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12th July - 8th August 2020

Adult Courses

Arts and Crafts

Art is a journey on which anyone can travel. The breadth and variety of courses available this year provides a feast for those wishing to be creative in a wide variety of media, watercolours, oils, pastels, textiles, wood, metal, glass and so many more. All art materials are provided unless stated in the course notes.

 

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Beyond the Spoon: Love Spoons, Kuksa and More

Beyond the Spoon: Love Spoons, Kuksa and More

COURSE No. 66

TUTOR: Richard Janes

This course is about making. Using a range of hand tools and some simple power tools, you will learn all the skills you need to make beautiful handcrafted vessels and utensils, which could include love spoons and Kuksa: the traditional Lapland wooden cup. The tutor will cover the safe use of carving tools and you will experience working with different timbers and...

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Spoon Carving: How to Make Unique Utensils

Spoon Carving: How to Make Unique Utensils

COURSE No. 67

TUTOR: Richard Janes

Using traditional hand tools, you will learn all the skills you need to make beautiful handcrafted spoons, including love spoons, spatulas and spurtles. The tutor will cover the safe use of carving tools, the working of different timbers and why some are better than others, how to realise your ideas, ergonomics and functionality of design and finishing techniques. By the end of...

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Exploring the Third Dimension: Introduction to Sculpture

Exploring the Third Dimension: Introduction to Sculpture

New for 2020

COURSE No. 68

TUTOR: Richard Janes

Learn and explore the techniques and skills involved with creating sculpture, the most fundamental art form. This is a full day introductory course, which will investigate clay modelling, working with plaster, block carving and metal construction. Each day, you will cover a different skill and explore how to make a new sculpture, in a new material. While this is a largely practical course,...

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Garden Harvesting Basket

Garden Harvesting Basket

COURSE No. 69

TUTOR: Jane Welsh

On this course, you will make a very useful broad, shallow garden basket that is ideal for throwing your runner beans into from a distance and has enough space to display your harvested veg. You will use traditional weaves in attractive rings of naturally coloured willow, all grown on the Somerset Levels. You can make a round or oval basket either with...

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Rush Hat Making

Rush Hat Making

New for 2020

COURSE No. 70

TUTOR: Jane Welsh

This course will introduce you to working with rush, a beautifully soft and aromatic material cut from the Somerset Levels. You will start with a small project to learn the basics and then turn to making hats. You can make your hat with a round or a flat top and with a narrow or broad brim. If time permits, you may also...

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Willow Animal Sculpture

Willow Animal Sculpture

New for 2020

COURSE No. 71,72

TUTOR: Linda Rees

This course will guide you through the process of creating a three dimensional willow silhouette frame of your chosen animal followed by the fun, different techniques required to make the finishing features. Each sculpture is a unique celebration in willow of your individual personality and artistic choices. You can opt to make a deer, hare, pig or owl; any of which will...

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Casting in Bronze: The Easy Way

Casting in Bronze: The Easy Way

COURSE No. 73

TUTOR: Jane Renwick

Resin metal casting is a method of mixing pure metal powders with resin to produce a medium that you can cast to create beautiful objects that look and feel like solid metal. This process is far easier, more versatile and less expensive than hot metal casting. During this course, you will use a selection of techniques, including body casting to make...

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Glass and Wire Sculpture

Glass and Wire Sculpture

New for 2020

COURSE No. 74

TUTOR: Alison Bowyer

This course is a week of two halves. During the first part of the week, you will create glass fish and birds while in the latter half, you will be shown how to add a third dimension using wire modelling techniques. You will receive pre-cut clear glass shapes, which you will bring to life through careful application of finely ground coloured glass,...

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Dabbling with Wood

Dabbling with Wood

COURSE No. 75

TUTOR: Petina Simner

Discover the satisfaction of working with wood and a number of other materials in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. There will be opportunities to design and then use a range of machines, tools and techniques to create a variety of items, such as a small footstool, a jigsaw puzzle, a jewellery box and a candle holder. Aimed at beginners, you will be supported...

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Weaving Chair Seats: Designs and Techniques

Weaving Chair Seats: Designs and Techniques

New for 2020

COURSE No. 76

TUTOR: Daniel Lizarralde Aguirre

An introduction to handwoven chair seats, this course reveals how to weave three different patterns with three different materials. Reed core, Danish cord or seagrass may be woven in checkerboard, right angle and under-over patterns. While it is possible to learn these patterns and the various techniques needed from books or the internet, the most important knowledge you will take away from...

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Hand Caning for Chairs: The Seven-Step Method

Hand Caning for Chairs: The Seven-Step Method

New for 2020

COURSE No. 77

TUTOR: Daniel Lizarralde Aguirre

An octagonal pattern has been used in many cane seats over the past 200 years. You may have no idea what the Thonet No. 14 Chair is, but you have probably sat on a few! During this course, you will learn about the rattan palm and the Seven-Step Method used to weave this iconic octagonal pattern. One of the fundamental tasks...

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Recycled Paper Furniture

Recycled Paper Furniture

New for 2020

COURSE No. 78

TUTOR: Jo Mosesson

Create your own paper furniture by employing a technique that uses recycled cardboard and other everyday waste materials, such as used flour bags and tights. You will discover how to construct your 'board' and then the tutor will guide you through assembling a step stool to establish the principles of making. Your stool will be useful, strong and beautiful and you can...

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