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Into the Garden: Watercolour and coloured pencil

Wednesdays 12th May to 16th June

No session 2nd June

11.30am to 3.00pm

An online course for Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

This course explores painting and drawing five different gardens; an exotic garden with aloes and cacti; a formal garden; a garden with a gazebo or summer-house; an allotment or cottage garden and a garden with a water feature (fountain, pond or lake).

Using watercolour as the main medium we will experiment with with using coloured pencil for adding texture and additional drawing elements.You will need watercolours and a handful of any coloured pencils. This course will explore some coloured pencil techniques.

Some photo reference will be sent in advance of each session but you are welcome to use your own.

Tickets are available from the Norden Farm Box Office at

Butterflies and Odilon Redon

Saturday 15th May

11.45am to 3.45pm

An online workshop for Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Odilon Redon is best known for his imaginative symbolist paintings but he also developed a keen interest in natural forms and life revealed by the microscope encouraged by his friend the Botanist Armand Clavaud.  Butterflies were included in several mythological paintings and also fluttering amongst his vases of flowers. However his singular imagination led to the creation of works including fictional flowers and butterflies as well as those we would recognise.

Inspired by Redon we will create paintings including butterflies which we may treat loosely or in a more detailed way using watercolour, pencil and/or pastel.  A mixed media approach is totally in keeping with the artist’s later works.  To find some relevant reference look out for butterfly illustrations and for Redon simply Google “Redon butterflies” or go to Jo’s Pinterest board;

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Collage and Mixed Media

23rd June to 21st July

Collage and Mixed Media

An online course for Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Five Wednesdays 11.30am to 3.00pm

This fun course will introduce you to pure collage techniques using only prepared and found papers, and also collage techniques where the collaged elements are worked over with other drawing and painting media to a greater or lesser extent.  Abstract, landscape, still life and either portrait or surreal subjects will be explored.

Information on the materials you will need are on the Norden Farm website or contact Jo

Tickets are available from Norden Farm Box Office at


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