Arts In The Garden

Welcome to our oasis of creativity and tranquillity! Join us at our community allotment this summer for a series of inspiring art and craft workshops designed to soothe your soul. Amidst the vibrant blooms and lush greenery, explore the artistry of lavender basket weaving, the natural beauty of dyeing with botanicals, and the heartfelt process of crafting memorials from nature’s bounty. Open to all, come delve into a world where creativity thrives and connections with nature flourish.

Ollie Event Arts in the Garden

4th May – Frida Kahlo Flower Pots

Join us at our community garden for an imaginative summer morning filled with fresh air and artistic expression in this workshop focused on painting Frida Kahlo-inspired plant pots, led by local artist Anna!

Anna will expertly guide you through each step to create a unique Frida design on your plant pot and a wooden canvas that will sit in the pot. There will be a range of designs to draw inspiration from such as Frida self-portraits, Frida’s paintings and the choice to change the Freida portrait to one of a loved one.

Drawing from her expertise in all things Frida, she will discuss Frida’s colourful life story along with her connection to mindfulness and aim to unify everything through love and art.

After painting, there will be soil and a selection of seeds for you to plant, promising a beautiful creation perfect for your home, garden, or as a thoughtful gift.

Who is Frida Kahlo?

Frida Kahlo is most identified by her colourful self portraits and equally bright clothes. She typically wore the traditional Tehuana dress that became her trademark which consisted of a flowered headdress, a loose blouse, gold jewelry, and a long ruffled skirt.

So give a pot the unique look of Frida Kahlo and have some creative gardening fun at the same time!

1st June – Twig & Textiles: Crafting Garden Creatures

Join us for an enchanting crafting experience using twigs and fabric to create natural garden creatures at our community garden.

Led by local artist Hazel, you’ll learn the art of transforming natural materials into exquisite decorative pieces to take home.

During this workshop, you’ll use twigs as the foundation and fabric to craft intricate designs reminiscent of dragonflies and butterflies. The fusion of organic elements with vibrant fabrics ensures each creation is unique to you, promising to infuse any space with a touch of nature-inspired beauty.

Emphasising sustainable practices, we will use twigs and recycled fabric throughout the workshop, reflecting the importance of responsibly sourced materials.

6th July – Lavender Basket Weaving Workshop

Come and join us at our community garden for a relaxing summer’s morning full of fresh air and crafts in this lavender weaving workshop hosted by artist Mary Vassallo!

Mary will guide you through each step to create a small basket using freshly harvested lavender.

Participants can expect to finish at least one full basket during the workshop, and there is also the option to make a Zentangle art tag to accompany your basket.

3rd August – Nature’s Palette Workshop: Exploring Botanical Dyes

Join local artist Hazel, who draws upon her extensive experience from her allotment. Hazel will guide you in cultivating plants for dyeing purposes and reveal the enchanting process of extracting vibrant colours from plants such as marigolds, nettles, lavender, and hibiscus, along with colour-blending techniques.

You’ll have the opportunity to create unique dye patterns on either fabric or paper, gaining hands-on experience. By the end of the workshop, you’ll depart with the knowledge and confidence to further explore natural dyeing techniques at home.

Emphasising sustainable practices, we will use sticks and foraged materials to apply the dyes throughout the workshop, reflecting the importance of responsibly sourced materials.

7th September – Giuseppe Arcimboldo Fruit Painting Workshop

Join us at our community garden to take a look at Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s imaginative paintings, learning about his famous works including .

During the workshop led by local artist Anna, you will learn about Arcimboldo’s famous works including portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Using vegetables, fruits and foliage the group will assemble their own portrait piece which you will then use as inspiration for your own painting. Anna will be there to guide you and give you tips throughout the workshop.

About Giuseppe Archimboldo

16th Century Italian artist, Giuseppe Archimboldo was known for his imaginative paintings made of fruits, vegetables and flowers arranged to look like a face. His work has been a source of inspiration for many surrealist artists including Salvador Dali.

Additional information for all workshops

  • Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm

  • Location: OLLIE’s Community Garden, Sandridge Road Allotment , 26 Marshall Ave, St Albans AL3 5HS,

  • Audience: Please note, all workshops are open to all individuals and families, however, those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

  • Location: OLLIE’s Community Garden, Sandridge Road Allotment , 26 Marshall Ave, St Albans AL3 5HS,

  • Toilets: There is one toilet available, but it lacks facilities for disabled access.

  • Disabled Access: The garden is accessed across a gravel car park, drive and a grassed area. There are no steps to access the site. If you need direct access by car, this can be arranged by emailing: contact@theolliefoundation.org.

  • Cost: £5 minimum suggested donation.

  • General Session Information:

    All crafting materials will be provided for your convenience.

    All workshops are suitable for beginners as well as those with prior experience.

    If cost is a barrier and you need a fully funded ticket please email katie@theolliefoundation.org

    If you book a ticket and then are unexpectedly unable to attend this event, even at the very last minute, please do let us know before the session, either by returning to Eventbrite or by emailing contactus@theolliefoundation.org

    Please note that this workshop is weather dependent, and so it might be subject to last minute cancellation if the weather conditions are too poor to run the event properly. If this is the case, you will be notified by email within 24 hours prior to the event, and a full refund will be possible through Eventbrite.

Upcoming training events

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