Workshops and Lectures

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Lino Printing Fun

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Tutor: Anna Pye
Monday 14th Aug from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £30

Come along and discover the creative fun of lino cutting and printing. You will learn about the materials used – lino, tools, inks and papers, design and cut your block, ink it up and print it by hand. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those with some experience. Warning: you may become addicted! Student Kit charge is £8, payable to the tutor on the day

Art Out & About!

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Monday 21st Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

Have a go at developing your own pen and watercolour painting, or take this opportunity to practise some more! We will use the Settlement or the town area, depending on the weather, to focus on some drawing tips and skills first and then go out to sketch some local features. On our return we will develop our sketches into paintings using pens and watercolour paints, with the aim of developing our own views or styles on the subjects that we have chosen. Bring a lunch and let's enjoy the day! Please bring your own watercolours, sketch pads and pencils; I will supply waterproof pens.

A Writing Day for All

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 21st Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £25

Would you like to spend a relaxing day in the company of other aspiring writers? Whether you are an experienced writer or a beginner this is a great opportunity to write in a supportive, friendly group. Perhaps you’ve always thought you’d like to write but not known how to get started? The workshop will include looking at published writing and practising some writing skills. Come along and surprise yourself! Previous years have been popular so enrol as soon as possible as numbers are limited. We look forward to welcoming you. Bring pen, paper, packed lunch and lots of enthusiasm. Beverages and cake included. To book please contact Elizabeth on 01707 690282 or email ebarbersherriff@gmail.com

Canaletto -An Italian in London

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Tutor: James Willis
Monday 14th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

When Antonio Canaletto came to London in 1746 he was already famous as a painter of views of Venice and hoped to make another fortune . In the end he stayed for nearly ten years recording in tiny detail the life and architecture of Georgian London. This lecture looks at Canaletto's early career as an Italian view painter and how he uses his skills to translate English scenes and his influence on future generations.

Sir John Soane Architect, Collector and Patron

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Tutor: James Willis
Monday 21st Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

In his London residence at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields the famous architect Sir John Soane housed his diverse collection of antique and contemporary art. The house provided not just a showcase for his collection but a visitor experience to demonstrate his architectural ideas and innovations. Explore this fascinating museum during this lecture as well as discover the complex life and times in which Soane lived and worked.

Clay Sculpture

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Tuesday 15th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £35

A one day workshop that focuses the day around working with air drying clay. Taking inspiration from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth as starting points. We will then move on to start working with various forms and outcomes. Cost includes all materials.

Sugarcraft: modelling figures and piping skills

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Tuesday 15th Aug from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £30

Come and learn the basic techniques used to model figures. Develop ideas and create your own individual figures. Understand the proportions and texture management needed, to produce realistic looking figures. Shape, texture and colour are key to a good end result. Develop simple piping techniques with royal icing, to use as an enhancement on cakes. A few simple tips can make all the difference on the presentation of a cake.

Art Out & About!

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Tuesday 29th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

Have a go at developing your own pen and watercolour painting, or take this opportunity to practise some more! We will use the Settlement or the town area, depending on the weather, to focus on some drawing tips and skills first and then go out to sketch some local features. On our return we will develop our sketches into paintings using pens and watercolour paints, with the aim of developing our own views or styles on the subjects that we have chosen. Bring a lunch and let's enjoy the day! Please bring your own watercolours, sketch pads and pencils; I will supply waterproof pens.

Applied Arts Taster

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Tuesday 22nd Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

An ideal opportunity to find out more about applied arts. This taster session will allow you to explore the various materials and techniques that will allow you to make a textured collage. With the use of fabric, paint and other materials you will be shown how to apply this all together to make a final outcome. All materials included.

The Life and Music of Irving Berlin

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Tuesday 15th Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £25

Irving Berlin was the untutored genius of 20th century popular music. A Jewish émigré from Russia, he set America’s energy and dynamism to music in compositions that included the biggest selling song in history (‘White Christmas’) and his adopted country’s unofficial anthem (‘God Bless America’). In this self-contained study day, we will explore Irving Berlin’s long career at the forefront of American popular music with examples from his huge repertoire and excerpts from the many films to which he lent his talent.

Dining with the Georgians and the Victorians

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Tuesday 29th Aug from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £25

What did the Georgians and the Victorians eat? In this course we will study the food and dining traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries, from workhouse diet sheets to the feasts of royalty. We will additionally consider meals in literature and art (eg Dickens, Hogarth, Gillray), as well as table layouts and bills of fare. There will be access to original and facsimile cookery books from the era.

Lost and Found: British Treasure Hoards

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Tuesday 22nd Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

This one-day course looks at some of the greatest collections of gold and silver objects discovered in Britain. We will examine some of the questions they invite: Who owned them? Who commissioned them? Who were the metalworkers? Where did the raw materials come from? What artistic, political or religious influences do the treasures display? Perhaps most intriguing of all – why were they lost or deliberately concealed? The stories of their rediscovery are often as dramatic as the times in which they were lost.

Summer Flower and Succulent Ring

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesday 16th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

Sexy succulents are included in this floral ring which you can hang or use as a wonderful table centrepiece. On this workshop you will create a ring of flowers, foliage and succulents that is long lasting. No experience needed. You will also learn tips to care for your design to prolong its life. 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.

Summer Cut Flower Screen

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesday 23rd Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

Floral screens are all the rage at the moment. Come along to create your own summer cut flower screen on this workshop. We will concentrate on a larger scale piece suitable for a window or as a room screen (the picture is just a basic idea!). No experience needed. You will also learn tips to care for your design to prolong its life. 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.

Photographic Collage

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Tutor: Chantelle Stephenson
Wednesday 23rd Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

This course is ideal for those that are wanting to explore different possibilities within either their own photography or using other imagery. The process throughout the day will involve considered cutting, gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more photographs or photocopies into a new image. Drawing on artists such as Man Ray and David Hockney. Cost includes some materials but bring your own photographic images.

Life Drawing - Workshop

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Tutor: Collette Hoefkens
Wednesday 30th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £36

Beginners and experienced artists are welcome. Working directly with the model you will be able to explore and develop your own skills and potential. Exercises are suggested to enable you to explore different ways of looking at your subject matter and different ways of conveying what you see. There will be an extended pose of 2 hours in the afternoon. Media of student’s choice.

A Writing Day for All

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Wednesday 16th Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £25

Would you like to spend a relaxing day in the company of other aspiring writers? Whether you are an experienced writer or a beginner this is a great opportunity to write in a supportive, friendly group. Perhaps you’ve always thought you’d like to write but not known how to get started? The workshop will include looking at published writing and practising some writing skills. Come along and surprise yourself! Previous years have been popular so enrol as soon as possible as numbers are limited. We look forward to welcoming you. Bring pen, paper, packed lunch and lots of enthusiasm. Beverages and cake included. To book please contact Elizabeth on 01707 690282 or email ebarbersherriff@gmail.com

The Figaro Trilogy

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Wednesday 23rd Aug from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £25

The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and the lesser known The Guilty Mother form Beaumarchais' 18th century Figaro trilogy. The first two plays became famous as great comic operas by Rossini and Mozart, yet the plays had a chequered history, initially banned from staging for their revolutionary tone. In this course we will explore Beaumarchais' colourful life and times in pre-revolutionary France; study the plots, characters, themes and theatrical conventions of each of the plays and experience the joyful music and varied staging of the operas.

A Calendar of English Customs

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Tutor: Ian Chandler
Wednesday 30th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £15

Explore a year of English customs and traditions from the Haxey Hood game in January to the Sheffield Carols; via cheese rolling, tar barrels and the Lewes bonfire. A short course which will include video and audio presentations of some of England’s most spectacular and interesting events and provide some insight into how they all fit together into a tapestry of English life.

Icing animals and more

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Tutor: Tracey Merryweather
Thursday 13th Jul from 19:15 to 21:15
Cost £20

This sugar craft workshop is for those who want to be taught how to make icing animals, perfect to top birthday cakes and cupcakes. From penguins, dogs, monkeys to birds, this workshop will guide you through. Within 2 hours you will learn basic modelling and sugar craft techniques and how to effectively use colourings to create the perfect result. Enjoy crafting and a slice of cake with Tracey!

Rag Rugs - Workshop

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Tutor: Elspeth Jackson
Thursday 31st Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

Have fun turning old clothing and fabric offcuts into a gorgeous, personalised rag rug letter. In this introductory class you will learn how to use the rag rug tools, how to select and prepare materials for rag rugs and how to do loopy (hooky) rag rugging. You will then apply your new found skills to make a rag rug letter of your choice (which make wonderful gifts). This workshop is suitable for all levels and is taught by rag rug expert and author, Elspeth Jackson. Give it a go and I'm sure you'll soon be hooked! All materials included.

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Thursday 17th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

An opportunity to revisit or discover for the first time this exquisite prize-winning novel in which our heroine Edith Hope, a writer of romantic fiction, contemplates life, love and absolute happiness in the rarefied atmosphere of a lakeside hotel in Switzerland, where not all is as it seems! The perfect late summer read: please join us!

The Ideal City - the Thoughts Behind the Planning from Renaissance Italy to the Modern Age

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Tutor: Annalisa Conway
Friday 7th Jul from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £9

The ideology of a perfect city first came to popularity in Renaissance Italy. Cities such as Ferrara, Urbino and Pienza were all structured developments on existing cities. I will focus on the evolution of the ideal city in Renaissance Italy and delve into the architecture that 'the Ideal City' inspired in the following centuries.

Introduction to Silver

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Friday 1st Sep from 09:30 to 13:00
Cost £38

Design and make your own jewellery in Sterling silver and/or copper - no previous experience necessary!! You will be able to make a pendant or a pair of earrings and a pair of stacker rings. The workshop charge includes tuition, materials, use of professional equipment and finishing of your pieces.

London's Other Waterway: the story of the Paddington and Regent's Canal

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Tutor: Honor Ridout
Friday 18th Aug from 10:00 to 11:30
Cost £7.5

As London expanded, with a corresponding growth in trade and commerce, around 1800, it was realised that a better link with the commercial Midlands was needed. The result was the building of the Grand Junction Canal (now called the Grand Union) with the spur that travelled via the village of Paddington and then round the new Regent's Park, to Limehouse on the Thames. This talk will explore the building and use of the canal over 200 years.

Sword dance workshop

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Tutor: Ian Chandler
Friday 25th Aug from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £15

Learn to dance and perform a traditional English sword dance in 3 hours. You’ll learn a little about the English Sword Dance and be instructed in the necessary skills to perform a basic dance. Suitable for age 8 to 80. No special skills or knowledge necessary, though it would be useful to have a sense of humour.

Floral vases to make you proud

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 16th Sep from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

This session will show you how to arrange flowers in a vase to best effect. With tips and tricks plus a few interesting twists along the way for that designer touch! 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.

Simple but stylish gift flowers

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 7th Oct from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

A workshop to create two beautiful gift flower designs that you can give away (or not!). One posy and one pretty pot based piece. 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.

Terrific table flowers

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 11th Nov from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

Discover the theory of a good table centre arrangement as you make an autumnal basket table centre piece. 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.

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.

Creative mark-making and drawing workshop

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Saturday 30th Sep from 10:30 to 12:30
Cost £20

Have fun trying different ways to create interesting and exiting drawings, using different, found papers, drawing materials and printing from such diverse materials such as bottle corks or seed heads from the garden! Course fee includes materials