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Impington Village College

Weekend Workshops

basic dress making skills

Saturday 23 November

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 23 November – 1 session 

COOKING AN INDIAN MEAL (VEGETARIAN)

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

Want to wow your family and friends on a special occasion with some tasty new dishes?  This workshop will be hands on where you will be shown the authentic way to make the following dishes from scratch using locally sourced ingredients:

 

1. Tadka Dall – using split mung beans, a dish full of fantastic fantastic flavours finished with a tadka (hot spiced tempering with oil and spices).

2. Pilau Rice - a restaurant style Indian rice dish flavoured with spices (goes well with most curries)

3. Potato Stuffed Parathas - made with chappatti flour, stuffed with potato and pan fired using minimal oil, serve with your favourite curry.

4. Raita – a delicious and refreshing yoghurt dip, flavoured with dessicated coconut and spices

5. Mixed Jalfrezi Curry – a delicious vegetable and chickpea curry

 

There will be an opportunity to taste what you have cooked with a cup of traditional Indian masala chai.  You will also get lots of tips, information about spices and equipment needed for traditional Indian cooking.

 

This course is suitable for all levels.

Course Aims:

·         Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices.

·         Learn how to make a traditional Indian paratha dough

·         Learn how to make a tadka dall, pilau rice, mixed vegetable jalfrezi curry and raita

·         Develop culinary skills and knowledge

·         Build confidence in the kitchen

 

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients. Most ingredients will be available from local supermarkets.  Tutor is also willing to bring in certain spices / flours and charge learners per teaspoon / cup used. Advance notice required.

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 23 November – 1 session 

 crochet basic skills

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 3.00pm

£30

Brief Description:

Learn all the basic crochet stitches you will need to start making simple items that you can cherish or give as gifts. We will cover crocheting ‘in the round’ and ‘in rows’ as well foundation chains, joining in a new colour and reading crochet patterns. The aim is to have made some simple granny squares by the end of the day and have the skills to start your own project at home. If time and progress allows, we will make some crochet bunting.

 

The workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their crochet skills.

Course Aims:

·         Learn the basic crochet stitches and terminology

·         Learn how to read a crochet pattern

·         Make some simple granny squares

·         Learn the skills you need to start your own project at home

Extra Coss:

Learners are required to bring all 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 first session:

4.5mm crochet hook

2 balls of DK yarn in 2 different colours. These MUST be the same type of yarn; preferably Stylecraft Special which is available from most craft shops or online.  Try choosing colours that compliment each other.

Small pair of scissors

Darning needle (eye must be large enough to take yarn)

Notebook & pen

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session 

 drawing basic skills

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

£24

Brief Description:

The course will form an introduction to both basic skills and some more advanced skills. The course will cover some of the fundamental principles of drawing- use of line, tone and texture; how to recognise and use shapes and planes to create 3- dimensional form. Any drawing medium can be used.

 

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to develop their skills further

Course Aims:

·         Develop the use of line and shape

·         Improve composition on the paper- drawing ‘bigger’

·         Recognise and compare tonal values

·         Explore mark- making techniques

·         Combine line, shape, tone and texture to make a drawing

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials and equipment.  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:

Chosen drawing media (charcoal, pen, pencil, felt- tip etc)

Paper- cartridge paper is best for most media (an A4 or A3 sketchpad is ideal)

Rubber/ putty rubber (for charcoal)

An image to draw from (from a book, magazine or printed from the internet) or an object you would like to draw

 

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session 

 first aid at home (non accredited)

For more information please contact the office.

 flower arranging - autumn

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

£40

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

No experience necessary – just a love of flowers!

 

Celebrate the wild beauty of autumn with this floral workshop where you will learn how to combine the best seasonal foliages, berries and textures to create a fabulous wild autumn wreath.  You will learn how to moss a wreath frame and place your materials to create an attractive display that you can either hang on your door or use as a table centre.

Course Aims:

·         Learn how to create a wreath base and place paltn material in it to create a wreath design.

·         Apply techniques to create a long-lasting autumn 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 materials are 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 23 November – 1 session 

IMPROVING SLEF CONFIDENCE & SELF ESTEEM

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

This workshop for those who want to explore and improve their confidence and self esteem.

 

Does this seem familiar?

 

You want to like and value yourself.  You want to recognise your strengths and feel able to try new or difficult things.  You want to believe you matter and are good enough.  You want to be happy in your life.

 

In this workshop you will work through limiting beliefs that hold you back as you begin to create your brand new normal.  It is for you if you want to build self-esteem, gain confidence and enjoy being your best self.  You will hear about the six attributes the tutor believes make a real difference in getting you to the top of your game.  You will learn activities that can be used day after day.  They will help you create the life you love.  They are simple, straightforward, tried and tested for success.  It is a confidential, fun and interactive workshop.

Course Aims:

·         Develop an understanding of confidence, self esteem and resiliance

·         Understand the need to think and behave differently so you feel confident and happy

·         Be able to use practical techniques to help raise your confidence and self esteem

·         Create and hold positive beliefs about yourself and your abilities

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

Notebook & pen

A drink, lunch and snacks

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session

LIFE DRAWING 

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£50

Brief Description:

During this workshop, you will explore the techniques and possibilities of drawing or painting from life.  Whether you’re a newcomer or well versed, there’ll be something for you.  Life drawing is one of the richest seams in all Art.

 

The tutor will cover whatever technical questions you may have, while not losing sight of the creative.  By the end of the day, you should feel a little more sure of the underlying structure of a person and the reasons behind all those artists’ clichés.  The longer poses of a full day will enable you to explore the process more deeply.

Course Aims:

·         Explore life drawing techniques and understanding of the figure

·         Develop and improve observational drawing / painting skills

·         Work experimently with different media

·         Gain confidence to produce own artworks

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials.  The cost of the model is included in the fee.

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

What you need to bring to the first session:

A reasonable amount of paper in useful sizes

Pencils, charcoal, etc.

A board for paper if possible

 

If you intend to paint: brushes, paint, prepared paper for watercolour or lightweight budget canvasses for oils or acrylics

An easel if you have a lightweight one

 

The tutor will bring drawing weight cartridge paper to buy at cost (A2).

 

There will be some boards and easels available.

 

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session 

mOSAICS - AN INTRODUCTION 

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

Enjoy designing and making your own decorative mosaic.  You will learn some basic mosaicking techniques. You will 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 23 November – 1 session 

PHOTOSHOP FOR BEGINNERS 

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

Demystifying Photoshop in one day!

 

If you have tried Photoshop but you cannot get your head around it, this course is just for you.  In just a few hours you will get to understand once and forever how Photoshop works and remove the mystery and irritation of most Photoshop tools and layers.

 

This course is suitable for beginners. A good understanding of using a computer is required.

 

Learners will have had the opportunity to explore the following techniques:

•           Selection tools and techniques

•           Using colours and applying them within objects and layers

•           Image enhancing - basic but useful techniques

•           Transforming objects and creating composites

•           Masks and adjustment layers 

•           Saving and preparation of files for various outputs (web, print, etc.)

Course Aims:

·         Introduce learners to the Photoshop programme and its tools

·         Gain a thorough understanding of how Photoshop works and behaves

·         Produce own composites using various pre-existing or photoshop-created objects and images

 

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

Memory stick with images in raw format

Note pad

Pen

Location:

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

Class Dates:

23 November – 1 session 

POTTERY - BASIC SKILLS 

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 1.00pm

£25

Adults 18+

(Materials included)

Brief Description:

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh their skills.  You will learn simple hand building techniques to help you create your own unique pieces.

 

A variety of sample work, suitable for a range of abilities, will be on show to help stimulate your ideas.

 

(Items will be biscuit fired, glazed and collected at a later date.)

Course Aims:

·         Create simple ceramic structures using hand building skills

·         Learn how to apply various surface decoration techniques

 

Extra Costs:

Materials are included

What you need to bring to the first session:

It is advisable to wear old clothes.

Apron

Clean t-towel (used to roll clay out on)

Snack / drink

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session 

SCREEN PRINTING (WEEKEND)

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October

10.00am – 4.00pm

£72

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 course 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.  This 2 day class will allow you to build up layers and develop more complex designs, to explore texture and to have some fun with experimental techniques.  Learners who have previously attended a one day course can develop their own projects with help from the tutor as needed.  A4 and A5 screens and squeegee are provided for use during the weekend.

Course Aims:

·         Learn how to create a paper screen print stencil of your own design

·         Learn how to build up patterns or pictures on fabric using screen

·          

Extra Costs:

£8 for materials (inks) paid direct to the tutor on the first 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.

£8 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. I suggest you bring about two to three metres of white or light coloured, 100% cotton fabric, preferably washed and ironed.   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:

12, 13 October – 2 sessions 

SEW A CHRISTMAS PLACE MAT

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£36

Brief Description:

Set off the celebration meal with Christmassy placemats.  You will make a placemat, but the pattern will also include a table runner you can make at home.  If you prefer a non-Christmas theme, simply adjust the fabric colours and designs to be more suitable.

The workshop is suitable for beginners.

Course Aims:

·         To learn some basic patchwork and quilting techniques

·         How to make a ‘quilting sandwich’

·         Complete the mat using binding with mitred corners

Extra Costs:

Learners may bring their own fabrics or suitable fabrics may be purchased from the tutor (Approximately £6 for two mats + haberdashery).

Fabrics required (for two placemats):

Christmas fabric: fat quarters in 4 designs
Backing, Borders, Binding: one fat quarter each
Seven fat quarters in total.

Haberdashery :

Wadding – 18” x 12” (for each mat).  Cotton wadding provides a better insulation than polyester, or you may use ‘Insul Bright’ which is supposed to give better protection from hot dishes, but is much more expensive.  (May be purchased from the tutor at cost.)

Cotton threads in suitable colours (red, black or white or other colour to suit your own fabrics).

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:

Fabric and haberdashery if not purchasing from tutor.

A sewing machine, scissors, hand sewing needles, thimble, pins or clips and any of the following which you have.  Please ensure your sewing machine is in good working order before booking the workshop.

The tutor will have some items available to borrow, iron (small) and ironing mat, rotary cutter, ruler and mat, quilting clips, 505 temporary adhesive, etc.

Notebook & pen

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session 

STAINED GLASS - CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (WEEKEND)

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 October

10.00am – 4.00pm

£72

Brief Description:

Have you ever wondered how glass is made and put together?  Here is your chance to try a unique glass technique called ‘copperfoil,’ invented by Louis Comfort Tiffany which revolutionised the way that glass was made and put together.  Small scale, delicate pieces can be made using this method.  You will need a steady hand and lots of patience to learn this technique, but the results will be well worth the effort!  You will create a unique and beautiful copperfoil glass Christmas decoration using a combination of coloured glass and glass globs if desired.

 

During the first part of the course, we will concentrate upon working out how to cut, foil and solder glass together.  Then you will create a suitable design and colour scheme for this project so that you will understand how to design your own piece in the future.

Course Aims:

·         Design skills

·         Brief history of glass / makers

·         Glass cutting methods

·         Grinding & soldering

·         Copperfoil technique

·         Health & safety

 

Extra Costs:

Tools and equipment will be provided.  There will be a fee of £16 to cover the costs of equipment and glass payable to the tutor on the first day.  However, you will need to bring the materials listed below with you on the first day.

What you need to bring to the first session:

Images for inspiration (essential)

A permanent pen

X2 sheets of A4 paper

a pencil, rubber, ruler

a sheet of tracing paper (A4 size)

An apron, which is fabric or plastic coated

A small mdf board (for cutting glass on)

A glass cutter if you have one

Bubble wrap to transport glass home

Location:

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

Class Dates:

12, 13 October – 2 sessions 

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Saturday 23 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

£24

Brief Description:

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills further.  You 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:

To develop observational techniques using scale and proportion

To understand elements of composition in painting

To understand colour theory and practice

To develop watercolour skills using wet on wet techniques

To develop skills using wet on dry techniques

 

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own materials and equipment.
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:

A sketch book suitable for watercolour – thicker cartridge, or water-colour paper advised

A selection of watercolour paints

white ceramic plate or pallete

A selection of Brushes

kitchen roll

Pen, pencils, ruler, rubber

Packed lunch

Location:

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

Class Dates:

Saturday 23 November – 1 session