Arts & Crafts Classes

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Autumn 2019

Basic Bookmaking

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
4th Nov 2019
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

Cut, fold, stitch and stick – use simple techniques learn how to create individual and beautiful atist’s books. During this six week course you will learn a variety of basic book making techniques ranging from simple folded and stitched books, Japanese stab bindings and traditional book construction. You will make books of various shapes and sizes unique to you. No previous experience necessary. All materials and equipment will be widely available. Some materials may be purchased from the tutor.

Upholstery (Monday am)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
9th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday pm)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:00
9th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday eve)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:00
9th Sep 2019
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Adventures in Watercolours

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
9th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to be a bit adventurous in painting with watercolours, even if you haven’t ever tried it before. With a combination of demonstration and discussion, including composition and some drawing skills, these classes will take you through the basic skills you need to start painting, using the characteristics of this much loved medium: clear and transparent but full of light and colour. Subjects vary widely from sea and landscapes, people, pets and portraits, still-life, flowers etc., journeying from a basic palette to including less familiar paints and mediums.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
9th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Each lesson begins with an approachable practical experiment that is later developed using various materials such as acrylic paints, watercolours, pen and ink and collage. All will be demonstrated to understand how the materials can be used in each session and constant guidance will be given throughout the course. Contemporary artists are introduced and discussed each week to aid as reference material. This course is ideal for beginners and amateur artists who want to experiment with materials and ideas further.

Simply Sewing (Monday)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Mondays from 16:00 to 18:30
9th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Construct an item of clothing with a commercial pattern and gain confidence to enjoy sewing in a group and at home on your own. Develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish with zips, facings, hems, gathers, darts, pressing and more. Come with a project ready to sew or seek help before getting started on one. Whether you are making your first skirt or progressing to something more advanced. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Jane Neesam on 07742 292405 or [email protected]

Creative Beginnings

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
16th Sep 2019
£63.00 per 5 weeks term.

A short course to help develop confidence in creative ability, covering printing techniques – mono, block and screen, paper making, craft and design. Start the course mark making and end with your own design screen printed onto a bag. Relaxed sessions where you're encouraged to explore ideas and techniques. All materials and equipment provided.

Machine Embroidery

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
1st Oct 2019
£116.00 per 10 weeks term.

This is a relaxed and informal class for all levels of ability in free machine embroidery. We will use a wide range of threads and fabrics and use a variety of techniques, enabling even beginners to use their sewing machines creatively. Experienced stitchers may work their own projects under the tutor’s guidance or join in with class projects. Everyone is welcome and the emphasis is on fun.

Still Life & Life Drawing

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
10th Sep 2019
£85.00 per 8 weeks term.

Joining this positive and supportive group gives you the opportunity to focus on developing your observation and drawing skills. Each week you will work directly from life or secondary sources and will be encouraged to explore different aspects and disciplines to create a successful drawing. On alternate weeks you will work directly from the life model. Guidance will be given on colour and using different media. Beginners and improvers welcome. Please contact Collette for more details on 07942893457. Fees paid direct to tutor, in advance of term.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
10th Sep 2019
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

A relaxed, informal class to learn the skills of machine patchwork and quilting and add a little design pizazz along the way! A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. A fresh project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Simply Sewing - A Focus on Technique

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
5th Nov 2019
£60.00 per 5 weeks term.

In this short course we will develop our sewing and construction skills through making small, deliciously sewn items in a snappy workshop style. Topics may include: topstitching, trimming and layering seams, making binding, perfect zips, pressing and finishing.

Knitting for Beginners

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Tutor: Chris Taylor
Tuesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
17th Sep 2019
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Learn to knit. Find out more about a craft that is hundreds of years old, yet has a modern appeal to it. You will learn basic Cast On and Cast Off; also the Knit and Purl stitches and then on to work simple lace patterns, cables and colour work.....yes, they can be simple! We will also look at how to follow patterns, what ball-bands are there for and how to sew up and finish off items.

Crochet for Beginners

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Tutor: Chris Taylor
Tuesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
5th Nov 2019
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Learn to crochet. Learn the basic stitches to be able to make a variety of items, including Granny Squares. Learn how to increase and decrease and use this to make bunting for special occasions; also learn to make simple flowers for decorations. All you need is a 4mm crochet hook, a ball (or two) of Double Knit yarn and enthusiasm.

Drawing for Beginners and All

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
10th Sep 2019
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

Discover the joy of drawing and learn how to express yourself through mark-making and drawing. We will learn basic drawing skills and practise those already gained, explore materials and mark-making techniques with the aim of dispelling the fears when faced with a blank sheet of paper. For those who have some drawing experience we will continue to practice whilst gradually introducing new techniques and materials.

Botanical Art: Luscious Leaves and all Things Green

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
24th Sep 2019
£72.00 per 5 weeks term.

The emphasis will be on accuracy of drawing, mixing colours both with watercolour and coloured pencils. Those attending can use either watercolour or coloured pencils, or those new to this subject can try both! Leaves will be studied from flowering plants, shiny leaves, hairy leaves, complex leaves and also from vegetables, for example, the complex but lovely cabbage. This course is suitable for all levels of abilities. Jill offers individual help and plenty of demonstrations are given to show ‘How it is Done ‘.

Botanical Art: Seedheads from the Garden

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
5th Nov 2019
£72.00 per 5 weeks term.

The emphasis will be on using pen and ink to introduce colour Into the seedhead drawings. This is an exciting medium to explore and is particularly good for depicting the dried seedheads and pods that our gardens produce long after the demise of the flowers. This course is suitable for all levels of abilities. Jill offers individual help and plenty of demonstrations are given to show ‘How it is Done ‘.

Watercolour Toolbox For Beginners

Tutor: Diane Brendling
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
6th Nov 2019
£60.00 per 5 weeks term.

Structured lessons are given in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We explore and practise various techniques including salts, pen and ink, cling film, white spirit, etc, Each week we look at a painting prepared by the tutor and try out some of our new found skills. Plenty of support is given. Come and enjoy this very versatile medium.

Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
11th Sep 2019
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Develop your cake decorating skills, by exploring modern and traditional cake design, using a range of sugars. This will involve the use of texture, colour co-ordination, figure modelling and flower making. By using royal icing, sugarpaste, pastillage, flower paste and buttercream you will experience different techniques in this diverse subject, and become proficient in the skills of the professional cake decorator. Demonstrations, and group discussions about coursework, assist skill development in a friendly environment, where students can work at their own speed. A tutorial sheet accompanies each lesson to assist learning. The course is suitable for mixed abilities.

Life Drawing (eve)

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
11th Sep 2019
£90.00 per 8 weeks term.

An excellent opportunity to work in a friendly and diverse group. Working directly with the model you will be able to develop and explore your own unique style. From beginners to professional artists and illustrators, these sessions are structured to enable you to practise and experiment, allowing you to broaden your creative potential. Support and guidance is available in using a range of media including charcoal, pencil and oils. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Please contact Collette for more details on 07942 893457. Fees paid direct to tutor,in advance of term.

Patchwork & Quilting (eve)

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
11th Sep 2019
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

A relaxed, informal class to learn the skills of machine patchwork and quilting and add a little design pizazz along the way! A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. A fresh project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
11th Sep 2019
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

Construct an item of clothing with a commercial pattern and gain confidence to enjoy sewing in a group and at home on your own. Develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish with zips, facings, hems, gathers, darts, pressing and more. Come with a project ready to sew or seek help before getting started on one.Whether you are making your first skirt or progressing to something more advanced. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Jane Neesam on 07742 292405 or [email protected]

Cut flowers - Autumn

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
25th Sep 2019
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

You will create a range of super autumn floral arrangements suitable for the home or gift using lovely autumn foliage, fruits and flowers. Learn tips to get the best from your flowers and foliage. Beginner and next steps level. You provide your own plant material but the tutor can help.Starter pack of basic equipment and containers available. Please bring £10 for week one design.

Silver Jewellery Making

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 16:00
11th Sep 2019
£176.50 per 6 weeks term.

Learn how to work with Sterling silver; design and make your own individual jewellery. This course/workshop includes the use of professional equipment and materials to create unique pieces to keep or give. Previous course participants have created rings, bracelets, bangles, earrings and pendants including personalised modern charm bracelets. No previous knowledge is needed. Fees include all materials.

Expressive Watercolours

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
11th Sep 2019
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

Watercolour is an exciting and versatile medium. During this course we aim to explore this versatility playing with colour and a host of different techniques such as laying washes, wet-in-wet, sponging. We will also look at how to put a successful picture together through a range of different subjects from flowers to landscapes with the aim of producing pictures we can enjoy creating and be proud of!

Life Drawing

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
11th Sep 2019
£132.25 per 11 weeks term.

Drawing the human body is a wonderful way for anyone, from beginner to the more experienced, to improve their drawing skills. Using short and long poses and a variety of media and materials we will explore the visual potential of the human form to create exciting images. Course fee includes model fee.

Textile Masterclass

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Tutor: Elisabeth Rutt
Thursdays from 09:30 to 15:30
19th Sep 2019
£186.00 per 10 weeks term.

An established high level class in stitched textiles for those with experience and/or qualifications. There are occasional places available, please enquire in the office.

Creative Stitchery morning

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
12th Sep 2019
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

Classes run by a Royal School of Needlework trained teacher and covering many aspects of hand embroidery, traditional and modern, emphasizing techniques. A project is offered each term and students are encouraged to develop their own design skills. For beginners and intermediate, the morning class is a smaller group and allows more individual tutoring. The afternoon class is suited to those who have experience and confidence in embroidery.

Creative Stitchery afternoon

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:00
12th Sep 2019
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

Classes run by a Royal School of Needlework trained teacher and covering many aspects of hand embroidery, traditional and modern, emphasizing techniques. A project is offered each term and students are encouraged to develop their own design skills. For beginners and intermediate, the morning class is a smaller group and allows more individual tutoring. The afternoon class is suited to those who have experience and confidence in embroidery.

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
12th Sep 2019
£0.00 per 10 weeks term.

This is an established small class that occasionally has vacancies for new members. For more information please contact Celia Hasan on 01462 456429.

Wired and Unwired Sugar Flowers for all Occasions

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
12th Sep 2019
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Learners will develop the skills to make flowers to a professional standard, or just for pleasure. Both botanical and stylised flowers will be studied. It is an ideal opportunity to perfect modelling skills and, at the same time, learn shortcuts to achieve excellent results; or to explore the delicate make-up of a flower and its foliage. Flowers made from sugar are a beautiful adornment on a cake, or as a centrepiece for an occasion. Flowers will be made, using cutters and by the pulling method. The course is suitable for all abilities. A tutorial sheet accompanies each flower that is studied.

Acrylic Painting

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30
7th Nov 2019
£80.00 per 6 weeks term.

Acrylic paint is one of the most exciting and versatile mediums for creating art. In this course, suitable for beginners and improvers, students will explore a variety of techniques and methods of application through tutor demonstration and practice. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to experiment and develop their own personal style of painting culminating in a final piece of artwork that draws on what they have learned. Fees include some material costs.

Introduction to Glass Fusing

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
19th Sep 2019
£122.50 per 6 weeks term.

This course provides an introduction to the basics of glass fusing. Over the weeks you will learn about glass and its infinite possibilities; be taught to cut; how to plan a project and the different finishes that can be achieved using a variety of techniques, before realising a number of projects including a wall panel, a coral bowl, a suite of jewellery or Xmas decorations, and a decorative bowl and coasters.

Oil Painting

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
12th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

An exciting and fun course which is aimed for all abilities; teaching a variety of oil painting techniques from the last few hundred years along with art history and good working practices. The course is broken down into multiple projects which include handouts, demos and lots of student support to encourage and help students develop a great knowledge and lots of confidence with their set of oil paints.

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
13th Sep 2019
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Create wonderful, seasonal floral designs and learn tips to get the best from your flowers and foliage. With a range of floral designs from vintage to contemporary you will try something different each week to enjoy fresh for the weekend. Beginner to intermediate level (not absolute beginner). Starter pack of containers and equipment available. You will provide your own plant material each week but the tutor can provide some at a reasonable cost.

Art of the Landscape

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
13th Sep 2019
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Artists have been painting the landscape since ancient times to try to understand and celebrate the world around them. In this course for beginners and improvers, students will learn, through demonstration and practice, how to use composition, colour and texture to tackle a variety of landscape and urban scenes. Whilst inspiration will be gained by discussing celebrated painters, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference, direct observation (weather permitting) and a variety of different media.

Watercolour Toolbox - Improvers

Tutor: Diane Brendling
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30
21st Sep 2019
£116.00 per 10 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Structured lessons are given in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We explore and practise various techniques including salts, pen and ink, cling film, white spirit, etc. Each week we look at a painting prepared by the tutor and try out some of our new found skills. Plenty of support is given. Come and enjoy this very versatile medium. This class is suitable for those with some experience with watercolours.

Spring 2019

Upholstery (Monday am)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
6th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday pm)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:00
6th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday eve)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:00
6th Jan 2020
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Adventures in Watercolours

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
6th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to be a bit adventurous in painting with watercolours, even if you haven’t ever tried it before. With a combination of demonstration and discussion, including composition and some drawing skills, these classes will take you through the basic skills you need to start painting, using the characteristics of this much loved medium: clear and transparent but full of light and colour. Subjects vary widely from sea and landscapes, people, pets and portraits, still-life, flowers etc., journeying from a basic palette to including less familiar paints and mediums.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
6th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Each lesson begins with an approachable practical experiment that is later developed using various materials such as acrylic paints, watercolours, pen and ink and collage. All will be demonstrated to understand how the materials can be used in each session and constant guidance will be given throughout the course. Contemporary artists are introduced and discussed each week to aid as reference material. This course is ideal for beginners and amateur artists who want to experiment with materials and ideas further.

Simply Sewing (Monday)

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Mondays from 16:00 to 18:30
6th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Construct an item of clothing with a commercial pattern and gain confidence to enjoy sewing in a group and at home on your own. Develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish with zips, facings, hems, gathers, darts, pressing and more. Come with a project ready to sew or seek help before getting started on one. Whether you are making your first skirt or progressing to something more advanced. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Jane Neesam on 07742 292405 or [email protected]

Woven Tapestry for Beginners

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
6th Jan 2020
£63.00 per 5 weeks term.

This course will teach you the basic skills to produce a woven tapestry. You will learn how to attach a warp and use traditional techniques to produce a small woven piece before interpreting your own design and further developing your preferred methods. Fee includes materials costs.

Machine Embroidery

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
7th Jan 2020
£116.00 per 10 weeks term.

This is a relaxed and informal class for all levels of ability in free machine embroidery. We will use a wide range of threads and fabrics and use a variety of techniques, enabling even beginners to use their sewing machines creatively. Experienced stitchers may work their own projects under the tutor’s guidance or join in with class projects. Everyone is welcome and the emphasis is on fun.

Still Life & Life Drawing

This course cannot be booked online. Please call the office.

Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
7th Jan 2020
£85.00 per 8 weeks term.

Joining this positive and supportive group gives you the opportunity to focus on developing your observation and drawing skills. Each week you will work directly from life or secondary sources and will be encouraged to explore different aspects and disciplines to create a successful drawing. On alternate weeks you will work directly from the life model. Guidance will be given on colour and using different media. Beginners and improvers welcome. Please contact Collette for more details on 07942893457. Fees paid direct to tutor, in advance of term.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
7th Jan 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

A relaxed, informal class to learn the skills of machine patchwork and quilting and add a little design pizazz along the way! A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. A fresh project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Chinese Brush Painting - Landscape

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
7th Jan 2020
£60.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. The Chinese have developed a very different approach to landscape painting to that adopted by the West. In this module we will look at Chinese Landscape compositions and how they differ from Western landscapes. We will learn some of the methods used to represent rocks, trees, water, mist, cloud and landscape elements.

Chinese Brush Painting Insects and Animals

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
25th Feb 2020
£60.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. In this module, we will look at the methods for painting some of the animals and insects frequently portrayed in Chinese art including butterflies, bees, grasshoppers, pigs, tigers, fu dogs and dragons.

Knitting for Improvers

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Tutor: Chris Taylor
Tuesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
7th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Come and try some different knitting techniques. I aim to cover things like Fan and Feather stitch, Entrelac, honeycomb stitch, different ribs and Illusion Knitting. The main requirement is that you feel confident to cast on, knit and purl, and cast off - you will also need 4mm needles, Double Knit yarn in a couple of colours for some of the work – and a desire to increase your skills.

Crochet for Improvers

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Tutor: Chris Taylor
Tuesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
25th Feb 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

For anyone who has mastered the basic art of Crochet, come and try out some more developed stitches. V-stitch, Ripple stitch, Apache tears, Corner to Corner (C2C) and Crocodile stitch. All you need to join in is the ability to work double crochet, trebles and slip stitches with some confidence; a 4mm crochet hook and some Double Knit yarn (a lot of the patterns need several colours to show at their best).....and a desire to learn a bit more about this ancient craft with a modern twist.

Acrylic Painting

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
25th Feb 2020
£80.00 per 6 weeks term.

Acrylic paint is one of the most exciting and versatile mediums for creating art. In this course, suitable for beginners and improvers, students will explore a variety of techniques and methods of application through tutor demonstration and practice. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to experiment and develop their own personal style of painting culminating in a final piece of artwork that draws on what they have learned. Fees include some material costs.

Drawing for Beginners and All

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
7th Jan 2020
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

Discover the joy of drawing and learn how to express yourself through mark-making and drawing. We will learn basic drawing skills and practise those already gained, explore materials and mark-making techniques with the aim of dispelling the fears when faced with a blank sheet of paper. For those who have some drawing experience we will continue to practice whilst gradually introducing new techniques and materials.

Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
8th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Develop your cake decorating skills, by exploring modern and traditional cake design, using a range of sugars. This will involve the use of texture, colour co-ordination, figure modelling and flower making. By using royal icing, sugarpaste, pastillage, flower paste and buttercream you will experience different techniques in this diverse subject, and become proficient in the skills of the professional cake decorator. Demonstrations, and group discussions about coursework, assist skill development in a friendly environment, where students can work at their own speed. A tutorial sheet accompanies each lesson to assist learning. The course is suitable for mixed abilities.

Life Drawing (eve)

This course cannot be booked online. Please call the office.

Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
8th Jan 2020
£90.00 per 8 weeks term.

An excellent opportunity to work in a friendly and diverse group. Working directly with the model you will be able to develop and explore your own unique style. From beginners to professional artists and illustrators, these sessions are structured to enable you to practise and experiment, allowing you to broaden your creative potential. Support and guidance is available in using a range of media including charcoal, pencil and oils. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Please contact Collette for more details on 07942 893457. Fees paid direct to tutor,in advance of term.

Patchwork & Quilting (eve)

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
8th Jan 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

A relaxed, informal class to learn the skills of machine patchwork and quilting and add a little design pizazz along the way! A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. A fresh project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
8th Jan 2020
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

Construct an item of clothing with a commercial pattern and gain confidence to enjoy sewing in a group and at home on your own. Develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish with zips, facings, hems, gathers, darts, pressing and more. Come with a project ready to sew or seek help before getting started on one.Whether you are making your first skirt or progressing to something more advanced. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Jane Neesam on 07742 292405 or [email protected]

Expressive Watercolours

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
8th Jan 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

Watercolour is an exciting and versatile medium. During this course we aim to explore this versatility playing with colour and a host of different techniques such as laying washes, wet-in-wet, sponging. We will also look at how to put a successful picture together through a range of different subjects from flowers to landscapes with the aim of producing pictures we can enjoy creating and be proud of!

Life Drawing

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
8th Jan 2020
£132.25 per 11 weeks term.

Drawing the human body is a wonderful way for anyone, from beginner to the more experienced, to improve their drawing skills. Using short and long poses and a variety of media and materials we will explore the visual potential of the human form to create exciting images. Course fee includes model fee.

Creative Stitchery morning

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
9th Jan 2020
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

Classes run by a Royal School of Needlework trained teacher and covering many aspects of hand embroidery, traditional and modern, emphasizing techniques. A project is offered each term and students are encouraged to develop their own design skills. For beginners and intermediate, the morning class is a smaller group and allows more individual tutoring. The afternoon class is suited to those who have experience and confidence in embroidery.

Creative Stitchery afternoon

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:00
9th Jan 2020
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

Classes run by a Royal School of Needlework trained teacher and covering many aspects of hand embroidery, traditional and modern, emphasizing techniques. A project is offered each term and students are encouraged to develop their own design skills. For beginners and intermediate, the morning class is a smaller group and allows more individual tutoring. The afternoon class is suited to those who have experience and confidence in embroidery.

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

This course cannot be booked online. Please call the office.

Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
9th Jan 2020
£0.00 per 10 weeks term.

This is an established small class that occasionally has vacancies for new members. For more information please contact Celia Hasan on 01462 456429.

Wired and Unwired Sugar Flowers for all Occasions

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
9th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Learners will develop the skills to make flowers to a professional standard, or just for pleasure. Both botanical and stylised flowers will be studied. It is an ideal opportunity to perfect modelling skills and, at the same time, learn shortcuts to achieve excellent results; or to explore the delicate make-up of a flower and its foliage. Flowers made from sugar are a beautiful adornment on a cake, or as a centrepiece for an occasion. Flowers will be made, using cutters and by the pulling method. The course is suitable for all abilities. A tutorial sheet accompanies each flower that is studied.

Art of the Landscape

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:30
9th Jan 2020
£72.00 per 6 weeks term.

Artists have been painting the landscape since ancient times to try and understand and celebrate the world around them. In this class for beginners and improvers, students will learn, through demonstration and practice, how to use composition, colour and texture to tackle a variety of landscape and urban scenes. Whilst inspiration will be gained by discussing celebrated painters, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference, direct observation (weather permitting) and a variety of different mediums.

Oil Painting

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
9th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

An exciting and fun course which is aimed for all abilities; teaching a variety of oil painting techniques from the last few hundred years along with art history and good working practices. The course is broken down into multiple projects which include handouts, demos and lots of student support to encourage and help students develop a great knowledge and lots of confidence with their set of oil paints.

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
10th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Create wonderful, seasonal floral designs and learn tips to get the best from your flowers and foliage. With a range of floral designs from vintage to contemporary you will try something different each week to enjoy fresh for the weekend. Beginner to intermediate level (not absolute beginner). Starter pack of containers and equipment available. You will provide your own plant material each week but the tutor can provide some at a reasonable cost.

Art of the Landscape

Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
10th Jan 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Artists have been painting the landscape since ancient times to try to understand and celebrate the world around them. In this course for beginners and improvers, students will learn, through demonstration and practice, how to use composition, colour and texture to tackle a variety of landscape and urban scenes. Whilst inspiration will be gained by discussing celebrated painters, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference, direct observation (weather permitting) and a variety of different media.

Watercolour Toolbox - Improvers

Tutor: Diane Brendling
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30
11th Jan 2020
£116.00 per 10 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Structured lessons are given in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We explore and practise various techniques including salts, pen and ink, cling film, white spirit, etc. Each week we look at a painting prepared by the tutor and try out some of our new found skills. Plenty of support is given. Come and enjoy this very versatile medium. This class is suitable for those with some experience with watercolours.

Summer 2019

Upholstery (Monday am)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
20th Apr 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday pm)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:00
20th Apr 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday eve)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:00
20th Apr 2020
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Adventures in Watercolours

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
20th Apr 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to be a bit adventurous in painting with watercolours, even if you haven’t ever tried it before. With a combination of demonstration and discussion, including composition and some drawing skills, these classes will take you through the basic skills you need to start painting, using the characteristics of this much loved medium: clear and transparent but full of light and colour. Subjects vary widely from sea and landscapes, people, pets and portraits, still-life, flowers etc., journeying from a basic palette to including less familiar paints and mediums.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
20th Apr 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Each lesson begins with an approachable practical experiment that is later developed using various materials such as acrylic paints, watercolours, pen and ink and collage. All will be demonstrated to understand how the materials can be used in each session and constant guidance will be given throughout the course. Contemporary artists are introduced and discussed each week to aid as reference material. This course is ideal for beginners and amateur artists who want to experiment with materials and ideas further.

Simply Sewing (Monday)

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Mondays from 16:00 to 18:30
20th Apr 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

Construct an item of clothing with a commercial pattern and gain confidence to enjoy sewing in a group and at home on your own. Develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish with zips, facings, hems, gathers, darts, pressing and more. Come with a project ready to sew or seek help before getting started on one. Whether you are making your first skirt or progressing to something more advanced. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Jane Neesam on 07742 292405 or [email protected]

Still Life & Life Drawing

This course cannot be booked online. Please call the office.

Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
21st Apr 2020
£85.00 per 8 weeks term.

Joining this positive and supportive group gives you the opportunity to focus on developing your observation and drawing skills. Each week you will work directly from life or secondary sources and will be encouraged to explore different aspects and disciplines to create a successful drawing. On alternate weeks you will work directly from the life model. Guidance will be given on colour and using different media. Beginners and improvers welcome. Please contact Collette for more details on 07942893457. Fees paid direct to tutor, in advance of term.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
28th Apr 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

A relaxed, informal class to learn the skills of machine patchwork and quilting and add a little design pizazz along the way! A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. A fresh project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Chinese Brush Painting Flower Compositions

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
9th Jun 2020
£60.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. In this module we will be looking at some of the standard Chinese flower painting compositional forms and their origins whilst learning the techniques used for representing some of the traditional flowers.

Drawing for Beginners and All

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
28th Apr 2020
£38.50 per 4 weeks term.

Discover the joy of drawing and learn how to express yourself through mark-making and drawing. We will learn basic drawing skills and practise those already gained, explore materials and mark-making techniques with the aim of dispelling the fears when faced with a blank sheet of paper. For those who have some drawing experience we will continue to practice whilst gradually introducing new techniques and materials.

Botanical Art: Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
21st Apr 2020
£72.00 per 5 weeks term.

This 5 week course will cover using coloured pencils to depict the many flowers, fruits and vegetables on offer at this time of year. In the first week the tutor will cover drawing skills and how to achieve accuracy using simple techniques. You will then move on to colouring your drawings using pencils. Demonstrations and individual help are given to achieve successful results.

Portraits using Coloured Pencils

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
2nd Jun 2020
£72.00 per 5 weeks term.

Coloured pencils can be used in many different ways and with a variety of techniques. In this 5 week course Jill will use a different colour palette that is used in painting a portrait. Those participating are encouraged to bring along a picture from which to work from.

Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
22nd Apr 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Develop your cake decorating skills, by exploring modern and traditional cake design, using a range of sugars. This will involve the use of texture, colour co-ordination, figure modelling and flower making. By using royal icing, sugarpaste, pastillage, flower paste and buttercream you will experience different techniques in this diverse subject, and become proficient in the skills of the professional cake decorator. Demonstrations, and group discussions about coursework, assist skill development in a friendly environment, where students can work at their own speed. A tutorial sheet accompanies each lesson to assist learning. The course is suitable for mixed abilities.

Life Drawing (eve)

This course cannot be booked online. Please call the office.

Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
22nd Apr 2020
£90.00 per 8 weeks term.

An excellent opportunity to work in a friendly and diverse group. Working directly with the model you will be able to develop and explore your own unique style. From beginners to professional artists and illustrators, these sessions are structured to enable you to practise and experiment, allowing you to broaden your creative potential. Support and guidance is available in using a range of media including charcoal, pencil and oils. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Please contact Collette for more details on 07942 893457. Fees paid direct to tutor,in advance of term.

Patchwork & Quilting (eve)

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
29th Apr 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

A relaxed, informal class to learn the skills of machine patchwork and quilting and add a little design pizazz along the way! A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. A fresh project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. All levels of experience are welcome.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
22nd Apr 2020
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

Construct an item of clothing with a commercial pattern and gain confidence to enjoy sewing in a group and at home on your own. Develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish with zips, facings, hems, gathers, darts, pressing and more. Come with a project ready to sew or seek help before getting started on one.Whether you are making your first skirt or progressing to something more advanced. All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact Jane Neesam on 07742 292405 or [email protected]

Cut flowers - Spring

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
22nd Apr 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

You will create simple yet stylish floral designs in a range of styles from bouquets to vintage jugs using wonderful bulb flowers, blossom and twigs. Learn tips to get the best from your spring flowers and foliage and how to buy them. Beginner and next steps level. You provide your own plant material but the tutor can help. Starter pack of basic equipment and containers available. Bring £10 for week one design.

Cut flowers - Summer

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
3rd Jun 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Be amazed at the lush floral arrangements you can create using summer flowers and foliage. You will learn how to care for them. Designs include a summer floral ring and taller vase party design. Beginner level and next steps. You provide your own plant material but the tutor can help. Starter pack of basic equipment and containers available. Bring £10 for week one design.

Expressive Watercolours

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
29th Apr 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

Watercolour is an exciting and versatile medium. During this course we aim to explore this versatility playing with colour and a host of different techniques such as laying washes, wet-in-wet, sponging. We will also look at how to put a successful picture together through a range of different subjects from flowers to landscapes with the aim of producing pictures we can enjoy creating and be proud of!

Life Drawing

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
29th Apr 2020
£132.25 per 11 weeks term.

Drawing the human body is a wonderful way for anyone, from beginner to the more experienced, to improve their drawing skills. Using short and long poses and a variety of media and materials we will explore the visual potential of the human form to create exciting images. Course fee includes model fee.

Creative Stitchery morning

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
23rd Apr 2020
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

Classes run by a Royal School of Needlework trained teacher and covering many aspects of hand embroidery, traditional and modern, emphasizing techniques. A project is offered each term and students are encouraged to develop their own design skills. For beginners and intermediate, the morning class is a smaller group and allows more individual tutoring. The afternoon class is suited to those who have experience and confidence in embroidery.

Creative Stitchery afternoon

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:00
23rd Apr 2020
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

Classes run by a Royal School of Needlework trained teacher and covering many aspects of hand embroidery, traditional and modern, emphasizing techniques. A project is offered each term and students are encouraged to develop their own design skills. For beginners and intermediate, the morning class is a smaller group and allows more individual tutoring. The afternoon class is suited to those who have experience and confidence in embroidery.

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

This course cannot be booked online. Please call the office.

Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
23rd Apr 2020
£0.00 per 10 weeks term.

This is an established small class that occasionally has vacancies for new members. For more information please contact Celia Hasan on 01462 456429.

Wired and Unwired Sugar Flowers for all Occasions

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
23rd Apr 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Learners will develop the skills to make flowers to a professional standard, or just for pleasure. Both botanical and stylised flowers will be studied. It is an ideal opportunity to perfect modelling skills and, at the same time, learn shortcuts to achieve excellent results; or to explore the delicate make-up of a flower and its foliage. Flowers made from sugar are a beautiful adornment on a cake, or as a centrepiece for an occasion. Flowers will be made, using cutters and by the pulling method. The course is suitable for all abilities. A tutorial sheet accompanies each flower that is studied.

Oil Painting

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
23rd Apr 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

An exciting and fun course which is aimed for all abilities; teaching a variety of oil painting techniques from the last few hundred years along with art history and good working practices. The course is broken down into multiple projects which include handouts, demos and lots of student support to encourage and help students develop a great knowledge and lots of confidence with their set of oil paints.

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
24th Apr 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Create wonderful, seasonal floral designs and learn tips to get the best from your flowers and foliage. With a range of floral designs from vintage to contemporary you will try something different each week to enjoy fresh for the weekend. Beginner to intermediate level (not absolute beginner). Starter pack of containers and equipment available. You will provide your own plant material each week but the tutor can provide some at a reasonable cost.

Art of the Landscape

Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
24th Apr 2020
£127.75 per 11 weeks term.

Artists have been painting the landscape since ancient times to try to understand and celebrate the world around them. In this course for beginners and improvers, students will learn, through demonstration and practice, how to use composition, colour and texture to tackle a variety of landscape and urban scenes. Whilst inspiration will be gained by discussing celebrated painters, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference, direct observation (weather permitting) and a variety of different media.

Watercolour Toolbox - Improvers

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30
25th Apr 2020
£116.00 per 10 weeks term.

Structured lessons are given in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We explore and practise various techniques including salts, pen and ink, cling film, white spirit, etc. Each week we look at a painting prepared by the tutor and try out some of our new found skills. Plenty of support is given. Come and enjoy this very versatile medium. This class is suitable for those with some experience with watercolours.