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Acting and Performance (DA103 Autumn)

Learn acting and performance skills and techniques whilst developing confidence. What will you learn on this course? The course will cover a wide range of acting and performance skills and techniques such as improvisation, devising, and script work by using a range of different practitioners such as Meisner, Artaud, Brecht, and Stanislavsky. The course will work toward a final showcase performance. Who is this course for? This course is for all adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all who would like to improve their confidence and develop their performance skills. No previous acting experience is necessary. 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? Kirsty Mitchell

Wed 3 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 10 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 17 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 24 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 1 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 8 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

After Love

After Love
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Aleem Khan
  • Written by: Aleem Khan
  • Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss

After the death of her husband, a widow discovers some shocking secrets.

Sat 23 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Mon 25 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Wed 27 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

The Alpinist

As the sport of climbing turns from a niche pursuit to mainstream media event, Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Marc-André’s approach is the essence of solo adventure. Intrigued by these quiet accomplishments, veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer set out to make a film about Marc-André. But the Canadian soloist is an elusive subject: nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car, and is reluctant to let the film crew in on his pure vision of climbing. As Peter struggles to keep up, Marc-Andrés climbs grow bigger and more daring. Then, Marc-André embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing.

Sat 23 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Sun 24 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Tue 26 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Thu 28 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Animation: Creepy Creatures & Spine Tingling Stories

Animation : Creepy Creatures & Spine Tingling Stories

Learn how to make a spooky animated film using stop frame animation techniques. You will write a spine tingling story and make your creepy character come alive (or undead!) with original music and voices. What will you learn on this course? This is an exciting one-day workshop where children will unleash their creativity and leaqrn how to create stop frame animation. Children will write their own stories, draw a story board and make their own characters using modelling clay. They will then learn the art of stop frame animation techniques guided by our professional animator. The course is designed to encourage creativity, imagination, teamwork and build confidence whilst having fun. A digital copy of their film will be emailed to parents after the event. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 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 of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. We can provide a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if required. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Children need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one hour break. All course materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Darren Mason

Tue 26 Oct
Garden Studio

Children £25

Animation: Creepy Creatures & Spine Tingling Stories

Animation: Creepy Creatures & Spine Tingling Stories

Little Geeks is MAC’s digital festival for children, featuring an exciting mix of live shows, virtual reality, gaming and workshops for little geeks (and big geeks!) throughout October half-term.

Learn how to make a spooky animated film using stop frame animation techniques. You will write a spine tingling story and make your creepy character come alive (or undead!) with original music and voices.

Tue 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Animation (DM108 Autumn)

This course is an introduction to the art of illustration and animation techniques. What will you learn on this course? Lead by a professional film maker, illustrator and animator you will learn how to create your own animations. You will gain an understanding of essential animation principles and be introduced to different stylistic approaches and artistic techniques. You will learn about every step of the animation process, including story writing, concept design, character design, animating, sound recording and editing. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support you will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs. On completion of this course you can expect to have gained an understanding of a range of approaches to animating and have produced your own animation. The course will cover • Drawing skills • Fundamental animation principles • Using animation and editing software • Stylistic choices • Story writing • Character design • Introduction to contemporary animations • Exploration of various animation types

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is for beginners and improvers who would like to develop their illustration and animation skills. The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to undertake practical arts and crafts activities and 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. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything as all materials and equipment is provided. You are welcome to bring your own pens, pencils, tablets, laptops and filming devices in consultation with the tutor. MAC can provide basic equipment and materials to participants attending most courses if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Martin McNally

Fri 5 Nov
Media Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 12 Nov
Media Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 19 Nov
Media Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 26 Nov
Media Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 3 Dec
Media Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 10 Dec
Media Studio

£143 (£129)

Art Appreciation (VA47 Autumn)

If you’ve ever wanted to know the difference between Impressionism and Expressionism, Baroque and Rococo, Fauvism and Cubism or simply brush up on your knowledge, then this course is for you. 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 also have the opportunity to produce some practical work that relates to relevant topics to gain a better understanding of techniques and concepts. During the course you will have special access to MAC’s Visual Arts Exhibitions programme, with curator talks and group visits to local galleries. What will you learn on this course? Using a mix of tutor led talks, group discussion and practical demonstrations the tutor will support you in your learning about key periods in western art history, it’s technical discoveries and contextual ideologies. You will develop your understanding and theoretical knowledge of key art movements.
You will have the opportunity to partake in some creative practical activities that relates to relevant topics. This may include short drawing, painting and collage exercises to enhance your understanding and you will be given one-to-one support as required. On completion of this course, you will have produced a detailed learning/visual journal containing notes, visual references and information with a selection of your own practical work. 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 is 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. 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 Wi-Fi so students are welcome to bring their own tablet or laptop devices for research. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 MA

Wed 3 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Wed 10 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Wed 17 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Wed 24 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Wed 1 Dec
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Wed 8 Dec
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Art Explorers (CH07 Autumn)

From animation to papier mache, up-cycling to land art, students are able to explore and experiment with many different materials. 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. 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 pottery, felting, animation, land art, papier mache, collage, up-cycling 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 art work to take home. 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.

Sat 23 Oct
Weston Studio
Sat 6 Nov
Weston Studio
Sat 13 Nov
Weston Studio
Sat 20 Nov
Weston Studio
Sat 27 Nov
Weston Studio
Sat 4 Dec
Weston Studio
Sat 11 Dec
Weston Studio

Art in Context (VA43 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 1 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Mon 8 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Mon 15 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Mon 22 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Mon 29 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Mon 6 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Basic Principles of Drawing for Beginners (VA103 Autumn)

If you’ve never had the opportunity & support to learn how to draw or you are interested in enhancing your existing skills by exploring some of the fundamental aspects of drawing, then this course is for you. What will you learn on this course? Using a start ‘from scratch’ approach, you will make drawings using a variety of materials to explore line, form, tonal qualities, scale, proportion, mark making and perspective. You will also be shown how utilize various drawing systems to enhance your work. During the course you will be encouraged to record from observation, secondary source material and your imagination. The course will be in the form of practical demonstrations and workshops to develop your skills and also have the confidence to experiment. The tutor will tailor guidance and support to your level of experience. There will be opportunities for group discussions. On completing this course, you should gain an understanding of the key principle of drawing and how to use these within your own work. You will have produced a small portfolio of drawings to document your findings. 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 with no previous experience and those who wish to develop their drawing skills. The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical creative 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. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a set of pencils with various grades of graphite (i.e 2H, HB, 4B, 6B) MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? Any additional art materials are to be provided at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Angela Maloney

Tue 2 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 9 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 16 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 23 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 30 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 7 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

A Beginners Guide to Painting with Watercolours (VA05 Autumn)

An introduction to the materials and techniques required to produce exciting watercolours including drawing, composition and colour-mixing. What will you learn on this course? A beginners’ guide to painting in watercolours This termly course will give you an introduction to a range of watercolour techniques, and enable you to build confidence when painting in this medium. Starting with a subject matter such as natural forms, landscapes, flowers, or still life you will have the opportunity to create a series of works that involve some of the following skills. • Creating a balanced composition • Developing a draft drawing • Mixing colours • Blending and layering • Wet - on – wet • Wet – on - dry • Building tone • Adding texture through mark making 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. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to watercolours or may not have worked in this medium for some time. You don’t need any previous painting experience as full instruction is given. The course is 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 situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Watercolour paper is provided and also basic art materials 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. MAC can provide basic equipment and materials to participants attending most courses if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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. This would typically include watercolour paints, brushes and palettes. Who teaches this course? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Tue 2 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Tue 9 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Tue 16 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Tue 23 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Tue 30 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Tue 7 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Body Percussion (DA102 Autumn)

Play the Body, Dance the Body Join us for a 10-week course in Body Percussion, creating your own rhythms to dance in a fun, sociable and safe environment. What will you learn on this course? Learn to feel and hear the music through beat and rhythm, and understand the process of music making. Through weekly sessions, you’ll discover how to use your body to make interesting sounds across genres such as Samba, Flamenco and Afro beats, as well as creating your own rhythms to dance to. This is the perfect course for those interested in dance, rhythm, music, and movement and wanting to improve their skill. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for beginners and no previous experience is necessary. Do you need to bring anything? Participants should wear clothes that are comfortable. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Thomas O'Flaherty

Mon 1 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 8 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 15 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 22 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 29 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 6 Dec
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Capoeira for Children (CH11 Autumn)

Capoeira is an exciting Brazilian art form comprising martial arts, dance & acrobatics practiced to music. 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

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 - 12 years and 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.

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 3 Nov
Randle Studio
Wed 10 Nov
Randle Studio
Wed 17 Nov
Randle Studio
Wed 24 Nov
Randle Studio
Wed 1 Dec
Randle Studio
Wed 8 Dec
Randle Studio

Ceramic Forms & Sculpture (CE108 Autumn)

Explore and experiment with exciting processes to realise your own ideas in ceramic. What will you learn on this course? Realise your own ideas in ceramic, whether you are interested in making a sculpture or a simple project. Get inspired by art, nature and anything else you like! 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 including ceramic decoration and firing. 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 ceramic piece made to your own design. 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 projects in clay. 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. 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. MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for clay and firing of any oversize work please refer to the tutor. Who teaches this course? Martin McNally

Tue 2 Nov

£169 (£153)

Tue 9 Nov

£169 (£153)

Tue 16 Nov

£169 (£153)

Tue 23 Nov

£169 (£153)

Tue 30 Nov

£169 (£153)

Tue 7 Dec

£169 (£153)

Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE03 Autumn)

This course will cover basic techniques such as thumb pot, coiling and slab building using natural forms and patterns as inspiration. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Tue 2 Nov

£192 (£174)

Tue 9 Nov

£192 (£174)

Tue 16 Nov

£192 (£174)

Tue 23 Nov

£192 (£174)

Tue 30 Nov

£192 (£174)

Tue 7 Dec

£192 (£174)

Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE89 Autumn)

This course will cover basic techniques such as thumb pot, coiling and slab building using natural forms and patterns as inspiration. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Tue 2 Nov

£182 (£164)

Tue 9 Nov

£182 (£164)

Tue 16 Nov

£182 (£164)

Tue 23 Nov

£182 (£164)

Tue 30 Nov

£182 (£164)

Tue 7 Dec

£182 (£164)

Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding (CE14 Autumn)

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

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. Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginner level students and those wishing to improve their practice.

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? MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for clay and firing of any oversize work please refer to the tutor. Who teaches this course? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Mon 1 Nov

£192 (£173)

Mon 8 Nov

£192 (£173)

Mon 15 Nov

£192 (£173)

Mon 22 Nov

£192 (£173)

Mon 29 Nov

£192 (£173)

Mon 6 Dec

£192 (£173)

Ceramics Workshop (CE07 Autumn)

Develop and broaden your knowledge of ceramics through set exercises and demonstrations. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Libby Gillies

Wed 3 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 10 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 17 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 24 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 1 Dec

£186 (£169)

Wed 8 Dec

£186 (£169)

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

Use coloured clays and porcelain to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, applique, inlay and layering. 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. Please note that due to COVID-19 moulds created in this course will be restricted by size to ensure participants are able to use them independently. Participants are also welcome to bring and use moulds they have created in the past. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Fri 5 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 12 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 19 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 26 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 3 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 10 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

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

Use coloured clays and porcelain to develop decorative techniques such as marbling, agateware, applique, inlay and layering. 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. Please note that due to COVID-19 moulds created in this course will be restricted by size to ensure participants are able to use them independently. Participants are also welcome to bring and use moulds they have created in the past. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Sue Dyer

Fri 5 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 12 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 19 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 26 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 3 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Fri 10 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Contemporary Ceramics (CE94 Autumn)

Explore and experiment with exciting ceramic processes that will teach you to realise your own design ideas in ceramic. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Wendy Tournay

Thu 4 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 11 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 18 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 25 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 2 Dec

£186 (£169)

Thu 9 Dec

£186 (£169)

Contemporary Dance (DA09 Autumn)

An introductory class with an emphasis on the Cunningham technique which is designed to create strength and flexibility of movement. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn contemporary dance techniques 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. 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. 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 1 Nov
Performance Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 8 Nov
Performance Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 15 Nov
Performance Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 22 Nov
Performance Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 29 Nov
Performance Studio

£118 (£107)

Mon 6 Dec
Performance Studio

£118 (£107)

Contemporary Portraiture (VA13 Autumn)

Working directly from a life model, explore traditional and contemporary portraiture. 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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? The painting and drawing 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 4 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£148 (£135)

Thu 11 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£148 (£135)

Thu 18 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£148 (£135)

Thu 25 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£148 (£135)

Thu 2 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£148 (£135)

Thu 9 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£148 (£135)

The Courier

The Courier
  • 2020
  • UK / US
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Dominic Cooke
  • Written by: Tom O’Connor
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright

Cold War thriller about an unassuming businessman (Benedict Cumberbatch) who is recruited by MI6.

Sat 23 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Sun 24 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Mon 25 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Wed 27 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Thu 28 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Creative Drama (CH05 Autumn)

Unlock your creative imagination and watch your confidence grow while exploring the wide world of drama! What will you learn on this course? On this weekly course, children will learn to embrace and develop their creativity while learning various dramatic principles, theatre and puppetry elements. The first step consists in creating a tight group where young people will feel comfortable exploring their imagination and growing their performance skills through fun exercises and theatre games. The main aim of this course is developing a set of skills that can be used both inside and outside the theatre studio. Skills such as improvisation, movement, problem solving, group work, and public speaking will grow confidence and have a long-lasting impact in young peoples’ lives. The tutor works closely with the group in order to create a happy safe space while also providing a stimulus for the playful exploration of ideas. 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. 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. 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. 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 teaches this course? Ana Petrovici

Sat 23 Oct
Randle Studio
Sat 30 Oct
Randle Studio
Sat 6 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 13 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 20 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 27 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 4 Dec
Randle Studio

Creative Writing Beginners (WR10 Autumn)

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.

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 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.

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. 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 1 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 8 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 15 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 22 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 29 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 6 Dec
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Creative Writing Beginners (WR105 Autumn)

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.

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 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.

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. 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

Tue 2 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Tue 9 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Tue 16 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Tue 23 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Tue 30 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Tue 7 Dec
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Creative Writing for Young People

Carol Preston Course Description YP SC Creative Writing For Young People Are you an aspiring writer or just can’t get started? Learn some top techniques for creative writing for all levels of experience and confidence.

What will you learn on this course? This half day course will bring some fun into creative writing and provide techniques for how to start a story and develop ideas. Carol’s approach is about building confidence and finding enjoyment as well as embracing the drafting process. By the end of the session everyone will have some writing to take away. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 12 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels and levels of experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for young people of all abilities, however we suggest speaking to us if the young person has a disability that may impact on writing. There is a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if requires 1-1 support. 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.

Do you need to bring anything? All course materials are provided.
Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Carol Preston

Mon 25 Oct
Bryant Room

Creative Writing for Young People

Creative Writing for Young People

Are you an aspiring writer or just can’t get started? Learn some top techniques for creative writing for all levels of experience and confidence.

This half day course will bring some fun into creative writing and provide techniques for how to start a story and develop ideas. Carol’s approach is about building confidence and finding enjoyment as well as embracing the drafting process. By the end of the session everyone will have some writing to take away.

Ages 12-17.

Mon 25 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Creative Writing Improvers (WR11 Autumn)

Advance your writing, re-drafting and editing skills whilst gaining an understanding of how to become your own self-critic for continued development.

What will you learn on this course?

This course is aimed at existing writers who are engaged in creative writing activities, creating new work or developing existing projects. By examining the work of published writers we will look at the following techniques in depth:

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

This will include consideration of in-depth character, motives, conflict and the examination of themes in writing. There will also be a focus on the re-drafting and editing process, crucial to all writers. Learners will develop an understanding of how to become their own self-critic and appreciate that writing is a process for continued development.

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 a small portfolio of their own writing which can be extended, re-drafted and edited for their own purposes.

Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. Previous experience of creative writing is required. You may have attended MAC’s Creative Writing Beginners course or a similar course elsewhere. This course may also be suitable for those working in a creative environment such as marketing or advertising agencies.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can 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. 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 1 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 8 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 15 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 22 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 29 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 6 Dec
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Creative Writing Juniors

Carol Preston Course Description SC Juniors Creative Writing Juniors Learn some top techniques to inspire and hone your creative skills. What will you learn on this course? This half day course will bring some fun into creative writing. Carol’s approach is about building confidence and finding enjoyment in dreaming up ideas and using these ideas to begin writing creatively. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 7 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities, however we suggest speaking to us if the child has a disability that may impact on writing. There is a learning support worker and a parent or carer may assist their child if they require 1-1 support. 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 therefore age ranges need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything? All course materials are provided.
Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Carol Preston

Mon 25 Oct
Bryant Room

Creative Writing Juniors

Creative Writing Juniors

This half day course will bring some fun into creative writing. Course tutor Carol's approach is about building confidence and finding enjoyment in dreaming up ideas and using these ideas to begin writing creatively.

Mon 25 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Dance for Wellbeing (DA25 Autumn)

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.

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 3 Nov
English Studio

£115 (£104)

Wed 10 Nov
English Studio

£115 (£104)

Wed 17 Nov
English Studio

£115 (£104)

Wed 24 Nov
English Studio

£115 (£104)

Wed 1 Dec
English Studio

£115 (£104)

Wed 8 Dec
English Studio

£115 (£104)

Dancer In The Dark

Dancer In The Dark
  • 2000
  • Denmark / Sweden / Germany / France
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lars von Trier
  • Written by: Lars von Trier
  • Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Joel Grey

Having founded the Dogme school of back-to-basics filmmaking, von Trier's now turned his back on it with this digitally-shot homage to the Hollywood musical. Set in 60s America, it's the story of Czech immigrant Selma (played by Bjork, whose extraordinary performance takes naturalism to its extreme), a single mother whose only escape from her dreary factory work life are her daydreams which transport her into a Hollywood-style musical. As with 'Breaking The Waves', the drama revolves around a naïve young woman who becomes the victim of circumstance, and the ensuing protracted tragedy gives the film astonishing emotional clout.

Sat 23 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Day of the Dead LED & UV Masks

Day of the Dead LED & UV Masks Celebrate Mexico's Día de Muertos by making a spooky paper mache mask. Decorate with fluorescent paints and see your work glow under UV light. We'll even add miniature LED lights to create an unearthly illumination! What will you learn on this course?

MAC’s fun one-day workshops are designed for children to explore a range of creative activities including visual arts, crafts, digital media and performance. All the workshops are for the same age range and offer an introduction to a particular art form. The children can usually take home anything they have made during the day.

In this workshop children will design, draw and paint Day of the Dead themed masks, working with ultra violet responsive paint and fluorescent papers and other materials as well as LED lights. Their art work will become transformed in the dark with UV lighting in a controlled and safe environment. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children 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 children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. 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.

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 age ranges need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything? Children need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one hour break. All course materials and equipment are provided. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get a bit messy. Children should bring a water based drink. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Benny Semp

Thu 28 Oct
Weston Studio

Children £50

Day of the Dead LED & UV Masks

Day of the Dead LED & UV Masks

Decorate with fluorescent paints and see your work glow under UV light. We'll even add miniature LED lights to create an unearthly illumination!

MAC’s fun one-day workshops are designed for children to explore a range of creative activities including visual arts, crafts, digital media and performance. All the workshops are for the same age range and offer an introduction to a particular art form. The children can usually take home anything they have made during the day.

In this workshop children will design, draw and paint Day of the Dead themed masks, working with ultra violet responsive paint and fluorescent papers and other materials as well as LED lights. Their art work will become transformed in the dark with UV lighting in a controlled and safe environment.

Thu 28 - Fri 29 Oct

10:00am - 3:00pm

Thu 28 Oct

Times vary / £50

Fri 29 Oct

Times vary / £50

Design, Make and Sell your Jewellery (JE105 Autumn)

Join us on this course designed to help jewellery makers with experience make money from their designs. What will you learn on this course? This is a 12 week course aimed at Jewellery makers with experience who want to earn money from their designs and are not sure where to start. Each week we will cover a specific topic including pricing and selling your work alongside working on your own designs with full support of the jewellery tutor. By the end of the course participants will have the skills and knowledge to turn their hobby into a business. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for advanced level students who are experienced in jewellery making. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own if they have them to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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? Vanessa Miller

Fri 5 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£179 (£162)

Fri 12 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£179 (£162)

Fri 19 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£179 (£162)

Fri 26 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£179 (£162)

Fri 3 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£179 (£162)

Fri 10 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£179 (£162)

Draw, Paint, Print (VA104 Autumn)

On this course you will be encouraged to develop your creative skills through a range of drawing, painting and printmaking techniques. This will enable you to explore the qualities of various materials and processes whilst creating and developing a small body of work. What will you learn on this course? During this course you will make drawings using a variety of materials to record from observation, secondary source material or imagination. These drawings will then be developed with painting mediums focusing on elements such as scale, colour, composition and surface qualities. You will then have the opportunity to select a printmaking process (dry point, monoprint or collagraph) that is most suitable to your support work to develop into a final print. The course will be in the form of workshops and practical demonstrations to develop skills and the confidence to experiment. Individuals will be encouraged to develop their own individual projects. The tutor will tailor guidance to your level of experience and help you to achieve your aims for your work. There will be opportunities for group discussions. On completing this course, you should gain an understanding of how work can be developed from initial ideas into resolved pieces of creative work. You will have produced a small portfolio of practical work including drawings, paintings and prints. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners, improvers and advanced. It is suitable for people with no previous experience to those who wish to develop their portfolios to include print. The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical creative 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. Do you need to bring anything? For one of the drawing exercises please bring secondary source material in the form of good quality photographs or other images to work from. Basic art materials will be provided but students will be expected to provide some of their own additional materials as the course progresses. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? Any additional art materials are to be provided at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Angela Maloney

Wed 3 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Wed 10 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Wed 17 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Wed 24 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Wed 1 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Wed 8 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Drawing & Painting Nature (VA84 Autumn)

Using a mixture of media develop your own themes based on observation of natural forms within still–life, figure and MAC’s surrounding landscape. 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 artists’ 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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? The painting and drawing 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 2 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 9 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 16 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 23 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 30 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Tue 7 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£146 (£133)

Drawing, Comics & Animation (YP103 Autumn)

Learn how to design and create your own comic characters and story, learn drawing skills and work with 2D animation to bring your characters to life.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn how to create your own comics, short visual stories, characters and animation.

The course will cover

• Drawing skills and techniques • Character design and concepts • Creating stories and storyboards • Animation techniques such as stop motion and hand drawn animation • Pencilling and inking • Digital colouring and lettering

By exploring and studying a range of comics you will learn to understand different stylistic approaches and artistic techniques.

You will be taught how to interpret the written word into imagery and to communicate stories effectively.

The course will also consider different layouts and formats for presenting your comic including conventional comic strips, art style and display or fan art.

You will be guided through the process of creating concept art for characters and developing these in your comic. This course combines traditional pen and paper drawing skills with digital techniques and the use of comic layout software.

On completion of this course you can expect to have gained an understanding of a range of approaches to creating comics and produced your own comic art works and animation.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 11-17 years. It is open to beginners and improvers so you don’t need previous art experience as full instruction is given. If you do have some experience the course is designed for you to explore and learn new techniques to further develop your skills.

The course is accessible for young people of all abilities who can participate in practical art activities and use a computer. We provide a learning support worker and a carer or support worker may assist 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.

Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything as all materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Martin McNally

Fri 5 Nov
Media Studio
Fri 12 Nov
Media Studio
Fri 19 Nov
Media Studio
Fri 26 Nov
Media Studio
Fri 3 Dec
Media Studio
Fri 10 Dec
Media Studio

Drawing Techniques (VA03 Autumn)

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. 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 artists’ 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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? The painting and drawing 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. Students are encouraged to bring their own objects and still life and you may wish to bring additional art materials to work with. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 1 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Mon 8 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Mon 15 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Mon 22 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Mon 29 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Mon 6 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£136 (£123)

Explore Ceramic Forms and Surface Decoration (CE11 Autumn)

A course for ceramics students to develop hand building construction techniques and explore surface decoration through pattern and texture. What will you learn on this course? This course offers 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note there is a charge for clay and firing of oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Wed 3 Nov

£182 (£164)

Wed 10 Nov

£182 (£164)

Wed 17 Nov

£182 (£164)

Wed 24 Nov

£182 (£164)

Wed 1 Dec

£182 (£164)

Wed 8 Dec

£182 (£164)

Explore Ceramics : Clay Porcelain & Mould Making (CE102 Autumn)

Develop your ceramic skills, explore clay, porcelain and mould making techniques. 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 clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Please note that due to COVID-19 moulds created in this course will be restricted by size to ensure participants are able to use them independently. Participants are also welcome to bring and use moulds they have created in the past. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Libby Gillies

Thu 4 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Thu 11 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Thu 18 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Thu 25 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Thu 2 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Thu 9 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£192 (£173)

Explore Feltmaking (TE01 Autumn)

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. 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-enroll 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. 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 be suitable for people with disabilities, please 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. 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

Fri 5 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 12 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 19 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 26 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 3 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 10 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Family Pottery (FA02 Autumn)

Explore the world of clay together and learn about different hand-building techniques and exciting ways to decorate your clay work. 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 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 to four weeks later to allow time for firing to take place. 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. 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? Andrea Clarke

Sat 23 Oct
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Sat 6 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Sat 13 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Sat 20 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Sat 27 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Sat 4 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Sat 11 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

£85 (Children £85–£176)

Family Pottery: Pac Man™ and Tetris™ Money Boxes

Family Pottery: Pac Man™ and Tetris™ Money Boxes

Create pottery money boxes inspired by arcade classics Pac Man™ and Tetris™.

This one-day course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about each other's hidden talents and cultivate a shared interest in the medium of clay.

You can choose from a selection of planned clay activities for the day or you can bring your own ideas which can be created with help from the tutor. Come and develop your ideas in a friendly, creative atmosphere alongside other families.

You will learn different hand-building techniques. 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 slips. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique and of a high standard.

Tue 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Family Pottery: Pac Man (TM) and Tetris Money Boxes

Family Pottery: Pac Man (TM) & Tetris Money Boxes Create pottery money boxes inspired by arcade classics Pac Man and Tetris. What will you learn on this course? This one-day course provides an exciting introduction to ceramics. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about each other's hidden talents and cultivate a shared interest in the medium of clay. You can choose from a selection of planned clay activities for the day or you can bring your own ideas which can be created with help from the tutor. Come and develop your ideas in a friendly, creative atmosphere alongside other families. You will learn different hand-building techniques. 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 slips. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique and of a high standard. Participants will have a great sense of achievement and will feel proud of what they have accomplished, hopefully making some new friends along the way. Please note that ceramic works need time to dry out and then fired twice in MAC’s kilns. Your item will be ready for collection 4 weeks after the date of your workshop. We will contact you when the work is ready, when you arrive at MAC please ask for an Art Studio Technician or a Duty Manager who will be happy to help you retrieve your piece from our secure pottery cages. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years accompanied by their parents or guardians who are looking for an opportunity to enjoy learning together. It is open to students of 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 however you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. Parents and guardians work with 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. 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? Emily-Kriste Wilcox

Tue 26 Oct

£20 (Children £20–£40)

Figurative Sculpture (SC01 Autumn)

Working directly from a life model, explore traditional and contemporary ways to sculpt the human figure in clay. What will you learn on this course? This course is for students who will learn sculpting the human form in clay, and develop your own artistic style and technique. You will have the opportunity to model in clay from a nude life model who may hold several poses over the course duration allowing you to create for more than one sculpture. There will be more emphasis on this course on developing your observational skills and translating these into more personal representations of the human form, moving away from making a direct copy of the model. 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. We aim to rotate life models across classes and terms so that students are 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 two finished sculptures 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. Who is this course for? This 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 the human form and learning to sculpt it 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 plus a small additional to cost to fire. Who teaches this course? Martin McNally

Tue 2 Nov

£186 (£169)

Tue 9 Nov

£186 (£169)

Tue 16 Nov

£186 (£169)

Tue 23 Nov

£186 (£169)

Tue 30 Nov

£186 (£169)

Tue 7 Dec

£186 (£169)

Flower Painting & Drawing (VA102 Autumn)

With the beauty of flowers as our central focus and past great artists for reference, on this practical course we will journey through techniques that capture flowers’ shape, colour and form in a variety of ways. What will you learn on this course? We will use artists such as Elizabeth Blackadder, Monet, Klimt and William Morris to focus our attention on a variety of ways to interpret and represent floral themes in art and design. This approach will provide enormous opportunity to experiment in working in a variety of media and styles, to teach and extend your abilities. This course will offer students both a practical opportunity and informative critical insight, affording all levels an opportunity to explore traditional and contemporary styles. The tutor will demonstrate techniques pertinent to the subject material alongside relevant information on approach and composition. Depending on our reference material will we experience using watercolours, gouache, oil pastels, paper collage, pastels and mixed media and more - you can engage at the level you feel comfortable.
The tutor will use a mix of group demonstrations, individual support and the examples from her own practise to guide you through the process explaining the materials and teaching the techniques. You will receive individual support on your work and how to approach and shape your work as required. The end result will be your own portfolio of works of floral art. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginner, improver and experienced students. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring along any reference material that interests you. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Mon 1 Nov
Garden Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 8 Nov
Garden Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 15 Nov
Garden Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 22 Nov
Garden Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 29 Nov
Garden Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 6 Dec
Garden Studio

£159 (£144)

The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch
  • 2021
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Cast: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson

A collection of comedy-drama stories published in the eponymous fictional newspaper, The French Dispatch.

Fri 29 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Sat 30 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Sun 31 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Mon 1 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Tue 2 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Wed 3 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Thu 4 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Fri 5 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Sat 6 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Sun 7 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Mon 8 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Tue 9 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Wed 10 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Thu 11 Nov
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Friday Evening Life Drawing and Painting with Paul Bartlett (VA10 Autumn)

Join us on this Friday evening life drawing and painting class where you will build on your observation, drawing, and painting skills with the support of an experienced professional artist. You will discover a space to unwind whilst exploring art with like- minded individuals and have the unique opportunity to draw from life, and unconventional themed models. What will you learn on this course? This is not a taught course but an opportunity for more experienced students and artists to progress with their individual creative journey, while gaining confidence by relating to others in a conducive working environment. You will work directly from a professional life model who will hold a whole evening pose set up by the artist tutor. Unique to the Friday night sessions, we will have both nude models and themed models for you to explore. Previous themes have included burlesque, dancers and cosplay. The artist tutor will be teaching through demonstration and working on his own art works, establishing an environment that enables all artists to benefit from shared concentration. One-to-one support may be given if requested by students, to consolidate drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour, using art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels and paint. The course is excellent for building your artistic portfolio. This class includes a short break and an opportunity to socialise with other students, the tutor and model. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students who can work independently, and are improvers or advanced. This course is beneficial to students wishing to supplement basic methods and techniques taught on other courses as well as those putting together a portfolio, artists wishing to resolve works for exhibition and art teachers seeking quality creative time for themselves. 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. Do you need to bring anything? The painting and drawing 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 cost. This would typically include cartridge paper, drawing materials, masking tape, paints, brushes and palettes. Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Fri 5 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Fri 12 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Fri 19 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Fri 26 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Fri 3 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Fri 10 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Future Poets and Meme Makers

Future Poets and Meme Makers

Learn how to express yourself creatively online… Offline! Put a smile on everyone’s face by bringing your ideas into the world in a fun, artistic way. What will you learn on this course? Inspired by “insta-poetry” and memes you will make collages and drawings to complement your ideas and message. You will learn about fonts, stencils, collage, and meme making to help your ideas “go viral”! Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children 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 children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? No, we will provide drawing and painting materials. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get a bit messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Niall Singh

Tue 26 Oct
Drawing and Painting Studio

Children £25

Future Poets and Meme Makers

Future Poets and Meme Makers

Inspired by “insta-poetry” and memes you will make collages and drawings to complement your ideas and message.

You will learn about fonts, stencils, collage, and meme making to help your ideas “go viral”!

Tue 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Gaia

On a surveillance mission in a primordial forest, a park ranger encounters two survivalists following a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. The boy and his philosophical father seem to have their own religion, and a mysterious relationship to nature. There are many suspicious aspects to their existence, but when the cabin is attacked by strange, post-human beings one night, she learns that there is an even greater threat in this emergent wilderness. Blending ancient pagan mythologies with modern technophobia, this South African eco-horror fantasy, engaging the burning issues of our time, incorporates old ideas in new ways to create something both familiar and fresh.

Tue 26 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Gentle Hatha Yoga (WB09 Autumn)

This gentle form of yoga exercise combines physical practice with meditation leading to a more relaxed state of being. 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. 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 may be suitable during pregnancy if over 14 weeks, but please contact us to discuss prior to the course. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment and materials to participants attending most courses if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? You must provide a yoga mat and blanket at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Madeleine Mott

Tue 2 Nov
Randle Studio

£127 (£116)

Tue 9 Nov
Randle Studio

£127 (£116)

Tue 16 Nov
Randle Studio

£127 (£116)

Tue 23 Nov
Randle Studio

£127 (£116)

Tue 30 Nov
Randle Studio

£127 (£116)

Tue 7 Dec
Randle Studio

£127 (£116)

Giant Paper Ghost Sculpture

Giant Paper Ghost Sculpture Use a variety of materials and techniques to design, create and decorate your own spooky- yet friendly, giant ghost sculpture! What will you learn on this course? Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of materials including lots and lots of tissue paper, cardboard and craft materials to design, create and decorate their very own giant ghost on this one-day course. Just in time for Halloween, the children will get to take their creation home and spook everyone in the house with their giant friend. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 8-12 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities 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 additional support is 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. Do you need to bring anything? All course materials and equipment are provided. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Lisa Broughton

Thu 28 Oct
Textiles Studio

Children £25

Hatha Yoga (WB13 Autumn)

This yoga course combines meditation, postures and breathing techniques to develop profound relaxation, inviting more consciousness and wellbeing into our daily lives. What will you learn on this course? Hatha is a subtle classical yoga which incorporates various asanas (postures) and is deepened with the use of pranayamas (breathing exercises) and meditation. You will learn sequences that combine postures and breathing exercises. You will also learn various meditation techniques and discover how yoga can help to improve balance, flexibility and concentration. This is complemented by a sense of well-being which arises naturally from the process of engaging in yoga. By attending this course you can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the philosophy of yoga and the confidence to practice both in the class and independently. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ and is open to students of all levels. It is suitable for beginners with no previous experience and those wishing to deepen their practice. The nature of the course has a philosophy that allows students to participate in group sequences while developing their own understanding and engaging with yoga at their own pace. Yoga is an individual experience and alternative options for the postures will be offered where possible so that each student is able to relax their body and mind throughout the session.
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. You should avoid having a meal during the 2 hours before the class. Please note that this course is not designed for pregnant women. All students should inform the tutor of any ongoing health problems. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. You must bring your own yoga mat and a blanket or extra layer of clothing to keep you warm during meditation. Are there any additional costs? You must provide a non-slip yoga mat at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Helen Wallis

Thu 4 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 11 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 18 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 25 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 2 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 9 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Haunted MAC Drama Day

Jane English Course Description

Haunted Mac Drama Day

Is Mac haunted? Use your imagination and work together to create a dramatic spooky performance in a day, supernatural spooks, creepy characters and spells to ward them off

What will you learn on this course?

On this one day course children will learn about drama through fun games and exercises that will introduce them to different performance skills. The areas covered will include tableaux, acting, movement, voice and character. Participants will be encouraged to be creative and use their imagination to make stories and their own short scenes with a spooky twist.

Games and play will be used to find interesting ways of using the body and creating characters. The students will then be encouraged to incorporate these into short scenes which they will work on in groups.

This course will also enable the children to develop their confidence, creativity, group work, speaking, listening and performance and presentation skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to beginners, children who are doing drama for the first time as well as returners who have attended the class previously. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink. Children also need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one hour break. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Jane English

Fri 29 Oct
Performance Studio

Children £25

I Got Bars Rap Camp

I Got Bars – Rap Camp Are you interested in creating your own bars or rap lyrics? Then Rap Camp is a great way for you to develop your skills and create original authentic Hip-Hop music. What will you learn on this course? During this three day camp children will be given a chance to explore the fun, positive side to lyric writing with topics and content based on their own interests and hobbies. They will learn about the origins of Hip-Hop, explore lyrical structure, timing and performance techniques and then create their ow original hip-hop music. The course will give participants a chance to create Hip-Hop beats with the use of iMACs and drum machines, and learn music production Students on this course can expect to develop their song writing and composition skills in a fun and creative environment.
Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years. It is open to all ability levels you don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany young people on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for young people of all abilities. A learning support worker is provided and a parent or carer may assist the young person 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.

Do you need to bring anything? No Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Nicole Inniss

Wed 27 Oct
Media Studio

Introduction to Art Techniques (VA06 Autumn)

An introduction to the different art techniques and skills used in drawing and painting taught through personal projects to develop each individual student’s own style and approach. What will you learn on this course? This course provides an introduction to the different art techniques and materials used in drawing and painting. The aim of this course is to equip you with the skills required to begin to develop your own individual artistic style and approach. You will learn to use the following materials: • Charcoal • Pastel • Inks • Acrylics • Mixed media and specific painting techniques including: • layering of paint • composition • colour mixing • use of colour You will learn these techniques by drawing and painting a range of subjects such as landscapes, still life, portraits and abstracts. During the first half of the term new techniques are taught through tutor demonstrations and whole-group projects set by the tutor followed by group discussion and feedback. As the course progresses and your skills develop there will be the opportunity to work on your own individual projects. You will be encouraged to work independently with 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. In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge and self-confidence. On completion of this course students will usually have produced several finished drawings and paintings, along with supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research. You can expect to have gained new skills and confidence in art techniques and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to painting and drawing or anyone who would like to revisit basic techniques. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 cost. This would typically include cartridge paper, drawing materials, acrylic paints, brushes and palettes. Who teaches this course? Niall Singh

Thu 28 Oct
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 4 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 11 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 18 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 25 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 2 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 9 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Thu 16 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£163 (£147)

Introduction to Art Techniques (VA07 Autumn)

An introduction to the different art techniques and skills used in drawing and painting taught through personal projects to develop each individual student’s own style and approach. What will you learn on this course? This course provides an introduction to the different art techniques and materials used in drawing and painting. The aim of this course is to equip you with the skills required to begin to develop your own individual artistic style and approach. You will learn to use the following materials: Charcoal Pastel Inks Acrylics Mixed media and specific painting techniques including: layering of paint composition colour mixing use of colour You will learn these techniques by drawing and painting a range of subjects such as landscapes, still life, portraits and abstracts. During the first half of the term new techniques are taught through tutor demonstrations and whole-group projects set by the tutor followed by group discussion and feedback. As the course progresses and your skills develop there will be the opportunity to work on your own individual projects. You will be encouraged to work independently with 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. In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge and self-confidence. On completion of this course students will usually have produced several finished drawings and paintings, along with supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research. You can expect to have gained new skills and confidence in art techniques and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to painting and drawing or anyone who would like to revisit basic techniques. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 cost. This would typically include cartridge paper, drawing materials, acrylic paints, brushes and palettes. Who teaches this course? Peter Tinkler

Thu 4 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£173 (£157)

Thu 11 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£173 (£157)

Thu 18 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£173 (£157)

Thu 25 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£173 (£157)

Thu 2 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£173 (£157)

Thu 9 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£173 (£157)

Introduction to Basket Weaving (TE107 Autumn)

Always wanted to try basket weaving. Now is the time to learn about this age-old heritage craftsmanship! During the course you will learn the fundamentals of basketry and weaving with willow. Throughout the course you will be thoroughly introduced to two main basketry methods: frame baskets and stake & strand baskets.

What will you learn on this course? This course is for those who are looking for an enjoyable and unusual new hobby which produces attractive and useful results from natural materials. Throughout the workshop you will be guided through the fundamentals of basket weaving with different types of willow. You will be taught traditional methods to make beautiful accessories for the modern home. You will be guided through several tutor-led demos and set tasks which will introduce tips and techniques for you to create your own basket, which you will then be able to bring home.

On this course you will learn: • How to choose and prepare materials for weaving • How to use the appropriate tools for basketry • Different types of weave, wale and border techniques • How to create a frame basket or a round basket.

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. The use of a personal sketchbook is encouraged to enable the development of ideas and of the student’s own working style. On completion of this course, you will have the fundamental skills needed to create baskets from natural materials.

Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and no previous experience is required. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with the willow and 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.

Do you need to bring anything? You do not need to bring anything. All materials and equipment are provided.

Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials.

Who teaches this course? ILdiko Nagy

Mon 1 Nov
Garden Studio

£178 (£161)

Mon 8 Nov
Garden Studio

£178 (£161)

Mon 15 Nov
Garden Studio

£178 (£161)

Mon 22 Nov
Garden Studio

£178 (£161)

Mon 29 Nov
Garden Studio

£178 (£161)

Mon 6 Dec
Garden Studio

£178 (£161)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE02 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything?
MAC can provide basic equipment and materials to participants attending most courses if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Wendy Tournay

Thu 4 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 11 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 18 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 25 Nov

£186 (£169)

Thu 2 Dec

£186 (£169)

Thu 9 Dec

£186 (£169)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE08 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC can provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of any oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Emily Wilcox

Wed 3 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 10 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 17 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 24 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 1 Dec

£186 (£169)

Wed 8 Dec

£186 (£169)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE106 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca

Thu 4 Nov

£202 (£183)

Thu 11 Nov

£202 (£183)

Thu 18 Nov

£202 (£183)

Thu 25 Nov

£202 (£183)

Thu 2 Dec

£202 (£183)

Thu 9 Dec

£202 (£183)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE109 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? TBC

Sat 23 Oct

£192 (£173)

Sat 6 Nov

£192 (£173)

Sat 13 Nov

£192 (£173)

Sat 20 Nov

£192 (£173)

Sat 27 Nov

£192 (£173)

Sat 4 Dec

£192 (£173)

Sat 11 Dec

£192 (£173)

Introduction to Constructed Textiles (TE108 Autumn)

In this course you will learn how to make constructed textiles, through carding and spinning, peg and pin loom weaving, felting, macrame, crochet and knitting.

What will you learn on this course? This course aims to introduce you to the wonderful world of constructed textiles, from learning how to make your own yarn to different processes and skills to make your own fabulous, constructed textile pieces of your own design. You will be taught the basic skills in fibre processing, gaining a knowledge of different types of fibre and their properties and the historical and global context of various constructed textiles. You will learn how to transform raw fibre into yarn, through carding, roving and spinning, using drop spindles. You will have the opportunity to apply your new skills to produce decorative pieces for a wall hanging or mat or even a cushion cover. The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. You will leave with some fibre samples and some more developed decorative pieces. From spring 2022 the course will include weaving with tabletop looms.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You do not need any previous experience of working with fibres as full instruction and guidance is given. Those with some experience will be able to improve their skills, technique and develop new designs. Some dexterity is needed in your hands and shoulders for this course, but most projects can be adapted to suit specific needs. Do contact us to discuss your specific situation. A carer or support worker may assist but must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment are provided, however you may wish to purchase your own items such as a drop spindle, crochet hook, knitting needles to practise in between sessions. Supplier information will be given in the sessions. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Penny Dixon

Fri 5 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 12 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 19 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 26 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 3 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Fri 10 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Introduction to Digital Music Technology (DM103 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note there will be an additional charge for clay and firing of oversized work, please refer to the tutor for guidance. Who teaches this course? Barbara Pianca

Tue 2 Nov
Media Studio

£158 (£143)

Tue 9 Nov
Media Studio

£158 (£143)

Tue 16 Nov
Media Studio

£158 (£143)

Tue 23 Nov
Media Studio

£158 (£143)

Tue 30 Nov
Media Studio

£158 (£143)

Tue 7 Dec
Media Studio

£158 (£143)

Introduction to Filmmaking (DM10 Autumn)

Learn the techniques of film making and develop your own ideas working with professional artist and filmmaker Martin McNally What will you learn on this course? This course will teach you all the necessary skills to make a short film. You will experience the entire process from developing ideas, writing a script, producing, directing, filming and editing. You will work with MAC’s professional Sony cameras and specialist sound recording equipment and learn to edit your film on Apple Mac computers in MAC’s dedicated media studio. The classes are taught through demonstrations and guidance from the tutor, and through hands on experience or learning by doing. You will work in small groups so this course is also a great way to build your confidence and people skills while meeting like-minded people.   The course usually consists of making a trailer for a film followed by a short drama and/or a short documentary film. On completing this course you can expect to have developed your confidence in and understanding of the film making process and produced your own short film. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for those who are completely new to film making and those with some existing skills, including those who have attended this course before. The course is accessible for people with disabilities. 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. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Do you need to bring anything? Students should bring a 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? Martin McNally

Wed 3 Nov
Media Studio

£159 (£145)

Wed 10 Nov
Media Studio

£159 (£145)

Wed 17 Nov
Media Studio

£159 (£145)

Wed 24 Nov
Media Studio

£159 (£145)

Wed 1 Dec
Media Studio

£159 (£145)

Wed 8 Dec
Media Studio

£159 (£145)

Introduction to Illustration Techniques (VA46 Autumn)

Learn traditional and digital illustration techniques whilst working on your own illustrations and exploring the medium.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will be introduced to traditional and digital illustration techniques when working with written texts and new concepts.

To create your own narrative images, you will explore the entire process from text and concept to drawings and finished illustrations. The course will cover the following topics: • Drawing with pencil, pen and ink • Drawing using graphics tablets and creative suites • Colour studies and techniques • Perspectives • The human form • Compositions and thumbnails • Interpreting text and creating visual narratives • Concept artwork and developing ideas • Personal work vs working on large-scale projects • Illustration for growth and change

The principles of practice, theory and experimentation will be used to both introduce illustration techniques and encourage a strong foundation for further work: each topic will be introduced through demonstrations, practice and observational drawing; the theory behind the techniques will be discussed alongside the work of other illustrators, such as Will Eisner, Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius), Osamu Tezuka, Gustav Dore, Walt Stanchfield, Katsuhiro Otomo, and many others; personal exploration of your own ideas will be encouraged with signposting to more advanced resources that may prove helpful.

On completion of this course, you can expect to have completed your own illustrations and to have developed a range of techniques to approach future illustrations.

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 illustration experience will be taught the basics. Students with previous drawing and painting experience can develop their skills further and learn traditional illustration.

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.

Do you need to bring anything? Facilities are available to work in both traditional and digital mediums during the course, however you may want to bring your own materials if they are preferred.

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 paints, pencils, graphite sticks, erasers, sharpeners.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Computers will be available when working digitally, including graphics tablets and creative suites.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials are provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Adam Bolton

Tue 2 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Tue 9 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Tue 16 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Tue 23 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Tue 30 Nov
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Tue 7 Dec
Weston Studio

£142 (£128)

Introduction to Improv (PE102 Autumn)

Are you a comedy aficionado? Do you love “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Are you a fan of Amy Poehler? Tina Fey? Mike Myers? Keegan-Michael Key? (They all came through improv.) Then this is the course for you. What will you learn on this course? This is a 12-week beginners’ course to learn the core skills of improvised comedy.

Discover the joy, freedom, and challenge of Improv. Learn to be more creative and more playful. Low-pressure, high-enjoyment classes in a fun, friendly, supportive, and stress-free environment.

Complete beginners are welcome. You do not need any drama, acting, comedy or improv experience whatsoever. You do not have to be clever, fast or funny either. Also good for writers, actors and comedians looking to widen their skills. Even good for introverts!

Improv is not the same as stand-up; you are not alone on stage and it's not about telling jokes. It is about working together as a team with other improvisers to spontaneously create group stories, scenes & sketches. There’s no such thing as failure in improv!

Over a course of 12 weekly workshops you’ll progress as a team while learning core improvisation skills like Spontaneity, Listening, Yes And Character, Scenes, Story and Status. With the chance to perform in an end-of-term show! Run by Jon Trevor, founder and leader of Box of Frogs, director of the Birmingham Improv Festival. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. You do not need any previous comedy experience as full instruction and guidance is given. The course is accessible for people with disabilities. Students can be accompanied by a support worker or a carer if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Do you need to bring anything? No Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Jon Trevor, Box of Frogs

Thu 4 Nov
Deloitte Room

£125 (£114)

Thu 11 Nov
Deloitte Room

£125 (£114)

Thu 18 Nov
Deloitte Room

£125 (£114)

Thu 25 Nov
Deloitte Room

£125 (£114)

Thu 2 Dec
Deloitte Room

£125 (£114)

Thu 9 Dec
Deloitte Room

£125 (£114)

Introduction to Jewellery (JE03 Autumn)

Learn basic techniques, including soldering, saw piercing and filing and make jewellery from your own designs. 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, 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
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 3 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 10 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 17 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 24 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 1 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 8 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Introduction to Oil Painting (VA93 Autumn)

Learn how to paint successfully with oil paints. This course will cover themes such as portraiture, still life, a Master Copy painting and landscapes. 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, and 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. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? Any additional materials are provided at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Peter Tinkler

Wed 3 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£198 (£180)

Wed 10 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£198 (£180)

Wed 17 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£198 (£180)

Wed 24 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£198 (£180)

Wed 1 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£198 (£180)

Wed 8 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£198 (£180)

Introduction to Photoshop (DM08 Autumn)

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

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.

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 sitting at a computer.

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? ILdiko Nagy

Thu 4 Nov
Media Studio

£162 (£147)

Thu 11 Nov
Media Studio

£162 (£147)

Thu 18 Nov
Media Studio

£162 (£147)

Thu 25 Nov
Media Studio

£162 (£147)

Thu 2 Dec
Media Studio

£162 (£147)

Thu 9 Dec
Media Studio

£162 (£147)

Introduction to Portraiture Drawing (VA48 Autumn)

Through a variety of short drawing challenges, you will be guided through techniques of improving your artist’s eye and developing your understanding and interpretation of form and tone to produce detailed portraits. A great introduction to drawing portraits. What will you learn on this course? This course will teach you how to draw with a focus on drawing portraits. Starting with a variety of short drawing challenges, you will be guided through techniques of improving your artist’s eye, developing your understanding and interpretation of form and tone to produce detailed portraits. The class will use a life model. MAC uses a selection of male and female models for our portraiture classes. 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. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment and materials to participants attending most courses if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? You may wish to provide additional materials at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Nita Newman

Sat 23 Oct
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Sat 6 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Sat 13 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Sat 20 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Sat 27 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Sat 4 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Sat 11 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Introduction to Printmaking (VA106 Autumn)

This course will give you a solid introduction to the discipline of printmaking. You will learn a variety of techniques and learn how to work with a printing press. What will you learn on the course? On this course you will have the opportunity to try and experiment with a range of relief printing methods and techniques with the use of a press. You will have access to specialist print equipment and materials and be encouraged to develop your own varied print practice. Upon completion of the course you will be signposted to similar resources in the area should you choose to pursue print as a discipline. We will discover the process of carving or building your own print blocks from a selection of materials with demonstrations in the following methods: Intaglio Collograph blocks Lino cuts Woodcuts Multi layer prints Ink selection, swatching and paper/surface experimentation You will be using a range of specialist equipment including lino and woodcut tools, craft knives, acrylic sheets, print rollers and working with oil and water based inks. The course aims to give you a solid introduction to the discipline of print. Participants will learn transferrable skills and the value of preparation, planning and selection of materials as well as a range of printing techniques in the form of demos group and individual experimentation with tutor guidance. You will be supported and encouraged to develop your own project within the course and have a practice to build on after the course ends. The course includes a short break. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. This course designed for all levels and experience and for those who may have some experience of printmaking but have not worked with a printing 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 but it is not a must. Please be aware there is a high risk of cuts and small injuries from the use of cutting tools but the tutor will teach safe use techniques to minimise risk. 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. MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? Only the cost of an apron (£5 approx.) and a sketchbook (£5 approx.) Who teaches this course? Niall Singh

Mon 1 Nov
Weston Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 8 Nov
Weston Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 15 Nov
Weston Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 22 Nov
Weston Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 29 Nov
Weston Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 6 Dec
Weston Studio

£173 (£157)

Introduction to Sewing and Dressmaking (TE103 Autumn)

Introduction to Sewing and Dressmaking

An introduction to the techniques of sewing. Learn how to use a sewing machine and use it for dressmaking and sewing techniques, before putting them to practice by making a simple top, dress or jumpsuit.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce students to the simple techniques of sewing including basic seams, darts and manipulating techniques such as pleats and gathers. The tutor will give step by step demonstrations and you will be encouraged to sew that individual step alone with additional support as required. Having completed a series of samples you will be able to apply these new skills to make a simple top, dress or jumpsuit from base patterns provided in standard graded sizes. Students will trace out the pattern and learn how to adjust it to their own size, creating a pattern for future use at home. The course covers the following:

How to sew and use a domestic machine How to sew seams, darts, pleats, finishing techniques, pockets, collars, binding and fastenings Understanding the fittings techniques used in clothes and how to toile a garment, make adjustments and adapt a pattern to fit Creating different fabric manipulation techniques used in clothing How to read a sewing pattern and make adjustments Using sewing equipment safely Precision and accuracy when sewing How to make a garment to fit themselves (with a pattern to replicate the garment at home)

On completion of this course you can expect to have produced a selection of small samples that will be presented in a folder with explanations for students to take home for future sewing projects. You will also have made a finished sewn product (top, dress or jumpsuit) that you can wear and a complete pattern to your size to use again. You should feel more confident about sewing clothing in the future.

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 sewing or may not have done it for some time and will be taught all the basics. Improvers may have previous experience of sewing but want to develop their skills further by making something that they can wear and trying more advanced techniques, lessons will be adapted suitably to the group.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. 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. Do you need to bring anything? A selection of essential sewing equipment will be provided.

You must bring a folder/plastic to store your samples and a 2.5m length of coloured cotton /linen based fabric to make your garment. (fabric is not needed during initial sessions so students can discuss with tutor’s suitability for their ideas/where to buy fabric/what kind of fabric)

We encourage you to bring your own sewing kit consisting of hand sewing needles, thread (black and white), tape measure, stitch ripper, pins, scissors (large and small), pens, pencils, ruler, tailors chalk. If you own a sewing machine and prefer to use it, you can have it PAT tested for a cost of £5 and bring it in to use during class. Please pay at Sales and Information prior to your course and testing will take place at the start of the first class.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs?

Items listed above that you do not already have must be provided at your own expense. An indication of the cost of these items is given below. These items can be purchased from fabric and haberdashery stores, Birmingham Rag market, EU fabrics, Barry’s fabric, fancy silk store and large supermarkets. Please contact us for more information.

Folder: £1.00-£3.00 Cotton fabric: £1.00-£3.00 per metre (2.5 metres required)

SEWING KIT Hand sewing needles: £1.00 Thread: 60p-£1.00 Tape measure: £1.00-£1.50 Stitch ripper: £1.00-£1.50 Pins: £1.00 Scissors (large and small): £1.00-£3.00 Pens/ pencils/ ruler: £1.00 Tailors chalk: £1.00-£3.00

Who teaches this course?

Vic Clarke

Tue 2 Nov
Textiles Studio

£176 (£160)

Tue 9 Nov
Textiles Studio

£176 (£160)

Tue 16 Nov
Textiles Studio

£176 (£160)

Tue 23 Nov
Textiles Studio

£176 (£160)

Tue 30 Nov
Textiles Studio

£176 (£160)

Tue 7 Dec
Textiles Studio

£176 (£160)

Introduction to Wheelwork for Beginners (CE105 Autumn)

You will learn a series of basic techniques in the art of wheel throwing including clay preparation to creating cylinders and bowls and then progressing to other forms followed by glazing and firing your work. What will you learn on this course? On this course the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing enabling you to create pieces with great satisfaction. You will begin by focusing on two main forms; the cylinder and the bowl. Most other forms can be learnt from those two forms. You will also learn the technique of turning. The tutor will encourage you to develop your skills and through repetition build your confidence, encouraging you to be selective about work that is retained for firing, so that you deepen your understanding of the art of wheelwork. The tutor will encourage you to produce functional and non-functional items after completing a piece you will be introduced to the art of 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.
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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves, old trousers and an apron are recommended but clay washes off easily. MAC can provide basic equipment and materials to participants attending most courses if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for any oversized work fired. Who teaches this course? Serge Sanghera

Tue 2 Nov

£215 (£194)

Tue 9 Nov

£215 (£194)

Tue 16 Nov

£215 (£194)

Tue 23 Nov

£215 (£194)

Tue 30 Nov

£215 (£194)

Tue 7 Dec

£215 (£194)

Introduction to Wheelwork for Young People

Introduction to Wheelwork for Young People Love the idea of throwing pots then this is the course for you. What will you learn on this course? This course provides an exciting introduction to the world of ceramics and the art of wheel work. You will be shown how to prepare clay, and learn how to throw a pot, starting with an array of forms, including cylinders and bowls. You can then decorate those forms with colour slips. The course is delivered through a mix of tutor demonstrations and activities designed to allow you to explore clay and specifically how to work with a potter’s wheel. The tutor will explain how to decorate your pot and how to paint with coloured slips to personalise your bowls. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique. Participants will have a great sense of achievement and will feel proud of what they have accomplished, hopefully making some new friends along the way. MAC has a number of kilns meaning your work will be professionally fired ready for you to collect at the end of term. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 12 - 17 years. It is open to students of all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations 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 however you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible, carers and guardians must book a complimentary ticket. Please do 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. Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment is provided. You may wish to bring your own apron, but we will provide one for you on the day. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Libby Gillies

Mon 25 Oct

Introduction to Wheelwork for Young People

Introduction to Wheelwork for Young People

This one-day course provides an exciting introduction to the world of ceramics and the art of wheel work. You will be shown how to make thrown ceramic bowls which you can decorate using coloured slips.

The course is delivered through a mix of tutor demonstrations and activities designed to allow you to explore clay and specifically how to work with a potter’s wheel.

The tutor will explain how to decorate your pot and how to paint with coloured slips to personalise your bowls. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique.

Participants will have a great sense of achievement and will feel proud of what they have accomplished, hopefully making some new friends along the way.

Ages 12-17.

Mon 25 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Introduction to Wheelwork for Young People (YP98 Autumn)

Love the idea of throwing pots then this is the course for you. What will you learn on this course? This one-day course provides an exciting introduction to the world of ceramics and the art of wheel work. You will be shown how to make thrown ceramic bowls which you can decorate using coloured slips. The course is delivered through a mix of tutor demonstrations and activities designed to allow you to explore clay and specifically how to work with a potter’s wheel. The tutor will explain how to decorate your pot and how to paint with coloured slips to personalise your bowls. You will be encouraged to review and refine your work to produce finished ceramic pieces that are unique. Participants will have a great sense of achievement and will feel proud of what they have accomplished, hopefully making some new friends along the way. Your finished glazed ceramic creation will be ready to collect from MAC two to four weeks after the workshop to allow time for firing to take place. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 12 - 17 years. It is open to students of all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations 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 however you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible, carers and guardians must book a complimentary ticket. Please do 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. Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment is provided. You may wish to bring your own apron, but we will provide one for you on the day. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Who teaches this course? Serge Sanghera

Sat 23 Oct
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Sat 20 Nov
Sat 27 Nov
Sat 4 Dec
Sat 11 Dec

Iyengar Yoga for Beginners (WB103 Autumn)

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.

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. Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for beginners with no previous experience and those who have some experience and wish to revisit their practice before moving on to the Improvers level.

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. Do you need to bring anything? You must bring your own non-slip 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 5 Nov
Randle Studio

£93 (£84)

Fri 12 Nov
Randle Studio

£93 (£84)

Fri 19 Nov
Randle Studio

£93 (£84)

Fri 26 Nov
Randle Studio

£93 (£84)

Fri 3 Dec
Randle Studio

£93 (£84)

Fri 10 Dec
Randle Studio

£93 (£84)

Iyengar Yoga for Improvers (WB17 Autumn)

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.

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. Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+. It is suitable for improvers with 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. 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-slip 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? Hannah Cliff

Fri 5 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Fri 12 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Fri 19 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Fri 26 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Fri 3 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Fri 10 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Iyengar Yoga (WB106 Autumn)

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.

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. 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. 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? Hannah Cliff

Thu 4 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 11 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 18 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 25 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 2 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 9 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Iyengar Yoga (WB93 Autumn)

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.

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. 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. 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? Hannah Cliff

Mon 1 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 8 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 15 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 22 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 29 Nov
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 6 Dec
Randle Studio

£117 (£106)

Jewellery Inspired by Nature (JE102 Autumn)

Design and make your own nature themed jewellery in this course. Learn how to cut, heat, pattern, solder and polish metal to create unique pieces of jewellery inspired by nature. What will you learn on this course? During this course you will learn how to make your own nature inspired jewellery under the instruction of a skilled tutor. You will be introduced to a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques that may include: • saw piercing • filing • annealing • soldering • polishing • texturing You will then learn how to develop a design from paper to practice creating your jewellery based on your nature themed design. Our fully equipped studio has workbenches, soldering hearth, pickle bath, rolling mill, pendant motors and a variety of hand tools including piercing saws, files, hammers and punches 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 jewellery you have designed and made yourself, either to wear or to give to friends and family. 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. 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 Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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? Vanessa Miller

Fri 5 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Fri 12 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Fri 19 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Fri 26 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Fri 3 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Fri 10 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Jewellery Making for Beginners (JE01 Autumn)

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

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, 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.

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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. MAC will provide equipment to participants attending this course, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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? Vanessa Miller

Mon 1 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Mon 8 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Mon 15 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Mon 22 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Mon 29 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Mon 6 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Jewellery Making for Improvers (JE101 Autumn)

Learn jewellery making skills and techniques including sawing, forming, soldering and enameling and create and develop your own designs. 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. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to students with some previous experience who would like to develop skills, learn some new techniques and work on their own designs with the tutor’s support and guidance. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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. 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? Vanessa Miller

Thu 4 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 11 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 18 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 25 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 2 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 9 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Jewellery Making for Improvers (JE89 Autumn)

Learn jewellery making skills and techniques including sawing, forming, soldering and enameling and create and develop your own designs. 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. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to students with some previous experience who would like to develop skills, learn some new techniques and work on their own designs with the tutor’s support and guidance. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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. 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? Vanessa Miller

Thu 4 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Thu 11 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Thu 18 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Thu 25 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Thu 2 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Thu 9 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Jewellery: Open Studio for Advanced Jewellery Making (JE93 Autumn)

A great opportunity for those who have an existing knowledge of jewellery making to work independently and refine their skills with support from the Artist Tutor. What will you learn on this course? Rather than a taught course this is an opportunity for jewellery makers to develop their own designs and make them in our fully equipped studio with the support of an experienced artist tutor. However, technical demonstrations are available upon direct request to the Artist Tutor.
You will work on individual projects at your own pace with access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools. Work produced by jewellery makers on MAC courses has previously been exhibited in the made at MAC gallery exhibition and selected for sale at the MAC craft market. Who is this course for? This is an advanced level activity that is suitable for adults aged 18+. You must have some previous jewellery making experience and be confident in soldering, saw piercing and finishing. This is not a course but an opportunity to work independently but with help from the tutor as needed. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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? Vanessa Miller

Thu 4 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 11 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 18 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 25 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 2 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Thu 9 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Jewellery: Open Studio (JE07 Autumn)

A great opportunity for those who have an existing knowledge of jewellery making to work independently or refine their skills with assistance from the Artist Tutor. What will you learn on this course? This is an opportunity for experienced jewellery makers to develop their own designs and make them in our fully equipped studio with the support and guidance of an artist tutor. You will work on individual projects at your own pace with access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and blowtorch, enamelling kiln, etching solutions, polishing motor and various hand tools. You should have previous experience of working with traditional jewellery making tools. You will be expected to work independently but with the knowledge that the tutor is on hand to support you in realising your designs. This may include encouraging you to try different processes, such as granulation or casting techniques using wax, and guiding you through the specific techniques required.
Improvers can expect moderate support from the tutor and guided demonstrations of specific processes. Advanced students generally seek advice on a particular aspect of their design, require a refresher on a particular process or simply want to create work in a shared studio space. On completing the course you will have produced completed pieces of jewellery to your own design and further developed your skills and confidence in jewellery making. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ and is open to improvers and advanced students who have jewellery making experience. Improvers may have previously attended a course at MAC or elsewhere and should be confident in a range of basic techniques such as soldering, filing and cutting. Advanced students will have a good working knowledge of jewellery construction and be confident working independently. All students should come with their own design ideas 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
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? Nick Greenhough

Wed 3 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 10 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 17 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 24 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 1 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Wed 8 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£178 (£162)

Jewellery: Open Studio (JE95 Autumn)

A great opportunity for those who have an existing knowledge of jewellery making to work independently and refine their skills with support from the Artist Tutor.
What will you learn on this course? Rather than a taught course this is an opportunity for jewellery makers to develop their own designs and make them in our fully equipped studio with the support of an experienced artist tutor. However, technical demonstrations are available upon direct request to the Artist Tutor.
You will work on individual projects at your own pace with access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools. Work produced by jewellery makers on MAC courses has previously been exhibited in the made at MAC gallery exhibition and selected for sale at the MAC craft market. Who is this course for? This is an advanced level activity that is suitable for adults aged 18+. You must have some previous jewellery making experience and be confident in soldering, saw piercing and finishing. This is not a course but an opportunity to work independently but with help from the tutor as needed. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
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

Tue 2 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 9 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 16 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 23 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 30 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 7 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Jewellery Workshop (JE04 Autumn)

Extend and develop your skills while working on individual projects. Try processes such as granulation, or casting techniques using wax and resin.

What will you learn on this course? Previous jewellery making experience to learn some new skills, develop their own designs and make them in our fully equipped studio with the support and guidance of an artist tutor.

Improvers will be guided through a series of exercises that will teach you a range of techniques and processes to develop your existing skills. The tutor will demonstrate processes such as forming, polishing, vitreous enamelling, granulation and casting techniques using wax. You will then have the opportunity to incorporate these processes into your own designs. You will gradually be encouraged to work independently on your own projects with tutor support and guidance available as required. Advanced students will work on individual projects at your own pace but with the knowledge that the tutor is on hand to support you in realising your designs. You can take part in the exercises to learn new techniques or refresh your knowledge if you choose. The tutor will be available to offer any advice or demonstrations you require. All students will have access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and blowtorch, enamelling kiln, etching solutions, polishing motor and various hand tools. You should have previous experience of working with traditional jewellery making tools. On completing the course you will have produced completed pieces of jewellery to your own design and further developed your skills and confidence in jewellery making.

Who is this course for? The course is suitable for adults aged 18+ and is open to improvers and advanced students who have jewellery making experience. Improvers may have previously attended a course at MAC or elsewhere and should be confident in a range of basic techniques such as soldering, filing and cutting. Advanced students will have a good working knowledge of jewellery construction and be confident working independently. All students should come with their own design ideas 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.

Do you need to bring anything? 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. MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
Are there any additional costs? There are 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? Nick Greenhough

Mon 1 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Mon 8 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Mon 15 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Mon 22 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Mon 29 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Mon 6 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Jewellery Workshop (JE06 Autumn)

Extend and develop your skills while working on individual projects. Try processes such as granulation, or casting techniques using wax and resin.

What will you learn on this course? Previous jewellery making experience to learn some new skills, develop their own designs and make them in our fully equipped studio with the support and guidance of an artist tutor.

Improvers will be guided through a series of exercises that will teach you a range of techniques and processes to develop your existing skills. The tutor will demonstrate processes such as forming, polishing, vitreous enamelling, granulation and casting techniques using wax. You will then have the opportunity to incorporate these processes into your own designs. You will gradually be encouraged to work independently on your own projects with tutor support and guidance available as required. Advanced students will work on individual projects at your own pace but with the knowledge that the tutor is on hand to support you in realising your designs. You can take part in the exercises to learn new techniques or refresh your knowledge if you choose. The tutor will be available to offer any advice or demonstrations you require. All students will have access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and blowtorch, enamelling kiln, etching solutions, polishing motor and various hand tools. You should have previous experience of working with traditional jewellery making tools. On completing the course you will have produced completed pieces of jewellery to your own design and further developed your skills and confidence in jewellery making.

Who is this course for? The course is suitable for adults aged 18+ and is open to improvers and advanced students who have jewellery making experience. Improvers may have previously attended a course at MAC or elsewhere and should be confident in a range of basic techniques such as soldering, filing and cutting. Advanced students will have a good working knowledge of jewellery construction and be confident working independently. All students should come with their own design ideas 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.

Do you need to bring anything? 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. MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
Are there any additional costs? There are 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? Nick Greenhough

Wed 3 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Wed 10 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Wed 17 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Wed 24 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Wed 1 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Wed 8 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Lawrence: After Arabia

Lawrence: After Arabia
  • 2020
  • UK
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mark J.T. Griffin
  • Cast: Tom Barber-Duffy, Hugh Fraser, Michael Maloney

A look at the later life of T.E. Lawrence (Barber-Duffy).

Thu 28 Oct
Foyle Studio

£14

Learn to Tango (DA28 Autumn)

This course will introduce you to the authentic social style of Argentine Tango. Learn the basics of argentine tango through the eight steps that make this dance so unique. What will you learn on this course? This fun course will introduce you to several aspects of the art of Argentine Tango. You will learn the 8 movements that characterise the dance including the Salida 8 Step, Ochos, and the figure of eight movement. You will also learn how to improvise and change routines depending on floor space, music and other variables so that you can dance anywhere! Argentine Tango is a social dance which can be intimate, fun, romantic and also help your fitness, balance, coordination and memory. This tango course syllabus will cover:

An introduction to 3 styles within a tango dance: tango, tango waltz and milonga. Embrace: How to hold and connect with your dance partner and develop good posture. Walking: How to walk in tango and energy, style and precision. Timing: How to dance in time with the music of tango, tango waltz and milonga. Tango etiquette: Learn the secrets of surviving a social tango night!! How to be open and welcoming. How to ask for a dance. How not to be nervous and be confident on the dance floor. Improvisation: The most important skill in social Tango dance. The main difference between social tango and ballroom tango is that you don’t have to do set routines. You can chop and change routines based on floor space, changes in music tempo and other variables. It’s much more relaxed and fun.

Who is this course for? This course is for Adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners. It is suitable for all levels. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in physical 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 before booking. Do you need to bring anything? Participants should wear clothes that fit well and are comfortable. Smooth soled shoes with a small heel are ideal. Trainers are not appropriate for these classes. Are there any additional costs? No Who teaches this course? Thomas O’Flaherty

Mon 1 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 8 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 15 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 22 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 29 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Mon 6 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Let us Sing Group Class (PE04 Autumn)

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. 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.

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.

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 1 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 8 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 15 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 22 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 29 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 6 Dec
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Let us Sing Solo Class (PE91 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. 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 1 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 8 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 15 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 22 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 29 Nov
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Mon 6 Dec
Hexagon

£114 (£103)

Life Drawing Techniques (VA11 Autumn)

Working directly from a life model, be guided through set exercises and experiments to explore the different techniques that may be used to interpret the human form. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will refer to the unclothed professional life model as your subject. MAC employs a range of male and female life models and each class consists mostly of a long pose, although some short poses are included. This is a weekly structured course, for those wishing to follow it, consisting of group projects. The projects will teach you drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour and the use of art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, plus paint if students wish. At the start of each class a basic technique may be demonstrated, backed up by completed examples of the tutor’s own work or that of other artists. Working on your own drawings or paintings from the life model, the tutor will provide individual attention, and guidance encouraging you to discover your own particular creative direction. While most of the emphasis is on individual tuition, beginners may compare notes as part of group projects. Experienced students are welcome to work independently on their life drawing projects with the knowledge that the tutor is at hand to offer guidance and help to achieve their goals. This course focuses on learning by art practice in an environment of respect for individual creative aspiration, combined with imparting definite knowledge.
You can expect to progress with a basic understanding of drawing and the use of a variety of art materials. You will gain an insight into how the human form can be a fascinating ongoing topic for artistic study in its own right while sharing a journey with artists over many centuries that have found it to be a useful discipline, complementing their other arts activities.
There is a short break during this class. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to painting and drawing or anyone who would like to learn about representing the human form from a life model. 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. Do you need to bring anything? The painting and drawing 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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

Wed 3 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Wed 10 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Wed 17 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Wed 24 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Wed 1 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Wed 8 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£169 (£154)

Life Drawing (VA12 Autumn)

Learn how to use scale, proportion and composition to draw the human form working directly from a life model. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn how to represent the human form when drawing and painting. You will be introduced to a range of techniques and materials that will allow you to explore different interpretations and styles when working from a life model. The course covers: Drawing Techniques (Charcoal, Pencil, Pastel) Learning To Draw (Scale, Proportion, Light & Shade effects, Composition) Colour Mixing (Watercolours, Acrylic paints, Inks, Mixed media) How to ‘layer’ a painting Being Experimental This course uses both male and female life models. The tutor sets short poses and group tasks as you learn the various techniques and develop your skills. The tutor will also set longer poses allowing you to experiment with what you have learned and begin exploring your own particular style or approach. 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. In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge and self-confidence. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to painting and drawing or anyone who would like to learn about representing the human form from a life model. 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. 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. You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? Basic materials are provided but if students wish to use advanced level or specialist art materials they can bring to the class at their own cost. Who teaches this course? Jeanette Dean

Sat 23 Oct
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Sat 6 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Sat 13 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Sat 20 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Sat 27 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Sat 4 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Sat 11 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Light Painting Photography

Light Painting Photography

Spend a day using innovative photographic techniques, paint with lights and long exposures and have the chance to use an innovative pixel stick to make funky rainbow light waves.

What will you learn on this course?

This one-day course is a chance for you to enjoy learning about night time photography, using light to paint patterns, and get the opportunity to use a pixel stick, a new innovative tool where you can photograph rainbow light waves, flames and bitmap images.

Artist tutor Kate Green will be on hand to offer guidance and support, honing your skills and introducing new techniques to suit your individual level.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think creatively and to use your camera as a tool for expression. The course will include an introduction to post processing using Adobe software. 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.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 12-17 years. It is open to all students with an interest in photography, and is for new students or ones who have attended previously but wish to enhance their skills. 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. However the class is not really appropriate if you just want to point and shoot using automatic settings.

The course is accessible for people of all abilities as we can provide a learning support worker, carers 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.

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 and to make sure you batteries are charged and you have free memory.

Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Kate Green Quotes Kate, you have the ability to demystify your subject by making it accessible through clear explanations of the basic principles including the formal elements, technical issues concerning cameras, lenses and software, and aesthetic concerns with reference to the work of influential photographers.
You have enabled me to get more out of my camera, since I no longer use automatic programmes but prefer the aperture priority and manual modes, resulting in a marked improvement in how I take pictures and an increased enjoyment in the use of my camera.

Wed 27 Oct
Hexagon

Light Painting Photography

Light Painting Photography

This one-day course is a chance for you to enjoy learning about night time photography, using light to paint patterns, and get the opportunity to use a pixel stick, a new innovative tool where you can photograph rainbow light waves, flames and bitmap images.

Artist tutor Kate Green will be on hand to offer guidance and support, honing your skills and introducing new techniques to suit your individual level.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think creatively and to use your camera as a tool for expression. The course will include an introduction to post processing using Adobe software.

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.

Ages 12-17.

Wed 27 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Little Geeks: Retro Gaming Night (for Big Geeks)

Little Geeks: Retro Gaming Night (for Big Geeks)

Revel in some nostalgic finger-tapping fun as Dead Pixels bring the best in retro gaming and a live set from Birmingham community DJs Selextorhood. Come and enjoy some old classics such as Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, Doom, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario Kart.

The event is for ages 14+, although under 18s must be accompanied by adult.

All tickets include a drink in the price, and there will be ****£5 offer on all pizzas!

Thu 28 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Theatre

£10

Little Geeks: Smart Play Zone

Smart Play Zone is our Little Geeks HQ packed with fun tech experiences and the latest in tech and gaming. Explore state-of-the-art VR with STEAMhouse, play old-school retro games with Dead Pixels, chill-out with Syntropy States Digital Meditation, and experience our new Little Geeks Ozone, MAC,s prototype virtual reality space. 

WHAT'S IN THE SMART ZONE

STEAMhouse VR Experience

Learn all about virtual reality with STEAMhouse in their specially designed geodesic dome. Talk to the VR experts and learn all about careers in VR and XR. You can also experience Virtual reality yourself with their Occulus headsets and cool 360 degree films – and talk with experts to learn all about careers in VR and XR.

Syntropy States

Chill out to Syntropy States an exquisite geometric audio visual art work, designed to help you relax after all the gaming!  Created by artist Allie Litherland.

D****rop in DJ workshop with Selextorhood

Learn to mix sounds with Selextorhood on Thursday 28 October from 2-4pm.

3D Printing

For any curious minds out there, come and see the art of 3D printing with our resident expert in 3D printing.

Makey Makey: Banana Keyboards & Brioche Bongos

Created by MIT, Makey Makey’s are the must have piece of kit for Little Gamers. Have you ever wondered how to Makey Makey a banana keyboard? Learn and be wowed at the same time with easy-to-use invention kits that teaches you all about fruity conductivity and turn everyday items into computer keyboards.

Little Geeks Ozone

Welcome to Little Geeks Ozone our new virtual space where you can meet, play, explore and just chill out. 

Brought to life by VR experts STEAMhouse you will see real time building of the Ozone using Mozilla Hubs and Spoke VR software. You can try out the Ozone yourself, and even fly around the dome!

You can learn from our experts then try out Mozilla at home and make your own virtual worlds.

MAC Raspberry Pi Weather Station

We do love to talk about the weather… Learn how to do it on a whole other level by building a weather station to measure climate and weather data. Using the popular DIY Raspberry Pi kit, discover how this technology is used across the world, from farmers in India to NASA.

MAC Makes Music

Mac Makes Music are bringing new accessible musical technology to this years festival, come and try it out and make some noise!  

Join Music Leaders Kris Halpin and Liz Birch and try out mini.Mu gloves and accessible music technology.

The Smart Play Zone is recommended for families, adults and every child able to play and interact. 

Wed 27 Oct
Theatre

£4.50 (Children £4.50–£9)

Thu 28 Oct
Theatre

£4.50 (Children £4.50–£9)

Fri 29 Oct
Theatre

£4.50 (Children £4.50–£9)

Little Geeks: Smart Play Zone

Little Geeks: Smart Play Zone

Little Geeks is MAC’s digital festival for children, featuring an exciting mix of live shows, virtual reality, gaming and workshops for little geeks (and big geeks!) throughout October half-term.

Smart Play Zone is our Little Geeks HQ packed with fun tech experiences and the latest in tech and gaming. Explore state-of-the-art VR with STEAMhouse, play old-school retro games with Dead Pixels, chill-out with Syntropy States Digital Meditation, and experience our new Little Geeks Ozone, MAC,s prototype virtual reality space.

Wed 27 Oct

Times vary / £9

Thu 28 Oct

Times vary / £9

Fri 29 Oct

Times vary / £9

Mac Makes Music: Come and Sing

A fun and inclusive Sing & Sign session where will be learning some new songs that celebrate Autumn. This event is suitable for families and young people up to the age of 25. All abilities are welcome including those who use non-verbal forms of communication.

This is a free event.

Wed 27 Oct
Deloitte Room

Magic Camp

Ana Petrovici Course Description

Magic Camp

Join us for a week long magical experience, costumes, potions and puppet making!

What will you learn on this course?

Children will unleash their creativity and take a trip down to a “Harry Potter™” inspired world. Everyday children will explore a different magical theme;

Magic 101: You can’t cast spells without your magic wand! We’ll start the Charms module by diy-ing our own LED magic wands. Our outfits wouldn’t be completed without our magic capes and team badges! With a little bit of magic and lots and lots of fun, everyone is going to be making their own wizarding school uniform!

Potions: Who knew that baking soda and vinegar can make such good magic ingredients?! Children will combine chemistry with magic and they will also get to take some of their concoctions home. Colourful potions, slime and fizzy dragon eggs are just a few of the magical brews that we will be mixing.

Transfiguration: The children will start by building their own familiar spirit using puppet making techniques. After they build their puppet, we will have a mask-making workshop so they can switch places with their familiar spirit. We will also learn the basics of puppeteering and slowly build our way towards a short puppet show!

Spooky Crafts: This is where we will put our craftiness to good use. We will start by going through the park and gathering all sorts of wonky twigs and colourful leaves only to put everything together and create the spookiest decorations. When we won’t be using natural materials, we will be recycling things like loo rolls and paper plates!

Monster Mash: After four days of intense magic crafting, everyone deserves a party! We will be using our spooky decorations and the rest of the day will be filled with loads of fun games and activities, face painting and fun surprises! Everyone is welcome to wear their spookiest outfit!

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children 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 children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

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

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.

Do I need to bring anything?

Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break if you are not opting to purchase the optional Childcare Add-ons with or without food. All course materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Ana Petrovici

MAC CREATIVE CAMPs take place during school holidays, the camps run from between 2-5 days and offer intensive learning experiences across a variety of art forms. The last day of the camp may include a sharing event or performance for parents.

Our camps run from 10am to 3pm each day, with a 1-hour lunch break and children are fully supervised at all times by experienced DBS-checked staff.

Optional Childcare Add-Ons However, we know families have differing needs so we’ve structured optional add-on elements to help busy parents.

Extra Hours

• 4 additional hours of supervised childcare which fit around the course or camp, so that your child’s day runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm (flexible drop-off and collection times within these hours).
• During these hours we offer further fun activities and entertainment for your child including film-screenings and games, allowing them extra time with their friends. • Please note that Extra Hours does not include any food.

Food Package

• Breakfast • Lunch from our Café menu • Afternoon snack • We provide vegan and vegetarian options and can cater for allergies and intolerances with notice. As an alternative you are welcome to provide a packed lunch, or if you would prefer to send your child with money to select from the café themselves, we will ensure they are accompanied by suitable trained staff.

Mon 25 Oct
Garden Studio

Children £125

Magic Camp

Magic Camp

Children will unleash their creativity and take a trip down to a “Harry Potter™” inspired world. Everyday children will explore a different magical theme;

Magic 101: You can’t cast spells without your magic wand! We’ll start the Charms module by diy-ing our own LED magic wands. Our outfits wouldn’t be completed without our magic capes and team badges! With a little bit of magic and lots and lots of fun, everyone is going to be making their own wizarding school uniform!

Potions: Who knew that baking soda and vinegar can make such good magic ingredients?! Children will combine chemistry with magic and they will also get to take some of their concoctions home. Colourful potions, slime and fizzy dragon eggs are just a few of the magical brews that we will be mixing.

Transfiguration: The children will start by building their own familiar spirit using puppet making techniques. After they build their puppet, we will have a mask-making workshop so they can switch places with their familiar spirit. We will also learn the basics of puppeteering and slowly build our way towards a short puppet show!

Spooky Crafts: This is where we will put our craftiness to good use. We will start by going through the park and gathering all sorts of wonky twigs and colourful leaves only to put everything together and create the spookiest decorations. When we won’t be using natural materials, we will be recycling things like loo rolls and paper plates!

Monster Mash: After four days of intense magic crafting, everyone deserves a party! We will be using our spooky decorations and the rest of the day will be filled with loads of fun games and activities, face painting and fun surprises! Everyone is welcome to wear their spookiest outfit!

Mon 25 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Tue 26 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Wed 27 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Thu 28 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Fri 29 Oct

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Making Theatre Juniors (YP02 Autumn)

Ever wondered what acting and being on stage is like? This fun course will teach you the skills needed to create and perform contemporary theatre. What will you learn on this course? This course explores contemporary approaches to creating performance. 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 material inspired by this theme using a range of devising techniques. The students will be taught aspects of acting, rhythm, movement, physical theatre, voice, improvisation, stage presence and character development. Usually the group works towards creating a devised performance piece at the end of term. The tutor works closely with the group to choose an appropriate theme for the performance, facilitates a range of devising exercises and tasks and teaches specific performance skills in response to the groups ideas as they evolve. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 10 to 13 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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and wear clothes suitable for movement work. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who is this course is taught by? Ana Petrovici

Sat 23 Oct
Randle Studio
Sat 30 Oct
Randle Studio
Sat 6 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 13 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 20 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 27 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 4 Dec
Randle Studio

Mavis Sparkle

Mavis Sparkle

Over the past year we’ve learnt how important key workers are and Mavis Sparkle is no exception! A cleaner with an extraordinary story to tell, Mavis is on a journey north to see nature’s biggest light show with her own eyes.

With a cleaning trolley full of secrets and surprises, and a little help from Spike the hedgehog, Mavis moves ever closer to making her dream come true.

Featuring a heart-warming mix of illusion, animation and captivating performance, this life-affirming production inspires us all to be brave, dust away doubts and reach for the stars!

For ages 4+ and anyone who ever had a dream.

“Enchanting…a treasure trove of delights” The Stage

“A delightful family show” British Theatre Guide

“Endlessly entertaining” ThreeWeeks

Sat 23 Oct

£8

Foyle Studio

£8–£12.50

Sun 24 Oct

£8

Foyle Studio

£8–£12.50

Motionhouse Dance-Circus Workshop for Children

Motionhouse Dance Circus Workshop for Children Join the amazing professional dancers from Motionhouse and learn all about physical dance-circus during this one day masterclass especially designed for children. What will you learn on this course? Children will be introduced to the ideas Motionhouse delve into in their new work Nobody which will be touring to MAC Birmingham 22nd-25th October 2021. This course will allow children to explore their own creative movement and how this can be used to tell stories. The workshop will be fun, engaging and encourage children to develop their creativity. There will be an informal sharing at the end of the course to allow parents and carers to see what the children have been up to. Participants (and a parent) are eligible for a discounted ticket to a performance of Nobody at MAC Birmingham, during Little Geeks Festvial 2022, subject to availablity. https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/motionhouse-nobody Please contact us on 0121 446 3220 to book your show ticket. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6-11 years. It is open to all levels and aims to increase their confidence as performers and dancers. 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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Participants should bring bottled water or a water based drink and loose comfortable clothing suitable for physical movement. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Motionhouse

Mon 25 Oct
Performance Studio

Children £25

Motionhouse Dance-Circus Workshop for Children

Motionhouse Dance-Circus Workshop for Children

Join the amazing professional dancers from Motionhouse and learn all about physical dance-circus during this one day workshop especially designed for children.What will you learn on this course?

Children will be introduced to the ideas Motionhouse delve into in their new work Nobody which will be touring to MAC 22-25 October 2021. This course will allow children to explore their own creative movement and how this can be used to tell stories. The workshop will be fun, engaging and encourage children to develop their creativity. There will be an informal sharing at the end of the course to allow parents and carers to see what the children have been up to.

Participants (and a parent) are eligible for a discounted ticket to the performance of Nobody at MAC on Saturday at 2pm, during Little Geeks Festival 2021, subject to availability.

Mon 25 Oct

£25

Motionhouse - Nobody

Motionhouse - Nobody

NOBODY Magical dance-circus Fast-paced and packed with visual magic, Nobody takes audiences young and old on a fantastical and spellbinding journey using Motionhouse’s renowned dance-circus style. In the blink of an eye, digital projections transform the world onstage - a world of illusion and breath-taking spectacle. Discover the world of Nobody in this extraordinary adventure through the ever-shifting realities of our inner dreams and our everyday life.

Sat 23 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Theatre

£8.75–£20.75

Sun 24 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Theatre

£8.75–£20.75

Mon 25 Oct
Theatre

£8.75–£20.75

Photosocial: Photographers Group (DM22 Autumn)

A general interest group for photography enthusiasts to share their skills, knowledge and passion for taking photographs. 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. 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. 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 SLRs 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. 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. MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs.
Who teaches this course? Kate Green

Mon 1 Nov
Deloitte Room

£148 (£134)

Mon 8 Nov
Deloitte Room

£148 (£134)

Mon 15 Nov
Deloitte Room

£148 (£134)

Mon 22 Nov
Deloitte Room

£148 (£134)

Mon 29 Nov
Deloitte Room

£148 (£134)

Mon 6 Dec
Deloitte Room

£148 (£134)

Photosocial: Photographers Group Evening Session (DM101 Autumn)

A general interest group for photography enthusiasts to share their skills, knowledge and passion for taking photographs. 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. 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. 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 SLRs 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. 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. MAC will provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs.
Who teaches this course? Kate Green

Mon 1 Nov
Deloitte Room

£158 (£144)

Mon 8 Nov
Deloitte Room

£158 (£144)

Mon 15 Nov
Deloitte Room

£158 (£144)

Mon 22 Nov
Deloitte Room

£158 (£144)

Mon 29 Nov
Deloitte Room

£158 (£144)

Mon 6 Dec
Deloitte Room

£158 (£144)

Pottery Club (CH06 Autumn)

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. 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 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 to four weeks later to allow time for firing to take place. 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. 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? Andrea Clarke

Sat 23 Oct
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Sat 6 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Sat 13 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Sat 20 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Sat 27 Nov
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Sat 4 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Sat 11 Dec
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £141

Pottery Pumpkins

Course Description:

Pottery Pumpkins Learn how to make and decorate your own pottery pumpkins in this special Halloween themed course. Learn all about hand building and coiling techniques to create and then decorate your creations. What will you learn on this course? During this 1 day course children will learn how to make a handbuilt pottery pumpkin then add decoration inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama. The course is held in one of MAC’s fully equipped ceramics studios and will be a day of fun and the perfect creative environment to encourage your child’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 to them. Please note that ceramic works need time to dry out and then fired twice in MAC’s kilns. Your item will be ready for collection 4 weeks after the date of your workshop. We will contact you when the work is ready, when you arrive at MAC please ask for an Art Studio Technician or a Duty Manager who will be happy to help you retrieve your piece from our secure pottery cages. 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. 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? Andrea Clarke

Mon 25 Oct
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £29

Pottery Pumpkins

Pottery Pumpkins

During this 1 day course children will learn how to make a handbuilt pottery pumpkin then add decoration inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama.

The course is held in one of MAC’s fully equipped ceramics studios and will be a day of fun and the perfect creative environment to encourage your child’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 to them.

Mon 25 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Practical Visual Enquiry (VA01 Autumn)

These project-based classes will inspire your creative thinking and develop your painting, drawing and mixed media skills. 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. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 1 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 8 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 15 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 22 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 29 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Mon 6 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£159 (£144)

Print Making

Print Making

On this one-day course, children will learn about two brilliant printmaking processes, one with, and one without a print press. The tutor will introduce a range of techniques including monoprint and collagraph printing, and help participants to use these processes to create their own unique prints!

Children on this course will have the opportunity to learn all about how a printing press works, and watch their work be printed by the course tutor.

Participants will work from images, or use their own imagination to create their own printed masterpieces, and by the end of the day will have made up to 5 unique prints to take home.

Wed 27 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Printmaking

Print Making Learn about different printmaking techniques, how a printing press works and print your own masterpieces in this fun one-day course!

What will you learn on this course?

On this one-day course, children will learn about two brilliant printmaking processes, one with, and one without a print press. The tutor will introduce a range of techniques including monoprint and collagraph printing, and help participants to use these processes to create their own unique prints!

Children on this course will have the opportunity to learn all about how a printing press works, and watch their work be printed by the course tutor.

Participants will work from images, or use their own imagination to create their own printed masterpieces, and by the end of the day will have made up to 5 unique prints to take home.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children 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 children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. 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.

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.

Do you need to bring anything?

All course material and equipment are provided. Participants are welcome to bring along their favourite images to inspire their work.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Niall Singh

Wed 27 Oct
Drawing and Painting Studio

Children £25

Public Speaking (PE05 Autumn)

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

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 audience will be invited to an end of term presentation.

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. 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? Kirsty Mitchell

Wed 3 Nov
English Studio

£98 (£89)

Wed 10 Nov
English Studio

£98 (£89)

Wed 17 Nov
English Studio

£98 (£89)

Wed 24 Nov
English Studio

£98 (£89)

Wed 1 Dec
English Studio

£98 (£89)

Wed 8 Dec
English Studio

£98 (£89)

Queer East: Daughters

Daughters is about Koharu and Ayano, two young women who share an apartment in Tokyo. They are inseparable and all they care about is having fun. But change comes to their lives when Ayano suddenly becomes pregnant. She’s not sure who the father is, but decides to have the baby anyway. Koharu makes up her mind to stay by Ayano’s side and support her, but the pregnancy gradually transforms their lifestyle and challenges their friendship. Following ten months in the lives of two women in a committed relationship, Daughters challenges conventional ideas about what a family should mean, stimulating debate on whether a film needs to feature LGBT storylines in order to present an alternative queer perspective.

Thu 28 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Queer East: Dear Tenant

Mr. Lin is a tenant in the rooftop apartment owned by the elderly Mrs. Chou, who is suffering from late-stage diabetes. Lin helps tend to her daily needs and looks after her nine-year old grandson, the orphaned Yo-Yu. But when Yo-Yu’s uncle returns to Taiwan, he discovers that the ownership of the apartment has been transferred to the young boy, whom Lin has legally adopted. The stage is set for a conflict that uncovers a very different side to the seemingly perfect tenant. Dear Tenant is a heartfelt portrayal of unconditional love that explores whether, following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2019, Taiwanese society is ready to accept families who dare to break with conventional forms. This box office hit won three Golden Horse Awards, including for actor Mo Tzu-Yi, who gives a stunning performance.

Wed 27 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Queer East: Number 1

Number One is a heart-warming musical comedy about CheeBeng Chow, a middle-aged white-collar manager who is made redundant. Struggling to find a job to support his family, CheeBeng unwillingly takes employment as a manager at ‘Number One’, a popular drag club. Soon, Chee-Beng is roped into dressing up and joining the drag queens on stage. But to everyone’s surprise, Chee-Beng is a natural. His performance wows the audience and he instantly becomes the club’s biggest sensation – something he is desperate to conceal from his family. Kuo-Sin Ong’s energetic hit won Best Costume and Make-Up Design at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, with Mark Lee’s hilarious, touching performance also nominated.

Fri 29 Oct
Cinema

£8–£10.25

Rag Rugged Spiders, Spooks and Unicorns

Rag Rugged Spiders, Spooks & Unicorns Course Description: Learn how to make a spider, a unicorn or a ghostly wall hanging What will you learn on this course? In this one day course you will learn the basics of rag rugging and then turn it into an awesome piece of art! You will be taught how to use rag rugging equipment, design your piece and prepare your chosen material and use several embellishments to finish your piece. 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 the latch hook tool. 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 age ranges need to be adhered to. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided. While all equipment and basic materials will be provided, it may be nice to bring along unwanted fabrics or old clothing for your piece. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials. Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Wed 27 Oct
Textiles Studio

Children £25

Rag Rugged Spiders, Spooks and Unicorns

Rag Rugged Spiders, Spooks and Unicorns

In this one day course you will learn the basics of rag rugging and then turn it into an awesome piece of art!

You will be taught how to use rag rugging equipment, design your piece and prepare your chosen material and use several embellishments to finish your piece.

Wed 27 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Reading for Wellbeing (WR106 Autumn)

Enjoy reading short stories and poetry aloud? Do you have fond memories of being read to as a child, or of reading to your own children, or your friends and partners? Share your enjoyment with other, like-minded people on this termly course.

What will you learn on this course?

Reading for Wellbeing is all about sharing the pleasure of reading aloud of good stories, novel extracts and poetry, which trigger discussions about the relationship of their themes with people’s lives, and our feelings about the behaviour of the main characters. Why did they do what they did? Would we have acted like them if we were in the same position?

Shared reading is an internationally recognised method of promoting wellbeing, so participants can go on to use the approach with others. Most of all, though, it’s a way of getting to know people, through a love of literature.

Polly Wright will lead the two hour sessions on Friday mornings.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities and 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.

Do you need to bring anything?

You do not need to bring anything – all course material is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Polly Wright

Fri 5 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£59 (£54)

Fri 12 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£59 (£54)

Fri 19 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£59 (£54)

Fri 26 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£59 (£54)

Fri 3 Dec
Pinsent Mason 1

£59 (£54)

Fri 10 Dec
Pinsent Mason 1

£59 (£54)

Robot Mayhem

Robot mayhem - Design a Robot Learn how to illustrate a range of robot characters, paint an artwork and make a robot a moving mobile. What will you learn on this course? Working with illustrator Jessica Hartshorn, participants will have a choice of materials from acrylic paint, pastels, to crayons to create their very own robot designs, paintings and movable mobile. Learn how to draw a range of expressions and robot character. Children will be guided through the process, from initial drawings and character development, to painting and then mobile making. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. 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. 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.

Do you need to bring anything? No, we will provide drawing and painting materials. Children should dress appropriately as some of the visual art workshops can get a bit messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Jessica Hartshorn

Thu 28 Oct
Drawing and Painting Studio

Children £25

Robot Mayhem

Robot Mayhem

Working with illustrator Jessica Hartshorn, participants will have a choice of materials from acrylic paint, pastels, to crayons to create their very own robot designs, paintings and movable mobile. Learn how to draw a range of expressions and robot character. Children will be guided through the process, from initial drawings and character development, to painting and then mobile making.

Thu 28 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

The Songwriting Circle (MU01 Autumn)

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".

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). Tony Wille will be teaching Autumn 2021, Dan will teach Spring and Summer 2022. 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.

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.

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? Tony Willie and other sessional support. Quotes ‘The three tutors that we have had during this term (yourself, Michael Clarke & Jonny Amos) have all brought different methods and experiences to the sessions, and I have learned greatly from all.’ DS

Mon 1 Nov
Music Studio 4

£112 (£101)

Mon 8 Nov
Music Studio 4

£112 (£101)

Mon 15 Nov
Music Studio 4

£112 (£101)

Mon 22 Nov
Music Studio 4

£112 (£101)

Mon 29 Nov
Music Studio 4

£112 (£101)

Mon 6 Dec
Music Studio 4

£112 (£101)

Spooky Pottery Camp

Spooky Pottery Camp Build your own Haunted House with creaky floors, flickering lights, chilling sounds and creepy crawlers, and then go explore the unknown using your spooky hand built lantern! Learn all about hand building and coiling techniques to create and then decorate your horrifying creations. Add a tea light to really get in to the Halloween spirit! What will you learn on this course? During this 2 day course children will learn how to make a hand built pottery haunted house and lantern, then decorate it with spooky images. The course is provides 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 to them. 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. 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? Libby Gillies

Thu 28 Oct
Ceramics Studio 3

Children £55

Stained Glass Beginners (VA90 Autumn)

Learn the techniques of copper foiled (tiffany) stained glass including glass cutting, grinding and soldering. 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. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. 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 and a carer or support worker may attend. 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 demands dexterity and strength in your hands. 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, solder and copper tape for your individual project. Are there any additional costs? Glass, solder and copper tape for your individual project must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Clare Wainwright

Mon 1 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 8 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 15 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 22 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 29 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 6 Dec

£176 (£159)

Stained Glass Beginners (VA91 Autumn)

Learn traditional techniques of leaded light stained glass including glass cutting, grinding, leading, and soldering. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn the traditional techniques of leaded light stained glass. You will be taught all the skills to create a finished piece of stained-glass including glass cutting, grinding, leading, cementing 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, and lead. By the end of this course you will have produced starter piece and a piece of stained glass of your own design. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. 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 and a carer or support worker may attend. 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 demands dexterity and strength in your hands. 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, solder, and lead for your individual project where you will work up to A4 size. Are there any additional costs? Glass, solder, and lead for your individual project must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Jamal Rafay

Mon 1 Nov

£186 (£169)

Mon 8 Nov

£186 (£169)

Mon 15 Nov

£186 (£169)

Mon 22 Nov

£186 (£169)

Mon 29 Nov

£186 (£169)

Mon 6 Dec

£186 (£169)

Stained Glass for Beginners & Improvers (VA101 Autumn)

Learn the techniques of copper foiled (tiffany) stained glass including glass cutting, grinding and soldering. 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. 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 and a carer or support worker may attend. 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 demands dexterity and strength in your hands. Do you need to bring anything? All equipment is provided along with materials to make your starter piece or project. You will need to provide your own glass, solder and copper tape for your individual project. Are there any additional costs? Glass, solder and copper tape for your individual project must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Clare Wainwright

Wed 3 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 10 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 17 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 24 Nov

£186 (£169)

Wed 1 Dec

£186 (£169)

Wed 8 Dec

£186 (£169)

Stained Glass for Improvers & Advanced (VA85 Autumn)

Design and make your own copper foiled stained glass pieces on this course for students with some previous experience. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will have the opportunity to design and realize your own copper foiled stained glass projects. The tutor will support you to translate your ideas into stained glass designs and offer advice and guidance on appropriate techniques. You should have existing skills including glass cutting, grinding, foiling, taping, soldering and finishing. It is expected that you will also know 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. This course encourages students to work on independent projects, developing existing skills and refining your technique to create more complex and sophisticated work.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers and advanced students. You should have attended MAC’s ‘Stained Glass Beginners’ course or have some previous experience of working with stained glass. Students are expected to be familiar with basic techniques of copper foiled stained glass. 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. Do you need to bring anything? All equipment is provided along with materials to make your project. You will need to provide your own glass, solder and copper tape for your individual project. Are there any additional costs? Glass, solder and copper tape for your individual project must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Clare Wainwright

Mon 1 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 8 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 15 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 22 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 29 Nov

£176 (£159)

Mon 6 Dec

£176 (£159)

Stand Up Comedy (PE03 Autumn)

Develop your own stand–up comedy act with the option to perform before a paying audience. What will you learn on this course? This course will teach you how to approach developing a stand-up comedy routine. You learn a number of techniques to help unlock your creativity and generate ideas. The course covers practical ways in which to turn these ideas into stand-up comedy such as joke writing. Much of the course will be taught through games and exercises in groups of different sizes. You will also learn how to develop a ‘routine’ or comedy act including how to present yourself on stage. This will cover both performance practice and public speaking skills and memory aids. The tutor will provide individual support on your act. This course is a great way to meet new people, have a laugh and develop your confidence. Due to the nature of this course some of the content produced may contain language some people may find offensive. On completion of this course you can expect to have produced a 5 minute stand-up comedy routine and there will be an opportunity for all participants to perform their act to a paying audience in a special showcase event in one of MAC’s performance spaces. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. You don’t need any previous comedy experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is ideal for those interested in having a go at writing jokes and telling them to an audience. The course is accessible for people with disabilities. Students can be accompanied by a support worker or a carer if required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a note book and something to write with. All other materials and equipment is provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Karen Bayley

Mon 1 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£115 (£104)

Mon 8 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£115 (£104)

Mon 15 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£115 (£104)

Mon 22 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£115 (£104)

Mon 29 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£115 (£104)

Mon 6 Dec
Pinsent Mason 1

£115 (£104)

Still Life Drawing (VA105 Autumn)

Develop your observational and technical skills in drawing still life compositions with confidence. This course is an opportunity to explore and gain skills in still life drawing through drawing materials, drawing techniques and a variety of subject matter. What will you learn on this course? This is a structured course to still life drawing that will guide you step by step in using a range of drawing materials such as graphite pencils/sticks, charcoal pencils, pastel, coloured/water soluble pencils, pen and ink and collage. You will gain skills in mark making, perspective/scale, shadow, tone and textures, and finally, you will add all the elements you have learnt to bring different still life compositions to life. You will work with a variety of intriguing subject matter. These will include simple objects, geometric shapes, household subjects, metal, glass, stone, ceramic, plants and flowers, fabric and fruit. Each week the tutor will set a specific project. She will demonstrate techniques which will be supported with examples of artists’ work. Students will then undertake practical exercises to learn and apply the technique themselves with individual guidance and support from the tutor. Each lesson is a continuation from the previous one. Step by step building skills and techniques which you will then translate into still life compositions. On completing the course you can expect to have a range of drawings which demonstrate your understanding of drawing materials, technical skills in using them to then applying these skills into observational still life drawings. This is a relaxed, calming course which allows you to explore techniques and skills which will give you the confidence to develop even further. 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 skills. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction is given.
This course is 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 situation and needs. 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. You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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? Lisa Broughton

Mon 1 Nov
Garden Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 8 Nov
Garden Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 15 Nov
Garden Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 22 Nov
Garden Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 29 Nov
Garden Studio

£173 (£157)

Mon 6 Dec
Garden Studio

£173 (£157)

Super Sounds for Children

Super Sounds for Children ‘A fantastic song writing experience’ exploring music making for children based on their interest and hobbies, students can express themselves with style and end with a song that lasts forever. What will you learn on this course? In this course children will learn how to create their own music which will include a chorus or verse and be accompanied by samples and sounds of their choice. Using industry software and professional equipment the students will create music in their chosen genre and create lyrics based on their interest and hobbies. The students will also be given the option to record their lyrics. With support from the tutor, they will learn how to make basic arrangements and understand song structure. They will learn technical skills such as recording midi, using audio samples, recording audio and programming beats. The media studio is equipped with Apple Mac computers, microphones and mid keyboards all ready to help them write their first hit record. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children 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 children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring your own pair of headphones. All course materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Nicole Inniss

Tue 26 Oct
Media Studio

Children £15

Super Sounds for Young People

Super Sounds for Young People ‘A fantastic song writing experience’ exploring music making for young people based on their interest and hobbies, students can express themselves with style and end with a song that lasts forever. What will you learn on this course? In this course children will learn how to create their own music which will include a chorus or verse and be accompanied by samples and sounds of their choice. Using industry software and professional equipment the students will create music in their chosen genre and create lyrics based on their interest and hobbies. The students will also be given the option to record their lyrics. With support from the tutor, they will learn how to make basic arrangements and understand song structure. They will learn technical skills such as recording midi, using audio samples, recording audio and programming beats. The media studio is equipped with Apple Mac computers, microphones and mid keyboards all ready to help them write their first hit record. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 12 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels and children don’t need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring your own pair of headphones. All course materials and equipment are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Nicole Inniss

Tue 26 Oct
Media Studio

Super Sounds for Young People

Super Sounds for Children

In this course children will learn how to create their own music which will include a chorus or verse and be accompanied by samples and sounds of their choice. Using industry software and professional equipment the students will create music in their chosen genre and create lyrics based on their interest and hobbies. The students will also be given the option to record their lyrics.

With support from the tutor, they will learn how to make basic arrangements and understand song structure.

They will learn technical skills such as recording midi, using audio samples, recording audio and programming beats. The media studio is equipped with Apple Mac computers, microphones and mid keyboards all ready to help them write their first hit record.

Ages 12-17.

Tue 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Tai Chi Beginners (WB30 Autumn)

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

What will you learn on this course?

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-Ch’ing 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-Ch’ing 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.

On completion of this course participants will have learnt the first third of the Chen Man-Ch’ing form. The remaining two thirds of the form are taught in the Improvers class which students can join on the tutor’s invitation.

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 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 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.

Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Phil Shelton

Wed 3 Nov
Performance Studio

£107 (£98)

Wed 10 Nov
Performance Studio

£107 (£98)

Wed 17 Nov
Performance Studio

£107 (£98)

Wed 24 Nov
Performance Studio

£107 (£98)

Wed 1 Dec
Performance Studio

£107 (£98)

Wed 8 Dec
Performance Studio

£107 (£98)

Tai Chi Improvers (WB03 Autumn)

Deepen your practice and understanding of Tai Chi with internal exercises to develop concentration and focus. For students who have completed the beginners course.

What will you learn on this course?

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-Ch’ing 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 continue to learn Tai Chi stances and exercises and 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.

As an improver you will use your developing knowledge and tutor feedback to ensure correct alignment in your stances. You will learn about external aspects of movement, position, angle, posture and timing. Your tutor will introduce the concept of internal discipline and teach you how to apply concentration and focus to the Tai Chi exercises.

On completion of this course participants will have learnt the last two thirds of the Chen Man-Ch’ing form. The first third of the form is taught in the Beginners class.

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 Who is this course for?

This improvers course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have completed the Tai Chi Beginners course and been invited to attend by the course tutor.

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. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Phil Shelton

Wed 3 Nov
Performance Studio

£97 (£88)

Wed 10 Nov
Performance Studio

£97 (£88)

Wed 17 Nov
Performance Studio

£97 (£88)

Wed 24 Nov
Performance Studio

£97 (£88)

Wed 1 Dec
Performance Studio

£97 (£88)

Wed 8 Dec
Performance Studio

£97 (£88)

Talking Film (DM11 Autumn)

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. 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 a film enthusiast and journalist. The course will include one free ticket to MAC’s cinema. In addition, each course participant will be able to buy cinema tickets at MAC for £5 each during the course term. Please note that this offer only applies to green tier seating and does not automatically include special events such as Q&A’s. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? All course material is provided. You may want to bring a notebook and pen. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs.
Who teaches this course? Ed Jackson

Thu 4 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£124 (£113)

Thu 11 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£124 (£113)

Thu 18 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£124 (£113)

Thu 25 Nov
Pinsent Mason 1

£124 (£113)

Thu 2 Dec
Pinsent Mason 1

£124 (£113)

Thu 9 Dec
Pinsent Mason 1

£124 (£113)

Tap Dance Advanced (DA11 Autumn)

Refine your tap dancing skills further and learn challenging routines.

What will you learn on this course? This course will build on your existing tap dancing skills. You will learn more complex tap steps and combinations focusing on correct technique and polished presentation. 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. The classes are taught through a combination of group teaching and supporting individual learning. Dance routines will be produced weekly and over longer periods. The routines taught on this course will be more complex and challenging. 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. Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. You should have strong previous tap dancing experience such as attending MAC’s Tap Dance Improvers course or having completed upper Tap grades to a high-standard. You should be confident in all basic steps and have reasonable knowledge of more advanced skills such as American paddle steps.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities providing you are physically able to dance to this level. 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 maintain and improve your overall fitness levels. If you have any health conditions you should consult your doctor before joining this class.

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? Leah Ball

Tue 2 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 9 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 16 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 23 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 30 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 7 Dec
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tap Dance Beginners (DA04 Autumn)

Learn to tap dance by combining basic steps and sequences into short dance routines.

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. 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.

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 2 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 9 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 16 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 23 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 30 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 7 Dec
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tap Dance Improvers (DA10 Autumn)

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

What will you learn on this course? This course will build on your existing tap dancing skills. You will learn more complex 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. The classes are taught through a combination of group teaching and supporting individual learning. Dance routines will be produced weekly and over longer periods. The routines taught on this course will be more complex and challenging. 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.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to improvers. You should have previous tap dancing experience such as attending MAC’s Tap Dance Beginners course or a similar beginners course elsewhere. You should be confident in all basic steps and be able to learn and perform dance routines.

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.

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 2 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 9 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 16 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 23 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 30 Nov
English Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 7 Dec
English Studio

£118 (£107)

TDE: Xhosa Cole, Neil Charles and Mark Sanders

Xhosa Cole (sax) duos and trios with Neil Charles (bass) and Mark Sanders (drums)

Young saxophonist Xhosa Cole has been impressing Birmingham audiences for many years, but came to national prominence when he won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2018. On this occasion Xhosa will be playing in duo with both drummer Mark Sanders and bass player Neil Charles. There will also be a duo performance from Mark and Neil before all three come together for the final configuration.

Thu 28 Oct
Hexagon

£8–£12.50

Textile Design & Screenprinting with Dyes (TE23 Autumn)

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. What will you learn on this course? On this course you will learn various techniques for producing screen printed textile designs including 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. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years and is open to beginners and improvers. 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. 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Rosie Moss

Wed 3 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Wed 10 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Wed 17 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Wed 24 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Wed 1 Dec
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Wed 8 Dec
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Textile Printing Techniques (TE101 Autumn)

This course offers a wide range of print approaches for textile printing such as lino, block and screen print, mud resist, mono printing techniques, heat transfer printing and collograph. Alongside experiencing these varied and fun ways to print onto fabric you will also learn some handy design skills to pattern up your fabric. Then you can set the agenda for your finished project. What will you learn on this course? Explore surface print processes. Learn simple pattern repeating methods to add style and complexity to your surface patterning and create a final project of your choice with your printed fabric. You will acquire knowledge of: lino, block, mud resist, flour paste resist, colograph, screen-print and mono printing techniques and heat pressed printing printing with Procion dyes thickened with Manutuex printing with heat-fixable screenprint inks making and using permanent and impermanent stencils and masks using drawing fluid and screen filler how to make a simple repeat pattern collaging, painting and printing with Disperse heat-reactive dyes print finishing techniques – curing, foil treatments and stitch options use of the sewing machine to make a product As the course progresses you are encouraged to work to your own project and interests applying new taught techniques each week. You will experience a variety of approaches to screenprinting using permananet and impermananet techniques, and make fabric samples which you can layer up with imagery as you develop your knowledge and experience. You will learn use of the Heat Press and a variety of methods for printing and painting with Disperse Dyes. The tutor will use a mix of group demonstrations, individual support and the examples from her own print design practise to guide you through the process explaining the materials and teaching the printing techniques. You will receive individual support on your designs and how to realise your ideas as required.

Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginner, improver and experienced students. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Begin collecting patterns on paper or fabric for reference use and imagery which inspires and interest you. You should wear old clothes and bring an apron to work in. MAC can provide basic materials and equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? Information will be given regarding companies which can photo-expose images onto screens for you should you want to have your digital pattern exposed onto a screen for printing with. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Tue 2 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Tue 9 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Tue 16 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Tue 23 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Tue 30 Nov
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Tue 7 Dec
Textiles Studio

£166 (£150)

Textile Techniques (TE06 Autumn)

This course is overflowing with textile processes for you to learn and put to use. Dye with ice cubes, marble fabric with seaweed gel, batik with flour, mono-print using a gelatin plate, learn to stitch in relief or stump work your sewing, mix it all together and create your own bespoke textile – there is much to experience. What will you learn on this course? You will be introduced to a wide variety of textile processes within the areas of print, dye, constructed textiles, hot textiles and embroidery; learning interesting ways to dye fabric, manipulating fabric with heat and stitch, modern hand and machine embroidery techniques, use of the heat press to print and foil fabrics and 101 other ways to hand-print on fabric using screens, stencils and found items. You will be encouraged to try different techniques out and use those fabrics layered, appliqued, over printed and stitched to build mixed-media fabrics. Experienced students can develop any strand of textile application that they feel a connection to and follow their own project route whilst re-discovering textile applications. Examples of the tutors and other students finished work will provide stimulus and guides for how to use your textiles to create a project of your choosing from a picture to frame to a bespoke lampshade cover – the choice will be yours. Or simply enjoy the processes and have fun.

Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all levels, including beginner, improver and experienced students. 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.

Do you need to bring anything? Begin collecting patterns on paper or fabric for reference use and imagery which inspires and interest you. You should wear old clothes and bring an apron to work in. MAC can provide basic materials and equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Thu 4 Nov
Textiles Studio

£153 (£139)

Thu 11 Nov
Textiles Studio

£153 (£139)

Thu 18 Nov
Textiles Studio

£153 (£139)

Thu 25 Nov
Textiles Studio

£153 (£139)

Thu 2 Dec
Textiles Studio

£153 (£139)

Thu 9 Dec
Textiles Studio

£153 (£139)

Textiles: Surface Decoration (TE07 Autumn)

Use up those scraps of pre-loved fabrics that you’re not sure what to do with to design and create unique pieces to celebrate their memories. What will you learn on this course? This course offers a practical introduction to textile surface decoration through an exploration of a particular theme. During the Autumn term we will explore opulence: the richness of velvet and silk in reds, oranges mustards and cerise, the vibrancy of Indian textiles, embellished with metallic, beads, cords and embroidery. We will take inspiration from the works of the Austrian secessionist artist Gustav Klimt famous for ‘The Kiss’ showing detailed patterns, rich colour and gold work. Students will be encouraged to participate in the planning and suggesting techniques to incorporate in their learning experience to experiment and produce work in keeping with the theme of the term. Demonstrations will be provided together with handouts in many techniques including screen printing using a variety of processes, lino printing, transferring colour using bondaweb, inks and oil sticks, foiling, free machine embroidery, layering and contemporary patchwork. Your rich opulent backgrounds will be embellished using handmade cords, applique, and many other decorative surface techniques to produce a rich tapestry of ideas. You will have the opportunity to develop your work to make items (of simple construction) for example a cushion cover, tote bag, book cover, pictures, jewellery, wall hanging. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Bring along any pre-loved fabric you'd like to use in your pieces. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Wed 3 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 10 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 17 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 24 Nov
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 1 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 8 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 15 Dec
Textiles Studio

£143 (£129)

Traditional Goldsmith Beginners (JE103 Autumn)

Learn traditional jewellery skills for beginners and create and design something of your own. What will you learn on this course? A traditional Goldsmith is a metalworker who specialises in working with gold and other precious metals on a small scale. A goldsmith crafts jewellery using mainly hand tools from metal sheet and wire to create fine jewellery and intricate findings. The terms will be broken into projects, learning beginner’s traditional jewellery skills to give you the foundation to create and design something of your own. You will learn skills such as soldering, annealing, filling, saw pricing, hammering, drilling and learning how to finish your jewellery with different polishing techniques. By the end of the course you should come away with the confidence and the practical ability to work with tools and precious materials, creating pieces of jewellery you are proud of. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners. You do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course as full instruction is given. 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. 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.
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. MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 Please note we do not provide gold, please discuss with your tutor for details on where to purchase materials including gold solder. Who teaches this course? Roxanna Moznabi

Tue 2 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 9 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 16 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 23 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 30 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 7 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Traditional Goldsmith Skills Improvers (JE104 Autumn)

Learn intricate jewellery skills and finishing techniques and maximise your creative thinking and vision to produce unique jewellery of your very own. What will you learn on this course? A traditional Goldsmith is a metalworker who specialises in working with gold and other precious metals on a small scale. A goldsmith crafts jewellery using mainly hand tools from metal sheet and wire to create fine jewellery and intricate findings. The terms will be broken into projects learning traditional jewellery skills for you to use your artist licence to create and design something of your own. You will be learning more intricate bench skills, such as soldering, annealing, filling, saw pricing, drilling, hammering, forging and learning how to finish your jewellery with different textures and polishing techniques. Students are encouraged to have their own projects whilst following the timetable to maximise creative thinking and vision, to produce new ideas.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is for those with some previous experience who would like to further develop skills, learn new techniques and work on your own designs with the tutor's support and guidance. 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. Do you need to bring anything? 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. You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own if they have them to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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? Roxanna Moznabi

Tue 2 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 9 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 16 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 23 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 30 Nov
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

Tue 7 Dec
Jewellery Studio

£168 (£152)

The V&A presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

The V&A presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
  • 2021

The V&A presents Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, an exclusive private view of the exhibition at the V&A in London, filmed especially for the big screen.

Sun 24 Oct
Cinema

£10–£22

Virtual Reality Filmmaking

Virtual Reality Filmmaking Learn all about VR filmmaking using 360 degree cameras and devise a short film that can be viewed on your smart phone, google cardboard or VR headset. What will you learn on this course? The tutor will introduce students to the concept of creative VR filmmaking, working with 360 camera equipment including GoPro’s and Insta360’s Students will learn how to work with 360 camera, and will be introduced to creative ideas and unusual perspectives. The tutor will also introduce learners to other experimental analogue methods, you will be introduced to how to think and play like an artist by experimenting and having fun! Students will also learn how to shoot, edit, upload and export to Youtube using Adobe cloud software. By the end of the day you will have the skills and confidence you need to go out and start making your own creative films.

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.

Do you need to bring anything? Equipment will be provided, although participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras if they have them. The course may involve being outdoors, so participants should bring practical outdoor clothing and shoes, and a packed lunch. The film file will be made available to students at the end of the course. Students are encouraged to bring a 64GB memory stick or external hard drive, if that is not available MAC will send the file via secure transfer on email. Please let us know how you would like the file delivered to you. Are there any additional costs No

Who teaches this course? Allie Litherland

Mon 25 Oct
Deloitte Room

Virtual Reality Filmmaking

Virtual Reality Filmmaking

The tutor will introduce students to the concept of creative VR filmmaking, working with 360 camera equipment including GoPro’s and Insta360’s.

Students will learn how to work with 360 camera, and will be introduced to creative ideas and unsual perspectives.

Students will also learn how to edit using Adobe cloud software that works with panoramic lenses and how to use editing software and apps to knit the films together. The tutor will also introduce learners to other experimental analogue methods.

By the end of the day you will have the skills and confidence you need to go out and start making your own films.

Ages 12-17.

Mon 25 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Tue 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Watercolours (VA83 Autumn)

An introduction to the materials and techniques required to produce exciting watercolours including drawing, composition and colour-mixing. What will you learn on this course? This course provides an introduction to watercolour painting. You will learn about the materials required and a range of painting techniques to equip you with the skills to explore watercolour in your own style. The techniques covered on this course include: Wet-in-wet Masking Building layers of paint Wet-on-dry Texture Colour mixing Use of colour Colour theory Composition Drawing skills You will learn these techniques by painting a range of subjects such as landscapes, still life, portraits and figures. New techniques are taught through tutor demonstrations and whole-group projects set by the tutor followed by group discussion and feedback. As the course progresses and your skills develop there will be the opportunity to work on your own individual projects. You will be encouraged to work independently with 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. In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge and self-confidence. On completion of this course students will usually have produced several watercolour paintings, along with supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research. You can expect to have gained new skills and confidence in watercolour painting and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to watercolours or may not have worked in this medium for some time. You don’t need any previous painting experience as full instruction is given. The course is 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 situation and needs. Do you need to bring anything? The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Watercolour paper is provided and also basic art materials 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. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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. This would typically include watercolour paints, brushes and palettes. Who teaches this course? Anne Brierley

Fri 5 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Fri 12 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Fri 19 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Fri 26 Nov
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Fri 3 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Fri 10 Dec
Drawing and Painting Studio

£161 (£146)

Well Crafty Art & Theatre (CH23 Autumn)

Calling all creative kids! If you love making art and being crafty, if you want to learn about drama and putting on a show but want to have fun then this is the course for you. What you will learn on this course The course is designed to ensure children learn lots of new art, craft and drama skills whilst having lots of fun and making new friends. Each week the children will learn about different art and crafts, how to make puppets and bring them to life, how to devise a performance and how to make costumes and a stage set. The course will help to create confidence, wellbeing, social skills and resilience in your child. All the activities will be adapted to fit the children’s needs and personalities. Weather permitting, some sessions will be in Cannon Hill park or MAC’s new pocket garden, a chance to get out, enjoy the fresh air and get inspired by nature. At the end of the term, the group will put together a performance showcasing everything they have created and discovered throughout the course! Every session will begin with fun drama exercises and a warmup, will have a special crafty make such as a Who am I notebook, make a Kids Stress Kit, puppets, costume and prop making, and creating a performance. 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 do not need previous experience. Parents are not expected to accompany children on these courses. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children of all abilities. A learning support worker is provided, 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 consider 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. Do you need to bring anything? All art materials will be provided. Children should wear comfortable clothing, preferably trousers, jogging bottoms or leggings with loose fitting top and trainers or pumps. Some sessions may get messy, we will provide aprons, but old clothes are suggested. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Ana Petrovici

Sat 23 Oct
Randle Studio
Sat 30 Oct
Randle Studio
Sat 6 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 13 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 20 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 27 Nov
Randle Studio
Sat 4 Dec
Randle Studio

Wheelwork (CE09 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves and old trousers are recommended but clay washes off easily. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 5 Nov

£194 (£175)

Fri 12 Nov

£194 (£175)

Fri 19 Nov

£194 (£175)

Fri 26 Nov

£194 (£175)

Fri 3 Dec

£194 (£175)

Fri 10 Dec

£194 (£175)

Wheelwork (CE10 Autumn)

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. 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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves and old trousers are recommended but clay washes off easily. MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 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 5 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 12 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 19 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 26 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 3 Dec

£204 (£185)

Fri 10 Dec

£204 (£185)

Wheelwork for Beginners (CE103 Autumn)

You will learn a series of basic techniques in the art of wheel throwing including clay preparation to creating cylinders and bowls and then progressing to other forms followed by glazing and firing your work. What will you learn on this course? On this course the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing enabling you to create pieces with great satisfaction. You will begin by focusing on two main forms; the cylinder and the bowl. Most other forms can be learnt from those two forms. You will also learn the technique of turning. The tutor will encourage you to develop your skills and through repetition build your confidence, encouraging you to be selective about work that is retained for firing, so that you deepen your understanding of the art of wheelwork. The tutor will encourage you to produce functional and non-functional items after completing a piece you will be introduced to the art of 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.
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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves, old trousers and an apron are recommended but clay washes off easily. MAC can provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for any oversized work fired. Who teaches this course? Serge Sanghera

Fri 5 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 12 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 19 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 26 Nov

£204 (£185)

Fri 3 Dec

£204 (£185)

Fri 10 Dec

£204 (£185)

Wheelwork for Beginners (CE110 Autumn)

You will learn a series of basic techniques in the art of wheel throwing including clay preparation to creating cylinders and bowls and then progressing to other forms followed by glazing and firing your work. What will you learn on this course? On this course the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing enabling you to create pieces with great satisfaction. You will begin by focusing on two main forms; the cylinder and the bowl. Most other forms can be learnt from those two forms. You will also learn the technique of turning. The tutor will encourage you to develop your skills and through repetition build your confidence, encouraging you to be selective about work that is retained for firing, so that you deepen your understanding of the art of wheelwork. The tutor will encourage you to produce functional and non-functional items after completing a piece you will be introduced to the art of 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.
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. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves, old trousers and an apron are recommended but clay washes off easily. MAC can provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for any oversized work fired. Who teaches this course? Serge Sanghera

Sat 23 Oct

£215 (£194)

Sat 6 Nov

£215 (£194)

Sat 13 Nov

£215 (£194)

Sat 20 Nov

£215 (£194)

Sat 27 Nov

£215 (£194)

Sat 4 Dec

£215 (£194)

Sat 11 Dec

£215 (£194)

Wheelwork Production Throwing for Improvers (CE112 Autumn)

Improve your wheelwork skills in this improver level course designed to build your skills and enhance your efficiency when creating thrown ceramics. What will you learn on this course? On this course the tutor will work with you to enhance your skills in thrown ceramics, and help you to improve your efficiency, consistency and accuracy when working with a wheel. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of wheelwork forms. The tutor will encourage you to develop your skills and through repetition build your confidence, encouraging you to be selective about work that is retained for firing, so that you deepen your understanding of the art of wheelwork. The tutor will encourage you to produce functional and non-functional items after completing a piece you can apply surface decoration with the use of various glaze colours which will then go on to be fired in the kiln. Who is this course for? The course is aimed at improver level aged 18+ years. This course is for you if you are a competent wheelwork ceramicist, having completed a beginner course and are looking to develop your skills. 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. Do you need to bring anything? Short sleeves, old trousers and an apron are recommended but clay washes off easily. MAC can provide equipment and materials for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Are there any additional costs? The course price includes all materials and firing of your work, however you must be selective on the work you choose to retain. Please note that there will be an additional charge for any oversized work fired. Who teaches this course? Serge Sanghera

Fri 5 Nov

£215 (£194)

Fri 12 Nov

£215 (£194)

Fri 19 Nov

£215 (£194)

Fri 26 Nov

£215 (£194)

Fri 3 Dec

£215 (£194)

Fri 10 Dec

£215 (£194)

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking ‘glitch’ from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he’s good enough to become a hero before it's ‘Game Over’ for the entire arcade?

Tue 26 Oct
Cinema

£5–£7 (£5; Children £5)

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph (voice of Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Silverman), a young troublemaking ‘glitch’ from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he’s good enough to become a hero before it's ‘Game Over’ for the entire arcade?

Tue 26 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Writing Children's Literature Improvers (WR104 Autumn)

Advance your writing, re-drafting and editing skills whilst gaining an understanding of how to become your own self-critic for continued development.

In these sessions you will be looking at writing in all the very different age ranges in children's writing, you will be attempting to write for these different categories and also learning some tips and techniques all writers need to improve their writing and make their own the best it can be.

What will you learn on this course? The course will bring some fun into creative writing and provide techniques for writing for children and techniques to improve creative writing. Carol’s approach is about building confidence and finding enjoyment as well as embracing the drafting process. You will be encouraged to develop 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.

Who is this course for? This course is aimed at adults who would like to enhance their skills in the art of writing for children, build their confidence and improve their creative writing skills. The course is accessible for all abilities, however we suggest speaking to us if you have a disability that may impact on writing. Carers may attend a course to provide support but must book a complimentary ticket if attending. The room is wheelchair accessible. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a note book and pen Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Carol Preston

Mon 1 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 8 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 15 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 22 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 29 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 6 Dec
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Writing Children's Literature (WR102 Autumn)

Do you want to write for children? Have you written some already, but would like some extra guidance and tips? Or would you like to have a go?

In these sessions you will be looking at writing in all the very different age ranges in children's writing, you will be attempting to write for these different categories and also learning some tips and techniques all writers need to improve their writing and make their own the best it can be.

If any of the above applies to you, don't hold back, come and give these classes a go. What have you got to lose?

What will you learn on this course? The course will bring some fun into creative writing and provide techniques for writing for children and techniques to improve creative writing. Carol’s approach is about building confidence and finding enjoyment as well as embracing the drafting process. You will be encouraged to develop 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.

Who is this course for? This course is aimed at adults who would like to learn the art of writing for children, build their confidence and improve their creative writing skills. The course is accessible for all abilities, however we suggest speaking to us if you have a disability that may impact on writing. Carers may attend the course to provide support but must book a complimentary ticket. The room is wheelchair accessible. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a note book and pen Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Carol Preston

Mon 1 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 8 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 15 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 22 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 29 Nov
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Mon 6 Dec
Pinsent Mason 2

£98 (£89)

Yang Tai Chi Advanced (WB04 Autumn)

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

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.

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.

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 4 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 11 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 18 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 25 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 2 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 9 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Yang Tai Chi Beginners (WB20 Autumn)

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.

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.

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. 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 Oct
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 6 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 13 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 20 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 27 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 4 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 11 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Yang Tai Chi Beginners (WB88 Autumn)

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.

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.

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. 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 4 Nov
English Studio

£127 (£116)

Thu 11 Nov
English Studio

£127 (£116)

Thu 18 Nov
English Studio

£127 (£116)

Thu 25 Nov
English Studio

£127 (£116)

Thu 2 Dec
English Studio

£127 (£116)

Thu 9 Dec
English Studio

£127 (£116)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers 1 (WB102 Autumn)

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

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.

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. 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 4 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 11 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 18 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 25 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 2 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 9 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers (WB25 Autumn)

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

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.

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. 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 Oct
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 6 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 13 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 20 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 27 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 4 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Sat 11 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers (WB96 Autumn)

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

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.

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. 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 4 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 11 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 18 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 25 Nov
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 2 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Thu 9 Dec
English Studio

£117 (£106)

Yin Yoga (WB104 Autumn)

Yin Yoga is a stilling practice that focuses on passive stretching of the deeper connective tissue. The practice enables the student to safely work the deeper yin tissues of the joints, ligaments, tendons and fascia. The slower paced nature of the practice allows the student to relax and develop greater body awareness. What will you learn on this course? The practice of Yin Yoga improves energy, enhancing the flow of qi (or chi) leading to better organ health and general wellbeing. The postures are generally floor based, focusing on the lower part of the body and are held for up to five minutes allowing time to deepen and intensify the stretch. By ensuring the muscles to remain relaxed the student is able to safely explore the benefits of stretching the deeper connective tissues of the body. The use of props such as bolsters and blocks is highly recommended during the practice in order to move into an appropriate depth. The stillness of the postures allows space to develop both in the body and the mind. The body remains relaxed and at ease while the mind becomes clear and restful. This yoga course combines meditation, postures and breathing techniques to develop profound relaxation, inviting more clarity and restfulness into daily life. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ and is open to students of all levels. It is suitable for beginners with no previous experience and those wishing to deepen their practice. The nature of the course has a philosophy that allows students to participate in group sequences while developing their own understanding and engaging with yoga at their own pace. Yoga is an individual experience and alternative options for the postures will be offered where possible so that each student is able to relax their body and mind throughout the session.
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. You should avoid having a meal during the 2 hours before the class. All students should inform the tutor of any ongoing health problems. If you suffer from a medical condition it is recommended that you take advise from your doctor before doing this type of physical exercise. Please note that this course is not designed for pregnant women. Do you need to bring anything? Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement. You must bring your own yoga mat and for full benefit of the course you are advised to bring at least one blanket. Yoga blocks and a bolster will be provided. Are there any additional costs? You must provide a non-slip yoga mat at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Helen Wallis

Wed 3 Nov
Garden Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 10 Nov
Garden Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 17 Nov
Garden Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 24 Nov
Garden Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 1 Dec
Garden Studio

£117 (£106)

Wed 8 Dec
Garden Studio

£117 (£106)

Young Filmmakers Club with Reel Access

Reel Access Course Description

Young Filmmakers Club with Reel Access

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.

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 hexagon theatre or 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.

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. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring a memory stick so you can take your work home. 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

Fri 29 Oct
Deloitte Room

Young Filmmakers Club with Reel Access (YP07 Autumn)

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.

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 hexagon theatre or 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.

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. 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 3 Nov
Weston Studio
Wed 10 Nov
Weston Studio
Wed 17 Nov
Weston Studio
Wed 24 Nov
Weston Studio
Wed 1 Dec
Weston Studio
Wed 8 Dec
Weston Studio

Re-opened in 2010 after a £15.2 million refit, with greater access and greener facilities.

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