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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.

"About Face" - Portraiture: a mixed media course View details

Portraits express power, passion and harmony, and life. Today, Portraiture is more important than ever. In a world becoming less and less sensitive to the human condition, the more important portraiture becomes for preserving our humanity, culture, care and love. With reference to classical and contemporary techniques learners will be guided and supported building their confidence to create wonderful portraits. The aim of the course is to make striking and unique portraits that capture 'likeness' and are anatomically convincing. Working from life models, students will be taught how to look and record the form and character of the human head. They will use a variety of materials to produce works in line, tone and colour.

"About Face" - Portraiture: a mixed media course View details

Portraits express power, passion and harmony, and life. Today, Portraiture is more important than ever. In a world becoming less and less sensitive to the human condition, the more important portraiture becomes for preserving our humanity, culture, care and love. With reference to classical and contemporary techniques learners will be guided and supported building their confidence to create wonderful portraits. The aim of the course is to make striking and unique portraits that capture 'likeness' and are anatomically convincing. Working from life models, students will be taught how to look and record the form and character of the human head. They will use a variety of materials to produce works in line, tone and colour.

"Film Noir" View details

Title: Film Noir: Rain soaked streets, hard boiled detectives and femme fatales. The term Film Noir translates as Dark Film. This very popular film genre came out of the American crime/thriller literary tradition. Whilst it reached its high point between the mid 1940’s and the 1950’s, it continues to influence popular film and television today. Film Noir offers the spectator a glimpse into a shadowy claustrophobic world of grey rain soaked streets, flickering neon lights, low lit night clubs, and the moral ambiguities of the people who inhabit them. Using a variety of film clips and stills we will look at the key elements of Film Noir including: it’s distinctive low key visual style, character types such as the ‘hard boiled’ detective and the dangerous femme fatale, and the diverse plotlines that are encompassed by this genre. Come along and enjoy a fun morning practising your skills in film analysis.

A Day of Drawing View details

This friendly and relaxed class will provide the opportunity for you to develop drawing skills as well as your knowledge and appreciation of artists work. This course is designed for all levels and abilities with individual guidance from the tutor to develop your ideas in drawing.

A Day of Mixed Media View details

A Day of Mixed Media - an opportunity to explore and experiment with different media and how they work together. We will, for example, use collage, printing, paints, ink, pastels, charcoal, photocopies in various combinations. Over the day we will aim to complete a piece of work, looking at and discussing artists' work for inspiration.

A Voyage in Expressive Watercolour View details

A variety of subjects chosen to allow students to explore and experiment with a range of exciting watercolour techniques. How to incorporate your own ideas, create your own compositions and include your own choice of props. A step by step approach showing how to paint wet in wet washes for distant shapes and dry brush methods for texture and form. Plenty of additional tips and advice, problem solving, how to deal with difficult, unpredictable areas, all demonstrated at the easel. Individual attention, group discussion ,constructive critique will help students build up their knowledge and passion for this fascinating medium.

Acrylic & Watercolour Landscapes View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies,trees,water, etc. With development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version of the painting. 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 ;'Over the years I have had real pleasure from helping others'

Acrylic landscapes View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies,trees,water, etc. With development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version of the painting. 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 'Over the years I have had real pleasure from helping others

Advanced Pattern Cutting and Sewing Pockets View details

Students will learn advanced pattern cutting and construction skills by developing three demanding pocket patterns and manufacturing them using taught sewing skills. Learning achieved by completing pattern cutting and sewing activities including measuring, pattern cutting, fabric preparation, basic sewing skills and component construction. Course very suitable to students looking to improve their quality of sewing whilst learning pattern cutting. Course is suitable for students with basic sewing skills and some previous experience working with patterns. This course will develop a high social aspect and you will gain confidence working in a group setting.

Advanced Photoshop View details

This will be a practical weekly course consisting of Screen demonstrations and practical tasks covering: Image enhancement set up to final processes for production of images. Own practical image development is encouraged using Photoshop Use of creating use of layers, montage, blend modes, filters and professional retouch techniques. As student knowledge, skill and confidence grows, the course tutor will assign practical tasks which will allow students to work independently and practice new skills - although the tutor will always be on hand to support and give help, guidance and feedback relating to progress. A work book is encouraged to be completed for evidence, to show own development, for reference and achievement to ensure learners are aware of personal progress throughout the course.