Make a Risograph image with Hato Press
You may think this bold and colourful print was created by hand, but it was actually made using a Risograph: a kind of photocopier designed in 1980s Japan that’s now beloved by modern artists. On select evenings throughout the year, you can now visit independent London printers Hato Press for a night of riso-printing, mark-making and collaging. Suitable for complete beginners through to printing experts, workshops cost just £45 each, and attendees can take home 10 A3 colour prints of their own design. You’ll also get the chance to see behind the scenes at a working printing studio and seek advice from professional printers.
020 7729 5585; hatopress.net
Create a terrazzo coaster with Katie Gillies
From bathroom flooring and kitchen worktops, to lamp bases and desk accessories, composite material terrazzo has been everywhere this year. Surface and product designer Katie Gillies uses Jesmonite (a kind of acrylic and resin material) to cast and create an array of terrazzo homewares, and she shows others how to do the same in her workshops across the UK. Priced from £45 and located in trendy city spots, her classes give participants the opportunity to cast their own pair of terrazzo coasters using silicone moulds. Each coaster is unique to the maker, depending on the colour and quantity of the flecks used. Once finished, the coasters are sanded by Katie in her studio before she posts them back to their owners the following week.
Make a terrarium with London florist Grace & Thorn
Picture this: an evening workshop with a boutique florist, creating a miniature garden of succulents and foliage that you can then take home. Sounds like heaven? Nik Capo of Grace & Thorn runs her Terrarium Tuesday workshops on a monthly basis throughout the year, where attendees can create their own terrarium garden that can then be used to adorn a side table or mantelpiece. Workshops run from 6.45pm-8.15pm and tickets cost £65 each.
020 7739 1521; graceandthorn.com
Learn traditional upholstery in three days
A three-day course designed for both beginners, and for those with considerable upholstery expertise, attendees can choose between upholstering a small footstool or a larger, coffee-table style footstool from the J A Milton headquarters in Shropshire. Classes are kept small – around 3-4 students per tutor – to ensure that everyone gets the advice and support that they need. This traditional upholstery course costs £450 for three days, including lunch and refreshments, but there are plenty of other courses and workshops available.
01691 624023; jamiltonupholstery.co.uk
Learn to appreciate art with The Art Institute
Gain a greater understanding of some of the world’s greatest artworks from the comfort of your own home with the Art Appreciation Course from The Art Institute. Antiques expert and art consultant Hilary Kay has brought together 12 leading art experts to guide you through an array of exciting introductory modules that’ll give you a greater understanding of the Western art world. Prices start from £699 and you can complete the course at your own pace.