The Loft

The Loft 

A space to meet, to learn, to participate, to create and be inspired.

Read more about our creative classes here

Life Drawing Sessions

Mondays 6:30 - 8:30pm & Wednesdays 10am - 12noon 
An informal class of drawing the human form. A great way to learn and improve skills in a bright and comfortable setting. Please bring your own drawing materials. 
Rachel Cowell (Ginger moo) will be offering five Life Drawing sessions in The Loft focused on learning and experimenting with new materials and gaining more skills for people regardless of ability or previous experience.
The classes will be held on the following dates:
Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm: 11, 18, 25 September, 2 & 9 October then 30 October, 6, 13, 20 & 27 November
Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00pm: 13, 20, 27 September, 4, 11 October then 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November.
Admission is £12 per session or £10 per session per half term.  
Age 16+

Creative Writing Workshop: Writing Stories for Magazines

Tuesday 12 September for six weeks 10am-12noon
Do you enjoy writing stories? Maybe there are stories inside you that you haven’t yet got down onto paper? What about sending your work to magazines that publish fiction and pay for it? Or entering competitions? This course will cover the techniques of short fiction, focusing on marketable stories, and on the 'nuts and bolts' of submission.
We will do lots of work on finding inspiration and growing your plot. Later in the course we’ll aim to do a ‘joint critique’ of the stories.
Alison Carter publishes hundreds of stories and serials a year in women’s magazines, plus articles about writing in the trade press. She teaches the craft regularly at The Hawth, at the offices of ‘The People’s Friend’ in Fleet Street and across the South of England.
If you came to this course in Spring ‘17, you can still consider attending the autumn one. Alison will cover some of the same ground, but will aim to vary the sessions and exercises to give you fresh practice and inspiration!
Tickets: £6 per session

Ukulele Lessons with Mark Orchin

Saturdays 2, 16 and 30  Sept, 11, 14 Oct, 25 Nov and 9 Dec
Learn the basics of the instrument, how to play in a group and have fun on Saturdays 10am - 10.45am (beginners), 11am-11.45am (improvers). Suitable ages 16+.
Mark has a wealth of experience in teaching people of all ages and abilities as well as performing in bands including Touchstone.
£7.50 per session.

Papercraft with Natalie O’Shea

Sat 16 September 1 - 5pm, Sat 21 October 10am - 2pm & Sat 18 November 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Come and join Natalie O’Shea to make a fabulous handmade greeting card.  If you thought you weren’t artistic, then Natalie will show you how easy it is to make personalised cards whether you think you are crafty or not.
£20 per session. Please pay on the day. 

Sewing Workshop

Sat 14 October 1pm-3pm

Would you like to be creative for a few hours, whilst relaxing and having a chat? Be part of The Hawth’s very own pop up sewing group led by Diane Carney. Come along with nothing more than a bit of enthusiasm and you too could be the proud owner of a unique bag, make-up bag, cushion, gadget case, to name but a few of the projects on offer for you to make by hand. All fabric, needles, threads, pins, zips etc will be provided.

£20 per session. Please pay on the day.

Photography Session

Sat 18 November 4 - 7pm
Members of East Grinstead Camera Club offer a free session on composition, location and camera techniques.
Talks are accessible to everyone and will use the Club’s exhibition to illustrate the session as well as answering technical or other questions you may have.

If you interested in running a class or hiring The Loft please call 01293 859949

Find Us

The Hawth,
Hawth Avenue, Crawley
RH10 6YZ