Workshops and Lectures

Paint a Tropical Beach in Acrylic

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Friday 16th Jul from 09:30 to 12:00
Cost £30

If you would like to learn how to use acrylic paints and get into the holiday vibe with a tropical scene, then this workshop is for you! Forming a taster session for the ‘Art of the Landscape’ class starting in September and the upcoming Acrylic Painting short course, Mike will explain the use of acrylic paints and, using demonstration and photo reference, take you through the painting of a Caribbean beach. This workshop is ideal for beginners or improvers. Paints and paper are provided.

Writing and Editing – Two day workshop

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 2nd Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £70

2 August & 3 August 2021 Have you written something that is sitting in a file, doing nothing? How about bringing it out and working on it in a friendly, supportive group of like-minded writers? This two-day workshop gives writers an opportunity to work on a piece of fiction or non-fiction with feedback from the group. If you haven’t got a project to work on, the tutor will offer up ideas to set you going. No experience necessary, just lots of enthusiasm! Bring writing materials and a packed lunch.

Botanicals With Pen and Ink

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesday 3rd Aug from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £30

Join Jill for this morning session where she will show you how to use pen and inks to describe your artwork. Jill will demonstrate white ink on black paper and also how to use coloured inks in your artwork rather than the more formal coloured pencils or watercolours. A fun morning of learning new techniques.

Introduction to Embroidery Stitches – ONLINE

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Tutor: Jemma Dell
Tuesday 10th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

Your Tutor loves introducing people to the gentle art of embroidery and knows there is so much potential when you have confidence with even a few simple stitches. In this class she will guide you through the basics, using a hoop, how to get started and variations on running stitch, you will also tackle French Knots, something many people are quite nervous about, but with the right technique and bit of practise you will soon get the hang of them.

Bringing Non-Fiction Writing to Life

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Thursday 12th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £35

Non-fiction doesn’t need to be dull. All the skills of fiction can be applied to bring articles and biographical writing to life. Perhaps you’d like to write about travel or hobbies? Maybe have a go at a memoir? On this writing day you will have the opportunity of working on a piece that will be as lively and interesting as any work of fiction. Come along with an idea and enjoy working with other like-minded people. Bring a packed lunch.

Making Your Writing Sparkle

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 16th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £35

Good description starts with observation. It’s often the small details that paint a picture for readers. But how do writers achieve this? With our usual format of writing, reading and feedback, you will go home brimming with ideas to make your writing sparkle. Come along and be inspired in a small, supportive group. No experience necessary. Bring a packed lunch.

Further Embroidery Stitches – ONLINE

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Tutor: Jemma Dell
Tuesday 24th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

There are so many different embroidery stitches and a variety of ways to execute each one. Once you have mastered the basics there is plenty more to add to your repertoire. In this class we will cover fly, feather and herringbone stitches. If there is a stitch that you are keen to learn we may be able to cover that during the session too.

Large Scale Church Flowers

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesday 25th Aug from 09:30 to 13:00
Cost £50

On this workshop you will discuss larger scale flower arrangements and then create your own tall natural style arrangement to take home and enjoy. Some knowledge of flower arranging would be of benefit but is not essential as full guidance will be given. You will 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 and secateurs, a bin-bag and wipes for your hands. An apron is advisable. Please bring your own pedestal or plinth if you have one. Note: please let us know of any plant allergies or medical needs when you enrol.

Landscape

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Friday 27th Aug from 10:00 to 14:00
Cost £35

In this workshop, we will be using a variety of media, including watercolours, acrylics, gouache paint and pastels, to create a colourful landscape. You do not need to bring anything as all materials will be provided, however if you have anything you’d like to use such as college paper, tissue, wrapping paper etc, please bring it along. You will also need to bring lunch as we will have a break in the middle.

Seascape

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Friday 3rd Sep from 10:00 to 14:00
Cost £35

In this workshop, we will be using a variety of media, including watercolours, acrylics, gouache paint and pastels, to create a stunning seascape. You do not need to bring anything as all materials will be provided, however if you have anything you’d like to use such as college paper, tissue, wrapping paper etc, please bring it along. You will also need to bring lunch as we will have a break in the middle.

Embellishing Indian Block Printing

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Tutor: Irene Holland
Saturday 18th Sep from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £40

Learn how to print fabric using Indian wooden blocks and then embellish with simple stitches. You will be able to choose from 10 colours of paint and over 100 wooden blocks. All materials needed will be provided – fabric, paper, embroidery thread, beads, sequins etc but feel free to bring to own favourite embroidery thread and beads. Please bring your own scissors and apron.

Fused Glass Christmas Lantern

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Saturday 9th Oct from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £55

As the nights draw in and the Christmas season approaches, we enjoy nothing more than brightening our homes with lights and dressing our doorways. Why not add a truly personal decoration to your home by making your own fused glass lanterns. During this course you will learn basic cutting skills before designing and preparing 4 panels for the kiln.

The Role and Meaning of Plants in Shakespeare – ONLINE

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Tutor: Twigs Way
Saturday 9th Oct from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £20

Have you ever wondered how Ophelia selected her bouquet of plants; which was the ‘little western flower’ that Puck used to cause mayhem, or what exactly Romeo’s friends had in mind when they wished Juliet were a medlar and Romeo a popp’rin pear? What actually is an apple-john, or indeed a peascod or a codling, and which were insults and which not? Why do primroses live and die like virgins? Drawing on tragedy, comedy and the dangling of apricocks we will explore Shakespeare’s use of plants as contemporaries would have understood them, both as common meaning and as extended symbolism. A glorious morning of Shakespearian revelry which will transform your understanding of fennel! This lecture will be held online using Zoom.

Fused Glass Seasonal Wreath Making

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Saturday 6th Nov from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £55

Using pre-cut glass, you will make a stunning fused glass seasonal wreath that will become a family heirloom. Whether you choose to make a summer or autumnal wreath or a festive favourite, your glass piece will make a fabulous decoration for inside or outside the home.

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Monday 22nd Nov from 19:00 to 21:30
Cost £45

Personalise your tree or make a wonderful gift with hand-crafted fused glass decorations. During this workshop you will use pre-cut glass pieces to make your chosen design of decoration. During the workshop you will make 3-4 decorations.

Christmas Rustic Wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 4th Dec from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £50

Learn how to make your very own fresh Christmas Wreath from scratch. You will be provided with a beautiful selection of materials to hand make your Christmas Wreath and decorate it. You will need strong scissors plus secateurs and wire cutters if you have them plus a binbag. When booking please let the Settlement know of any plant allergies. All materials are included in the course fee.