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Workshops and courses around South Kensington. Learn from our experts, whether it is a new language, illustration, drawing classes, photography or philosophy - these are just some of the new skills you can dive into for adults and children.

Transforming Gardens in 19th Century Britain

Jan-Feb
2pm-3:30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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From curious inventions of the industrial age to the enthusiasm of plant hunters to discover new species, join Imperial College London's Deborah Trentham at Leighton House on a fascinating journey through horticultural history.

Drop-in Design: Digital Tal-nori

15th-17th Feb
11am-4pm
V&A
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Join the V&A for this creative families workshop created by Seoul-based digital and design studio, Commoners. Get inspired by the Hallyu! The Korean Wave exhibition, K-Pop and Korean TV as you use your creative skills to design a traditional Korean mask, called Tal-nori or Tal.

Learn Pyrography

20th April
6:30pm-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Suitable for complete beginners, this is an introductory three-hour event taking place at Dora House, home of the Royal Society of Sculptors on Thursday 20 April 2023, as part of the Third Thursdays season! A relaxing and meditative mark making class for wood lovers.

Tinyjohn Terrarium workshop

16th March
6pm-7:30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Learn about the history and science behind these self-sustaining ecosystems, before watching a quick demonstration where you will learn about the tools and plants that are on the table, before getting stuck in to make your own terrarium!

Night of Ideas: The Little Night

9th Feb
4pm
Institut français
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Imitating nature to improve materials and technologies is called biomimicry. In this fun and educational workshop, participants will be invited to discover biomimicry and become scientists.

Nights of Ideas

9th Feb
6pm-10pm
Institut français
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Join institut français for the Night of Ideas, a night of thought-provoking and free debates, films and workshops exploring the question “More?” under the lens of societal challenges on 9th February.

Serpentine Arts Technologies

May-October
Serpentine
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Challenging the role that technologies play in culture and society is part of Serpentine’s commitment to supporting new artistic experiments. The programme initiates and supports artists in developing artworks that deploy technologies as a medium, tool or topic, often operating beyond gallery walls.

The Web(s) of Life

19th Jun-17th Oct
Serpentine
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From June to September 2023 Serpentine will present The Web(s) of Life, a major new exhibition by artist and researcher Tomás Saraceno. The exhibition will present a series of artworks, activities & experiences that explore the ways life forms, weather systems and climate change are connected.

Workshop: Knit Your Own Balaclava

4th February
10am-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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In this hands-on workshop, learn how to knit your own balaclava and immerse yourself in a knitwear pattern created by designer Peju Obasa.

Family Fun: Biscuit Art

18th Feb
10:30am-12:pm & 2:00pm-3:30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Decorate your own unique and delicious biscuit art, inspired by the beautiful tiles of Leighton House with artist-researcher in Islamic and digital design, Sara Choudhrey, and design historian and biscuit artist, Ella Hawkins.

Film for Freedom: Filmmaking workshop

4th Feb
2pm-5pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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This workshop for young people ages 11-16 explores the power of filmmaking through a short film by Syrian refugee, Rima, about her daughter. Includes an introduction to the basics of filmmaking and exploration of the themes of Rima’s film.

Professional Development at the V&A

Online & onsite
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Develop the professional skills you need to work in today's museum sector. Led by expert staff, these intensive part-time courses use V&A case studies to provide unique insights into our collections, work and best practice.

Italy and the Islamic World: 1300–1700

24th Feb- 31st March
10:30am-1pm
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Discover the rich, complex and sometimes surprising story of interaction between Italy and the Islamic world. Explore the luxury goods imported to Italy and the inspiration they offered to Italian artists…

In Practice: Pattern Cutting with Monisola Omotoso

14th Feb
6pm-7:30pm
V&A
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Join designer and educator Monisola Omotoso from Pattern Cutting Deconstructed for this practical online demonstration, aimed at developing your pattern-cutting skills. Explore how to recreate specific pattern-cutting techniques inspired by the exhibition.

Digital Textile Design

25th March
10:30am-6pm
V&A
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Join artist and designer Silvia Ospina to explore the endless possibilities of digital design in textiles and create your own scarf inspired by the V&A Fashion Collection. Following a step-by-step guide, learn the fundamentals of creating patterns by combining hand-painted techniques with digital tools.

Visible Mending Workshop - Sashiko

25th Feb
10:30am-12pm
V&A
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Sashiko has been used since the Edo era in Japan to reinforce or repair worn out garments. Join the V&A's visible mending workshops and learn how to use this traditional technique in a contemporary way with Hannah Porter from Restoration London.

In Practice: Watercolour Techniques with Leo Crane

14th March
2pm-3:30pm
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From medieval miniatures to Turner, Constable and Hockney, you will discover how artists over the centuries have conjured mood and movement with the lively and luminous medium of watercolour.

Bauhaus

21st Feb-28th March
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This course tells the story of the Bauhaus, the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design. Its curriculum became a blueprint for later design education and its stellar practitioners created a canon of modernist products in all fields of visual art.

V&A Academy Courses

Give the gift of creative education, no matter where they are in the world, with V&A Academy online courses. From the studying the colours of Van Gogh, to the learning the history of jewellery, they make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.

Sketching the Museum

4th Feb
10:30am-12pm
V&A
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Develop your drawing skills in the spectacular and inspiring surroundings of the V&A. Capture the museum in a guided sketching workshops led by artist Leo Crane. After an introduction by Leo, you’ll explore the galleries in a small group, capturing details from our vast collection.

Adult Learning Workshop Compose your own ASMR Soundscapes

4th March
10am-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Are you a sound and music enthusiast? Join an immersive and creative workshop with sound/performance artist Lou Barnell and musician/sound artist Ian Thompson. Experiment with instruments, objects, and electronics to record, edit and mix your own ASMR soundscape.

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Tailor-Made German Courses at the Goethe-Institut

Various
Online & Onsite
Goethe-Institut
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Study German at the Goethe-Institut London with their tailor-made courses. Whether online in their virtual classrooms at your own pace or onsite in South Ken, choose your level from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

Institut français: Learn French online

Online
Institut français
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Have you always wanted to learn French but never had the time? Or felt self-conscious amongst a group of strangers in a classroom? Well now you have no excuses! The Institut français has a dedicated team of native speakers who can teach you one-to-one - or even with a group of friends.

Online Learning at Goethe-Institut

Online
Goethe-Institut
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Learn German Online - anywhere, anytime and as part of a group! You will not be learning alone but in a small group of between six and 16 participants. The course will introduce you to the German language on the basis of everyday situations, and you will practice your German skills in various ways.