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Impington Village College

Arts and Crafts Courses

ACRYLIC PAINTING & DRAWING FOR IMPROVERS

Tuesday 30 April for 10 weeks

9.30am – 11.30am

£100

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:

30 April

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

4, 11, 18, 25 June

2, 9 July

 FLOWER ARRANGING FOR ALL

Monday 3 June for 3 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£30

Brief Description:

On this short course, you will learn the basics of summer flower and foliage care as you create wonderful summer 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:

Summer cut flower garden rustic delight

Summer with succulents

Summer tall arrangement

Course Aims:

Learn how to put together flowers to produce seasonal designs for the time of year

Learn how to get the most life expectance from your arrangement

Create secure floral arrangements

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, New Road, Impington, Cambridge, CB24 9LX

Class Dates:

3, 10, 17 June

 MOSAICS FOR ALL

Tuesday 7 May for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60

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, 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:

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

4, 11, 18 June

 PATCHWORK & QUILTING FOR ALL

Wednesday 8 May for 6 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£60

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 using neutral colours to create small textured panels which can be incorporated in a small or larger quilt.  The tutor will advise what projects are suitable for beginners.

Course Aims:

  • Learn basic construction to make an item
  • 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 selection of white / cream / neutral fabics.  Tutor will also have some fabric available.

Sewing machine

Sewing kit - scissors, threads and pins

Location:

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

Class Dates:

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

5, 12, 19 June

 POTTERY FOR BEGINNERS

Monday 29 April for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£95

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:

29 April

13, 20 May (No class on 6 May due to Bank Holiday & 27 May - Half Term break.)

10, 17, 24 June (No class on 3 June – Tutor unable to teach.)

1, 8 July

 POTTERY FOR IMPROVERS

Wednesday 1 May for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£95

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:

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

5, 12, 19 26 June

 WATERCOLOUR PAINTING - MIXED ABILITY

Thursday 2 May for 9 weeks

10.00am – 12.30pm

£112.50

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:

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

6, 13, 20, 27 June

4 July