Arts & Crafts


Facilitator: Jack Berkovi

This is a new discussion group.  It is likely to meet on a monthly basis at a member’s home or at a place or event of interest.

Further details will be added here when finalised.

Art Appreciation Outings

Leaders: Linda Davidson & Lyn TobinDining room inside Drapers Hall with portrait of Queen Victoria

Outings to galleries for prearranged guided visits, live film presentations, coffee or lunch before/after session to discuss future activities/current outing.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: See above.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Location: Various
  • Charges: Pay for own refreshments
  • Number of places: 20

Craft/Knitting – Evening

Leader: Elizabeth Alcock

Charity knitting is alive and well in HGS U3A! This craft group has responded to local appeals and have worked on their own projects. This year we will begin with Twiddle Muffs for a Hospice appeal (patterns available).

Designed as a social gathering for all skill levels and beginners, to share and learn from each other, we meet at my home ( a non-Kosher, wheat and nut-eating household – bring your own supplies if you wish) — but by agreement any member can offer to host a meeting.

Remember crafting is relaxing and good for your mental well-being — as well as your soul!

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: First Thursday of the month, 7.00 – 10.00 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Charges: Own materials, plus £1 for refreshments
  • Number of places: 12

Crochet for Fun

Leader: Sharon Cavendish

Crocheted jacket

Absolute beginners can learn, intermediate crocheters can improve and competent crocheters can come and crochet and natter.  An informal social group for people who enjoy crochet or want to learn.

  • Spring term start date: 27 January 2020
  • When: Monday 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, N2 0ES
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: 50p each. The charge covers refreshments
  • Number of places: 6

Drawing for Beginners

Leader: Mary Whiting

An 8-week crash course for beginners.

  • Start date: 6 January 2020
  • When: Monday 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6LT
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 6

Drawing: Improvers

Leader: Mary Whiting

Structured sessions on what is not often covered in leisure art courses.

Chief areas: perspective, shading, the basics of plant drawing, figure drawing and picture composition.

Suitable for those who started last year and for anyone who wishes to improve their understanding and technique.

  • Start date: 9 September 2019
  • When: Monday 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6LT
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 6

Drawing & Painting

Leader: Diana Brahams

We draw and paint a variety of subjects.   All level of skills welcome. Please bring your own materials. Oil paints are not permitted, but other mediums used with care are fine.

For painting, please bring brushes and heavier weight paper — 300g is best for water colours and applied washes, but 250g can be OK if used with care.

  • Spring term started 8 January 2020
  • When: Wednesday 1.45 pm – 3.45 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 7LG
  • Number of places: 7

Improve Your Art – Workshop

Leader: Barbara Jackson,

Winter Etching © Barbara Jackson

Water colours, drawing, how to compose a picture, how to make a painting.

  • Spring term: 9 January – 19 March 2020
  • When: Thursday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Free Church Hall Annexe, Northway, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6PB
  • Charges: For own materials
  • Number of places: FULL, waiting list operating.

Learn how to Draw and use Watercolours

Leader: Shizue Takahashi

Watercolour of a tabby cat asleep

A course for absolute beginners.  Anyone can learn how to draw, according to Shizue Takahshi.  Through many years of teaching, she has developed a simple method based on three key principles: Proportion, Angle and Tone.  By understanding these principles, you will be able to draw pictures which will convey a sense of light, space and depth.

You will also learn how to create fresh and vibrant watercolour paintings.

  • Spring term: 16 January – 26 March 2020
  • When: Thursday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Location: Free Church Hall Annexe, Northway, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6PB
  • Charges: For own materials
  • Number of places: 10

Patchwork & QuiltingPatchwork being assembled

Leader: Ellen Fattal

Come to our friendly stitching group  and be inspired to chop up perfectly good fabrics into various shapes and then sew them together to make something beautiful and useful!

Our ongoing Sewing Bee has made quilted baby playmats, and larger quilts, bags, pouches, table mats, spectacle cases, seating pads, etc and we share our knowledge of  quilting patterns and techniques.  Your own home sewing machine is recommended and there will be a sewing machine, iron, some equipment and limited fabric for making sample blocks at the meetings.  Members will be advised on where to eventually obtain their own items and suitable fabrics. We may have a group visit to a Patchwork & Quilting shop.

  • Spring term start date: 14 January 2020
  • When: Second Tuesday in the month, 10.00 am – 12 noon
  • Location: Group Leader’s home
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 8

Photography in London

Leader: Myke Jacobs, assisted by Roger Cookson

A group that meets alternately at a London venue to take photos, and at a location where we can show each other our best photos of the venue projected on a screen, and discuss them. Outside locations will be notified to members a week in advance.

It’s intended to be a fun-oriented group rather than a technocratic, competitive society.

  • Start date: 15 January 2020 on location
  • When: Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon (shooting on location may go on longer)
  • Location: Shooting takes place at various London locations, and screenings are held two weeks later at Alyth Synagogue, Alyth Gardens, London, NW11 7EN
  • Frequency: Fortnightly, alternating between location shooting and screening
  • Charges: We will not go to locations that levy charges without prior agreement of the group, but participants will be expected to make their own  travel arrangements
  • Number of places: 15

Sewing Circle

Leader: Diana Darrer

Join accomplished needlewoman Diana Darrer for weekly hand sewing classes at her home in the centre of HGS, working on various projects. The Sewing Circle operates as two separate groups meeting on different days of the week.

  • Start date: Monday 10 February 2020
  • When:
    • Group 1: Monday 2.00–4.00 pm
    • Group 2: Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Each group meets once a week
  • Location: Leader’s home in NW11
  • Number of places: 6 in each group

Stained Glass & Glass Mosaic

Leader: Ruth Jacobson

Designing, cutting coloured glass, and laminating it onto a clear glass panel. At a later stage, designing for a leaded glass panel.

  • Spring term: 8 January – 25 March 2020
  • When: Wednesday 2.00  pm – 4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Free Church Hall Annexe, Northway, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London,  NW11 6PB
  • Charges: Materials used
  • Number of places: 6