Abstract Flowers
Hands-On Workshop

Abstract Flowers

From the Renaissance to the paintings of Georgia O’ Keeffe and Andy Warhol, flowers have been a favourite theme for artists from all periods and movements.

In this workshop, we were inspired by the work of Sarah Illenberger, Freud’s Flowers, and we learnt different techniques of creating abstract flowers.

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Botanical Illustration
Hands-On Workshop

Botanical Illustration

Botanical illustration is a way of recording and identifying plant species. Plants are depicted in a scientific and accurate way artistically, usually in media such as watercolours.

In this session, participants were given the opportunity to look into plants in detail. We brought a number of plants to the class, as well as fruits, bulbs and seeds, and asked the participants to look into their morphology.

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Landscapes of Our Childhood
Hands-On Workshop

Landscapes of Our Childhood

In this workshop we took participants on a journey back to their childhood and asked them to draw a place they have fond memories of.

In order for participants to draw from memory, we had to recreate the memory. We asked the group to bring along photos from their family albums that could be used as a reference to help them return to their chosen special place. We spent the first part of the session looking at these photos and listened to people talking about the memories that the photos brought back to them.

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Autumnal Landscapes
Hands-On Workshop

Autumnal Landscapes

This workshop was about learning to appreciate and read our surroundings through sketching outdoors. We gathered up our pencils, brushes, crayons and sketchpads and went on a stroll along the Thames.

Participants chose different locations around Tate Modern and were given the freedom to choose their own theme to draw. We started the session with quick drawing exercises to warm everyone up and get the sketching muscles working! The selection of materials was open, depending on individual preferences.

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Architecture for Insects
Hands-On Workshop

Architecture for Insects

Where do insects reside over the winter months?

Wasps, ladybugs and millipedes might be small in size but they are mighty in power: they do a great job of protecting our gardens from pests, they help with pollination and contribute to making a healthy ecosystem work. Winter months are tough for them, but if a hotel is anywhere near, you can be sure that they will be more than happy to check in and stay there till springtime arrives!

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A Jungle Box
Hands-On Workshop

A Jungle Box

A jungle box is a simple DIY storage box inspired and illustrated with photos of nature and plants. I also like calling it a Pandora’s box, because you can store all those small bits and pieces in it that you wouldn’t know where to keep otherwise. It’s basically a home for all the hairgrips, beads, hair bands, rubber bands, single earring studs, etc., that are usually spread around all over the place in our drawers.

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The Beauty of Dried Flowers
Hands-On Workshop

The Beauty of Dried Flowers

Dried flowers are a great way to make blooms last forever and turn them into permanent decorations for your home. There are different ways to dry your flowers (some even involve heating them up in a microwave) but for the purposes of our workshop with St.Luke’s Community Centre we simply hung the individual stems upside down and waited for the moisture to evaporate. This process lasted for three to five weeks, and by the time we ran the workshop we had a good range of flowers to choose from for our compositions.

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Fruitopolis: Your Five-Shapes-a-Day!
Hands-On Workshop

Fruitopolis: Your Five-Shapes-a-Day!

“Welcome to sunny Fruitopolis! The greenest city in the world, where fruits grow almost everywhere: from trees and shrubs to the surfaces of buildings, walls and roofs! As residents of Fruitopolis we are very passionate about, and proud of, our fruit production. We are always looking for new species to grow on our vertical walls”.

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Crafternoon Tea
Hands-On Workshop

Crafternoon Tea

St. Luke’s Community Centre in Islington runs an art club for the over 50s that needed a bit of extra help to encourage its members to get together. With a beautiful green terrace on the first floor, we decided to combine crafts with a welcoming drink and a visit to the garden to be inspired by the plants blooming there.

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Blossoms: Death
Hands-On Workshop

Blossoms: Death

Whilst we all admire plants when in bloom, garden designers and architects also embrace the decay of flowers: stems, seed pods and stalks add structure to the overall garden composition, regardless of their stage of life.

In this Hands-On Workshop we focused on colour, texture, form and structure. We observed a dried out flower bouquet. We drew our attention to the parts of flowers that make them look beautiful, even when dried out.

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