Gerrards Cross Summer School

The Memorial Centre,  East Common,  Gerrards Cross,  Bucks  SL9 7AD

Programme 2015



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Day

Course title


Number



Notes


Monday
History of the City of London and gardens

D35


Fully booked
3
Bridge - communicating better with partner

D36




August
Rug making

D37





Gloriana - the fabulous queen

D38


Fully booked

Cathedral architecture

D39


Fully booked

Digital photographs & using Picasa

D40


Fully booked
Tuesday
Hans von Bulow

D41




4
Bridge - strips, squeezes and end plays

D41a


Fully booked
August
Chinese brush painting

D42





William Shenstone

D43


Cancelled


Card magic

D44


Cancelled


Cryptic crosswords

D45


Fully booked
Wednesday
The Hanoverians

D46




5
Four great cities that have shaped the world

D47




August
Line and wash or acrylic inks

D48


Fully booked

Relax with your iPad

D49


Fully booked

Caribbean

D50





Sea shells - embroidery

D51




Thursday
Brunel to HS2:  What have the railways done for us?

D52




6
  Remembering Vaughan Williams
D53



August
Oil painting with a palette knife

D54


Fully booked

Photos to landscape

D55




 

Beading - make a rose

D56




    Computer tips and tricks
D57


Friday

Alexander technique

D58




7
  Roman art and architecture
D59



August
  Flower arranging for novices
D59a




  More fun with your iPad
D60

Fully booked

  Drawing faces
D61

Important change


  Peacock embroidery
D62




  Learn to love your Mac laptop
D63

Fully booked

Would you like to know which classes your favourite tutor is taking?  Have a look in this table,
 and click on the course number to see the details.


Anne Anderson D15 D22



Barbara Askew D46




Linnette Bell D24 D61



June Belsham D44




Sally Botwright D35




Julia Burrows D37




Dee Cowell D26 D33



Andrew Davies D29




Katie Dean D27 D56



Kay Dennis D51 D62



Evelyn Evans D16




Jill Eyers D25 D50



Neil Faulkner D59




Gill Ferguson D13




William Forrester  D2 D30



Lucy Foster
D59a





Jan Fredrickson D6




Mary Gamester D18




Oliver Green D52




Keith Halsted
D39





Julian Hunt D43




Sharon Hurst D17




Chris Jones D12





Letta Jones
D4





Maggie Knight D38




Maggie Lamb D58




David Lewry D3 D31



Tricia Lockhart D14 D28 D45 D57 D63
Christine Macfarlane D41a




Judy Maynard D10 D20



Sue Mills D7 D21 D32 D40 D49 D60
Denis Pannett D19 D55



Tim Porter D23 D53



Tessa Templeton D36




Geoff Thorpe D48 D54



Geoffrey Toms D47




Jean Turton D42




William Tyler D8




Rob Wilkinson D5 D9



Hilary Williams D1




Julian Williamson D41





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D1 CHRISTOPHER WREN - A WONDERFUL RANGE OF MIND           Fully booked         Monday 27th July        £48
st pauls

Tutor: Hilary Williams studied Art History at the University of East Anglia and English Baroque Architecture at the Courtauld Institute. She is a specialist in 17th century art and currently Art History Education Officer at the British Museum. She is also a guide lecturer at the Wallace Collection.

The extraordinary complexity of work and time-management throughout the life of Sir Christopher Wren will be covered in four lectures. Firstly Wren’s University buildings at Oxford and Cambridge then the great fire of London and Wren’s City churches.  In the afternoon we will look at St Paul’s Cathedral finishing with grandiose ensembles: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Naval Hospital Greenwich and Royal Palaces of Kensington, Hampton Court and Whitehall.

D2 THE LORD MAYOR OF L0NDON, THE CITY & ITS CATHEDRAL          Fully booked          Monday 27th July        £48

Tutor: William Forrester, MA (Oxon), PGCE, Diploma in Art History, Lecturer for the National Portrait Gallery and British Museum, Tour Guide for London and the City.

We start with the history and significance of the guilds of the City of London up to the present day, looking at the twelve great companies in particular.  Then we consider the governing of the City, tracing the various roles and their significance. We examine how the Lord Mayor is elected, invested and shown to the people at the Lord Mayor’s Show.  We will look at some highlights from the City’s Art Collection and that gem of the City, St Paul’s Cathedral.  Plenty of history, colour, pomp and pageantry guaranteed.

 

D3 ANYONE CAN DRAW                Fully booked     Monday 27th July         £48      

Tutor: David Lewry, BA (Hons), SWSBA, runs a number of highly successful courses in watercolour painting and drawing.  He tutors on cruise ships where he has inspired many people to take up this exciting new hobby.  An accomplished botanical artist, he was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and has contributed illustrations to several award-winning books.

Many people would love to take up some art related hobby or even just sketch for fun but believe they are just ‘not artistic.’ This course will prove otherwise. In just a few hours you will be producing amazing drawings that will truly astound you. The idea of this course is to break down the barriers and show that absolutely anybody can learn to draw, in fact they already have the ability within them; they just need to be shown how to use it. It really does work and many people have gone on to develop their skills as a result of attending one of these courses and are now enjoying a stimulating and rewarding new hobby.


D4 THREE FAMOUS GARDENERS          Fully booked      Monday 27th July         £48

Tutor: Letta Jones, MA, is a lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History for the WEA, City Lit, Marlborough College Summer School, Denham and Woodbrooke Colleges.

We will explore the life and times of ‘Capability’ Brown, Joseph Paxton and Gertrude Jekyll, tracing their styles, their designs and planting, and assessing their influence today.  You will finish the day with an appreciation of their contribution to the history of gardens and a list of some of their gardens still remaining and open to visitors.  With illustrated talks, discussions and plenty of time for questions and answers, this is a day for garden lovers.


D5 BRIDGE: SHARPEN YOUR DEFENCE      Fully booked         Monday 27th July         £48

Tutor: Rob Wilkinson is a qualified bridge teacher and works with Tessa running The Bridge School at Gerrards Cross where there are classes for beginners, intermediate and more advanced classes and play sessions

Someone once said that rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.  BUT for good defenders the basic rules are second nature and you too should have a clear understanding of them.  We will look at:

*      Opening and subsequent leads

*      Signalling your partner

*      Determining the location of key cards

*      Practical tips for combating basic declarer plays

In bridge, there is no substitute for common sense but there is even less for not watching partner’s cards!  So we will focus much of our attention on partnership communication and visualising the deal.  There will be plenty of exercises, demonstration hands and practice play hands throughout the day.


D6  SHAKESPEARE - WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE    
Fully booked      Monday 27th July         £48

Tutor: Jan Frederickson, honours graduate in English Literature, an experienced teacher of young people and adults, PGCE tutor and education consultant. 

Taking as its starting point the theme of love in its most wide-ranging sense - friendship, family loyalty, love of one’s country, romantic love – this course will explore the power of Shakespeare’s language, dramatic impact and characterisation.

The course will focus on three plays: Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale. The tutor will provide copies of the key passages that will be used for close study. No prior knowledge is needed – just an appetite for relishing Shakespeare and sharing ideas. As well as defining what it is that we love about his writing, we won’t be shy about tackling those aspects we find most challenging or daunting. Our hope is that by the end of the day, we will all have found even more to love and enjoy.

 

D7 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY & Picasa;   USING A FREE PROGRAM to Edit and Store PICTURES      Fully booked       Monday 27th July         £52

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher

Advice on using your camera and alternative software programs will be discussed. We will cover printing your photographs using online or high street suppliers and attaching photographs to an email. This course covers using Picasa a free software program by Google to edit, store, organise and print your digital photographs.

Please bring your camera instruction manual and USB lead to connect to the computer.

This course is suitable for learners who have some computer knowledge and can use a keyboard and mouse.

 

D8  MAGNA CARTA / AGINCOURT & ENGLISHNESS            Tuesday 28th July       £48

Tutor: William Tyler, MBE, MA (Oxon), M.Phil.

800 years ago King John signed Magna Carta, 600 years ago King Henry V won the battle of Agincourt.  Both events helped to define what it meant, and indeed means, to be English.  As we now enter a time of constitutional change it will become more important than ever to know who we English are and what has made us what we are today. Both events are deep in our national DNA.  We shall look at these two events in their contemporary contexts as well as their on-going significance through the ages up to and including the present day. 


D9 BRIDGE: BREAKING THE RULES              Tuesday 28th July       £48

Tutor: Rob Wilkinson is a qualified bridge teacher and works with Tessa running The Bridge School at Gerrards Cross where there are classes for beginners, intermediate and more advanced classes and play sessions.

This seminar is all about deceptive card play and will excite those who dislike following the rules all of the time.  These players appreciate that whilst Bridge is a game that can be played by the application of rules, those who follow them rigidly will only get so far and no further!  Why not become less predictable?

We will use lots of demonstration and practice play hands focusing on first, second and third hand play for both defender and declarer.  The emphasis being on when to ‘break the rules’ and how to deceive your opponents.


D10 HAND PRINTING            Cancelled   Tuesday 28th July       £48

Tutor: Judy Maynard, Jt Hons, BA, PGCE.  Degree in Fine Art Nottingham University, PGCE Kingston University.  Teaches a variety of art skills in secondary schools.  Adult Education Art tutor.

An introduction to hand printing. This workshop aims to use the beauty of the natural world to help inspire images which we will then use as a basis for print work. We will start by creating simple linear mono prints and then move on to designing and cutting a small lino cut (8 cms square) which then can be used in a variety of ways to produce original and personal prints. Collage work will be included. The aim of this 5 hour workshop is for you to produce 2 types of printwork.


D11 MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR IPAD      Added course          Tuesday 28th July       £48

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

You will be guided through the benefits of using your iPad in a relaxed atmosphere.  We start with settings, internet connections and how to save battery power. Then gain confidence with emails, sharing photographs and Safari. Know the difference between Skype and Facebook.  Learn how to use the Calendar, Notes and other Apps. All will be explained and you will leave feeling confident and knowing how to get the very best from your I Pad.  Please bring your I Pad and power lead.


D12
THE AMAZING WORLD OF THE CELL      Cancelled         Tuesday 28th July       £48

Tutor: Chris Jones, BSc. (Botany /Zoology), Dip Ed. Taught Biology for over forty years and was an A Level examiner for twenty five years.

This course is a lightning tour of cell biology and is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating world of living cells. Previous knowledge is not necessary so the course is accessible to all. The day will begin with the history of cell discovery through the development of microscopy from the early pioneers to the present day. Using information gained from modern electron microscopes, we will look at the intricate inner life of the cell. We will also look at different types of cells and how they work together within our body to maintain health and well-being. The course will also outline how cells divide and pass on their genetic information to new cells. We will then look at what happens when cell division goes wrong, the causes of cancer, a brief look at the history of cancer treatments and how modern cell biology offers hope for better treatments in the future. Previous knowledge is not necessary so the course is accessible to all.


D13 URBAN AND STREET PHOTOGRAPHY             Tuesday 28th July       £48

Tutor: Gill Ferguson, LRPS, is a freelance photojournalist and qualified adult education tutor.  She lectures on various aspects of photography and leads practical workshops.

The day is aimed at anyone who enjoys taking photographs but sometimes feels unsure about using their camera in public places. There will be a short introduction to the history of urban and street photography, looking at various styles, including the urban landscape, reportage, social documentary, the decisive moment and surrealism Projected images will then be used to explore practical ways to improve  composition and timing, so that you will feel confident to go out and take eye-catching urban images. Weather permitting we will take a short walk into Gerrards Cross to try out our new skills.

 

D14 INTEGRATE YOUR IPAD INTO YOUR DIGITAL LIFE       Fully booked     Tuesday 28th July       £52

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

This course is aimed at new users or those who feel they have only scratched the surface of their iPad.  We will look at some techniques/tools that are frequently overlooked and the tutor will share some of her favourite apps.  Some features will suit those who use iPads predominantly and some will integrate iPads with the use of other computers/devices.  It may be possible to cover areas of interest for the participants especially if they take the opportunity to email the details to the tutor once they have booked.


D15  ARTISTIC LONDON C: 1850 - 1914:  ARTIST'S STUDIOS AND THEIR BOHEMIAN LIVES                  Wednesday 29th July       £48

Tutor: Dr Anne Anderson, BA, PhD, FSA  was a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University for 14 years. She has curated three national exhibitions & worked on the reopening displays for Leighton House Museum, Kensington.  Anne’s career as an international speaker (NADFAS) has taken her all over the world and her television credits include BBC’s Flog It!

Artists were keenly aware of their status; although they plied a ‘trade’, they wanted to be perceived as ‘gentlemen of the brush’. It was vital to project the right image, to be in effect on a par with one’s clients, many of whom were drawn from aristocratic or moneyed circles.  A studio-house functioned at many levels, being much more than a place of work or a family home.  It was the stage on which the artist performed his ‘persona’. As artists realised the potential of their studio-houses, they considered very carefully where they might live. Artistic colonies sprung up, as many chose to live near associates or friends.


D16  AUSTRALIA                         Wednesday 29th July     £48australia

Tutor: Evelyn Evans, a 4th generation China-born historian lecturing on Asian based topics on board cruise ships in South East Asia.

We begin with an explanation of The Wallace Line – the imaginary line (devised by Alfred Russell Wallace – contemporary of Charles Darwin) which divides part of the northern and southern hemisphere and explains the actual differences in the flora and fauna and, for example, why kangaroos and cockatoos are found in Australia and nowhere else.

We move on to the discovery of Australia; Joseph Banks; the history as a Colony and discuss Britain’s reasons for establishing the penal settlements which laid the foundations for Australia’s success.


D17  SILK PAINTING     Fully booked      Wednesday 29th July     £48

Tutor:  Sharon Hurst is known for the vibrant colours and bold designs in all her work, from fantasy watercolour and silk scarves through to beaded jewellery.  Entirely self-taught, she believes in breaking rules because, as she says, “No-one ever taught me any, so I just go my own way and experiment”!  Sharon’s work is available in galleries both hersilke and abroad.


This course, working with silk and heat set silk paints, is suitable for both beginners and improvers.  We will have time to explore various techniques, using gutta to design your piece and different salts for effect, and we will have design books to help with ideas.

Silk is available at a cost of £5 per metre and ready made silk scarves at £4.50 each.

 


D18   transfer painting for quilting and embroidery
          Fully booked         Wednesday 29th July     £48

Tutor: Mary Gamester, textile artist and tutor.  Qualifications: Cert.Ed. , City and Guilds certificate in Quilting and Patchwork and Quilting and Machine Embroidery, and diploma in P&Q. Currently teaching in various venues. 

This involves choosing from a selection of designs, ‘colouring in’ by painting directly on to the paper and then ironing the design onto the fabric.  When layered up with wadding the fabric will be hand quilted and can be embellished with embroidery, beads, buttons etc.  By the end of the day you will have a beautifully quilted sample as a pincushion or it could be used for a box lid, book cover or on a small bag. Items that will be available from the tutor on the day:-  a kit with designs, fabric, wadding and instructions, will be provided at a cost of £3.  This will include the use of the transfer paints, brushes and other sundries.

 

D19 BEGINNERS WATERCOLOUR        Fully booked     Wednesday 29th July     £48

Tutor: Denis Pannett, professional artist, experienced Adult Education tutor, Honorary Freeman of the Painters Stainers Livery Company, President of the Wapping Group of Artists and Chairman of the Chiltern Painters.

This course is designed to help beginners and less experienced painters to learn the basic stages in tackling a subject in watercolour.  All students will complete a painting step by step under the guidance of the tutor, with tips on materials, composition, colour mixing, tones, and painting skies, trees, water, foregrounds and watercolour techniques.

Top quality watercolour paper will be available from the tutor at £3 per sheet.


D20  MOSAIC - PLANT POTS AND MIRRORS       Cancelled     Wednesday 29th July     £48

Tutor: Judy Maynard, Jt Hons, BA, PGCE.  Degree in Fine Art Nottingham University, PGCE Kingston University.  Teaches a variety of art skills in secondary schools.  Adult Education Art tutor.POT

This workshop is for students of all abilities.  During the course you will use mosaic cutters (nippers) to cut tesserae to create mosaic patterns & designs, learning how to cut the tesserae to form a variety of shapes and sizes. You will arrange and fix the tesserae in an appropriate way to form the overall decoration using the direct method of applying mosaic pieces.  The course will help you become more aware of the possibilities in mosaic making, how to incorporate a range of materials such as ceramic, glass, beads and other materials in your work;  to appreciate the basic patterns and designs used in mosaic; to be aware of the need for colour and tonal contrasts when creating a mosaic. It will encourage you to research and develop ideas for your own projects. All the materials to produce a decorated 4 inch diameter terracotta plant pot will cost £2.50 and for a small decorative surround for a small mirror will cost £2.  Students may manage to do more than one of each of these during the day.

 

D21 WINDOWS 8 FOR YOUR LAPTOP OR TABLET           Fully booked          Wednesday 29th July     £48

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

Windows 8, and soon to be released Windows10, introduces a new form of start menu, offering either touch screen or the more familiar desktop.  Various applications are also included and the design can take some time to feel comfortable with.  If you have replaced your laptop or changed from a pc to a laptop or tablet (with Windows 8) then this course is for you.  We will go through the new features and ensure that you can obtain the information that you want to access and generally gain confidence and familiarity with this new platform.  Please bring your laptop or iPad along with your power lead.


D22  REDISCOVERIES IN RENAISSANCE ART:
                FROM RENAISSANCE PRIMITIVES TO VICTORIAN PRE-RAPHAELITES                             
Thursday 30th July     £48

Tutor: Anne Anderson, BA, PhD, FSA, lecturer in History of Art and Design, Kingston University, NADFAS lecturer since 1993 and an antiques valuer on BBC’s Flog It!

There is a familiar saying; ‘What goes around comes around’.  Art is just as vulnerable to the fickleness of fashion as any other commodity. For Roger Fry, who lionised the French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelite art was outdated. The Victorians were not rediscovered until the 1960s.  The Pre-Raphaelite movement was itself born out of the rediscovery of the ‘Primitives’.  When the National Gallery was founded in 1824 connoisseurs and collectors favoured the Baroque.  Imagine the shock when the young Pre-Raphaelites, Millais, Hunt and Rossetti, emulated their bold outlines, intense detail and bright colours.  Each generation makes its own ‘rediscoveries’.

 

D23 THE MIRACLE OF MEDIEVAL CRAFTMANSHIP        Thursday 30th July     £48

Tutor: Tim Porter specialises in two subject areas: the Middle Ages and Music.  He is an experienced lecturer, including NADFAS and the Ashmolean Museum, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups.

The people who created the great wall painting, wood carving, stone carving and stained glass were the elite of the medieval workforce. We will consider their work as it developed through seven centuries. Particular stress will be laid on how the crafts relate to one another – how tilers and glaziers assembled their components into similar patterns and how types of decoration run freely from stonecarving to wall painting.  This helps to give a context and a date, which in turn relates to the cultural background, and to the lives of those remarkable people and the world in which they lived.


D24 DRAWING FACES          Fully booked but see D61      Thursday 30th July     £48

Tutor: Linnette Bell, BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, City & Guilds Teaching Cert. Stage 2.

An introduction to methods of drawing eyes, nose, mouth, ears & facial expression from observation, for beginners, or anyone who has tried to draw without success. Teaching will be by demonstration and then, individual guidance through the various stages.

*   Separate line drawings of eyes, noses, mouths & ears

*   Shading to create 3D volume in drawings of eyes, noses, mouths & ears

*   Put all the features together in a linear drawing of a head

*   Shading with charcoal to create 3D volume in a complete head

*   Create facial expressions through subtle changes in shape

The tutor will be bringing photographs of faces with a variety of facial expressions and a collection of recommended books on drawing.

D25  ROMANS IN BUCKS                        Thursday 30th July     £48

Tutor: Jill Eyers, PhD, BA (Hons), PGCE (TLHE) (Open); Director of Chiltern Archaeology.

Who were the Romans? When and why did they invade Britain? What did they do here and how do we know?  We will explore some of what we now know about this intriguing time. It will include new information which may surprise and even shock you. Forget what you learned at school, let’s look at the evidence. We will start by setting the scene for the transition from Iron Age to Roman Britain, then look at local OS maps for information (please bring some if you have them). Archaeological records and sites that have been excavated will be explored for information. Case studies will include Yewden Villa (Hambleden) and Bancroft (Milton Keynes). The tutor will bring in a large collection of artefacts and data to explore the subject and how archaeologists discover more about who lived in Bucks during the period 43 to 410 AD.


D26  CAPTURE THE EXPRESSION OF MOVEMENT - A UNIQUE WAY TO DRAW!                                     Thursday 30th July     £48

Tutor: Dee Cowell, BA Fine Arts, professional artist, retired art teacher, demonstrator.  She runs adult education courses and demonstrates to art societies

This lesson is aimed at students who think they can't draw and those who would like to improve their drawing techniques. Using charcoal and chalk on coloured paper Dee will demonstrate the way shapes can be brought to life to enable you to draw anything!  Drawing moving figures become easy. Dee will show you how to look through objects to find the framework then build on that to capture an expressive yet accurate drawing of the image. Drawing anything, figures, horses, animals are all easily achievable once the basic techniques have been learned.


D27 BEADING - SNOWMAN CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION                                 Thursday 30th July     £48

Tutor: Katie Dean has been beading since 2003. She holds a City and Guilds teaching qualification and teaches regular classes in Bucks and one-off workshops around the UK. Katie has published 8 beading books and won beading competitions in the UK and internationally. Since August 2014 she has been editor of Bead Magazine.

Katie will be demonstrating two bead-weaving techniques to make a snowman Christmas tree decoration. You will be learning some basic netting to cover wooden beads to make the snowman’s body and head. Then a second technique to make a hat and scarf of your choice. There is plenty of scope for personalising your snowman. You do not need to be experienced for this project and you will receive individual tuition throughout the day. Beads and thread will be available to purchase on the day (expect to spend up to £10), but if you wish to bring your own, please email Katie (beadflowers@btinternet.com) for a list of requirements. Tools will be provided for use on the day.

D28 FAMILY HISTORY       Fully booked         Thursday 30th July     £52            

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

Researching your Family History can become addictive but using the computer to find the information you want sometimes needs an unusual approach.  You will be given tips on how to search and assess the accuracy of the sources and we will explore a variety of resources to aid researching and recording your Family History.  We hope to have free access to one of the main Family History sites during the course. Participants should be familiar with the internet and with saving and relocating files on their computer.  For those keen on starting their family tree, your own information relating to births, marriages, deaths, residences and military service will allow individual searches to be made. A memory stick or portable hard drive may be useful so that information can be saved for use later.


D29 PALACES OF PLEASURE:  THEATRE, CINEMA & MUSIC HALL                             Friday 31st July      £48

Tutor: Andrew Davies, lecturer, historian, author, broadcaster and walk guide.
Odeons and Globes, Theatre Royals and Wilton's, Scalas, Coliseums and Gaumonts - have any other buildings brought such delight to so many?  We will trace the history, development and architecture of these magnificent palaces of entertainment from Shakespeare to today.  Fully illustrated.

D30 THE SACKVILLES OF KNOWLE & SISSINGHURST                     Friday 31st July      £48

Tutor: William Forrester, MA (Oxon), PGCE, Diploma in Art History, Lecturer for the National Portrait Gallery and British Museum, Tour Guide for London and the City.

The day examines the story of the Sackville family, their homes and gardens from the early days up to the present. Starting with the foundation of fame and fortune in the Tudor/early Stuart era when the family gained Knole and their title, Earls of Dorset.  We trace the house through the 17th century and the story of the redoutable Lady Anne Clifford. In the 18th century the family become Dukes of Dorset and concentrate on the flamboyant 3rd Duke who was notorious for his amours.  In the 19th century the male descent died out and the heiress married into the West family.  We look in particular at Victoria Sackville-West and her daughter Vita (who could not inherit her beloved Knole and so was given ‘Orlando’ as a consolation by her close friend Virginia Woolf.  We consider the two great gardens that Vita and her husband Harold Nicolson created.  We also consider their turbulent yet remarkably happy marriage, a relationship that succeeded against all the odds.

D31WILDLIFE IN COLOURED PENCILS         Fully booked       Friday 31st July      £48                                  

Tutor: David Lewry, BA (Hons), SWSBA, runs a number of highly successful courses in watercolour painting and drawing.  He tutors on cruise ships where he has inspired many people to take up this exciting new hobby.  An accomplished botanical artist, he was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and has contributed illustrations to several award-winning books.

This course will offer an introduction to using coloured pencils to produce highly detailed drawings of wildlife subjects. Coloured pencils are a fast growing medium due to the high quality of the latest products and their ease and convenience of use. The tutor is a well known botanical and wildlife artist who will demonstrate using easy step-by-step methods to produce an incredibly realistic animal portrait. You will learn the techniques for reproducing eyes and fur and take home a stunning picture.  The tutor has put together a special set of 40 high quality Faber Castell Pencils, which includes all the colours he commonly uses and which can be purchased for £49 direct from www.pencils4artists.co.uk adding

 

D32 MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR IPAD        Fully booked          Friday 31st July      £48

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

You will be guided through the benefits of using your iPad in a relaxed atmosphere.  We start with settings, internet connections and how to save battery power. Then gain confidence with emails, sharing photographs and Safari. Know the difference between Skype and Facebook.  Learn how to use the Calendar, Notes and other Apps. All will be explained and you will leave feeling confident and knowing how to get the very best from your I Pad.  Please bring your I Pad and power lead.

 

D33 MIXED MESDIA - UNWRAP THOSE UNUSED GIFTS AND PAINT!            Friday 31st July      £48hares

Tutor: Dee Cowell, BA Fine Arts, professional artist, retired art teacher, demonstrator.   She runs adult education courses and demonstrates to art societies.

Take the cellophane off those unused boxes of art equipment and bring them along!

This lesson is for adventurous people who would like to be expressive and for those who would like to explore different media and express their creativity. Dee will be demonstrating and explaining how to use a huge variety of different products - you may have some of them but Dee will entice you to try those products that you don't have as well.

Dee will be using inks, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, both hard and soft as well as oil pastels, various pencils, crayons, charcoal & candles. Bring along whatever art equipment you have and create an exciting painting using photographs as a starting point.


   D35 HISTORY OF THE CITY OF LONDON AND ITS GARDENS           Fully booked          Monday 3rd August     £48

Tutor: Sally Botwright qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide 12 years ago. Sally was born in London which is still her favourite place and she feels fortunate to be able to show visitors from abroad and the UK around our wonderful capital city. She also gives lectures on London to clubs and groups in Bucks, Berks and Surrey.

londoncityThe City of London, often referred to as the square mile, is where the Romans settled 2000 years ago and made it one of the most successful trading outposts of the Roman Empire.  Today the City of London is still a great trading centre and is one of the top financial centres in the world along with New York and Tokyo.  This course is split into two parts, firstly we will look at the History of the City of London from Roman times to the present day, looking at events and people who have helped to shape the modern city.  Following this we will take a more detailed look at the amazing array of green spaces within the City which include parks, churchyards and piazzas.  The city is famous for St. Paul’s Cathedral, Bank of England, Lloyds of London etc. but hidden amongst the variety of old and new architecture are beautifully kept gardens, often hidden away but we will seek them out and look at the history of gardens within the city and look at why they are important to any working city.

 

D36  COMMUNICATING BETTER WITH PARTNER                 Monday 3rd August     £48

Tutor: Tessa Templeton is qualified as a Professional Bridge Teacher and works with Rob running The Bridge School at Gerrards Cross where there are classes for beginners, intermediate and more advanced classes and play sessions.

Due to the success of last year’s day, Tessa returns for the 2nd year running a new workshop on general revision.

Do you feel the need to go over some basic bidding? This day will focus on the basics and understanding our partner’s bids and communicating better as a team.  Tessa wants you to feel more confident with your game and will use different techniques with lots of play and enjoyment.  You can come along alone or with your partner.

This day is suitable for anyone who has completed at least 1 year of bridge classes, or perhaps you learned bridge years ago and need a good refresher.

 

                D37   RUG MAKING                                                Monday 3rd August     £48

Tutor: Julia Burrows, MA.

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An introduction to the fascinating and ancient craft of rag rug making.  Why not recycle some of your old, outdated garments and release your creativity by turning them into something useful and beautiful.  You will learn something of the history and tradition of this craft and several different techniques will be demonstrated.  You will be given advice and guidance on fabric suitability, colour and design and start work on a small piece in your own time.  Unsuitable fabrics for this purpose include loose or hand knits, most upholstery fabrics, denim and velvet; anything with a little stretch is good to work with, including tights!  This is a fun and sociable activity that is likely to get yoppu hooked!


There will be a charge of £3.50 for base fabrics.


D38   GLORIANA - THE FABULOUS QUEEN         Fully booked             Monday 3rd August     £48

Tutor: Maggie Knight, BA Fine Art, MA & PhD History of Art. Founded the Adult Education section at the V&A Museum after working in the Art History departments of various art schools. She is now teaching for NADFAS and other organisations and leading tours to Europe and America.

From the moment she ascended the English throne, Elizabeth I was presented to her subjects as a supreme symbol of majesty. No one understood the power of ‘image’ better than the Queen herself, her clothes, her jewels, the symbolism in her portraits, elaborate court ceremonies and court poetry encouraged the perception of her as a ruler of almost mythical power, the ‘Faerie Queene’, wise mother of her people, warrior and eternal virgin.  This study day is about the myth of Gloriana and the entirely human woman it concealed.


D39 CATHEDRAL ARCHITECTURE            
Fully booked              Monday 3rd August     £48

Tutor:  Keith Halsted, BA, MA, has a special interest in Italian Renaissance palace architecture and the English great churches. He lectures in Oxford Continuing Education and for the WEA in History of Architecture.

There is a natural sense of awe in entering these soaring buildings. But how were they built, in the forms that survive for us to see today? We will take a close look at the architecture of England’s medieval cathedral, identifying Norman architecture and then the Gothic styles of Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular. We will look especially at the way these styles co-exist as a result of the building history of these English cathedrals. We will consider how this all comes together at Winchester, Ely and York. The aims will be to recognise how to distinguish these key styles in English Norman and Gothic cathedral architecture, and to be able identify, in a given cathedral church, the important elements of the architectural form.


D40  DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND USING PICASA                Fully booked           Monday 3rd August     £52                                      

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher

This course covers using Picasa, a free software program from Google, to edit, store, organise and print your digital photographs.  You will learn how to transfer images from your camera, save and use folders, and do simple manipulations such as cropping, brightness and contrast.  Advice on using your camera and alternative software programs will be discussed.  We will also cover printing your photographs using online or high street suppliers and attaching photographs to an email.  This course is suitable for learners who have some computer knowledge and can use a keyboard and mouse. Please bring your camera instruction manual and USB lead to connect to the computer. 

 

D41  HANS VON BULOW             Tuesday 4th August     £48

Tutor: Julian Williamson, LTCL (Trinity College), conductor of many orchestras and choirs in Great Britain and overseas; also an experienced lecturer.

Most music lovers have heard of Hans von Bulow, but the majority of their knowledge concerns his relationship with Wagner and Cosima Liszt.  What has largely been forgotten is the remainder of his amazing career. He was probably the greatest pianist of his generation and his work laid the foundations of the modern solo recital. He was also the finest conductor in Europe and his training of orchestras again set standards on which orchestral playing as we know it was based.  Further to this he knew all the great figures in music over the second half of the 19th century and gave the premieres of many of the major works of this era.  The breadth of this talent and knowledge was immense.  He was one of the most admired musicians anywhere but following his death, history has largely let him go, and it is this that I hope to put right.  I promise it will not be boring – his fiery character was such that everything he touched tended to cause a sensation.

 

D41a   BRIDGE - STRIPS, SQUEEZES AND END PLAYS Fully booked  Tuesday 4th August     £48

Tutor: Christine Macfarlane is a bridge teacher and EBU Congress Director.  She runs the very successful Bridge School of Bath and her aim is to make bridge enjoyable for all.

Strip (or Elimination) Play is often required to eliminate Opponents’ side suits before executing an End Play.  If your Opponents have been stripped of certain suits – they are unable to lead them.  The Opponent on lead is forced to lead the suit you want him to lead.

Squeeze Play is an attempt by Declarer to force an opponent to discard either a winning card or a small card that protects a winning card (e.g. Kx).  Declarer aims to make an extra trick made possible by the Opponent’s squeezed discard. 

End Play: Sometimes it is to your advantage that an Opponent should lead up to your suit (e.g. A Q) rather than leading from that suit yourself.  This will require some tactical setting up of other suits but a carefully prepared ‘End Play’ allows the Opponents no chance of protecting themselves.

This day promises lots of fun and practice play and is suitable for the average player.

D42   CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING              Tuesday 4th August     £48

Tutor: Jean Turton has been teaching and demonstrating Chinese Brush for over 20 years.  She is a qualified tutor of Adult Education and founder member of the Chinese Brush Painters Society.

This day will give you the opportunity to try this elegant style of painting. You will use the age old materials of ink and brush to create two compositions, one of flower and bird and a landscape, using traditional brush strokes. These subjects will be both traditionally Chinese and reflect the season.

 

D43   WILLIAM SHENSTON       Cancelled       Tuesday 4th August     £48

Tutor: Julian Hunt was born in Romsley, Worcestershire where his father founded the Romsley and Hunnington History Society.  He worked as a librarian in Birmingham, Oldham and Bucks and was Local Studies Librarian at Aylesbury from 1988-97.  He has written histories of Buckinghamshire market towns and is currently working on a history of Bromsgrove, the birthplace of A.E. Houseman.

Julian’s course on William Shenstone (1714-1763) celebrates the life of an earlier and very different Worcestershire poet. He will explain how the son of a Worcestershire farmer received an Oxford education, wrote romantic poetry and welcomed the great and the good to his landscaped gardens at the Leasowes, near Halesowen.  He will use some of the poet’s own paintings of the gardens and quote from his correspondence with fellow enthusiasts for the new style of gardening.  The course will feature the charming correspondence between William Shenstone and Lady Luxborough, the glamorous patron of several young poets of the day, who held court at her home called Barrels, near Stratford.
 

D44   CARD MAGIC      Cancelled         Tuesday 4th August     £48

Tutor:  June Belsham, City & Guilds Certificate, experience teacher.

Create personalised cards for that special occasion, an anniversary or a unique Christmas card.  Using fabric, paper, card, beads and glue, etc, you will make cards no recipient will throw away – at a fraction of shop prices.  Card packs and a selection of materials can be purchased from the tutor at a minimal cost (approx 50p)
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D45    CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS               Fully booked                Tuesday 4th August     £52

Tutor:  Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGC ITT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

This course is for those who have yet to achieve success solving cryptic crosswords.  Types of clues and their solution, approaches to the overall crossword, and information about dictionaries and other aids will be discussed.  Whilst the course does not rely on using a computer, we will use it to source crosswords or to gain help.  We will use past examples from popular broadsheets, particularly the Daily Telegraph.  You might like to bring a small dictionary (or use the dictionary in a Kindle or Smartphone).  This is aimed at absolute beginners.


 D46   THE HANOVERIANS   Wednesday 5th August     £48                    

Tutor: Barbara Askew is a historian and registered Lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies.  She is a Course Director on Blue Badge Guide Training Courses.  This study day incorporates her research in Hanover and material from six exhibitions celebrating the Hanoverian dynasty.

The Road to the Crown - how the ruler of a relatively small German state came to be crowned king of Great Britain in 1714.

The Personal Union - the cross-cultural effects on the two states are examined, as well as what the first two Hanoverian kings, George I and George II, did for Great Britain.

Georges III and IV - George III was the first Hanoverian king to be born in Britain.  The Hanoverian connection and the effects on it of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars are examined, as well as George IV’s spectacular visit to the Electorate as King of Hanover.

The Kingdom of Hanover - what happened to Hanover after the Personal Union ended with the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, and the last King of Hanover, George V, who is buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

 

D47  FOUR GREAT CITIES THAT HAVE SHAPED THE WORLD           Wednesday 5th August     £48

 Tutor: Geoffrey Toms, an experienced traveller, tour leader and lecturer in the history and archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean.  A classical archaeologist, he was Head of Education at the Museum of London for many years and has a lifetime’s work in adult education.
Four cities, with two to three thousand years of history behind them, have had an overwhelming effect on the modern world.  This course will examine their contribution to civilisation by looking at their surviving significant buildings, and their archaeology, their history and their impact on the great religions of their people, Jewish, Christian and Muslim.  Jerusalem, Athens, Rome and Constantinople/Istanbul have literally formed our living legacy, and will be shown visually in a major cultural tour of their economic, philosophical and political powers. Geoffrey Toms is a classical archaeologist, who has a wide experience through extensive visiting of these sites, and leads many study tours of the Eastern Mediterranean.

 

D48  LINE AND WASH OR ACRYLIC INKS           Fully booked         Wednesday 5th August     £48

Tutor: Geoff Thorpe attended Lichfield School of Art.  He is a demonstrator and tutor for the Society of all Artists (SAA) and at Earnley Concourse, Chichester.He also offers workshop courses in all mediums in Harwich, Essex. 

Designed to loosen up one’s approach to drawing.  Loose washes will be applied to complete the sessions. Please note the object of this course is to gain confidence both in drawing and the use of wash.  A watercolour as we know it will not be the aim.
 

D49 iPAD        Fully booked           Wednesday 5th August     £48

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

You will be guided through the benefits of using your iPad in a relaxed atmosphere.  We start with settings, internet connections and how to save battery power. Then gain confidence with emails, sharing photographs and Safari. Know the difference between Skype and Facebook.  Learn how to use the Calendar, Notes and other Apps. All will be explained and you will leave feeling confident and knowing how to get the very best from your iPad.  Please bring your iPad and power lead.


D50  CARIBBEAN              Wednesday 5th August     £48

Tutor: Jill Eyers, PhD, BA (Hons), PGCE (TLHE) (Open); Director of Chiltern Archaeology

This course is for anyone who wants to experience a little bit of the Caribbean in Gerrards Cross!  During the day we will explore some of the key islands– a little of their history and their scenery. The day will be weighted towards the geological story of how the Caribbean was formed. The full story of why there are so many volcanoes in this part of the world is intriguing. Some are active, some are not. Which islands are safe for a holiday, and how do volcanologists predict eruptions? We will take a look at some of the best examples with wonderful images, some from personal research in the area. The talk shows the whole region, but features: the Lesser Antilles from St Vincent to Kick-‘em-Jenny, St Lucia and Monserrat, Barbados, Antigua and St Maarten, with many more islands illustrated in the presentations. Students are encouraged to bring objects, photos and stories of their own to add to the Caribbean cocktail!

D51   SEA SHELLS           Wednesday 5th August     £48

Tutor: Kay Dennis has taught needlelace and stumpwork for nearly 30 years and works regularly at establishments such as National Trust, Embroiderers Guild and with private groups.  She has written three books on Stumpwork.

Sea shells - a mix of embroidery stitches, gold work and stump work.  This course is designed to introduce beginners to the delights of embroidery, working with metal threads, stranded cottons and different ways to raise the embroidery, whilst those with more experience can use their knowledge to create a more individual picture. Sea shells are found almost everywhere: in the depths of the ocean, among coral reefs and even in fresh water and make wonderful subjects for embroidery with their delicate colours and sculptured form.  Using simple stitches, beads, coloured metal threads and covering a range of techniques, learn to embroider a unique sea shell or shells.

D52   BRUNEL TO HS2 - WHAT HAVE THE RAILWAYS DONE FOR?                   Thursday 6th August     £48

Tutor: Oliver Green BA MA. Former Head Curator and now Research Fellow of the London Transport Museum, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has lectured and published extensively on transport design and history.

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Railways were invented here. They were at the heart of Victorian Britain’s growth and development, providing the first national transport netw
centenaryork and moving people and goods around the country with unheard of speed and efficiency. Railways reshaped the nation. But by the 1950s they were in decline and out of fashion with planners and politicians. Modernisation was slow and the notorious 1963 Beeching Plan suggested more closures than improvements. The future then seemed all about cars and motorways. In the last 20 years there has been a significant rail revival, with new high speed lines, the return of urban tramways and more rail passengers now carried than at any time since the 1920s. Yet all of this is costly and new projects like HS2 are highly controversial. The UK has no national transport plan for rail, road or air travel. Where are we going next? We will look at and discuss the past, present and future of our railways.



D53  REMEMBERING VAUGHAN WILLIAMS                    Thursday 6th August     £48

Tutor: Tim Porter specialises in two subject areas: the Middle Ages and Music.  He is an experienced lecturer, including NADFAS and the Ashmolean Museum, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups.

It is over fifty years since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the works of this great English composer are still as popular as ever.  Yet how much do we really know about him?  What really lay behind the bluff façade of “Uncle Ralph"?  The music certainly seems to tell a different story – as soon as one penetrates behind the hearty hymn tunes and dreamy idylls, one encounters dark, fascinating, ambiguous works which hint at a troubled inner life.  Indeed, his life was a chronicle of disturbed times.  Dreadful experiences in the Great War, early erosion of religious faith – these were burdens which he bore alongside so many 20th century people.  Which is exactly what makes him the spokesperson of this age, via his superb music.


D54  OIL PAINTING WITH A PALETTE KNIFE           Fully booked       Thursday 6th August     £48

Tutor: Geoff Thorpe attended Lichfield School of Art.  He is a demonstrator and tutor for the Society of all Artists (SAA) and at Earnley Concourse, Chichester.  He also offers workshop courses in all mediums in Harwich, Essex.  Geoff firmly believes that painting should be fun.

Working on inexpensive std edged 16 x 20 canvas will be an advantage.  The course gives an opportunity to try the exciting approach with the use of a palette knife.  Please note no painting mediums will be used, just paint. We will attempt to work quickly in paint application.  This course will be “paint along” tutor-led in the various stages, no one is left behind, working from the limited palette.  16” x 20” canvasses can be purchased on the day for £4.

 

D55  PHOTOS TO LANDSCAPE             Thursday 6th August     £48

Tutor: Denis Pannett, professional artist, experienced Adult Education tutor, Honorary Freeman of the Painters Stainers Livery Company, President of the Wapping Group of Artists and Chairman of the Chiltern Painters.

This course is designed for the less experienced painter who prefers to paint indoors.  The tutor will assist students to select a subject from their own photographs, or a large selection provided by the tutor, and will then help them throughout the day to produce their painting.  Special guidance will be given to composition, colour mixing and tones, with tips on skies, trees, water, foregrounds etc.  Watercolour is the preferred medium

Top quality watercolour paper will be available from the tutor at £3 per sheet.

 

D56  BEADING - MAKING A ROSE                  Thursday 6th August     £48


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Tutor: Katie Dean has been beading since 2003. She holds a City and Guilds teaching qualification and teaches regular classes in Bucks and one-off workshops around the UK. Katie has published 8 beading books and won beading competitions in the UK and internationally. Since August 2014 she has been editor of Bead Magazine.

Learn a basic French Beading technique which you will be shown how to use in order to make a rose. This class is suitable for all levels with no previous experience required. All materials can be bought on the day at a cost of £10 - £20.

 

D57  COMPUTER TRICKS AND TIPS                 Thursday 6th August     £52

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

Whilst people use computers for vastly different purposes, some tips and tricks are almost universally helpful, ensuring more efficient use of time, better computer security, money saving, and greener ways of working.  These tips have been assembled whilst working with a variety of learners and users over some years and are likely to include:

-          File structure, where files are stored, file extensions and implications; how to change defaults

-          PDF files, what they are, how to create and use them

-          Spam reduction techniques

-          Useful websites

-          Social computing (Facebook, Twitter and blogs plus)

-          Searching, beyond Google.com.    

This course will be of most use to those who use their computers several times a week for several purposes.  Most of the content applies to MAC as well as PC users (with the exception of some of the file structure topic).  Students attending will have the opportunity to influence exactly what is covered.


D58  ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE                 Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Maggie Lamb, Inner Heart Yoga Teacher, affiliated to the British Wheel of Yoga, Zen Meditation teacher.

This class is for everyone who would like poise and balance to become part of life.  The teacher’s hands help you to identify areas of stress within your body and the effect this has on your posture and well-being.  Through the Alexander Technique you learn to control and manage body and mind which can lead to improved general health.

 

D59  ROMAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE                Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Dr Neil Faulkner, FSA, Research Fellow University of Bristol; Author.roman art



This study day will explore how old forms of Greek naturalistic art were given new meaning in a transformed Roman imperial context. We will focus on three key types of representation in Roman art and architecture: a) the persona and power of upper class men, especially emperors; b) the lifestyle which defined a ‘gentleman’, including contrasting conceptions of town and country; and c) the uniform ‘Romanised’ culture which existed across the empire and reflected its unity. Examples will be drawn from architecture, town planning, sculpture, mosaic, and fresco, and we will range across the former Roman Empire from the barbarous backwaters of Yorkshire to the glittering civilisation of Tunisia.




D59a  FLOWER ARRANGING FOR NOVICES                 Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Lucy Foster is an experienced member of the Old Windsor Flower Club.  She has entered and won several competitions and has exhibited at Savill Gardens and many church flower festivals.  She is directing a flower festival in celebration of the sealing of Magna Carta at St Andrew’s Church in Wraysbury.

The morning session will include a demonstration for a simple table decoration followed by a practical session in which participants will create their own.  The afternoon will be spent using a supermarket bunch of mixed flowers to create an arrangement or a door wreath (not necessarily for Christmas). An additional cost on the day of up to £10 to cover all the materials.

 

D60  MORE FUN WITH YOUR iPAD        Fully booked          Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher

We will start by reviewing settings and ensuring you get the most from the device and battery when you are out and about.  Everyday brings additional applications that you can use on your iPad.  Increasingly we live in an online world – this course will get you up to date and help you to obtain even more benefit from you iPad.  If you have tablet (not an iPad) and are confident using it, then this course covers applications that are available to all.  Please bring your iPad/tablet and your power supply.


D61  DRAWING FACES        New course          Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Linnette Bell, BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, City & Guilds Teaching Cert. Stage 2.


An introduction to methods of drawing eyes, nose, mouth, ears & facial expression from observation, for beginners, or anyone who has tried to draw without success. Teaching will be by demonstration and then, individual guidance through the various stages.

*   Separate line drawings of eyes, noses, mouths & ears

*   Shading to create 3D volume in drawings of eyes, noses, mouths & ears

*   Put all the features together in a linear drawing of a head

*   Shading with charcoal to create 3D volume in a complete head

*   Create facial expressions through subtle changes in shape

The tutor will be bringing photographs of faces with a variety of facial expressions and a collection of recommended books on drawing.


D62  PEACOCK EMBROIDERY        Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Kay Dennis, has taught needlelace and stumpwork for nearly 30 years and works regularly at establishments such as National Trust, Embroiderers Guild and with private groups.  She has written three books on Stumpwork.

As proud as a Peacock.  Different ways of making a peacock or embroidering a beautiful tail feather. This unique course is designed to introduce beginners to the delights of embroidery, using simple stitches and working with exciting threads, beads and sequins, while those with more experience will be encouraged to create a more individual embroidery.  Peacocks are large, colourful pheasants, typically blue and green, best known for their iridescent tail feathers.  Using interesting stitches, beautiful threads, beads and sequins and a range of techniques, learn to make an embroidered peacock, or with easier stitches, a beautiful tail feather.


D63 LEARN TO LOVE TOUR MAC LAPTOP      Fully booked           Friday 7th August     £48

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

This course is aimed at those who have recently obtained a MAC laptop or feel they should get more from their device.  We will cover some basics and try to look at options that can help you gain most from this equipment.  As well as using some of the aspects favoured by the tutor, there will be opportunities to ask specific questions or to indicate, once booked on the course, if there is an area you are keen to cover.  Though the course may offer some useful content for those who are contemplating a change from PC to MAC and there could be the chance to use the tutor’s MAC laptop at times, the assumption is that participants will bring their own MAC laptops to gain most from the day.