Teaching begins at 10am but feel free to arrive any time from 9.30am to catch your breath and start your day in a relaxed and receptive frame of mind.
The fee for each course is £95 to include lunch and refreshments.
To find out more about the courses or to book your place, please either complete the contact form or call Philippa on 07747 106929 or
Beginners Willow Weaving
Emma Purcell - Friday 20 September
Morning Course 10.00am to 1.00pm
Learn how to make a thing of beauty with a practical use from this most ancient of materials.
Spend the morning coaxing English willow into hoops and then weaving a beautiful and practical Catalonian Tension Tray to take home. Perfect for serving bread, fruit, cheese and nibbles it will also look attractive hung on the wall when not in use. This is an accessible course for absolute beginners with willow.
Emma makes baskets, sculptural forms and cordage, mostly from willow but also from rush and salvaged materials from the fields and hedgerows close to Curious House. She also grows a variety of willow species here in Sussex, which she uses in her work.
£45 plus £5 for materials. The course includes refreshments but not lunch. Numbers are limited to 8.
Paint your own Charleston Style Furniture or Keepsake Box
Jane McCall - Wednesday 25 September
Bring a small piece of furniture or use one of our distinctive keep sake boxes to create your own Charleston-inspired piece.
The Bloomsbury Set have a huge influence on the style and ethos here at Curious House and the Charleston style lampshades have been one of our most popular courses. Under the expert guidance of Jane we are offering a more ambitious course where you can give a small piece of furniture or a keepsake box a Charleston make over. Bring a small table, chair, mirror or similar piece already painted in a base matt colour and Jane will work with you on your chosen style and mixing the perfect colour pallet to achieve your desired look. If you would prefer to create a beautiful Charleston keepsake box in this distinctive style, which could be personalised for the perfect present, let us know and we will have one ready and waiting for you.
Much of Jane’s work as a potter and artist has been inspired by that of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Their home, Charleston Farmhouse, is her creative retreat and the Charleston shop could not get enough of Jane’s pottery when she was an active potter. Jane leaves a trail of avid collectors in her wake.
£95 plus £10 for materials for a keepsake box. Numbers are limited to 8.
Modern calligraphy - beginners
LUCY BERRIDGE - THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Learn this relaxed and contemporary use of beautiful handwriting.
Designed for complete beginners, or those wanting to refresh their skills, this delightful experience of gentle focused learning in a beautiful setting will certainly ensure an enjoyable day. It’s not about perfection, it’s about starting and taking a very relaxed approached to the art.
In the morning, we will learn about penholders, nibs, inks and papers types and begin by practising basic nib strokes, which will lead to letter formation moving on to joined up words.
After a delicious lunch, we will work on a written quote or phrase using your newly acquired skills and give you fresh ideas to practise. You will also have the opportunity to work with white and gold inks on coloured papers which is an exciting way to see your work transform. Lucy has always loved handwriting and all things stationery, so discovering the new version of calligraphy means it is no longer exclusive and achievable by a select few. It can be learnt, practised and enjoyed by anyone. When not writing, Lucy is a Lifestyle Stylist and Art Director.
£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers are limited to 10.
The materials for this course will include:pen holder, nib, ink - black and white, practice sheets, cards and envelopes for final designs.
Modern Calligraphy - Improvers/stage 2
Lucy Berridge - Friday 27 September
Expand your repertoire for a graceful and creative hand.
Here is an opportunity to practice in a peaceful and focused environment with lots of guidance and one-to-one teaching. This session will improve your overall technique and help to develop your personal calligraphy style, at your own pace.We will be developing your own alphabet and signature style by exploring spacing, joining and proportions.
Suitable for those who have previously done a beginners course, or who are self taught and confident in letter formation, pen pressures and forming words.
Lucy has always loved handwriting and all things stationery, so discovering the new version of calligraphy means it is no longer exclusive and achievable by a select few. It can be learnt, practised and enjoyed by anyone. When not writing, Lucy is a Lifestyle Stylist and Art Director.
£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers are limited to 10.
The materials for this course will include:oblique pen holder, new nib, ink - black and white,further practice sheets, cards and envelopes for final designs.
Garden Sculpture in Willow
Dominic Parrette - Friday 4 October
Learn sculptural techniques in buff willow and create your own willow hare.
What could be more rewarding than creating a sculpture for your garden. Once you have mastered the technique, so patiently taught by Dominic, you could make a whole warren! Students will take home an original sculpture measuring approximately 60cms by 30cms
Dominic is a Sussex-based basketmaker, willow grower and teacher specialising in traditional frame baskets, organically woven willow forms and beautiful strong plant supports.He makes woven products for small gardens and allotments as well as taking on commissions for clients such as The National Trust and Kew at Wakehurst and is committed to sustainable woodland management.
£95 plus £5 for materials. Numbers limited to 8.
No previous experience required
PAINTING WITH OILS - INSPIRED BY NATURE
ALISON TRUSK - SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER
Explore the delights of working with oil paint to create moody land and seascapes
Working with a limited palette Alison will demonstrate how to mix colour and introduce life into your work. We will discover how light, colour and form combine to make a good composition. You will create your own masterpiece by embarking on a conversation with your painting to craft a highly individual piece of work.
If you have a picture you would like to interpret from a photograph or book, bring it along but there will be a wealth of inspiration to draw from. This is not a course for copyists but for those wishing to explore the medium of oils taking inspiration from nature to create an original work.
Alison is born and bred in East Sussex and spent her life immersed in the landscape. Her first degree in Art is from Rochester and she has a MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from Brighton University.
£95 plus £15 for materials. No previous experience required, numbers limited to 8.
Day of Experimental Drawing
Victoria Threlfall - Wednesday 13 November
Forget about any hang-ups you might have about drawing!
This course, led by artist Victoria Threlfall, is all about engaging in the process of drawing rather than becoming overly concerned with results. You will learn new ways of approaching a subject and experiment with different types of mark-making and materials.
We will start the day with a visual meditation to still our minds and shed any constraints you might have about your ability to draw. The day consists of fast-paced warm up studies, innovative exercises designed to engage your senses. This is an energetic and stimulating course suitable for all abilities. The only requirement is your willingness to go with the flow!
Victoria Threlfall trained at Camberwell College of Art and is a professional painter. She teaches art courses in London and Italy and leads guided walks on the 19th century landscape painter Samuel Palmer. As an artist, her work is both figurative and abstract. Recently, she has begun to combine her interest in meditation with the practice of drawing.
£95 plus £10 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
This is a stimulating course suitable for all abilities.
Lino Cut Cards and Papers
Clare Dales - Thursday 14 November
Explore the medium of lino cutting to create your own stunning Christmas cards and wrapping paper.
The day will begin by learning how to master cutting, and how to make a variety of marks and lines in the lino. After experimenting how to introduce pattern into your work, how to print and layer colour, we'll design and create our own papers and cards for that special personal touch to Christmas. You take home your own stamp so the creativity can continue.
Clare is a well-known artist and author and runs a small design and print company on the South Coast. She makes carefully crafted lino prints, inspired by architecture, microscopic natural forms, patterns and landscape. Sharing her knowledge and skill, Clare loves to inspire others to try their hand at this age old and immensely rewarding art-form. All materials are provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase a box of essential equipment to take away with you.
£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
No previous experience required
If you have any particular motif or design you might like to try, please bring this printed on paper only as we can not replicate digital designs - eg something on your phone.
Christmas Wreath to see you through to
Nicky Gaffney - Friday 6 December
Take a breather in the run up to Christmas and join us for a festive morning making your own, unique, luxury wreath.
There is little more satisfying than having a beautiful adornment in your home that you have made yourself from scratch! Stonegate florist, Nicky Gaffney will show you how to make a traditional moss base and then how to attach fresh, often locally foraged foliage. Let your creativity run riot with the final flourish of adding an array of decorative “toppings”, choosing from the traditional pinecones, fruit and spice to feathers, stars, thistles and berries, all finished off with a beautiful ribbon. There will be plenty of hands-on assistance and no experience is necessary.
Sometimes a lawyer but with a passion for flowers, Nicky retrained as a florist five years ago and now offers bespoke flowers for weddings, events and the home.
£75 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
Timings for this course are 9.30am to 1.00pm including refreshments.
creative christmas wrapping
emily wood - SATUrday 7 december
Take a morning out to learn how the tricks of the trade when it comes to beautifully wrapped presents
No matter what the present, thoughtful presentation goes a long way to show just how much you care and value the person you are giving to. The added bonus at Christmas time is that if you get ahead of the game and get wrapped up early you can enjoy your beautifully wrapped presents as an added decorative touch around your tree. Join Emily Wood of Box Paper Scissors who will show you how to tap into your creativity with lots of festive inspiration, wrapping tips and papers to choose from. Emily specialises in wrapping using sustainable, natural and unique vintage products. Bring up to four reasonably sized presents to wrap.
£50 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
Timings for this course are 10.00am to 1.00pm including refreshments.