Weekend Workshops

DRAWING - ANIMALS

DRAWING - ANIMALS

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 12.30pm
£15
Materials are not included

Brief Description:
During this workshop you will use charcoal to create an expressive animal drawing. You will experiment with different charcoal techniques and mark making. The tutor will guide you through a step-by-step demonstration followed by individual feedback to produce a finished animal drawing.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their drawing skills further.

Course Aims:
• Build confidence drawing with charcoal
• Capture the character of the animal from a photograph
• Understand animal proportions and shapes
• Develop the use of line, tone and texture
• Experiment with composition

Extra Costs:
Materials are not included. There will be a £2 materials chare on the day, paid direct to the tutor.
What you need to bring to the first session:
£2
You are advised to wear old clothes.

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

FELTING MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

FELTING MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36
Materials not included.

Brief Description:
You will love the softness and variety of visual effects that you can achieve with felt. The tutor uses an easy relaxing technique to make felt pieces that does not result in aching arms, just beautiful work! Come along and try it out.

You will create some pre-felt samples and combine them to make a unique, original and beautiful landscape image.

During the first part of the workshop, you will concentrate upon working out a suitable design and colour scheme for your project so that you will understand how to design your own pieces in the future. The tutor will cover:

Brief history of felt/makers
Pre-felt methods
Fulling techniques
Felt balls technique
Finishing methods

Course Aims:
• Introduce basic design skills
• Learn easy felting relaxing technique
• Create felt pieces to create a landscape
• Gain confidence to start own projects

Extra Costs:
You can buy the merino wool tops from the following suppliers at a cost of approx. £3.20 plus postage and packing.
www.adelaidewalker.co.uk or www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk

What you need to bring to the first session:
100g merino wool tops in white plus a small amount of colour/ colours (300g in total) which match the image that you intend to work from.
An apron which is fabric or plastic coated.
x2 pieces of bubble wrap approx. 30x30cms
a bar of soap (pears or olive is best)
a plastic jug or a small bowl
2 old towels
X 2 pieces of net (approx. 30 x 30cms)
a small bamboo or grass table mat or a polystyrene tube
A small amount of vinegar
Carders if you have them
You will also need to bring a photo of a landscape with a focal point such as a tree/boat etc to work from.

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

FLOWER ARRANGING - SPRING

FLOWER ARRANGING - SPRING

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 2.00pm
£45
All plant materials, sundries and container included.

Brief Description:
No experience necessary – just a love of flowers!

Celebrate the wild beauty of spring with this floral workshop where you will learn how to combine the best seasonal flowers, foliage and textures to create a fabulous wild and natural-looking spring table centrepiece. You will learn how to make an eco-friendly wire frame (no floral foam used) and place your materials to create an attractive and stable display.

Course Aims:
• Learn how to create a wire frame and place plant material in it to create a table design.
• Apply techniques to create a long-lasting spring floral arrangement
• Learn how to care for your completed floral work to maximise its life
• Learn how to safely and securely include wired accessories

Extra Costs:
None. All plant materials, sundries and container included.
What you need to bring to the first session:
A pair of strong scissors (e.g. kitchen) or floristry scissors (wire cutters if you have them)
Notebook and pen
Bin bag or plastic bag to line tables
Suitable box / carrier for completed designs (hessian bag/crate)
Apron
Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap
A snack

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

HOW TO USE YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA

HOW TO USE YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 3.00pm
£30

Brief Description:
This one day course is designed to teach you how to use your digital camera to its full potential, where to find the features you need and how to control them to create a perfect photo of your favourite subject.
The course is designed to give all learners the chance to have one-to-one time in order for everyone to quickly and easily learn the main functions of their digital camera.
No prior knowledge or experience required.

Course Aims:
• Understand the basics of digital photography
• Become familiar with the settings and menus of a digital camera
• 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:
Any digital camera – point & shoot, DSLR or bridge – with memory card
Notebook & pen
Packed lunch

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

IMPROVE YOUR CV & COVERING LETTER

IMPROVE YOUR CV & COVERING LETTER

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36

Brief Description:
If you already have a CV that you would like to improve or develop, or you are starting your CV from scratch, this workshop is for you. It will give you practical, hands-on activities to help build a professionally laid out CV.

Later in the day we will look at the practical requirements for writing an effective covering letter.

Course Aims:
• Identify a good CV structure
• Explore the needs for each element in the CV
• Identify key aspects of linking your CV to a job advertisement or specification
• Complete elements of your CV
• Look at the structure and requirements for an effective covering letter
• Practice – if desired – CV and/or covering letter completion

Extra Costs:
None

What you need to bring to the first session:
Pen and notepad
Any job application items you might have.
If you already have a CV – please bring it saved on a memory stick.
If you are starting from scratch – it would be useful to have some details prepared, for example job history. You will need to bring a memory stick to save your CV.
You will be using the College computers during this workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop if you have one.

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

INDIAN BREADS & ACCOMPANIMENTS

INDIAN BREADS & ACCOMPANIMENTS

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36
Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:
This workshop is aimed at anybody who wants to try their hand at making authentic delicious Indian breads and accompaniments from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. You will learn how to knead a dough, roll out or shape various breads and prove a dough without yeast. Come along and have fun making puffed up fried puries and much more. Learners will acquire the skills and knowledge to make:

• Coriander and garlic parathas – made with chappatti flour and pan fired using minimal oil, serve with your favourite curry.
• Spinach puris - a popular Indian bread made with wheat flour which puff up when deep-fried, will impress your guests!
• Spicy pancakes – made with chickpea flour and vegetables
• Mango chutney – made with fresh mango and chili, this traditional style accompaniment is delicious served alongside any dish.
• Raita – a traditional delicious and refreshing yoghurt dip made with cucumber
• Bombay potatos – a favourite side, goes well with the pancakes

This course is suitable for all levels.

Course Aims:
• Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices.
• Learn how to make a traditional Indian breads & accompaniments
• 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 7 March – 1 session

OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP

OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 4.00pm
£36

Brief Description:
Come and spend a day discovering, or cultivating further, the skills of painting in oils with artist and teacher Cary Outis.

Painting in oils can feel daunting with its 550 year reputation hanging over us. This short course offers a painless introduction to the process.

Course Aims:
• To gain confidence in using oil paints
• To experience the different effects to be achieved with different brushes
• To have the experience of working wet on wet, wet on dry, dark to light and light to dark
• To have explored the tonal depth available in the medium
• To demystify the medium through discussion on colour, design and economy

Extra Costs:
Learners are required to bring their own materials.
It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the session:
One or two canvasses, brushes, low odour thinners, brush cleaning rags, a palette.
Oil paint - at least cobalt red, cobalt yellow, a white (titanium is quite nice), ultramarine blue, a black, burnt sienna or similar.
Pencil, paper, charcoal, reference material - an object or photo perhaps.
Some form of support for the canvas.

Packed Lunch

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

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SCREEN PRINTING ON TEXTILES

SCREEN PRINTING ON TEXTILES

Saturday 7 March
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 7 March – 1 session

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TEXTILES – STAMP, LAYER, STITCH

TEXTILES – STAMP, LAYER, STITCH

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 4.00pm
£41
Materials included

Brief Description:
A creative course which allows you to experiment with rubber stamps to create your own imagery on plain fabric. Using this as a base along with other fabrics, ribbons, lace and simple hand stitching, you will create your very own original fabric picture. This workshop is suitable for all learners with an interest in creative textiles

Course Aims:
• To experiment with decorative rubber stamps, fabric and hand stitching
• Develop confidence in experimental textiles
• To create a decorative textile picture

Extra Costs:
None, materials are included.
What you need to bring to the first session:
Packed Lunch

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

Class Dates:
Saturday 7 March – 1 session

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING TECHNIQUES

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Saturday 7 March
10.00am – 2.00pm
£24

Brief Description:
The course is 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 7 March – 1 session