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Art for Relaxation View details

If you have ever wondered about 'mindfullness' this is the course for you. ' Art for Relaxation' is a course to suit everyone. You dont need to be good at art! We will be exploring different materials and ideas during this 4 week short course. Ali will introduce you to the idea of using art materials to promote relaxation and meditation. Once in the flow of creativity you will be amazed how fast time flies. Join us on Wednesday mornings for a peaceful and creative experience this autumn.

Art for Wellbeing View details

The course will allow students to gain confidence in drawing and sketching, developing and improving individual styles. This term students from the previous course will be able to continue painting on silk and fabric. Students will learn different techniques using silk paints and inktense pencils and blocks. In addition, stitch work can be added to add an extra dimension to their work. A mix of subject matter will be provided, as well as information sheets, with examples of techniques, as well as looking into the history of this art form, originating in India and Eastern Asia. Students own source material and alternative drawing styles will be welcomed.

Art in the 19th Century: Realists and Romantics View details

From Romanticism to Impressionism, we will explore the art movements of the 19th century. Beginning with the accepted art of the academies and salons, we will see how some artists deliberately broke the rules and developed their own genres and painting styles. Among the individual artists covered will be Turner, Delacroix, Courbet, Corot and Manet.

Art Project View details

Over four sessions, we will look at research, experimentation and design techniques to help you explore a chosen subject. This could be realistic, expressive, decorative or abstract. You will experiment with different ideas, compositions and materials to find the best way to develop your subject.

Art: Mixed Media (Beginners) View details

A beginners’ art course aiming to teach basic skills of drawing and painting, and build creativity. We will use pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and collage. Learn to make art work that you would be proud to have on your wall in a friendly supportive atmosphere.

Art: Mixed Media (Improvers) View details

An improvers’ art course for learners who would like to develop their skills and creativity in order to achieve self development, and build a portfolio of work to exhibit. We will use charcoal, graphite, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and collage. Learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ while developing your own style.

Artemisia Gentileschi to Berthe Morisot: Three Centuries of Women Artists View details

We shall study works created by women artists from the 17th to the 19th century in Europe. Lack of formal training affected their style and choice of subject matter but expanded access to academies and art training in the 19th century had an impact on their work . The ways in which they overcame limitations imposed on them by contemporary culture and society will be examined by focussing on artists such as Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Berthe Morisot, Elizabeth Thompson Butler and Artemisia Gentileschi (to whom the National Gallery in London will dedicate a major exhibition in 2020).

Arts and Crafts View details

Open to all levels this course provides the support and opportunity to develop and explore personal creativity. The tutor will demonstrate an arts and crafts activity and then support participants to do the activity themselves. Participants will be shown techniques and have time to build confidence in using them. Ideas will be suggested but participants will also be welcome to choose their own.

Arts Britannica View details

This course will use nine sometimes more, sometimes less well known artefacts as springboard to explore the historic backgrounds and chronology of British art history. Beginning with the Alfred Jewel (late 9thC, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) to explore Anglo-Saxon metal working, book illumination and we move via the Wilton Diptych (c. 1395, National Gallery), Hans Holbein's painting of 'The Ambassadors' (1533, National Gallery), Josiah Wedgewood's copy of the Portland Vase, John Constable's sketchbook of 1813-15 amongst other, and closing with Tracey Emin's controversial autobiographical 'My Bed', we shall gain an overview of the key stylistic and historic development of British art.

Assertiveness View details

Many of us struggle to express our needs and wants. We either passively accept the situation or we challenge it in a way that is aggressive and confrontational. Both styles can leave us feeling inadequate. In our 1 day school on Assertiveness, we will explore the different modes of communication and how they are related to the ways in which we view the world in general. During this packed day of teaching, you will learn to identify tour own mode of communication and the core beliefs that underpin it. You will earn a working definition of assertiveness and learn 3 basic techniques to help you express your wants and needs in an afirm, calm and powerful manner