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Courses coming up in the summer: Reflective Art Practice: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Art History: A Study of Women Artists, Creative Writing: Telling Tales and Understanding Climate Change.

Telling Tales
Telling Tales

Creative Writing: Telling Tales

This course is an ideal follow-on course from Take One Idea, but is also suitable for anyone looking to get started or enhance their narrative writing skills.

The course gives you the opportunity to get to grips with some of the key building blocks for writing narrative fiction. Starting with setting and description, you will explore the topics of character, plot, point of view, voice and story-telling. You will be guided through some of the theory behind each subject before being encouraged to produce your own piece of work in response. Each session will be divided into two parts: the first focussing on the key features of the topic before you put pen to paper and create a written response from scratch using the techniques you have learned. Ideal for beginners, this course provides the information and encouragement you need to get started with narrative fiction or, for more experienced authors, it is a great opportunity to develop and expand your existing skill set

Tutor: Alison Daniell

Dates: Thursday 2nd May – Thursday 6th June 2019

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climate change
climate change

Understanding Climate Change

A varied and informative introduction to the multi-disciplinary nature of climate change, suitable for beginners and/or those who wish to improve their understanding of key features of the climate system and the challenge we face to avert the worst.

Climate change is the most complex and challenging problem that we have confronted as a civilization.  A recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that Governments around the world must take "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society quickly" to avoid disastrous levels of global warming. However, our response so far is less than sufficient and the general awareness and understanding of this threat stays far below of what is needed. This course is designed to give you a better understanding of the scientific basis of climatic change as well as an understanding of why our civilisation struggle to address this problem sufficiently. We will explore multiple facets of this very interdisciplinary and encompassing field by looking at the physical science the climate system, the basic mechanisms that govern how the climate system responds to drivers of change and the difficulty of a global agreement.

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Course dates: Tuesday 4th June to Tuesday 9th July 

Time: 19.00-21.00

Tutor: Lisa Weber

Women's Art
Women's Art

Reflective Art in Practice

This course examines the theory and practice behind a range of art movements with an illustrated lecture looking at context and incorporating group discussion. This is followed by a practical session in which techniques and ideas are sampled. We run three Reflective Art in Practice courses per year, each of which explores a different topic or genre. Our next course is detailed below:

Reflective Art Practice: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Art History: A Study of Women Artists

A practical art course which will help develop analytical and creative skills by reflecting on major art movements.

A Study of Women Artists: 16th to 21st Century

The Art world has seen a remarkable range of successful female visual artists over the centuries. Their journey, so often a poignant tale of struggle, is inspiring. This 8-week course will examine the achievement of women painters in a diverse range of styles, tracking the story of art from 16th to 21st Century. It will enable students to make practical experiments in a range of genres, including Portraiture, Still Life, Landscape and Abstraction with a series of practical exercises involving drawing materials, paint and collage, using own references.

Aims and learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Women Art as illustrated by various artists including Evelyn de Morgan and Bridget Riley and will gain mastery of drawing, painting and mixed media techniques in order to develop personal art projects in a range of genres, building on artists’ examples.

Please note:  Students are expected to bring their own art equipment for the practical part of the session. There will be limited spare art materials on site.

Tutor: Abi Kremer

Dates: Tuesday 7th May  – Tuesday 25th June 2019

Times: 19.00-21.00

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Other information

 Course Dates

Course Dates 2018/19    
Academic and Creative Courses (10 week courses) 8th October 2018 (Mon) - 13th December 2018 (Thur) 14th January 2019 (Mon) – 21st March 2019 (Thur) 29th April 2019 (Mon) – 4th July 2019 (Thur) 19.00 - 21.00
Academic and Creative Courses (8 week courses) 8th October 2018 (Mon) - 29th November 2018 (Thur) 14th January 2019 (Mon) – 7th March 2019 (Thur) 29th April 2019 (Mon) – 20th June 2019 (Thur) 19.00 - 21.00
Academic and Creative Courses (6 week courses) 8th October 2018 (Mon) - 15th November 2018 (Thur) 14th January 2019 (Mon) – 21st February 2019 (Thur) 29th April 2019 (Mon) – 6th June 2019 (Thur) 19.00 - 21.00

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