What we're about

This is a group for anyone fascinated in the arts collections here in London and those wanting to get more involved - either learning more about specific artists or practicing some art techniques yourself!

If you're an art lover, artist or just really interested in hearing unusual and intriguing talks about specific paintings and famous or not so well known artists in the local London museums and art galleries then this is the group for you!

If you're a creative person and really want to explore your imagination in creative activities then consider joining in and taking a few art lessons with new friends! I assure you that you don't need to have previous experience and it's totally fun and laid back! (I'm also a very kind and encouraging teacher....so don't be afraid!)

I'm making an effort to arrange different and interesting events at different times/days to try to accommodate everyone with different schedules. Some are £2 events for just socialising and others are £5, £10 or £12 events where I teach or give a lecture.

At the moment I can only offer afternoon or evening events as mornings are quite painful for me as I'm challenged by Fibromyalgia.

I'm a professional international artist with over twenty years experience practicing and exhibiting in the arts in Europe and the US.

If you're interested in what I do professionally then please feel free to check out my website: http://www.toothpickmoon.com

I also write an art related blog: http://www.toothpickmoon.com/toothpickmoon-zine which is updated Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays.

I also work as an art tutor mostly for young adults working on art exams or portfolio requirements for art school. If you are interested in my private tutoring then please send me an email: toothpickmoon@gmail.com (https://www.toothpickmoon.com/contact.html)

For the best experience with Meet-Up, please download the App for your phone so you can be up to date on any changes or any upcoming events. You can always reach me by text at: +44(0)7548310132

*The fees for paid events in this group will go towards my teaching & time, any materials I offer to participants and the maintenance of this group.

**If you're unemployed please contact me for concessions for any events you're interested in.

- The image of the boat for our group image is an ink drawing of mine of a Viking ship at sea. I thought it was appropriate to a group of people voyaging out to make new friends! Sometimes daunting but often fun!

Upcoming events (5+)

Traditional Drawing Lessons at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

£10.00

Every two weeks, Friday evenings at the Victoria & Albert Museum! I'm offering to teach anyone who would like to draw at the Victoria & Albert museum. All levels welcome. ---Please bring a sketchbook and selection of pencils, an eraser and portable pencil sharpener. It helps if your sketchbook has a hard back so you can have support for your drawing--- (if you forget materials, you can purchase them in the shop) I'm a professional artist and also experienced art teacher and offer lessons in perspective, composition, proportion and relationships. I use the methods and techniques of Raphael, Giacometti and Maurice de Sausmarez and teach to a very high standard. Please meet me at the Victoria & Albert Museum just inside the Cromwell entrance after the bag check. We'll gather there between 6:45 to 7pm before heading into the galleries. I'll be standing facing the door. I have dark blonde hair, rectangular glasses and will be carrying a canvas bag with a skeleton on it. If you will be running late or can't find me then please text my mobile:[masked] (I won't respond if you call, please text only) Cost is £10 per person. This fee covers maintenance of this group as well as teaching. Payable in cash on the day. *Please note: if you're new to this event it is £10.....but once you pay this all following sessions are just £1. If you prefer to pay via PayPal then please pay to my PayPal account: [masked] and indicate, "Traditional Drawing Lessons" and if you are paying as new (£10) or returning(£1). On Friday evenings the Victoria & Albert Museum is open until 10pm! After our drawing session, feel free to head home or stay a while in the cafe. If you'd like to know about my own artistic abilities then please check out my website: www.toothpickmoon.com

Casual Get Together at the National Gallery + Piero della Francesca Talk!

Let's meet at the National Gallery! After meeting up, I'll lead you to the paintings by Piero della Francesca and give you my own guided talk covering his work, his studies in perspective and the time in which he painted which is something I've been studying for the last twenty years and have lectured on many times before. Afterwards we will then head to the Crypt Cafe at St. Martin-in-the-Fields which is a lovely cafe to the side of the National Gallery. Lets meet between 1:45 to 2pm just inside the Sainsbury entrance, just after you go through the bag check. Look out for me, I'm dark blonde, with rectangular glasses and I'll be carrying a canvas bag with a skeleton on it. If you can't find me, feel free to text:[masked]. Come peckish and ready to share and make friends! I'm charging a £10 fee for the talk and to help me pay for the fee I have to pay to meetup to keep this group going. Payable in cash on the day.

Jan Van Eyck at the National Gallery

The National Gallery

£5.00

Are you interested in the paintings of Jan Van Eyck? Have you ever wondered about the symbolism in his paintings? I'm intrigued by his paintings and have been studying them for the last twenty years. If you're just as intrigued as I am, then please consider joining this group for a short talk covering all the interesting details about his work - I will share with you all of my discoveries about his paintings, his techniques as a painter and delve into the paintings themselves. This is a one hour talk - deliberately to save our feet and because the artist is very famous and his paintings often surrounded by people. £5 to attend - this covers the talk itself, my research, time and the group maintenance fees. Payable via cash on the day. Please meet me outside the Sainsbury entrance to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. I'm dark blonde with rectangular glasses and I'll be carrying a canvas bag with a skeleton on it. We'll meet between 10:45am to 10:55am. If you come late or can't find me please text me:[masked] Following the talk, we'll head to the Crypt Cafe at St Martin-in-the-Fields for drinks and conversation.

Sketching at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Come and join me sketching at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I spend a few hours sketching and then break for refreshments in the cafe and would welcome company from other artists. This is not a class - please just join in - as artists tend to work in isolation, I think it's nice to have company sometimes. Open to anyone. All levels. Bring your own art materials (the museum only allows drawing so pencils only.) On arrival please keep an eye out for a folding stool for yourself. Meet me between 12:45 pm to 1pm Please look for me at the entrance from Exhibition Road (it's the newer entrance on the side of the museum). I look like my profile picture and I'll be carrying a canvas bag with a skeleton on it. I have dark blond hair and have rectangular glasses. If you can't see me then please text me: [masked] (Please text only - in galleries I won't answer a call but I do respond to texts) If you come late then please text to learn where we are. Some may want to stay for the whole time but others may not - whatever works for you - or join us when it suits your schedule.

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