Christmas Loose Botanical Watercolours with Lyn Evans - a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater



Painting a Looser Botanical for Christmas ... in Watercolour with Lyn Evans Lyn will teach you how to employ loose watercolour techniques, allowing the pigment and water combination to work their own magic without too much interference being necessary. You could also include other tools, such as pens, inktence pencils, watercolour pencils, salt and twigs, to be used along side your paints, to obtain the beautiful effects from the watercolours. Although Lyn usually likes to paint her watercolours from life, (and you are welcome to bring specimens if freely available) we will be using references photos for this course as well. During the morning, Lyn will teach, step by step, the techniques she employs and builds on for different effects - and although some basic experience of watercolours is preferred, it is by no means essential, especially as the painting style is relaxed and loose. Students will need to provide their own materials as outlined below. The iconic shapes of winter's Christmas foliage and flowers ... holly, ivy, berries, snowdrops, hellebores and pointsettia - along with their festive colours, make lovely subjects for this festive workshop. Your pieces could later be 'reproduced' (at the local print shop) and used along with 'blank card/ envelope sets' (widely available online) to make some really special hand painted Christmas cards this year. At the end of the day everyone should have at least one lovely piece of work to take home. We look forward to welcoming you here in Cumbria and the Lake District.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks; fresh coffees & home-made biscuits; a lovely home made lunch in the middle of the day enjoying a rest from painting) and a freshly made Cream Tea of Aga -baked scones, cream and jam!


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Situated in a tranquil location on the fringes of the Lake District, we have been hosting a Quirky range of workshops since 2005. We are now proud to offer over 140 Arts, Craft and Heritage Skills Workshops each year, led by an incredible and talented range of local and national tutors, all experts in their field. We have two teaching studios, the 'Squirrel Barn' and the newly renovated, spacious and airy 'Swallow Barn', the latter of which, at 60m2 was very popular in the months post Covid, allowing 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. We have several garden teaching spaces too. Lunch (included) can be taken outside on the Tea Lawn in warmer months and teas/coffee with Aga home-baking is served at your desk. Our days are considered real treats.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Christmas
  • Accommodation offered
  • Easter
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Romantic
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Greystoke Craft Garden, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0UT