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2015

Idea Generation Processes autumn 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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How do you convert ideas into a finished work? Where do you get ideas? This course gives you practical investigative methods to start this process. This was a week long intensive course with a great, international and open group of students. Thank you! Image credit: student work.

 
 

Kickstart Your Creativity Online autumn 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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A new Short Course Online at CSM. Designed to ignite and inspire your creativity with 8 weekly highly invigorating doses of drawing, painting, photography, collage and artful input designed to stimulate your intellect and refine your technical abilities. This course shows you key methods to unlock your imagination, practice creative problem solving, and keep your innovative drive going through a series of manageable projects.You’ll be encouraged to experiment with unusual materials and methods, explore a wide variety of themes and expand your abilities and horizons.

My students on this course live in San Francisco, Madrid, North Wales, Scotland, Bahrain, Delhi, Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles.

Look out for the next sessions in the summer term.

 
 

Drawn in London: The Royal Opera House Build Area and Props Room
8 December 2015

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I organised the tenth and final drawing group date this year at The Royal Opera House.

We are very lucky to gain access to the Opera’s build area, where sets are assembled and dismantled. This year we also drew in the room where props are made; there was an overwhelming selection of all kinds of objects to draw! This was our eighth time behind the scenes at the ROH.

Thank you very much to Alison for organising! Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.
 
 

Drawn in London: The Tate Britain
4 December 2015

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I organised the ninth drawing group date this year at The Tate Britain.

This date coincided with Late at Tate: Enjoy a vibrant mix of music, workshops, talks, special guests and DJs, live performance and debate, all taking inspiration from artwork in the Tate Collection.

Thank you to everyone who came out to draw! Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
1 December 2015

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My second Thinking Through Drawing workshop this term for UAL Academic Support. This three-hour workshop revisits drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. Looking at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Central Saint Martins was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London. Image credit: participant drawings.
 
 

Cobourg Drawing Club
September – December 2015
Peckham Platform OPEN15

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I taught drawing basics to year 5 and 6 pupils at Cobourg Primary School over the autumn term. It was an after school enrichment club and my third time working with nine and ten-year-olds. Over eight weeks we looked at drawing the still life, portrait, perspective and figure basics. It was a wonderful experience and the children I worked with were very enthusiastic and dedicated! An exhibition of the drawings at the school, will follow in the new year.

I submitted two of the children’s self-portraits to the Peckham Platform Open15, an opportunity to celebrate all things creative in Peckham, inviting people that have a connection to Peckham to contribute artworks to exhibit together at Peckham Platform.

Thanks to the great turnout in support of the children, they took first and second places for the Public Choice Best in Show Prizes! Thank you to everyone who voted. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Life Drawing and Painting at Foster+Partners
Drawing At Work
June – November 2015

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I taught life drawing and painting classes at Foster+Partners for Drawing At Work. I worked with four different groups of focussed architects over the course of those 13 evenings, building observational drawing and colour mixing skills, and working with several materials.

Always a pleasure! Image credit: student work.
 
 

Drawn in London: The Hunterian Museum,
Royal College of Surgeons
21 November 2015

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I organised the eighth drawing group date this year at The Hunterian Museum.
Boasting unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, models, instruments, painting and sculptures that reveal the art and science of surgery from the 17th century to the present day, it was an overwhelming space to draw for sheer volume of objects.

Thank you to everyone who came out to draw! Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.
 
 

Ortelius Drew drawing in Madrid, Spain
November 2015

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My longterm collaborator, Amsterdam-based Doreen Wittenbols and I met in Madrid for four days of continuous drawing and making new work, part of our practice as Ortelius Drew. We visited the sites and museums of Madrid for a stimulating and productive few days, which resulted in nearly 30 new drawings.

Stay tuned for where our drawing takes us in 2016!
Image credit: Ortelius Drew, Puente de Segovia v2, 2015. Marker, watercolour & collage on paper.
 
 

Drawing classes for Production Designers
Third Year BA Film Practice
London College of Communication
University of the Arts London
October – November 2015

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I was invited to teach drawing to a small group of Film Practice students who are specialising in Production Design. The BA course at London College of Communication is a general film course to start with, and then towards the end of year 2, students start to move towards specialisms. The advice given from visiting production designers is to get the students comfortable to communicate their ideas through drawing. I ran three weekly sessions covering drawing basics and materials.

Thanks to Polly Nash and the wonderful group of students! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

New book: Creative Sketching Workshop
Published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia)
October 2015

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I was invited to write three chapters / workshops to a new book, Creative Sketching Workshop, by Pete Scully, published in October. It is a great new book of 21 workshops packed with different exercises to try out.

There are a total of 12 contributors from around the world: Virginia Hein, James Hobbs, Nina Johansson, Ilga Leimanis, Kumi Matsukawa, Shiho Nakaza, Melaine Reim, Rita Sabler, Liz Steel, Paul Wang, Samantha Zaza and the author Pete Scully.

In addition to these contributors, there are also many other guest artists whose beautiful artworks are included. This 176-page paperback is packed with inspiration and insights.

My three workshops are: Architecture, Portraits at Home and Pets and Animals. In addition to my own sketches (alone and as Ortelius Drew), I’ve also asked Tim Baynes, John Booth, Sandra Cox, Simon Foxall, Gazala Haq, Kinga Kowalczyk, Loretta McGregor, Ana Peigneux Ortega, Ignacia Ruiz, Felix Siew and Amy E. Wynne to contribute their drawings to these chapters. Thank you so much for making my chapters so colourful!

Thank you to Isheeta Mustafi of RotoVision Books and Pete Scully for asking me to be one of the contributors to this book! A wonderful new experience!
 
 

Total Drawing autumn 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawn in London: Rotherhithe Picture Research Library,
Sands Films Costumes Ltd
27 October 2015

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I organised the seventh drawing group date this year at The Rotherhithe Picture Research Library. Established in 1975 as a reference collection, it is freely available to anyone wishing to do picture research for any reason whatsoever. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes tour and to everyone who came out to draw! Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.
 
 

Future of London Drawing Workshop
Peckham
22 October 2015

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I ran a morning drawing workshop for the Future of London office focussing on three locations in Peckham: Peckham Rye Station, Peckham Square Arch and Copeland Park, followed by lunch at The Nines. Thank you for a great workshop! Image credit: Participant’s drawing.
 
 

Townscape Sketching Course
October 2015

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I ran a small townscape sketching course over three Wednesday evenings in October. Taking place on location, the course covered perspective sketches to convey a townscape scene and learning how to deal with approximating detail. The course was open to all levels. Image credit: Ilga’s sketch of the Barbican foyers.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
20 October 2015

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Building on the success of the five Thinking Through Drawing workshops last academic year with Christina Koning, I will be continuing to run a series of three hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. Looking at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Chelsea College of Arts was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London. Image credit: participant drawings.
 
 

Drawn in London: Cumberland Basin Horticultural Society,
Cumberland Market
18 October 2015

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I organised the sixth drawing group date this year at Cumberland Basin Horticultural Society. This is a private space, an allotment garden, formerly a canal, on the Cumberland Market Estate. Please see the link for more information about its history. Thanks to Rochelle Fry for organising access and suggesting the location, and to everyone who came out to draw! Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.

 
 

Drawing classes for Hoare Lea
Central Saint Martins Bespoke Training
London, September 2015

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Hoare Lea is an award-winning firm of consulting engineers specialising in mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering. I taught manual drawing skills to 60 engineers over 6 sessions, enabling them to using drawings to communicate effectively. This was a bespoke training opportunity provided by Central Saint Martins and a pleasure! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Future of London Leaders Plus Drawing Workshop
Hackney Wick Fish Island
30 September 2015

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I ran a drawing workshop for Future of London‘s new Leaders Plus participants. I had worked with the previous group last year and it was a pleasure to be invited back again this year. Hackney Wick Fish Island is the current case study. The London Legacy Development Corporation gave a walking tour of the area, and I led the group through two different drawing exercises focussed on looking. A beautiful morning followed by a group discussion. Image credit: The workshop and participants’ drawings.
 
 

Drawn in London: Bold Tendencies
27 September 2015

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I organised the fifth drawing group date this year in Peckham’s disused multi-storey car park with spectacular rooftop views across London. This building is home to Bold Tendencies, a 21st century not for profit creative enterprise. Since 2007 they have pioneered a radical approach transforming the car park into an internationally admired example of a creative community at work operating an acclaimed summer season. It was a beautiful sunny morning! Image credit: Ilga’s drawings.
 
 

Allies and Morrison Social Drawing Event
Drawing At Work
24 September 2015

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Allies and Morrison held a social drawing event for staff led by tutors from Drawing at Work. The evening was split into three activities: life drawing, tonal studies and paper folding. There was a vast variety of work produced and everything was pinned up at the end of the evening. I ran three back-to-back life sessions for Drawing at Work, and had the difficult task of selecting the best drawings for prizes! A great evening. Image credit: students drawing.
 
 

Drawn in London: Serpentine Pavilion
20 September 2015

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I organised the fourth drawing group date this year at the Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens. Spanish architects selgascano designed the 15th Pavilion, an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer woven through and wrapped like webbing. Thanks to the group that came out to draw on a beautiful day! Image credit: Ilga’s drawing.
 
 

Total Drawing summer 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Townscape Sketching summer 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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A great week drawing London on location this summer! In additional to urban environments, we drew parks, canal-side, riverside, markets and museums. The students practiced building skills and developing style in their drawings and illustrations. My fifth summer teaching this course, I worked with another wonderful group of students! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Idea Generation Processes summer 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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How do you convert ideas into a finished work? Where do you get ideas? This course gives you practical investigative methods to start this process. Thank you to a diverse, international and open group of students, including five employees from Puig, a fashion and fragrance business based in Barcelona. Image credit: Central Saint Martins.
 
 

Art and Design Workshop for 13-17 year olds summer 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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For the third summer in a row, I coordinated 2-week intense art and design workshops for teenagers looking to get the full experience of art school: building skills and developing ideas. With fashion courses next door, I taught six of the eight weeks this summer and worked together with a great team: Rochelle Fry, Simon Foxall, Ignacia Ruiz and Ryan Connolly. Thank you for an amazing summer! Image credit: student work.
 
 

Life Drawing for 16-18 year olds summer 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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This is a course for any student considering further study within the arts and is a great opportunity to hone visual skills and develop new confidence in your abilities. I worked with an amazing group of enthusiastic students and models. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Design Master Workshops
Beijing Sphinx International Art Education
Beijing and Shanghai, China
13-21 June 2015

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I was invited to China to run workshops in Shanghai and Beijing at Sphinx International Art Education, an organisation that does a wonderful job preparing students for studies in Europe and North America. I ran creative process and idea generation workshops, working with four groups of students at different levels of study. I also ran personal tutorials, giving advice on students’ work and portfolios. It was an amazing opportunity and I learned so much! Thank you to everyone I met, in particular Gonny and May Li for organising the events and inviting me!
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
8 June 2015

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Christina Koning and I were invited to run a series of three hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Chelsea College of Arts was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Drawn in London: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street
1 June 2015

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20 Fenchurch Street was designed in 2004 by Rafael Viñoly. With his distinctive design, it is stunning on a purely aesthetic level. Without increasing the building’s footprint, Viñoly has successfully turned the idea that buildings having to be smaller at the top on its head. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Image credit: Ilga’s sketches.
 
 

BANG YOUR HEAD
Architecture of Conversation
Ilga Leimanis + Bidisha Sinha
Five Years, London, 23 – 31 May 2015

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Opening Times: Sat – Sun (1-6pm)
Preview: Friday 22nd May 2015 (6–9pm)
Five Years 66 Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

First in a series examining the architecture of conversations, BANG YOUR HEAD, is the dialogue between interdisciplinary collaborators exploring well-being, from which the ‘Manifesto of Re-Engagement’ emerged.

Latvian Television broadcast an interview about the exhibition and gallery on 1 June 2015.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio spring 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawing.
 
 

Beginners Drawing spring 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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Structured around the life model, this course introduced materials, mark-making techniques, the study of human proportion and compositional skills, together with instruction on the use of drawing inks, crucial for those who wish to continue onto exploring painting and further drawing techniques. Experimentation and individual development were encouraged at all times. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
19 May 2015

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Christina Koning and I were invited to run a series of three hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at London College of Communication was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Life Drawing at Foster+Partners
Drawing At Work
January-May 2015

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I taught life drawing classes at Foster+Partners for Drawing At Work. I worked with four different groups of focussed architects over the course of those 13 evenings, building observational drawing skills and working with several materials. Drawings from the last year were exhibited in-house mid-May. Always a pleasure! Image credit: exhibition and drawings.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
28 April 2015

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Based on the success of the first two Thinking Through Drawing workshops, Christina Koning and I were invited to run three more three-hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Central Saint Martins was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Drawn in London: Kenwood House
26 March 2015

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Kenwood House (also known as the Iveagh Bequest) is a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. It is managed by English Heritage, and normally open to the public. Thank you to Curator Jerzy Kierkuk-Bielinski for arranging the visit. Image credit: Ilga’s sketches.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
25 March 2015

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Together with Christina Koning, I ran the second of two three-hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop at Central Saint Martins was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Drawing classes
Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects
Central Saint Martins Bespoke Training
London, February-March 2015

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I ran seven drawing sessions for Pringle Richards Sharratt Limited, an architecture office based in Kennington. This was a bespoke training opportunity provided by Central Saint Martins. It was a pleasure to work with this talented office! Thank you to Kevin for organising the sessions and our great models. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio spring 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawn in London: The Wallace Collection
10 March 2015

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The first drawing group date this year! The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
Image credit: Ilga’s sketch.
 
 

Thinking Through Drawing
UAL-wide Academic Support
17 February 2015

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Together with Christina Koning, I ran the first of two three-hour workshops for UAL Academic Support to revisit drawing skills and consider what it means to ‘see skilfully’. We looked at various drawing methodologies to consider how drawing can help to think through conceptual ideas, to work through a brief, and to expand and support thinking and creative practice. This workshop was open only to current enrolled students (all levels) at University of the Arts London.
 
 

Total Drawing winter 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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I have taught Total Drawing many times since 2008. Usually a mixed ability group (some are drawing for the first time), part of the course focusses on developing core skills, then it introduces students to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable them to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of their subject matter. Another wonderful group of students! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Life Drawing at Desso
Drawing At Work – February 2015

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Desso have hosted life drawing classes in their Clerkenwell showroom for the last six years. Taught by Drawing At Work, these classes have been very popular and over the years, I have taught a few sessions. It was a pleasure to return to Desso for an evening this month, and work with a very talented group of architects and designers. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Drawing Portfolio winter 2015
Short Course at Central Saint Martins

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An intensive skills-based course suitable to beginners, students were encourged to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and build their visual literacy skills. Looking at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, architecture and even doodling, we explored a range of materials and techniques as well as looked at the history of drawing and contemporary artists’ work. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Cobourg Drawing Club
September – December 2014
Exhibition 10 February 2015

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I taught drawing basics to year 5 and 6 pupils at Cobourg Primary School over the autumn term. It was an after school enrichment club and my second time working with nine and ten year olds. Over eleven weeks we looked at drawing the still life, portrait, perspective and figure basics. The drawings were presented together in an informal exhibition in February and the school community were invited to view them. It was a wonderful experience and the children I worked with were very enthusiastic and talented! Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

Life Drawing classes
Vogt Landscape Architects
London, January 2015

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I ran a set of four experimental life drawing sessions for Vogt, a landscape architecture office based in Shoreditch. It was a pleasure to return for a second time and work with such a talented, enthusiastic and welcoming group in their extraordinary railway arch space! Thank you to Chloe and Kate for organising the sessions and our great models. Image credit: student drawings.
 
 

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University of the Arts London Level 2 Drawing Programme
November – December 2014

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At the end of the year, I taught four drawing classes, part of the Drawing Qualification, in Canning Town to Year 10 school pupils through a University of the Arts Widening Participation and Progression initiative. It was a wonderful experience working with the talented students, great tutors and student ambassadors. Photo credit: C Koning.
 
 

Membership: Five Years, London, December 2014

I was nominated for Five Years membership and am very proud to join this long-standing and well respected collaborative artists’ project. I will be working on a new collaboration to be shown in May.
 
 

Drawing: The UNSEEN Emporium and the Gilded State Barge
Somerset House, London, 9 December 2014

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The final drawing group date for 2014 – two locations at Somerset House! T H E U N S E E N is an exploration house that blends biological and chemical matter into materials; focused on seeing the unseen by combining science with art, design and performance. The House opens its doors to a magical world of science fused with design.

A visitor centre featuring audiovisual displays on the history of the building and the gilded state barge of the Lord Mayor of the City of London are open in the wing overlooking the river. At the time of construction, the river was not embanked and the Thames lapped the South Wing of Somerset House where three great arches allowed boats and barges to penetrate to landing