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Art: Mixed Media (Improvers) View details

An improvers’ art course for learners who would like to develop their skills and creativity in order to achieve self development, and build a portfolio of work to exhibit. We will use charcoal, graphite, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and collage. Learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ while developing your own style.

Artemisia Gentileschi to Berthe Morisot: Three Centuries of Women Artists View details

We shall study works created by women artists from the 17th to the 19th century in Europe. Lack of formal training affected their style and choice of subject matter but expanded access to academies and art training in the 19th century had an impact on their work . The ways in which they overcame limitations imposed on them by contemporary culture and society will be examined by focussing on artists such as Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Berthe Morisot, Elizabeth Thompson Butler and Artemisia Gentileschi (to whom the National Gallery in London will dedicate a major exhibition in 2020).

Arts 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.

Arts Britannica View details

This course will use nine sometimes more, sometimes less well known artefacts as springboard to explore the historic backgrounds and chronology of British art history. Beginning with the Alfred Jewel (late 9thC, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) to explore Anglo-Saxon metal working, book illumination and we move via the Wilton Diptych (c. 1395, National Gallery), Hans Holbein's painting of 'The Ambassadors' (1533, National Gallery), Josiah Wedgewood's copy of the Portland Vase, John Constable's sketchbook of 1813-15 amongst other, and closing with Tracey Emin's controversial autobiographical 'My Bed', we shall gain an overview of the key stylistic and historic development of British art.

Aspects of archaeology, with examples from Norfolk View details

Archaeology is the study of past human societies through the examination of the things they have left behind, whether they be bits of pottery, bones or castles. On this course we will be looking at various aspects of archaeology from prehistoric times up to the recent past, such as henges, Bronze Age field boundaries, Iron Age hillforts, medieval churches and the country’s industrial heritage. Examples will be taken, as far as possible, from Norfolk. At the same time students will learn about the techniques that archaeologists use.

Assertiveness View details

Many of us struggle to express our needs and wants. We either passively accept the situation or we challenge it in a way that is aggressive and confrontational. Both styles can leave us feeling inadequate. In our 1 day school on Assertiveness, we will explore the different modes of communication and how they are related to the ways in which we view the world in general. During this packed day of teaching, you will learn to identify tour own mode of communication and the core beliefs that underpin it. You will earn a working definition of assertiveness and learn 3 basic techniques to help you express your wants and needs in an afirm, calm and powerful manner

Assertiveness and Confidence Building (BBO / WiLL Project Participants only) View details

This course is an introduction building your assertiveness and confidence skills. You will learn: • recognise different behaviour types • strategies to help you be more assertive • learn skills that build your confidence

Assertiveness and Managing Difficult Conversations and Situations View details

This course will provide students with an understanding of different types of behaviour including aggressive, passive and passive aggressive. They will learn what assertive behaviour is including saying no and an understanding of their rights. Participants will recognise what causes difficult situations and conversations and evaluate a range of techniques to help manage these.

Astronomy: The Modern Universe View details

We will look at the evolution of stars and the theories of the history and possible future of the universe. We will also examine the information coming back from space probes studying the planets.

At Once Irreducible and Mysterious; How we encounter Greek and Roman Myths View details

Anne Righter has said that myths “possess a meaning at once irreducible and mysterious. They demand interpretation and expansion.” And Albert Camus declared that “myths are made for the imagination to breathe life into them”. Our aim will be to encounter a selection of ancient Greek and Roman myths, discover their irreducible and mysterious qualities and then imaginatively breathe life into them. On the surface, many of the myths are raunchy, even, to the modern reader, offensive, but they always come to us in the form of vivid and moving mini-stories. Beneath the surface, we may discover a depth of wisdom refreshing and certainly applicable to our problems today. We will primarily be looking at the myths as retold by Ovid in his compendium poem Metamorphoses, a sophisticated and challenging rendition of many of the stories, a classic of Western literature, esteemed for two thousand years for its wit, poignancy and sparkling narrative verve.