Open Arts courses and events

If you would like to take part in any of the Open Arts delights below, please contact us and complete a referral form.
Thank you

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Open Arts exhibition at Leigh Community Centre

13th September to 24th October 2021

71 – 73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1SP

Meet the artists currently exhibiting 

At Leigh Community Centre
On Thursday 21st October 7pm to 9pm

Everyone is welcome to our 'Meet the Artists' event! Refreshments will be available from the cafe and artists have stalls in room 6. Come and say hello!

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Open Arts OPEN studio sessions

More dates to be announced

A safe and supportive space to work on your own projects or take part in our activities

Brentwood Open Arts art course 

FULLY BOOKED

Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm
10th September to 26th November

This is a 12 week art course which aims to increase confidence and skills by having fun with new art techniques. We hope that by the end of the course you will feel confident to move on to join other groups or classes in your local area, or just to move on in whichever way suits you best.

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Hadleigh Open Arts art course 

FULLY BOOKED

Fridays 1pm to 3pm

September 24th to 26th November

This is a 9 week art course which aims to increase confidence and skills by having fun with new art techniques. We hope that by the end of the course you will feel confident to move on to join other groups or classes in your local area, or just to move on in whichever way suits you best.

Pop up Poppy Power!

Open Arts decorated poppies which will be part of the British Legion Poppy Trail in Leigh on sea.

To celebrate 100 years of the Royal British Legion in 2021, the Leigh-on Sea Branch in collaboration with Leigh-on-Sea Town Council are launching a Poppy Trail to take place during Remembrance tide from 30th October – 14th November.

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Open Arts studio placements

Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 4pm

Two hour sessions, four people maximum per session. The art house is a safe and supported space for you to work on your own projects or use the art materials available.

Open Arts Pop Up sessions

Places are limited so please contact us to book your place

Bookbinding/Journaling
Tuesday 14th December 12.30-2.30pm HOFS

Upcycled pocket A5 journals a start towards a journaling adventure we will learn how to create a sewn book with multiple pages incorporating pockets, fold out pages, and other interesting backgrounds.  
Bring with you any paper/ prints/ work you have created and you wish to included

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Open Arts Pop up sessions 

Places are limited so please contact us to book your place

Fabric hardening magic
Tuesday 21st December 12.30-2.30pm HOFS

Decorate the cover of your  journal  or an A5 panel. We will use scraps of fabric, lace and string or other natural materials and this magic medium to transform your journal. It will harden to create beautiful textures and effects that you can highlight and decorate.

Open Arts Pop Up sessions 

Places are limited so please contact us to book your place.

Marbling and Pattern
was a great success in August

Fold, dye and print to create some beautiful patterns and textures onto paper using everyday domestic materials! 

Collage, designing and making your paper surfaces using different materials that can then be used to draw onto, 


Many of these would be fantastic pages to include in journals 

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Pop up Open Arts sessions - Places are limited so please contact us to book your place.

Papermaking

a great success in August 


Give your old bills, junk mail and other unwanted papers a new lease of life!! Turn them into brand new, beautiful papers to use in other craft projects, or just to show off as works of art!  
*Please bring in washing up bowl and a tray from home

Open Arts glamping

Open to current studio members

WAS A GREAT SUCCESS in September!

An art residential to explore new environments and further develop independent studio practice. 

We will have art activities, space to unwind, take an easel outside and paint the landscape, go for a walk. Have time just to be, in nature, be off grid, enjoy a campfire under the stars, just be creative and enjoy time together.

You are welcome to stay for as long or short a time as you like, a couple of hours each day or overnight it’s up to you, just let Jo know in advance.