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Zen Drawing with Colour (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 and exploring colour.

Suitable for all abilities, the workshops will focus on building confidence in your art making abilities - concentrating on the soothing journey of the drawing and playing with colour.

In each session explore drawing abstract patterns and the different ways you can enhance your designs using colour pencils and bright watercolours.

You will need: Paper, lead pencil, eraser, sharpener, black fine liner, colour pencils or Aquarell colour pencils, optional coloured fine liners.

Mon 1 Mar - 29 Mar (except 15 Mar), Mon 19 Apr - 10 May
7.30pm – 8.45pm
£8 per session, £28 per 4 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the day of the session

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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 20 Apr - 11 May, Tues 18 May - 22 Jun (exc 1 Jun), Tues 29 Jun - 27 Jul
11am - 12.15pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £35 per 5 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

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Twilight 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 20 Apr - 11 May, Tues 18 May - 22 Jun (exc 1 Jun), Tues 29 Jun - 27 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course | £35 per 5 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the day of each session

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Yoga for Beginners (online)

Led by Julie Potter

Feeling the need to wind down and relax, have a little bit of time to yourself? Come along and enjoy some yoga and relaxation with Julie. Practice gentle spinal movements to relax and rejuvenate the nervous system, basic yogic breathing techniques and guided meditations.

These classes are suitable for everyone, with or without previous yoga experience. Please bring a blanket, a yoga/pilates mat, and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Wed 5 May -16 Jun (exc 2 Jun), Wed 23 Jun - 28 Jul
11am – 12.15pm
£10 per class | £42 per 6 week online course

Drop in sessions: Wed 28 Apr, 4 Aug, 11 Aug | Tickets £10

Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Into the Garden (online)

Led by Jo Hall

Have your watercolours and coloured pencils of any kind ready to explore five different gardens; an exotic garden with aloes and cacti; a formal garden; a garden with a gazebo or summer-house; an allotment or cottage garden and a garden with a water feature (fountain, pond or lake).

We will be using watercolour as the main medium and will experiment with textures added with coloured pencil. This course will explore some coloured pencil techniques.

Please see information sheet for materials, references and equipment.

This course will be online only.

Wed 12 May - 16 Jun (exc 2 Jun)
11.30am - 3pm
£100
Booking cut off time: 9am on Wed 12 May

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Seniors 1)

Led by Karen Wallace-Jones and Jane Hibbs

Building on our devising skills from last term we will begin to develop our understanding of ensemble in performance. Using extracts from published texts we will use these as a starting point to create our own original Youth Theatre ensemble performance in the Spring.

This is an online term with two sessions taking place at Norden Farm on Thursday 27 May and a sharing on Wednesday 7 July.

School Years 7 - 11
Wed 28 Apr - 7 Jul (exc 2 Jun)
4.15pm - 5.45pm
£97 per 10 week term
Booking cut off time: 3pm on Wed 28 Apr

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Norden Farm Youth Theatre (Seniors 2)

Led Karen Wallace-Jones and Jane Hibbs

Building on our devising skills from last term we will begin to develop our understanding of ensemble in performance. Using extracts from published texts we will use these as a starting point to create our own original Youth Theatre ensemble performance in the Spring.

This is an online term with two sessions taking place at Norden Farm on Thursday 27 May and a sharing on Wednesday 7 July.

School Years 7 - 11
Wed 28 Apr - 7 Jul (exc 2 Jun)
6pm - 7.30pm
£97 per 10 week term
Booking cut off time: 5pm on Wed 28 Apr

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 31 Mar - 28 Apr, Wed 5 May - 2 Jun, Wed 9 Jun - 7 Jul, Wed 14 Jul - 11 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Wed)

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 31 Mar - 28 Apr, Wed 5 May - 2 Jun, Wed 9 Jun - 7 Jul, Wed 14 Jul - 11 Aug
8.30pm – 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Zumba (Thursdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Thur 1 Apr - 12 Aug
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of each class

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

If the tutor is unavailable for a session, a replacement will be provided wherever possible.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Thursdays)

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 1 Apr - 29 Apr, Thur 6 May - 3 Jun, Thur 10 Jun - 8 Jul, Thur 15 Jul - 12 Aug
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom.

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Book Club (online)

Self led group, organised by Carol Huntington

Share your thoughts on contemporary literature with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

This season the Book Club will be reading:

Thur 20 May - Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud
Thur 17 Jun - Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Thur 15 Jul - The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
Thur 12 Aug - Decline & Fall by Evelyn Waugh

Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 12 Aug (online)
7.30pm - 9.30pm
£2 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 1 Apr - 29 Apr, Thur 6 May - 3 Jun, Thur 10 Jun - 8 Jul, Thur 15 Jul - 12 Aug
8.30pm – 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course.

Suitable for 18+ years.

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom.

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Gentle Yoga

Led by Julie Potter.

Classes for all ages and levels of experience.

Practice traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

Fri 7 May - 18 Jun (exc 4 Jun), Fri 25 Jun - 30 Jul
11.30am – 12.45pm
£42 per 6 week course or £10 per session

Drop in sessions: 30 Apr, 6 Aug, 13 Aug | Tickets £10

Booking cut off time: 10.30am on the first day of each session

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Mixed Media Daisy Project (online)

Led by Helen D Evans

The intention is to spend 4 weeks to create a piece of art work exploring mixed media.

We will develop our art work each week by experimenting with different techniques.

The sessions are bite size and are intended for individuals to develop their use of mixed media each week and then to carry on in their own time.

Participants to provide own materials (please see information sheet for more information).

Fri 7 May - 28 May
4pm - 5pm
£8 per session or £28 per 4 week course
Booking cut off time: 12pm on Fri 7 May

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Digi Den (online)

Led by DJ Mhlanga

The digital arts club!

Reconnect with the Digi Den community via weekly Zoom workshops. Share your creativity, explore music and film editing!

You will need: Paper to draw or write on and any pencils, pens or art supplies you may like to use. The project will adapt to incorporate any other supplies individuals may have.

Suitable for School Years 5 - 8.

Sat 24 Apr - 29 May, Sat 12 Jun - 24 Jul (exc 19 Jun)
10.30am - 12pm
£36 per 6 week term
Booking cut off time: 9am on Sat 24 Apr/Sat 12 Jun

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Portrait Drawing (online)

Led by Mick McNicholas

Learn about the stages of portraiture, drawing with charcoal from a live model. Students are taught about proportion, the structure of the head and tonal values. Experiment with creating contrast between light and dark (chiaroscuro) to depict facial features. Suitable for all levels of experience.

We advise that participants charge their device beforehand and to have it plugged in during the session.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions.

Sat 22 May, Sat 10 Jul
10.30am - 1.30pm
£27
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

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Zumba (Saturdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Sat 3 Apr - 14 Aug
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

This class is currently taking place online via Zoom

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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Creative Arts Social Club (online)

Led by professional artists Amelia Pimlott and Caroline Crawford.

Our sociable group for over 65s who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now - goes online!

Professional artist Amelia Pimlott leads this creative community with visual artist Caroline Crawford. Explore your arty side, grow in creative confidence, and meet new people!

5-week blocks run via Zoom with additional ideas for activities to do during the week.

Mon 22 Feb - Mon 22 Mar, Mon 12 Apr - Mon 10 May, Mon 24 May - Mon 21 Jun
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75 per 5 week term + materials (list below)


Mon 22 Feb - Mon 22 Mar: Animals and Nature

Led by Caroline Crawford

Whether or not you haven’t picked up a pencil for years or want to brush up on your painting skills, this course covers detailed elements of Drawing & Painting focussing on animal portraits and nature studies and still life. Carefully Guided by artist Caroline Crawford this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.


Mon 12 Apr - Mon 10 May: Black and White

Led by Amelia Pimlott

Using black and white photos as source material, we will explore the figure and portraits to develop tonal drawings using charcoal chalk and pencil and learn to scale up. Led by Artist Amelia Pimlott this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.


Mon 24 May - Mon 21 May: Landscapes, Townscapes and Nature

Led by Caroline Crawford

This course covers focusses on a variety of Drawing & Painting techniques to create landscapes, townscapes and nature studies. Led by Caroline Crawford, this is a friendly class and a fun way to start your week.

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Mindfulness (online)

Led by Divya Kohli

Step out of 'busy, busy, doing, doing' and drop into just 'being'. Learn how to focus on the present to help manage thoughts and feelings and to improve mental wellbeing.

Newcomers very much welcome, as well as those with previous experience of meditation or mindfulness.

Led by a professionally trained mindfulness teacher with 20 years' experience.

Tues 25 May, 22 Jun, 20 Jul, 10 Aug
7pm - 8pm
£8 per session
Booking cut off time: 4pm on the day of the session

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Crochet Social (online)

Led by Sophie Keaveney

Do you like to crochet? Join us for a virtual drop in session - grab your hook, grab your yarn and lets get crocheting!

This is a social session where you will have opportunity to work on your own crochet projects and meet new people at the same time. Sophie will be on hand to answer your crochet questions and will also provide a couple of pattern ideas that you can try out, if you'd like to try something new.

Experience of crochet is required, and you will need to supply your own crocheting materials/project to work on.

Wed 5 May, 2 Jun, 7 Jul, 4 Aug
7pm - 8.30pm
£2 per person
Booking cut off time: 4pm on the day of each event

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Digital Photography for Beginners (online)

Led by Elena Garcia-Juan

This course will give you a basic understanding of how your digital camera works and enable you to start using your camera more creatively, minimising time in front of the computer. Photography for those wishing to improve knowledge and experience in the use of the camera’s functions, composition, lighting, and a sound general knowledge of photographic skills. Practical exercises using your camera's manual settings to achieve different effects. You will be encouraged to take part in group discussions. Exploring and discovering other photographers’ work/styles.

The course is suitable for complete beginners with no prior experience of digital cameras, those upgrading from a compact camera or those who have used 35mm film cameras.

You will need to bring your own digital camera and instruction booklet.

Thur 13 May - 24 Jun (exc 3 Jun)
7pm - 9pm
£96 per 6 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on Thur 13 May

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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.

This event will take place live online via Zoom. We advise that participants charge their device beforehand and have it plugged in during the session.

Any mediums can be used in these sessions.

Sat 19 Jun, Sat 7 Aug
10.30am - 1.30pm
£27 per session
Booking cut off time: 9am on the day of the session

Suitable for 18+ years

Participants must have their camera on at all times during the session and photography and screenshots are not permitted.

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Collage and Mixed Media (online)

Led by Jo Hall

This fun course will introduce you to pure collage techniques using only prepared and found papers, and also collage techniques where the collaged elements are worked over with other drawing and painting media to a greater or lesser extent. Abstract, landscape, still life and either portrait or surreal subjects will be explored.

Please see information sheet for materials, references and equipment.

This course will be online only.

Wed 23 Jun - 21 Jul
11.30am - 3pm
£100
Booking cut off time: 9am on Wed 23 Jun

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Digi Den: Summer Drop In

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

The digital arts club! Reconnect with the Digi Den community via weekly Zoom workshops. Share your creativity, explore music and film editing!

You will need: Paper to draw or write on and any pencils, pens or art supplies you may like to use. The project will adapt to incorporate any other supplies individuals may have.

Suitable for school years 5 - 8.

These sessions will take place via Zoom.

Fri 30 Jul, Fri 6 Aug and Fri 13 Aug
5.15pm - 6.45pm
£7 per session or £18 for all three sessions
Booking cut off: 4.30pm on Fri 30 Jul

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Gentle Yoga (Drop In)

Led by Julie Potter.

Classes for all ages and levels of experience.

Practice traditional breathing techniques (pranayamas), general yoga postures (asanas) with some relaxation.

This class will be running online only via Zoom.

Fri 6 Aug, Fri 13 Aug
11.30am - 12.45pm
Booking cut off time: 9am on day of session

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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

We have worked hard to ensure that you can enjoy your class or workshop while safely and socially distanced from other participants. While at your mat, face coverings are non-mandatory, but while moving around the space or venue, please wear a face covering to help protect yourself, your classmates and practitioner.

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