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Dean Piacentini – Places, Traces, Spaces

Dean fell under the spell of Abstract art as a bass playing art student in the late 1970s.

He tries to generate a series of visually interesting juxtapositions, which lead to a sense of wholeness and recognition as the piece finally slips into view.

Meet the Artist for his Private View on Friday 18th May between 6pm – 8pm.

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Splat! Messy Play

Led by Clare Lynskey.

Giving children the opportunity to learn and explore through exciting and fun art activities – and we do all the clearing up!

Summer
Mondays (from 14 May, exc 28 May, 18 Jun, 25 Jun)
11.30am – 12.15pm
£6 | £4.50 siblings | £20 for block booking of 4 sessions

Suitable for ages 6+ months.


If you would like to book the offer price for 4 sessions, please enter a ticket for each date you would like to attend into your basket and the offer will apply automatically

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Watercolour Still Life

Led by Jo Hall.

A watercolour course that will help you compose colourful still life paintings to include objects with smooth, patterned or textured surfaces and garden flowers. Reference works by the contemporary watercolourist Paul Riley and discover ways of arranging still life objects with regard to tonal qualities and colour balance, in addition to learning more about colour mixing and painting techniques.

Please bring own materials.

Tues 1 May – 12 Jun (exc 29 May)
10am – 1pm
£99 for 6 week course

  •   5 Jun
  •  12 Jun
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Creative Arts Social Club

Led by Amanda Schenk.

A sociable group for people who want to make art, but just aren’t doing it right now!

Do you have a box of art materials that you keep meaning to use? Did you used to create art but stopped doing it somewhere along the line? Are you inspired to make art when you go to exhibitions?

Professional artist Amanda Schenk leads this creative community. Play with materials, go on art adventures and explore your arty side. You’ll grow in creative confidence, meet new people and have fun getting playful with a range of art techniques.

Wed 2 May – 23 May, 6 Jun – 27 Jun and 4 Jul – 18 Jul
10.30am - 12.30pm
£48 for 4 week course | £36 for 3 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

SOLD OUT
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Watercolour and Oil Pastel

Led by Jo Hall.

Drawing from imagination or photographic reference, use oil pastel as a resist for watercolour. Experiment with dramatic or very harmonious colour combinations. Learn how this mixed media technique can be very useful for laying down areas of pattern and/or texture. We will also look at the use of transferred line drawing technique which allows fine lines to be drawn with oil pastel.

Please bring your own watercolour equipment and paper. Oil pastels for use at the workshop will be available and paper will be available at cost.

Sat 9 Jun
10am – 3pm
£38

  •   9 Jun SOLD OUT
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Ed’s Industry – Ed Waller

Edward’s photos convey abstract impressions through the unusual angles on the places and objects that are around us. His early training as a graphic designer imbues his vision of the everyday as art.

Ed’s current style of painting is evocative and powerful. Accomplished mostly in black and white, his paintings are stark statements of fact.

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Paper Craft

Led by Catherine Smith.

Build up your paper crafting skills and master new techniques. Learn basic stamping, layer stamping, die cutting, embossing and more. Use a variety of equipment and tools each week.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Thur 3 May – 24 May and 14 June – 5 Jul
10.30am – 12pm
£12 per session or £45 for 4 week course

Suitable for 18+ years

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Acrylics: Flowers - Big & Bold

Led by Karen Carter.

Capture the freshness & vibrancy of summer flowers in a variety of acrylic techniques including loose fluid methods and more painterly impressionistic approaches, combining them with pastel and pencil. Students will look at colour, shape and line to produce interesting and lively pictures.

A basic knowledge of acrylics would be useful. Demonstrations, exercises and individual help will be available throughout the day.

Fri 15 Jun
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class

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Portrait Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

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

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Sat 16 Jun
10am – 3pm
£34

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Rocky Outcrops, Tumbling Water in Charcoal & Pastel

Led by Jo Hall.

Explore drawing spectacular scenery from the limestone pavements and waterfalls of Yorkshire to the rocky tors of Dartmoor in charcoal and pastel. Look at the structure of rock formations, how they are weathered by wind and water and how their appearance may be softened by vegetation.

Please bring own materials. Papers will be available at cost.

Tues 19 Jun – 17 Jul
10am – 1pm
£82.50 for 5 week course

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Evening Paper Craft

Led by Catherine Smith.

Build up your paper crafting skills and master new techniques. Learn basic stamping, layer stamping, die cutting, embossing and more. Use a variety of equipment and tools each week.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Summer
Tues 19 Jun – 3 Jul
7.30pm – 8.30pm
£12 per session or £33 for 3 week course

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Creative Bookbinding

Led by Janina Maher.

Japanese Stab Stitch
Wed 23 May
Learn how to make your own books using traditional and attractive Japanese stab stitch binding techniques. Suitable for beginners. Some manual dexterity needed for measuring and cutting.

Concertina Book
Wed 20 Jun
On this workshop we will make a blank concertina books with a stiff cover and a window to inset an embellishment. Suitable for beginners. Some manual dexterity needed for measuring and cutting.

Leather Book
Wed 18 Jul
Make your own cute little soft backed notebook with leather cover and ribbon closure, using a simple but decorative exposed stitch binding technique. Suitable for beginners. Some manual dexterity needed for measuring and cutting.

2pm – 4pm
£20 per class
£5 materials fee

SOLD OUT
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Make Silver Jewellery - Workshops

Led by Janet Richardson.

Beginners can create up to three pieces. There are projects to follow if you wish, to help you learn techniques and make beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Materials cost to tutor dependent on weight of what you make.

Spring
Sat 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 Mar and 21 Apr
10am – 4pm
£50 per workshop plus materials fee.

Summer
Sat 12 May, 23 Jun, 7 Jul and 14 Jul
10am – 4pm
£50 per workshop plus materials fee.

Suitable for 18+ years.

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Life Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

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.

Summer
Sat 19 May, 23 Jun and 25 Aug
2pm – 5pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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Acrylics: Loose & Lively Birds

Led by Karen Carter.

Painting small, fast and loose, students will capture the colour and beauty of birds.....creating their own flock! Plenty of demonstrations on acrylic technique and use of pastel to enhance skills and individual help available throughout the day.

A basic knowledge of acrylics would be useful.

Fri 29 Jun
10.30am – 3.30pm
£38 per class

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Feather Watercolour Study finished with Coloured Pencils

Led by Caroline Crawford.

Working on Fabriano watercolour paper students focus on composition, detail, colour blending and application. Finished with coloured pencils and gouache paint. This day course is full of techniques and carefully guided tuition.

Suitable for all levels of experience. Please bring watercolour brushes of you have them. Watercolour paper available to purchase from tutor.

Sat 30 Jun
10am – 3pm
£39

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SocialArts Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing the work of SocialArts, a Norden Farm project designed to promote the creativity of older people in a sociable environment. Led by Amelia Pimlott (The Ding Foundation) together with visiting artists, the group has engaged in a host of activities from animation to print making.

Supported by the Rothschild Foundation.

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Costumed Figure Drawing

Led by Harriet Brittaine.

A unique opportunity to draw a figure in costume, in this case a boxer. Shorter action poses in the morning will be followed with longer resting poses in the afternoon to allow students to work up one or two pieces of work.

Sat 21 Jul
10am – 3pm
£34

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The Maidenhead Beach

The ever popular Maidenhead Beach is back, all summer long – this year inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa.

The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community.

It’s free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch from the Cafe Bar (including children’s picnic bags).


Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft sessions:

Arts and Crafts (45 mins) | £5 per child Monday – Saturday 10.30am

Or sit back and relax with them in the story den for our Storytelling sessions:

Storytelling (20 mins) | £2 per person Monday – Saturday 1.30pm and 3.30pm


For maximum chill out, explore the indoor sensory space in our Gallery. It is designed for children with SEND and features work from local schools. Get involved with decorating the floor and making kites.


All of this and a full programme of family films and live events, the Goan Beach is the perfect place to pitch up this Summer.


We love to welcome you and your children here at Norden Farm. However, please be aware that, as we serve hot drinks and food, we do ask that children don’t run in the Café Bar area and are kept close to their adults when on the Beach. Do ask us for children’s books or free colouring sheets if your little ones need some off line distraction.

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Beach Life

A special installation designed to be a relaxing sensory delight for everyone, inspired by the beach huts of Goa, featuring work created by local schools.

Get involved in designing (on the floor) and making fluttering kites which we’ll fly over the summer.

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Digi Den (Summer Holidays)

Led by DJ Mhlanga.

The digital arts club. Improve, develop and learn various arts with a digital focus. Work on group or personal projects over the summer holiday.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Fridays (from Fri 3 Aug)
4.30pm – 6pm
School Year 7 – 13 | £40 per 5 week term or £9 per session

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ArtiSun Fair

Our popular fairs are now well established in the crafting calendar.

This summer event showcases handcrafted wares. The original 18th century barns provide a gorgeous backdrop for browsing stalls from local sellers.

WHY? If you would like to apply for a stall, please click here to complete a booking form

Long Barn and Nordens Free Entry

  •   4 Aug FREE
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Summer Art Week

Led by Michaela Clarke.

Work on individual craft activities with lots of messy materials and also work together on a group art project.

Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Mon 6 – Fri 10 Aug | 10am – 4pm
£115 (£110 Advantage Card holders)

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The Fine Detail

Led by Jo Hall.

Draw a feather and a leaf or shell in pencil. Using the simplest of means, draw these small objects in pencil on hot pressed watercolour paper or other smooth paper. Techniques of line, hatching and cross hatching and continuous tone will be explained. Reference material will be supplied.

Please bring a small drawing board and your own pencils and a craft knife or pencil sharpener. Paper will be available from the tutor at cost.

Sat 11 Aug
10am – 3pm
£38

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Paper Cloth Workshop

Led by Janina Maher.

Make paper cloth sheets using recycled papers, then create a book cover, pouch or collage using them. A fun class with lots of scope for experimenting with inks and paints.

£10 materials fee.

Sat 18 and Sun 19 Aug
10am – 4pm
£70 for 2 day workshop

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Toontastic 3D

Led by Discovery. with Three.

During this session you can draw, animate, and narrate swashbuckling adventures, breaking news stories and science reports then share these with family and friends!

Suitable for 8+ years.

This workshop is for children and young people without accompanying adults

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Vlogging and iMovie

Led by Discovery. with Three.

Bring your imagination to life through digital filmmaking and Vlogging. You'll get the opportunity to shoot, edit and put together a video.

Suitable for 8+ years.

This workshop is for children and young people without accompanying adults.

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Family Workshop: Fun with Photos

Led by Discovery. with Three.

This session focuses on Aviary, available on Apple and Android. We’ll show you how to sharpen, soften or saturate photos for the right look, draw your own captions and doodles and experiment with filters to create artful effects.

Minimum age 5+ years.

This workshop is a Family Workshop. At our family workshops, parents and guardians must book a space in the session. These sessions encourage young people to work collaboratively with their parents and guardians to get creative together!

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Family Workshop: Stop Motion Animation

Led by Discovery. with Three.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own movie, our stop motion session teaches you how to create your story using props and scenery - you can even bring your own with you.

Minimum age 5+ years.

This workshop is a Family Workshop. At our family workshops, parents and guardians must book a space in the session. These sessions encourage young people to work collaboratively with their parents and guardians to get creative together!

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