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Knot Works: Summer School 2023

Five-day programme of creative workshops aimed at those who would like to explore different creative disciplines

Knot Works: Summer School 2023
Knot Works: Summer School 2023

Time & Location

14 Aug 2023, 10:00 – 18 Aug 2023, 15:00

Knot Works, 64 London Rd, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0PR, UK

About the Event

Knot Works Summer School 2023

Monday 14th– Friday 18th August

The Knot Works Summer School is a 5-day programme of creative workshops aimed at those who would like to explore different creative disciplines. Each day there will be a different focus, taught by artists and designers.

This course is suitable for any age (16+) or skill level. Through these taster sessions, we hope to support people to develop their creative skills, try out something new or prepare for higher or further education in the Arts.

The Summer School will be held at the Knot Works studio in Southborough where we regularly host exhibitions, talks and studio sessions for artists and makers.

Participants will finish the week with a variety of work to take home in an A2 portfolio provided by Knot Works. The works created could help form a portfolio for college, university, or job applications.

The Summer School will give a sense of a studio setting that might be experienced at higher education including the process of reflection through the presentation of work at the end of the week.


The course will run for 5 days, Monday – Friday 10-3pm, with a one-hour lunch break at noon. The week will be concluded with a display on Friday afternoon, friends and family welcome. Full timetable below.


£330 per person


Maximum of 6 students

All materials will be provided including an A2 card portfolio and A4 sketchbook

Students must be 16 years old and over

Bring a packed lunch or lunch is available from Early Grey Tearooms or Tesco next door

Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint/clay on, plus an apron if you wish


Knot Works, 64 London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0PR


Knot Works Summer School Timetable 2023

Start 10am

Finish 3pm (4pm on Friday)

Monday 14th August

Morning meet and greet – introduction to tutors and plan for the week


You will be guided through several key techniques for making hand-built pottery. You will be shown how pottery is made, dried, glazed and fired.

Output: One or two pottery pieces (will be dried and fired ready for collection 2-3 weeks later)

Tuesday 15th August


You will be guided through a series of drawing and mark-making exercises using found materials and reference imagery.

Output: Drawings on paper

Wednesday 16th August


You will be guided through the process of making prints using lino. Print designs can be inspired by the work created on the previous day.

Output: Prints made on paper

Thursday 17th August


You will be guided through a series of fabric manipulation techniques that will be compiled into a cloth book.

Output: Cloth book

Friday 18th August


You will be guided through painting techniques with acrylics including the process of mixing colour and mark making. This will be followed by a session of outdoor painting in the local area.

Output: A series of painting tests and experimentation on paper.

End of the week display

3-4pm At the end of the day we will display your work to enable reflection and celebration. Friends and family are welcome.



Jean Crosbie

Jean Crosbie is a potter and textile artist based in Kent, UK. She has been a potter for over 20 years and has exhibited and sold her work at numerous locations across the south-east. With a focus on hand building, each piece is unique and incorporates abstract patterns in sgraffito and oxides using found objects for mark making. Jean is Knot Works' resident potter.


Edward Liddle

Edward is an artist and educator who studied Fine Art Painting at Brighton University and holds a Masters degree in Cultural and Critical Theory from Goldsmiths University. Ed has exhibited in the UK and in Europe.  Edward recently exhibited work at the Brewers Towner International Exhibition 2022 at the Towner in Eastbourne. Ed is a co-founder of Knot Works - read more about him here. 


Holly Jean Crosbie

Holly is a RIBA Chartered architect who trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and runs who own architectural practice based at Knot Works. Holly is a Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brighton. Alongside her practice and teaching Holly is an artist/maker working across multiple disicplines such as ceramics, textiles and photography. Holly is a co-founder of Knot Works - read more about her here.


Cancellations and Refunds

Bookings for our workshops and studio sessions are non-refundable. Please check the dates and details above carefully before you confirm your booking.

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