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Workshops for 2019 – 20% discount for Season Ticket Holders

Choose from a variety of workshops  held at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park during 2019

23rd April –  Creating a Woodland Border with Senior Gardener Phil Cormie – £30pp – 10am to 1:30pm  

25th April – Introduction to Paper Cutting with Helen Naylor – £50pp – 10am to 1:30pm 

30th April – Modern Calligraphy with Sophie Roberts – £50pp – 10am to 1:30pm 

2nd May – A guided sculpture walk – with Peter Roberts  (the creator of the sculpture park) – £16pp –  6pm to 8pm 

4th – 6th June – Botanical Illustration Course with Bridget Gillespie – £180pp – 10am to 4pm

11th June – Create a Pollen Grain Wall Plaque with Anna Whitehouse – £60pp – 9:30am to 3:30pm 

18th June –  Create a Pollen Grain Wall Plaque with Anna Whitehouse – £60pp – 9:30am to 3:30pm 

25th June –  Create a Floral Table Arrangement with Nafas demonstrator Ann Simpson- £50pp – 10am to 1:30pm 

2nd July – Modern Calligraphy with Sophie Roberts – £50pp – 10am to 1:30pm

9th July – Beginners Guide to Gardening with Senior Gardener Phil Cormie – £45pp –  10am to 4pm 

All workshops include materials, refreshment break and garden entrance.

Please phone Naomi on 01765 658009 to book a place.

Introduction to Paper Cutting with Pocket Wren

Fancy learning a new creative skill? Come along to Pocket Wren’s workshop to learn the basics of paper cutting and enjoy a session of craft. With access to the beautiful gardens included, it is the perfect day out with friends or family or just for a bit of time for yourself!

Join us for a wonderful workshop covering the basic skills of decorative paper cutting. The workshop will cover the following areas:
• An introduction to paper cutting with a look at some examples,
• A quick run-through of the tools needed,
• Essential tips and tricks in paper cutting,
• Work on practice sheets,
• Create a final project from a choice of my original templates.
Don’t worry – drawing skills are not essential! You just need a steady hand and a bit of patience!
You can expect to proudly walk away at the end of the session with some beautiful hand-crafted, woodland-themed items, including a key ring and a coaster!
A rough overview of what to expect on the day:
10H00 Talk and practice
10H30 Refreshment Break 
11H00 Paper cutting
13H30 Finish
Afternoon – Enjoy a walk around the beautiful Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park.

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Learn how to write beautifully using ink and nib on this modern calligraphy course with Sophie Roberts. Suitable for complete beginners this class will teach you everything you need to know starting right at the basics.

After a brief introduction to the tools, you will start by practicing shapes and strokes and then move onto letter forms, learning how to write each calligraphy letter. By the end of the course you will have started to do joined up lettering to take onto work on any phrase, or word you wish. Sophie will be on hand to give you tips and techniques to improve your beginners hand and create your own unique style of lettering.

All attendees will be provided with a Calligraphy Starter Kit, including handouts, paper, pen and ink to use and take home, providing everything you need to start your calligraphy journey!                                                  

Instagram: Sophie Roberts Calligraphy 

10H00 Talk and demo – meet at the Information Centre
10H30 Refreshment Break with tea and biscuits
11H00 Modern Calligraphy
13H30 Approximate finish time, leaving the afternoon to enjoy a walk around the beautiful Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park (entrance included in the workshop price).

Botanical Illustration Course

3 Day Practical Course – £180 – 10am to 4pm

Botanical Illustration is the art of depicting plant forms accurately, to capture their individual characteristics and to aid identification. This 3 day workshop will be in a step-by-step format, with demonstration and individual tuition from Bridget covering drawing, composition and watercolour techniques. Topics will include observation, drawing, creating form and mixing watercolours. Inspiration for your illustration can be taken from walking around the beautiful Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park.

Bridget Gillespie has been a Botanical Illustrator for over 23 years after taking a degree in Graphic Design. A request to paint a friend’s wedding bouquet led to botanical specialism. Bridget has exhibited in Cambridge, Durham, Yorkshire and London. In 2002, 2008 and 2017 she was awarded Gold Medals by the RHS who have purchased several pieces for their archive collection. Bridget has works in the RHS, Hunt Institute collections and illustrated The Northern Pomona. 

This is course is suitable for complete beginners to intermediate painters. 

Pollen Grain Wall Plaque

Join Anna Whitehouse, the Ceramic Artist behind the newly installed pollen grain sculptures, to create your own microscopically inspired masterpiece for the garden. The morning will be spent poring over fascinating microscopic images and exploring how these can be recreated in clay, using modelling and mark-making techniques.

After a break for lunch (not included) choose your favourite design to produce a unique ceramic wall piece, to be hung in your garden or home. At the end of the workshop Anna will take all the pieces back to her studio to finish with a layer of the Himalayan Gardens’ own clay and to fire in her kiln. Work can be collected from Anna’s studio in Harrogate or at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park.

This is course is suitable for complete beginners and upwards.

Create a Floral Table Arrangement with Nafas demonstrator Ann Simpson

A workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced arrangers. The day will start with a demonstration by our tutor, Ann Simpson.  All materials will be provided and you will create, with Ann’s help, a beautiful design of summer flowers and interesting foliage from the garden. The design will be yours to take home to impress your friends and family. There will be time to visit the garden during the afternoon.

Join our Senior Gardener on one of his workshops:

Creating a Woodland Border

A friendly and informative course which will focus on the creation of a woodland border in your own garden, to create an area of interest in the garden. Woodland plants add magic to any garden and Phil will provide advice on the unique challenges of woodland gardening including how to create the perfect light levels, soil conditions and choosing the right plants to create year round interest. Phil will show you how to create layers within the border by using a range of interesting plants with beautiful flowers and spectacular foliage.

Beginners Guide to Gardening

Our Senior Gardener will start with a short lecture on and slide show on the history and development of the Himalayan garden and Sculpture Park. This will be followed by a friendly and entertaining course for novice and first time garden owners; focusing on how to look after  flowers, shrubs and trees throughout the year. There will be a hands on element to the course, so please dress appropriately and bring gardening gloves. There will be time to visit the Gardens during the day.

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