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4K Film: A Matter Of Life & Death

After miraculously surviving a jump from his burning plane, RAF pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) encounters the American radio operator (Kim Hunter) to whom he has just delivered his dying wishes, and the pair fall in love. When a messenger from the hereafter arrives to correct the bureaucratic error that spared his life, Peter must mount a fierce defense for his right to stay on earth—painted by production designer Alfred Junge and cinematographer Jack Cardiff as a rich Technicolor Eden—climbing a wide staircase to stand trial in a starkly beautiful, black-and-white modernist afterlife. Intended to smooth tensions between the wartime allies Britain and America, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s richly humanistic A Matter of Life and Death traverses time and space to make a case for the transcendent value of love.

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£9.25 (Children £4.25)

Alexander Technique (WB01 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 10 Jun
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 17 Jun
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 24 Jun
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 1 Jul
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 8 Jul
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 15 Jul
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Mon 22 Jul
Deloitte Room

£113 (£102)

Animation In Action (YP11 Summer)

2D and 3D animation techniques workshop.

Sat 25 May
Media Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Media Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Media Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Media Studio
Sat 27 Jul
Media Studio

Around the World in 80 Bricks 2 Day Challenge

Come on board a fantastical Around the World journey in 80 Bricks. Take inspiration from the famous Jules Verne tale, create your own adventure, illustrate and record them in your Explorers Journal and 3D build in 80 bricks. Working against the clock, learn to be resourceful and crafty and complete tricky challenges all in time to catch the happy ending. Pack your bags, we leave at first light! 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. What will you learn on this course? This is a fun two-day workshop designed for children to explore a range of creative activities that include visual arts, crafts, 3d building with Lego™. The children can usually take home anything they have made during the day, and in this case it will be a Lego character, personalised Journals and Passports. Children will learn to : Create and illustrate an adventure story and invent a trusty ‘Passpartout’ side kick. Learn how to document and illustrate your work in an explorers journal Imagine then build 3D structures in plastic bricks to bring your drawings to life. Complete tasks against the clock and engage with problem solving Work individually and within a team within a fun friendly environment. 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? Milan Topalovic

Tue 28 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

Children £49.25

Art Appreciation (VA47 Summer)

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

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

Thu 23 May
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 6 Jun
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 13 Jun
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 20 Jun
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 27 Jun
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 4 Jul
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 11 Jul
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 18 Jul
Weston Studio

£120 (£108)

Art Explorers (CH07 Summer)

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

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

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

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

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

Sat 25 May
Sculpture Studion
Sat 8 Jun
Sculpture Studion
Sat 15 Jun
Sculpture Studion
Sat 22 Jun
Sculpture Studion
Sat 29 Jun
Sculpture Studion
Sat 6 Jul
Sculpture Studion
Sat 13 Jul
Sculpture Studion
Sat 20 Jul
Sculpture Studion

Art In Context (VA43 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Helen Tarr

Mon 3 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 10 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 17 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 24 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 1 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 8 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 15 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 22 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

The Art Of Computer Games & Animation (YP04 Summer)

Take a creative step into animation and gaming where, alongside traditional skills, you will develop ideas and create your own virtual characters.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 11-17 years. It is open to all ability levels and you don’t need previous animation 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.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will take you on a creative journey from paper to pixel exploring all the steps involved in taking a design idea from concept to realisation. You will learn techniques required to create your own animations and art assets created in modern gaming.

The course covers skills such as:

basic drawing and art skills storyboarding creating conceptual artwork animation techniques making an animation creating soundtracks 3D modelling

The course runs in mac’s dedicated media studio on Apple Mac computers.

As well as learning to use specialist technology this course is a great way to learn about team working and develop your communication, delegation and organisation skills. The tutor will work closely with the group supporting individual and team based projects.

On completing this course you can expect have a better understanding and greater appreciation of the subject and the confidence to go forward and produce your own pieces of work. You will also have a sketchbook and artwork that supports your final piece of animation or game idea showreel. 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? Chris Hamilton

Sat 25 May
Media Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Media Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Media Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Media Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Media Studio
Sat 27 Jul
Media Studio

Artosaurus

For those who like dinosaurs (and who doesn't, really?), here's a day of roarsome model making. There'll be large scale cardboard construction and some large scaly decorating to do.

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.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a fun one-day workshop where children will learn how to make their own dinosaur model. With individual support from the tutor, the children will be guided through the process of designing and constructing their dinosaur out of cardboard and paper, including 3D details and features. The models will be given a skin of brightly coloured tissue paper using a technique called decoupage and then decorated with a variety of crafty materials. 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? Benny Semp

Thu 30 May
Weston Studio

Children £24.25

Ash Is Purest White

Ash Is Purest White
  • 2018
  • China / France / Japan
  • 2h 16min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Zhangke Jia
  • Cast: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao

Zhao Qiao (Zhao Tao) is in love with mobster Guo Bin (Liao Fan) and is sentenced to prison after rescuing him from thugs; on her release, she goes to track him down. A poignant gangster story spanning almost 18 years, with a somewhat ponderous final act but a rock solid performance from Zhao.

Thu 23 May
Cinema

£9.25

Baby Creative Play

Come and paint with a spaghetti paintbrush, fingerprint with yoghurt or splash in the water-bath in a friendly and stimulating environment for younger children to investigate a range of resources and creative activities with accompanying adults. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 5 months to 24 months accompanied by their families. It is open to all levels, those who have no experience of creative play and those who may have attended similar courses before. The course is accessible for children of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, parents or carers assist their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? This course provides a range of creative play based sessions designed to provide a friendly, relaxed but stimulating space for young children to investigate. A range of activities are set out around the room - such as water play, jelly play, mobiles, balloons and bubbles - and in this relaxed environment you and your baby can play together. The weekly carousel of sensory play activities are designed to encourage your baby’s development and fine motor skills. This is an informal class with numerous activities set up around the room. You are encouraged to let you child set the pace and spend as much, or as little time as they wish at any particular activity. Sensory stimulation is provided through touching, play, sight and sound. There are also simple creative activities for the older age range where they can explore materials with more meaning and outcome such as simple printing or imaginative play. While engaging in this process-based exploration parents will be made aware of the key areas of learning and development that are being covered. Social skills, sharing, confidence building, fine motor skills, visual development, auditory stimulation, knowledge of materials and their uses and language development will all benefit. All activities involve child friendly materials. This may include foodstuffs so the tutor should be informed of any allergies or religious needs. Come and explore, play and interact with your child at their pace in a friendly space with other young families. Any outcomes produced as a result of the child’s exploration can be taken home at the end of the session. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring an old towel and a change of clothes. Wipes and adult aprons are provided. Children must be dressed for messy play, preferably in old clothes. All other materials and resources are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Wed 29 May
Weston Studio

£6.25 (Children £6.25–£11.25)

Baby Creative Play (FA09 Summer)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tue 28 May
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Tue 4 Jun
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Battleship Potemkin + Live Score

Incendiary images and striking words are often what cause the most controversy, but what about the power of ideas?

Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 five act silent film Battleship Potemkin is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, the story of sailors on the titular battleship rising up against their superiors after being given rotten meat and inciting a civilian uprising, one which paved the way for the Russian Revolution.

Yet Battleship Potemkin is also one of the most censored films of all time. For years, countries around the globe refused to allow Eisenstein’s film to be screened for fear that it might spread communism, including right here in the UK, the BBFC labelling it ‘Bolshevik propaganda’ and keeping it banned until 1954. It’s even alleged that French customs burned copies of the film upon arrival in the country.

Almost 100 years later, Battleship Potemkin is no longer feared for its political impact, but it’s still widely revered as an influential masterpiece, not least the infamous Odessa Steps sequence. For this special screening, acclaimed pianist Jonny Best will be performing a live improvised score to accompany the startling imagery.

Warning! Contains civilian unrest, subversive imagery and one of the greatest sequences ever committed to celluloid.

Sat 25 May
Cinema

£12.25 (Children £10.25)

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

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

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£9.25

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£9.25

Bel Canto

Bel Canto
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • Directed by: Paul Weitz
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Sebastian Koch

Roxanne Coss (Moore) is an opera singer hired to perform at a diplomatic dinner in an unnamed South American country, but then rebels invade the house and take everyone hostage. This adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel lacks the usual heroics and Weitz clearly aims for a more thoughtful approach, but can’t decide what kind of film he wants to make.

Thu 23 May
Cinema

£9.25

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marielle Heller
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

Lee Israel (McCarthy) is a writer facing financial difficulties who starts forging letters from famous writers as a way to earn money. McCarthy gives one of her best performances as the stubborn Lee, and Grant is excellent as her buddy Jack. Deviously funny and deeply moving.

Thu 23 May
Cinema

£9.25

Capoeira For Children (CH11 Summer)

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

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

Wed 5 Jun
Performance Studio
Wed 12 Jun
Performance Studio
Wed 19 Jun
Performance Studio
Wed 26 Jun
Performance Studio
Wed 3 Jul
Performance Studio
Wed 10 Jul
Performance Studio
Wed 17 Jul
Performance Studio

Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE03 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Tue 4 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 11 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 18 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 25 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 2 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 9 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 16 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Ceramic Forms: Natural Inspiration (CE89 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Tue 4 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 11 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 18 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 25 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 2 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 9 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Tue 16 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Ceramics: Introduction to Handbuilding (CE14 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

The course will cover the following skills and techniques:

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Mon 3 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 10 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 17 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 24 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 1 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 8 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 15 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Ceramics Open Studio Day

Artist Tutor Sue Dyer will be on hand to offer help and guidance, allowing you to explore your own projects and ideas to extend your ceramic knowledge or simply spend a relaxing day being creative in the Ceramics studio.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to those at beginner and improver levels (with some prior experience). The tutor will provide instruction and guidance tailored to your level and advanced participants are welcome to work independently.

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

What will you learn on this course? This one-day open studio is the perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing day being creative in our fully equipped Ceramics Studio exploring your own ideas and developing projects. If you are an existing student this is a chance to continue work on your individual projects under the supervision of artist tutor Sue Dyer who will be on hand to offer help and guidance as required. For the less experienced and beginners you will be taught some basic techniques such as thumb pots, coiling and slab building and begin work on a design of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to learn and apply some decorative techniques such as introducing textures and engraved patterns, coloured slip decoration and glazing. Our fully equipped studio will give you access to various stoneware clays, pottery wheel, glazes, coloured slips, all necessary tools and the firing kilns. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. All materials and equipment is provided.

Are there any additional costs?

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

Mon 27 May

£37 (£34)

Tue 27 Aug

£37 (£34)

Ceramics Workshop (CE07 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Wed 5 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 12 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 19 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 26 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 3 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 10 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 17 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Cinematic Portraiture

Develop an understanding of how narrative and cinema brings portraits to life in this unique six week course where you make observational drawings from the silver screen. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open students of all levels. Everyone will be assisted individually based on their existing experience. It is expected that most students will have some general experience of drawing, even if they are beginners at portraiture. However this course can be used as a refresher for basic drawing techniques with reference to a portrait model. Returners are welcome to initiate their own projects with tutor support and feedback as required. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. What will you learn on this course? Through observational drawing studies based on film screenings, you will develop an understanding of how narrative and cinema brings portraits to life. With inspiration from famous art periods, you will explore the relationship between subject and media, colour and atmosphere. You will also be guided through techniques of improving your artist’s eye, developing your understanding and interpretation of form and tone to produce detailed portraits 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. Weeks 1 and 4 will be in the Hexagon Theatre making observational drawings from the cinema screen. Weeks 2,3, 5 & 6 will be in the Painting and Drawing Studio where students can develop their portraiture work more fully. Do you need to bring anything? Mac Studios are equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, erasers, sharpeners. You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with. Are there any additional costs? None Who teaches this course? Milan Topalovic

Sat 25 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£55 (£50)

Sat 8 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£55 (£50)

Sat 15 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£55 (£50)

Colour Your Cloth (TE102 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

Accessibility

What will you learn on the course?

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

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

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

Do you need to bring anything?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

Please bring a sketchbook and notebook to record your work.

Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Wed 5 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 12 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 19 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 26 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 3 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 10 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 17 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 24 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

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

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Fri 24 May
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 7 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 14 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 21 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 28 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 5 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 12 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 19 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

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

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Fri 24 May
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 7 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 14 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 21 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 28 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 5 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 12 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Fri 19 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£168 (£152)

Constructing Form and Surface Decoration (CE11 Summer)

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

Wed 5 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 12 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 19 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 26 Jun
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 3 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 10 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Wed 17 Jul
Pottery Studio

£160 (£144)

Contemporary Ceramics (CE94 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Thu 23 May
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 30 May
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 13 Jun
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 20 Jun
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 27 Jun
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 4 Jul
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 11 Jul
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 18 Jul
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Thu 25 Jul
Pottery Studio

£158 (£143)

Contemporary Dance (DA09 Summer)

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

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

Mon 27 May
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 3 Jun
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 10 Jun
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 17 Jun
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 24 Jun
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 1 Jul
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 8 Jul
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 15 Jul
Performance Studio

£101 (£91)

Contemporary Portraiture (VA13 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Thu 23 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 6 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 13 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 20 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 27 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 4 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 11 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Thu 18 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Creating Comics (DM21 Summer)

An introduction to the key skills and techniques required to produce comics and visual stories combining traditional paper drawing and digital processes.

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 skills in developing comic book stories using traditional and digital mediums.

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.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn how to create your own comic or short visual story. 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. The course runs in mac’s dedicated media studio on Apple Mac computers.

This course is taught by tutor Chris Hamilton who is a practicing artist with extensive experience and strong links in the entertainment and creative industry. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support you will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs.

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. 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? Chris Hamilton

Fri 24 May
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 7 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 14 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 21 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 28 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 5 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 12 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Fri 19 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Creative Drama (CH05 Summer)

Drama workshop for kids.

Sat 25 May
Randle Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Randle Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Randle Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Randle Studio

Creative Writing Beginners (WR10 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Mon 3 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 10 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 17 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 24 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 8 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 15 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Creative Writing for Juniors

Learn some top techniques to inspire and hone your creative skills. 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.

What will you learn on this course? This half day course will bring some fun into creative writing and provide techniques on 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 morning everyone will have some finished pieces of writing or work that they can take away to develop further. No matter if you’re an inspiring writer or want to get to grips with where to start, this course will offer something for you. 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

Wed 29 May
Wed 31 Jul
Thu 8 Aug

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.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 11 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.

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 morning everyone will have something finished or to that they can take away to work on further. No matter if you’re an aspiring writer or want to get to grips with where to start, this course will offer something for you. 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

Wed 29 May
Wed 31 Jul
Thu 8 Aug

Creative Writing Improvers

Improve your creative writing skills at a specialised writing workshop.

Tue 4 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 11 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 18 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 25 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 2 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 9 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Tue 16 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Creative Writing Improvers (WR11 Summer)

A creative writing course for improvers aged 18+.

Mon 3 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 10 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 17 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 24 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 8 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 15 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Dance (DA06 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

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

Sat 25 May
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 8 Jun
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 15 Jun
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 22 Jun
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 29 Jun
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 6 Jul
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 13 Jul
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Sat 20 Jul
Performance Studio

£102 (£92)

Dance For Children (CH20 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

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

Sat 25 May
Performance Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Performance Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Performance Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Performance Studio

Dance For Fitness & Wellbeing (DA27 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Mon 27 May
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 3 Jun
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 10 Jun
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 17 Jun
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 24 Jun
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 1 Jul
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 8 Jul
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Mon 15 Jul
Performance Studio

£100 (£90)

Dance For Wellbeing (DA25 Summer)

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

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

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

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Wed 5 Jun
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 12 Jun
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 19 Jun
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 26 Jun
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 3 Jul
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 10 Jul
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Wed 17 Jul
English Studio

£100 (£90)

Dhol Drum (MU03 Summer)

Indian drumming workshops.

Tue 4 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 11 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 18 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 25 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 2 Jul
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 9 Jul
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 16 Jul
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Digital Kids Saturday Club (CH101 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Sat 25 May
Weston Studio

Children £63

Sat 1 Jun
Weston Studio

Children £63

Sat 8 Jun
Weston Studio

Children £63

Sat 15 Jun
Weston Studio

Children £63

Sat 22 Jun
Weston Studio

Children £63

Sat 29 Jun
Weston Studio

Children £63

Digital Music Making For Children

Learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats and produce your first track. 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 use a computer. 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. What will you learn on this course? mac Explorers are fun one-day workshops 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 Digital Music Making workshop children will learn how to create their own bass-lines and beats. With support from the tutor, the children will be guided through the process of making their own musical composition in mac's dedicated media studio. This will include learning how to create basic arrangements and understanding song structure. They will learn technical skills such as recording midi, 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. 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? Hazel Buller

Thu 30 May

Children £23.25

Fri 30 Aug

Children £23.25

Digital Music Making for Young People

Learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats and produce your first track. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 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. We can provide a learning support worker 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. What will you learn on this course? This is a fun one-day workshop where you will learn how to create your own bass-lines and beats. With support from the tutor, you will be guided through the process of making your own musical composition in mac's dedicated media studio. This will include learning how to create basic arrangements and understanding song structure. You will learn technical skills such as recording midi, recording audio, programming beats and audio editing. The media studio is equipped with Apple Mac computers, microphones and midi keyboards all ready to help you write your first hit record. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring you own pair of headphones. There is a 1hr lunch break. You may wish to bring your own lunch to eat however Bridges Café at mac will be open. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Hazel Buller

Tue 28 May
Thu 29 Aug

Digital Skills for Beginners: Computers the Basics (DM15 Summer)

This course teaches you to get the most out of using your computer for both business and leisure. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is for beginners who are learning to use a computer for the first time or those with very limited experience. Full instruction and guidance on all the basics will be given. The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a computer. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. What will you learn on this course? This course will teach you how to use a computer from the very basics in using a mouse and a keyboard to more complicated but useful tasks such as sending and receiving emails. The course is intended to guide people who have little or no knowledge to confidently use a computer understand and enjoy the benefits they can offer. The course runs in mac’s dedicated media studio on Apple Mac computers with transferable skills to windows based systems. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything as all materials and equipment is provided but you can bring your own laptop if you wish to learn on your own device. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Chris Hamilton

Wed 5 Jun
Media Studio

£65 (£59)

Digital Skills for Beginners: Understanding Your Apple Mac (DM17 Summer)

Learn all the basics of Apple software and applications and how to get the most out of your Apple Mac computer.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is aimed at anyone who has recently acquired an Apple Mac or is considering buying one.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a computer. 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 needs.

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

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn how to use your Apple Mac computer. You will be taught all the basics including how to use the apple operating system, packaged software and applications. Topics covered will include:

Apple OS – operating system Pages, Number, Keynote – using Apple office applications Safari - Web browsers and surfing the internet Apple Mail – using email iTunes – media player

You will be working in the mac media studio which is equipped with a suite of Apple Mac computers however if you have your own apple laptop it is recommended that you bring it to work on.

This course is run in a ‘laptop club’ style. It is a relaxed fun environment and encourages group learning with students sat together sharing knowledge and supporting each other. The tutor will also provide 1-2-1 support as required.

By the end of this course you will have increased your confidence in using your Apple Mac computer and have working knowledge of several of applications. You will be able to carry out useful tasks such as emailing and using the internet.

There is a short break in the middle of each class. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything. You are welcome to bring your own laptop.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Hazel Buller

Tue 4 Jun
Media Studio

£65 (£59)

Drama For Wellbeing (WB27 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

Wed 29 May
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 12 Jun
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 19 Jun
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 26 Jun
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 3 Jul
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 10 Jul
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 17 Jul
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Wed 24 Jul
English Studio

£101 (£91)

Drawing & Painting Nature (VA84 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Tue 4 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 11 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 18 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 25 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 2 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 9 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Tue 16 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£118 (£107)

Drawing Techniques (VA03 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Mon 3 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 10 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 17 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 24 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 1 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 8 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 15 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Dumbo

From visionary director Tim Burton, Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets…

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£4.25

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£4.25

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£4.25

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£4.25

Fri 31 May
Cinema

£4.25

Edinbrum: Darren Harriott & Rob Kemp

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee Darren Harriott grapples with love, technology and feeling lost in an ever changing world in new show Good Heart Yute.

Rob Kemp returns to muse on the strange and silly ideas that occur during that thin veil between asleep and awake, where your mind wanders unimpeded and undirected, in new show Moonraker 2: Moonrakerer

Thu 30 May
Foyle Studio

£10

Edinbrum: Tiff Stevenson & Michael Legge

Tiff Stevenson brings you some of best bits of her critically-acclaimed tour shows and works up new material. It's like a special but more special.

If you’re the kind of person who likes watching a grown man have a nervous breakdown while he tries to figure out the world, himself and the end of all, Michael Legge’s new show The Idiot will be right up your street.

Thu 23 May
Foyle Studio

£10

Electro-Etched Copper Keyrings Workshop

Using a repurposed mobile phone charger, Electro-etch metal with your unique designs using simple and safe techniques. Watch in awe as your drawings permanently mark the metal through the magic of science, then learn how to turn your creation into a customised keyring or piece of jewellery!

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 10 to 14 years. It is open to all ability levels so is suited to beginners. The class will be tailored to the participant’s abilities. All our staff are DBS checked. The course may be accessible for children with disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker and all classes are adapted to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? This course introduces learners to a modern form of etching that involves using electric current to engrave images in to metal. Etching is a drawing process that dates back to the 14th century, originally used to create designs on armour and jewellery. Normally this is carried out through a process of very harmful chemicals that would require specialist equipment making it inaccessible to most. However, Electro-etching uses low voltage to etch your drawings and is completely safe! It’s such a simple, visual and rewarding process it can be carried out in the home environment too. Vanessa has successfully taught this technique in Secondary Schools across Birmingham. Do you need to bring anything? No Are there any additional costs? No Who teaches this course? Vanessa Miller

Tue 28 May
Textiles Studio
Tue 20 Aug
Textiles Studio

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

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Thu 23 May
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 6 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 13 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 20 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 27 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 4 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 11 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Thu 18 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£160 (£144)

Explore Feltmaking (TE01 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 10 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 17 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 24 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 1 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 8 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 15 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 22 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Explore Feltmaking (TE21 Summer)

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

Tue 4 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 11 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 18 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 25 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 2 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 9 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 16 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Tue 23 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Explore Photomontage

Learn about photomontage, the art of creating designs from found images. Create your own handcrafted designs while unwinding and socialising with others.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to students of all levels and you do not require any previous art experience, full instruction will be given.

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

What will you learn on this course?

This course offers the opportunity to develop skills in the creation of hand generated photomontage, which is an art form with historic roots in the Dadaist movement of 1915. Photomontage is the art of using existing photographs, cut from used books and magazines, in order to create new designs. The process of producing photomontage by hand, (as opposed to using computer software), is very satisfying and therapeutic, providing a more immediate, raw aesthetic to the finished artwork. On this course you will learn how to:

Understand how Photomontage fits into the overall history of art. Use mindmaps to convey emotion in the creation of photomontage. Use scale, proportion and geometry to maximise the visual impact of your designs. Use colour, texture and typography to maximise the visual impact of your designs. Use and refine craft skills in the creation of photomontage designs by hand.

The tutor will provide a variety of magazines and image rich books giving you the opportunity to create a range of alternative visual outcomes. Different design formats will also be touched upon during the course. Montage designs will be applied to post card sized artwork and A3 posters, with suggested themes for designs, or your own choice of topic.

The class includes group tuition, handouts 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. The tutor will encourage an atmosphere of communication and co-operation through interactions with others in the class.

The course will include time to view, reflect and constructively critique your own work and that of other students in the class, done in a friendly and relaxed environment. The overall aim of the course is to help learners develop their own original style of producing art via the medium of photomontage, whilst enjoying the therapy of losing 'the self' in the creative experience.

On completion of this course you can expect to have produced several rough ideas pieces and refined finished artworks.

Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment is provided however we’d encourage you to please bring along old magazines and unwanted books with pictures and illustrations. Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course? Hazel Pitt

Sun 23 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£37 (£34)

Explore Textiles (TE02 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 10 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 17 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 24 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 1 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 8 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 15 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Mon 22 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Exploring Experimental Film Making (DM105 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 10 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 17 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 24 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 1 Jul
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 8 Jul
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Mon 15 Jul
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Exploring Sculpture (SC04 Summer)

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

Tue 4 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 11 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 18 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 25 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 2 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 9 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 16 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Exposure I: Digital Photography (DM01 Summer)

A fun and friendly course introducing digital camera basics for people with a fancy camera but little idea how to use it to its full potential.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is aimed at people with a digital camera that usually shoot in ‘Auto’ but would like to understand how the camera works and how to take better pictures using manual settings. 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 DSLR’s that can be borrowed during the class.

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

What will you learn on this course? This is a fun and friendly course introducing digital camera basics for people with a fancy camera but little idea how to use it to its full potential. It’s an opportunity for you to unleash your creativity, have fun with your camera and start creating pictures you will want to keep, share and maybe even print! Or, if you have some photography experience this is an opportunity to continue or start a portfolio of your best shots or create a new body of work. You will be taught the basic rules of composition and lighting and get a real insight into what all those knobs and buttons on your camera are for. You will also learn how aperture, shutter speed and ISO all work together to help you create stunning pictures and get the best out of your camera. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think creatively and to use your camera as a tool for expression. Using our desktop apple mac computers you will also learn post production skills and file management basics. Each week participants will be set a short weekly assignment to practice what they have learned that week. 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, learning and the completion of practical weekly photography assignments in-between classes is encouraged. An active element of each week is downloading, discussing and reviewing each other’s images shot in response to the weekly challenge. On completion of this course you will have a solid understanding of the basics of photography and an improved confidence in the operation of your camera. You should feel inspired to be creative with your camera and want to explore your own capabilities further. Do you need to bring anything? Bring along your camera, a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

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

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

Mon 27 May
Media Studio

£77 (£70)

Mon 3 Jun
Media Studio

£77 (£70)

Family Art Afternoon

Create a beautiful textile landscape using a range of textiles techniques and materials.

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 all levels. The tutor will teach and demonstrate all the necessary skills and techniques.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical craft activities. Children work with their parent or carer and the room is wheelchair accessible.

What will you learn on this course? This afternoon course is an opportunity for families to enjoy creating art together. On this workshop you will learn how to create a mixed media landscape art work. Techniques covered in this workshop include mixed media painting skills, printing and mark making Everyone will leave with their own unique landscape art work to decorate their home. Do you need to bring anything? Wear old clothes or wear an apron as the workshop can get a bit messy. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Wed 29 May
Weston Studio

£8.75 (Children £8.75–£16.25)

Family Capoeira

Discover capoeira together as family in this fun half day workshop Who is this course for? This course is suitable for families with children aged 3 to 5 years. It is open to all levels and the class will be adapted to suit the needs of the participants.
The course may be accessible for children with disabilities as parents work together with their children so can provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

What will you learn on this course? Capoeira is an Afro-Brazillian artform which began as a way for slaves to practice combat without letting their captors know. It fuses martial arts, dance, music & history under one umbrella that is the unique art of Capoeira. In 2014, Capoeira was granted a special status as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO, join us at MAC and carry on the fascinating, exciting and beautiful art of Capoeira!

This course can help to develop: confidence self-discipline and respect physical fitness strength and stamina flexibility balance and coordination self-esteem social skills musical skills language skills creativity and learning

Learn to do the Ginga and all other capoeira movements and techniques under the supervision of our talented artist tutor Monitora Vicky Hawkesford Do you need to bring anything? Participants need to bring a water based drink to the session and wear suitable clothing and footwear 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. Are there any additional costs? The course fee covers one child and one adult. There is a charge for each additional person (adult or child). There must be one adult for every three children. Who teaches this course? Vicky Hawkesford

Tue 28 May

£6.75 (Children £6.75–£16.75)

Wed 7 Aug

£6.75 (Children £6.75–£16.75)

Family JAM (JA54 Summer)

MAC Makes Music's Family JAM is an exciting opportunity for parents/carers and their children to come together to make and enjoy music with others. This inclusive course is aimed at families with children with additional needs (including but not limited to; physical disability, learning disability, autism and sensory impairment). These relaxed sessions will involve approximately 40 minutes of creative music making activities led by a professional musician with the remaining time for parents and children to socialise, free flow with instruments and play.

What will you learn on this course? This course is perfect for children who love to make music, play with sound and experiment in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Alongside musical developments, these courses aim to support personal and social developments for example; verbal and non verbal communication.

Our JAM courses are inclusive and subsidised by our Youth Music grant to champion musical inclusion. Children will explore a range of resources including; percussion and tuned instruments with activities tailored to their individual needs and interests and using music technology to support and record sessions.

The activities will enable children to: - Explore a wide range of musical games - to encourage communication and social skills through team work. - Explore a wide range of songs - to help support beat and language acquisition, and vocal development. - Develop movement, co-ordination and fine motor skills. - Experience sensory stimulation through: listening, playing and identifying different instruments.

When booking our courses, please complete the 'All About Me' form on the booking page. This will provide us with the necessary information for our music leaders to plan the sessions to suit the group before the course starts.

Please note, children need to be accompanied by a parent or carer and we encourage all adults in the room to join in and to actively support their child's involvement.

Sat 25 May
Music Studio 1

£6 (Children £6–£20)

Family Pottery (FA02 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

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

Sat 25 May
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 8 Jun
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 15 Jun
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 22 Jun
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 29 Jun
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 6 Jul
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 13 Jul
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Sat 20 Jul
Pottery Studio

£76 (Children £76–£154)

Family Print Making

As a family, learn about different artists and how to use a range of printmaking techniques to create your own masterpiece.

Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6-11 years to enjoy learning with a parent or guardian. It is open to all levels. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given.
The course is accessible for people of all abilities as families will be working together and can provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

What will you learn on this course? This one-day workshop is a chance for families to enjoy learning about printmaking together. The tutor will introduce a range of different printmaking materials and methods. You will experiment with stamps, mixing inks, and learn how to use readily available equipment and materials so that you can continue making prints at home. You will learn how to find inspiration for project themes and get help developing ideas to encourage the budding artist - whatever their age! Every family will leave with a large scale collaborative family artwork to proudly display in their home.

Do you need to bring anything? No Are there any additional costs? The course fee covers one child and one adult. There is a charge for each additional person (adult or child). There must be one adult for every three children. Who teaches this course? Sarah Moss

Thu 30 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£15 (Children £15–£32)

Family Textiles: Indigo Dyeing

Experiment with the magical process of indigo dyeing in this specially devised family textiles course. Learn how to use indigo dye baths and resist techniques to create beautiful blue patterned fabric. 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 all levels. The tutor will teach and demonstrate all the necessary skills and techniques. The course is accessible for people with disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker, children can work with their parent or carer and the room is wheelchair accessible. The techniques involve arm and shoulder work and require some dexterity in the hands. What will you learn on this course? On this one-day course, kids and parents will learn all about the magical properties of indigo dyeing, one of the most ancient dyes that dates back to 6,000 BC. You will learn how to work with indigo dye together, create patterns using resists and make some fabric to take home. Do you need to bring anything? All materials and equipment is provided. However, you may wish to bring along your own fabric, lace, handmade paper, a white cotton t-shirt etc. (all clean, white or cream and undyed). We recommend wearing old clothes and bring aprons with you. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials. Who teaches this course? Helen Lane

Thu 30 May
Textiles Studio

£16.25 (Children £16.25–£31.25)

Figurative Sculpture (SC01 Summer)

A course in figurative sculpture, working directly from a live model, suitable for ages 18+.

Tue 4 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 11 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 18 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 25 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 2 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 9 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 16 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Figurative Sculpture (SC02 Summer)

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

Tue 4 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 11 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 18 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 25 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 2 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 9 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Tue 16 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Flamenco Beginners (DA01 Summer)

A course in flamenco for beginners.

Mon 3 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 10 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 17 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 24 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 1 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 8 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Mon 15 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Flamenco Improvers

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

Mon 3 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 10 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 17 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 24 Jun
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 1 Jul
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 8 Jul
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

Mon 15 Jul
English Studio / Over-18s only

£104 (£94)

From Paper To Fabric (TE04 Summer)

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

Wed 5 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 12 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 19 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 26 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 3 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 10 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 17 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 24 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Gentle Hatha Yoga (WB09 Summer)

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

Tue 4 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 11 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 18 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 25 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 2 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 9 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Tue 16 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Group Guitar

Learn how to play the guitar.

Wed 5 Jun
Music Studio 1

£115

Wed 12 Jun
Music Studio 1

£115

Wed 19 Jun
Music Studio 1

£115

Wed 26 Jun
Music Studio 1

£115

Wed 3 Jul
Music Studio 1

£115

Wed 10 Jul
Music Studio 1

£115

Wed 17 Jul
Music Studio 1

£115

Hatha Yoga

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

Thu 23 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 6 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 13 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 20 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 27 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 4 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 11 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 18 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Hip Hop & Street Dance for Children

Learn hip hop and street dance, breaking and freestyling in this one-day course. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years. It is open to all ability levels so is suited to beginners with no previous performance experience, the class will be tailored to the participant’s abilities. All our staff are DBS checked. The course may be accessible for children with disabilities as we provide a learning support worker and all classes are adapted to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? You will learn the foundations of Hip Hop dance, social dances, musicality, choreography, freestyling, and elements of related styles such as Breaking within a fun environment. Physical dance such as street dance and hip hop can help young people to gain Confidence self-discipline physical fitness strength and stamina flexibility balance and coordination self-esteem Do you need to bring anything? Participants need to bring a water based drink to the session and wear suitable clothing and footwear 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. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Vicky Hawkesford

Wed 29 May
Performance Studio

Children £13.25

Thu 8 Aug
Performance Studio

Children £13.25

Hip Hop & Street Dance for Young People

Learn hip hop and street dance, breaking and freestyling in this one-day course. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 years and is 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. All our staff are DBS checked.

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

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

What will you learn on this course? You will learn the foundations of Hip Hop dance, social dances, musicality, choreography, freestyling, and elements of related styles such as Breaking within a fun environment. Physical dance such as street dance and hip hop can help young people to gain Confidence self-discipline physical fitness strength and stamina flexibility balance and coordination self-esteem Do you need to bring anything? Participants need to bring a water based drink to the session and wear suitable clothing and footwear 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. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Vicky Hawkesford

Wed 29 May
Performance Studio
Thu 8 Aug
Performance Studio

Illustration Techniques

Learn traditional illustration techniques.

Tue 4 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 11 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 18 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 25 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 2 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 9 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 16 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 23 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Inclusive Dance (DA101 Summer)

Partner dancing with wheels, this introductory course is for people with and without physical disabilities who would like to learn how to dance together, and work on a range of fun dances and group choreography. This is a fun and accessible course taught by leading West Midlands inclusive dance practitioner Helen Mason. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners. You do not need previous dance experience as full instruction is given and the class is designed to suit the needs of the participants. This is an inclusive dance course designed for those with physical disabilities who are wheelchair users and those who may have limited mobility and those who do not have physical disabilities but would like to learn dance styles and work on partner dances and group choreography. A support worker or a carer can assist, please ensure carers book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Accessibility Further details about MAC Access and Facilities can be found here https://macbirmingham.co.uk/visit/access-facil Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. 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. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs Who teaches this course? Helen Mason

Tue 4 Jun
English Studio

£55 (£50)

Tue 11 Jun
English Studio

£55 (£50)

Tue 18 Jun
English Studio

£55 (£50)

Tue 25 Jun
English Studio

£55 (£50)

Introduction to Art Techniques (VA06 Summer)

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.

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.

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Wed 5 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 12 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 19 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 26 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 3 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 10 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Wed 17 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Introduction to Art Techniques (VA07 Summer)

Summer course introducing participants to art techniques.

Thu 23 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 6 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 13 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 20 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 27 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 4 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 11 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Thu 18 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£143 (£129)

Introduction to Capoeira for Children

This course is suitable for children aged 6 - 11 years open to beginners and improvers. The class is adapted to suit the needs of the participants and a fun way to learn new skills and techniques. The course may be accessible for children with learning disabilities as we can provide a learning support worker however a certain amount of movement is required for this course and therefore less suitable for children with physical disabilities. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? Capoeira is an Afro-Brazillian artform which began as a way for slaves to practice combat without letting their captors know. It fuses martial arts, dance, music & history under one umbrella that is the unique art of Capoeira. In 2014, Capoeira was granted a special status as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO, join us at MAC and carry on the fascinating, exciting and beautiful art of Capoeira!

This course can help to develop: confidence self-discipline and respect physical fitness strength and stamina flexibility balance and coordination self-esteem social skills musical skills language skills creativity and learning

Learn to do the Ginga and all other capoeira movements and techniques under the supervision of our talented artist tutor Monitora Vicky Hawkesford Do you need to bring anything? Participants need to bring a water based drink to the 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

Tue 28 May

Children £13.25

Wed 7 Aug

Children £13.25

Introduction to Ceramics (CE01 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 10 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 17 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 24 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 1 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 8 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Mon 15 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE02 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Thu 23 May
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 30 May
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 13 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 20 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 27 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 4 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 11 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 18 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Thu 25 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Introduction to Ceramics (CE08 Summer)

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

Wed 5 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 12 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 19 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 26 Jun
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 3 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 10 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Wed 17 Jul
Pottery Studio

£152 (£137)

Introduction to Digital

This is an introduction to art making with electronics. This one day course will look at the basic principals of designing, coding and building digital art projects, working with simple electronics and learning how to create movement, sounds and lights using sensors.

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

This course will introduce you to working creatively with electronics using microprocessors such as Arduino’s, microbits and raspberry pis and LED’s. The tutor will introduce a project for the children to work on that will combine arts and crafts with coding and basic electronics and simple circuits.

This course is taught by tutor Catherine Jones who is a practicing artist with extensive experience and strong links in the entertainment and creative industry. Using a combination of practical design demonstrations and 1-2-1 support you will receive guidance tailored to your individual projects and needs. Do you need to bring anything? Basic art materials, microprocessors, LED’s and laptops will be provided for the children to experiment during the session. To keep costs affordable, children will not be able to take away any electronics or processors but can take away their designs and handouts will be provided. Children are welcome to bring along their own raspberry pi’s microbits and Arduino’s so that they can then take their projects home. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. The tutor will suggest sources for parents to buy kit on request. Who teaches this course? Catherine Jones

Wed 29 May
Media Studio

Children £26.25

Fri 2 Aug
Media Studio

Children £26.25

Introduction to Experimental Drawing & Painting Techniques (VA08 Summer)

In this course you will be introduced to experimental drawing and painting techniques. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. It is suitable for people with no previous experience and those who wish to develop their practical skills and confidence. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical craft activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. What will you learn on this course? This course will teach you the basic skills of drawing and painting through an investigation into experimental approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a broad variety of materials and explore the qualities of each medium. The first part of the course will be in the form of practical demonstrations and workshops to develop skills and the confidence to experiment. During the second part of the course individuals will be encouraged to develop their own individual projects in their preferred mediums. 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 and critique.

On completing this course you should gain an understanding of how work can be developed from initial experimentation into resolved pieces of creative work. You will have produced a small portfolio of practical work including drawings, painting, collage, mixed media.

Do you need to bring anything? Basic art materials will be provided but students will be expected to provide some of their own additional materials as the course progresses.

Are there any additional costs? Any additional art materials are to be provided at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Angela Maloney

Fri 24 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 7 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 14 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 21 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 28 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 5 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 12 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Fri 19 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Introduction to Jewellery (JE01 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 10 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 17 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 24 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 1 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 8 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 15 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Mon 22 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Introduction to Jewellery (JE03 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you need to bring anything?

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

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

Who teaches this course?

Chloe Minihane Slater

Wed 5 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 12 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 19 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 26 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 3 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 10 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 17 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Introduction to Motion Graphics (DM104 Summer)

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

What you will need on this course:

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

Thu 23 May
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 6 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 13 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 20 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 27 Jun
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 4 Jul
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 11 Jul
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Thu 18 Jul
Media Studio

£125 (£113)

Introduction to Music Technology with Logic Express (DM103 Sunmmer)

Discover controls and techniques for music production using Logic Express software, this course is designed for both beginners and those looking to develop and improve their skills with advanced music production techniques.

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. This course is aimed at people who would like an introduction to making music on a computer with specialist software and to those looking to improve and enhance their skills.

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

This course is ideal for the budding producer or musician interested in learning how to make music with a computer. Working in the mac media studio on a suite of Apple Mac computers you will learn how to use Logic Express software, a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). You will be taught how to create your own sounds from scratch, source samples, produce effects and bring your music to life with use of software automation. The course covers essential skills such as:

Creating basic arrangements Understanding song structure Recording MIDI Programming beats Music editing and mixing Advanced audio editing MIDI programming Software Automation Creating beats and sounds from scratch Mixing and Mastering

Each week the tutor will set tasks and small projects designed to incorporate the new skills that you have learned. As well as 1-2-1 support, at the end of each lesson you will listen to everyone’s work and share feedback and comments.

By the end of this course you will have produced your own tracks or collection of sounds and be familiar with using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to try and realise the sounds you hear in your head.

There is a short break in the middle of each class. Do you need to bring anything? You don’t need to bring anything.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Hazel Buller

Tue 4 Jun
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 11 Jun
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 18 Jun
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 25 Jun
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 2 Jul
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 9 Jul
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 16 Jul
Media Studio

£138 (£125)

Introduction to Oil Painting Techniques (VA93 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials are provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? Peter Tinkler

Wed 5 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 12 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 19 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 26 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 3 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 10 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 17 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Wed 24 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£165 (£149)

Introduction to Photography For Wellbeing

Focus on slowing down, relaxing and enjoying your surroundings with a social Photography course. Socialise, unwind and build self-esteem whilst honing your camera skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open learners of all levels and you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This is a day for photography lovers to meet, socialise and take photos together.

The course is accessible for people of all abilities. 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.

What will you learn on this course? This one-day course is a chance for anyone who loves photography to spend a day with like-minded people. It’s as much about socialising with other photography enthusiasts developing your interest and skills. You will spend part of the day out and about around mac and in Cannon Hill Park taking notice of the surrounding and capturing them through photographs. You will be able to practice taking landscape and portrait photographs so be prepared to have your picture taken! 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 from the basics to advance. As a result of this short course you focus on slowing down, relaxing and enjoying your surroundings. At the end of the course you will gain • Improvement in confidence and self-esteem • Reduce stress and improvement in relaxation • Enhanced skills in social interaction • Increased awareness of one’s own story, and of other people’s stories • Improved photography skills You will also spend some time back in mac’s media studio reviewing your photographs on the computers and discussing how to assess and select your best images for printing or sharing. This workshop offers an opportunity to share your knowledge and enthusiasm about photography and get a taste of the other social photography classes available at mac. Do you need to bring anything? Bring along your camera, it can be any type of camera including a phone. Please bring the cable you need to connect your camera to a computer. You should bring a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

Are there any additional costs?

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

Fri 24 May
Media Studio

£38 (£35)

Wed 10 Jul
Media Studio

£38 (£35)

Introduction to Photorealism (VA92 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

The course will cover the following skills:

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Milan Topalovic

Wed 5 Jun
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 12 Jun
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 19 Jun
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 26 Jun
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 3 Jul
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 10 Jul
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Wed 17 Jul
Weston Studio

£118 (£107)

Introduction to Portraiture Drawing

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

Sat 25 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 8 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 15 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 22 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 29 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 6 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 13 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Sat 20 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£120 (£108)

Introduction to Wheelwork for Beginners

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

Who is this course for?

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

What will you learn on this course?

On this course the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing and with your determination and enthusiasm you will create pieces with great satisfaction. Your initial learning will begin with the foundation of two main forms; the cylinder and the bowl. Most other forms can be learnt from those two forms. Another technique you will apply to your work is turning. We will be looking at producing both functional and also welcoming you to opening the doors to creating non-functional pieces that could possibly be used for more aesthetic reasons.

If time permits you may be introduced to surface decoration with the use of various glaze colours which may then go on to be fired in the kiln.

Do you need to bring anything?

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

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and the firing of one small piece of work.

Who teaches this course?

Serge Sanghera

Tue 4 Jun
Pottery Studio

£107 (£97)

Tue 11 Jun
Pottery Studio

£107 (£97)

Tue 18 Jun
Pottery Studio

£107 (£97)

Tue 25 Jun
Pottery Studio

£107 (£97)

Iyengar Yoga (WB17 Summer)

A hard-working, physical yoga class.

Fri 24 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 7 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 14 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 21 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 28 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 5 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 12 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Fri 19 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Iyengar Yoga (WB93 Summer)

Yoga class.

Mon 3 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 10 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 17 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 24 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 1 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 8 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 15 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Mon 22 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Jewellery Making for Improvers

Jewellery workshop for improvers.

Tue 4 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 11 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 18 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 25 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 2 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 9 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 16 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Making

Jewellery workshop.

Thu 23 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 6 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 13 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 20 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 27 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 4 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 11 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 18 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Making (JE89 Summer)

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

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

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

Thu 23 May
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 6 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 13 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 20 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 27 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 4 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 11 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 18 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Thu 25 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Making (JE90 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

saw piercing filing soldering polishing texturing forming Enamelling

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

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

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

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

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

Who teaches this course?

Lana Crabb

Tue 4 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 11 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 18 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 25 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 2 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 9 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Tue 16 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery: Open Studio

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

Wed 5 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 12 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 19 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 26 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 3 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 10 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 17 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 24 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Jewellery Workshop

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

Wed 5 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 12 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 19 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 26 Jun
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 3 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 10 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 17 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Wed 24 Jul
Jewellery Studio

£147 (£133)

Junior Jam (JA53 Summer)

MAC Makes Music's Junior JAM is an exciting opportunity for parents/carers and their children to come together to make and enjoy music with others. This inclusive course is aimed at children with additional needs (including but not limited to: physical disability, learning disability, autism and sensory impairment).

These relaxed sessions will involve approximately 40 minutes of creative music making activities led by a professional musician with the remaining time for parents and children to socialise, free flow with instruments and play.

What will you learn on this course? The course is perfect for children who love to make music, play with sound and experiment in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Alongside musical development, these courses aim to support personal and social developments for example; verbal and non-verbal communication.

Our JAM courses are inclusive and subsidised by our Youth Music grant to champion musical inclusion. Children will explore a range of resources including: percussion and tuned instruments with activities tailored to their individual needs and interests, and using music technology to support and record sessions.

The activities will enable children to: - Explore a wide range of musical games - to encourage communication and social skills through team work. - Explore a wide range of songs - to help support beat and language acquisition, and vocal development. - Develop movement, co-ordination and fine motor skills. - Experience sensory stimulation through: listening, playing and identifying different instruments.

When booking our courses, please complete the 'All About Me' form on the booking page. This will provide us with the necessary information for our music leaders to plan the sessions to suit the group before the course starts.

Please note, children need to be accompanied by a parent or carer and we encourage all adults in the room to join in and to actively support their child's involvement. (All instruments and resources will be provided).

Sat 25 May

Children £20

Kathak Dance Beginners

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

Tue 4 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 11 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 18 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 25 Jun
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 2 Jul
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 9 Jul
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Tue 16 Jul
Performance Studio

£119 (£108)

Kathak Dance Improvers (DA21 Summer)

Kathak dance workshop for improvers.

Tue 4 Jun
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 11 Jun
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 18 Jun
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 25 Jun
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 2 Jul
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 9 Jul
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Tue 16 Jul
Performance Studio

£135 (£122)

Let us Sing Group Class (PE04 Summer)

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

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

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

Mon 3 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 10 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 17 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 24 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 1 Jul
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 8 Jul
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 15 Jul
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Let us Sing Solo Class (PE91 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 10 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 17 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 24 Jun
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 1 Jul
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 8 Jul
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 15 Jul
Music Studio 1

£99 (£90)

Life Drawing & Painting Studio For Improvers

A fantastic opportunity for experienced students and artists to further their drawing and painting in response to an unclothed life model holding a whole day pose.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults and young people aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. Anyone who is at a stage where they can work independently while benefitting from tutor led group concentration and support is welcome to attend. These open studio sessions are 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 may be accessible for people with disabilities as 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.

What will you learn on this course?

This is not a taught course but an opportunity for 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 an unclothed professional life model who will hold a whole day pose set up by the artist tutor. We employ a range of different male and female models for our life drawing and painting courses.

The artist tutor, while being available for general advice, will be teaching through demonstration, working on his own drawing and establishing an environment that enables all artists to benefit from shared concentration. At the student’s request, one-to-one support may be given to consolidate drawing skills including measurement, proportion, line, tone, colour, using art materials such as pencils, charcoal, pastels and paint.

These open studio 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. You will be sharing a journey with artists over many centuries that have found it to be a useful discipline, complementing their other arts activities.

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course? Paul Bartlett

Sun 26 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£30 (£27)

Sun 30 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£30 (£27)

Sun 25 Aug
Drawing and Painting Studio

£30 (£27)

Life Drawing & Painting (VA10 Summer)

Work on individual life drawing and painting projects, extend and develop your existing skills and build a portfolio of work.

Fri 24 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 7 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 14 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 21 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 28 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 5 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 12 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Fri 19 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Life Drawing Techniques (VA11 Summer)

A course for adults and young people who have previous experience of drawing, even if they are beginners at life drawing.

Wed 5 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 12 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 19 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 26 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 3 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 10 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 17 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Wed 24 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Life Drawing (VA12 Summer)

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

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.

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.

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

Basic materials 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? Anne Brierly

Sat 25 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 8 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 15 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 22 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 29 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 6 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 13 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

Sat 20 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£139 (£126)

MAC Creative Camp: Animation

Make a short animated film using stop frame animation techniques from scratch. Create a storyboard, build characters from craft materials and make them come alive with original music and voices!

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 animation experience. All our staff are DBS checked.

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

Based on the techniques created by Lotte Reineger (Adventures of Prince Ahmed) these workshops will give young people a chance to create their own shadow characters and settings, and then animate them. As a group we will select a story and then using black card we’ll design and cut-out backgrounds and jointed figures to illustrate the story. The animation will be created by photography using a white board or light box, then the photographs will be assembled with Final Cut software. The complete short film will have sound and music added and will be screened at mac at the end of the course!

In addition to learning how to make an animation, the participants will learn about team working, storytelling, listening skills and the use of specialist technology. The tutor will work closely with the group demonstrating the different processes and supporting the children to realise their own ideas.

Participants will be supplied with a copy of the film which will be uploaded to vimeo.

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.

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?

Scott Johnston

Mon 27 May

Children £105.25

Mon 12 Aug

Children £105.25

MAC Creative Camp: Myths and Legends Drama

Delve into spring-time mythologies from around the world. Learn how the ancient Greeks created theatre and bring to life an imaginative array of mythical characters and stories. 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 drama classes 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. What will you learn on this course? Children will take inspiration from the world of myths and legends from across the world. During this camp, 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 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. A short performance will be presented on the final day for friends and family. 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

Mon 27 May
Randle Studio

Children £105.25

MAC Creative Camp: Underwater Pottery World

Learn how to make underwater creatures such as starfish, octopus and fishes, learn all about hand building and coiling techniques and imaginative ways to decorate your sea creatures.
Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 6 to 11. It is open to all levels. Those with little or no experience of pottery will be shown demonstrations for the various techniques used and those with previous experience will be able to self-direct their work with guidance from the tutor. All our staff are DBS checked. The course is accessible for children with disabilities but you do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. A Carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? During the course children will learn how to make a 3D underwater pottery world including octopus and fishes. They will explore different ceramic techniques such as hand slab building, coiling and pinching then learn to paint their creatures with coloured slips. The course is held in the pottery studios at MAC and 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 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.

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? Barbara Pianca

Tue 28 May
Sculpture Studion

Children £80.25

MAC Gin & Jazz Club

Your ticket at this cool evening for local lounge lizards includes: • One gin cocktail per person, sharing board of meats, cheese and antipasti (one between two) • Entry to our live jazz music event featuring The Cannon Hill Quartet, featuring some of the best local, conservatoire-trained jazz musicians (vocals, drums, keys and bass), playing a mix of well-known tunes and their own original material. A selection of quality gins and gin cocktails will also be available to purchase from the bar. Chin chin!

Fri 24 May
Bridges Cafe

£15

Making Theatre Juniors (YP02 Summer)

A course in making theatre for ages 10-13.

Sat 25 May
Randle Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Randle Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Randle Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Randle Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Randle Studio

Mixed Media Textiles

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

Do you need to bring anything?

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course?

Claire Leggett

Thu 23 May
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 6 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 13 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 20 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 27 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 4 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 11 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Thu 18 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre workshops for kids.

Sat 25 May
Performance Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Performance Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Performance Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Performance Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Performance Studio

Nature Tots (Summer)

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

Fri 24 May
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 7 Jun
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 14 Jun
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 21 Jun
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 28 Jun
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 5 Jul
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 12 Jul
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Fri 19 Jul
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£60)

Open Relaxed Theatre (PE101 Summer)

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

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

Wed 29 May
Weston Studio
Wed 12 Jun
Weston Studio
Wed 19 Jun
Weston Studio
Wed 26 Jun
Weston Studio
Wed 3 Jul
Weston Studio
Wed 10 Jul
Weston Studio
Wed 17 Jul
Weston Studio
Wed 24 Jul
Weston Studio

Painting & Drawing To Music (VA44 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Saranjit Birdi

Mon 3 Jun
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 10 Jun
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 17 Jun
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 24 Jun
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 1 Jul
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 8 Jul
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 15 Jul
Weston Studio

£119 (£108)

Paper Marbling

Enjoy the traditional craft of paper marbling by floating inks on water to pattern paper. you can then choose to make a paper hanging - bunting, mobile or lantern or some stationary of your choice.

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 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.

What will you learn on this course?

On this one day workshop children will learn the art of paper marbling with inks an paint. They will they will then use their special paper and make paper hanging - bunting, mobile or lantern or some stationary of your choice. This is a fun one-day workshops designed for children to explore a range of creative activities such as 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. 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 Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs for this course. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Tue 28 May
Weston Studio

Children £24.25

Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga

A series of yoga sessions.

Thu 23 May
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 6 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 13 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 20 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 27 Jun
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 4 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 11 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Thu 18 Jul
Randle Studio

£101 (£91)

Photoshop For Media (DM08 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Topics covered on this course include:

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Thu 23 May
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 6 Jun
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 13 Jun
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 20 Jun
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 27 Jun
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 4 Jul
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 11 Jul
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

Thu 18 Jul
Media Studio

£126 (£114)

PhotoSocial: Photographer's Group (DM22 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a camera and a computer. We can provide a learning support worker 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.

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

Do you need to bring anything?

Bring along your camera, a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

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

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Kate Green

Mon 3 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 10 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 17 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 24 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 1 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 8 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 15 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 22 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Photosocial: Photographers Group Evening Session (DM101 Summer)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 10 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 17 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 24 Jun
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 1 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 8 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 15 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Mon 22 Jul
Media Studio

£129 (£117)

Pilates Beginners (WB08 Summer)

Learn the technique of Pilates which combines strength, stretching, breathing and balance to focus upon developing flexibility and posture. What will you learn on this course?

Pilates is a total mind and body conditioning method suitable for everyone regardless of age and fitness level. On this course you will be introduced to Classical Mat exercises that will develop a foundation understanding of Pilates. It will build strength and flexibility through considered and corrective movement patterns and exercises. It will give you an understanding of Pilates terminology and theory as well as improving your own body awareness. The class will progress you from fundamentals through to more complex and demanding exercises that will continue to challenge and progress your body.

Pilates, the workout choice for dancers, gymnasts and fitness enthusiasts, is a proven method that has the potential to transform your life through corrective movement. Pilates exercises are designed to give you strength, suppleness, grace and skill – which will be reflected in the way you walk, play and work. Muscular imbalances or the way in which we move can lead to pain and injury. By targeting the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, Pilates aims to improve the overall core stability and posture and correct the muscle imbalances through exercise. Pilates can make you look and feel better. It relieves stress and tension and promotes a feeling of well-being while expanding body awareness. You can expect to develop better posture and muscle tone. These classes are delivered in a warm friendly way aimed at educating you about your bodies and gradually introducing new exercises as the course progresses. Who is this course for? This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is suitable for beginners and you don’t need any previous experience of Pilates. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You must be able to lie down on a mat on your front and back. 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. If you suffer from a medical condition we recommend that you take advice from your doctor before doing any physical exercise. All students should inform the tutor of any ongoing health problems or injuries. Do you need to bring anything? Please bring water and wear comfortable clothes to move in preferably tight fitting so that the instructor can correct where appropriate. This class will be taken in bare feet. You must bring your own Pilates mat and you may like to bring a small cushion or towel to act as a head support. The additional equipment listed below would also be very beneficial and allow you to get much more out of your Pilates workout. • Medium – Pilates Band for muscle toning and stretching approx. £3.99 • 22cm diameter Soft Ball – inflatable Pilates ball approx. £3.99 • Pilates Head Block – to raise the head in reclining postures for correct alignment approx. £2.49 • All items are available from online retailers. Please contact us for more information. • A Pilates mat (approx. £15) along with any of the optional equipment listed above must be provided at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Sam McBride

Tue 28 May
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 11 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 18 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 25 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 2 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 9 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 16 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 23 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Pilates Improvers

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

Tue 28 May
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 11 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 18 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 25 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 2 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 9 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 16 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Tue 23 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£84 (£76)

Pottery Club (CH06 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

All our staff are DBS checked.

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Olga Terry

Sat 25 May
Pottery Studio
Sat 8 Jun
Pottery Studio
Sat 15 Jun
Pottery Studio
Sat 22 Jun
Pottery Studio
Sat 29 Jun
Pottery Studio
Sat 6 Jul
Pottery Studio
Sat 13 Jul
Pottery Studio
Sat 20 Jul
Pottery Studio

Practical Visual Enquiry (VA01 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Helen Tarr

Mon 3 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 10 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 17 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 24 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 1 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 8 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 15 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Mon 22 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Public Speaking (PE05 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Wed 5 Jun
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 12 Jun
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 19 Jun
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 26 Jun
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 3 Jul
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 10 Jul
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 17 Jul
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Wed 24 Jul
Performance Studio

£85 (£77)

Reading Group (WR101 Summer)

A reading group for those who would like to meet other people who also love reading and talking about what they read

Mon 3 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 10 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 17 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 24 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 8 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 15 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Relief Printmaking (VA14 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All other materials and resources are provided.

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? Sarah Moss

Thu 23 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 6 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 13 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 20 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 27 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 4 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 11 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Thu 18 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£138 (£125)

Retro and Vintage Crafts

This course is for Adults and is open to all levels. The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical craft activities. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. What will you learn on this course? This course offers an opportunity to make retro and vintage inspired craft items inspired by the season. The MAC will run multiple 5-week courses in which the themes of the sessions are in line with the time of year. Autumn- Get retro crafty in time for the holidays. From a vintage style Christmas wreath, table centre piece or retro garlands to decorate your home for a taste of the past this winter. Spring- Fall in love with Vintage Valentine cushions, create your own retro doorstops and more spring themed vintage crafting. Summer- Plan, design and create a unique textile wall hanging inspired by your own happy memories.

The course will introduce you to creative thinking and designing whilst inspiring you to craft with positive praise. The tutor will provide practical demonstrations of how to make various items such as a wreath, a table centrepiece and Christmas garland and cards, and will support your learning, and provide one-to-one support as required. On completion of this course you will have produced multiple retro inspired holiday themed crafts to use this festive season. Do you need to bring anything? All materials will be provided but you are welcome to discuss with the tutors any materials you would like to bring in. Items could include buttons, wool and other fabric. Are there any additional costs? None Who teaches this course? Vicky Chapple

Wed 5 Jun
Weston Studio

£47 (£43)

Romeo and Juliet

Following a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Curious Pheasant THeatre present Romeo and Juliet. This LGBTQ+, all male production is a bold reimagining of William Shakespeare's classic love story. The physical theatre piece will use two opposing rugby teams to ground the piece in the 21st century. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of men threatens to destroy all that they know

UK Theatre Web 5 Stars ★★★★★ Broadway Baby 4 Stars ★★★★ Culture Fix 4 Stars ★★★★

This production is kindly supported by Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Arts Council England

Sat 25 May
Foyle Studio

£12

See It, Draw It, Paint It! (VA02 Summer)

Learn the basics of observational drawing.

Mon 3 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 10 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 17 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 24 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 1 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 8 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Mon 15 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£119 (£108)

Sewing for Children

Learn the basics of hand sewing and making, make an animal bag, bunting or a cushion to take home. Learn to trace a pattern and cut out a basic shape in fabric.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 8 to 11 years. It is open to beginners and children don’t need previous experience as full instruction is given on basic skills. This is a great course for those who want to learn how to sew and make personal projects using fabric. 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 required. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss any access 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.

What will you learn on this course?

Children will learn how to sew on this one-day course, they will choose from a bag, bunting or a cushion that they can make and take home at the end of the day.

The tutor will present the 3 makes and help them select which projects they would like to work on. The tutor will then demonstrate pattern cutting and sewing techniques. Students will first practice sewing on a piece of fabric before they make their final item.

By the end of the session, all children will have an item that is personal and made by themselves to take home. The course aims to build children’s confidence in making a finished product, and is tailored to their age group.

There will be some use of scissors and sewing needles under supervision.

All students will follow the same instructions until the final part of making where depending on chosen item to make it unique. Do you need to bring anything? All equipment and materials will be provided. Children need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one hour break. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Charlotte Stacey

Mon 27 May
Textiles Studio

Children £24.25

Wed 7 Aug
Textiles Studio

Children £24.25

Short Takes: The Art of Short Film Making

Short film-making class.

Wed 5 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 12 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 19 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 26 Jun
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 3 Jul
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 10 Jul
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Wed 17 Jul
Media Studio

£130 (£117)

Solo Jam (JA55 - JA58 Summer)

MAC Makes Music’s Solo JAM is an exciting opportunity for parents/carers and their child to have an individual 1-1 session with an experienced musician, specifically developing each child’s musical interests at a pace to suit them.

The inclusive sessions are aimed at babies and young children with additional needs (including but not limited to; physical disability, learning disability, autism, sensory impairment). Each session will involve approximately 20 minutes of creative music making activities led by a professional musician.

What will you learn on this course? This course is perfect for children who love to make music, play with sound, and experiment in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Alongside musical development, these courses aim to support personal and social developments for example; simple signing, vocal sounds, verbal and non-verbal communication.

Our JAM Courses are inclusive and subsidised by our Youth Music grant to champion musical inclusion. Children will explore a range of resources including: percussion and tuned instruments with activities tailored to their individual needs and interests, and using music technology to support and record sessions.

The activities will enable children to: • Explore a wide range of musical games - to encourage communication and social skills through team work. • Explore a wide range of songs - to help support beat and language acquisition, and vocal development. • Develop movement, co-ordination and fine motor skills. • Experience sensory stimulation through: listening, playing and identifying different instruments.

When booking our courses, please complete the ‘All About Me’ form on the booking page. This will provide us with the necessary information for our music leaders to plan the sessions to suit the group before the course starts.

Please note, children need to be accompanied by a parent or carer and we encourage all adults in the room to join in and to actively support their child’s involvement. (All instruments and resources will be provided)

Sat 25 May
Music Studio 1

Children £5

The Songwriting Circle (MU01 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Mon 3 Jun
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 10 Jun
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 17 Jun
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 24 Jun
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 1 Jul
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 8 Jul
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 15 Jul
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

Mon 22 Jul
Music Studio 5

£97 (£88)

The Songwriting Circle (MU02 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Wed 5 Jun
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 12 Jun
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 19 Jun
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 26 Jun
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 3 Jul
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 10 Jul
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Wed 17 Jul
Deloitte Room

£97 (£88)

Stained Glass Advanced (VA85 Autumn)

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

Mon 3 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 10 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 17 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 24 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 8 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 15 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stained Glass Beginners Course

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

Mon 3 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 10 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 17 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 24 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 8 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 15 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stained Glass Beginners (VA91 Summer)

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

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

Who teaches this course? Clare Wainwright

Mon 3 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 10 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 17 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 24 Jun
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 1 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 8 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Mon 15 Jul
Sculpture Studion

£154 (£139)

Stand Up Comedy (PE03 Summer)

Develop your own stand–up comedy act with the option to perform before a paying audience. 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. 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 your 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. 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 3 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 10 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 17 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 24 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 1 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 8 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Mon 15 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Tabla (MU04 Summer)

Tabla drum workshop.

Tue 4 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 11 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 18 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 25 Jun
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 2 Jul
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 9 Jul
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tue 16 Jul
Music Studio 5

£104 (£94)

Tai Chi Beginners (WB30 Summer)

A course in learning the basics of Tai Chi.

Wed 5 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 12 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 19 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 26 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 3 Jul
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 10 Jul
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 17 Jul
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Tai Chi Improvers (WB03 Summer)

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

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.

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 Ching form (sequence of 37 moves) which was adapted from the Yang Form (108 moves) in order to meet the need of people in the West who had less time to commit to practice. It is very soft and less overtly martial than other styles.

You will 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 Ching 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 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 5 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 12 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 19 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 26 Jun
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 3 Jul
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 10 Jul
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Wed 17 Jul
Performance Studio

£83 (£75)

Talking Film (DM11 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course? This course will give you the understanding and language you need to increase your vocabulary about film and how to communicate your opinions – a film appreciation tool kit. Through watching and analysing a variety of films and film clips you will develop the techniques of film criticism, being able to make informed judgements on the quality of many different aspects of film making. You will also learn about film genre’s and styles, structure, plot and character development, technical aspects such as cinematography and composition and how effective these are in progressing or hindering the narrative. Each termly course follows a theme such as British Film, European Film or Film Noir. The course is a mix of presentations and discussions led by the tutor and small group working, discussing and reflecting on films or clips that have been watched in class. The approach of this course is not academic but more influenced by the tutor’s experience as an award winning film maker. The course will include one free group visit to mac’s cinema to watch a film together. This may happen at a slightly different time or on a different day to fit with the cinema schedule. In addition each course participant will be able to buy standard cinema tickets at MAC for £5 each during the course term. On completing this course you can expect to have developed a wider and deeper understanding of film making and film culture. You will also be able to confidently express your thoughts and opinions on a film and tell someone why you liked it or not. Do you need to bring anything? Students should bring an usb stick or portable drive with plenty of storage in order to take their projects home. Mac cameras and computers are provided whilst on site only. If you wish to film off site you will need your own equipment.

Are there any additional costs?

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

Thu 23 May
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 6 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 13 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 20 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 27 Jun
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 4 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 11 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Thu 18 Jul
Pinsent Mason 1

£99 (£90)

Tap Dance Advanced

Refine your tap dancing skills further and learn challenging routines.

Tue 4 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 11 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 18 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 25 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 9 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 16 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tap Dance Beginners (DA04 Summer)

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

Tue 28 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 11 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 18 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 25 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 9 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 16 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 23 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tap Dance Improvers (DA10 Autumn)

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

Tue 28 May
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 11 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 18 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 25 Jun
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 2 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 9 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 16 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

Tue 23 Jul
English Studio

£102 (£92)

TDE Promotions Presents: Andrew Cheetham, Hannah Marshall, Dave Birchall, Alex Ward

This improvising quartet was commissioned by last year's Brighton's Alternative Jazz Festival and features four top improvisers: Danish saxophonist Julie Kjaer, cellist Hannah Marshall, guitarist Dave Birchall and drummer Andrew Cheetham. TDE Promotions is particularly pleased to be able to bring saxophonist Julie Kjaer to Birmingham.

Thu 30 May
Hexagon

£11 (Children £8.50)

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

Explore the process of textile design and screenprinting using heat transfers, foils, dyes, stencils and direct application techniques, experimenting with print paste and thickened dyes to create your own unique textiles.

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Tue 4 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 11 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 18 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 25 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 2 Jul
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 9 Jul
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Tue 16 Jul
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Textile Design & Screenprinting with Dyes (TE23 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course? Rosie Moss

Wed 5 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 12 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 19 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 26 Jun
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 3 Jul
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 10 Jul
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

Wed 17 Jul
Textiles Studio

£138 (£125)

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

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

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

Autumn term

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

Spring Term

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

Summer Term

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

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

Wed 5 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 12 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 19 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 26 Jun
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 3 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 10 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 17 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Wed 24 Jul
Textiles Studio

£122 (£110)

Toddler Art

Let your child set the pace as you explore sensory activities and crafts together to boost their imagination, and build social and practical skills. Who is this course for? This course is suitable for children aged 2- 5 years accompanied by their families. It is open to all levels, those who have no experience of creative play and those who may have attended similar courses before. The course is accessible for children of all abilities as we provide a learning support worker, parents or carers assist their children and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. The room is wheelchair accessible. Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to. What will you learn on this course? This course provides a range of creative play based sessions designed to provide a friendly, relaxed but stimulating space for young children to investigate. Each week there is a carousel of sensory art and play activities designed to encourage your child’s development and fine motor skills. This is an informal class with numerous activities set up around the room. You are encouraged to let you child set the pace and spend as much, or as little time as they wish at any particular activity. Your child will be invited to choose from a variety of art materials and activities. The activities will have a suggested outcome but will still be open ended and child-led according to preference, age and ability. There will also be ‘Small Worlds’ play, which will foster the imagination and use sensory foods to create rich play environments. While engaging in this creative play parents will be made aware of the key areas of learning and development that are being covered. Social skills, sharing, confidence building, fine motor skills, visual development, auditory stimulation, knowledge of materials and their uses and language development will all benefit. All activities involve child friendly materials. This may include foodstuffs so the tutor should be informed of any allergies or religious needs. Come and explore, play and interact with your child at their pace in a friendly space with other young families. Any outcomes produced as a result of the child’s exploration e.g. painted paper, collage or models, can be taken home at the end of the session. Do you need to bring anything? Wipes and adult aprons are provided. Children must be dressed for messy play, preferably in old clothes. A change of clothes is advisable. All other materials and resources are provided. Are there any additional costs? There are no additional costs. Who teaches this course? Claire Leggett

Wed 29 May
Weston Studio

£6.25 (Children £6.25–£11.25)

Toddler Art (FA11 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

Tue 28 May
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Tue 4 Jun
Weston Studio

£30 (Children £30–£59)

Toddler Art (FA13 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

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

Sat 25 May
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 8 Jun
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 15 Jun
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 22 Jun
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 29 Jun
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 6 Jul
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 13 Jul
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Sat 20 Jul
Weston Studio

£46 (Children £46–£95)

Tolkien

Nicholas Hoult takes the lead role in this moving take on the early life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, whose experiences growing up in the Midlands would ultimately inform the greatest fantasy saga ever written. Tolkien focuses on the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt (Lily Collins), until the outbreak of the First World War threatens to tear their fellowship apart.

Fri 24 May
Cinema

£9.25

Sat 25 May
Cinema

£9.25

Sun 26 May
Cinema

£9.25

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£9.25

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£9.25

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£9.25

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£9.25

Vox Lux

Actor Brady Corbet's second feature as writer-director tracks its heroine's path from the tragedy that defines her adolescence to the adulation that circumscribes her adulthood. Starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, Vox Lux is both a riveting character study and a perceptive survey of the cultural shifts that have shaped a generation.

The film begins in 1999 with teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin), who have survived a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song at about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also launching a career.

The sisters draw the attention of a passionate manager (Law) and are rapidly catapulted into fame and fortune, with Celeste as the star and Eleanor the creative anchor. By the film's second half, set in 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own (Cassidy) and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

Portman gives a bravura performance as a woman accustomed to exploiting her personal chaos, while Law is both endearing and disturbing as the father figure who also wants in on the party. But keep your eye on Cassidy, who is outstanding in her poignant double role.

Fri 24 May
Cinema

£9.25

Sat 25 May
Cinema

£9.25

Mon 27 May
Cinema

£9.25

Tue 28 May
Cinema

£9.25

Wed 29 May
Cinema

£9.25

Thu 30 May
Cinema

£9.25

Watercolours (VA05 Summer)

An introduction to the materials and techniques required to produce exciting watercolours including drawing, composition and colour-mixing.

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

What will you learn on this course?

This 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.

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.

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?

Louise Blakeway

Tue 4 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 11 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 18 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 25 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 2 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 9 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Tue 16 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Watercolours (VA83 Summer)

An introduction to the materials and techniques required to produce exciting watercolours including drawing, composition and colour-mixing.

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

What will you learn on this course?

This 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.

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.

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?

Louise Blakeway

Fri 24 May
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 7 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 14 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 21 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 28 Jun
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 5 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 12 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 19 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Fri 26 Jul
Drawing and Painting Studio

£132 (£119)

Wheelwork (CE09 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? David Wicks

Fri 24 May
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 7 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 14 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 21 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 28 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 5 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 12 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 19 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Wheelwork (CE10 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course? David Wicks

Fri 24 May
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 7 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 14 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 21 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 28 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 5 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 12 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 19 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Wheelwork For Beginners (CE103 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

Do you need to bring anything?

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

Are there any additional costs?

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

Who teaches this course?

Serge Sanghera

Fri 24 May
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 7 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 14 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 21 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 28 Jun
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 5 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 12 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Fri 19 Jul
Pottery Studio

£170 (£153)

Writer's Reading Group (WR12 Summer)

This course combines a reading group with a writing course where published texts are read and used as models to develop your own creative writing skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers. The course will involve reading books in advance of sessions and discussing them in order to use them as models for writing. People attending the course need not have had experience in writing before, but they should be confident readers who welcome the opportunity to engage with new material.

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.

What will you learn on this course?

The Writers Reading Group is a creative hybrid of a writing and reading group in which short stories, novels and occasionally plays are selected as great models for developing your own writing. From studying accomplished prose writers you will learn writing skills, such as characterisation, plot development, techniques of descriptive writing and dialogue, how to write a good short story, and plot outlines. Through discussing good fiction you will also move beyond simply loving or hating the book to being able to use it as model from which to learn how to develop your own writing.

We will discuss two or three books a term. For each book we will spend one session discussing it and then two sessions sharing participants’ writing responses to it. The tutor will lead the sessions, and will facilitate the group in giving feedback to each other. Do you need to bring anything? We will provide paper and pens but you are welcome to bring your own preferred materials to write with.

Are there any additional costs?

Students are required to read the books being discussed on the course in order to fully benefit and be able to contribute. You are expected to purchase or borrow these books at your own expense. Who teaches this course? Polly Wright

Wed 29 May
Bryant Room

£52 (£47)

Wed 5 Jun
Bryant Room

£52 (£47)

Wed 12 Jun
Bryant Room

£52 (£47)

Wed 19 Jun
Bryant Room

£52 (£47)

Wed 26 Jun
Bryant Room

£52 (£47)

Wed 3 Jul
Bryant Room

£52 (£47)

Writing Children's Literature (WR102 Summer)

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?

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 the person has a disability that may impact on writing. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. What will you learn on this course? The 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. 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 3 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 10 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 17 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 24 Jun
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 1 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 8 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Mon 15 Jul
Pinsent Mason 2

£85 (£77)

Yang Tai Chi Advanced (WB04 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Thu 23 May
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 6 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 13 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 20 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 27 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 11 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 18 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Beginners (WB20 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Sat 25 May
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 8 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 15 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 22 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 29 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 6 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 13 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 20 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Beginners (WB88 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Thu 23 May
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 6 Jun
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 13 Jun
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 20 Jun
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 27 Jun
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Jul
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 11 Jul
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 18 Jul
Randle Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi - Improvers 1 (WB102 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Thu 23 May
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 6 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 13 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 20 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 27 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 11 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 18 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers (WB25 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Sat 25 May
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 8 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 15 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 22 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 29 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 6 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 13 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Sat 20 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Yang Tai Chi Improvers (WB96 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

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

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

Thu 23 May
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 6 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 13 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 20 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 27 Jun
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 4 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 11 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Thu 18 Jul
English Studio

£103 (£93)

Young Comic Creators (YP16 Summer)

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

Fri 24 May
Media Studio
Fri 7 Jun
Media Studio
Fri 14 Jun
Media Studio
Fri 21 Jun
Media Studio
Fri 28 Jun
Media Studio
Fri 5 Jul
Media Studio
Fri 12 Jul
Media Studio
Fri 19 Jul
Media Studio

Young Filmmakers Club With Reel Access (YP07 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

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

Wed 5 Jun
Media Studio
Wed 12 Jun
Media Studio
Wed 19 Jun
Media Studio
Wed 26 Jun
Media Studio
Wed 3 Jul
Media Studio
Wed 10 Jul
Media Studio
Wed 17 Jul
Media Studio

Young Inventors Maker Lab (YP97 Summer)

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

Who is this course for?

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

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

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

What will you learn on this course?

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

The course will be held on 6 sessions throughout the term, please note the dates of the sessions at the time of booking. Do you need to bring anything Young people are welcome to bring their own equipment with them. Basic equipment will be available for students to explore in the sessions. The tutor will be able to recommend sources for equipment should students wish to purchase their own. Are there any additional costs? None Who teaches this course? James Hannam

Fri 24 May
Weston Studio
Fri 31 May
Weston Studio
Fri 7 Jun
Weston Studio
Fri 14 Jun
Weston Studio
Fri 21 Jun
Weston Studio
Fri 28 Jun
Weston Studio
Fri 5 Jul
Weston Studio

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