Gerrards Cross Summer School

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

Programme 2014

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Day
Course title
Number

Notes

Monday

London Curiosities

D1



28

The Cavendishes of Chatsworth

D2



July

Anyone Can Draw

D3



 

Writing for Radio

D4



 

Bridge: Communicating Better with Partner

D5



 

Dylan Thomas

D6




Use Picasa to Edit & Store Your Digital Photographs

D7



Tuesday

Gladly We Went to War : August 1914

D8



29
 Bridge:  Minor suit Bidding at Duplicate
D9


July
 Pastels
D10



Dorset Buttons

D11


COURSE CHANGE

History of DNA - The Recipe for Life

D12




The Business of Gardening 1660 - 2000

D13




 Family History: Getting Started
D14


 Wednesday

Scandinavian Modern: Impressionism to Symbolism

D15



30
 The Story of Andalucia
D16


July

Silk Painting

D17




Cityscape in Fused Patchwork

D18





Beginners Watercolour

D19




 Mosaic Magic
D20



 Learn to Love Your Laptop
D21


Thursday

The English Country House

D22



31

British Music of the First World War

D23



July

Landscapes in Acrylic

D24




 Making the Most of Your iPad
D25


Beading an Oxeye Daisy

D26




 Computer Tips and Tricks
D27

 Friday

Art, Design and London Transport

D28



1
The Churchills of Blenheim

D29



August

How to Draw Flowers

D30




Cutting Edge - an introduction to printing

D31


COURSE CHANGE

 Bridge: Two-suited Overcalls & Using the Redouble Card
D32



 Master the Cryptic Crossword
D33


Monday

City of Marvels

D34



4

Bridge: Declarer Play

D35



August

Rags to Riches

D36




 Distinctive Cards
D37



 The Dutch Golden Age Revisited
D38



 Low Maintenance Gardening
D39



 Use Picasa to Edit and Store your Digital Photographs
D40


Tuesday

Brahms Through the Looking Glass

D41




5

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

D42



August

Chinese Brush Painting -  Landscape

D43




 Geology - Volcanoes  - rescheduled to Wednesday 6 August


RESCHEDULED

 Better Travel Photography
D45



 A Wordsmith's Guide to Wit & Wisdom
D46


Wednesday

New Ways to Look at Old Churches

D47



6

Bridge: Defender Play

D48



August

Line and Wash Painting

D49




 Geology - Volcanoes D44
RESCHEDULED

 Raised Embroidery - a Fishy Tale
D50


Thursday

 Why did the Berlin Wall Fall Down?
D51


7
  A. E. Housman - A Shropshire Lad?
D52


August
 Oil Painting
D53



Making the Most of Your iPad

D54



Using Photographs to Paint Landscapes

D55



Friday
 Alexander Technique
D56

8  Russia: War, Revolution & Repression 1905 - 1945 D57

August
 Extreme Watercolours
D58



 How to Draw Hands & Feet

D59




 Metalwork Embroidery - Autumn Leaves

D60




 Organise Your Digital Life

D61





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D1 LONDON CURIOSITIES                  Monday 28th July        £46

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.

This course will look at the more unusual side of London; at people, places and monuments that are interesting, quirky or funny and often completely overlooked and unseen by people, even those who are familiar with London.  This will be a power point presentation with explanations and stories behind what we are looking at.

 

D2 THE CAVENDISHES OF CHATSWORTH                   Monday 28th July        £46

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 consider one of England’s greatest families in this lecture. We begin with the story of the founder of the family fortune, Bess of Hardwick.  We follow the story of her Cavendish children, tracing their promotion to Earls and Dukes of Devonshire in the seventeenth century and the baroque rebuilding of Chatsworth.  In the eighteenth century we consider the fabulous match to Charlotte Boyle (heiress to the Earl of Burlington) and that stellar figure, Georgiana, (née Spencer), the Duchess of Devonshire.  In the nineteenth century, we see how Georgiana’s son extended the house and its collections.  We also look at his transformation of the gardens, using his friend and right hand man, Joseph Paxton. We continue right up to the present day with the current dowager Duchess (née Deborah Mitford).  We see the tremendous losses (including Hardwick Hall) due to the need to pay the tax man and yet appreciate that the house and its collections remain in fine fettle.  Suggested reading: ‘Stags and Serpents’ - John Pearson, ‘The House’ - The Duchess of Devonshire, National Trust and English Heritage guide books to Old and New Hardwick Hall.

 

D3 ANYONE CAN DRAW                Monday 28th July         £46

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 draw and paint but believe they have no artistic ability.  This course will prove that anybody can draw with a minimum amount of instruction by being shown the right tools for the job.  During the course of the day you will produce a number of drawings that will amaze you and your friends and could provide you with the confidence to continue with an absorbing and satisfying pastime.  No previous experience required.  Acetate sheets and black card can be purchased on the day at a cost of £2.


D4 WRITING FOR RADIO                Monday 28th July         £46

Tutor: Martin Sorrell. Emeritus Professor of French and an experienced radio playwright and broadcaster.

The course will start with a survey of the types of writing that interests BBC radio, and will look at the “do's” and “don’ts” of the craft.  We will listen to selected extracts from some significant broadcasts and analyse their strengths.  The group will then be given the opportunity to try their hand at writing a scene and to discuss their ideas

D5 BRIDGE: COMMUNICATING BETTER WITH PARTNER            Monday 28th July         £46

Tutor: Tessa Templeton who is qualified as a Professional Bridge Teacher and started the Bridge School at Gerrards Cross which now runs, with two other teachers, 5 classes and 3 play sessions every week for all levels.  Tessa wants every student to enjoy the process and to have fun whilst learning bridge.

Did you learn Bridge years ago and feel that you need help going back over some basics?  Or perhaps you are a budding student who needs to build on your knowledge and go over the bidding and play?

This day will focus on you communicating more effectively with your partner, so that you will go away feeling more confident in your game.  We will use different techniques with lots of play and enjoyment.  You can come along with or without your partner.

D6  DYLAN THOMAS           Monday 28th July         £46

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

In studying Dylan Thomas’s work we will focus on the sensuous nature of his language, the power of his poetic voice and the humour with which he creates character, place and atmosphere in his prose.  No prior knowledge is needed for this course, though some participants may be familiar with his writing. 

Members of the group are encouraged to share their own experiences, insights and opinions, since the context of the reader is valued as highly as that of the writer.

 

D7 Use Picasa to Edit and Store YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS             Monday 28th July         £50

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

Please bring your camera instruction manual and USB lead to connect to the computer.  This course covers using Picasa, a free software program from Google, to edit, store, organise and print your digital photographs.  You will learn 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

 

D8  GLADLY WE WENT TO WAR: AUGUST 1914            Tuesday 29th July       £46

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

This year sees the centenary of the start of ‘the war to end all wars’.  We remember it as one of the most horrendous events in a century of horrendous events; and yet, oddly, many went to war in that late summer of 1914 gladly.  They had no understanding, of course, of what lay ahead in the over four years of total war to come.

We shall study some of the causes of the war and the political build-up to it, as well as taking a look at the Edwardian world of upstairs-downstairs that was about to pass away. The effects of that long ago summer affect us still.


D9 BRIDGE: MINOR SUIT BIDDING AT DUPLICATE              Tuesday 29th July       £46

Tutor: Rob Wilkinson is part of the Bridge School at Gerrards Cross and one of the resident bridge teachers at the Memorial Centre.  Rob is a qualified English Bridge Union teacher running beginner, intermediate and more advanced classes.

Bidding and particularly raising a minor suit opening presents us with special challenges.  There is an old saying … “5 Clubs or 5 Diamonds is often a ‘bottom’ at duplicate bridge”.  This is because more experienced duplicate pairs usually find a better scoring 3NT contract, often through better bidding technique, although sometimes by sheer luck!  Then again, sometimes we reluctantly sign off in 3NT and miss a minor suit slam, fearful that using Blackwood might take us too high.


D10 PASTELS            Tuesday 29th July       £46

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

Starting with hard and soft pastels we will do some practise exercises to familiarise everyone with the many different effects that you can achieve with pastels, from pure expressionism to photo reality.  How to sketch with colour, use contour lines, light and contrasts. Hard edges, soft edges, textures will be demonstrated. Working from either a photograph (of your choice) or from a modern Still Life object Dee will demonstrate a step-by-step approach to create an exciting finished painting that you can be proud of.


D11 DORSET BUTTON                Tuesday 29th July       £46buttons

Tutor: Jane Edmonds has been making quilts and wall hangings for ten years.  She completed the City and Guilds Certificate in design for Patchwork and Quilting in 2005.  She is a member of the Quilters' Guild Contemporary Quilters.  She has experience of teaching workshops in quilt patterns and related topics.


During this workshop you will learn how to make colourful Dorset buttons and begin to design either a brooch or accessory of your choice, using buttons and some simple embroidery stitches.
 

D12 HISTORY OF DNA – THE RECIPE FOR LIFE              Tuesday 29th July       £46

Tutor: Chris Jones.

The day will start with a look at the story of DNA and the genetic code, its discovery and structure.  We will see how genes work and examine the Human Genome Project., then look at inheritance and how genes are passed on.  This will include cloning (Dolly the sheep), asexual and sexual reproduction and human genetics.  The course will introduce genetic manipulation and engineering and their application, including GM foods and crops and the story of the GM insulin production to treat diabetics.  To conclude the day we will consider the future of gene technology and discuss the issues, arguments and ethics involved.


D13 THE  BUSINESS OF GARDENING 1660-2000             Tuesday 29th July       £46

Tutor: Sir Roderick Floud, Economic Historian.  His recent research concerns the history of human height and he is the author of Height, Health and History and the Changing Body.  He is editor of The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain, the leading textbook on this subject.  He has now turned to research on the economic and social history of British gardening.

The British love gardens and delight in visiting the thousands of gardens which survive from the seventeenth and later centuries.  We also devote a great deal of time, money and land to our own gardens.  But how is all this organised?  What is the history of plant nurseries, how were the gardens of the great estates built, managed and maintained, who were their gardeners and how were they trained and paid?  Using historical records from Buckinghamshire and neighbouring counties, this course explores the answer to these and other questions about the business of gardening, one of Britain’s great industries.

 

D14 FAMILY HISTORY: GETTING STARTED            Tuesday 29th July       £50

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.  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 using the internet and with saving files on their computer.  For those keen on starting their family tree, some of your own information relating to births, marriages, deaths, residences and military service will  be helpful in getting started.  A memory stick or portable hard drive may be useful so that information can be saved for use later.

 

D15 SCANDINAVIAN MODERN:  FROM IMPRESSIONISM TO SYMBOLISM                  Wednesday 30th July       £46

Tutor: Dr 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!

Scandinavian painters embraced the ‘modern’ in terms of technique and subject matter, following in the footsteps of the French Realists, Naturalists and Impressionists.  Many studied in Paris, coming home in the summer months to establish rural colonies in Skagen and Funen, Denmark in order to paint ‘en plein air’.  The naturalism of the Skagen artistic colony has been likened to our ‘Newlyn School’.  During the 1890s many artists returned home both physically and mentally; Swedish born Anders Zorn built Zorngarden, a studio-house in Mora, while his compatriot Carl Larsson moved his family to Lilla Hyttnas,Dalarna County, and Gallen-Kallela returned to Helsinki from Africa.  During the 1890s the Naturalists vied with the Symbolists, whose mission was to explore an ‘inner life’ and ‘worlds beyond’.  No one captured the angst of the era more effectively than Edvard Munch (1863-1944); imitated, copied and parodied, his iconic ‘Scream’ (1893) is as famed as Leonardo’s ‘Mona Lisa’

D16  THE STORY OF ANDALUCIA                         Wednesday 30th July     £46

Tutor: Patricia Melville, BA, MA, has taught adults for many years, most recently for Birkbeck, City Lit and the WEA, and gives occasional lectures for history societies and institutions such as the British Museum. 

Behind the beaches lies a region of unparalleled cultural richness. The Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all left their imprint before Andalucia’s absorption into Catholic Spain.  The region has felt economic, social and political upheaval.  How have all these influences produced a region of such social and cultural vibrancy?


D17  SILK PAINTING          Wednesday 30th July     £46

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 here 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   CITYSCAPE IN FUSED PATCHWORK                   Wednesday 30th July     £46

Tutor: Mary Gamester, textile artist and tutor.  City & Guilds – Patchwork and Quilting – certificate and diploma.  Machine embroidery – certificate.

You will produce a fabulous little cityscape, inspired by two artists, Paul Klee or Friedrich Hundertwasser, who created joyous free studies of buildings.  The shapes cut freely will be bonded onto a background fabric – let your imagination run free- domes, towers, minarets, houses, trees, anything goes!  This can then be layered up with wadding and can be quilted and embellished with beads, sequins and embroidery stitches. This beautiful and exotic sample could become a small wall hanging or incorporated into a larger project.

 

D19 BEGINNERS WATERCOLOUR              Wednesday 30th July     £46

Denis Pannett, professional artist, experienced Adult Education tutor, Honorary Freeman of the Painters Stainers Tutor 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 MAGIC            Wednesday 30th July     £46

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

This workshop is for students of all abilities, particularly beginners or those with a basic experience of mosaic making.  During the course you will use mosaic cutters (nippers) to cut the tesserae to form a variety of shapes and sizes to create a mosaic of your own design.  You will arrange and fix the tesserae in an appropriate way to form the overall design using the direct method of applying mosaic pieces.

Materials to create a small mosaic 15 cm x 15 cm will be available at a cost of £8 to £10.

 

D21 LEARN TO LOVE YOUR LAPTOP                    Wednesday 30th July     £46

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

During the morning session we will explore the software and applications available on your laptop.  We will look at Word, Excel, search engines and the internet. Files and folders and how to store and organise photographs. Passwords and emails.  Skype.

In the afternoon there will be time to answer individual questions.

This course aims to send you home feeling more confident when using technology.

Please bring your laptop, mouse, power cable and camera with connection lead if required

D22  THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE                              Thursday 31st July     £46

Tutor: Andrew Davies, lecturer, author, broadcaster and walk guide.

Despite the ravages of time, Civil War and the taxman, the English country house has always exemplified the style and elegance of gracious living.  Developing out of the fortified medieval castle, the country house gradually became a treasure trove of paintings, furniture and objects surrounded by splendid gardens.  Here the great dynasties could show off their wealth and power.  We will explore the great show-cases (Burghley House, Blenheim Palace, Althorp of the Spencers, Kedleston, etc) admiring the designs of Robert Adam and the gardens of ‘Capability’ Brown.  But we will also visit some of the more homely and picturesque creations.  A visual feast indeed.

 

D23 BRITISH MUSIC OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR        Thursday 31st July     £46

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.

You probably know the poems of Wilfred Owen: you may know the paintings of Paul Nash, but the music of the First World War hasn’t entered public consciousness to the same extent.  This is surprising because its impact is colossal and it should be better known.  This study day aims to give an overview of the music written by participants and witnesses.  Remarkable songs by Ivor Gurney, a strange and unsettling symphony by Vaughan Williams, a compelling soundscape by Holst – all these play their part.  And then there is the mighty ‘World Requiem’ by John Foulds, which drew capacity crowds to the Albert Hall, it was described as ‘a Cenotaph in Sound’.  It all adds up to a feast of thrilling music, by turns beautiful, uplifting and forbidding!

 

D24 LANDSCAPES IN ACRYLIC               Thursday 31st July     £46

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

An introduction to landscape painting using acrylic, aimed at students who have some drawing experience or may have experience in other art media.

Each stage will be demonstrated and individual help given as needed, to achieve the following:

                         use acrylic paint efficiently and clean materials and equipmen

                 plan a landscape with a variety of features

                         use special acrylic painting techniques to create realism

                         mix the colours needed using a limited palette of colours

                         use mixed media that work well with acrylic (optional)

The tutor will provide acrylic paint, disposable palettes, a variety of painting boards, an acrylic painting paper, at a maximum cost of £10.  Brushes and paint mixing knives will be available to purchase.

 

D25  MOST OF YOUR iPAD                        Thursday 31st July     £46

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

You will be guided through the benefits of using an iPad in a relaxed atmosphere, starting with settings and the first screen.  Then you will gain confidence with emails, sharing photographs, Safari and know the difference between Skype and Facebook.  The Calendar, Notes and Various Apps will be demonstrated.

All will be explained and you will leave feeling confident and knowing how to get the best from your iPad.  Please bring your iPad and power lead.

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D26  BEADING AN OXEYE DAISY                                     Thursday 31st July     £46

Tutor: Katie Dean, who has been beading since 2003.  She teaches regular classes in Bucks and one-off workshops around the UK.  Katie has published 6 beading books and won beading competitions in the UK and internationally.

Katie will demonstrate two techniques from the traditional craft of ‘French Beading’. This involves using a bead spinner to thread beads onto wire and then shaping the wire to create beaded flowers.  All students will have the opportunity to make an oxeye daisy, which can be displayed singly or used to make bouquets or flower arrangements.  No previous experience required.  You will be given full instructions and individual tuition as you work. Beads, wire and any other materials will be available to purchase from the tutor for £10 to £20.


D27 COMPUTER TIPS AND TRICKS                                 Thursday 31st July     £50

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 Kings 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.

 

D28 ART, DESIGN AND LONDON TRANSPORT               Friday 1st August     £46

Tutor: Oliver Green is former Head Curator and now Research Fellow of the London Transport Museum.  He has lectured and published extensively on transport art, design and history.  His latest book, ‘Frank Pick’s London, is published by the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

 The Underground and London Transport shaped the look, style and development of the 20th century city.  We will look at how a progressive design culture was developed under the managing director Frank Pick and consider some of its iconic features: posters by the finest graphic artists, the bar and circle symbol, Harry Beck’s Tube map, dramatic station  architecture and the best buses and trains in the world, right up to Thomas Heatherwick’s New Bus for London now in service.


D29 THE CHURCHILLS OF BLENHEIM                             Friday 1st August     £46

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 begin by examining the founding of the family fortune under John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, and his fiery wife, Sarah.  He was one of the world’s greatest military commanders and she was the right hand woman of Queen Anne until the spectacular disintegration of their relationship.  We consider the building of Blenheim and its landscape.  We trace the family descent through their heiress Anne, who married into the Spencer family of Althorp.  We consider the subsequent dukes and duchesses, tracing the changes they made.  Naturally, we include the ninth duke who married the American heiress, Consuela Vanderbilt.   We thus bring the story of Blenheim, its setting, its people and its works of art up to the present day.  We end with a consideration of how Winston Churchill’s life and death are linked to Blenheim and dwell on Chartwell and its contents relating them to the history of this great man.  Suggested reading: ‘Blenheim’. Hugh Montgomery – Massingberd, ‘The Churchills’. Mary Lovell (2011).  The excellent new guide book to Blenheim and anything by David Green on Blenheim and the Churchills.

D30 HOW TO DRAW FLOWERS                     Friday 1st August     £46
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.

An introduction to drawing and painting flowers in graphite and coloured pencils.  We will look at the basic structure of flowers and plants and then draw several examples from life.  Practical demonstrations on techniques and advice on materials and composition will provide a good grounding in this fascinating and rewarding genre from an award winning Botanical Artist.  Suitable for all levels.

D31CUTTING EDGE - AN INTRODUCTION TO PRINTING                Friday 1st August     £46                                    

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.

This workshop is for students of all abilities, particularly beginners or those with a basic knowledge of printing.cutting edge

We will aim to use images representing the beauty of the Chiltern landscape and woodlands to help inspire designs which we will then use as a basis for print work.

During the day 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.

The course will help you become more aware of the wide possibilities in printing as well as of the work of leading contemporary printers. It will encourage you to research and develop ideas for your own projects.

Please bring:

  • Ideas, sketches or design reference for your print designs. Images of the Chiltern landscape and woodlands will be available.
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.    
  • Your own sketch book and pen, pencils would be useful, but paper and drawing materials will be supplied if needed.
  • Your own papers, if you want to print on to a particular colour/type of paper. There will be a variety of papers provided.
  • If you have any lino cutting tools, please feel free to bring them along
  • Newspaper to wrap your work in

 

D32 BRIDGE : TWO SUITED OVERCALLS AND USING THE REDOUBLE CARD                  Friday 1st August     £46

Tutor: John Pain, formerly Education Manager at the EBU in Aylesbury, he continues to look after the Laws and Ethics side of the game.  He is a professional bridge teacher and also a national tournament director.  He has worked at the EBU for over 13 years, having previously been a school teacher for 25 years.

During the morning session we will look at using Michaels Cue-bids and the Unusual NT to bid hands that are difficult to describe when 2-suited overcalls are not available in your system.  We will also look at the Landy defence to 1NT.  After lunch we will look at some uses of the redouble.  Some players go through their entire playing careers and never use the redouble at all!

 

D33 MASTER THE CRYPTIC CROSSWORD             Friday 1st August         £50

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGC ITT.  Tricia has had a teaching career of 30 years. She aims for understanding with fun, using visual and interactive techniques to maximise achievement.

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.
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D34 CITY OF MARVELS                      Monday 4th August     £46

Tutor: Dr Margaret Knight founded the Adult Education section at the Victoria and Albert Museum, after working in the Art History departments of various art schools.  She ran her own classes in art and cultural history in London and is now teaching for NADFAS and other organisations, and leading tours to Europe and America.  www.margaretknight.co.uk.

Barcelona, one of the most dynamic cities of the medieval world had been sidelined and repressed by the Madrid government for some 300 years.  Her fortunes changed dramatically when Catalonia industrialised in the 19th century and she was transformed by a massive programme of rebuilding.  Always culturally independent from Spain, Barcelona’s architects Lluis Domenech I Montaner, Joseph Puig I Cadafalch and Antonio Gaudi fused Catalan traditions with the most modern techniques to create a new city, a magnet for artists of all kinds.  Phoenix-like she rose again in the late 20th century after decades of fascist repression to reclaim her artistic heritage and recreate herself as the new ‘City of Marvels’

D35 BRIDGE :  DECLARER PLAY                    Monday 4th August     £46

Tutor: June Booty has been a professional bridge teacher for over 25 years.  She runs classes in the Berkshire/Surrey areas for all levels of player, as well as working for the EBU running courses for prospective teachers and directors.  A national panel director, June also runs bridge weekends and works on cruise ships.

June will be returning to Declarer Play and this time she will have a brand new set of hands and some new techniques to be demonstrated.  For each hand, after giving you a chance to play the hand yourself, June will explain the thinking that Declarer should do when dummy goes down and how to plan your route to make the necessary tricks.

 

D36  RAG RUGS : RAGS TO RICHES                 Monday 4th August     £46

Tutor: Julia Burrowes, MA

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 fabric, denim and velvet; anything with a little stretch is good to work with, including tights! Aim for as wide a range of colour as you can.  This is a fun and sociable activity that is likely to get you hooked!

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

 

                D37   DISTINCTIVE CARDS                                                Monday 4th August     £46

Tutor: June Belsham, City & Guilds Certificate, experienced 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.


D38   THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE REVISITED                     Monday 4th August     £46

Tutor: Dr Anthony Kelly, BA, MA History of Art, PhD History of Art (University of London). NADFAS Lecturer.

The newly restored Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam demonstrates the enduring appeal of Dutch seventeenth century art, prompting a re-assessment of its distinctive qualities.  In this study day, striking images from this and other museums will be related to historical, social and cultural contexts.  Special reference will be made to the following themes: the representation of women in Dutch painting; presence, identity and performance in portraiture; naturalism, symbol and trompe l’oeil in still life painting. 


D39 WISDOM ON THE INTERNETD39   LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENING                           Monday 4th August     £46

Tutor:  Letta Jones, MA, is a lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History for Birkbeck College, WEA and the Farncombe Centre, Glos.

Making a garden less labour intensive, yet still attractive all year round, is the dream of many garden lovers.  The day will include suggestions for easy care plants, soil conditioning, using ground cover and mulches to help you plan and enjoy your garden for many years.

 

D40  USE PICASA TO EDIT AND STORE  YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS                          Monday 4th August     £50                                                 

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

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

 

D41  BRAHMS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS              Tuesday 5th August     £46

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

The aim of today’s course is to improve our knowledge of Brahms by looking at him from some rather different angles.  It will be, not so much a straight biography, but a look at the many aspects of Brahms’s life and music as seen and heard by the many interesting people with whom he came into contact. We will investigate the appraisal of his work by teachers, critics and fellow professionals, his relationships with other composers, his friends and enemies, and we will delve into his somewhat tortuous love-life.  To do this we will explore many contemporary documents, letters and books, and I hope that by the end of the afternoon we will have built a picture of this great and complex genius – seen as if through a mirror.

 

D42   THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WOLRD   Tuesday 5th August     £46

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.

To the ancient Greeks the Seven Wonders were grandiose and exciting schemes of engineering and architecture admired throughout the world.  Only one, the Great Pyramid of Giza, remains today.  The others scarcely survive, if at all, and include the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Mausoleum and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos, the gold and ivory statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Colossos of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.   However, using archaeological and literary evidence, we shall engage in an absorbing and richly illustrated detective exercise to see what they might all have looked like and what was their purpose and function.

 

D43   CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING - LANDSCAPE              Tuesday 5th August     £46

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.

During this day we will concentrate on producing a flower and bird painting in the morning and a simple landscape in the afternoon, both around a summer theme, so you will have at least two compositions to impress your friends! The tutor will bring Chinese brushes to borrow, and Chinese paper for sale (average price £1 per sheet).

  

D45    BETTER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY                               Tuesday 5th August     £46

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

Do you enjoy taking holiday photographs, but sometimes feel disappointed by the results?  This course will focus on how to compose a good travel image that captures the spirit of your holiday location.  It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use, as we will be looking at how to compose a good picture rather than technical aspects of cameras.  A wide range of projected images will be used to illustrate theories of composition and use of light and colour.  Please bring with you any kind of digital camera so that you can put some of those theories into practice.

 

D46   A WORDSMITH’S GUIDE TO WIT AND WISDOM ON THE INTERNET                   Tuesday 5th August     £50      

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.

Do you like words?  Our language is rich and constantly changing.  Expanding our vocabulary or engaging in word games can help keep our brains sharp.  While some of these activities seem more appropriate without a computer in sight, online tools can enrich the tasks and provide human or computerised opponents.  Participants will be shown several useful tools and we will dabble with crosswords and two popular word games.   NB.  There will not be sufficient time to cover how to solve crosswords but we will look at crossword sites and how they link with traditional newspaper crosswords.  There is a separate course looking in more detail at how to solve cryptic crosswords.

 

D47  NEW WAYS TO LOOK AT OLD CHURCHES           Wednesday 6th August     £46

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.

Churches are time capsules. Open the lid and you’ll find all the essentials of English history.  This study day pioneers a way of observing and investigating which should intrigue all history enthusiasts.  Churches form such a familiar part of the landscape that it’s easy to take them for granted, but if you take a sidelong approach you may see them with new eyes!  Each one is a diary of its community and will reflect every evolution on belief, war, peace and politics.  Very few of them have been thoroughly explored, so it’s a type of non-invasive archaeology which anyone can do! Scores of spectacular slides illustrate the course.

 

D48  BRIDGE: DEFENDER PLAY                   Wednesday 6th August     £46

Tutor: Christine Macfarlane, 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.

We end up playing as Defender more frequently than as Declarer so it is important that we communicate effectively with our partner.  This is done by tactics such as Opening Leads, Signals and Discards, but it also helps to have a few clever tricks such as ‘Forcing Defence’ or ‘Counting’ up our sleeve.  Anyone who thinks Defender play is dull should think again and see that this is actually a very interesting area of bridge.  Christine will prove it to you!

 

D44    GEOLOGY – VOLCANOES                     Wednesday 6th August     £46

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

What are volcanoes and where do you find them?  They come in many different shapes and sizes and we will use a variety of ways of looking at a good number of them using video presentations and real rocks.  Why do some erupt violently while some are very quiet and slow moving.  Many of the best known volcanoes will be covered during the day such as Vesuvius, the Andes, Hawaii, the Canaries and Mt Teide, the Caribbean and many more.  We will also take a fascinating look at British volcanoes!


D49  LINE AND WASH PAINTING                    Wednesday 6th August     £46

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.

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. 

200 lb HP paper is recommended, but if 140 lb HP then please wet and stretch prior to the course and board to suit paper size.

 

D50  RAISED EMBROIDERY – A FISHY TALE              Wednesday 6th August     £46

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.  Has written three books on Stumpwork.

Stumpwork, or Raised Embroidery to give it its traditional name, is a 17th century form of embroidery.  It has its own unique miniature style.  Various techniques come together to make the whole, combining a range of stitchery, metal threads, areas in relief and wired free standing elements.  The course is designed to introduce beginners to the delights of stumpwork embroidery, those with more experience can use their knowledge to create a more individual picture.

Connie and Charles are two little stumpwork fish swimming around in their underwater world full of colourful coral, starfish, anemones and seaweed.  Using very simple stitches, ribbons, beads and covering a variety of techniques you will learn to embroider this delightful underwater scene. Cost of materials: £3.

D51   WHY DID THE BERLIN WALL FALL DOWN?           Thursday 7th August     £46

Tutor: David Price, BA Hons Modern European Studies, MA Area Studies (Eastern Europe).  Six years East Europe and Soviet Union sections at BBC Monitoring.  Teaching WEA courses in Leicestershire, Northants, and Bedfordshire.

The Berlin Wall was a potent and apparently permanent symbol of the Cold War, and the decision of the East German authorities in November 1989 to dismantle it seemed very sudden and dramatic.  Yet it was the culmination of a series of events dating back many years.  This day course will look at the history of the Warsaw Pact countries, often viewed in the West as a monolithic bloc that the Soviet Union had re-created in its own image.  In fact, each of these countries had particular characteristics, individual issues and even different political systems that would always constitute weaknesses in the fortress that Josef Stalin’s government in Moscow had tried to establish.  In the 1980s, the cracks became ever more obvious and a number of factors, some of them involving tensions between countries in the bloc, led to the collapse of communism as a system of government in Eastern Europe.

 

D52   A. E. HOUSMAN, A SHROPSHIRE LAD?                   Thursday 7th August     £46

Tutor: Julian Hunt was Local Studies Librarian for Buckinghamshire and later worked at the County Record Office and County Museum.  He was co-author of “A History of Gerrards Cross”, published in 2006, to mark the centenary of the opening of the railway to Gerrards Cross.

A. E. Housman (1859-1936) was the leading classical scholar of his day, yet he is better known as the author of “A Shropshire Lad”, a perfect evocation of lost love and a vanishing England.  It may surprise even those familiar with his “blue remembered hills” that Housman was born and raised not in Ludlow, but in Bromsgrove.  This course shows how the poet was shaped by the Worcestershire landscape, the early death of his mother, the financial failure of his father, and above all, by his hopeless attachment to a fellow student at Oxford.

 

D53   OIL PAINTING WITH PALETTE KNIFE                    Thursday 7th August     £46

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.

 

D54  MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR iPAD                  Thursday 7th August     £46

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

You will be guided through the benefits of using an iPad in a relaxed atmosphere, starting with settings and the first screen.  Then you will gain confidence with emails, sharing photographs, Safari and know the difference between Skype and Facebook.  The Calendar, Notes and Various Apps will be demonstrated.

All will be explained and you will leave feeling confident and knowing how to get the best from your iPad. Please bring your iPad and power lead.

 

D55  USING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS TO PAINT LANDSCAPES             Thursday 7th August     £46

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  ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE                  Friday 8th August     £46

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. 

 

D57  RUSSIA: WAR, REVOLUTION AND REPRESSION 1905 - 1945                 Friday 8th August     £46

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

The Russian Revolution ended the First World War on the Eastern Front and triggered the greatest wave of working-class revolt in European history.  But the revolution was suffocated by poverty, violence, and dictatorship, and in the 1930s Stalin created a monstrous system of exploitation and oppression.  What went wrong?  Is the lesson of history that revolution must always end this way?  Is human emancipation nothing but a dream?


D58  EXTREME WATERCOLOURS                 Friday 8th August     £46

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

This is a fun, adventurous approach to using watercolours.  Watercolours are perfect for being brave and experimental, and some dynamic results can be achieved.

Working from some of Dee’s inspiring photos (or photos of your choice) we will create variegated washes, then work on top of them with dipping pens or calligraphy pens to pull out the details.

 

D59  HOW TO DRAW HANDS AND FEET                 Friday 8th August     £46

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

An introduction to methods of drawing hands and feet from observation, for beginners, or anyone who has tried to draw hands and feet without success.

Teaching will be by demonstration and then individual guidance through the various stages.

                make a recognizable drawing of your own hand in a flat pose

            practice making a recognizable drawing of your hand in a pose, or holding an item

                make a realistic drawing of a side view of foot/feet

                practice making drawing of feet from various angles

                shading with charcoal to create 3D volume

 

D60  METALWORK EMBROIDERY – “AUTUMN LEAVES”                 Friday 8th August     £46

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.

This course is designed to introduce beginners to the delights of embroidery worked with metal threads.  Those with more experience can use their knowledge to create a more individual motif.  The joy of working with metal threads are the effects that can be gained by the variety of threads used. Using copper coloured metal thread, purls, sequins, beads, unusual threads and simple but interesting techniques you will learn to make a colourful autumn leaf. Cost of materials £5.


D61  ORGANISE YOUR DIGITAL LIFE                 Friday 8th August     £50

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.

Most of us use at least one computer device and increasingly we link to others.  Sometimes we need advice on how to enable a single device to do all we wish and at other times we need to work out how to avoid the complications of duplicating information across different devices.  Do you forget where or on what device you have saved photos?  Do you have email or files on several devices but can’t always locate the message or latest version of a file you need to check?  Do you want to share electronic books with others in your family or borrow them from the library to read on your ebook device?  These are examples of questions that will be clarified in this course.

If you have a specific problem or question and let the tutor know before the course we may be able to include a tailormade solution on enrolment.