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!


Dramatic Seascapes

Paint dramatic seascapes in Oil with Artist Sue Farrington, suitable for beginners or intermediates. This workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Saturday 17th November 2018

£75.00

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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!


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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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.

  •   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.


Perfect Poultry

Painting all manner of poultry... Hens, Chickens, Quails & Guinea Fowl in watercolour with 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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Snowy Winter Landscape

Painting a magical winter wonderland in watercolour with Allie Pottinger.  The workshop runs from 10am to 3pm

  •   Thursday 24th January 2019

£75.00

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Cat & Dog Portraits

Come along and paint a cat or dog portrait in lovely watercolour.  You are welcome to bring along a portrait photograph of your dog or cat to paint.  The workshop runs from 10am to 3pm

  •   Thursday 21st February 2019

£75.00

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Still Life

Paint a watering can, trug & garden tools.  

Shape, form & different textures: metal, wood, rust, clay pot.

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm

  •   Thursday 14th March 2019

£75.00

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Harbour Haven

Anglesey - Cemaes Bay, boats & seagulls.

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Thursday 4th April 2019

£75.00

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Spring Flora

Come and paint beautiful spring flowers, including Lily of the Valley.

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Thursday 16th May 2019

£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.


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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.


Winter Hanging Baskets

Create your own stunning winter flowering hanging basket, with Florist Jill Duerden. Runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Monday 26th November 2018
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas Door Wreath

Create a stunning fresh & festive floral wreath for your front door this Christmas! With Florist Jill Duerden, runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Monday 3rd December 2018

£75.00

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Christmas Door Wreath

Create a stunning fresh & festive floral wreath for your front door this Christmas! With Florist Jill Duerden, runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 4th December 2018

£75.00

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Christmas Door Wreath

Create a stunning fresh & festive floral wreath for your front door this Christmas! With Florist Jill Duerden, runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Monday 10th December 2018

£75.00

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Festive Topiary Tree

Create a stunning fresh & festive topiary for your Christmas table! With Florist Jill Duerden, runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Tuesday 11th December 2018
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas Table Centrepiece

Create a stunning festive focal point for your Christmas table! All arrangements are made with fresh flowers, with Florist Jill Duerden. Runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Thursday 20th December 2018
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas Table Centrepiece

Create a stunning festive focal point for your Christmas table! All arrangements are made with fresh flowers, with Florist Jill Duerden. Runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Friday 21st December 2018
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Spring Bulb Planted Pots

Come along and create a lovely Spring bulb planter t with our Florist Jill Duerden.

Half Day Workshop - runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Monday 28th January 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Spring Hand Tied Posies

Spring Hand Tied Posies created with our Florist Jill Duerden.

Half day workshop - runs from 10am - 1pm

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

£45.00

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Spring Hanging Baskets

Create your own gorgeous Spring flowering hanging basket, with our florist Jill Duerden. 

Half Day Workshop - runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Monday 4th March 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Mother's Day Planted Baskets

Come and create a Mother's Day Planted Basket with our Florist Jill Duerden.

Half Day Workshop - this workshop will run from 10am - 1pm 

  •   Monday 25th March 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Easter Door Wreath

Come and create a fabulous Easter Door Wreath with our Florist Jill Duerden.

Half Day Workshop - runs from 10am - 1pm

  •   Monday 15th April 2019
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Summer Hanging Baskets

Create your own stunning Summer flowering hanging basket, with florist Jill Duerden. 

Half Day Workshop - runs from 10am to 1pm.

  •   Monday 13th May 2019
  • *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!


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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.


Metallics Unleashed 1

Using all manner of metallic materials, creating rich, textured abstract metallic swatches, to frame or create stunning seasonal cards. This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Friday 16th November 2018

£75.00

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Metallics Unleashed 2

Exploring yet more techniques with metallic materials to produce gorgeous shiny abstracts! The swatches are lovely framed or as a series of cards. This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Friday 30th November 2018

£75.00

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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

Francesca of Anuka Jewellery will guide you through the design & creation of your own beautiful pair of silver earrings. This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

  •   Friday 23rd November 2018

£85.00

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Earrings

Francesca of Anuka Jewellery will guide you through the design & creation of your own beautiful pair of silver earrings. This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

  •   Friday 7th December 2018

£85.00

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Abstract Acrylics & Mixed Media 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!


Abstract Landscape in Acrylic

Creating Abstract pieces inspired by the landscape around us, working in Acrylic paint, exploring colour & various mark making techniques.

  •   Saturday 3rd November 2018

£75.00

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Large Scale Abstract Acrylics

Working on large scale canvases to create your own Abstract piece - this workshop is limited to 8 places. The day will run from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Saturday 10th November 2018

£75.00

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Large Scale Abstract Acrylics

A creative, confidence building session! Working on A2 canvases, you will be given practical advice on composition, colour & paint application.

  •   Tuesday 29th January 2019

£75.00

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Abstract Acrylic Landscape Painting

A wonderfully fun, creative class - explore mark making & texture to produce stunning abstract landscapes!

  •   Saturday 9th February 2019

£75.00

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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!


Set of Mugs or Mugs & a Jug

Learn how to make your own stunning mugs, you will produce a set of mugs plus a large jug or small milk jug  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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Porcelain Christmas Decorations

A lovely half day course, create your own Christmas Decorations from fine porcelain, you will produce a variety of baubles, flat shapes & even garlands of stars! Enjoy a festive mince pie & coffee, the workshop will run from 10am to 1pm & all your creations will be fired, for collection later.

  •   Monday 12th November 2018
  • *Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Porcelain Christmas Workshop

Create your own Christmas Decorations from fine porcelain, you will produce a stunning porcelain tea light holder as well as a variety of baubles, flat shapes & even garlands of stars! The workshop will run from 11am to 4pm & includes lunch in our coffee shop. All your creations will be fired, for collection later.

  •   Sunday 25th November 2018

£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!


Lino Print - Beginners

Master the basics of printing, from design to mark making techniques, cutting safely & how to mark up your edition. Take home your lovely print to frame! This workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Monday 19th November 2018

£75.00

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Lino Print - Christmas Cards

Create your own stunning edition of lino print Christmas cards, and give lovely handmade cards to your close friends and family this year! Suitable for beginners, the workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 20th November 2018

£75.00

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Pastels with Jan Ibbotson

Fun filled days, with an emphasis on exploring your creativity whilst learning tips & techniques to get the most out of pastels. These workshops are open to beginners or experienced pastel lovers!


Jan Ibbotson

Jan Ibbotson

Born & raised on a local Farm Jan has an enduring love of animals, combining this with her passion for art & in particular pastels Jan beautifully captures these working animals. Exhibiting locally for many years Jan has turned to teaching and we are delighted to welcome her to Okells.


Fantastic Farm Animals

A relaxed fun day, where you can explore your creativity with pastels capturing lovely British Farm Animals! The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 13th November 2018

£75.00

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The perfect gift experience...

They'll enjoy a relaxing, rewarding day (including a lovely lunch on the full day), meet new people and master anything from furniture painting to flower arranging!


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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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