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Impington Village College

Weekend Workshops

 BASIC DRESS MAKING SKILLS

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their sewing 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.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to use a sewing machine and understand the key functions
  • Introduce basic sewing skills – seam finishes, zips, elasticated waistbands, and button holes
  • Understand how to choose the right fabric for a project
  • Be able to choose a suitable commercial sewing pattern and to understand the information given on the packet
  • Learn how to take correct measurements
  • Develop the confidence to start your own projects

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

What you need to bring to the first session:

Sewing machine - any foot attachments & instructions (if you have them)

Sewing equipment and tools, eg, fabric scissors, needles, pins, seam ripper, tape measure, tailors chalk, sewing machine thread.

A basic short zip

Wide (1-2inches) elastic approximately 20 inches in length

Material to use for sewing sample pieces.  This doesn't need to be anything special – an old sheet is fine

Packed lunch

Notebook

Pen

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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 BREAD MAKING

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

On this workshop, you will learn the basics of bread making.  There will be lots of demonstrations and you will have the opportunity to make an array of breads and bread based items.

This course is suitable for all levels.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about yeast, and the creating and maintenance of sourdough starters
  • Learn how to make sourdough bread, pizza dough, a porridge loaf, soda bread, and a malted brown loaf
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

 DRAWING ANIMALS

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 12.30pm

£15

Materials are not included

Brief Description:

During this workshop you will use charcoal to create an expressive animal drawing.  You will experiment with different charcoal techniques and mark making.  The tutor will guide you through a step-by-step demonstration followed by individual feedback to produce a finished animal drawing.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their drawing skills further.

Course Aims:

  • Build confidence drawing with charcoal
  • Capture the character of the animal from a photograph
  • Understand animal proportions and shapes
  • Develop the use of line, tone and texture
  • Experiment with composition

Extra Costs:

Materials are not included.  There will be a £2 materials chare on the day, paid direct to the tutor

What you need to bring to the first session:

£2

You are advised to wear old clothes.

Location:

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

Class Dates:

28 March – 1 session

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FLOWER ARRANGING - SPRING

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 2.00pm

£45

All plant materials, sundries and container included.

Brief Description:

No experience necessary – just a love of flowers!

Celebrate the wild beauty of spring with this floral workshop where you will learn how to combine the best seasonal flowers, foliage and textures to create a fabulous wild and natural-looking spring table centrepiece.  You will learn how to make an eco-friendly wire frame (no floral foam used) and place your materials to create an attractive and stable display.

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to create a wire frame and place plant material in it to create a table design.
  • Apply techniques to create a long-lasting spring floral arrangement
  • Learn 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 plant materials, sundries and container included.

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)

Apron

Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to plant sap

A snack

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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 HOW TO USE YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 3.00pm

£30

Brief Description:

This one day course is designed to teach you how to use your digital camera to its full potential, where to find the features you need and how to control them to create a perfect photo of your favourite subject.

The course is designed to give all learners the chance to have one-to-one time in order for everyone to quickly and easily learn the main functions of their digital camera.

No prior knowledge or experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Understand the basics of digital photography
  • Become familiar with the settings and menus of a digital camera
  • Gain confidence to produce own photographic work

Extra Costs:

None

If you are intending to purchase a new camera, it is advisable not to make any purchase until the course is confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Any digital camera – point & shoot, DSLR or bridge – with memory card

Notebook & pen

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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 IMPROVE YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

This workshop can be seen as an opportunity to brush up your interview skills, or if you are new to being interviewed, a comprehensive practical introduction to the interview process.

Course Aims:

  • Introduce the STAR* interview model – and variations
  • Explore what each section of the model covers
  • Observe elements of the model being used
  • Role play – if desired – sections of the interview
  • Consider ways of preparing for an interview
  • How to identify likely questions

* The STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) format is a job interview technique used by interviewers to gather all the relevant information about a person and their job capability.

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

Pen and note pad

Recent job advertisement and/or specification – if available

Location:

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

Class Dates:

28 March – 1 session

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MAKING PAPYRUS PAPER & NATURAL COLOURS FROM PLANTS

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 12.30pm

£18

Materials included

Brief Description:

Come along and try something new!  This relaxing eco art based workshop is suitable for all levels - no previous art experience needed.

You will learn how to be respectful of the environment by making your own papyrus paper and natural colours from plants.  You will then use the vegetable based colours to paint a small artwork to express your creativity.

Tutor: Deisa Centazzo

Course Aims:

  • Learn how to make papyrus paper and natural plant based colours
  • Create own artwork with the natural colours
  • Improve wellbeing through art and creativity
  • Gain confidence to start own projects at home

Extra Costs:

None, materials are included.

What you need to bring to the first session:

It is advisable to wear old clothes.

Apron

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March for 1 week

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 MOSAICS FOR ALL

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

Enjoy designing and making your own decorative mosaic.  You will learn some basic mosaicking techniques. You will then be able to apply these techniques to tile and grout your own picture or pattern on a base.  You will go home with a completed mosaic of your own making.

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

Course Aims:

  • Design and make a mosaic picture or pattern
  • Learn basic mosaic tiling techniques
  • Consider how colours and shapes work together
  • Learn how to mix and apply grout to tiles

Extra Costs:

Materials are not included.  Learners are required to pay the tutor direct for materials used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

£10 cash for materials

Packed Lunch

Notebook

Pen

Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty

Container to take design home in – around 30 x 20cm

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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 OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

Come and spend a day discovering, or cultivating further, the skills of painting in oils with artist and teacher Cary Outis.

Painting in oils can feel daunting with its 550 year reputation hanging over us.  This short course offers a painless introduction to the process.

Course Aims:

  • To gain confidence in using oil paints
  • To experience the different effects to be achieved with different brushes
  • To have the experience of working wet on wet, wet on dry, dark to light and light to dark
  • To have explored the tonal depth available in the medium
  • To demystify the medium through discussion on colour, design and economy

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials. 

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

What you need to bring to the session:

One or two canvasses, brushes, low odour thinners, brush cleaning rags, a palette.

Oil paint - at least cobalt red, cobalt yellow, a white (titanium is quite nice), ultramarine blue, a black, burnt sienna or similar.

Pencil, paper, charcoal, reference material - an object or photo perhaps.

Some form of support for the canvas.

Packed Lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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 REPURPOSING FABRIC (WRAPPING FOR GIFTS)

Saturday 21 March

10.00am – 1.00pm

£12

Materials included

Brief Description:

This workshop is about repurposing beautiful fabrics into fabric wrapping for gifts.  You will have the opportunity to create finished wraps, by machine or by hand.  You can choose from the tutor’s collection of special fabrics or bring your own.  If you have never sewn before you will be taught how to hand sew a wrap.

You will also have the opportunity to see objects that have been repurposed by the tutor such as a lamp, side table, bathroom cabinet.  These objects have been brought to life at no extra cost.

The tutor is a practising upholsterer and soft furnisher and has been creating fabric wrapping and repurposing objects with fabric for five years.

Tutor: Dimitra Frangos

Course Aims:

  • Learn to cut a wrap
  • Fold the edges that do not have selvage
  • Machine or hand sew the edges
  • Choose a ribbon for your wrap
  • Make a label for your wrap

Extra Costs:

None, but you are welcome to bring your own fabrics (ones that you love but no longer have a use for).  These can be shirts, skirts, scarves or shawls, curtain or lightweight upholstery fabrics.  If you have collected ribbons from gifts, please bring them too.

If you have a sewing machine that you know how to use and it is in good condition, you can bring it and use it.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Sewing machine (optional)

Sharp scissors

Sewing kit (needles, pins)

Fabrics (optional)

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 21 March for 1 week

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SCREEN PRINTING on textiles

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

Small scale screen printing - the emphasis is on the experimental, creating simple paper stencils with small silk screens to create bold shapes and pattern on fabric. The day is aimed at those with some experience of screen printing as well as beginners and it is an opportunity to work in a studio atmosphere with tutor support.  An A5 screen and squeegee is provided for use during the day.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about basic screen print equipment for printing fabric
  • Learn how to create a simple screen print stencil of your own design
  • Learn how to build up patterns or pictures on fabric using screen

Extra Costs:

£4 for materials, paid to tutor on the day.

What you need to bring to the first session:

We advise that you do not buy any materials until the course has been confirmed as running.

£4 for materials

Wear old clothes and an apron

Reference pictures to use as inspiration.

5/6 old newspapers

Notebook, pen and pencils

Paper cutting scissors / craft knife & cutting mat

20 sheets computer / photocopy paper (not recycled)

A rag for cleaning eg fabric torn from old T-shirt or an old facecloth etc

Clear / masking tape

Fabric: you will need to bring your own fabrics to print on. These must be 100% cotton. Polyesters and poly- cottons do not print well. The tutor suggests that you bring about two to three metres of white, 100% cotton fabric, preferably washed and ironed.  You may wish to pre-dye some of your fabric to create a background but make sure the colours are not too dark. If you are a non stitcher, you can bring pre-made items for printing on eg. T-shirts, shopping bags, pillow slips - as long as they are, a light or bright colour and once again, 100% cotton. (T-shirts & shop bags do not need pre-washing)

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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 TEXTILES - STITCHED LANDSCAPE

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 4.00pm

£41

Materials included

Brief Description:

This is an experimental textile course were learners will be encouraged to mix a range of different hand dyed fabrics together along with hand stitching and embellishment to create a decorative landscape picture.  This course is suitable for learners with basic hand sewing skills.

Course Aims:

  • Experiment with a range of different fabrics and basic sewing techniques
  • Develop knowledge of different fabrics and decorative techniques
  • Create a decorative fabric landscape picture

Extra Costs:

None, materials are included.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Packed Lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 7 March – 1 session

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 UPHOLSTERY - AN INTRODUCTION

UPHOLSTERY – AN INTRODUCTION

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 3.00pm

£30

Materials not included

Brief Description:

This day is suitable for beginners.  Learners will have the opportunity to upholster a small stool with wooden bun feet.

In order for it to be completed in a day, modern upholstery materials will be used.  The tutor is a practising upholsterer and soft furnisher

Tutor: Dimitra Frangos

Course Aims:

  • Learn to attach foam to a stool
  • Form the desired shape by stretching the top fabric
  • Temporary tack the top fabric
  • Staple or tack the top fabric in place
  • Attach the feet to the stool

Extra Costs:

The cost of the stool is £25, paid direct to the tutor on the day.  This includes the feet, chipboard top, foam, polyester wadding and tacks/staples.  You will need to provide your own top fabric.  

Learners will be asked to bring a selection of common household tools.  Some upholstery tools will be available to use.

What you need to bring to the first session:

£25 cash

Small hammer

Pliers or pincers

Sewing pins

Fabric to cover stool – 50cm x 50cm (upholstery weight)

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March for 1 week

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WATERCOLOUR PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Saturday 28 March

10.00am – 2.00pm

£24

Brief Description:

The course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their existing skills. Basic skills will be covered and more advanced skills as required.  We will explore properties of paper and materials, brushes and how to use them.  Paint application will be central to the course as will mark making, different types of washes and use of tone and colour.

Course Aims:

  • Explore materials and methods of applying paint
  • Develop recognition of shape as a fundamental approach to painting
  • Develop awareness of tone and colour properties

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials.  We advise that you do not buy any materials until the course has been confirmed as running.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Watercolour brush/ brushes (if using one brush, a size 6 synthetic fibre brush is recommended)

Watercolour paper (an A4 pad of Cotman Not Surface watercolour paper is a reasonably priced start point)

Small jar or cup for water

Paints- either a small sketch box with assorted colours or tubes in the following colours

Ultramarine blue

Cadmium red

Cadmium yellow

Lemon yellow

Alizarin crimson

Small palate (white plastic or a plate) for mixing

Pencils for drawing and a rubber

An image to paint from (from a book or magazine, an image from the internet for example)

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 28 March – 1 session

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