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Christmas Flowers Workshop View details

This is a fun workshop. We will create simple designs along a festive theme. It is aimed at the beginner and aims to encourage you to explore your own creativity and produce your own display.

Christmas Pottery View details

Using ceramic imprinting and building techniques, you will make beautiful pottery that can brighten up your Christmas Tree and Table with personalised inscriptions that can be enjoyed for many Christmases to come. Unique objects that will bring back the memories of the making each year they are unwrapped for this special time of the year, or nice as a gift that will make a special appearance each year to remind them of you. The projects will include, tree decorations, winter animal bunting for the walls, candle holders and dishes, all items will be glazed to a professional finish to adorn you tree and table. everyone is welcome as we prepare for the best Christmas ever.

Christmas Tasters View details

To make some creative and economical gifts for Christmas. We will make cards, decorate gift bags and make gift boxes in the first session, then in the second , we will make some edible gifts, such as peppermint creams, or biscuits to give to friends and family, we may also make bath bombs.. Come along even if you do not celebrate Christmas, you will get ideas for other celebrations.

Christmas Textiles Taster Workshop View details

The course aims to explore textiles as an art form, focusing specifically on traditional festive textile techniques. Taking an experimental approach to textiles, learners will use a range of textile techniques to create their own decorations and products.

Christmas Wreath Making from Natural Materials View details

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to design and make a wreath or other Christmas decoration of your choice using plant material (seed heads, berries, foliage etc.) and other natural materials. You will cut and twist hazel, willow or dogwood canes or cut cardboard to make a frame and then use hemp or just string or strips of cotton or linen to attach decorative material to the frame. You can produce a decoration suitable for indoor or outdoor use: something to decorate your front door, the Christmas dinner table, a mantelpiece or a stair rail, or to frame a mirror or picture, or something to hang in a window.

Churches around the Malverns View details

An evening meeting with illustrated lecture and discussion will highlight some of the key points of interest in local churches dating from Saxon times to the present day, including architectural features, historical associations, interesting fittings and furnishings, and beautiful stained glass, wall paintings and sculpture. We will then make visits to a selection of local churches to compare and contrast the styles, types and stories of buildings in East Herefordshire, North West Gloucestershire, and Worcestershire

Cloth Doll Workshop View details

These cloth dolls can also be known as art dolls which are named so because they are seen as an object rather than a children's toy. Dolls are the perfect tool for describing and expressing oneself and don't just have to be a reflection of a human either. Art dolls can become a character sculpture dreamt up by the designer. This workshop will be a great way for participants to explore advanced sewing methods and/or painting depending on interest and ability. The dolls will be themed around the time of year so materials and haberdashery supplied will be inspired by Christmas. This will be the perfect opportunity to make a Christmas fairy for decoration or to give as a gift.

Comfort & Joy View details

Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy Operas remain very popular and form part of the national culture. In this course we shall be examining the operas within their cultural and theatrical contexts. Along the way we will be looking at the lives and careers of G & S. We will look at Sullivan's non-Savoy music and Gilbert's ballads and plays. We will also be looking at the history of the D'Oyly carte company and hearing some very early recordings of the operas. I hope all this will deepen an understanding of some delightful music which is occasionally taken for granted and misunderstood

Comfort and Joy View details

The modern Christmas is a great gathering together of habits, rituals, practices; some are very old and some very recent. In this light- hearted course we will examine why we celebrate Christmas as we do. Amongst other things we will look at the history of Christmas carols, why we bring greenery into the house, light candles and generally let off steam at this time of year.Along the way we will explore the effect Charles Dickens had on the celebrations, examine some Christmas films and analyse the changing design of Christmas cards..There will be plenty of opportunity for you to discuss family habits and customs. This is a splendid opportunity for you to get into the Christmas spirit!

Comfort and Joy: The History of Christmas View details

The modern Christmas is a great gathering together of habits, rituals, practices; some are very old and some very recent. In this light- hearted course we will examine why we celebrate Christmas as we do. Amongst other things we will look at the history of Christmas carols, why we bring greenery into the house, light candles and generally let off steam at this time of year.Along the way we will explore the effect Charles Dickens had on the celebrations, examine some Christmas films and analyse the changing design of Christmas cards..There will be plenty of opportunity for you to discuss family habits and customs. This is a splendid opportunity for you to get into the Christmas spirit!