Workshops

Our courses cover a variety of creative subjects, they are fun, friendly and suitable for absolute beginners and keen amateurs who wish to improve!

Experience or ability is not essential, just curiosity!

Our full days include materials, lunch and refreshments all day. Half day courses include all materials and refreshments during the workshop.

To book a place on any of our workshops, simply click on your chosen subject below and click the 'Book Workshop' button to reserve your place and pay. Alternatively, you can call into Okells and we'll help book for you.

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Oil Painting with Sue Farrington

With a wide variety of subject matter, from traditional still life to contemporary landscapes, Sue covers many techniques and tips to help you get started or to improve! Her popular workshops range from the single day to an extended course of mornings, a lovely chance to get to know fellow painters! The workshops are informative & creative, your finished painting is yours to take home and enjoy at the end of the day.

What do I need?

Sue Farrington

Sue Farrington

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!


Willow Weaving with Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Learn a new skill & create a stunning sculpture for your home or garden in just a single day! Sarah runs many different workshops, from seasonal stag’s heads, small scale animals (hares, geese etc...) to large obelisks with sculptural tops. Under her close guidance our workshop students have created some amazing results to take home & enjoy.


Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

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!


Hares

Make a stunning Hare for your Home or Garden with artist Sarah Gallagher-Hayes. This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

Friday 22nd June 2018

£75.00

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Highland Cow Head

New course... make a stunning Highland Cow Head, guided by Willow Artist Sarah Gallagher-Hayes.

Tuesday 10th July 2018

£75.00

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Piglets & Foxes

Artist Sarah Gallagher-Hayes will take you step by step through the creation of a lovely willow Pig or Fox for your garden. This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Friday 21st September 2018

£75.00

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Hares

Create your own stunning garden sculpture with Willow Artist Sarah Gallagher Hayes. This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

Friday 28th September 2018

£75.00

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2 Day full Stag/Deer

A fantastic extended 2 day course where you will get the opportunity to create a full size, standing sculpture for your garden! This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm, over 2 days.

Friday 12th October 2018
Saturday 13th October 2018

£150.00

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Highland Cow Head/Stags Head

Choose from a classic Stags Head or a new Highland Cow Head, either make a stunning addition to your home or garden! This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Friday 26th October 2018

£75.00

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Christmas Decorations

A lovely way to prepare for the festive season, create stunning Hearts Stars & Angels from Willow, to decorate your home! This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Thursday 8th November 2018

£75.00

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Christmas Decorations

Create stunning, festive willow Hearts, Stars & Angels with Sarah Gallagher-Hayes to decorate your home. This workshop runs from 11am to 3pm.

Sunday 11th November 2018

£75.00

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Stags Head

Create a stunning seasonal Stags head from Willow. This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Thursday 6th December 2018

£75.00

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Christmas Decorations

Get in the festive mood by weaving willow Hearts, Stars & Angels to decorate your home! This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Saturday 8th December 2018

£75.00

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Watercolour Painting with Allie Pottinger

Allie’s watercolour days are full of step by step, practical tips and techniques, from colour mixing, creating tone, washes & depth - perfect for beginners and intermediates alike. Allie’s love of nature informs both her own work & the subject matter for many of her relaxed, informal workshops.


Allie Pottinger

Allie Pottinger

Cheshire watercolour artist and tutor, Allie has exhibited and worked as an illustrator for many years, with patience & good humour! These classes are a lovely, relaxing way to spend a day.


Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Dragonflies

Thursday 21st June 2018

£75.00

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Summer Herbs & Produce

Thursday 12th July 2018

£75.00

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Orchard Harvest

We'll be painting Bramley Apples & Pears in this lovely watercolour workshop! The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 4th September 2018

£75.00

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Autumn landscape

Capture your favourite Autumn view in watercolours with the help of tutor Allie Pottinger. The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

£75.00

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Fur & Feather

Learn how to interpret the texture of fur & paint beautiful feathers, guided by watercolour Artist Allie Pottinger. The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 6th November 2018

£75.00

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Christmas Card Fun

Make a stunning edition of hand painted Christmas cards! The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 27th November 2018

£75.00

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Sketching with Jane Beech

Various sketching mediums from basic pencil through to pen & ink wash will be explored. Covering a variety of subjects, Jane will teach you the skills needed to sketch with confidence!


Jane Beech

Jane Beech

Jane's years of teaching experience & lifelong love of drawing are evident in these relaxing, informative workshops.


Discovering Water-soluble Pencils

Learn tips & techniques to get the most from Water-soluble Pencils with Artist Jane Beech. This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Monday 24th September 2018

£75.00

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Pen & Wash

Learn how to create stunning effects using pen & ink wash with Artist Jane Beech. This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Monday 15th October 2018

£75.00

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Floral Workshops with Jill Duerden

Regular half day courses on flower arranging, hand tied posies & hanging baskets will run in tandem with Jill’s seasonal full day workshops - Easter & Christmas wreaths, stunning floral table centres and candle surrounds for the festive periods.

What do I need?

Jill Duerden

Jill Duerden

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.


Posies & Button Holes

Wedding Season is here! Learn to DIY the perfect summer posies, perfect centres for a summer dinner party… or the Big Day!!

Tuesday 5th June 2018
*Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Summer Garden in a Vase

Our florist Jill will help you create the perfect summer bouquet!

Tuesday 3rd July 2018
*Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Vintage Paint with Kim Evans

In this beginners course you will learn the basics about painting & distressing furniture and how to avoid common mistakes! From which paint to use, all you need to know about surface preparation and creating a durable finish. After creating sample boards you will apply your knowledge, painting and distressing a tray to take home - along with the confidence to paint larger pieces!

What do I need?

Kim Evans

Kim Evans

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!


Beginners Workshop - Tray or Box

All the know-how you need to paint your own wooden furniture, we will practise on sample boards & paint a lovely tea tray or keepsake box! The workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday 9th October 2018

£75.00

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Mixed Media with Ronnie Drillsma

Ronnie's workshops are incredibly creative & experimental places! Make abstract imagery using various textural elements, from metallic paints to string! As a very busy artist, Ronnie is unable to hold regular courses so we operate on a demand basis, please register your interest with us if you would like to hear of upcoming workshops.  


Ronnie Drillsma

Ronnie Drillsma

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 fun, friendly and creative.


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Print Making with Michele Fletcher

Learn all you need to know from the techniques to equipment needed. Michele will cover various print methods in these exciting workshops, be prepared to get dirty!


Michele Fletcher

Michele Fletcher

A successful Artist & Printmaker for many years, Michele works in varied mediums including sculpture and painting, she is most passionate about relief printing, specialising in lino cut, a technique she shares on these fun, informative workshops!   


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Jewellery with Francesca Kippax

Learn the basics of Silversmithing with renowned Jewellery Designer Francesca, take home a beautiful piece of handmade silver jewellery to wear with pride!


Francesca Kippax

Francesca Kippax

Francesca founded ANUKA Jewellery in 2014, ANUKA is defined by strong, bold forms and clean lines, creating timeless classics with a contemporary edge.


Earrings

Join Francesca Kippax of Anuka Jewellery to make your own stunning pair of silver earrings! This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

Friday 8th June 2018

£85.00

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Silk Painting & Abstract Acrylics with Ali Kippax

Using the traditional 19th Century French technique of Gutta Serti produce your own stunning floral design, hand painted onto silk. Ali will also be running fun, creative abstract acrylic sessions, where she will explore many different mark making methods (brushes optional!).


Ali Kippax

Ali Kippax

A practising Artist with over 30 years teaching experience, Ali's classes are fun, creative & informative, covering both the traditional techniques of Silk Painting to modern, abstract acrylics!


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Ceramics with Rebecca Broad

A great series of workshops exploring different hand building techniques and working in a variety of clays & porcelain. You will explore exciting ways of creating surface texture & pattern. Your finished piece will be fired & returned to Okells for collection soon after the workshop.

What do I need?

Rebecca Broad

Rebecca Broad

Rebecca Broad runs White Light Ceramics, a ceramics studio & shop in Middlewich, Cheshire. She uses both black clays and delicate porcelain in her work, achieving stunning results. In addition to her own work she has continued to run ceramics workshops, which she now brings to Okells!


Planters & Vases

Using hand building techniques create your own clay planter or vase, using a variety of clays & porcelain, play with textures & patterns. This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

Friday 14th September 2018

£75.00

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Mugs

Learn how to make your own stunning mug, Rebecca will guide you through every stage, from design to preparing your piece for the kiln! This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

Thursday 25th October 2018

£75.00

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On the day...

It's best to dress for mess! (Although we do supply aprons).

There is ample free parking on site & directions are available on our contact page.

Meeting in the Workshop (situated at the rear of the Gift Shop) at 9.45am gives time for informal coffee & introductions.

Working through until 12pm, a delicious selection of sandwiches, salad & cakes will be served on a reserved table in our lovely coffee shop. (Complementary tea & coffee is also available throughout the day).

Most courses finish at 3pm, however if you need extra time to complete or dry your creative piece, the workshop will usually remain open for a short time after.


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Workshop FAQs


Q – What time do the workshops start and end?

Full day workshops - 10am to 3pm
Half day workshops - 10am to 1pm
5 week courses - 9.45am to 12.45pm

These are the typical times for most of our workshops but make sure to check your workshops description and your confirmation email. But if in doubt, just ask.

Q – Is there disabled access into the workshop?

Yes - there is full access in all areas and a disabled loo in the Coffee Shop.

Q – Is there ample parking?

Yes we have a very large, FREE car park on site!

Q – What do I wear?

Aprons are provided for all our workshops, however please wear old clothes are preferable (especially if Oil Painting, or Printmaking!) bring a removeable layer too as the workshop can get very warm in the Summer and can start off quite chilly in the Winter!

Q – What should I bring?

Your creativity! We provide everything you need for all of our sessions. If you have any of your own tools or materials then you're welcome to bring them along too! Please check your confirmation email for any course specific instructions.

Q – What if I'm late?

Don't worry, we'll make a start & you should be able to catch up... just let us know as soon as you can!

Q – What happens at lunch time?

We will provide a delicious lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop... take a break from the workshop & enjoy the chance to chat to your fellow students!

Q – Do you cater for allergies/food intolerances?

Yes, just let us know when you make the booking (on the checkout page) and we'll ensure your food is served seperately & safely.

Q – Can I use standard Okells Vouchers towards a workshop place?

Yes, but only if you pay in the Gift shop at the tills, don't worry the staff will guide you through this!



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Large Party Workshop?

If you're interested in placing a large booking (of 6 or more) please let us know and we can get in touch to organise this with you.

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