We run a wide range of art, drama and singing classes for the complete novice to the experienced artist. On Mondays there is: Still Life & Life Drawing with ever popular Dan Whiteson and Singing For All,taught by Robert Carlin. Tuesdays: Members can enjoy our Drawing and Painting class with Peter Dunn as well as continuing with our Drama and Theatre Club with Peri Olufunwa. Wednesdays is a busy day for The Arts as we have: Painting and Beginners Drawing combined with Derek Ogbourne and Creative Threads with Daisy Surgery and in the afternoon revisit your love of the written in world in Robert Silver’s English Literature and NEW Poetry class. Thursdays: Mosaics and Ceramics with Barbara Gorton. To finish off the week our Singing and Dancing group will continue to liven up Friday afternoons with Bus Pass to Broadway.

Dan Whiteson –Still Life & Life Drawing Dan is a young portrait/figurative painter and teacher from London. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, he now works out of studio in Hackney Central, consistently showing his work as part of group exhibitions over the four years since, and culminating in his first solo show of portraits in March 2012. In late 2010, he started up his own brand of informal life drawing classes in Stoke Newington, North London in order to support his practise and to spread his passion for drawing, painting and creativity in general. The classes proved so popular that he now runs drawing and painting classes in various venues across London, and has recently been confirmed as leader of life drawing classes at The Wallace Collection (starting October 2014).

Daisy Surgey- Creative Threads- Daisy’s class has recently merged with the Sewing class, so Wednesday mornings are now even more creative! Daisy grew up around sewing and the women in her family have all followed creative paths; her grandmother was an avid knitter and built up a knitting business from scratch, while her auntie works in the fashion industry and her mother is a curtain maker. But Daisy didn’t really get a taste for sewing as a career until her early 20’s. She studied Fashion Design and has experience in pattern cutting, design and garment construction. Daisy has always been very thrifty and loves the make-do-and-mend culture and repairing and transforming garments over buying new. After learning more about the fashion industry and how wasteful it is, instead of becoming a part of this, she decided to share the skills she had learnt and started her own business teaching sewing and up cycling crafts, to educate people about how they can make-do and waste less. She loves vintage clothing especially the shapes from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Derek Ogbourne – Painting and Drawing After studying at the Slade School in the 1980’s Derek Ogbourne has continually exhibited internationally to the present day. Key shows include What makes me, what makes you, South London Gallery, Space International, Valencia, Spain, Century City, Tate Modern and his most recent touring show Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber that has just finished a three month run at Sharjah Art Foundation, U.A.E. He has been involved with art education both as student and teacher/tutor for 31 years. He has taught/lectured/tutored students from non-qualification, pre-foundation to M.A level since 1992. The shear diversity of his own art practice allows him to respond to the diversity of almost all student needs.

Jacqui Condon and Vivienne McMaster – Bus Pass to Broadway Jacqui, an ex-dancer and fitness instructor and Vivienne, a singer/actress have over 70 years combined experience in entertainment. Of this new and extremely fun course, Vivienne points out “It’s been amazing to see our students blossom.  This type of exercise brings a growing confidence as new skills, friendships and an increased capacity for joy is realised”.

Ellie Lowenthal – Drama and Theatre Club Ellie is a freelance actor and private tutor, she studied geography at Keble College, Oxford. While at Oxford, she took part in many theatrical productions as an actor, director, and producer, including playing Helena in a tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around Japan. She was a member of the Experimental Theatre Club and President of the O’Reilly Theatre. She has a keen fondness for tea and good food. .

Marianne Astor – Tapestry and Needlepoint Needlework has been a constant in Marianne’s life after her Hungarian grandmother taught her the rudiments. The fun began when she lived in California and started using different threads, colours and stitches to create interest and texture. The class will be aimed at beginners and a simple canvas will be provided to teach the basics and get you interested! It will be a project that should not take too long as the real joy is in finishing! If you are already doing a project (with the exception of cross stitch) and would like to work on that please bring it. Needlework is very helpful as a tool in times of stress! 6 threads a day! 

Peter Dunn –  is lead artist and Director of ART.e @ the art of change,  as a legacy organisation of The Art of Change, and the Docklands Community Poster Project, both of which he co-founded. He has major public artworks in: Portsmouth, Stevenage, Gravesend, Bournemouth, Oxford and London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Camden & Islington, Hackney, Southwark and Lewisham. See www.arte-ofchange.com. He has exhibited at Tate Briton, Serpentine and Whitechapel Galleries, the V&A and Barbican, Documenta 6 Germany, Swiss National Museum and recently at Reina Sophia Madrid. He has lectured at a variety of Colleges and universities including ‘Distinguished Visiting Professor’ at University of California,Davis, and the Cranbrook Academy in Detroit. He was Course Director of the M.A. in Art and Media Practice and Director of Studies (PhD) at University of Westminster between 2004-11.

Robert S Silver – Literature (AKA: Reading Creative Non-Fiction). In 1985 Robert left a career as a potter to enter the world of academia which he left with an MA in Modern English literature. (His research interests focused on audiences and the ways they make use of narratives.) This was followed by almost 20 years as a freelance journalist. In this course he looks at a variety of non-fiction texts and discusses the issues they raise, both intentionally and unintentionally.