Join Nick Pearson and explore three great artists whose work is on show in the Great Room at The Courtauld. Nick brings to life Manet, Monet and Gauguin and their works which form part of the magnificent Courtauld collection.

Mondays

27 September – 11 October

2 – 4pm & 6.30 – 8.30pm

£10 per person

The Courtauld Gallery is a leading London gallery particularly known for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The collection contains some 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints. The gallery closed in 2018 for a major redevelopment and is due to reopen in November 2021. As part of the renovation, they have restored the Great Room to its original proportions and scale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNw95GpfZcM

In this series of art appreciation lectures you explore three great artists whose work is exhibited in the Great Room. You can join us in person at Dickens Yard, or online via Zoom.

First Lecture – 27 September

Edouard Manet is a key figure in the French Realism movement. The Gallery considers his work A Bar at the Folies-Bergere to be one of their major highlights. Nick also discusses other major works including Le dejeuner sur l’herbe which hangs at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Courtauld has a later, smaller version of this famous painting.

Second Lecture – 4 October

Impressionist Claude Monet is also featured in the Great Room. Nick talks about several important works including Autumn Effect at Argenteuil and Antibes which are both in the Courtauld collection. Monet painted Autumn Effect at Argenteuil in 1873 which was a year before the first Impressionist exhibition. He painted Antibes in 1893 when he travelled to the south of France to take advantage of the light.

Third Lecture – 11 October

The Courtauld’s extraordinary collection of post-impressionism artwork includes Paul Gauguin’s Nevermore and Te Reoia (The Dream). He painted both pieces in 1897. Gauguin experimented boldly with colour and his methods led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art; while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral.

You are welcome to join us online too. If you would like to join the lectures from the comfort of your own sofa, we shall send you the Zoom link. Once you have booked your place, we send you a pdf of the artwork Nick talks about so you have a high quality image to refer to during the lecture.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to explore three great artists before going to see their work when the Courtauld reopens in November.

About the Tutor

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website: https://www.nickpearsonartist.com/

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him: connie.spark@btopenworld.com

Join us for evening mixed media workshops led by Joel Sydenham throughout the Autumn. These sessions are suitable for all levels of experience and will focus on technical skills and simple media.

Thursdays

7 – 9pm

23 & 30 September

14 & 21 October

11, 18 & 25 November

All 7 Sessions: Full Fee £135; Retiree Fee £115; Concession Fee £100

Pay as you go rates: Full Price £23; Retiree Price £20 ; Concession Price £17

Limited to 10 artists

These evening mixed media workshops provide a wonderful opportunity for you to further your drawing and painting 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
  • enhance your portfolio

We’ve designed these workshops so that you have the opportunity to make art in your own style, as well as explore mixed media techniques or even learn to work in a completely new medium. You will be supported individually by the tutor and receive regular feedback and demonstrations that could help you improve your own specific style, or create more dynamic work.

You’ll spend about half the time working on subjects of your own choosing and the rest of the time working on study pieces that will help improve your technical skills.

The workshops have 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

We shall provide the following equipment and materials:

  • Paint
  • A3 & A4 Mixed Media paper
  • Sketching paper
  • Collage material
  • Palettes
  • Supplementary materials like coloured pencils, markers, erasers and rulers

You will need to supply the following materials for this course:

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

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.

Explore mixed media techniques with Joel Sydenham in a six week course. This course is suitable all levels of experience, but will focus on technical skills and simple media.

Wednesdays

15 September – 20 October

2 – 4pm

The course is limited to 8 artists

Course: Full Fee £120; Retiree Fee £105; Concession Fee £95

Pay as you go rates: Full Price £25; Retiree Price £20 ; Concession Price £17

This course provides a wonderful opportunity for you to further your drawing and painting 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
  • enhance your portfolio

During the six weeks course you have the opportunity to make art in your own style as well as explore mixed media techniques or even learn to work in a completely new medium. You will be supported individually by the tutor and receive regular feedback and demonstrations that could help you improve your own specific style, or create more dynamic work.

You’ll spend about half the time working on subjects of your own choosing and the rest of the time working on study pieces that will help improve your technical skills.

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.

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MATERIALS

We shall provide the following equipment and materials:

  • Paint
  • A3 & A4 Mixed Media paper
  • Sketching paper
  • Collage material
  • Palettes
  • Supplementary materials like coloured pencils, markers, erasers and rulers

You will need to supply the following materials for this course:

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

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 technique with pastels is a short four week course led by Andrea Tierney. If you completed her first course at OPEN, have some experience with soft pastels, or just want to learn a new medium – this is the course for you.

Fridays

10am – 1pm

3 – 24 September

Course Fees : Full £75 ; Retired £65 ; Concession £50

Pay As You Go Rates : Full £25 ; Retired £20 ; Concession £15

Limited to 8 artists

Pastel is a most versatile medium: from the subtle to the dynamic, from controlled observation to subjective expression, working with pastels makes it possible to great effect. Artists throughout history have used pastels to achieve that quality impossible to render in oils, watercolours or acrylics. Look at Edgar Degas or Mary Cassatt, Toulouse Lautrec or Paula Rego; they have all used soft pastels to achieve stunning effects.

In four week course you examine and develop your technique in the following areas:

  • portraits and people – week 1
  • figures – week 2
  • abstract design – week 3
  • landscapes – week 4

Materials

You need to provide your own materials for this course

  • Pastel paper
  • A range of soft/ chalk pastels (not oil pastels)
  • Kneaded eraser (putty rubber)
  • A blending stump (you can make it yourself from blotting paper. Or you can use your finger tips)
  • A soft brush for blending
  • A soft cloth
  • Apron or old shirt
  • Babywipes

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 how to carve your own ring or pendant with Ange B Design in just two hours.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own jewellery? During 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 20 November

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 and want to try your hand at making your own jewellery this lost wax carving jewellery workshop is for you. 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 about the ancient technique of lost wax casting and how to create a ring or pendant using 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.

Learn how to carve your own ring or pendant with Ange B is suitable for people aged 15 and older. The fee includes materials, tuition, casting of your ring in silver and return postage to you. Book your place now

“This was such an excellent course. Angela was super knowledgeable, helpful, very kind and really patient. I would take a course again with her in a heartbeat.
Despite me actually accidentally ruining my work, she helped me start again and make something I really like. ”

Shae H

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

Create your own ring or pendant with Ange B Design in just two hours.

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own jewellery? During 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 16 October

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 and want to try your hand at making your own jewellery this lost wax carving jewellery workshop is for you. 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 about the ancient technique of lost wax casting and how to create a ring or pendant using 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 workshop is suitable for people aged 15 and older. The fee includes materials, tuition, casting of your ring in silver and return postage to you. Book your place now

“This was such an excellent course. Angela was super knowledgeable, helpful, very kind and really patient. I would take a course again with her in a heartbeat.
Despite me actually accidentally ruining my work, she helped me start again and make something I really like. ”

Shae H

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 this jewellery making beginners’ 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 25 September

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 and want to try your hand at making your own jewellery this lost wax carving jewellery workshop is for you. 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 Jewellery making beginners’ Workshop is suitable for people aged 15 and older. The fee includes materials, tuition, casting of your ring in silver and return postage to you. Book your place now

“This was such an excellent course. Angela was super knowledgeable, helpful, very kind and really patient. I would take a course again with her in a heartbeat.
Despite me actually accidentally ruining my work, she helped me start again and make something I really like. ”

Shae H

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

Transfer Delights is a 2 day course with Amarjeet Nandhra during which you explore applying colour and pattern to fabrics using paper prints.

Thursdays

18 & 25 November

10.30am – 3pm

Limited to 6 artists

Course Fees: Full Price – £140 : Retiree Price – £120 : Concession Price – £100

During this course you will experiment with layering and colour blending, both on synthetic fabric to create vibrant bold colours and muted delicate prints on natural fabric. You can enhance these patterned pieces further with transfer foils. This opens up the possibilities of surface decoration either for samples pieces or a resolved piece.

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this course of Transfer Delights with Amarjeet Nandhra.

Materials Required

We shall supply:

  • A4 & A3 copier paper
  • Baking paper
  • Water pots
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • 2 irons
  • Padded surface / ironing board
  • Disposable gloves

The tutor will supply at cost to you:

  • Transfer dyes
  • Heat transfer foils
  • Bondaweb

You will need to bring:

  • Objects to print with: for example
    • leaves
    • seed heads
    • feathers
  • A range of fabrics
    • Synthetic or partially synthetic fabrics – the higher the synthetic content the stronger and more permanent the colour. Types include woven, novelty, metallic and sheer. Synthetic velvets are particularly effective
    • Old plain coloured polyester sheets, shirts and nets are good for practising on
    • Cottons – turban cotton, cotton lawn, the results are less dramatic, producing some very subtle, beautiful effects
  • It is important to wash the fabric to remove any dressing, and always iron the fabric, unless an uneven crumpled effect is required.
  • An iron if you prefer to use your own
  • An apron (and gloves if you require anything special)

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

Glorious Collage with Amarjeet Nandhra is a three day course during which you will create a range of printed papers.

Thursdays

21 & 28 October and 11 November (please note no class on 4 November)

10.30am – 3pm

Limited to 6 artists

Course Fees: Full Price – £260 : Retiree Price – £235 : Concession Price – £215

During this course you will create a range of exciting painted papers, using paint and mono printing techniques (gelli plates). Using stencils, stamps and mask, experiment with colour blending, pattern and texture. Gradually building up layers and depth, by obscuring and overprinting , creating a set of wonderful prints. Then using collage, and drawing materials, create a series of exciting paper collages, that explore composition and scale.

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this course and create a glorious collage with Amarjeet.

Materials Required

We shall supply:

  • One 8″ x 10″ Gelli Plate (yours to keep)
  • Cartridge paper to collage on
  • A variety of thin to medium weight papers to print on
  • Tissuetex and deli paper (supplied at cost by your tutor)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Liquitex matt medium
  • Water pots
  • Paint palettes
  • Paint brushes
  • Rollers
  • Disposable gloves

You will need to bring:

  • The design source to inform your prints – photographs or drawings
  • A range of thin to medium weight papers that you might be specifically interested in printing on: for example
    • tissue
    • recycled envelopes
    • book pages
  • Stencils , leaves, lace, soft mark making tools
  • An apron (and gloves if you require anything special)

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

Expressive Mark Making is a two day course with professional artist and experienced educator, Amarjeet Nandhra.

Thursdays

7 & 14 October

10.30am – 3pm

Limited to 6 artists

Course Fees: Full Price – £150 : Retiree Price – £135 : Concession Price – £110

During this course we aim to free and liberate your attitude towards drawing, which will allow you to generate a series of expressive and experimental drawings.

Playing with and enjoying materials such as inks, graphite and bleach and using techniques like piercing and frottage, you will create wonderful abstract marks and textures. You’ll create innovative mixed media experiments working from personal objects you bring to the course.

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this expressive mark making course.

Materials Required for Expressive Mark Making

We shall supply:

  • A4 good quality white cartridge paper
  • A range of white rectangular sticky labels
  • Water based ink (Quink)
  • Bleach
  • Water pots
  • Paint palettes
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tapes
  • A range of mark making tools
  • Awls and large needles
  • A range of threads
  • Disposable gloves

You will need to bring:

  • A couple of objects to inform your drawing ( jewellery, shells, natural forms, any item that has interesting surface and marks)
  • A range of shiny, matt or brown papers – medium to heavyweight papers are best. If you use lightweight paper, it will buckle.
  • A selection of small sticky labels – circle, square any shape
  • Oil pastels / Coloured pencils (for example: ink tense or aquarelle )
  • Marker pens / biro
  • A range of inks and /or acrylic paints (colours relevant to your objects)
  • An apron (and gloves if you require anything special)

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