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Virtual Learning

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

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. 

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

Geometric and Biomorphic Pattern Making

Join celebrated artists and tutors, Samira Mian and Dr Esra Alhamal, to recreate some of the beautiful patterns to be found on objects in Leighton House and Sambourne House.

You will learn how to analyse patterns, use compass and straightedge construction techniques, how to create biomorphic patterns freehand, and explore colour palettes and painting.

Watch the entire series of four creative workshops and a Q&A 'In Conversation' with the artists, reflecting on their journeys, practice and lives as creatives, on the museums YouTube channel.

Each workshop has accompanying worksheet guides, created by our artist collaborators.

Artworks from the series by tutors Samira Mian and Dr Esra Alhamal

Inspired by Islamic Art Workshops

Led by artists Laurelie Rae and Ayesha Gamiet, 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

Accompanying worksheet by Laurelie Rae

The Artist Studio, Craft Tutorials

Find out how three contemporary artists have responded to Leighton House collections using their crafts, and learn how to create your very own piece of art through our YouTube video tutorials, including:

  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

Craft artworks by tutors Alison Russell, Lora Avedian and 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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