Arts & Crafts Classes

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Upholstery (Monday am)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 10:00 to 12:30
16th Apr 2018
£123.25 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools. For those without transport, limited storage of smaller items may be arranged. For more information,please contact Vanessa Pascan on 07764 450236.

Upholstery (Monday pm)

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Tutor: Vanessa Pascan
Mondays from 13:30 to 16:00
16th Apr 2018
£123.25 per 11 weeks term.

Traditional and modern upholstery for beginners and more experienced. Advice will be given on materials and tools. For those without transport, limited storage of smaller items may be arranged. 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
16th Apr 2018
£134.50 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.

Simply Sewing (Monday)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Mondays from 16:00 to 18:00
16th Apr 2018
£107.50 per 12 weeks term.

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

Cut Flowers for Pleasure - Absolute Beginners

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Mondays from 13:00 to 15:00
16th Apr 2018
£89.50 per 10 weeks term.

With no floristry experience required you will create simple yet stylish floral designs in a range of styles from bouquets to vintage jugs. Learn tips to get the best from your flowers and foliage and how to buy them. Absolute beginner level. Starter pack of basic equipment and containers available. The tutor will provide some flowers at a reasonable cost especially at the start of the course while you are finding your feet.

Abstract Painting

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Tutor: Louise Lahive
Mondays from 19:00 to 21:30
16th Apr 2018
£134.50 per 12 weeks term.

Each lesson begins with an approachable practical experiment that is later developed using various materials such as acrylic paints, watercolours, pen and ink and collage. All will be demonstrated on 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.

Machine Embroidery

Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Tuesdays from 13:15 to 15:45
17th Apr 2018
£112.00 per 10 weeks term.

THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. 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
17th Apr 2018
£75.00 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
17th Apr 2018
£134.50 per 12 weeks term.

Have you ever wanted to try machine patchwork but not known how to start? Learn the basic skills required for successful machine patchwork and quilting. This course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience. A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, making colour choices, hand and machine piecing, hand and machine quilting, appliqué and basic construction methods. Each term's quilt design will be able to be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice.

Sculpture

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Tuesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
17th Apr 2018
£73.50 per 6 weeks term.

THIS COURSE HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED. This course is ideal for amateurs and beginners who have a keen interest to explore the possibilities in small scale sculpture. Each week new sculptors and artists will be introduced as reference material. This course allows you to experiment freely with materials in a calm and relaxed way. Maquettes will be made throughout each session with various materials from Modrock to clay. Fees include materials costs.

Chinese Brush Painting - The 4 Monks

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Tutor: Marion Dearlove
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:30
5th Jun 2018
£56.00 per 5 weeks term.

Suitable for beginners and improvers. In this module, we will be looking at work of the four famous Ming Dynasty monk artists – Kun Can, Shi Tao, Bada Shan Ren and Hong Ren. Work will include landscape, flower and bird painting by these four very famous 17th Century artists.

Simply Sewing - Roman Blinds and Cushion Covers

Tutor: Jane Neesam
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
17th Apr 2018
£44.75 per 5 weeks term.

THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. Make a roman blind for your window and a cushion cover for your sofa. Learn how to calculate and construct a sample roman blind by using processes you can apply to your full scale designs. Make a choice of cushion covers - from zipped - to buttoned - to piped, whatever you fancy.

Drawing for Beginners & Beginners Plus

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
5th Jun 2018
£44.75 per 5 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

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
17th Apr 2018
£56.00 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. WEEK 1: DRAWING SKILLS, LEARNING HOW TO ACHIEVE ACCURACY. WEEK 2: HOW TO USE WATERCOLOURS, MIXING COLOURS, CORRECT PAPER TO USE FOR BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION. WEEK 3: HOW TO USE COLOURED PENCILS IN BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION AND HOW TO ACHIEVE DIFFERENT EFFECTS.. WEEK 4: WE WILL BE LOOKING AT COMPOSITION AND HOW BEST TO SHOW OFF OUR ARTWORK. THERE WILL BE A CHOICE OF USE OF COLOURED PENCILS OR WATERCOLOURS. WEEK 5: DISCUSSION ON ANY DIFFICULTIES INCURRED OVER THIS PAST WEEKS AND HOW TO SOLVE THEM.

Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
18th Apr 2018
£89.50 per 10 weeks term.

Develop skills in all aspects of sugarcraft. Sugar paste – gain knowledge of modern design. Make hand modelled flowers, model figures, use cut out, embossing, texturing and marbling techniques. Develop skills in royal icing techniques in line piping, scrolling, embroidery, piped flowers,basket weave and run out work. Learn about design and the use of colour and balance. Each medium will be covered progressively, enabling students to develop 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
18th Apr 2018
£85.00 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
18th Apr 2018
£134.50 per 12 weeks term.

Have you ever wanted to try machine patchwork but not known how to start? Learn the skills required for successful machine patchwork and quilting. Suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience. A range of techniques will be covered including rotary cutting, getting the best from your sewing machine, making colour choices, hand and machine piecing, hand and machine quilting, appliqué and basic construction methods. Each term’s quilt design will be able to be used to make a quilt, wallhanging or smaller project of your choice.

Simply Sewing (Weds)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesdays from 19:15 to 21:15
18th Apr 2018
£107.50 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]

Wednesday Watercolours

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Tutor: Anne Laidler
Wednesdays from 09:30 to 11:30
18th Apr 2018
£107.50 per 12 weeks term.

Wednesday Watercolours is suitable for both improvers and more experienced artists. We aim to have fun expanding our watercolour techniques working from both photographs and still life. Occasionally the classes will run over two or three weeks, giving us time to work on some of the subjects in a little more depth. We are aiming at classes that are full of fun, laughter and chat while always taking the painting seriously.

Life Drawing

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
18th Apr 2018
£119.50 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.

Applied Arts

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Tutor: Louise Lahive
Wednesdays from 13:00 to 15:30
18th Apr 2018
£143.00 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
19th Apr 2018
£179.00 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
19th Apr 2018
£71.50 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
19th Apr 2018
£71.50 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).

Sugarcraft: Private Tutored Group

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Thursdays from 09:30 to 12:00
19th 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
19th Apr 2018
£89.50 per 10 weeks term.

This course is suitable for students who wish to develop flower modelling skills to a professional standard or for your own pleasure. Botanical and stylised forms will be replicated. It is ideal for the cake decorator wishing to improve their skills and learn shortcuts to achieve perfection. You will learn to make flower paste, use cutters for flower modelling and develop the pulling method. Make flowers with and without wire and produce fineness in the finished flower. This course is suitable for all abilities. Tutorial sheets will accompany each flower studied.

Oil Painting

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Thursdays from 13:00 to 15:30
19th Apr 2018
£134.50 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.

Simply Sewing (Thursday)

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Thursdays from 19:15 to 21:15
19th Apr 2018
£107.50 per 12 weeks term.

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

Cut flowers for All

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
20th Apr 2018
£89.50 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
20th Apr 2018
£112.00 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
21st Apr 2018
£112.00 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.