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Impington Village College

Saturday Workshops

basic sewing skills 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£30 / £24 concession

Attend this workshop and receive £10 off the cost of a Spring Term dress making for beginners course.

Brief Description:

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their sewing 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.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to use a sewing machine and understand the key functions
  • Introduce basic sewing skills – seam finishes, zips, elasticated waistbands, and button holes
  • Understand how to choose the right fabric for a project
  • Be able to choose a suitable commercial sewing pattern and to understand the information given on the packet
  • Learn how to take correct measurements
  • Develop the confidence to start your own projects

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

Sewing Machine (full size), any foot attachments & instructions (if you have them)

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

A basic short zip

Wide (1-2inches) elastic approximately 20 inches in length

Material to use for sewing sample pieces.  This doesn't need to be anything special – an old sheet is fine

Packed lunch

Notebook

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session 

CHARCOAL WORKSHOP 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£38 / £32 concession

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

A fun workshop to explore the expressive qualities of charcoal, and the versatile techniques it can offer such as highlights, shadow, line and tone.  These techniques will be used on a slightly larger scale.  Demonstrations and examples will be given but the majority of the course will be hands-on practical activities.

Course Aims:

  • Learn and develop techniques using charcoal
  • Experiment with different techniques, combining at least two of these to produce a large scale piece of work
  • Gain confidence to produce own art works

Extra Costs:

Materials are included - White and black compressed charcoal and grey drawing paper.

What you need to bring to the first session:

It is advisable to wear old clothes

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session

CROCHET - BASIC SKILLS 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£30 / £24 concession

Attend this workshop and receive £10 off the cost of a Spring Term crochet for beginners course.

Brief Description:

The aim of this fun workshop is to introduce basic crochet skills and produce a finished article to take home at the end of the session.

There will be patterns to produce a mobile case / purse, a small beanie, hearts and flowers.  You will be able to decide which item you would like to make.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their crochet skills.

Course Aims:

  • Introduce basic crochet skills and terminology
  • Develop pattern reading skills
  • Build confidence in creating own projects

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring all their own materials.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Light worsted or double knit type yarn in as many colours as you like.

Hook sizes will depend on the type of yarn you use: for double knit use a 4mm hook, for any yarn heavier than this use 4.5, for Aran yarns you will need a 5mm hook.  You may wish to bring different yarns and hooks to experiment with.

Darning needle

Small scissors

Buttons, beads or 1 metre satin ribbon for fastening

Notebook

Pen

Packed Lunch

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session 

FLOWER ARRANGING - CHRISTMAS 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

£35 / £32 concession

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

No experience needed – just a love of flowers!

This fun workshop gets you in the Christmas mood by creating a long lasting floral table arrangement for the festive season. With long lasting material and some simple decorations included it should be admired right through the festive period and beyond.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to design and use seasonal flowers in a floral arrangement
  • Apply techniques to create a long lasting festive table arrangement
  • Know 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 materials are 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:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session 

INDIAN PAKORA & DIPS 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36 / £29 concession

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

This workshop will be a mixture of demonstration where you will be shown the authentic way to cook Pakoras as well as hands on cooking.  Learn how to make a variety of Pakoras and dips from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.

Pakoras are an Indian snack / finger food which are made with vegetables, dipped in a chick pea flour batter and deep fried.

You will make simple classic spicy vegetable pakoras using slices of vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, aubergines, chilies and peppers. These are great eaten with a yogurt and mint dip.

You will also make round fluffy pakoras using onions, potatoes, spinach and sweet potatoes served with a tomato dip.

There will be an opportunity to taste your pakoras 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 variety of pakoras and dip
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session 

iPADS & TABLETS MADE EASY 

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

MAKE A ROMAN BLIND IN A DAY 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36 / £29 concession

Brief Description:

This one day course will equip you with all the skills required to start making your own roman blinds at home, including measuring, cutting, folding, making the pleats & attaching rods and rings. Roman blinds are a great alternative to curtains, look really good, and they save on fabric!

You will be making a small sample blind.

Course Aims:

  • Apply skills to produce a sample roman blind
  • Understand the different stages involved in making a roman blind
  • Learn how to measure correctly - fabric, windows etc
  • Gain practise in cutting fabric, machine sewing and hand sewing
  • Gain confidence to start your own projects at home

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials and sewing equipment.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Sewing machine

Basic sewing kit (needles, thread, pins, tape measure and chalk)

85 x 60 cm of fabric

75 x 50 interlining (optional)

90 x 60cm lining

50 cm wooden block as heading (approx 3 x 2cm)

2 x 50 cm long wooden dowels for rods

50 cm long wooden slat / beading for the bottom of the blind

3 screw eyes

4 plastic rings

50cm of sew & stick velcro

3m of cord

Packed lunch

Notebook

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session

MICROSOFT OFFICE - POWERPOINT 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£30 / £24 concession

Brief Description:

This course is designed for learners who have basic knowledge of computers and want to develop their skills and build confidence in using Microsoft PowerPoint.  Learners will be provided with tasks so that they can gain more practical experience in PowerPoint that can be helpful in their workplace or making personal presentations

Course Aims:

  • Know how to create and add new slides
  • Be able to format the presentation
  • Be able to insert images, sound and movies
  • Know how to animate text and images
  • Understand how to control the flow of your presentation - slide transition
  • Be able to run slide show

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

Memory stick

Notepad

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session 

MOSAICS - AN INTRODUCTION 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£45 / £39 concession

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

Enjoy designing and making your own decorative mosaic.  You will learn some basic mosaicing techniques, which you will apply to tile and grout your own picture or pattern on a large ceramic or wooden base.

No previous mosaicing experience necessary!

Course Aims:

  • Design and make a mosaic picture
  • Learn basic mosaic tiling techniques
  • Consider how colours and shapes work together
  • Learn how to mix and apply grout to tiles

Extra Costs:

None, materials included

What you need to bring to the first session:

Notebook

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session

pOTTERY - CHRISTMAS 

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

SCREEN PRINTING ON CLOTH 

Saturday 25 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£40 / £33 concession

(Some materials included)

Brief Description:

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 make a simple screen print stencil of your design
  • Learn how to use squeegee to print with
  • Learn how to build up patterns or pictures on fabric using screen

Extra Costs:

None.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Apron & wear old clothes

Reference pictures to use as inspiration.

5/6 old newspapers

Notebook and pen

Paper cutting scissors / craft knife & board

Fading marker or dressmakers chalk (only if you already have one)

20 sheets computer / photocopy paper ( not recycled)

Fabric: you will need to bring your own fabric to print on:  These must be 100% cotton. Polyesters and poly- cottons do not print well. I suggest 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:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

Saturday 25 November – 1 session