19 June 10.30am – 4.30pm and 21 June 10.30am – 4.30pm, Victoria Hall. Fee: £100, including materials
This is a practical course for beginners and experts who want to explore the methods and ideas of other artists by looking at their drawings and paintings. This course can be useful to help build a portfolio or for general interest. Over the two days we will look at a range of artists who work with landscape, still life and portrait subjects.
Students will be helped to choose images to work from. Artists from the Renaissance to the present can be referenced.
On the first day, after a short introduction we will begin to make drawings from visual sources provided by the tutor: for example we will look at the expressive ink drawings of Claude, Rembrandt, Palmer and Van Gogh and use them as a visual inspiration to explore our own drawing process. The tutor will demonstrate drawing methods and give one to one help. Advice will be given about the use of appropriate materials. We can develop work by setting up subjects in the studio if required, for example if the work referenced is a Chardin or Cezanne still life, we can create a still life in the studio.
On the second day we will continue to complete work from the first day and also look at different artists, particularly artists who draw as a primary activity in contrast to those who prefer to paint directly/spontaneously. Artists’ work referenced will be from post-impressionists to contemporary.
The students will develop their own work at their own pace with the tutor’s help.
The emphasis of the course is to understand how you can use your discoveries.
We can copy, interpret, and develop other artists’ works; the objective is to strengthen your own work by analysing what you see in these, not to simply mimic the look of a drawing or painting. The aim is to encourage students to work in galleries directly from the collections after the end of the course.
Students will be provided with essential materials, but may also bring their own preferred materials.
Students can draw inspiration from the collections in the art galleries and museums of London, including the drawings at the British Museum and the paintings at Kenwood House.
Tutor: Vincent Milne has been teaching at the HLSI for several years and also currently teaches art at Hampstead School of Art and Mary Ward Centre. He has a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting from Goldsmiths College and several postgraduate qualifications.
5th June, 10.15 – 12.30pm Victoria Hall. Fee: £37, including flowers
The course is for anyone interested in learning how to create beautiful floral arrangements for the home, how to select flowers and foliage and how to make them last longer.
A half-day workshop creating beautiful flowers for the home. The workshop will include information on sourcing, preparing and caring for flowers and foliage, an introduction to the theory of floral design and time to develop your practical skills. Tuition is in a small group with individual support available. You will go home with a stunning design using seasonal flowers.
There will be a mix of demonstrations, practical student work and teaching input with individual tutor support on hand.
By the end of the course, students will:
know what to look for when buying/sourcing flowers and foliage
- know how to prepare flowers and foliage for arrangements
- understand how to maximise the longevity of flowers and designs
- have an insight into the use of colour, texture and balance in floral design
- have practical skills in making an arrangement for the home.
Tutor Katie Lindsey is a Highgate resident, trained as a florist at Capel Manor and works as a freelance florist, doing wedding and event flowers and running workshops.
Screen Printing on Fabric
26 June 10.30am – 4.30pm, Victoria Hall Fee: £60, including materials
This one-day course is suitable for all – from beginners to those wishing to extend their practice.
Learn simple screen-printing techniques to make bold and colourful designs on fabric in this one-day workshop suitable for adults at all levels. You will guided through all the stages from making paper stencils to printing repeat designs or layers of varied imagery. There will be examples and ideas for inspiration, and a choice of fabrics to print on.
All materials will be provided.
At the end of the day, everyone will take home screen-printed fabric that they can make into tablecloths, runners, wall hangings, scarves, bags etc.
Tutor Judith Devons is an artist specialising in screen-printing and ceramics. As well as creating her own work for exhibitions and commissions, she greatly values leading workshops for children and adults at all ability levels. More information on her website: www.judithdevons.com
18 & 19 June, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Gosling Room. Fee: £86, including materials.
This two-day course is for those new to embroidery and for those with some experience who wish to extend their knowledge of different stitches.
On the first day students will learn a vocabulary of embroidery stitches. Basic and more complicated stitches will be sampled using a variety of threads on different fabrics. On day two participants will create a richly textured panel by bonding and layering fabric and embellishing this surface with the embroidery stitches they have learned. Advice will be given on how to make this panel into a cushion, wall hanging, bag or notebook cover.
The course will consist of practical stitch work and will be taught by demonstrations and individual tuition supported by handouts. Samples illustrating different stitches and techniques will also be available. Advice will be given on various books and other resources that will enable students to extend the knowledge gained from the course.
Materials and equipment, apart from scissors, will be included in the cost of the course. These will include fabric, threads, needles, a hoop and bondaweb for each participant. Students are welcome to bring their own materials to supplement those provided.
Tutor Yana Krizka has been teaching on the Creative Embroidery course at the HLSI since 2017. She has a City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Embroidery and Design, and a City and Guilds Award in Education and Training. Her work has appeared in various textile books and magazines, and she has been exhibiting in London since 2008.