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!


Introduction to Oil Painting

A one day course for people new to Oil Painting, covering materials & techniques to gain confidence!  This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Thursday 31st January 2019

£75.00

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Painting Still Life

Come along and paint traditional still life in beautiful oil paints, with Artist Sue Farrington, suitable for beginners & intermediates.  This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 12th February 2019

£75.00

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Palette Knife Painting

Discover the techniques of palette knife painting.  This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Thursday 21st March 2019

£75.00

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Introduction to Oil Painting

A one day course for people new to Oil Painting, covering materials & techniques to gain confidence!  This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Thursday 25th April 2019

£75.00

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Dramatic Landscapes

Paint dramatic landscapes in Oils with Artist Sue Farrington, suitable for beginners & intermediates. This course will run from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 21st May 2019

£75.00

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Dramatic Seascapes

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

  •   Tuesday 4th June 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!


Hares

Make a stunning Hare for your home or garden with Artist Sarah Gallagher-Hayes.

This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.

  •   Friday 25th January 2019

£75.00

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Birds, Geese, Chickens, Herons & Peacocks

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm

  •   Friday 1st March 2019

£75.00

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Obelisks with Sculptural Tops

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Saturday 9th March 2019

£75.00

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Hares / Leaping Hares

This workshop runs from 10am until 4pm.

  •   Friday 22nd March 2019

£75.00

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Small Four Legged Friends

Come along and make a fabulous willow four legged friend (maximum size - Labrador), maybe your pet?  If so, please feel free to bring a photo & basic measurements.

This workshop runs from 10am until 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 23rd April 2019

£75.00

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Hares

This workshop runs from 10am until 4pm.

  •   Friday 17th May 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.


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 28th 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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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.


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

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!


Beginners - Tray or Keepsake Box.

Learn all the skills you need to give wooden furniture a new lease of life, paint a lovely tea tray or keepsake box to take home on this beginners course.

  •   Tuesday 5th February 2019

£75.00

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Beginners - Tray or Keepsake Box.

Learn all the skills needed to transform tired old wooden furniture, paint a lovely tea tray or keepsake box to take home.

  •   Tuesday 30th April 2019

£75.00

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Mixed Media with Ronnie Drillsma

North Wales based guest artist, Ronnie teaches the art of mixed media collage, using various textures from metallic paints to string, giving students creative confidence to make their own masterpiece.


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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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.


Silver Pendants

Following popular earrings & rings workshops, Francesca will help you create your very own pendant, choose from a leather or simple silver chain.

Workshop runs from 10am to 4pm

  •   Friday 8th February 2019

£95.00

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Silver Jewellery making - Stacking Rings

Learn basic silversmith techniques & create your very own stacking silver rings.

Workshop runs from 10am to 4pm

  •   Friday 15th March 2019

£95.00

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Dainty Stacking Silver Bangles

Following the popular earrings & rings workshops, Francesca will help you create 2 dainty stacking silver bangles.

Workshop runs from 10am to 4pm

  •   Friday 26th April 2019

£95.00

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Silver 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.

  •   Thursday 23rd May 2019

£85.00

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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!


Botanicals

A fun experimental workshop, capturing plants & foliage in stunning painted collage!

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 19th March 2019

£75.00

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Spring floral still life

Working in multi media collage to capture a stunning Spring floral still life!

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Monday 20th May 2019

£75.00

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Abstract Acrylics & Mixed Media with Ali Kippax

Fun & creative abstract acrylic sessions, exploring 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 abstract acrylics & pastels creating textural elements with collage and exploring many different mark making techniques.


Large Scale Abstract Acrylics

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

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 29th January 2019

£75.00

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Abstract Acrylic Winter Woodland Painting

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

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Saturday 9th February 2019

£75.00

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Abstract Acrylic Landscapes with Mixed Media

The focus will be representing the landscape through surface texture & collage, whilst encouraging creativity & experimentation!

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 26th February 2019

£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.

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Tuesday 26th March 2019

£75.00

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GCSE Enrichment with Ali Kippax

Aimed at Year 10 & 11 students this course will enrich their GCSE portfolio submission, furthering existing skills and exploring new techniques! The students will receive a high level of individual tuition from the head of a successful Art department with over 30 years experience.

What do I need?

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.


18th-19th

  •   Monday 18th February 2019
  •   Tuesday 19th February 2019

£135.00

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21st-22nd

  •   Thursday 21st February 2019
  •   Friday 22nd February 2019

£135.00

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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!


Introduction to Ceramics

Come along and learn how to make your own stunning ceramics using hand building techniques, working with a combination of porcelain and clay.  Rebecca will guide you through every stage, from design to preparing your piece for the kiln! This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.  All your creations will be fired, for collection at a later date.

  •   Thursday 7th February 2019

£75.00

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Ceramics - A Small Garden Planter or a Set of 3 Herb Planters

Using hand building techniques create your own clay planter or set of 3 herb planters, using a variety of clays & porcelain, play with textures & patterns. This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm.  All your creations will be fired, for collection at a later date.

  •   Monday 11th March 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 printing - Winter Woodland

Exploring basic lino cut techniques, create a set of prints based on a Winter Woodland theme, using the snowy landscape or twigs & berries as your inspiration! 

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.



  •   Monday 4th February 2019

£75.00

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Intermediate Lino - Spring florals

On this course students will explore slightly more advanced printmaking techniques, using 2 colours we will take inspiration from Spring blooms!

This workshop runs from 10am to 3pm.

  •   Monday 29th April 2019

£75.00

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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.


Fabulous Farm Animals

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

  •   Tuesday 5th March 2019

£75.00

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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.


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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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