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Impington Village College

Arts and Crafts Courses

ACRYLIC PAINTING & DRAWING - IMPROVERS

Tuesday 16 January 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:

16, 23, 30 January

6, 20, 27 February (No class on 13 Feb due to Half Term break.)

6, 12, 19, 26 March

 DRAWING - AN INTRODUCTION

Thursday 1 February for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60 / £48

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 A 3

Pencils 2 B ,4B ,6 B

Rubber

Sharpener.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

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

1, 8, 15 March

 DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 23 January 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:

23, 30 January

6, 20, 27 February (No class on 13 Feb due to Half Term break.)

6, 13, 20 March

 DRESS MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday 16 January for 9 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£86 / £69 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:

16, 23, 30 January

6, 20, 27 February (No class on 13 February due to Half Term break.)

6, 20, 27 March (No class 13 March)  

DRESS MAKING (NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS)

Tuesday 6 February for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£57 / £46 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:

6, 20, 27 February (No class on 13 Feb due to Half Term break.)

6, 20, 27 March ( No class on 13 March)

 MOSAICS FOR ALL

Tuesday 30 January 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:

30 January

6, 20, 27 February (No class on 13 Feb due to Half Term break.)

6, 13 March

 PATCHWORK & QUILTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 24 January 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 log cabin
  • 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.  You will not need your sewing machine on the first night.  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) – one small piece of your favourite colour.  This can be as little as a 10cm square.

Sewing kit - scissors, threads and pins

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

24, 31 January

7, 21, 28 February (No class on 14 Feb due to Half Term break.)

7, 14, 21 March

 SPRING FLOWER ARRANGING

Monday 22 January for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£80 / £64 concession

Brief Description:

Learn the basics of flower and foliage care as you create wonderful spring designs using seasonal foliage, branches  and spring flowers each week. You will create a range of designs for the time of year.

Projects:

Spring handtied posy with ribbon drapes

Narcissus topiary

Spring vase with a twist

Spring pot

Spring basket vintage style

Tulip flow contemporary

Easter nest

No experience needed, just a love of  flowers!

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 £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:

£8 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 (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

Notebook

Pen

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

22, 29 January

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

5, 12, 19 March

 WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.