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Afrikan History - Taster View details

African people have a unique and fascinating history, the breadth and depth of which will shock and amaze you. During this course, you’ll discover how African people have innovated and influenced in Agriculture, Trade, Science and technology,and Architecture since ancient times. You’ll gain an insight into many of these exciting contributions of African women and men to the ancient and modern world.

Afternoon Yoga for Everybody View details

The course is suitable for all ages, for beginners and those who already practise yoga. The practices will involve a wide range of techniques including body, breath, meditation, study and reflection.

Age of Baroque: History, Art and Culture in the 17th Century View details

This thematically led course considers key examples of arts and culture in the 17th century. Taking as a connecting theme the extravagantly ornate styles of the Baroque period, we will explore Europe's cultural landscape. Sessions will include The Dutch Republic in the Age of Rembrandt, Caravaggio's Italy, and The Spain of Cervantes.

Age of Realism- History, Art and Culture, 1830-1914 View details

We will examine the history, art and culture of the period 1830 to 1914. Arts topics will include the French Impressionists, The Arts and Crafts Movement, and developments in theatre, popular literature and ballet. Among the historical themes will be industrialization, colonialism and political activism.

Age of Realism: History, Art and Culture 1830 - 1914 View details

We will examine the history, art and culture of the period 1830 to 1914. Arts topics will include the French Impressionists, The Arts and Crafts Movement, and developments in theatre, popular literature and ballet. Among the historical themes will be industrialization, colonialism and political activism.

Age of Realism: History, Art and Culture 1830 - 1914 View details

We will examine the history, art and culture of the period 1830 to 1914. Arts topics will include the French Impressionists, The Arts and Crafts Movement, and developments in theatre, popular literature and ballet. Among the historical themes will be industrialization, colonialism and political activism.

Alan Bennett’s 'The Habit of Art' and Lee Hall’s 'The Pitmen Painters' View details

Lee Hall in plays such as 'Billy Elliot' and here in 'The Pitmen Painters' explores characters and issues from particular working environments. 'The Pitmen Painters' has a particular link to Adult Education classes and the WEA especially, because the group of titular artists formed from a WEA class of the Ashington branch in the 1920s. 'A Habit of Art' by hugely popular writer Alan Bennett movingly and intellectually explores ideas about creating art through a focus on W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten. We will study these two plays and draws links and contrasts between them. Through readings and discussions we shall consider how both work theatrically on stage. There will be class discussions, reading aloud and workshopping of key scenes. All welcome with an enthusiasm for theatre.

Alternatives to Stress View details

The course will teach students to recognise triggers of stress and learn coping mechanisms and ways to reduce their stress levels. There will be introductions to different holistic therapies, and the chance to create/colour a mandala to use for home visualisation and a mood/visualisation board to help raise self-esteem. There will be the opportunity to try different relaxation skills and we will also look at how to boost confidence and raise self-esteem.

An Introduction to 20th century History View details

The 'short' C20th began with the catastrophe of the Great War and ended with the collapse of the Communist Empire in the early 1990s. Between these two great watersheds was an era of unremitting struggle between competing ideologies. By 1945 Fascism had been defeated although combinations of populism and extreme nationalism make it a latent threat. The competition between Liberal Democracy and Communism then led to the Cold War which appeared to have ended with the collapse of the Soviet system. Again, recent events suggest a continuing threat to democracy and the smaller states of Eastern Europe from the successor state in Russia. Great events, larger than life personalities and continuing social change make this a rewarding period to study and to inform understanding of our own era.

An Introduction to Antiques, Vintage and Collectables View details

Professional auctioneer, Stephen Poulter, reveals how the world of antiques, vintage items and collectables really works and shows how easy it is for anyone to start buying or collecting in these areas. We will explore the many different categories and periods of antique and vintage items which can be purchased from auctions, antiques markets, car boot sales and online. Students will acquire techniques for researching, identifying and valuing a whole range of antiques, vintage items and collectables.