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"About Face" - Portraiture: a mixed media course View details

Portraits express power, passion and harmony, and life. Today, Portraiture is more important than ever. In a world becoming less and less sensitive to the human condition, the more important portraiture becomes for preserving our humanity, culture, care and love. With reference to classical and contemporary techniques learners will be guided and supported building their confidence to create wonderful portraits. The aim of the course is to make striking and unique portraits that capture 'likeness' and are anatomically convincing. Working from life models, students will be taught how to look and record the form and character of the human head. They will use a variety of materials to produce works in line, tone and colour.

"About Face" - Portraiture: a mixed media course View details

Portraits express power, passion and harmony, and life. Today, Portraiture is more important than ever. In a world becoming less and less sensitive to the human condition, the more important portraiture becomes for preserving our humanity, culture, care and love. With reference to classical and contemporary techniques learners will be guided and supported building their confidence to create wonderful portraits. The aim of the course is to make striking and unique portraits that capture 'likeness' and are anatomically convincing. Working from life models, students will be taught how to look and record the form and character of the human head. They will use a variety of materials to produce works in line, tone and colour.

"Film Noir" View details

Title: Film Noir: Rain soaked streets, hard boiled detectives and femme fatales. The term Film Noir translates as Dark Film. This very popular film genre came out of the American crime/thriller literary tradition. Whilst it reached its high point between the mid 1940’s and the 1950’s, it continues to influence popular film and television today. Film Noir offers the spectator a glimpse into a shadowy claustrophobic world of grey rain soaked streets, flickering neon lights, low lit night clubs, and the moral ambiguities of the people who inhabit them. Using a variety of film clips and stills we will look at the key elements of Film Noir including: it’s distinctive low key visual style, character types such as the ‘hard boiled’ detective and the dangerous femme fatale, and the diverse plotlines that are encompassed by this genre. Come along and enjoy a fun morning practising your skills in film analysis.

"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens View details

A novel about wealth and its corrupting power. Join us on our journey to the murky world of Dickens's London. Learn more about Victorian England and its shocking social problems.

"The Auden Group": Poetry of the 1930s View details

1930s poetry was characterised by its engagement with the political challenge to liberal democracy in the run-up to WW2. The course explores, through discussion and analysis, a small selection of work by Auden, Spender, MacNeice and Day Lewis, known collectively as The Auden Group, who wrote in the hope that poetry could effect change.

"Whatever happened to Leicester's History?" View details

We will be looking at Leicester at various stages of its history and trying to understand why, walking around the town today, so little of this has been preserved. Starting with Roman times through to the "modernisation" vogue during the 1960s and 70s we will attempt to build up a picture of what has vanished over the centuries and also try to establish reasons for this apparently blatant disregard for the town's heritage. We will also try to build up some mental "snapshots" of the town at various stages in its development and recent study moves to place a lot more emphasis on the town's past.

10 British people who made history View details

This ten week course is about ten randomly selected individuals from the history of the British Isles that have left their mark on the historical development of the UK. The figures we will consider along with their qualities are: Boudicca, Edward I, Tyndale, Elizabeth I, Oliver Cromwell, Nelson, Wellington, Aneurin Bevan, Churchill, and Thatcher.

10 Political Classics that Shaped the Modern World View details

This history course will look at 10 political works and examine their significance at the time and investigate their continued impact today. As well as looking at the original works we will also use other primary sources, current interpretations and film and audio clips.

10 Steps to Happiness - Taster View details

This course is an introduction to improving wellbeing and happiness. The workshop will explore a minimum of 10 skills, strategies and tools to enable learners to improve their outlook, look to the positive and seek happiness in daily life

100 Years of Women Writers View details

This course is aimed at women who may not have read novels and other literature for some years, perhaps since leaving school. The emphasis is on reading for well being rather than an analysis of literary merit. We use the Reading for Well-being method of being read to, and discussing personal responses to themes and characters, combined with a written response in the same vein. We will be looking at novels short stories poems and plays written by women in the 20th century.