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Creative Courses

Throughout the summer we run a series of creative courses at Stillingfleet Lodge. These highly popular courses are run by visiting experts.

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.

make a wire hen course

Beginners Photography Course

April 22, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:00
£40

If you are flummoxed by focus, baffled by buttons, lousy with lenses or frequently disappointed by your photographs, this beginners photography course is for you! Christine Carr LRPS will lead this hands-on course which is aimed at complete novices and people who…

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Make an Animal Needle Felted Picture

May 5, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00
£75

This full day workshop provides an opportunity to learn the enjoyable skills of needle felting. On the day you will create your own needle felted animal portrait picture under the expert guidance of Pam Chilton. Pam will provide all the…

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wire hen

Make a Wire Hen or Duck

May 14, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00
£70

This full day workshop provides an opportunity to 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…

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Intermediate photography course

Improving Your Photography with John Potter

May 21, 2020 at 10:00
£50

This is an intermediate photography course, aimed at people who have some photographic experience but want to improve their knowledge and skill. It is led by renowned landscape and fine art photographer, John Potter B.Ed. (HONS) L.R.P.S. He will give…

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Eco-printing

Eco-Print with Confidence

June 8, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00
£75

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,…

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art course in the garden

Developing a Garden Sketchbook

July 9, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00
£50

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 David Scott, is designed to help students improve their sketching technique and…

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flowers in pastel

Painting the Garden in Pastels

July 20, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:30
£45

Painting plein air to capture the delights of the garden using soft pastel. 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…

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Small wire bird sculpture

Making a Wire Small Bird

August 1, 2020 at 10:00 - 12:30
£40

Chris Moss will be leading these half day sculpture courses where you will learn how to make a wire small bird to take home. These sculptures will be made from galvanised wire, so they will be able to be kept…

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making wire birds

Making a Wire Small Bird

August 1, 2020 at 13:30 - 16:00
£40

Chris Moss will be leading these half day sculpture courses where you will learn how to make a wire small bird to take home. These sculptures will be made from galvanised wire, so they will be able to be kept…

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make a wire hen course

Wire Sculpture Course

September 10, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00
£70

Chris Moss is back for her second full day course of the summer. We have yet to confirm what the subject of the workshop will be, but the course is likely to sell out, so put it in your diaries…

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Make a 3D Animal Needle Felted Sculpture

September 21, 2020 at 10:00 - 16:00
£75

This full day workshop provides a great introduction to needle felting a 3D sculpture. On the day Pam will provide all the equipment, materials and tuition that you need to create your own wonderful animal sculpture to take home. With…

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Photographs of some previous creative courses

Testimonials

"Lovely day out to learn how to make a wire hen or duck. CHRIS was a lovely teacher and the 6 hours flew by!  Lovely gardens and nursery well worth a visit, and lots of other workshops throughout the year! Great fun day out."