Saturday 22 August 2020

1.30 – 3pm

£85 per person

Limited to 8 people

Booking Link

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 to your own design using jewellers wax.

Lost wax casting is an ancient technique!

You will learn how to create your own ring using a range of simple tools.

Your final wax master will be sent away for casting in sterling silver and will be hand-finished by designer Ange and posted back to you within 3 weeks.

The fee of £85 includes materials, tuition, casting of your ring in silver and return postage to you.

This 2 hour class is suitable for Beginners aged 16 and upwards. It is accessible for wheelchair users.

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.


12 – 26 August

9.30am – 12.30pm

£60 Adults (£45 Concessions)

Limited to 10 people

Learn how to create art with pen and ink with professional artist and experienced tutor, Andrea Tierney.

During this three week course you will covering everything from mark making to applying washes.

  • Session 1: Mark making with nib pen and ink, diluting ink, using brush and ink. Still life with fruit or flowers. Please bring items of your choice to use.
  • Session 2: Layering ink. Creating textures with nib pen. Landscape studies. Please bring a photograph or image with you (or on your iPad).
  • Session 3: Sketching faces with nib pen. Applying ink wash. Please bring a photograph or image with you (or on your iPad).

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Materials Needed – you will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Bottle of black permanent (waterproof) ink
  • Watercolour brushes sizes 4/6/8
  • Nib for drawing (not calligraphy) and nib-holder
  • Cartridge paper smooth, 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.

Tuesdays : 4 – 25 August

9.30am – 12.30pm

Limited to 10 people

A course to inspire your development using water based painting, led by artist and tutor Helen Trevisiol Duff.

Helen will provide a springboard to inspire your creative development using techniques which can be built on and help you explore the myriad of elements that nature brings to watercolour painting: from landscapes through to botanicals, still life and abstracted nature too.

On this structured course you will learn how to feel comfortable about using watercolour by practising structured exercises and experiment with new techniques.

Helen will not only give demonstrations of methods to help develop your own style through
this fascinating and dynamic medium, she will talk about other artists’ work in this field for inspiration. A mixed media element will be included later in the course using found materials and incorporating them into the artwork. You will be shown composition methods and how to visually edit your layout.
To support you there will be a group discussion at the end of each session to help learn from each other

The course is open to anyone who wants to learn and express themselves in a nuturing environment that celebrates their individuality.

Materials Needed – you will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Watercolour Paper 300gm [Daler Rowney Langton pad 300gm NOT pad] or similar
  • Brushes: 1 inch Flat, size 12 round, Nylon round sizes 10, 6, 2 [ mixed packs of watercolor brushes are affordable] , any other brushes you may have even if they look old and worn out. 
  • An old toothbrush
  • Pencils : Hb, 2 B, 6 B [ you can buy a set]
  • Watercolour paints : Winsor & Newton set artists quality half pans or similar. If you are buying tubes instead of a set of watercolour pans suggested colours are : Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet, Cerulean, Sap Green, Gamboge, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Hookers Green and Paynes Grey. 
  • Any pastels, watercolour pencils you may already own. [ no need to buy if you don’t have any] 
  • A4 sketchbook 
  • Pencil sharpener, an eraser
  • Kitchen towel and an old apron/shirt
  • An old white plate or plastic palette
  • Water jars x 2

Suppliers : ; or Turnham Arts & Crafts not far from Turnham Green tube station. tel 0208 995 2872 or online

About the Tutor

Helen Trevisiol Duff is an Ealing Artist, a graduate of Cheltenham Art College having
studied drawing at Royal West of England Academy and foundation at Bristol Art college.
She has an Award In Education And Training.

As a practising artist She exhibits at Skylark galleries, London South Bank, BEAT, Ealing
Art Trail, and has had exhibitions at Aldeburgh Gallery Suffolk, Explorers Against
Extinction, Oxo Tower, W3 Gallery London, Ealing Art Group, Clocktower collective
Hanwell, Dodo Micropub, Hanwell and has painted a public mural in Hanwell Zoo,

She has been teaching drawing and painting at Pitshanger Manor, Rickyard, Evening
classes for adults with EAL at Brentside High School and has taught at OPEN Ealing ,
Gunnersbury mansion , run workshops in Ealing Libraries with Artification alongside
teaching privately over many years. Helen has a passion for colour with a background
in colour consultancy, Fashion and textiles. She had her own company Darch and Duff in
Ealing for many years.


5 – 26 August

2 – 4.30pm

Have you taken a few tentative steps towards drawing and painting? Or, have you thought about starting, but not quite got there?

In this four week course artist and tutor Joel Sydenham will show you how to master mark making and handle a paint brush using in class exercises and demonstration. Each week Joel will introduce a new concept or technique, as well as guiding you to understand how to best implement these new concepts and techniques into your work. You can work in acrylic or oil and draw or paint a subject of your choosing every week, provided you incorporate newly learned techniques and concepts in your work wherever possible.

Materials Needed – you will have to provide your own materials for this course.

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

Cass Art have very good starter kits – see the links below to Cass Art and other supplier bargains we’ve found to help you.

Suppliers: Cass Art: starter acrylic set or starter oil set (These kits include paint, brushes and paper)

About the Tutor

Joel Sydenham (chidi3s) is a visual artist based in Acton, London, with a degree in chemical engineering, which he gave up to fulfil his dream of being an artist, and follow his passion for connecting with people on an emotional level. He is a qualified tutor running workshops for charities, educational organisations, and youth centres across London.

His personal philosophy is “self-expression, leads to self-knowledge, which leads to self-actualisation”. He believes every individual is born a creative genius, and his personal goal for his workshops is to help people gain the necessary skills to express that genius.

Thursdays 2 – 4pm

£10 per session

Email Sheila Moylan directly to book your spot

If you are shielding, or for whatever reason prefer to have the convenience of art tuition from
your own home, then this is for you. Sheila Moylan has run a successful art class through the lockdown for OPEN Ealing covering a variety of subjects based around drawing. She continues to run the
class, managing it directly using Zoom pro.

The classes will be loosely based
around a theme for those who are not sure how to start and students will receive emailed handouts on
each topic. Sheila can also assist you with a pet project – the classes are flexible enough to allow for that.

This class is for adults at all levels and is designed to be fun and inclusive. Each class is booked and paid for in advance directly to Sheila, £10 per session. Why not email her to express your interest

July 16 : Figure Drawing – Learn about human proportions and simple tricks to get you started.

July 23 : Advanced pencil techniques – How to get the most from your pencil whatever you draw

July 30 : Let the sunshine in – Capturing summer light and colour in your work.

Aug 6 : Self portrait in the style of – Make a self portrait in the style of your favourite artist

Aug 13 : Imaginative composition – Support in creating a finished artwork all your own.

Aug 20 : Materials workshop – How to use the materials you have at home and what to purchase.

Aug 27 : Finishing those half done works with support.

About the tutor

Sheila Moylan has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture and Psychology from UEL where she focused on body casting and self portraiture graduating in 1995. She has worked creatively with young people for most of her career mainly in schools at one point running an alternative programme to GCSE in Richmond making art the main subject. Since 2015 has worked within Ealing running art classes for adults with learning difficulties for local charity Artification and for the last year has successfully run Life Drawing classes at OPEN Ealing including piloting a Life Drawing for Beginners and Sculpture for Beginners class and childrens classes. Her approach is inclusive supportive and encouraging to even absolute beginners.

She has exhibited her work at Slaughterhouse Gallery Smithfield, Orleans House Gallery Richmond and more recently the W3 Gallery in Acton, but mainly works on commission.

She is also a musician, harpist and singer performing at small venues in and around London.


5 August

12 August

19 August

26 August

7 – 9.30pm

Limted to 10 artists only

£10 per session

This weekly class is for experienced drawers, or those confident in increasing their line miles under their own steam!

Join like minded artists who love drawing the human form. Our models are experienced and will offer a series of short and long poses.

Our 10 artists will be seated in a socially distanced horseshoe with paper and refreshments provided (please bring your own charcoal and pastels).

Booking is currently essential for our classes. Please accept our apologies; we are not able to offer our customary drop in availability.

Tuesday 7 July – 11 August

2 – 4pm

Course Fee: £120 – Adults (£90 – concessions)

Limited to 10 people

A 6 week watercolour workshop inspired by the work and techniques of David Hockney.

This class is for anyone who

  • loves to paint
  • wants to improve their technique
  • wants to build a portfolio of work
  • wants to get together with other enthusiasts  
  • wants to develop a personal style

Weeks 1 & 2 History and Process – Research and explore the work, themes and techniques of artist David Hockney. Start a personal watercolour journal. 

Weeks 3 & 4 Colour Mixing – Watch demonstrations on colour theory and do exercises. Create an original painting that incorporates new colour mixing techniques.

Weeks 5 & 6 Improving Techniques – Explore ways to maintain a clean and fresh approach. Using watercolour pencils for improved composition. Brush care and selection. Best practice for storing, developing and presenting work. To finish off the course there will be individual and group reflection sessions and instruction on how to mount paintings.

Materials Needed: you will need to provide your own materials for this course. Suppliers are listed below.

  • Watercolour paints ( 24 colour solid pans )
  • Watercolour pencil
  • 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

Optional Materials: watercolour paints in tubes, artists masking frog tape, masking fluid, sponges.

Suppliers: ; (read the review of their own brand of paints at the bottom of the watercolour page) ; ; Hobbycraft

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.  

She is currently exhibiting a series of watercolours ‘L’Ile au Tresor’ at the Institut Francais London in South Kensington. see for more details

Always wanted to have a go at writing fiction? Why not try this little exercise and see how you get on? It’s in two parts:

1. Describe a serious weather event. A blizzard? Gale? Flood? It’s up to you. But describe it from the standpoint of someone watching it from a window.

2. Now dramatize that same weather event from the point of view of someone out in it, experiencing it full on. What does it feel like? How does it assail their senses? Which ones? Why are they out there in the first place? Where have they come from? Where are they going? Who’s that person watching them from a window? Have fun with it. Keep going…

See, hear, feel, smell and taste the difference? The first version is reportage. The second is fiction, with skin in the game.

If you enjoyed that little exercise and would like to develop your skills further in a supportive workshop looking at such areas as genre, point of view, character creation, conflict, scenes, structure and plot, head on over to OPEN Ealing’s sign-up page.