Based in a cosy studio in a cherry orchard in Raveningham, South Norfolk (12 miles south of Norwich), Sarah’s workshops are suitable for all abilities with her relaxed approach giving beginners confidence and her depth of knowledge being a useful source for more confident and established artists to bounce ideas off. Participants should expect to come away from each workshop with fresh ideas as well as a renewed enthusiasm and creative drive.

The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU. Bring an apron, all materials included.

SUMMER WORKSHOP DATES 2022 – workshop info see below.

Linoprint – Thursday 25th August 10-3pm £65 Book Now

Clay Day – Pinch, Coil and Slab built pots – Wednesday 31st August 10-3pm £65 Book Now

Linoprint – Thursday 22nd September 10-3pm £65 Book Now

Weekly Clay sessions – Book as many sessions as you like to attend weekly or as a one off drop in session. For regular students you can develop work over the course of a few weeks and have work bisque fired and then play around with colour and glaze. Learn how to make pinch/coil/slab pots, tile making, small bird sculptures or bring your own ideas to develop.

Sunday Morning Clay Club

Sunday 10th July, 10 – midday £16. Book Now

Sunday 17th July, 10 – midday £16. Book Now

Sunday 24th July, 10 – midday £16. Book Now

Sunday 21st August, 10 – midday £16. . Book Now

Sunday 28th August, 10 – midday £16. . Book Now

Sunday 4th Sept, 10 – midday £16. . Book Now

Sunday 11th Sept, 10 – midday £16. . Book Now

Sunday 18th Sept, 10 – midday £16. . Book Now

Sunday 25th Sept, 10 – midday £16. . Book Now

Tuesday Evening Clay Club

Tuesday 12th July, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 19th July, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 26th July, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 16th August, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 23rd August, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 30th August, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 6th Sept, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 13th Sept, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 20th Sept, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Tuesday 27th July, 6-8pm £16. Book Now

Workshop information below…

Lino Print

Printmaking Workshop

Learn the process of cutting and printing a lino ‘key block’ (the main design), by the end of the day you will have produced at least one linoblock and printed a small series of images. The print can be coloured with watercolours, inks, pencils at home when it is thoroughly dry and Sarah will be able to advise on tools and materials to enable participants to continue cutting and printing designs at home without requiring a press. The process involved can be very meditative and working in a small group is often a lovely way to create artwork. Sarah supplies a number of galleries in East Anglia with her popular linoprints and specialises in hand colouring, see examples of her linoprints here.

Landscape Walk, Draw, Paint New Circles

Explore the beautiful landscape of South Norfolk and North Suffolk in a one-day workshop with established Painter Sarah Cannell. Free up your drawing skills and learn how to capture the essence of a place through line and bold colour. This workshop focuses on developing drawing skills and finding strong compositions as a starting point. Working on a series of 9 small works we will use a mix of pencil, pen, ink and acrylic paint on paper. Workshops start with drawing out in the countryside and then returning to the studio in Raveningham to work the drawings up into paintings.

Slow Stitch Journal IMG_4565

Using beautiful antique French linen and a diversity of threads and fragments of beautiful textiles we will create a number of ‘pages’ to produce a tactile stitch journal. The day will be spent creating pages and considering journal construction. The project can then be added to and continued at home for additional days, months or years!

Clay Day – Pinch, Coil and Slab Pots

A session spent exploring clay, participants will learn how to make the three basic pot forms (pinch, coil and slab). They can then develop the pots either with surface decoration or additional elements to create nests or goblets. All materials included, work will be bisque fired and students can apply coloured slips.

Nature Journal Workshop Fabriano Herbal

You will learn how to make a beautiful simple sketchbook in the morning and then explore the grounds at Raveningham, collecting, studying and drawing a variety of leaves, blossom, twigs and insects. We will be keeping our approach simple with inks and watercolour pencils. A great way to re-ignite your creative spark.

Handmade Christmas Cracker Workshop Card Cracker

Embrace the real sprit of the festive season by spending a creative evening with artist Sarah Cannell at the Raveningham Centre making Christmas crackers with a variety of papers and ribbons. Paper hats and bad jokes included! Decorate your home or Christmas tree with the crackers or they make beautiful presents for special friends. Expect good company, mulled wine, mindful creativity.

Workshop information

All materials are included in the workshop price. Teas and coffees included, bring your own lunch or you can buy lunch at the Ravenous Cafe on site. Maximum 12 students per workshop. Find us at The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU, free parking.

Where to stay: There are a number of B&Bs and hotels in the area, the local market town Beccles is only a 10 minute drive from the workshop venue.

The workshop should be paid for in full when booking a place. Payment is non-refundable, if you are not able to attend your workshop you can choose an alternative date.

Make sure you have appropriate footwear and clothing if you are booking onto a Walking Drawing Painting course. The routes are not strenuous but could be muddy.

Bespoke art workshops available to suit all ages and abilities. Whole day and part day available as well as longer projects including final exhibition. All enquiries welcome, references available. 07718 390108 or


Sarah runs a weekly Art Club at University of East Anglia, 2018 – present.

Sarah has an extensive experience teaching art workshops over the past 15 years including: to primary schools where her landscape paintings have been included as part of the permanent primary curriculum. To art teachers looking to expand their skills at specialist conferences. To art groups of amateur and professional artists. To refugees and asylum seekers as a nurturing art approach.

Mrs Slade, Head of Art, Norwich School
“Sarah developed a landscape project for us which included gallery visits, drawings in the marshes and painting in the studio. I would highly recommend her inspiring approach.”

Comments from students
“Amazing workshop – taken through each stage, very interesting and exciting”
“This has been an enjoyable day. I enjoyed the mix of activities. Sarah was great, full of enthusiasm”
“The walk was very beautiful in the morning and lovely reflections and shadows on the river. The painting was exciting and I enjoyed trying a totally new medium and drawing with a stick – very uninhibiting!”
“Very interesting take on landscape drawing – Sarah is very knowledgeable on ways of freeing up your drawing style.”

Mrs Holzer, Headteacher, Poplars Primary, Lowestoft
“Our pupils felt a huge sense of achievement and freedom creating paintings with Sarah, they loved it and the exhibition featuring their artwork boosted their self-esteem.”

During lockdown I recorded this short film with my son which teaches you how to make a paper boat. All you need is an A4 sheet of paper. Enjoy!

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