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Arts and Crafts

Welcome to the new exciting programme of quality Art and Craft Courses available at ACRES for Summer 2015. We have some new and innovative courses this spring and summer to wet your appetites. 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 spring term into summer term, 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 the courses using beads; Get Creative Making Beaded Wrap Bracelets and Introduction to Beaded Crafts where you will learn to create beautiful items of jewellery or small crafts. Also new is the Batik Workshop for Beginners using PVA Glue, in which you will be taught how to create your own lovely craftwork without the use of hot wax! Also new this year are the range of painting workshops with four to choose from including Painting using Watercolour for Beginners, Explore Portraiture through Painting and Painting Landscapes and Painting using Ink and Wash - so go on treat yourself! The new Introduction to Mosaic Using Ceramic Pieces helps you to use up your ceramic crockery that is chipped or broken to create a new and charming Mosaic. Our Sewing classes continue to grow and grow and new this spring are the Make the most of your sewing machines for Beginners and also the Create Gifts and Crafts with your Sewing Machine for Beginners, so if you want to know how to get the best out of your sewing machine, these are the classes for you. Another craft area that continues to grow is Crochet. So another new class is the Crocheting Small Projects where you will be able to continue to develop those new skills.

 

Within Digital Photography we are offering some new one day workshops as requested by our students. There is the beginners' course, Demystifying your Digital Camera, for all of you that have perhaps been given a camera for Christmas and want to know how to best use it. There are the Introduction courses, one for Portrait Studio Lighting, which will enable you to create professional looking portraits and the other Portrait Location Lighting which will enable you to create professional looking portraits outside.

 

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

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 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.

 

Painting using Watercolour for Beginners NEW

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

 

Explore Portraiture through Painting NEW

Here you will develop your painting skills by analyising the work of artists, exploring different techniques and practising the key components of portrait painting.

 

Painting Landscapes NEW

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

 

Painting using Ink and Wash - All Abilities NEW

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.

 

Batik Workshop for Beginners using PVA Glue NEW

In this new course you will learn alternative techniques for making creative and beautiful batik style art work using everyday materials.

 

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.

 

Get Creative Making Beaded Wrap Bracelets NEW

Come and get creative! Make your own beaded wrap bracelets using memory wire and a large selection of beads.

 

Introduction to Beaded Crafts NEW

Learn a variety of stitches to enable you to create unique jewellery for presents and yourself.

 

Ceramics

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 Mosaic Using Ceramic Pieces NEW

This course will help you to use up your ceramic crockery that is chipped or broken, and create a new and charming Mosaic.

 

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.

 

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 NEW

Learn to make some great craft using textile embellishment and manipulations.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Demystifying your Digital Camera for Beginners NEW

This course is for all of you that have perhaps been given a camera for Christmas and want to know how to best use it, or simply want to have a good grounding in what it and you can achieve.

 

 

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.

 

Introduction to Portrait Studio Lighting NEW

An introduction to using Studio Lighting to create professional looking portraits

 

Introduction to Portrait Location Lighting NEW

Another introductory course which will enable you to create professional looking portraits in the open air.

 

Creative Photography Workshop NEW

This course focuses on the 'creative' side of digital photography from how to use the all-important manual settings to creating unique creative images to be proud of.

 

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.

 

Photoshop Elements - An Introduction

This short five week course will give you an introduction to Photoshop Elements to creatively improve images.

 

Photoshop Elements for Beginners

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.

 

Photoshop Elements Workshop - Using Layers

This workshop enables students to finally take control of those elusive layers of Photoshop, create a montage of your own scanned and downloaded images and add extra layers in the form of text.

 

Printmaking for Beginners

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.

 

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 Boxes and Panel Lamps

Learn how to use the copper foil technique to make a lovely 3-dimensional box or panel lamp.

 

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.