Workshops and Lectures

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Summer 18 Workshops

Summer 2018 Lectures

Cardboard Cut Printing

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Tutor: Curwen Print Study Centre Tutors
Saturday 13th Jul from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £70

Investigating the qualities of card for relief printing by cutting and tearing the board to make your own unique print. Use the layered textures to print beautiful varied and subtle images. Print by hand or use the press. Cost includes all materials. To enrol visit: www.curwenprintstudy.co.uk or call 01223 892380

Writing for All: Writing for Magazines

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Tutor: Elizabeth Barber
Monday 13th Aug 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. 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.

Watercolour Interpretations Out and About - 13/08

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Tutor: Diane Brendling
Monday 13th 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!

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Monday 13th Aug from 10:30 to 15:30
Cost £30

Discover the lives and works of these two great 20th century British artists. We will examine and compare a range of figurative paintings by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Learn about their creative process, consider what influenced them and explore ways of approaching their work. Please bring a packed lunch.

Coast and Country - Capturing a Scene in Fused Glass

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Tutor: Jane Ducarreaux
Monday 13th 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. A really freeing experience, students are always amazed at what the produce. Please bring a selection of images to the class, so that we can decide what will work best and wear closed in shoes. Face masks will be provided when working with powders and must be worn during the class.

Unsinkable: The Titanic and Popular Culture

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Tuesday 14th Aug from 10:00 to 15:30
Cost £30

Ever since RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage, the story of this supposedly unsinkable ship has been dramatised in many genres. The event became a metaphor for technological hubris and much more besides, inspiring more newsprint than almost any other single event of the 20th century outside of the two world wars. In 1985, the discovery of the wreck launched a multi-million dollar industry in artefacts, memorabilia and Titanic-related tourism. But what really lies behind our endless fascination with the doomed ship and the relentless romanticisation of its tragic demise? In this day school we will consider the subtly changing ways in which the Titanic disaster has been represented in popular culture over the last hundred years, with a particular focus on the films 'A Night to Remember' (1953) and 'Titanic' (1997), and the musical 'Titanic' currently touring the UK. We'll consider how contemporary press coverage fixed the mythology of the disaster within just a few days of the sinking. We’ll see how all manner of competing political, religious and social causes tried to appropriate the tragedy for themselves, and we’ll ask whether the media treatment of disasters has really changed at all since the Titanic went down. Please bring a packed lunch.

Introduction to Silver - Pendant & Earrings

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

Design and make a Sterling silver pendant or earrings, with some copper if you wish. In this session you will learn how to prepare your materials then design your piece before texturing, stamping and doming it. No experience necessary. Cost includes all materials.

Blackberries and Summer Fruits with Coloured Pencils

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Tutor: Jill Winch
Tuesday 14th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

One day workshop with Jill Winch exploring the many wonderful fruits on offer at this time of year and using coloured pencils to depict them. Lots of demonstrations throughout the day on how to use coloured pencils effectively. Suitable for all levels. Please bring a packed lunch.

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.

Lost and Found: British Treasure Hoards

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Wednesday 15th Aug from 10:00 to 15:00
Cost £30

This one-day course looks at some of the greatest collections of gold and silver objects discovered in Britain. We will examine some of the questions they invite: Who owned them? Who commissioned them? Who were the metalworkers? Where did the raw materials come from? What artistic, political or religious influences do the treasures display? Perhaps most intriguing of all - why were they lost or deliberately concealed? The stories of their rediscovery are often as dramatic as the times in which they were lost. Please bring a packed lunch.

Expressive Watercolours

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

A chance to explore the creative side of watercolour painting and learn how to create a fresh and exciting artwork. 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!

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.

Drawing without Drawing

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Tutor: Suzy Drake
Thursday 16th Aug from 10:00 to 13:00
Cost £20

Um.. sounds odd doesn't it but during this workshop we aim to explore the creative potential of drawing materials using mark making and creative drawing techniques that allow for freedom of expression whilst learning and improving observational skills. Suitable for all.

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

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

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.