Enjoy a landscape masterclass without leaving your home

North London artist will show you how it's done

Following on from the success of last weekend’s Jazz Brunch, the second event of Barratt London’s Festival of Culture is due to take place tomorrow (Sunday, November 15) at 11am. The next instalment in the series of bi-weekly virtual events livestreamed from the housebuilder’s Ridgeway Views development, is an art class hosted by local artist Dawn Limbert.

Artist Limbert will lead viewers in a landscape masterclass where they will use pastels to create a picture of the Totteridge Valley, the incredible landscape which can be seen from Ridgeway Views. She is part of the North London art group Studio Fridays, who have held many successful solo and group shows in the past, with many of their artists having been selected for major exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Bankside Gallery and Mall Galleries. After the class, Dawn’s completed landscape will be put up for auction to raise money for a local charity.

Dawn Limbert comments: “I find art such a beautiful way to relax, and in a year when people’s mental health has really been tested I am thankful to be able to provide an opportunity for people to be creative and express themselves.”

Those who wish to take part in the masterclass will need a half stick set of Inscribe pastels, a Clairefontaine pastel mat or Canson MiTientes touch pastel paper, and masking tape. All of which are easily available from Amazon or other online art shops.

Other livestream events at the Festival of Culture will include:

  • A cookery class with a local chef on November 29 at 11am
  • A carol concert with members of London youth choir Invicta Voices on December 13 at 11am

Pam Reardon, sales and marketing director at Barratt East London, said: “Our Festival of Culture has been organised to spread a bit of joy in the lead up to Christmas. In a time when we would all usually be out shopping for presents or spending time with our families, we hope these events provide some entertainment for viewers while they remain safely indoors.”

Take part in the art class live on Barratt London’s Facebook page, YouTube channel or Instagram feed, or watch the video and join in at your own pace later on.

Ridgeway Views is a new development in Mill Hill boasting 448 apartments, with basement car parking, plus 12 spacious detached houses. Facilities will also include a residents’ gym, concierge service, play areas, fitness trail, communal viewing platform and landscaped green space featuring more than 4,000 trees that will also be open to the general public.

Prices start from £575,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. For more information, please call 0330 057 6666, or visit

For more information about artist Dawn Limbert and more examples of her work visit here.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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