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!


5 Week Oil Painting Course - Beginners

For people new to Oils, this course spanning 5 mornings is a great introduction, pus a fantastic opportunity to meet other local, budding Artists! Sue will cover a range of different techniques, helping you to develop your own style. 

Monday 16th April 2018
Monday 23rd April 2018
Monday 30th April 2018
Monday 14th May 2018
Monday 21st May 2018

£200.00

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Introduction to Oil Painting

A one day course for people new to Oil Painting, covering materials & techniques to gain confidence! 

Saturday 5th May 2018

£75.00

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Oil Portraits

Discover the techniques of the master portrait painters & produce your own 10" x 12" portrait!

Tuesday 22nd May 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!


Hares

Friday 26th January 2018

£75.00

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Birds, Geese, Chickens, Herons & Peacocks

Wednesday 28th February 2018

£75.00

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Obelisks with Sculptural Tops

Saturday 10th March 2018

£75.00

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Leaping Hares

Friday 16th March 2018

£75.00

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Cats & Dogs

Wednesday 18th April 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.


Let it snow

Thursday 18th January 2018

£75.00

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Hellebores & Cyclamen

Thursday 15th February 2018

£75.00

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Spring Mountain Landscape

Thursday 15th March 2018

£75.00

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Splashing Seascape

Thursday 26th April 2018

£75.00

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Cheshire Townscape, Perspective

Thursday 24th May 2018

£75.00

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Birds, Bees, Butter & Dragonflies

Thursday 21st June 2018

£75.00

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Summer Herbs & Produce

Thursday 12th July 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.


Introduction to Drawing & Sketching

Monday 22nd January 2018

£75.00

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Discovering Pen & Ink

Thursday 8th February 2018

£75.00

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Making the most of water soluble pencils

Monday 12th March 2018

£75.00

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Introduction to Pen & Wash

Friday 23rd March 2018

£75.00

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Introduction to Drawing & Sketching

Friday 20th April 2018

£75.00

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Discovering Pen & Ink

Friday 4th May 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.


Christmas Table Centre Piece

Tuesday 19th December 2017
*Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Christmas Table Centre Piece

Wednesday 20th December 2017
*Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Spring Topiary

Friday 9th March 2018
*Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Easter Door Wreath

Wednesday 28th March 2018
*Half-day (10am - 1pm)

£45.00

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Hanging Baskets

Wednesday 16th May 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

Monday 5th February 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.


Jewellery Making - Earrings

10am - 4pm

Friday 9th February 2018

£85.00

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Silver Jewellery making - Rings

Learn basic silversmith techniques & create your very own silver ring.

Thursday 19th April 2018

£95.00

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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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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!


Half-day Voucher

Value: £45.00

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Full-day Voucher

Value: £75.00

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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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