Archive for the ‘Creative Arts’ Category

Jewellery Taster Course

Recommended for those wishing to find out more about jewellery making to prepare for a more substantial course later in the year. The two sessions will offer an introduction to basic metal working skills suitable for working with precious metals and enable students to gain confidence in a practical jewellery workshop.

Introduction to Fashion Illustration

Learn how to illustrate your fashion design ideas. This course is ideal for relative beginners and will take you on your first steps to representing your ideas effectively. Ideal for those who wish to develop more confidence in this area.

Millinery: Fish Skin Workshop

A two day workshop exploring fish skin, suitable for people with basic millinery experience to extend their skills to explore working with fish skin. Over the two day course students will be able to make a fish leather button beret (or something of similar size) trimmed with fish leather flowers. This will teach two different methods of working with fish leather as well as other techniques used in couture millinery.

Material Cost £45 per student, additional to workshop fee and payable in cash to the Tutor on the day.

Students need to bring:
Sharp Scissors to cut leather
Scissors to cut buckram
Millinery needles and thread
Blocking pins
Glass headed pins
Tape Measure
Plastic tub for mixed stiffener (approx. 6cm x 10cm)

Darkroom: Introduction to black and white processing and printing

This is a beginners darkroom course, or a chance to take a refresher course if you have been away from darkrooms for a while. If you have used a basic camera (like a Holga or Lomo) or an advanced camera from the likes of Canon, Nikon or Pentax, this will give you a good grounding. Even if you only have digital pictures, you can still print in a darkroom (see Factsheet). You will start out in the first session processing a film (you need to bring one with you, see the Factsheet for details) and you will move on to making contact prints and enlargements. We are able to sell you small quantities of paper, so you do not need to buy any ahead of the course. Watching your print appear under a red light is magic you will never forget.

Specialist Millinery Techniques: Fabric Hats

Learn how to extend your millinery or pattern cutting skills to create patterns for soft fabric hats for autumn/winter. Fabric hats constitute an important area of the millinery market. This course will help you to make your soft hat ideas become a wearable reality, whether for yourself or for others.

Specialist Millinery Techniques: Feather Masterclass with Ian Bennet

Learn from a true maestro of feathers- Ian Bennett – how to shape, curl, dye, assemble and create stunning, professional-looking feather trimmings for hats and headpieces. Ideal for those who wish to add these techniques to their arsenal of millinery skills. Feathers available to purchase in class. Please bring a basic sewing kit and note pad.

Couture Millinery Workshop – Summer Hats

Develop your millinery skills in our specialist millinery studio with expert advice and technique demonstrations from a millinery professional. Focusing on Summer hats in lighter weight materials for special occasions.

Specialist Millinery Techniques: Innovative Trimmings

Learn how feathers may be used in traditional and non-traditional ways in millinery. Feathers can add an instant chic to a hat, used to create drama and mystery, be flamboyant or just plain wacky. This course is ideal for those with previous millinery experience who wish to broaden their expertise.

Contemporary Printmaking – Intermediate

Contemporary Printmaking covers the intaglio techniques such as etching, monoprint, drypoint, collagraph and focuses on aspects of these to build on the skills taught in the Introduction to Printmaking course.

Combining techniques will be encouraged and you will be directed to follow your own ideas as they develop during the course to increase your confidence as an artist.

Regular discussion in class about contemporary artist’s work, their ideas and approach, will help inform projects and your own printmaking practice.