Here at Farakunku we offer a range of arts and crafts opportunities. Have a look at our gallery, workshops and art studio experiences.

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The Studio

Heather has an art studio in the grounds of Farakunku where guests can join her for craft and painting workshops. She offers a choice of workshops for all abilities such as:

  • Acrylic painting on canvas
  • Marbling inks and enamels on paper used to design your own greetings cards
  • Decorative music shakers/bowls using natural giant pods
  • Fabric collage pictures on boards or canvas using vibrant African material and paint.
  • Picture making with coloured sand

In nearby, Tunbung Art Village, you can experience a ½ day workshop and learn the traditional African skills of Batik, screen printing and tie dye.

‘Living, as I do, in a rural area of The Gambia, one can’t fail to notice that the local women play the major role both at home and in the garden. It is these women who have inspired me to paint in an attempt to capture the spirit of this country where, whatever the chore, there is laughter and chatter amongst the ladies who carry themselves with poise and dignity, however poor.’

£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.

£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!

£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!

£25 per person half or full day use of studio as required

Experiment with inks and water, blowing ink through straws and fine line drawing to create your own designs on watercolour paper.

£28 per person 10.30-1.30 then 3.30-5.30 (flexible)

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)

£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!

Mosaic £25 per person 10.30-1.30 then 3.00-5.00 (flexible)

Use pre- cut wooden shapes (butterfly/ fish/ owl/ wren/ blue tit/ round drinks mat) and cut your own mosaic shapes from broken china and tiles to create your own design. Cutting tools, eye protection, tweezers, sandpaper, PVA, tile cement all provided.

£25 per person 10.30-1.30 then 3.00-5.00 (flexible)

Experiment with pre-made shapes to create designs and print onto card/tissue/coloured paper to make greetings cards using different printing inks. Then design your own shapes to make a selection of unique prints. Inks, rollers, plastic gloves, card and paper all supplied.

£28 per person 10.30-1.30 then 3.00-5.00 (flexible)

Design your own picture/pattern to transfer onto a lino tile. Use lino cutting tools to make your design in relief then ink up and print…at first on paper and later onto fabric. This can be embellished later with simple embroidery and beads. Everything provided.

£28 per person 10.30-1.30 then any further time as required

Abstract work using a mix of paint, glue and silicone oils to create a chemical reaction with surprising and unpredictable results. Canvas, paints, oils, gloves, blow torch provided.