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Impington Village College

Arts and Crafts Courses

ACRYLIC PAINTING & DRAWING FOR IMPROVERS

Tuesday 24 September for 10 weeks

9.30am – 11.30am

£120

Brief Description:

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

 

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills focusing on elements such as composition, colour mixing and tone.  Learning in a creative and relaxed way,

you will explore various drawing techniques using charcoal, pencil and graphite pencils and develop a deeper understanding of painting through working on some longer, more sustained work as well as quicker, more gestural work.

 

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 and mark making

·         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 the full materials list.

It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

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:

24 Sept

1, 8, 15, 29 Oct (No class on 22 Oct due to Half Term break.)

5, 12, 19, 26 Nov

3 Dec

ANIMAL DRAWING FOR ALL

Wednesday 25 September for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£120

Brief Description:

This course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their drawing skills further.  Learners will experiment with different art tools and learn to draw animals using various techniques such as line, tonal, black & white and colour drawing.

 

The course will empower learners to draw a different type of animal in each lesson, including mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish.  Learners will be guided through a step-by-step demonstration followed by individual feedback from the tutor to produce a finished drawing in each session.

Course Aims:

·         Build confidence with different art tools (graphite pencils, charcoal and coloured pencils)

·         Study different artists and their animal drawing techniques

·         Capture the character and emotion of various animals

·         Understand animal proportion, shape and gesture

·         Draw using line, tone and texture (such as fur, feathers, scales)

·         Experiment with composition and adding backgrounds in drawings

Extra Costs:

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

It is advisable not to make any significant purchase until the course has been confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

A4 or A3 Sketching paper

A3 Drawing paper (100gsm or heavier)

Graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 6B)

Eraser

Sharpener

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 September

2, 9, 16, 30 October (No class on 23 Oct - Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20, 27 November

4 December 

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS

Wednesday 25 September for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£120

Brief Description:

This course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their drawing skills further.  Learners will experiment with different art tools and learn to draw animals using various techniques such as line, tonal, black & white and colour drawing.

 

The course will empower learners to draw a different type of animal in each lesson, including mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish.  Learners will be guided through a step-by-step demonstration followed by individual feedback from the tutor to produce a finished drawing in each session.

Course Aims:

·         Build confidence with different art tools (graphite pencils, charcoal and coloured pencils)

·         Study different artists and their animal drawing techniques

·         Capture the character and emotion of various animals

·         Understand animal proportion, shape and gesture

·         Draw using line, tone and texture (such as fur, feathers, scales)

·         Experiment with composition and adding backgrounds in drawings

Extra Costs:

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

It is advisable not to make any significant purchase until the course has been confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

A4 or A3 Sketching paper

A3 Drawing paper (100gsm or heavier)

Graphite pencils (HB, 2B, 6B)

Eraser

Sharpener

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 September

2, 9, 16, 30 October (No class on 23 Oct - Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20, 27 November

4 December 

DRAWING - MIXED MEDIA 

Please contact the office for more information.

FLOWER ARRANGING - CHRISTMAS

Monday 9 December for 1 week

6.30pm – 9.00pm

£30

Materials included.

Brief Description:

This fun evening will get you in the mood for Christmas.  You will create a long, low candle arrangement for a table or mantelpiece, using long-lasting seasonal foliage and natural textures, such as seedheads and dried materials and some flowers.

Course Aims:

·         Learn how to design and use seasonal foliage, flowers and textures in an arrangement.

·         Apply techniques to create a long-lasting festive table / mantelpiece 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 flowers and sundries are included in the fee.

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

Sturdy box and packaging for completed designs

Apron

Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

9 December 

FLOWER ARRANGING FOR ALL

Monday 11 November for 3 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

On this short course, you will learn the basics of floral design and flower and foliage care as you create wonderful seasonal designs using a beautiful selection of foliage, branches, textural materials and flowers each week.  You will create a range of designs for the time of year that you can take home and enjoy or give as gifts.

 

No experience needed, just a love of  flowers!

 

Projects:

 

Week 1: Autumn Abundance - create a rich vase arrangement of mainly seasonal foliage and textures, including berries, seedheads and some flowers.

Week 2: Foam free - create a breathtaking arrangement of seasonal flowers and foliage WITHOUT using floral foam, for an environmentally-friendly floral display.

Week 3: Dead Lovely - create a beautiful contemporary design using on-trend dried materials for an arrangement that lasts.

Course Aims:

·         To learn the basic principles of floral design.

·         To learn how to combine flowers and foliage to produce beautiful designs appropriate for the time of year.

·         To learn how to keep your designs alive as long as possible.

·         To learn how to use environmentally-friendly mechanics to create designs.

·         To use a range of fresh and dried materials in floral design.

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials as directed by the tutor each week but the tutor can provide some plant materials for a small cost (especially foliage which can be hard to get).

A pack of sundries for the course including containers, foam, tape, wires etc, is available to order (week 1) at approximately £10.

Flower costs each week are expected to average around £15 but this will vary with the design and your budget, depending upon where you source flowers and foliage.

It is advisable not to purchase any equipment until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

£10 for your first design as your tutor will provide all material for this session. Please pay your tutor in week 1.

A pair of strong kitchen scissors, or floristry scissors which can be ordered from your tutor Wire cutters, if you have them

Notebook and pen

Bin bag or plastic bag to line tables

Sturdy box and packaging to carry your completed design

Apron

Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

11, 18, 25 November

 

 MOSAICS FOR ALL

Tuesday 29 October for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£72

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, ideal for homewares or gifts.

 

Projects will include coasters, flower pots and more.

 

Whilst all abilities are welcome, this course is ideally suited to those with no or basic previous mosaicking experience.

Course Aims:

·         Understand and consider how colours and shapes work together

·         Learn basic mosaic tiling techniques using different types of tiles (including glass) on various media (including glass and ceramic)

·         Learn how to mix and apply grout to tiles

·         Gain confidence in designing mosaics

Extra Costs:

Materials are not included.  Learners are required to pay the tutor each week for their materials. This will cost £5 per week.

What you need to bring to the first session:

£5 for your first design

Notebook

Pen

Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty

Container to take design home in – for first week, a box around 12 x 12 cm (e.g. tupperware, margarine tub or similar). This will vary each week, depending on items made.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

29 October

5, 12, 19, 26 November

3 December

PAINTING - MIXED MEDIA 

Please contact the office for more information.

PATCHWORK & QUILTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 25 September for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£96

Brief Description:

This course will explore the creative world of 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. 

 

This term learners will be looking at curves in patchwork, to make either a cushion, bag or lap quilt or larger.  The tutor will advise what projects are suitable for beginners.  Any other ideas can be incorporated during the term if time allows.

Course Aims:

·         Learn how to cut fabric accurately using a rotary cutter and mat

·         Learn how to construct various blocks, balancing the colours in the fabric

·         Layer and bind your work and quilt accurately to make a finished items

·         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.

 

Please ensure that your sewing machine is in good working order before you book a place.  It is advisable to bring your sewing machine instruction booklet with you.

 

Tutor will advise what materials and equipment are required each week.  A fabric requirement list will be provided on the first night.  You will also need a 1/4" quilting foot later on in the course.

 

It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

1 metre of main fabric, ½ metre of a contrast and / or a smaill pack of toning fat quarters

Sewing machine

Sewing kit - scissors, threads and pins

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 September

2, 9, 16, 30 Oct (No class on 23 Oct due to Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20 Nov

 

 POTTERY FOR BEGINNERS

Monday 23 September for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£110

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 course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills before progressing to the improver level.

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 and glazes

·         Understand stages of pottery from green clay to finished piece

Extra Costs:

All materials are included in the cost.

A small charge if large amount of clay used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

A tea towel, cloth and apron

Medium / large freezer bags

Sketch / scrap book is recommended.

Pencil

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

23, 30 Sept

7, 14, 28 Oct (No class on 21 Oct - Half Term break.)

4, 11, 18 Nov

 

 POTTERY FOR IMPROVERS

Wednesday 25 September for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£110

Materials included

Brief Description:

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

 

This course is suitable for learners who have developed the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to an improver level.

Course Aims:

·         Continue developing hand building skills – slab modelling, press moulding, thumb and coil pots

·         Gain further practise in decorative techniques – eg. scraffito, scoring, relief, imprinting

·         Experiment with applying colour – slips, oxides, glazes

·         Understand stages of pottery from green clay to finished piece

·         Develop own style

Extra Costs:

All materials are included in the cost.

A small charge 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, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 Sept

2, 9, 16, 30 Oct (No class on 23 Oct due to Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20 Nov

 

SEWING FOR CHRISTMAS 

Thursday 26 September for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£96

Brief Description:

Everyone loves a celebration, and Christmas ranks high on the list of the most popular.  A personal, individual touch can add to the enjoyment.

The course will cover a range of crafts. It will also consider the environment, looking at planet friendly ways to re-use, re-purpose and re-cycle resources.  The course can be adapted within the main topics to cover particular requests or interests.

Patterns will be provided, but you will need to supply your own materials or purchase haberdashery, such as heat activated bonding web for applique, and / or project kits from the tutor.

The course is suitable for beginners and experienced crafters who will be able to use more difficult techniques for their projects.

Projects can include:

Tree skirt / decorative plant pot covers

Advent calendar

Applique cushions / Christmas jumpers

3D cards

Apron

Crackers and serviettes

Table runner

Christmas bear

Christmas tree decorations / bunting

Wreath / table centrepiece

Course Aims:

·         Learn to use patterns and cutting out a variety of materials

·         Use basic sewing skills with more advanced skills for those with experience

·         Learn basic quilting techniques, how to make a ‘sandwich’ and mitred corners for binding

·         Use applique and embroidery to decorate projects

·         Use paper folding decoratively

Extra Costs:

You may supply your own materials or purchase kits from the tutor.  Each week the next project will be discussed and the requirements listed.  You will be encouraged to re-purpose or upcycle items to avoid waste where possible.  We will aim to keep costs to a minimum and the tutor will purchase some items in bulk to reduce the costs, although participants are free to spend more if they wish.

For example:  a Christmas jumper can be created from an existing jumper with a few scraps of fabric and imagination for about £1 upwards.  A tree skirt in designer fabric could cost £60.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Nothing to bring.

 

For future sessions:

 

If you have one, a basic sewing kit (hand sewing needles, thimble, scissors).  If you do not already have a sewing kit the tutor will discuss the full course requirements and advise on purchases.  In the meantime, the tutor has spare items you may borrow until you decide on what is best for you.

 

A sewing machine is needed for some of the sewing projects.  A machine will not be required for the first session.  Please ensure that your sewing machine is in good working order before booking the course.  It is advisable not to purchase any significant items until the course has been confirmed as running.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

26 September

3, 10, 31 October (No class on 17 Oct – College event & 24 Oct - Half Term break.)

7, 14, 21, 28 November 

UPHOLSTERY FOR BEGINNERS

Wednesday 25 September for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£120

Brief Description:

This practical course is suitable for those with some upholstery skills.  You can learn the skills required to make an item such as a chair that requires springs and a stitched pad.  You can use modern and/or traditional materials.

 

The Tutor is a practising upholsterer.

Course Aims:

·         Remove existing upholstery

·         Attach a new suspension system, if necessary

·         Use appropriate stuffing to create the desired shape

·         Secure top fabric 

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own basic tools and the fabric to cover their item. The tutor will advise about any further tools that you may wish to purchase as you progress.

Learners can buy most of the required materials from the tutor.

It is advisable not to make any significant purchase until the course has been confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Your chosen item to be upholstered. The tutor requests that you email a photograph of your item to ensure that it is within the skill set of the beginners course.

Your basic upholstery tools: mallet, tack lifter, staple lifter, ripping chisel, needle-nose pliers or similar, magnetic hammer, fabric scissors, tape measure.

The Small Upholstery Toolkit (with most of these items) is available from: jamiltonupholstery.co.uk for £88.78

Notebook and pencil.

Appropriate footwear, covering the whole foot.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 September

2, 9, 16, 30 October (No class on 23 Oct - Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20, 27 November

4 December 

 UPHOLSTERY FOR IMPROVERS

Thursday 26 September for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£120

Brief Description:

This practical course is suitable for those with some upholstery skills.  You can learn the skills required to make an item such as a chair that requires springs and a stitched pad.  You can use modern and/or traditional materials.

 

The Tutor is a practising upholsterer.

Course Aims:

·         Remove existing upholstery

·         Attach a new suspension system, if necessary

·         Use appropriate stuffing to create the desired shape

·         Secure top fabric and trim where required

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own basic tools and the fabric to cover their item. The tutor will advise about any further tools that you may wish to purchase as you progress.

Learners can buy most of the required materials from the tutor.

It is advisable not to make any significant purchase until the course has been confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Your chosen item to be upholstered. The tutor requests that you email a photograph of your item to ensure that it is within the skill set of the improvers course.

Your basic upholstery tools: mallet, tack lifter, staple lifter, ripping chisel, needle-nose pliers or similar, magnetic hammer, fabric scissors, tape measure, regulator. The teacher will advise on other tools required for your particular piece.

Notebook and pencil.

Appropriate footwear, covering the whole foot.

Location:

Impington Village College, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

26 September

3, 10, 31 October (No class on 17 Oct – College event & 24 Oct - Half Term break.)

7, 14, 21, 28 November

5, 12 December 

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING - MIXED ABILITY

Thursday 26 September for 10 weeks

10.00am – 12.30pm

£150

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.  It is advisable not to purchase any materials until the course is confirmed as running.

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:

26 September

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

7, 14, 21, 28 November

5 December