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Creativity and Art Workshops & Intensives
Spring 2024

Free your imagination and create. Make a beautiful piece of your own art to take home in a fun, inspiring and confidence building environment.

All materials, tuition, as well as coffee/tea and treats on arrival, a delicious light lunch, and scrumptious home made cake and afternoon tea whilst you create are all included in the  price.


A bit about workshops


These intensive workshops are for adults and older young people 14yrs+ unless specified. Complete beginners, those with experience and practising artists alike - all are welcome! Even if you have never done art before and just long to have a go. Places are limited. Groups will all be small and friendly. 

Come alone, with a friend or a small group. Athena Jane has over 20 year's experience working with people and their creativity, helping both artists and those who have never made art before to develop their creativity and expression in art.

She provides step by step tuition, taking you gently on a fun journey into your own way of creating and making creative processes easy and accessible. Plus, there's always cake! Cake always helps creativity!


Micro Mosaics Hanging Tin Shrines 

Saturday 24th February 10am - 4pm


This workshop is so much fun. Learn and develop the principle techniques of mosaics, tile cutting, fixing, and grouting, but in miniature. Create a hanging decoration, or shrine in a tin, use tiny tiles, even beads and bits of jewellery- learn to cut up bone china, and tiny bits of standard glass tiles, saucers and plates, everything you might do in a larger mosaic, but with the chance to slow down and hone intricate mosaicing skills too. All the fun but a chance to get really detailed and make a mini mosaic in a day. Some patience and tweezers may be necessary!

As with all workshops this is fully catered with refreshments and light lunch throughout the day. A creative pampering day of fun! £175 Book Here

Faces from the Past and Present.

Mixed Media Painted Panel 

Saturday 24th March 2024 10am - 5pm

Exploring images from antiquity and mythology, or contemporary faces, (you can bring your own photo to draw from if you like), Jane will take you on a journey to make and create your own mixed media painting on a wooden panel and show you the techniques she uses to make her work feel ancient, textured and weathered like fragments of old frescoes. 

Drawing upon her theatre background, using layers of texture and paint, gold metal leaf, and crackle glaze techniques, Jane will show you how she makes her icon inspired paintings. Experiment and take home your own artwork with that aged, magical feel. 

Coffee/tea and treats on arrival, a light lunch, and a sumptuous home made cake for afternoon tea will be provided. £195 including materials and refreshments. Book Here


Saturday 13th April and Sunday 14th April

Two Day Mosaic Intensive Weekend 10am-5pm


This two day weekend course gives more time, so more ambitious pieces can be undertaken over two days. Athena Jane has been commissioned to create mosaics for many settings. She will show you everything you need to know and enable your designs so that you can mosaic whatever you wish to. Some clients have requested this workshop because they are keen to tackle a small indoor mosaic table, a large flowerpot or outdoor paver or to have more time for cutting tiles in detail for a piece of wall art. 

The course includes a consultation call in advance to work out what you want to make, what colour mosaics you want to use and what is needed so Jane can tailor make your weekend mosaicing for you. She will gather materials for you and enable the days so that you have all you need no matter what your level of mosaicing ability.


If you would prefer to book for just one of the two days, that is also possible (places permitting!). It is great fun to mosaic. You can use this session to kick start a bigger idea you may have been thinking of. Materials will be provided (except for massive pieces or tables where the base would not be covered by the cost), but all can be discussed and confirmed during the consultation process.

You will have access to all Athena Jane's tiles and equipment- hundreds of colours and types of tiles plus specials, micro dots, mini tiles, luminescence and glittering ranges. As well as using vintage bone china, and found elements if required.

Both days booked together £450 Book Here

Single day £250. Cost includes materials and all delicious refreshments all day, light lunch and afternoon tea.

A bit about the Venue

Workshops take place at Laughton Lodge, in a rural 23 acre site set in beautiful Sussex countryside.

Address: The Dining Room, Shawfield, Laughton Lodge, Common Lane, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BY. Your Sat Nav will bring you straight to Laughton Lodge. Google Maps for the address is at the Bottom of this page.

Free Parking on site.

Please park in the car park on the left as you come into Laughton Lodge and walk straight down the main drive where signs will direct you to the Dining Room. If you need to park nearby for mobility or health reasons, please just let Athena Jane know. You will be able to drive further down the drive to the main Shawfield building (on the right) to park outside it. It is about 100m from the car park to Shawfield.

Access: The workshop room is accessible and all on ground level with accessible toilets in the building. 

During warmer weather Laughton Lodge is a perfect place to wander and connect with nature and in winter the wood fire burner in the dining room will keep us cosy.

With a lot to do nearby (20 minutes from Brighton, 10 minutes from Lewes, close to the South Coast and the South Downs), it is an ideal spot to come for the workshop, but stay in the area for a weekend. 

Please be advised to wear comfy clothes you don't mind getting messy! 


Book Your Place

Sunday 21st January 2024 10am - 5pm

Sparkling Jewelled Bird Workshop

Shawfield Dining Room, Laughton Lodge


Saturday 24th February 2024 10am - 5pm

Micro Mosaic Shrine in a Tin

Shawfield Dining Room, Laughton Lodge


Sunday 24th March 2024 10am - 5pm

Faces from the Past and Present - Mixed Media Painted Panel

Shawfield Dining Room, Laughton Lodge

Saturday 13th April 2024 10am - 5pm

Sunday 14th April 2024 10am - 5pm

Weekend Intensive Mosaic Making 1 or 2 days

Shawfield, Laughton Lodge


Vouchers / Gift Ideas

Vouchers for workshops or One-to-One Creative Development Sessions are available to buy for a group of friends or to give as a gift to someone who would love to get going and make their own artwork. Give someone the gift of creating with Athena Jane. Makes an unusual birthday or Christmas gift to remember, or a special creative hen-do, birthday gathering, or activity for something unusual.

Vouchers come with a card you can personalise. 


Contact Athena Jane to create a creative package for your event

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