Creative Courses In the Cowshed 

LATEST WORKSHOP NEWS

In light of the Government announcement to avoid non-essential contact we have made the difficult decision to postpone workshops in April and May and reschedule them for later in the summer.  Clearly our priority is to keep visitors, tutors and dependants safe.  We will be contacting all those affected.  We are open for business and are taking bookings for workshops in July onwards.  Please contact us if you wish to express an interest in attending any of our courses.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.  We really appreciate your on going support of our business and will keep you updated as the situation progresses.  We wish everyone good health and calm over this challenging period.

Best wishes  George Grange, Manager and owner of Cowshed Creative

Take a look at just some of our inspiring art and craft workshops - there is something for everyone

Treat yourself -

Join us for a fun day and get making!  

We offer an exciting and varied programme, working with professional artists and crafts people to nurture your creativity

Workshops at Cowshed Creatives are based in our two storey traditional Lakeland barn cow shed conversion.  The art studio is a stunning open plan space and there is plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere Valley.

Lunch is a tasty two course meal with home baked bread, cake & refreshments.  We finish the day with a cup of tea and a slice of cake

It is served at a kitchen table near the fire or outside in warm weather. Students can relax on sofas at any time by the wood burning stove to take a breather, look at art books or have a natter or wander outside and enjoy the amazing views. 

We have parking available on site but would encourage visitors to lift share, if possible or come by bike.  We are keen to share our green ethos and are very aware of our environmental footprint.

 A creative experience for someone special

- the perfect gift!

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Welcome to our exciting new programme for 2020 

Creative Workshops

March - Courses postponed

A Mother's Day Hand-Tied Bouquet

A treat for Mother’s Day - come with your mum, make something  for her,  or spoil her with this workshop!  

Be inspired to create a hand-tied bouquet that is very natural and wild, very fresh, slightly magical, with a spirit of ‘just picked in the Lakes’! This course will give you the confidence to create a stunning bouquet using seasonal flowers and foliage. A relaxed friendly and informal workshop; perfect for complete beginners, those with some experience and any flower lovers.

Sat 21 March  10 - 12.30

£35  including tea, coffee, homemade biscuits & cakes

 
 

April - Course Postponed

Concertina Book of Mixed Media Memories 

A great opportunity to experiment with mixed media techniques and create a concertina book based on memories, which can also be displayed as a wall piece. Using layering techniques, with images and text, papers and fabrics, these will be fused together with wax. Embellish your work with embroidery, buttons, ribbons or lace.  A lovely keepsake or gift.

Sat 4 April  10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Fascinators, Trim and Decoration

Glam-Up for a special event and create your own Fascinator or small ‘Hat-inator’ with crinoline brim! Learn a variety of techniques and let the magic begin! Develop the skills to make a unique headdress you'll be proud to wear to any celebration. No millinery experience required, but you will need some basic hand sewing skills

Sat 17 April  10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Lakeland Landscape - Watercolour & Mixed Media

Enjoy the stunning views of the Kentmere valley and capture the natural beauty of the landscape. The day will combine practical painting and drawing exercises in the art studio with opportunities to work directly outdoors focusing on fells and skies.  A great opportunity to develop your watercolour painting skills and explore a variety of mixed media techniques.  

Sat 18 April        

Course also available on 20 Sept

£70  including lunch

Introduction to Oil Painting

This workshop is an opportunity to learn a range of oil painting techniques working with simple still life subject matter.  It will cover the basics, such as equipment, surface preparation, colour mixing and painting techniques, allowing beginners to gain confidence and the more experienced to refresh their approaches.       

Image: Student work

Thurs 23 April  10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Willow Garden Structures

These beautiful willow structures are the perfect natural addition to the garden providing support for a wide variety of flowering plants and veg; roses, sweet peas, runner beans, peas and miniature squash. Create your own contemporary look using traditional rural crafts skills.  No previous experience is required.

24 April  10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Learn the skills to create your own willow ‘tipi’ garden supports that will stand you proud in your borders, just in time for the growing season! 

Spinner Ring – Silver Jewellery

Come and learn a range of jewellery making techniques in just one workshop. A great opportunity to create a unique and original piece that will give you lots of pleasure to wear or make a great gift for someone special. Suitable for beginners and more experienced makers.

26 April  10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

A silver spinner ring is both fashionable and mystical. Two different rings are made and fitted together so that the smaller ring can spin, when moved, around the larger ring. This spinning motion is believed to have a calming effect on the wearer. 

Shibori Dye for Summer Cushions

30 April  10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Shibori is the Japanese art of indigo resist dyeing. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of Shibori inspired folding, binding, clamping and stitching techniques.  Dipped in Indigo, you will create your own stunning patterns on fabric.  Create a stash of samples and an original and boldly patterned cushion cover.  Perfect for the summer. 

 

May Courses Postponed

Silver Clay Jewellery

Silver clay is an exciting medium that appeals to both jewellery novices and more experienced craftspeople as it requires little by way of equipment, and responds beautifully to the imagination! This putty-like clay contains tiny particles of silver, water and binders, which is fired on the day, bonding your design into a finished piece of pure silver, ready to take away. Silver clay lends itself to texture, 3D forms and experimentation. It can be rolled, moulded, stamped and will retain fine imprinted detail

5 May   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Mosaic in a Day

Join us for a fun and relaxing day learning the art of mosaic.  Create a colourful plaque to hang outside or to decorate a wall indoors, a trivet for those hot pots on your table or brighten up coffee breaks with your own mosaic tray.  You will learn about different materials and how to use mosaic tools, with lots of tips on design and pattern. Treat yourself to a great day out and take home an original mosaic of your own.

7 May   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Dry Stone Walling

Enjoy a great day out in the countryside on our Lakeland farm learning traditional dry stone walling skills from an experienced and friendly tutor who will explain the process. You will learn the basic principles; sorting stone, building foundations and helping to construct a section of wall, developing your confidence as you go. A great introduction to the heritage and ancient rural craft of building walls using only the stone in the field, without cement.

14 May   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Have you got an old pair of curtains that you love but are no longer in use? Come and learn how to turn them into a bespoke pair of dashing and daring dungarees, designed to fit your shape.  

The course will cover the whole process and you’ll leave with a new or honed vision for creative reuse. In this spirit; second hand materials are highly encouraged, but if you have your eye on a new piece of fabric that’s great too.

16 May  10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Drapes to DungareesBespoke dungarees in a day 

 CANCELLED  Free Pottery Workshop

Enjoy, create, make and play.  Join us for a national celebration of Hey Clay promoted by the Craft Council

From imprinting onto clay tiles, building pinch and coil pots to modelling clay animals, or masks you will have fun working with such a tactile and flexible material. 

With experienced tuition on hand, this is a great opportunity to have a go. Everyone is welcome;  complete beginners to the more experienced. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Teas, coffee and cake available. All donations will go to Young Minds Matter at the Brathay Trust.

17 May  

Workshops must be booked in advance

Drapes to DungareesBespoke dungarees in a day 

Workshop times:10-11,11.30-12.30, 1.30-2.30, 3- 4.30

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Hand Applique Miniatures

Spend a relaxing day creating collaged pictures with fabrics and stitch.  The emphasis of the day is to encourage participants to develop their own creative ideas, turning all those hoarded fabric scraps into a miniature work of art using simple hand-stitches, found fabrics and embellishments. Ideal for beginner or those with some experience. 

21 May 10 - 4.30

£68 including lunch

Join us on a traditional Lakeland farm to develop the basic drawing skills you need to draw animals confidently and to observe animals in their natural environment. The workshop will cover steps on how to draw animals using simple shapes and lines, the concept of gesture drawing combined with observation and basic animal anatomy.  You will have plenty of opportunities to observe, sketch and photograph animals on the farm and experiment with water-  soluble brush pens.

30 May 10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Drawing Rural Animals in Mixed Media

 

June

Weave your own Fabric

Weave a colourful piece of cloth suitable for a Cafetier Cosy or other small project of your choice. Experiment with pattern, colour and texture and let your imagination run wild!  Depending on your progress, you could also make a matching set of mats. Finish your woven fabric by knotting the ends to create an attractive edge and complete your cafetier cosy with a button and loop or Velcro.

This course is a great introduction to weaving and is suitable for beginners as the table looms will be already set up for you. 

There is a follow up course on 17 Sept which is suitable for those with some experience.

2 June  10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Experimenting with Monoprinting

Monoprinting is an ideal introduction to printmaking using a range of simple techniques to create your own prints.  Let the ink make the marks!

Working directly onto the inked plastic plate, you will use lifting and stencil techniques as well as experiment with different materials including plants, grasses, manmade materials and fabrics to create textures and marks, with opportunities to develop further layers of colour.  You are welcome to forage on the farm for material and create your own stunning images.

4 June  10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Sea Glass Jewellery

The summer is a great time to find your own sea glass, enjoy the subtle colours and create jewellery that is perfect for a summery look.  

Discover the properties of sea glass and the techniques involved in drilling, wrapping and setting it to make silver and sea glass jewellery. By the end of the workshop you will have created at least one piece of sea glass and silver jewellery using a range of tools and jewellery making processes.

6 June    10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Machine Embroidery Landscapes

Create a miniature landscape using the exciting art of ‘drawing’ with your sewing machine. During the day, Sarah will introduce you to the basic techniques of free-machine embroidery and raw-edged appliqué.

Our art studio, set on a traditional Lakeland farm is surrounded by wonderful landscapes, which provide fantastic inspiration to help you create your own miniature masterpiece.

10 June    10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Bountiful Baskets - 2 day course

Learn a traditional rural craft and make your own timeless round basket with a handle. A course for anyone who likes to use their hands, enjoys the smell and creaking of willow as they work on their woven basket and wants the satisfaction of creating something unique with lots of practical uses. 

This two day course will equip you with the skills to make a truly original basket and provide you with the confidence and ability to work on further baskets at home.  No previous experience required

12 & 13 June   10 - 4.30

£140 including lunch both days

A great opportunity for people of all abilities to develop life drawing in a full day workshop, and to dispel some of the fear from this valued traditional discipline. Join Catherine MacDiarmid, who will introduce you to Life Drawing through a series of enjoyable exercises that cover a variety of mark making and observational skills, including measuring for accuracy. Both traditional and modern drawing techniques and interpretations will be covered.  You will be working directly from a life model.

Life Drawing with a Life Model

Working directly from a life model, this a great opportunity for people of all abilities to develop your drawing skills and dispel some of the fear from this valued traditional discipline.   

Join expert artist, Catherine MacDiarmid, who will introduce you to Life Drawing through a series of enjoyable exercises that cover a variety of mark making and observational skills, including measuring for accuracy. Both traditional and modern drawing techniques and interpretations will be covered.  

18  June   10 - 4.30

£86 including lunch  

The fee reflects the additional cost of a life model

Raku Pottery – 2 day course

Raku is a really amazing process that includes firing your own pots outside in a custom made ‘open’ kiln to create unique patterns and designs on your pieces. Raku firing is one of the most dramatic and daring ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the early 1550s by Zen Buddhists to create ceramics for the Japanese tea ceremony.

The first day you will develop hand-building skills to create a range of pots or models.  These will be dried and biscuit fired ready for you to experiment with glazes and oxides the following week.  Chris will guide you through the stages.

On the consecutive Saturday, prepare for an exciting session working with an outdoor kiln with controlled use of fire and smoke!  ‘Raku’ loosely means ‘happiness in the unexpected’.  The effects you can achieve can be stunning. 

20 & 27  June   10 - 4.30

£140 including lunch on both days 

18  June   10 - 4.30

£85 including lunch  

Needle Felt Animal inspired by Illustrations

Learn to sculpt a beautiful felt model with felting needles. Using dry felting techniques you will blend your own wool to create subtle colours and learn to model an animal of your choice. Be inspired by a wide range of wonderful illustrations or base your design on a much-loved pet or character you have come across. Join us for a relaxed and sociable day and be amazed by what you create.  No previous experience needed.

25 June  10 - 4.30

£68 including lunch  

July

Cyanotype prints

Discover one of the earliest photographic printing techniques used by both Anna Aitkins and Fox Talbot No camera needed, just sunlight, cyanotype and a bit of creativity to make beautiful cyan blue prints. Perfect for nature lovers; forage on the farm taking inspiration from the variety of plants and flowers to create your own original prints.     No previous experience needed

Temporary image

2 July  10 - 4.30

£70 including lunch  

 

Abstract Landscape

This workshop will provide an opportunity for people of all abilities to explore drawing and painting without the constraints of it 'looking like something', with artist Catherine MacDiarmid.  Through abstraction comes the ability to learn more about what paint can do.

The workshop will explore mark making, composition and tonal / colour balance, as well as different starting points for inspiration, utilising the wonderful surrounding landscape for inspiration

4 July  10 - 4.30

£70 including lunch  

Arranging Flowers : 2 in 1 day

Pressed Flowers and a Hand tied Fresh Bouquet

Learn how to select and prepare fresh flowers for pressing throughout the seasons.  In the morning you will perfect this fresh and updated art using a flower press which is yours to keep. An abundance of local pre-pressed flowers, hand-made papers and materials will be available so you can create a range of pressed flower art-work including pictures, cards and gift tags 

After lunch enjoy using local & seasonal flowers to create a stunning bouquet. Learn how to choose materials, consider more unusual ‘ingredients’ and discover how to bring different elements together to achieve a natural look, considering colour, texture and shape.  A great way to celebrate the Lake District! 

9  July  10 - 4.30

£70 including lunch  

Bashing metal!  Silver Jewellery

A day of jewellery-making, nothing beats it! If you love texture and surface pattern, this one is for you. Using hammers and a rolling mill, we’ll explore the impact and creativity of “low tech” tools on sterling silver.  A practical, hand-made approach far removed from computer aided design and mass production.

Expect to make pendants or earrings that are tactile and unique as every pass through the rolling mill is different, and every hammer blow brings exciting changes to your piece.

7 July 10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch

Indigo Dye & Shibori Techniques

Shibori is the Japanese art of indigo resist dyeing. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of Shibori inspired folding, binding, clamping and stitching techniques.  Dipped in Indigo, you will create your own stunning patterns on fabric. Try experimenting with over-dying with a second colour if you wish. Create a stash of samples, working up to a Shibori cotton scarf.  Perfect for the summer!

15 July  10 - 4.30

£68 including lunch  

 

August

Capture a Summer Scene in Collage 

Learn a variety of collage techniques to create your own striking summer collage - a seascape, landscape or garden. Enjoy making a set of painted textured papers using a variety of media.  You will use these to cut and assemble the collage.

 

Working with collage gives you the freedom to explore colour combinations and composition, allowing you to reposition motifs and play with shapes. Create an intimate artwork to keep or give as a gift. 

25 Aug   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

Seaglass Jewellery

The summer is a great time to find your own sea glass, enjoy the subtle colours and create jewellery that is perfect for a summery look.  Discover the properties of sea glass and the techniques involved in drilling, wrapping and setting it to make silver and sea glass jewellery. By the end of the workshop you will have created at least one piece of sea glass and silver jewellery using a range of tools and jewellery making processes. 

29 August   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

Silk Painting

Join us for a fun and relaxing day learning the art of mosaic.  Create a colourful plaque to hang outside or to decorate a wall indoors, a trivet for those hot pots on your table or brighten up coffee breaks with your own mosaic tray.  You will learn about different materials and how to use mosaic tools, with lots of tips on design and pattern. Treat yourself to a great day out and take home an original mosaic of your own.

5 Sept   10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch  

 

September

Modern Calligraphy

In this relaxed and friendly one-day modern calligraphy workshop you’ll learn how to write beautiful modern calligraphy using a dip pen and nib with a pot of dippy ink.

Following step-by-step instructions you’ll learn how a calligraphy nib creates its magic - even if you’re an absolute beginner and have never held a calligraphy pen before! After practicing the modern calligraphy alphabet & learning how to link letters to form words, you’ll write your very own modern calligraphy quote, decorated with 23 carat gold ‘splashes’!

3 Sept   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

September

Mosaic in a Day

Join us for a fun and relaxing day learning the art of mosaic.  Create a colourful plaque to hang outside or to decorate a wall indoors, a trivet for those hot pots on your table or brighten up coffee breaks with your own mosaic tray.  You will learn about different materials and how to use mosaic tools, with lots of tips on design and pattern. Treat yourself to a great day out and take home an original mosaic of your own.

6 Sept .  10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

Lampshades with Machine Embroidery & Appliq

Create an original drum lampshade to  enhance your home using free machine embroidery and appliqué. During the day you will learn the exciting art of drawing with your sewing machine and the basic techniques to start free-machine embroidery. Apply your new appliqué and free-machine embroidery skills to the design your own lampshade.

11 Sept    10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

Portraiture

A fantastic opportunity to create a portrait of some one special. During this workshop you will explore some different methods of using photographs as source material for portraits, culminating in a final portrait of a loved one or a fellow course member.  Any media can be used for your final portrait and expert advice and individual guidance will be given throughout.

19 Sept    10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

Weaving Colour & Pattern - 8 Shaft Loom

‘Colour and weave’ effect describes the way colours in the warp and weft interlace to form patterns.  From traditional, recognisable patterns such as dog-tooth or Prince of Wales checks to the more intricate and unusual pinwheels, there are lots of designs to choose from.  This course is a great introduction to 8 shaft weaving and you will learn to use a variety of shaft lifts to generate your own pattern sampler. 

Unsuitable for complete beginners. (Intro course 2 July)

17 Sept   10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch

Lakeland Landscape - Watercolour & Mixed Media

Enjoy the stunning views of the Kentmere valley and capture the natural beauty of the landscape and the early autumn colour. The day will combine practical painting and drawing exercises in the art studio with opportunities to work directly outdoors focusing on fells and skies.  A great opportunity to develop your watercolour painting skills and explore a variety of mixed media techniques.  

Sun 20 Sept

£70  including lunch

Wed 30 Sept

Autumnal Collage

Come along and capture warm autumnal colours in a personal collage to enjoy throughout the winter months. Based on an interior scene that’s personal to you, this could be a still life, vase of flowers or arrangement of autumn fruit and veg.  Enjoy making a set of painted textured papers using a variety of media We’ll use these to cut and assemble the collage. Working with collage gives you the freedom to explore colour combinations and composition, allowing you to reposition motifs and play with shapes. Create an intimate artwork to keep or give as a gift. 

£70  including lunch

October

Raku Pottery – 2 day course

Raku is a really amazing process that includes firing your own pots outside in a custom made ‘open’ kiln to create unique patterns and designs on your pieces. Raku firing is one of the most dramatic and daring ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the early 1550s by Zen Buddhists to create ceramics for the Japanese tea ceremony.

The first day you will develop hand-building skills to create a range of pots or models.  These will be dried and biscuit fired ready for you to experiment with glazes and oxides the following week.  Chris will guide you through the stages.

On the consecutive Saturday, prepare for an exciting session working with an outdoor kiln with controlled use of fire and smoke!  ‘Raku’ loosely means ‘happiness in the unexpected’.  The effects you can achieve can be stunning. 

3 & 10 Oct   10 - 4.30

£140 including lunch on both days 

 

Drawing Rural Animals in Mixed Media

Join us on a traditional Lakeland farm to develop the basic drawing skills you need to draw animals confidently and to observe animals in their natural environment. The workshop will cover steps on how to draw animals using simple shapes and lines, the concept of gesture drawing combined with observation and basic animal anatomy.  You will have plenty of opportunities to observe, sketch and photograph animals on the farm and experiment with water-  soluble brush pens.

4 October   10 - 4.30

£70  including lunch  

Stylish Tote Bags

Create a stylish tote bag in a day. With expert step-by-step guidance, you will work from a pattern and learn how to cut out and stitch a beautifully lined bag with a pocket.   Choose from leather or faux leather handles or straps, for a really professional finish.  An extra special gift for someone or enjoy using it your self!

24 October   10 - 4.30

£68  including lunch  

Hand Applique Miniatures

Spend a relaxing day creating collaged pictures with fabrics and stitch.  The emphasis of the day is to encourage participants to develop their own creative ideas, turning all those hoarded fabric scraps into a miniature work of art using simple hand-stitches, found fabrics and embellishments. Ideal for beginner or those with some experience. 

29 October .  10 - 4.30

£68 including lunch

Mexican Ofrenda

Join us for an alternative to Halloween.  Mexican Day of the Dead festivities unfold ov