Workshops and Lectures

Festive Fusing

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Saturday 25th Nov from 13:00 to 16:00
Cost £35

Come and experience the fun of making fused glass decorations during our Festive Fusing session. Learn how to cut glass, then design and prepare your own unique Christmas decorations ready for firing in the kiln. A great way to personalise your tree or make a wonderful gift for friends and family. Fee includes all materials.

Watercolour Christmas Cards

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Tutor: Tracey Merryweather
Thursday 30th Nov from 19:15 to 21:15
Cost £20

The latest in our 'Cake and Craft' Workshops. Simple effective ways to make Christmas cards which can be adapted to create beautiful name places or gift tags for the festive season. Fee includes all materials and cake.

The Arab Garden as Earthly Paradise

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Tutor: Wafa' Tarnowska
Friday 1st Dec from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

Unlike English gardens often designed for walking, Arabic gardens are intended for rest and contemplation and meant to be earthly paradises. In this talk, writer Wafa' Tarnowska will take you on a fascinating tour of the different kinds of Arabic gardens such as the junaina, bustan and rawda, explaining the symbolism of specific trees, flowers and water, as well as showing several examples of Arab gardens such as the "Generalife" in Granada, or "Jennat al Arif" ie "Garden of the Architect".

Christmas Rag Rug Wreath

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Tutor: Elspeth Jackson
Friday 1st Dec from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £25

Have fun turning old t-shirts and forgotten favourites into recycled works of art with the age-old skill of rag rugging. In this workshop you will learn all the skills you need to be able to make unique rag rugs, cushions and art to spice up your home although in this special Christmas class we will be concentrating on applying these techniques to making a shaggy wreath. In this workshop you will learn: How to use the ragging equipment; Materials (selecting & preparing); Ragging techniques (including loopy & shaggy)

Silver pendant and earrings to give or to keep

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Saturday 2nd Dec from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £35

Make two pieces of Sterling silver and copper jewellery to keep or give. In this workshop you’ll make a pendant and a pair of earrings (or two of each) from Sterling silver with some copper if you wish. No previous experience is necessary as all tuition, materials, equipment and finishing are included in the cost of the course (although Sterling silver chains will be available to buy in addition, from £10, with card or cash payments direct to the tutor). Please note that this workshop will not include any soldering by students. Your tutor, Kathy Taylor, encourages students to produce individual pieces using a wide array of tools and techniques. Your finished pieces will be taken back to her workshop to be finished and polished and will be available for collection from The Settlement a few days after the workshop.

Medicines from Living Things - A Glance along the Shelves of Nature's Pharmacy

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Tutor: Christopher Woolston
Monday 4th Dec from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £10

Throughout history humans have been totally dependent on other living things for food, fuel, clothing, etc. But it has only been for the past century and a half that living things have also been used as a major source of many, very effective medicines. In this talk we will examine some of these and see how their medicinal properties are related to their chemical structures. So we will begin by looking at the chemistry needed to understand these amazing substances, and then go on to explore a range of important medicines including pain killers, antibiotics, antimalarials, hormones and anti-cancer drugs.

Christmas Floral Ring: table or door

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Tuesday 5th Dec from 19:00 to 21:30
Cost £35

Start the countdown to the festive season in style this year with your own rustic hanging design for the door. With no knowledge of flower arranging required, come along and learn how to create a hanging ring with long lasting pine and other plant material to mark the season. If you would rather just complete a table ring this is also possible. Just let me know at the start of the evening. You will learn how to care for your Christmas ring and include wired accessories into the design. All materials are included in the course fee. Note: please let us know of any plant allergies or medical needs when you enrol.

Silver pendant and earrings to give or to keep

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Thursday 7th Dec from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £35

Make two pieces of Sterling silver and copper jewellery to keep or give. In this workshop you’ll make a pendant and a pair of earrings (or two of each) from Sterling silver with some copper if you wish. No previous experience is necessary as all tuition, materials, equipment and finishing are included in the cost of the course (although Sterling silver chains will be available to buy in addition, from £10, with card or cash payments direct to the tutor). Please note that this workshop will not include any soldering by students. Your tutor, Kathy Taylor, encourages students to produce individual pieces using a wide array of tools and techniques. Your finished pieces will be taken back to her workshop to be finished and polished and will be available for collection from The Settlement a few days after the workshop.

Christmas rustic wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 9th Dec from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

A beautiful rustic wreath to hang on the door or place on a table. You will learn how to care for your Christmas ring and include wired accessories into the design. All materials are included in the course fee. You just need to bring strong scissors, a bin-bag and wipes for your hands. An apron is advisable. Note: please let us know of any plant allergies or medical needs when you enrol.

Festive Floral Gifts

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesday 13th Dec from 19:00 to 21:30
Cost £35

Enjoy an evening creating a couple of long lasting festive floral gifts as presents (or maybe to decorate your own home this year?). This festive floral workshop needs no prior experience of flower arranging as full guidance will be given. All materials are included in the course fee. You may like to bring a large supermarket type bag in which to take your completed pieces home. Note: please let us know of any plant allergies or medical needs when you enrol.

Christmas Icing Festive Friends

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Tutor: Tracey Merryweather
Thursday 14th Dec from 19:15 to 21:15
Cost £20

The latest in our 'Cake and Craft' Workshops. A fun class creating icing penguins and other festive items for your Christmas cakes and puddings. Basic colouring techniques and modelling hints to help you create fun characters for the Christmas season. Fee includes all materials and cake.

Visual Magic in the Musicals

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Tutor: Christopher Budd
Thursday 25th Jan from 10:30 to 12:30
Cost £10

Forget futuristic cities and giant apes - the true pioneers of visual effects in the movies were the musicals. In the glory days of the studio system Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly were involved in an artistic arms race to put the most ingenious dance routines on screen. Join writer, teacher, and musician Christopher Budd for an appreciation of blue screens, rotating stages, and two extraordinarily talented men.

Mosaic Taster

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Tutor: Claire Costello
Saturday 27th Jan from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £30

This taster session is a great introduction to the art of mosaics. Students will mosaic a shape such as hearts, flowers or fishes. These can be used as hanging decorations or mounted in a frame. No experience necessary and all materials are provided.