Arts & Crafts Classes

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Upholstery - evening

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Tutor: David Goldsmith
Mondays from 19:15 to 21:15
10th Sep 2018
£101.25 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery. All levels of experience welcome. Advice given regarding tools and materials required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact David Goldsmith on 01462 620072

Upholstery (Monday am)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
10th Sep 2018
£126.50 per 11 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 13:00 to 15:30
10th Sep 2018
£126.50 per 11 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.

Water Colour Classes

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
10th Sep 2018
£138.00 per 12 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners onwards, this course gives students ample opportunity to learn and practise their skills and preferred methods while developing their individual style to create their own unique artworks. Less experienced students will be taught the basic steps they need to build their confidence using a variety of subjects from still life and flowers, to land and seascapes, people and animals etc. Although basic drawing skills are covered, we work with minimal drawing to encourage an expressive approach.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
5th Nov 2018
£69.00 per 6 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
10th Sep 2018
£138.00 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
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
10th Sep 2018
£47.00 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. Starter pack of basic equipment and containers available. Please bring £10 for week one design. The tutor can help with plant material when you are finding your feet. Combines well with the Cut flowers - Festive Flowers course.

Cut Flowers - Festive & Floral Gifts

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
12th Nov 2018
£47.00 per 5 weeks term.

Christmas floral arrangements include a festive table piece and long lasting festive candle design. Learn tips to get the best from your festive flowers and foliage. Beginner and next steps level. Starter pack of containers is available. Bring £10 for week one design. The tutor will bring certain plant material i.e. pine, but you will be encouraged to source your own flowers or decorations each week for a design that fits your style.

Machine Embroidery

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
11th Sep 2018
£115.00 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
11th Sep 2018
£80.00 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
11th Sep 2018
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Learn the skills required 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, making colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. There will be a new project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.

Simply Sewing - A Focus on Technique

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
6th Nov 2018
£58.00 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

Tutor: Chris Taylor
Tuesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
11th Sep 2018
£47.00 per 5 weeks term.

THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. 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
6th Nov 2018
£47.00 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
11th Sep 2018
£56.00 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 practise our drawing skills whilst gradually introducing new techniques and materials.

Botanical Art - 25/09

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:00
25th Sep 2018
£58.00 per 5 weeks term.

This 5 week course will cover using watercolours and also 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 watercolours and pencils. Demonstrations and individual help are given to achieve successful results.

Botanical Art - 06/11

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:00
6th Nov 2018
£58.00 per 5 weeks term.

This 5 week course will cover using watercolours and also 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 watercolours and pencils. Demonstrations and individual help are given to achieve successful results.

Watercolour Toolbox For Beginners

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
7th Nov 2018
£58.00 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
12th Sep 2018
£92.00 per 10 weeks term.

Learners will develop both traditional and modern design skills in this diverse subject, and experience working with, and developing skills in: Sugarpaste: Figure modelling, hand made flowers, texturing and marbling. Use of moulds and cut outs. Royal icing: Piping flowers, scrolls, basket weave, runout work, brush embroidery, and fine piping techniques. Pastillage: Plaques, boxes, flowers. Learn about design and the use of colour. Each medium will be covered progressively, enabling students to develop skills to a professional standard. This course is suitable for learners of mixed abilities and starting points.

Life Drawing

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
12th Sep 2018
£87.00 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
12th Sep 2018
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Learn the skills required 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, making colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. There will be a new project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
12th Sep 2018
£110.50 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]

Silver Jewellery Making

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Wednesdays from 12:30 to 15:30
12th Sep 2018
£170.00 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.

Expressive Watercolours

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
12th Sep 2018
£138.00 per 12 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
12th Sep 2018
£131.25 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.

Applied Arts

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Tutor: Dawn Adams
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
12th Sep 2018
£147.00 per 12 weeks term.

This course is ideal for amateurs and beginners. The course will allow you to experiment and investigate the many possibilities of using various materials and techniques on an array of surfaces. The use of collage, photographs and painting will all be explored in this diverse course. Fees include material costs.

Textile Masterclass

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Tutor: Elisabeth Rutt
Thursdays from 09:30 to 15:30
13th Sep 2018
£184.00 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
13th Sep 2018
£74.00 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. To enrol on the afternoon class please contact Jan Simpson (via the office).

Creative Stitchery afternoon

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:00
13th Sep 2018
£74.00 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. To enrol on the afternoon class please contact Jan Simpson (via the office).

Upholstery - evening

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Tutor: David Goldsmith
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
13th Sep 2018
£101.25 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery. All levels of experience welcome. Advice given regarding tools and materials required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact David Goldsmith on 01462 620072

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
13th Sep 2018
£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
13th Sep 2018
£92.00 per 10 weeks term.

This course enables learners to develop flower modelling skills in both wired and unwired design, to a professional standard, or just for your own pleasure. Both botanical and stylised flowers will be demonstrated. This is an ideal opportunity for the cake decorator who wishes to perfect their skills, and also learn shortcuts to a professional result, or for the crafts person who wishes to explore the delicate results that can be achieved from flowers made from flower paste, using both cutters and the pulling method. This 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
13th Sep 2018
£138.00 per 12 weeks term.

A diverse and natural approach to oil painting. Ideal for anyone who is an existing oil painter or a complete beginner. This course will encourage you to naturally develop your unique style of working under a calm and inviting approach. It will allow you to investigate several outcomes in other materials including acrylic and watercolour to then lead to final pieces in oil. Current and past painters will be discussed throughout the course for inspiration and ideas, along with techniques in achieving your own personal goal.

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
14th Sep 2018
£92.00 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
14th Sep 2018
£115.00 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.

Watercolour Toolbox - Improvers

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30
15th Sep 2018
£115.00 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.

Upholstery - evening

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Tutor: David Goldsmith
Mondays from 19:15 to 21:15
7th Jan 2019
£101.25 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery. All levels of experience welcome. Advice given regarding tools and materials required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact David Goldsmith on 01462 620072

Upholstery (Monday am)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
7th Jan 2019
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools. 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 13:00 to 15:30
7th Jan 2019
£126.50 per 11 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.

Water Colour Classes

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
7th Jan 2019
£138.00 per 12 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners onwards, this course gives students ample opportunity to learn and practise their skills and preferred methods while developing their individual style to create their own unique artworks. Less experienced students will be taught the basic steps they need to build their confidence using a variety of subjects from still life and flowers, to land and seascapes, people and animals etc. Although basic drawing skills are covered, we work with minimal drawing to encourage an expressive approach.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
7th Jan 2019
£138.00 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
7th Jan 2019
£138.00 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
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
14th Jan 2019
£47.00 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 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.

Woven Tapestry for Beginners

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
25th Feb 2019
£62.00 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
8th Jan 2019
£115.00 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
8th Jan 2019
£80.00 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 12:45
8th Jan 2019
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Learn the skills required 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, making colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. There will be a new project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.

Chinese Brush Painting - Landscape Formats

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
8th Jan 2019
£58.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. The Chinese have developed a very different approach to landscape painting from that adopted by the West. In this module we will look at Chinese landscape formats and how they differ from western landscapes in terms of the compositional forms and what they represent.

Chinese Brush Painting - Flower and Bird

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
26th Feb 2019
£58.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. In this module we will be looking at Chinese flower and bird compositions and the way in which they are represented in Chinese art. We will learn the techniques for representing some of the traditional Chinese flowers and birds and the traditional compositions.

Knitting for Improvers

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Tutor: Chris Taylor
Tuesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
8th Jan 2019
£47.00 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
26th Feb 2019
£47.00 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
8th Jan 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 various techniques and methods of application through tutor demonstration and practice using reference photos and still life. Students will be encouraged to experiment and develop their own personal style of painting culminating in a piece of artwork that draws on what they have learned and their personal response to it. Fees include some materials costs.

Drawing for Beginners and All

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
26th Feb 2019
£56.00 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 practise our drawing skills whilst gradually introducing new techniques and materials.

Watercolour Toolbox For Beginners

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
9th Jan 2019
£58.00 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
9th Jan 2019
£92.00 per 10 weeks term.

Learners will develop both traditional and modern design skills in this diverse subject, and experience working with, and developing skills in: Sugarpaste: Figure modelling, hand made flowers, texturing and marbling. Use of moulds and cut outs. Royal icing: Piping flowers, scrolls, basket weave, runout work, brush embroidery, and fine piping techniques. Pastillage: Plaques, boxes, flowers. Learn about design and the use of colour. Each medium will be covered progressively, enabling students to develop skills to a professional standard. This course is suitable for learners of mixed abilities and starting points.

Life Drawing

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

Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
9th Jan 2019
£87.00 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
9th Jan 2019
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Learn the skills required 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, making colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. There will be a new project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
9th Jan 2019
£110.50 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]

Silver Jewellery Making

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Wednesdays from 12:30 to 15:30
27th Feb 2019
£145.00 per 5 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.

Expressive Watercolours

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
9th Jan 2019
£138.00 per 12 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
9th Jan 2019
£131.25 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.

Applied Arts 09/01

Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
9th Jan 2019
£74.00 per 6 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Willow sculpture: Animal Inspiration This exciting short course will provide the fundamental sculptural skills and techniques students will need to build their own indoor/outdoor willow animal sculpture. Over the weeks there will be a selection of demonstrations, mini practical willow weaving projects along with various drawing and painting design stages. These will cumulate in a final sculptural animal which may inspire further study. All levels of abilities are welcome. Fees include some material costs.

Applied Arts 27/02

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
27th Feb 2019
£74.00 per 6 weeks term.

Ceramic Wire Structures: People This fun and imaginative course is an introduction into wired formed ceramic sculpture, exploring the wonder and beauty of the human form while investigating various artistic interpretations over the years. It will provide practical ceramic experience and knowledge along with wire manipulation skills; students will investigate and learn about the human body in a variety of mediums from painting and drawing to ceramic wire sculptures of the human body. The course will be a collective of projects which will build a good knowledge of human proportions along with weight displacement, while investigating art history inspire by the human body. Fees include material costs.

Textile Masterclass

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Tutor: Elisabeth Rutt
Thursdays from 09:30 to 15:30
10th Jan 2019
£184.00 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
10th Jan 2019
£74.00 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. To enrol on the afternoon class please contact Jan Simpson (via the office).

Creative Stitchery afternoon

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Tutor: Jan Simpson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:00
10th Jan 2019
£74.00 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. To enrol on the afternoon class please contact Jan Simpson (via the office).

Upholstery - evening

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Tutor: David Goldsmith
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
10th Jan 2019
£101.25 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery. All levels of experience welcome. Advice given regarding tools and materials required. We do not offer storage facilities, so furniture items must be taken home after every lesson. For more information, please contact David Goldsmith on 01462 620072

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
10th Jan 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
10th Jan 2019
£92.00 per 10 weeks term.

This course enables learners to develop flower modelling skills in both wired and unwired design, to a professional standard, or just for your own pleasure. Both botanical and stylised flowers will be demonstrated. This is an ideal opportunity for the cake decorator who wishes to perfect their skills, and also learn shortcuts to a professional result, or for the crafts person who wishes to explore the delicate results that can be achieved from flowers made from flower paste, using both cutters and the pulling method. This 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
10th Jan 2019
£138.00 per 12 weeks term.

A diverse and natural approach to oil painting. Ideal for anyone who is an existing oil painter or a complete beginner. This course will encourage you to naturally develop your unique style of working under a calm and inviting approach. It will allow you to investigate several outcomes in other materials including acrylic and watercolour to then lead to final pieces in oil. Current and past painters will be discussed throughout the course for inspiration and ideas, along with techniques in achieving your own personal goal.

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
11th Jan 2019
£92.00 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
11th Jan 2019
£115.00 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.

Watercolour Toolbox - Improvers

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30
12th Jan 2019
£115.00 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.

Upholstery (Monday am)

Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
29th Apr 2019
£115.00 per 10 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools. 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 13:00 to 15:30
29th Apr 2019
£115.00 per 10 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.

Water Colour Classes

Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
29th Apr 2018
£115.00 per 10 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners onwards, this course gives students ample opportunity to learn and practise their skills and preferred methods while developing their individual style to create their own unique artworks. Less experienced students will be taught the basic steps they need to build their confidence using a variety of subjects from still life and flowers, to land and seascapes, people and animals etc. Although basic drawing skills are covered, we work with minimal drawing to encourage an expressive approach.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
29th Apr 2019
£115.00 per 10 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
29th Apr 2019
£115.00 per 10 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 - Summer

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
3rd Jun 2019
£47.00 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.

Machine Embroidery

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
23rd Apr 2019
£115.00 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
23rd Apr 2018
£80.00 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

Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
30th Apr 2019
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Learn the skills required 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, making colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. There will be a new project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.

Botanical Art - 23/04

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
23rd Apr 2019
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

This 5 week course will cover using watercolours and also 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 watercolours and pencils. Demonstrations and individual help are given to achieve successful results.

Botanical Art - 04/06

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:00
4th Jun 2019
£58.00 per 5 weeks term.

This 5 week course will cover using watercolours and also 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 watercolours and pencils. Demonstrations and individual help are given to achieve successful results.

Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
24th Apr 2019
£92.00 per 10 weeks term.

Learners will develop both traditional and modern design skills in this diverse subject, and experience working with, and developing skills in: Sugarpaste: Figure modelling, hand made flowers, texturing and marbling. Use of moulds and cut outs. Royal icing: Piping flowers, scrolls, basket weave, runout work, brush embroidery, and fine piping techniques. Pastillage: Plaques, boxes, flowers. Learn about design and the use of colour. Each medium will be covered progressively, enabling students to develop skills to a professional standard. This course is suitable for learners of mixed abilities and starting points.

Life Drawing

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:00
24th Apr 2019
£87.00 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
1st May 2019
£126.50 per 11 weeks term.

Learn the skills required 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, making colour choices, machine piecing and quilting and basic construction methods. There will be a new project each term which can be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience.

Applied Arts

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
24th Apr 2019
£147.00 per 12 weeks term.

This course is ideal for amateurs and beginners. The course will allow you to experiment and investigate the many possibilities of using various materials and techniques on an array of surfaces. The use of collage, photographs and painting will all be explored in this diverse course. Fees include material costs.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
24th Apr 2019
£110.50 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

Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
1st May 2019
£126.50 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
1st May 2019
£131.25 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.

Textile Masterclass

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

Tutor: Elisabeth Rutt
Thursdays from 09:30 to 15:30
25th Apr 2019
£184.00 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.

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

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

Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
25th Apr 2018
£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
25th Apr 2019
£92.00 per 10 weeks term.

This course enables learners to develop flower modelling skills in both wired and unwired design, to a professional standard, or just for your own pleasure. Both botanical and stylised flowers will be demonstrated. This is an ideal opportunity for the cake decorator who wishes to perfect their skills, and also learn shortcuts to a professional result, or for the crafts person who wishes to explore the delicate results that can be achieved from flowers made from flower paste, using both cutters and the pulling method. This course is suitable for all abilities. A tutorial sheet accompanies each flower that is studied.

Oil Painting

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

Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
25th Apr 2019
£138.00 per 12 weeks term.

A diverse and natural approach to oil painting. Ideal for anyone who is an existing oil painter or a complete beginner. This course will encourage you to naturally develop your unique style of working under a calm and inviting approach. It will allow you to investigate several outcomes in other materials including acrylic and watercolour to then lead to final pieces in oil. Current and past painters will be discussed throughout the course for inspiration and ideas, along with techniques in achieving your own personal goal.

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
26th Apr 2019
£92.00 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
26th Apr 2019
£115.00 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.

Watercolour Toolbox - Improvers

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:30
27th Apr 2019
£115.00 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.