We'd like to stay in touch!

We are updating how we communicate with our audiences. Let us know which communications you would like to continue receiving, otherwise you may stop hearing from us.

browse events by category

future events tagged visual arts


In the Window, Through the Window

Led by Jo Hall

Many artists have taken inspiration from windows and views through them. This course will reference some of these, providing ideas for your own compositions. Reference material will be provided by the tutor and you will also be encouraged to work from your own sketches or photos.

Please bring drawing materials and either pastels or watercolours as outlined in the information below:
Watercolour paints, brushes, palette and water potsor pastels
Watercolour (cold pressed, 300gsm) or pastel paper (at least A3 size)
Cartridge paper or sketchbook
Table easel (best for pastel) or block to tilt board will be fine for watercolour
Drawing board, paper towel, tape or clips to attach paper
Some paper will be available from the tutor

Reference for the first week will be supplied and you will be encouraged to bring your own for subsequent weeks. It is always best to work from your own sketches and photos.

Tues Oct 25 - Nov 29
12.30pm - 3.30pm
£120 per 6 week course

  •  29 Nov


Led by Kayleigh Robinson.

Norden Farm's Crafternoons are relaxed crafting sessions for older people.

Get crafty with a range of activities, or bring along your own projects to work on with support from tutor Kayleigh Robinson.

You can learn new skills, meet new people and try something new, a cup of tea is included with the ticket price. If you are unable to attend in person you can log on from home to chat and join in the session.

Wed 23 Nov Marbled Vases
Wed 30 Nov Christmas Card
Wed 7 Dec Christmas Wreath
Wed 14 Dec Christmas Ornament
Wed 21 Dec Snow Globe

Wed 11 Jan Tie Dye Tote Bags
Wed 18 Jan Yarn String Ball Lights
Wed 25 Jan Mosaic
Wed 1 Feb Still Life Drawing
Wed 15 Feb Cloud Decorations
Wed 22 Feb Mini Scented Cushions
Wed 1 Mar Button Bowl
Wed 8 Mar Watercolour
Wed 15 Mar Book Folding Art
Wed 22 Mar Decoupage
Wed 29 Mar Puzzle Piece Art
Wed 5 Apr Easter Egg Decorating
Wed 12 Apr Miniature Garden
Wed 19 Apr Collage
Wed 26 Apr Ceramic Plates

Social Arts Crafternoons is a partially funded project run by Norden Farm with support from The Berkshire Community Foundation.

Suitable for ages 60+ years.
Wed 22 Jun - 24 Aug, Wed 7 Sept – 21 Dec
2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

These are blended sessions, where you can take part in person at Norden Farm or online via Zoom.

If you need transport to Norden Farm for this session please contact Jess Thompson at jess.thompson@nordenfarm.org / 01628 682563 to talk through your requirements.


Festive Markets

Our popular Artisan Fairs return this festive season.

Festive Market

Sat 26 Nov 12pm – 4pm

Winter Night Market

Fri 2 Dec 6pm – 9pm

The perfect opportunity to browse for unique presents as local artisan stallholders showcase their handmade wears. Enjoy all your favourite festive snacks and beverages together with a well stocked bar featuring craft ales, mulled wine and a full food menu.

Your Christmas shopping just got a whole load more fun!

Stallholders include: Marmalove, KaNa Homecooked, Jeong Cook, Como en Casa Ltd, Get Whisked Away, Cricketers Gin, The Marlow Cheese Co Ltd, bakedbyluz, Hummingbird Aromatherapy, Liesl Fletcher, Luumi, INDULGE The Collection, NoMothsAllowed, Rhi Design Craft, Ali-oops handbags, RespathCreations, From Tree To You, Fire Fairy Art, Amelia Pimlott, Pawiverse, ArtAble, BAM Designs, Miss J's Tea and Cakes and of books and hooks.

Free Entry

Dates for your diary - our regular Norden Farm Market is on Saturday 5 November (12pm - 4pm).

  •   2 Dec FREE

Lantern Making Workshop (for Adults)

Led by Same Sky.

Across a full day, work as a group as Paul from Same Sky guides you to create a large-scale willow structure. These huge centre pieces will shine bright in the parade on Saturday 10 December!

Ages 17+ years.
10.30am - 4pm
£17.50 per person

Find out about our Family Lantern Making Workshops and Drop In Workshops at the Nicholsons Centre and Maidenhead Library.

See more details about the Lantern Parade here.


Life Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. With a variety of short and long poses. Learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new experimental techniques.

Half day sessions comprise of a variety of short and long poses.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions. Materials will be provided, although participants are very welcome to bring their own if you have something you like to work with.

Sat 1 Oct and 3 Dec
11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years


Christmas Wreath Making

Led by Kim Wright

Get into the festive spirit by making your very own Christmas wreath decorated with seasonal accessories.

Tues 22 Nov – 7pm – 9pm
Sat 3 Dec – 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Tues 6 Dec – 7pm – 9pm

£50 per session

What is included
All instruction and materials provided.

What to bring
Secateurs or garden/flower scissors. You may wish to bring an apron to protect your clothes.
If you need any more information please let us know.


Zen Drawing (online)

Led by Amanda Schenk

Amanda Schenk is the visual artist behind Norden Farm's much-loved (and Instagrammed) glass corridor artwork in the school holidays. Join Amanda for this new drawing course, aimed at helping to create a sense of calm and relaxation through drawing patterns.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your drawing abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing experience, rather than the finished drawing.

In each session you'll explore how to produce different types of patterns in abstract drawings - looking at different designs each week.

You will need: paper (plain, no smaller than A5), lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner or a pen. Optional is a black marker.

Tues 6 Sept, 4 Oct, 1 Nov, 6 Dec
7.30pm - 8.45pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £21 per 3 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.


Japanese Calligraphy Festive Workshop

Led by Eiko Ishida

Before heading to the party, come and learn the art of Japanese calligraphy this holiday season - you can use those new-found skills to create handwritten holiday messages that can be given as or cards with an origami Christmas tree for decoration.

In this workshop you will be shown the basic principles of writing Japanese characters; using the traditional Japanese materials of a brush, ink and Japanese paper. You will be guided how to create your first brush strokes and how to build on these basic steps to create some lovely Japanese characters symbolising the turn of the seasons.

Please wear dark colours or old clothes (or wear an apron) as occasionally ink can spill or spread.

Materials of a brush (on loan), ink and some Japanese paper will be supplied, however you will need some extra paper to practice on; absorbent paper is best such as newspaper or sugar paper.

Wed 7 Dec
10am - 1pm


Crochet and Rosé

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet or knit? Join us for a relaxed and creative get together over a drink of your choice.

Suitable for those with experience of crochet / knitting.

Please bring your own project along. Some spare needles and wool will be available.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Wed 10 Aug, 7 Sept, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.


Paint a Bird on Small Paper in watercolour or gouache

Led by Jo Hall

Paint a blackbird or a cheeky robin or other small bird on white or tinted paper.

Gouache is particularly useful for working on coloured papers but watercolour and a tube of permanent white gouache will work just as well.

We will be painting on paper as small as three by four inches up to about five by seven inches or similar size square formats.

Some photo reference will be provided or bring your own.

Please bring the following
Watercolours pan or tube, brushes, palette, water pots, paper towel, small sponge, pencil
Drawing board, block of wood about 2 x 2 x 6 inches to tilt the board (may be better than a table easel for this workshop), masking tape
Watercolour paper - hot or cold pressed surface and about 300gsm, or small Khadi paper
If you are bringing quarter size watercolour paper or A3 please bring a 12 inch ruler to mark out the painting areas.
There is no need to purchase small papers especially for the workshop.
Spare paper or small sketchbook for composition sketches

Some paper will be available at cost from the tutor including some handmade Indian paper (Khadi). Additional photo reference will also be available.

Sat 10 Dec
11am - 4pm


The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Parade

Saturday 10 December

Maidenhead’s Community Lantern Parade is BACK!  With live music and entertainment as we light up the night in Maidenhead.

The Parade is a celebration of community and the arts and encourages local people to get together, creating fantastic artworks, dancing and parading their fabulous creations through Maidenhead town centre. This year the parade will take a new route to celebrate the new Riverside Quarter.

Norden Farm will once again team up with SameSky, an award-winning community arts charity who have been creating fantastic lanterns, costumes and community events since 1987.

Get involved at one of our Lantern Making Workshops, running throughout November and December. Our expert lantern makers will guide you through the process to create your own lantern to illuminate at the parade.  

Lantern Making Workshops at Norden Farm

Across 2 hours weave an intricate animal-inspired willow frame before covering and decorating your creation. covering and decorating. Suitable for 6+ years, pre-booking essential.

Sat 19 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person | Book here.

Sat 26 Nov | 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £7 per person | Book here.

Sat 3 Dec | 10.30am – 4pm | Adult sessions 17+ years | £17.50 per person | Book here.

Drop In Lantern Making Workshops in the town centre

There are also Drop In Lantern Making Workshops in the town centre. Get parade ready in 20 mins! Drop in to make and decorate a simple willow and tissue lantern ready to illuminate on parade night.

Workshops in the Nicholson Centre

Sun 27 Nov | 10.30am - 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £4 per person | More information

Sun 4 Dec | 10.30am - 4pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £4 per person | More Information

Workshops at Maidenhead Library on Parade Day

Sat 10 Dec | 10.30am - 2pm | Suitable for 6+ years | £4 per person | More information

Norden Farm are also working with local schools and community groups to ensure that the community as a whole is represented and involved in this fantastic event.

With thanks to our supporters:

Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation | Louis Baylis Charitable Trust | RBWM | The Prince Philip Trust | The Shanly Foundation | Cyril Taylor | Nicholsons Shopping Centre | Make Maidenhead | Waterside Quarter

  •  10 Dec FREE

Floral Design Workshop

Led by Kim Wright

This floral design course is for those who are new to floral design as well as those with some experience. I will guide the learners with demonstrations followed by practical work which will give them the confidence to develop their own floral designs each week. They will be shown how to prepare flowers and foliage, how to create gifts and how to decorate a party, home or just for a pleasure.

Additional Information

Please note that the materials are not provided. Learners will need to bring their own Floristry materials such as flowers, foliage, scissors, containers and some other materials each session to be able to create their own floral design. I will advise them each month.

Wed 14 Sept 11am - 1pm
Wed 19 Oct 7pm - 9pm
Wed 16 Nov 11am - 1pm
Wed 14 Dec 7pm - 9pm

£32 per session


Jewellery Embroidery Workshop

Led by Aliona Borysenko

Welcome to the world of embroidery!

This jewellery embroidery workshop is for beginners who are new to embroidery with different materials, as well as those with some experience in embroidery with threads.

During the workshop you will practice different embroidery techniques, which will give you the confidence to create and your own embroidery designs.

In the November and December workshops we will create a Robin embroidery using different materials and techniques.

You will be shown how to embroider with materials such as: beads, crystals, sequins, chenille, metallic threads, bugles and other materials. You may choose to decorate your clothes and your children's clothes with the embroidery you create, or you may choose to complete your embroidery into a brooch.

Sat 26 Nov and Sat 17 Dec
11am - 4pm
£70 per workshop

Materials and instruments for one Robin will be provided. Participants are very welcome to bring their clothes or that they would like to decorate with.

About Aliona Borysenko:
Aliona came from Ukraine where she taught at a leading Jewellery Design School. She began sharing her knowledges in workshops and courses 12 years ago. Whilst in Ukraine, she has worked with Swarovski and Preciosa and has created designs for the likes of Coca Cola, Schwarzkopf, L’Oréal and Windows to name a few. Aliona is exited to offer embroidery workshops for beginners at Norden Farm. She also works within schools and runs workshops for children.


Studio Art Club

Led by Helen Ridley

We are delighted to offer our brand new drawing and painting class this Autumn - the Studio Art Club.

Every two weeks on Thursday from 11am - 2pm you will join local artist Helen Ridley to explore your inner artist.

Helen will demonstrate a range of techniques and materials, from watercolour and gouache to pencils and pastels.

Each session will explore a different theme with a range of references to choose from, giving you the opportunity to explore and experiment.

The Studio is open to all abilities and you will need to bring your own materials, please see details listed below:

● Watercolour paints
● Watercolour brushes
● Gouache paints
● Coloured pencils
● Coloured Pastels
● Watercolour paper
● Sketchbook to plan compositions and colour palettes

Mixed media paper will be available

The Studio Art Club runs from Thur 8 Sept every 2 weeks on the dates below.

Thur 8 Sept, 22 Sept, 6 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov
11am - 2pm
£25 per session | £120 per 6 week term


Portrait Drawing

Led by Mick McNicholas

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Suitable for 18+ years

Sat 17 Sept and 5 Nov
11am – 4pm

about 22 hours ago Comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts Mitch Benn is back with his show It’s About Time on Wed 30 Nov at… https://t.co/XcropBUX0G

5 days ago RT @joannaridout: Well thanks @passengerpugg @TheatreAdInf @nordenfarm , you did not disappoint. A treat of an evening, powerful, skilful s…