We continue to be very busy here at Westhope and appreciate your continued support and enthusiasm for “all things Westhope”. Thank you.
There are boundless opportunities to unleash your creativity, try something new or develop an existing skill or interest.  Students and visitors comment on the quality and variety of workshops that we offer, the warmth of our welcome, our friendly, relaxed atmosphere and our beautiful location in the Shropshire Hills AONB.  Our tutors are talented and inspirational and will support you on your creative journey.
Just added:  two exciting new workshops: "An introduction to polymer clay" and "The magic of creating symmetrical patterns in polymer clay"
 Full details here
If you are looking for some April inspiration, we have a few places available on the following workshops. 

Sketching Outdoors

Tuesday 5th April 10am -12.30pm

Learn how to create an outdoor sketchbook.  Working outdoors for the day, you will learn how to select and record what is in front of you producing a series of sketches using pencils, pens and colour.

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Introduction to Shibori

Tuesday 5th April 10am - 4pm

Shibori is the traditional Japanese craft of manipulating fabric to create intricate patterns. Combine this with indigo dyeing to develop wonderful  effects in all shades of blue on natural fabrics.

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Introduction to Roman blinds

Saturday 9th April 10am - 4pm

The techniques that you will learn during this workshop should provide you with the skills to make a Roman blind to any size.

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Introduction to Eco-Printing

Saturday 9th April 10am - 3.30pm

Enjoy this introductory workshop discovering the exciting and versatile technique of eco-printing. This technique uses leaves and flowers to print images on to paper and fabric using steam to transfer the colours. 

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Spring Wreath

Wednesday 20th April 9.30am - 12pm

Bring nature into your home and create a gorgeous spring wreath using mixed foliage and flowers. You will learn how to prepare your materials so that they stay fresh for as long as possible, and then how to assemble these to create a beautiful, balanced design. 

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Thursday 21st April 10am - 4pm

During this workshop you will make a simple imitation of the Inro and Netsuke (net - sk). This can be hung as a decorative form or given as a gift.

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Quirky birds

Thursday 21st April 1.30pm - 4.30pm

This fun half day workshop will show you how to turn small pieces of glass into quirky birds using copper foil, solder and copper wire to add details such as legs and tail feathers.

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Silver jewellery in a day

Tuesday 26th April 10am - 4pm
Spend a day learning simple techniques to produce your own metal jewellery. Create one or two beautiful pieces of
simple jewellery to take home.

Mixed media

Thursday 28th April 10am - 4pm

Using a range of media, including watercolour and inks, pastels and resists, create vibrant and exciting images based on a still life or other subjects. Demonstrations and help from the tutor mean everyone can succeed with these techniques.

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Creative glass fusing

Thursday 28th April 10.30am - 3.30pm

Create a large, free-standing and fabulous piece of 3D artwork, using appropriate coloured art glass and inclusions. Along the way you will learn how to cut and handle glass safely and the general principles of glass fusing. 

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For those of you who like to plan further ahead, we now have workshops running through to October and are continuing to add more to the programme as quickly as we can. Please click here to browse our full programme.  All workshops are suitable for beginners unless otherwise stated.

Macrame workshops coming soon!
There are a few spaces available on our recently-launched City & Guilds Level 2 Printmaking and Glass courses and the Level 3 Basketry Diploma (exclusive to Westhope College).  All courses start in October and course fees may either be paid in full or in instalments.  We have some accommodation available in college for those of you who might be travelling a distance to Westhope.  If you would like to receive details of any of these courses, email

Please call us on 01584 861293 if you would like to a book a place on any of our workshops.  We are open on Saturday and Sunday this weekend for bookings and enquiries.   

We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alison and the Westhope team

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