Ten years ago Cass Art threw open the doors of our Flagship in Islington, with three floors and thousands of creative products in a beautiful setting. To celebrate our birthday, we’ve transformed the store, and we hope you’ll find it even more inspiring!
There’s a new Social Space – a community hub where you can sit and read our inspiring collection of magazines and books, see what’s going on in the art world on our events board, hold meetings or use our reading table to put together your portfolio! A Try Me Table for you to get your hands on an array of products, and learn tips and techniques from our staff artists. And of course, don’t miss The Cass Art Space, your dedicated space for local artists to use for exhibitions, meet-ups, workshops and more.
This May we’re continuing the celebrations with a whole month of exciting events in-store. With exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations for all ages, be sure to check the schedule below and join the fun.
Celebration Shopping Event
You’re invited to a special birthday celebration shopping event on 13th & 14th May. Keep it in your diary and watch this space for updates.
WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS
We’re running an eclectic range of workshops throughout May to cater for all. Whether you want to try your hand at life drawing, get started with oil painting or learn lino cutting and more, we’re your one stop shop to fire up your creativity.
Monthly Life Drawing with Jake Spicer
7.30-9.30pm, Tuesday 2nd May, materials provided by Derwent, ages 16+
Join our monthly life drawing class at Cass Art’s Islington flagship store taught by artist, author and drawing tutor Jake Spicer.
Weekly Portrait Drawing Lessons with Jeremy Burns
6-8pm, every Thursday, ages 16+
With a focus on proportion, line and tone, artist and tutor Jeremy Burns guides you through the process of drawing convincing portraits. All levels are welcome, and with a different face every week, there's always something new to learn!
Oil Painting: Materials & Techniques with Jeremy Burns
2-4.30pm, Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th May, ages 16+
Learn all about oil painting in these small and relaxed workshops suitable for absolute beginners to the more experienced. Each class focuses on a different aspect of oil painting, from discovering the characteristics of pigments, mediums, supports (and more) to practising a range of techniques and exploring the world of colour.
Islamic Geometry Workshops
12pm-2pm 8th May & 5pm-7pm 22nd May, ages 14+
Learn to construct an Islamic Geometric pattern step by step. Draw layers of lines and circles to create a complex underlying grid from which a beautiful pattern will emerge, then decorate it using watercolour pencils & paints.
Linocut workshops with Rebecca Gray
2-4pm, Sundays 7th & 21st May
Join our weekly linocut printing class at Cass Art Islington flagship store with printer and Illustrator Rebecca Gray. These classes are aimed at beginners and people who would like to refresh their skills, starting with looking at a simple black and white linocut.
DIY Watercolour with Kat Buchannan
6-7.30pm, Mondays 15th & 29th May
Tickets £10, 20% for full time students with a valid student ID with expiry date, book here
This is a watercolour workshop for curious rebels and alchemists, whatever your experience with watercolour. You’ll actively learn how watercolours are made, then experiment to create your own from an array of traditional and unorthodox materials.
Create Your Pebeo Mixed Media Artwork with Pablo Lugo
11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm, Sunday 21 May, materials provided, ages 18+
Pebeo's Mixed Media Workshop at Cass Art will introduce artists of all levels of ability on how to work with a wide range of art materials, beyond traditional oils and acrylics, to produce unique and innovative effects. The workshop will cover features and uses for all Mixed Media products including Prisme, Moon, Vitrail and a range of mediums. Pebeo will also introduce the 4Artist Marker, an oil based pigment marker that can be worked and blended as an oil colour.
WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Evenings and Sundays - Kids’ Workshops with Nuria Torres
4.30-5.30pm, Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May, ages 5-9, book here
11am-12pm, every Sunday, ages 3-6, 12.30pm-1.30pm, ages 7-12, book here
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets £10, book here for Tuesday evenings or here for Sundays
Have some fun while learning how to use different art materials and techniques. Nuria Torres is an artist and graphic designer with more than three years’ experience running children’s workshops and art classes.
Kids Painting Workshops with Anna Rumsby
4pm– 5.30pm, Wednesdays 3rd, 10th & 17th May, ages 4-6
Join artist Anna Rumsby author of ‘The Painting-In Book’ for a 3 week series of painting workshops. Each week will look at a different artist as a springboard into your own paintings.
Free Kids Activity Workshops
10am-12pm, every Saturday, materials provided, ages 4+
FREE, children must be accompanied by an adult, no need to book
Capacity is limited, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free.
Royal Drawing School Drawing Club
11am-1pm, Saturdays 29 April – 1 July, materials provided, ages 10-14
Term fee £200, limited scholarships are available, book here
A weekly Drawing Club open to young people aged 10 – 14 who have a passion for drawing and a desire to improve their skills. Students will draw from observation, and are taught by Royal Drawing School alumni artist tutors.
Royal Drawing School Young Associates Drawing Class
2-5pm, Saturdays 29 April – 1 July, materials provided, ages 15-18
Term fee £225, limited scholarships are available, book here
Delivered by professional artists, this course is open to students in school years 10 - 13. Students will develop and expand their fine art practice through drawing from observation, progressing through a series of rigorous drawing classes and developing their ability to control a range of materials.
EXHIBITIONS AT THE CASS ART SPACE
Jealous Gallery at Cass Art Islington
1-14 May, admission is FREE
Find more information and opening times here
Jealous is a contemporary art gallery, print publisher and printing studio, based in East London’s creative hub of Shoreditch, with jealous north in Crouch End. They are known for their collaborative approach to producing high quality limited edition prints with many artists, galleries, designers and museums. The Cass Art Space are delighted to present works from numerous artists who work in association with Jealous. For more information about Jealous visit www.jealousgallery.com
Take inspiration from the exhibition and join this workshop for all ages and for those with little or no experience of screen printing. See what you can do with the screen printing kits from Daler Rowney and Speedball with a little creativity thrown in. By the end of the afternoon, everyone will have made a small series of screen prints and will leave with the confidence to make their own prints at home.
This exhibition includes works which demonstrate intricate detail often association with botanical work, alongside others which capture the raw energy of nature. Works in ink and watercolour show the versatility and power of this medium. From street scenes to portraits, animals to landscapes this is an alluring and charming exhibition.
Join us at the Try Me table to get your hands on a wide selection of products, try them out and learn different techniques. Daily sessions will be hosted by our staff artists and brands. There’ll be a different medium for each day of the week. Visit us in store for more details or call 0207 354 2999.