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Arts and Crafts

Welcome to our new and exciting programme of quality Art and Craft Courses available at ACRES for Autumn 2015. We have some new and innovative courses this autumn to wet your appetites, and we have some of your old favourites! Once again the programme has been devised for students of all abilities and developed to provide a relaxing environment so you can really discover the joy of the creative process. Many of our tutors are practicing artists and crafts people and therefore are able to bring that depth of experience and knowledge to their teaching.

 

Courses vary in length from a single day or a weekend workshop to 10 week courses. Many of our courses continue from the autumn term into spring and summer, subject to student demand and will take new students.

 

In the brochure we state what level the course is aimed at, e.g. all abilities, beginners, or improvers. We run courses for all abilities where our tutors can vary the projects to suit the level of experience. Beginners' courses are for students with no prior knowledge or who may have done art in the past but feel very rusty. Improvers are students who have completed a course or a year in our beginners' courses and are now ready to move onto the next level, or for new students who may have had recent subject experience at another organisation.

 

New this year are a range of courses to get your creative teeth into including Creating your own Cloth, where you can make your own fabric, and Create Pictures out of Fabric where you will learn to craft an original piece of artwork. New this year is the City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Textile Decoration where you will learn about different fabrics and textile techniques which you will develop in order to produce a number of samples. Nearer Christmas we are offering Felted Christmas Ornaments Arts & Crafts Christmas Workshop and Beaded Christmas Ornaments to inspire you to create unique and original decorations for your tree and house this year. For those of you that have been on our Crochet courses and want to learn more we are running a Beginners Modern Crochet where you will use different types of yarn, including recyclable, to fashion baskets and bags amongst other things. We are also running our popular Crochet for Beginners class in Heathfield as well as in Uckfield, so why not enrol and join in. Another new course is our Glass Mosiac using Pique Assiette is being offered to enable you to create something beautiful and unique out of something broken or chipped. Other new courses include our Recycle your Garments, making something new out of something old, or refashioning a item of clothing; a wide variety of Painting classes, in different mediums from Introduction to Oil Painting, Painting Landscapes and Life Drawing. Please see our Course Information Sheets attached to each course for more information.

 

 

Within Digital Photography we are offering a range of 1 day workshops and longer courses for those who want a more in depth challenge. There is the beginners' course, Digital Photography for Beginners SLR Cameras, for all of you that have a camera and want to know how to best use it. There are the Digital Photography for Intermediate (SLR Cameras) for those with some knowledge and skill. We are also offering our popular Digital SLR Portraiture Photography and Photoshop Elements for Beginners again this year. For those of you who want to be able to manipulate the photographs that you have taken, say to lighten or darken or remove imperfections, this is the course for you, enabling you to create professional looking pictures.

 

If you need further information on what course would suit you please contact us on 01825 761820. Alternatively you can click on the Course Search button to find out more details and to download a course information sheet which provides useful details and information.

 

Art and Craft Courses on offer this year

 

 

Art History

If you enjoy visiting galleries but feel that you would like to know more about what you are looking at and how to interpret a work of are, then you will enjoy this class. You will learn about way of looking at and interpreting painting and other works of art.

 

Art Workshops

Art Workshops this summer are offered as Beginners, Improvers and all abilities courses. Beginner students will, work through a structured, but flexible programme, which will take you through the basics of image making with a variety of mediums. You will learn about the importance of line, mark, tone, form and colour while working on creative projects. Improvers will focus on consolidating the skills learnt through extended projects. Improvers and Advanced students will be encouraged to experiment further still with a greater focus on personalised projects and using their workbooks for research, ideas and playing with mediums and techniques.

 

Explore Watercolour for Beginners NEW

On this course you will learn the skills and techniques required to produce a watercolour painting.

 

Introduction to Oil Painting NEW

You will learn how to paint with oils, looking at tone, colour and composition.

 

Painting Landscapes - All Abilities

On this new course you will develop your painting skills by analyising the key components of landscape painting, exploring different techniques and practising these with your chosen medium

 

Explore Ink and Wash - All Abilities

In another new course, in the painting series, you will develop your drawing and painting skills by practising the key components of pen and wash, exploring different watercolour techniques and mark making with ink.

 

Explore Water Colour - All Abilties

You will explore the core skills relevant to water colour painting by undertaking practical work.

 

Silver Clay Jewellery

Learn the art of Kiln Fused Glass Jewellery. Design and create unique cabochons for earrings and pendants. Learn and develop different techniques that are used in this craft and understand where specialised glass effects can be added to your pieces.

 

Create your own personalised pendant with 99% silver clay as a keepsake that will be everlasting in this new Silver Clay Jewellery course.

 

Kiln Fused Glass Jewellery

On this popular course you will learn how to cut glass sheets following health and safety instructions, how to creatively join layers of glass to form various coloured shapes and sizes of jewellery pieces. You will also learn how to add hand painted designs to your final pieces.

 

Beaded Assessories and Jewellery

Courses range from an Introduction to Beaded Accessories, to Beaded Christmas Ornaments and Silver Clay Jewellery. Come and get creative! Create a unique piece of art or jewellery.

 

Ceramics and Pottery

These courses will enable students to design and construct unique decorative and functional ceramic wares using hand-building methods and the pottery wheels. The college provides a specialist studio with a kiln and 3 potters' wheels. Improvers will be guided by the tutor to embark on extended longer projects with a greater emphasis on workbooks for design and research.

 

Introduction to Glass Mosaic

This beginners course will teach you the techniques required to make a flat mosaic piece.

 

Introduction to Glass Mosaic using Pique Assiette NEW

This introductory course will teach you the techniques required to design and make a mosaic piece using broken china, pottery and found objects.

 

City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Textile Decoration NEW

You will learn about different fabrics and textile techniques which you will develop into order to produce a number of samples.

 

Dressmaking for beginners and improvers

These is fun and creative courses are for students who have very little or no knowledge of sewing either by hand or with a sewing machine, and for students who have completed the beginners course or who have some knowledge of dressmaking. Enthusiasm is essential. Students will complete a simple or complex garment according to experience each term with plenty of tutor guidance and support.

 

Create your own Cloth for Beginners NEW

Here you can make your own fabric.

 

Creating Pictures out of Fabric NEW

On this course you will learn to craft an original piece of artwork.

 

Introduction to Machine Embroidery

Here you will be introduced to free machine embroidery. This skill allows your imagination to blossom and you to create artistic and fun designs using any type of sewing machine!

 

Make the most of your Sewing Machine for Beginners NEW

Get to know your sewing machine, how to use it as well as the attachments that come with it to produce new techniques in sewing.

 

Create Gifts and Crafts with your Sewing Machine for Beginners and for Improvers NEW

Learn to make some great craft using textile embellishment and manipulations. In the Improvers class you will extend and develop your skills enabling you to use your machine to great effect.

 

Sewing Workshops

This 10 week Workshop will enable you to learn how to make your own cushions designed around your own interiors, or simply learn basics sewing skills so you can embark in the future on a range of sewing projects.

 

Recycle Your Garments

Here you will be able to update and/or make something new out of something old, or refashioning a item of clothing.

 

Make do and Mend Sewing for All Abilities NEW

On this course you will learn further skills and techniques which you can use to alter your own clothes more adventurously!

 

Felted Christmas Ornaments NEW

Learn how to make Christmas ornaments by using natural sheep's wool and dry needle felting techniques. No sewing involved!

 

Soft Furnishing and Upholstery

Our tutor will enable each student to transform their furniture using both modern and traditional methods. On some Upholstery courses the tutor also provides a Soft Furnishing course where students are taught how to make curtains, blinds, lampshades and cushion covers. The tutor is also able to teach the skills and techniques to create cane and rush seating.

 

Crochet

This popular craft is offered on two different courses. The all abilities course is for those with little or some experience of crochet and will revisit and improve the basics making items such as flowers and toys. The Crocheting Small Projects is a one day workshop to enable you to pick up tips and tricks of crocheting in a smaller amount of time. New this year is the Beginners Modern Crochet where you can use recycled yarn to create bags and bowls.

 

Willow Sculpture Workshops

We are running a Willow Workshop where students will learn the techniques and skills to create individualised sculptures for an interior or an outside space, with plenty of support and guidance from our specialist tutor.

 

Digital Photography for Beginners (SLR Cameras)

This is a course aimed at those students who own a Digital SLR camera but have little or no knowledge of how to get the best from it. The course aims to improve confidence and skill and to help the student understand how to make these complex modern cameras work for them.

 

Digital Photography for Intermediate (SLR Cameras)

This is a course which provides a continuation into the subject for those students who own a quality DSLR camera but who are unsure how to get the best from it creatively. You will explore some of the creative possibilities offered by these cameras and build on existing photographic knowledge.

 

Digital SLR Portraiture Photography and Photoshop Elements for Beginners

These courses continue to be popular and we have added Portraiture Photography classes with Photoshop Elements to enable you to take your photos and then enhance them.

 

Photoshop Elements for Beginners and Improvers

This course will give students an opportunity to explore the basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements and is aimed at individuals wishing to develop a basic understanding of the post production of photography and imaging. It is for students who wish to be able to successfully use a variety of tools and techniques to manipulate their images for personal use.

 

Printmaking for All Abilities

On this course you will learn different techniques and skills that will enable you to hand-make unique handmade prints.

 

Introduction to Leaded Stained Glass

This popular course is where students will learn the skills and traditional techniques in stained glass, resulting in the creation of an individually designed leaded panel and a sun catcher using the copper foiling techniques.

 

Stained Glass Suncatchers

In the Introductory class make your own stained glass suncatchers to brighten your windows and learn about good design for suncatchers. In the Improvers class you will continue to develop and create a more intracate suncatchers.

 

If you need further information on what course would suit you please contact us on 01825 761820. Alternatively you can click on the Course Search button to find out more details and to download a course information sheet which provides useful details and information.