Workshops and Lectures

Rembrandt

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Saturday 22nd Jun from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

UNFORTUNATELY THIS TALK IS CANCELLED. Celebrate Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn's 350th anniversary! We will explore Rembrandt's life and 17th century times through drawings, prints and paintings in several genres, including religious works, landscapes and portraits of his fellow burghers, his family and himself. This talk/study day coincides with the exhibition of Rembrandt’s drawings at the British Museum, as well as exhibitions in his native Holland. (NB This exhibition finishes on 4-8-2019) Please bring a packed lunch.

FREE WRITING TASTER - Have a go at writing!

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Friday 28th Jun from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £0

Would you like to have a go at writing, but are unsure what to expect from a Get Writing course at The Settlement? This one-off 'taster' is an opportunity to find out if the classes are for you. The two-hour session will follow the format of our regular weekly classes which aim to encourage and inspire new and experienced writers. Do come along and try out writing in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Monoprinting with Gelli Plates

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Tutor: Curwen Print Study Centre Tutors
Saturday 29th Jun from 13:30 to 16:30
Cost £45

On this half day course you will learn about a new form of monoprinting using gel plates and acrylic paints, which is exciting and creative. You can use it to transfer images from magazines and create layered prints using masking and textured materials. Gel Plates are a flexible plate made of a thick single layer of a gelatin-like plastic material which contains mineral oil. This plate is stable and reusable if it is cleaned after each use. They are durable and long lasting and are ideal for monoprinting without a press. Cost includes all materials. To enrol visit: www.curwenprintstudy.co.uk or call 01223 892380.

Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Monday 1st Jul from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

This study day explores the post-impressionist art of Vincent Van Gogh in the context of his turbulent life and times. We will study a variety of his expressionist landscapes, portraits, self-portraits and still lives and learn about his creative process through his letters to family and friends. This course coincides with the exhibition “Van Gogh and Britain” at Tate Britain. (NB This exhibition ends 11-8-2019) Please bring a packed lunch.

Abstracted still life workshop using mixed media

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Tutor: Tiffany Logan
Saturday 6th Jul from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £45

A relaxed and fun workshop to create an abstracted Still Life painting on 400gsm fabriano acrylic paper. Incorporating a few techniques such the Blind drawing method, adding collage elements including gold leaf, reductive stencilling and dry brushing to name a few. Suitable for beginners or artists wanting to try some new techniques. Fee includes all materials. Please bring lunch with you.

Beginning with Brusho

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Tutor: Sally Taylor
Thursday 11th Jul 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.

Two day Writing Workshop

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 12th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £46

Second Day is Tuesday 13th August 10am to 3pm. Whether you’d like to have two days to work on your ongoing writing project, or prefer to be set a task to produce a piece of writing, this workshop is for you. Those who began their autobiographies on the last workshop, might like to forge ahead with getting down their memories. While you go off and write, the tutor will spend time with each student offering encouragement and advice. At the end of the second day, there will be an opportunity to read out your work and share constructive feedback. No experience necessary, so come and join us on our first two-day writing workshop. Bring a packed lunch.

Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Artist

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Monday 12th Aug from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s life, Renaissance times and artworks in this talk/study day to celebrate his 500th anniversary. We will consider Leonardo’s polymath interests and focus on examples of his drawings, paintings and notebooks. This study day coincides with the exhibition of Leonardo’s drawings at the Queen’s Gallery, London which runs until 24th February 2020. Please bring a packed lunch.

Buttercream Techniques

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Tutor: Celia Hasan
Monday 12th Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £33

This course enables learners to sample the growing fascination of buttercream, and experience and develop skills, using it as a medium to: Coat a sponge cake Understand what crusted buttercream is, and when it is appropriate to use it. Develop piping skills using basket weave, and decorate the sponge cake with piped flowers, to create a flower basket. Learn the technique of piped flowers. Understand the different consistency of buttercream needed for both coating and piping. Understand the use of double colour piped flowers. Learn individual piping skills that can enhance general piping skills.

Paint a Monet Landscape in Acrylic

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Tutor: Mike Rollins
Tuesday 13th Aug from 10:00 to 12:30
Cost £25

If you would like to learn how to use acrylic paints and produce an atmospheric landscape 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 creation of a painting based on Claude Monet’s ‘The Thames Below Westminster’. This workshop is ideal for beginners or improvers. Paints and paper are provided.

Domes: The Pantheon and Florence Cathedral

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Tuesday 13th Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £10

A dome confers distinction on a building like nothing else. We recall the dome on St Peter’s, the Dome of The Rock, The Capitol in Washington, our own St Paul’s and many more. This talk focuses on the structure of two outstanding domes, one Ancient and one Renaissance. How were such vast, gravity-defying constructions ever built?

Carry On Scoring: Eric Rogers and the Legacy of Light Music

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Tutor: Christopher Budd
Tuesday 13th Aug from 10:30 to 12:30
Cost £10

Composer, conductor and organist Eric Rogers must be best known for his 1960s and 70s scores for 22 Carry On films. His love of light music, an overlooked and underappreciated musical genre, led him to define a signature style for the Carry Ons, while keeping the movies close to their music hall roots. Explore and enjoy the work of Eric Rogers with writer, teacher, composer and avowed Carry On fan Christopher Budd.

Introduction to Silver - Pendant & Earrings

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Wednesday 14th Aug from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £40

For complete beginners or those who have done silver classes at The Settlement or elsewhere, an opportunity to design and make your own pendant or earrings in Sterling silver. This session will cover designing your piece, measuring/sizing, preparing your silver, shaping and texturing it. Please note that the finished pieces will need to be cleaned and polished at the tutor’s workshop but will be available for collection from The Settlement about week after the session. The fee includes materials for the project.

Watercolour Butterflies

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesday 14th Aug from 10:00 to 12:30
Cost £15

A chance to explore the creative side of watercolour painting, learning to use colour to create paintings of butterflies. From beginners to the more experienced this workshop will give you a chance to play with colour and paint in a more relaxed and 'expressive' way!

Life Drawing- Couples

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Wednesday 14th Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £25

A chance to draw two models in the same session using various drawing techniques. we will also look at how other artists have tackled this challenge. Fee includes cost of life models.

Top Twenty Classical Artefacts in the British Museum

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Tutor: Deborah Day
Wednesday 14th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

The British Museum is an absolute treasure-house of wonderful, historical artefacts from all over the world, but perhaps some of the most accessible of these relate to our western, classical heritage. This will be an introduction to 20 famous, and not-so-famous, items that are displayed free of charge, from statues to frescoes, from domestic items to religious objects. You can then enjoy exploring them for yourselves on your very own day trip!

German Taster Class 14/8

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Tutor: Abigail Huffer
Wednesday 14th Aug from 14:00 to 15:00
Cost £7

These taster sessions are designed for the complete beginner, who wishes to gain an insight into learning German. They will be a lead-in to the Beginners Course starting in September. The sessions will focus on spoken language with lots of repetition of useful phrases. Each session can be taken separately.

Coast and Country - Capturing a Scene in Fused Glass

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

Do you have a favourite view - coastal or country - that you'd love to capture but can't paint? Our Coast and Country scene course enables you to put your own take on your favourite scene using 'frit' – pre-prepared glass chips of differing sizes and colours - powders, and other inclusions. This is a really freeing experience and students are always amazed at what they produce. Please bring a selection of images to the class, so that we can decide what will work best. Face masks will be provided when working with powders and must be worn during the class. Please wear closed shoes (no flip flops or sandals) and bring an apron. Don’t forget your lunch!

Write a Short Story in a Day

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 19th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

Do you enjoy reading short stories? If so, why not have a go at writing one? Whether you’re experienced or new to writing, this workshop is for you. You will be introduced to techniques for finding ideas, hooking your reader, and structuring your story. At the end of the day you will have a story to take home. Come and join us for a creative day in a supportive atmosphere. Bring a packed lunch.

Klimt Inspired Collage

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Monday 19th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £40

Using basic drawing, and working with acrylic paint and collage materials including various papers, metallic foil, sequins and gems, create a beautiful "Tree of Life" inspired by Gustav Klimts mosaic. Fee includes all materials. Please bring a packed lunch.

The Condensed History of Readers Digest

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Tuesday 20th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

For 80 years, Reader’s Digest was the biggest selling magazine in the world and the centre of a media empire encompassing best selling books, music collections, films and controversial sweepstakes promotions. So how did one of the great publishing success stories of the 20th century collapse so spectacularly just a few years into the 21st? Stephen Barnard, who worked for its UK branch for two decades, explores the company’s history and the ethos of founders De Witt and Lila Wallace, whose fabulous art collection was auctioned off to pay company debts. Did their failure to protect their own legacy prove the Digest’s downfall? Is anything left now of the Reader’s Digest we used to know? Note: if you have any old Digest magazines, books or music collections, please bring them in for discussion!

Two Brunel Bridges

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Tuesday 20th Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £10

Brunel was probably the most charismatic engineer of the Victorian period. He designed Clifton Suspension Bridge, but didn’t live to see it completed. His last bridge was the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash, a fitting monument to his skill and daring. This lecture focuses on how these two bridges were constructed.

Fused Glass - Coral Bowl

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Tuesday 20th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £35

Coral bowls are a favourite with students. The basic coral bowls are a simple strip construction - which students are welcome to copy. Alternatively, you can add other design elements to really personalise your bowl. During this class you will be taught basic cutting and layout skills. No previous experience is required. Course fee includes all materials.

Transfer Printing on Fabric

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Tutor: Elisabeth Rutt
Wednesday 21st Aug from 09:30 to 15:30
Cost £45

During the day we will explore making colourful designs that will be transfer printed onto a variety of fabrics. Participants will leave with several pieces of fabric, printed with their own unique designs for later use in stitching projects. No previous experience of printing is required just an enthusiasm for fabric and making original designs! Course fee includes some materials. Please bring a lunch.

Freud

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Tutor: Gary Day
Wednesday 21st Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £10

Although many say that Freud has been superseded by modern medicine his work is still speaks today and not just because of sex. In fact sex is not simply sex in Freud. If that sounds intriguing, come and find out more about this thinker, who revolutionised how we see ourselves and others.

German Taster Class 21/8

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Tutor: Abigail Huffer
Wednesday 21st Aug from 14:00 to 15:00
Cost £7

These taster sessions are designed for the complete beginner, who wishes to gain an insight into learning German. They will be a lead-in to the Beginners Course starting in September. The sessions will focus on spoken language with lots of repetition of useful phrases. Each session can be taken separately.

Mono printing: Colourful Landscape

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Thursday 22nd Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £20

A fun and active workshop which will introduce students to simple mono printing techniques, no previous experience required. Students will build basic knowledge and understanding of mono printing and how to develop their imagination/visions into a reality, there will be various mini demonstrations throughout the workshop with supporting handouts to provide support and guidance which will hopefully encourage further development of the skill. No previous experience necessary. Mono Printing uses solvents - please seek advice should you have health issues.

Englands Tutankhamuns? - Prittlewell and Sutton Hoo

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Tuesday 27th Aug from 10:00 to 12:30
Cost £12.5

This talk considers the recently-reported rich Anglo-Saxon burial at Prittlewell, Essex and the earlier finds from Sutton Hoo, Suffolk and Taplow, Bucks, in the context of sumptuous royal and noble burials of the 'final phase' of pagan Saxon England.

Visiting Venice

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Tutor: Tim Parrott
Tuesday 27th Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £10

We all know Venice is the ultimate tourist-trap, with most visitors to the city spending no more than a few hours there. But it also has a claim to be the most beautiful city in the world, and the people who glimpse this return time and time again oblivious to the ever-growing crowds. If you’re thinking of going, this talk will help you to enjoy your visit. If your travelling days are over, it will give you a flavour of Venice without the effort of travelling.

Creative Drawing

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Tuesday 27th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £12.5

During this workshop we aim to explore the creative potential of drawing materials using creative drawing techniques that allow for freedom of expression whilst learning and improving observational skills. Suitable for all.

Summer Holiday Iced Biscuits

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Tutor: Katie Harris
Tuesday 27th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £25

An introductory workshop into icing biscuits with royal icing. We will be learning how to outline, flood and detail a selection of summer holiday biscuits for you to take home and enjoy. All biscuits, icing and equipment provided, you just need to bring yourself and a box to take your biscuits home in!

Cornish Collage

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Tutor: Kate Burgess
Tuesday 27th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £40

Create a lovely colourful collage based on a harbour scene, using painted papers and various other materials as well as ink and acrylic paint. Fee includes all materials. Please bring a packed lunch.

August 1939: Calm before the storm?

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Wednesday 28th Aug from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

Eighty years ago, Britain stood on the brink of war. But just how did the nation occupy itself during that last month of peace? What preparations were being made, both overtly and covertly? What was the mood within households and workplaces? In this session, we’ll consider August 1939 as it was experienced by families and individuals, by men in the forces, by children facing evacuation, by administrators charged with protecting and organising the population. We’ll draw on eye witness accounts, memoirs, radio programmes, newsreels and newspapers to get a sense of how Britain prepared for the storm ahead. Note: if you have any family diaries, magazines, newspapers or items from the period, please bring them along.

Hogarth

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Tutor: Gary Day
Wednesday 28th Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £10

William Hogarth (1697-1764) is best known as a satirist. Most people have heard of The Rake’s Progress (1732-4) a series of paintings that chart the downfall of a rich young man who spends his fortune on drink, cards and women. But Hogarth was no mere moralist. He also sought to promote a specifically English type of painting, one that captured the lives of ordinary people. What’s more, he produced one of the eighteenth century’s finest books on the nature of painting called The Analysis of Beauty (1753). This lecture will cover the well-known and not so well-known works of Hogarth in an attempt to understand him and his legacy.

Start sewing your own clothes

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Tutor: Jane Neesam
Wednesday 28th Aug from 09:30 to 15:30
Cost £42

Discover the love of making your own wardrobe with an introduction to patterns, fabric and sewing skills. A day for beginners and those who wish to relearn basic skills in fitting and making clothes. You’ll need your own sewing machine and basic equipment. The tutor will offer guidance on fabric to be purchased before the workshop.

Introduction to Silver - Bangle with Dangle

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Tutor: Kathy Taylor
Wednesday 28th Aug from 09:30 to 12:30
Cost £50

For complete beginners or those who have done silver classes at The Settlement or elsewhere, an opportunity to design and make your own bangle in Sterling silver. This session will cover designing your piece, measuring/sizing, preparing your silver, soldering, shaping and texturing it. Please note that the finished pieces will need to be cleaned and polished at the tutor’s workshop but will be available for collection from The Settlement about week after the session. The fee includes materials for the project

German Taster Class 28/8

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Tutor: Abigail Huffer
Wednesday 28th Aug from 14:00 to 15:00
Cost £7

These taster sessions are designed for the complete beginner, who wishes to gain an insight into learning German. They will be a lead-in to the Beginners Course starting in September. The sessions will focus on spoken language with lots of repetition of useful phrases. Each session can be taken separately.

Oil painting: Still life taster

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Tutor: Kimberley Bevan
Thursday 29th Aug from 13:30 to 15:30
Cost £20

Have you ever wanted to try to create a wonderful oil painting but are unsure where to start? This taster session will give you the basic knowledge and experience to have a go. Guided and supported by the tutor you will learn traditional techniques of how to handle and apply the paint to construct a beautiful still life painting. No previous experience necessary. Oil painting can sometimes use solvents – please seek advice should you have health issues.

Making Your Writing Sparkle

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Saturday 31st Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

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.

Lipreading Taster

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Tutor: Louise Reed
Friday 6th Sep from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

This taster session is planned to help you see what it is like to attend a Lipreading course at the Settlement. Lipreading helps people who are becoming deaf to discover how to cope with everyday life. They will learn to understand body language, the rhythm of speech, facial expression and, of course, the lip movements of a speaker who speaks normally and without exaggeration. This skill requires perseverance and practice, of course, but our regular classes are friendly and there is lots of laughter in them.