Arts and Crafts Courses

CREATIVE TEXTILES FOR ALL

CREATIVE TEXTILES FOR ALL

Wednesday 26 February for 5 weeks
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£60

Brief Description:
Fibres, screen print, felting, embroidery, and dyeing of fabrics - are just some of the creative techniques we will be exploring in this class. We will start with some fun design exercises followed by practical workshops with an emphasis on the experimental, layering and discovery. For textile lovers, beginners and experienced, who would like to create their own surface designs on cloth.

Tutor: Ricki Outis

Course Aims:
· Explore a variety of textile techniques - dye, print, felting and stitch
· Make a series of experimental samples inspired by spontaneous mark making
· Gain confidence to start textile projects from own designs

Extra Costs:
Materials supplied by tutor will be charged according to use- usually between £2 - £5 depending on that week’s activities. A detailed materials list for each week will be given in class.

It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:
Notebook and pencil
Apron
£2 for materials
2/ 3 newspapers / plastic to cover table
About 30 - 50 sheets A4 copy paper + any other white / off white paper you may wish to work on.
Bring the following if you have them - the tutor will bring these too if you do not have them:
mark making tools e.g. old paintbrushes, sponge brush, feathers, old toothbrushes, seed-heads, bits of sponge, rags, string, a variety of sticks etc.

It is advisable to wear old clothes.

Location:
Witchford Village College, Adult Learning, Manor Road, Witchford, Cambs CB6 2JA

Class Dates:
26 February
4, 11, 18, 25 March

FLOWER ARRANGING FOR ALL

FLOWER ARRANGING FOR ALL

Wednesday 4 March for 5 weeks
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£60

Brief Description:
Putting into practice the principles and elements of design. This leisure course is suitable for beginners and those with experience who want to update, expand and practice their existing skills. The course will consist of a variety of different floral designs including traditional, modern oasis and some basic wire work.

Course Aims:
• To introduce and develop flower arranging skills
• To introduce and develop knowledge of flower and foliage varieties
• Create a selection of floral displays for the home and for gifts
• Understand how to care for and maintain items made
• Learn how to prepare and condition materials prior to use

Extra Costs:
Materials are not included. Depending on your budget and where you purchase items, you can expect to spend between £10-£20 per week on all materials.
It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:
Apron
Scissors (preferably floristry)
Containers and oasis on a weekly basis
Some materials can be purchased via the tutor and full information on a variety of sources will be given on the first evening.
A list of flowers/foliage/sundries to bring on your first class will be emailed to all learners prior to the first class.

Location:
Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Cambs CB6 2JA

Class Dates:
4, 11, 18, 25 March
1 April

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NEEDLE FELTING

NEEDLE FELTING

Wednesday 5 February for 1 week
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£12
Materials not included.

Brief Description:
Come along and try something new! An evening of fun with friends or valuable me time.

This course is suitable for complete beginners wanting to learn the basic techniques of needle felting and wool manipulation. We will be making up a small skep style beehive ornament and some miniature bees / flowers to add to it.

Course Aims:
• Comparing different types of wool in the make-up of your beehive ornament.
• How to use a barbed needle
• Adding miniature decorations to your felted piece
• Gain confidence to start own projects

Extra Costs:
£5 for materials, to include wool for a beehive ornament, needle felting pad and 2 needle felting needles, to be paid direct to the tutor on the night.

What you need to bring to the first session:
£5 for materials

Additional kits will be available to purchase after the event.

Location:
Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Ely, Cambs CB6 2JA

Class Dates:
5 February – 1 week

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING FOR ALL

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 29 January for 8 weeks
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£96

Brief Description:
This class is taught in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. You will learn how to strengthen your drawing skills and develop new ways of painting using watercolours, inks and pastels. We will cover a variety of topics and subject matter referring to buildings, landscapes, flowers and still life.
Suitable for all levels.

Course Aims:
• Strengthen drawing skills using scale and proportion
• Identify tonal values and develop mark making skills
• Learn how to use watercolours using wet on wet and wet on dry techniques
• Understand elements of composition
• Increase knowledge of colour theory and colour mixing

Extra Costs:
Learners are required to bring all their own materials and equipment as advised by the tutor each week.
It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:
Equipment & Materials List:-
Table easel or light weight board
Sketch pad with good quality thick cartridge paper A4
Pencils HB, 2B, 4B
Pencil sharpener or scalpel
Soft rubber or putty rubber
Ruler and Ruling pen.
Watercolour pad –Cold pressed 140lbs 300gms. A3 or 16inches x 12 inches,
Brushes – Rigger, No 4 brush, No 6 brush, No 10 brush, wash/mop brush
Paints – tubes or half pans.
The Winsor and Newton Cotman range is excellent for beginners but the Tutor mainly uses professional watercolour paints.

Extras;
Kitchen roll
White candle wax
Tracing Pad
Masking Fluid

Location:
Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Ely, Cambs CB6 2JA

Class Dates:
29 January
5, 12, 26 February (No class on 19 Feb due to Half Term break.)
4, 11, 18, 25 March

WET FELTING

WET FELTING

Wednesday 18 March for 1 week
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£12
Materials not included.

Brief Description:
Come along and try something new! An evening of fun with friends or valuable me time.

This course is suitable for complete beginners wanting to learn the basic techniques of wet felting. During the session, you will learn the basic techniques to create an original wet felted picture.

Course Aims:
• Comparing different types of wool and fibre in the make-up of your picture.
• Learning the process of turning wool and fibre into felt
• Creating your own wet felted picture
• How to add needle felted embellishments

Extra Costs:
£8.00 for a choice of colours to create your wet felted picture and wet felting kit
What you need to bring to the first session:
2 x hand towels
A picture of the type of scene you would like to attempt (a few books / pictures will be available if you would like ideas)
There will be an opportunity to purchase additional wools at the end of the evening.
Notepad and pen
NB. We will be using a washing up liquid to help felt the picture – if this aggravates your skin there will be an option of olive oil soap being available.

Location:
Witchford Village College, Manor Road, Witchford, Ely, Cambs CB6 2JA

Class Dates:
18 March – 1 week