State of the Art

Forty Hall - Perfect Portraits

Enfield has a fantastic art, crafts and new media scene which we will be exploring in its various incarnations over upcoming issues of Enjoy Enfield. In this issue, we are looking at art classes and groups.

There are many classes across the borough to help beginners get started and for advanced artists to learn about refining their skills. What’s more, several of these classes take place in some of the most

beautiful settings in the borough; from Forty Hall to Salisbury House, inspiration is everywhere. In the meantime, if you have been working on a masterpiece, why not tweet us a photo of your finished work? Just use the hashtag #EnjoyEnfield and we will make sure to retweet.

Inspired by Enfield

Forty Hall - Perfect Portraits

If you are looking for art classes but need some inspiration, Forty Hall Estate is the perfect backdrop for any budding artist. Many art classes are hosted within the Jacobean manor house and its grounds throughout the year. This summer, Forty Hall will be hosting Hidden Treasures – Perfect Portraits, aimed at 4-11 year olds. Participants will be able to explore Forty Hall’s collection of paintings from the 17th Century all the way to photographs from the 21st Century. All the pictures aim to tell a story about the people who have lived and worked at Forty Hall. Children will then be able to dress and pose for their own historic style portrait before then using what they have discovered to paint their own portrait on a canvas panel. Perfect Portraits takes place on 24 July in two sessions. Tickets are priced at £5 in advance or £7 at the door. Visit the website or call 020 8807 6680.

For those more interested in flora and fauna rather than portraiture, Forty Hall is offering Botanical Art Classes on 15 and 16 September. Participants will be focusing on autumnal colours and structures from a range of subjects. They will learn skills such as accurate line drawing, drawing to scale, composition, tonal sketching and creating form using watercolour washes and colour mixing. You can work at your own pace with the support of a tutor. To accompany the classes, there will be tutor demonstrations, group drawing and class discussions. The class is suitable for all abilities. Tickets are priced at £65. To book or for more information visit the website or  call 020 8807 6680.

Several art classes take place at Salisbury House – a listed late Tudor manor house built in the early 17th century and situated on the borders of Edmonton and Bush Hill Park. Salisbury House was Enfield’s first arts centre, which opened in 1957. It still hosts many community art classes, including several run by Enfield Art Circle’s teacher-members (see below) and community arts organisation Art Start. To learn more about Salisbury House, visit the website.

Enfield’s art community

The Enfield Art Circle (EAC) offers a friendly way for anyone interested in the visual arts to participate in a range of activities. Demonstrations, classes, workshops, talks and outings are organised throughout the year by the EAC. For a modest annual subscription, amateur and professional artists (and anyone with an appreciation of the arts) can join in a whole host of activities. The EAC meets every second Thursday each month apart from July and August at St. Andrew’s Parish Centre in Enfield Town. In addition, there are a number of art classes run by Enfield Art Circle’s teacher-members at various locations around the borough – from printing to painting, there are many fun, informative and lively sessions every week. You don’t have to be a member to attend the classes. The highlight of the EAC’s year, without a doubt is the annual summer exhibition at Capel Manor. Work by members will be exhibited for two weeks from 28 August – you could pick up a bargain by one of Enfield’s top artists. If you would like to become a member or to find out about the EAC’s classes, go to their website or call 020 8366 2347.

Informal creativity

Palmers Green Art Group
Palmers Green Art Group

The Palmers Green Art Group started 12 years ago to help a group of amateur artists nurture and develop their artistic skills in an informal and friendly environment. Led by Graham Bray, the group originally focused on watercolour. Members now work at their own pace in a variety of painting and drawing media. There is no formal tuition but everyone offers each other advice, support and encouragement. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the light and airy Alexandra Room of the Ruth Winston Centre in Palmers Green. The art group has some basic equipment available and Graham has put together lots of reference materials for inspiration. Artwork can be stored at the centre from week to week if required. There is a termly fee to cover the cost of hiring the room. Tea, biscuits and lively conversation are included. All are welcome. For anyone interested in attending, please send a text message to Graham on 07724 672447.

Classes for kids

In the heart of Enfield Town resides the London School of Arts, which offers drama, dance and music allunder one roof. Their art classes are aimed at 4-year olds to 12-years plus and are tailored to help the creative thinking process and encourage the imagination. Younger children will learn different techniques in various media and will be encouraged to discover their own unique brushstroke style while thinking about compositions and colour schemes. The classes for older children aim to help students gain creative independence while exploring different techniques, guided by the principles from the history of art. Classes start from just £6. Take a look at the timetables on their website.

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