Interested in learning something new or developing your skills?  Some members of the Association provide tuition through occasional classes or workshops, or through longer courses.

If you are a current member of the Association, you may list details of your courses or classes here free of charge.  Please send details to the website editor.  The Association reserves the right to refuse or remove links.

Clay Workshops

Deborah Clarke teaches a range of handbuilding clay skills across Dorset. The mobile workshops are fun and inclusive. They are tailor made for theme or ability and can be for small groups of 8 to large community groups such as youth clubs and scouts. She is a recommended speaker for the W.I. and can give talks and demonstrations but prefers to bring clay for you to have a go.

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Painting and Drawing

Anita Law offers painting and drawing tuition at The Dewlish Chapel, Dewlish, Dorchester on Saturday mornings 10am – 12:30pm.

Learn to paint or draw, or improve your skills.  All abilities welcome, including complete beginners.

Contact Anita through her facebook page on messenger

Penny Wilton offers painting and drawing classes and workshops at venues in Dorset and beyond.

These include tutored life drawing classes and Art from the Heart – a day of creative painting and drawing suitable for any standard, even if you have never painted before.

Penny also runs monthly workshops at Holt Village Hall – come and paint what you like in any medium and Penny will give tuition throughout the day.

More information, including dates, venues, costs and booking forms at

Smocking and Dorset Buttons

Rosalind Atkins holds regular workshops teaching the heritage crafts of smocking and Dorset button making, from beginners level to more advanced, and varying from a 2 hour session to a full day.

She is also willing to travel to teach groups at their own venue if preferred, please contact her for further information.

Information about forthcoming workshops can be found at

Anna McDowell of Henry’s Buttons runs Dorset Button workshops at the Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre.  She also runs workshops for clubs, societies and groups, and offers individual tuition.

Anna has experience with making the whole range of Dorset Buttons, including High Tops, Dorset Knobs, Birdseyes, and those worked on a ring.  Workshops range from beginners to master classes for those with more experience.

Information about forthcoming workshops is on her website or contact her at


Karen Erlebach teaches tapestry weaving and multi-shaft loom weaving for beginners and improvers.  She also gives talks on weaving to groups.

Tuition is in her weaving room in Poole, and is usually on a 1-to-1 basis for multi-shaft weaving or maximum of 2 for tapestry weaving.  Workshops can also be arranged for groups at their own venue.

More information at