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Impington Village College

Arts and Crafts Courses

 ACRYLIC PAINTING & DRAWING - IMPROVERS

Tuesday 26 September for 10 weeks

9.30am – 11.30am

£98 / £79 concession

Brief Description:

This course is suitable for learners with basic drawing skills, who have developed the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to an improver course.

You will have the opportunity to develop your painting skills focusing on elements such as composition, colour mixing and tone.  Learners will also have fun exploring various drawing techniques using charcoal, pencil and graphite pencils.

You will be encouraged to interpret the world around you in a way that does not just ‘copy’ it. 

There will be 5 weeks of drawing followed by 5 weeks of painting.

Course Aims:

  • Develop skills in observation and non-observational work
  • Broaden knowledge and development of skills in a variety of media
  • Greater knowledge and understanding of art through the study of artists
  • Be able to make conscious less accidental colour mixing
  • Widen skills in composition and be able to work through different but related ideas

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring all their own materials.  Please contact the office for a full materials list.

What you need to bring to the first session:

2b & 8b pencil

putty rubber and ordinary rubber

thick + thin natural charcoal

Cartridge pad + A3 drawing board

Masking tape

Location:

Milton Community Centre, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB24 6BL

Class Dates:

26 September

3, 10, 17, 31 October (No class on 24 Oct due to Half Term break.)

7, 14, 21, 28 November

5 December

 CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 3 October for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 8.30pm

£60 / £48 concession

Brief Description:

There has been a recent revival in crochet which is particularly exciting because it is so quick and easy to produce amazing items. Learn how to make jewellery, clothing, items for your home and more. These make beautiful and unique gifts for friends and family and can even be sold at craft markets.

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those that would like to refresh their skills.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about patterns and terminology
  • Introduce basic stitches - slip knot, chain, magic ring, double crochet, half treble crochet, treble crochet
  • Learn how to decrease and increase
  • Understand the different size hooks and different yarns
  • Gain the confidence to start and complete own projects

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials as advised by the tutor each week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

It is worth investing in a pack of quality crochet hooks ranging in size from 2.5mm - 9mm.

A selection of your favourite yarns in double knit and aran weights.

Scissors, stitch markers & yarn needle

Pen and paper

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

3, 10, 17, 31 October (No class on 24 Oct due to Half Term break.)

14, 21, 28 November (No class on 7 Nov due to Open Evening)

5 December

 CROCHET (NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS)

Tuesday 31 October for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 8.30pm

£38 / £31 concession

Brief Description:

If you have mastered the basic crochet stitches and you know how to change colours, decrease and increase, then you are ready to expand your skill set to include an array of advanced crochet stitches for projects with even more detailed texture and intricate designs.If you’re looking for inspiration to create your own special pieces, then this course is for you

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to create ribbing
  • Know how to crochet corner to corner
  • Know how to create a basketweave effect
  • Know how to create a zig zag pattern
  • Choose and complete own course project

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials as advised by the tutor each week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

It is worth investing in a pack of quality crochet hooks ranging in size from 2.5mm - 9mm

A selection of your favourite yarns in various weights.

Scissors, stitch markers & yarn needle

Pen and paper

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

31 October

14, 21, 28 November (No class on 7 Nov due to Open Evening)

5 December

 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 3 October for 8 weeks

10.00am – 12.00pm

£80 / £64 concession

Brief Description:

This course is aimed at learners with an interest in drawing who would like to learn basic techniques.  It is also suitable for those who wish to review and improve their basic skills.

You will study a wide variety of subjects including still life, portraits, natural and man-made forms, figures and landscapes.  May also include some off site drawing.

Course Aims:

  • Gain confidence in drawing and learn basic techniques
  • Learn and develop the elements of observational drawing
  • Understand the use of line, tone, shape, texture and the purpose of representing two or three dimensional forms and perspective
  • Explore and control use of light, value, composition and space
  • Begin to develop a personal style

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials as advised by the tutor each week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Drawing pad - A4 or A3

Pencils – 2B, 4B, 6B

Rubber and sharpener

Location:

St Andrews Church Hall, Burgoynes Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9NB

Class Dates:

3, 10, 17, 31 October (No class on 24 Oct due to Half Term break.)

7, 14, 21, 28 November

 DRAWING & PAINTING - MIXED MEDIA

Thursday 5 October for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£80 / £64 concession

Brief Description:

An experimental and versatile approach to drawing taken from still life, sketches, photos and magazine images.  Developing creative skills using combined methods and media such as watercolour wash with pastel, ink and collage, charcoal and ink.  Learn to paint on different papers, backgrounds and surfaces.  Use different materials combined in a painting.  Exciting techniques supported by looking at artists who use mixed media in a historical and contemporary context. Demonstrations provided.

Suitable for those with basic drawing skills

Course Aims:

  • Create artworks using a combination of media, exploring texture and surface
  • Experiment with new media and method
  • Extend drawing skills to a more inventive and creative approach
  • Become confident in using a range of materials and techniques
  • Develop a personal style

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials as advised by the tutor each week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Pencils and charcoal pencils

Putty rubber

Sketchbook

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

5, 12, 19 October (No class on 26 Oct due to Half Term break.)

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November

 DRESS MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 26 September for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£95 / £74 concession

Brief Description:

This dressmaking course is suitable for beginners and those that wish to refresh their skills.

It will cover how to use your sewing machine and introduce core skills in garment construction, dressmaking terminology and how to understand and follow a pattern.

Basic techniques are taught each week.  Learners will also choose a course project to complete according to their ability.  The tutor will advise what projects are suitable for beginners.  Depending on progression and the learner's pace, one or more basic garments may be produced.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to use a sewing machine
  • Introduce basic sewing skills - seams, hems and closures, pockets, elasticated waistbands, zips and button holes
  • Understand how to choose suitable fabrics for your projects
  • Know how to choose, construct and complete a project using a commercial sewing pattern
  • Learn how to take correct measurements
  • Understand how to alter and fit a garment correctly

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own full size sewing machines.  After advice from the tutor, learners will also need to buy material and a pattern for their chosen project.

Other haberdashery items, such as zips or elastic are also required.  Tutor will advise what items are needed each week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Full size sewing machine and all foot attachments (with manual if there is one)

Scrap material

Sewing equipment and tools, eg, thread, fabric scissors, needles, pins, seam ripper, tape measure and tailors chalk.

Notebook and pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

26 September

3, 10, 17, 31 October (No class on 24 Oct due to Half Term break.)

14, 21, 28 November (No class on 7 Nov due to Open Evening)

5, 12 December

 dress making (not suitable for beginners)

Tuesday 17 October for 7 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£67 / £54 concession

Brief Description:

The course is suitable for those with some dressmaking experience, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills further.

Different techniques are taught each week.  Learners will also chose a course project to complete according to their ability.  The tutor can advise what projects are suitable. Depending on progression and the learner's pace, one or more basic garments may be produced.

Course Aims:

  • Expand knowledge of dressmaking skills and techniques
  • Understand how to choose suitable fabrics for your projects
  • Know how to choose, construct and complete a project using a commercial sewing pattern
  • Understand how to alter and fit a garment correctly

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own full size sewing machines.  After advice from the tutor, learners will also need to buy material and a pattern for their chosen project.

Other haberdashery items, such as zips or elastic are also required. Tutor will advise what items are needed each week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Full size sewing machine and all foot attachments (with manual if there is one)

Scrap material

Sewing equipment and tools, eg, thread, fabric scissors, needles, pins, seam ripper, tape measure and tailors chalk

Notebook and pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

17, 31 October (No class on 24 Oct due to Half Term break.)

14, 21, 28 November (No class on 7 Nov due to Open Evening)

5, 12 December

mosaics for beginners

Tuesday 3 October for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£85 / £73 concession

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

Have fun learning to make colourful and attractive mosaics using various tiles and media.  You will tile and grout your own handmade mosaics.  Finished items will be both decorative and functional, including coasters and tealight holders – ideal for homewares or gifts.

No previous mosaicing experience necessary!

Course Aims:

  • Understand and consider how colours and shapes work together
  • Learn basic mosaic tiling techniques using different types of tiles (including glass and resin) on various media (including wood, glass and ceramic)
  • Learn how to mix and apply grout to tiles
  • Gain confidence in designing mosaics

Extra Costs:

None, materials included.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Notebook

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

3, 10, 17, 31 October (No class on 24 Oct due to Half Term break.)

14, 21 November (No class on 7 Nov due to Open Evening)

patchwork & quilting for beginners

Wednesday 4th October for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£80 / £64 concession

Brief Description:

This is an introductory course to patchwork and quilting.  The course is aimed at beginners but may also suit those who wish to improve on their skills.

Basic techniques are taught each week.  You will learn how to cut fabric using a rotary cutter and how to sew the pieces together to form a selection of patchwork blocks.  Learners will also choose a course project to complete according to their ability.  The tutor will advise what projects are suitable for beginners.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to design and make simple block patchwork, for example Hawaiian
  • Basic patchwork tools - learn how to cut fabric using a rotary cutter
  • Learn how to sew fabric together accurately
  • Learn how to layer up a quilt, how to quilt and add a binding
  • Be able to apply simple appliqué
  • Gain confidence to start and complete own projects

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials as advised by the tutor each week.

If you are an absolute beginner, no major outlay is required in regards to equipment as the tutor has cutting mats, patchwork rulers and rotary cutters for learners to use in class.  However, you would need your own sewing machine, fabric and thread.  You may wish to purchase your own equipment as your confidence grows as this will enable you to practise and work on projects at home.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Sewing machine plus all foot attachments and instruction booklet

Cutting mat (if you have one)

Patchwork ruler (if you have one)

Rotary cutter (if you have one)

Fabric (100% cotton) – a fat quarter bundle will be enough (Fabric shops/departments will be able to advise).

Sewing kit - scissors, threads and pins

A fabric requirement list will be provided on the first night

1/4" quilting foot – will be needed later on in the course.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

4, 11, 18 October (No class on 25 Oct due to Half Term break.)

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November

 pottery for beginners (monday)

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.

 pottery for beginners (saturday)

Saturday 28th October for 4 weeks

10.00am – 1.00pm

£76 / £61 concession

Materials included

Brief Description:

Try your hand at making beautiful creative objects out of clay.  During this course, you will build knowledge of pottery processes, develop hand building skills and explore decorative techniques.  Demonstrations and guidance is given throughout the course, from introducing basic hand skills through to one-to-one teaching on developing ideas and building your own unique pieces.

This short course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to prepare clay for use and learn about maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Introduce hand building techniques – slab modelling, press moulding, thumb and coil pots
  • Gain practise in decorative techniques – eg. scraffito, scoring, relief, imprinting
  • Gain practise in applying colour – slips, oxides, glazes
  • Understand health hazards of pottery and reduction of hazards in the classroom
  • Understand stages of pottery from green clay to finished piece

Extra Costs:

All materials are included in the cost.

A small cost if large amount of clay used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

A tea towel, cloth and apron

Sketch / scrap book is recommended.

Medium / large freezer bags

Pencil

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

28 October

4, 11, 18 November

 pottery for improvers

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.

 watercolour painting

Thursday  28th September for 10 weeks

10.00am – 12.30pm

£123 / £99 concession

Brief Description:

This is a mixed ability class where learners are taught basic, contemporary and experimental techniques.  Learners are encouraged to explore artistic principles and develop their own individual approach to this versatile, fascinating medium.

Plenty of demonstrations, individual tuition and guidance, discussions, museum trips and friendly class support in a stimulating and inspiring class.  A wide variety of subjects are available to paint. Learners will study historical and contemporary painters.

Learners are encouraged to develop an individual approach to their work.  Experienced learners will continue to expand their repertoire of techniques and how to apply them.

Course Aims:

  • Apply clear fluid colours
  • Be able to use a variety of basic and contemporary techniques eg. layering, pen and wash, wet in wet.
  • Develop creative thinking and your own approach in watercolours
  • Gain confidence to work experimentally
  • Explore artistic principles
  • Study contemporary and traditional water-colourists

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials each week as advised by the tutor

What you need to bring to the first session:

Watercolour paper

Sketchbook / cartridge pad (A4)

Watercolour brushes

Set of watercolour paints

Plastic palette

Notepad

Drawing Pencil 2B

Edding Profipen Black 0.1 – Waterproof or similar

Putty (kneadable) rubber

2 water jars

Tissues or cotton rag

Location:

The Social Club, 48 Cambridge Road, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0PJ

Class Dates:

28 September

5, 12, 19 October (No class on 26 Oct due to Half Term break.)

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November

7 December