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Arts and Crafts

Welcome to the new exciting programme of quality Art and Craft Courses available at ACRES for 2014/15. Our varied and inspirational programme is designed for students of all abilities, 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 therefore are able to bring that depth of experience and knowledge to their teaching.

 

Courses this year vary in length from single day weekend workshops to 30 week courses that run over 3 terms. Many of our courses continue into the spring and summer terms, subject to student demand.

 

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 year in our beginners course 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 the Kiln Fused Glass Jewellry and the Silver Clay Jewellery courses, where you can create unique jewellery using different techniques. Also new this year is the Calligraphy for Beginners course where you will learn how to write using the miniscule alphabet and make artistic patterns. Life Drawing is another new course where you can draw from a life model. The new and exciting Pop-Up Shops course is for those who want to set up a shop at a market or perhaps a show, for a short period of time to sell goods they have made or bought. New in Wadhurst this year is the Upholstery for Beginners course.

 

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

Art Workshops

Kiln Fused Glass Jewellery and Silver Clay jewellery

Ceramics

Calligraphy

Crochet

Dressmaking

Digital Photography

Floristry

Life Drawing

Photoshop Elements

Pop-Up Workshop

Printmaking

Sculpture

Sewing Workshops

Soft Furnishing and Upholstery

Stained Glass

Upholstery

Willow Sculpture

Woodwork

SLR Portraiture Photography

SLR Wedding Photography

Digital Photography for Beginners (SLR Cameras)

Digital Photography for Intermediate (SLR Cameras)

Photoshop Elements

Video Editing

Video Animation

 

 

Art History

This course is for anyone with an interest in art, culture and history. Students will study a different work of art each week, considering its history, the history of the artist, the historical background and the impact of the work both now and at the time it was created.

 

Art Workshops

Art Workshops this year are offered as all abilities courses. Beginner students will, in the first term, 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. The second and third terms will focus on consolidating the skills learnt in the first term 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.

 

Kiln Fused Glass Jewellery and Silver Clay JewelleryNEW

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.

Ceramics

This course 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.

 

CalligraphyNEW

This new course will give you an introduction to the art of Calligraphy where you will begin to write letters with double pencils to emulate the broad edged pen and then move onto using a dip style pen to make patterns and to start to write the Foundation Hand miniscule alphabet.

 

Crochet

This popular craft is offered at two different levels: beginners and all abilities. On the beginners course, basic stitches and techniques will be covered through completion of a variety of small projects. 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.

 

Dressmaking for beginners and improvers

This is a fun creative course 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.

 

Digital Photography

These popular classes are for beginners or improvers or those that want to focusing on the 'creative' side of digital photography from how to use the all-important manual settings to create unique creative images to be proud of. New courses include Portraiture and Wedding photography combined with Photoshop Elements to enable you to take Photographs and then enhance them.

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.

 

SLR Wedding Photography

Learn how to create beautiful wedding photographs in this course. You will learn all about style and the unmissable shots and how you can give your images an exciting look.

 

Photoshop Elements

These courses aim to give you the opportunity to explore the basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements and to develop a basic understanding of the post production of photography and digital imaging.

 

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

 

Photoshop Elements Workshop

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.

 

Video Editing

This will teach you how to capture your own home movies or video footage onto the computer and edit it into a film which can be exported as a computer file or to a disc as a DVD.

 

Video Animation

This will teach you how to capture your own home movies or video footage onto the computer and edit it into a film which can be exported as a computer file or to a disc as a DVD.

 

Floristry

All floristry courses will allow students to learn about the care and conditioning of flowers and foliage, the basics of colour, form, texture and balance, as well as floristry techniques and mechanics. Courses are themed around the different seasons and are offered in Crowborough and Uckfield.

 

Life Drawing NEW

For complete beginners and those with experience, join this NEW short course to explore drawing and painting of the human figure. The course will guide you through the basics of the classic art of life drawing, whilst allowing those with experience to develop their skills.

 

Pop-Up Workshops NEW

Pop-up shops are used to open a short term retail business and can be a very effective business model to start a new business and test the market or move into a new market. On this course we show you how to achieve it.

 

Printmaking

This course introduces students to a range of printmaking techniques to produce their own, unique, hand finished or edition prints on paper. You will learn the process of lino printing, monotyping, relief and block printing. See our Website Gallery for examples of the prints that you could create. New for this year is our Printmaking Saturday workshop at Uckfield Community College for those students who are unable to attend classes during the week.

 

Sculpture

In the first part of the course, students will receive an introduction to sculpture using a variety of materials to create your own 3 dimensional forms. As you move into the second term you will be encouraged to work on longer individualised projects in your preferred medium. You will be using materials such as clay, plaster, cardboard and wire construction. This is a hands on course which will enable you to experience how you move from a partly formed idea or design on paper to a sculptural fine art form.

 

Sewing Workshops

We are pleased to offer 3 workshops in sewing this year for students who are unable to access our longer courses. Our workshops are intensive 1 or 2 days creating presents for Christmas, or learning 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.. Please see our course information sheets for further details of each workshop.

 

Soft Furnishing and Upholstery Workshops

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.

 

Stained Glass for beginners

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.

 

Upholstery for beginnersNEW

This course is for the complete beginner, who has not undertaken classes in Upholstery before, who wishes to learn and develop their creative skills and discover how the craft of upholstery can become a fascinating hobby. The course will cover the basic principles of upholstery and result in the successful completion of the re upholstery of a piece of furniture.

 

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.

 

Woodwork

On the beginners course, students will learn how to produce a series of basic joints while completing a simple wooden tray. Aspects of design and planning will feature in order to create good quality items.

 

Saturday Courses and One Day Courses - if you find attending in the evening difficult, why not enrol on our Weekend or One Day Workshops which run throughout selected weekends and days of the year. Courses this year include:

 

Get Hooked on Crochet

Kiln Fused Glass Jewellery

Photoshop Elements for Beginners Workshop

Pop-Up Workshop

Stained Glass Sun Catcher Workshop

Willow Sculpture for the Garden

Willow Sculpture for the Garden - Animals, Birds and Figures

Floral Creativity - Winter Wonders

Digital Photography Workshop for Beginners (SLR cameras)

Digital Photography Workshop for Improvers (SLR cameras)

Introduction to Portrait Photography

Introduction to Wedding Photography

Photoshop Elements for Beginners Workshop