This course has concessions available

Around The Houses – Online

This is an six-week course which will use our local area and homes as inspiration for creative exercises. We will be walking, writing, drawing and experiencing viewing the familiar in new ways.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Tutor Profile
Tutor: Helen Maurer is a visual artist who works with glass and light, with a keen interest in poetry and sound, she sees 'Around the Houses' as an opportunity to bring these different areas together.

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Who is this course for

This course is for anyone who is at home who enjoys playing and experimenting creatively. We will be collecting ideas through walking, writing, photographing and drawing but you don't have to have any prior experience in these areas and it is suitable for new and advanced students.

What does this course cover

The course is designed to give prompts for making and writing and noticing things, to create new ingredients for our creative pots and broadening our creative approaches.
A series of exercises will be set to generate ideas for visual projects and writing and help us feel connected to the place in which we live and to one another. We will be using puddles as mirrors, creating a tour of our local area, finding patterns on the pavement, making lenses from glasses and trying to think about the potential of zoom for creative play.
Each week there will be a loose theme and I will set an exercise for you to think about on a walk around your area.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Feel a different connection to your home and local area.
Have produced and new body of work
Feel inspired for new making

What will it be like

The course is designed to give prompts for making, and writing and noticing things and to create new ingredients for our creative pots.
Each week I will ask you to send me one or two images/text to share with the group in the following session so that we can see where the ideas have taken you. We can share these and discuss together how they might be developed into a creative project or piece or simply enjoyed as an experience.
We will then take a short walk around our own local area and I will set an exercise for us to do whilst on our walk, this will take around 30 minutes. For example, I might ask you to look at reflections, how things are captured in car wing mirrors, on shiney paint surfaces, in puddlesthese can be documented photographically or written down, and they might create images in their own right or form the starting point for a piece of writing. I will then set further exercises involving mirrors over zoom or set a short making task based on the theme.

What else do you need to buy or do

Note book, camera (phone Camera is fine) Umbrella if it's raining!
Pencils & pens & paper, paints, Sellotape, crayons (dark colours) and chalk.
Each week I will let you know what to gather for the following session (eg. a mirror) and We will work with what we have to hand.
You will need to be able to send me jpeg images / text via email so that I can share these each week.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’