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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. 

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.

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The Inspired by Islamic Art series artist-led workshops can be viewed on the museums YouTube channel - see the direct link in the Related Content section below.


Click on the links below to enjoy unique and inspiring worksheets and activities created by our artist collaborators, as they take you on a creative journey through colour, pattern, motifs and media. 


Inspired by Islamic Art with Ayesha Gamiet by leighton-house_sambourne-house Stack - Issuu

Inspired by Islamic Art, with Laurelie Rae by leighton-house_sambourne-house Stack - Issuu


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


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