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Three Drawing Classes In London To Try…

October 3, 2018

Keen to get some drawing direction I’ve been hunting down drawing classes in London to share with you.  Throughout school I was good at art and I even won awards but I was never great at drawing.  I can make pottery, abstract wooden sculptures and knit a blanket but I struggle to command pencils or paint in that way.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve envied those that can paint beautiful landscapes and capture someone’s emotion on the page.  Recently I’ve realised that everything takes practice and my lack of abilities are just lack of practice.

Wildlife Drawing is incredibly fun and I attended a workshop with 10 week old piglets!  Bred to be pets within homes outside of London, Petpiggies brought these skittish creatures to us for some drawing.  There are lots of different classes on offer including owls, jellyfish and guinea pigs!  Jennie started the classes after wanting to introduce more animals into her fellow city dwellers lives.  Throughout the class she will provide guidance and you will also learn about the animals, how they behave and their unique abilities.  All your drawing implements are provided and once everyone is settled and drawing you will get to be up close with the animals.  I’ve never patted a piglet and it was so cute to play with them and feed them some apple!  Take your camera or make sure your phone is charged up.  Some of the animals are a little shy, especially piglets, who move quickly and a photo was sometimes easier to work from.

Life in London can be quite pricey and when I heard that The National Portrait Gallery has Drop In Drawing every Friday for free I was there!  They provide all the materials and start the session with some inspiration within one of their galleries.  Changing up each week with different themes there is plenty to draw and I tried my hand at replicating one of the many portraits on display in the style of Michael Jackson!  Everything you need is provided from stools, to paper and drawing implements.  There are quite a few people who are keen to do this so arrive a good 15minutes early to make sure you get a chair.  If you turn up late don’t worry, there is likely a few spots on a leather bench or try drawing standing up.

For my third drawing class I went a few Saturdays ago to meet on a rooftop in Shoreditch with Phil and his sausage dog George.  Phil’s work centers around the buildings of London and he specialises in line drawings.  We started on the roof of his design firm where we could replicate the lines of the modern and traditional buildings of the area.  Phil wanders around giving everyone tips and his way of starting a drawing changed my thinking and abilities.  Afterwards we had a great lunch and everyone shared their tips for drawing.  We even got to try all of Phil’s different pens and made plans for another drawing catch up in the North!

I’ve loved trying to draw different things from animals, people and buildings.  For me the most pleasure came from drawing the buildings.  I fell in love with replicating brick patterns and now I have my own sketch book with pens you will be seeing more drawing in my instagram stories!

Do you know of any other drawing classes in London or the UK?  I’d love to hear about them.  PF xo

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The Kintsugi Technique – Repairing Ceramics with Miyuzo Yamashita in London…

August 27, 2018

Repairing ceramics with Miyuzo Yamashita using the Japanese Technique of Kintsugi.

Twenty two years ago, as my family moved house, my great grandmothers’ antique cup was broken.  The movers had unpacked the crockery on a table and the handle accidentally hooked to a passerby.  Devastated, my Mum talked about the cup for years, as the matching saucer and cake plate lingered on the mantle piece.  My poor Dad, regularly reminded of his mistake of insuring it for a mere $20.  No where near its value.  Sadface.  My sister and I started a search that would last twenty years to find a replacement cup.

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Papercraft with Poppys Paper Cuts at ME London…

February 18, 2018

Browsing Instagram whilst I was ill last week one of my favourites, Poppys Paper Cuts, mentioned she was doing a free workshop at ME London Hotel.  FREE!  London rarely has anything substantial for free so I signed myself and my friend Sarah up to go.  Sarah is a luxury maven and straight away told me all about the 5 star ME London Hotel, its roof top bar with cable cars and fantastic restaurant STK.  She recommends the sliders FYI.

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Ceramics Course with Turning Earth Ceramics…

August 14, 2016

For the past three months I spent most Saturday mornings challenging myself to learn how to make pottery at an open-access studio, Turning Earth Ceramics, in hip East London Hoxton.  The studio in located in two large arch ways and has plenty of space to make, dry and bake your ceramic creations.  They do eight and twelve week courses where you learn three common ceramic techniques; pinching, slab building and throwing on the wheel.

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Making A Kokedama With Geo-Fleur at The Hoxton Hotel…

June 5, 2016

Last week I had great fun making a Kokedama with Sophie Lee from Geo-Fleur at one of my favourite places in London, The Hoxton Hotel.  I first came across Sophie and her gorgeous plants, many in home made concrete planters, when I was in Manchester at a modern craft fair and I proceeded to follow her beautiful instagram.  I already made a terrarium last year but Kokedama’s are all the rage now didn’t you know!   After this quick lesson I can confirm the Kokedama is really easy to make and are a stunning new addiction to any plant lovers home.

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My Summer Project Modernising a Traditional Dollshouse…

February 3, 2016

To break the English winter I headed to Australia to spend Christmas and New Year with my family.  My sister was working a few days so I knew I would need a project to keep me occupied whilst she was unavailable to drive us to the beach!  Cue my summer project of updating my dollshouse that currently is stored at my parents house in Australia, upstairs away from the giant spiders!  When I was much younger my grandfather built me a dollshouse and my mum decorated it.  Electric lights were installed but these breaking during a house move stalled the project.  The family that livedsin my dollshouse are Mr and Mrs Mouse who along with Mouse Jnr adopted Baby Otter!  It’s been twenty years since the house’s first incarnation and despite living in the UK, the land of the dollshouse and attending various fairs with my sister, I’ve not been inspired on how to update mine.

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