Art & Crafts Events

Life Drawing

45 South Street, Tarring, Worthing

Saturdays February 3, April 7, June9, October 6 and December 1 (one-day course), 10am-3.30pm


Tutor Tricia Johnson, of Art With Trica, gives one-to-one support as she teaches a one-day course suitable for beginners through to advanced students. There will be advice on drawing and measuring techniques, as well as exploring different art forms.

Phone 07794 655368 or visit

Art & Spa: Two-Day Art Painting Weekend Holiday

The Flackley Ash Hotel, Peasmarsh, near Rye

Saturdays February 24, March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, October 20, November 17


Have a mini art holiday and learn to paint in a weekend on these two-day courses run by Arty Party Breaks. Suitable for beginners or intermediates in watercolour painting, participants will be shown from scratch how to stretch paper, apply paint, mix colour and all watercolour techniques. Improvers can expand their knowledge and learn new ideas, tips and techniques.

Phone 07817 116007 or visit

Beginning Your Beekeeping

Mantel Farm, Henley Down, Catsfield, Battle

Saturdays February 24, March 17, April 21, May 12, June 16, July 14, September 15, October 6 and November 10 (two days), 9.30am-4.30pm


On this intensive two-day course, tutors Amanda Millar, an ecologist and qualified beekeeper, and beekeepers Mike Cullen and Jill Sales get you started with beekeeping, explaining about the honey bee, choosing hives and equipment, how and where to set up an apiary, bee management, pests and diseases, and how to extract honey. The course includes a chance to see the different equipment available, with course notes to take home and an inspection of a hive, weather permitting.

Phone 01424 830357 or visit

Wood Machining – Two Day Course

Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill

Saturdays March 3, June 30 and November 10, 9am-4pm


This two-day course led by John Lloyd of John Lloyd Fine Furniture is an introduction machinery that might be found in a small to medium-sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or those considering purchasing. The main elements for each machine will be adjusting/setting up, choice of blade and blade changing, jigs and dust extraction as well as safe working practices.

Phone 01444 480388 or visit

Furniture Making Skills Week – Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill

Mondays April 2, July 23, August 20 and December 10, 8.30am-6pm


Run by John Lloyd of John Lloyd Fine Furniture, these five-days courses give beginners a grounding and the more experienced a tune-up. It teaches sharpening, honing, planing, sawing and chiselling and jointing as well as other skills. All tools and materials are provided.

Phone 01444 480388 or visit

Geometry of the Topkapi Scroll

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row

Saturday and Sunday October 27 and 28, 10am-5pm


Daniel Docherty and Ameet Hindocha will introduce course participants to patterns from the Timurid pattern scroll known as the Topkapi Scroll. Only recently discovered (1986) and now housed in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, the scroll is approximately a foot wide and nearly 100 feet long. Many of the 114 patterns depicted can be found as tilings adorning mosque walls and domes built during the period of the Timurid dynasty (10th-16th centuries). The scroll includes examples of five/tenfold girih tiling possibilities such as those found at the shrine of Darb-e Imam, Isfahan. It is a veritable treasure trove of pattern inspiration as participants will discover during this two-day course. Margi Lake will share contemplations on the sacred ‘imaginal’ nature of geometry  and will guide participants in developing harmonious colour palettes

Phone 0208 144 1089 or visit

Papercutting for Lightboxes Workshop

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Tuesday November 13, 10am

Tickets £100-£110

Tutor Su Blackwell, who has designed art fabric for Liberty London and the set for The Rose Theatre’s production of The Snow Queen, leads students through this workshop, which teaches how to transform images into a three-dimensional papercut light box. Light is used to illuminate delicate and precise scenes made with photographic cutouts or paintings. A tour of the house and garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees and all tools and materials are included in the cost. Suitable for all levels. Picture: Su Blackwell.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Create a Withy Deer Sculpture

Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down

Saturday November 17, 10am-5pm


Working with experienced craftsman and tutor Martin Brockman, make a deer sculpture from willow, hazel or hornbeam to take home. Bring a picture or sketch of the type of animal you want to make, and gardening gloves and secateurs if possible. 

Phone 01825 830509 or visit

Vintage Brighton

Cafe-bar, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Sunday November 18, 10.30am-4pm

Tickets £2/u12s free

Vintage Brighton Fashion Fair brings around 30 hand-picked vintage and vintage-inspired traders to showcase vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories. There will also be traders selling Art Deco items, books and collectables. With live music, a tea party and a vintage hair salon.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit

Papercraft Workshop

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday November 24, 1.30pm

Tickets £20

Join Natalie O’Shea to make a handmade greetings card. For this four-hour session, all materials are provided. However, bring scissors, ruler, glue and a trimmer if you have one.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

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