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Silver jewellery workshop @ The Mix, Wantage
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Silver jewellery workshop @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Create beautiful jewellery in this fun workshop with a professional goldsmith. All materials, tools and guidance will be provided to help you design and make a unique piece of jewellery which you will take away at the end of the session.


Cushion making @ The Mix, Wantage
Jul 16 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cushion making @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom

Bring along your sewing machine and learn to make a bespoke cushion cover, including cutting to size, centering pattern, making your own piping and zip insertion.

Summer Wildlife Photography Course @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo by Bob Coyle

Photograph the summer wetland wildlife with practical guidance and tuition from wildlife photographer Iain Green. Discover and learn about seasonal specialties of the reserve and how to photograph them. A practical course, the day will begin with an introductory session inside, before heading out to explore. Suitable for both beginner and intermediate photographers, the tuition is tailored to suit. Due to the small numbers on the course there will be plenty of time for individual tuition. During the day we will learn how to photograph breeding bird life and stunning scenery and enjoy some creative photography. We will explore colour, texture and the form of the natural landscape in Spring.

This course is suitable for anyone who would like to improve their photography skills or those who are new to photography and are mystified by the settings and buttons on the camera! The course is aimed primarily at adults but older children accompanied by an adult would be welcome.

Please come dressed for the weather, the terrain around the Centre and nature reserve is fairly level but can be uneven and muddy, so please wear sturdy footwear.

Please bring you camera and instructions if you have them. The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch and afternoon tea. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Lakeside Arts Workshop with Tessa Kirby @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day to explore your artistic capabilities. This day-long workshop will be relaxed and informal and will be based in our Lakeside room where magnificent views and abundant wildlife will be an inspiration to all.

Artist Tessa Kirby will be your tutor for the day and will encourage you to broaden your painting techniques and try different media. The day is suitable for all skill levels, experienced artists and those who’ve always just fancied having a go!

Tessa is a well-regarded local artist who is an experienced teacher, she regulary participates in the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studio scheme. Tessa will bring a selection of her own work which is inspired by nature light and colour.

All materials are included in the cost of the workshop, however if you would like to bring your own paints or pastels or even a piece you are currently working on that is fine.

Refreshments including lunch and lots of lovely homemade cake will be provided throughout the day.

Willow Sculpture Workshop with Christine Brewster @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo by Christine BrewsterLearn how to design and create a small animal or bird sculpture or even something abstract!

The workshop is for adults and older children who are accompanied by a paying adult.

During the day you will learn how to make a wonderful willow sculpture for your garden or home.  Be inspired by the enchanting examples of woven work that Christine has bought along or bring an image that you can work from.

The workshop is designed for those who are completely new to working with willow as well as those who wish to develop and improve on previously acquired techniques and skills.

The day will be informal, enjoyable and relaxed. The fee for the day includes all tuition, materials, refreshments and lunch with homemade cake in the afternoon.

Please bring secateurs if you have them and any ideas and inspirations for a design. Please dress for mess as the willow is wet when being used for weaving and may damage smart clothes, an apron is a good idea.

Silk Painting Workshop with Sarah Moorcroft @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Inspiring artist Sarah Moorcroft will be at the Nature Discovery Centre today to teach participants how to create a beautiful silk painting.

She will be on hand to teach you how to work with silk, to plan and design, learn how to stretch, gutter and finally paint your design onto silk. then heat fix the painted work ready to take home to mount.

Your design may be influenced by the flora and fauna seen at the Nature Discovery Centre, an image bought in by Sarah or something from the many and various books and publications in the Centre.

All are very welcome to attend this relaxed workshop which is is suitable for both beginners and those who have worked with silk before and wish to hone their skills and develop their techniques.

The fee for the day includes all materials and tuition as well as refreshments, lunch and lots of homemade cake.