Arts & Crafts Classes

Autumn 2020

Upholstery (Monday AM)

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
21st Sep 2020
£117.50 per 10 weeks term.

Come along and learn upholstery skills in a friendly and informal setting. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience these classes provide the ideal environment to work at your own pace on your own project with the support and guidance of an experienced upholsterer. Advice will be given about suitability of projects based on experience as well as the materials and tools required to complete them. There are no storage facilities, so projects must be easily transportable to and from each class. For more info contact Janet Capstick on 07957 390294 or email [email protected]

Upholstery (Monday PM)

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:00
21st Sep 2020
£117.50 per 10 weeks term.

Come along and learn upholstery skills in a friendly and informal setting. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience these classes provide the ideal environment to work at your own pace on your own project with the support and guidance of an experienced upholsterer. Advice will be given about suitability of projects based on experience as well as the materials and tools required to complete them. There are no storage facilities, so projects must be easily transportable to and from each class. For more info contact Janet Capstick on 07957 390294 or email [email protected]

Upholstery (Monday Eve)

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:00
21st Sep 2020
£92.50 per 10 weeks term.

Come along and learn upholstery skills in a friendly and informal setting. Whether you are a beginner or have more experience these classes provide the ideal environment to work at your own pace on your own project with the support and guidance of an experienced upholsterer. Advice will be given about suitability of projects based on experience as well as the materials and tools required to complete them. There are no storage facilities, so projects must be easily transportable to and from each class. For more info contact Janet Capstick on 07957 390294 or email [email protected]

Adventures in Watercolours

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
14th Sep 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.

Still Life & Life Drawing

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Tuesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
22nd Sep 2020
£128.00 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
29th Sep 2020
£116.25 per 10 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 15:15
3rd Nov 2020
£60.00 per 6 weeks term.

In this short course we will develop our construction skills and sewing processes through making small and jolly projects in a workshop style. I’ll be including skills such as topstitching, trimming and layering seams, making binding, perfect zips, pressing and finishing to complete gorgeous things such as gift bags, make up purses, bunting and bags. (Perfect Christmas prep!)

Life Drawing (eve)

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
22nd Sep 2020
£128.00 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

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
30th Sep 2020
£116.25 per 10 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
16th Sep 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]

Experimental Drawing

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Tutor: Stuart Jones
Wednesdays from 10:30 to 12:30
16th Sep 2020
£111.50 per 12 weeks term.

An intense and fast paced course designed to introduce you to a range of drawing techniques and processes. Starting with sketchbook practice through to development strategies and into a finished piece. You will explore traditional and untraditional approaches to drawing experimenting with collage, ink, graphite stick, charcoal and other materials and processes. Develop your skills, experimenting with new techniques and create exciting artwork.

Beginning with Brusho

Tutor: Sally Taylor
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
4th Nov 2020
£85.00 per 6 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Brusho Pigment Crystals are an amazing painting material suitable for any age group and experience level. There is no need to be able to draw or paint, so ideal for someone wanting to experience such a creative medium. Brusho is a water based pigment which, when in contact with water explodes with colour!! At the end of each session you will take home your own Brusho creation! This course is aimed at taking you through the different techniques to master Brusho through to providing you with the skills to create your own Brusho paintings. All materials included.

Simply Sewing (Thurs) – ONLINE

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Thursdays from 16:15 to 18:15
12th Nov 2020
£55.75 per 6 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] THIS COURSE WILL BE RUN ONLINE USING ZOOM.

Oil Painting – ONLINE

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
17th Sep 2020
£139.50 per 12 weeks term.

An exciting and highly educational oil painting course which explores a mixture of techniques and ideas, from traditional old master skills and knowledge through to contemporary palette knife painting of portraits. There are opportunities for your own experiments while gaining valuable insight of the medium in a supported and relaxed environment. A good drawing ability is desirable, however handouts and demos will be given along with individual support should students need it. This class is now online.

Cut Flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
25th Sep 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

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
25th Sep 2020
£116.25 per 10 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.

Spring 2021

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 13:30 to 15:30
4th Jan 2021
£130.00 per 11 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.

Botanical Art : Fruit and Vegetables

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
12th Jan 2021
£72.00 per 5 weeks term.

This is a 5 week course painting fruit and vegetables using either watercolour or coloured pencils. Week by week Jill will be giving demonstrations to show those attending how to draw, use composition to show off your fruit or vegetables, colour mixing to achieve accuracy of colour with watercolour, creating bloom on fruits, shine, and on separate weeks how to use coloured pencils. Beginners to Botanical Art and those that are more experienced will all be welcome. If there is a particular fruit or vegetable that you wish to paint please bring this along – this will depend on what is available to purchase, at this time of year.

Art History and Contextual Studies

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Tutor: Stuart Jones
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
6th Jan 2021
£60.00 per 6 weeks term.

Learn about a range of historical and contemporary artists and art movements. Within this course we will discuss and debate a range of artists ideas, ways of working, art history themes and approaches to art and how their art practices relate to or connect to wider society and culture. Within the sessions you will also be able to engage in practical activities related to art movements and individual artists that we discuss.

Introduction to Watercolours

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Fridays from 13:00 to 15:30
15th Jan 2021
£105.00 per 8 weeks term.

An introduction to watercolours course, starting off with colour mixing and creating a colour wheel. Each class will cover a different subject, to include a still life, skies, landscape, and seas. This is an easy going and experimental class with the emphasis on learning in a relaxed way.