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.



Image credit: photo Francesca Oldfield

Courses & Workshops

Due to the increased risk from the coronavirus outbreak and to protect the health of our staff, members and visitors all courses and workshops are suspended until further notice.
We hope you keep safe and stay well.
Lewisham Arthouse

The following paid-for courses and workshops are delivered directly by our studio holders. Please direct all enquiries to the individuals listed via the contact details provided.

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 www.stephenpalmerpaintings.co.uk


Ceramics: Shirley Stewart

Anyone who is fascinated with the clay making process is given demonstrations, instructive guidance and assistance in the process of developing their work. Courses are tailored to suit those requiring continued professional development or simply to just have a go with family or friends or on their own. All levels of experience are welcome.

Current courses: 3-day Weekend Throwing, Hand Building and Glazing Workshops, 5 Day Summer Courses, Evening Studio Pottery Classes and Children’s Workshops in Clay including Teenagers on the Wheel.

Throwing or Making and Decorating Parties are also available by arrangement.

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

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

Mosaic: Janine Nelson

Janine Nelson has been running mosaic workshops from her studio in Lewisham Arthouse since 1998.  She has also run mosaic workshops at the Barbican Art Centre, The Make Lounge, Hackwood Art Festival and Hope and Elvis in Nottinghamshire. Janine’s workshops have been featured in BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine (January 2011) and on From Britain with Love.  Janine has written ‘how to’ tutorials for Making magazine and also for UK Handmade. Janine also runs workshops in schools and has been an artist in residence in a secondary school.

Email: smashingchintz@aol.com for further information and booking

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 10-12.30pm and include monoprinting, woodcuts, lino and relief printing. 

Email: rosey_prints@hotmail.com for further information and booking

Art Lab: Laura X Carlé

Laura is an established artist educator with over 10 years experience in running workshops for art galleries across London including Tate, Southbank Centre, Whitechapel and South London Gallery. Classes for 6-11 yrs provide experience of art through play and experimentation, working individually or collectively using recycled materials.  Classes run Tuesday 3.45-5.15 
Email: lauraxcarle@hotmail.com Phone: 07789362069 or visit www.lauraxcarle.com for further information and booking

Botanical Illustration: Alison Day

Mondays 1.00 – 2.30 p.m. 10 weeks September 30th – Dec 12th 2019
Introduction to plant drawing exploring style and techniques and plant identification.
Participants must provide paper/sketchbook and drawing equipment.
Cost £100/95 concessions
Max number per class 4 early booking advised

Email: Alison.day54@gmail.com for further information and booking or visit

Analogue Photography: Alison Day

Beginners / general interest
Wednesday 6.00 – 7.30pm
Ten weeks October 2nd – December 13th 2019
Introduction to Analogue photography, camera skills, film processing, gelatin silver printing.
Cameras available for hire for a small fee.
Cost: £100/95 concessions Max number per class 4 early booking advised

One day courses ( adults and young people)

Introduction to the Analogue camera and film processing October 11th – 4 p.m.
Each one day course costs £50/45 concessions. Max number per session 4 people. Early booking advised

Email: Alison.day54@gmail.com for further information and booking or visit

Fine Art for Young People: Alison Day

Children’s After School Art Club (8 -11 yrs)
Tuesdays 4.30 – 6.00 p.m. 10 Weeks October 1st – December 10th 2019
Introduction to drawing and painting skills, and other 2D processes.
Participants must provide paper/sketchbook and drawing equipment.
Cost £100/95 concessions Max number per class 4 early booking advised

Email: Alison.day54@gmail.com for further information and booking or visit

Art On Your Sleeve: Sam Petherbridge

Whatever background or ability Sam Petherbridge aims to
inspire and teach art in a creative program called Art On Your Sleeve. The sessions cover a mixture of observational and figurative drawing with a strong focus on craft. You are taught different ways to look upon yourself, your environment or your imagination to learn new skills with a vast selection of materials. The Classes run every Tuesday at 16.00 – 18.00 for anyone aged 8 – 13 and all materials are provided.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we’re temporarily closing Art On Your Sleeve until further notice but instead we offer students the chance to learn online using Zoom.

For further information and booking please visit: www.sampetherbridge.co.uk/artclasses


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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