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Appreciating the Romantics View details

Introduction to the study of poetry. Initial exploration of the social background and Romantic theories of poetry, supported by reading and discussion of a few examples of poetry written in the period before 1798. Detailed exploration of: some of Blake’s shorter lyrics; a number of Wordsworth's shorter Lyrical Ballads and extracts from his Preface, 'Tintern Abbey', 'Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood', sonnets, 'The Prelude'; Coleridge's ideas about the Imagination, extracts from 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'; Keats - extracts from letters, extracts from 'The Eve of St. Agnes', sonnets, short lyrics, Odes including 'To a Nightingale', 'On a Grecian Urn', 'To Autumn'; Shelley - extracts from political pamphlets, 'A Defence of Poetry' and 'Queen Mab'; 'The Mask of Anarchy', Sonnets, 'Ode to a Skylark, 'Ode to the West Wind'; Byron - a few short lyrics, Preface to 'Don Juan' and extracts.

Aromatherapy - Relax and Pamper View details

We will explore how to recognise different effects and benefits of essential oils and identify each others skin types and how you can develop a time efficient skin care routine.

Art - Practical: Continuing Abstract Art View details

A practical and thoughtful course based around the examination of visual language and the exploration of ideas. Students carry out their own explorations into abstract art under the guidance of the tutor, whilst benefiting from group discussions, practical activities, a gallery visit, etc.

Art & Mindfulness 4 View details

Improve or start afresh with drawing and painting techniques working in a reflective way you will develop your concentration skills and a deeper awareness of colour, shape , pattern and light movement around you.This is an introduction and revision of painting skills; you can explore your emotions as you learn to mix and control use of colour to make harmonies or contrasts. Also enjoy meeting others, making friendships and painting together in a relaxed way. Develop art work from still life and also personal themes with one to one support from your tutor as well as a tool box of skills to take away and work independently. Use watercolour in an expressive way and explore techniques including wet into wet and making textural effects, glazing and building up with colour. This is a practical course with reference to the work of other artists as well to stimulate techniques for different themes and incorporate into your own art work. This course is for people attending St Charles Cafe.

Art and Craft the Multicultural Way View details

We will investigate the arts and crafts of a chosen culture through looking at slides, books and actual artefacts where possible. You will then make your own arts or crafts work influenced in some way by what you have learnt. The influence may be more or less subtle. The range of media we have to hand is quite large, including normal drawing and painting materials, many textile materials, clay, printing materials. You will receive help from the tutor in developing your ideas and in technical matters. You can use media with which you are familiar or try something new. The group is very supportive of its members and everyone shares ideas.

Art and Crafts View details

Open to all levels this course provides the support and opportunity to develop and explore personal creativity. The tutor will demonstrate an arts and crafts activity and then support participants to do the activity themselves. Participants will be shown techniques and have time to build confidence in using them. Ideas will be suggested but participants will also be welcome to choose their own.

Art and Music - Anniversaries and Exhibitions 2020 View details

Each session we will explore a topical subject concerning the history of the arts. It may be related to an anniversary, such as Raphael (died 1520) or a current London exhibition to be announced.

Art and Music Studies View details

Each session we will explore a topical subject concerning the history of the arts. It may be related to an anniversary, such as Raphael (died 1520) or a current London exhibition tba or to a current exhibition in the major London galleries tba

Art and Music Studies View details

Each session we will explore a topical subject concerning the history of the arts. It may be related to an anniversary, such as Raphael (died 1520) or a current London exhibition tba

Art and Place View details

The course aims to introduce students the ways in which contemporary artists explore and respond to places and spaces. We shall do this using: rapid sketching, frottage as documentation, psychogeographic focus exercises, collaborative drawing and installation.