Watershed Studio 

Our Courses  

The Tutors & Their Courses - listings below 

Watershed is well known for it's broad range of one and two-day art courses covering most media. We also have a few other creative courses on offer now and we hope there is something for everyone in our programme, from beginners to the more experienced person wanting to try something different.  
 
Immersing yourself in any creative activity is truly good for your soul. Come to Watershed and spend a day or two, or evening, with a small group of like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly countryside setting. Here you can share and explore new ideas and skills without pressure or competition and we are here to help you find what bests suits your needs. Watershed courses are all about giving you an immersive experience in ideal surroundings.  
 
We are also happy to put on special workshops, tailor made for you and your group (minimum of 10 people). This is perfect for art group social events, a hen party, a birthday celebration with a difference or just for a group of friends wanting a good excuse for a get together! During the summer, if the weather is good, some of these courses will be held in our new marquee. 
 
We are fortunate to have some wonderful tutors coming here in 2018 and 2019 and you will find all the details below all listed in date order.  
 
You need to book in advance for all courses and a deposit will secure your place.  
Deposits of £20/day, or £10 per evening, need to be paid on booking with the final balance due a month before each course takes place but don't worry, reminders are sent out! 
 
There are booking forms beneath each course - all your data will be stored and used only in accordance with our Privacy Policy and will definitely not be shared with anyone else!! 
 
This is a list of our 2019 courses to date - please do let me know if you want more information - we do like to match people with the best course for them! 

All Workshops - see below 

 
Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
In this exciting, informative workshop, Stephie will show you how to paint wildlife in watercolour, full of colour, with an impressionistic feel, making your work unique. You will focus on the face of the animal and how to portray feelings and emotions in your subject. There will be a mixture of ongoing demonstrating and one-to-one attention, thereby enabling everyone to work to the best of their own ability making this workshop suitable for all, even beginners. 
 
You will be encouraged to develop your own style, to learn how to paint with Instinct alongside technique, to simplify drawings prior to painting to enable a looser style, to paint with colour that deviates away from the norm. Most of all, you'll have fun and come away inspired to paint more! 
 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Discoveries in watercolour are all the sweeter because it’s a fantastic medium to play with. This is where you can make your best discoveries – just by playing and understanding the relationships between hand, heart, brush, paper, pigment and water! Playing gives us the confidence to just take a risk and throw some colour down and see what happens. Playing also gives us the latitude to slow down and see the wonders the pigments create all by themselves leading us to paint and create intuitively. 
In this workshop, we’ll explore abstraction and design, shapes and marks, pattern and creating physical and visual texture. We’ll also focus on playing with new colours and pigments, new tools and media and develop our concept and design thinking processes. 
 
NZ based Amanda is an award winning, internationally aclaimed plein air watercolourist. She loves watercolour painting - more than that it's her life! She is totally addicted to the chemical reactions produced by the combination of organic watercolour pigment, traditional watercolour papers and water - she literally loves watching paint dry. Join her and experiment with washes and shapes to create abstracty floral or still life works of art!! 
 
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Cost: £85 including most materials and a delicious farmhouse lunch, plus homemade cake and refrehsments on tap 
 
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of cutting lino and explore how to use the reduction technique to print a two-colour design. We begin by getting to grips with the basics of lino printing by experimenting with mark making and simple reduction prints and then use these techniques to develop a two-colour design on an A5 or A6 softcut lino plate. Soft cut lino is very easy to carve your design and will allow you to make an expressive print. We will print the plates using our relief printing press. 
You will leave with… two-colour prints of your reduction design and your lino plate. If you select ‘with lino toolkit’ you will also take home your own five blade, a lino cutting tool kit. You can use this to cut lino plates to continue printing with at home. 
Who is this workshop for? Beginners to printmaking and lino cutting, or those with a little knowledge who would like to increase their knowledge. Those with more experience will be able to cut a more complex design, while beginners will work on something more simple. We cover all the basics and so no prior experience in lino is necessary. 
Materials and equipment: All printmaking, tools, material and equipment will be provided. Please bring along a sketchbook and any relevant reference material that you would like to work from. There will be some ideas to inspire you on the day. 
 
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Cost: £85 including all materials and a delicious farmhouse lunch, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm - taking place in the marquee.  
 
Deb is an Essex based willow artist who undertakes commissions creating living outdoor rooms, garden structures, fences and sculptural work. 
She runs workshops to share her skills with other people and regularly gives talks on the history, traditions and uses of willow as well as other horticultural subjects. 
 
On this exciting one day workshop Deb will teach you how to create bird bases in English willow which can be built up and manipulated to your interpretation of a goose! I'm very keen to do this course myself and imagine my lawns covered in my own flock of willow geese one day......one day!  
 
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Cost: £65 including all materials and a delicious farmhouse lunch, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm - taking place in the marquee. 
 
Join this very experienced mosaic artist for a fun and relaxed creative day in our marquee (weather permitting!) Mosaic is a piece of art made by assembling small piece of coloured glass, stone, tiles or other materials. On our workshop you will be using vitreous glass tiles to make a useful and beautiful pot stand, plaque or even house number, which will last for ever. 
You will be able to create your own simple design, or use one of the many templates Sue will bring, using your own choice of colours to make a very individual piece of work. 
The day will cover all the basic techniques you will need to carry on with more ambitious projects. 
 
All materials are provided. 
 
 
 
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Cost: £70 including all materials and a delicious farmhouse lunch, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm - taking place in the marquee. 
 
Come along and learn the art of wet felting then design and make your picture or wall hanging. Alternatively you can make your own bag, hat, bowl or maybe a lap top/iPad cover! We will be collaborating with these over the winter to see what exciting landscapes we can produce combining this technique with needle felting!! 
 
Felt making is an ancient craft dating back thousands of years, yet the same techniques are still used today. Wool fibres are sprayed, pressed and rubbed with warm soapy water until they lock together to form a non woven textile which can be moulded into a myriad of creations, ranging from small three-dimensional objects to yurts and on to the thinnest of cobweb scarves. This versatility never ceases to amaze. 
 
Handmade hats are Kris’s speciality. She use mainly Merino tops (processed fleece) which is fine, soft and available in a huge array of colours. The addition of different fibres such as silk, wool locks, organza and alpaca, either as an embellishment or blended, adds contrast and texture. 
Kris enjoys using vintage buttons and found objects to decorate her designs, and she also makes bags, slippers and a variety of other designs as shown in her gallery. www.krismarriottfeltmaker.co.uk 
 
Kris is a member of the International Felt Makers Association (I.F.A.) 
 
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Cost: £55 including delicious summer farmhouse lunch after your morning's tuition, plus tea and coffee etc 
Times: 10am to 4pm. The tuition will take place in the morning with a more informal and relaxed work time in the afternoon allowing you to complete your project.  
 
Make art from ‘rags’, using basic, traditional and modern rag-rugging techniques – the ultimate recycling art! 
Aims: In this workshop you will make stunning, quirky, colourful jewellery and 3D flowers out of scraps of material. 
 
What will we cover? 
• A little about the history and uses of rag rugs and look at an exhibition of rag products and art works - for inspiration 
• Rag Rugging techniques 
• Creating, organising, pooling, and choosing rag strips 
• Make a Rag Flower or piece of jewellery (or 2 or 3…) using the beautiful flowers in Watershed Studio gardens for inspiration and design work. 
• Showing and Sharing finished pieces 
• What Next? Scaling up to larger pieces and projects 
What Materials do you need? 
You will get guidance on what materials and equipment you will need nearer the time, but these will cost very little – that’s the beauty of rag rugging. What is lovely is if you can use nostalgic bits of fabric - small amounts of materials to cut up into strips about 0.5” wide (Hooky method) OR cut into rectangles of approx. 3” long by 0.5” (Proddy method). 
Buttons, sequins, beads, jewellery and any other bits and pieces lying forgotten and unloved in your cupboards and drawers are also great.  
Also handy is a rag-rug hook or prodder. If you can’t get one of these, Charmaine can lend you one or sell one to you. (A crochet needle or knitting needle could be used as an alternative on a small area). 
 
Who is the tutor? 
Charmaine McKissock is the creator of Wobbly Learning, a project dedicated to help people learn creatively. She is an artist, published author and experienced trainer. She takes a supportive, well-organised and creative approach to helping people learn. 
 
 
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Cost: £170 including paints, brushes and mediums. Plus, of course, delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
A 2-day course, ideal for artists wanting to build confidence painting outside and learn how to include animals in their paintings, including sheep, chickens and maybe even a horse, as well as stables and buildings around this lovely farm studio. Plenty of demonstrations and structured lessons to help and inspire you. Oil paints, mediums and brushes included. Just bring along your own canvases and a willingness to “have a go”. 
You will need to book this course directly from Melanie: 
 
Studio: 0208 660 4982 
Mobile: 07970 432348 
Website: www.melaniecambridge.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/melaniecambridgeartist 
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2WY8A4et9vN-s8DKduJog?view_as=subscriber 
 
 
Cost: £30 including all materials  
7pm - 9pm approx 
 
 
This is a fun introductory evening to the basics of the fabulously addictive craft of needle felting. Join Allison for this informal foray into this art and create your own little sheep—you can decide what breed when you come here!! There will be a choice of wool colours—this is a Herdwick. T 
 
The sheep is again different to the robins and hares we’ve previously made here at Watershed as there will be a wire armature to make first as the legs need to support the body! However you will have full instructions to follow and plenty of one to one help as well. 
 
All the materials you need will be provided. If you don’t have time to finish you can take home everything you need to complete your new little friend. 
 
Just come along, relax and enjoy your evening. 
 
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Cost: £85/day including all materials and delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Students will be working with air drying clay. This is a great product that dries and hardens without the use of a kiln. 
 
On Saturday you will have great fun making a 'Green Man' Plaque. A Green Man is a sculpture, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves and can be found in many cultures throughout history. Branches or vines may sprout from the mouth, nostrils, or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit - let your imagination run free! Trevor will lead you through the process stage by stage. 
 
On Sunday you will have just as much fun making a Hare sculpture. Students will learn clay modelling techniques including preparatory sketching, forming an armature, joining clay sections, fine modelling and finishing. You will have references to work from and plenty of one to one help. Last year we had some amazing hares produced, all under Trevor's careful supervision. 
 
A variety of finishes will then be explored to ensure long term preservation of the work. 
 
The only things you need to bring will are: 
An old shirt, overall or apron, a newspaper, an old knife, fork and teaspoon ( just any old table knife and fork ). 
A suitable cardboard box to carry the finished piece home. ( anything approximately 18” cube size ) and a note book to make notes and sketching. 
 
 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Flowers on a large scale have always fascinated Kay. Their colour, form and habit so different from each other. Kay will demonstrate for maybe 20 minutes on the first morning, also showing her work and chatting about her watercolour journey since she started painting professionally. 
 
After that comes the start of the scary fun part as you decide on your flower composition and get drawing and painting, or just painting if you prefer. There will be further demonstrations as you require. Kay is encouraging, supportive and will give one to one tuition throughout the course. Always excellent fun as well as inspiring - this very popular tutor manages to get students to produce some amazing work even if they arrive feeling pretty new to it all and out of their comfort zone! 
 
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Cost: £165 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Spend two days enjoying the peace and tranquillity of a group painting experience here at Watershed Studios here in St Osyth, on the beautiful Essex coast. 
 
We’re delighted to present this Oil Painting Course with acclaimed Landscape Artist from Norfolk, Nial Adams. Trained in the classical techniques of traditional landscape oil painting by his father as a young boy, Nial has developed a style recognised for its modern twist on the classical method. 
 
Working from his studio in Norfolk, Nial teaches art students, at all levels, the core fundamentals of good oil painting technique. 
For this course at Watershed we bring you a unique experience to spend two days with Nial, in a small group, to learn some of his techniques and secrets. 
 
Nial will demonstrate and lead you in creating simple composition that conveys impact and structure, using a limited palette and large brushes! This course is ideal for the new artist (or even complete beginners), as well as the more experienced artist looking to improve technique and results. 
 
Day two will cover use of 'glazing and scumbling'. Using a broader range of colours, Nial will explain the benefits of working with strong colours in harmony with subtle glazes, helping you to produce rich and deep textures, explosive highlights that really add a punch to your artwork. 
 
During this intensive two-day course your learning will include - 
· The basics of good landscape painting composition 
· Learning about the tonal method of oil painting 
· Discovering some of the techniques of the Old Masters 
· Exploring colours, colour mixing and handling oil paints 
· Painting from references vs. your imagination 
· How to avoid the common mistakes most amateur artists make 
Find out more about the Artist – see more about Nial and his artwork on facebook and Instagram 
 
Watershed Art Courses are all about giving you an immersive experience in perfect surroundings. Spending time with a small group of like-minded artists, where you can share and explore new ideas, without pressure or competition. 
We welcome artists at all levels and this course is designed to teach you solid fundamentals, so ideal for the beginner, as well as the more experienced artist looking to revisit good basics. 
Having the time to truly stop, step off the wheel and have two full days of top-quality art tuition is the perfect way to treat yourself. 
Learning in this immersive and focused way will give you a range of new and improved skills, helping you to develop your personal style as an artist and progress. 
 
The Package – 
The cost of this Two Day Course is £165 
Maximum Course numbers are 12 
It includes the following a delicious farmhouse lunch and home made cake in the afternoon. You will be supplied with a list of materials on booking or on request and we are always happy to help if anything presents a problem. 
You’ll arrive around 9.30am on the first day to a warm welcome, having the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and meet your fellow art students before a 10am start. Don't worry if you are early as the studio will be open for coffee from 9am. Lunch is served either in our spacious garden room or outside on the covered terrace - everything is home cooked on the premises by Allison and all special diets catered for. You will resume painting in the afternoon and homemade cake will be brought down to enjoy during a tea break. Although the day officially ends at 4.40pm the studio will remain open on day one if you wish to stay on and paint. 
 
How to Book – please see form below or ring me on 01255 820466 and I can take details that way. We aim to respond within hours to any enquiry, if not sooner, and a deposit is all that is needed to secure your place. The balance is due a month before the course start and email reminders are sent out. 
If you would like any further information please contact Allison - numbers below. 
 
 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Fraser will provide demonstrations and instructions covering the basics of creating stunning landscapes in Acrylics. On day one this will cover the fundamental elements of landscape painting, sky, land and water. Learning how to use Acrylic paint to its full advantage in specifically tailored workshops. On day two these techniques will feed into larger projects, with the aim to finish with an atmospheric and striking landscape painting. 
 
Please bring a landscape photo or painting that inspires you to be used on the afternoon of the second day. Fraser is keen that you can also paint your own projects as well as his to do something that is personal to you. 
 
Fraser is quite happy if you would prefer to work entirely on your own source material. He will be around to offer advice and one to one assistance throughout the two days, finishing up with an informal critique at the end of the course. This is a lovely couple of days with a very kind and helpful, experienced tutor. 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Margaret is a past master of pastel and her infectious approach to using this medium in a new light will encourage and stimulate your own enthusiasm. Demonstrating her own approach honed over many “decades” should give you an insight into the best way to reflect light and life into your art. A relaxed mix of ongoing demonstrations and one to one tuition throughout the two days - this is a course not to be mixed if pastels are your medium! It's always a joy to have Margaret here! 
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Cost: £85 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
A day to get to grips with Still Life. After a short demonstration, your day's painting will be start by looking at interesting ways with composition. We'll also consider how keeping an eye on the tones can give your picture an extra edge of realism. Bright metal objects shine, backgrounds stay in the background, and cast shadows have more interest. The tonal aspects of this tutorial will set you up for the next day's Portrait workshop. 
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Cost: £90 includes cost of model 
10am - 4.30pm 
 
A day's portraiture with a life model. The day starts with a short demonstration in the basics of the subject, and continues with individual coaching. This workshop will help you add a reality and a structure to your painting. With a portrait that means, for instance, that eyes stay in their sockets, the tip of a nose doesn't finish in mid-air, hair looks 3-D, (not just 2-D with a texture) and a neck settles comfortably under a chin. This course will give you a good foundation in a rewarding discipline. 
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Cost: £85 per day or £165 for two days including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Tues 8th - Florals 
Wed 9th - Woodland 
 
Heavy body acrylics can be used with a palette knife to create textural and expressive paintings. Sylvia will demonstrate her technique using a brush at first and then a palette knife. Each day will be a different subject and the different subjects lend themselves to this way of working and can inspire some expressive paintings. Using a palette knife can help to free up your paintings so come prepared to experiment. 
Sylvia leads by demonstration followed by plenty of one to one assistance.  
 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
By implying rather than painstakingly rendering detail, the artist can trick the viewer’s eye. 
During the weekend, we’ll aim to produce a number of pieces of art work quickly and without fuss. We will cover a huge range of subjects…. all those scenes you’ve since thought impossible. Another fabulous couple of days of fun and amazing painting with this brilliant tutor! You won't believe what you will achieve! 
 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Using this exciting medium learn about composition, colour and texture with Sennelier’s UK soft pastel demonstrator Tim Fisher. Choose formats and compositions developed from fast loose sketches. Discover how to combine other materials as underpaintings to achieve striking and inspiring paintings. This course is perfect for those who wish to dabble in a different media or for those with more experience who want to take their work in a different more exciting direction. This is another approach to this amazing medium and something for experienced pastellists as well as beginners. 
 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
In this exciting, informative workshop, Stephie will show you how to paint portraits in watercolour full of colour with an impressionistic feel. A Suitable for all abilities, she will share how to portray feelings and emotions in your work making it unique. There will be a mixture of ongoing demonstrating and one-to-one attention, thereby enabling everyone to work to the best of their ability. 
 
You will be encouraged to develop your own style, to learn how to paint with Instinct alongside technique, to simplify drawings prior to painting to enable a looser style, to paint with colour that deviates away from the norm. Most of all, you'll have fun and come away inspired to paint more! 
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Cost: £165 including delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
This course will explore and abstract winter landscapes using mixed media and simple printing techniques. 
We will look at the shapes winter trees make once summer leaves have gone, and ways to represent winter skies and cool temperatures in expressive ways. 
This will be an exciting two days when we will also take a look at artists past and contemporary who have used this subject matter. Students will learn some techniques of simple printing and mixed media to produce unique and exciting work, going home with plenty of ideas to continue painting in the future. 
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Cost: £165 including materials, delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
A fun and experimental two days exploring a whole load of techniques using a large selection of beautiful inks and a exiting range of mixed media ideas to produce several paintings over the time you are here. Trevor will provide all the materials and all the inspiration - you will go away buzzing with ideas and skills to take forward into your own painting in the future.  
 
 
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Cost: £165 including all materials and delicious farmhouse lunches, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Join us for this exciting course with the very popular artist and tutor Vic Bearcroft. 
The first day will introduce you to the techniques involved with using pastels on velour, creating suitable backgrounds for the subject, lighting, atmospheric effects, etc., culminating in a completed natural setting for the fox. 
On the second you will focus on animal fur textures, features, especially eyes, before painting the fox into the background with appropriate highlights and adding foreground elements for depth. 
 
 
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Cost: £100 including all materials and adelicious farmhouse lunch, afternoon cake and refreshments on tap 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
On this wonderfully exciting day withe Melanie she will begin with answering the questions: what is silver clay, where does it come from and how does it work? She will then demonstrate and explain the main techniques you will be working with and there will be plenty of time to experiment and be creative. She will also cover how easy it is to fire the clay at home. 
 
Each student will design and create two or three pieces of finished jewellery which will be ready to wear by the end of the day. 
 
Melanie will bring with me all tools, equipment, materials, work mats and information sheets. A wonderful opportunity to learn and develop a new skill - check out her book on the subject! 
 
Melanie has been teaching silver clay workshops since 2004. She is a qualified Art Clay Instructor and a certified trainer for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, so you can relax and know that she will do her utmost to ensure that the time you spend with her is a positive and enjoyable learning experience. 
 
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Monday 2nd, 7pm—9.00pm approx  
Tues 3rd, 7pm—9.00pm - FULL 
Wed 4th Dec, 7pm—9.00pm approx 
Thursday 5th Dec - overflow evening 7pm - 9pm 
Cost £30/session including materials and mulled wine 
 
Join us for a fun evening making your own festive door wreath. Allison will lead by demonstration followed by plenty individual help and practical hints on how to personalise your Christmas wreaths.  
 
Please bring seccateurs and/or any other Christmassy bits like baubles and glitzy bits. All foliage will be provided, as well as wires, frames, oasis, plus inspiration and a very friendly atmosphere. If there is time at the end you might like to make a small table arrangement from the greenery so bring a deep container of your choice (we do have plastic trays otherwise) and a candle the right size to fit, so thinner ones are better than a fat church candle. 
I will be using hay and moss again for the wreaths so please dress accordingly!! 
This is a fun evening, not to be taken too seriously, and suitable for everyone including complete novices. 
 
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Cost: £35 including a light lunch, refreshments and lots of cake! 
10am to 4.30pm 
 
Join us at St Osyth’s beautiful (warm) Church for this wonderful opportunity to beat the Winter blues. Chris Rowbury is a patient, charismatic teacher with 30 years' experience. He has a relaxed style laced with plenty of humour. He will get you singing in wonderful harmony in a matter of minutes! He runs singing workshops across the UK and teaches songs in harmony from a wide range of singing traditions. Everything is voice only without instruments or backing tracks. You need no singing experience as Chris teaches all songs by ear (he sings and you repeat). You'll be amazed at the beautiful sound that a group can make regardless of singing background. Whether you've only ever sung in the shower, or you're already in a choir. And all in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere—book early with Allison to avoid disappointment! 
 
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