Quirky Workshops

We offer an extensive range of art, craft and heritage skills  'Quirky Workshops'  between March and December  taking place in our converted barn studio or in the garden on warmer summer days. Cookery days are held in our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse kitchen.

See our website www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk for full details of courses taking place in various weeks and months.

Workshop days are relaxing, friendly and informal. They are delivered by hand picked professional and  or expert tutors, many leaders in their chosen fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by   . . .Keswick, Ullswater, Penrith and the Eden Valley are all within easy driving distance. 

One, two or three day courses in:

  • those skills once traditionally crafted by men and are now enjoyed by all  - such as traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (3D sculpture or letter carving), wildlife whittling in wood . .'Bird in a Day',  clay life head sculpture,wood block  engraving, relief wood carving, cane chair restoration.
  • Lino cut printing, wood block printing, garden willow sculptures, papermaking with Jonathan Korejeko, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge  . . . and mosaics
  • Many textile courses including weaving, table hand loom (4 shaft) weaving, spinning wheels, fantasy birds and fabulous felt Dolls with Sue Allan of Sewsister Felt art , Batik and Pattern cutting, wonderful Tote and Messenger bag making with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags, needle felting- making door stops.
  • Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), patterned roller printing on textiles and wallpaper, paint and print a table lamp. Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe
  • Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, adventures in Oil with Pastels and Gouache (Frances Winder),
  • Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making,

 

Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch, typically served around a large table in the kitchen or in the garden,  Workshops usually close with a freshly made Aga cream tea.

Our workshop days are popular as gifts for special occasions. Quirky Open Vouchers make perfect and original presents and mean a lovely day can be shared together if preferred. Our Christmas Open vouchers are especially popular. 

A full list of our courses can be found at  www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk  or please phone 017684 83984

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our workshop days. 

Location

We are in the lovely village of Greystoke, just 5 miles west of Penrith/Junction 40 of the M6 and a few miles north of the A66 and Ullswater. Keswick is approx 15 minutes further west

Greystoke boasts several B B's, as well as self catering (several are dog friendly). We have  a playing field, an outdoor heated swimming pool open from June through to August, a Castle,  a church, a shop and post office and a pub serving evening meals.

Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects


Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt

Quirky Workshops

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter

Quirky Workshops

Whittling is addictive! Many consider it therapeutic - it is relaxing, absorbing, creative and richly rewarding giving a a sense of personal achievement. Another bonus it that it has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. This means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this 2 day course you will start from a lump of wood and Dave will teach you traditional hand carving techniques and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete your beautiful carved bird over the two days . There will also be a chance to make the legs and a realistic stone/ wood base and also have a go at pyrography to create feathered effects. Suitable for all abilities.


Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury

Quirky Workshops

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

Blacksmith for a day

Quirky Workshops

9.45am – 4.30pm

Be an artist Blacksmith for a Day with Adrian Woods - making two Sculptural Garden Flowers.

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

Kindly note that no additional material charges apply. This course runs with 8 people.


Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery

Quirky Workshops

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!


Discovering Felt Art & Hand stitch ~ with Marieke Tomlin

Quirky Workshops

Learn how to create your own Felt masterpiece inc stitch with Marieke Tomlin

Perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience, discover the joys of working with various wool fibres and warm soapy water to create your own unique piece of wetted felt ....and through various techniques, additions and inclusions, and thinking about the stitch you might incorporate for accent once your piece has dried, create your own unique piece of Felt art.

Marieke will bring all the materials necessary for the day, including a lovely choice of vibrant colours in various fleeces and silks. If you have any special fine fibres you would like to bring along, or any sentimental inclusions for your piece -perhaps some fine ribbon or some silk scraps from a favourite but worn out scarf - just bring them along.


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Quirky Workshops

9.30am – 4.30pm

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Spend a lovely day with Sue learning the art of lino cutting with a botanical/wildlife theme. To start the day you will learn various mark making and texture techniques on a small section of lino to become familiar with the tools involved. Students will then design or select their image from references they have bought or using a series of suggested templates/ resources that Sue brings along too, and then learn how to transfer this onto the lino block. The next stage is to cut the design to leave a relief surface which can be carefully inked up in various colours to create several prints, using a hand burnishing technique. You will be working on an A4 size piece of specialist lino and be able to take home your original lino cut plate and prints at the end of the day.


Casting In Pewter ~ Jewellery & more with Ella Macintosh

Quirky Workshops

This time served technique using this unusual material produces fantastic tactile results and is a great way to experience pewter in both a molten and solid form.Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience

Please feel free to bring along any inspiration or designs you may have or Ella will have lots to work from on the day. Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience


Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods

Quirky Workshops

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.


Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

First Steps in Watercolour paints looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours. Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. This course provides a good grounding in watercolour techniques.

Sunday 24 November 2019 Discovering Watercolours & Christmas Cards if wished


Sterling Silver Jewellery - 3 Silver Rings in a day - with Melinda Scarbrough

Quirky Workshops

10am – 4pm

Design & make 'three Silver rings' with Sterling Silver and Semi-Precious Stones with Melinda Scarborough

Your experienced professional tutor, Melinda, will guide you through the process of designing your rings and show you how to use the workshop toolswith systematic demonstrations. The new camera and screen system will be used these demos, whilst students remain safely at their desks. Once ready to start you will cut out your silver using a saw frame (each student has their own) and then shape the pieces to add texture and interest.

You will learn the basic techniques of soldering, surface textures and how to get a nice professional finish to ensure that your three rings will sit together well if required. This is quite an intensive day, but by the end of it you will be able to leave with a set of 3 different rings that you yourself have designed and made. The material cost is £15 and the tutor will have more materials to buy if necessary.

This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate. Each student will sit at their own desk spaced well apart. 


Two Day Sterling Silver Jewellery Course

Quirky Workshops

10am – 4.30pm

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance.

The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. his popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. s popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.


Needle Felt a Hare

Quirky Workshops

Create your own gorgeous needle felted Hare using Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! Annis spends the week before each class carefully preparing the various 'components' for the hares along with detailed instructions for the workshop day. These are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis.

Your Hare will stand approx 20" (50cm) high including ears, which you can choose to either attach 'laid back and 'moon gazing' or in the alert upright position .

All materials and the tools needed on the day are included in the materials fee which also reflects this prep time spent by Annis. Thus students are able to make this lovely Hare in just one day and can concentrate on the felting, sculpting and detailing of your own piece.

We aim to finish the day at 5:30PM . However, it's possible this particular class can run a little late. It also means it's not possible to accommodate people needing to leave earlier than 5.30pm. The class is taught step by step as a whole group.

This full day workshop is ideal for all abilities and provides an excellent opportunity to learn inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles; it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.


Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis

Quirky Workshops

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects


Willow Weaving - Angels

Quirky Workshops

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating a small Willow Angel

We are so happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke, he has been teaching here since 2005 - his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation. This course is one of the easiest of the Willow weaving courses often yielding the best and most effective results.

Angels are frequently kept in homes all year round nowadays and then for the festive season decorated with fine fairy lights and tinsel to make a wonderful additions to any Christmas room - especially in a fireplace. Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day and by the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to take home and last for many many years to come.


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We offer an extensive range of art, craft and heritage skills  'Quirky Workshops'  between March and December  taking place in our converted barn studio or in the garden on warmer summer days. Cookery days are held in our 17th Century Cumbrian farmhouse kitchen.

See our website www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk for full details of courses taking place in various weeks and months.

Workshop days are relaxing, friendly and informal. They are delivered by hand picked professional and  or expert tutors, many leaders in their chosen fields. Students often travel considerable distances to take part, staying in this lovely village of Greystoke or finding somewhere special close by   . . .Keswick, Ullswater, Penrith and the Eden Valley are all within easy driving distance. 

One, two or three day courses in:

  • those skills once traditionally crafted by men and are now enjoyed by all  - such as traditional English longbow making, cob pizza oven building, knife forging, artist blacksmithing, stone carving (3D sculpture or letter carving), wildlife whittling in wood . .'Bird in a Day',  clay life head sculpture,wood block  engraving, relief wood carving, cane chair restoration.
  • Lino cut printing, wood block printing, garden willow sculptures, papermaking with Jonathan Korejeko, garden Wire sculptures, fused or stained glass, real Silver jewellery weekends or silver clay jewellery days, porcelain ceramics with Gwen Bainbridge  . . . and mosaics
  • Many textile courses including weaving, table hand loom (4 shaft) weaving, spinning wheels, fantasy birds and fabulous felt Dolls with Sue Allan of Sewsister Felt art , Batik and Pattern cutting, wonderful Tote and Messenger bag making with Emma Redfern of Hole House Bags, needle felting- making door stops.
  • Block printing lampshades, wooden furniture paint effects (chalk paint), patterned roller printing on textiles and wallpaper, paint and print a table lamp. Calligraphy with Gaynor Goffe
  • Art courses : Introduction to pen and Wash , discovering watercolours , botanical and wildlife illustration painting courses, adventures in Oil with Pastels and Gouache (Frances Winder),
  • Cookery days include Artisan Cheese making, Gluten free baking (Breads and pastries), Artisan bread making, Scrumptious scone making,

 

Days include fresh coffees, home made biscuits and a lovely two course home made Aga lunch, typically served around a large table in the kitchen or in the garden,  Workshops usually close with a freshly made Aga cream tea.

Our workshop days are popular as gifts for special occasions. Quirky Open Vouchers make perfect and original presents and mean a lovely day can be shared together if preferred. Our Christmas Open vouchers are especially popular. 

A full list of our courses can be found at  www.quirkyworkshops.co.uk  or please phone 017684 83984

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our workshop days. 

Location

We are in the lovely village of Greystoke, just 5 miles west of Penrith/Junction 40 of the M6 and a few miles north of the A66 and Ullswater. Keswick is approx 15 minutes further west

Greystoke boasts several B B's, as well as self catering (several are dog friendly). We have  a playing field, an outdoor heated swimming pool open from June through to August, a Castle,  a church, a shop and post office and a pub serving evening meals.

Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
30 September 2021

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects

Full Details »

Make a Herdwick Doorstop in Needlefelt


Quirky Workshops
01 October 2021

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! 

A full-day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

Full Details »

Bird Whittling - two day course with Dave Harter


Quirky Workshops
05 - 06 October 2021

Whittling is addictive! Many consider it therapeutic - it is relaxing, absorbing, creative and richly rewarding giving a a sense of personal achievement. Another bonus it that it has a small and low tech kit list ~ a lump of wood, a craft knife and your lap. This means whittling can be done almost anywhere in and spare time available- and it is also easily transportable.

During this 2 day course you will start from a lump of wood and Dave will teach you traditional hand carving techniques and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided to enable you to complete your beautiful carved bird over the two days . There will also be a chance to make the legs and a realistic stone/ wood base and also have a go at pyrography to create feathered effects. Suitable for all abilities.

Full Details »

Introduction to Photography ~ One day Beginners' workshop with Danielle Ledbury


Quirky Workshops
07 October 2021

This is a one day beginner's course that gives you the opportunity to learn in a fun practical way, it is a mixture of classroom based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. Over the day you will build an understanding of your camera's functions and confidence in how to use them to create great images. We like to keep the group size small to ensure that you have lots of help and opportunity for 1-2-1 support.

On arrival you can sit down with a tea/coffee and we will go through your cameras and discuss features. Then in the morning session will talk through each of the various settings and aspects of photography in small bite sized pieces and practical exercises for you to test out with your own camera. Then after lunch (provided) we will head out and about (weather permitted) and develop your photography skills further discussing composition techniques and learning to see creatively. You will be able to practice and receive some 1-2-1 coaching. There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and don’t worry if it all feels like a lot on the day, you will also receive hand out notes for you to take home. Please note this course is focused on beginners and really getting to grips with the techniques rather than a photo tour. On the course we will cover:

  • Camera functions: Aperture f-stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, priority modes
  • Image quality (ISO and file formats)
  • Exposure triangle and compensation
  • White balance
  • Creative compositional techniques
  • Camera equipment and gear choices
  • Learning to see creatively

Full Details »

Blacksmith for a day


Quirky Workshops
09 October 2021

9.45am – 4.30pm

Be an artist Blacksmith for a Day with Adrian Woods - making two Sculptural Garden Flowers.

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for a Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.

The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

Please bring: Please wear old clothing, sensible shoes, preferably leather (plastic trainers can melt), strong gloves and do bring a heavy duty apron - canvas/leather - if you wish.
However do bear in mind this is hot work.

Kindly note that no additional material charges apply. This course runs with 8 people.

Full Details »

Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery


Quirky Workshops
09 October 2021

10am to 4.30pm

'Inspired by Nature' Silver Clay Jewellery Design with Jo Dix

Design and make your own bespoke beautiful jewellery in a day. You can even bring along a small personal treasure to copy and make into a stunning personalised piece.

Jo will guide you through the basics to help you get the best from your silver clay. All tools and equipment are provided, just bring your imagination!

What is Silver Clay / Art Clay? Silver Clay is part of the metal clay family. It is a fabulous medium for making just about anything, from the simplest piece to the most intricate patterns. It's great for all skill levels and fires as Fine Silver (99.9% pure) which is a higher quality that the jewellery "norm" of Sterling Silver (92.5%). It is the versatility of silver clay that makes it so popular and accessible to create pieces without the need for intricate techniques or tools. You can knead it, roll it, beat it, stretch it, texture it, fold it or anything else really. You can even colour it, we're told!

Full Details »

Discovering Felt Art & Hand stitch ~ with Marieke Tomlin


Quirky Workshops
10 October 2021

Learn how to create your own Felt masterpiece inc stitch with Marieke Tomlin

Perfect for beginners as well as those with some experience, discover the joys of working with various wool fibres and warm soapy water to create your own unique piece of wetted felt ....and through various techniques, additions and inclusions, and thinking about the stitch you might incorporate for accent once your piece has dried, create your own unique piece of Felt art.

Marieke will bring all the materials necessary for the day, including a lovely choice of vibrant colours in various fleeces and silks. If you have any special fine fibres you would like to bring along, or any sentimental inclusions for your piece -perhaps some fine ribbon or some silk scraps from a favourite but worn out scarf - just bring them along.

Full Details »

Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
12 October 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland


Quirky Workshops
10 November 2021

9.30am – 4.30pm

Nature and Botanics in Lino Cut with Sue Rowland

Spend a lovely day with Sue learning the art of lino cutting with a botanical/wildlife theme. To start the day you will learn various mark making and texture techniques on a small section of lino to become familiar with the tools involved. Students will then design or select their image from references they have bought or using a series of suggested templates/ resources that Sue brings along too, and then learn how to transfer this onto the lino block. The next stage is to cut the design to leave a relief surface which can be carefully inked up in various colours to create several prints, using a hand burnishing technique. You will be working on an A4 size piece of specialist lino and be able to take home your original lino cut plate and prints at the end of the day.

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Casting In Pewter ~ Jewellery & more with Ella Macintosh


Quirky Workshops
12 November 2021

This time served technique using this unusual material produces fantastic tactile results and is a great way to experience pewter in both a molten and solid form.Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience

Please feel free to bring along any inspiration or designs you may have or Ella will have lots to work from on the day. Suitable for beginners as well as attendees with previous silver or jewellery making experience

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Blacksmith For A Day - Ramshead Poker with Adrian Woods


Quirky Workshops
14 November 2021

Take Artist Blacksmith Adrian Wood arriving with his apprentice Andy from Cleveland equipped with 4 portable blacksmith furnaces, anvils and many tools and you have the ingredients for a perfect blacksmith day...

Our Blacksmith for Day courses run throughout the year:
- Dragon Hooks and Rams head Fire pokers or Sculptural garden flowers

Adrian and Andy will arrive early to set up his mobile forges for 8 people on the Cafe driveway in our covered blacksmith area. Fresh coffee and home made biscuits will be waiting as a welcome drinks and then, after a safety talk and with furnaces lit, Adrian will explain basic principles, the colours of hot metals, malleability, temperatures and the importance of getting just the right temperature for the right task.

The group will then start with creating a point on the piece of metal, quickly moving onto curves, bends and scrolls, punching, spreading and splitting. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel. The day is fully hands on and as well as learning the basic principles of the blacksmith techniques. You will make up to three items to take home with you. Techniques for tapering, hole punching, splitting and riveting will be covered. Even as a beginner under Adrian's watchful eye you should be able to make these pieces to take home, proudly display and of course, put to use!

A unique opportunity for a really full-on day experience. These days are suitable for all abilities but not for those with back problems or other health issues relating to fatigue or joint problems. Minimum age strictly 16 years. Stamina is required throughout the day.

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Willow Sculptures ~ Hares, Sheep, Hens & Cockerels or Deer with Phil Bradley


Quirky Workshops
17 November 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating life size Sculptures : Hares, Hens & Cockerels, Curlew or a small Deer for summer or Christmas

We are very happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke- his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation.He has been taking these lovely classes at Greystoke since 2005 and they continue to be some of our favourites. These sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out, even if you have had no experience in Willow work, Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day. By the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to adorn home or garden.         

  • HENS & COCKERELS Wed 20th Jan (rescheduled from Nov 2020)
  • HENS & COCKERELS Tues 1st June OR Tue 12 October
  • CURLEWS Tues 13 July
  • DEER Wed 14 July or Wed 17 Nov
  • HARES Thu 9th Sept     

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Discovering Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
19 November 2021

First Steps in Watercolour paints looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours. Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours. Margaret brings a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. This course provides a good grounding in watercolour techniques.

Sunday 24 November 2019 Discovering Watercolours & Christmas Cards if wished

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Sterling Silver Jewellery - 3 Silver Rings in a day - with Melinda Scarbrough


Quirky Workshops
19 November 2021

10am – 4pm

Design & make 'three Silver rings' with Sterling Silver and Semi-Precious Stones with Melinda Scarborough

Your experienced professional tutor, Melinda, will guide you through the process of designing your rings and show you how to use the workshop toolswith systematic demonstrations. The new camera and screen system will be used these demos, whilst students remain safely at their desks. Once ready to start you will cut out your silver using a saw frame (each student has their own) and then shape the pieces to add texture and interest.

You will learn the basic techniques of soldering, surface textures and how to get a nice professional finish to ensure that your three rings will sit together well if required. This is quite an intensive day, but by the end of it you will be able to leave with a set of 3 different rings that you yourself have designed and made. The material cost is £15 and the tutor will have more materials to buy if necessary.

This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate. Each student will sit at their own desk spaced well apart. 

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Two Day Sterling Silver Jewellery Course


Quirky Workshops
20 - 21 November 2021

10am – 4.30pm

Create your own beautiful jewellery with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi-Precious Stones

On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. On this popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance.

The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. his popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace. s popular two day workshop you will use a variety equipment to make as many stunning pieces as you can under Melinda's guidance. The number of items you make will vary according to your pace.

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Needle Felt a Hare


Quirky Workshops
23 November 2021

Create your own gorgeous needle felted Hare using Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan

To create such an impressively detailed and large Hare in just one day is quite a task! Annis spends the week before each class carefully preparing the various 'components' for the hares along with detailed instructions for the workshop day. These are shared and demonstrated to the whole group in stages by Annis.

Your Hare will stand approx 20" (50cm) high including ears, which you can choose to either attach 'laid back and 'moon gazing' or in the alert upright position .

All materials and the tools needed on the day are included in the materials fee which also reflects this prep time spent by Annis. Thus students are able to make this lovely Hare in just one day and can concentrate on the felting, sculpting and detailing of your own piece.

We aim to finish the day at 5:30PM . However, it's possible this particular class can run a little late. It also means it's not possible to accommodate people needing to leave earlier than 5.30pm. The class is taught step by step as a whole group.

This full day workshop is ideal for all abilities and provides an excellent opportunity to learn inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles; it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

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Discovering Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis


Quirky Workshops
01 December 2021

This medium can also be known as 'Watercolour & Ink'.

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects

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Willow Weaving - Angels


Quirky Workshops
02 December 2021

A lovely day with Cumbria's Willow master Phil Bradley creating a small Willow Angel

We are so happy that Phil runs several courses here at Greystoke, he has been teaching here since 2005 - his days are always popular, inspirational and relaxing. People find it hard to believe that, by the end the day, they will be taking away their very own willow creation. This course is one of the easiest of the Willow weaving courses often yielding the best and most effective results.

Angels are frequently kept in homes all year round nowadays and then for the festive season decorated with fine fairy lights and tinsel to make a wonderful additions to any Christmas room - especially in a fireplace. Phil will guide you expertly and patiently through the day and by the end of the workshop you will have created something quite unique to take home and last for many many years to come.

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