Weekend Workshops

COOKING AN INDIAN MEAL

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

Want to wow your family and friends on a special occasion with some tasty new dishes? This workshop will be hands on where you will be shown the authentic way to make the following dishes from scratch using locally sourced ingredients:

1. Tadka Dall – using split mung beans
2. Pilau Rice
3. Potato Stuffed Parathas
4. Raita – flavoured with dessicated coconut and spices
5. Mixed Vegetable Jalfrezi Curry

There will be an opportunity to taste what you have cooked with a cup of traditional Indian masala chai. You will also get lots of tips, information about spices and equipment needed for traditional Indian cooking.

This course is suitable for all levels.

Course Aims:

• Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices.
• Learn how to make a traditional Indian paratha dough
• Learn how to make a tadka dall, pilau rice, mixed vegetable jalfrezi curry and raita
• Develop culinary skills and knowledge
• Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients. Most ingredients will be available from local supermarkets. Tutor is also willing to bring in certain spices / flours and charge learners per teaspoon / cup used. Advance notice required.
What you need to bring to the first session:
An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – AN INTRODUCTION

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36

Brief Description:

Do you want to know more about digital photography and be able to take your camera off its auto setting? This course is suitable for learners with no or very little experience with photography / digital photography, who would like to become more confident when using their camera. You will become familiar with the settings of your digital camera and learn how to create and edit good quality photographs.

Whether you are into landscape, wildlife, flowers or portrait photography, you will have the opportunity to learn about:
• the basic relationship between time and light
• exploring the shutter speed
• aperture and ISO settings
• basic image manipulation with a computer software

Course Aims:

• Understand the basics of digital photography
• Become familiar with the settings and menus of a digital camera
• Be able to perform basic image manipulation using computer software
• Gain confidence to produce own photographic work

Extra Costs:

None

If you are intending to purchase a new camera, it is advisable not to make any purchase until the course is confirmed as running.
What you need to bring to the first session:
Digital Camera – DSLR or Bridge (Must have manual controls and be able to adjust shutter speed and aperture independent of one another.)
Notebook & pen
Memory stick
Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session

FELTING WORKSHOP

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 12.30pm
£15

Materials not included.

Brief Description:

A fun morning learning how to make a beautiful felted pot / vessel for rings and trinkets using merino wool and silks.

The workshop is suitable for complete felting beginners. Learners need to be aware that there will be lots of felt rolling.

Course Aims:

• How to prepare your work space for felting
• Choosing your colours and materials
• Create and make a felted pot to take home and use

Extra Costs:

£5 for materials - wool to create one wool pot; bubble wrap, olive soap, (or washing-up liquid), plastic resist.

What you need to bring to the first session:

£5 for materials
Notepad and pen
2 hand towels
Plastic bottle with small holes in the lid
A dessert spoon / or toy rattle

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session

IMPROVING CONFIDENCE & SELF ESTEEM

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36

Brief Description:

This workshop for those who want to explore and improve their confidence and self esteem.

Does this seem familiar?

You want to like and value yourself. You want to recognise your strengths and feel able to try new or difficult things. You want to believe you matter and are good enough. You want to be happy in your life.

In this workshop you will work through limiting beliefs that hold you back as you begin to create your brand new normal. It is for you if you want to build self-esteem, gain confidence and enjoy being your best self. You will hear about the six attributes the tutor believes make a real difference in getting you to the top of your game. You will learn activities that can be used day after day. They will help you create the life you love. They are simple, straightforward, tried and tested for success. It is a confidential, fun and interactive workshop.

Course Aims:

• Develop an understanding of confidence, self esteem and resiliance
• Understand the need to think and behave differently so you feel confident and happy
• Be able to use practical techniques to help raise your confidence and self esteem
• Create and hold positive beliefs about yourself and your abilities

Extra Costs:

None
What you need to bring to the first session:
Notebook & pen
A drink, lunch and snacks

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session

LIFE DRAWING

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
£50

Brief Description:

During this workshop, you will explore the techniques and possibilities of drawing or painting from life. Whether you are a newcomer or well versed, there will be something for you. Life drawing is one of the richest seams in all Art.

The tutor will cover whatever technical questions you may have, while not losing sight of the creative. By the end of the day, you should feel surer of the underlying structure of a person and the reasons behind all those artists’ clichés. The longer poses of a full day will enable you to explore the process more deeply.

Course Aims:

• Explore life drawing techniques and understanding of the figure
• Develop and improve observational drawing / painting skills
• Work experimently with different media
• Gain confidence to produce own artworks

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials. The cost of the model is included in the fee.
It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.
What you need to bring to the first session:
A reasonable amount of paper in useful sizes
Pencils, charcoal, etc.
A board for paper if possible

If you intend to paint: brushes, paint, prepared paper for watercolour or lightweight budget canvasses for oils or acrylics
An easel if you have a lightweight one

The tutor will bring drawing weight cartridge paper to buy at cost (A2).

There will be some boards and easels available.

Packed Lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session

SCREEN PRINTING

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36

Brief Description:

Small scale screen printing - the emphasis is on the experimental, creating simple paper stencils with small silk screens to create bold shapes and pattern on fabric. The day is aimed at those with some experience of screen printing as well as beginners and it is an opportunity to work in a studio atmosphere with tutor support. An A5 screen and squeegee is provided for use during the day.

Course Aims:

· Learn about basic screen print equipment for printing fabric
· Learn how to create a simple screen print stencil of your own design
· Learn how to build up patterns or pictures on fabric using screen

Extra Costs:

£4 for materials, paid to tutor on the day.

What you need to bring to the first session:

We advise that you do not buy any materials until the course has been confirmed as running.
£4 for materials
Wear old clothes and an apron
Reference pictures to use as inspiration.
5/6 old newspapers
Notebook, pen and pencils
Paper cutting scissors / craft knife & cutting mat
20 sheets computer / photocopy paper (not recycled)
A rag for cleaning eg fabric torn from old T-shirt or an old facecloth etc
Clear / masking tape
Fabric: you will need to bring your own fabrics to print on. These must be 100% cotton. Polyesters and poly- cottons do not print well. The tutor suggests that you bring about two to three metres of white, 100% cotton fabric, preferably washed and ironed. You may wish to pre-dye some of your fabric to create a background but make sure the colours are not too dark. If you are a non stitcher, you can bring pre-made items for printing on eg. T-shirts, shopping bags, pillow slips - as long as they are, a light or bright colour and once again, 100% cotton. (T-shirts & shop bags do not need pre-washing)

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Saturday 2 November
10.00am – 2.00pm
£24

Brief Description:

The course will be suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their existing skills. Basic skills will be covered and more advanced skills as required. We will explore properties of paper and materials, brushes and how to use them. Paint application will be central to the course as will mark making, different types of washes and use of tone and colour.

Course Aims:

• Explore materials and methods of applying paint
• Develop recognition of shape as a fundamental approach to painting
• Develop awareness of tone and colour properties

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials. We advise that you do not buy any materials until the course has been confirmed as running.
What you need to bring to the first session:
Watercolour brush/ brushes (if using one brush, a size 6 synthetic fibre brush is recommended)
Watercolour paper (an A4 pad of Cotman Not Surface watercolour paper is a reasonably priced start point)
Small jar or cup for water
Paints- either a small sketch box with assorted colours or tubes in the following colours
Ultramarine blue
Cadmium red
Cadmium yellow
Lemon yellow
Alizarin crimson
Small palate (white plastic or a plate) for mixing
Pencils for drawing and a rubber
An image to paint from (from a book or magazine, an image from the internet for example)

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 2 November – 1 session