Sculpted Headpiece Summer School

Your tutor, Pea Cooper


This week-long course is a perfect way to learn the skills and techniques used in millinery. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience this course will give you all of the necessary know how in creating headpieces using a sculptured approach.

Using a wide range of materials, you will have the opportunity to create your very own bespoke piece whilst also learning essential tips and techniques from Pea.

Starting with an introduction by your tutor, Pea will show you examples of her work to provide inspiration and then guide you through the design process and intricacies in working with head forms.

This summer school will take place on five consecutive days and we welcome all ages from 14 and over; please note that those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult (18+) who should also be booked on the course.

Pea Cooper is an award-winning Milliner who studied Millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London. She started her own business over a decade ago designing and making hats and headpieces.

Pea describes her work as a mixture of design, sculpture and engineering and they are always inspired by her love of History of Fashion and World Costume. As one of the very few fully trained Scottish milliners Pea has the skills to make any kind of hat and frequently says she can make a hat out of anything!

Her 'Quirky but Wearable' style has taken her around the world making hats and having exhibitions of her work in all sorts of exotic locations from Australia to Ecuador! In 2021 Pea relocated to Brighton.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be available during the class.

All materials are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea, although you may wish to collect some visual reference materials and a sketchbook and pencil to make notes and sketch out ideas.


Jon Tutton at Atelier Beside the Sea
165 Kings Road Arches
East Sussex

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


5 days (10:00am to 1:00pm)

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