Life Drawing for Beginners is aimed at people who want to learn how to draw the human figure.

Saturday 17 October

10am – 12pm

£20 (£15 for concessions)

Life Drawing –  How to begin.

Map out a figure simply and then add the detail as you go.  A simple egg shape for the head a rectangle for the torso…

Have you ever wanted to try life drawing but feel you haven’t got the skills to even start? Join Sheila Moylen for this two hour workshop in a supportive friendly setting where you start to get to grips with

  • proportions of the human body
  • how to measure angles
  • how to use tone and shadow to make your drawing 3D
  • faces, hands and feet
  • how to use colour!

Our professional model will keep the poses simple.

In these Covid times, you need to supply your own pencils, charcoal and pastels. We supply the paper and refreshments.

You will be amazed at what you can achieve in just two hours when you join us Life Drawing for Beginners!

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.

Drawing & Painting in Ink is a three week course led by experienced artist and educator, Andrea Tierney.

Wednesdays 2 – 5pm

7 – 21 October inclusive

Course Fee: £60 adults (£45 concessions)

Using ink in art has been a popular technique throughout the ages : Rembrandt and Turner used it, as did Van Gogh. The process combines the techniques of drawing and painting in a simple but effective way.

During this three week course, you will learn how to master the techniques of drawing and painting in ink and perhaps be inspired to take part in the Inktober 2020 Challenge.

Workshop 1 : In the first session we look at the basics of drawing, mark making and shading with a nib pen and ink. We focus on contrast, tone, negative space, line and area by creating a small still life with fruit.

Workshop 2 : By learning how to sketch your street, you will learn how to combine drawing and painting in ink, how to dilute the ink to achieve the effect you want and layering techniques.

Workshop 3 : Landscapes encompass so many aspects; from clouds to perspective; painting and drawing to layering.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience of Drawing & Painting in Ink. In each workshop you learn techniques and work on a composition.

You will need to provide your own materials for this course.

  • Bottle of black permanent (waterproof) ink
  • Watercolour brushes sizes 4 & 6
  • Dip Pen Nib for drawing (not calligraphy) and nib-holder
  • Medium weight Cartridge paper (120gsm), 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.

“Distanced” performance art event features Vivian Chinasa Ezugha and Joseph Morgan Schofield.

Friday 16 October

7 – 10pm

Tickets: £10 Click here to book

Rebecca Weeks and Ian Whitford founded Performance Platform. They curate and manage the series “Distanced”, which is a monthly performance art event. They are motivated by a desire to support performance art, artists and audiences in London at this challenging time. The event provides a supportive inclusive environment and encourage inter generational dialogue by working with emergent, mid career and established artists.

This month Vivian Chinasa Ezugha and Joseph Morgan Schofield are the artists. They have performed at venues across the UK and Europe.

About the Participating Artists

Vivian Chinasa Ezugha is the Winner of the NAE Open Main Prize in 2019.

She is a Nigerian-born artist living and working in Hampshire. Her work looks at the transition of Black women and their identity within culture from colonised subjects to emancipated figures. Vivian works mainly in performance, using the medium to disconnect and reconstruct what it means to be alive in current times and protest for a world where dreams are equal. She is the founder of Live Art in Wymondham, a one-day site-specific event that aims to bring emerging artists working in live art to rural Norfolk.

Vivian has presented her work in venues across Europe, America and the UK including: In Between Time Festival as part of the New Bloods Commission, SPILL Festival and Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival.

Tonight her work is entitled “Having Double Tongue”

Joseph Morgan Schofield works with action and words and describes their performance as queer ritual action. Working in a variety of ways, Joseph seeks always to be responsive to site and environment.

They are an associate artist of ]performance sp ace[, a member of Chisenhale Dance Space, and a frequent collaborator of Venice International Performance Art Week. Joseph has performed throughout the UK – including at Tempting Failure, Arnolfini, Camden People’s Theatre and ]performance s p a c e[ – and internationally in France, Germany, Greece and Italy.

To buy a ticket for “Distanced” performance art event click here

This four week Drawing for Beginners course covers all the basic techniques you need to create your own artwork.

Fridays 10am – 12pm

2 – 23 October inclusive

Limited to 10 participants

Course Fee: £70 for Adults (£50 for Concessions)

On this four week course you will get to grips with

  • the basic principles of mark making
  • perspective
  • shading
  • use of colour

By the end of this intensive Drawing for Beginners course you will be more confident in your mark making ability and be able to draw still life, interiors and of course, people.

Each week we email you handouts to supplement the week’s lesson and enable you to continue your development at home, in your own time.

We have taken every care to keep you safe and comfortable attending this face to face course. Everyone has their own desk and we are at least 2m between one another. We sanitise all equipment before and after the class and washrooms and door handles hourly.

You need to provide your own materials for this course:

  • A set of Sketching pencils
  • Sketchbook or Pad (A2 or A3)
  • Eraser, Sharpener & Ruler

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 three years has successfully run Life Drawing classes at OPEN Ealing including piloting a Life Drawing for Beginners and Sculpture for Beginners class and children’s 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.

Introduction to Modern Calligraphy is an enjoyable three-hour class led by Grania o’Brien, the founder of Ink & Paper Design.

Tuesday 20 October

6.30 – 9pm

£65 including materials and refreshments

To book a space, click here

Contemporary calligraphy is not only a beautiful art form, it is an immensely soothing pastime. In this relaxed group workshop, you learn how to create modern calligraphy using a pointed pen.

If you are a complete beginner, this is the class for you. All you need, is your enthusiasm and a love of lettering. Grania will bring the Prosecco together with all the tools and experience you need to help you create your own cards.

During the workshop Grania leads you through a variety of exercises that help you get to grips with the main shapes, strokes and letter forms in the art of calligraphy. By the end of the evening you’ll be starting to create joined up words in your own unique style and have the skills to be able to calligraph your own cards, love notes and place settings.

The workshop is held in a well ventilated room at OPEN Ealing. We arrange the seating to maximise social distancing whilst maintaining the enjoyment of a group session. Classes are limited to 10 people and everyone has their own 2m table.

The cost of this Introduction to Modern Calligraphy workshop includes

  • a calligraphy starter kit including nib and ink
  • exclusive worksheets
  • light refreshments.

To book a space – click here


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.

Among the Trees Watercolour Course led by Gail Astbury coincides with the exhibition running at The Hayward Gallery. The exhibition runs until 31 October 2020 and features work from 37 international artists who explore ours and their relationship with trees and forests.

Course Dates: 15 September – 20 October

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 2 – 4pm

Course Fee: £120 Adults (£90 Concession)

Limited to 10 people

During this 6 week course Gail uses the works of modern and contemporary watercolour masters who focus on trees in different ways. Many of the artists are part of the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.

Week 1: Inspirational Master – Raoul Dufy who used open wash background colours with brush drawn detail and textures on top. Compare his avenues of trees to the Oak and Lime trees in Walpole Park.

Week 2: Inspirational Master – Abel Rodriguez. We will focus on the way he observes and draws leaf structures and biodiversity. He creates a layered and carefully constructed treescape canopy with no background. He is particularly fond of the trees of the Amazon.

Week 3: Inspirational Master – Toba Khedoori is an Australian painter fascinated by the detail in nature which surrounds us everyday. We will study how she paints closeup networks of branches and leaves using a limited colour palette and how she creates loose, sculptural tangles of foliage. She uses sketches and photographs to gather information for her painting.

Week 4: Inspirational Master – Peter Doig is famous for re-imagining nature through which to see a crime scene or a hidden history. He frequently uses photographs and newspapers or film clippings to create his composition which he then simplifies. He adds colour and texture to create mood and atmosphere.

Week 5: Inspirational Master – Georgia O’Keefe. This American painter has been named as “the mother of modern art” and her style is instantly recognisable. She is fascinated by nature and in this session we study her techniques of using autumn leaves. We shall focus on their patterns and colours at the same time as simplifying the composition and using a single image to fill the space.

Week 6: Inspirational Master – Laura Owens uses light and playful processes to create magical paintings. She uses an open wash background like Dufy but adds collaged details, such as leaves and birds to create a lyrical whole.

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. 

4 workshops for oil painters with some experience

Wednesdays 10am – 1pm

30 September

7 October

14 October

21 October

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

Limited to 10 artists

“A Special Place” is a month of weekly project-based workshops for oil painters. It is a place for you start a painting of a place you know and 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.

Led by professional artist and experienced tutor, Diana Braybrook, you will cover:

Session 1: Planning the Painting. You will use sketches, your photos and your memories to decide the size, format and composition best suited to the subject. We shall also discuss “ground colour”.

Session 2: The Initial Layer. You will focus on painting the sky and distant objects and underpainting for the mid ground.

Session 3: Mid Ground. You will focus on ways of achieving spatial depth and planning the foreground.

Session 4: Foreground. In this session we focus on the importance of colour and texture.

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.


9 September – 21 October

2 – 4.30pm

Limited to 10 people

Our Beginners & “Improvers” Drawing & Painting Course is for you if

  • You have taken a few steps towards drawing and painting and want assistance to develop further
  • You have thought about starting, but not quite sure how to go about it
  • You want to develop your artistic confidence with a refresher

In this six 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 demonstrations.

The course is structured so you develop and build on your skills. Each week we explore different creative approaches, visual language and artistic techniques aimed at helping you discover your own unique style of expression and enable you to create art that matches your taste.

You have the choice of working in either acrylic or oils in this Beginners & “Improvers” Drawing & Painting course. And you are encouraged to draw or paint a subject of your choosing each week, provided you incorporate the newly learned techniques and concepts in your work wherever possible.

Materials needed – you will have to provide your own materials for the 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 which include paint, brushes and paper – starter acrylic set or starter oil set 

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.

Friday 4 September

8 – 10pm (doors open at 7.30pm)

£12.50 + Booking Fee

Click here to buy a ticket(s)

Healing Comedy Club presents Kae Kurd and Joe Jacobs

Join us for a night of hilarity and joy, in a socially distanced venue, with a limited audience capacity, for a night to remember.

Kae Kurd

A smart, sharp and brilliantly astute young British-Kurdish stand up making a serious name for himself. He is recognised as one of the UK’s fastest rising comedy stars, creating and curating content across a range of platforms. His debut stand up special “Kurd Your Enthusiasm” was another huge success receiving over 100K views when it was released on YouTube, with’s Creative Director noting “It’s intriguing – and exciting – that a performer with such a slick mainstream swagger is able to weave so many socio-political issues into his act.”

TV credits include Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Don’t Hate the Playaz (ITV2),The Tez O’clock Show (Channel 4) Know Your Rights (own series on Channel 4 OD), Comedians Solve World Problems (Comedy Central), Three Guys Eat (BBC Three) and BBC Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night.

Kae is also a hugely in demand writer. Most recent projects Charlie Brooker’s Cunk & Other Humans (BBC Two), Anti-Viral Wipe (BBC Two), Redknapp’s Home Fixture (Sky One) and League of Their Own (Sky One).

His brand new tour The Spoken Kurd will launch in 2021, with many shows selling out in record time.

Joe Jacobs

Joe Jacobs is a London based comedian, rapper and writer. Since 2012, he has performed nationally and internationally, sharing bills with acts including Bill Burr, Stewart Lee and Mr. Motivator.

His live shows effortlessly flit between hip hop and comedy and he’s been seen/heard on Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, Radio 1XTRA and gained millions of viral video views. In addition to stand up, as solo artist Jester Jacobs, he’s put out music since his debut Mental Disorderin in 2008.

In 2017, Joe took Ripe to the Edinburgh Fringe and received critical acclaim. In 2019, he returned with Grimefulness.

Joe has recently appeared on Channel 4’s stand up show Harry Hill’s ClubNite.

With support from Jacqui Doherty and Sharlin Jahan.

Healing Comedy Club Presents is hosted by Kyle Woolf.