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4K Film: The Godfather Part II

Intermingling narratives, spanning two generations and moving from Sicily to New York to Cuba, The Godfather: Part II is an expansive exploration of cinema’s most captivating and dysfunctional family. One storyline follows Robert De Niro as a young Vito who experiences his first brush with the sharp end of organised crime and begins to lay the foundations of the Corleone dynasty. Elsewhere, we follow on from the first film as Pacino’s Michael brutally asserts himself as the Don that his father never wanted him to be – ascending to the height of his powers, expanding the business and sweeping aside all those who stand in his way. Violence begets violence, power changes hands and anyone can be killed as Coppola’s opus ploughs a fertile furrow in the grey area between love and loyalty, family and business. Blood drips from generation to generation as a wolfish Pacino inherits the sins of his father and adds some more of his own. This is one of cinema’s most acclaimed performances and an unparalleled display of control from one of its most exuberant performers. See this American masterpiece in stunning 4K, complete with an intermission as it was originally screened in the mid 1970s.

Sat 23 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Alexander Technique (WB01 Spring)

An introduction to the principles of the Alexander Technique and an insight into its practical application. Who is this course for? This beginner’s course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have no prior experience of Alexander Technique as full instruction will be given. The course is accessible for people with disabilities. It consists of talks and practical work such as sitting, standing and lying on the floor. All participants are free to decline participation in any activity. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. What will you learn on this course? This termly course aims to provide you with an introduction to the principles of the Alexander Technique and an insight into its practical application. Through a series of practical sessions and talks, the course aims to give you an understanding of how the Technique can enable you to deal with life’s problems in the best way you can, to develop creativity and new skills and maintain the best possible conditions of health. The course will demonstrate how the Technique works in accordance with anatomical and physiological principles of human functioning. It will show you: how to begin to improve the ‘use’ of yourself in your daily life how habitual responses to life’s situations limit growth and creativity how the development of conscious control of all activities is made possible by the means of continued application of the Technique Most of the practical sessions are related to the kinds of activities that participants are likely to be involved in in the normal course of their daily lives. These sessions will mostly take place in small groups. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement (including lying on the floor). Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Rose Whyman & Matthew Weller

Mon 25 Mar
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 1 Apr
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

All is True

All is True
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Lolita Chakrabarti, Jack Colgrave Hirst

William Shakespeare (Branagh) comes back to Stratford to find his family estranged from him. Branagh and screenwriter Elton search for the man behind the myth, but lose sight of the genius; there’s no sense of the writer’s intelligence or empathy and only McKellen as the Earl of Southampton brings any life to the proceedings.

Tue 26 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Animation In Action (YP11 Spring)

A 2D and 3D animation course for ages 11-17.

Sat 23 Mar
Media Studio
Sat 30 Mar
Media Studio
Sat 6 Apr
Media Studio

Art Appreciation (VA47 Spring)

An introduction to key periods in western art history for those who wish to gain an insight into important developments and discoveries in the world of art. You will then have the opportunity to produce practical work that relates to relevant topics to gain a better understanding of techniques and concepts. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who have little or no knowledge or art history that wish to learn through research and practical exercises. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical craft activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. What will you learn on this course? This course offers an introduction to key periods in western art history for those who wish to gain an insight into important developments and discoveries in the world of art. You will develop your understanding and theoretical knowledge of key art movements that may include Early and High Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism etc. You will have the opportunity to produce practical work that relates to relevant topics to gain a better understanding of techniques and concepts. This may include drawing, painting and collage. You will also keep a learning journal containing notes, images and information that provides context to the art works you are studying. Using a mix of tutor led talks, group discussion and practical demonstrations the tutor will support you in your learning and creation of practical studies, providing one-to-one support as required. On completion of this course you will have produced a detailed learning/visual journal and a selection of practical work. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a hardback, ringbound A4 sketchbook. Basic art materials will be provided but students will be expected to provide some of their own additional materials as the course progresses.

There will also be access to free wifi so students are welcome to bring their own tablet or laptop devices for research. Are there any additional costs? Your sketchbook and any additional art materials are to be provided at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Angela Maloney

Thu 28 Mar
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 4 Apr
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Art Explorers (CH07 Spring)

From mask making to papier mache, costume making to painting, students are able to explore and experiment with many different materials. Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need any previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course? On this course children will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different artistic materials, learn new creative techniques and develop their existing skills. They will work on a variety of projects, often around a theme such as Carnival, Sweet Shop or Fancy Dress. The children are encouraged to work through many elements of the creative process such as generating ideas, designing and making prototypes before making their finished ‘product’. There is a range of artistic techniques taught on this course including felting, model making, costume making, Papier Mache, fabric dyeing, block printing, and weaving. Working both in groups and on individual projects encourages the students to develop confidence and team working skills. The course tutor demonstrates the art techniques, assists individuals with the development of their ideas and advises on how to create their final pieces of work. By the end of the course each child will have one large piece or a selection of smaller pieces of work to take home that may include masks, costumes, models, props and puppets. Do you need to bring anything? All course materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who is this course is taught by? Ildiko Nagy

Sat 23 Mar
Sculpture Studion
Sat 30 Mar
Sculpture Studion
Sat 6 Apr
Sculpture Studion

Art In Context (VA43 Spring)

A project-based class that encourages deeper research into a subject matter or artist that will inspire your creative thinking and develop your painting, drawing and mixed media skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. Beginners may be completely new to drawing and painting or may not have done it for some time. Improvers may have previously completed courses at mac or elsewhere and will benefit from an opportunity to develop their skills further.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

Develop your painting, drawing and mixed-media skills, and a better understanding of art history, through a project-based programme of classes. The projects will focus on developing a range of painting and drawing skills through studying an artist, style or movement in art history. While this theme may vary from term to term there will be an emphasis on discussion and research into the history and context of the project theme.

You will be encouraged to informally share artistic and historical research you have undertaken to inform and broaden the scope of your projects. There is a whole-group review at the end of term and you will learn a great deal from other members of the group.

The course will begin with whole-group discussions and demonstrations relevant to the project. Subsequent teaching will be one-to-one with students guided according to their own level of experience to help them to achieve their aims for their work. You will be encouraged to interpret the projects in your own way, informing your ideas with appropriate research.

Depending on the project emphasis, students will usually complete several paintings and have supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research in their sketchbook and folder. You can also expect to have gained skills and confidence in painting and drawing and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people.

This is a two and a half hour class which includes an informal break. Do you need to bring anything? Basic materials will be provided but students will be expected to provide some of their own additional materials specific to their own project.

There will also be access to free wifi but learners will need to bring their own ipad or laptop devices for research. We will also make use of the digital projector in the room.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course? Helen Tarr

Mon 25 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 1 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

The Art Of Computer Games & Animation (YP04 Spring)

Computer and videogame animation workshops for ages 11–17.

Sat 23 Mar
Media Studio
Sat 30 Mar
Media Studio
Sat 6 Apr
Media Studio

Baby Creative Play (FA10 Spring)

Creative play is a messy, fun-packed sensory experience providing a friendly and stimulating environment for younger children to enjoy and investigate activities with accompanying adults. Come and paint with a spaghetti paintbrush, fingerprint with yoghurt or splash in the water-bath.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 5 months to 24 months accompanied by their families. It is open to all levels, those who have no experience of creative play and those who may have attended similar courses before. The course is accessible for children of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, parents or carers assist their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course?

This course provides a range of creative play based sessions designed to provide a friendly, relaxed but stimulating space for young children to investigate. A range of activities are set out around the room - such as water play, jelly play, mobiles, balloons and bubbles - and in this relaxed environment you and your baby can play together.

The weekly carousel of sensory play activities are designed to encourage your baby’s development and fine motor skills.

This is an informal class with numerous activities set up around the room. You are encouraged to let you child set the pace and spend as much, or as little time as they wish at any particular activity. Sensory stimulation is provided through touching, play, sight and sound. There are also simple creative activities for the older age range where they can explore materials with more meaning and outcome such as simple printing or imaginative play.

While engaging in this process-based exploration parents will be made aware of the key areas of learning and development that are being covered. Social skills, sharing, confidence building, fine motor skills, visual development, auditory stimulation, knowledge of materials and their uses and language development will all benefit.

All activities involve child friendly materials. This may include foodstuffs so the tutor should be informed of any allergies or religious needs.

Come and explore, play and interact with your child at their pace in a friendly space with other young families.

Any outcomes produced as a result of the child’s exploration can be taken home at the end of the session. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring an old towel and a change of clothes. Wipes and adult aprons are provided. Children must be dressed for messy play, preferably in old clothes. All other materials and resources are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Tue 26 Mar
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Tue 2 Apr
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story is the official documentary about maverick Manchester comedian Frank Sidebottom and the life and art of his hidden creator Chris Sievey. Frank Sidebottom, remembered fondly as the man with the papier-mâché head, was the court jester of the Manchester music and comedy scene for over 25 years, but only a privileged few knew the man inside. Being Frank tells a twisted tale of split personalities - a suburban superhero with a fanatical desire to preserve the myth he created, and eventually having to battle against being consumed by his alter ego. Steve Sullivan’s film includes extensive archive from Chris’s personal collection of hundreds of boxes of notebooks, home movies, art and music. Insights from Chris’s family, friends, and colleagues, including Johnny Vegas, Jon Ronson, John Cooper Clarke, Ross Noble and Mark Radcliffe, finally reveal the unknown story of Chris Sievey - a musician, songwriter, artist, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and wayward genius. The screening will be followed by a live onstage onstage Q&A with director Steve Sullivan.

Sun 24 Mar
Cinema

£12.25

Capoeira For Children (CH11 Spring)

Capoeira is an exciting Brazilian art form comprising martial arts, dance & acrobatics practiced to music. Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 - 12 years open to beginners and improvers. The class is adapted to suit the needs of the participants and a fun way to learn new skills and techniques.

The course may be accessible for children with learning disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker however a certain amount of movement is required for this course and therefore less suitable for children with physical disabilities. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

Capoeira is a fusion of Fitness, Acrobatics, Self-Defence, Dance and Music. It helps to develop:

confidence self-discipline respect physical fitness strength stamina flexibility balance coordination self-esteem creativity and learning

Do you need to bring anything? Participants need to bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows them to move freely such as tracksuit bottoms/leggings and a close fitting t-shirt/vest top with a warmer top to put on after the session. Children will need pumps or trainers. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Vicky Hawkesford

Wed 27 Mar
Randle Studio
Wed 3 Apr
Randle Studio

Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE03 Spring)

This course will cover basic techniques such as thumb pot, coiling and slab building using natural forms and patterns as inspiration.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. Beginners don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn basic ceramics techniques such as thumb pots, coiling and slab building. Decorative techniques will be also taught, introducing textures, coloured slip decoration, glazing techniques and the firing process. This course will also cover the history of ceramics and examine how different cultures have used clay and the decorative process, placing this in context with contemporary approaches.

Taking inspiration from the natural forms of plants and animals, you will be taught how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Tue 26 Mar
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 2 Apr
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE89 Spring)

This course will cover basic techniques such as thumb pot, coiling and slab building using natural forms and patterns as inspiration.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. Beginners don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn basic ceramics techniques such as thumb pots, coiling and slab building. Decorative techniques will be also taught, introducing textures, coloured slip decoration, glazing techniques and the firing process. This course will also cover the history of ceramics and examine how different cultures have used clay and the decorative process, placing this in context with contemporary approaches.

Taking inspiration from the natural forms of plants and animals, you will be taught how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Tue 26 Mar
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 2 Apr
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding (CE14 Spring)

Explore the versatility of clay as a material, through traditional handbuilding techniques such as coiling, slabwork and press moulding.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginner level students.

What will you learn on this course?

You will be guided through a number of tutor-led demos and set tasks which will introduce particular tips and techniques in order for you to create a range of pieces.

The course will cover the following skills and techniques:

• how to successfully develop 2d designs into 3d objects • construction techniques • understanding of the materials and different stages of making • options for design, building, and quality of finish • slip decoration and imprinted texture • brush on glazing

In addition there will be opportunity to discuss ideas and intentions with the group and you will receive support in developing your own independent artistic style. The tutor will develop a guided programme of study with the group providing demonstrations and one-to-one support as required. You are encouraged to develop your own ideas within the parameters of creating slab pots with surface decoration. Use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged throughout this course, to enable the development of ideas, and of the student’s own working style. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, glazes, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have broadened your ceramics skills and learned new techniques for the realisation of your own design. Accessibility

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who have the relevant ceramics experience and a support worker or carer may assist if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Mon 25 Mar
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 1 Apr
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Ceramics Workshop (CE07 Spring)

Develop and broaden your knowledge of ceramics through set exercises and demonstrations.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or carer may assist and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? In this weekly class you will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of ceramics by completing a series of set exercises. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of hand building techniques such as throwing, coiling, and slab building. Surface treatments in clay can also be considered such as relief details and engraved pattern work. Demonstrations on the use of coloured slips and various glazing techniques such as dipping, pouring and spraying will allow for further experimentation in the final stages of the decorating process. You will be encouraged to explore and experiment with each technique to produce a collection of ceramic pieces. The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. Further demonstrations of specific techniques can also be given to smaller numbers within the group or one-to-one upon request. Those learners with more experience will be able to self-direct their work and the tutor will offer guidance as and when it’s needed. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have broadened your ceramics skills and learned new techniques through the development of a collection of work. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Wendy Tournay

Wed 27 Mar
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 3 Apr
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Cinema Bambino: Tigers

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, millions of people began a boycott of infant formula manufacturers in protest at the aggressive marketing of breast milk substitutes which, due to unsafe water supplies and poverty, were leading to the deaths of millions of babies in the Third World. The protests led to major changes - new regulations banned direct advertising and many people believed the problem had gone away. It hadn’t. Tigers tells the story of a young salesman (played by Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi) who is devastated when he discovers the effects of the infant formula he’s been peddling, leading him to make a life-changing decision. From Academy Award-winning director Danis Tanović, Tigers reveals the ugly truths behind rampant corporate greed, using real-life footage to underline the injustices at the heart of this true life tale.

Thu 28 Mar
Cinema

£5.25

CineQ Presents: A Deal With The Universe

In 2010, former BFI film festival programmer Jason Barker took to the stage sporting a rather impressive baby bump. But, while Jason’s pregnant trans-male body was a thing of true beauty, beneath the bump was a much bigger story dating back many years. In his debut film, assembled entirely from home video footage which he and his partner Tracey shot over the course of a decade, Barker tells the fascinating story behind their journey to conceive.

Starting as a community cinema operating in Birmingham looking to grow appetites and audiences for Queer and LGBTQIA+ films and champion New Queer Cinema in the region - with a focus on the perspectives of Queer Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) - CineQ has now grown into a two day festival. CineQ Queer Film Festival will run from the 22nd -24th March 2019. For more information follow @CineQBrum.

Sat 23 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

CineQ Presents: Sauvage

Leo (Félix Maritaud) is a 22-year-old sex worker who yearns for affection. In poor health and with no fixed address, he finds fleeting solace in the arms of the men he meets through his work. The crushing solitude of Leo’s life is tempered when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd - but when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo begins to spiral, questioning if he will ever find the love he so desperately craves. While the title might imply a wild, even feral, affair (and this sexually explicit film certainly comes with its fair share of brutality), Camille Vidal-Naquet’s arresting debut is also one of quiet introspection and disarming fragility. Such compassion is in no small part thanks to the remarkable Félix Maritaud, whose raw and vulnerable central performance is nothing short of devastating.

Starting as a community cinema operating in Birmingham looking to grow appetites and audiences for Queer and LGBTQIA+ films and champion New Queer Cinema in the region - with a focus on the perspectives of Queer Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) - CineQ has now grown into a two day festival. CineQ Queer Film Festival will run from the 22nd -24th March 2019. For more information follow @CineQBrum.

Sun 24 Mar
Cinema

£9.25 (£8.35)

Colour Your Cloth (TE102 Spring)

This new course is designed for those ‘dyeing’ to experiment with dyes and explore interesting and varied dyeing techniques.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are both completely new to textiles and those who wish to learn new approaches to dyeing and develop their skills further.

Accessibility

What will you learn on the course?

Participants will create a collection of unique samples of beautiful coloured cloth, which can be used for projects at home or on other textile courses to stitch, quilt, print etc.

The term will cover a wide variety of dyeing techniques to create colour and pattern on fabric and threads using various dyes, resists, discharges, over-dyeing and more.

Techniques we will explore- Tie-dyeing Dip dyeing Space dyeing Indigo dyeing Natural dyeing with vegetables Eco dyeing using plants Ice or snow dyeing Marbling Rust dyeing Cyanotype Batik Japanese Chusen dyeing

Do you need to bring anything?

All tools, materials, dyeing recipes and printed instructions will be provided.

It is advisable to wear old clothes and bring a suitable apron/ old shirt to protect you and some plastic bags to transport any wet samples safely home.

Are there any additional costs?

Please bring a sketchbook and notebook to record your work.

Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Wed 27 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 3 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Coloured Clays, Porcelain and Basic Mould Making (CE101 Spring)

Use coloured clays and porcelain to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, applique, inlay and layering.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. Beginners don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to learn new techniques or work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn basic ceramics techniques such as thumb pots, coiling, press and slip casting moulds, glazing techniques and the firing process. In addition coloured clays and porcelain are available for students to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, appliqué, inlay and layering. With the availability of coloured clay we can offer the opportunity to develop larger scale sculptural pieces. You will also learn basic mould making techniques such as press moulds and multiple piece moulds. Initially moulds will be cast from found objects but you will also have the opportunity to design your own mould shapes.

You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and the tutor will teach you how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Fri 22 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 29 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 5 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Coloured Clays, Porcelain and Basic Mould Making (CE95 Spring)

Use coloured clays and porcelain to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, applique, inlay and layering.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. Beginners don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to learn new techniques or work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn basic ceramics techniques such as thumb pots, coiling, press and slip casting moulds, glazing techniques and the firing process. In addition coloured clays and porcelain are available for students to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, appliqué, inlay and layering. With the availability of coloured clay we can offer the opportunity to develop larger scale sculptural pieces. You will also learn basic mould making techniques such as press moulds and multiple piece moulds. Initially moulds will be cast from found objects but you will also have the opportunity to design your own mould shapes.

You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and the tutor will teach you how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Fri 22 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 29 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 5 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Constructing Form and Surface Decoration (CE11 Spring)

A course for experienced ceramics students to develop hand building construction techniques and explore surface decoration through pattern and texture. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels. Learners will be introduced to this subject whilst Improvers and advanced students will be guided in their projects, The course is accessible for people with disabilities who have the relevant ceramics experience and a support worker or carer may assist if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? This course offers experienced ceramics students the opportunity to develop your construction techniques through hand building, and explore the relationship of surface decoration through pattern and texture. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of techniques, including sgraffito, paper resist and in-relief modelling. The course will cover the following skills and techniques: Recording and documenting of ideas Development of 2d designs into 3d objects Construction techniques Visualising the 3D form Surface decorating techniques Creating precise repeat patterns Compositional aesthetic History of ceramic art context Brush on glazing In addition, there will be opportunity to discuss ideas and intentions with the group and you will receive support in developing your own independent artistic style. The tutor will develop a guided programme of study with the group providing demonstrations and one-to-one support as required. You are encouraged to develop your own ideas within the parameters of creating hand-built pots with surface decoration. Use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged throughout this course, to enable the development of ideas, and of the student’s own working style. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, glazes, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have broadened your ceramics skills and learned new techniques for the realisation of your own design for a hand-built pot with surface decoration. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Wed 27 Mar
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 3 Apr
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Contemporary Ceramics (CE94 Spring)

Explore and experiment with exciting ceramic processes that will teach you to realise your own design ideas in ceramic.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults and young people aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? In these weekly two hour classes you will explore and experiment with a variety of clay working processes that will take you on a journey through the construction, decoration and realisation of your design ideas in ceramic. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of hand building techniques such as throwing, coiling and slab building, which you can choose to use by combining these processes or simply focusing on a chosen method that suits your design. You will also learn how to apply surface treatments in clay such as relief details and engraved pattern work that can be used to decorate your work. An introduction to the use of coloured slips, glazes and various glaze techniques and approaches will allow for further experimentation in the final stages of the decorating process. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical skills and techniques in ceramics through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Wendy Tournay

Thu 28 Mar
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 4 Apr
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Contemporary Dance (DA09 Spring)

An introductory class with an emphasis on the Cunningham technique which is designed to create strength and flexibility of movement. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners and improvers and the class will be adapted to suit the needs of the participants. For those with more experience the technique will be made harder and for beginners full instruction is given and the movement routines will be simplified. The course is accessible for people with disabilities providing you are physically able to dance. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Contemporary Dance is a high impact physical activity. You need a good level of physical fitness but the course is also a good way to improve your overall fitness levels. If you have any health conditions you should consult your doctor before joining this class. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn contemporary dance technique establishing a technical base while nurturing your creative skills. This is a technique class based on learning short exercises and phrases of movement that will progress and increase in content over the term. There will be opportunities to explore partner work and simple group work. You will improve your body and spatial awareness, develop your confidence as a dancer and have opportunities for self-expression through improvisation. There is also a short creative element to the course which the tutor will guide participants through giving you an understanding of a creative devising process. Do you need to bring anything? Participants will need to bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. You should bring a warmer top to put on after the session. Lessons are usually done bare footed but on occasion socks may be required. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Helen Mason

Mon 25 Mar
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 1 Apr
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Contemporary Portraiture (VA13 Spring)

Working directly from a life model, explore traditional and contemporary portraiture.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open students of all levels. Everyone will be assisted individually based on their existing experience. It is expected that most students will have some general experience of drawing, even if they are beginners at portraiture. However this course can be used as a refresher for basic drawing techniques with reference to a portrait model. Returners are welcome to initiate their own projects with tutor support and feedback as required.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a flexible course for students interested in contemporary approaches to drawing and painting portraits. You will learn drawing and painting skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone and colour. You will have the opportunity to explore the use of different art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint and watercolour.

You will work directly from a clothed professional life model. There are usually two models to choose from who will hold a single pose set up by the artist tutor. We employ a range of different male and female models for our life drawing and painting courses. We usually have the same models sit for two consecutive weeks.

The artist tutor gives each student individual attention, according to their experience, aptitude and specific goals, supporting them to find their own creative direction. For beginners, and others who wish to follow it, there is a weekly structured course consisting of group projects. The tutor will demonstrate a basic art material technique, show examples of his own or other artists work and support students as they try the technique themselves. Students may also spend time developing a particular approach. More experienced students, or those returning to the course, are welcome to undertake their own projects with the knowledge that a professional artist tutor is available to offer input and support in reaching your goals.

These sessions are an excellent opportunity to further your individual drawing and painting in response to a life model, gaining an insight into how the human form can be a fascinating ongoing topic for artistic study in its own right.

This class includes a short break. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Thu 28 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 4 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Creating Comics (DM21 Spring)

A course for aspiring writers and artists to learn the basic skills required to tell a story in a comic book format.

Fri 22 Mar
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 29 Mar
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 5 Apr
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Creative Drama (CH05 Spring)

Unlock your creative imagination and explore a wide variety of drama techniques including improvisation, movement and voice. Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 5 to 9 years. It is open to beginners and improvers levels. Beginners will be introduced to a range of drama techniques and processes and improvers will have the opportunity to develop their existing skills and increase their confidence as performers.

Parents are not expected to accompany children on this course. All our staff are DBS checked.

Elements of this class are quite physically demanding. The course may be accessible for children with disabilities. The tutor has level 1 British Sign Language, we can provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your particular needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

On this weekly course children will learn how their ideas can be transformed into a piece of theatre. Through various theatre games and exercises young people will develop their confidence, creativity, group work, speaking, listening and performance and presentation skills.

Each term a theme is chosen and the group will create performance material inspired by this theme. The students will be taught aspects of devising, acting, rhythm, movement and voice. The tutor works closely with the group providing a stimulus for the playful exploration of ideas. The children’s ideas are then adapted and directed during rehearsals to form the foundation of an end of term performance. Do you need to bring anything? Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who is this course is taught by? Rich Stokes

Sat 23 Mar
Randle Studio
Sat 30 Mar
Randle Studio
Sat 6 Apr
Randle Studio

Creative Writing Beginners (WR10 Spring)

A creative writing short course for beginners or those with low confidence. Supported by tutor Carol Preston, you'll use writing techniques to generate ideas and explore some of the genres in creative writing that you can choose to take home and develop further or share wider.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. Previous experience in creative writing is not required as full instruction will be given. This course is also suitable for anyone who lacks confidence in their writing or hasn’t written creatively for a while.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who engage in writing activities. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This course is designed to kick-start you into writing creatively. You will be taught how to generate material using writing techniques such as Free Writing and Clustering. By examining of the work of published writers you will learn about techniques such as:

Writers’ ‘hook’ Use of place Archetypes Diary writing Poetic writing Film premise Characterisation

You will be encouraged to develop some of these techniques in your own writing and explore the idea that writing is a process for continued development in order that you feel motivated to continue your work at home. The course may involve some group work and collaborative writing and students will have the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback.

By the end of the course everyone will have several pieces of their own writing which have been generated in response to tutor topics and techniques along with hand-outs on these topics for further consideration and development. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a notebook and a pen.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs apart from your preferred writing materials. Who teaches this course? Carol Preston

Mon 25 Mar
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Apr
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Creative Writing Improvers

Writing workshop for improvers.

Mon 25 Mar
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Apr
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Creative Writing Improvers (WR103 Spring)

A short course in improving your creative writing skills. Ages 18+.

Tue 26 Mar
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 2 Apr
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Dance (DA06 Spring)

Learn the Indian fusion style of Bollywood Dance in this fun, high energy dance class.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners and improvers who wish to train to a performance level. The class will be adapted to suit the needs of the participants, for those with more experience the technique will be made harder and for beginners full instruction will be given and the movement routines simplified.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities providing you are physically able to dance. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Bollywood Dance is a high impact physical activity, especially on the legs. You need a good level of physical fitness but the course is also a good way to improve your overall fitness levels. If you have any health conditions you should consult your doctor before joining this class.

What will you learn on this course? Bollywood is a dance style used in many Indian films and by some pop stars. It is a fusion of dance styles that includes classical Indian dance such as Kathak and Bharatanatyam combined with elements of western styles like street dance and modern jazz. This course will teach you the techniques to perform Bollywood dance body movements and you will also learn about the use of space and how to perform with expression. Over the course of the term you will learn how to build a dance routine and practice it to performance standards with the opportunity to perform in a sharing at the end of term. As students progress there may be other performance opportunities outside of mac. This course is a great way to stay active and help improve your fitness levels while learning to work well with others and improve your confidence as a dancer. Do you need to bring anything? Participants will need to bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. You should bring a warmer top to put on after the session. Classes are in bare feet. Are there any additional costs? There may be an additional cost towards a performance outfit. Who teaches this course? TBC

Sat 23 Mar
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 30 Mar
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 6 Apr
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Dance For Children (CH20 Spring)

A fun, high energy dance class for children in the Indian fusion style of Bollywood Dance.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable children aged 6 - 12 years and is open to beginners. You don’t need previous dance experience as full instruction will be given. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

This is a high energy dance class. The course may be accessible for children with disabilities who can participate in dance activities. Children can be accompanied by a parent or carer if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course? This high energy dance course will teach children how to dance in a Bollywood style. Bollywood is a dance style used in many Indian films and by some pop stars. It is a fusion of dance styles that includes classical Indian dance such as Kathak and Bharatanatyam combined with elements of western styles like street dance and modern jazz. This course will teach children the techniques to perform Bollywood dance body movements and they will also learn about the use of space and how to perform with expression. Over the course of the term students will learn how to build a dance routine and practice it to performance standards with the opportunity to perform in a sharing at the end of term. This course is a great way for children to stay active and help improve their fitness levels while learning to work well with others and improve their confidence as a dancer. Do you need to bring anything? Participants will need to bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. Children should bring a warmer top to put on after the session. Classes are in bare feet. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? TBC

Sat 23 Mar
Performance Studio
Sat 30 Mar
Performance Studio
Sat 6 Apr
Performance Studio

Dance For Fitness & Wellbeing (DA27 Spring)

Get your week off to a good start dancing and moving for improved health and wellbeing.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginner. You do not need previous dance experience as full instruction is given and the class will be adapted to suit the needs of the participants.

Unfortunately this course is not accessible for people with disabilities. Students should inform the tutor of any existing injuries and we recommend you consult your doctor before starting any new form of exercise.

What will you learn on this course?

This course teaches dance and movement for improved health and wellbeing. You will learn stretching and strengthening exercises, improvisation and creative devising tasks in an energising and fun weekly one-hour class.

Through a series of exercises and tasks you will develop a deeper understanding of how the body works and improve your movement range. You will strengthen your core muscle groups and increase your postural awareness. The class will also include structured tasks and improvisations designed to nurture your creative skills and help you create simple phrases of movement including working with a partner. You will build your creative confidence and understanding of the creative process leading to a sense of achievement and wellbeing through a stronger more creative body. Do you need to bring anything? Participants will need to bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. You should bring a warmer top to put on after the session. Lessons are done bare footed. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Helen Mason

Mon 25 Mar
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 1 Apr
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Dance For Wellbeing (DA25 Spring)

A weekly dance class for older adults who want to start dancing and moving for improved health and wellbeing.

What will you learn on this course? This fun weekly course will focus on contemporary dance and improvised movement techniques as well as providing some time to socialise and meet new people. This course should contribute to improvements in your general fitness and wellbeing including: General mobility Core strength Posture and alignment Confidence Wellbeing The class will include an improvised warm up followed by technique exercises. There will be the opportunity to improvise your own movement finding positions and shapes that suit your body and ability. There will also be the chance to work creatively with other members of the group.

The tutor will nurture a supportive and social environment for the class, encouraging and challenging based on individual’s abilities and needs. The class will include some social time with refreshments.

On completing this course you should feel able to be more confidently agile in your everyday lives, have greater motivation for exercise and improved sense of wellbeing.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 40+ years who would like to spend time socialising and learning to dance. It is open to all levels. Suitable for complete beginners who have never stepped foot on a dance floor to those who have a little experience and would like to learn more. Everyone will be encouraged to participate at their own pace.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities. A support worker or carer may assist and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Any health issues should be declared by participants at the start of the course and will be taken into consideration by the tutor. Exercises will be adapted where necessary and chairs will be available for participants to rest if needed. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear suitable clothing that allows free movement and shoes with a non-slip sole. Also bring a water based drink.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Sandra Golding

Wed 27 Mar
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 3 Apr
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Dhol Drum (MU03 Spring)

Learn the basic techniques and rhythms of the traditional Indian dhol drum.

Tue 26 Mar
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 2 Apr
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Digital Kids Saturday Club (CH101 Spring)

Learn to design, code and build digital art projects in this Saturday morning 6 week club. The club will run on alternate weeks allowing children time to work on their projects in between sessions.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany their children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course may be accessible for children with disabilities who can participate in detail based activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce you to working creatively with electronics using microprocessors such as Arduino’s, microbits and raspberry pis and LED’s. Each session the tutor will introduce a project for the children to work on that will combine arts and crafts with coding and basic electronics and simple circuits. The course will run on alternate Saturdays, designed so that the children can work on their projects in between sessions.

This course is taught by tutor Catherine Jones who is a practicing artist with extensive experience and strong links in the entertainment and creative industry. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support you will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs. Do you need to bring anything? Basic art materials, microprocessors, LED’s and laptops will be provided for the children to experiment during the sessions. Children are welcome to bring along their own raspberry pi’s microbits and Arduino’s so that they can then take their projects home and continue to work on them in between sessions. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The tutor will suggest sources for parents to buy kit on request. Who teaches this course? Catherine Jones

Sat 23 Mar
Weston Studio

Children £63

Sat 30 Mar
Weston Studio

Children £63

Digital Skills for Beginners: The Web (DM16 Spring)

This course teaches you to use the web and internet effectively, from shopping to blogging, social networking and learning new skills. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is for beginners who are learning to use the internet for the first time, those with very limited experience and those not confident in using the full range of opportunities via the internet. Full instruction and guidance on all the basics will be given. The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a computer. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? This course will teach you how to use the internet from the very basics in using a web browser to get the best out of information you are searching for through to bookmarking favourite websites and having the confidence to use online tools such as online shopping. The course is intended to guide people who have little or no knowledge to confidently use the internet and understand and enjoy the benefits it can offer. There is also a focus on staying safe on the internet. The course runs in mac’s dedicated media studio on Apple Mac computers with transferable skills to windows based systems. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything as all materials and equipment is provided but you can bring your own laptop if you wish to learn on your own device. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Chris Hamilton

Wed 27 Mar
Media Studio

£65 (£59)

Wed 3 Apr
Media Studio

£65 (£59)

Drama For Wellbeing (WB27 Spring)

Learn performance and relaxation techniques designed to develop your confidence in creativity and self-expression.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all who feel they need to improve their wellbeing and you don’t require any previous drama experience.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

The course will cover a wide range of performance and relaxation techniques that will be taught in a safe and supportive environment. It is designed to develop your confidence in creativity and self-expression. The tutor will work with the group and one-to-one to develop appropriate techniques and skills. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring water and wear loose comfortable clothes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Rachel Green

Wed 27 Mar
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 3 Apr
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Drawing & Painting Nature (VA84 Spring)

Using a mixture of media develop your own themes based on observation of natural forms within still–life, figure and mac Birmingham's surrounding landscape.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. Beginners may be completely new to drawing and painting or may not have done it for some time. They will be offered an introduction to drawing and painting methods. Improvers and advanced students may have previously completed courses at mac or elsewhere and will benefit from an opportunity for further development. They may wish to respond to tutor led activities or initiate their own nature themed projects with tutor support and feedback as required.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course ‘nature’ is the starting point to stimulate curiosity and creativity while learning about drawing and painting. Through the use of direct observation and strategies for gathering reference, you will learn skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, monochrome, limited palette and full colour. You will have the opportunity to explore the use of different art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint, watercolour and mixed media.

You will work directly from natural subjects provided by the tutor or by members of the class. Topics of study derived from these subjects may include: flowers and plants, fruit, vegetables, shells, pebbles, trees, roots, windfall branches, clouds, landscape, water, birds, animals, shadows, portrait, life drawing etc. Cannon Hill Park may also be used as a resource along with images of work by other artists.

This structured course consists mainly of two week projects on each nature topic, although students may linger longer on any aspect that they wish, and some are designed to overlap. The content evolves from term to term in response to student feedback. The topics are introduced by the tutor with examples of his own or other artist’s work and practical demonstrations. Each student will receive individual attention according to their experience and need, supporting them to develop a practical understanding of art materials and a greater appreciation of aspects of nature.

Advanced students are invited to participate in group projects where they wish or have tutor assistance with developing their own individual projects inspired by nature.

This course aims to offer a relaxed environment, conducive to quiet concentration where students can progress with their individual creative journey.

Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Tue 26 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 2 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Drawing Techniques (VA03 Spring)

Develop your drawing and observational skills while exploring the art of working with graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, pastel pencils and coloured/water soluble pencils. It is an opportunity to try things out that can give satisfaction for many years to come. Students are encouraged to return to the same course so they can take each technique further.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is designed for students who wish to improve their drawing techniques and skills. Students with some previous drawing experience will benefit from this course and it is suitable for those wishing to start from simple beginnings, then accumulatively put together more techniques as the course progresses.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a structured course that will guide you through the use of a range of pencils such as graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, pastel pencils and coloured/water soluble pencils. You will gain drawing skills in line, tone, form and colour along with measurement of proportions. You will work with a variety of intriguing subject matter chosen to facilitate specific learning goals of individual lessons. These will include;

• direct observation still-life • natural forms • a life model • a portrait model • and a number of experimental projects to tap into your creative imagination.

This course focusses on learning by art practice. Each week the tutor will set a specific project. He will demonstrate a basic technique supported by completed examples of artist’s work. Students will then undertake a practical exercise to learn and apply the technique themselves with individual support and guidance from the tutor. Each lesson builds on the previous one, gradually developing your skills and understanding.

On completing this course you can expect to have a range of drawings of different subjects demonstrating your understanding of basic drawing techniques and the use of different types of pencil.

This course aims to offer a relaxed environment, conducive to informal conversation and quiet concentration where students can progress with their individual creative journey.

Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners.

Students are encouraged to bring their own objects and still life and you may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Mon 25 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 1 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Explore Ceramics: Clay, Porcelain & Mould Making (CE102 Spring)

Develop your ceramic skills, explore stone, clay, porcelain and mould making techniques.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is for improvers and advanced practitioners seeking to develop and build on their skills working with an experienced tutor.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn ceramics techniques such as thumb pots, coiling, press and slip casting moulds, glazing techniques and the firing process. In addition coloured clays and porcelain are available for students to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, appliqué, inlay and layering. With the availability of coloured clay we can offer the opportunity to develop larger scale sculptural pieces. You will also build on mould making techniques using found objects or design your own mould shapes.

You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and the tutor will teach you how to translate these ideas into your own unique designs. Using the ceramics skills you have learned you will choose the appropriate techniques to realise your design in clay. The course tutor will encourage you to develop your individual interests and styles and support you through to the completion of your project. Any work you produce on this course is yours to take home. Our fully equipped pottery studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Thu 28 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 4 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Explore Feltmaking (TE01 Spring)

An introductory workshop in feltmaking.

Mon 25 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 1 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Explore Feltmaking (TE21 Spring)

An introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with an opportunity to experiment with a range of fibres, fabric and wool to create functional and decorative pieces. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous experience of felt making as full instruction and guidance is given. Those with some experience will be able to improve their skills, technique and develop new designs. This course involves working at low tables, includes long periods of standing and good dexterity is needed in your hands. The course may not be suitable for people with disabilities but you may contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. A carer or support worker may assist but must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. What will you learn on this course? This course is an introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with an opportunity to experiment with a range of fibres, fabric and wool. You will be taught the skills to create tactile surfaces for stitch and dye, plus more advanced techniques including resists and nuno felting to develop functional and decorative pieces. On this course you will learn how to: • Understand the properties of wool and appreciate how and why it felts • Create 2D felt using traditional wet rolling technique • Layout wool and calculate shrinkage for wet rolling felt • Identify and work with a range of animal, plant and man-made fibres • Use colour, create pattern and ‘paint’ with the wool • Create and use pre-felt • Incorporate threads, fibres and fabric into the felt to create decorative surfaces • Make and use resists to create seamless felt The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. Students will be provided with handouts for each technique and will build a personal portfolio of samples to refer to for future felting projects. The course content is guided by the ability and prior experience of the students attending. Students wishing to re-enrol are welcomed and assisted to develop their skills further and work on individual projects with guided support from the tutor. Previously students have made wall hangings, bags, cushions, bowls, hats, jewellery, flowers and scarves. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron. All materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Penny Dixon

Tue 26 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 2 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Explore Textiles (TE02 Spring)

A practical introduction to designing and making textiles using a range of techniques such as batik, screenprinting and feltmaking. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners so you don’t need any previous experience of textile making as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is a great introduction to essential textiles techniques. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course involves working at low tables and includes long periods of standing. You need good manual dexterity. Some of the processes involve melting paraffin wax and the fumes may cause breathing difficulties for asthmatics however extractor fans and ventilation will be used. What will you learn on this course? On this termly course you will be given a practical introduction to designing and making textiles. Using a variety of materials and techniques such as batik, screen printing, felt making and embroidery with elements of paper making and dyeing, you will be encouraged to realise your own designs, developing a number of personal projects with the support of your tutor. You will learn the following techniques and processes: Batik: You will learn to identify different types of wax, the use of tools to apply wax, how to apply wax resist, what surfaces to work on, how to work with cold water reactive dyes, methods to remove wax, scrafitto, traditional dip dye, methods to develop depth of colour, how to translate design ideas to batik. Screenprinting: You will learn how to prepare a design, create a stencil and use the print screen, squeegee and ink to print your design. Colour separation and repeat printing will be explored as well as learning how to mix inks and binder and fix prints. You will also learn mono printing with Procion dyes. Feltmaking: You will learn how to layout wool, create a design using wet felting technique and how to needle felt a simple shape. Silk Paper Making: You will learn how to layout silk fibres and add other fibres, yarns and objects to make paper. Machine Embroidery: You will learn how to thread and set up a sewing machine to draw with thread using free motion embroidery. You can then apply this technique on fabric and paper. Sewing skills: You will learn hand sewing skills to transform your textile pieces into functional items. By the end of this course you will have produced a number of textile samples and your own individual projects, understanding how to translate your design ideas into completed work. You will have developed your understanding of a range of textile techniques, learning which you prefer, and have the confidence to work independently. Previous students have made wall hangings, textile paintings, bowls, printed t- shirts, bags, window blinds, cards, cushion covers and book jackets. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron and an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet to record what you learn and keep your samples in. You may wish to bring along a few of your chosen designs to get you started. You are welcome to bring along your own materials and fabric to print on, for example t-shirts, bags or tea towels. Most materials and all equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Ring bound scrapbook approx. £8.50. Apron approx. £5.00 Most materials required for this course are included in the course fee. Specialist items such as silk fabric may incur small additional costs. Who teaches this course? Penny Dixon

Mon 25 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 1 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Exploring Experimental Film Making (DM105 Spring)

Through screenings, discussion and practical film projects, this 12 week course is a deep dive into the alternative world of experimental film and video making, where narrative and drama may still exist but not quite as we know them from traditional cinema. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in cinema and film making The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? From classic short film and video art through to the modern era of experimental music videos, commercials, installations and YouTube wonders, the first half of the course will take the form of screenings of work, discussion and occasional guests. Each week a different aspect of experimental film will be explored, to provoke you into new ways of seeing the moving image. After half term, the group will then have 6 weeks to devise, plan and shoot their own short film either using MAC's video equipment or their own - including mobile phones, Go-Pros, old tech… Anything goes! You can work individually or in teams, shooting either at MAC or in your own time. Editing will be completed in MAC's fully equipped Media Studio, with access to iMac computers, Final Cut editing software and music/sound design software Logic Pro. Do you need to bring anything? You are welcome to bring along your own equipment and props. Are there any additional costs? None Who teaches this course? Scott Johnston

Mon 25 Mar
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 1 Apr
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Exploring Sculpture (SC04 Spring)

A contemporary sculpture course where you will learn to realise your own ideas using a variety of materials. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. You don’t need any previous sculpting experience as full tuition is give. This course is perfect for students interested in learning how to realise their own sculptural projects in different media. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You do need dexterity in your hands. Students may bring their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? This course will teach contemporary approaches to creating 3D sculptural artworks. Taking inspiration from a range of sculptural styles, techniques and artists, students will be supported to develop their own ideas for a sculpture project. You may choose to create work that is figurative, representational or abstract and you can work with a wide range of materials including wax, papier-mâché, felt, plaster, fabric, mixed media etc. The tutor will guide you through the process of creating the work including: Researching and developing your ideas Producing drawings and designs Visualising 3D forms Construction techniques Understanding the properties of materials and how to work with them Choosing the most appropriate medium Finishing techniques You will learn to develop your observational and representational skills and gain an understanding of scale, proportion and mass. The tutor will demonstrate techniques and materials and provide one-to-one support on your individual project. Coming on this course is a great way to experience working with other like-minded people in a relaxed studio environment. By the end of the course you should have a finished sculpture made to your own design. Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment is provided. You should bring any images, objects, materials, sketchbooks that might inspire your work. Are there any additional costs? Should you wish to provide specialist materials you may need to do so at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca

Tue 26 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 2 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Exposure II: Digital Photography (DM02 Spring)

An ideal follow on from ‘Exposure I’, this course will deepen your understanding of your camera and teach you to take better photographs in a range of genres. Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers, those who have attended Exposure 1 or people with a digital camera that have a good understanding of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO all work together and usually shoot in Aperture, Shutter or Manual Mode. It’s ideally suited for people with DSLR, Bridge, Compact System Cameras, Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras or a compact camera for enthusiasts that has manual settings.

If you have a basic compact point and shoot camera but are thinking of upgrading to one of the above then we do have a limited number of DSLRs that can be borrowed during the class.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a camera. The room is wheelchair accessible and a carer or support worker may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a fun and friendly course which is an ideal follow on from ‘Exposure 1’. It’s an opportunity for you to unleash your creativity, have fun with your camera and start creating pictures you will want to keep, share and maybe even print! You will be encouraged to continue or start a portfolio of your best shots or create a new body of work.

You will be taught how to take better landscape, travel, street photography and portrait images and how to achieve special effects in camera rather than through post production in Photoshop. During this course you will also gain a deeper understanding of the various rules of composition. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think creatively and to use your camera as a tool for expression. Using our desktop Apple Mac computers you will also learn file management techniques and post production using Photoshop Elements. Each week participants will be set a short weekly assignment to practice what they have learned that week. It’s important to the success of this course that you have the time and the motivation to complete the weekly assignments and to work on your own portfolio or body of work. An active element of each class is downloading, discussing and reviewing each other’s images shot in response to the weekly challenge. The tutor encourages knowledge sharing and participation from all members of the group creating a relaxed learning environment where you can freely ask those questions you’ve always wanted to about you camera. Some 1-2-1 support may be given but this will depend on class numbers therefore independent research and learning is encouraged. On completion of this course you will have developed a critical eye and greater ability to select and proof your images. You will have a deeper understanding of the genres of photography and an improved confidence in the operation of your camera. You should feel inspired to be creative with your camera and want to explore your own capabilities further. Do you need to bring anything? Bring along your camera, a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

You can bring your own laptops or tablets if you prefer to use these for post-production instead of the Apple Macs provided but please remember any cables you might need to connect your camera to your device. It is also useful if you bring a copy of your camera manual.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Kate Green

Mon 25 Mar
Media Studio

£77 (£70)

Mon 1 Apr
Media Studio

£77 (£70)

Family Pottery (FA02 Spring)

Explore the world of clay together and learn about different hand-building techniques and exciting ways to decorate your clay work.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 12 years accompanied by their parents or guardians who are looking for an opportunity to enjoy learning together. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor.

The course is accessible for people of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, parents and guardians work with their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

This termly course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics. It’s a perfect opportunity for you and your child to learn more about each other as well as to develop a shared interest in the medium of clay. You will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building, sculpting clay and using moulds. The tutor will then support you to explore your own ideas, showing you how to apply these techniques to realise your own designs. You will also have access to specialist tools to add decoration to your work including the application of glazes. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique and of a high standard. The tutor will begin by demonstrating different techniques and suggesting possible outcomes, allowing you to experiment with your own ideas. Further demonstrations and 1-2-1 support will be given as required as you develop your own projects. Class members will be encouraged to share their work and ideas with the group. A glossary of technical terms and a hand out sheet summarising what has been covered throughout the course will be provided. In addition to practical making skills the tutor will use visual resources such as ceramics magazines and books to give you an understanding of both historical and contemporary ceramic artist’s work. By the end of this course you will have learned how to use all the equipment in the mac ceramic studio safely and correctly. You will have learned a range of techniques, made high quality ceramic pieces to your own design and have the confidence to continue working in ceramics. Your finished glazed ceramic creation will be ready to collect from mac two weeks later to allow time for firing to take place. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

The course price covers one adult and one child. There is a charge for each additional person (child or adult). At least one adult must be present for every three children. Who teaches this course? Olga Terry

Sat 23 Mar
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 30 Mar
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 6 Apr
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Feel Good Friday: Iyengar Yoga Taster Session

Feel good on Fridays and join tutor Elisabeth Moreton and try out Iyengar Yoga.

Iyengar Yoga is a practice based on classical Hatha Yoga, as developed by BKS Iyengar, with emphasis on precision and alignment in postures. The course is hard working physical yoga practice and usually includes a short period of relaxation at the end of the class.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for beginners with no previous experience and those wishing to deepen their practice.

If you suffer from a medical condition we recommend that you take advice from your doctor before doing this type of physical exercise. All students should inform the tutor of any ongoing health problems.

What will you learn on this course?

Iyengar Yoga is a yoga practice based on classical Hatha Yoga, as developed by BKS Iyengar, with emphasis on precision and alignment in postures. Basic standing, seated and back bending postures (asanas) will be taught, as well as some recuperative poses. Inverted postures are introduced as and when the student is ready. Props (foam blocks, bricks and belts) are provided and used to make postures more accessible to students.

The course is hard working physical yoga practice and usually includes a short period of relaxation at the end of the class. Generally, students progress at their own rate with support from the tutor. With regular practice the benefits of Iyengar Yoga to body and mind are many, including increased suppleness, strength and stamina as well as improved concentration and general well-being. Do you need to bring anything? You must bring your own non-stick yoga mat and a cotton yoga blanket. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement. Other props such as yoga blocks and belts are provided. Are there any additional costs? A non-stick yoga mat (approx. £17) and a cotton yoga blanket (approx. £20) must be provided at your own expense. You may wish to purchase additional props to aid your practice at home. Please contact us for more info. Who teaches this course? Elisabeth Moreton

Fri 22 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£5

Fri 28 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£5

Figurative Sculpture

A figurative sculpture class.

Tue 26 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 2 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Figurative Sculpture (SC02 Spring)

Working directly from a life model, explore traditional and contemporary ways to sculpt the human figure in clay. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous sculpting experience as full tuition is give. This course is perfect for students interested in the human form and learning to sculpt it in clay. Improvers may have attended mac’s Figurative Sculpture beginners course or similar courses elsewhere and will be able to refine their technique and create new work. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with the clay and the tools. Students may bring their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? An ideal class for those interested in learning to sculpt the human figure. You will have the opportunity to model in clay from a nude life model, usually holding the same pose for the full duration of the course. The first task set is to produce a scale model of a full figure and finish it so that it can be fired in the kiln. On this course students will get a flavour of the challenges of working in clay and translating the human figure into a successful clay sculpture. You will learn to develop your observational skills and gain an understanding of scale and proportion. You will be taught clay modelling techniques using an assortment of tools and equipment and how to prepare your finished sculpture for firing in the kiln. Both buff and terracotta clay is available. Improvers will be able to refine their skills and be encouraged to approach their work in new ways e.g. isolating parts of the body to sculpt and developing more personal representations of form. We aim to rotate models across classes and terms so that improvers should be able to work from a different subject than on a previous course. Coming on this course is a great way to experience working with other like-minded people in a relaxed studio environment. By the end of the course you should have a finished model that will then be fired for you to take home. Please note the clay must dry out before firing so your model will be available to collect 4-5 weeks later. There is a short break in the middle of each class. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? Each student is allocated a fixed amount of clay to work with. If you want to produce work that uses more than this it will be at an extra cost. Roughly £7 per large bag of clay. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca

Tue 26 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 2 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Flamenco Beginners (DA01 Spring)

Enter the passionate, exciting world of traditional Spanish flamenco dancing accompanied by live musicians.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults (male & female) aged 18+ years. This is a beginners course so you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. If you have less than one year’s experience of flamenco this class would also be suitable for you.

Flamenco dancing requires flexibility in your hands and shoulders. There is also some impact on leg joints, particularly the knees.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities providing you are physically able to dance. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Flamenco is a high impact physical activity, especially on the legs. You need a good level of physical fitness but the course is also a good way to improve your overall fitness levels. If you have any health conditions you should consult your doctor before joining this class.

What will you learn on this course?

This course is an introduction to the exciting and passionate traditional Spanish dance flamenco and its many forms. The class will concentrate on the simpler, more light-hearted forms such as tangos, rumbas and fandangos.

You will learn basic techniques such as posture, footwork and turns, hand and arm movements. During the term you will also learn a choreographed routine through demonstration, practice, repetition and correction as necessary. The length and difficulty of the choreography will be tailored to suit the students’ abilities. Every class will be accompanied by live guitarists.

By the end of this course you will have some understanding of flamenco forms ('palos') and rhythmic structures ('compás'). You will have learned sufficient basic techniques, including styling and expression of mood, to perform a complete dance routine with a degree of confidence. Do you need to bring anything? All students must wear suitable shoes, a low block heel shoe, not trainers or stiletto-type shoes. If you don’t have a suitable shoe you can purchase a 'character shoe' available from most dance supplies shops or online (c. £20-30). For women a long full skirt is also recommended but not essential.

Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Stephanie Ratkai

Mon 25 Mar
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 1 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Flamenco Improvers

A flamenco course for those with at least two years' previous experience and wish to improve their technical skills and performance technique.

Mon 25 Mar
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 1 Apr
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 22 Apr
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 29 Apr
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 6 May
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 13 May
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 20 May
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 3 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 10 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 17 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 24 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 1 Jul
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 8 Jul
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 15 Jul
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Free Solo

Free Solo
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Documentary about free solo climber Alex Honnold and his ambition to ascend El Capitan in Yosemite national park. Insightful and exhilarating, showing how Honnold’s personal life and background have affected his climbing, and how the filmmakers themselves had to take special efforts not to distract him into making a disastrous error.

Sat 23 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

From Paper To Fabric (TE04 Spring)

Introducing block and screen-printing and machine embroidery, this course offers a practical exploration into surface design. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are both completely new to textiles, those who wish to learn new approaches to design, those wanting to learn print processes, combine stitch with print, revisit their love of textiles and those who want to extend and improve their techniques. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities and operate a sewing machine. Students can be accompanied by a carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands. What will you learn on this course? This course offers a practical exploration into surface print design through the techniques of block printing, screen printing, hand and machine embroidery. You will explore the process of creating your own unique designs from primary sources to create printed paper and fabric which you can embellish with stitch. On this course you will learn how to: • Undertake primary and secondary research • Use a sketchbook to record research and generate original design ideas • Create Block prints using either Lino cuts, Neoprene blocks or Collographs • Understand colour theory and its application in your work • Explore the Formal Element as applied to textiles • Create a variety of repeat print designs • Use a variety of hand stitches to embellish your print work • Use free motion machine embroidery to embellish your prints • Screenprint using stencils, polyprint and binder AQ or dyes and Manutex print paste • Apply colour separation to create screenprints As you progress on this course you will bring your research, designs and the techniques learnt together to make original artwork. The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. Students will be provided with handouts for each technique and will build a personal portfolio of samples to refer to for future projects. Each term gives a focus to a different theme. Previous themes have included architecture, edible, nature and lettering. The course content is guided by the ability and prior experience of the students attending. Students wishing to re-enrol are welcomed and assisted to develop their skills further and work on individual projects with guided support from the tutor. Previously students have made wall hanging, framed artwork, artist books, cushions, boxes, friezes, fabric for clothing and much more. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron, an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet and a pair of sharp scissors. All other materials and equipment is provided. If you own a sewing machine you can have it PAT tested for a small fee and bring it in to use during class. Are there any additional costs? You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Ring bound scrapbook approx. £8.50. Apron approx. £5.00 Scissors approx. £8.00 Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Wed 27 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 3 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Gentle Hatha Yoga (WB09 Spring)

This gentle form of yoga exercise combines physical practice with meditation leading to a more relaxed state of being. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for all ability levels including beginners who have no prior experience of Hatha yoga. This course is not suitable during pregnancy or if attempting to become pregnant. You should consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions which could be affected by taking exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities but you must be able to get up and down from the floor unaided. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn Hatha yoga, a gentle form of yoga exercise. Each class provides approximately 1hr of physical practice which includes postures based on lying down, sitting, kneeling and standing positions. The remaining time is divided between a breathing or meditation practice and a relaxation. The class emphasises working steadily and mindfully in coordination with the breath. As a new posture is introduced each week and those covered in previous weeks are revisited you will gain the most benefit by attending on a regular basis from the beginning of the term. The tutor provides group instruction with individual assistance as required. By attending this course you can expect to improve your physical coordination of movement and breath, balance and increase awareness of your posture. With practice you will cultivate a more relaxed state of being and a greater union of body, breath and mind. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. You also need to bring a yoga mat and a blanket to keep warm during meditation. Are there any additional costs? You must provide a yoga mat and blanket at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Madeleine Mott

Tue 26 Mar
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 2 Apr
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

GRAIN Photographers Talk

Arpita Shah is a photographic artist and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. As an India-born artist, Shah spent an earlier part of her life living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling in the UK. This migratory experience is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities. Shah’s work tends to draw from Asian and Eastern mythology, using it both visually and conceptually to explore the issues of cultural displacement in the Asian Diaspora.

Tue 26 Mar
Hexagon

£5

The Great Escape: A Gala Screening on the 75th Anniversary

On the 75th anniversary of The Great Escape, Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening featuring The D-Day Darlings and special guests, culminating with a gala screening of the remastered 1963 cult film, starring Steve McQueen. The live show from London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith will feature Britain’s Got Talent finalists performing classics such as The White Cliffs of Dover, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and a specially created arrangement of the iconic theme tune. Dan Snow will hear from veterans of the Second World War’s most daring escape and will explore the history and science behind the operation with renowned historian Paul Beaver and Dr Hugh Hunt of the University of Cambridge.

Audiences will discover how Squadron Leader Roger Bushell’s ingenious plan inspired one of the most famous war films of all time and the Triumph TR6 motorcycle, ridden by Steve McQueen in the dramatic fence-jump scene, will make a rare appearance on stage. This anniversary event supports the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Force’s leading welfare charity, in its centenary year.

Sun 24 Mar
Theatre

£17.25

Group Guitar

Guitar workshop for beginners and improvers ages 18+.

Wed 27 Mar
Music Studio 1

£115 (£104)

Wed 3 Apr
Music Studio 1

£115 (£104)

Hatha Yoga

A yoga course that combines meditation, postures and breathing techniques to develop a profound relaxation technique. For students of all levels.

Thu 28 Mar
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 4 Apr
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 25 Apr
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 2 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 9 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 16 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 23 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 6 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 13 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 20 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 27 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 4 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 11 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 18 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Illustration Techniques

Learn traditional illustration techniques.

Tue 26 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 2 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 23 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 30 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 7 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 14 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 21 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 4 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 11 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 18 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 25 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 2 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 9 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 16 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Introduction To Art Techniques (VA07 Spring)

A course in basic art techniques.

Thu 28 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 4 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Introduction to Ceramic Animal Sculptures

Learn how to make pottery animals sculptures, inspired by nature and the beautiful creatures around the world. Learn all about hand building and coiling techniques and imaginative ways to decorate your animal sculptures. Who is this course for? This introductory course is for adults aged 18+ years and is designed for all levels, beginners, improvers and advanced practitioners as our tutor will tailor the class to your skill level. This course is perfect for students interested in natural forms and learning to sculpt them in clay. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with the clay and the tools. Students may bring their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? During the course students will learn how to make a 3D animal sculptures. Whether you like larger than life land mammals and want to make an elephant. Or maybe the elegant swoop of a flamingo is what you fancy forming. Perhaps you would prefer the daintier sculpting of a dormouse? Whichever route you take, the natural world is yours for the making. You will explore different ceramic techniques such as hand slab building, coiling and pinching to form your animals, then learn to paint them with coloured slips to bring your creature to life. There will be emphasis in this course on developing your observational skills and translating these into more personal representations of your choice of animal sculpture. You will be encouraged to experiment and explore different approaches that will help you to find your own artistic methods and style. You will be working in Mac’s fully equipped sculpture studio with buff, terracotta and crank clays. There may be the option to fire and glaze completed works. Coming on this course is a great way to experience working with other like-minded people in a relaxed studio environment. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca

Sat 23 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£32 (£29)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE01 Spring)

Learn basic making techniques in clay including coiling, throwing and slab pots. Take home a finished piece and an understanding of the art of clay and ceramics. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? In this weekly class you will receive an introduction to ceramics and the hand-building techniques used. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of techniques throughout the course such as coiling, slab-building, throwing and press-moulding. There will also be demonstrations of different approaches to glazing to achieve a variety of surface effects, this will include dipping, pouring, spraying and the use of wax resist. You will have the opportunity to work with coloured slips which allows for a more controlled outcome. The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. You will be able to work at your own pace and encouraged to work on individual projects of your own design. Further demonstrations of specific techniques can also be given to smaller numbers within the group or one-to-one upon request. Those learners with more experience will be able to self-direct their work and the tutor will offer guidance as and when it’s needed. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical ceramics skills and learned new techniques through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

Mon 25 Mar
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 1 Apr
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE02 Spring)

Learn basic making techniques in clay including coiling, throwing and slab pots. Take home a finished piece and an understanding of the art of clay and ceramics.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? In this weekly class you will receive an introduction to ceramics and the hand-building techniques used. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of techniques throughout the course such as coiling, slab-building, throwing and press-moulding. There will also be demonstrations of different approaches to glazing to achieve a variety of surface effects, this will include dipping, pouring, spraying and the use of wax resist. You will have the opportunity to work with coloured slips which allows for a more controlled outcome. The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. You will be able to work at your own pace and encouraged to work on individual projects of your own design. Further demonstrations of specific techniques can also be given to smaller numbers within the group or one-to-one upon request. Those learners with more experience will be able to self-direct their work and the tutor will offer guidance as and when it’s needed. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical ceramics skills and learned new techniques through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Wendy Tournay

Thu 28 Mar
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 4 Apr
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE08 Spring)

Learn basic making techniques in clay including coiling, throwing and slab pots. Take home a finished piece and an understanding of the art of clay and ceramics. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. Those experienced in ceramics are welcome to work independently with tutor guidance and support given as needed. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? In this weekly class you will receive an introduction to ceramics and the hand-building techniques used. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of techniques throughout the course such as coiling, slab-building, throwing and press-moulding. There will also be demonstrations of different approaches to glazing to achieve a variety of surface effects, this will include dipping, pouring, spraying and the use of wax resist. You will have the opportunity to work with coloured slips which allows for a more controlled outcome. The tutor will give whole class demonstrations of the various techniques in the early stages of the course and then individual, specialist guidance will be given on your projects as and when it’s needed. You will be able to work at your own pace and encouraged to work on individual projects of your own design. Further demonstrations of specific techniques can also be given to smaller numbers within the group or one-to-one upon request. Those learners with more experience will be able to self-direct their work and the tutor will offer guidance as and when it’s needed. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kiln. On completion of this course you will have gained a variety of practical ceramics skills and learned new techniques through the development of individual pieces or a collection of work. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

Wed 27 Mar
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 3 Apr
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Introduction to Jewellery (JE01 Spring)

Learn basic techniques, including soldering, saw piercing and filing and make jewellery from your own designs. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. This is a beginners course so you do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course. If you have some previous experience such as making beaded jewellery or some other basic procedures and would like to develop your skills further, learn some new techniques with the tutor’s support and guidance, you are welcome to attend this course. The course is accessible for adults of all abilities but requires a high level of manual dexterity and tool handling. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The studio is wheelchair accessible. Please enquire to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn the skills necessary to design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery. The materials used are copper, brass, gilding metal and sterling silver. You will be taught a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques including: • Sawing and cutting out metals • soldering to join metals • polishing and buffing • forming • casting techniques • finishing processes These techniques will be taught through a series of exercises such as: • Making a simple ring to a set design • Making a pendant to your own design • Making and enamelling a piece of jewellery to your own design The first exercise will be intensively supported but as you gain skills and confidence you will be supported to develop your own designs and encouraged to work independently. mac’s fully equipped studio has work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly. On completing the course you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills, developed your fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, and have several pieces of jewellery you have designed and made to wear or give to friends and family. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All tools and safety equipment is provided. You can supply your own materials if you choose. Health and Safety Students are required to wear flat closed-toe shoes, preferably trainers or boots, as this is a workshop environment with heavy tools, soldering equipment and a kiln. Unsuitable footwear may result in the student not being able to take part in the session. Long hair must be tied back. The use of protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the Artist Tutor. Are there any additional costs? There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades and findings. These can be purchased from mac individually or in packs e.g. Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades) Silver - £1.30 per gram • Making a pendant to your own design • Making and enamelling a piece of jewellery to your own design The first exercise will be intensively supported but as you gain skills and confidence you will be supported to develop your own designs and encouraged to work independently. mac’s fully equipped studio has work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly. On completing the course you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills, developed your fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, and have several pieces of jewellery you have designed and made to wear or give to friends and family. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All tools and safety equipment is provided. You can supply your own materials if you choose. Health and Safety Students are required to wear flat closed-toe shoes, preferably trainers or boots, as this is a workshop environment with heavy tools, soldering equipment and a kiln. Unsuitable footwear may result in the student not being able to take part in the session. Long hair must be tied back. The use of protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the Artist Tutor. Are there any additional costs? There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades and findings. These can be purchased from mac individually or in packs e.g. Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades) Silver - £1.30 per gram 0.9mm Copper Sheet 6”x3” - £2.10 Saw blades (x12) - £2.60 Wet & Dry Paper - £1.10 per sheet Who teaches this course? Josephine Tournebize

Mon 25 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 1 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Introduction to Jewellery (JE03 Spring)

Learn basic techniques, including soldering, saw piercing and filing and make jewellery from your own designs.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. This is a beginners course so you do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course. If you have some previous experience such as making beaded jewellery or some other basic procedures and would like to develop your skills further, learn some new techniques with the tutor’s support and guidance, you are welcome to attend this course.

The course is accessible for adults of all abilities but requires a high level of manual dexterity and tool handling. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The studio is wheelchair accessible. Please enquire to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn the skills necessary to design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery. The materials used are copper, brass, gilding metal and sterling silver. You will be taught a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques including:

Sawing and cutting out metals soldering to join metals polishing and buffing forming casting techniques vitreous enamelling finishing processes

These techniques will be taught through a series of exercises such as:

Making a simple ring to a set design Making a pendant to your own design Making and enamelling a piece of jewellery to your own design

The first exercise will be intensively supported but as you gain skills and confidence you will be supported to develop your own designs and encouraged to work independently.

mac’s fully equipped studio has work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, etching solutions, polishing motor and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly.

On completing the course you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills, developed your fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, and have several pieces of jewellery you have designed and made to wear or give to friends and family.

Do you need to bring anything?

You don’t need to bring anything. All tools and safety equipment is provided. You can supply your own materials if you choose.

Are there any additional costs?

There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades and findings. These can be purchased from mac individually or in packs e.g.

Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades) Silver - £1.30 per gram 0.9mm Copper Sheet 6”x3” - £2.10
Saw blades (x12) - £2.60 Wet & Dry Paper - £1.10 per sheet

Who teaches this course?

Chloe Minihane Slater

Wed 27 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 3 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Introduction to Motion Graphics (DM104 Spring)

Introducing the magic of motion graphics and small scale CGI film effects. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners and improvers.

What will you learn on this course?

On this short course, we will reveal the secrets of how to create digital effects seen in movies such as fire, rain, electricity and laser beams as well as how to create animated intros, logos and overlays for TV shows, films or even your personal YouTube channel from scratch.

You will be working with still images, film, text and graphics packages to create animated visuals and basic CGI scenes to be combined into a short video showcasing your explorations over the day. You will be shown the ropes of how to create and manipulate these effects and visuals on a technical level, but will be encouraged to explore at your own pace and within your own interests. The course will include the use of video cameras (when needed) and Apple Mac computers.

Some of the specific skills you will have the chance to explore on this course are:

Storyboarding and creative thinking Introductory filming and video editing techniques Use of creative packages such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator Use of film and effects packages such as Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion Editing and animating to a beat. Technical knowledge of movie and image file types. Exporting your movie correctly, ready for all to see.

At the end of the course, you will have a movie file or set of clips evidencing your creative outcomes on the course. You will also have a better understanding of the work and processes that go into creating motion visuals, as well as a base to explore motion graphics in greater depth in future.

What you will need on this course:

All equipment is provided, though you will need an email, USB stick or online file storage account (such as google drive, dropbox, iCloud etc) to take your project home. Are there any additional costs? No Who Teaches this Course Stuart Jacobs-Cook

Thu 28 Mar
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 4 Apr
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Introduction to Music Technology with Logic Express (DM103 Spring)

Delve into digital music technology, learn how to use Logic Pro X, cre-ate your own digital music, learn re-mixing and digital music production techniques.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. This course is de-signed for both beginners and improvers, those who would like an intro-duction to digital music making and to those looking to improve their skills. You don’t need any previous experience or musical knowledge as full instruction and guidance is given.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a computer. The room is wheelchair accessible and a carer or support worker may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attend-ing a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your spe-cific needs.

What will you learn on this course? This course is ideal for the budding producer or musician interested in learning how to make music with a computer or learn the skills required to mix music. Working in the MAC media studio on a suite of Apple Mac computers you will learn how to use Logic Pro X software and DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

You will be taught how to create your own sounds from scratch, source samples, produce effects and bring your music to life with use of soft-ware automation. The course covers essential skills such as:

Creating basic arrangements Understanding song structure Recording MIDI MIDI programming Recording instruments and sounds Experimenting with different microphones and equipment Creating beats and sounds from scratch Music editing and mixing Advanced audio editing Software Automation Mixing and Mastering

Each week the tutor will set tasks and small projects designed to incor-porate the new skills that you have learned, such as how to create a piece of music from a poem or spoken word piece, create an experi-mental piece by recording everyday sounds, and also learn how to re-mix music.

Participants will leave understanding how music is created, assembled and produced and have a wider appreciation of specialist music soft-ware.

As well as 1-2-1 support, at the end of each lesson you will listen to eve-ryone’s work and share feedback and comments and participants have the opportunity to publish and share their work so that the world can hear their achievements on Soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/macmusictech

Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything.

Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course? Hazel Buller

Tue 26 Mar
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 2 Apr
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Introduction to Oil Painting Techniques (VA93 Spring)

Learn how to paint successfully with oil paints. This course will cover themes such as portraiture, still life, a Master Copy painting and landscapes.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. Beginners who have no oil painting experience will be taught the basics. Students with previous oil painting experience can develop their skills further.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical drawing activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

During this course you will be introduced to oil painting techniques covering themes such as portraiture, still life, a Master Copy painting and landscapes. You will also learn the following skills

Preparing and priming your canvas How to transfer your drawings on to canvas The technique of fat over lean How to lay out an organised palette How to work with limited colours Laying down tonal ground Under painting Value studies Colour mixing

The course will be taught through a combination of demonstrations and examples, practical tasks and work on individual projects. The tutor will provide guidance and assistance based on each individual’s needs and aims.

On completion of this course you can expect to have a gained an understanding of how to approach oil painting. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Basic oil painting materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own materials as they develop their techniques and skill.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials are provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Peter Tinkler

Wed 27 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 3 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Introduction to Photorealism (VA92 Spring)

Learn the art of photorealism and produce a photorealistic portrait, developing your interpretation of form and tone bringing your portrait to life with meticulous detail.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open beginners so you don’t need any previous drawing experience. A great course for those interested in learning to draw or attempting portraiture for the first time.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical drawing activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

Starting each session with short portrait challenges, to develop your confidence, observational and free-hand drawing skills. Based on a grid technique utilised by iconic contemporary portraiture artists such as Chuck Close, over the course you will work towards producing a photorealistic portrait, developing your interpretation of form and tone bringing your portrait to life with meticulous detail.

The course will cover the following skills:

Observational skills Improving the artist’s eye Techniques of proportion, lighting, tone, form and detail Selection of appropriate materials to achieve desired effect Time management skills and methodical planning Fine motor skills Confidence Building

The course will be taught through a combination of group challenges and individual work on portrait drawings. The tutor will set challenges and provide assistance based on each individual’s needs and aims.

The course will focus on drawing using different grades of pencils and graphite sticks however advanced students are welcome to bring materials to work in other mediums such as watercolour or pastels. On completion of this course you can expect to have a selection of drawings and portraits. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, graphite sticks, erasers, sharpeners.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

You may wish to provide additional materials at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Milan Topalovic

Wed 27 Mar
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 3 Apr
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Introduction to Portraiture Drawing

A course designed to teach participants how to draw, with a focus on portraits.

Sat 23 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 30 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 6 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 27 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 4 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 11 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 18 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 25 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 8 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 15 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 22 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 29 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 6 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 13 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 20 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Introduction to Tai Chi Taster Session

This short class will provide an introduction to Tai Chi for those who are curious or considering starting a termly course such as Tai Chi – Beginners. Who is this course for? This taster is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have no prior experience of Tai Chi or anyone who hasn’t undertaken Tai Chi for a number of years. Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with limited mobility as they can sit down to do some of the exercises and movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. What will you learn on this course? This short class will provide an introduction to Tai Chi for those who are curious or considering starting a termly course such as Tai Chi – Beginners which is described below. Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system and martial art. It has been called meditation in movement and people come to Tai Chi for a variety of reasons including relaxation and to improve their balance and health. There are different styles of Tai Chi. On this course you will learn the Chen Man Ching form (sequence of 37 moves) which was adapted from the Yang Form (108 moves) in order to meet the need of people in the West who had less time to commit to practice. It is very soft and less overtly martial than other styles. You will be introduced to basic Tai Chi stances and exercises and learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner. Most classes will start with loosening exercises, then you will learn a move or two from the Chen Man Ching form and the class will end with some Chi Gung breathing exercises. In addition you may also do some individual and partnered exercises including Tai Chi walking and push hands. Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: • Flexibility • Posture • Co-ordination • Stamina or cardiovascular health • Balance • Blood pressure levels • Body awareness • Use of intrinsic strength Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs.

Wed 27 Mar
Performance Studio

£6

Wed 3 Apr
Performance Studio

£6

Wed 10 Jul
Performance Studio

£6

Wed 17 Jul
Performance Studio

£6

Iyengar Yoga (WB17 Spring)

A yoga practice based on classical Hatha Yoga, as developed by BKS Iyengar, with emphasis on precision and alignment in postures. The course is hard working physical yoga practice and usually includes a short period of relaxation at the end of the class.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for beginners with no previous experience and those wishing to deepen their practice.

If you suffer from a medical condition we recommend that you take advice from your doctor before doing this type of physical exercise. All students should inform the tutor of any ongoing health problems.

What will you learn on this course?

Iyengar Yoga is a yoga practice based on classical Hatha Yoga, as developed by BKS Iyengar, with emphasis on precision and alignment in postures. Basic standing, seated and back bending postures (asanas) will be taught, as well as some recuperative poses. Inverted postures are introduced as and when the student is ready. Props (foam blocks, bricks and belts) are provided and used to make postures more accessible to students.

The course is hard working physical yoga practice and usually includes a short period of relaxation at the end of the class. Generally, students progress at their own rate with support from the tutor. With regular practice the benefits of Iyengar Yoga to body and mind are many, including increased suppleness, strength and stamina as well as improved concentration and general well-being. Do you need to bring anything? You must bring your own non-stick yoga mat and a cotton yoga blanket. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement. Other props such as yoga blocks and belts are provided. Are there any additional costs? A non-stick yoga mat (approx. £17) and a cotton yoga blanket (approx. £20) must be provided at your own expense. You may wish to purchase additional props to aid your practice at home. Please contact us for more info. Who teaches this course? Elisabeth Moreton

Fri 22 Mar
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 29 Mar
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 5 Apr
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Iyengar Yoga (WB93 Spring)

Yoga class.

Mon 25 Mar
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 1 Apr
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Jewellery Making for Improvers

Jewellery workshop for improvers.

Tue 26 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 2 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 23 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 30 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 7 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 14 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 21 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 4 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 11 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 18 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 25 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 2 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 9 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 16 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Making (JE101 Spring)

Learn jewellery making skills and techniques with an opportunity to develop your own designs.

Thu 28 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 4 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Making (JE89 Spring)

Learn jewellery making skills and techniques including sawing, forming, soldering and enamelling and an opportunity to create and develop your own designs. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners and improvers. You do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course as full instruction is given. If you have some previous experience and would like to develop your skills, learn some new techniques and work on your own designs with the tutor’s support and guidance, you can attend this course as an improver. The course is accessible for adults of all abilities but requires a high level of manual dexterity and tool handling. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The studio is wheelchair accessible. Please enquire to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn how to design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery in copper and sterling silver. You will be taught a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques including: • saw piercing • filing • soldering • polishing • texturing • forming • etching Our fully equipped studio has work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly. All beginners start by making a ring, bangle and pendant. Students will then have the opportunity to develop their own designs. Improvers can work on their own designs with guidance and support as required. On completing the course you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills and have several pieces you have designed and made to wear or give to friends and family. Do you need to bring anything? All tools and equipment is provided. However you will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. Health and Safety Students are required to wear flat closed-toe shoes, preferably trainers or boots, as this is a workshop environment with heavy tools, soldering equipment and a kiln. Unsuitable footwear may result in the student not being able to take part in the session. Long hair must be tied back. The use of protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the Artist Tutor.

Are there any additional costs? There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades and findings. These can be purchased from mac individually or in packs e.g. Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades) Silver - £1.30 per gram 0.9mm Copper Sheet 6”x3” - £2.10 Saw blades (x12) - £2.60 Wet & Dry Paper - £1.10 per sheet kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly. All beginners start by making a ring, bangle and pendant. Students will then have the opportunity to develop their own designs. Improvers can work on their own designs with guidance and support as required. On completing the course you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills and have several pieces you have designed and made to wear or give to friends and family. Do you need to bring anything? All tools and equipment is provided. However you will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. Health and Safety Students are required to wear flat closed-toe shoes, preferably trainers or boots, as this is a workshop environment with heavy tools, soldering equipment and a kiln. Unsuitable footwear may result in the student not being able to take part in the session. Long hair must be tied back. The use of protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the Artist Tutor.

Are there any additional costs? There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades and findings. These can be purchased from mac individually or in packs e.g. Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades) Silver - £1.30 per gram 0.9mm Copper Sheet 6”x3” - £2.10 Saw blades (x12) - £2.60 Wet & Dry Paper - £1.10 per sheet Who teaches this course? Josephine Tournebize

Thu 28 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 4 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Making (JE90 Spring)

Learn jewellery making skills and techniques including sawing, forming, soldering and enameling and create and develop your own designs.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners and improvers. You do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course as full instruction is given. If you have some previous experience and would like to develop your skills, learn some new techniques and work on your own designs with the tutor’s support and guidance, you can attend this course as an improver.

The course is accessible for adults of all abilities but requires a high level of manual dexterity and tool handling. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The studio is wheelchair accessible. Please enquire to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn how to design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery in copper and sterling silver. You will be taught a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques including:

saw piercing filing soldering polishing texturing forming Enamelling

Our fully equipped studio has work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly.

All beginners start by making a ring, bangle and pendant. Students will then have the opportunity to develop their own designs. Improvers can work on their own designs with guidance and support as required.

On completing the course you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills and have several pieces you have designed and made to wear or give to friends and family. Do you need to bring anything? All tools and equipment is provided. However you will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. Health and Safety Students are required to wear flat closed-toe shoes, preferably trainers or boots, as this is a workshop environment with heavy tools, soldering equipment and a kiln. Unsuitable footwear may result in the student not being able to take part in the session. Long hair must be tied back. The use of protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the Artist Tutor.

Are there any additional costs? There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades and findings. These can be purchased from mac individually or in packs e.g.

Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades) Silver - £1.30 per gram 0.9mm Copper Sheet 6”x3” - £2.10
Saw blades (x12) - £2.60 Wet & Dry Paper - £1.10 per sheet

Who teaches this course?

Lana Crabb

Tue 26 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 2 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery: Open Studio

A jewellery workshop for those with an existing knowledge of jewellery-making. This workshop is an opportunity to work independently and refine skills with assistance from the Artist Tutor. All tools and safety equipment provided, though there are additional costs for materials.

Tue 26 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 2 Apr
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 1 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 8 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 15 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 22 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 5 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 12 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 19 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 26 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 3 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 10 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 17 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 24 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Workshop

Jewellery-making workshop for those who have previous experience in making jewellery and are looking to build upon basic techniques with help from an artist tutor. All students should come with their own design ideas. Tools and safety equipment are provided, but there will be extra charges for materials.

Wed 27 Mar
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 1 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 8 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 15 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 22 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 5 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 12 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 19 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 26 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 3 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 10 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 17 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 24 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Kab-er-esque

A unique fusion between Tring Park’s graduating dancers and students on its senior musical theatre. Think ‘Cabaret meets Burlesque’

Thu 28 Mar
Theatre

£15

Kathak Dance Beginners

Discover the world of Kathak dance on this beginners course taught by renowned Kathak dancer and choreographer Nahid Siddiqui with live musical accompaniment from Hassan Mohyeddin.

Tue 26 Mar
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 2 Apr
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 23 Apr
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 30 Apr
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 7 May
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 14 May
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 21 May
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 4 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 11 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 18 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 25 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 2 Jul
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 9 Jul
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 16 Jul
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Kathak Dance Improvers (DA21 Spring)

Develop your kathak dance skills in this improvers course.

Tue 26 Mar
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 2 Apr
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Kieran Hodgson tells the story of how the UK joined the EU in the first place in his Edinburgh Comedy Award 2018 nominated show.

Thu 28 Mar
Foyle Studio

£12

Let us Sing Group Class (PE04 Spring)

This course will help you to find your voice in a group setting and project it with confidence, whether you feel you can’t sing or you're an established singer who wants to improve or gain confidence. No former musical knowledge is required. If you are interested in solo singing instead of/as well as group singing, please see the Let Us Sing Solo Class page. Who is this course for?

This course is open to adults aged 18 + for beginners with no or little formal musical knowledge or skills. Open to anyone who wants to sing in a group setting.

What will you learn on this course? The average session will include a vocal warm up, learning group songs through either lyrics or sheet music, a short break to chat to your fellow Let Us Sing members, a musical game to work on coordination and/or aural skills and a run through of the songs we have worked on. On this course you will learn how to develop your voice through: vocal exercises and warm ups; musical technique; aural perception/listening skills; as well as skills in pitch, diction and voice care. Sessions include a mixture of whole group singing, either in unison or up to 3 part harmony. At the end of each term the group songs are performed at the Let Us Sing Showcase, performing alongside the Let Us Sing Solo Class. The musical content is largely decided by the students with some songs chosen by the teacher. You will be encouraged to try a broad range of musical genres and styles. Through this course attendees develop their confidence, technical vocal skills as well as learn to care for their voice. Accessibility The course is accessible for people with disabilities. It may be less accessible for those with hearing difficulties or disabilities. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker and the room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? Ideas for group songs and your own folder to collect all the course printed music sheets in. Are there any additional costs? Folder for keeping music sheets in. Who teaches this course? Roxanne Korda

Mon 25 Mar
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 1 Apr
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Let us Sing Solo Class (PE91 Spring)

This course will help you to find your voice in a solo setting and project it with confidence, whether you feel you can’t sing or you're an established singer who wants to improve or gain confidence. No former musical knowledge is required. If you are interested in group singing instead of/as well as solo singing, please see the Let Us Sing Group Class page. Who is this course for? This course is open to adults aged 18 + for beginner, improver or advanced singers with no need of prior formal musical knowledge or skills. Open to anyone who wants to sing solo, to improve vocal technique and gain confidence. What will you learn on this course? The average session will include a group vocal warm up, performing and discussing solo songs through either lyrics or sheet music, a short break to chat to your fellow Let Us Sing members, a musical game to work on coordination and/or aural skills and work on a group song number. This course is designed to improve your vocal technique through: vocal exercises and warm ups; musical technique; aural perception/listening skills; as well as skills in pitch, diction and voice care. There is emphasis on solo performance technique looking at self-awareness and greater awareness of the audience. Sessions mostly focus on individual solo song work with a small amount of group singing. At the end of each term, participants choose solo pieces to perform at the Let Us Sing Showcase, performing alongside the Let Us Sing Group Class. The solo musical content is decided by the students, with some group songs chosen by the teacher embracing a broad range of musical genres and styles. Through this course attendees further develop their confidence, technical vocal skills as well as learn to care for their voice. Accessibility The course is accessible for people with disabilities. It may be less accessible for those with hearing difficulties or disabilities. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker and the room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? Sheet music and/or lyrics sheets and backing tracks on a USB stick for any self-selected solo pieces. Please bring your own folder to collect all the course printed music sheets in. Are there any additional costs? A USB stick with your chosen backing tracks. Sheet music or lyrics sheets for your solo songs. Folder for keeping music sheets in. Who teaches this course? Roxanne Korda

Mon 25 Mar
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 1 Apr
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Life Drawing & Painting

Live drawing and painting workshop.

Fri 22 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 29 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 5 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Life Drawing Techniques

Life drawing sessions in which you can improve your technique.

Wed 27 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 3 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Life Drawing (VA12 Spring)

Learn how to use scale, proportion and composition to draw the human form working directly from a life model.

Sat 23 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 30 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 6 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Mixed Media Textiles

Exploring processes such as batik, collage, silk, paper making and printing, this course will place an emphasis on raising surfaces and 3D elements.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are both completely new to textiles and those who want to extend and improve their techniques and learn new approaches to design.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course involves working at low tables, includes long periods of standing and good dexterity is needed in your hands.

What will you learn on this course?

Learn to push the boundaries of textiles, paper and stitching to construct tactile mixed media surfaces. The emphasis of this course is on experimentation, offering an opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. You will be encouraged to try different techniques to build mixed media tactile surfaces with new and recycled materials to construct new textiles with a focus on creating tactile surfaces and 3D objects.

The course may include any of the following techniques: Image Transfer
Metals - Foiling
Screenprinting - dye and manutex print paste
Weaving - Tapestry/ Rag weaving
Using Bondawab to fuse and decorate surfaces
Silk papermaking
Pulp papermaking
Paper Lamination
Faux Chenille
Batik - wax resist
Feltmaking
Heat Fusion - using soldering and heat guns to fuse/ distort surfaces
Working with modern fabric such as Lutrador
Stitching - Hand or machine stitching and cording
Collage / Applique Techniques

Each term will focus on a different combination of the techniques listed above which can be used to develop functional and non-functional pieces. You will be supported to try out new ideas and develop your own individual projects.

The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. Students will be provided with handouts for each technique and will build a personal portfolio of samples to refer to for future projects.

The course content is guided by the ability and prior experience of the students attending. Students wishing to re-enrol are welcomed and assisted to develop their skills further and work on individual projects with guided support from the tutor.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron and an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet to record what you learn and keep your samples in. All other materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Ring bound scrapbook approx. £8.50. Apron approx. £5.00

Who teaches this course?

Claire Leggett

Thu 28 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 4 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 25 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 2 May
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 9 May
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 16 May
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 23 May
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 6 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 13 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 20 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 27 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 4 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 11 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 18 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre course for ages 6–12.

Sat 23 Mar
Performance Studio
Sat 30 Mar
Performance Studio
Sat 6 Apr
Performance Studio

Nature Tots (Spring)

Nature Tots is a Wildlife Trust programme for pre-school age children, providing a wonderful opportunity for your little ones to experience and learn from nature. With a big emphasis on fun, each hands-on session will start in MAC Birmingham, before leading outdoors to explore the wildlife of Cannon Hill Park. Nature Tots encourages independent learning and team working – helping to boost communication skills, problem solving, physical development and creativity. This is child-led learning and the role of the accompanying adults is to assist the Tots in doing as much of the activities for themselves as possible. Each week there will be new seasonal activities, including river dipping, nature art, bug hunts, muddy play, games, wild stories and much more. We go outside rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and be ready to get wet and muddy! So why not come along and give it a go!

Fri 22 Mar
Weston Studio

£25 (Children £25–£50)

Fri 29 Mar
Weston Studio

£25 (Children £25–£50)

Fri 5 Apr
Weston Studio

£25 (Children £25–£50)

Fri 12 Apr
Weston Studio

£25 (Children £25–£50)

Not For Sale

Slavery exists in the UK. Slavery exists in the world. Slavery exists today. Not For Sale aims to shine a light on the myths around modern-day slavery. Through sharing stories and facts in dynamic, creative ways, this show gets people talking and actively engaged in ways we can make a difference in taking a stand.

Fri 22 Mar
Hexagon

£7.50

Sat 23 Mar
Hexagon

£7.50

On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mimi Leder
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

Biopic of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones), focusing on her journey from law student in the 50s to crusading lawyer in the 70s. Jones brings emotional conviction and power to the role, and her chemistry with Hammer as her lawyer husband Marty is sweet. Inspirational stuff.

Fri 22 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Mon 25 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Tue 26 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Wed 27 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Thu 28 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Fri 26 Apr
Cinema

£5.25

Open Relaxed Theatre (PE101 Spring)

Creative drama sessions for 8-13 year olds on the autistic spectrum or similar! Sessions will be fun and engaging – bringing out and exploring those hidden abilities for improvising and performing – exploring all kinds of interesting and amusing situations and characters. We won’t be working with scripts but will make up our own stories and tales with lots of music and colourful props. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for 8 to 13 years. It is open to all ability levels so is suited to beginners with no previous performance experience, the class will be tailored to the participant’s abilities. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children and young people with disabilities and the classes are adapted to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible and the courses are open to siblings and carers. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? Creative drama sessions for 8-17 year olds on the autistic spectrum or similar! Sessions will be fun and engaging – bringing out and exploring those hidden abilities for improvising and performing – exploring all kinds of interesting and amusing situations and characters. We won’t be working with scripts but will make up our own stories and tales with lots of music and colourful props.

The Open Theatre Company programme directly engages children and young people with learning disabilities in its theatre practice ‘shystering’ as a transformatory tool that develops and enhances their creative and life skills. Do you need to bring anything? Participants will need to bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. You should bring a warmer top to put on after the session. Lessons may be done bare footed. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Richard Hayhow & Bethan Ball

Wed 27 Mar
Weston Studio
Wed 3 Apr
Weston Studio
Wed 10 Apr
Weston Studio

Painting A Head

Depicting what is perhaps most familiar to us - the human face - has challenged artists for centuries. Focusing on the head, this course will offer students the chance to make sustained portrait paintings over 4 weeks. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and proportions of the head, colour mixing and painting techniques.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels from beginners who may be completely new to drawing and painting or anyone who would like to improve their observational drawing and painting skills. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction is given.
The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. What will you learn on this course? Students will focus on the structure and proportions of the head, colour mixing and paint techniques and application. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint. You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with. Are there any additional costs? Basic materials will be provided as above, students are welcome to bring their own materials and equipment. Who teaches this course? Louise Blakeway

Mon 25 Mar
Weston Studio

£45 (£41)

Painting & Drawing To Music (VA44 Spring)

The course will explore how music can inspire visual forms in painting and drawing looking at historical examples from the Bauhaus, American Abstract Expressionism and contemporary examples to create a piece in each session.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. Whether you are a complete beginner with no experience of drawing and painting to someone with professional art qualifications this course will challenge you to use music as inspiration for your visual images.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will explore how music can inspire abstract visual forms in painting and drawing. The study of historical examples from the Bauhaus, American Abstract Expressionism and the work of contemporary artists will serve as a springboard to developing your own individual approach. You will learn to understand how visual and musical or sound forms might translate, influence and inspire each other. A variety of musical forms will be explored and on occasion a dancer may also be used.

The class includes group tuition and one-to-one support from the tutor. Guidance will be tailored to your level of experience to help you to achieve your aims for your work. There may also be some collaborative working with other members of the class.

Each class will include time to view, reflect and constructively critique your own work and that of other students on the course, done in a friendly and relaxed environment. On completion of this course you can expect to have produced several drawings and paintings. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint.

You are encouraged to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional art materials must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Saranjit Birdi

Mon 25 Mar
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 1 Apr
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga

A series of yoga sessions.

Fri 22 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Sat 23 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Sun 24 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Mon 25 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Tue 26 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Wed 27 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Thu 28 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Fri 29 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Sat 30 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Sun 31 Mar
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Mon 1 Apr
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Tue 2 Apr
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Wed 3 Apr
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Thu 4 Apr
Randle Studio

Times to be confirmed / £101 (£91)

Thu 25 Apr
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 2 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 9 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 16 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 23 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 6 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 13 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 20 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 27 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 4 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 11 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 18 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Photoshop For Media (DM08 Spring)

Learn how to use Photoshop image manipulation software for a range media related tasks such as transforming photographs and creating graphic design elements.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers, you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. We will be introducing Photoshop image manipulation software and talking through features in detail from the very basics. The course is ideal for those starting off and useful for learners looking to improve their skills and ensure they are using the programme as efficiently as possible.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a computer. A carer or support worker may assist learners on this course. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

You will spend most of this 2 hour class sat at a computer.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn how to use Photoshop Elements image manipulation software for a range of media related tasks such as enhancing photographs and creating graphics for use in print or on the web.

The course is particularly useful for photographers who want to learn how to adjust things like brightness, contrast and colour levels. The course also covers more technical skills such as retouching and how to create more abstract graphic images. You might require graphics for marketing purposes, teaching resources or any number of personal projects such as flyers, posters and animated web graphics.

Topics covered on this course include:

Choosing the best tools to use How to use layers Adjusting brightness and contrast Adjusting colour balance Retouching photographs Removing unwanted objects from images Photomontage e.g. placing an object onto a different background Improving old photographs Creating abstract graphic images How to work with grids and guides How to work with text and images How to make an animated gif

In the first half of the course the tutor will work with the group to teach all the basics. In the second half you will receive more individual support as you work on your personal projects. You will be working in mac’s dedicated media studio, on Apple Mac computers.

On completing this course you can expect to have a working knowledge of Photoshop Elements and a selection of photos, images and graphics that you have produced using the software. You should also be confident to continue working with Photoshop independently.

There is a short break in the middle of each class. Do you need to bring anything? If you wish to take your work home with you please bring a memory stick with at least 1GB of space.

You are welcome to work on your own Apple laptop with Photoshop Elements installed.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Chris Hamilton

Thu 28 Mar
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 4 Apr
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Photosocial: Photographers Group (DM22 Spring)

A general interest group for photography enthusiasts to share their skills, knowledge and passion for taking photographs.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers and people with a general interest in photography who wish to share that with others. It is ideally suited to people who have completed mac’s Exposure I & II Digital Photography courses.

This course is probably more suited to people with DSLR or Bridge cameras. If you have a basic compact point and shoot camera but are thinking of upgrading then we do have a limited number of Digital SLR’s that can be borrowed during the class.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a camera and a computer. . The room is wheelchair accessible and a carer or support worker may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? This course is a weekly opportunity for anyone with a general interest in photography to get together with other enthusiasts in the company of our Artist Tutor Kate Green. It’s a flexible, general interest group that might motivate you to pick up your camera a little bit more and inspire new ideas, skills, approaches and creativity. If you enjoy working on your own photography projects, discussing or sharing your work and thoughts, looking at other photographers work, creating photo books and developing you knowledge and skills along the way then this group is for you. The tutor will be on hand to facilitate group sharing and learning rather than it being a tutor led session. The course could also include visits out within the local area or into the city to suit participant’s interests in architectural, urban or street photography. The course is based in mac’s media studio which has Apple mac computers. These can be used for designing photo books and post-production. This course is ideal for students that have completed introductory courses such as mac’s Exposure I & II, people who know their way around their camera but still want to enjoy the social aspect and creative energy of being part of a group with shared interests. On completion of this course you will have enjoyed sharing your enthusiasm for photography with others and you should feel inspired to be creative with your camera and want to explore your own capabilities further. Do you need to bring anything? Bring along your camera, a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

You can bring your own laptops or tablets if you wish but please remember any cables you might need to connect your camera to your device. It is also useful if you bring a copy of your camera manual.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Kate Green

Mon 25 Mar
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 1 Apr
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 8 Apr
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Photosocial: Photographers Group Evening Session (DM101 Spring)

A general interest group for photography enthusiasts to share their skills, knowledge and passion for taking photographs.

Mon 25 Mar
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 1 Apr
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 8 Apr
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Pilates Beginners (WB08 Spring)

Pilates class for those new to the practice.

Tue 26 Mar
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 2 Apr
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Pilates Improvers

Pilates class for those who have previous experience with Pilates and are looking to build upon their skills and techniques.

Tue 26 Mar
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 2 Apr
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 23 Apr
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 30 Apr
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 7 May
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 14 May
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 21 May
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 4 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 11 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 18 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 25 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 2 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 9 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 16 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Pottery Club (CH06 Spring)

Join the Pottery Club and explore the world of clay, learn all about different hand–building techniques and imaginative ways to decorate your clay creations.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor.

All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children with disabilities but you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. A Carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

The pottery club is a fun and creative environment which will encourage children’s creativity and discovery. The course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics where children get to explore the medium of clay with a group of like-minded people. Children will learn different hand-building techniques such as coiling, slab building and sculpting clay. They will then add decoration using a variety of glaze techniques. Learners will be encouraged to review and refine their work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique and of a high standard. The tutor will demonstrate each different technique, encouraging the children to apply the techniques in the creation of their own collection of work, suggesting possible outcomes, depending on the age and ability of the children. Further demonstrations and 1-2-1 support will be given as required as the children progress. All learners will be able to work at their own pace. Class members will be encouraged to share their work and ideas with the group. A glossary of technical terms and a hand out sheet summarising what has been covered throughout the course will be provided. In addition to practical making skills the tutor will use visual resources such as ceramics magazines and books to give you an understanding of both historical and contemporary ceramic artist’s work. By the end of this course the children will have learned how to use all the equipment in the mac ceramic studio safely and correctly. They will have learned a range of techniques, explored their creative potential and made high quality ceramic pieces of their own design. Finished glazed ceramic creations will be ready to collect from mac two weeks later to allow time for firing to take place. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course? Olga Terry

Sat 23 Mar
Pottery Studio
Sat 30 Mar
Pottery Studio
Sat 6 Apr
Pottery Studio

Practical Visual Enquiry (VA01 Spring)

These project-based classes will inspire your creative thinking and develop your painting, drawing and mixed media skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels. Beginners may be completely new to drawing and painting or may not have done it for some time. They will be offered an introduction to drawing and painting methods. Improvers and advanced students may have previously completed courses at mac or elsewhere and will benefit from an opportunity to develop their skills further with individual support from the artist tutor.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn creative painting, drawing and mixed-media techniques through a project-based programme of classes. The initial weeks of a project usually include some whole-group tutor-led discussions and demonstrations relevant to the project. Otherwise teaching is one-to-one and tailored to your needs, with students working more independently as the term progresses. You will be guided according to your own level of experience to help you to achieve your aims for your work. Individual projects may involve studying a particular artist, artistic style or movement in art history.

In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge and self-confidence. You will be encouraged to undertake independent research to inform and widen the scope of your work. Students are encouraged to look at and discuss each other’s work informally throughout the term. There is a whole-group review at the end of term and you will learn a great deal from other members of the group.

On completion of this course students will usually have produced several paintings and drawings, along with supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research in their sketchbook. You can expect to have gained skills and confidence and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people.

This is a three hour class and includes a break. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course? Helen Tarr

Mon 25 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 1 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Public Speaking (PE05 Spring)

Learn how to improve your confidence and assertiveness in public speaking.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all who feel they need to improve their public speaking skills.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

Have you ever felt like the ground was ready to swallow you up? Improve your confidence and assertiveness in public speaking skills and benefit from group and one to one tuition. This course is tailored for individuals wishing to develop their personal and/or professional development.

An invited audience will be invited to an end of term presentation. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring water and wear loose comfortable clothes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Rachel Green

Wed 27 Mar
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 3 Apr
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Rafiki

Rafiki
  • 2018
  • Kenya/South Africa/France/Netherlands/Germany
  • 1h 22min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wanuri Kahiu
  • Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati

Two girls have to chose between love and safety in Nairobi.

Fri 22 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Re-Craft: Cardboard & Paper DIY Projects - Bathroom Organiser

Design, make and recraft funky yet professional looking bathroom organiser and baskets from a cardboard box, string and calico material.
Who is this course for? This course is for Adults and is open to all levels. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical craft activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course? you will be guided step by step to learn the art of recrafting ordinary materials into funky interior products tutored by an experienced interior designer and art technician. The course will introduce you to creative thinking, designing, upcycling, recrafting and reusing, and will enable you 'to add style to your homes cost-effectively and professionally. The tutor will provide practical demonstrations of how to make various products from paper, and will support your learning and provide one-to-one support as required.

Do you need to bring anything? All materials will be provided but you are welcome to discuss with the tutors any materials you would like to bring in. Items could include buttons, wool, old clothes/scrap materials and cardboard and fancy papers.

Are there any additional costs? None

Who teaches this course? Sophie Walker

Sat 23 Mar
Textiles Studio

£27 (£25)

Reading Group (WR101 Spring)

Love reading? Then this course is for you. Designed for anyone who enjoys reading, enjoys talking about reading, whether it be the latest blockbuster, an old novel, a poem or a piece of writing found somewhere, sometime and would like to meet other people who also love reading and talking about what they read

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to everyone who has an interest in reading.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who engage in writing activities. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

Carol Preston is a highly experienced creative writer and will help the Reading Group discover new reading material and help to facilitate a lively, engaging, thoughtful and informal setting to discuss your mutual love of literature.

Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a notebook and a pen.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs apart from the reading material you choose to discuss Who teaches this course? Carol Preston

Mon 25 Mar
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Apr
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Relief Printmaking (VA14 Spring)

Learn a variety of relief printmaking techniques that don’t require a press.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. For people with no previous experience up to those who have done some simple printing (for instance at school) or have already undertaken a press based print course but would like to learn techniques they are able to do at home without access to a press.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Participants will need to have good manual dexterity and reasonable strength in their arms to apply pressure.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn a range of relief printmaking methods and techniques that do not require the use of a press. All of the equipment and materials are readily available so you will be able to continue using the skills learned on this course to make prints at home should you desire.

We will explore how to make stamps from a selection of everyday materials and learn the following techniques and processes:

Monotypes Collagraphs Lino Cuts Wood Block printing both reduction cut and multiple block Mixing and overlaying inks Understanding different types of ink and papers

You will be using a range of specialist equipment such as lino and wood cut tools, craft knives, acrylic sheets, print rollers, bench hooks and working with oil based inks.

Forward planning and a certain amount of lateral thinking is required in printmaking as the printed image is often created by building up several layers. The tutor will begin the course with demonstrations of different techniques and some group projects to practice these. Eventually you will be encouraged to work on your own individual projects with guidance and support as required.

On completion of this course you can expect to have the skills and confidence to continue to work at home on your own printmaking projects and have a collection of samples and artworks demonstrating the techniques you have learned.

This is a three hour class and includes a break. Do you need to bring anything? You must bring a sketchbook and a waterproof apron. If you have particularly sensitive skin you may wish to use a barrier cream or bring thin latex gloves.

All other materials and resources are provided.

Are there any additional costs?

Only the cost of an apron (£5 approx.) and a sketchbook (£5 approx.)

Who teaches this course? Sarah Moss

Thu 28 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 4 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Lakeer

Hailed as the first Pahari film, Lakeer is dedicated to those displaced during partition and dying to visit their birthplaces. Two young hearts, Sheeda and Sakina, fall in love and start to live their dreams only to be separated as a country is divided in 1947. The lovers’ story travels through the undivided Jammu & Kashmir of the 1940s to Pakistan and back to India in the 21st century when the two countries agree to allow cross-border travel. The aged lovers meet after 60 years, but their reunion soon ends in tragedy.

Sun 24 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Salaam Pakistan Film Festival: Saving Face + A Girl In The River

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani film-maker, journalist and activist known for her work in highlighting inequality with women. Winner of numerous awards, Sharmeen was honoured with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country, by the Government of Pakistan in 2012 and is the only woman to win two Oscars by the age of 37. Saving Face Every year hundreds of people – mostly women – are attacked with acid in Pakistan. This documentary follows several survivors, their fight for justice and a Pakistani plastic surgeon who has returned to his homeland to help them restore their faces and their lives. Winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness An honest and at times disturbing documentary. After narrowly surviving an attempted honour killing, she must maintain the status quo of her village by making peace with her attempted murderers – her own family. Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

Wed 27 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

See It, Draw It, Paint It

Painting and drawing workshop.

Mon 25 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 1 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Short Takes: The Art of Short Film Making

Short film-making class.

Wed 27 Mar
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 3 Apr
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 24 Apr
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 1 May
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 8 May
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 15 May
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 22 May
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 5 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 12 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 19 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 26 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 3 Jul
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 10 Jul
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 17 Jul
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

The Songwriting Circle (MU01 Spring)

No knowledge of music theory is needed for this creative network where like-minded folks meet and share ideas. "… similar to the creative buzz and team spirit of being in a band, but for grown-ups and without the long journeys to gigs in a transit van".

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. You can be an experienced songwriter looking for new ways to generate ideas or someone just starting out on their song writing journey.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? This course is a series of workshops that encourages songwriters to come out of isolation and enter a creative community based on peer-to-peer learning. This is a safe place and a hideaway from the commercial world, somewhere you can develop skills, share experiences, receive feedback and feel the benefit of a support network. The Songwriting Circle is not an academic course and you do not need to have any knowledge of music theory or necessarily be able to play a musical instrument. It's a creative network of writers, a place for like-minded people to meet and share ideas. It is designed to stimulate and motivate your creative spirit. It involves participants playing their works in progress and receiving feedback from the group. The Songwriting Circle was set up by singer songwriter Dan Whitehouse in 2010, inspired by a songwriting retreat he undertook with Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music). Dan leads the majority of the sessions, with sessional support from other songwriters: Jonny Amos, Michael Clarke, Helen Bentley, Heather Wastie, Tony Wille, and James Stanley. This multi-led approach offers participants the opportunity to share a balanced perspective and vast array of songwriting techniques and approaches. At the end of every term there is a showcase event at mac‘s Hexagon Theatre where every participant has the opportunity to perform a song to a public audience. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Dan Whitehouse and other sessional support.

Mon 25 Mar
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 1 Apr
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

The Songwriting Circle (MU02 Spring)

No knowledge of music theory is needed for this creative network where like-minded folks meet and share ideas. "… similar to the creative buzz and team spirit of being in a band, but for grown-ups and without the long journeys to gigs in a transit van".

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. You can be an experienced songwriter looking for new ways to generate ideas or someone just starting out on their song writing journey.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities and a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? This course is a series of workshops that encourages songwriters to come out of isolation and enter a creative community based on peer-to-peer learning. This is a safe place and a hideaway from the commercial world, somewhere you can develop skills, share experiences, receive feedback and feel the benefit of a support network. The Songwriting Circle is not an academic course and you do not need to have any knowledge of music theory or necessarily be able to play a musical instrument. It's a creative network of writers, a place for like-minded people to meet and share ideas. It is designed to stimulate and motivate your creative spirit. It involves participants playing their works in progress and receiving feedback from the group. The Songwriting Circle was set up by singer songwriter Dan Whitehouse in 2010, inspired by a songwriting retreat he undertook with Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music). Dan leads the majority of the sessions, with sessional support from other songwriters: Jonny Amos, Michael Clarke, Helen Bentley, Heather Wastie, Tony Wille, and James Stanley. This multi-led approach offers participants the opportunity to share a balanced perspective and vast array of songwriting techniques and approaches. At the end of every term there is a showcase event at mac‘s Hexagon Theatre where every participant has the opportunity to perform a song to a public audience. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Dan Whitehouse and other sessional support.

Wed 27 Mar
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 3 Apr
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Stained Glass Advanced (VA85 Autumn)

Learn the techniques of copper foiled (tiffany) stained glass including glass cutting, grinding and soldering.

Mon 25 Mar
Saintbury Room

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Apr
Saintbury Room

£154 (£139)

Mon 22 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 29 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 6 May
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 13 May
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 20 May
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 3 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 10 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 17 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 24 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 8 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 15 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stained Glass Beginners Course

A beginners class for those interested in creating their own stained glass windows at Midlands Art Centre.

Wed 27 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Wed 3 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 22 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 29 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 6 May
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 13 May
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 20 May
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 3 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 10 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 17 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 24 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 8 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 15 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stained Glass Beginners (VA90 Spring)

Learn the techniques of copper foiled (tiffany) stained glass including glass cutting, grinding and soldering.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous experience of stained glass as full instruction and guidance is given. Those with some experience will be able to improve their skills and develop new techniques and ideas. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as carer or support worker may attend and the room is wheelchair accessible. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course demands dexterity and strength in your hands. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn the techniques of copper foiled (Tiffany) stained glass. You will be taught all the skills to create a finished piece of stained glass including: glass cutting, grinding, foiling, taping, soldering and finishing. After completing a starter piece to learn these basic skills you will begin to work on your own project. The tutor will teach you how to translate your ideas into stained glass designs and support you as you realise your individual projects.
You will learn how to safely use the specialist equipment and materials that are involved in the stained glass making process such as glass cutters, grinders, soldering irons, flux, patina and lead. By the end of this course you will have produced starter piece and a piece of stained glass of your own design. Do you need to bring anything? All equipment is provided along with materials to make your starter piece. You will need to provide your own glass and solder for your individual project. Are there any additional costs? Glass and solder for your individual project must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Clare Wainwright

Mon 25 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stained Glass Beginners (VA91 Spring)

Learn the techniques of copper foiled (tiffany) stained glass including glass cutting, grinding and soldering.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous experience of stained glass as full instruction and guidance is given. Those with some experience will be able to improve their skills and develop new techniques and ideas. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as carer or support worker may attend and the room is wheelchair accessible. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course demands dexterity and strength in your hands. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn the techniques of copper foiled (Tiffany) stained glass. You will be taught all the skills to create a finished piece of stained glass including: glass cutting, grinding, foiling, taping, soldering and finishing. After completing a starter piece to learn these basic skills you will begin to work on your own project. The tutor will teach you how to translate your ideas into stained glass designs and support you as you realise your individual projects.
You will learn how to safely use the specialist equipment and materials that are involved in the stained glass making process such as glass cutters, grinders, soldering irons, flux, patina and lead. By the end of this course you will have produced starter piece and a piece of stained glass of your own design. Do you need to bring anything? All equipment is provided along with materials to make your starter piece. You will need to provide your own glass and solder for your individual project. Are there any additional costs? Glass and solder for your individual project must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Clare Wainwright

Mon 25 Mar
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Apr
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stand Up Comedy (PE03 Spring)

Learn the art of stand-up.

Mon 25 Mar
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 1 Apr
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Tabla (MU04 Spring)

An introduction to tabla playing.

Tue 26 Mar
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 2 Apr
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tai Chi Beginners (WB30 Spring)

Learn the basics of Tai Chi and increase your flexibility and suppleness while experiencing meditation in movement.

Wed 27 Mar
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 3 Apr
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Tai Chi Improvers (WB03 Spring)

Improve your Tai Chi skills.

Wed 27 Mar
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 3 Apr
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Talking Film (DM11 Spring)

Talk about films with other enthusiasts, watching and discussing clips of different films each week. Social cinema trips to mac’s cinema are included on this course.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. This course is aimed at people with an interest in film and going to the cinema. It’s for anyone who would like to learn a bit more about film making and be able to say more than “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it”. An opportunity to share your passion with other enthusiasts with built in social cinema evenings.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course? This course will give you the understanding and language you need to increase your vocabulary about film and how to communicate your opinions – a film appreciation tool kit. Through watching and analysing a variety of films and film clips you will develop the techniques of film criticism, being able to make informed judgements on the quality of many different aspects of film making. You will also learn about film genre’s and styles, structure, plot and character development, technical aspects such as cinematography and composition and how effective these are in progressing or hindering the narrative. Each termly course follows a theme such as British Film, European Film or Film Noir. The course is a mix of presentations and discussions led by the tutor and small group working, discussing and reflecting on films or clips that have been watched in class. The approach of this course is not academic but more influenced by the tutor’s experience as an award winning film maker. The course will include at least one free group visit to mac’s cinema to watch a film together. This may happen at a slightly different time or on a different day to fit with the cinema schedule. On completing this course you can expect to have developed a wider and deeper understanding of film making and film culture. You will also be able to confidently express your thoughts and opinions on a film and tell someone why you liked it or not. Do you need to bring anything? Students should bring an usb stick or portable drive with plenty of storage in order to take their projects home. Mac cameras and computers are provided whilst on site only. If you wish to film off site you will need your own equipment.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Michael Clifford

Thu 28 Mar
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 4 Apr
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Tap Dance Advanced

Refine your tap dancing skills further and learn challenging routines.

Tue 26 Mar
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 23 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 30 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 7 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 14 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 21 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 4 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 11 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 18 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 25 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 9 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 16 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tap Dance Beginners (DA04 Spring)

Learn to tap dance by combining basic steps and sequences into short dance routines. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners so you don’t need any previous tap dance experience as full instruction of the basics will be given. A great class for those just starting to tap or anyone who may not have danced for a long time. The course is accessible for people with disabilities providing you are physically able to dance. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Tap dancing is a high impact physical activity, especially on the legs. You need a good level of physical fitness but the course is also a good way to improve your overall fitness levels. If you have any health conditions you should consult your doctor before joining this class. What will you learn on this course? This course will introduce you to the basics of tap dancing. You will learn simple tap steps focusing on correct technique. Each class will provide a combination of strong physical dance warm ups, technical learning of steps and combining the skills you have learned into dance routines. The course also focuses on developing musicality and presentation techniques when you are dancing. This course is an excellent way to improve your general fitness levels and you should notice an increase in stamina and strength in your legs. You will also develop better co-ordination and improved musical awareness and rhythmic skills. The classes are taught through a combination of group teaching and supporting individual learning. Dance routines will be produced weekly and over longer periods. By the end of the course you will have learned several complete tap dance routines. mac has an excellent sprung floor dance studio with mirrors and a lovely view of the park. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring your own tap shoes. You should also bring a water based drink to every session and wear suitable clothing that allows free movement. You should bring a warmer top to put on after the class. Are there any additional costs? You must supply your own tap shoes at your expense. These can be easily purchased online or from dance supply shops. Who teaches this course? Helen Mason

Tue 26 Mar
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tap Dance Improvers (DA10 Autumn)

Develop your tap dancing skills further and learn more complicated routines.

Tue 26 Mar
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 23 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 30 Apr
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 7 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 14 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 21 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 4 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 11 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 18 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 25 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 9 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 16 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

TDE Promotions Presents: Uncanny Valley - Tomas Challenger, Phil Donkin and Oliver Steidle

An exciting saxophone-bass-drums trio featuring London-based saxophonist, Tom Challenger, and Berlin-based musicians bass player Phil Donkin and drummer Oliver Steidle. 

The trio's music is based on the interaction between composition and improvisation. 

See more at www.tomchallenger.co.uk and get a taster on Bandcamp here.

Thu 28 Mar
Hexagon

£11 (Children £8.50)

Textile Design & Screenprinting with Dyes, Foils and Heat Transfers (TE101 Spring)

Explore the process of screenprinting using heat transfers, foils and dyes.

Tue 26 Mar
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 2 Apr
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Textile Design & Screenprinting with Dyes (TE23 Spring)

Explore the process of creating screenprint designs using stencil and direct application techniques, experimenting with print paste and thickened dyes to create your own unique textiles.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years and is open to beginners. You don’t need any previous experience of screenprinting as full instruction and guidance is given, however you should have a keen interest in drawing.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities as a support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn various techniques for producing screen printed textile designs. This which include mark-making, image layering and patternmaking. You will learn how to translate drawings into designs for textile, developing skills in composition, scale, mark-making and repeat. You will be taught how to screen print and will have acquired a basic knowledge in various dyes and processes including: . Working with Manutex and Procion dyes Preparing fabric for printing Printing using stencils Creating repeat print textiles designs Experimenting with direct dye screen printing Curing your print designs.

You should expect to increase your confidence in drawing and to gain an understanding of positive and negative imagery, and layering which forms the basis of print design. You will be able to produce more complex designs as the course progresses and will have the opportunity to apply your designs to products. Using a mix of group demonstrations, hand-outs and individual support the tutor will guide you through the process explaining the materials and teaching the screen printing techniques. You will receive individual support on your designs and how to realise your ideas as required.

On completion of this course you can expect to leave with a selection of screen printed samples and fabric designs and a finished product. Do you need to bring anything? Bring in inspiring sources to work from such as sketchbooks, photographs and images.

You should wear old clothes and bring an apron to work in.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course? Rosie Moss

Wed 27 Mar
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 3 Apr
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Textiles: Surface Decoration Flora, Fauna and Foliage (TE07 Spring)

Create interesting textile surface decoration taking inspiration from flora, fauna and foliage including sea shells, flowers, seed heads, insects and more.
Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people who are both completely new to textiles and those who wish to learn new approaches to design and develop their skills further. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands. What will you learn on this course? This course offers a practical introduction to textile surface decoration through an exploration of a particular theme. We will experiment with a wide variety of textile techniques and look at the work of past and present artists who have used the natural world to inspire their work including Georgia O’Keefe, William Morris, Cas Holmes, Michael Brennand-Wood, Monet and J M W Turner.

The theme will run throughout the year but each term will concentrate on different techniques.

Autumn term

We will experiment with techniques to create new tactile fabrics using manipulation, heat steam wax or stitch. We will draw inspiration from the stylised enlarged flowers by Georgia O Keefe, Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers or Kaffe Fassett’s cabbages. Participants will learn a variety of techniques including wet and dry felting, batik, foiling, weaving and working with fibres which respond to heat including Angelina fibres, tyvek and more.

Spring Term

We will create a selection of colourful printed fabric samples decorated with butterflies, bees, or botanical patterns using a wide variety of different techniques including screen, mono, lino, transfer and block printing. We will use die cutters and rubber stamps but also learn how to design and make individual hand cut resists to make our mark. Our prints can be embellished with hand embroidery machine stitching and free motion embroidery using dissolvable plastics and papers.

Summer Term

Inspired by the delights of the French Impressionist Claude Monet and his garden at Giverny, this term will include dyeing fabric and threads using natural sources including the sun, ice, plants, soil and rust. We will look at mixed media techniques to use for assembling our samples using contemporary patchwork and applique techniques.

Do you need to bring anything? Please bring an A4 or larger ring bound sketchbook and/or plastic wallet to keep your samples in. All other materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Ring bound scrapbook approx. £8.50. Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Wed 27 Mar
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 3 Apr
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Toddler Art (FA12 Spring)

Let your child set the pace as you explore sensory activities and crafts together to boost their imagination, and build social and practical skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 2- 5 years accompanied by their families. It is open to all levels, those who have no experience of creative play and those who may have attended similar courses before.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, parents or carers assist their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

This course provides a range of creative play based sessions designed to provide a friendly, relaxed but stimulating space for young children to investigate. Each week there is a carousel of sensory art and play activities designed to encourage your child’s development and fine motor skills.

This is an informal class with numerous activities set up around the room. You are encouraged to let you child set the pace and spend as much, or as little time as they wish at any particular activity. Your child will be invited to choose from a variety of art materials and activities. The activities will have a suggested outcome but will still be open ended and child-led according to preference, age and ability. There will also be ‘Small Worlds’ play, which will foster the imagination and use sensory foods to create rich play environments. While engaging in this creative play parents will be made aware of the key areas of learning and development that are being covered. Social skills, sharing, confidence building, fine motor skills, visual development, auditory stimulation, knowledge of materials and their uses and language development will all benefit.

All activities involve child friendly materials. This may include foodstuffs so the tutor should be informed of any allergies or religious needs.

Come and explore, play and interact with your child at their pace in a friendly space with other young families.

Any outcomes produced as a result of the child’s exploration e.g. painted paper, collage or models, can be taken home at the end of the session. Do you need to bring anything? Wipes and adult aprons are provided. Children must be dressed for messy play, preferably in old clothes. A change of clothes is advisable. All other materials and resources are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Tue 26 Mar
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Tue 2 Apr
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Toddler Art (FA13 Spring)

Let your child set the pace as you explore sensory activities and crafts together to boost their imagination, and build social and practical skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 2- 5 years accompanied by their families. It is open to all levels, those who have no experience of creative play and those who may have attended similar courses before.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, parents or carers assist their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

This course provides a range of creative play based sessions designed to provide a friendly, relaxed but stimulating space for young children to investigate. Each week there is a carousel of sensory art and play activities designed to encourage your child’s development and fine motor skills.

This is an informal class with numerous activities set up around the room. You are encouraged to let you child set the pace and spend as much, or as little time as they wish at any particular activity. Your child will be invited to choose from a variety of art materials and activities. The activities will have a suggested outcome but will still be open ended and child-led according to preference, age and ability. There will also be ‘Small Worlds’ play, which will foster the imagination and use sensory foods to create rich play environments. While engaging in this creative play parents will be made aware of the key areas of learning and development that are being covered. Social skills, sharing, confidence building, fine motor skills, visual development, auditory stimulation, knowledge of materials and their uses and language development will all benefit.

All activities involve child friendly materials. This may include foodstuffs so the tutor should be informed of any allergies or religious needs.

Come and explore, play and interact with your child at their pace in a friendly space with other young families.

Any outcomes produced as a result of the child’s exploration e.g. painted paper, collage or models, can be taken home at the end of the session. Do you need to bring anything? Wipes and adult aprons are provided. Children must be dressed for messy play, preferably in old clothes. A change of clothes is advisable. All other materials and resources are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Sat 23 Mar
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 30 Mar
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Upholstery for Beginners

Learn how to revamp old and outdated furniture in this introductory upholstery course. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. This course involves working at low tables and good dexterity is needed in your hands. What will you learn on this course? This course will focus on smaller projects to whet your upholstery appetite. On this course you will learn how to upholster smaller pieces like foot stools eventually moving on to straight back dining chairs. Learn to use the tools of the trade and by the end of the course you will have revamped your pieces to perfectly suit your tastes. Do you need to bring anything? You will need to provide: -the item(s) that will be upholstered (i.e. small foot stool, straight back dining chair) -upholstery foam to fit item (approx. £11 on Amazon -4”x15”x15”) -fabric of your choice to fit item (approx. £9-13 per metre on Amazon) Are there any additional costs? You will need to provide the items listed above at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Vicky Chapple

Wed 27 Mar
Weston Studio

£50 (£45)

Wed 3 Apr
Weston Studio

£50 (£45)

Wed 10 Apr
Weston Studio

£50 (£45)

Watercolours (VA05 Spring)

An introduction to watercolours.

Tue 26 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 2 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Watercolours (VA83 Spring)

An introduction to watercolours.

Fri 22 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 29 Mar
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 5 Apr
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

What They Had

What They Had
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Elizabeth Chomko
  • Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Taissa Farmiga

Bridget (Swank) and her brother Nicky (Shannon) have to deal with the worsening Alzheimer’s of their mother Ruth (Danner). Chomko’s clear-eyed approach steers the movie away from melodrama and there’s time devoted to the often humorous realities of family life. An expertly observed family drama.

Fri 22 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Mon 25 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Tue 26 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Thu 28 Mar
Cinema

£9.25

Wheelwork (CE09 Spring)

Learn the basic techniques of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel, an ancient tool which has been used to create objects of great beauty and practicality.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous clay work experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is ideal for those looking to try throwing pots on the potter’s wheel for the first time or improvers wishing to refine their skills and make new pieces of work.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities but requires good manual dexterity and some physical strength and fitness. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

What will you learn on this course? The craft of ‘throwing’ pottery on a potter’s wheel probably originated at least five thousand years ago in the Middle East and is still the way pottery is made in many countries today. On this course you will learn this ancient skill. The course covers the basic techniques of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel along with finishing techniques in decorating and glazing. In Britain, despite our rich ceramic heritage, pottery has become more a craft activity than a commercial production technique. The tradition of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew has resulted in the survival of this craft as a strong element of the Craft community. In recent years it has provided a popular recreational activity for a growing number of people. The skills involved in throwing require some physical strength and fitness but also some determination and self-confidence, as the initial stages can be quite challenging to one’s self-esteem. Come along and find out what we mean. This course is perfect for those with an enthusiasm for design, aesthetic awareness and the production of useful items. You will explore a variety of styles of work from historical and contemporary examples. Your items require time to dry out before being fired in the kiln so please allow three weeks before they are ready for collection. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves and old trousers are recommended but clay washes off easily. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course prices includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course? David Wicks

Fri 22 Mar
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 29 Mar
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 5 Apr
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Wheelwork (CE10 Spring)

Learn the basic techniques of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel, an ancient tool which has been used to create objects of great beauty and practicality.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous clay work experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is ideal for those looking to try throwing pots on the potter’s wheel for the first time or improvers wishing to refine their skills and make new pieces of work.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities but requires good manual dexterity and some physical strength and fitness. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

What will you learn on this course? The craft of ‘throwing’ pottery on a potter’s wheel probably originated at least five thousand years ago in the Middle East and is still the way pottery is made in many countries today. On this course you will learn this ancient skill. The course covers the basic techniques of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel along with finishing techniques in decorating and glazing. In Britain, despite our rich ceramic heritage, pottery has become more a craft activity than a commercial production technique. The tradition of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew has resulted in the survival of this craft as a strong element of the Craft community. In recent years it has provided a popular recreational activity for a growing number of people. The skills involved in throwing require some physical strength and fitness but also some determination and self-confidence, as the initial stages can be quite challenging to one’s self-esteem. Come along and find out what we mean. This course is perfect for those with an enthusiasm for design, aesthetic awareness and the production of useful items. You will explore a variety of styles of work from historical and contemporary examples. Your items require time to dry out before being fired in the kiln so please allow three weeks before they are ready for collection. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves and old trousers are recommended but clay washes off easily. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course prices includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course? David Wicks

Fri 22 Mar
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 29 Mar
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 5 Apr
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Wheelwork For Beginners (CE103 Spring)

In this friendly atmosphere in Mac’s ceramic studio you will learn a series of basic techniques in the art of wheel throwing such as clay preparation to creating cylinders & bowls and then progressing to other forms followed by glazing and firing your work.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at beginners aged 18+ years. You don’t need any previous experience of wheel throwing as full guidance will be given through all the stages starting from taking a ball of clay and transforming it to a beautiful form. The course is accessible for people with disabilities but requires good manual dexterity and some physical strength and fitness. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing and with your determination and enthusiasm you will create pieces with great satisfaction. Your initial learning will begin with the foundation of two main forms; the cylinder and the bowl. Most other forms can be learnt from those two forms. Another technique you will apply to your work is turning. We will be looking at producing both functional and also welcoming you to opening the doors to creating non-functional pieces that could possibly be used for more aesthetic reasons. After completing a piece you will be introduced to surface decoration with the use of various glaze colours which will then go on to be fired in the kiln. Throughout the weeks you will gain both wheel throwing and general ceramic knowledge.

Do you need to bring anything?

Short sleeves and old trousers are recommended but clay washes off easily. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course?

Serge Sanghera

Fri 22 Mar
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 29 Mar
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 5 Apr
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Writing Children's Literature (WR102 Spring)

Children's literature writing workshop.

Mon 25 Mar
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Apr
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Yang Tai Chi Advanced (WB04 Spring)

An advanced course for students with several years’ experience wishing to refine and deepen their practice.

Who is this course for?

This advanced course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have completed the Yang Tai Chi Improvers course and been invited to attend this class by the tutor. If you have learnt elsewhere and have practiced for at least 4-5 years you may be able to join this class following an assessment by the tutor. Please contact us if you wish to arrange an assessment.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. Carers may assist. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

If you have any existing health problems please check with your GP before beginning this course.

What will you learn on this course?

Yang Tai Chi is a smooth, gentle exercise coordinating calm breathing movements and inner concentration. This is a low–impact mind–body series of movements from traditional Chinese arts to aid the balance of health and to support longevity.

You will learn relaxation techniques to keep fit and improve your well–being including Qigong exercises that combine breathing with movements. You will also learn the Yang 42 step Tai Chi form. This is a sequence of movements originating from the Yang family style.

The tutor demonstrates and explains the movements to the class and you will learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: Flexibility Posture
Co-ordination Stamina or cardiovascular health Balance Blood pressure levels Body awareness Use of intrinsic strength On completion of this course you will have learned the Yang 42 step form and be able to practice Tai Chi independently. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and flat shoes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Yanyan Yang

Thu 28 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Apr
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Beginners (WB20 Spring)

This ancient Chinese art combines movement, breath and concentration to improve your health and help you live longer. This class is for new students and those with less than two years’ experience.

Who is this course for?

This beginners course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have no prior experience of Tai Chi or anyone who hasn’t undertaken Tai Chi for a number of years.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. Carers may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

If you have any existing health problems please check with your GP before beginning this course.

What will you learn on this course?

Yang Tai Chi is a smooth, gentle exercise coordinating calm breathing movements and inner concentration. This is a low–impact mind–body series of movements from traditional Chinese arts to aid the balance of health and to support longevity.

You will learn relaxation techniques to keep fit and improve your well–being including Qigong exercises that combine breathing with movements. You will also learn the Yang 24 step Tai Chi form. This is a sequence of movements originating from the Yang family style.

The tutor demonstrates and explains the movements to the class and you will learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: Flexibility Posture
Co-ordination Stamina or cardiovascular health Balance Blood pressure levels Body awareness Use of intrinsic strength On completion of this course you will have started to learn the Yang 24 step form and be able to practice Tai Chi independently. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and flat shoes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Yanyan Yang

Sat 23 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 30 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 6 Apr
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Beginners (WB88 Spring)

This ancient Chinese art combines movement, breath and concentration to improve your health and help you live longer. This class is for new students and those with less than two years’ experience.

Who is this course for?

This beginners course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have no prior experience of Tai Chi or anyone who hasn’t undertaken Tai Chi for a number of years.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. Carers may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

If you have any existing health problems please check with your GP before beginning this course.

What will you learn on this course?

Yang Tai Chi is a smooth, gentle exercise coordinating calm breathing movements and inner concentration. This is a low–impact mind–body series of movements from traditional Chinese arts to aid the balance of health and to support longevity.

You will learn relaxation techniques to keep fit and improve your well–being including Qigong exercises that combine breathing with movements. You will also learn the Yang 24 step Tai Chi form. This is a sequence of movements originating from the Yang family style.

The tutor demonstrates and explains the movements to the class and you will learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: Flexibility Posture
Co-ordination Stamina or cardiovascular health Balance Blood pressure levels Body awareness Use of intrinsic strength On completion of this course you will have started to learn the Yang 24 step form and be able to practice Tai Chi independently. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and flat shoes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Yanyan Yang

Thu 28 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Apr
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi - Improvers 1 (WB102 Spring)

An enhanced improvers course for students with a couple of years’ experience wishing to learn the Yang 24 step form and deepen their practice.

Who is this course for?

This improvers course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have completed the Yang Tai Chi Beginners course and Improvers course and been invited to attend this class by the tutor. If you have learnt elsewhere and have practiced for 2-3 years you may be able to join this class following an assessment by the tutor. Please contact us if you wish to arrange an assessment.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. Carers may assist. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

If you have any existing health problems please check with your GP before beginning this course.

What will you learn on this course?

Yang Tai Chi is a smooth, gentle exercise coordinating calm breathing movements and inner concentration. This is a low–impact mind–body series of movements from traditional Chinese arts to aid the balance of health and to support longevity.

You will learn relaxation techniques to keep fit and improve your well–being including Qigong exercises that combine breathing with movements. You will also continue to learn the Yang 24 step Tai Chi form. This is a sequence of movements originating from the Yang family style.

The tutor demonstrates and explains the movements to the class and you will learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: Flexibility Posture
Co-ordination Stamina or cardiovascular health Balance Blood pressure levels Body awareness Use of intrinsic strength On completion of this course you will have learned the Yang 24 step form and be able to practice Tai Chi independently. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and flat shoes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Yanyan Yang

Thu 28 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Apr
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers (WB25 Spring)

An improvers course for students with a couple of years’ experience wishing to learn the Yang 24 step form and deepen their practice.

Who is this course for?

This improvers course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have completed the Yang Tai Chi Beginners course and been invited to attend this class by the tutor. If you have learnt elsewhere and have practiced for 2-3 years you may be able to join this class following an assessment by the tutor. Please contact us if you wish to arrange an assessment.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. Carers may assist. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

If you have any existing health problems please check with your GP before beginning this course.

What will you learn on this course?

Yang Tai Chi is a smooth, gentle exercise coordinating calm breathing movements and inner concentration. This is a low–impact mind–body series of movements from traditional Chinese arts to aid the balance of health and to support longevity.

You will learn relaxation techniques to keep fit and improve your well–being including Qigong exercises that combine breathing with movements. You will also continue to learn the Yang 24 step Tai Chi form. This is a sequence of movements originating from the Yang family style.

The tutor demonstrates and explains the movements to the class and you will learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: Flexibility Posture
Co-ordination Stamina or cardiovascular health Balance Blood pressure levels Body awareness Use of intrinsic strength On completion of this course you will have learned the Yang 24 step form and be able to practice Tai Chi independently. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and flat shoes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Yanyan Yang

Sat 23 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 30 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 6 Apr
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers (WB96 Spring)

An improvers course for students with a couple of years’ experience wishing to learn the Yang 24 step form and deepen their practice.

Who is this course for?

This improvers course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have completed the Yang Tai Chi Beginners course and been invited to attend this class by the tutor. If you have learnt elsewhere and have practiced for 2-3 years you may be able to join this class following an assessment by the tutor. Please contact us if you wish to arrange an assessment.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body. Carers may assist. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

If you have any existing health problems please check with your GP before beginning this course.

What will you learn on this course?

Yang Tai Chi is a smooth, gentle exercise coordinating calm breathing movements and inner concentration. This is a low–impact mind–body series of movements from traditional Chinese arts to aid the balance of health and to support longevity.

You will learn relaxation techniques to keep fit and improve your well–being including Qigong exercises that combine breathing with movements. You will also continue to learn the Yang 24 step Tai Chi form. This is a sequence of movements originating from the Yang family style.

The tutor demonstrates and explains the movements to the class and you will learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved: Flexibility Posture
Co-ordination Stamina or cardiovascular health Balance Blood pressure levels Body awareness Use of intrinsic strength On completion of this course you will have learned the Yang 24 step form and be able to practice Tai Chi independently. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement and flat shoes. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Yanyan Yang

Thu 28 Mar
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Apr
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Young Comic Creators (YP16 Spring)

Learn how to design and create your own comic characters and produce your own comic or visual story.

Fri 22 Mar
Media Studio
Fri 29 Mar
Media Studio
Fri 5 Apr
Media Studio

Young Filmmakers Club With Reel Access (YP07 Spring)

If you're aged 11-18 with a passion for film, drama and digital media then the Young Filmmakers Club could be for you. Join the Young Filmmakers Club to develop new skills in filmmaking and acting for screen and to pursue your own exciting, creative ideas.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to young people aged 11-18 years old of any experience level.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities. We provide a learning support worker or students may be accompanied by their own carer or support worker. The room is wheelchair accessible. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will give you an insight into the process, techniques and skills involved in making a film. Each term the content and structure of the course is decided by the group which sees students generating an idea together or working with a member’s idea for a group project film. Alternatively you may work in smaller groups on new ideas or those brought by a number of members. During the course you will have the option to work as a writer, actor, director and crew member learning a range of film making skills. The tutor will guide the group through the entire process from the initial generation of ideas generation to shooting and editing. There will be a special screening of the work produced on the course in mac’s cinema for invited family and friends.

Anyone who attends this course will have automatic membership to the Interfilm Film Club which encourages young people to write reviews of current films. This is a great opportunity for reviewers to enter prize draws which has led to previous students winning DVDs and other film goodies. Do you need to bring anything? All equipment and materials are provided. For films with ambitious needs, students will take part in enlisting additional support. Are there any additional costs? No additional costs unless there are specific resources that students wish to have for themselves. Who teaches this course? Reel Access (Keith Bloomfield, Martin McNally, Laura Breakwell, George Fleming) Working in partnership with Reel Access www.reelaccess.org.uk

Wed 27 Mar
Media Studio
Wed 3 Apr
Media Studio

Young Inventors Maker Lab (YP97 Spring)

Learn to invent, design, build and code creative electronic projects working with a leading industry professional.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels and young people don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany their children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course may be accessible for young people with disabilities who can participate in detail based activities. We provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course?

This course encourages young people to be creative and invent new products, designs and digital art forms using electronics. Each week students will be introduced to a Maker Lab project that may use micro processors such as arduino’s, raspberry pi’s, crumble kits or microbits, 3d printers, LED’s, electronic sensors and sounds. Students will be introduced to coding and creative problem solving, as well as entrepreneurial thinking. Working with a key industry professional in the Midlands young people will engage with digital activities in an exciting creative way.

The course will be held on 6 sessions on alternate weeks. Students can sign up for 4 sessions then opt for an additional 2. Do you need to bring anything Young people are welcome to bring their own equipment with them. Basic equipment will be available for students to explore in the sessions. The tutor will be able to recommend sources for equipment should students wish to purchase their own. Are there any additional costs? None Who teaches this course? James Hannam

Fri 22 Mar
Weston Studio
Fri 29 Mar
Weston Studio
Fri 5 Apr
Weston Studio

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