Throughout the summer we run a series of creative courses at Stillingfleet Lodge. We use the garden both as the backdrop and inspiration for a variety of practical arts, crafts and photographic workshops.
Many courses sell out quickly, so early booking is recommended.
All courses include entry to the garden plus welcome coffee and biscuits. All materials are provided unless stated.
Please note that workshop fees cannot be refunded if cancelled less than 7 days prior to date of workshop.
Wednesday 22nd April – Beginners Photography
If you are flummoxed by focus, baffled by buttons, lousy with lenses or frequently disappointed by your photographs, this beginners photography course led by Christine Carr is for you! Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 12:00. Cost £40.
Monday 11th May – Make a Wire Hen or Duck
This is a full day workshop where you will make your own wire hen or duck under the expert guidance of Chris Moss. Perfect for those of you who loved the small wire bird course and now want to make something more ambitious. Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 16:00. Cost £70
Monday 8th June – Eco-Printing with Confidence
Join textile artist Jane Hare for a day of printing on paper and fabric using only leaves foraged from the garden and hedgerows. No paint, inks or dyes are used in the printing process because when it comes to colour, nature can be a treasure trove of possibilities. Read more and Book
Time 10:00 to 16:00. Cost: £75
Thursday 9th July – Developing a Garden Sketchbook
A sketchbook is an ideal way to record the changing seasons in the garden and is a valuable resource for developing artwork.
This day course with tutor Peter Scott, is designed to help students improve their sketching technique and to assist in developing a visual garden journal from their work. These lovely gardens are an ideal place to draw natural plant forms, with birds and butterflies to add movement to the page. Read more
Monday 20th July – Painting the Garden in Pastels
Cath Inglis will give you a short demonstration showing the techniques she uses and the use of tonal values & colour in pastel to create a wonderful painting of the garden. Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 16:30.
Saturday 1st August – Making a Wire Small Bird
Join Chris Moss for a half day workshop where you will learn to make a small wire bird – perfect for beginners or for those of you who would like to try their hand at something different for the garden. Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 12:30 or 13:30 to 16:00.
Examples of previous courses
Monday 15th April – Make a Willow Obelisk – Morning Course Sold Out
Led by Margaret Cooper, this is a unique opportunity to make a plant support obelisk using willow and hazel. You will learn some basic weaving techniques that make a natural and attractive addition to your flower and vegetable beds, rockeries and borders.
Time: 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:00. Cost £40 per half day Read more and book
Thursday 16th May – Creative Digital Photography
This is an intermediate photography course, aimed at people who have some photographic experience but want to improve their knowledge and skill. Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 16:00. Cost £45
Monday 3rd June – Painting the Light (first steps in gouache sketching)
Gouache is an ideal medium for ‘plein air’ painting, but it is often overlooked. In the workshop Peter Scott will explain how this opaque paint differs from transparent watercolour both in technique and result. Gouache has an extremely high pigment content resulting in strong and vibrant colours which are ideally suited for painting gardens. Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 16:00. Cost: £45
Monday 8th July – Make a Willow Basket
On this beginners basket course, led by Margaret Cooper, you will make a willow basket in a day. You will learn proper techniques of weaving a sturdy and graceful basket out of pliable and colourful English willows.
Time: 10:00 to 16:00. Cost £75 Read more and book
Thursday 5th September – Paper Cutting Workshop with Helen Naylor
Spend a relaxing session switching off from the outside world, learning the skills to create something beautiful from the simplest of materials, the humble sheet of paper. Read more and Book
Time: 09:30 to 12:30
Monday 16th September – Make 2 Wire Fantail Pigeons SOLD OUT
Join Chris Moss on her ever popular day-long workshop to make wire fantail pigeons for your garden. Early booking recommended. Read more and Book
Time: 10:00 to 16:00 Cost £70