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Portrait Drawing

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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 25 Jun
11am – 4pm

Click here to download the Portrait Drawing Information Sheet.

Food and drinks can be purchased from our Café Bar. If you are providing your own lunch we ask that you eat this in the workshop space. Only Norden Farm’s catering can be consumed in the main foyer.

Norden Farm is a charity that operates on extremely tight margins and every penny really counts. Income from the Café Bar is essential to support our running costs. If you are able to support the charity, by buying food and drink from our Café Bar when you are here, it really helps.

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Paint a Flower in Acrylic

Led by Jo Hall

Paint a larger than life flower, in acrylic, referencing the flower paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Blooms supplied or bring your own flower together with your own materials and equipment as in the information below.

Sat 9 Jul 11am - 4pm

Please bring the following materials and equipment:
Acrylic paints and brushes
Matte medium and slow dry medium
Water pots
Stay wet palette

Support: canvas board or canvas, multimedia paper or heavy watercolour paper primed with gesso
Sketchbook or cartridge paper to work out composition and colour mixes.

Charcoal or pencil
Paper towel, small water spray, palette knife
Table easel, drawing board if using paper, tape to fix paper to the drawing board

Some blooms will be available or bring your own

Multimedia paper will be available at cost from the tutor

Do contact Jo at johall@mhstudios.co.uk with any questions about the workshop content or materials.


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.

Summer 2022
Tues 28 Jun, 12 Jul, 26 Jul, 9 Aug (4 week course)

11am - 12.15pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £21 per 3 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

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.


Acrylic Painting: more Techniques for Pattern and Texture

Led by Jo Hall

Over the six weeks we will reference natural forms, and habitats such as rock pools, hedgerows or wooded landscape with their associated plants and creatures to create compositions with a lot of texture and pattern.

Techniques will include knife painting, glazing over colour and monochrome, embedding and impressing forms like seed heads or grasses, incorporating a collaged element, sgraffito.

Please bring your own materials and equipment as in the detailed information below.

Tues 21 Jun - 26 Jul
12.30pm - 3.30pm
£120 for the six week course

Acrylic paints and brushes
Palette knife and two painting knives
Suitable support (canvas board, canvas, heavy mixed media or watercolour paper preferably primed with gesso)
Stay wet palette
Matte medium (also glaze and texture medium not essential but useful)
Slow drying medium (that is a medium which slows down drying time enabling more time for blending)
Paper towel, water pots
Table easel, drawing board, tape to fix paper
Sketchbook to plan composition and colour notes.

Some mixed media paper will be available at cost
Reference will be available and you will be encouraged to bring your own.
Do bring a textured natural form for the first meeting; piece of driftwood or similar would be good.

Contact Jo at johall@mhstudios.co.uk if you have questions about the course content or materials.


Water Lilies in Watercolour and Coloured Pencils

Led by Caroline Crawford

Participants will look at the watery surface and create a still reflective piece in watercolours, the focus is on composition, texture, light and shadow. Expert tuition, demos and guidance given.

Fri 15 Jul 11am – 4pm
£45 per workshop, £5 materials fee on the day to the tutor


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 28 May and Sat 30 Jul
11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 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.



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.

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
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.


Maidenhead Schools Exhibition 2022

We are delighted to present the third Maidenhead Schools: Art, Design and Photography Exhibition showcasing the work made by the students from Maidenhead schools.

The exhibition will show a wealth of talent in a range of mediums including paint, textiles and digital media. The exhibition aims to unite Maidenhead schools and colleges by celebrating the creativity and talent of our local students.

Current artwork will include work by students from Altwood CofE School, BCA and Desborough College. To register your schools' interest in our 2022 exhibition, please contact Kayleigh at kayleigh.robinson@nordenfarm.org

This exhibition is part of Farm Out, the flagship Norden Farm Arts Programme for schools funded by the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation.

Artwork Credit: Gurleen Johal, BCA

Tues 18 Oct - Sat 5 Nov 5pm - 10pm

Free Entry


Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Junior)

Led by Little Tanks Ltd

Each term we will be focusing on developing the participants confidence and well-being through a series of drama games and activities.

As the term progresses students will use the skills learnt to work towards a presentation that will be shared with friends and family during the last session.

Techniques explored will include improvisation, characterisation and voice work. You will have the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals outside of your usual peer group as well as enjoying sessions in a fully equipped theatrical space.

Suitable for ages 7 - 11 years

Summer 2022
Wed 4 May - 13 Jul (exc 1 Jun)

Autumn 2022
Wed 21 Sept - 30 Nov (exc 26 Oct)

4.55pm - 5.55pm
£85 per 10 week term

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