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Creative sessions at Rufford Craft Centre

Rufford Craft Centre offers a popular, year-round, workshop programme, taught by professional artists who will inspire you to get started as a beginner or to develop your skills further as an artist.

You can choose between workshops in a variety of art and craft forms and the changing programme offers something for everyone. Workshops take place in either the Creative Learning Centre adjacent to the Gallery on the first floor, The Seminar Room situated directly off the craft centre courtyard or at the Woodland Workshop found in the country park, five minutes walk from the craft centre.

Workshop programme 

Our workshop programme offers a wide variety of different art forms to explore. Designed for those aged over 18, the vast majority of our workshops require no previous experience - just an enthusiasm to learn and have fun.

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SparrowFine Art: Drawing and Printing – 5 week course.This, expertly led, 5 week course of drawing and printing aims to allow participants to explore different techniques in each session, with the possibility of making prints using a combination of methods. It will be fun and colourful, and will use...£7524/02/201510am – 12:30pm
CeramicsCeramicsBe guided by a professional ceramist and gain confidence in basic ceramic techniques. For the more experienced, it is a chance to develop and apply skills you already have. Please contact Rachel directly to book and for information about further...£150 for 9 weeks24/02/201510am – 12:30pm or 1pm – 3:30pm (Easter break, 7 and 14 April)
textilesGranny Squares and MandalasHave you learnt to crochet but don’t understand crochet patterns? Nicki will help you demystify stitch abbreviations, written instructions and charts so you can understand printed crochet patterns. Nicki will guide you through the patterns for...£50 (including materials)28/02/201510.30am - 4.30pm
Glass play dayFused Glass Play Day (two half day sessions)Both sessions are designed for complete beginners as well as those with some experience who want to explore new ideas and processes.  Stevie will talk about, and demonstrate the use of Microwave kilns, a great way to carry on producing fused...£30.00 each or both for £55 (materials included)07/03/201510:30am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 4pm
buttonsCeramic Buttons and BroochesJoin Sarah in a relaxed and creative atmosphere to design, make and decorate your own ceramic buttons and brooches.   Sarah will show you how to make a variety of different shapes of buttons and brooches using a series of cutters and templates....£35.00 (including materials and firing for up to 10 buttons and/or brooches)14/03/201510.00am - 1.00pm
Wynne MosaicGaudi Style Mosaic Reliefs‘Unique, inspirational, quirky’ are just a few of the ways past learners have described the works of Antoni Gaudi and this workshop aims to bring these qualities to life.  Suitable for all levels of ability and including design...£5014/03/201510.30am - 4.30pm
make a ringMake a Ring in a Morning‘Make a ring in a morning’ a taster session, where those with no previous experience get the chance to try their hand at making a hammered silver ring. Kate will cover the basic health and safety requirements needed, and will instruct on...£29 (plus approx £5 silver costs on the day)21/03/201510:30am – 1pm
Stone carvingStone CarvingCome and spend the weekend learning to sculpt in stone with Andy Oldfield, professional Sculpture and Historic building conservator. Ideal for beginners or the more advanced, all types of sculpture are taught including letter cutting, The workshops...£120 per weekend21/03/201510.00am - 4.00pm
CastingSculptureThis workshop aims to develop some basic sculpture making skills; modelling and casting. By the end of the weekend you will have made a plaster portrait head, beginning the process modelling in clay and then casting into plaster in this rather messy...£10028/03/201510.30am - 4.30pm
Stone set ringsCabochon Stone Set Rings‘Cabochon stone set rings’ an intensive one day workshop for those with some existing jewellery skills. Kate will guide you through all the techniques for making your own cabochon setting. A selection of cabochon stones will be provided...£99.00 (plus approx £15 - £18 silver costs on the day)25/04/201510.30am - 4.30pm


To find out more details about any of the workshop and make bookings, please contact the artists directly.

Demand for our workshops is high so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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