iPad drawing Course at The Crouch End Gallery September 9/10th 10-5pm


Following her May 13/14th exhibition ‘ Drawn in Light-Published on Paper’ in September Kim Valdez will be holding a two day introductory course on drawing on the iPad using the Procreate App.

The course will cost £110.00 which includes tea/coffee and a light lunch. The course is planned for 8-10 people to accommodate individual attention.

The course will progressively develop an artwork/s based on a simple still life in order to practice the use of the tools.

Day 1
10-1pm Learn about and practice the use of the basic drawing tools: Grouping pictures, Canvas choice, Brushes, Eraser, Colour Palettes.
Layers and importing images.
Day 2
Using layers combined with the Freehand and Automatic Selection methods. The Transformation tool.
Exporting images for print.

The hardware requirements –

You will need an Ipad with the Procreate App and preferably a pressure sensitive stylus.

  • Procreate only works with an ipad, not other kinds of tablet.
  • Procreate is designed to work with a pressure sensitive stylus- ie the harder you press the darker the line, if you draw with your finger or any other stylus than those listed below, you won’t get the pressure sensitivity. However you can still draw and learn about Procreate.
  • The Apple Pencil can only be used with an iPad Pro, so if you have an iPad 3, 4, Air or mini, you will need an alternative stylus.
  • For these iPads please check but I believe Procreate supports the following active styli:
    • TenOneDesign – Pogo Connect, Pogo Connect 2
    • Adonit – Jot Touch 4, Jot Touch Pixelpoint, Jot Script, Jot Script 2, Pixel
    • Wacom – Intuos Creative Stylus 1 & 2, Bamboo Fineline 1 & 2
    • FiftyThree – Pencil

Interested in attending this course?   Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch regarding availability and booking.


Judy GIlley judged the exhibits at Insight School of Art Spring Exhibition

Judy presented prizes for selected paintings in a number of categories and for three highly commended children’s artworks.

See below ‘The Houses of Parliament’ by Linda Wright, awarded ‘Best Painting of a Place’ .

Kim Valdez has two sculptures accepted for The Discerning Eye 2016

The two sculptures above, first shown at the Crouch End Open Studios in May 2016, have been accepted for the Discerning Eye exhibition on Thursday 17 November until Sunday 27 November, between 10am and 5pm daily, at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.


Albert Turpin – Sorry- this exhibition has been postponed- we are hoping to show it in 2018

The Hackney Empire by Albert Turpin

The Crouch End Gallery is planning an exhibition of paintings by Albert Turpin to coincide with the publication of his memoir. Albert 1900-1964 was an artist, a window cleaner, a political activist and a fireman. The exhibition will show the range of his work with many now historic views of London’s East End. 

‘Why give a man a fifteen stone body, the temper of the story-type Irish navvy, with the face of a fighting pug, and then implant a tiny seed of melancholy, a tiny seed but enough to bring tears when an old piece of music is played or a poem read’

Alongside his paintings, Kim Valdez will display her Acrylic Sculptures inspired by a photograph of Albert and the quotation (above) that she came across in the book about the East London Group  ‘From Bow to Biennale’.



Judy Gilley to show at Dovedale Arts Festival


Dovedale Arts Festival is on June 10/11/12

Judy Gilley of Front Room Art has been selected to show her paintings of Derbyshire at this prestigious arts event.

Judy Gilley’s paintings of the landscape around Dovedale are influenced by the work of Ivon Hitchens, who painted the same woodland landscapes in Sussex over many years, working to capture the spirit of places he loved.

Mark Rochester to show at The Crouch End Gallery


Save the Date: October 8/9th
Front Room Art is delighted to announce plans for a solo show by Mark Rochester at The Crouch End Gallery.

Mark lives in Ilfracombe and his passion is for working ‘en plein air’ in some of Devon’s most breathtaking scenery.

Mark says:   “I am privileged to live right on the North Devon coast, with stunning views of the sea directly from my home and studio.  Whenever I can I get out there and really experience what I am painting at first-hand. My work consequently has a freshness and immediacy that I hope will be compelling.”