Take your pick from the seasonal flower beds at Micklems Farm to create your own arrangement of flowers. We will then look at arranging them with different coloured backgrounds looking to create interesting and unusual compositions and colour relationships. We will then do a few loose sketches together to warm up before deciding on our favourite composition to paint. We will look at ways of applying the paint in a dynamic and interesting way: focusing on colour, brushwork and composition. What to bring: A packed lunch An A4 sketchbook, pen, pencil A canvas (min 12” x 12”, max 16” x 20”) A selection of synthetic brushes eg: Daler Rowney System 3: short flat ¼”, ½”, ¾”. Daler Rowney System 3 filbert size 2 Small round size 1 synthetic brush A spotlight or angle-poise desk lamp Ipad or laptop to connect to your phone (or you can paint from life) Palette knife - Winsor and newton size 22 or similar. Oil or Acrylic colours as follows - Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium red, Alizarine Crimson, Permanent Rose, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, French Utramarine, Phthalo Blue (and any others you have). A flat mixing palette - tear off paper palettes are fine. (£2 in ‘The Works’) A box to take your work home in. Some rags or plenty of tissues to wipe brushes clean. A ‘stay-wet’ palette (Acrylics only) ‘Liquin’ painting medium (Oils only) A jar and some low odour thinners/white spirit substitute for cleaning your brushes (Oils only)

What's included in the price?

Any other materials not specified for the students to bring A vase of flowers Coloured backgrounds Expert tuition 1 to 1 guidance Detailed demonstrations A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid. Level: All levels welcome Number of students: 10


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Non-refundable - Refunds are not available


A unique venue in the Berkshire countryside offering a range of creative workshops and flowers from our very own cutting garden.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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Micklems Farmhouse, Knowl Hill, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9YD