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Sculpture in Bronze: An Introduction

Sculpture in Bronze: An Introduction

COURSE No. 86

TUTOR: Jane Renwick

Resin metal sculpture is a method of mixing pure metal powders with resin to produce a medium that can be cast or hand applied to create beautiful objects that look, feel and react like solid metal; a process far easier, more versatile and less expensive than hot metal casting. This course will help you to make a...

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Painting with Fibres

Painting with Fibres

New for 2021

COURSE No. 90

TUTOR: Kathie Barrs

This course offers a taste of the traditional craft of wet felt making. Using fibres of merino wool in a wonderful range of colours, you will create felted fabric landscapes and skyscapes with just your hands and warm soapy water. There will be three different projects introducing the techniques of nuno felting, where silk fabric is incorporated into the wool felt,...

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Traditional Scandinavian Crafts

Traditional Scandinavian Crafts

New for 2021

COURSE No. 92

TUTOR: Peter Codd

This course is about making a range of items to take home. Using hand tools, including a knife and axe, you will learn all the skills you need to make a range of traditional Scandinavian handcrafted items, such as a wooden storage box known as a shrink pot, a butter knife, a pre-shaped dala horse or a birch bark basket. The...

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Introduction to Wet Felt Making

Introduction to Wet Felt Making

New for 2021

COURSE No. 93

TUTOR: Kathie Barrs

The ancient craft of wet felt making is simple to learn and offers a myriad of creative possibilities. You will begin by mastering the basic principles, laying out layers of wool fibres and felting them into a piece of non-woven fabric using only your hands and warm, soapy water. Resist work offers the opportunity to create seamless, hollow 3D objects and...

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Have a Stab at Needle Felting: Countryside Creatures

Have a Stab at Needle Felting: Countryside Creatures

COURSE No. 95

TUTOR: Erica Hemming

Bring countryside creatures to life in your hands. Projects you may like to work on during this course can include hares, foxes, badgers, squirrels or mice. You are encouraged to bring your own reference images. Needle felting wool is a rewarding activity, described by participants as relaxing and absorbing. By learning to wind and then stab the wool into shapes with a...

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Jacobean Crewelwork with Gold: Elizabethan Autumn Leaf

Jacobean Crewelwork with Gold: Elizabethan Autumn Leaf

New for 2021

COURSE No. 96

TUTOR: Chrissie Juno Mann

Join your expert tutor for a week of heritage embroidery stitching. You will be creating a florid leaf design, inspired by the colours of autumn and incorporating Jacobean Crewelwork with a selection of Goldwork stitches. The delicate Goldwork stitches you will learn were used in Elizabethan times and work wonderfully when combined with traditional crewelwork stitches of the same period. This course...

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Bookbinding for All: Creative Handmade Books

Bookbinding for All: Creative Handmade Books

COURSE No. 97

TUTOR: Janina Maher

If you love paper then you will enjoy this course, which gives you the opportunity to explore and make several different types of books. You will produce at least four blank hardbacked and soft cover books, which are great for notebooks or sketchbooks and perfect as gifts. This course is carefully structured to include both short and simple tasks and longer projects...

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Contemporary Bookbinding: Bespoke Albums

Contemporary Bookbinding: Bespoke Albums

New for 2021

COURSE No. 99

TUTOR: Lori Sauer

As well as providing a means for mounting photographs, albums are very useful for displaying postcards, two-dimensional artwork or ephemera. Unlike binding a printed text, albums must be able to accommodate the thickness of what you attach to its pages, so require special attention to the construction of the spine. The tutor, who specialises in book structures, has devised a special spine that...

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Bookbinding for All: Four More Handmade Books

Bookbinding for All: Four More Handmade Books

COURSE No. 100

TUTOR: Janina Maher

On this course, you will cut, glue, fold and sew your way to four blank handmade books in different styles. These blank books make ideal notebooks, sketchbooks, journals or gifts for special people. This course is carefully structured to include both short and simple tasks and longer projects in order to develop skills and build confidence. All techniques will be fully demonstrated...

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Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

Make a Cigar Box Ukulele

COURSE No. 219

TUTOR: Richard Bending

On this course, you will have the opportunity to build a delightful, playable ukulele out of different woods and an empty cigar box. It doesn't matter whether you have playing ability, basic woodworking skills or you are a complete novice because you will be guided through the various processes by your tutor who has made over 40 ukuleles. Cigar Box Ukuleles originated...

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Travel Sketching Your Journey

Travel Sketching Your Journey

New for 2021

COURSE No. 600

TUTOR: Erin Hill

The key to the tutor's method of travel sketching is to simplify what one sees through observation. During this course, she will teach you exactly how to do this and you will soon be sketching whatever is around you. The joy of these sketches are that they are purely for yourself and your own pleasure, to make a moment in time unforgettable...

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Glass and Wire Sculpture

Glass and Wire Sculpture

New for 2021

COURSE No. 605

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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