Create Madhubani Art with artist and educator, Komal Madar.

Join her for a two hour workshop and learn how to create this traditional form of art practiced by Hindu women for decades.

Dates and Times

April: Sunday 25th: 11am -1pm

May: Saturday 8th: 2pm – 4pm & Saturday 29th: 2pm – 4pm

June: Saturday 19th: 2pm – 4pm & Monday 28th: 6pm – 8pm

July: Saturday 10th: 2pm – 4pm & Monday 19th: 6pm – 8pm

Fee: £35 per person. Click here to book your place

Madhubani means Forest of Honey. It is a district in the northern Indian state of Bihar. It’s traditionally practiced by Hindu women, who paint the walls and floors of their houses before major festivals or family celebrations and features a complex border design.

Tutor Komal Madar guides you through the process of creating a traditional Madhubani painting step by step. During the process she explains the inspiration and meaning associated with the images and patterns used in these artworks. Komal also gives you a bespoke pattern-training sheet to help you make your own beautiful masterpiece.

Komal has designed the Madhubani Art: Forest of Honey Workshop as a way to bring people together in a creative environment. She demonstrates how creating art in a mindful way will result in you feeling a sense of increased wellbeing.

The cost of this workshop includes:

  • Exclusive/bespoke pattern training worksheets
  • A pdf hand-out for future reference (emailed to you after the workshop)
  • A4 water colour paper for your drawing 
  • A plastic wallet/folder to keep your artwork in

No prior experience is required. The aim is to enjoy this art as a form of mindfulness and wellbeing. 

Materials

We provide the following materials for the workshop

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Black marker pen
  • Acrylic Paints/ water colours/ and Brushes
  • References

You are welcome to bring your own watercolour and acrylic paints and brushes, if you prefer.

To book your place on one of the workshops to create Madhubani Art click here

About the Tutor

Komal Madar is a British Indian Artist. She studied at UAL Central St Martins College of Art & Design and has exhibited and sold her work in the UK and abroad which resulted in her being featured in many international publications.

Komal is also an experienced tutor and runs a variety of workshops in London focusing on art and mindfullness.

https://www.komalmadar.com/

Develop your Sumi-e painting skills and learn how to combine them with conventional ink painting techniques. Andrea Tierney teaches you how to combine the techniques in a three week course.

Tuesdays 10am – 1pm

27 April – 11 May inclusive

Course Fee: £60 (£45 Concessions)

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

Limited to 10 participants

Sumi-e (sumie) is an ancient technique of monochromatic drawing, based on the use of India ink. The name derives from the words sumi, meaning ink and e, painting. It originated in Chinese painting in the Tang dynasty. The Buddhist monks introduced the technique to Japan in the second half of the 14th Century.

Artists painting in this style often take their inspiration from Nature and use very delicate brush strokes. The paintings are often in monochrome.

In this three week course you will not only develop your sumi-e painting skills but learn how to combine them with conventional ink painting techniques.

Workshop 1

We practice a multitude of mark making and shading techniques with our conventional watercolour brushes. We aim to use these techniques to portray animals (small birds, ducks, swans, cats, dogs and more).

Workshop 2

We learn to combine the use of black ink with colour inks (or watercolour). We work wet on wet and wet on dry using both conventional brushes as well as Chinese brushes. These techniques are perfect for creating floral still lives.

Workshop 3

Perfecting brushwork with lightness of touch, we practice a calligraphic style of painting to create patterns using shades of black, line, texture and contrast. We use our Chinese brushes as well as conventional brushes.

Materials

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

  • Bottle of black permanent (waterproof) ink
  • Colour inks or watercolours
  • Watercolour brushes sizes 4 & 6
  • Sumi-e brushes sizes small and medium. Must have a good tip
  • 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

Learn Watercolour Techniques online with Gail Astbury. In this six week course we explore the techniques used by artists who are members of the Royal Watercolour Society and take inspiration from their work.

Mondays 2 – 4.15pm

12 April – 17 May

Course Fee: £120 (£90 Concessions)

Limited to 10 artists

Online

The Royal Watercolour Society was founded in 1804 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolour societies in the world. Henry Moore and John Singer Sargent were members. The Society is led by artists who are elected to become members. The artists are some of the finest practitioners in contemporary water-based painting today and are elected on merit by the existing membership. There are only 75 artists members at any time. They hold two exhibitions a year and all their work is for sale.

This 6 week course led by Gail Astbury is your opportunity to learn watercolour techniques online. 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.

Course Content

Week 1: Sue Howells

“I don’t usually plan my paintings in
advance. Starting with a loose wash, I let one brush stroke lead to another, always looking for the perfect composition, cropping along the way to get the right balance. The enjoyment of using pure watercolour is important to me, exploiting the effect of this elusive medium, letting the beauty of the paper.”

Sue Howells

Week 2: Francis Bowyer

“Light and colour play an important
part in my paintings. The brief moment captured. A richness and enjoyment of colour is always at the heart of the subjects that I am attracted to.”

Francis Bowyer

Week 3: Emma Howarth

Emma’s paintings are narratives, usually based in a park or scrub land set within an urban environment. These areas are havens for people and wildlife, places of sanctuary and refuge from the city. Such spaces are a constantly changing back drop with the seasons, weather and passage of time affecting all that passes through them.

Week 4: Christopher le Brun

He is an honorary member of the RWS . His work is characterised by an adherence to the essential values of touch, light, space and colour while maintaining a questioning and strongly individual stance in relation to contemporary art history. Though abstract in appearance, his art is rooted in the long tradition of the English appreciation of landscape and nature.

Week 5: Angie Lewin

Angie often returns to the same places for her walking and sketching trips. She collects natural elements like seedpods, grasses, pebbles, dried seaweed and feathers, which she takes back to her studio. These reminders of familiar, but ever changing landscapes are incorporated into her still life compositions. Finding native and often overlooked flora as fascinating as any exotic specimen, she aims to capture the essence of each individual plant.

Week 6: Thomas Plunkett

Thomas is a past president of the Society and is an artist specialising in watercolour. He undertakes commissions on all sorts of subjects from portraits to landscapes and has a fun experimental way of working that is an architectural mosaic of styles that are unusual for this medium.

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

Learn Watercolour Techniques online is limited to 10 artists to make the most of your experience. Book your place now.

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 

Learn Watercolour Techniques used by contemporary artists who are members of the Royal Watercolour Society. In this six week course we explore the techniques used by six current members of the RWS and take inspiration from their work.

Tuesdays 2 – 4.15pm

13 April – 18 May

Course Fee: £120 (£90 Concessions)

Limited to 10 artists

The Royal Watercolour Society was founded in 1804 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolour societies in the world. Henry Moore and John Singer Sargent were members. The Society is led by artists who are elected to become members. The artists are some of the finest practitioners in contemporary water-based painting today and are elected on merit by the existing membership. There are only 75 artists members at any time. They hold two exhibitions a year and all their work is for sale. This 6 week course led by Gail Astbury is your opportunity to learn watercolour techniques used by these masters.

Course Content

Week 1: Sue Howells

“I don’t usually plan my paintings in
advance. Starting with a loose wash, I let one brush stroke lead to another, always looking for the perfect composition, cropping along the way to get the right balance. The enjoyment of using pure watercolour is important to me, exploiting the effect of this elusive medium, letting the beauty of the paper.”

Sue Howells

Week 2: Francis Bowyer

“Light and colour play an important
part in my paintings. The brief moment captured. A richness and enjoyment of colour is always at the heart of the subjects that I am attracted to.”

Francis Bowyer

Week 3: Emma Howarth

Emma’s paintings are narratives, usually based in a park or scrub land set within an urban environment. These areas are havens for people and wildlife, places of sanctuary and refuge from the city. Such spaces are a constantly changing back drop with the seasons, weather and passage of time affecting all that passes through them.

Week 4: Christopher le Brun

He is an honorary member of the RWS . His work is characterised by an adherence to the essential values of touch, light, space and colour while maintaining a questioning and strongly individual stance in relation to contemporary art history. Though abstract in appearance, his art is rooted in the long tradition of the English appreciation of landscape and nature.

Week 5: Angie Lewin

Angie often returns to the same places for her walking and sketching trips. She collects natural elements like seedpods, grasses, pebbles, dried seaweed and feathers, which she takes back to her studio. These reminders of familiar, but ever changing landscapes are incorporated into her still life compositions. Finding native and often overlooked flora as fascinating as any exotic specimen, she aims to capture the essence of each individual plant.

Week 6: Thomas Plunkett

Thomas is a past president of the Society and is an artist specialising in watercolour. He undertakes commissions on all sorts of subjects from portraits to landscapes and has a fun experimental way of working that is an architectural mosaic of styles that are unusual for this medium.

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

Learn Watercolour Techniques is limited to 10 artists. Book your place now.

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 

Painting Portraits in Oils is an exciting new course for OPEN led by professional portrait artist and tutor, Stella Tooth. The course takes place over two weeks.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

9 – 11 AND 16 – 18 June inclusive

10am – 1 pm

Course Fee: £175 (£155 Concessions)

Limited to 7 artists

If you want to learn how to paint portraits in oils or improve your technique, this short course is for you. It is a practical course and we work with a live model. During the session you will learn the skills and concepts involved in painting portraits from life; including:

  • structure
  • proportion of the head and features
  • tone
  • colour
  • pose
  • expression

Materials

We shall provide the following equipment for Painting Portraits in Oils:

  • 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:

  • 2 sheets A3 oil painting paper OR 1 x 12”x16” or 30x40cm canvas if preferred
  • Paper & drawing materials (Charcoal) for preparatory work
  • 2 flat brushes, palette knife/s
  • Artist quality oil paints (for example Winsor & Newton)
    • ivory black
    • titanium white
    • burnt umber
    • cadmium red
    • ultramarine blue
    • cadmium yellow
    • Optional Additional Colours
    • cadmium lemon
    • cobalt/cerulean blue
    • alizarin crimson
  • 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

Stella Tooth is an Ealing-based figurative artist, specialising in portraiture and musicians. 

As a member of the Lots Road Group of portraitists, she undertakes both painted and drawn portrait commissions of adults, children and pets and has portrayed well-known sitters, such as the BBC’s Kate Adie and John Humphrys.

She creates images which go beyond the photographic depiction of moments in time to capture lives lived up to this moment. In her busker and venue entertainer artworks, her focus is on capturing the creative energy of performing live and she is resident artist at iconic music venue the Half Moon Putney.  

Winner of the Judges’ Prize at Egypt’s first biennale (2013), she has exhibited at the Milan Expo, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and National Open Art exhibitions (2015).  And she exhibits annually in BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) open studios.

She has taught drawing for six years in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld and Tate Britain for Sketchout.  

Visit Stella’s website https://stellatooth.co.uk/

John Humphrys and me with my portrait of him in BBC Radio 4’s Today 15 May 2014 by Jeff Overs

Develop your Portrait Drawing Skills in a three hour workshop with professional portrait artist and tutor, Stella Tooth.

Tuesday 25 May

10am – 1 pm

£35 (£30 Concessions)

Limited to 7 artists

If you can draw faces but want to improve your techniques and hone your skills, this three hour workshop is for you. It is a practical course and we work with a live model. During the session you will focus on a new technique and materials to help grow your understanding of how to capture the character and subtlety of a face.

MATERIALS

You need to bring your own materials for the workshop.

  • A good quality A3 drawing pad with rigid back
  • 2 sheets toned (neutral) drawing paper roughly A3 size
  • 1 good quality black pencil and 1 good quality white pencil
  • HB pencils with rubbers on the end
  • Sharpeners
  • Masking tape
  • Wet wipes

We’ll provide the easels and drawing boards and make sure all equipment is sanitised before the workshop.

Develop your Portrait Drawing Skills is a brand new course for OPEN Ealing and we look forward to seeing you.

About the Tutor

Stella Tooth is an Ealing-based figurative artist, specialising in portraiture and musicians. 

As a member of the Lots Road Group of portraitists, she undertakes both painted and drawn portrait commissions of adults, children and pets and has portrayed well-known sitters, such as the BBC’s Kate Adie and John Humphrys.

She creates images which go beyond the photographic depiction of moments in time to capture lives lived up to this moment. In her busker and venue entertainer artworks, her focus is on capturing the creative energy of performing live and she is resident artist at iconic music venue the Half Moon Putney.  

Winner of the Judges’ Prize at Egypt’s first biennale (2013), she has exhibited at the Milan Expo, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and National Open Art exhibitions (2015).  And she exhibits annually in BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) open studios.

She has taught drawing for six years in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld and Tate Britain for Sketchout.  

Visit Stella’s website https://stellatooth.co.uk/

John Humphrys and me with my portrait of him in BBC Radio 4’s Today 15 May 2014 by Jeff Overs

Drawing Portraits from Life is an exciting new course for OPEN led by professional portrait artist and tutor, Stella Tooth.

Tuesday 18 May

10am – 1 pm

£35 (£30 Concessions)

Limited to 7 artists

If you are learning how to draw portraits, this three hour workshop is for you. It is a practical course and we work with a live model. During the session you will learn the skills and concepts involved in drawing portraits from life; including:

  • structure
  • proportion of the head and features
  • subtlety of line
  • pose
  • expression

Materials

You need to bring your own materials for the workshop.

  • A good quality A3 drawing pad with rigid back
  • 2 sheets toned (neutral) drawing paper roughly A3 size
  • 1 good quality black pencil and 1 good quality white pencil
  • HB pencils with rubbers on the end
  • Sharpeners
  • Masking tape
  • Wet wipes

We’ll provide the easels and drawing boards and make sure all equipment is sanitised before the workshop.

About the Tutor

Stella Tooth is an Ealing-based figurative artist, specialising in portraiture and musicians. 

As a member of the Lots Road Group of portraitists, she undertakes both painted and drawn portrait commissions of adults, children and pets and has portrayed well-known sitters, such as the BBC’s Kate Adie and John Humphrys.

She creates images which go beyond the photographic depiction of moments in time to capture lives lived up to this moment. In her busker and venue entertainer artworks, her focus is on capturing the creative energy of performing live and she is resident artist at iconic music venue the Half Moon Putney.  

Winner of the Judges’ Prize at Egypt’s first biennale (2013), she has exhibited at the Milan Expo, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and National Open Art exhibitions (2015).  And she exhibits annually in BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) open studios.

She has taught drawing for six years in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld and Tate Britain for Sketchout.  

Visit Stella’s website https://stellatooth.co.uk/

John Humphrys and me with my portrait of him in BBC Radio 4’s Today 15 May 2014 by Jeff Overs

This Wax Carving Jewellery Workshop is suitable for beginners and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. Working with a professional jewellery designer, you will learn the basics of hand carving a ring or pendant to your own design.

Saturday 17 April

1.30 – 3.30pm

£90 (including all materials)

Limited to five participants. Book your place now

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.

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

Drawing Movement with Stephanie is an online drawing course where you will explore movement fundamentals in life drawing.

Thursdays

7 – 9pm

1 April – 29 July

£10 per session

Each week we will have a different movement principle or focus that the model will embody and the tutor will explain.

All the models we work with in these sessions will be movement performers and dancers.

So that artists are able to understand the movement the model will demonstrate it and then suspend the movement. 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 artists will be able to explore movement both technically and expressively.

Join us on Thursday 8 April. We shall focus on Centre and Grounding.

About the Tutor

Stephanie Osztreicher is a movement director, teacher, performer, and life model. Stephanie trained at CSSD, Ballarat Arts Academy and Lecoq in Paris. She 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

Drawing and Sketching with Joel is suitable for anyone who wants to develop their skills with a group of like minded people.

13 April – 18 May

Tuesdays

6.30 – 8.30pm

Drawing and Sketching is limited to 7 people

Course fee: £105 adults (£90 concessions)

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

This course provides a wonderful opportunity for you to either learn to draw from scratch, improve your current abilities, or enhance your creative process. Guided by experienced tutor and artist, Joel Sydenham, you will improve your technique and ability. We shall explore a range of subjects and techniques and find an approach to drawing that works for each specific learner. During the six week course we shall cover:

  • Proportion
  • Shading
  • Toning
  • Linear perspective
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Abstraction
  • Surrealism
  • Realism

By the end of the course you will have gained new skills and more confidence to create make art that you love.

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.