Workshops and Lectures

Vanity Fair: Her World, Our Rules

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Saturday 20th Oct from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £15

Spend a morning in the fascinating company of Miss Rebecca Sharp in her world as created by William Makepeace Thackeray in his 1848 masterpiece, and recently celebrated in a sumptuous ITV production for television. Drawing on both the novel (all 951 pages!) and the adaptation, we will consider with Becky Sharp "which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied?" Our rules or hers? Please join us!

Introduction to Biscuit Icing

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Tutor: Katie Harris
Saturday 20th Oct from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

An introductory workshop to icing biscuits to a professional standard. We will be using royal icing piped onto ginger biscuits (provided) and will be learning basic piping methods, how to flood biscuits and several simple techniques to make your biscuits look beautiful.

Colour in Film

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Tutor: Christopher Budd
Monday 22nd Oct from 10:30 to 12:30
Cost £10

Nowadays we can be forgiven for taking it for granted, but the challenge of capturing all the colours of the rainbow on celluloid occupied some of the best minds in Hollywood for decades. Join writer and teacher Christopher Budd for a little bit of movie science and lots of clips of important milestones in the history of colour filming, as well as an exploration of some of its cleverest creative uses.

Unsinkable: The Titanic on screen

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Tuesday 30th Oct from 09:30 to 13:00
Cost £18

Ever since RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage, the story of this supposedly unsinkable ship has been told and retold in novels, songs, plays, movies, television series and even two Broadway musicals. But what lies behind this relentless romanticisation of the doomed ship and our culture’s endless fascination with its tragic demise? This half day course explores the enduring cultural impact of the disaster with a particular focus on the subtly changing ways in which the Titanic disaster has been represented on screen over the last hundred years. From a 1912 film short featuring a real life survivor to the record breaking James Cameron epic of 1997, how have scriptwriters and directors made the disaster speak to each new generation?

Introduction to Leather work

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Tutor: Vajira Peiris
Saturday 3rd Nov from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £60

Enjoy a half a day making three or four leather accessories of your choice. Choose from a variety of things such as: a coin purse with a press fastener, card holder, felt lined trinket tray, case or purse for your cards or glasses or mobile phone, tassel, key ring, item of jewellery (bracelets) or luggage tag. This fun workshop is suitable for beginners and you will get all the support, materials and patterns you need to make your own small accessories. Walk away with basic skills and knowledge of leather accessory making to continue working with leather on your own. Cost includes all materials.

Introduction to Monoprinting with Anne Marike Pit

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Tutor: Curwen Print Study Centre Tutors
Saturday 17th Nov from 13:30 to 16:30
Cost £45

Work on A4 sized images using several Monotype techniques: transfer drawing, masking with paper stencils, use of textured papers and manipulating ink on the plate using brushes, rollers and cloth. We will be using water based inks. Cost includes all materials. To enrol visit: www.curwenprintstudy.co.uk or call 01223 892380. £5 discount if you book this and the Lino Printing workshop on 13th October together.

Felt making for Beginners

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Saturday 17th Nov from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £30

Learn how to make felt. This workshop is suitable for students who want to learn how to make felt using the wet felting process. During the workshop you will learn how to construct a piece of felt and make your own nature inspired felt art work. Course fee includes all materials.

Expressive and Effective Garden Design

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Tutor: Andy Cocks
Saturday 24th Nov from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £37

This one-day workshop will teach you the skills to optimise outdoor environments and will be tailored according to your particular needs and situation. You will learn how to identify the opportunities and constraints afforded by any site and will gain an understanding of how to assess context, microclimate and the interrelationships between spaces and buildings. Best practice examples will be available to help build confidence and stimulate ideas. There will also be plenty of advice and information on design principles and how to keep things simple with a limited palette of hard and soft landscape materials for your project. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials (laptops, tablets, photographs, measurements etc.) of their own projects so that common problems can be solved in a supportive and collaborative group environment.

Rag Rug Christmas Wreath

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Tutor: Elspeth Jackson
Thursday 29th Nov from 18:30 to 21:30
Cost £25

Taught by rag rug expert and author, Elspeth Jackson, in this beginners' class you will learn the shaggy technique of rag rugging whilst making a beautiful eco-friendly rag rug wreath to adorn your door or home. Elspeth will share with you all her design tips and tricks so that you're able to embark on beautiful upcycled projects for yourself at home. All tools and materials provided, just bring your lovely self 🙂

Fused Glass Seasonal Lantern

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Monday 3rd Dec from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £55

What better way to bring in the season and welcome friends old and new to your home than with a lantern decorated with your own glass panels? Whether you choose a single theme or to make each glass panel different, you are guaranteed to have a unique addition for your home - or a delightful gift for a special friend.

Drinking Parties in the Ancient Greek World - a Study through Vases

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Tutor: Deborah Day
Wednesday 5th Dec from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

Symposia (drinking parties to you and me!) were a great way to network in the ancient Greek world. But what went on there? What did they drink? Were they all they were cracked up to be? We will look at a series of intriguing images from everyday pottery from the 6th to the 4th centuries BCE.

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.