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Happy Monday all! It’s a beautiful start to the week, a welcome change from all the rain. Fingers crossed it stays that way…

There’s so much going on at Art in the Park this week. Tonight is woodcarving with Bill Hudson – learn which tools to use, health and safety, how to best design and plan your carving, carving techniques, different uses of materials and much more… This Wednesday is the first in our new Lino Printing lessons with Simon Veis, a course which will guide you through all the stages from design to printing. Thursday is pottery with Leyla Folwell, with different classes running for all ages and levels of ability. Try your hand at ‘up-cycling’ old clothes with Jill Newman’s new Eco Fashion workshop on Friday evening. And this Saturday is Life Drawing, a class for anyone who wants to learn life drawing or enhance and work on their practice. For more information click here. How will you be getting crafty and creative this week?

There are some great new exhibitions on this week. A new exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s study of anatomy opens at The Queen’s Galllery this Friday. This groundbreaking work was lost for 400 years after his death in 1519, but can now be enjoyed in the largest exhibition of his studies of the human body.

A new exhibition of Bauhaus, ‘Bauhaus – Art as Life‘ opens at the Barbican on Thursday. From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this London exhibition presents the Bauhaus’ utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of the First World War.

If the sun stays out, what a better way to spend Sunday than taking a walk through the bluebells? Take a guided walk through the Bluebell woods within the Garden at Osterley Park and House!

Are you looking for something crafty to do this week? I absolutely love this stunning doily lampshade, why not give it a go this week?

Have a wonderful week, whatever you’re doing.

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We’re very excited about the new eco-fashion classes starting this Friday at Art in the Park! Fabba-Friday’s Eco Fashion and Textiles Club is an experimental recycling fashion and sewing club, based on the informal “Stitch and Bitch” craze. Run by artist Jill Newman, it will offer evenings of sociable, informal creativity- and refreshment.

This recession friendly workshop will be running at Art in the Park on the last Friday of the month from 6pm – 9pm, for a mere £10 or £6 for concessions.

Bring a project or just come along and try out some ideas and techniques. Guidance and help is on hand from artist Jill Newman who has been making recycled clothes, costumes, textiles and accessories since the 1980’s.

For more information and to book your place please click here!

Happy Monday again. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and are looking forward to the week ahead!

If you’re looking for something crafty and creative to do this week, then we have much to offer you at the Art in the Park studios. Tonight is woodcarving with Bill Hudson – a great class of the art of woodcarving and a chance to make your own sculpture and objects.Tuesday is the art of pewter casing with Andrea Sinclair where you can make your own piece of beautiful and unique jewellery. Thursday afternoon and evening is full of pottery with Leyla Folwell, with classes running suitable for any age and level of experience. And this Friday is the first of a new sewing class with Jill Newman – an eco-fashion and textiles club where you can try your hand at recycling and up-cycling, deconstructing , “make-do-and-mend”, experiment with re-used/junk materials! To see our full list of classes and book your place please click here!

There are currently some fantastic exhibitions running in London, if you want to soak up some culture this week. A photography exhibition showcasing the work of 37 international arists has recently opened at the Saatchi Gallery, “Out of Focus: Photography“.

Or if you want to enjoy your photography in the sunshine, the Natural History is displaying highlights from the fantastic Wildlife Photography of the Year Exhibition in the grounds of the museum.

This weekend is the second annual London Coffee Festival! Celebrating coffee with music, samples demonstrations and tastings. Yum yum! What’s more, 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to Project Waterfall, a clean water initiative currently providing communities in Tanzania’s Mbulu District. Hurrah!

Looking for a quick and easy ways to add some pretty and colourful touches to your home, how about giving these d.i.y. candle holders a go?

And I think I might have to make this scrumptious looking lemon-blueberry yoghurt loaf this weekend – who’s with me?

Have a wonderful week, whatever you’re doing!

A sunny afternoon at Art in the Park…

Friday 30th of March was a lovely warm, sunny day, with our spring bulbs in full bloom.

The Heart gardeners were busy planting seeds in their raised beds.

It was Chris’ last day with the Heart Garden as he now has a paid gardening job! We will miss him.

Back in the  studio, we mark the occasion with coffee and cake.

Perfect weather for artists to do some outdoor work: carving into bricks and sanding wood sculptures.

 

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely Easter. The holidays may be over, but there are still plenty of fun and creative things to be done over the next seven days.

There’s woodcarving with Bill Hudson tonight at Art in the Park – a great course for learning all about the art of wood carving and producing your own functional objects and works of art. Experienced carvers are also welcome to drop in to use our space and materials. This Saturday is a one-day plate and bowl making class with our ceramist Leyla Folwell – all you need for  making and decorating you’re own unique plate or bowl from scratch! To find out more about the courses we are running and to book your place please click here.

We’re very excited for Art in the Park artist Andrea Sinclair, whose choir is singing in a free event at the Globe Theatre this Sunday. Sonnet Sunday launches the Globe Festival with singing, dancing stalls and readings of the sonnets. Congratulations Andrea!

Animal Inside Out looks like a very interesting exhibition (though probably not to everyone’s taste!). This curious exhibition at the Natural History Museum displays the astonishing, and often quite beautiful, anatomies and inner workings of different animals. Ever wondered what the blood vessels in a shark or the nervous system of cat look like? No? But here’s a chance to find out!

This week is also the final week of the Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre, a festival celebrating the music, debate, film, dance, literature, fashion and design of India and South Asia. Attend a jazz concert, a poetry reading, or drop in for some morning yoga.

There’s also a great retrospective of YBA Gillian Wearing currently showing at the Whitechapel Gallery. Wearing’s work is an exploration in the way we present ourselves to the world, and this exhibition features her famous series, Signs that say what you want them to say, and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say where strangers were offered paper and pen to communicate their own messages.

And if you’re feeling crafty this week how about having a go at this simple and elegant mobile. A great (and surprisingly easy) way to brighten up a room!

Whatever you do this week, and a fun and interesting time!

Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Leyla Folwell have been making some stunning new tiles for the bathroom. Using the shapes and textures of nature, oxides for colour and a simple glaze they have created some beautiful and unique tiles for our studio. Can’t wait to see them on the walls!

Good morning. Spring is here and Easter is on it’s way. Make the most of the sunshine and have a wonderful Easter with Art in the Park’s list of things to make and do. There will be no Things to Make and Do blog post on Easter Monday, but there should be enough here to keep you entertained for the next fortnight!!

There is a smaller number of classes running over Easter at Art in the Park – Monday 2nd and 9th is still wood carving with Bill Hudson – a wonderful way to learn how to create your own objects and sculptures from wood. And Gil Mutch will be running a life drawing class on Saturday 14th of April. Click here to find out more about our courses and book your place.

There are some great exhibitions around London opening this wek. A new exhibition about the brain has just opened at the Wellcome Gallery.  Brains explores the inner workings of the brain and what humans have done to the brain throughout history.

The new Damien Hirst retrospective opens this Wednesday on April 4th at the Tate Modern. The exhibition will include the Natural History series, including the shark suspended in formaldehyde, Pharmacy and In and Out of Love,a room filled with live butterflies.

It’s a great time to get out in the sun and enjoy the spring. Visit the newly hatched ducklings at The London Wetland Centre – there are activities running during the day, talks and a special Easter Egg Hunt.

Chirp, who run pop up choirs and singing workshops are holding a special Spring Clean Sing on the 15th of April – dust off your vocal cords and get in the mood for spring!

And make sure you have a wonderful Easter. There’s an enormous Easter egg hunt currently on all across London. Visit The Big Egg Hunt to get maps and clues – and start hunting!

Kew Gardens is running a special Maya Chocolate Adventure. Learn all about the history of chocolate and how it is made in workshops and follow the Easter trail through the gardens.

And get crafty this Easter with these instructions for Easter bunny finger puppets. So cute!

Why don’t you make some beautiful eggs for Easter. Dye your eggs in some pretty pastel colours, a fun activity for kids as well!

Or how about these embroidered Easter eggs – very pretty, but wow, they are a lot of work!

Have a wonderful Easter and plenty of chocolate!!