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What a wonderful day! The Curious Parade at Art in the Park was a great success. To celebrate the re-opening of some of Burgess Park we held a day of arts and craft workshops, music, festivities and parades for all the family. Children and adults brought their bikes, scooters and other wheeled things for a makeover and parade of these creative curiosities.

If you missed this Parade, do not worry – another theatrical fayre of wonderful curiosities will wheel into town to celebrate The Elephant and The Nun festival finale in Burgess Park on September 2nd. We hope you can join us then to take part in our curious bike parade and enjoy the fayre’s crafty workshops, food making and entertainment!

“Sow the Seeds” is a 6-day course that Art in the Park is running as part of Morley College outreach programme, 3rd – 20th July. It is for young people ages 19-24 (with a bit of flexibility) not in employment or training, who might be interested in art, gardening or social care, or just curious to try them out. This project is linked with Waterside Care Home, in Sumner Road, where you will be putting skills that you learn into practice in a useful way.

#drawingoftheweek is a personal project; I have been doing from the start of the year.
In the last few years I have being drawing in small sketch books or journals as I travel all over London, it’s a way for me to focus /mediate as I travel on London transport or often waiting for London transport.

The rules I set for this project are:
•    Post a drawing from that week’s set of drawing as part of #drawingoftheweek on twitter on Sunday or Monday.
•    When I start a drawing I must finish it, and only then it can be dated.
•    To record where the drawing was started and finished, i.e. on bus 321, train from Charing Cross or studio workbench.
•    I start each drawing the same way, I start by trying to blank out everything around me and see what marks are first to be made.
•    I never have any preset ideas how to finish a drawing; just keep drawing, until I think it finished.
•    Post one drawing every week of the year.

I find as I look back over the last 21 posted drawing, it’s like looking at my diary, I start to remember, things I was working on at the studio, people on the bus, long wet journeys’ home in winter, etc.

Have a look out for more #drawingoftheweek by following@wmhudsonarton twitter.

Happy Friday! What a beautiful week it’s been! Fingers crossed we have another week like this…

Classes are running at Art in the Park this week – come see the lovely Burgess Park in this gorgeous weather and get creative and learn some new skills while you’re here. Monday evening is woodcarving with Bill Hudson, open to all abilities. Thursday is pottery with Leyla Folwell, with classes running all afternoon and evening to suit any age and ability. Find out more and book your place here.

There’s plenty to do all around London this week. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 has recently opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A beautiful exhibition held in the newly renovated fashion galleries.

The new cartography exhibition, Mind the Map, at the London Transport Museum looks very interesting. The collection of London transport maps from the last 100 years explore themes of journey, identity and publicity.

Have you seen the art exhibition at Tower Bridge? OPEN is a partnership between Southwark Arts Forum and Tower Bridge, showcasing emerging art and artists in this fantastic space. Art in the Park artist Simon Veis is currently showing some of his work here.

Don’t forget, this weekend is your last chance to catch the great Lucian Freud exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery!

Looking for a great craft project to brighten up your home? I love this wonderful and colourful weekend project from flax & twine – an hand-woven rug, made with a hula hoop!

And who else needs a cool, refreshing drink in this weather? This lavender lemonade looks delicious!

Have a wonderful and sunny week everyone!

Hello there! Things to Make and Do posts have moved to Fridays – to get you ready for the weekend and the week ahead.

It’s a busy weekend at Art in the Park – both Bill Hudson and Leyla Folwell will be in the studio, running a woodworking class and a plate or bowl making workshop. After that, Monday will be woodcarving with Bill again. On Tuesday Andrea Sinclair will be running a one day pewter workshop, where you can learn to make your own jewellery. And Thursday will be pottery with Leyla Folwell – with classes running in the afternoon and evening for kids and grown ups alike! Phew! To find out more and book your place, click here!

This weekend is the last chance to catch the World Photography Awards at Somerset House a great exhibition of contemporary photography, spanning many different subjects such as current affairs, sport, portraiture, landscape and fashion.

Museums at Night, the annual after hours event happening at hundreds of museums and galleries up and down the country takes place this weekend. The Royal Observatory, National Gallery, Design Museum and more open up their doors at night for special events and workshops!

Ways with Words, a festival or words and ideas is happening this weekend in Opera Holland Park. Each day will feature around five events, with speakers such Alain de Botton, Jeremy Paxman, Maureen Lipman and Jimmy Carr.

This week will be your last chance to catch the Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition at the National Portraits Gallery. The exhibition runs until the 27th of June, make sure you don’t miss it!

Looking for a weekend project? How about these fantastic Hanging Mason jars lights! Quite an advanced project, but a stunning result if you have the time and patience.

And how about something tasty for the week – doesn’t this lemon tart look good? Yum!

Whatever you are doing this week, have a great time!

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.

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!

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!!