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Gardens in Art View details

From the grandeur of the hanging gardens of Babylon, to the glory of Monet’s garden at Giverny, from the landscapes of Capability Brown to the flowers of Van Gogh, we will examine the fascinating history of gardens shown in art. Topics will include: The garden as paradise in the ancient world. The “Hortus conclusus” (enclosed garden) in medieval paintings. 17th century stately homes and gardens. 18th century landscape gardening. The emergence of the private garden in the 19th century. The 20th century gardens towns and suburbs. The topics will be illustrated with pictures and videos.

The Romanovs View details

The history of the House of Romanov the reigning Imperial house of Russia from its foundation in 1613 to its demise in the 1917 Russian Revolution. The course will cover its charismatic and enlightened rulers from Peter the Great to Catherine the Great through the turbulent palace coups of the five ruling Empresses. The extravagant wealth, the lavish spending on the Winter and Summer palaces, and the exquisitely crafted Faberge Imperial eggs sum up the Romanov legacy today.

Geoscientists and their influence on modern science View details

Have you ever wondered how geoscientists develop their theories on how the Earth formed, changes over time, or even the wider universe? Join an enthusiastic tutor who will lead you through over a thousand years of discoveries in Earth science. Through interactive demonstrations and lectures we will explore these developments and how they have changed science today.

Helping with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) View details

During this course you will explore the range and breadth of SEND conditions. You will develop your knowledge and understanding needed to support children with SEND in a mainstream primary school. You will study and discuss legislation, policy and guidance related to SEND and the structures that support this in schools. You will also research a SEND topic of your choice and present this work to the group as well as undertaking assessed work. You will compile a portfolio of evidence of your learning that will prepare and support you for a paid or voluntary role in a school setting with children and young people.

A History of Gardening as seen through British Art View details

Ever wondered about the history of the British garden? This course will use representations from British art in order to discover elements of gardens from the humble greenhouse to the potting shed. We will look at drawings, illustrations, and paintings from artists throughout history up to modern times. Artists include Stanley Spencer, Leonard Knyff, Marianne North, and Beatrice Parsons.

Italian beginners View details

The Italian language is one of a group of romance languages and is very musical. In this course you will start by learning how to introduce yourself and others, exchanging pleasantries, ordering in a bar, asking where things are and asking directions, shopping, pronunciation and use of "a" and "the".

Nobel Prize Winning Literature View details

This course introduces students to a range of Nobel Prize winning writers and their respective novels, with the aim of considering different nationalities of literature as well as the social and political climates in which these novels were written. We will consider Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun's 'Pan', American writer Sinclair Lewis's 'It Can't Happen Here', Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe's 'The Silent Cry', German writer Heinrich Boll's 'The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum', and Portuguese writer Jose Saramago's 'Blindness'. These novels have been chosen to represent a range of cultures as well as a broad spectrum of literature published over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries for which the Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded.

Tunisian Crochet First Steps View details

This course will teach students how to get started with Tunisian Crochet, learning about the techniques and covering a range of the initial stitches including Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch and Simple Stitch. Students will then use these stitches to begin to create some pattern techniques.

Fabrics from Around the World View details

Students on this course will learn about fabrics from different cultures, how they have traditionally been made, what they were used for and how to work with them today. Students will be able to explore fabrics from Indonesia, Persia, Scotland, Mexico and the Far East to name a few

Practical Art - Wild Nature View details

“Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature.” — Andy Goldsworthy During the course we will be resonating Goldsworthy's ethos into our practical work. Relearning and expanding our visual language through drawing, mark making, collage and painting. This will be an exciting opportunity to explore artists who reflect on nature as well as developing your own unique wilder sides and practical transcript.