Joining In

Learning is at the heart of Lewisham Art House

Since 1992, our Learning programme has contained onsite and offsite elements. These include partnerships with local schools, colleges and work-placement schemes.

Children, young people and adults are welcome to attend our courses, workshops and events. These include classes in Ceramics, Printmaking and music. Our Life Drawing Class, for example, is amongst the most affordable in London.

Lewisham Art House provides tuition in, and open access to workshop facilities.  These include specialist Darkroom, Ceramic, software and rehearsal facilities.

Artist-led talks and discussion events are a regular part of our exhibition programme. Our Graduate Residency supports less established artists by providing workspace and peer mentoring.

Courses & Workshops

Resident studio members deliver the following courses and workshops independently of Lewisham Art House. Please direct all enquiries to those individuals 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


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:

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:

Mosaic: Janine Nelson

Janine Nelson has been running mosaic workshops from her studio in Lewisham Art House 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: 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. 

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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: Phone: 07789362069 or visit for further information and booking 

Botanical Illustration: Alison Day

Botanical Illustration is aimed at beginners and improvers, the course covers both the art and science of the subject. Practical skills needed to execute the work are taught such as graphics techniques (pencil and ink) and use of watercolour and colour theory. The history and context of the subject are explored along with plant sciences, herbal lore and contemporary practice (a mixing pot of many different areas of work and learning). Class runs Mondays 1.00 – 2.30 p.m.

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Analogue Photography: Alison Day

Analogue Photography is aimed at beginners and improvers. The course often attracts people with considerable knowledge and thus theoretical and practical course content is delivered at an appropriate level. Students are encouraged to make use of the Art House open access darkroom to embed their learning. The course covers camera skills, film processing, silver gelatin printing. One-day courses cover basic camera and darkroom skills, Alternative processes, Fine Art Printing, Pinhole cameras and photograms. Class runs Mondays 6.00 – 7.30 pm One day course run Saturdays 11.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m.

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Fine Art for Young People: Alison Day

Fine Art for Young People is aimed at 7 yr -11 yr olds. The course is run as a combination of learning technique and applying it through creativity. We have themes for each week such as portraiture or the night sky and children are encouraged to bring their own imagination and understanding to the task. We learn to share our ideas and give each other support and encouragement. Skills taught include; graphic terms and technique, use of paint, chalks, pencils, mixed media, collage. Class runs Tuesdays 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

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Young People: recent projects

Making works: 2014-15

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A summer project provided children on Leybridge Estate, Lewisham with the opportunity to build structures using simple construction materials and methods. Each group was given two hours to design, build and dismantle their creations. The participants were encouraged to explore form, line and colour, structures varied from imaginary dwellings to abstract sculpture.
For more info on this project visit

Kindly supported by Affinity Sutton

Image: credit Laura X Carlé

Silhouette Workshop 2015

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A two-day Drop-in family workshop held at Lewisham Art House 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 Oliver Campbell

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

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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

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

Image: credit Laura X Carlé

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 Art House. 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

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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

Groovin’ High 2006

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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 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