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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 17 May Glass Painting
Wed 31 May Mindfulness Tissue Paper Collage
Wed 7 Jun Flower Pots
Wed 14 Jun Tie Dye Waist Aprons
Wed 21 Jun Keyrings
Wed 28 Jun Decoupage Shell
Wed 5 Jul Pom Pom Animals
Wed 12 Jul Map Craft

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

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

Summer Wed 3 May - 12 July (exc 24 May)

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.


Beginners Silkscreen Printing

Suitable for absolute beginners. Berkshire Printmakers will take you on step by step through the process of creating a silkscreen print.

You will learn to create paper stencils and combine them with their large bank of patterned and plain screens, you will explore opaque and translucent colour mixing and get to grips with using a squeegee. By the end of the workshops you will have created a two colour print on paper.

11.30am - 1.30pm
£40 per workshop


Norden Farm Market

Norden Farm Markets take place on the first Saturday of every month.

They are (mostly) outdoor markets, held under the Linhay barns - a nod to our history as an ancient dairy farm.

The Norden Farm Markets are unique. There's a Cafe Bar onsite, accessible toilets (with baby changing) and a programme of activities from cinema to classes. Stallholders sell inspiring artisanal produce ranging from arts and crafts to food and snacks.

Upcoming Outdoor Market Dates: Sat 3 Jun

Upcoming Night Market Dates: Sat 1 Jul | Sat 5 Aug | Sat 9 Sept

12pm - 4pm | Entry is FREE

Visiting the market is the perfect Saturday. Shop in the market for unusual, hand made, delicious items and then take in a film or recline with a coffee in our Café Bar where there are plenty of books and games to keep the little ones happy.

In the Summer our night markets are French inspired, complete with long banqueting tables (bring your own tableware) and live music. This year’s Summer night markets are: Sat 1 July, Sat 5 Aug and Sat 9 Sept. We also present special Christmas markets in November and December.

Dogs are very welcome, outdoors at the Norden Farm Markets and there’s always fresh water out for them.

Parking spaces are reserved for blue badge holders and the whole site is accessible.


If you are interested in having a stall at the Norden Farm Markets - fill in the online application form. We have 2 types of pitches available - covered areas under the Linhay (stallholders provide their own trestle tables) and Gazebo pitches. You can drive right up to you pitch on hard standing - so the set up and take down is blissfully simple and doesn’t require lugging!


★'Thank you for having our stall today, had a fab day, met some fab people, great first day back, can't wait for the next one, from all of us at ReRe's Soaps & Scents'

★'It was lovely. I'll be back next time. Thank you for organising Norden Farm!'

★'Absolutely amazing afternoon at @nordenfarm! Thanks to all who came to support us. Looking forward to the next one. #maidenhead #localmarket #supportlocal'

★'My daughter and I really enjoyed the Norden Farm Outdoor Market yesterday, exploring the various food and craft stalls on offer and taking home one or two tasty treats. It was a fantastic chance to support some great local businesses from around Maidenhead. The Norden Farm cafe was also open to enjoy. I would definitely recommend popping down next time if you can make it'

★'Setting up for today’s Jubilee market at @nordenfarm. Fantastic atmosphere, thanks to all for organising and attending. The music was fab and we all had a great time!'


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 3 May, 7 Jun, 5 Jul, 2 Aug
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online


Studio Art Club

Led by Helen Ridley and Sue Bridge

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:

The Studio Art Club runs from Thur 11 May every 2 weeks on the dates below.

8 Jun, 22 Jun, 6 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Aug, 17 Aug.
11am - 2pm
£28 per session | £184 per 8 week term

Thur 8 Jun
Gel Plates and Acrylics Gel Printing
Students to bring acrylic paints, brushes and paper or pay £2 to use tutors paints.

Thur 22 Jun
Watercolour Tropical Plants
Students to bring watercolour paints, brushes and paper, pencils and pastels.

Thur 6 Jul
Tissue Paper and Acrylics Wood and Walls
Students to bring acrylic paints, brushes and paper or pay £2 to use tutors paints.

Thur 20 Jul
Watercolour Summer Cocktails
Students to bring watercolour paints, brushes and paper, pencils and pastels.

Thur 3 Aug
Watercolour Fruit and Citrus
Students to bring watercolour paints, brushes and paper, pencils and pastels.

Thur 17 Aug
Watercolour Beautiful Birds
Students to bring watercolour paints, brushes and paper. Tutor to provide ink and materials to create your own drawing pen.


Discover the Magic of Painting on Black Paper

Jo Hall

Using white gouache and watercolour. Experiment with white gouache on black paper. You may like to add in add in some colour and metallic or interference colours for a dramatic or decorative effect. Subjects; moths, fish, undersea creatures or imagine!
Reference supplied or bring your own.

Please bring your own materials and equipment and scroll down for further information.

Paper available from the tutor at cost.

Sat 10 Jun
11am - 4pm


Suitable for 18+ years

Please bring
Smooth black paper e.g. Daler Rowney Raven and/or black watercolour paper Van Gogh make one that is 300gsm with a rather pronounced grain. This weight would be needed if you wish to work with very wet washes. For your initial experiments the Raven paper would be OK
Most expensive is Stonehenge Aquablack paper, available with cold pressed or hot pressed surface
Jo aims to have a few samples of this
Permanent white (titanium white) gouache
Your usual watercolours
If you have any: metallic watercolour or interference colour, or bring interference medium to use with your usual watercolours
Brushes, palette and water pots
Paper towel, masking tape


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 Jun
11am – 4pm


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.

16 May, 20 Jun, 18 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm (online only)
£8 per class | £28 per 4 week course
Suitable for ages 18+ years


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.

17 May, 21 Jun, 12 Jul
11am - 1pm

£32 per session


Experimental Silkscreen Printing

A workshop for those with some silkscreen printing experience. This is an exciting and experimental hands on silkscreen printing.

Berkshire Printmakers will demonstrate how to combine stencils and monoprint techniques by working directly on the screen. Using both translucent and opaque water-based inks and visual and optical colour mixing.

11am - 1.30pm

£40 per workshop


Learn the Art of Tie Dye

Join Berkshire Printmakers for a colourful workshop tie dying.

Create a tie dyed spiral designed t-shirt in your favourite colour combinations which will wow everyone on the beach. You will learn about the ancient Japanese art of Shibori creating patterns by twisting, folding and knotting fabric. Dress for mess and bring a waterproof bag to take you tie dye goodies home to dry.

2pm - 4pm

£35 per session

£5 for t-shirt or bring along your own 100% white cotton t-shirt (no logos). You are welcome to bring scraps of 100% cotton to try out the Shibori techniques.


Oil Painting for Beginners-Still Life

Led by William Mackenzie

A brief history of still life, why people paint it and how to approach it. You will have a still life (probably flowers in a vase) to work on. Work will be done on canvas and with brushes.

The class will cover:

* Learn the brief history of still life with examples shown
* See what techniques and materials we will use for the composition and how to approach it
* Create an initial Oil paint sketch on the canvas, build up the image and add detail
* Understand how to approach the background and know when to stop


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 20 May & Sat 15 Jul
11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years


The Power of Red

Led by Jo Hall

Even a small area of bright red can have huge impact. We’ll look at how red has been used by well known artists including Matisse, Mondrian, Georgia O’Keeffe and Paul Klee, discovering how different reds interact with each other and with other hues. Experimentation will be followed by painting a still life, floral or imaginative/abstract painting where red plays a key role in the composition. Choose to work in watercolour, gouache, or pastel and scroll down for further information.

Oil pastel could be used as a resist with watercolour or ink.

Please bring your own materials and scroll down for more information.

Sat 22 Jul
11am - 4pm


Suitable for 18+ years

All participants will need
Drawing board; table easel or block to angle the board
Paints or pastels and appropriate paper support: you may like to experiment with red paper
Small sketchbook for colour notes

For watercolour or gouache also bring
Watercolours or gouache plus a tube of permanent white (titanium white) gouache
Brushes, palette and water pots,
Watercolour paper cold pressed (NOT) 300gsm or heavier
Paper towel, masking tape

For pastel also bring
Soft pastels
Paper towel, masking tape or clips to attach paper to board
Spray fixative to be used outside only for soft (chalk) pastels
Not essential; blending tools or brush
To use oil pastel as a resist just bring a few oil pastels including reds, white and black and the watercolour/gouache and equipment as described above


Arts and Crafts Session

Join us this Summer for fun and easy crafts!

Each 1 hour session is a new craft for you to try so you can create something new at each session.

Tues 30 May - Bubble Painting
Led by Kayleigh Robinson
Create an amazing bubble painting using 4 paint colours on black paper! Inspired by our half term show The Amazing Bubble Man!

Fri 1 Jun - Recycled Fantasy Castle
Led by Kayleigh Robinson
Create your own fantasy castle using recycled items you can find around your home such as plastic bottles! Inspired by our half term show The Not So Grimm Twins!

July and August sessions
Led by Jess Thompson and Aysha Khan

Tues 25 Jul - Collaborative Kite Sculpture
Led by Jess Thompson
Help create a collaborative kite sculpture which will be on view at our Kite Festival on Sunday 3 September and make a small version to take home.

Wed 26 Jul - Block Printed Patterns
Led by Aysha Khan
Block Printed patterns in nature - make your own blocks to print with.

Thur 27 Jul - Matisse inspired collage.
Led by Aysha Khan

Wed 2 Aug - Nature hanging mobile.
Led by Aysha Khan

Thur 3 Aug - Relief Printing
Led by Aysha Khan
Create your own series of handmade prints.

Tues 8 Aug - Collage Tin Plant Pots
Led by Jess Thompson
Decorate and plant a recycled tin plant pot using collage techniques.

Wed 9 Aug - 3 in a Row Game
Led by Aysha Khan
Make your own nature themed "3 in a row" game on wood.

Thur 10 Aug - Wax Resist Painting
Led by Aysha Khan

Tues 15 Aug - Nature Themed Mandalas
Led by Aysha Khan

Wed 16 Aug - Create a coi carp windsock.
Led by Jess Thompson

Thur 17 Aug - Airdry clay modelling.
Led by Aysha Khan
Airdry clay modelling (undersea castle or nature themed tealight) - battery operated light supplied

Wed 23 Aug - Marbling Techniques
Led by Aysha Khan

Thur 24 Aug - Fish are friends too.
Led by Aysha Khan
Decorate a fish shaped cushion with fabric scales and embellishments

Suitable for ages 5 - 11 years
All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Oil Painting for beginners-Pet Painting

Led by William Mackenzie

You will be provided with an image of an animal to use. Work will be done on canvas with brushes.

The class will cover:

* Talk about pet portraits and show examples of work
* What techniques and materials we will use to make the most effective oil painting
* How to approach composition, whether to include background, full body or just head
* Focus on an initial sketch and building up the details such as feathers or fur



This summer Ruth Humphries will be bringing stories to life in our Underwater Gallery World.

Take a dive under the ocean into our immersive Gallery Space and pull up a bean bag for cosy story times with a new tale each day.

Each session lasts 20 minutes

£4 per person
Suitable for ages 4 - 8 years
Children must be accompanied by an adult (free ticket)


Art Week

Led by Art Adventure

Join Lucy Wright for an Art Adventure this summer!

Combining art, movement and play to provide a stimulating and creative week of fun. With a sensational exhibition at the end of the week!

For ages 8 - 14 years

Tues 8 - Fri 11 Aug | 11am - 4pm

£160 | £145 Advantage Card holders

There will be film screenings every day after the course has finished:
Tues - Thur 4.15pm – 5.30pm (approx)
Titles are still to be confirmed – keep an eye on the website for details!

Participants can order lunch daily from our Café Bar by filling out the Lunchtime Choice Form at the registration desk.

The Lunchtime Menu is £7.50 and includes a choice of:
• Healthy Veggie Platter
• Penne Pomodoro
• Cheese & Ham or Cheese & Tomato Pizza with Salad
• Fish Fingers with chips
• Chicken Nuggets with chips
Plus a soft drink and a tub of ice cream

Alternatively there a Picnic Bag is £5 and includes:
• A Tuna, Ham or Cheese roll
• Fruit juice, biscuit, veggie sticks and a packet of Pom Bear crisps


Card Printing

Led by Berkshire Printmakers.

Card printing for adults. Create a stack of unique hand printed cards using silkscreen printing. We'll crack open the metallic inks and use our huge bank of blank and patterned screens to make multi-layered and coloured artwork to send to friends and relatives. No experience necessary as we will take participants through step by step instructions for printing.

11.30am - 1.30pm

£40 per session
£3 materials


Print a Tote Beach Bag

Led by Berkshire Printmakers.

Print a tote beach bag. Get in the summertime groove and create print your own bag to take on your holidays. From Ice lollies to sand castle to sharks or turtles you can print them all on your bag ready for the to the seaside. Choose from bright neon water-based ink colours to give a summery vibe.

2pm - 4pm

£35 per workshop
£2 organic cotton beach tote bag


Oil Painting for Beginners-Landscapes

Led by William Mackenzie

You will be provided with an image of a landscape to use. Work will be done on a board and you can choose brushes or palette knives (or both).

The class will cover:

* A brief history and example of landscapes
* Learning techniques, mixing mid tone colours and understanding composition
* Choosing which part of the landscape to paint, particularly the horizon
* Making the image, working from the back forward: sky, and sky effects, mid point and foreground
* Learn the art of light effects and shading


History and Myth in Painting, Sculpture and Photography (Live Streaming)

WEA Maidenhead Branch / Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Sandra Smith examines the way historical events and myths have inspired artists, both in the ancient world and up to the modern day.

10.15am History and myth in the art of the ancient world
11.40am History and myth - the art of the Renaissance and Baroque
1.40pm History and myth - the 19th and early 20th Centuries
3pm History and myth - art of today

Sandra Smith has a MA in Art History and has taught for the University of Oxford and WEA.

Please contact Steph Diggon weamhead@gmail.com or Tel: 01628 563676 for reading list and powerpoint presentation.

Live stream from the Courtyard Theatre | £40 per household

WEA website
OUDCE website