Workshops and Lectures

Family Workshop - Safari Animals

Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Saturday 19th Oct from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £20

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Using mesh and mod roc make and paint your own animal inspired model in this fun session aimed at adults and children aged 8yrs and above coming together. Course fee includes all materials and is per child. Limit of two children with an adult.

Beginning with Brusho

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Tutor: Sally Taylor
Saturday 19th Oct from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £20

During this workshop you will explore how the exciting medium, Brusho Crystal pigments, is fun to use. Whether you are an absolute beginner with no painting experience or a seasoned artist wishing to learn something new, you will see fabulous results when the crystals reacts to water and explode with colour! You will explore different techniques to create fun and colourful pictures and take home at least two images to be proud of. Fee includes all materials.

Writing Dialogue

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Saturday 9th Nov from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

Join us for a day exploring the use of dialogue in writing. By referring to short extracts from published texts, discussion and fun exercises, you will learn the value of good dialogue. It needs to earn its place in your story, establishing character and advancing the story. Come along and enjoy another of our popular, friendly writing workshops. New and experienced writers are welcome. Bring a packed lunch.

Avignon: ma ville

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Tutor: Marine Boulter
Wednesday 13th Nov from 19:30 to 20:30
Cost £10

This is a short presentation about my town, Avignon which is situated in Provence in the south of France. The presentation will be in French. There will be a handout with details and vocabulary following the chronological order of the presentation as a guide to facilitate understanding. That handout will be available prior to the presentation. This is an excellent exercise for those who want to perfect or challenge their knowledge of the language being at the same time informative and fun. A bientôt j'espère!

Autumn Trees Collage

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Wednesday 13th Nov from 13:00 to 16:00
Cost £25

In this Autumn workshop, we will be creating a mixed media collage on A3 size paper, using acrylic paints and various papers and materials, which will all be provided. We'll be looking at trees in Autumn, focusing on colours and textures, and looking at the lovely shape of tree trunks and branches. An enjoyable and experimental afternoon! Fee includes all materials.

Festive Glass Fusing

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Saturday 16th Nov from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £38

Have you got to Christmas and run out of time for making an individual gift or decoration? Our half day Festive Fusing workshop allows you to design and create a minimum of three small or one large decorations to add that personal touch to your Christmas celebrations. Although we will show you how to cut your own glass, if you choose not to do so, you will have endless pre-cut glass to ensure you can make your fabulous festive pieces.

The Art of Christmas: Renaissance to Modern

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Saturday 23rd Nov from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

Explore the Biblical themes of the season, including the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Visit of the Magi and the Flight into Egypt. The majority of paintings examined will come from the Italian and Northern Renaissance, allowing us to compare varied approaches. We will also contrast these works with 19th and 20th century interpretations. Please bring a packed lunch.

Family Workshop - Christmas Cards

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Saturday 23rd Nov from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £20

Design your own unique cards before using printing techniques to create them in this fun session aimed at adults and children aged 8yrs and above coming together. Course fee includes all materials and is per child. Limit of two children with an adult.

Ice a Cake for the Festive Season

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Saturday 30th Nov from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £33

Decorate your Festive Cake. Learn modelling techniques which enable you to produce decorative figures, Christmas trees, Christmas roses or poinsettia, holly and ivy and snowberries Just bring a cake coated with sugarpaste: 500g modelling paste to work with, any modelling tools, a small rolling pin, a small board for rolling out the paste, a soft pad for thinning paste when you are shaping flowers, a paintbrush, a turntable, if you have one, and a box to carry the cake home. Alternatively, you may just wish to make the decorations, and add them to your cake nearer to the Christmas celebration. This is appropriate if a sponge cake is to be used. You will need to bring a packed lunch.

Festive Fabric Decorations

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Tutor: Lucy Brown
Saturday 30th Nov from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

Get into the Christmas spirit and create colourful and quirky decorations using fabric, felt and ribbon. You can make individual decorations, thread them together to make bunting or turn them into cards. Please bring your sewing machine, thread and basic sewing kit. Cost includes fabric.

Christmas Lino Print Workshop

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Tutor: Curwen Print Study Centre Tutors
Wednesday 4th Dec from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £45

On this half day printmaking workshop you will learn how to use the tools, equipment and materials of this technique to make unique Christmas cards and gift tags just in time for Christmas! Suitable for beginners or those wishing to brush up on skills. Cost includes all materials. To enrol visit: www.curwenprintstudy.co.uk or call 01223 892380.

Christmas Iced Biscuits

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Tutor: Katie Harris
Saturday 7th 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.

Picture Framing

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Tutor: Fiona Pruden
Monday 9th Dec from 09:30 to 12:00
Cost £20

This workshop is specifically aimed at students who are interested in framing finished paintings from the term perhaps with a view to gifting them to friends or family at Christmas. In addition to being coached to finish suitable works – including photographing and signing them – a range of mounts and frames will be available to help complete the process.

Christmas Rustic Wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Wednesday 11th Dec from 19:00 to 21:45
Cost £37

Make a beautiful rustic festive wreath for the table or to hang on your door. All materials are included for rustic decoration but if you want a particular decoration feel free to bring it along. Just bring strong scissors plus secateurs and wire cutters if you have them plus a binbag. When booking please let the centre know of any plant allergies. 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
Friday 13th Dec from 09:30 to 12:00
Cost £37

Make a beautiful rustic festive wreath for the table or to hang on your door. All materials are included for rustic decoration but if you want a particular decoration feel free to bring it along. Just bring strong scissors plus secateurs and wire cutters if you have them plus a binbag. When booking please let the centre know of any plant allergies. 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.

Galileo and Falling

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Monday 13th Jan from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

How do objects move when thrown or dropped from a height? Do they speed up or slow down, or is it a case of first one and then the other? We'll leave aside his telescope and his battle with the Church, and see how Galileo discovered, by experiment and deduction, the Laws of Motion. The course uses fascinating video clips.

Building Beautifully in Concrete

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Saturday 29th Feb from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

There have always been beautiful concrete buildings, but a great many constructions were put up too quickly and too cheaply, and located too close to more traditional styles of building, and these are the unattractive objects which have shaped the public attitude to concrete. This course focuses on some of the buildings and bridges we love today, and which could not have been built in any other material. Please bring a packed lunch.