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Mexican Offrenda

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Mexican Offrenda at Cowshed Creative in the Lake District National Park

Duration: 1 day

Price: £70

Book with: George Grange
at Cowshed Creative (Kentmere Farm Pods and Creative Courses)

Browfoot Farm, Brow Foot Lane

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About the Course

Mexican Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of colour and life-affirming joy at the beginning of November. Join the celebrations and create your own exotic shrine using papier-mâché modelling techniques, paint and collage.

In towns and cities throughout Mexico, revellers parade in exotic costumes, create colourful papier mache figures and shrines and make offerings to lost loved ones. These exuberant celebrations have been embraced across the world. Join us to create a box style shrine, with doors, that can be used to store photos and artefacts. A quirky and original art work that is fun to make and requires a good sense of humour and a zest for celebration!

Kay Sandham Banks is an old pupil of the Lakes School, Windermere, who after going to Carlisle Art college & Trent Poly, set off for a practice job interview and came back 27 years later! Kay is exuberant in her enthusiasm for creative making and loves to share her skills and knowledge. She has extensive experience teaching Art and Design, Photography and Design Technology to Secondary and Primary pupils in Tower Hamlets, Kennington and Wandsworth as well as teaching Adults for Camberwell Probation Service. She has completed a PGCTA in the Therapeutic Arts.

The workshop will be at Cowshed Creative, based in a traditional converted Lakeland barn at Browfoot Farm. The art studio is a stunning open plan space with plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing Lakeland landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere valley. Make it a special break and stay on the farm.

All our tutors are carefully selected professionals and experts with extensive teaching experience. Whilst this is a new venture, George, who has set up Cowshed Creative, has many years of experience programming and running creative courses at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and for Cumbria Adult Education. .

For details on how to book: Please go to our website and click book.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The workshop fee is £70 and includes a tasty 2 course lunch with home baked bread and cake and refreshments throughout the day. We like to finish the day with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Eat outside or enjoy lunch by the wood burner.

For suggestions on what to bring, take a look at our website for details.

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What a lovely day, with good company, good food, and a chance to make something really different. I have just finished off my Mexican Offrenda, and am really pleased with it. The course was really well organised and gave us plenty of scope to be creative with help and advice when needed. Thanks Kay and George for a creative and relaxing day.

- - #26141

What a lovely day we had! The setting is beautiful, located in among the hills of Kentmere. The Cowshed is a lovely creative space with a roaring log burner and plenty of space to work. The food was delicious and plentiful - soup and lots of cake, with gluten-free requirements well-catered for - thank you!
The creating element was clearly explained by Kay and well-supported at every stage. Everyone was able to achieve success regardless of their ability. Resources were plentiful and enabled everyone to create something that was very much their own. I am really pleased with my Offrenda and felt a real sense of achievement as I am not confident in my artistic abilities at all.
Thanks to Kay for a lovely relaxing and yet productive day, and to George for being a great host. I look forward to coming back and maybe staying in your lovely pods too! I can thoroughly recommend the whole experience.

- - #26136

A wonderful colourful day! Cowshed Creative was easy to find and beautifully nestled in the fells, the barn was welcoming with a huge roaring log fire and lots of inspiration already laid out for us. Kay was a warm-hearted, fun, clear teacher - dressed like Frida Kahlo! - who had lots of ideas and practical suggestions when my piece got a little more complicated than the brief.
The atmosphere around the table was open and friendly, we all got to know each other a little whilst exercising our creative muscles and making - chatting and making, what a good combo! And with homemade food - seemed like a kaleidoscope of different breads, choice of soups (OK we tried them all!) desserts and cake. A lovely touch was a 'chillout zone' by the fire with inspirational books if you needed a break.
In short I thoroughly enjoyed my day and am terribly proud and excited by the piece I made... definitely recommend. Thank you Kay and Cowshed Creative.

- - #26132

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 10th November 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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