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Archaeology: The Stoneage Revolution in Britain -the Mesolithic to the Neolithic View details

Archaeologists are learning more and more about the first people to walk back to our landscape after the ice age and the people who followed them bringing new ideas of farming and building monuments such as Stonehenge. This course is an opportunity to find out what is being added by excavations and through new sciences such as genetics. Our courses are about learning together by talking about the past, having our own ideas and building the confidence to chat and learn. We are a relaxed and welcoming group, why not join us?

Aromatherapy for Health and Wellbeing View details

This course will build on a range of massage and relaxation techniques, to be perform and modified while working on each other. A variety of essential oils and mediums will be used to help improve one's health and well-being and build on previous knowledge and understanding.

Aromatherapy for Health and Wellbeing View details

This course will build on a range of massage and relaxation techniques, to be perform and modified while working on each other. A variety of essential oils and mediums will be used to help improve one's health and well-being and build on previous knowledge and understanding.

Aromatherapy for Health and Wellbeing View details

This course will build on a range of massage and relaxation techniques, to be perform and modified while working on each other. A variety of essential oils and mediums will be used to help improve one's health and well-being and build on previous knowledge and understanding.

Art - Appreciation: Modern Art: Impressionism to Surrealism 1870-1939 View details

This course will take the form of visual presentations and discussion of the major developments in Modern Art from around 1870 with Impressionism, through all the major developments in art up to the Second World War.

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, gallery visits, etc.

Art - Practical: The Art Class (Knutsford) View details

This course is suitable for beginners and improvers with a willingness to experiment with line and tone. You will be able to express issues related to portraiture and the landscape and can work on your own ideas.

Art and Architecture of Cities - Florence and Siena View details

The course will look at the origins and development of art and architecture in Florence and Siena, exploring the impact of the Etruscan, Ancient Roman and Early Christian art. The development of Medieval art, in the work of Giotto in Florence and Duccio in Siena, together with their followers, will be examined in detail. The origins and development of the Early Renaissance in Florence will focus on artists such as Cimabue, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Ghiberti and Botticelli, together with the architecture of Brunelleschi and Alberti. The impact of the rise of the Medici will also examined in relation to the patronage of both art and architecture. The important presence of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael in Florence, particularly at the beginning of the 16th century, will be explored in the development of the High Renaissance. The final section will look at the art and architecture in Florence following the restoration of the Medici as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

Art and Architecture of Cities - Florence and Siena View details

The course will look at the origins and development of art and architecture in Florence and Siena, exploring the impact of the Etruscan, Ancient Roman and Early Christian art. The development of Medieval art, in the work of Giotto in Florence and Duccio in Siena, together with their followers, will be examined in detail. The origins and development of the Early Renaissance in Florence will focus on artists such as Cimabue, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Ghiberti and Botticelli, together with the architecture of Brunelleschi and Alberti. The impact of the rise of the Medici will also examined in relation to the patronage of both art and architecture. The important presence of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael in Florence, particularly at the beginning of the 16th century, will be explored in the development of the High Renaissance. The final section will look at the art and architecture in Florence following the restoration of the Medici as the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

Art and Architecture of the Early Renaissance in Italy 1450-1500 View details

This course looks at the second half of the fifteenth century in Italy, a time when the revolutionary changes of the earlier part of the century were absorbed and developed. It is a period of powerful and knowledgeable patrons and the growth of scholarship. These aspects can be seen in the work of such artists as Botticelli and we will look at some of the issues associated with such famous paintings as the Birth of Venus. We will also consider his contemporaries and followers. By this time the new art had spread beyond Florence and its dependent territories. It is in this context we meet artists such as Pisanello, Pintoricchio and Mantegna. Just as painting was flourishing outside Florence so was the new architecture. In Venice painting was dominated by the Bellini family. Giovanni produced some of the most lyrical images of the age. Throughout the course we will consider some of the underlying issues and historical contexts.