Workshops

Over the past 15 years I have taught adults, students and children and led family workshops in a variety of creative and educational settings including primary schools, art centres, farmers markets and festivals. I am a tutor at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London where I teach adults and teenagers drawing and illustration skills. I also run an online course with Domestika and have a second one coming up later in 2021.

My specialism is the natural world – animals, plants, birds, the coast, sealife, fruit and vegetables – and part of my creative approach is to encourage a very real interest in nature and protecting the earth’s resources. Previous workshops with young people have included working with junk to create puppets, sculptures, masks and even a life-sized cow entirely from plastic milk bottles.

I apply a playful approach to teaching, encouraging students to experiment and explore unusual ways of drawing and mark-making. I feel strongly that our fear of making mistakes, and aspiring to unattainable expectations, can inhibit creativity so much of my teaching practice works to help students overcome these obstacles.

domestika laura mckendry illustrating nature a creative exploration

Illustrating Nature: A Creative Exploration (Online)

Approaching a blank page with an open mind and a playful spirit can become a catalyst for inspiration, leaving behind self-doubt and the fear of making mistakes to make noticeable progress. My approach to illustration is founded on curiosity and experimentation, creating striking pieces ranging from fine art prints, to greeting cards, gift-wrap, homeware, and more.

In this course, I’ll show you how to experiment with watercolour, ink, and other mixed media of your choice to create three pieces inspired by the natural world. Discover the techniques I incorporate into my work to expand your creativity and find your own unique way to represent nature.

More information, current prices and watch a course trailer.

neon portraits workshop

Illustration for 16-18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
2-6 August 2021

Illustration is visual communication through image making and is all around us every day in many different forms communicating ideas, messages and stories, grabbing our attention, decorating our world and helping to explain when words are not enough.

It’s made and used in so many differing ways that it’s sometimes hard for people to know exactly what illustration is and how it is created. This course offers a hands-on introduction to the subject, giving you the opportunity to explore the different aspects of illustration and offering you a flavour of what it’s like to study it and work as an illustrator.

More details and booking information HERE.

fruit and veg drawing workshop laura mckendry

Illustrating the Natural World

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Future dates to be announced

This course explores different ways to illustrate elements of the natural world including animals, fish, birds, plants and flowers, seasonal produce, and wildlife habitats. We will experiment with methods of injecting character into your drawing whilst studying naturally-occurring texture, form, colour and pattern. You’ll be trying out a range of materials including watercolour, ink, pastel, coloured pencil, along with some altogether less conventional tools. This course will offer a variety of techniques using demonstrations and hands-on practical exercises, culminating in a final piece of work that pulls together all your learning throughout the weekend. We cover a lot of ground during two days – this is an exciting, playful and enriching course that is suitable for all levels.

laura mckendry drawing workshop

1,2,3s of Drawing

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Future dates to be announced

If you’d like to improve your drawing skills, you’re invited to join this class devoted to fundamentals of drawing. This is very much a ‘hands on’ and ‘how to’ course, stressing different drawing techniques, tricks of the trade, nuts-and-bolts-know how, methods of observation and exposure to a variety of drawing tools.

It includes numerous short drawing exercises (challenging, fun or fanciful), and some longer ones. They’re designed as stepping stones or pieces of the puzzle of how to draw. Building up a catalogue of small skills over the course should demystify drawing for you, make it easier – and turn it into the joy it’s meant to be!

Recent workshops include:

2020

  • Illustrating the Natural World – Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

2019

  • 123s of Drawing – Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
  • Illustration for 16-18 Year Olds – Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
  • Seasonal Vegetable Illustration – Family Workshop, Forty Hall Famers Market, London
  • Neon Portraits and Text Painting – Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London