Friday 10 July

6.30 – 9.30pm

Join us for a fascinating evening.

Multi award winning photographer and film maker, Edmond Terakopian presents a selection of his work from a 31 year career as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, including a section on how he has been documenting the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, followed by a Q&A.

The presentation starts at 7pm, but come early and enjoy a drink and tapas from Reineta – available from 6.30pm

Reflecting the times we live in, this presentation will be given live to a small group of people at OPEN and streamed so if you are unable to join us in person, you can still take part and join in the Q&A via chat.

£20 per person at OPEN

£10 per person via Zoom – we’ll send you the links once you’ve booked

About the Tutor

Edmond Terakopian is an multi-award winning photographer and film maker with over thirty years’ experience and an impressive international reputation.

With around 60 awards and nominations for his photography and film making, he has an impressive client list including some of the biggest names in the industry and is also a member of the Ealing branch of London Independent Photographers. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in nearly 90 cities worldwide. He has also been published in numerous books. Edmond has been named the British Press Awards Photographer of the Year and has won third place in the Spot News category of the prestigious World Press Photo contest.

Starting as a news photographer, Edmond’s areas of interest and expertise are wide ranging. He is also a writer on photography and photographic equipment and has been invited to judge several photographic competitions of note, including the British Press Awards, Russian Press Photographer Of The Year, Press Photographers’ Association of Ireland annual competition, the RAF Photographic Competition and the Metropolitan Police Historical Society’s Photographic Competition.

Edmond is a tutor of many years standing at both professional and amateur level; he was a former tutor at the prestigious Leica Akademie in Mayfair. Edmond was the only European member of Apple’s Aperture Advisory Committee, a former brand ambassador for Olympus, an Adobe Influencer and works with Panasonic Lumix UK as an expert. He has given talks for Apple, Canon, Leica, Nik Software, Olympus, SnapperStuff and Panasonic Lumix and regularly holds group and bespoke one-to-one workshops.




A backstage self portrait. An absolute joy to have photographed Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti”. Bernstein and Berkeley Double Bill by the Royal College of Music Opera Studio. Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, UK. July 01, 2019. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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

Wednesday 8 – 29 July

2 – 4.30pm

Limited to 10 people

Course fee: £70 adults (£50 concessions)

Want to learn how to draw and paint? Inspired by the Grayson Perry art programme during lockdown, but finding it difficult to get started. This four week course is the one you’ve been looking for.

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

  • 1 x pad of A3 bleedproof paper Frisk Bleedproof Marker paper via Amazon
  • 1 x pad of paper suitable for your chosen medium: Acrylic or Oils
  • Paint: Black, Titanium White, Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Sap Green, Cadmium Yellow and Permanent Rose.
  • Brushes: recommend a starter set via Cass Art or these Mont Marte brushes we found on Amazon
  • Pencils: 4H – 6B – Royal & Langnickel sketching pencils via Amazon
  • Pencil sharpener; an eraser; ruler
  • Sharpies – fine tip or permanent marker
  • Apron or old shirt

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

Sharpies are sold by many suppliers – we found a set of 18 for half price £8.99 inc VAT) from Rymans

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.

Tuesdays : 7 July – 28 July

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.

Find out more about colour mixing, brushes and how they interact with each other on paper in wet and dry techniques. On this structured course you will learn how to use mark making and how to gather information to use in your own painting. Your technique will progress each week resulting in a finished painting.
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.



Join Rolfer and professional dancer Hayley J S Matthews for a short video movement lesson during your coffee break.

Designed to have a positive impact on your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing through movement, these exercises help you move with ease and grace to strength and freedom. We’ll stream them on Facebook

Hayley also offers online one-to-one posture and movement sessions. (Live one – to – one sessions and workshops at OPEN coming soon.) Visit her website and get in touch 

Learn how Rolfing can help posture, alignment, long-term pain, injury recovery, trauma and improved performance, giving you more ease and grace in what you want to do with your body and your life. One-to-ones can also be focused on over-coming mental and emotional health challenges through a body- based approach. 

Coffee Break lessons are free but if you would like to make a donation please do so via paypal using Hayley’s email address

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.