Willow Animal Sculpture (2 days) in the Peak District



Let your imagination run wild creating your own willow animal. No experience necessary for this fun and accessible medium. Make a fox, pheasant, hare or hens to enhance any garden or living space. Learn all about willow… how to grow, prepare and sculpt it to form 3-dimensional structures. Caroline has perfected the technique of building entirely of willow without the need for metal framework or wires. Start day one with a bundle of pliable willow rods…return home the next day with a substantial work of art! Over the 2 days you can to design and construct either one four-legged animal or a pair of bird sculptures. Dogs and cats, sheep and pigs, deer, hares and hens have all proven popular over the years. That said, projects have also included a snail, a peacock and even a unicorn! Abstract forms are equally possible should you prefer this approach. The class takes place outside whenever possible. Views out across the fields to Carsington Water makes it a lovely place to work. Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. “A great course in a beautiful nourishing environment. I would highly recommend.” “Thankyou for the fantastic Willow Course. You picked a great tutor and were extremely hospitable. It all made for a very enjoyable and memorable weekend.” Tutor: Caroline Gregson Start time: Join us from 10.00am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.30am End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish. • Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting • Relaxed, creative atmosphere • 6 - 8 students per workshop • Open to both beginners and those with experience • Good fresh food, homemade cakes • Accommodation on site and nearby if required • Private groups welcome (minimum 5 people) For further information or any questions please select the 'Ask a Question' button to be put in touch with the course organiser..

What's included in the price?

Course fee includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments - an additional materials fee applies. There is a charge of approx. £15 per person for materials. This covers the willow you will need for the workshop. Tools are provided but feel free to bring your own secateurs if you prefer. A tasty light lunch is included. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon. Accommodation available at extra charge: 'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3 'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2


2 days

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Romantic
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • UK Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Weekends
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Hen dos
  • Pet lovers
  • Suitable for all abilities
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There are various accommodation options nearby including our own 2 holiday lets.
'Godfrey Hole Cottage' is on site. It has 2 bedrooms, a double and a single
'The Counting House' is a mile from the Zantium Studio in the town of Wirksworth. It has one double bedroom (ensuite)

The Zantium Studio is on the first floor which involves a flight of 11 steps. There is a handrail to one side.
The toilet is on the first floor directly opposite the Studio.

There are a number of exterior stone steps and uneven ground from the car park to the house.

Yes, we have off street parking for several cars


Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House, Near Hopton, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DF