Hands on Papermaking

Explore the art of making handmade paper with our expert papermaker - equipment, traditions, skills and the opportunity to use the professional moulds, deckles and vat.Read more


An overview of the development of printing through to the present times and its relevance to digital type. Each person is equipped with a typecase from which they set a given text. Partcipants may then print their work using one of our Adana presses.Read more

Poster and Showcard Printing

A second step from our letterpress experts. Explore the use of wooden type and different presses - ideal for printing posters and showcards. Wooden type has become increasingly popular and this session will give you all you need to know.Read more


John Dickinson had a bookbinding department and we have long established bookbinding course, which caters for beginners and those with some experience. Supported by an employed Print Finisher with enthusiasm and in depth knowledge, to guide you through the stages.Read more

Life Drawing - untutored drop-in

The chance to spend time life drawing at your own pace and without a tutor. We supply the room, the model and some equipment, you bring your materials and draw.Read more

Life Painting

Painting from the life model. The course is led by Karen Iredale-Lucas, MA, PGCE, illustrator, artist and lecturer. Karen teaches here and at her studio in Teddington, between exhibiting her own works and painting to commission.Read more

CANCELLED The Essence of Life Drawing with Richard Smitheman

Using solid foundational principles I want to look at what is at the 'heart' of a good drawing and why great artists make the choices they do. While we draw from the model we will face the same challenges they faced and we'll look at how we can problem solve through observation and applying those principles. While we will look at some of the core ideas about Anatomy, this is not the Anatomy class I usually teach and I'm hoping this will be enlightening to both new and old students alike.Read more

Beginners Computing

Free, friendly and informal individual help and support in the use of computers. Our expert volunteers will help anyone to gain confidence, and extend their digital skills. Complete beginners are always welcome.Read more