Saturday, 26 February 2011

Summer Flower Class in May

Susanna returns on Tuesday 10 May for Summer Flowers

9.45am - 2pm


Bringing with her a stunning assortment of flowers, beautiful colours and gorgeous scents.

We will be using a variety of garden flowers and flowers that we can easily buy.

Susanna will show various ways to arrange the flowers in both traditional and contemporary styles, whilst explaining the best way to cut, feed and prolong the life of your flowers.

You will then create something beautiful to take home with you.

All materials and flowers are included in the day, as well as a light lunch and refreshements throughout the day.

Below are some photographs taken from last Summer's Flower Class.  This Summer we will be learning new skills, so even if you have been before we will be doing something fresh and different to what we've done before.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Recent Cupcake Classes

We had two really good Cupcake Classes on Friday and Saturday.

We covered baking, icing (both fondant and buttercream) and then had plenty of time to decorate them.  

Some lovely sparkling boxes of Cupcakes were taken home.

There are some spaces left on our Easter Cupcake Class on Tuesday 29th March, which will cover baking and icings but with the focus on CHOCOLATE!  The class is from 11am - 1pm and costs £50.

For those of you who have already been to a Treetops Cupcake Class, there are some spaces left on the next stage class on Wednesday 23rd March.  From 11am - 1pm, cost £50.  We will spend more time on decorating, using different nozzle techniques with the buttercream and looking at gum paste and fondant roses.  Great fun.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Stage 2 Cupcake Class

This afternoon was our first Stage 2 Cupcake Class.

  This class is for people who have already been to our Stage 1 Class and the idea is that we are able to take the skills and techniques learnt forward to another level, and give ourselves time to learn some useful (and slightly more complicated!) skills.

This shows a section of the kitchen all set up and ready to go.  I had already baked this morning, so we could concentrate on decorative skills and icing techniques.

We spent some time with fondant icing and gum paste, we made cut-out flowers and did some shaping and styling of them.  They looked fantastic.

We made some miniature fondant roses, very fiddly but they just take practice and then we made lots of petals to create a large rose (shown above).  Despite the nerves, they looked beautiful, really impressive!

Below are some of the beautiful boxes of decorated Cupcakes that went home this afternoon.  (We had a bit of a Valentine February theme going on!)

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Atmospheric Watercolour Class

We had a full class today, 7 regular faces (don't want to call them old faces!) and a new lady.

We also had new colours to work with, to help create these amazing atmospheric skies.

We used masking fluid for our waves and then used a really pale wash of 3 different colours, which were the lights we had to try and keep peeping through the heavy dark sky.

Then came the difficult part.... the people!

Claire taught us the "peas" and "carrot" method, everyone's looked great, they gave the paintings some scale.

The paintings were completed in time for lunch and the afternoon was spent on a "d.i.y painting"  We were on our own!  Claire had various pictures and photographs of atmospheric images, which we tried to recreate with the methods she had taught us earlier.

Aren't they amazing?!

As you can see, there are only 7 afternoon paintings, I was still stressing with my people on the beach!

February Watercolour for Beginners

We had 5 new and fresh (and worried!) artists in yesterday to learn the techniques and methods for Watercolour painting.

Claire had a lovely Spring picture, that really captured the light in both the sky and meadow.

As you can see below, the finished paintings were fantastic ..... the mutterings of "I can't paint" long gone!

I hope they are all going to be framed as they looked so amazing.