Arts & Crafts

Most of our Arts & Crafts groups are still active online, although some groups have decided to suspend operations during the pandemic. Active groups are listed first.

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

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

  • Members remain in touch by email and Zoom

Drawing for Beginners

Leader: Mary Whiting

A crash course in drawing techniques for beginners.

  • Weekly: Monday 11.00 am – 12.30 pm on Zoom

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.

  • Monthly: Monday — 2.00–3.30 pm on Zoom

Improve Your Art — Workshop

Leader: Barbara Jackson

Winter Etching © Barbara Jackson

Water colours, drawing, how to compose a picture, how to make a painting. Members send in their work by email which is discussed at the next session by our tutor; new projects given for the following session.

  • Meeting every four weeks on Zoom
  • Contact Hazel Finn for details

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

Patchwork & Quilting

Leader: Ellen Fattal

Patchwork cushion in various shades of redA friendly stitching group: be inspired to cut up perfectly good fabrics into various shapes; then sew them together to make something beautiful and useful!

Our ongoing Sewing Bee has made quilted baby play mats, larger quilts, bags, pouches, table mats, spectacle cases, seating pads, etc. We share our knowledge of  quilting patterns and techniques.  Members will be advised where to obtain their own items and suitable fabrics.

Photography in London

Leader: Myke Jacobs, assisted by Roger Cookson

Group photo shoots are currently suspended, but members meet every other week using Zoom showing photographs on an agreed theme. Alternate sessions are dedicated to technical issues, such as ISO settings, aperture- and speed-priority, etc.

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

  • Continuing using Zoom
  • When: Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 15

Sewing Circle

Leader: Diana Darrer

Before Covid the group were working steadily on patchwork under the skilful tuition of expert needlewoman Diana Darrer.  We are so pleased that the group has now resumed; Diana is handing out 9 piece patchwork kits for members to sew at home. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn and extend your sewing skills

Groups Currently Paused

The following groups are currently not meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s hoped to revive them as soon as conditions allow.

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.

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.

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.