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Our arts and crafts classes are great places to be able to learn a new skill and develop your artistic talent in new directions as well as meet and work alongside others with similar interests. Our brilliant tutors are often professional artists who focus on supporting each individual in the class. Photography, jewellery making, textiles and fashion are all subjects we offer, alongside sculpture, practical art and a wide range of crafts.

A Journey Through Watercolour View details

A staged or step by step procedure showing students how to compose, draw and paint a series of varied subjects. Working from provided photographs, students own source material and photocopied handouts. How to build up a painting in stages, how to include props and simplify complex subjects. Plenty of tips and advice on watercolour method and technique demonstrated at the easel with useful advice given throughout. Individual attention when needed as well as group discussion about ideas styles and approaches. A comfortably paced course within a warm friendly atmosphere.

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

Advanced course in Ceramics View details

This course is for the more advanced potter who has basic ceramic skills and the confidence to progress further in their making

Alfred Hitchcock - Master of Suspense View details

In this 5-week course, we will explore key works by Alfred Hitchcock, tracing his career from his beginnings in the silent era to highly popular spy thrillers from his British period in the 1930s to his work in the States, including highly influential films like Notorious, North By North West, Vertigo and Pyscho. We will look at the influences that shaped his work from German expressionism to surrealism to Soviet montage; his cinematic style, key themes and collaborators.

Alterations & Customizing Further Techniques View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

An Introduction to British Cinema View details

The famous French director François Truffaut once remarked that there was “a certain incompatibility between the terms ‘cinema’ and ‘Britain’”. However unfair this quote is, it is fair to say that the British film industry has been through many ups and downs. For instance, while production boomed after World War II and during the 1960s, British film-making struggled to survive the 1970s. This course aims to give an overview of the major developments, movements and factors which have shaped cinema in this country. It will pay tribute to the stars and directors who were responsible for many of British cinema’s most memorable moments, and also expose some of its most embarrassing secrets. Furthermore, it will explore how the concerns of British society – class, sex, the north-south divide, multiculturalism – have been reflected within the films across the decades, and consider the future of the industry post-Brexit.

An Introduction to Sewing Skills View details

This course is for beginners who have not used a sewing machine before, or not used one for a long time and would like to refresh their sewing skills. Students will learn how to set up and use a sewing machine with confidence then learn basic core skills which will prepare them for a future workshop to make simple first time projects. This course will develop a high social aspect and you will gain confidence working in a group setting.

An Introduction to Watercolours View details

Facilitated by local artist Caris Jackson through a series of practical demonstrations and varied activities. Come and brush up on your art skills by learning the techniques and the joy of using watercolours. Focusing on creating textures, applying the paint, mark making and the importance of your brushes and paper choices. All in a supportive and friendly environment.

Animation View details

Animation workshops are a fantastic way to engage, empower, educate and inspire people of all ages and abilities and allow you to creatively express your ideas while learning many invaluable skills. A great opportunity to learn everything you need to know about making an animation using traditional techniques. The workshops are unique as they aim to de-mystify the animation process and a supportive environment is offered where you can develop and explore ideas and be inspired to animate. On this new workshop you will develop three methods of early animation. With the help and guidance of your tutor you will develop ideas, characters and stories and transform them into moving images through animation techniques of thaumatropes, flipbooks, also building and creating an animation for your very own zoetrope.