Workshops and Lectures

Writing Fillers and Features for Magazines

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 18th Feb from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

On this writing workshop we will consider how to target and write for the printed media. If you’ve always wanted to write a feature or short story for a magazine, this is an opportunity to work on something to submit. We will be looking in particular at writing in different genres including the popular 'twist in the tale' construction for short stories. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, we look forward to welcoming you in a friendly and supportive group. Bring a packed lunch. Beverages and cakes will be provided.

Springtime Wreath

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Tutor: Helen Allen
Saturday 2nd Mar from 10:00 to 13:30
Cost £38

Based around spring flowers, twigs and foliage this day school allows you to create a beautiful floral spring wreath to take home and enjoy. You will also learn tips to make the most of spring cut plant material. No knowledge of flower arranging is required. 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.

Paper Making for Beginners

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Saturday 2nd Mar from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £45

A two session workshop where we will recycle paper embedding petals, scents and colour into the pulp to make new pieces of paper. Once dried we will turn the paper into works of art, cards and gift tags during the second session on 9th March. A beginner class for those who enjoy crafting, creating and exploring new techniques and ideas. Course fee includes all materials.

Garden Design (1): Design theory and how to understand your site

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Tutor: Andy Cocks
Saturday 2nd Mar from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £38

I will cover the theory and fundamental knowledge using PowerPoint. Supplementary design documents from my portfolio and library will be available as a resource on the day as well as worksheets and handouts for you to take away. You will acquire skills and apply techniques which I will demonstrate in practical sessions. The preliminary objectives which can be tailored to the needs of the group are: * Learn the history of formal and informal designs * Understand the influence of theorists and practitioners * Peek inside a designers toolkit * Think like a designer: tricks and tips * Produce an 'existing conditions' drawing of your site annotated with opportunities and constraints Beginners welcome. Book your place now to avoid disappointment. The group size is limited to ensure the tutor can provide personalised professional feedback. Attend all three workshops for ongoing support or book individually. You are encouraged to bring photographs of your site and/or ideas for your projects. 10% discount if you book all three.

Fused Glass Jewellery

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Saturday 16th Mar from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £37

Nothing shimmers and shines like jewellery made using fused glass. In this half day course you will use a variety of techniques to make pendants and earrings incorporating dichroic glass, a by-product of the space programme. You can expect to make at least two pendants. Fee includes all materials.

Garden Design (2): Design process: inspiration, communication and development

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Tutor: Andy Cocks
Saturday 23rd Mar from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £38

I will teach, guide, demonstrate and facilitate so that you: * Turn your thoughts and ideas into a narrative: a design brief * Learn how to generate and process ideas on paper: visual thinking * Understand the importance of feedback and build resilience to constructive criticism * Evaluate your ideas and develop a designers eye * Produce preliminary designs on plan using your emerging design skills Beginners welcome. Book your place now to avoid disappointment. The group size is limited to ensure the tutor can provide personalised professional feedback. Attend all three workshops for ongoing support or book individually. You are encouraged to bring photographs of your site and/or ideas for your projects. 10% discount if you book all three.

Self-Publishing Workshop

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Tutor: Bob Brightwell
Saturday 23rd Mar from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £20

In this session we will be looking at what you need to do to prepare for self-publishing as well as the mechanics of getting your work into an ebook and into print via a Print on Demand publisher. It includes feedback on several providers to help you choose how to proceed. The session will also include a discussion on marketing your book, not just once it is published, but issues to consider while you are planning and writing it. Suitable for those with a book ready to publish as well as those with an idea for a book who want to see how to produce work that might sell. It will be a friendly and supportive session and notes will be provided, but bring a pen and paper for some short exercises.

A Year in India

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Tutor: Douglas Rule
Monday 25th Mar from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £10

Douglas Rule is a retired Army Officer who spent over 46 years working for the Armed Forces both as a Regular and Full-Time Reserve Soldier and as a civilian contractor. This talk will be about the experiences that he and his family had during their year long stay in India when, from May 1987, Douglas was an exchange student at the Indian Defence Services Staff College. With tales of misbehaving servants, charging feral buffalos and introducing punk rock fashion to the Indian officers' wives, the narrative of the family Rule's sojourn in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu sets out both the trials and delights of living in an India, with its closed economy, that was just a bit different from the country it is today

Block Printing on Fabric - Beginners

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Tutor: Gina Ferrari
Tuesday 26th Mar from 13:15 to 15:45
Cost £20

Learn to block print your own unique fabrics that can be used for your own craft projects. Using traditional wooden printing blocks as well as simple homemade blocks you will produce beautiful original fabrics which can then be over dyed. This is a simple technique which once mastered can provide endless variations.

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.

Felt making for Beginners

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Saturday 30th Mar from 13:00 to 15:00
Cost £27

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.

Vikings in your vocabulary: how Old Norse words moved in

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Tutor: Richard Dance
Thursday 4th Apr from 14:00 to 15:00
Cost £5

From their first terrifying attacks in the eighth century, to the accession of Cnut ‘the Great’ to the English throne in 1016, the Vikings raided, settled and ruled in Britain for hundreds of years. One of their most enduring impacts was on the English language. We can trace hundreds of English words back to the language of the Vikings, Old Norse — and we still use many of them every day, including words as basic as call, die, egg, husband, law, leg, skin, take, window, and even they. This talk will explore these words and how we know about them, tracing their journey from the languages of the Viking Age to the present day, and discovering what they can tell us about our medieval Scandinavian heritage. Along the way, we shall take a particular look at the richly expressive vocabulary of some of the most important poetry of the English Middle Ages, including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Pierre Bonnard 1867-1947

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Saturday 6th Apr from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £28

Explore the life and work of Pierre Bonnard, a founding member of the Nabis group of artists and contemporary of Matisse who maintained "Bonnard is a great artist for our time and, naturally, for posterity." Study Bonnard's figurative, landscape and still life paintings, learn about his creative process, consider his influences and examine his radiant use of colour. This study day coincides with the major Tate Modern exhibition of Bonnard's work "The Colour of Memory" (January-May 2019). Please bring a packed lunch.

Family Felt making

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Tutor: Lucy Sugden
Saturday 6th Apr from 10:00 to 12:00
Cost £27

Enjoy learning the wet felt making process together in this session aimed at adults and children aged 8yrs and above together. Perfect parent and son or daughter, or grandparent and grandchildren time together while learning something new. Working together learn how to make felt producing two Easter/Spring inspired pieces of felt. Course fee includes all materials and is per child. Limit of two children with an adult.

Garden Design (3): Realisation: detailing, cost estimates, construction and contractors

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Tutor: Andy Cocks
Saturday 27th Apr from 10:00 to 16:00
Cost £38

I will teach, guide, demonstrate and facilitate so that you: * Know how to tweak the design, brief and budget * Finalise palettes for hard and soft landscape materials * Produce detailed drawings for individual design elements * Understand the principles of construction * Learn how to get the best out of a landscape contractor Beginners welcome. Book your place now to avoid disappointment. The group size is limited to ensure the tutor can provide personalised professional feedback. Attend all three workshops for ongoing support or book individually. You are encouraged to bring photographs of your site and/or ideas for your projects. 10% discount if you book all three.

Cardboard Cut Printing

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Tutor: Curwen Print Study Centre Tutors
Saturday 4th May from 13:30 to 16:30
Cost £45

On this half day course you will learn about and investigate the qualities and potential of cardboard for making relief prints. You will explore a variety of cutting, incising and tearing techniques to create a range of unique and subtle marks, textures and shapes in your images. A very low-tech and easy-to-learn technique with really beautiful results. Cost includes all materials. To enrol visit: www.curwenprintstudy.co.uk or call 01223 892380.

Writing About Lives - Biography and Autobiography

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Saturday 11th May from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £25

True life is often more interesting than fiction. On this one day course we will explore and practise writing about lives - ours and those of other people. Perhaps you have a friend or family member whose life you'd like to record ? Or maybe you'd like to leave your own memories for future generations to enjoy? With reference to published works we will discuss what makes us want to read on and how we might set about having a go ourselves.

Food & Fruit in Art of N Europe 1500-1800

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Tutor: Twigs Way
Saturday 11th May from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £37

Ever looked at a canvas of piled high with fruits and cheese, glasses filled with amber liquids and plates of pewter spilling their wares, and wondered what it was all about? Do these document the realities of dining or celebrate the bounty of a wealthy patron? Which foods can we recognise and do they still exist? How did the painter keep the fish fresh over the weeks of painting and is there a symbolism behind the melons and the cucumbers? We shall explore images of food, feasts through three centuries.