Ref: C3674587

Students will find out about the history of heats and headgear alongside hats in fashion and fiction. They will explore how hats can help identify and give character to different people and professions. a Hats occur regularly in language and literature in sayings and metaphors, and this will also be studied as part of the project. Working individually they will be helped to design their own hat or headpiece, taking ideas from a variety of sources including historical and geographical inspiration, theatre and fantasy, and the work of contemporary designers, makers and artists such as David Shilling and Philip Treacy. The hats will be created from a variety of materials including papier mache, found objects, textiles and yarns. Colour and decoration will be encouraged to produce extraordinary and fanciful hats and headgear that can be displayed at HFT. It is hoped that the hats will be wearable so students will be able to model their creation in a “hat parade” for their peers

Course aim

This course is designed to give textile students the opportunity to work creatively in 3 dimensions. Exploring sculptural form, colour, texture and decoration they will be helped to create a range of magnificent hats and headpieces

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:

  • Remember and recount some sayings and phrases that relate to hats and headgear such as "a bee in your bonnet" or "home is where you hang your hat".
  • Describe some characteristic forms of headgear such as hard hat, bonnet or fascinator.
  • Contribute ideas for my own work using words and images.
  • Keep a record of my work using words and/or pictures to help me remember what I have achieved.
  • 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 a magnificent hat 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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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  • 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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