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Impington Village College

Arts and Crafts Courses

ACRYLIC PAINTING & DRAWING - IMPROVERS

Tuesday 1 May 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:

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

5, 12, 19, 26 June

3, 10 July

 CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS

Wednesday 9 May for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£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 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.

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:

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

6, 13, 20 June

CROCHET (NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS)  

Wednesday 23 May for 4 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£40 / £32 concession

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:

  • 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:

23 May (No class on 30 May due to Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20 June

CUT FLOWERS FOR SUMMER

Tuesday 8 May for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60 / £48 concession

Brief Description:

Enjoy the glorious blooms of Summer as you create your own simple but stunning cut flower design each week. Learn how to prolong the life of your floral arrangement as you create a range of designs for the Summer time - home, gift and party pieces. 

Projects include:

Summer hand tied posy with ribbon drapes

Summer vase

Summer tall and stately

Summer country basket vintage style

Summer floral ring

No experience needed, just a love of  flowers!

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to put together cut flowers and foliage to produce secure, seasonal designs for the time of year
  • Learn how to get the most life 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 £15.

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 (these can be ordered in wk1)  (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-optional

Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap

Notebook

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

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

5, 12, 19 June

 DRAWING - AN INTRODUCTION

Wednesday 9 May for 6 weeks

10.00am – 12.00pm

£60 / £48 concession

Brief Description:

This course is aimed at learners who would like to learn basic drawing techniques. It is also suitable for those who want to practice and build on their existing drawing 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 learn basic techniques
  • Learn how to approach observational drawing
  • Understand the use of line, tone, shape, and texture in order to convey 3D forms
  • Gain confidence using a variety of materials such as charcoal, chalk and pastels
  • To consider approaches to drawing and composition
  • Be able to use drawing 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 A3

Pencils 2B, 4B, 6B

Rubber

Sharpener

Location:

The Stables, St Andrews Church, Church Street, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9EP

Class Dates:

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

6, 13, 20 June

DRAWING - SUMMER TIME

Thursday 10 May for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60 / £48

Brief Description:

This summer themed course is aimed at learners who would like to learn basic drawing techniques. It is also suitable for those who want to practice and build on their existing drawing skills.  You will study a wide variety of subjects including some nearby off site drawing weather permitting.

Course Aims:

  • To enjoy drawing and learn basic techniques
  • Learn how to approach observational drawing
  • Understand the use of line, tone, shape, and texture in order to convey 3D forms
  • Gain confidence using a variety of materials such as charcoal, chalk and pastels
  • To consider approaches to drawing and composition
  • Be able to use drawing 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 A3

Pencils 2B, 4B, 6B

Rubber

Sharpener

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

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

7, 14, 21 June

 DRESS MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 1 May for 10 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£90 / £72 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.  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

Class Dates:

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

5, 12, 19, 26 June

3, 10 July

DRESS MAKING (NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS)

Tuesday 22 May for 7 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£63 / £51 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.  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

Class Dates:

22 May (No class on 29 May due to Half Term break.)

5, 12, 19, 26 June

3, 10 July

 MOSAICS FOR ALL

Tuesday 8 May 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 homewares or gifts.

Projects will include:

  • Coasters
  • Tealight holder
  • Flower pot

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 resin) 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. Costs each week are expected to average no more than £5.  This will vary each week, depending on materials used and the activity carried out (i.e. tiling or grouting).

What you need to bring to the first session:

£6 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). Again, this will vary each week, depending on items made.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

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

5, 12, 19 June

 PATCHWORK & QUILTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 2 May for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60 / £48 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 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:

Fabric (100% cotton) – 2 fat quarters*, 1 light in colour and 1 contrast

Sewing machine

Sewing kit - scissors, threads and pins

*A fat quarter is (¼ of a metre)

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

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

6, 13 June

 WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Thursday 26 April for 9 weeks

10.00am – 12.30pm

£111 / £89 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:

26 April

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

7, 14, 21, 28 June