Art & Crafts Events

Wild About Colour

Unit 11, The Old Printworks, 20 Wharf Road, Eastbourne

Sunday March 25 (six weekends over seven months)

£100

During a series of weekends, basic dyeing and printing processes will be covered, including bucket dyeing, tray dyeing with multiple colours, printing processes with sticks and clamps, screen printing, discharge, mark making, flour paste resist, wax resist, mono printing and more. All wet media is provided.

Phone 07941 399479 or visit studio11eb.co.uk.




Woodcut Printmaking Workshop

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Tuesday March 27, 10am

Tickets £90-£100

Students can learn the processes of woodcut printmaking, from design to carving and inking to printing with tutor Helen Brown. They will create a series of original prints inspired by the house and garden at Charleston, the home of the artistic Bloomsbury Group. 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: Helen Brown.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.uk.




Furniture Making Skills Week – Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

Bankside Farm, Ditching Common, Burgess Hill

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

£590

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 or visit johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk.




Bushcraft

Dernwood Farm, Heathfield

Saturday April 14 (one day)

£85

During a day in the woods foraging for material and using stone-age tools to learn bushcraft skills, participants will learn wild fire-making, wild cordage (string) and bone needle making.

Visit nativehands.co.uk.




Wild Pottery

Dernwood Farm, Heathfield

Saturday April 14 (two days)

£180

Participants will be out in the woods making hand-built pottery using clay dug from the land on the day during this two-day course run by tutor Ruby Taylor of Native Hands. It gives a thorough understanding of what’s involved in making wild pottery, which involves all the elements of earth, water, wood and fire. Suitable for beginners and those with more experience and for teens aged 16+.

Visit nativehands.co.uk.




Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

Bankside Farm, Ditching Common, Burgess Hill

Saturdays April 14 and August 11, 8.30am-6pm

£250

This course teaches the fundamentals of cabinetmaking, including planing techniques, preparing a ‘face side’ and a ‘face edge’, using shooting boards to plane narrow edges, using squares and gauges, cutting and planing timber, developing the effective use of saws and chisels, and setting out and cutting accurate joints. A basic set of prepared tools is provided.

Phone 01444 or visit johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk.




Advanced Beekeeping Day Course

Mantel Farm, Henley Down, Catsfield, Battle

Saturday April 14, 9.30am-4.30pm

£98

Qualified beekeeper Amanda Millar runs this course for people with two or more years experience, who want to keep their bees healthy and content by understanding their requirements and behaviour. It includes important manipulations such as finding the queen, reckoning, shook swarms, basic queen rearing, collecting, preventing and control of swarms, managing the honey crop and dealing with diseases and pests.

Phone 01424 830357 or visit mantelfarmshop.co.uk.




Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques

Bankside Farm, Ditching Common, Burgess Hill

Monday April 16 (five days), 8.30am-6pm

£590

Ideal for students with some woodworking experience, this five-day course is designed as a practical introduction to working on and restoring antique furniture and will cover many of the main areas and techniques required for repair and refinishing. Specific techniques are covered in a logical procession. Students can bring up to four pieces of furniture to work on.

Phone 01444 or visit johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk.




Introduction to Acrylics at Abingworth

Abingworth Hall, Storrington Road, Thakeham, Pulborough

April 20 (three nights)

From £329

Designed for beginners or those who want to revisit the basics in acrylic painting, participants will be taken step-by-step from selecting the right paper to how to use tools and equipment, through to the basic techniques and composition.

Phone 0345 470 7558 or visit hfholidays.co.uk.




Painted Boxes Workshop

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Tuesday April 24, 10am

Tickets £100-£110

Tutor Melissa White, a designer and painter of decorative interiors, teaches various paint effects and antiquing techniques to adorn a personal wooden box inside and out, taking inspiration from the painted interiors at Charleston, the home of the artist Vanessa Bell, which became a meeting place for the artistic Bloomsbury Group.The final piece can then be transformed with protective wax. 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: Melissa White.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.uk.




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