The Bristol Folk House is located just off Park Street, along a little path that runs between two shop buildings (look out for the sign!). It is an interesting place with a long history, having first opened in 1870 as a ‘men’s club’ to provide local men with a place where they could spend their leisure hours learning to read and write, rather than frequenting the local pubs. It was in 1921 that the Folk House began to offer a programme of activities for the public.
The Folk House building houses a number of rooms that are used for running the different courses that they offer, plus a cafe and a function room where events such as music concerts and flea markets are held. The place has a nice atmosphere, and the food served in the cafe is lovely.
Courses in art, craft and design include: calligraphy, digital arts, drawing, history of art, Illustration, life drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, portraiture, print making, ceramics, enamelling, interior design, jewellery, stained glass, textiles, wood crafts and pottery.
Courses are are between 5 and 12 weeks in duration and prices vary depending on the course, its duration, and whether you are paying full-price, the 60 years plus price or the benefits price. As an example, the cost of the 5-week portraiture class is £76.90, £70.60 and £54.40 respectively (each class is two and a half hours long). The Folk House also run a number of one day workshops on Saturdays.
During August, Bristol Folk House run a number of Summer Schools. Courses available include: Botanical Painting, Landscapes in Watercolour, Lino Printing, Cyanotypes Workshop, Pinhole Camera Workshop, Experimental Art, Street Photography, acrylic Painting, Charcoal and Pastels Workshop, Screenprinting, Stained Glass, Mosaics, Knitting and Crochet, Lampshade Workshop, Enamelling, Sewing, Jewellery Making, Patchwork and Quilting and Pottery. Classes are typically one day long and cost around £30.
For further information about the courses and workshops run at the Folk House visit their website: http://www.folkhouse.co.uk