Workshops

Alongside my own creative practice, I offer educational opportunities including one-to-one tutoring and practical 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. Throughout the year I also offer drawing workshops from my North London home studio and across the UK. I am also available for one-to-one drawing and illustration tutoring in the London and surrounding areas and occasionally offer one-to-one sessions via Skype to English-speakers across the world.

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.

Details of my upcoming teaching events are below. Please get in touch if you have a request for a specific workshop not already listed, or would like to know more about one-to-one tutoring opportunities:

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Illustrating the Natural World

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Weekend workshop – 18th & 19th January 2020 / 6th & 7th June 2020, 10am-4pm
£310 for a 2-day course

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.

More details and booking information HERE.

laura mckendry dog drawing workshop

Draw Your Dog

Email for dates and locations
10am-4pm
£120 for a 1-day workshop

Have you ever wanted to create a personal portrait of your dog or family’s dog? This one-day workshop offers an introduction to drawing dogs and includes the chance to try out a whole range of materials and techniques. Whilst we’ll cover some of the basic introductions to proportion and form, capturing features, expressions and creating texture, this isn’t a class that encourages photo-realism. Instead I’ll be encouraging you to create a more expressive portrait of your pet that captures who they are and what they mean to you.

We will be working from photos (please bring a range – printed or on a portable electronic device such as a phone or tablet). I also offer a live dog drawing class for anyone who wishes to work from life.

Maximum 5 students

Email for more information. Gift vouchers for workshops are also available.

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1,2,3s of Drawing

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Wednesdays 6.30-9pm
Spring 2020
£725 for 10 weeks

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!

Click HERE for more information and booking details.

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Live Dog Drawing

Various venues
Email to arrange a date
10am-4pm
£120-£300 (price dependent on class size, max 4 students)

A tailored, personal workshop for anyone wanting to draw their dog from life. I welcome well-behaved dogs into my home studio (maximum 2) or I can travel to homes within London and surrounding areas.

This one-day workshop will offer an introduction to drawing your dog from life using a whole range of materials and techniques. We’ll cover some of the basic introductions to proportion and form, capturing features, expressions and creating texture using your dog as a live model. I’ll also give guidance on how to depict a living, and moveable, creature which can be challenging but often enhance a portrait. This workshop doesn’t aim to teach photo-realism but looks to explore ways to create a more expressive portrait of your pet from life.

Recent workshops include:

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