The Whitby Hotel - Fall Art Workshops

Fall Art Workshops

at The Whitby Hotel & Crosby Street Hotel

  • 10:30am - 1:30pm
  • $150 per person
  • Crosby Street Hotel - Saturday, October 21
  • The Whitby Hotel - Saturday, November 18

Led by Lyora Pissarro, a private tour of the Firmdale Art Collection and an art workshop.


Join us for an exciting new autumn series of Art Workshops in partnership with New York artist Lyora Pissarro at Crosby Street Hotel and The Whitby Hotel.  

Each workshop will start with a guided tour of the hotel's art collection. Personally curated by Kit Kemp, you'll find sculptures by Fernando Botero and Jaume Plensa as well as work by British pop artist Joe Tilson and painter Carla Kranendonk. 

Armed with plenty of inspiration, you'll move on to a fun and creative workshop covering the core principles of drawing. Over the course of a morning you’ll create your own masterpiece using a variety of mixed media, including watercolour and collage. It’s not a heavy-handed lesson, it’s designed to be an inspiring and inclusive morning – no prior experience necessary.

Order of Events

  • 10:30am - Arrive in the Drawing Room
  • 10:45am - Enjoy a private tour of the hotel's art collection
  • 12 - 1:30pm - Painting workshop with art materials and refreshments provided

Order of Workshop 

Part 1: Warm up

  • An introduction to materials. Create basic shapes and practice hand to eye coordination.
  • Sketching exercises: Blindfold drawing, drawing with opposite hand and drawing without lifting the pen. 
  • Focus: Releasing expectations and judgement, warming up the creative muscle and building new neural pathways in the brain, connecting the hand and mind and moving an idea into reality. 

Part 2: Create and design your own artwork

  • Combine different images for a selection of subjects which include items from the Firmdale Art Collection, headboards designed by Kit Kemp, sculptures and famous artworks from history.
  • You will take home sketches and one finished watercolor painting and collage. 

Lyora Pissarro

French artist Lyora Pissarro has been painting since the age of 4. Taught by her mother through a lineage passed down over five generations. Her work is both figurative, abstract and rooted in painting. Currently based between New York and London, Lyora completed her formal education at Hunter College in NYC, after doing her foundation year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The dreamlike landscapes of Lyora Pissarro’s works have in common her embrace of her artistic heritage. Incorporating both traditional techniques and modern technology in a constant attempt to better refract the layers of aesthetic language developed over generations of artists. Amongst her strong training in painting, Lyora was also submersed into both the art market and academic theory in art from a young age. Her experience spans from art dealing in galleries and high-end art fairs around the world, as well as having worked for a curatorial and architectural firm Parallel in NY, a company building museums to house private art collections. Discussing art was the only subject around her dinner table growing up. Lyora is currently preparing for her first solo exhibition that will take place at The Amangiri in Utah in January.