This Experimental Hand Stitch course will stretch and challenge your thinking of how hand stitching can be used.

Thursdays

10.30am – 3pm

3 – 17 June inclusive

Course Fee: £175 Adults (£135 Concessions)

Limited to six participants

Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, this course is an
opportunity for you to adopt a more experimental approach with embroidery.

Working through a series of guided exercises you will learn / revisit a range of stitches and techniques, and be encouraged to break the rules of traditional embroidery. Your end outcome will be a range of exciting and imaginative samples that demonstrate a very individual and personal response.

Materials Required for Experimental Hand Stitch

To comply with Covid regulations you need to bring your own materials for this course. You will need:

  • Backgrounds to stitch on
    • Coloured background fabrics dyed, printed, plain (light and medium weight)
    • cotton, calico, silk.
    • Vegetable/fruit netting
    • Papers ( brown oiled, maps, book pages )
    • Felt
    • Scrim, bandages,
    • Hessian, sheers
    • In fact anything just remember you have to get a needle through it!
  • To stitch with
    • A range of threads – thick, shiny, matt, to include stranded cotton, perle,
    • rayon
    • Strips of fabric, plastic bag strips
    • Raffia, ribbon, anything that will go through the needle
  • Other items
    • Embroidery frame /hoop – It isn’t necessary to choose a large hoop that your whole design will fit inside. Just consider a smaller hoop is easier to hold but means you will have to move the hoop more. Hoops are generally available in sizes from 4 inch to 12 inch diameter
    • Scissors
    • A range of needles
    • Pins

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

Abstraction in Oils is a short series of three workshops for artists who want to try doing an abstract painting using oil paints.

Wednesdays 10am – 1pm

19 May – 2 June inclusive

Adult Course Fee: £75 (Concession Fee: £60)

Limited to 8 artists

Do you enjoy painting with oils but find it a bit tricky to do at home – or maybe you would welcome some feedback from an experienced oil painter. Our studio is a place for you to plan and start a painting of your own; then bring it to fruition with support and encouragement from our tutor.

In this block of three workshops we’ll explore some different approaches to producing an abstract painting. This short course is suitable for everyone who is interested in using oil paints, no matter your level of experience.

Over the three sessions Diana will

  • provide lots of individual guidance, support and encouragement
  • help in selecting the best compositional format
  • show you some techniques used in abstract oil painting

We shall provide the following equipment for the Abstraction in Oils workshops:

  • 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:

  • A couple of ideas for your painting, plus your own sketches/photos to use as a starting point
  • Paper & drawing materials for preparatory work – ruler also useful
  • Stretched canvas or board to paint on – maximum size is 594 x 891 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in)
  • Oil paints, brushes, palette knife/s
  • 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

Diana Braybrook trained initially at Camberwell College of Art, London before studying for her degree in History of Art & Architecture at Reading University.

She is currently resident artist at Osterley Park & House, Isleworth where she uses the Garden Gallery in the stable block as her studio and occasional exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to visit her on an open studio day or by prior arrangement.

Diana is also an experienced tutor and has recently stepped down as a tutor at the 4020 club in LB Ealing.

Visit Diana’s website

Why not join the virtual Invisible Ink: life drawing event and panel discussion on Friday 14 May? It’s a film that you can draw!

Friday 14 May

3 – 4.30pm

This is a FREE session, but you must book.

Click this link to book your spot

Invisible Ink in collaboration with postgraduate students at Birkbeck University have created an interactive, virtual, life drawing event themed on Film Noir and Neo Noir. Prompted by the pandemic crisis they explored the potential of combining movement, cinematic themes, and technology. Their research tests the making of a high quality online interactive drawing experience for audiences. The students created their video content remotely using mobile phones. 

During this event you will be able to

  • draw from the students’ videos
  • Share your artwork in an online gallery
  • Take part in a panel discussion about the process

About Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink is a new collaboration between Stephanie Osztreicher and Rebecca Tortora who trained together at the Lecoq School in Paris. They create virtual interactive life drawing experiences by combining cinematic themes, movement, narrative, character, lighting and music. Their collaboration is a positive response to the Pandemic and showcases artistic innovation, individual creativity and accessible online experiences for visual artists and enthusiasts.

Rebecca Tortora is Artistic Director of Fit to Burst where she has written and directed Carnival Collectors and The Memory Machine, a children’s theatre commission for UKCCA. Her writing and directing credits include Last Night I Met You Dreaming and #TheMarket. She has directed new writing at The Blue Elephant Theatre, Soho Theatre and The Arcola. She has also worked with East15 Acting School.

www.fittoburst.co.uk

Stephanie Osztreicher is a movement director, teacher, performer, and life model. Stephanie trained at CSSD and Ballarat Arts Academy and works across film, visual arts and music. She has also spent time in Japan, Melbourne and London training in traditional and contemporary Japanese performance. For over a decade Stephanie has worked in the performing arts in Australia and the UK and Europe.

Stephanie also works as a life model and works with high profile art institutions and individual artists; as well as on a range of performance art events.

Earlier this year she developed a weekly online life drawing session with OPEN. You can find information about the sessions by clicking this link

www.sosztreicher.wixsite.com/performance

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

Drawing Movement with Stephanie is an online drawing course where you will explore the fundamentals of movement in life drawing. Each week we will have a different movement principle or focus that the model will embody and the tutor will explain.

Thursdays

7 – 9pm

1 April – 29 July

£10 per session

Join on Thursday 6 May for a session. We focus on drawing the body in space and are delighted that Lilith Newson will model for us.

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.

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.

Join us for our next session on Thursday 6 May.

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

Capture Spring in Oils is a series of four workshops for oil painters with some experience.

Wednesdays 10am – 1pm

21 April – 12 May inclusive

Adult Course Fee: £100 (Concession Fee: £80)

Limited to 8 artists

Do you enjoy painting with oils but find it a bit tricky to do at home – or maybe you would welcome some feedback from an experienced oil painter? In this block of four workshops we focus on this wonderfully colourful season and how to capture Spring in oils. Our studio is a place for you to plan and start a painting; then bring it to fruition with support and encouragement from an experienced tutor. 

To enable you to get the most from this course, you will have some experience of using oil paints. 

Over the four sessions Diana will

  • provide lots of individual guidance, support and encouragement
  • help in selecting the best compositional format
  • show you the techniques for mixing the colours that feature in many Spring paintings

We shall provide the following equipment for the workshops:

  • 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:

  • Sketches/photos of subject – possibly a couple of options
  • Paper & drawing materials for preparatory work – ruler also useful
  • Stretched canvas or board to paint on – maximum size is 594 x 891 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in)
  • Oil paints, brushes, palette knife/s
  • 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

Diana Braybrook trained initially at Camberwell College of Art, London before studying for her degree in History of Art & Architecture at Reading University.

She is currently resident artist at Osterley Park & House, Isleworth where she uses the Garden Gallery in the stable block as her studio and occasional exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to visit her on an open studio day or by prior arrangement.

Diana is also an experienced tutor and has recently stepped down as a tutor at the 4020 club in LB Ealing.

Visit Diana’s website

Develop your linocut skills with Jessica Rose this Spring. Linocut is one of the most accessible forms of printmaking, used by many famous artists including Degas and Picasso. In this course you will work with a highly experienced local printmaker and will quickly be able to create bold, expressive images using linocut techniques. 

Wednesdays

2 – 5pm

14 April – 26 May

Course Fee: £185 Adult (£170 Concessions)

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

This seven 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

  • 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, which take about a week to dry, so if you want to take wet prints home at the end of sessions it may be easiest to transport them by car. Or you can leave them in the drying rack in the classroom

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

Develop your Linocut Skills is limited 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