The Gambia
Art workshops at Farakunku Studio with Heather
If you would like to enjoy creating some art of your own while here, I am able to offer some choices of workshops for all abilities. While Tunbung Art Village (very close to here, see separate information) can cover the traditional African skills of batik, screen printing and tie dye, I am able to facilitate the following in my studio situated in our own vegetable garden directly behind our restaurant:
  • Acrylic painting on canvas
  • Marbling inks and enamels on paper and used to design your own greetings cards
  • Decorative music shakers/bowls using natural giant pods
  • Fabric collage pictures on board or canvas using vibrant African material and paint
  • Picture-making with coloured sand.
      * Tea/coffee and homemade biscuits provided
Acrylic painting on canvas     £28 per person    10.30-1.30 then 3.00-5.30 (flexible)                 
Work in the studio to design onto a small canvas. Available are resource books for ideas, sketch books, examples of my own work on display, use of all acrylic paints and brushes, and guidance from Heather. If required, a short trip to Tanje fishing village for taking photos/sketching people, boats and activities as a stimulus for painting can be arranged as a preliminary activity (extra charge). Or, take time before using the studio, to capture on film/sketch, birds, flowers, trees, local people etc and bring them along with you as a start for interpretation in paint.
Just a few examples of my own work. I am always inspired by the colours of fabrics, African pattern work, ‘hot’ earth colours, natural forms and the curves and postures of Gambian women.
Marbling and card making workshop  £25 per person 10.30-1.30 then 3.00-5.30 (flexible)
Provided: all Marbling inks and enamels, white and coloured paper, protective gloves, apron, card, inset papers, glue, paper cutter, resource books and drawing pens.
I will demonstrate how to marble paper and then let you experiment to produce a collection of marbled A4 sheets in a range of colours. Once the papers are dry, the afternoon will be spent drawing ink designs onto the cut pieces to make as many greetings cards as you can and the remaining papers to take away with you to complete at home or in your lodge here! No experience or artistic talent necessary!
Using the inks on water 
Designing the cards 
Finished cards
More examples 
Decorative music shakers and calabash     £20 per person to make 2    
10.30-1.30 then 3.30-5.30 (flexible)
Using sand paper, gloss paints/enamels and fine brushes, prepare and decorate a pod from our own trees and a whole or half calabash pod, using pattern designs from African design source books (or your own ideas!) No experience or artistic talent necessary!
Protective gloves and apron provided. Take home two authentic items!
and after:  half calabash bowls
and calabash shaker
Fabric collage picture         £28 per person         10.30-1.30 then 3.30-5.30 (flexible)
Typical Gambian design using 
fabric and paint on canvas 
Stitched collage on fabric or 
could be glued onto canvas  
Creative mixed media with paint and fabric
Sew different African fabrics onto cloth backing or glue onto canvas/board. Add paint to create your own design. All materials provided (fabric selection, needles, threads, wool, beads, glue, canvas and acrylic paints)  
Sand picture   £16 per person   10.30-1.30 (or as long as it takes!)
Draw a design onto a prepared board, thinly spread glue section by section and add different coloured sands to create a subtle picture of your own. All materials and aprons provided and design source books available. Be prepared to get a bit sticky! No previous experience or artistic talent necessary!
Previous guest’s work
If you would like to book a workshop, please give at least one day’s advance notice so that I can prepare the studio and materials (and make sure I’ve done some baking)!
Thank you