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Virtual Learning

Working on an illuminated drawing inspired by Islamic tiles. Image courtesy of Ayesha Gamiet.

Thank you so much for making these courses available to the wider world- I absolutely love them and love to see so many from so many countries all joined together doing something creative and peaceful. We need more of that in our lives and the world.
(Virtual Learning Workshop Participant)

We do not regard  virtual learning as a second best compromise to not being able to Come to Us. Virtual learning enables us to embrace new ways of teaching and learning, and to connect with you wherever you are in the world and whenever suits you to join us. Our programme includes captured live content, pre-recorded workshops, talks and tours, and complementary activities and projects for you to download. As ever, core to learning is the teacher, and we work with outstanding creatives from across the arts to design and deliver our programme. 

Inspired by Islamic Art Workshops

These workshops bring leading contemporary artists together with adults and young adults of all abilities who want to learn and create. The series reflects Frederic, Lord Leighton’s fascination with Islamic art, which is evident throughout his home in London. You will learn how to analyse, draw and paint motifs and patterns, exploring techniques and colour palettes, taking inspiration from some of the beautiful examples to be found in Leighton House.

Watch the entire series of 16 Inspired by Islamic Art Workshops on the museums YouTube  and find inspiring worksheets below, created by our artist collaborators:

Inspired by Islamic Art 2 with Ayesha Gamiet

Inspired by Islamic Art 1 with Laurelie Rae

Inspired by Islamic Art 3 with Laurelie Rae

Craft Tutorials

Find out how three contemporary artists have responded to Leighton House collections using their craft and learn how to create your very own piece of art inspired through this series of video tutorials.  Browse our Related Content below and access the series on the museums YouTube channel.

  1. How to cut a Victorian silhouette with Alison Russell
  2. How to embroider a flower from the Arab Hall with Lora Avedian
  3. How to embroider Leighton House with Ekta Kaul


Inspired by Garden and Nature: Recorded Lecture Series

Our new recorded series present inspiring talks by three acclaimed figures  within the arts and the art of garden design. The work  of Emma Clark, Rachel Dein and Cleve West is connected by a concern for the natural world and inspired by the beauty of nature.

  1. Gardens Underneath Which Rivers Flow: An Introduction to the Design and Symbolism of the Islamic Gardens of Paradise with garden designer Emma Clark
  2. The Ultimate in Pressed Flowers with artist  Rachel Dein
  3. The Artistry and Craftsmanship of Garden Design with garden designer Cleve West

Please note that your ticket will give you access to three recorded sessions, hosted on our YouTube channel and only available to ticket holders. Once you purchase the ticket, you will receive a link with access details. Please do not share this link with anyone else.


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