This Intermediate Drawing & Painting class is ideal if you have have some drawing experience.

14 January – 18 February

Thursdays

7 – 9.30pm

Intermediate Drawing & Painting is limited to 10 people

Course fee: £105 adults (£90 concessions)

During this 6 week Intermediate Drawing and Painting course you will create art that matches your own taste and style.

Each week artist and tutor, Joel Sydenham will introduce new topics associated with drawing and painting. You will have plenty of room for creativity and personal expression. You will learn to make art that you love.

By the end of the course you will have gained new skills and more confidence to create your own work.

MATERIALS

You will need to supply your own materials for this course:

  • Pencil set for sketching
  • Brush Set
  • Acrylic Paint : We suggest
    • Black
    • Titanium White
    • Ultramarine
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Red
    • Sap Green
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Permanent Rose
  • Pencil sharpener; an eraser; ruler
  • 1 x pad of paper suitable for acrylic paints
  • Apron or old shirt

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.

This Beginners Drawing & Painting class is ideal if you want to learn the basic concepts and techniques and develop your own style.

13 January – 17 February

Wednesdays

2 – 4.30pm

Introduction to Drawing & Painting is limited to 10 people

Course fee: £105 adults (£90 concessions)

Want to learn how to draw and paint? In this six week beginners drawing and painting course we shall cover the basic concepts and techniques.

Each week artist and tutor, Joel Sydenham will show you how to master mark making and handle a paint brush using class exercises and demonstration. At each session 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.

By the end of the course you will have gained new skills and more confidence to create your own work.

Materials

You will need to supply your own materials for this course:

  • Pencil set for sketching
  • Brush Set
  • Acrylic Paint : We suggest
    • Black
    • Titanium White
    • Ultramarine
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Red
    • Sap Green
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Permanent Rose
  • Pencil sharpener; an eraser; ruler
  • 1 x pad of paper suitable for acrylic paints
  • Apron or old shirt

You can buy a starter kit from Cass Art which includes paint, brushes and paper : www.cassart.co.uk starter acrylic set

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.

Painting Winter in Oils is a series of four workshops for oil painters with some experience.

Wednesdays 10am – 1pm

13 January – 3 February inclusive

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

Limited to 8 artists

In this block of four workshops we focus on Painting Winter in Oils and provide you with the perfect setting to bring your personal experience of Winter to life. 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 oil painter.

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 subtle, desaturated colours that feature in many Winter 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

This Madhubani Art Workshop is led by artist and educator, Komal Madar.

Join her on Saturday 12 December to learn how to create artwork in this traditional style.

Date: Saturday 12 December

Time: 2 – 4pm

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

In this two hour workshop you will learn the art of Madhubani Painting including how to create complex border designs in a supportive environment.

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. 

We provide materials for you to use during this workshop. However you are welcome to bring your own watercolour and acrylic paints and brushes, if you prefer.

To book a place on the Madhubani Art Workshop 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/

Join this Christmas Holiday workshop with Start Studios and create your own gift bag and wrapping paper.

Saturday 12 December

10 – 11.30am

Suitable for children aged 6 – 13

£18 per child

All materials are include in the fee.

Book your place on the Christmas Holiday Workshop now!

Guided by Carla Tebbutt you will learn how to design and create your own gift bag and wrapping paper.

Each child gets their own canvas cotton tote bag and paper to decorate using festive patterns. They will learn dry-brush techniques and how to crate surface design using fabric and acrylic paint.

We provide all art materials, the canvas tote bag and tools for the session.

The workshop is limited to 10 children, so book your place now

About the Tutor

Carla studied Developmental Psychology and Art Therapy. More recently she has focused on mindfulness for children and child mental health awareness and well-being. She has worked with children aged 18 months to 16 years old. She is fascinated by shapes and colours and believes that creative expression is about the process and journey through which we use and develop our genius.

Carla founded Start Studios with Fernanda Moreno. They are both artists and mothers.

Fernanda studied graphic design at university in Mexico City, followed by a course in drawing, painting and photography at  Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence. She continued her art education at the Art Institute of Philadelphia where she studied Animation and Media arts.  “It was the perfect combination of my favourite things: drawing and cartoons.” She has worked in animation and design on TV, films and video in New York, Mexico City and London –  the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games, Ex-Machina and James Bond to name but a few. She teaches animation at Notting Hill and Ealing High School.

Visit their website or Facebook Page

Join us for a special performance of A Christmas Carol.

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December

Two shows: 4pm and 6pm

Tickets: £5

Charles Dickens’ timeless classic is vividly brought to life with puppets, music and a festive magic all of it’s own. Join Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future on A Wonderful Adventure!

No matter what happens throughout the year, Christmas is always a time of hope and joy!

Fun for all the family this production of A Christmas Carol is performed by theatre company, A Wonderful Adventure. They specialise in the fantastical, magical and historical.

The Cast

George C Francis trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in and directed a wide variety of productions. He recently played Jamie in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at the Other Palace, Toad in “The Wind in the Willows”, Father in “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Dickon in “The Secret Garden”. Other roles include the title character in “Macbeth”, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has led and facilitated several workshops for young people, and people with special needs.

Halie Darling graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She has performed and produced in the West End, One of the performances she worked on won a West End Talks Award. Halie has performed in many productions as an actor, as well as directing and producing. Recent credits include The Witch in “Room on the Broom”, Mel in Monsteers production of “The Feeling” at The Other Palace, Mrs Fletcher in “Cold Delivery”, Ratty in “The Wind in the Willows”, Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Amelia in “Amelia Earhart at the Edge of the Stars”, Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She played Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. She has led and facilitated workshops for adults and children and people with special needs.

Covid Precautions

We have taken the following precautions:

  • Limited the audience capacity to 30
  • Seat families in bubbles
  • Make sure every group is socially distanced from one another and at least 3m from the actors
  • Ask everyone to wear masks during the performance
  • Sanitise all chairs and door handles before and after each performance. Washrooms are sanitised hourly.

Join us for a creative Christmas Workshop making your own Christmas cards and wreaths.

Saturday 12 December

1.30pm – 7pm

£135 per person

Book your place

Celebrate your creativity in this unique workshop led by Ink & Paper and Flowers by Louise.

The day starts at 1.30 pm with introductions over a welcome glass of fizz (or mocktail).

During the session, refreshments are provided by Berry and Brie. It’s a complete day out so bring your bestie or make a new one. Either way it’ll be a day to remember.

Festive Calligraphy

Learn how to produce fabulous, personal Christmas cards and tags. Grania o’Brien takes you through the design process and shows you step by step how to write the alphabet in beautiful calligraphy script. You get your own calligraphy kit which you can take home to continue your new found talent.

Intermission

Take a break for more festive fizz and snacks.

Christmas Wreath

Learn how to create a wreath for your front door from scratch. Louise Coultas Pitman takes you step by step through the process of making a wreath using fresh, seasonal foliage. All material is supplied. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a wreath to be proud of.

Places for a creative Christmas workshop are limited to 10, so book early to avoid disappointment.

About the Tutors

Grania O’Brien is passionate about ink and paper. After a career in advertising and market research, she decided to return to what she truly loves: designing and creating beautiful things. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins followed by a degree in Book Arts at London College of Printing before setting up Ink & Paper Design.

Louise Coultas Pitman has over 20 years experience in floristy. She runs a successful online boutique and creates every bouquet that is ordered. She shares her extensive knowledge by running workshops. “Flowers By Louise”. 

Writing for Wellbeing with Poonam aims to help you in a positive and creative way.

Thursday 12 November

6.30 – 8.30pm

£35 per person

In this two hour Wellbeing workshop Poonam guides you through specific writing activities designed to help release the words within you in a positive and creative way. You will also discover how you can use these writing activities throughout life.

Writing doesn’t always have to be a solitary experience. And that is what makes group workshop so great; they are enhanced by the support and energy of other participants. We will also be sure to begin with warm up writing games to chase away those “I can’t write anything” jitters.

No previous experience is needed. And what’s more, it all takes place in a supportive, nurturing, non-judgemental space. You never have to read out anything you have written—so take comfort in writing whatever you want and in whatever style you want!

Writing for Wellbeing with Poonam will help you

  • Focus on the key aspects of wellbeing: positive thinking, calmness, and mindfulness
  • Encourage staying in the present
  • Increase your self-awareness
  • Inspire a fresh sense of perspective
  • Improve your mood
  • Unlock your creative potential
  • Promote kindness, clarity, and insight
  • Enhance your decision-making and ability to achieve your goals
  • Prioritise self-care
  • Release your anxiety and stress

About the Tutor

Dr. Poonam Madar is a visual sociologist, life coach and writer. She specialises in the Sociology of Emotions and writes on social issues and factors that influence our human condition. For two years (2017-2019), Poonam was a Sprint coach and mentor; an immersive personal development programme that aims to inspire and empower women in achieving their goals.

After winning a research scholarship at the University of Warwick, Poonam obtained a PhD in Sociology in 2013. Since then, she has lectured across Universities in and around London as well as featuring as a guest speaker at a number of speaking events in the UK and beyond.

Poonam is active on social media, and can be found @DrPoonamMadar on Twitter and @dr.pm on Instagram.

Self Care on Sundays: writing for wellbeing with Dr Poonam Madar aims to help you in a positive and creative way.

Sunday 20 December

2 – 4pm

£35 per person. Book your place now

In this two hour wellbeing workshop Poonam guides you through specific writing activities designed to help release the words within you in a positive and creative way. You will also discover how you can use these writing activities throughout life.

Writing doesn’t always have to be a solitary experience. And that is what makes group workshop so great; they are enhanced by the support and energy of other participants. We will also be sure to begin with warm up writing games to chase away those “I can’t write anything” jitters.

No previous experience is needed. And what’s more, it all takes place in a supportive, nurturing, non-judgemental space. You never have to read out anything you have written—so take comfort in writing whatever you want and in whatever style you want!

Self Care on Sundays: Writing for Wellbeing with Poonam will help you

  • Focus on the key aspects of wellbeing: positive thinking, calmness, and mindfulness
  • Encourage staying in the present
  • Increase your self-awareness
  • Inspire a fresh sense of perspective
  • Improve your mood
  • Unlock your creative potential
  • Promote kindness, clarity, and insight
  • Enhance your decision-making and ability to achieve your goals
  • Prioritise self-care
  • Release your anxiety and stress

Book your place on this workshop

About the Tutor

Dr. Poonam Madar is a visual sociologist, life coach and writer. She specialises in the Sociology of Emotions and writes on social issues and factors that influence our human condition. For two years (2017-2019), Poonam was a Sprint coach and mentor; an immersive personal development programme that aims to inspire and empower women in achieving their goals.

After winning a research scholarship at the University of Warwick, Poonam obtained a PhD in Sociology in 2013. Since then, she has lectured across Universities in and around London as well as featuring as a guest speaker at a number of speaking events in the UK and beyond.

Poonam is active on social media, and can be found @DrPoonamMadar on Twitter and @dr.pm on Instagram. Her website is https://www.working-warrior.com

Join Nick Pearson for a virtual tour of Andy Warhol at Tate Modern.

Thursday 29 October

10am

This exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work at Tate Modern will be in situ until November 2020. The exhibition includes several iconic pop art images including Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans. It also includes many other impressive works never seen in the UK.

Warhol was a radical artist who was extremely popular. He reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.​

Join Nick’s tour of Andy Warhol at Tate Modern via Zoom. If you have never used Zoom before, Nick will show you how to download the program and get started.

When you have booked your place, Nick sends you a handout with high resolution images. You can refer to this handout during the lecture and see the images clearly. He projects the images on his studio wall and uses them to point things out as he speaks. After the tour Nick sends you his lecture notes.

The price for the two-hour virtual tour and notes is £20 per person. If two of you join the tour and share a computer screen, the price is £30 for you both. You can pay Nick via bank transfer or cheque. He will send you the details.

Email Nick directly to book your place on this virtual tour – connie.spark@btopenworld.com

About the Tutor

Nick Pearson is an internationally exhibited contemporary artist. His practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. His simple interventions and appropriations of the familiar things that surround us are made uncanny by way of his approach and working practices. They deal with the language, the possible associations and the status of ‘ordinary’ objects. Nick first studied on the Art & Design Foundation Course at Leeds (Jacob Kramer) College of Art and continued his studies at The Polytechnic Wolverhampton and Stourbridge College of Art.

He lectures on modern art and design history and runs other, short art & design units at London College of Contemporary Arts, OPEN Ealing and Richmond Adult Community College.

Website: https://www.nickpearsonartist.com/