Arts & Crafts

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.

  • Zoom meetings

Art Improvement Workshop

Leader: Barbara Jackson
Contact point: Hazel Finn

Winter Etching © Barbara Jackson

The art improvement  group is for members who have painted before but want encouragement with their artwork.  Our tutor Barbara Jackson is an accomplished artist.  At present the group is full but we have a waiting list.

  • When: Thursday 2.30–5.00 pm
  • Location: Fellowship House, 136a Willifield Way, NW11 6YD
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Important note: Fellowship House requires all attendees to have received both doses of a covid-19 vaccination

Drawing for Beginners—Basic Techniques

Leader: Mary Whiting

A full-year course in drawing starting from scratch. Structured sessions covering the  essentials such as observation, perspective, shading and proportion, and including how to  draw plants, faces, figures, still lifes, and how to compose a good picture.

  • Weekly: Monday 11.00 am – 12.30 pm on Zoom

Drawing: Improvers

Leader: Mary Whiting

This course is intended for people who have completed Mary’s Drawing for Beginners course and want to carry on, or who have had some good drawing experience elsewhere.

  • Monthly: Monday — 2.00–3.30 pm on Zoom
  • Autumn term 2022 dates:  12 Sept, 10 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec


Leader: Elizabeth Alcock

Let’s all be Tom Daley!

Knitting is alive and well in HGS U3A! This craft group responds to local charity appeals alongside their own projects. The group is designed as a social gathering for all skill levels — from beginners to improvers, to share and learn from each other. Thanks to Tom, we all know that knitting is relaxing and good for our mental well-being!!

  • When: Tuesday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home in N3
  • Frequency: Last Tuesday of each month

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 3 key principles: Proportion, Angle and Tone.  By understanding these principles, you will be able to draw pictures conveying a sense of light, space and depth. You will also learn how to create fresh/vibrant watercolour paintings.

  • Friday: weekly 10.00–11.00 am on Zoom


Geometric patterns embroidered in bright colours
Example of Elinor’s Bargello needlework

Leader: Elinor Delaney

This group is for beginners or novices interested in exploring the fascinating world of Bargello and/or counted cross stitch. A wonderful world of colour and texture with the proven benefit of relaxation and tranquillity.

No previous experience necessary and for the first few meetings all materials will be provided. Those with some experience can start a simple project.

  • When: Monday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home in NW11
  • Frequency: Weekly

Outdoor Sketching

Leader: Bernd Marenbach

Meet outdoors at various venues to practise drawing and/or painting outdoors.

  • When: Wednesday mornings
  • Where: Varies

Photography in London

Leader: Myke Jacobs, assisted by Roger Cookson

Group photo shoots will resume in October, with members sharing their best photos on Zoom two weeks later.

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

  • Group photo shoots at various locations in London
  • Photo sharing sessions on Zoom
  • When: Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 15

Sewing Circle

Leader: Diana Darrer

Expert needlewoman Diana Darrer provides members with 9-piece patchwork kits to sew for charity. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn and extend your sewing skills.

  • Restarting in-person sessions soon
  • When: Monday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Leader’s home in NW11

Stained Glass & Glass Mosaic

Leader: Sharon Cavendish

Designing, cutting coloured glass, and laminating it onto a clear glass panel. Sharon is assuming leadership of this group, which was previously run by Ruth Jacobson.

  • When: Wednesday 2.00–4.00 pm
  • Location: Free Church Hall, Northway, NW11 6PB
  • Frequency: Weekly

Weird Antiques, Gadgets & Contraptions

Leader: Maish Collins

Clockwork Teasmade with alarm clock and copper kettle

Collecting unusual and eccentric artefacts over 40 years have led to an understanding of the history of the times through those items, the collection is mainly set in the Victorian and Edwardian period, and are, in the main consumer products, what people used, and the innovations that possibly made some wealthy and others, sadly, broke.

The idea of the series is to explore the products themselves, the people who created and developed them and to look at the way they were advertised and marketed in the context of the period, so from the clockwork 1903 Teasmade to the 3 at a time knife cleaner — all will be revealed.

  • When: Tuesday morning 10.00–11.30 am
  • Location: Elders’ Vestry, Free Church, North Square, NW11 7AA
  • Frequency: Monthly: third Tuesday of the month