Workshops & Courses

Workshops and courses around South Kensington.

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Evening Classes at Imperial

27th April - 27th June
6-8pm
Imperial College London
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Sign up for a course at Imperial where a wide variety languages are offered at different levels as well as an expanding range of Arts, Humanities and Science courses.

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Foreign Agents: Music and Migration

22nd Jun
2-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join Migrant Journal, the Design Museum and partners to explore the relationship between migration and music. Through a series of live performances, discussions, and listening sessions, explore how musical genres, instruments and ways of listening have travelled over the world.

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Creative

Making with Recycled Plastic

29th Jun
10:00-16:30
Design Museum Kensington
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Join architecture collective Black Females in Architecture to create a series of domestic objects using recycled plastic. Using waste materials such as discarded milk jugs, shopping bags and plastic containers, participants will transform this often discarded material into a series of objects.

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Illuminating Connections

30th Jun
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Make and take home your own original lamp structure using everyday bolts and hinges. Found objects, including natural and man-made materials, will be connected with different types of joints to explore function and shape. Come away with a more open approach to making and a unique model to take home.

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Lute Masterclass with David Miller

30 April 2019
10:00am & 2pm
Royal College of Music
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David Miller has built a reputation as an established soloist, accompanist and continuo player on the lute, therobo and early guitars in both early and mainstream music. He works closely with RCM historical performance musicians in this morning masterclass.

Free

Violin Masterclass with Alexander Gilman

30 April 2019
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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Celebrated violinist Alexander Gilman is known for a vibrant repertoire across Baroque and Classical works, as well as romantic and contemporary compositions.

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Vocal Masterclass with Michael Chance

1 May 2019
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Michael Chance is world-renowned as a leading figure in male alto voice across the full spectrum of the classical repertoire. Chance was a Grammy award winner for his participation in Handel's Semele for Deutsche Grammophon with John Nelson and Kathleen Battle. The RCM is delighted to welcome him for an afternoon masterclass.

Free

Organ Masterclass with Wayne Marshall

30 April 2019
6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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Organ recitalist and conductor Wayne Marshall leads RCM musicians in this evening masterclass in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.

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Viola Masterclass with Jennifer Stumm

3 May 2019
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Born in Atlanta, Jennifer first heard the viola when she was eight and, enchanted by its sound, began playing in her school's orchestra. She studied with Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, and with Nobuko Imai in Amsterdam. Jennifer is also International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music.

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Double Bass Masterclass with Paul Ellison

3 May 2019
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Visiting Professor of Double Bass Paul Ellison has performed and given masterclasses on the double bass and period isntruments on four continents.

Jurowski Open Workshop

4 May 2019
3:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Vladimir Jurowski is Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sinfonieorchester Berlin. This open rehearsal offers the audience a sneak peek into the behind-the-scenes work of the RCM Symphony Orchestra.

RCMJD Baroque Concert

4 May 2019
5:30pm
Royal College of Music
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In this early evening concert musicians from the RCM Junior Department take to the Recital Hall stage to present a programme of early music. Hear several baroque favourites performed on historical performance instruments in this unique concert showcasing the RCMJD's young talent.

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Book Clubs at the Goethe-Institut London

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Goethe-Institut
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The book clubs meet once a month to informally explore the ideas contained in the best works of German fiction.

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Adults

Tricky Design: Design Ethics for a Complex World

7th & 8th Jun
11:00-17:30
Design Museum Kensington
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This two-day conference invites citizens, designers, academics, journalists and educators to consider what design ethics, and design as an ethical discipline, should look like in the 21st century. Focused on particular examples including migration; suicide; decolonization and the politics of the body.

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Creative

Friday Night Sketch | Sketching Place

6th Jun
6-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This month’s sketch will focus on the theme of Mapping Memory. You are invited to explore the Design Museum and its collections to create a series of sketches that explore our different relationships to place and their role in shaping our identity. Led by illustrator Olivia Twist.

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Start-Up Essentials: Business Planning Basics

4th, 11th, 18th Jun
6:30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Curated by Creative Entrepreneurs, this three-part course will provide a deep-dive into the essential aspects of Business Planning. Participants will cover topics including: defining your business and the market opportunity; writing and presenting a business plan and the basics of financial planning.

Adults
Creative

Drink & Draw

15th Mar & 10th May
6:30-9pm
Leighton House Museum
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Unleash your inner artist and join our informal guided drawing sessions in Leighton’s studio, where the former President of the Royal Academy conceived and painted his masterpieces. With live music and complimentary drinks, bring a friend or two and experience a different take on a Friday night out.

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Creative

Life-Drawing and Painting in Leighton's studio

30 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun & 9 Jul
1-4pm
Leighton House Museum
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Artist Ann Witheridge, founder of London Fine Art Studios, returns to lead a new series of her popular life-drawing sessions in the studio of the former president of the Royal Academy. Each afternoon will consist of a mixture of short exercises and longer poses, with reference to the permanent collection and expert tuition from Ann.

Kids
Family

3D Textile Flower Making Workshop

11th May
2-3:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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In collaboration with London Craft Week and artist Lora Avedian, children will learn how to create 3D textile flowers inspired by the Leighton House Museum opulent décor and secret gardens.

Kids
Design

Create! Digitally Designing 1960's Graphics

20th Apr
11.00 – 16.00
V&A
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Learn how to create your own Graphic art poster taking inspiration from 1960's designers and the V&A's Mary Quant exhibition in our digital studio. You can make your own designs using Photoshop, Illustrator and collage to make an eye catching, pop art poster. A workshop for 13-15 year olds.

Kids
Design

Create! Cosplay Design

27th Apr
11.00 – 16.00
V&A
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This unique cosplay design session is taking place in the surroundings of the V&A’s Fashion, Theatre and Performance collections. Capture your ideas on paper for your own cosplay world, considering character development, design and how you would bring this to life. For 13-15 year olds.

Kids
Design

Create! Videogames Design

27th Apr
11.00 – 16.00
V&A
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Working with the V&A’s Videogames Artist in Residency Matteo Menapace you will make an outline for a new game, create characters and storyboard you game. During the day you will gain insights into the videogame industry. For 13-15 year olds.

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Data Visualisation with Mona Chalabi

4th May
10:00-16:30
Design Museum Kensington
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How can you share numbers in a way that tells a compelling story? Join journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi for a one-day introduction to data visualisation. Participants will be introduced to a series of tools and techniques to translate facts and statistics from the spreadsheet into clear and compelling visual imagery.

Kids
Family
Design

Shadow Cinema

28th Apr
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This interactive workshop explores moving images using a technique that predates film. Participants will learn the art of storyboarding and bring their ideas to life with light projection and shadow. Take away a miniature portable shadow cinema and continue to direct your own films at home.

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Creative

Organic Candle Making

18th May
10:00-16:30
Design Museum Kensington
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Join designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault Picazo to explore Beeswax by creating your own scented Beeswax candles, using natural materials sourced from London. Participants will be invited to experiment with several candle-making techniques, embedding seasonal herbs and plants from London.

Kids
Family
Design

Printed Patterns

26th May
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create a hand printed design that represents you and your family inspired by the David Adjaye: Making Memory exhibition. You’ll try out different types of printing, learn surface pattern design techniques and produce a hand printed piece of fabric. Suitable for ages 8-11.

AGNES – FROM PAGE TO STAGE AND SCREEN

28 May
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Peter Stamm (Author of Agnes) discusses how a novel is transformed into a film or stage play. Discussion followed by a screening of the play.