Create A Paper Houseplant – ONLINE

Make a beautiful houseplant that will never need watering ! Use card, paint and glue to create an exotic plant to grace the spots the sun can't reach.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

Anyone with a basic grasp of cutting, sticking and using reference pictures as inspiration.

What does this course cover

Doing some research via the internet, books or finding real life plants as reference points.
Experimenting with cutting and bending a variety of leaf shapes and sizes from card
Re-creating veins and surface patterns with paint, crayon or textures
Working out stem and leaf attachments
Weighting your plant pot and giving it a surface paint treatment
How to make your leaves shiny
Assembling your stems and leaves in your plant pot.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
Make yourself an everlasting plant and appreciate the beauty and variety of different leaf shapes and patterns found in houseplants.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
Group discussions and class interactions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, following instructions.

How students are assessed: Questions and answers during class discussions. Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Green card or green paint and recycled card (the stiffness of cereal box is good)
Bamboo skewers (from a supermarket)
PVA glue - the common, white, water-based glue used for craft (from a DIY shop)
Paint or coloured crayons in useful leafy colours e.g. green, yellow, purple, white
A plant pot clay or plastic
Recycled polystyrene to stuff your plant pot
Some brown plasticine or a layer of compost or soil

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

More art, craft and sculpture classes at the Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’