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A Healthy New Me - Pathways View details

A course to help you to rethink your lifestyle, identify areas to change & make a personal plan for a calmer life.

Ageing Thoughtfully View details

We don’t talk much about ageing, except perhaps about wanting to avoid it! During this course we shall look at poems and short prose about ageing, and at some philosophy too. There will be opportunities to write and talk about our own experiences, and to hear about other people’s. Are we really any wiser as we get older? What’s positive about ageing? What about relationships with families and friends? How might considering ageing help to deal with? What does our culture encourage us to see ourselves? What do we assume about ageing? Lots of questions, but we'll be talking, writing and reading our way through the process.

Alterations & Customizing Further Techniques View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

An Introduction to Watercolours View details

Facilitated by local artist Caris Jackson through a series of practical demonstrations and varied activities. Come and brush up on your art skills by learning the techniques and the joy of using watercolours. Focusing on creating textures, applying the paint, mark making and the importance of your brushes and paper choices. All in a supportive and friendly environment.

Arabic for Beginners View details

A lively interactive course designed to introduce non-native speakers to Modern Standard Arabic

Arabic for Intermediate View details

An Arabic language course aimed at non-native speakers who are able to read the Arabic Script and have some basic knowledge of grammar

Archaeology- The Medieval World on our Doorstep, Peasants,Lords and the Church View details

Here is a chance to learn about life in the Medieval Period. In a friendly atmosphere we will learn about and talk about everyday life for medieval people. What did people in a village like Castleford do for work? How did they organise their village, what did you do to entertain yourself? We will also look at the houses people lived in, why did some villages fail and become deserted or shrank in size. Was it all to do with the Black Death? We will also talk about who ruled the peasants. What did they think was important in life? We will also look at the life of people associated with the church. Some became very wealthy and lived in the same world as the Lords. But what about the village priests, Monks, Friars and Nuns. How did they live their lives? We will also look at how a Medieval Village celebrated Christmas. Our courses at the Queens Mill are very welcoming and really do give beginners the chance and confidence to have their own opinion on our subjects.

Art for All View details

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for drawing and painting. Working in different art media, students may learn about drawing materials, paper and canvases, brushes and painting knives and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students will be encouraged and supported to develop their choices and to research and source their own subject matter, perhaps choosing to paint in a narrative style, reflecting personal experiences. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.

Art for Wellbeing View details

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for drawing and painting. Working in different art media, students may learn about drawing materials, paper and canvases, brushes and painting knives and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students will be encouraged and supported to develop their choices and to research and source their own subject matter, perhaps choosing to paint in a narrative style, reflecting personal experiences. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.

Art Workshop for Beginners View details

Come to this dynamic, fun workshop which will introduce you to some different approaches to drawing in a supportive environment. The emphasis will be on the journey rather than the finished product. By experimenting with a range of simple techniques and a variety of materials you will discover the importance of play in stimulating the imagination, and making mistakes as part of the creative process.