Ref: C3675301

This course takes the undersea world as its theme. Students will find out about life in our oceans, lakes and rivers using a variety of media including pictures and video. These studies will also include an element of environmental awareness looking at how pollution and refuse in their environment have impacted aquatic life and some of the strategies that are being proposed to halt or reverse this. Working individually or in small groups they will be helped to create models of aquatic animals and plants, Their work will be created from a variety of materials including papier mache, found objects, textiles and yarns. Work with texture, colour and decoration will be supported to produce vivid and realistic models. Students will also create representation of aquatic environments to display their models, these could be flat dioramas or display boxes and can include plants and landscaping as well as their 3D models.

Course aim

This course will give textile students the opportunity to work creatively in 2D and 3D. Working with a range of textiles and found materials, students will create models of aquatic animals and their environment for display within HFT Learning Zone.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Contribute ideas for my own work using words and images.
  • Describe some kinds of animals that live in a water environment.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some of the issues facing aquatic life today .
  • Use a range of hand building and fabrication techniques such as papier mache, felting and wire work alongside hand and machine sewing techniques and equipment to create an underwater world for display at HFT.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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