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 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

The UK Hand knitting Campaign of making items for charity is alive and well in HGS U3A. The afternoon and evening craft groups demonstrated their skills by making these orange hats for babies in the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Free Hospital. Remember crafting is good for your mental well being — as well as your soul!

A social gathering for all things crafty.  Knit and stitch, paste and stick, bring your projects, learn a new skill and relax!

We may complete small craft projects, using kits, which should be completed in two hours – or finished at home.  We may also get involved in projects for charities/hospitals etc. Bring your ideas, imagination and biscuits — anything really.

If we meet at my home, you may like to know that it is a non-Kosher, wheat- & nut-eating household so you are welcome to bring your own supplies if you need them.  We also have a cat!

  • Start date:  Already active
  • When: First Thursday of the month, 6.30 pm – 9 pm
  • Location: Members’ homes
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Charges: Own materials, plus £1 for tea/coffee
  • 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.

  • Dates: Already active
  • 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: Basic Techniques

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 beginners and for anyone who wishes to improve their understanding and technique.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Monday 11 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.

  • Start date: Already active
  • 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.

  • Summer Term Dates: 9, 23 May; 6, 20 June; 4, 18 July
  • When: Thursday 10 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

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.

Drawing of young woman playing celloYou will also learn how to create fresh and vibrant watercolour paintings.

  • Summer Term Dates: 2, 16, 30 May; 13, 27 June; 11 July
  • When: Thursday 10 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 & Quilting

Leader: Ellen Fattal

Patchwork being assembled

This is a flexible group open to experienced quilters and beginners alike. It offers an opportunity to get together, share skills, and work on individual projects.  These might include small quilts, wall hangings, pretty gifts and small household items. Various patchwork techniques will be shown. Members would eventually need to bring their own materials and equipment.

An iron, ironing pad and sewing machine will be available at each session and use of a machine at home would enable members to continue their project between sessions.

Newcomers to patchwork and quilting will be able to learn how to create patchwork blocks, and quilting.  A  limited amount of materials and equipment will be available for them to use.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Tuesday, from 10 am – 12 noon
  • Location: Group Leader’s home
  • Frequency: Monthly, with sessions in between by arrangement
  • Charges: Minimal charge for tea/coffee
  • Number of places: 6

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: Already active
  • 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

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.

  • Start date: 9 January 2019
  • When: Wednesday 2  pm – 4 pm
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Location: Free Church Hall Annexe, Northway, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London,  NW11 6PB
  • Charges: Materials used
  • Number of places: 6

Woven Tapestry

Leader: Tova Lenkiewicz

Woven tapestry being made on a frameIn the first lesson of this course, you will buy a wooden frame (canvas stretcher) from the leader. The starter kit will consist of the wooden frame, cotton for the warp, a booklet containing illustrated instructions, and mixed wool for the weft. This will cost around £40.

Your first project will entail learning how to weave and how to create different shapes and textures.

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Wednesday afternoon 2 – 4 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: At Tova’s studio in Hendon
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Charges: Actual cost of frame, worksheets, yarn, and cotton