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.
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.
For more information please look at www.creativeclayforall.co.uk
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.
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 www.pennywilton.co.uk
Angela Heron Watkins runs Cyanotype printing workshops in various venues around Dorset, even in your own home or garden! Ranging from a 2hr Introductory printing workshop to a 4 or 5 hour table lantern / lampshade / silk scarf workshop, the workshops are fun, and rewarding, especially for those people who like to work with nature.
Cyanotype printing is a 19th Century light-sensitive printing technique and is the original ‘blueprint’ process. Working with botanicals and the Dorset sunshine, iron salts are applied to watercolour paper or fabric to make beautiful Prussian Blue prints. With participants between 3 and 6 in number, the workshops offer a more personal approach and are friendly and relaxed. They are suitable for people who think they are not artistic as well as artists wishing to see how the process can inform their practice. Children from 10 years old would also have fun doing these workshops and it is a great way of getting together with a few friends to do something creative and be in the moment.
Workshops run from April until October in a venue of your choice and are weather-dependent. For more information please contact Angela: firstname.lastname@example.org or @sunlight_blue_dorset on Instagram or Facebook @SUNLIGHTandBLUE
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.