Our workshops and courses for adults taking place in Headington, Oxford are listed here.

There are discounts if you book with a friend, or have attended a workshop with us before on some of these events – check the booking links for more details of these.

All bookings are subject to our refund policy.

Saturday 20th July 2024 10:00-17:30

£110 (£100)

Willow Basket-Making with Ellie Morgan

We are pleased to bring willow-making back to Headington and invite you to join basket-maker and tutor Ellie Morgan in weaving your very own willow basket. 

All materials and tools are provided to enable you to make a fantastic ‘asymmetric’ basket, just bring your own lunch. The workshop is designed for beginners, but others are more than welcome. You will be taught traditional basket-making techniques and supported to complete your own basket by the end of the day. 

Ellie is an experienced workshop leader who creates a range of baskets using Somerset grown willow. She is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, a member of the Basketry Association and also skilled in spoon-carving.

Thursday 25th July 2024 14:00-16:30

£45 (£80 for two)

Cyanotypes – sunprinting

Explore the historic photographic process of cyanotypes, also known as sun prints in this half day workshop with Abingdon-based artist Emma Williams aka Natural Learning Oxford. Use a specially coated paper, arrange your items on top and expose it to the rays of the sun. You can use plants, objects, stencils, even your hands to make patterns. Then, just rinse your print in water and your picture will appear like magic! 

Be warned, it’s mesmerising and totally addictive!

Friday 26th July 2024 10:30-16:30

£80 (£75)

Botanical Drawing and Etching

Explore the wonderfully evocative method of drypoint etching with experienced tutor Helen Edwards. Helen will start you with some sketching exercises before introducing an approach to drawing flowers. You will then explore the beautiful garden and create more sketches ready for etching and printing in the afternoon. You will produce your own drypoint etching and be shown how to ink up to develop tones and colour before printing onto quality paper.

All materials and tools are provided to enable you to develop your own prints along with some inspiring resources, just bring your own lunch. Whatever your prior experience, you will be well supported in the friendly small group setting. 

Date tbc



Ceramic relief tiles – botanical themed

Join ceramicist Pippa Presser for a relaxing and mindful pottery session making relief tiles. These are inspired by the wonderful botanical paintings of Marianne North, whose work fills a room at Kew Gardens.

After being introduced to the context and the techniques, you will be making your own relief tiles. Pippa will support and guide you individually and encourage you to experiment with the fabulous medium of clay. Your tiles will either be treated with oxide and glaze-fired, or left untreated for you to paint once fired. The tiles will be available for collection approximately 3 weeks later. 

No previous pottery experience is needed, and all materials are provided.

Pippa Prosser is an experienced art educator and ceramicist, currently establishing her own studio in Warwickshire

Previous sessions held at Hunsdon House