Sun-printed lampshade making workshops in Devon

Dawn making beautiful floral lamp shade


A lamp shade making workshop using the gorgeous art of cyanotype printing.

This is lampshade making with a difference, you get to design and make the sun printed material that you use to make your own lamp shade out of. You are making your own bespoke Lamp shade.

Now Limited to 2 people per workshop to allow for social distancing and for a quality individual experience.

This is a two part workshop, in the morning you learn sun printing techniques onto 100% cotton in order to make your own piece of sun printed material, after a packed lunch you learn how to make a lamp shade out of your finished piece of material, with demonstrations and guidance at all times.

You will leave with your own very unique hand made sun printed lamp shade!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The course fees include use of all equipment and the making of one 20 cm or 30 cm lamp shade (if you want to do a 30 cm shade or a second lampshade, there will be an additional cost for extra materials on the day). The cost of a 20 cm Shade is included in the Course.

Please bring a packed lunch with you and your own mug for refreshments. Also your own apron, plants and objects you may wish to include on your lamp shade.

You will leave with your own unique hand made sun printed lamp shade of your own design.


Bridget Arnold at Bridget Arnold


1 Ashburton Close
Bovey Tracey
Newton Abbot
TQ13 9EF

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired


4½ hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Jane Bingham - - #34529

Really fabulous and fascinating workshop. Lots of opportunities to practice and try out ideas. Plenty of useful resources. Gentle but straightforward teaching that gave great results.

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Hi Jane
Thank you for the lovely review . Glad you got home safely. It was a great day and you all achieved a lot in the time , it will be good to see what you do with your fabric pieces !! Enjoy and Thank you for coming on my workshop Bridget

In-person course
Tracey Winsor - - #33826

what a lovely day spent in beautiful surroundings, learning a new craft. Bridget was a very patient, supportive and encouraging tutor. I love the finished article and it has taken pride of place at home. Cake and lunchtime conversation was also rewarding...
A great day off from the busyness of NHS working
thank you Bridget

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Thank you Tracey
It was so great to be back making Lampshades again with you and your Mum.
I would love to see your new Lampshade in its Happy New Home if you would like to send a photo please

In-person course
Juliette Jackson - - #31308

A lovely workshop delivered in a very friendly and covid sensible way. We loved testing the boundaries with the art a little - and Bridget let us explore new techniques, which was fun. We are really delighted with our shades and keen to learn more about the history of the technique.

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Thanks for the lovely review Juliette
It is always fun seeing the new ideas people bring for their own lamp shades to the workshop ,everyone is able to bring their own ingredients to the mix , which keeps it fresh and interesting.
Thank you for the photos of yours up in its new home ! Enjoy it !

In-person course
Laura - - #29723

A wonderful, memorable and sunny day - Bridget is a lovely, interesting and patient tutor, I enjoyed all the learning and doing, a fab lunch, and came away absolutely delighted and amazed with my lampshades which I've been showing off proudly to friends and family - thanks so much Bridget!

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Hi Laura
It seems so long ago already ! So pleased we did it when we did and that you can enjoy having them
Thank you for the lovely review - cheered me up no end !

In-person course
Jane - - #29633

Great fun, very productive, super delicious lunch and delighted with my lampshades. Thank you Bridget!

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Thanks Jane
It was a lovely day with you both
Thanks for the kind Review

In-person course
Bridget Deane - - #28980

A really enjoyable workshop - almost two in one! Fascinating learning about the cyanograph printing process and then making up the lampshade. Thank you!

In-person course
Jo. - - #22724

A lovely workshop, good for small groups/pairs. A really enjoyable process and Bridget is a really easy going tutor, making for a really relaxing day. The lamps turn out better than you think they will. Lovely lunch too.

Response from Bridget Arnold:

Thanks Jo for the review, we were very lucky with the weather too, the first dry with a bit of sun shine day for ages !

In-person course
Michelle, Jill & Jude - - #17373

We all had a wonderful spent learning the techniques of sun printing. Bridget initially gave us a demonstration and then we were given lots of freedom to create the kind of prints we individually preferred. Bridget was on hand with lots of guidance and inspiration progressing us from printing on paper to material. The weather was wet and windy which made working in natural sun light outside impossible but we used lamps indoors and it did not seem to hamper us all from creating some really lovely pieces to take away with us. We all agreed we would love to do more courses with Bridget and will be signing up for silk painting in the Spring. Two of us travelled from Wiltshire and it was well worth it. A tasty lunch was provided.
Thanks again Bridget.

In-person course
Sophia stark - - #16451

Had a lovely relaxed day ,having fun learning the techniques of sun printing.
Everything explained and easily understood .
Cant wait to order the equiment and have fun creating !!
Brillant day !!

In-person course
Norah - - #15590

I took this course on 23 June 2018 - a hot, sunny day so no need for artificial light! Bridget gave clear demonstrations using different qualities of paper, then fabric. After each, we had a go ourselves, varying exposure times to assess results. Then we were let loose to go our own way, with Bridget’s advice and assistance. An excellent introduction to a process that gives loads of scope for further experimentation!

Thank you Bridget.

In-person course
Nikki Pop - - #13882

I did the Sun Printing course on Saturday 24th March 2018. The course was such an enlightening experience for me, being a non artist ( I struggle with a straight line ) everything was clearly explained, Bridget even had a stand for the Sun that failed to appear all day! I achieved 5 pieces of work during the day and was so pleased with the results, I've already put my name down for another course and am starting to make a collection of goods so I can try my hand alone now that I have been given such a wonderful grounding in the art of Sun Printing.

Thanks again Bridget x

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