Inspired by the feathered friends found throughout Leighton House, join celebrated artist Laurelie Rae to paint a Damascene-inspired fantastical garden and collages.

Each workshop will begin with a reading from Attar's acclaimed poem The Conference of the Birds, written in the 12th century in north-eastern Iran.

In workshops 1 and 2, Laurelie will focus on peacocks and parrots. Students will learn how to draw these birds and create a fantastical garden, exploring Damascene motifs and developing a Damascene colour palette. Laurelie will guide students in using techniques and materials including rubber cement resists, wet on wet, wet on dry, salt and acetone effects.

In workshops 3 and 4, we will look at two De Morgan vases in the Leighton House collection and students will be able to plan, draw, paint, cut and assemble a unique collage using found elements and painted papers. Laurelie will guide students in using watercolour, crayon, pencil, markers and pastel to create three dimensionality and visual interest with layering and juxtaposition.

Please note that you can book individual sessions that appeal (£35 per person) or enrol on the full course (£125 per person) to acquire a comprehensive understanding and practice of all the techniques presented in the course.

Session 1: Saturday 29 January, 4-6pm

Session 2: Saturday 5 February, 4-6pm

Session 3: Saturday 12 February, 4-6pm

Session 4: Saturday 19 February, 4-6pm

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