Mono Printing on Fabric is an intensive two day course with professional artist and experienced educator, Amarjeet Nandhra.

Thursday 24 June & 1 July

10.30am – 3pm

Limited to 6 artists

Course Fees: £135 Adults (£110 Concessions)

In this workshop you will explore a number of different exciting mono printing techniques such as painted, wiped and drawn mono prints. We’ll incorporate layering and building to produce rich surfaces that will explore pattern and texture. We shall use these techniques on fabric working with textile paints (binder and pigment).

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this mono printing on fabric course.

Materials Required for Mono Printing on Fabric

We shall supply:

  • A mix of 50mm & 110mm foam / sponge rollers
  • A mix of 50mm, 100mm & 150mm hard rollers
  • The printing sheets
  • Mixing pots and spoons
  • Fabric printing inks – (binder and pigment) : please note there is a small charge of £4 to be paid directly to the tutor
  • A range of tissue paper
  • A range of mark making tools
  • Disposable Gloves

You will need to bring:

  • A range of light weight fabrics (nothing that is too dark in colour); muslin, cottons, transparent
  • Brown paper and any special tissue paper you want to include in your work
  • Your own rollers if you prefer (Foam /Sponge and Hard)
  • Any mark making tools: ends of paintbrushes, old pens, empty thread cones, empty sellotape roll, wire wool, knives, forks, credit card, spatulas … anything! 
  • An apron (and gloves if you require anything special)
  • Kitchen Roll

We shall provide light refreshments throughout the day; however we do not provide lunch. Please bring your own lunch, or make the most of all that Dickens Yard has to offer.

About the Tutor

Amarjeet Nandhra is a practising artist, with training in Graphic Communication, Print and Textile Art. She has also worked as an Art Director on various independent short films.

Her teaching career spans over 25 years. As a freelance tutor and lecturer, she has taught a range of courses including printmaking, mixed media and textiles from beginner to diploma level.

Amarjeet is a member of Studio 21 textile art and Textile Study Group (TSG); two of the most exciting textile art groups.

For more information about Amarjeet and her work please visit her website

Join Mel and learn how to draw birds in a fun and supportive workshop. This workshop is a great introduction to drawing.

Saturday 19 June

12.30 – 2pm

This session is limited to 5 people and is suitable for anyone aged 16+.

Workshop fee: £45 including all your materials

To secure your place click on this link now!

Come and learn the mindful art of drawing in a small friendly group. If you would like a creative outlet but feel intimidated about where to start, this supportive 90 minute workshop is ideal for you. Mel teaches you a few techniques to help tackle that “blank page fear”.

By learning some illustration basics you’ll be drawing the birds in your garden and the parks in no time!

Mel provides all the materials you need for this session, so come and learn to draw birds and discover the delights of illustration.

About the Tutor

Mel is a west London based illustration and lettering artist who promotes art for all. She delivers mindful workshops with a strong focus on nature. 

As a six year old she was a prolific (unpublished) author and illustrator. And now, after experimenting with other creative outlets – ranging from photography to jewellery making, she’s back – illustrating and writing.

​Over the last few years she’s spent time honing her artistic style – drawing on influences from talent such as Beatrix Potter, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell  and Sir Quentin Blake.

Visit her website to see more of her work:  themightymindcircus.com

Follow her on

Instagram / tik tok: @themightymindcircus

Facebook: The Mighty Mindcircus

Explore Linocut Techniques with local printmaker Jessica Rose on Wednesday afternoons. In this course you will work with a highly experienced printmaker and will quickly be able to create bold, expressive images using linocut techniques. 

Wednesdays

2 – 5pm

16 June – 21 July

Course Fee: £165 Adult (£140 Concessions)

Pay As You Go Fees: £30 Adult (£25 Concessions) per session

Linocut is one of the most accessible forms of printmaking, used by many famous artists including Degas and Picasso. This six week course is suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’ve done drawing and printmaking before or whether you’re a complete beginner – Jessica will guide you through the whole process and give you plenty of help and support. 

SKILLS/TECHNIQUES COVERED whilst you explore linocut techniques

  • Designing an effective image, thinking creatively within the boundaries of the process
  • Cutting lino safely and effectively using a variety of tools
  • Printing by inking up a lino block and hand burnishing it or printing it on a table top press
  • How to print in colour, using reduction and key block techniques
  • Printing using unusual materials and techniques, such as collage and fabric
  • How to sign and edition your prints, plus advice on framing 

MATERIALS REQUIRED

You will be provided with basic materials, such as ink and paper, but please also bring: 

  • Pencils and rubber
  • Source material, such as your own photographs and sketches, to help you create an image to print
  • Apron
  • Box/packet of latex gloves (to help you keep your hands clean when you’re inking up and printing)
  • Linocutting tools. If you do not have any you can buy a set from OPEN Ealing for £14 each. If you want to buy a set of tools from us make sure you contact us least two weeks before the course starts so they can be ordered in time. 

IMPORTANT NOTES

Linocutting can be quite hard on the hands so please bear this in mind if you have any problems with your joints. You may need to rest your hands regularly.

We will be working with oil-based inks. You can take your prints home at the end of the sessions, or leave them in the drying rack in the classroom. If you are taking your prints home, you may find it easier to transport them by car.

Please be aware we will be using white spirit, which has a strong smell, to clean lino blocks and perspex sheets. 

We’ve limited this class to 10 people. Book now!

About the Tutor

Jessica is an Ealing-based painter and printmaker and has exhibited with the Society of Women Artists, Chelsea Art Society and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. 

Website: jessicaroseartist.co.uk

Facebook: /JessicaRoseArtist

Twitter & Instagram: @JessRoseArtist

Drawing Movement is an online drawing session led by Stephanie Osztreicher. These workshops are an opportunity for you to explore the fundamentals of movement in life drawing.

Tuesdays

7 – 9pm

15 June – 3 August inclusive

£10 per session

We loosely group the sessions into blocks of five and Stephanie devises overarching themes for each five week period. Even though we will have a different movement principle or focus every week, they will all relate to the overarching theme. By the end of the five week period you will have had the opportunity to really get to grips with particular features in drawing movement.

During the two hour session the professional model or dancer will embody various movements and strike a mix of long and short poses which the tutor will explain.

All the models we work with in these sessions will be movement performers and dancers. They will strike a mix of short and medium length poses. The models will demonstrate a movement so that artists are able to understand it. After the demonstration, the models will suspend the movement so the artists can sketch it. Each movement includes detailed explanations.

Occasionally there will be moving poses.

We’ll also explore how you can find movement in a static pose.

By joining drawing movement with Stephanie, you will be able to explore movement both technically and expressively. It will add to your in person life drawing sessions

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evenings for an online drawing session with Stephanie and a variety of professional models/performers.

The Theme for Tuesday 15 June is Pina Bausch, an iconic choreographer and visionary of dance theatre.

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Stephanie Osztreicher is a movement director, teacher, performer and life model.

She trained at CSSD, Ballarat Arts Academy and Lecoq in Paris and works across film, visual arts and music. Her work also includes interdisciplinary performance with the main interest being the potential of creative, social and cultural exchanges movement can provide.  As a life model, she has worked with high profile art institutions, individual artists and on a range of performance art events.

www.sosztreicher.wixsite.com/performance

Book a place on this jewellery making workshop led by professional designer and maker Ange B Design.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own jewellery? With this fun, relaxed two hour session you will be guided through the basics of hand carving a ring or pendant to your own design using jewellers wax.

Saturday 10 July

1.30 – 3.30pm

Fee: £115 includes all materials

Book your place by clicking on this link

Limited to five participants

If you are a beginner this lost wax carving jewellery workshop is for you.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own jewellery? In this fun, relaxed two hour session you learn the basics of hand carving a ring or pendant to your own design using jewellers wax.

You learn to create either a ring or pendant using the ancient technique of lost wax casting and a range of simple tools. Your final wax master is sent to be cast in sterling silver and is hand finished by Ange. Three weeks later you receive your unique piece of jewellery.

This Wax Carving Jewellery Workshop is suitable for people aged 16 and upwards. The fee includes materials, tuition, casting of your ring in silver and return postage to you. Book your place now

About the Tutor

Angela is a local jewellery designer and maker who makes bold contemporary jewellery from recycled and ethically sourced sterling silver, using traditional jewellery making techniques.

Initially, she made jewellery for her own pleasure – she still finds the process engrossing. When her ‘collection’ of handmade silver rings started to get out of control, she sold her work at local craft markets but it was essentially still a hobby. With the encouragement of friends and family, she created AngeBdesigns in 2016 and featured recently in The Guardian

Ange works as a physiotherapist and often references the day job in her jewellery design process. “I like people to feel that they are getting a handmade silver jewellery item that is unique to them.”

Her aim is to make ethical jewellery that is as sustainable as it is beautiful. Where possible she re-uses scrap sterling silver to create new work. In an age where we all want to be “a bit different”, and in an attempt to shun the mass-produced, she believes in quality over quantity – that is why her unique silver jewellery pieces are completely handmade, unusual and timeless.

www.angebdesigns.com

Book a place on a lost wax carving jewellery workshop with Ange B Design and create a ring or pendant. This class is great fun and Ange, a professional designer, guides you through the process of hand carving a ring or pendant.

Saturday 12 June

1.30 – 3.30pm

Fee: £115 includes all materials

Book your place by clicking on this link

Limited to five participants

If you are a beginner this lost wax carving jewellery workshop is for you.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own jewellery? In this fun, relaxed two hour session you learn the basics of hand carving a ring or pendant to your own design using jewellers wax.

You learn to create either a ring or pendant using the ancient technique of lost wax casting and a range of simple tools. Your final wax master is sent to be cast in sterling silver and is hand finished by Ange. Three weeks later you receive your unique piece of jewellery.

This Wax Carving Jewellery Workshop is suitable for people aged 16 and upwards. The fee includes materials, tuition, casting of your ring in silver and return postage to you. Book your place now

About the Tutor

Angela is a local jewellery designer and maker who makes bold contemporary jewellery from recycled and ethically sourced sterling silver, using traditional jewellery making techniques.

Initially, she made jewellery for her own pleasure – she still finds the process engrossing. When her ‘collection’ of handmade silver rings started to get out of control, she sold her work at local craft markets but it was essentially still a hobby. With the encouragement of friends and family, she created AngeBdesigns in 2016 and featured recently in The Guardian

Ange works as a physiotherapist and often references the day job in her jewellery design process. “I like people to feel that they are getting a handmade silver jewellery item that is unique to them.”

Her aim is to make ethical jewellery that is as sustainable as it is beautiful. Where possible she re-uses scrap sterling silver to create new work. In an age where we all want to be “a bit different”, and in an attempt to shun the mass-produced, she believes in quality over quantity – that is why her unique silver jewellery pieces are completely handmade, unusual and timeless.

www.angebdesigns.com

Explore Watercolour online through the V&A collection is a four week course. We draw inspiration from the artwork and objects on display and those held within the museum’s collection and archives.

The aim of this course will be to learn old and new techniques by focusing on the ways in which artists use this most luminous and versatile of mediums to record their world. In essence, we are looking back to be able to go forwards in our own artistic practice.

Mondays

2 – 4pm

7 – 28 June

Course Fee: £80 Adults (£60 Concessions)

Pay As You Go Fee: £20 Adults (£15 Concessions)

Limited to 10 artists

Online

The V&A is one of the world’s leading museums of art and design. It has a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum is opening again to visitors on 19 May and we hope you have an opportunity to book a visit to see some of the new displays. You can also take advantage of their excellent online resources which show the collections’ highlights and detailed research about the artists and their work.

Join us as we explore watercolour online through the V&A over the next four weeks. Before the session we send you support notes which Gail has prepared. We record the session so you can play it back as you create your own works of art. You can also download it start building your own reference library.

Course Content

Week 1: Renaissance Watercolour

This current display presents for the first time watercolour during the Renaissance as a unified art form, highlighting its versatility and pivotal role in understanding, interpreting and documenting the natural world. We will focus on the beautiful album of 59 delicate paintings of natural forms by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues 1533-88. This one is his ‘Pomegranate’. We chosen this image to compare it with the YouTube clip of botanical artist Lucy T Smith painting the same fruit.

Week 2: The Watercolour Collection

This eclectic collection, includes both British and European works ranging from the 16th century to the 20th century, is particularly strong in well-known British artists such as John Sell Cotman, Turner, Constable, William Blake and Samuel Palmer . It also reveals how taste has changed in the use and appreciation of the medium.

Week 3: Recording Britain (then & now)

Recording Britain was an artistic documentary project compiled as the country was facing the impact of the Second World War. The resulting collection of more than 1500 watercolours and drawings, by artists such as John Piper, Michael Rothenstein, Barbara Jones and Stanley Badmin, is a rich visual record of buildings, landscapes and livelihoods under threat. We look at some of the highlights of this archive and paint our own record and recollections of the recent pandemic.

Week 4: New British Post War Designers

We will look at colour and Post war design for the last week. Althea McNish (1924 – 2020) was amongst the first, if not the first, designer of African-Caribbean descent to achieve international recognition. Her designs injected much-needed colour and life into the post-war fashion and textiles industry from the 1950’s onward.

Materials

You will need to supply your own materials for this 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

Join us and explore watercolour online through the V&A collection.

About the Tutor

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries. 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 work 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 use as reference points. Then she plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques to create paintings that are celebratory. They tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  http://www.gailastbury.com 

Explore Watercolour through the V&A collection is a four week course. We draw inspiration from the artwork and objects on display and those held within the museum’s collection and archives.

The aim of this course will be to learn old and new techniques by focusing on the ways in which artists use this most luminous and versatile of mediums to record their world.

Tuesdays

2 – 4.30pm

8 – 29 June

Course Fee: £80 Adults (£60 Concessions)

Pay As You Go Fee: £20 Adults (£15 Concessions)

Limited to 10 artists

The V&A is one of the world’s leading museums of art and design. It has a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum is opening again to visitors on 19th May and we hope you have an opportunity to book a visit to see some of the new displays. You can also take advantage of their excellent online resources which show the collections’ highlights and detailed research about the artists and their work.

Join us as we start our exploration of watercolour through the V&A over the next four weeks.

Course Content

Week 1: Renaissance Watercolour

This current display presents for the first time watercolour during the Renaissance as a unified art form, highlighting its versatility and pivotal role in understanding, interpreting and
documenting the natural world. In essence, we are looking back to be able to go forwards in our own artistic practice.
We will focus on the beautiful album of 59 delicate paintings of natural forms by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues 1533-88. This one is his ‘Pomegranate’. We chosen this image to compare it with the YouTube clip of botanical artist Lucy T Smith painting the same fruit.

Week 2: The Watercolour Collection

This eclectic collection, includes both British and European works ranging from the 16th century to the 20th century, is particularly strong in well-known British artists such as John Sell Cotman, Turner, Constable, William Blake and Samuel Palmer . It also reveals how taste has changed in the use and appreciation of the medium.

Week 3: Recording Britain (then & now)

Recording Britain was an artistic documentary project compiled as the country was facing the impact of the Second World War. The resulting collection of more than 1500 watercolours and drawings, by artists such as John Piper, Michael Rothenstein, Barbara Jones and Stanley Badmin, is a rich visual record of buildings, landscapes and livelihoods under threat. We look at some of the highlights of this archive and paint our own record and recollections of the recent pandemic.

Week 4: New British Post War Designers

We will look at colour and Post war design for the last week. Althea McNish (1924 – 2020) was amongst the first, if not the first, designer of African-Caribbean descent to achieve international recognition. Her designs injected much-needed colour and life into the post-war fashion and textiles industry from the 1950’s onward.

Materials

You will need to supply your own materials for this 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

Join us and explore watercolour through the V&A collection.

About the Tutor

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries. 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 work 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 use as reference points. Then she plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques to create paintings that are celebratory. They tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  http://www.gailastbury.com 

Develop your painting in acrylics with Joel Sydenham and discover more of yourself as an artist.

9 – 30 June

Wednesdays

2 – 4.30pm

This course is limited to 7 people

Course fee: £80 Adults (£70 Concessions)

Pay As You Go Fee: £25 Adults (£20 Concessions)

This intensive course is ideal if you have some experience of painting but struggling to find your style. You will be able to work with the tutor on a one-to-one basis to help you improve your skills and take your work to the next level. Ideally you’ll use your own material as sources of inspiration; however Joel always has some material you can use.

We welcome artists of all experience levels in this course and look forward to exploring your preferred painting style. It maybe an intensive course, but the sessions themselves are relaxed – so join us and develop your painting.

By the end of the course you will have gained new skills and more confidence to create your own work.

MATERIALS

You will need to supply your own materials for this course:

  • Brush Set – must include flat, pointed and round brushes)
  • Acrylic Paint : We suggest
    • Black
    • Titanium White
    • Ultramarine
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Red
    • Sap Green
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Permanent Rose
  • 1 x pad of paper suitable for acrylic paints
  • Pencils for sketching, sharpener; an eraser; ruler
  • Apron or old shirt

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.

Develop your drawing & sketching skills with Joel Sydenham in a short four week course. This course is suitable for anyone who has some knowledge of drawing or has completed an introduction to drawing course.

8 – 29 June

Tuesdays

6.30 – 8.30pm

The course is limited to 8 artists

Course fee: £70 adults (£60 concessions)

Pay as you go fee: £25 adults (£20 concessions)

This course provides a wonderful opportunity for you to develop your drawing abilities and enhance your creative process. Guided by experienced tutor and artist, Joel Sydenham, you will

  • improve your technique
  • gain confidence in your abilities
  • develop your own creative style
  • create artwork you love and are truly proud of

The course is intensive with lots of practical exercises, tips and advice; but the two hour sessions are relaxed. You also get the benefit of developing your skills in the company of like minded people and draw inspiration from each other.

MATERIALS

You will need to supply your own materials for this course:

  • Pencil set for sketching (4B – 2H)
  • Sketch Book / Pad
  • Precision Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener

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.