Workshops and Lectures

Fused Glass Festive Wreath

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Thursday 6th Dec from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £45

Add a personal touch to your Christmas decoration and creates an heirloom that can be passed down over the years. Our Christmas Wreath course begins with instruction in basic glass cutting before you design and layout your wreath for firing. Whether you like the more traditional feel using 'found' glass shapes or the more contemporary wreath constructed of glass strips, your finished produce can be woven with lights or left unenhanced.

Christmas rustic wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 8th Dec from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £36

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 a few 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.

Christmas Iced Biscuits

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Tutor: Katie Harris
Saturday 8th Dec from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

After a recap on basic piping techniques using royal icing we will be looking at slightly more advance methods of piping as well as detail you can add whilst flooding your biscuits. This will be Christmas themed so you will end up making a beautiful set of biscuits that are ideal for a seasonal gift.

Christmas rustic wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Tuesday 11th Dec from 19:00 to 21:45
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 a few 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.

WOMEN OF THE MIDDLE EAST: Saints, Queens and Rebels

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Tutor: Wafa' Tarnowska
Wednesday 12th Dec from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

In this fascinating lecture you will meet some amazing women from Middle Eastern history who achieved great renown in their lifetimes but are mostly unknown in the West, except for Cleopatra and Scheherazade. At the time of the “MeToo” movement, it is time for the forgotten voices of women in world history to be heard. Come along and meet Hurrem Sultan from Turkey, Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, Semiramis Queen of Babylon, Shajarat al Durr, Sultana of Egypt, Rabiya al Adawiyya the first woman Muslim Saint from Iraq, Fatima the Prophet’s daughter from Saudi Arabia and Shirine Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace prize winner from Iran.

Long lasting festive table centre

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Thursday 13th Dec from 19:00 to 21:45
Cost £35

Create a long lasting, rustic style arrangement to get you through the festive period in style. 2 candles and decorations included. Suitable for the dining table or side table. 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.

How the Romans And Greeks viewed Women - Looking at the Evidence of Sculpture and Pottery

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Tutor: Deborah Day
Wednesday 27th Mar from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

Women – approximately 50% of the population then and now of course, but were they revered, or viewed as little more than chattels? Original, as well as later Roman copies, of female sculpted figures, and many everyday objects such as water jugs provide us with insight into our ancient classical ancestors. Who was the first female nude? What private amusements did women enjoy? These and other aspects of life will be considered.

Klimt & Schiele

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Saturday 12th Jan from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £25

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were the two major figurative and landscape painters of the Secession movement in late 19th to early 20th century Vienna. Both artists were renowned for their evocative depictions of women; Klimt as a symbolist and Schiele as an expressionist. To coincide with the Royal Academy exhibition of their drawings this day course will explore their lives, times and works.

Printmaking Fun - Lino Cutting

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Tutor: Anna Pye
Saturday 9th Feb from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £35

Come along and discover the fun of lino cutting and printing. You will need an apron, your pencil case, a small wooden spoon, a pack of Everyday Value baby wipes from Tesco, a craft cutting mat if you have one and any design ideas (photos/ pictures/sketchbook). A bold and simple design works best for lino cutting. I have plenty of books and ideas to inspire you. You will learn about the papers, inks and tools used, to design and cut a lino block and to print using hand methods. Student Kit charge is £10, payable to your tutor on the day. Your kit will include all you need to use on the day