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February 2022

Clay Building and Paper Kiln Firing with Martin Brockman

West Sussex Half Term

Mon 21 February - Fri 25 February
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7 + years 11am-3pm (please bring a packed lunch) You can book on 1 day, 2 days or all 3. Monday 21 February, Thursday 24 February and Friday 25 February Martin Brockman leads this three day, half-term workshop for children, in which they will explore the different clays of Sussex, and learn how to build, decorate and fire their own pots. Monday - Clay Land Explore the different clays of Sussex collected from the Ashdown Forest through the brick fields of the Ouse…

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Clay Building and Paper Kiln Firing with Martin Brockman

East Sussex Half Term

Mon 14 February - Fri 18 February
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7 + years 11am-3pm (please bring a packed lunch) You can book on 1 day, 2 days or all 3. Monday 14 February, Thursday 17 February and Friday 18 February Martin Brockman leads this three day, half-term workshop for children, in which they will explore the different clays of Sussex, and learn how to build, decorate and fire their own pots. Monday - Clay Land Explore the different clays of Sussex collected from the Ashdown Forest through the brick fields of the Ouse…

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December 2021

Screen Printing Christmas Cards with the University of Brighton

Sun 12 December 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm

All ages welcome Free to our visitors – just pop through to our learning space when you are in the museum. Come to a Christmas screen print workshop run by Graphic students from the University of Brighton. Give your Christmas cards a personal touch by screen printing them! In this workshop we will explore typography and graphical symbols while using traditional colours and Christmas greetings to give to your loved ones.  

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Christmas Wreath Making with Jo Coles

Sat 4 December 2021 - Sun 5 December 2021
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£35

Families: 7 + years Saturday 4 December 10am-1pm or 2pm - 5pm Sunday 5 December 10am-1pm Tickets include materials & refreshments   Get into the festive spirit and create something special this Christmas! Jo Coles will take you out on a walk around Ditchling to forage for foliage to make your wreath. Afterwards you will head back to the museum for mince pies and a hot drink before Jo guides you through making a stunning wreath to decorate your home…

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October 2021

Story Time with John Vernon Lord

Sun 31 October 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

FREE (museum entrance fee applies, booking essential) All ages 11am & 3pm John will talk you through some of the ideas behind his characters and read you some stories from some of his many children’s books. Please note: all adults and children over 11 years old unless exempt, are required to wear face masks throughout the building, including during workshops. This is to protect our staff and other visitors, particularly those who are clinically vulnerable.

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Paste Paper Book Making

with Emma Carlow

Tue 26 October 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm

Half Term Workshop 7-11 year olds £25 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) Emma Carlow who designed the Giant Sandwich soft sculpture in the show will teach this workshop. You will use all the wonderful illustrations as inspiration for different patterns to create using the paste paper technique. Then Emma will show you how to use your designs to make a simple concertina book. Paste paper is a fun decorative technique that has been around since the 17th century.…

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BIG DRAW: Make the Change

Sun 24 October 2021 - Sat 30 October 2021
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Sunday 24 + Saturday 30 October 11am - 4pm FREE (museum entry fees apply) Drop-in event but numbers will be limited 3 + years Join illustration students from the University of Brighton for two days filled with drawing inspired by the Big Draw theme for this year; Make the Change. The students will devise drawing activities around the environment and how we can all make a positive impact on helping to look after mother nature and our beautiful plant. No…

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Let’s Make Some Great Art Animals

with Marion Deuchars for the BIG DRAW

Sun 10 October 2021

Join award winning children’s book illustrator and author Marion Deuchars for a mini masterclass.

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The Dong with a Luminous Nose

A Cubic Feet and Little Angel Theatre co-production, in association with Monstro Theatre Based on the poem by Edward Lear

Fri 8 October 2021
6:00 pm
- 7:15 pm
Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd
Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT United Kingdom
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£15

“This is a deliciously visceral experience that leaves the young audience with their skin tingling and their curiosity piqued” – The Guardian Edward is a bit of an oddball. A shy and troubled boy, he is always watching the horizon, waiting for something to happen. Then one day “the Jumblies” arrive, and his life is turned upside down... then shaken about a bit... and then a bit more! With a huge and colourful cast of abstract and figurative puppets, this…

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Virtual Artist in Residency: Julian Beresford

Part of the BIG DRAW

Fri 1 October 2021 - Sun 31 October 2021

For the month of Big Draw October illustrator Julian Beresford will be our virtual artist in resident. Julian creates illustrations inspired by the fantastical which ties in brilliantly to the fables, myths and legends section of our John Vernon Lord exhibition. Come and see for yourself the creatures of legends and then write a description of your own imagined fantastical creature. Each week we will run a competition where a winning description will be picked, and Julian will realise that…

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August 2021

Illustrating a Giant Picnic

with Claire Burns from Virtual Museum Club

Wed 25 August 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

£22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) 7 - 11 years In this workshop inspired by John Vernon Lord’s book The Giant Jam Sandwich, we will create fun illustrations that tell a story of a giant picnic. We will have a good look at all the illustrations in the museum’s exhibition for inspiration before trying different activities and drawing techniques to warm up the imagination and explore a range of mixed media, including collage, inks, paint and pastels. Since…

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Horrible Science Cartoon Illustration *SOLD OUT*

with author/illustrator Tony De Saulles

Wed 18 August 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

£22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) 7 - 11 years Join Tony De Saulles for a thoroughly horrible time…draw with Tony and learn top cartooning tips + stacks of facts from the best-selling, award winning Horrible Science series now celebrating its 25th year. As well producing mini masterpieces of your own, you can chat, ask questions and return home with a headful of creative ideas. Tony writes and illustrates children’s books. His creative background is in design and…

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BIG DRAW: Taking a Line for a Walk – An Abstract Illustration Workshop

with illustrator Jill Carpin

Sun 15 August 2021
11:00 am
- 4:30 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£15

Using traditional artist techniques you will let your imagination wander into fantastical places and translate them onto paper. 

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Design a Manga Style Character with Chie Kutsuwada

with Chie Kutsuwada

Wed 11 August 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

9-11 year olds £22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) This workshop starts with learning about what manga is, then participants learn some basics of how to draw manga style figures. We also explore how to design manga style characters inspired from some classics, such as Alice in Wonderland which John Vernon Lord illustrated and can be seen in the museum. Chie is UK based Japanese manga creator and illustrator. After graduating from Royal College of Art, London, she’s been…

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Storytime with Jane Hissey

Sun 8 August 2021
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

11am - 11:30am and 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm FREE (museum entrance fee applies, booking essential) Jane will introduce you to some of the beloved characters from her books before reading some stories of their adventures. This event will take place in our garden. Please note you will need to book a ticket for each person in your group including all children.  

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Urban Art/Graffiti Lettering *SOLD OUT*

with Tom Goulden

Wed 4 August 2021
11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

7-11 year olds £22.50 inc. materials (please bring a packed lunch) Come and work alongside Tom Goulden a graffiti artist with over 20 years experience to create a bespoke graffiti tag. Explore some simple spray techniques and lettering styles in the morning and then hone those skills with Toms support to create a finished graffiti lettering spray and paint pen canvass to take home.  

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July 2021

Alice Illustrated

in association with Depot

Sat 17 July 2021 - Sun 18 July 2021
Depot, Pinwell Rd
Lewes, BN7 2JS
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“Curiouser and curiouser!” Alice Illustrated is a weekend of events inspired by John Vernon Lord’s illustrations of Alice in Wonderland, in collaboration with Depot Cinema, Lewes. “We’re all mad here.” Join us and our friends at Depot in Lewes for two of days of fun, surreal and sometimes mind-bending events, activities and screenings. Children will love the Mad Hatter tea party and hat parade. See Alice-themed work from local artists exhibited in our Studio, and dive deep down the rabbit…

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June 2021

Smoking Apples: Arbor The Tree

Applause: Rural Touring

Sun 13 June 2021
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£6

11am & 3pm Ditchling Village Green Family ticket £20 (4 tickets) Free entry for children under 2  Part Man. Part Tree. 17 feet tall. Meet Arbor. Created by award-winning puppetry and theatre company Smoking Apples. Follow Arbor as he strides around, vanishing between trees and emerging with his cart full of tree saplings. Arbor tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future, featuring amazing puppets, and beautiful visual storytelling, we learn…

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Half Term Workshops: Incredible Illustrations with Kirsty and Josie

Half Term Workshops

Tue 1 June 2021 @ 11:00 am - Thu 3 June 2021 @ 3:00 pm
From £22.50

For 7-11 year olds Book onto one day, two days, or all three! A fun filled workshop inspired by the John Vernon Lord exhibition. Each day will start with an illustration activity using pen, charcoal and watercolours, which will then be developed into a monoprint/lino print. Each afternoon will then follow with different themed workshop: Day 1 - Felt puppets Create characters inspired by myths and legends. Day 2 - Quick drying clay Create your dream (miniature) giant sandwich with tiny people,…

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Half Term Workshops: Incredible Illustrations with Kirsty and Josie

May 2021

Brighton Festival Ditchling Museum Music Trail

Download the free app and explore the South Downs on a nature trail accompanied by orchestral music

Sat 1 May 2021 - Mon 31 May 2021
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
Free

Listen to ‘richly sonorous’ (Sunday Times) new orchestral music directly inspired by landscape as you explore the South Downs National Park through a free App on your phone. Start at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and walk up Lodge Hill for stunning views (1 mile, gentle) or follow the Sussex Border Path and South Downs Way up to Ditchling Beacon and back through the fields (5 miles, strenuous). With embedded images reflecting the museum’s collection and music by Ed Hughes,…

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December 2020

Ditchling Christmas Lanterns

Fri 18 December 2020
6:00 pm
- 7:00 pm

A chance to start off your Christmas holidays with a cheer.

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Christmas Wreath Making with Jo Coles

Sat 12 December 2020
10:00 am
- 12:30 pm
Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
£35

Get into the festive spirit and create something special this Christmas!

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October 2020

Lost for Words

Free online workshops

Mon 26 October 2020 - Wed 28 October 2020
Online Workshop Series

‘Language is a complex idea that allows us to communicate and understand. In my experience, all I know is not always what I have words to express.’ John Newling John Newling explores the limitations and possibilities of language in his latest exhibition tillage, currently on show at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. We welcome young people (aged 13 – 21) to take part in a series of free online workshops, with writer and arts educator Marina Castledine, to develop…

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Nymans print

August 2016

Introduction to Linocut with Linocutboy

Sat 27 August 2016
11:00 am
- 4:30 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£60

Learn the basics of linocut with Nick Morley (aka Linocutboy). Nick will show you how to plan, carve and print a black and white design.

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Design & Make Your Own 3D Letters

Sat 20 August 2016
10:30 am
- 4:00 pm
Free
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Summer holiday workshop: Metal jewellery making

Wed 10 August 2016
11:00 am
- 4:00 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£25

Children will spend the day designing and sculpting a mould for their own unique piece of jewellery.

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June 2016

Half term workshop: All things printing with Ruth Gaskell (7-11 Years)

Wed 1 June 2016
11:00 am
- 4:00 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£20
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April 2016

Easter holiday workshop – Weave on the wild side: 5+ years

Wed 6 April 2016
1:00 pm
- 3:00 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£6
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Easter holiday workshop – Weave on the wild side: 5+ years

Wed 6 April 2016
10:00 am
- 12:00 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£6
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March 2016

Easter holiday workshop – Printed patterned Easter animals: 7 + years

Thu 31 March 2016
1:00 pm
- 3:00 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£6
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Easter holiday workshop – Printed patterned Easter animals: 7 + years

Thu 31 March 2016
10:00 am
- 12:00 pm
Learning Space, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex
Ditchling, BN6 8SP United Kingdom
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£6
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