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A Russian Journey: An introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. View details

This course is an introduction to Russia, the land, its people and culture. We shall look at topics such as geography, history, art, music, language and religion, all in a historical context.

A Sense of Place View details

A Sense of Place:"Ours was the marsh country,down by the river". Starting with Great Expectations,by Charles Dickens,followed by Waterland,by Graham Swift,& concluding with W. G. Seabald's The Rings of Saturn,we will explore how these three very different authors use a sense of space in creating their novels.

A sense of place: Lyrical landscapes  View details

This Day School considers the work of many different artists, including Turner, Constable, Ravilious, Piper, Hitchens who have responded to the South Downs landscape through the centuries . It will introduce the origins and status of topographic and ideal landscapes, the important role of patronage and the development of landscape from a proscribed to a more expressive type of painting

A Story of Drifting Continents View details

Classic continental drift theory suggested that clues to the Earth's past lay on its ocean floors, a thought that has now been expanded and refined into our current global tectonic theories. We will highlight how these important continental movements controlled the early seas that once covered Herefordshire and were responsible for the formation of past mountain ranges all of which will act as a backdrop to the rocks, fossils and familiar landscapes of the Marches.

A Taste of Sociology View details

This short one-term course probes beneath the surface of our everyday life and asks 'Why ?'. It looks at the pieces that make up our society, and at how and why they fit together. It compares and assesses different views on society and social problems. Sociology has been called ‘the Psychology of Society’, and the 2 subjects are closely linked. Topics to be looked at include the Family, Education system, Church, the Media, Work, Unemployment, Leisure, Crime, Prejudice, Social Class, Wealth, Poverty and Social benefits. We will look at each of these from the different classic sociological perspectives.

Abbeydale Writers View details

Content will be flexible covering Form, Expression, Characterisation, Plot, etc. depending on the needs of each individual learner. Learners will share their work with the group, and the tutor will provide examples of published writing to support the work being done, where necessary.

Acapella Singing for Women: Harmony and Health View details

This course aims to help you enjoy singing with others and to feel the health benefits of singing. You do not have to be a music reader or be able to sing solo.A range of songs will be taught by ear - rounds , polyphony and harmony songs from around the world. You'll learn about different cultures and song traditions and there will be an opportunity to sing together in a different environment each term - so far we have sung in a hospital ward, a shopping centre and a 6th century church crypt...Come along and learn about singing mindfully, how to use your whole body to sing and how to sing in parts. Its fun, its healthy and its addictive.

Achieving Goals Through Mind-Mapping View details

This course will introduce participants to mind maps and enable them to recognise the benefits of using this tool. Attendees will identify the seven steps required to create a mind map. They will have the opportunity to create at least two mind maps, one in a group and one individually.

Acrylic & Watercolour Landscapes View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies, trees, water and more with development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version. Mediums used will be watercolour and acrylic. Developing ones own painting is very much encouraged. As the course progresses, personal feelings about the landscape around you will develop, you will see the world around you differently. This spark inside of you that makes you want to paint, will be kindled and, meeting each week with others who also have this spark, it will develop with friendships and your art will grow. Tutor comment ; 'Many,many years ago a tutor told me I had a gift, an extraordinary compliment. Over the years I have had real pleasure from helping others and I also like to think that I am repaying my tutor for seeing this spark in me'. You can see our tutors own paintings on www.joehush.co.uk

Acrylic landscapes View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies, trees, water and more with development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version. Medium used will be acrylic. Developing ones own painting is very much encouraged. As the course progresses, personal feelings about the landscape around you will develop, you will see the world around you differently. This spark inside of you that makes you want to paint, will be kindled and, meeting each week with others who also have this spark, it will develop with friendships and your art will grow. Tutor comment ; 'Many,many years ago a tutor told me I had a gift, an extraordinary compliment. Over the years I have had real pleasure from helping others and I also like to think that I am repaying my tutor for seeing this spark in me'. You can see our tutors own paintings on www.joehush.co.uk