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  • ONSITE Gestural Calligraphy: A Sweep of the Arm

    ONSITE Gestural Calligraphy: A Sweep of the Arm

    10:00 -16:00
    22/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONSITE Gestural Calligraphy: A Sweep of the Arm-

    Thur 22nd April 2021

    SKU: MN220421-10
    £95.00

    This one-day, onsite workshop is designed for a range of abilities including beginners with a little lettering experience

    Workshop Details
    Sweeping arm movements, splashy writing, pens made out of cola cans, what more could you want in your calligraphic repertoire? Using an Italic starting point, explore how to branch out to create vigorous, dynamic designs.

    Starting with pencil exercises to get the gestural movements into your muscle-memory, we will make some pens from household items and work on developing a flowing script.
    Calligraphic energy comes from a firm grounding in core forms, so we will practise these but in gestural ways, ensuring you get good Italic arches whilst creating expansive, joyous strokes. Where to use it? If it’s too dynamic it verges on illegible, so single words or phrases make for a strong focal point, supported by more restrained text, so we will also discuss arranging it on the page.

    Skills/Techniques Covered

    • Develop an eye for pleasing gestural strokes
    • Incorporate core Italic characteristics into gestural strokes
    • Use less orthodox tools for free movement
    • Make a Cola Pen
    • Assemble awkward letter combinations
    • Create a pleasing design with one word or phrase as focal point
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  • Teddy Bears Picnic- Spring 2021

    Teddy Bears Picnic- Spring 2021

    All day
    23/04/2021-25/04/2021

    Teddy Bears Picnic- Spring 2021

    Bring a teddy bear and a snack for these creative arts picnics! Sing songs, play games and get crafty in this relaxed class for you and your under 4’s.

    Course dates: Fridays, 23 Apr – 2 Jul

    Duration: 2pm – 3pm

    Suitable for parents/carers with children aged 4 and under.

    No session w/c 31 May

    We are putting this class/ workshop on sale on the assumption that these will be permitted for young people from 12 April as planned. Should this change, we will be in touch to discuss your booking.

    All places must be booked in advance. Booking closes 24 hours before the course start time. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course or workshop if the minimum numbers are not met. If we are not able to run a workshop you will be informed three working days ahead of the course or workshop start date.

    We will be limiting the number of people admitted to each event to ensure appropriate social distancing between each group. You must only book tickets for people in your household. If you wish to come with someone who is not in your household or support bubble, they will need to book tickets in a separate transaction. This is for the purposes of Test and Trace and so that we can ensure that government guidelines are being adhered to for the safety of all of our visitors.

    You can book in advance with confidence as, if you are no longer able to attend due to becoming unwell with Covid-19 or having to isolate due to Covid-19, we will offer you the chance to transfer your tickets to an alternative date or to receive a credit or refund to the full value of your tickets. Find out more about your visit to us.

  • The Mosaic House Sign

    The Mosaic House Sign

    10:00 -16:00
    23/04/2021-24/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    The Mosaic House Sign – Fri 23rd & Sat 24th April 2021

    SKU: RW230421-8
    £190.00

    Tutor Roz Wates

    10am – 4pm

    In this 2-day workshop you will make a beautiful mosaic house sign, number or bedroom name using glass or ceramic mosaic tiles. Makes a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member

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  • Italian for your Holidays

    Italian for your Holidays

    10:00 -13:00
    24/04/2021
    Monks Lane Newbury RG14 7TD

    Italian for your Holidays

    This is a one day course designed to prepare students for a trip to Italy. The aim is to give students the confidence and vocabulary to be able to face simple situations and speak with a degree of confidence in Italian.

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  • ONSITE The Square Willow Trug

    ONSITE The Square Willow Trug

    10:00 -16:00
    25/04/2021-26/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONSITE The Square Willow Trug

    £190.00

    Tutor Erica Adams
    10am – 4pm

    This two-day, onsite workshop is designed for complete beginners and those wishing to improve their knowledge.

    Workshop Details

    You will be making a shallow rectangular basket with handle, this can make an ideal trug for flowers or vegetables or a handy work basket. Using a combination of willow with or without bark will make a basket to a size that suits your requirements (contact tutor beforehand if you have a particular requirement), the one in the picture is 27cm x 57 cm by 9cm deep. Emphasis will be on good technique and material choice to ensure a functional and attractive basket that could last a lifetime.

    Skills/Techniques Covered 

    • Making a flat rectangular base
    • Doing the ‘Upset’ and discussing alternative methods, English, German, French or a solid base
    • Waling
    • A choice of rand – English or French or a slew
    • Strong border with blunt or sharp corners.
    • Handles can have a single central wrapped bow, or small cranked handles
    • Materials
      Materials are not included in the workshop fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £20 payable to the tutor during the workshop. ​Your tutor may not have the facilities to take card payments for materials in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.Students – please bring with you:
      All tools are provided, however if you have your own favorite secateurs please bring them.We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

     

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  • ONLINE The Art of Sugarcraft: Spring Flowers

    ONLINE The Art of Sugarcraft: Spring Flowers

    10:00 -12:00
    26/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    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. £38.00

    Join Kelly to learn how to create beautiful spring flowers from scratch.

    Looking at a selection of spring flowers such as bluebells, lily of the valley, and daffodils, you will learn the different methods to create realistic looking flowers than can be used as decorations on cakes, table arrangements, or just general displays.

     

    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
    • How to best use modelling tools and equipment, and alternative methods using limited resources
    • The differences between sugar paste, flower paste, and modelling paste, and when to use each
    • A variety of skills to create spring flowers, which can be transferred to a variety of different flowers
    • How to colour and set your flowers 
    • How to turn them into a beautiful arrangement 
    Equipment & materials list

    Materials are not included in the course fee.

    All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.  This list is for guidance only – you can improvise and source your own materials, either in advance or once you have seen the LivePlus™ workshop, giving you maximum flexibility to choose how you would like to approach this craft.​ ​

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

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  • Silk Ribbon Embroidery: The Humble Fuchsia

    Silk Ribbon Embroidery: The Humble Fuchsia

    10:00 -16:00
    28/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Silk Ribbon Embroidery: The Humble Fuchsia – Wed 28th April 2021

    SKU: MP280421-8
    £95.00

    Tutor: Marilyn Pipe

    10am – 4pm

    Spend a relaxing day embroidering with silk ribbon and threads to create a beautiful Fuchsia. A variety of stitches and techniques will be demonstrated in this fascinating craft.

  • ONLINE Drypoint, Tetrapak & Cardcut Printing

    ONLINE Drypoint, Tetrapak & Cardcut Printing

    10:00 -12:30
    28/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    ONLINE Drypoint, Tetrapak & Cardcut Printing

    £38.00

    Tutor: Karen Carter

    Wed 28th April 10am – 12pm (UK time)

    This LivePlus™ online printing workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers. This workshop is all about learning a fun and versatile process – no experience needed.

    Workshop details
    A fun low-tech version of drypoint etching that you can do at home without a press. Working on a small scale, with the minimum amount of specialist materials, Karen will show you how to produce a selection of plates and prints using a dessert spoon and a bit of elbow grease!

    You’ll create three different sorts of plates – one on plastic (family-size dessert containers are great for this!) and two on laminated card (the inside of juice cartons work well)….one of these will be predominantly linework, the other will explore tone and texture. You can make plates to your own designs, or from the templates that Karen will provide.

    You’ll be taught different inking methods from simple black & white, progressing into colour using various techniques. Then the exciting bit – getting your prints on paper – a metal spoon, a bit of muscle power (you’re going to be the printing press!) and tips on how to achieve a sharp image.
    Specific skills you will learn at the workshop

    • Creating a drypoint etching plate on plastic
    • Creating cardcuts and line images on laminated card (tetrapaks)
    • Basic inking & printing techniques for intaglio & relief images
    • Playing with colour and wiping variations 


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

    All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.  This list is for guidance only however – you can improvise and source your own materials, either in advance or once you have seen the LivePlus™ workshop, giving you maximum flexibility to choose how you would like to approach this craft.​ ​

    You needn’t have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.

     

    • Lightweight cartridge paper or Japanese paper (Shoji is great – available from Intaglio Printmakers or Handprinted)
    • Caligo Safewash Relief Ink – Black (and/or colours if you prefer)
    • Drypoint plastic or sturdy plastic food container
    • Large juice carton
    • Clipboard or sturdy piece of cardboard
    • Bulldog clips
    • Two pencils (HB and 2H or harder)
    • Biro
    • Masking or parcel tape
    • Scissors or craft knife
    • Dessert spoon
    • Etching needle or compass or long nail (something sharp and pointy)
    • Tracing paper or greaseproof paper
    • Something flat & non-porous for rolling ink onto (glass /piece of acetate or plastic)
    • Old brushes / small pieces of cardboard / old credit card
    • Small roller
    • Scrim or cotton rag (old pillow case)
    • Newspaper
    • Kitchen roll
  • Ballet Black: Double Bill-awaiting rescheduling

    Ballet Black: Double Bill-awaiting rescheduling

    19:45 -21:15
    28/04/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Ballet Black: Double Bill

    For her latest programme, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho brings us two original works: The Royal Ballet’s Olivier Award-winning choreographer William Tuckett’s Then Or Now blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we belong? Recent Olivier nominee Mthuthuzeli November contemplates the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, an exciting and energetic work about the meaning of life, infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the company dancers’ voices.

    Ballet Black is transforming the dance landscape by giving a platform to artists of black and Asian descent as well as to new and established choreographic voices whose unexpected stories and themes come from the heart to resonate with modern audiences.

    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. This includes when you are watching a film or performance. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

     

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  • Powertex Figure Sculpture

    Powertex Figure Sculpture

    10:00 -16:00
    29/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    Powertex Figure Sculpture in a Day – Thur 29th April 2021

    SKU: LD290421-8
    £95.00

    Tutor: Liz Dixon

    10am – 4pm

    Learn the art of Textile Sculpting & create a beautiful Figure Sculpture using recycled textiles & Powertex art products, under the expert tuition of Liz Dixon, certified Powertex tutor

  • Thank you for Doing Nothing

    Thank you for Doing Nothing

    19:45 -21:00
    29/04/2021
    Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury, Berks RG14 5BD. United Kingdom

    Thank you for Doing Nothing

     

    postponed 

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  • A Celebration of British Wildlife in Graphite

    A Celebration of British Wildlife in Graphite

    10:00 -16:00
    30/04/2021
    The Old School School Road Ardington Oxfordshire OX12 8PN ​UK

    A Celebration of British Wildlife in Graphite – Fri 30th April 2021
    SKU: CT300421-8
    £95.00

    Tutor: Clay Thompson

    10am – 4pm

    The aim of this one-day workshop is to help teach you how to look at and illustrate British wildlife through the medium of pencil drawing. Wildlife illustration, by definition, has a real purpose, and that purpose is to draw attention to something in great detail, to capture its beauty, or to get a message across.

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