Find a course

1431 results found Search again

A Tale of Four Cities - Part 1 View details

So much literature emanates from and concerns our capital city, London. However, a great deal of writing of real quality has been produced in, or by writers who came from , other cities in the United Kingdom. On this course we will explore writings from four other major cities, namely Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast. There will be a consideration of a variety of novels, short stories and poetry, looking at what makes these works , and their authors distinctive and relevant to the cities in which they were written , or in which the writers lived. For example, concerning Edinburgh, we will explore the poetry of Norman MacCaig, short stories by Elspeth Davie, and a novel by Muriel Spark.

A View from the Distaff Side (and a little bit more) View details

Stories are often told through the lens of the male eye. We shall see how - told through the woman's eye - the story can be very different. We'll also look at men writing about women, and judge how much or little they know!

A World Beyond Brexit View details

Whilst Britain is totally obsessed by Brexit, the rest of the world has not stopped still. This course looks at some of the most important issues facing the world, from climate change to rising tensions between China and America and problems in parts of Africa, Middle East and the Americas. And if Brexit is still a burning issue this autumn, maybe even that as well. Plenty of time for discussion.

Abstract Figure Painting View details

Through a series of activities you will explore ways to create abstract paintings using the human figure as a starting point - but don't worry, you don't need to be able to draw people! We will take a mixed media approach, using inks, watercolours, acrylic plus watercolour pencils, pastels and other media.

Abstract Landscapes in Oils View details

In these sessions, students will work through exploratory drawings for direct energy and freshness, working through ways of getting that equivalent quality into the paint. We will look at the fundamental building blocks of painting such as how to see colour and value relationships, producing value charts/colour wheel and swatches, supported by blocks of painting techniques and developing confidence with oil paints. Inspired by both the land and the sea, students will identify with the subject over the course. You will then bring these exciting studies to the first day of the course providing the impetus for your paintings. This course will explore the possibilities of changing light, colour and mark making; the importance of direction, movement, surface and the function of specific bodily energies. The qualities of what makes a painting will be explored. Working large scale, paintings will become alive and interactive with the spectator.

Abstract Landscapes in Oils View details

In these sessions, students will work through exploratory drawings for direct energy and freshness, working through ways of getting that equivalent quality into the paint. We will look at the fundamental building blocks of painting such as how to see colour and value relationships, producing value charts/colour wheel and swatches, supported by blocks of painting techniques and developing confidence with oil paints. Inspired by both the land and the sea, students will identify with the subject over the course. You will then bring these exciting studies to the first day of the course providing the impetus for your paintings. This course will explore the possibilities of changing light, colour and mark making. The importance of direction, movement, surface and the function of specific bodily energies. The qualities of what makes a painting will be explored. Working large scale, paintings will become alive and interactive with the spectator.

Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health View details

This course is for women who want to sing together while learning about how good singing is for you! Sing acapella (unaccompanied) harmony songs from around the world and learn techniques to improve your singing, breathing,posture and health. You don't need to be able to read music and you won't be asked to sing solo. Songs will be taught by ear in a relaxed and supportive environment. You will learn rounds, harmony and simple polyphonic songs from a range of vocal traditions including Eastern European, Gospel, Maori, and African countries. The emphasis is on enjoyment and well-being, rather than being 'good at singing'.

Action Towards Inclusion - Managing Change in our Lives Selby View details

A positive and supportive course which will explore ways of managing change effectively in all aspects of our lives. The course is intended to be inspiring and also a lot of fun! Session 1 What is change? Which changes have you experienced in your life and how have these changes affected you? Understanding the Change Cycle The feelings we experience at each stage of the change cycle. Session 2 Being in our Comfort Zone Taking ourselves out of our comfort zone What needs to happen to make us feel more comfortable about change? Understanding that change can be good Using our skills and strengths to manage change effectively Session 3 Making changes for yourself – becoming more independent Understanding and prioritising which parts of our lives we want to change Knowing how and where to get some support if needed when making changes Session 4 Making an Action Plan for Change Next Steps

Active Voices Newcastle Carers Course View details

Active Voices courses start by encouraging students to get to know themselves and each other. Next, students help to shape the curriculum for the course with the tutor so they find out more about their personalities, their talents, interests and the things that really bug them. Over a few weeks students usually come up with a plan or an idea for change and then they start to do it. Along the way students improve their confidence and assertiveness including techniques for speaking in public, for planning an activity and making it happen that will bring about a change for the better and, have a lot of fun.

Advanced Aromatheraphy View details

During the course you will learn how essential oils work and the benefits by blending a variety of oils to help with common ailments and skin types. You will have the opportunity to create your own products to suit your own individuality.