Arts & Crafts Classes

Autumn 2021

Upholstery AM

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:30
13th Sep 2021
£180.00 per 12 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 PM

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:30
13th Sep 2021
£180.00 per 12 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 EVE

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

Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 18:30 to 21:00
13th Sep 2021
£150.00 per 12 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]

Wicked Ways With Watercolours

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
13th Sep 2021
£150.00 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 13:30 to 15:30
13th Sep 2021
£120.00 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.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
14th Sep 2021
£150.00 per 12 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
2nd Nov 2021
£63.00 per 5 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. Your tutor will 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 for Christmas and Summer prep!)

Acrylic Painting

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
2nd Nov 2021
£70.00 per 5 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 – Email Correspondence

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 00:00 to 00:00
14th Sep 2021
£70.00 per 10 weeks term.

This beginners course is based over 10 weeks and will take you through the basics of learning how to draw. The aim is to give you the basic tools with which to practise and progress your drawing. Your Tutor will send you information and a video tutorial on the Tuesday and completed artwork should be photographed and returned prior to the next week’s lesson for feedback given in video format.

Expressive Watercolours – ONLINE

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 10:30 to 12:30
14th Sep 2021
£100.00 per 10 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! This course will be held online. Zoom sessions run for 2 hours where the tutor looks at everyone’s artwork individually and gives individual help and feedback. We will also discuss the following weeks project with questions. Pictures and video explanation for projects are emailed to participants following a Zoom session. This is also followed up with a video feedback sent by email to all for those who may have done further work, missed a session or have joined only via email and don’t join us on Zoom. Artwork would then need to be photographed and emailed to the tutor prior to the Zoom session.

Botanical Art – Christmas Cards

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 09:30 to 12:30
2nd Nov 2021
£80.00 per 5 weeks term.

Using coloured pencils or watercolour, your Tutor will guide you through the process of producing a Christmas Card. Working with cones, berries, leaves, fruits all things Christmassy, Jill will make suggestions as to how best produce a composition that will be best for producing a Christmas card. This course is suitable for all levels of abilities from the beginner to the more experienced. The Tutor will also give guidance on getting artwork printed.

Introduction to Fused Glass

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
7th Sep 2021
£125.00 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.

Introduction to Fused Glass

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Tuesdays from 10:30 to 12:30
7th Sep 2021
£125.00 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.

Cake Decorating & Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
15th Sep 2021
£100.00 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.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
15th Sep 2021
£150.00 per 12 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)

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

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
8th Sep 2021
£120.00 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. Lots of support provided by the tutor, for you to 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
15th Sep 2021
£138.00 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

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

Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
15th Sep 2021
£145.00 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.

Developing Jacobean Crewelwork Embroidery – ONLINE

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Tutor: Sara Rickards
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:00
29th Sep 2021
£100.00 per 10 weeks term.

Design your own Jacobean crewelwork from scratch or use a selection of pre-drawn motifs to create your own design. Pick colours and decide on stitch placement to create a balanced design. Then learn how to work a wide variety of surface stitches, including satin stitch, long and short, burden, block shading, closed fly, fishbone, Vandyke and many others to complete your design. This course will be held online.

Oil Painting

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
16th Sep 2021
£150.00 per 12 weeks term.

The afternoon Thursday oil painting group is a lively, approachable and unique class. Students are encouraged to build and respond to their own natural strengths and focus on building their own unique style within the painting process. Each student shall shape a diverse narrative from their own sources of inspiration, from their own sketches, photography and still life. Current and past painters will be discussed in class also for inspiration.

Simply Sewing (Thurs)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Thursdays from 16:15 to 18:15
9th Sep 2021
£120.00 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. Lots of support provided by the tutor, for you to 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
Thursdays from 10:30 to 12:30
4th Nov 2021
£60.00 per 6 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, experiment with new techniques and create exciting artwork.

Art History and Contextual Studies

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Tutor: Stuart Jones
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
4th Nov 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.

Cut Flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
17th Sep 2021
£100.00 per 10 weeks term.

Create wonderful, seasonal floral designs and learn tips to get the best from your cut stems. 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. Tutor can also provide some. This course may also be taught via Zoom.

Art of the Landscape

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
24th Sep 2021
£125.00 per 10 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 informal discussion of artists and their environment, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference and a variety of different mediums, including watercolour, acrylic and pastels.

Introduction to Watercolours

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Fridays from 13:00 to 15:30
5th Nov 2021
£50.00 per 4 weeks term.

An introduction to watercolours course, starting off with mixing colours and experimenting with tones and shades. 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.

Spring 2022

Upholstery AM

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

Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:30
10th Jan 2022
£150.00 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 PM

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

Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:30
10th Jan 2022
£150.00 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 EVE

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 18:30 to 21:00
10th Jan 2022
£125.00 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]

Wicked Ways With Watercolours

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

Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
10th Jan 2022
£125.00 per 10 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

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

Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Mondays from 13:30 to 15:30
10th Jan 2022
£100.00 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.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
11th Jan 2022
£125.00 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.

Chinese Brush Painting – Landscape Composition

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
22nd Feb 2022
£63.00 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 – Still Life

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
11th Jan 2022
£63.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for Beginners and improvers. The Chinese still life compositions include flowers, pots, vegetables, fish, shellfish and found objects. We will be looking at various compositions and the techniques used to develop them.

Acrylic Painting

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
22nd Feb 2022
£70.00 per 5 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.

Cake Decorating & Sugarcraft

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

Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
12th Jan 2022
£100.00 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.

Patchwork & Quilting

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

Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
12th Jan 2022
£125.00 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)

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

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
12th Jan 2022
£100.00 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. Lots of support provided by the tutor, for you to 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

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

Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
12th Jan 2022
£125.00 per 10 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

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

Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
12th Jan 2022
£130.00 per 10 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.

Wired and Unwired Sugar Flowers for All Occasions

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

Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
13th Jan 2022
£100.00 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: Chantelle Stephenson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
13th Jan 2022
£125.00 per 10 weeks term.

The afternoon Thursday oil painting group is a lively, approachable and unique class. Students are encouraged to build and respond to their own natural strengths and focus on building their own unique style within the painting process. Each student shall shape a diverse narrative from their own sources of inspiration, from their own sketches, photography and still life. Current and past painters will be discussed in class also for inspiration.

Simply Sewing (Thurs)

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

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Thursdays from 16:15 to 18:15
13th Jan 2022
£100.00 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. Lots of support provided by the tutor, for you to 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]

Mixing it Up – Fun with Mixed Media

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Tutor: Louise Lahive
Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
13th Jan 2022
£100.00 per 10 weeks term.

This class will be excellent for anyone who wants to try something a bit different. In this class we will be making images by combining materials such as inks, acrylic paint, pencils and pastels. Each week we will be experimenting with mark making and layering by using different surfaces and techniques. Students will be given fun exercises and projects that are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students, everyone is welcome to work at their own level and pace. Students will be asked to bring their own basic materials of paper, paint, pens and pencils as well as other in expensive materials as we go along.

Cut Flowers for All

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

Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
14th Jan 2022
£100.00 per 10 weeks term.

Create wonderful, seasonal floral designs and learn tips to get the best from your cut stems. 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. Tutor can also provide some. This course may also be taught via Zoom.

Art of the Landscape

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

Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
14th Jan 2022
£125.00 per 10 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 informal discussion of artists and their environment, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference and a variety of different mediums, including watercolour, acrylic and pastels.

Summer 2022

Upholstery AM

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

Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:30
25th Apr 2022
£150.00 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 PM

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:30
25th Apr 2022
£150.00 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 EVE

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Tutor: Janet Capstick
Mondays from 18:30 to 21:00
25th Apr 2022
£125.00 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]

Wicked Ways With Watercolours

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Mondays from 09:30 to 12:00
25th Apr 2022
£125.00 per 10 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 13:30 to 15:30
25th Apr 2022
£100.00 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.

Brusho – Animals

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Tutor: Sally Taylor
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
6th Jun 2022
£80.00 per 6 weeks term.

Learn how to create beautiful animal paintings using Brusho Crystal Pigments. The course includes big cats as well as a horse, gorilla and an owl – one animal each week. Learn how to apply Brusho, use bleach and wax resist and add texture for hair or fur. A fun class where you can master techniques in a fun and friendly environment.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Tuesdays from 09:45 to 12:15
19th Apr 2022
£125.00 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.

Chinese Brush Painting – Lingnan Landscape

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
26th Apr 2022
£63.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for Beginners and improvers. The Lingnan school was influenced by the Japanese and the West. Much of the work was originally developed for export to the West from Shanghai. The style uses far more colour in their compositions. We will be looking at the techniques used and the use of colour.

Simply Sewing – A Focus on Technique

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
26th Apr 2022
£63.00 per 5 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. Your tutor will 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 for Christmas and Summer prep!)

Cake Decorating & Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
20th Apr 2022
£100.00 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.

Patchwork & Quilting

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Tutor: Sheena Roberts
Wednesdays from 19:00 to 21:30
20th Apr 2022
£125.00 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
20th Apr 2022
£100.00 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. Lots of support provided by the tutor, for you to 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
27th Apr 2022
£125.00 per 10 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
27th Apr 2022
£130.00 per 10 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.

Wired and Unwired Sugar Flowers for All Occasions

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
21st Apr 2022
£100.00 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: Chantelle Stephenson
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
28th Apr 2022
£125.00 per 10 weeks term.

The afternoon Thursday oil painting group is a lively, approachable and unique class. Students are encouraged to build and respond to their own natural strengths and focus on building their own unique style within the painting process. Each student shall shape a diverse narrative from their own sources of inspiration, from their own sketches, photography and still life. Current and past painters will be discussed in class also for inspiration.

Simply Sewing (Thurs)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Thursdays from 16:15 to 18:15
21st Apr 2022
£100.00 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. Lots of support provided by the tutor, for you to 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 for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
22nd Apr 2022
£100.00 per 10 weeks term.

Create wonderful, seasonal floral designs and learn tips to get the best from your cut stems. 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. Tutor can also provide some. This course may also be taught via Zoom.

Art of the Landscape

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Fridays from 09:30 to 12:00
29th Apr 2022
£125.00 per 10 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 informal discussion of artists and their environment, students will be encouraged to develop their own style using photographic reference and a variety of different mediums, including watercolour, acrylic and pastels.