2020 Workshops, Dates and Prices

All our workshops include a delicious home made buffet lunch with tea, coffee and cakes served throughout the day

AT A GLANCE (see full details below)

Saturday 22nd August - Acrylics,mixed media & Collage (Helen Kelly)

Saturday 3rd October - Pen, Ink & wash (Claire Harrison)

Saturday 7th November - Lino Cutting Landscapes and designing

Christmas Cards (Helen Brown



  Helen Kelly – Landscapes using Acrylics, mixed media & collage

Saturday 22nd August

10am to 4pm  -  £75

Includes homemade buffet lunch, tea/coffee & cakes





Create a Landscape using Mixed Media and Collage.The aim of this workshop is to make a painting using acrylics,watercolours and collage materials. For inspiration you can work from an image (your  own photograph or from a selection supplied by the tutor) or from imagination.

You will be shown creative techniques using watercolours to make your own papers for collage, how to build exciting textures by layering collage materials, acrylics and watercolours, approaches to making vibrant colour schemes and interesting compositions and one-to-one help on how to plan and assemble your finished piece

By the end of the workshop you will have produced a unique piece of mixed media art.



Abigail Bruford -Botanical Casting 


Dates to come

Includes homemade buffet lunch, tea/coffee & cakes

The process of trying to preserve plants has been around for

centuries.  Before camera’s were around and plants were able to be captured on film Botanists would use this process to study any changes and record different plant species.  The plant is pressed into wet clay and then carefully removed to produce a negative impression.  Plaster is then poured onto the clay and left to set.  When the clay is peeled away you are left with a positive direct cast of the plant. In this workshop you will learn the traditional method of casting using clay walls and how to cast directly within .a frame. You will create at least two examples to take home


Helen Brown – Lino Cut Printmaking

Saturday 7th November

10am to 4pm  -  £75

This one day workshop is based on Landscape and Nature.  You are welcome to bring along some drawings, photographs, computer print outs to work from, we can also take inspiration from the beautiful gardens at Theppswood.  

You will be drawing and carving onto soft wood, from which the prints will be taken. I will show you various printing techniques throughout the day, a Japanese method called 'Chine Colle', blending techniques, masking and over printing.  We will be using a press and I will also show you how to print by hand. You will have time to try out the tools and techniques before moving on to a final piece.  This course is perfect for complete beginners and those with some lino print or woodcut experience.

All materials are provided but if you want to bring your own images please be aware that everything you print will be in reverse unless you flip it yourself either through tracing paper or using a computer.

More details about the day and what to bring with you will be given on confirmation of booking.


Helen Kelly – Botanical Painting

Includes homemade buffet lunch, tea/coffee & cakes






At Theppswood House Helen will show you how to blend art and science to produce a botanical illustration with time and patience.  You will be taught to accurately record through measuring and observation.  Once these skills have been mastered she will show you through demonstrations how to use drawing and painting techniques, colour mixing and composition to produce a beautiful piece of work.


Claire Harrison – Pen, Ink & Wash

Saturday 3rd October

10am to 4pm  -  £75

Includes homemade buffet lunch, tea/coffee & cakes







Claire will share her enthusiasm with you for one of her favourite mediums and teach you to understand a range of techniques using pen and ink. Students will also learn how to effectively use washes and a dipping pen.

This workshop will include an introduction to pen & ink technique and understanding the versatility of the medium using a range of seasonal flowers and leaves of your choice from the gardens at Theppswood including seedheads, pumpkins and squashes.


This workshop is suitable for all abilities.


Bluebell Wood


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