Education & Participation

Learning is at the heart of Lewisham Arthouse. Since 1992, our Learning programme has contained onsite and offsite elements. These include partnerships with local schools, colleges, housing associations, local festivals and work-placement schemes.

Children, young people and adults are welcome to attend courses, workshops and events offered by our studio holders. These include classes in Ceramics, Printmaking and Music. The Life Drawing Class is amongst the most affordable in London. We offer tuition in, and open access to workshop facilities. These include specialist Darkroom, Ceramic and Rehearsal facilities.

Artist-led talks and discussion events are a regular part of our Project Space programme, and we host occasional free creative workshops in addition to the courses listed below – see the News section for more information. Our Graduate Residency supports less established artists by providing workspace and peer mentoring.

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Courses & Workshops

The following paid-for courses and workshops are delivered directly by our studio holders. All workshop tutors have completed a risk assessment and are complying with Lewisham Arthouse’s Covid-19 protocols. Please contact relevant individual tutors listed below for details of the specific measures and precautions put in place.

Life Drawing: Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer has been running life drawing classes at Lewisham Arthouse since 1996. Most of the sessions are suitable for all abilities including beginners. Regular classes are held Monday daytimes and evenings. There are also occasional Saturday and Sunday sessions.

For further information and booking please visit: https://drawinglah.com

Ceramics: Shirley Stewart

Current courses: 3-day Weekend Throwing, Hand Building and Glazing Workshops, 5 Day Summer Courses and Evening Studio Pottery Classes.

For further information and booking please visit: www.shirleystewart.co.uk

Like my page: www.facebook.com/shirleystewartspottery/

Ceramics: Nina Necak

No experience is needed to be creative and enjoy Nina’s pottery courses. Beginners and those with more experience are encouraged to use the space to be creative through a range of techniques including hand building and throwing. She provides demonstrations on throwing, sculpture, hand building, glazing and is experienced in helping other artists with their ceramic projects. Current courses: Tuesday Studio Pottery, Weekend Workshops, Taster Sessions, One to One Sessions.

For further information and booking please visit: www.potteryschool.co.uk

Printing without a Press: Rosey Prince

Rosey Prince has taught etching and monoprinting classes in adult education for nearly 20 years at Community Education Lewisham and more recently at City Lit Institute.  Printing without a press is an informal and friendly workshop style class adapted to suit individual students from beginners to experienced artists.  The classes are on Wednesday evenings 7-9.30pm and Thursday mornings 10am-12.30pm and include monoprinting, woodcuts, lino and relief printing. 

Email: rosey_prints@hotmail.com

For further information and booking

Botanical Illustration: Alison Day

Monday 1.00 – 2.30 p.m. 15th Jan – 25th March 2024
Introduction to plant drawing exploring style and techniques and plant identification.
Participants must provide paper/sketchbook and drawing equipment.
Cost: Ten weeks £125/110 includes some materials.

Enrolment and information contact Alison.day54@gmail.com
More information alisondayartandphotography.myfreesites.net/

Introduction to 35mm analogue black and white
photography Beginners / general interest

Wed 5.30-7.00 pm, 10 weeks. 17th Jan – 28th March 2024
This course is an Introduction to Analogue photography, covering camera skills, film processing, and essential darkroom practice. Minimum age 16 yrs with adult permission.
Cost: £125/110 concessions. This price includes all chemicals, equipment and some practice paper. To do the course student to provide own camera plus purchase of film and paper. Camera available on site for small additional fee.

Info and booking from alison.day54@gmail.com and for current course dates http://alisondayartandphotography.myfreesites.net/

Image: Helen Loading Film 2016

Children’s After School Art Club (7 -11 yrs): Alison Day

Tuesday 4.30 – 6.00 p.m. 16th Jan – 27th March 2024
Introduction to drawing and painting skills, and other 2D processes.
Participants must provide paper/sketchbook and drawing equipment.
Cost £125/110 concessions includes some materials

Fine art for young people tuesdays 4.30-6.00 age 7-11 £125/110 concessions.

Enrolment and information contact Alison.day54@gmail.com

More information alisondayartandphotography.myfreesites.net/

Image: Reuben 2017


Making works 2014-19

A summer project in partnership with Clarion Housing, providing children on the Leybridge Estate, Lewisham. The weekly outdoor sessions include creative masterclasses, and building structures and from imaginary dwellings to abstract sculpture. The participants are encouraged to explore different artistic techniques, and to develop ideas and projects throughout the summer.

For more info on this project visit www.instagram.com/makingworks

Image: credit Laura X Carlé

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Flower Power 2018

Lewisham Art House’s ‘FLOWER POWER’ project, generously funded by Brockley Assembly, kick started an on-going process of art based social engagement and care for our environment. Free ‘Flower Power’ workshops and events addressed complex issues surrounding the relationship between communities and their local environments.

Image: credit Elise Rose


Not Only Women Only PUB QUIZ 2018

100 years since the Representation of the People Act, the pub quiz Not Only Women Only brought people together to test their knowledge of the ‘second sex.’ Attracting over 60 participants from across the borough and beyond, the quiz was devised by members Sophie Chapman, Kerri Jefferis and Fanny Aboulker and used donated art-based prizes to raise nearly £200 for Sisters Uncut – a direct action group campaigning to end all domestic and gender based violence.
The event took place at The Telegraph at the Earl of Derby as part of Telegraph Hill Festival.

Image: credit Sophie le Roux.

Silhouette Workshop 2015

A two-day Drop-in family workshop held at Lewisham Arthouse exploring the silhouette as an accessible and unintimidating approach to portraiture. Participants were given the use of a silhouette booth and a simple mechanical device to produce vivid miniature portraits. The workshop culminated in a public presentation of the work created in our Project Space.

Kindly supported by London Borough of Lewisham

Image: credit Alex Forsey

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Lounge at the Arthouse: Learning Programme 6 June – 13 July 2014

A series of Saturday workshops held in our Project Space, transformed into a pop-up café for six weeks. The workshops included: Geodesic Fun: build a Dome, Family Silhouette Workshop, Hi Tea: cardboard cakes, Make a Butterfly Mosaic, Story Telling and Kidetopia: Film & Quiz for kids

Image: credit Laura X Carlé

Cardboard Jungle 2014

Families were invited to create a collaborative jungle scene, which grew over 2 days of our open studios event.

Image: credit Laura X Carlé

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Lewisham People’s Day: Make a Racquet 2014-15

Led by studio members visitors were invited to design and produce their very own racquet using a variety of materials to cover and decorate their creations.

Kindly supported by London Borough of Lewisham

Image: credit Amanda Francis


The Festival of Neighbourhood: Love it or hate it 2013

Much debate and contention arose around the removal of a well-known landmark from Deptford high Street. Participants were encouraged to leave their thoughts on a full-scale replica of the (in)famous Deptford Anchor, exhibited in the Southbank Centre over one weekend.

Kindly supported by Southbank Centre

Image: credit Laura X Carlé

The Track Project 2012

The Track Project was a series of four workshops exploring movement in response to the 2012 Olympics. This was an opportunity for young people to work with professional artists to develop and strengthen creative skills, working in a variety of media, including: animation, drawing, dance, sculpture and sound.

Kindly supported by London Borough of Lewisham

Image: credit Alma Tischler Wood

Brockley Food Fair: Make a Face, 2010

Make a face was a one-day workshop coinciding with Brockley Food Fair at Friendly Gardens, Deptford. During the event participants made work inspired by ‘foodie’ renaissance painter Arcimboldo, creating self-portraits using paper plates, collaged dried foods and vegetable prints.

Image: credit Anonymous

Simply Red & Green 2009

Simply Red & Green was devised to raise awareness about Luxmore Gardens, a slightly under-loved green space adjacent to Lewisham Arthouse. Members of the public were invited to help paint objects and material red and then adorn the park, turning it into a giant installation. This worked visually to create a striking contrast to the predominant natural green of the space. There was a great turn out – with music and games as well as art.

Kindly funded by Brockley Assembly with support from London Borough of Lewisham Council

Image: credit Sara Willet

Mark of Action 2007

A week-long drop-in drawing event (accompanying exhibition Mark of Action) provided a giant drawing environment for visitors to make their own marks in a variety of media. The workshop and the exhibition was part of the Big Draw Festival.

Kindly supported by National Lottery and Help a London Child

Image: credit Amanda Francis

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Groovin’ High 2006

Groovin’ High was a series of five workshops exploring the work and issues surrounding contemporary Black Artists’ with local primary school St James Hatcham. The project culminated with a showcase of their work, as well as a selection of artwork by secondary school pupils from Stratford School in East London.

Kindly supported by London Borough of Lewisham

Image: credit Janine Nelson

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