Events

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  • Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

    Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

    All day
    02/03/2021-26/02/2022
    Arlington Arts Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

    Lucy Porter: Be Prepared

    TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show.

    At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot.

    Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.

    ‘A treat from start to finish’ – The Herald

    ‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ – The Telegraph

    Recent TV includes Would I Lie to You, QI and Impossible, she’s a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show.

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  • WATCH: Meet a Puppeteer

    WATCH: Meet a Puppeteer

    10:42
    02/03/2021-09/03/2021
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8

    WATCH: Meet a Puppeteer

    MON 04 JAN 2021 – MON 05 APR 2021

    This series of resources and events is available to everyone for free, but if you are to make a donation that would be amazing. Your donation will help the theatre to survive and recover during these times. To donate, please click here.

    In this interview Scarlet discusses her professional journey, the highs and lows of puppeteering and gives some great tips on how you can get involved whether you are interested in pursuing a puppetry career, or if you just want to try something new for fun.

    Video Length: 50 Minutes
    Suitability: Suitable for everyone, but will probably most engage ages 10 years – adult.

    Puppetry Warm-up

    Scarlet also shares with us a quick and energising warm up routine, to get our bodies ready for some puppet fun.

    Video Length: 13 minutes
    Suitability: All ages can get involved with this, providing you go at your own pace! Please note, Scarlet has sped up certain elements of her warm up so she can fit it all in – you can pause your video when she fast forwards and go at your own pace. Enjoy!

    WATCH: Make A Sock Puppet

    In this video, The Watermill’s Head of Wardrobe Emily Barratt takes us through all the steps to make a Sock Puppet. We understand not everyone will have sewing equipment at home, but that’s okay – be creative and improvise! Maybe you can draw eyes on with a sharpie and glue on some accessories with what you have in the house (make sure to ask a grown up first). Have fun!

    Video Length: 10 minutes
    Suitability: 5 years plus with adult supervision.

    CREATE: Design Your Sock Puppet

    Design your sock puppet using this template to help you get started.

    WATCH: Accessorise Your Sock Puppet

    Now you’ve made your Sock Puppet, it is time to make it a costume – here Emily gives you some great suggestions. We can’t wait to see your creations!

    Video Length: 6 minutes
    Suitability: 5 years plus with adult supervision.

     

    WATCH: Bring your Sock Puppet to Life
    Following on from Emily’s amazing videos on how to make and accessorise your very own sock puppet, Scarlet shows us how to bring them to life! Watch this video to learn how to make our puppet look like it is actually talking. Why not get it to read from a poem or sing-a-long to your favourite song? Make a video and don’t forget to show us!

     

    Video Length: 10 minutes
    Suitability: 7 years – adults (younger children will be able to access with support)

     

    CREATE: Shadow Puppet Fun
    Our Outreach Assistant Emma Bradbury is a specialist in drama for early years and she has created a brilliant activity sheet on how to have some fun with shadow puppets at home. Whilst this worksheet has been designed for younger children, all ages can enjoy shadow puppet fun together – a great way to get the whole family involved. You can either print and fill in this worksheet or just work with it on a screen if you don’t have access to a printer. Enjoy and let your imagination be free!

     

    Download: Shadow Puppet Fun

    Activity Length: This worksheet should take about 30 minutes to complete, but the fun you can have creating and making your own shadow puppets is endless!

    Suitability: 4 years plus (but both younger and older children can engage with shadow puppet play – and adults too!)
    WATCH: Anything can be a Puppet
    Professional actor-puppeteer Scarlet is back to share her skills with us! This time she shows us how to turn a range of household objects into puppets – this is a process known as ‘object manipulation’. This is a fantastic opportunity to get really creative using what is around you. Why not create a character (or a host of characters) and get them to respond to being in lockdown! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

     

    Video Length: 14 Minutes
    Suitability: 7 years – adults. Scarlet takes us through different levels (younger children will be able to access with support)

     

    DISCOVER: Puppetry Downloads (Families and Children)

    If you have enjoyed following our puppetry videos, have some fun with this downloadable resource. Print pages two and three to design your own puppet and create a story about what it gets up to! Suitable for primary school aged children.

    DISCOVER: Puppetry Download (Young People and Adults)
    If you have enjoyed following our puppetry videos and would like to find our more, download this process for research ideas and links to videos and further reading. Suitable for secondary school aged young people and adults.
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  • ONLINE ArtTalk – The Life of Paul Gauguin

    ONLINE ArtTalk – The Life of Paul Gauguin

    14:00 -15:15
    03/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE- The Life of Paul Gauguin

    Wed 3rd March 2021 2pm

    SKU: MB0303aa15
    £15.00
    If you wish to watch this talk but are unable to attend the session live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.
    Speaker: Martin Beek
    Wed 3rd March from 2pm – 3:15pm (UK time)​Few painters have lived a life such as the 19th Century French painter Paul Gauguin; his revolutionary style and influence is incalculable. In this 60 minute talk Martin uses his many original photos from works in national collections tracing Gauguin’s work from Pont-Aven to Tahiti. If you love colour this talk is for you!

     

  • ONLINE ArtTalk – The Artists of Collioure and Fauvism

    ONLINE ArtTalk – The Artists of Collioure and Fauvism

    14:00 -15:15
    03/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE ArtTalk – The Artists of Collioure and Fauvism – Wed 10th March 2021 2pm

    SKU: MB1003aa15
    £15.00
    If you wish to watch this talk but are unable to attend the session live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.
    Speaker: Martin Beek
    Wed 10th March from 2pm – 3pm (UK time)

    The Fauvist artists, who painted at Collioure, produced some of modernism’s finest and most memorable art. In this 60 minute talk Martin looks particularly at the contribution of Henri Matisse and his developing style.

  • Virtual Indian Vegetarian Cookery Class

    Virtual Indian Vegetarian Cookery Class

    18:30 -20:00
    03/03/2021
    The Cooking Academy Silverwood, London Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1JR

    Virtual Indian Vegetarian Cookery Class

    £39

    In this virtual cookery class you will have a brief introduction to the herbs & spices specific to the menu of the day, as well as the history of the dish.

    Then from the comfort of your own kitchen you will be led by a professional chef and food scientist  – Kumud Gandhi – founder of The Academy  on how to make the Hakka Style Chilli Panner and Palak Daal from scratch.  In this interactive session with a LIVE demonstration, Kumud will lead you step by step and equip you with the essential skills and knowledge you can build on.  And as always, we will be providing lots of hints and tips to keep your entertained and fascinated.  After the cookery event you will then enjoy a meal with your family or friends.

    Please note prices are per person/attendee and not per screen/household

    Allergies and dietary requirements can also be catered for!

    Menu:

    • Hakka Style Chilli Panner
    • Palak Daal

    Duration:

    • 90 minutes

    How it works

    Before the class:

    • Check your email for a booking confirmation (please also check your junk folder)
      • A Zoom session invite with login credentials will be sent out 3 days before the class
      • We will send you an Ingredients list with your booking confirmation, we advise you purchase the ingredients 2 days prior to the class
      • We will also send out an equipment list with your booking confirmation

      During the class:

      • Cook along with the chef and follow step by step instructions
      • We will stop at various points throughout the class to answer any questions you may have
      • Mix and mingle with other participants after the class for an end of session Q+A
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  • Online-Collage, Paint & Print

    Online-Collage, Paint & Print

    10:00 -11:30
    04/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Online Collage, Paint & Print – Thurs 4th March at 10am

    SKU: KC0403aa12
    £50.00

    Tutor: Karen Carter

    SOLD OUT
    Thurs 4th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Thurs 18th March 10am – 11am follow up and Q&A

    Create a multi-layered mixed media piece of work incorporating collage, simple printing, stencilling, drawing & painting. A fun experimental workshop, no experience necessary – and you don’t need to be able to draw!

  • ONLINE ArtTalk -British Painters: An Introduction

    ONLINE ArtTalk -British Painters: An Introduction

    19:00 -20:00
    04/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE-British Painters: An Introduction (Five-Part Series)

    Starts Thurs 4th March 2021 7pm

    SKU: MB-S-0403aa15
    £70.00

    If you wish to watch this series but are unable to attend any of the sessions live, let us know in the notes field on booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Speaker: Martin Beek
    William Hogarth – Thurs 4th March 7pm – 8pm
    Thomas Gainsborough – Thurs 11th March 7pm – 8pm
    Edward Burne-Jones – Thurs 18th March 7pm – 8pm
    Paul Nash – Thurs 25th March 7pm – 8pm
    J.M.W. Turner – Thurs 1st April 7pm – 8pm
    (UK timings)

    A five-part series of 60 minute art talks in which Martin provides an introduction to the life and works of arguably some of the best known artists in history.

    ArtTalk Details
    ​In this five-part series, Martin offers an introduction to the life and work of five of the best British painters.

    Part 1: William Hogarth – William Hogarth is arguably the first really great artist of England; with a unique and often wry take upon his life and times. This talk will examine both his prints and paintings and the story he tells about 18th Century England.

    Part 2: Thomas Gainsborough – The charming paintings of Thomas Gainsborough define an era. Gainsborough was an artist of extraordinary skill and vision. This talk looks at portraiture, landscape and fancy pictures as well as touchingly beautiful as paintings of his own family. 

    Part 3: Edward Burne-Jones – The latter day Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones is a firm favourite with many. His style inspired many symbolists of the late 19th Century, and reflects a work far beyond easel painting. This talk examines the stories, legends and inspiration behind his powerful body of work as well as looking at the man himself.

    Part 4: Paul Nash – Paul Nash was among the most original artists  of the early part of the 20th Century . This talk looks at his life and work, and particularly his contribution as an official war artist. 

    Part 5: J.M.W. Turner – J.M.W. Turner is one of Britain’s best known artists. His career spans a period of enormous change; much of this is reflected in his ambitious and dramatic paintings. In this talk Martin examines many of his pivotal works from a long career picking out many highlights, providing an introduction to Turner’s central themes and his part in the romantic movement. The talk will also look at Turner’s legacy and his enormous influence upon subsequent generations. 

    If you are interested in attending an individual session rather than the whole series, please contact us for details.

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  • ONLINE Learn to Sew Series: Basics and Beyond

    ONLINE Learn to Sew Series: Basics and Beyond

    10:00 -11:30
    05/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Learn to Sew Series: Basics and Beyond

    This four-part LivePlus™ online sewing workshop is designed for absolute beginners and those with a little experience

    Workshop details
    ​This series is ideal for those who are new to sewing, as well as those with a little experience. Pete will guide you through four sewing projects with his simple and easy to follow approach, teaching a variety of transferable techniques which will give you the confidence to go on to more complex sewing challenges in your own time.

    Each of the four weeks will focus on a different project:

    • Week 1 – Lined Tote Bag
    • Week 2 – Crossback Apron 
    • Week 3 – Zipped Washbag
    • Week 4 – Adjusting a pattern and making a Shift Dress

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:

    • Fabric choice and preparation
    • Pinning and cutting fabric
    • Basic stitching
    • Following and trimming a seam allowance
    • Top stitching
    • Basting
    • Applying bias binding
    • This four-part LivePlus™ online sewing workshop is designed for absolute beginners and those with a little experience

      Workshop details
      ​This series is ideal for those who are new to sewing, as well as those with a little experience. Pete will guide you through four sewing projects with his simple and easy to follow approach, teaching a variety of transferable techniques which will give you the confidence to go on to more complex sewing challenges in your own time.

      Each of the four weeks will focus on a different project:

      • Week 1 – Lined Tote Bag
      • Week 2 – Crossback Apron 
      • Week 3 – Zipped Washbag
      • Week 4 – Adjusting a pattern and making a Shift Dress

      Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:

      • Fabric choice and preparation
      • Pinning and cutting fabric
      • Basic stitching
      • Following and trimming a seam allowance
      • Top stitching
      • Basting
      • Applying bias binding
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  • Art Journalling: The Basics – Live Plus

    Art Journalling: The Basics – Live Plus

    10:30 -12:30
    06/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Art Journalling: The Basics – Starts Sat 6th March at 10:30am

    SKU: JM0603aa12
    £140.00

    Tutor: Janina Maher

    Sat 6th March 10:30am – 12:30pm group discussion and workshop demo

    Sat 13th March 10:30am – 12pm workshop demo

    Sat 20th March 10:30am – 12pm workshop demo

    Sat 27th March 10:30am – 12pm workshop demo

    Art Journalling is an art form that combines visual imagery and words within the context of a book format. There are really no rules so you can let your creativity flow.

    In this four-part workshop series Janina will lead you through the materials and techniques available to help you get started helping you to make art that is very personal to you.

  • ONLINE Art Journaling: The Basics

    ONLINE Art Journaling: The Basics

    10:30 -12:30
    06/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Art Journaling: The Basics

    Sat 6th March 2021 10:30am

    SKU: JM0603aa12
    £140.00

    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend any of the workshop demos live, let us know in the notes field on booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

     

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  • Online-Spring Landscapes with Acrylics

    Online-Spring Landscapes with Acrylics

    14:00 -15:30
    08/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Online Spring Landscapes with Acrylics – Starts Mon 8th March at 2pm

    SKU: JN-S-0803aa12
    £75.00

    Tutor: Jonathan Newey

    Mon 8th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 15th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo & feedback

    This is a 2 week course that will show you how to paint an impressionist style spring landscape with acrylic paint. The painting will be in two parts, spread over the two weeks.

    Tutor: Jonathan Newey
    Mon 8th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Mon 15th March 2pm – 4pm workshop demo & feedback
    (UK timings)

    This LivePlus™ online acrylic painting workshop is ideal for beginners and those who have previously worked with the medium.

    Workshop details
    This is a two-part workshop that will show you how to paint an impressionist style spring landscape with acrylics. The painting will be in two parts, spread over the two weeks. You will be using a photo as reference, you will be shown how to mix the colours of Spring and how to paint loose and quick acrylic paintings with swift, impressionistic brush strokes.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:

    • colour mixing
    • using the paint thick and thin
    • texturing with the brush
    • using a palette knife
    • glazing with transparent colours
  • Goldwork Emboidery: Adventures in Goldwork -Live Plus

    Goldwork Emboidery: Adventures in Goldwork -Live Plus

    19:00 -20:30
    08/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Goldwork Emboidery: Adventures in Goldwork – Starts Mon 8th March at 7pm

    SKU: HN0803aa12
    £140.00

    Tutor: Hanny Newton

    Mon 8th March 7m- 8:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 15th March 7pm – 8:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 22nd March 7pm – 8:30pm workshop demo

    Mon 29th March 7pm – 9pm workshop demo & feedback

    Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Hanny will show you how, by learning the fundamentals of couching, you can open up a world of possibilities to experiment and explore, whatever your stitching ability.

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  • ONLINE Line & Wash: All you need to know

    ONLINE Line & Wash: All you need to know

    10:00 -15:30
    09/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Line & Wash: All you need to know

    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend any of the workshop demos live, let us know in the notes field on booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Tutor: Colin Palmer
    Tues 9th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Tues 16th March 2pm – 3:30pm 
    workshop demo
    Tues 23rd March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Tues 30th March 2pm – 4pm workshop demo and Q&A
    (UK timings)

    This LivePlus™ online illustration workshop is designed for beginners as well as the more experienced.

     

     

  • Scene Change

    Scene Change

    13:00 -14:30
    09/03/2021
    The Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

    Scene Change

    When life gets on top of us, we could do with a change of scene. This relaxed monthly group is for adults to enjoy some time to play and connect through drama and creativity. No previous experience is necessary.

    When: Tuesday 12 January, Tuesday 9 February and Tuesday 9 March 1pm – 2.30pm

    Cost: These sessions are generously funded by Greenham Trust and are free for everyone!

    All sessions will take place online via Zoom. If you or someone you know would like to take part but online access is a problem then we may be able to help. Please call us on 01635 570927 or email heidi@watermill.org.uk.

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  • Online- Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond

    Online- Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond

    10:00 -11:30
    10/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Online-Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond

    Starts Wed 10th March 2021 10am

    SKU: KC1003aa12
    £140.00

    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend any of the workshop demos live, let us know in the notes field on booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Tutor: Karen Carter
    Wed 10th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Wed 17th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Wed 24th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo
    Wed 31st March 10am – 12pm workshop demo and Q&A
    (UK timings)

    This four-part LivePlus™ online linoprinting course is designed for absolute beginners and those with a little knowledge of the subject

    Workshop details
    In this series Karen will show you that linoprinting is a great technique to do at home…easy to learn, using minimal equipment with a whole host of variations available once you’ve got the basics.

    Forget the blunt tools and tough lino of school days and enjoy the process with soft-cut lino and a whole range of approaches. Perfect for printing cards, wall art, fabric etc. whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to expand your skills.

    Session 1:  We’ll start off with the absolute basics covering tools, materials, elements of design (templates will be available if you want to use my designs), different cutting techniques and inking & printing in black & white.

    Session 2:  This is all about exploring colour – we will be using blends & rainbow rolls, spot colour, masks, a nifty cutting and sticking technique, & collage as well as making a basic registration device.

    Session 3:  Jigsaw prints, Stamps & Composite images…designing plates to be cut up, inked and reassembled in both a structured and informal way to create multicoloured images with minimum effort!

    Session 4:  We will look at working in layers…designing for a two or three layer linoprint;  layering using polystyrene as a printing plate,  freeform layering & creating interesting backgrounds using the back of the plate for simple monoprinting.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:

    • Creating designs suitable for linoprinting
    • A range of cutting techniques
    • Materials & tools for getting the best results when handprinting
    • A variety of inking & printing techniques
    • Playing with colour, layering & combining with other printing plates
  • Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond- Live Plus

    Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond- Live Plus

    10:00 -11:30
    10/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Linoprinting: Basics & Beyond – Starts Wed 10th March at 10am

    SKU: KC1003aa12
    £140.00

    Tutor: Karen Carter

    Wed 10th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Wed 17th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Wed 24th March 10am – 11:30am workshop demo

    Wed 31st March 10am – 12pm workshop demo and Q&A

    In this 4-week series Karen will show you that linoprinting is a great technique to do at home…easy to learn, using minimal equipment with a whole host of variations available once you’ve got the basics.

    Forget the blunt tools and tough lino of school days and enjoy the process with soft-cut lino and a whole range of approaches. Perfect for printing cards, wall art, fabric etc. whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to expand your skills.

     

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  • ONLINE Papercutting: Inspired by Plants

    ONLINE Papercutting: Inspired by Plants

    14:00 -15:30
    12/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Papercutting: Inspired by Plants

    Fri 12th March 2021 2pm

    SKU: CG1203aa12
    £50.00
    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.
    Tutor: Christine Green
    Fri 12th March 2pm – 3:30pm workshop demo
    Fri 26th March 2pm – 3pm follow up and feedback
    (UK timings)

    This online workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.

    Workshop Details
    Using a variety of plant related resources, Christine will provide you with templates of some of her beautiful and original designs to practice your cutting, as well as showing you how to create your own drawings and designs for successful paper cuts.

    From simple leaf-themed tags to more complex cards, you will learn the basics for safe, accurate cutting and developing your own ideas.

    Skills and Techniques Covered

    • loading and unloading a blade from a scalpel
    • safe use of scalpel
    • basic top tips for starting papercutting
    • some simple cutting exercises to gain confidence for the blade
    • cutting out various plant themed shapes
    • cutting out a design in reverse
    • cutting out a card with a plant themed image
    • finishing off a cut

    Equipment and Materials List

    • Swann Morton Handle number 3
    • Swann Morton Blades number 10A
    • packet of 5 A4 cuttng mat
    • set of small pliers
    • A4 80 gsm paper
    • white photocopy paper
    • A4 cartridge paper
    • masking tape

     

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  • ONLINE ArtTalk -British Painters: An Introduction

    ONLINE ArtTalk -British Painters: An Introduction

    14:00 -15:15
    17/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE-The Classics Continued: An Introduction

    Starts Thurs 17th March 2021 7pm

    Pieter Breughel the Elder: Wed 17th March 2pm – 3:15pm
    Rembrandt: Wed 24th March 2pm – 3:15pm

    Following on from The Classics: An Introduction earlier in the year, this two-part series sees Martin provide an introduction to the life and works of two more of the best known artists in history.

    Breughel the Elder – Join us on a look at one of the most important artists of the northern Renaissance. Many of his paintings are full of humour as well as a deep understanding of human nature. They offer insights into the world of the past and bring the life of common people of the 16th Century into sharp focus. Many of the original pictures for this talk were taken by Martin in Brussels and New York.

    ​Rembrandt – Possibly one of the greatest artists who has ever lived. This talk explores Rembrandt’s unique insight into human nature; his complete mastery of oil paint in depicting human flesh and character. Both as a printmaker and painter Rembrandt excelled. His life was full of drama and tragedy, and he ponders these things in his self portraits from youth to “old age.” 

  • Talk: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter: Class, Gender and Sea Monsters

    Talk: Mary Anning, Fossil Hunter: Class, Gender and Sea Monsters

    19:00 -20:00
    17/03/2021

    Description

    West Berkshire Museum presents as part of its Talking History programme this talk by Dr Liz Hide. Described as ‘the greatest fossilist the world ever knew’, 19th century Dorset palaeontologist Mary Anning made an outstandingly important contribution to our understanding of early life in the sea. Yet, as a working class woman, she didn’t fit the accepted mould of a learned scientist and her work was, and still is, not fully acknowledged. Her correspondence with Adam Sedgwick in Cambridge sheds some interesting light on this, and can help us find ways to redress this imbalance.

    Dr Liz Hide is Director of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, committed to making the museum welcoming, inclusive and accessible for everyone.

    Tickets will be on sale until Tuesday 16 March and you will then be emailed with a link to attend.

    Wednesday 17 March 2021 | 7pm – 8pm | Zoom (live) | £5 per household

     

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  • Virtual Event: A Rum Affair Friday

    Virtual Event: A Rum Affair Friday

    All day
    19/03/2021

    The Inn @ Home-Virtual Event: A Rum Affair Friday

    Join us online for ‘A Rum Affair’, a delightful journey through the main styles of rum. We’ll enjoy white, flavoured. dark and spiced, featuring new producers and classics.

    Friday March 19th 7.30pm

    We limit the number of places to 25 to ensure maximum enjoyment and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    Book soon to avoid disappointment

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  • Start with Art- Beginners Online

    Start with Art- Beginners Online

    10:00 -12:00
    22/03/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Start with Art- Beginners Online

    Perfect for beginners, explore different art styles and techniques with artist Yvonne de Savigny in our weekly class online.

    By booking for this course, you are selecting to attend Start with Art online, via Zoom. If you wish to attend these sessions in person at The Base please click here.

    Perfect for beginners, explore different art styles and techniques with artist Yvonne de Savigny in our weekly class online.

    Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

  • ONLINE Calligraphy: Flourishes for Italic

    ONLINE Calligraphy: Flourishes for Italic

    10:00 -12:00
    22/03/2021-29/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Calligraphy: Flourishes for Italic

    £85.00
    If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Tutor: Gaynor Goffe

    Mon 22rd March 10am – 12pm
    Mon 29th March 10am – 12pm
    (UK timings)

    This two-part LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for improvers and intermediate calligraphers. All students will need to have experience of writing basic italic to benefit from this workshop.

    Workshop details
    Join Gaynor Goffe for this two-part workshop where she will teach you how to make your italic more rhythmical & flowing and then enhance it with flourishes.

    In week 1, Gaynor will demonstrate how to get your basic italic more rhythmical, how to use basic flourishes on ascenders, descenders, line beginnings and endings for italic minuscule, and how to use them in words and text. There will also be lay-out demonstrations to help you achieve a harmonious structure for your work.

    Week 2 will start with an opportunity for students to receive individual feedback from Gaynor on any work from week 1’s workshop and will then be followed by further demonstrations on a wider range of flourishes.

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • building skill in using a range of flourishes for italic miniscule
    • lay-out tips

    Equipment & materials list
    Materials are not included in the course fee.

    There is no pressure to work alongside the tutor during this class, although you are welcome to if you wish. Our online classes are an opportunity to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to watch the recording, which is available for 30 days; allowing you to work along at your own pace and at a time that suits you best.

    • Mitchell’s square-cut ‘roundhand’ nibs ( left-oblique for left-handers), for all edged-nib scripts, nib size  2 (2mm), or similar nib of different make
    • Slip-on reservoir (advisable to get at least 2 of these)
    • Non-waterproof black ink eg Pelikan 4001 (easiest for beginners), or Rousy, or liquid Sumi
    • Winsor & Newton smooth surface drawing & sketching cartridge 70lbs weight (60 or 100lbs also suitable) A3 size recommended, or Rousy cartridge pad. (Some other makes are also ok, but the Winsor & Newton is particularly good to write on)
    • Penholder, eg Cumberland graphics ‘school’ penholder, or similar round penholder
    • HB pencil
      • Ruler
      • Prittstick or similar gluestick
      • Water pot
      • Tissues

      You can write on a flat table, though many calligraphers write on a sloping drawing board/desk easel.  Economic for beginners are the A2 white plastic boards available from The Works or Wilko. Prop the board at a slight slope on a few books or blocks.

      For sharpening nib (optional but recommended) – sheet of wet & dry grey sandpaper 1200 or 1000 grade from a DIY or tool shop, cut a smallish piece approx. 2” square from the A4 sheet, or fine grade small Arkansas stone if you already have one.

      For securing a slip-on reservoir (optional but recommended) – small reel of Micropore sticky medical tape from chemists.

      Links to suppliers
      Most tools and materials are obtainable from Amazon (cheapest for paper and ink) or from www.scribblers.co.uk

  • Clay Class- Open Level Online

    Clay Class- Open Level Online

    18:00 -20:00
    22/03/2021
    Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

    Clay Class- Open Level Online

    Join our resident artist and Pottery Throw Down’s Cáit Gould to explore the possibilities clay offers in a friendly, relaxed environment.

    By booking for this course, you are selecting to attend Clay Class: Open Level online. If you wish to attend these sessions in person at The Base please click here.

    Join our resident artist and Pottery Throw Down‘s Cáit Gould to explore the possibilities clay offers in a friendly, relaxed environment.

    Suitable for beginners and more experienced potters alike. The 5 week course is suitable as a taster or for a specific small project, while the 10 week course enables you to develop your making and decorating skills further.

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  • ONLINE ArtTalk – New York: Art of the City

    ONLINE ArtTalk – New York: Art of the City

    14:00 -15:00
    31/03/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE ArtTalk – New York: Art of the City

    Wed 31st March 2021 2pm

    SKU: MB3103aa15
    £15.00

    If you wish to watch this talk but are unable to attend the session live, please let us know in the notes field when booking. A video playback service is provided to all students for 30 days.

    Speaker: Martin Beek
    Wed 31st March from 2pm – 3pm (UK time)

    New York City has inspired artists since the mid nineteenth century. In this 60 minute talk Martin explores the metropolis, and its people, against the backdrop of its revolutionary architecture. You will get a feel for New York City through the eyes of artists who lived and worked there until our own times. This is the story of a city “that never sleeps.”

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