Arts & Crafts

Immerse yourself in the Hawkwood experience on one of our residential courses, or simply join us for a day. We have a huge range of creative and inspiring courses: focus on movement and creativity with yoga or an art workshop, get involved with social change, reconnect with nature, or join us for a poetry, storytelling, classical music, woodwork, blacksmithing or embroidery course.

We offer a unique mix of vibrant and stimulating courses, often not found elsewhere.

Either browse our full list of courses, talks and events or select from a specific area of interest. You can also use the search bar option or take a look at our calendar which highlights all activities at Hawkwood month by month.

03 - 28 Mar

Kickstart Your Novel

From Idea to Page in Eight Weeks

Facilitator: Tessa Harris

Aimed at eager beginners, this evening course will cover all the basic aspects of novel writing, including researching, creating great characters and editing, to possibly seeing your work in print. Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings for eight weeks.

23 - 07 Apr

The Wild Scribe

An online nature journaling workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Nature journaling is a powerful tool to enliven your creativity and deepen your connection to the natural world. At this time, many of us feel disconnected from our normal lives, livelihoods and loved ones. This journaling practice can be transformative,…

25 Apr
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

26 Apr
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

30 - 14 Apr

The Wild Scribe

An online nature journaling workshop

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Nature journaling is a powerful tool to enliven your creativity and deepen your connection to the natural world. At this time, many of us feel disconnected from our normal lives, livelihoods and loved ones. This journaling practice can be transformative,…

03 May
Event Cancelled

The Vessel and the Weaving

Illustrated talk on contemporary fibre art

Facilitator: Gizella Warburton

Come and listen to a leading artist talk about her approach to contemporary textiles, as part of Select 2020 festival.

04 - 06 May
Gizella K Warburton Art
Event Postponed

Weaving the Line

Vessel and Form

Facilitator: Gizella K Warburton

During this workshop, we will be considering the line, through observation, mark making and interpretation. Using these start points we will explore linear and spatial relationships and different ways of introducing ‘content’ and detail with fibres and yarns. With supportive…

22 - 24 May
Event Postponed

The Wild Scribe

Tools and Techniques for Journaling in Nature

Facilitator: Mary Reynolds Thompson

Whether writing for yourself or writing for publication, journaling in nature unleashes powerful creative energy. Many of those who write nature journals, or would like to, often don’t realize the many techniques and tools at our disposal. We miss opportunities,…

06 Jun
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

07 Jun
Event Postponed

Beginner’s Guide to Nature Writing June

Connect with the Natural World

Facilitator: Stephen Moss

Nature writing is not only one of the most popular literary genres, it is also a great way to connect with the natural world. Join naturalist, author and academic Stephen Moss for a day inspired by nature, and learn how…

07 Jun
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Spring at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

19 - 21 Jun
20-241 Introduction to Woodcarving - Copy
Event Cancelled

Introduction to Woodcarving

Facilitator: David Lovemore

Be prepared for an exciting weekend introduction to woodcarving in Amber Sculpture Studio’s well-equipped workshop. Learn to handle tools as you sculpt wood and create a finished piece in a convivial and welcoming environment.

19 - 21 Jun
Watercolour Painting Julia Cairns Hawkwood
Event Postponed

Watercolour Painting

Discovering the Joys of Watercolour

Facilitator: Julia Cairns

This course is ideal for beginners or those whose painting has lapsed and need a refresher class. Julia will guide you through the process of watercolour painting, including how to mix paints, the use of colour (how to avoid ‘muddy…

28 - 02 Jun
Japanese embroidery
Event Postponed

Japanese Embroidery

Exquisite Traditional Art

Facilitator: Jackie Hall

This unique art form originated in Buddhist temples and is used for the elaborate decoration of Kimonos. This rarely taught skill has been based at Hawkwood for over sixteen years.  Using traditional methods and techniques you will produce truly stunning…

04 Jul
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Summer and Autumn at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

05 Jul
Event Postponed

Blacksmithing Day

Summer and Autumn at the Forge

Facilitator: Arian Leljak

During the Blacksmithing day workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn and experience the ancient elements of forge work: fire use and maintenance, heating the steel to around 1000 C, and hammering it on an anvil to produce graceful…

31 - 02 Jul

Landscape Painting in Mixed Media

From Composition to Completion

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Learn about composition and colour while experimenting with a range of tools, techniques and media. Over the weekend we will explore the beautiful landscapes around Hawkwood, in a course built around developing your landscape painting skills. Professional artist and art…

01 Aug
Event Cancelled

Whittling in Wood

Facilitator: David Lovemore

Whittling is a form of woodcarving that uses minimal equipment and is handy and portable. In this engaging course, David will guide you through the knife skills necessary to safely participate in this traditional pastime and teach you about how…

03 Aug

Handbuilt Pottery: Bowl of Light

Facilitator: Jayne Tricker

Spend the day at Hawkwood learning how to hand-build clay bowls using pinch and coil techniques to build up the clay and how to use a variety of tools to shape and smooth the surface. Jayne uses these beautiful ‘bowls…

07 - 09 Aug

Soulful Singing & Mantra

Sing Joyful and Sacred Songs from Around the World

Facilitator: Mahasukha

African, sacred, uplifting and fun singing and mantra chanting with the unique and inspiring Mahasukha. A joyful, tribal and meditative experience guaranteed to put a smile on your face and uplift your heart and soul. Everyone participates, everyone has a…