Creative Workshops

Okells Workshops

Join one of our popular classes hosted by talented artists and makers. Every week we offer workshops from popular floral classes, painting, ceramics, willow weaving, jewellery making, printing, drawing and more.

Our inspirational classes will teach you new creative and practical skills, you’ll take away your day’s work and have the confidence to carry on at home.

Workshops are either half days or full days where our students pause for lunch in our coffee shop, taking a moment to reflect and chat with new friends.

All workshops include materials, coffee, cake and lunch if you’re on a full day class.

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Oil Painting with Sue Farrington

From traditional still life to contemporary landscapes, Sue covers many techniques and tips to help you get started or improve. Her popular workshops range from the single day to an extended course of mornings, offering a chance to form strong friendships with fellow students. Sue’s informative & creative workshops will give you the confidence to carry on at home and you’ll be able to take away the work you make during class.

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!


Impressionism in oils

Studying the techniques of the famous impressionists to create a stunning canvas in oils.

  •   Monday 23rd September 2019

£75.00

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Art Deco Still Life

Studying the style of Art Deco to create your own stunning floral still life.

  •   Monday 18th November 2019

£75.00

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Christmas Winter Scene

Paint a stunning winter scene in oils - perfect for your your own personalised Christmas cards!

  •   Tuesday 10th December 2019

£75.00

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Willow Weaving with Sarah Gallagher-Hayes

Learn a new skill and create a stunning sculpture for your home or garden in a single day. Sarah runs many workshops, from seasonal stag’s heads to small scale animals (hares, geese...) and large obelisks with sculptural tops. Under Sarah’s close guidance, workshop students create amazing pieces 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!


Leaping hares

Make a stunning leaping hare for your garden, workshop includes a lovely lunch in our coffee shop.

  •   Friday 5th July 2019

£75.00

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Willow birds - chicken, duck, pheasant, goose or heron

Create your favourite bird from willow, making a lovely ornament perched in your garden!

  •   Saturday 21st September 2019

£75.00

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Stag's head

Create a striking Stag's head for your wall, the day includes a lovely lunch in our coffee shop.

  •   Thursday 10th October 2019

£75.00

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Highland Cow

Make an impressive Highland Cow - perfect festooned with fairy lights!

  •   Thursday 7th November 2019

£75.00

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Christmas Decorations

Make festive hearts, stars & angels from Willow for your home this year!

  •   Thursday 21st November 2019

£75.00

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Christmas decorations

Make festive hearts, stars & angels from Willow for your home this year!

  •   Thursday 5th December 2019

£75.00

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Stag's head

Create a stunning, seasonal stag's head to decorate this year!

  •   Friday 6th December 2019

£75.00

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Watercolour Painting with Allie Pottinger

Allie’s watercolour days perfect for beginners and intermediates alike, she’ll take you through step by step, practical tips and techniques from colour mixing, creating tone, washes and depth. Allie’s love of nature informs both her own work & the subject matter for many of her relaxed and 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.


Seascapes

A lovely relaxing day creating watercolours inspired by the coast.

  •   Tuesday 9th July 2019

£75.00

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Reflections on still water

Looking at the landscape & sky reflected in the still water of a pond or lake with watercolour Artist Allie Pottinger.

  •   Wednesday 11th September 2019

£75.00

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Hedgerow Harvest

Autumn fruits, flowers and brambles are the subject of this lovely seasonal day!

  •   Wednesday 2nd October 2019

£75.00

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Winter Landscape

Paint a stunning snowy landscape with Watercolour Artist Allie Pottinger.

  •   Wednesday 6th November 2019

£75.00

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Christmas Sparkle

Paint Christmas themed watercolours - including personalised card design & print.

  •   Wednesday 4th December 2019

£75.00

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Floral Workshops with Jill Duerden

Our in-house florist and horticulturalist, Jill regularly hosts half and full day workshops covering flower arranging, planted pots, hand tied displays, hanging baskets and seasonal sessions from Easter & Christmas wreaths and table centrepieces.

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.


Hand tied posies

A lovely half day workshop creating a hand tied posy of seasonal blooms.

  •   Monday 9th September 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Autumn hanging baskets

A lovely half day workshop planting a seasonal hanging basket to bring Autumn colour into your garden!

  •   Monday 16th September 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Autumn planter

Create a stunning, Autumn planter packed with seasonal colour!

  •   Monday 7th October 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Winter Hanging Basket

A lovely half day workshop planting up a hanging basket filled with Winter flowering blooms!

  •   Monday 11th November 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas Wreath

A full day workshop, including lunch. Create a fabulous decorated fresh wreath for your festive door!

  •   Monday 2nd December 2019

£75.00

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Christmas Garland

Create a stunning, scented fresh spruce Christmas garland to decorate your home!

  •   Monday 9th December 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas garland

Create a stunning, scented fresh spruce Christmas garland to decorate your home!

  •   Monday 16th December 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas table centre

Create a stunning, fresh table centre for your festive feast!

  •   Friday 20th December 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas table centre

Create a stunning, fresh table centre for your festive feast!

  •   Monday 23rd December 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Jewellery with Francesca Kippax

Learn the basics of silversmithing with renowned jewellery designer Francesca and take home a beautiful piece of handmade silver jewellery, and the confidence to carry-on at home.


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.


Pendants

Join Francesca of Anuka Jewellery to create a lovely silver pendant, follow the whole process from design to creation in our workshop!

  •   Friday 12th July 2019

£95.00

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Earrings

Join Francesca of Anuka Jewellery to create a lovely pair of silver earrings, follow the whole process from design to creation in our workshop!

  •   Friday 2nd August 2019

£85.00

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Bangles

Join Francesca of Anuka Jewellery to create a stunning silver bangle, follow the whole process from design to creation in our workshop!

  •   Friday 6th September 2019

£95.00

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Stacking rings

Join Francesca of Anuka Jewellery to create a lovely set of 3 stacking silver rings, follow the whole process from design to creation in our workshop!

  •   Friday 11th October 2019

£95.00

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Earrings

Join Francesca of Anuka Jewellery to create a lovely pair of silver earrings, follow the whole process from design to creation in our workshop!

  •   Friday 8th November 2019

£85.00

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Pendants

Join Francesca of Anuka Jewellery to create a lovely silver pendant, follow the whole process from design to creation in our workshop!

  •   Thursday 12th December 2019

£95.00

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Collage with Katie Hudson

Illustrator Katie produces stunning images in collage, taking inspiration from nature & still life compositions. Join her on these great experimental multi media workshops!

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.


Katie Hudson

Katie Hudson

Katie has worked in the creative industry for 20 years, she is an Illustrator whose practise is inspired by nature & mid century design. She works primarily in collage & printmaking, sharing her passion for lino cut in these fun, creative workshops, helping you develop all the skills you need to continue at home!


Floral still life

Working from life to create a stunning hand-painted collaged scene.

  •   Friday 13th September 2019

£75.00

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Christmas Collage

Create a stunning hand painted collage to frame, or even have some Christmas cards printed of your lovely image!

  •   Friday 13th December 2019

£75.00

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Coastal Landscapes with Ali Kippax


Ali Kippax

Ali Kippax

A practising Artist with over 30 years teaching experience, Ali's classes are fun, creative & informative, covering both abstract acrylics & pastels creating textural elements with collage and exploring many different mark making techniques.


Abstract Acrylics & Mixed Media with Ali Kippax

Fun & creative abstract acrylic sessions, exploring many different mark making methods (brushes optional!). The workshops will take inspiration from the landscape, nature & architectural sources. Individual support will be given to help direct composition, scale and colour selection. 


Ali Kippax

Ali Kippax

A practising Artist with over 30 years teaching experience, Ali's classes are fun, creative & informative, covering both abstract acrylics & pastels creating textural elements with collage and exploring many different mark making techniques.


Expressive Abstract Landscapes - Stage 1

Exploring the basic techniques & mark making used to create abstract landscapes, guided by Artist Ali Kippax.

  •   Tuesday 17th September 2019

£75.00

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Expressive Abstract Landscapes - Stage 2

Stage 2 will explore applied surfaces, using a variety of materials along with acrylic paint to create amazing textural effects.

  •   Tuesday 8th October 2019

£75.00

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Expressive Abstract Landscapes - Stage 3

Creating the final piece - applying the knowledge gained over the previous workshops to create a stunning A2 abstract canvas landscape. These workshops may be booked as a course, or individually.

  •   Tuesday 29th October 2019

£75.00

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Expressive Abstract Landscapes in Acrylic - Stage 3.

Creating the final piece - applying the knowledge gained over the previous workshops to create a stunning A2 abstract canvas landscape. These workshops may be booked as a course, or individually.

  •   Tuesday 12th November 2019

£75.00

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Geometric Abstractions in Acrylic

Taking inspiration from geometric pattern to create stunning, vibrant abstract paintings.

  •   Tuesday 19th November 2019

£75.00

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Lino Print with Katie Hudson

Master the basics of a two colour lino printing process. Learn how to design a strong print image, different tools for creating marks, using cutting tools safely, and printing using water based inks and a printing press. Take home your own limited edition print to frame!

What do I need?

Katie Hudson

Katie Hudson

Katie has worked in the creative industry for 20 years, she is an Illustrator whose practise is inspired by nature & mid century design. She works primarily in collage & printmaking, sharing her passion for lino cut in these fun, creative workshops, helping you develop all the skills you need to continue at home!


Beginners Lino

Master the basic techniques of lino cut printing on this lovely, creative day. Includes lunch in the Coffee Shop.

  •   Friday 27th September 2019

£75.00

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Intermediate 2 colour lino

A slightly more advanced course printing in 2 colours, producing a stunning print to frame. The day includes lunch in our lovely Coffee Shop.

  •   Monday 21st October 2019

£75.00

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Lino print - Christmas Cards

Produce your own series of handprinted Christmas cards, choose your own Christmas theme.

  •   Friday 22nd November 2019

£75.00

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Vintage Paint with Kim Evans

Want to learn how to up-cycle and renew pre-loved furniture? Our beginners course teaches you how to paint and distress, covering everything from which paint to use and how to prepare surfaces to creating a durable finish. You’ll start by creating sample boards to test your knowledge then work up to a fully painted tray to take home, along with the confidence to renew your own furniture and avoid common mistakes.

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!


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Pastels with Ali Kippax

Taking inspiration from a variety of subjects Artist Ali Kippax will guide you through the creation of stunning images in pastels.


Ali Kippax

Ali Kippax

A practising Artist with over 30 years teaching experience, Ali's classes are fun, creative & informative, covering both abstract acrylics & pastels creating textural elements with collage and exploring many different mark making techniques.


Farmyard animals

Using pastels to create stunning impressions of farmyard animals, guided by Artist Ali Kippax.

  •   Tuesday 23rd July 2019

£75.00

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Buy someone a Voucher


The perfect gift experience...

Looking to buy a workshop for a friend but not sure which date is best? Fear not, you can buy a voucher for any half day or full day workshop.


Half-day Voucher

Value: £45.00

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Full-day Voucher

Value: £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!




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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