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Visions of Landscape

Led by Jo Hall

Explore the work of five artists and their very different approaches to landscape painting. Over the five sessions we’ll explore works by Samuel Palmer, André Derain, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Cartwright, and David Hockney. Starting in week 1 with Samuel Palmer, you will be invited to make a composition in the spirit of the artist or to make your own version of one of Palmer’s works. Please bring your own materials; any water-based media or pastel would be suitable. For full information see below.

Please bring;
All artists; water-based media (watercolour, gouache or acrylic) or pastels
Drawing board, clips or tape to attach support, paper towel, pencil, sketchbook for notes/ working out composition.

Artists using water-based media will need a block to angle the board, water pots, palette, brushes, watercolour or mixed media paper, pencil.

Pastel artists will need a table easel, putty eraser, spray fixative for use outside only, charcoal and a few pastel pencils may be useful.

Wed 21 Feb then Tues 27 Feb - 26 Mar, exc 12 Mar
12.30pm - 3.30pm

£105 for the 5 week course

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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.

Wed 10 Jan to 14 Feb (6 weeks)
Wed 28 Feb to 3 Apr (6 weeks)
11am - 2pm

£160 per 6 week course

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

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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.

Spring Season

Tues 20 and Wed 21 Feb Wooden Bookmarks
Tues 27 and Wed 28 Feb Wooden Hanging Sign Decoupage
Tues 5 and Wed 6 Mar Squeegee Art
Tues 12 and Wed 13 Mar Mug Decorating
Tues 19 and Wed 20 Mar Mini Scented Pouches
Tues 26 and Wed 27 Mar Easter Wreath
Tues 2 and Wed 3 Apr Wooden 3D Bird Hanging Decoration
Tues 9 and Wed 10 Apr Magnets
Tues 16 and Wed 17 Apr Wire Tree
Tues 23 and Wed 24 Apr Paper Fans

There will be no session on Tues 6 and Wed 7 Feb.

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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Figure with Gown or Cloak in Clay

Led by Dawn Carroll

In this one day workshop you will make a sculpture of a figure in a long gown or cloak. The gown can be decorated with patterns or textures, your figure may wear a hat or headdress. Let your imagination run wild. (References will be available).

Slips will be available to decorate your piece.

At the end of the session your sculpture will be taken and fired in the kiln and a date will be arranged for you to collect your work.

All tools are provided just bring along an apron.

Cost includes clay and firings.

Thur 29 Feb
11am - 3.30pm
£75

Other pottery courses led by Dawn include:

Animal Head Wall Hanging in Clay

Sculptural Seed Heads for the Garden

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Pottery: Pinch Pots and Coiling

Led by Helen D Evans

This is part of a series of Courses and workshops led by Helen d Evans

The course is for people with all abilities. If you have previous experience of using pinch pots or coiling, you are encouraged to self initiate your own project based on the technique if you wish.

The intention is to spend 2 weeks learning and experimenting with pinch pots / coiling. The final week will be spent decorating your work with underglazes or glazes.

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

Fri 23 Feb - 8 Mar (3 weeks)
11am - 1pm
£80 for a 3 week course

Other pottery courses led by Helen include:

An Introduction to Pottery

Pottery: Bird House

Pottery: Egg Cups and Saucers

Pottery: Hanging Planters

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  •   8 Mar
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Norden Farm Market

The Norden Farm Markets are unique. There's a Café 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 Market Dates:

Sat 2 Mar, Sat 6 Apr

12pm - 4pm | Entry is FREE

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

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

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


March Stallholders Include (subject to change)

• Honeys of Henley • Smoking Skewers • S&L Pamper • Amoracandlesuk • AfriStyle • But One String • Frenchie Arts • Rocks and Key • Luxury Chocolate For You by Anton Hazelle Ltd • Candle Lion • NoMothsAllowed • Boxpatchbunnies • Happy Post Crafts • Ging's Things Jewellery • Fabulouley • Katie Sarah


Our waiting list is now open for stalls at our Spring Markets - please email markets@nordenfarm.org

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!


Quotes

★'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!'

  •   2 Mar FREE
  •   6 Apr FREE
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Pottery: Egg Cups and Saucers

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 a pair of egg cups and saucers.

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 1-4pm. A break(s) will be negotiated at the start of the workshop.

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

Sat 2 Mar
1pm - 4pm
£50

Other pottery courses led by Helen include:

An Introduction to Pottery

Pottery: Bird House

Pottery: Pinch Pots and Coiling

Pottery: Hanging Planters

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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


Spring - Sophie Keaveney will be returning for the Spring term
Wed 10 Jan, 7 Feb, 6 Mar, 3 Apr
7pm – 8.30pm
£6 including a drink from the bar | £3 online

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Rousseau’s Jungle

Led by Jo Hall

Rousseau never left France and his jungle paintings were inspired by his visits to botanical gardens and zoos, and also by postcards and book illustrations to which he applied his vivid imagination. After looking at some of his jungle paintings you are invited to create your own jungle scene or to make your version of a work by Rousseau. Reference supplied or bring your own. Please bring your own materials and equipment; any water-based media would be suitable.

Please Bring water-based media (watercolour, gouache or acrylic paints)
Drawing board, a block to angle the board or table easel, clips or tape to attach support, paper towel, pencil, sketchbook for notes/ working out composition, water pots, palette, brushes, watercolour or mixed media paper, pencil

Some paper will be available from the tutor at cost.

Sat 9 Mar
11am - 4pm

£42

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Sculptural Seed Heads for the Garden

Led by Dawn Carroll

In this workshop you will learn how create a sculptural clay seed head for the garden. The shape will be created using a former and slab building techniques. Lines and petals will then be added. After that, the poppy can be coloured with oxides.

Your sculptures will then be taken and fired and a date will be arranged for you to collect your piece from Norden Farm.

Bring along an apron.

Costs includes clay and firings.

Thur 14 Mar
11am - 3pm
£65

Other pottery courses led by Dawn include:

Animal Head Wall Hanging in Clay

Figure with Gown or Cloak in Clay

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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.

Spring
Sat 20 Jan and Sat 16 Mar

11am - 2pm
£25 per session

Suitable for 18+ years

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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.

Spring
Mon 15 Jan, 12 Feb, 18 Mar, 15 Apr
7.30pm - 8.45pm
£8 per class | £28 for all 4 sessions
Online only

Suitable for ages 18+ years

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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.

20 Feb – 12 Mar (4 weeks)
19 Mar – 16 Apr, exc 2 Apr (4 weeks)

7pm - 8pm
£100 for 4 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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Screen Printing workshop inspired by the Japanese art technique Notan

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. We will start off with simple paper cut stencils combined with plain screens and monochrome inks to explore light and dark composition elements. In the second half of the workshop we will progress to combining these elements with patterned screens and mid-tones to create harmonious and well balanced prints worthy in a frame.

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

Sat 23 Mar
11am - 4pm

£65

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Macrame

Enjoy a fun and relaxing afternoon learning the craft of macrame.

Join our informal workshop, learn the basics of macrame and make a beautiful piece to take home.

David from But One String will guide you through various knots and techniques. Suitable for the complete beginner or those with some experience, this workshop is perfect for all skill levels.

We provide all the necessary materials, so just bring your creativity and eagerness to learn!

Thur 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 28 Mar, 11 Apr
11am – 3pm
£45 per workshop

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Arts and Crafts Session

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

Join Aysha Khan for spring time craft sessions:

Thur 15 Feb Willow sun catchers

Fri 16 Feb Polish paper folk collage

Sat 17 Feb Hanging paper ball lanterns

Thurs 15 Feb - Sat 17 Feb

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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Pottery: Slab Building

Led by Helen D Evans

This is part of a series of Courses and workshops led by Helen d Evans

The 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 the Slab Building technique.

The intention is to try a different technique each week for the first three weeks.
The fourth week - time for experimentation.
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.
I will notify you regarding the collection of your work which usually takes between 4-6 weeks.

Fri 5 Apr - Fri 3 May (5 weeks)
11am - 1pm (11am - 2pm on Fri 3 May)

£120 for a 5 week course

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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 17 Feb and Sat 6 Apr

11am – 4pm
£34

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Art Daze

Led by Lucy Carpenter.

A creative adventure over four days. Working towards a final exhibition where the artwork will come to life, Lucy and her team will be exploring the wonderful world of illustration.

Including tickets to Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong to get truly inspired!

For ages 8 - 14 years.

Tues 9 Apr – Fri 12 Apr 11am – 4pm
£160 (£145 Advantage Card holder)

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Nick Sharratt's Drawalong

Join much-loved children's writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt in a family-friendly, fun-filled drawalong for all ages.

He’ll be taking a look at some of his favourite books, showing you how to create characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips as you draw along with him.

Nick has illustrated close to 300 books including the much-loved ‘You Choose’, ‘Shark in the Park’ and ‘Pants’ series.

He’s worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Kes Gray, and he’s also illustrated lots of Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally popular children’s novels. Nick’s been awarded a gold Blue Peter badge too!

Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in.

Run Time
This drawalong is 75minutes long, there is no interval.

Age guidance: 4+ years.

There will be signed books for sale at the venue.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Courtyard
£12 I £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Nick Sharratt's website
@nordenfarm

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The Natural History of Ernst

Led by Jo Hall

Max Ernst is best known for his surreal paintings but he also produced a fantastical series of frottages published as his “Histoire Naturelle”, where rubbings from different surfaces were combined to depict beasts, trees, eyes and even a person. These frottages were made by placing paper over the surface and taking an impression by rubbing with a pencil or graphite stick. During the workshop we will make make imagined scenes or animals etc. by rubbing a variety of surfaces. Suitable paper for frottage will be available at cost as well as a variety of surfaces for use on the day but feel free to bring your own selection. Reference supplied or bring your own. Please bring your own pencils and equipment as detailed below plus your imagination.

Please Bring any surfaces you would like to frottage (e.g. lace, doyley, Meccano plate, corrugated cardboard, leaf, coarse sand paper, netting). Graphite pencils HB or B, and if you have one and want to work large a graphite block would be useful.

Strong but thinnish paper; Daler Rowney Marker Paper 70gsm A3 which works well and will be supplied at cost. Light-weight cartridge papers are suitable and copier paper is OK for first experiments.
Drawing board.

Sat 13 Apr
11am - 4pm

£42

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Silver Earring Workshop

Led by Fiona Dowling

At this workshop you will learn how to saw, solder, file, hammer, hand-stamp and finish your own sterling silver jewellery.

Everyone will leave with one pair of hoops or dangly earrings and a pair of studs. No previous experience is necessary. You will be shown options of designs and then helped to tweak them to suit your own personal style.

About Jewellery Moves:
Taught by Fiona Dowling, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Jewellery Moves workshops aim to teach traditional craftsmanship, jewellery skills and techniques in small groups with a relaxed atmosphere.

The approximate cost of these materials is £40/£50 and payable to the tutor on the day (card or cash).

Thur 18 Apr
11am - 4pm

£80 (plus materials cost to tutor - details above)

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Illuminated Letters

Led by Berkshire Printmakers

Join Berkshire Printmakers for this beginner's screen printing workshop inspired by illuminated letters and fairground fonts. You will make paper stencil, colour mix translucent colours, and learn how to silkscreen guided by the two experts tutors. By the end of the workshop you will have a print you are proud to put on your wall.

Sat 27 Jan
11am - 3pm

£50

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Pottery: Hanging Planter

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 an orb shape, which will be the basis for your hanging planter.

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 11-4pm. A break(s) will be negotiated at the start of the workshop.

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

Sat 27 Apr
11am - 4pm
£70

Other pottery courses led by Helen include:

An Introduction to Pottery

Pottery: Bird House

Pottery: Pinch Pots and Coiling

Pottery: Egg Cups and Saucers

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