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Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic we're temporarily closing our classes at Lewisham Arthouse until further notice. Instead we are offering students the chance to learn online using Zoom. To see what we have been up to please take a look at our Online Gallery or if you wish to join then email sleeveartclasses@hotmail.com for more information.


Whatever background or ability Art On Your Sleeve aims to inspire and teach anyone aged 8 - 13 in an inclusive and creative programme that includes core visual skills. Whether you are aiming to be the next Matisse or simply looking for something fun to do, artist Sam Petherbridge wishes to inspire and support your journey into the world of Art Making.


“An arts education should be accessible to everyone as it offers us time to slow down, observe and think. Over time Art has challenged us to record our expression and has given us new ways to communicate, build and shape our future. Personally, it has helped me to develop my self-confidence, expression and a drive to create. Seeing the arts being marginalised within the education system despite the positive impact it makes, is why I’m now compelled to give lessons to children, at the Arthouse, close to where I grew up.” 

– Sam Petherbridge




Tailored to each individual’s level and ability, Sam Petherbridge teaches a mixture of observational and figurative drawing with a strong focus on craft and testing the capability of material. Students will learn to look upon themselves, their environment or their imagination to learn a variety of skills with a vast selection of materials. Below are some examples -


  1. Line and Tonal drawings using charcoal, rubbers, graphite or pencils.

  2. Colour, composition and perspective using dry and oil pastel, acrylic and water colour paint and collage.

  3. Space, shape and form using Clay, paper, card and wire.


Closer to his own practice, Sam additionally offers further teachings in collage and bookbinding and in some sessions invites the students to collaborate in the work they make.




Each session is two hours long from 4pm until 6pm. There is a 15 minute break where a drink and healthy snack is provided, though students can bring their own as long as they don’t share. Parents are invited to join 15 minutes before the end of the session for a group sharing on what they’ve made that day. Students don’t have to share but it is a great opportunity for them to gain confidence, learn from their peers and give us insight to what they’ve experienced.




For more personal attention we can only take a class of 5 to 10 students. If there is a high demand we hope to arrange more sessions on another day of the week.



Classes run every Tuesday from 4pm until 6pm.

Single Session - 2hrs - £25

1st Spring Term Sessions (7th January - 11th February) - 6 weeks (12hrs) - £120

2nd Spring Term Sessions (25th February - 31st March) - 6 weeks (12hrs) - £120


For reduced sibling rates please email sleeveartclasses@hotmail.com to discuss further.




If you wish to join one of the sessions please email sleeveartclasses@hotmail.com in advance and we can book you in.


So we don't experience an overflow of students attending the session we do not except drop ins instead we prefer you to email to book in a single session.


If you wish to cancel a class we do not offer a refund but can organise a make up session instead. Cancellations must be organised at the latest 24 hours before the session begins to allow us enough time to notify another students who may wish to take part.




Fortunately the Arthouse is only 20 minutes walking distance away from the following train stations - 


New Cross (10min) St Johns (10min) Deptford Bridge (12min) New Cross Gate (13min) Brockley Station (14min) Deptford (16min) Lewisham (20)


There is also a bus stop just opposite where the 136, 436, 321 and 21 stops.


There is a short term parking available on Rokeby Road which is around the side of the building and there’s wheel chair access at the front of the building.



The Lewisham Arthouse

Lewisham way


SE14 6PD


On arrival please press on the workshop buzzer and I will be quick to welcome you into the building. For safety It’s important that we keep the front door closed.


If you have any further questions please email sleeveartclasses@hotmail.com