponge.

Found tools for making marks as desired, things from the kitchen (toothpicks, old sponges, plastic forks etc.)

For the second day: A sewing machine with free motion or embroidery foot (optional). Basic sewing equipment (scissors, threads, pins) with selected threads for machine and hand sewing as appropriate. Also access to papers and cloth.

*There many be other materials you like to use as we progress so feel free to add to the list.

Additional information

The tutor instructs health and safety issues relevant to this course. 
Please visit to see examples of her work.


What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact [email protected] (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact [email protected] immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. If your course includes multiple units, by booking you are committing to attend all unit dates listed in the course description, no alternative dates or refund can be offered for any that you are unable to attend. For any other queries about online courses please contact [email protected]

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office [email protected] with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Boxes are usually larger than letterbox size and the courier may contact you via email with delivery information. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact [email protected] (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date. If the original delivery is failed or refused and returned to the College, you will be responsible for paying any additional charges for re-delivery. 


Cas Holmes

Cas Homes studied in Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art (UCA) in the eighties before a further study in Japanese art, textiles and papermaking in Japan under a Japan Foundation Fellowship and a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship. She is a tutor at West Dean College alongside other adult education and community projects. Cas has also published work including; Textile Landscape, The Found Object in Textile Art, Stitch Stories, and Connected Cloth.


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