Plant-based painting, Children’s foraging and cookery classes at Miserden, Cotswolds

  • 7 September 2022

Miserden Estate

7th September 2022 – Miserden introduces new autumn / winter workshops, inspired by the dramatic landscapes and rich woodlands surrounding the 850-acre Cotswold estate. 

Ideal for the budding artist, new natural painting classes hosted by prominent local artist, Caroline Cattermull, will uncover the benefits of using plant-based paints, as the atmospheric glasshouse The Peach House makes for the perfect artist’s studio. 

Caroline explains, “Working with paint-based paints that are kinder to the environment adds to the magic of what we can capture. I’m excited to introduce people to these paints to show what is possible when we work mindfully with natural resources.” 

During half term, children are also invited to discover the delights of cooking from scratch with a Foraging & Cookery workshop led by The Cotswold Cookery School. And back by popular demand, Stina Richardson from Viola Blu helps beginners create beautiful silver jewellery inspired by nature. 

More on the new workshops: 

Saturday 22nd October 2022: Painting Using Natural Plant-Based Paint – 10am – 4pm 

Local artist Caroline Cattermull will introduce participants to the benefits of using natural, plant-based paints, with the morning spent learning different brush and colour techniques, leaving the afternoon for putting into practise learnings, by creating a personal piece of art.  £75 per person, including all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits and free entry into the garden. 

Thursday 27th October 2022: Children’s Foraging & Cookery Class with The Cotswold Cookery School – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Inspiring youngsters to learn about where food comes from, The Cotswold Cookery School will guide children through Miserden’s woodland on a fun foraging adventure, followed by a cookery lesson using their finds, which they proudly take home as a meal for the family. Whilst the children are enjoying the workshop, up to two parents can explore the walled garden for free. 

£50 per child, including all ingredients for the meal. 

Saturday 19th November 2022: Foraging & Cookery- 9:30am-3:30pm

Join the Cotswold Cookery School and expert Cotswold Forager Rob Gould to discover the culinary delights hidden within the Miserden woodland. You will head off to explore just one small corner of the estate together identifying and selecting culinary delights hidden beneath the woodland canopy.

£124pp, including lunch provided by the Cotswold Cookery School.

Saturday 26th November 2022: Jewellery Making with Stina Richardson of @Viola_Blu_Jewellery – 10am – 1pm

Stina Richardson from Viola Blu reveals her jewellery making secrets and leads a workshop on how to create a unique sterling silver necklace inspired by nature, guiding beginners through the process of creating delicate jewellery using gold, silver, pearls and semi-precious stone.  

£75pp, including all materials, garden entry and refreshments.

Saturday 1st and & Saturday 8th December 2022: Christmas Wreath Making- 3pm-5pm

Starting with a sustainable moss base and using seasonal foliage from the Miserden woodland and garden, add your own personal touches with a choice of luxury ribbons, dried fruits, pine cones and cinnamon sticks as you create your own bespoke festive wreath to take home with you.

£75pp, includes mulled wine and festive nibbles.

Saturday 17th December 2022: Winter Foliage in Watercolour- 10am-4pm

This workshop is an entire day dedicated to winter festivities. Surrounded by traditional decorations, seasonal foliage, and Miserden’s breathtaking garden, Illustrator Emma Leyfield will cover the basics of colour theory and get past any fear of the blank page.

Starting with a walk around the grounds to pick foliage and greenery, the rest of the day will be spent tucked away in the Peach House or the Club Room and finish up with the option of making a stunning concertina card, or a small set of cards for display or gift to a lucky loved one

£90pp, including all materials, tea and coffees and garden entry for the day

Saturday 21st January 2023: Colour Values Using Natural Paints – 10am – 4pm 

Aimed at those who want to learn more about using colour in an abstract way, Caroline Cattermull introduces a whole new way of working with colour. Looking at colour values in the morning and putting to test the learnings in the afternoon – participants will come away with a bright, energetic painting inspired from a photo of their choice. 

£75 per person, including all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits and free entry into the garden. 

Saturday 22nd April 2023: Painting Spring Using Natural Paints – 10am – 4pm 

Aimed at all levels, this workshop will focus on using natural plant-based paints to capture Miserden in the spring.  Local artist, Caroline Cattermull, will take participants through the art of composition and some en plein aire (outside) sketching, which will later be put to good use as they paint what they have drawn. 

£75 per person, including all materials, tea/coffee and biscuits and free entry into the garden. 

Estate owner, Nicholas Wills, comments, “Our workshops are designed to take people out of their everyday setting and encourage them to engage the nature around us in a fun and creative way. Combined with a walk around our estate and a stop at our charming Glasshouse Cafe, I believe there’s no better way to spend a day in the Cotswold countryside.” 

The workshops can be attended as a one off and can be enjoyed alone or with a group of friends or family. Visitors are encouraged to explore Miserden to the full and take a tour of the ancient walled Garden at Miserden, enjoy refreshments at The Glasshouse Cafe, explore The Potting Shed crafts shop and leave time for a stroll around the nature walk. For further details and bookings, visit: Miserden