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You know what those early New Year mornings are like; wilting Christmas decorations, a carpet full of pine needles and nothing to look forward to – and February isn’t much better, either.
Sir John Soane’s Museum is changing all that in 2012 by giving you the chance to get creative in the best architectural house museum in the world, London landmarks and exciting exhibitions.
Specifically developed for adults, the workshops will free the artistic genius you’ve been hiding away for years, inspired by the art and architecture around the Capital in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
From watercolour painting to lino-cut printing, the sessions combine the study of architecture, art and design with practical experience of a whole range of creative media.
‘Our workshops give people the chance to learn all kinds of artistic techniques from the very best teachers’ says the Soane’s Head of Education, Beth Walker.
‘Small class sizes, fees that won’t break the bank and the most inspiring buildings are our recipe for a whole new way of looking at life, art and design’.
To get your creative juices flowing, start the year with January’s Two-Day Oil Painting Workshop(Saturday 21 & 28 January | £75).
You’ll develop your own oil painting on a theme over two days, using your own sketches from the Museum and reproduced images as a starting point.
If you’re lacking inspiration in February try the Two-Day Plaster Frieze Workshop
(Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February | £80)
Get hands-on, developing an original clay sculpture to a finished plaster cast, drawing on the many animal, human and plant motifs in the Museum.
There are plenty more courses to choose from throughout the year, including Tempera, Plaster Frieze, Wood-Carving and Stone-Carving and, with an eventful year ahead, developing your artistic side might be just the escape you need.
Sir John Soane’s Museum is the ideal place to escape to with a full list of workshops available at www.soane.org