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Impington Village College

Arts and Crafts Courses

 ACRYLIC PAINTING & DRAWING - IMPROVERS

Tuesday 25 September for 10 weeks

9.30am – 11.30am

£100 / £80 concession

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 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:

25 September

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

6, 13, 20, 27 November

4 December

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ARRANGING

Monday 10 December for 1 week

6.45pm – 9.30pm

£33 / £31 concession

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

No experience needed, just a love of  flowers!

This fun evening will get you in the mood for Christmas. You will create an advent ring for a table (with the addition of candles at home) or to hang on the door.  With long lasting seasonal plant material and some simple decorations included, your rustic style arrangement 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 /door 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, materials 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

Suitable box/carrier for completed designs (hessian bag/crate) – optional

Apron

Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap

Location:

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

Class Dates:

10 December

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS

Wednesday 3 October for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60

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 stictches - 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.  You will definitely need a 6mm hook.

A selection of your favourite chunky yarns.

Scissors, stitch markers & yarn needle

Pen and paper

Location:

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

Class Dates:

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

7, 14 November

 CROCHET FOR IMPROVERS

Monday 8 October for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60

Brief Description:

If you've mastered the basic crochet stitches and know how to change colours, decrease and increase, then you're 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:

  • Expand knowledge to include advanced crochet stitches
  • Know how to do Tunisian crochet
  • Choose and complete your own 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. You will also need a Tunisian hook (this looks like a regular hook but is much longer).

A selection of your favourite yarns in various weights.

Scissors, stitch markers & yarn needle

Pen and paper

Location:

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

Class Dates:

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

5, 12, 19 November  

CUT FLOWERS FOR WINTER

Monday 19 November for 3 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£30 / £24 concession

Brief Description:

Learn the basics of winter flower and foliage care as you create wonderful winter designs using seasonal foliage, branches 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: long lasting seasonal gift pot, Winter swag, rustic long lasting table arrangement.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to put together flowers to produce secure, seasonal designs for the time of year
  • Learn how to get the most life expectance from the arrangement
  • Introduce types and names of plant material suitable for floral design with reference to the season

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, tape, foam etc, is available to order (week 1) at approximately £10.

Flower costs each week are expected to average around £10 but this will vary with the design and your budget depending upon where you source flowers and foliage.

What you need to bring to the first session:

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

A pair of strong scissors (e.g. kitchen) or floristry scissors which you can order from the tutor, (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) – optional

Apron

Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

19, 26 November

3 December

 DRAWING & PAINTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 3 October for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60 / £48

Brief Description:

This course is aimed at learners who would like to learn basic drawing and painting techniques. It is also suitable for those who want to practice and build on their existing skills.  You will study a wide variety of subjects including still life, portraits, figures, and natural and man- made forms.

Course Aims:

  • To enjoy drawing and painting and learn basic techniques
  • Learn how to approach observational drawing and painting
  • Understand the use of line, tone, shape, and texture in order to convey 3D forms
  • Gain confidence using a variety of media
  • To consider approaches to drawing and painting and composition
  • Be able to use drawing and painting as a means of self- expression

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:

White paper drawing pad  A4 or A 3

Pencils 2 B ,4B ,6 B

Rubber

Sharpener

Location:

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

Class Dates:

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

7, 14 November

 DRESS MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 25 September for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£100

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.  Please ensure your machine is in good working order before booking a place.  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:

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, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

25 September

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

13, 20, 27 November (No class on 6 Nov due to Open Evening)

4, 11 December  

 DRESS MAKING (NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS)

Tuesday 16 October for 7 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£70

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.  Please ensure your machine is in good working order before booking a place.  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:

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, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

16, 30 October (No class on 23 Oct due to Half term break.)

13, 20, 27 November (No class on 6 Nov due to Open Evening)

4, 11 December   

 MOSAICS FOR ALL

Tuesday 2 October for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60 / £48 concession

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 home wares or gifts.

Projects will include coasters, pictures 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 and ceramic) on various media (including glass and wood)
  • 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 12cm (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:

2, 9, 16, 30 October

13, 20 November

(No class on 23 Oct due to Half Term break & 6 Nov – Opening Evening.)

 PATCHWORK & QUILTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 3 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 make and complete a patchwork cushion, wall hanging or mini quilt
  • 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
  • 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.

What you need to bring to the first session:

A small piece of any fabric of your choice.  You will be looking at crazy patchwork in the 1st few weeks.

Sewing kit - scissors, threads and pins

Location:

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

Class Dates:

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

7, 14, 21, 28 November

POTTERY FOR BEGINNERS

Monday 8 October for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£95 / £76 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 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 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

Medium / large freezer bags

Sketch / scrap book is recommended.

Pencil

Location:

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

Class Dates:

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

5, 12, 19, 26 November

3 December

 POTTERY FOR IMPROVERS

Wednesday 10 October for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£95 / £76 concession

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 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, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

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

7, 14, 21, 28 November

5 December

 WATERCOLOUR PAINTING - MIXED ABILITY

Thursday  27 September for 10 weeks

10.00am – 12.30pm

£125 / £100 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:

27 September

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

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November

6 December

 WATERCOLOUR PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS

Monday 24 September for 10 weeks

10.00am – 12.00pm

£100 / £80 concession

Brief Description:

This class is aimed at beginners and taught in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment.  You will explore techniques to create effective pictures by looking at contemporary and traditional styles and subjects.  We also explore other mediums and drawing skills too as a support to water colour.

Course Aims:

  • Be able to confidently demonstrate watercolour techniques
  • Understand colour use in their work
  • Be able to control water use in their artwork
  • Be able to paint a range of subjects
  • Improve drawing skills
  • Be able to show tone and texture and detail in their work

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:

Equipment & Materials List:-

Sketch pad with good quality thick paper A4

Pencils HB, 2B,4B

Pencil sharpener

Fine, black pen, waterproof and fade proof ‘uniball eye’ is great for this.

Soft rubber or putty rubber

Ruler

Watercolour pad – A3 16inches x 12 inches, 140lbs, WH Smiths offer a good quality pad for beginners

Brushes – Rigger, No 1 brush, No 4 brush, No 6 brush, wash brush

Paints – tubes or half pans.

Suggested colours needed:

Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Ultra Marine Blue, Light Red, Indigo, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow, Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue or any other favourite colours you like to use

Extras:

Tracing Pad

Masking Fluid

Graphite Transfer Paper Large sheet blotting paper Scalpel and blades

Location:

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

Class Dates:

24 September

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

5, 12, 19, 26 November

3 December