Workshops

Our courses cover a variety of creative subjects, from furniture painting, watercolours and oil painting to mixed media and willow weaving. Our courses include materials, lunch in our lovely coffee shop and refreshments throughout the day.

(Our courses make a lovely gift, so please ask about our vouchers!)

The courses are informal, fun, friendly and suitable for absolute beginners and keen amateurs who wish to improve their skills. Ability is not essential, just a willingness to try something new!

To book your place on any of our courses, please either email: workshops@okellsgardencentre.co.uk or pop into Okells and speak to a member of staff about availability, alternatively call 01829 741512.

All full day courses run from 10am-3pm

Please arrive at 9.45am for coffee & introductions


Current Workshops:

Print Making with Michele Fletcher

Meet the Artist Day
Saturday 9th September (10am-3pm)

A chance to meet Michele and find out what her new, upcoming courses will involve.

Workshop Dates:

Thursday 23/11/2017 Lino cut

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Jewellery Making with Francesca Kippax

Meet the Artist Day
Saturday 16th September (10am-3pm)

A chance to meet Francesca and find out what her new, upcoming courses will involve.

Workshop Dates:

Saturday 16/09/2017 Meet the Artist Day! (Come along for FREE!)
Thursday 14/12/2017 Earrings

Price:

£85 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Sketching with Jane Beech

Meet the Artist Day
Saturday 2nd September (10am-3pm)

A chance to meet Jane and find out what her new, upcoming courses will involve.

Workshop Dates:

Saturday 02/09/2017 Meet the Artist Day! (Come along for FREE!)
Monday 11/09/2017
New!
Sketching with Pen & Ink - Architecture
Monday 02/10/2017
New!
Introduction to Drawing & Sketching
Monday 16/10/2017 Full Sketching - with Watercolour Pencils
Monday 13/11/2017
New!
Making the most of water soluble pencils
Monday 20/11/2017
New!
Introduction to Pen & Wash

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Oil Painting with Sue Farrington

Sue Farrington pic

Having lived and exhibited around the world, Sue’s work demonstrates a broad range - from wild atmospheric landscapes to still life. In her workshops Sue shares her techniques with passion and enthusiasm!

Workshop Dates:

Thursday 21/09/2017
Thursday 28/09/2017
Thursday 05/10/2017
Thursday 12/10/2017
Thursday 19/10/2017
5 week intensive Oil Painting Course
£200 for 5 half days
(£175 if you provide your own materials)
Tuesday 24/10/2017
Tuesday 31/10/2017
Tuesday 07/11/2017
Tuesday 14/11/2017
Tuesday 21/11/2017
5 week intensive Oil Painting Course
£200 for 5 half days
(£175 if you provide your own materials)

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

See terms and conditions below for further details.

Vintage Paint Workshops

Kim pic

Kim works here at Okells in a creative capacity and has renovated furniture (and houses) in her spare time over many years. Using Grand Illusions Chalk Paint, Kim will teach you the basic skills needed to transform your tired old furniture into something special!

Workshop Dates:

Wednesday 06/09/2017 Beginners including new style tray
Wednesday 15/11/2017 Beginners including new style tray

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Floral Workshops with Jill Duerden

Jill Duerden pic

Jill is an experienced Florist, who following her diploma, went on to teach at the Welsh College of Horticulture, alongside running her own successful floristry business for the past 15 years.

We’re delighted to introduce our new floral workshops. Regular half day courses on flower arranging, full of tips and advice will run in tandem with Jill’s seasonal full day workshops. Throughout December she will cover Christmas wreaths and stunning floral table centres and candle surrounds for the festive period.

Workshop Dates:

Wednesday 27/09/2017
Half-Day (10am - 1pm)
Autumnal Swags & Garlands
Monday 23/10/2017
Half-Day (10am - 1pm)
Seasonal Autumnal Arrangement
Friday 01/12/2017 Christmas Door Wreath
Wednesday 06/12/2017 Christmas Door Wreath
Tuesday 19/12/2017
Half-Day (10am - 1pm)
Christmas Table Centre Piece
Wednesday 20/12/2017
Half-Day (10am - 1pm)
Christmas Table Centre Piece

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.
£45 half-day including materials, but does not include lunch.

Willow Weaving with Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Sarah Gallagher-Hayes pic

Sarah has worked as a willow sculptor for 15 years, undertaking commissions for RHS, English Heritage and Kew Gardens, to name a few! Under her guidance it’s possible to create stunning sculptures in just a single day!

Workshop Dates:

Friday 13/10/2017 &
Saturday 14/10/2017
Full Deer / Stag
(2 day workshop - £150)
Wednesday 18/10/2017 Hares
Wednesday 25/10/2017 Stag Heads
Wednesday 08/11/2017 Christmas Decorations
Thursday 09/11/2017 Stag Heads
Saturday 11/11/2017 Christmas Decorations
Wednesday 29/11/2017 Christmas Decorations
Friday 08/12/2017 Stag Heads
Tuesday 12/12/2017 Christmas Decorations

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Watercolour Painting with Allie Pottinger

Allie Pottinger pic

Cheshire watercolour artist and tutor, Allie has exhibited and worked as an illustrator for many years, her love of nature informs her own work and is the basis of many of her friendly, informal courses.

Workshop Dates:

Thursday 14/09/2017 Artichokes
Thursday 26/10/2017 Autumn Table
Thursday 16/11/2017 Winter Landscape
Thursday 07/12/2017 Christmas Sparkle

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Portraits with Faye Pearson Jones

Faye Pearson Jones pic

A successful exhibiting artist for more than ten years, Faye has worked on many projects from album covers and many private comissions. An enjoyable day, these workshops are filled with practical exercises and friendly tuition.

Workshop Dates:

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

Mixed Media with Ronnie Drillsma

Ronnie Drillsma Pic

A Mixed Media artist based in North Wales, Ronnie has sold and exhibited locally and nationally for many years. With over 16 years of teaching experience her courses are friendly, fun and creative.

Workshop Dates:

Friday 10/11/2017 Abstract Metallics
Friday 17/11/2017 Abstract Metallics

Price:

£75 per day including materials and lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

To book your place on any of our courses, please either:

Email: workshops@okellsgardencentre.co.uk

or simply pop in to Okells and speak to a member of staff.

Alternatively you can call us on 01829 741512

Workshop Booking Terms & Conditions


Your place on the course is only guaranteed once we have received payment in full.

Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your place on the course (you have the option to transfer the booking to another person). Cancellations more than 14 days prior to the course will be entitled to a full refund or the option to transfer to another available date. If cancellation occurs within 14 days prior to the course you will be entitled to a 50% refund.

We regret that places cancelled within 2 days of the course date cannot be refunded nor alternative days offered.

In the unlikely event of the minimum 6 places not being filled, we reserve the right to reschedule the course, if the revised date is not convenient alternatives will be offered. We request that you aim to arrive with at least 15 minutes to spare so that the course may start at the scheduled time. We provide lunch and refreshments, please advise us of any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will ensure that you are catered for. There is full wheelchair access to the workshop and disabled toilets on site.

Please wear suitable clothing, we provide aprons, but Okells cannot be held responsible for any damage.

Ample car parking is available free of charge at the venue.


5-day Intensive Course
The five week course must be booked as a whole block of five sessions. No refunds will be given for part attendance, nor discount offered for partial bookings. Cancellation policy is as above, with the cancellation deadline being more than 14 days prior to the first date of the course for a full refund. Within 14 days of the first date for a 50% refund. We regret cancellations within 2 days of the first date of the course will forfeit any refund or transfer.