Stained Glass for Beginners: MORE DATES available due to demand

IMG_1962Learn the basic techniques involved in making leaded glass pieces and create a small decorative panel that you could use as a suncatcher or small window. **

We have two options available:

The stained-glass starter course will take place over 3 afternoon sessions or two full days – a more intense course for those who have a long way to travel:

Monday 30th September, 7th & 14th October 1-4pm. OR

Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th September 10-4 (bring a packed lunch) (session 2 below will be blended into the second half of day 1 and first half of day 2)

***(additional sessions may be needed if you select a more complex design for your glass panel) Cost of the basic course (3 sessions) 120€

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Session 1 will cover an introduction to the different types of glass, lead came, solder, tools & equipment and some basic glass cutting techniques. You will then look at how to design a pattern for a stained-glass piece. If time allows we will start creating your design and begin making the piece. There will be various examples and designs available for you to use/copy/adapt and to give you inspiration if you want to create your own design. Your panel can be up to the size of A4. Bring along pictures and ideas if you wish. (note that some design ideas may not be suitable for a small glass piece)

**There will be options available from very simple geometric designs and ideas for complete beginners to intermediate designs if you want a bit more of a challenge or have some experience already. The cost of the materials and the tuition will depend on which design you chose.

Session 2 you will begin or continue putting together your design with guidance.

Your panel will start to develop and you should be able to start cutting the lead and pinning your pieces together.

Session 3 You should reach the point where you can solder your piece together and start the process of cementing. Those that have selected a more complex piece or who need extra time can book onto additional sessions if necessary. These additional sessions will incur a tuition fee of 30€ per 3 hour session.

Places are limited on this course as we can only offer 4 places at a time. We will add additional dates when this course is fully booked. Please use the enquiry form below to request further details and booking information.

We will also be offering more advanced & bespoke courses to create a small exterior window for your house, barn, outbuildings or garden.

For further information and booking please use the enquiry form at the bottom of the page or email us on lejardincreatif87@gmail.com Note that the images on the gallery below are my own work and not necessarily examples of what can be achieved on the beginners course

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IMG_0676Come along and learn the art of making animal sculptures out of willow. Make a majestic Stag Head to mount indoors or outside.

You will learn the basics of using willow as a medium for sculpture and create an impressive stag head sculpture over the course of the day.

Tuesday 22nd October 10.00-4.30; a light lunch, refreshments and all materials are included: 65€ 

Willow is a flexible material that is easy to use for freestyle IMG_1677sculpture and you will be able to add your own personal touches to your stags head. You do need a little strength and dexterity to work with willow on a larger sculpture such as the stags head. We will support anyone who needs a little help to finish theirs off on the day.

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IMG_2796So many of our garden visitors have been stunned by our chicken wire Alliums that we have decided to pot on some workshops so that you can come and make them.

This half day workshop teaches you some basic chicken wire sculpture skills and you will make 3 Allium flowers on spikes to decorate your garden. They flower all year round!!

The workshop will run from 1.30-4.30 on Wednesday 7th August.

35€ per person. Light refreshments are included as well as all materials  to make 3 flower heads on spikes.

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IMG_1267Learn the basics of sculpture using chicken wire to create a lifelike chicken sculpture for your garden. A good basic beginners course which can lead onto building on these skills to create more complex sculptures later in the year.

This full day course will run on Monday 12th August from 10.00-4.30/5.00 including a short break for a light lunch and refreshments. Materials and refreshments are all included. 55€ per person.IMG_1709

You will need to wear work clothes appropriate to the weather and you may wish to bring a pair of sturdy gardening gloves. Chicken wire is a malleable material and easy to use but will require moderate strength in your hands and fingers. You may feel a little tired working with wire for a whole day, we have allowed time for rest breaks and we support anyone who needs a little help.

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img_2023Come and learn how to use willow as a medium for sculpture and make this wall mounted sculpture of a Highland Cows head.

All materials will be provided as well as a light lunch and refreshments.

Monday 16th September 10.00-4.30: 65€

Willow is a flexible material that is fun to work with but does take a little strength and dexterity (and a bit of patience!) for making a large sculpture. This Highland cow is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience working with Willow. Size of sculpture approx 40cm high x 80cm wide inc horns.

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SDC15666This basic course in plant propagation will look at the basics of propagating from seed and from semi-ripe and hardwood cuttings. You will learn a little botany that will help you to be more successful in rooting cuttings and understanding the different types of seeds, seed saving tips and overcoming different types of dormancy in seeds.

You will have the opportunity to take cuttings from a range of plants to take home.

There will be follow on courses in February and May 2020 where you can learn the art of grafting (February) and softwood cuttings in May.

Pricking outThis half day introductory course is running on Thursday 31st October 1-4pm: 25€ per person. All materials and light refreshments are provided and You will be able to take home your cuttings.

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amelanchierAmelanchier canadensis is native to Canada (as the specific epithet suggests), and in its native environment is prized for its berries that mature in June  and are packed with vitamins and have been termed as one of the ‘super foods’. Perfectly hardy  and tolerant of the hot dry summers here it is a super choice as a large shrub or small tree for your garden. The fruits are similar in size and taste to a blueberry and can be used as a substitute for blueberries in fruit salads, cakes, sprinkled on your  breakfast,  if you get a bumper crop you can make jams and jellies and even June berry Gin – use the same quantities and method as for making sloe gin.

 

Not only does it produce an edible crop of tasty fruits but it is an attractive ornamental plant too, the first new leaves have a coppery tint and the early white blossom covers the tree in early to mid-spring. In autumn the leaves turn brilliant red adding a third season of interest. It is low maintenance, requiring no specialist pruning – just the removal of dead, damaged or diseased material and any crossing, rubbing branches.

You can grow it as a standard tree where it will develop a neat, rounded crown or as a multi-stemmed shrub for a lower, more dense effect.

We have Amelanchier canadensis plants for sale at La Petite Pépinière at Le Jardin Créatif and a mature specimen to see in our demonstration garden. We will be offering tastings when the berries are ripe – hopefully for our Jardins Ouverts day on 23rd June!