Workshops and Lectures

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Summer 18 Workshops

Summer 2018 Lectures

Autumn floral gift wrap

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 22nd Sep from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £36

This session will show you how to arrange a bouquet of flowers and then try at least two different methods of decorative wrapping. With tips and tricks 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.

Autumn cornucopia

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 22nd Sep from 13:00 to 16:00
Cost £36

A workshop to make a luscious cone gushing with flowers and fruit and leaves of the season. 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.

Going green: Foam free Floral wall hanging

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 6th Oct from 13:00 to 16:00
Cost £36

You will create a long, slim wall hanging containing flowers, foliage and berries in an eco friendly way. Combines well with the morning for a full day ‘Going green’. 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.

Going green: Foam free flower arranging

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 6th Oct from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £36

Discover the secrets of arranging your flowers precisely in a container without any oasis floral foam. You will take one arrangement home and watch a demo of another technique. 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.

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?

Christmas rustic wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Thursday 6th 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.

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.

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.

Paint a Van Gogh - Inspired Landscape in Acrylic

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Wednesday 15th Aug from 13:00 to 15:30
Cost £25

If you would like to learn how to use acrylic paints and produce a beautiful summer landscape scene, then this workshop is for you. Forming a taster session for the 'Art of the Landscape' course starting in September, Mike will explain the use of acrylic paints and, using demonstration and photo reference, take you through the creation of a painting based on Vincent van Gogh's 'Wheat Field with Cypresses'. This workshop is ideal for beginners or improvers. Cost includes paints and paper.

Tintoretto - The Genius of Venice

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Tutor: James Willis
Thursday 16th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £12

In his studio we are told that Tintoretto had a sign reading 'the drawing of Michelangelo and the colour of Titian.' At the height of the Venetian Renaissance his paintings reflect the character of the city and its population and are perhaps the most Venetian of all the works of his contemporaries. Deeply religious in his philosophy, his saints and disciples are complimented by fashionable gods and goddesses of mythologies. Complex and competitive in personality, discover the breadth of his vision and his innovative techniques alongside those of his contemporaries.

Witness to History: Researching a late 18th Century Quaker Marriage Certificate

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Tutor: Barry Dackombe
Thursday 16th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £15

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS LECTURE HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. On 3rd December 1789 William Morris and Ann Marsh took each other in marriage at the Quaker Meeting House in Hitchin. Researching the 80 individuals who signed the certificate involved much detective work and scouring of various archives around the country. This talk will consider the process of discovering who these witnesses were and in doing so provide an insight into contemporary 18th Century England and the Society of Friends (Quakers).

Watercolour Interpretations Out and About - 20/08

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Monday 20th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £35

Come and enjoy some natural aspects from the local environment (or in Settlement if wet), from which we will sketch and paint our own compositions. Take this opportunity to explore using watercolour paints with mixed media i.e. textured paste, or tissue paper, inks, pens ...Bring your own sketch books, paper and watercolour paints: other materials will be supplied. Helpful teaching tips given, a good opportunity to spend a summer's day trying out some different techniques with watercolour. Different focus on each day. Bring a lunch and have a go!

Reading and Interpreting Poetry

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Monday 20th Aug from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

Explore the making and meaning of a selection of poems written in the English language from 13th to 21st centuries. We will examine the poet's toolkit including the use of language and imagery, form and shape, rhythm and metre. The day will include close reading of poems by Christopher Marlowe, George Herbert, John Keats, Emily Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, WH Auden, Seamus Heaney and Kathleen Jamie, amongst others. Please bring a packed lunch.

Time for Tea - Fused Glass Coasters and Cake Platter

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Monday 20th Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £50

With summer nearly here, what could be better than serving up coffee and cake on coasters and a cake platter made by your own fair hands? Whether you choose to do a matching set or individual designs, you are guaranteed to have unique items that reflect your personality, or as a gift to a special friend. During the course you will produce four coasters and one 'cake' platter. Please wear closed in shoes.

Pedestal and larger scale floral arrangement

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Tuesday 21st Aug from 10:00 to 14:00
Cost £45

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, 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.

The Northern Nomads and their Art

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Tuesday 21st Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Originating in the Russian Steppes, The Northern Nomads were a major catalyst in the development of European culture, introducing the Indo-European language root of all modern European languages, horse riding, and a dynamic art that repeatedly influenced Europe and to a lesser extent, China. This course looks at this art and its influence, and in particular the astonishingly preserved organic remains of the Scythians and not-so-legendary Amazons. Please bring a packed lunch.

Butterflies, Moths and Bees with Coloured Pencils

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesday 21st Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

In this one day workshop Jill will bring along her collection of butterflies, moths and bees (all dead) to illustrate in coloured pencils. These illustrations could at a later stage be used to in conjunction with illustrations from the previous week although it is not necessary to have attended the previous workshop. Suitable for all levels. Please bring a packed lunch.

Writing for All: Have Fun with Fiction

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Wednesday 22nd Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

Would you like to have a go at writing? The aim of the day is to unlock your creativity through fun exercises and interaction with other students. Whether you are an experienced writer or a complete beginner, this is an opportunity to be inspired by writing in a supportive and friendly group. This workshop stands alone but also complements 'Writing for Magazines', offering further practice in writing short stories suitable for submission. We look forward to welcoming you on another of our popular writing workshops. Bring a packed lunch. Beverage and cake are included.

Stick, Fold, Stitch - A beautiful album in a day

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Wednesday 22nd Aug from 09:30 to 15:30
Cost £35

During this day class you will learn how to construct a beautiful 6” (15 cm) square album style book from start to finish. There will be several examples of handmade books to inspire you. Most of the materials can be found at your local stationers or art shop or you will probably have many of the items at home. Please bring a packed lunch.

British Art in the 20th Century

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Tutor: James Willis
Wednesday 22nd Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £12

At the beginning of the 20th Century British artists discovered the avant- garde of their colleagues on the continent and during the century trends were followed or ignored creating a rich tapestry of styles and approaches in painting and sculpture. Beginning with the paintings of Harold Gilman, Spencer Gore and Wyndham Lewis and following sculptors such as Frank Dobson, Eric Gill and Henry Moore we will explore some of the important works created during the century. Including the work of David Bomberg, Francis Bacon the lecture ends with recent paintings by David Hockney.

Sugarcraft: Figure Modelling

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Wednesday 22nd Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £32

Come and learn modelling skills, using sugar modelling paste. Make figures, animal or human. Understand and develop the techniques that perfect that special topper for your cake. Painting faces will be an additional point of interest for those wishing to progress this skill. The day will be a fun day, of self development. Progression will be shown by achievement in the end result. This course is suitable for all abilities.

Introduction to Silver - Trio of Stacking Rings

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Thursday 23rd Aug from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £40

Design and make a trio of Sterling silver stacker rings with two simple outer rings and a decorative inner ring. In this session you will learn how to size your fingers, calculate the materials required, prepare, form and solder your rings. No experience necessary. Cost includes all materials.

From Drawing to Design

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Thursday 23rd Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £20

Follow the steps from an observed drawing to an exciting and unique design that could be used for abstract painting, textiles or any other creative outcome. During this workshop you will learn how to create an initial drawing and how, using small, incrementally stepped drawings you can create that exciting and unique design.

Floral Wall and Flower Curtain

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Tuesday 28th Aug from 10:00 to 14:00
Cost £45

On this workshop you will make a hanging floral curtain and part of a flower wall using fresh plant material. We will discuss options for other similar ideas and how to complete these cost effectively on a larger scale. You will learn tips to care for your design to prolong its life. No prior knowledge is needed. All materials are included in the course fee including a tall, slim container. 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.

Quantum Mechanics

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Tuesday 28th Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £30

The wonder of Science is often only apparent after a considerable (and complex) body of knowledge has been mastered. A notable exception to this is the Quantum world, where subatomic particles interact with each other and with Light. This course, specifically set up for the mathematically innocent, will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered what constitutes physical reality at the deepest level. It really is too good to be left to the physicists." Please bring a packed lunch.

The English Village

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Wednesday 29th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

It is often alleged that a village 'dates back to Domesday' or 'was founded by the Anglo-Saxons' but few in fact have such origins. This course looks at the process of village formation in England, the creation of new villages by 'improving' medieval lords of the manor, the effects of the enclosure movement, why some villages have become deserted, and what changes villages have experienced in the more recent past.

Life Drawing - Portraits

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesday 29th Aug from 13:00 to 15:00
Cost £20

Using various drawing techniques we will learn how to create a drawing that captures the 3D likeness of a person's portrait. Fee includes cost of life model.