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Pottery - Explore Press Moulds

Led by Helen D Evans

This 5 week course is for people with all abilities.

Whether you want to come and give Pottery a try or if you have some experience of working with clay, you may want to use the time to work on your own projects based on using and exploring Press Moulds.

The intention is to spend the first two weeks using coils, stamps and carving with ready made and found moulds.
The third week will be using moulds to make modified work
The fourth week - time for you to experiment.
The final week will be spent glazing. This session will be slightly longer to give you time to finesse your pieces. (3hrs)

Your work will then be fired off-site and then ready to collect from Norden Farm.
The price includes: Clay, use of tools, Underglazes, a selection glazes and 2 x firing of your work.

All work will be fired to Earthenware.

You may want to bring with you:
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils
A cloth to wipe your hands on
An apron
Any clay tools you may have.

After the course.
Helen will notify you regarding the collection of your work which usually takes between 4-6 weeks

Fri 31 May - Fri 28 June (5 weeks)
11am - 1pm (except 28 June 11am - 2pm)

£120

  •  21 Jun
  •  28 Jun
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Architecture in the Landscape using Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

Use line and watercolour wash to depict a building in the landscape; this may be a humble croft or a castle. Bring your own reference or use that supplied by the tutor. There will be plenty of time to practice mark making and texturing with various tools/pens before making a more considered drawing and adding colour. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal)
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost.

Sat 22 Jun
11am - 4pm
£42

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Force of Nature

Led by Jo Hall.

Wind, Water, Ice and Fire; use pastel, charcoal and other drawing materials to depict the more dynamic aspects of landscape. We’ll explore; trees devastated by fire; rocks eroded by wind or water, or resulting from volcanic activity and also these same forces in action; heaving seas, windblown trees and fire.

Please bring your own materials as detailed below:
Cartridge paper for charcoal studies, pastel paper,
Charcoal, pastels, putty eraser, sandpaper, craft knife, drawing board, clips or tape to attach paper
Table easel or block to tilt your board, spray fixative to be used outside only, paper towel
Optional; any other drawing media; ink, pastel pencil etc.

Tues 18 Jun - 23 Jul
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£126 for a 6 week course

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Crafternoons

Led by Creative Eye.

From January 2024 Norden Farm are delighted to extend our Crafternoon sessions to Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons!

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.

Summer Season

Tues 28 May and Wed 29 May Tie-Dye Socks
Tues 4 Jun and Wed 5 Jun Fruit Coasters
Tues 11 Jun and Wed 12 Jun Peg Doll Decor
Tues 18 Jun and Wed 19 Jun Recycled Paper Beads
Tues 25 Jun and Wed 26 Jun Polymer Clay Food Keyrings
Tues 2 Jul and Wed 3 Jul Decoupage Trinket Boxes
Tues 9 Jul and Wed 10 Jul Plant Pot Bird Feeders
Tues 16 Jul and Wed 17 Jul Dictionary Page Art
Tues 23 Jul and Wed 24 Jul No Session
Tues 30 Jul and Wed 31 Jul Yarn/Ribbon Wall Hanging
Tues 6 Aug and Wed 7 Aug Rock Painting
Tues 13 Aug and Wed 14 Aug Postage Stamp Art

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

Local transport can be provided as part of the ticket price for those attending on a Wednesday.

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

Suitable for ages 60+ years.

2pm - 3pm
£5 per session, including a cup of tea

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Brush Lettering

Led by Salina Gatto

Brush lettering is a modern form of calligraphy that can be practiced everyday and even on the go. Just put a brush in your bag and you’re all set.

It is not only a way to make beautiful notes for people to make them feel good but a great way to practice mindfulness.

This workshop includes a personalised take home kit of a notebook, a brush pen and some extra heavyweight paper.

In the 4 hours you have together, you will be tackling exercises of the basic forms of brush calligraphy while being able to add your own personal flairs once you establish the basics.

By the end, you will be able to write your name, self-love quote and or address a letter for someone you love.

Salina is Looking forward to lettering with you all.

Summer
Tue 7 May - 28 May (4 weeks)
Tue 25 Jun - 9 Jul (3 weeks)
Tue 16 Jul - 6 Aug (4 weeks)

7pm - 8.30pm
£100 for 4 week course | £75 for 3 week course

Salina is a designer, art director and illustrator who has a strong love for beautiful lettering and calligraphy. She has worked for clients in the fashion and beauty industry in New York and London. Victoria Secret, TK Maxx, New Look, Sweaty Betty, Soap and Glory, Penhaligons and John Lewis to name a few that are on her roster.

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Studio Art Sessions

Led by Sue Bridge

These sessions are suitable for those with some prior experience of drawing and painting (either previous study or art course participation).

As with the preceding course 'Transform your Sketchpad' these 3 hour studio sessions will be wide ranging both in terms of media and subject matter. Over the duration of the course you will gain experience in a range of media, acrylic/watercolour, pen and ink and collage. Some sessions will be one off activities other topics may spread over a couple of weeks.

Students to provide their own materials.

Tue 7 May, Wed 15 May, Wed 22 May, Wed 29 May & Wed 5 June (5 weeks)
Wed 19 June - 24 Jul (6 weeks)
11am - 2pm

£150 per 6 week course | £125 per 5 week course

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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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


Summer
Wed 8 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

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Paint & Sip with Lauren

Led by Lauren Hawkins

Indulge your creativity and embrace your inner artist at our paint and sip evenings this summer!

Feel empowered and join Lauren for a series of themed sessions designed to celebrate strength, beauty and bold confidence.

Whether you're a seasoned artist or picking up a paintbrush for the first time, our welcoming atmosphere invites you to explore your creativity in an intimate setting. Come let loose, have a drink and get inspired with us!

All materials provided.

Acrylic paints will be used and can often stain clothes so please wear clothes with this in mind.

18 + years

Friday 10 May - Goddesses Unveiled: Capturing the Female Form
Friday 7 June - Stand Tall, Stand Out: Expressing Your Inner Flamingo
Friday 5 July - Blooming in Adversity: Painting Flowers of Strength
Friday 9 August - Fierce Felines: Embodying the Spirit of Big Cats

7pm - 10pm

£36 (including 1x 175ml wine or 1x pint of beer)
£34 (including 1x soft drink or 1x 0% bottled beer)

To order your drink please show your ticket at the bar when you arrive, ensure you arrive in advance of the class to order your drink as the bar may be busy.

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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.

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.

Summer
Sat 18 May and Sat 6 July

11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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A Harbour or Coastal Scene in Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

Use line and watercolour wash to depict a harbour or coastal scene; this may be a harbour, a rocky coastal headland or beach. Bring your own reference or use that supplied by the tutor.

There will be plenty of time to practice mark making and texturing with various tools/pens before making a more considered drawing and adding colour. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal).
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost

Sat 13 Jul
11am - 4pm
£42

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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.

Summer
Mon 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £21 for all 3 sessions
Online only

Suitable for ages 18+ years

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Wellbeing Textiles

Led by Anurita Chandola

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and creativity with our Wellbeing Textiles Course. This unique and enriching experience is designed to promote well-being and mindfulness through the art of textiles.

The Wellbeing Textiles Course is structured to provide a balance of instruction, hands-on activities, and reflective practices. Each session will focus on a specific aspect of well-being, incorporating textile techniques to facilitate personal growth and relaxation.

Join us on this inspiring journey, where the soothing textures of textiles meet the nurturing embrace of mindfulness. Rediscover the joy of creating while nurturing your mental and emotional well-being in a supportive and encouraging environment.

About Anurita Chandola
Anurita Chandola is a Spacewear and textiles artist who has worked internationally with renowned brands, art projects and prestigious exhibitions. Anurita’s expertise lies in sustainable fashion, product and material innovation, and in designing solutions based on reducing waste in the fashion industry. She is a graduate from the Royal College of Art, where she focused on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of contemporary art and design. Anurita is currently researching on textiles and clothes that will work on Mars and recently worked as a Spacewear and textiles artist with Building a Martian House Project in Bristol.

Fri 19 Jul - 16 Aug (5 weeks)

2pm - 4pm

£18 per session or | £80 per 5-week course |

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Lost Communications 失絡之聲

Created by electronic musician, An-Ting, and creative technologist, Ian Gallagher, Lost Communications 失絡之聲 is a live audio-visual performance immersing the audience deeply into the light and darkness of nature.

A fundamental property of the natural world is interaction and communication. Every species in an ecosystem contributes to the harmonious symphony that it is a part of. We chose a long time ago to shut ourselves off from this, slowly at first, but with ever increasing speed, we have closed our hearts. We no longer hear the natural music around us. Lost Communications 失絡之聲 is an exploration of art, nature and technology.

Travelling from the UK, through Mongolia, Sichuan and Hong Kong, Ian and An-Ting have recorded the songs of birds as the musical expression of the environments they found themselves in. What might they tell us if we were able to hear?

Lost Communications 失絡之聲 is co-commissioned by Videotage (Hong Kong) and Treasure Hill Artist Village (Taiwan).

Studio
£16 | £14 conc


Lost Communications 失絡之聲 website
An-Ting's website

X An-Ting 安婷
Insta antingpig
Insta lost comms
Fb An Ting
Tiktok antingpig

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Pottery - Flower Frogs

Led by Helen D Evans

This is part of a series of workshops being run by Helen d Evans which is suitable for all abilities.

During the workshop you will use hand building techniques to make some flower frogs.

Cost includes clay, use of materials and x 2 firings and application of a clear glaze.

Work will be fired to Earthenware.

Please bring with you: an apron
any Pottery tools you may have
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils

The class will run from 11 -1.30 pm. A break(s) will be negotiated at the start of the
workshop.

After the course.
We will arrange a date after the course for collection of work

Sat 20 July
11am - 1.30pm

£45

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Arts and Crafts Session

Come along to Norden Farm for 45 minutes of Arts and Crafts.

Tues 28 May 12.30pm
Led by Aysha Khan

Decoupage and decorate ceramic hanging plant pot or bird feeder.

Join Norden Farm for this Out of the Hat themed Art session!


Fri 31 May 1pm
Led by Aysha Khan

Bird themed mobile - wooden birds decorated and strung together to create a hanging mobile.

This Eco Art session is inspired by James Campbell's show Don't Panic! We CAN Save the Planet.

Thu 1 Aug 12.30pm
Create and decorate a cushion.

Fri 2 Aug 12.30pm
Pop up lantern - turn a pop up lantern into beautiful bird.

Tue 6 Aug 12.30pm
Paint a silk sun-catcher.

Wed 7 Aug 12.30pm
Recycled hanging mobile.

Thu 15 Aug 12.30pm
Collage - create beautiful canvas pictures by collaging recycled materials.

Fri 16 Aug 12.30pm
String bird print - Create fantastical prints using string and paint.

Sessions are 45 minutes | Suitable for ages 4 - 11 years | All materials provided.

Please note that children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Paint a Market Scene in Line and Wash

Led by Jo Hall.

This may focus on the produce being sold or show the bustle of people in a busy market place. Starting by exploring mark making with various pens and tools we’ll go on to compose a colourful market scene where colour freely applied brings life to the drawing.

Reference will be supplied or bring your own of a market you know. Please bring your own materials and equipment as detailed below.

Materials and equipment:
Watercolours, brushes, water pots, palette
Drawing board, table easel or block to tilt your board, tape to attach paper, paper towel
India ink (preferably waterproof when dry), twig, dip pen (bamboo or metal).
Small natural sponge, old toothbrush
Paper; cartridge paper for exercises in mark making, watercolour paper NOT (cold pressed) or HP (hot pressed) surface for final painting
Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost

Sat 3 Aug
11am - 4pm
£42

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Norden Farm Market

Visiting the market is the perfect way to spend your weekend.

Our summer markets are inspired by the summer night markets of southern France, we bring you a laid back evening of shopping and feasting to a backdrop of music.

Shop for unusual, handmade, 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 little ones happy.

Free Entry

Norden Farm Night Markets Sat 3 Aug and Sat 7 Sept 6pm - 9pm

Dogs are welcome at the outdoor markets.


If you would like to enquire about a stall at one of our upcoming markets, please email our team at markets@nordenfarm.org


  •   3 Aug FREE
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Art Week

Led by Art Adventure

Join Lucy for an art adventure this summer holiday, create something spectacular in these hands on, messy workshops! 

For ages 8 - 11 years

Tues 6 - Fri 9 Aug
11am - 4pm
£160 | £145 Advantage Card Holders

Advantage Card holders (enter 'ADVANTAGE' when asked to enter a promotion code and then type your Advantage Card number into the relevant account information field)

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Notan - The Expanding Square

Led by Berkshire Printmakers

Notan is a Japanese art term that literally means "light, dark harmony". Artists use "Notan" to explore the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are positioned next to each other in creative compositions.

This fun, creative workshop explores silkscreen printing using Notan compositional techniques. Berkshire Printmakers will take you through step by step how to print simple paper cut stencils using plain screens and monochrome inks to explore light and dark compositional elements. In the workshop we will explore expanding the Notan square, using symmetry and a-symmetry to "break out" of the rigid shape. We will print both the positive and negative images to create patterns worthy of Escher.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some screen printing, all paper, water based inks and our huge library of plain and patterned screens are provided.

Dress for mess.

Sat 10 Aug
11am - 4pm

£80

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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

Spring
Sat 6 Apr

Summer
Sat 15 Jun and Sat 17 Aug

11am – 4pm
£34

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