Workshops & Events

Painting Wildflowers in Watercolour
Workshop with Katherine Poluck £35

Seasonal Watercolours
In this workshop Katherine will be demonstrating how to draw and paint these delicate forms in line and watercolour, capturing the unique light effects on petals and stems. Participants will then be able to practice and share progress and feedback. 
Katherine is currently working on a series of paintings that explore wildflowers. Join Katherine on Zoom for a friendly, enjoyable artistic experience.
Bedford House is a delivery partner of the Epping Forest District Festival of Culture
Katherine Poluck is a well known, experienced, local artist who teaches Art and tutors in Adult Education. Her passion for wildlife and the environment is very evident in her work. She regularly exhibits her work at Lopping Hall and staged a solo show there entitled ‘A Woodland Walk’. She has also exhibited at The View and The Central Hall Westminster. She has a degree in Illustration from Kingston and a Diploma in Botanical Illustration with the Society of Botanical Artists.
She has also worked on murals at Wanstead Station as  part of the Wanstead Art trail and run workshops on painting Butterflies as part of the Loughton Art
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Seasonal Craft Workshops

7 November 10:00 to 13:00 
Painting Holly in Watercolour Workshop
with Anna Bisset

14 November 10:00 to 13:00
Sgraffito Workshop – Calligraphy
with Gwyneth Hibbett


21 November, 2 workshops: 
10.00 – 13.00 or 14.00 – 17.00
Winter Charms – Willow Weaving Workshop
with Jill Leheup

28 November & 05 December 10:00 to 13:00
Decorations – Glass Fusing Workshops
(2 independent workshops)
with Pippa Davismoon 


12 December, 2 workshops:

10.00 – 13.00 or 14.00 – 17.00

Christmas Wreaths & Table Decorations

With Anne Daniels, Alice Spain and Susie Spain

7 November 10:00 to 13:00

7 November 10:00 to 13:00

Painting Holly in Watercolour Workshop with Anna Bisset

Seasonal Watercolours

This workshop is for those who wish to practice drawing and painting holly – these images can also be used as simple, festive greetings cards.

Students will learn some methods of painting in watercolour that are particularly useful for painting holly, with glazes, wet-in-wet and watercolour “windows” for highlights.

  1. Sketching Holly – Sketch in Pencil; how to get those awkward angles and spikes that are typical of holly.
  2. Wet-in-wet underpainting – Wet-in-wet for background and for highlights in the leaves.
  3. Glazes and detail to finish – Getting that dense dark green typical of holly plus the highlights using “windows” in the glazes for the shiny surface of the leaves.

Entry Requirements: basic drawing skills, and some experience in painting in watercolours. Not for complete beginners in art.

Materials to bring: Set of watercolours, preferably student or artist watercolours, 2 or 3 brushes of different sizes including No.6 round if possible.  Good quality watercolour paper, such as Bockingford or Saunders Waterford.

Resources provided:  Holly and some good quality watercolour paper will be provided.

Anna Bisset MA BA (hons) is an artist and tutor who works in the community in Redbridge and Essex. She runs classes in drawing and painting using a range of media including pencil, charcoal, pastels, acrylics and watercolours, including her Mixed Ability Art Class on Wednesdays at Bedford House. Anna takes part in art projects and exhibitions locally in East London and beyond. Her aim is to support and be part of a growing community of artists and to foster the arts for personal development as well as health and wellbeing.  Website:

£35                                 Code: X20-001

14 November 10:00 to 13:00

Sgraffito Workshop – Calligraphy with Gwyneth Hibbett

Small, golden panels

Real gold is a most precious material, and in this workshop, we will be using it to make decorated squares. These can be used for extra-special Christmas cards or a small picture gift for a loved one. The technique taught will be scratching through an applied layer of 23ct gold leaf to reveal brightly coloured paint beneath.


Materials to bring

Being conscious of not sharing too many materials to keep Covid-safe, please bring along the following items

  • Good quality paper of about 300gsm weight – it can be smooth or slightly textured, white or cream. You will need about 5 or 6 sheets of approx. A5 (8” x 5”) size (you can cut down a larger sheet into smaller pieces)
  • Any paper to sketch your practice designs on
  • Flat brush (not a very expensive one) for painting
  • Pencil, ruler, rubber
  • Water jar for brush rinsing
  • Acrylic paint in one or two bright colours (red, purple, green, blue, black are good – not yellow)
  • Any metal calligraphy nibs you have, or if you have a tool for using with a scraperboard this would be ideal (see picture)

Each student will be supplied with 2 sheets of gold leaf and a small jar of gold size. Any additional sheets of gold leaf can be purchased from the tutor at £1.50 each (cost price)

If you do not have a nib/scraper or acrylic paint, I will have some available that will be sanitised and kept untouched for 72 hours

£35    Code: X20-002

21 November 10:00 – 13:00 or 14:00 – 17:00

Winter Charms – Willow Weaving Workshop with Jill Leheup

If you like natural materials, rustic yet refined design, and a minimalist Scandi look then this workshop is for you.

Join us to bend willow stems into seasonal decorations to hang on the tree or gift to your friends. You will have a choice of charms to make, with time for either a Star on High, or an Ethereal Angel (both are 40-60cm tall table top ornaments), and a Feisty Reindeer (approx.15cm tall, for hanging)

If you still have a little time left, there will be an opportunity to make some easy shapes such as basic star decorations that look great for instance hanging on a tree or in a window.


  • Willow stems
  • Former (a block of wood with holes in that holds the uprights in position while you weave)
  • Examples to inspire or copy

Please bring:

To avoid sharing items due to Corona-19 transmission please bring

  • Secateurs
  • A craft knife/penknife
  • A clamp to secure the Former to a table
  • Thin gloves if you prefer to wear gloves
  • Short pieces of your favourite ribbon

£35         Codes: X20-003 / X20-004

28 November or 05 December 10:00 to 13:00
Seasonal Decorations-Glass Fusing Workshop with Pippa Davismoon

Make glass decorations to hang on your tree or around your home this winter time.

Learn about glass fusing whilst making some great glass decorations in time for Christmas.






You will be provided with:

  • simple template shapes for a range of decorations
  • coloured glass,
  • dichroic stringers and flakes,
  • coloured frits and
  • gold and silver flakes

Alternatively, you can choose to make your own shapes and designs and see where your Christmas creative mood takes you!

Your work will be fired in our kiln after the workshop and it will be ready for collection from the Wednesday after your workshop.

£35                            X20-005 and X20-006

12 December 10:00 to 13:00 or 14:00 – 17:00
Christmas Wreaths & Table Decorations

With Anne Daniels, Alice Spain & Susie Spain

Craft your own Christmas wreath and table decoration. Come and join our fun. Without any previous experience you can make your own unique and beautiful wreath and decoration.

Wreath – We use flexible twigs bent together to form a circular base of your chosen size.  Then wind tinsel and/ or sprigs of greenery around the base with wire. You will then finish by wiring some further decorative items on top of the greenery. 

Table Decoration – This year you will also learn how to make your own table decoration.  We will complete the decoration at the workshop, but you can easily refresh it over the following weeks by taking out and replacing any fresh flowers as required. 

Provided:  Sprigs of conifers, holly and ivy will be supplied as greenery.  Pinecones in various shapes and sizes, either natural in colour or spray painted, will be available and can be used as decorations. For the table decoration we will provide a small plastic tray and matching oasis block and all the winter greenery required.


Available to Purchase on the Day:  A limited choice of ribbon and baubles.

Please bring:  Items you would like to add into your wreath to make it personal, or to match your house’s Christmas theme, such as small Christmas decorations or baubles or other natural materials. Ribbons to match specific colour schemes.  Please bring a candle and flowers / decorations of your choice for the table decoration.

It is essential to bring:

  • an apron to cover your clothes,
  • some gloves (either gardening or plastic) to protect your hands,
  • a pair of SECATEURS or old SCISSORS for cutting foliage (and wire cutters would be useful),
  • and (if you wish) ribbon and additional small Christmas decorations /baubles, tinsel etc.

Basic materials included in the fee.  See above for details.         £35 X20-007 and X20-008


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