A Foil Christmas Ornaments Workshop – sound like fun? Join Lucy Brett for an enjoyable workshop in time for Christmas.

Saturday 5 December

2 – 3pm

Suitable for Adults and accompanied Children aged 8 or older

Workshop Fee: £10 for people aged 15+ (£8 each for Parent/Carer and children aged 8 – 14).

This workshop is limited to 10 people.

In this one-hour workshop you will learn how to make embossed foil ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree. Tutor Lucy Brett will guide you through this simple method of re-purposing a tomato purée tube into a gold embossed ornament. She will show you ways in which you can explore the medium further at home.

The cost for this Foil Christmas Ornaments Workshop includes all materials.

With these basics, you will be able to continue to create lovely decorations at home.

About the Tutor

Lucy read English & French Literature at Oxford University and then trained as a secondary school teacher in London. After several years of teaching, she changed course and studied Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kennington.

Since then, she has combined art teaching with her own creative practice and lived in the French Alps, Bristol and London. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally. After the birth of her son in 2012, she shifted her focus to illustration so that she could work from the kitchen table at home. Printmaking is still a passion.

She can be found on Instagram @lucybrettstudio

Coloured Inks Calligraphy Workshop is a great opportunity to create your own Christmas cards and tags.

Saturday 14 November

2 – 4pm

£65 per person, including materials and light refreshments.

To reserve your place in this one off workshop click this link

You will enjoy this class if you

  • Have taken a beginners’ class
  • Are self taught and confident with pointed pen letterforms and joining letters to make words
  • Want to develop your calligraphy style and create some beautiful Christmas stationery (cards, gift tags, place names) using a nib and coloured inks.

We start by practising using metallic and white inks. Then we move onto creating beautiful cards and tags. To get you in the Christmas spirit, there will be warming mulled wine and mince pies.

You will have plenty of individual support during the class. By the end of the evening you’ll have beautiful cards and tags that you have created, ready to give to your friends and family

Classes are limited to 10 people and everyone has their own 2m table.

The cost of this Coloured Inks Calligraphy Workshop includes

  • a calligraphy starter kit including an oblique pen and nib
  • metallic ink
  • Christmas themed calligraphy guides
  • light refreshments.

Book a space. Click here

About the Tutor

Grania O’Brien is passionate about ink and paper. After a career in advertising and market research, she decided to return to what she truly loves: designing and creating beautiful things. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins followed by a degree in Book Arts at London College of Printing before setting up Ink & Paper Design.

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners with Grania o’Brien is a great introduction to a traditional craft.

Tuesday 10 November

6.30 – 9.30pm

£65 including materials and refreshments

To book a space, click here

Contemporary calligraphy is not only a beautiful art form, it is an immensely soothing pastime. In this relaxed group workshop you learn how to create your own modern calligraphy using a pointed pen.

The class is aimed at complete beginners who want to find their own calligraphic style. All you need, is your enthusiasm and a love of lettering. Grania will bring the Prosecco together with all the tools and experience you need to help you create your own cards.

We start with exercises that get you familiar with the shapes and strokes in calligraphy. Then we move onto the letter forms and by the end of the evening you’ll be creating joined up words.

You will have plenty of individual support during the class. By the end of the evening you’ll have the skills to write beautiful cards, envelopes and things like menus and place cards to add a special touch to events!

Classes are limited to 10 people and everyone has their own 2m table.

The cost of this Modern Calligraphy for Beginners class includes

  • a calligraphy starter kit including nib and ink
  • exclusive worksheets
  • light refreshments.

Book a space. Click here

About the Tutor

Grania O’Brien is passionate about ink and paper. After a career in advertising and market research, she decided to return to what she truly loves: designing and creating beautiful things. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins followed by a degree in Book Arts at London College of Printing before setting up Ink & Paper Design.

Improve your drawing and painting with Joel Sydenham in a supportive environment.

Wednesdays

28 October – 9 December (No workshops on 18 & 25 November)

2 – 4.30pm

Limited to 10 people

These sessions are for you if you want

  • Assistance to develop your drawing and painting further
  • To start drawing and painting, but not sure how to go about it
  • To develop your artistic confidence with a refresher

In this course we look for practical approaches to drawing and painting. We focus on construction and composition but each week Joel adapts the general topic to meet your individual creative needs.

We use artwork of various other artists as a way of reading our technique and general understanding of painting and drawing.

The course is structured so you develop and build on your skills. Each week we explore different creative approaches, visual language and artistic techniques aimed at helping you discover your own unique style of expression and enable you to create art that matches your taste. You are encouraged to draw and paint a subject of your choosing that enables you to incorporate your newly learned skills.

To improve your drawing and painting you have the choice of working in pencil, charcoal, acrylic or oils.

Please provide your own materials for the course. You will need

  • Set of pencils for sketching
  • Pencil sharpener; an eraser; ruler
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • 1 x pad of paper suitable for acrylic or oil paints

About the Tutor

Joel Sydenham (chidi3s) is a visual artist based in Acton. He has a degree in chemical engineering which he gave up to fulfill his dream of being an artist and follow his passion for connecting with people on an emotional level. Not only is Joel a painter, he writes and performs poetry around London and has a range of merchandise. He is also a mentor for The Prince’s Trust.

Joel has a passion for community development and has run over 50 workshops for charities, educational organizations, and youth centers across London. He also works as an Art Tutor with Hounslow council’s adult education, where he creates and teaches adult and family learning courses. He believes every individual is born a creative genius, and as a tutor he aims to help people gain the necessary skills to express their genius.

Capture Autumn in Oils is a set of four workshops for oil painters with some experience.

Wednesdays 10am – 1pm

11 November – 2 December inclusive

Adult Course Fee: £100 (Concession Fee: £80

Limited to 10 artists

In this set of four workshops your objective is to capture Autumn in oils. Our studio is a place for you to start a painting and bring it to fruition with support and encouragement from an experienced oil painter.

To enable you to get the most from this course, you will have some experience of using oil paints.

Led by professional artist and experienced tutor, Diana Braybrook, you will cover:

  • Planning the Painting
  • The Initial Layer
  • Mid Ground
  • Foreground

We shall provide the following equipment for the workshops:

  • Studio easel, chair and small table
  • Non-toxic painting medium
  • Large single use paper palettes
  • Jam jar for holding wet brushes
  • Space on a drying rack to hold one wet painting per artist between sessions.

You need to bring the following materials:

  • Sketches/photos of subject – possibly a couple of options
  • Paper & drawing materials for preparatory work – ruler also useful
  • Stretched canvas or board to paint on – maximum size is 594 x 891 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in)
  • Oil paints, brushes, palette knife/s
  • Rags or kitchen roll
  • Small pot or jar with lid for painting medium (non-toxic medium provided)
  • Baby wipes for messy fingers
  • Plastic bag to take used brushes home for cleaning

About the Tutor

Diana Braybrook trained initially at Camberwell College of Art, London before studying for her degree in History of Art & Architecture at Reading University.

She is currently resident artist at Osterley Park & House, Isleworth where she uses the Garden Gallery in the stable block as her studio and occasional exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to visit her on an open studio day or by prior arrangement.

Diana is also an experienced tutor and has recently stepped down as a tutor at the 4020 club in LB Ealing.

Visit Diana’s website

Adventures with Watercolour is a six week course led by Gail Astbury.

Tuesdays

2 – 4pm

3 November – 8 December inclusive

Course Fee: £120 (£90 Concessions)

British artists Constable and Turner made watercolour painting ‘en plein air’ or ‘in front of nature’ popular. Ever since many artists have followed their lead searching for new settings and a lighter touch in their vision. In this six week course we relive some of the exotic journeys undertaken by modern and contemporary painters. We will explore the range of techniques and methods that they employ to create unique and sensuous images of far off places.

Adventures with Watercolour – Course Content

Week 1: Chris Ofili – Trinidad

British Turner Prize winner, Chris Ofili now lives in Trinidad, which he refers to as his spiritual home. We will look at his use of photography, mythology, folk lore, observation and classical narrative to construct his colourful paintings.

Week 2: Howard Hodgkin – India

Howard Hodgkin had a lifelong fascination with India. We will look at his collection of Indian miniature paintings in terms of their colour reference as well as his use of contrasting colour and glazes to evoke memory and create a sense of place. Take a peek at this video to glimpse his feelings for India.

Week 3: Mary Fedden – Italy

Mary Fedden RA who lived and worked in London took many painting trips to Italy which she recorded with her usual joie de vivre. We will look at her use of sketching, mixed media gouache and collage to construct her playful compositions. This short video introduces you to her practise.

Week 4: Marc Chagall – France

Marc Chagall left his home in Belarus to live and work in Paris. Here he made some of his finest works and went on to embraced the warm colours and freedom of the south.

Week 5: Lois Dodd – Maine

American artist, Lois Dodd is 93 and spent years painting the gardens and views from the window of her home in Maine. We will look at how she simplifies and captures the essence of every day things.

Week 6: Henri Matisse – South Pacific

Although Matisse claimed to have ‘done nothing’ in Tahiti, he returned with many pen-and-ink drawings and ‘bad’ photographs. These aide-mémoires and his impressions of the golden light of the Pacific combined to form the inspiration for many of the paper cut outs to come.

Materials

You will need to supply your own materials for this Adventures with Watercolour course. We recommend:

  • Watercolour paints (solid pans)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • 1 x Palette
  • 2 x Water Jars
  • 1 x Apron

About the Tutor

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has recently gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries 2014. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail makes series of paintings and watercolours in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. Her work starts with her immediate surroundings, taking photos, sketching and amassing a picture library to draw reference from. She then plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  http://www.gailastbury.com 

Discover your creativity using ink in a three week course led by experienced artist and educator, Andrea Tierney.

Wednesdays 2 – 5pm

4 – 18 November inclusive

Course Fee: £60 adults (£45 concessions)

Using ink in art has been a popular technique throughout the ages : Rembrandt and Turner used it, as did Van Gogh. The process combines the techniques of drawing and painting in a simple but effective way.

During this three week course, you will learn how to master the techniques of drawing and painting in ink.

Workshop 1 : In the first session we look at the basics of drawing, mark making and shading with a nib pen and ink. We focus on contrast, tone, negative space, line and area by creating a floral still life.

Workshop 2 : By learning how to draw a portrait, you will learn how to combine drawing and painting in ink. You will learn how to dilute the ink to achieve the effect you want combined with layering techniques.

Workshop 3 : We combine drawing and painting in ink, practicing texture techniques. We look at figures in an interior setting.

Discover your creativity using ink is course which is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience of drawing & painting in ink. In each workshop you learn techniques and work on a composition.

You will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Bottle of black permanent (waterproof) ink
  • Watercolour brushes sizes 4 & 6
  • Dip Pen Nib for drawing (not calligraphy) and nib-holder
  • Medium weight Cartridge paper (120gsm), A4 or A3
  • HB Pencil, rubber, sharpener
  • Palette
  • Apron or old shirt

About the Tutor

Andrea Tierney is a practising artist with a training in Fine Art, Digital media and Textile Design. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and worked in artist residencies in Italy, the Czech Republic and Austria.
For 15 years she worked as art teacher in High Schools and as visiting artist in Primary and High Schools as well as taught Life Drawing and Drawing and Painting in Adult Education.

www.andreatierneydesign.com

www.andreatierney.webeden.co.uk

Paper Christmas Wreath Workshop is a marvellous way to lift your spirits.

Discover the joy of paper and unleash your creativity. Join Sammie Quinn for an afternoon of fun.

Sunday 8 November

Sunday 22 November

2 – 4pm

Fee: £25 – includes all materials and light refreshments.

Book your place now – limited to 10 people per workshop.

Learn how to make your own unique paper wreath for Christmas in this two hour workshop.

Paper Artist, Samantha Quinn, guides you through the process of turning a piece of paper into a beautiful and decorative festive object for your home.

The workshop is two hours long. You do not need to be experienced to participate. You will learn the techniques and process of paper crafting from Sammie. She will also provide all the materials and tools required to make the wreath.

The fee includes all materials and light refreshments.

To book your place click here

About the Tutor

Samantha Quinn is a London based graphic designer and paper artist. She founded SQuinn&Co and has over 10 years’ experience working with clients on a variety of paper projects.

After graduating from Falmouth she moved to London and has spent time living in Australia. Throughout her travels she has used the experience of daily life to produce remarkable designs. In 2015 she became involved with the Paper Artist Collective which she now leads with Kristine Braanen.

A few quick facts about Sammie’s work process:

  • Favorite paper: Anything around 160gsm. She also uses textured and patterned papers.
  • Blades: Swann Morton scalpel handle with 10a blades
  • She carries a sketchbook with her everywhere and creates an original drawing for each papercut.
  • Her ideas come from the strangest places. Sometime she dream ideas, wakes up in the morning and has to write them down before she forgets.

Visit her website to see her work https://www.squinnandco.co.uk/

or look her up on Instagram

A Linocut Christmas Card Workshop – sound like fun? Join Lucy Brett for an enjoyable and creative afternoon.

Saturday 7 November

3 – 5pm

Suitable for anyone aged 15 or older

Workshop Fee: £40 including all materials.

This workshop is limited to 10 people.

In this two-hour workshop you will learn how to carve and print a lino block to create an image that can be used for a Christmas card or gift labels. Tutor Lucy Brett will guide you through this simple, relief-printing method and show you the work of artists who have used linocut to produce designs. She will show you ways in which you can explore the medium further at home.

The cost for this Linocut Christmas Card workshop includes:

  • two blocks
  • a linocutting tool
  • ink
  • a roller
  • five blank cards (with envelopes) to print on

With these basics, you will be able to continue to create lovely prints at home.

About the Tutor

Lucy read English & French Literature at Oxford University and then trained as a secondary school teacher in London. After several years of teaching, she changed course and studied Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at the City and Guilds of London Art School in Kennington.

Since then, she has combined art teaching with her own creative practice and lived in the French Alps, Bristol and London. She has exhibited in the UK and internationally. After the birth of her son in 2012, she shifted her focus to illustration so that she could work from the kitchen table at home. Printmaking is still a passion.

She can be found on Instagram @lucybrettstudio

Oil Painting for Beginners is a four week course led by Diana Braybrook.

Friday

10am – 1pm

6 – 27 November

Limited to 8 participants.

Course Fee: £120 (£100 Concessions)

Learn how to paint using oils in four weeks. You’ll learn how painting with oils differs from using watercolours or acrylics.

In week two you’ll learn how pigments behave and how to mix colours. You’ll make your own reference sheet for future use and take your first oil painting home.

In weeks three and four you’ll paint a landscape using a photograph of your special place as a reference point.

Materials Required:

Oil Painting for Beginners is designed to help you decide if painting with oils is a pastime you want to continue. We shall supply many materials, accessories and canvas boards to keep your costs low.

You need to bring

Brushes:
Synthetic set £19.95 or
Set of hog brushes £14.95 (Cass Art)
(You can use both these sets for painting with acrylics as well as oil.)

Paints:
This limited range of 6 student quality oil colours. Either Daler Rowney Georgian oils or Winsor & Newton Winton oils in 37/38ml tubes. Prices range from £2.95 – £3.50 per tube = total price 17.70 – £21.00

  • Titanium White
  • Lemon yellow
  • Cadmium red hue
  • Yellow ochre
  • Raw umber
  • Ultramarine blue

About the Tutor

Diana Braybrook trained initially at Camberwell College of Art, London before studying for her degree in History of Art & Architecture at Reading University.

She is currently resident artist at Osterley Park & House, Isleworth where she uses the Garden Gallery in the stable block as her studio and occasional exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to visit her on an open studio day or by prior arrangement.

Diana is also an experienced tutor and has recently stepped down as a tutor at the 4020 club in LB Ealing.

www.dianabraybrook.com