INSPIRED by COP26 in November, Transition Northwich are inviting residents to take a fresh look at nature in three art workshops led by local professional artists at Marbury Park.

The first of these will feature Douglas Hutton, who paints expressive landscapes and animals, celebrating the untameable strength of nature.

He said: "The British countryside is considered serene but it used to be a much wilder environment.

"I record weather-beaten trees, thrashing rivers, forests and dark mysterious meres.

"Recently, I have been painting around Cheshire, in the historically wild Delamere forest and now overgrown industrial sites around Northwich."

Northwich Guardian: Douglas Hutton paints expressive landscapes and animals

Douglas Hutton paints expressive landscapes and animals

In his workshop, Douglas will demonstrate how to use palette knives and acrylic paint to capture the shape and volume of trees and water in a landscape.

It takes place on Saturday, October 30 and is open to over-16s.

Meanwhile, felting artist Merle Ochota will demonstrate how to create 3D felt animals and participants will be able to create at least one handmade needle felted hedgehog.

She said: "I discovered the wondrous qualities of wool when I did a textile course at Mid-Cheshire College.

"By varying how the fibres are treated, it’s possible to create fabrics, garments or large scale sculptures."

Northwich Guardian: Felting artist Merle Ochota has been attracted to the textures and colours of fabrics since childhood

Felting artist Merle Ochota has been attracted to the textures and colours of fabrics since childhood

Participants will learn about the journey of fleece to fibre and discover the many ways the ancient craft of felting is used around the world.

Merle’s workshop is on Saturday, November 27.

Local artist, Sarah Pendleton-Sharp, uses lino printing to capture the British landscape and applies hedgerow plant motifs to fabrics, table linens and lampshades.

"As a passionate recycler, I enjoy using old fabric and clothes, often found in charity shops," she said.

"I like to repurpose vintage tablecloths or lace, which was beautifully crafted in the past but doesn’t fit our modern homes.

"Dyeing and printing can transform these into wearable garments and attractive objects in a cost effective and creative way."

Northwich Guardian: Sarah Pendleton-Sharp, uses lino printing

Sarah Pendleton-Sharp uses lino printing

In Sarah’s workshop you will learn the basics of designing, carving and printing onto fabric, using easy cut lino and water based inks. It takes place Saturday, December 4.

All workshops cost £8 although there are some concessions are available and take place at Marbury Park Community Hut between 10.30am-4pm.

Places can be booked via e-mail