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  • Art for StartersThis course will focus on learning how to draw using pencil, charcoal and mixed media. Lessons will include: • understanding tonal values, scale and proportion, perspective, colour theory and practice. • how to mix colours. • understanding elements of composition in still-life and landscapes. • developing expressive and experimental mark making techniques using wax resist, pen and ink. • learning how to use acrylic paints and paint using mixed media. The subject matter will change depending on the term and the ability of the learners.
  • Art: Sketching to Painting - BeginnersThis course will provide an introduction to learning to draw and paint. We will cover: 1 Drawing simple shapes and understanding how they relate to the subject. 2 Developing drawing skills using shading techniques, understanding tonal values. 3 Develop drawing skills using scale and proportion. 4 Introduction to colour theory and how to mix colours. 5 How to use different mediums, eg, watercolour, pencils, chalk pastels and how to mix paint using acrylics.
  • Art: Sketching with Confidence WorkshopThis workshop is an introduction to understanding tonal values and strengthening drawing skills using scale and proportion. Learners will practise how to draw basic shapes followed by a simple still-life arrangement. The tutor will encourage learners to explore different mark making techniques using pencils, charcoal, pen and ink wash.
  • Art: Water, Boats and Buildings in WatercolourWhen painting local landscapes we often need to include water, boats and buildings. It is important to paint them effectively, creating the correct atmosphere and mood for the scene. Each of these subjects can prove troublesome. In this workshop your tutor will share his techniques creating a beautiful Cambridgeshire landscape. Your tutor will provide a colour reference and simplified drawing of the subject.
  • Art: Watercolour - Plants and Flowers Through the SeasonsThis course will give you an introduction to painting and drawing flowers, fruit and natural objects in graphite and watercolour. We will cover: Perspective for flowers and leaves Shading and tonal work Colour mixing Wet in wet and drybrush techniques Composition
  • Art: Watercolour Landscapes - BeginnersThis course is for beginners and those wishing to return to art after a long absence. This course will focus on painting and drawing with pencil. You will be taught all the basic techniques during the first term, together with an appreciation of the value of tone, colour and composition. This will be more than enough to get you painting in watercolours. Topics will be explained clearly and subjects covered will be mainly landscapes, working from photographs.
  • Art: Watercolours and More - Mixed AbilityThis course aims to stimulate learners who already have an ability to paint and who understand many of the materials used in painting. The course aims to encourage the use of watercolour and acrylics in fresh ways and experimentation with the use of paint and colour in ways that will widen the creative and expressive appeal of the medium.
  • Assertiveness NEWWe will start by exploring assertion, aggression and passivity. We will look at the effects of aggressive, assertive and passive behaviour and the effects of unhelpful thinking styles. Responding to criticism, communicating effectively and fairly in an argument, saying ‘no’, dealing with being put ‘on the spot’ will be covered. Role play will fast track you to success.
  • Cake Decorating with Sugar Flowers, Cake Lace and Brush EmbroideryYou will learn all the icing and decorating techniques to produce a perfectly smooth marzipan and fondant covered fruit cake base, with an iced and ribboned base board for a professional finish to your cake. Then you will learn everything you need to make beautiful sugar flowers teamed up with delicate brush embroidery and cake lace for a truly lovely cake, perfect for any occasion. At week one you will prepare and marzipan your fruit cake, cover it with fondant and ice and ribbon your cake drum (board). At week two you will learn how to make cake lace and royal icing and use brush embroidery and cake lace on your cake. At week three you will learn to make rose buds and leaves for your cake, and at week four you will learn to make blossoms, petunias and other flowers and wire them together to create sprigs to complete your cake decoration.
  • Cake Decorating: Sugar Flowers and BlossomsLearn how to make beautiful stylised sugar flowers perfect to bring any cake to life, from a simple cupcake to a stunning wedding cake. This course will teach you a variety of techniques for delicate blossom filler flowers and show stopping wired flowers to create a gorgeous sugar flower display. Flowers will include carnations, delicate blossoms, Lily of the Valley sprigs, roses, magnolias, daisies, twigs and stamens.
  • Calligraphy: Calligraphy for Christmas NEWRecap of lettering style which learners have already covered. Introduction to calligraphy pen and a lettering style for brand new students. Use of decorative techniques to enhance lettering. Choice of various small projects, which are Christmas-themed but can also be applied to any other occasion or celebration – such as place cards, gift tags and gift boxes. Please note - this is a traditional edged-pen calligraphy workshop and is NOT a “modern calligraphy” workshop.
  • Cookery: Chinese Dim Sum Day'Dim sum' means snacks in Chinese. These tasty little treats from the Canton region were originally served in tea houses, at any time of day, and there are over 100 varieties. During this friendly and hands-on day your Chinese tutor will teach you how to cook delicious authentic Dim Sum yourself, including Char Siu Puffs, Yuntun soup and crispy vegetable spring rolls.
  • Cookery: Chinese Takeaway Favourites NEW MENUWe all love Chinese food but how would you like to cook those takeaway favourites at home, more delicious and authentic than your local restaurant? Our Chinese chef will inspire you with her know-how and help you to create; • Sticky mini ribs • Gongbao Chicken • Stir-fried seasonal vegetables in garlic sauce • Chicken Chao Mian
  • Cookery: Chocoholics WorkshopYou will understand how to use chocolate in a variety of ways to produce high quality products such as demon truffles and luscious brownies and cookies. We shall also look at the different types of chocolate available and their uses, with the addition of heat or chilling and how these techniques can be used in everyday and luxury chocolate items.
  • Cookery: Curry House Favourites NEW MENUFor all lovers of Indian food - learn to prepare popular 'Curry House' recipes at home. We will make well known curry house dishes, rices and Indian breads. Learn through practical experience and gain confidence with herbs and spices to achieve the subtle blend of exotic flavours.
  • Cookery: Homemade Pizza and Garlic Bread NEWDuring this course you will taught about the use of yeast as a raising agent and the conditions it needs. How to make an effective bread dough and its uses in a variety of dishes. How basic pizza ingredients can be adapted to alter taste, shape and design of pizza and garlic bread.
  • Cookery: Indian Feast for Friends NEW MENUIndian food is becoming the nation's favourite! Join us and prepare a set menu of five delicious dishes suitable for entertaining friends or family. Learn how to use herbs and spices to achieve a delicious home-cooked taste and gain confidence to prepare Indian food at home. Indian food is particularly good to share with friends as the flavour improves after resting for some time or even overnight. Using all natural ingredients, you will discover how healthy and economical Indian home-cooking is and be less quick to reach for the take-away menu! During the day you will be making kebabs (lamb or chicken mince), chicken curry, fried rice, raita (a yoghurt dish) and onion baggias.
  • Cookery: Kitchen Confidence WorkshopThis workshop will give learners the skills they require to attempt and be confident in following a recipe and produce good quality dishes. Learners will gain the confidence to use equipment correctly in the kitchen. They will learn what different terminology means and how dishes should be produced.
  • Cookery: Learn to Cook NEWThis course will teach the basic kitchen skills needed to produce nutritious and tasty everyday meals. You will become confident to try more adventurous dishes.
  • Cookery: Simply IndianIndian food doesn't have to be 'HOT' and preparing it isn't difficult! Come and gain the skills to prepare well known and more unusual dishes, and the confidence to be creative with your cookery and your use of herbs and spices. We will be preparing a set menu of a minimum of five dishes, suitable for a party or just to share with family and friends. Each dish will be explained and demonstrated step-by-step, so that you can follow and practically prepare the dishes. We will be cooking chicken makhanwala (buttery chicken curry), meat madras, kesari chawal (saffron rice), tomato mint raita (yoghurt dish) and samosas (triangular savoury snacks).
  • Cookery: Traditional Chinese Dishes NEWGreat food doesn’t need to be difficult, this course is designed to be suitable for all abilities and tastes. Learn how to cook authentic, healthy and delicious Chinese food with fresh ingredients like a native. Dishes taught during this term will include … • Hongshao Pork & Shaobing • Steamed Pork Shao Mai • Chicken and sticky rice wrapped in a lotus leaf • Sichuan Dandan Noodles
  • Counselling - An IntroductionThis course provides a general introduction to counselling. You will gain a basic understanding of counselling skills to help other people and will deepen your understanding of the emotional needs of yourself and others. You will also learn about basic interpersonal and counselling skills which are transferable to a range of voluntary and paid opportunities in the health, social care, justice and other sectors. The course covers the difference between counselling and other helping relationships, the use of helping skills, and a general introduction to counselling theory. A certificate of attendance will be issued on successful completion of the course.
  • Craft: Christmas Needle FeltingIf you are looking to learn a new craft, the increasingly popular needle felting could be for you. You will learn how to sculpt fibres with a barbed felting needle to create 3D felted items, such as a robin and decoration for your Christmas tree. Suitable for all abilities. ALL materials included.
  • Craft: Slow Stitching Workshop NEWSlow stitching is a new term given to hand embroidery. It combines a variety of embroidery stitches on recycled surfaces following no pattern, its mindfulness method of creating for pure pleasure makes it the new form of meditation. This will be an introduction to selecting and combining materials, and using a selection of stitches to enhance the surface of a sampler piece. Learners will be taught basic running stitch, chain stitch and blanket stitch in the first instance and for those that wish to expand their knowledge, French and bullion knot, fly and feather stitch. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate learners alike.
  • Creative Writing - BeginnersThe course is designed to cultivate and develop an ability to write within a number of creative forms. We will evaluate various types of literary works in order to identify, evaluate and measure the merits of creative writing so as to develop and demonstrate a growing ability within our own creative work. We will compare and contrast the works of writers in different genres of creative literature to help to develop a broad appreciation of literary form and style. Additionally, we will look at basic form and structure within poetry, short stories, novels and screenplays so as to better inform our own work. We will each produce several pieces of creative work throughout the duration of the course. These creative pieces will include a poem, short story, synopsis for a novel and one full scene from a screen, stage or television play.
  • Dieting Mindset WorkshopThis workshop looks at mindset techniques and approaches for weight management. It is ideal for anyone interested in slimming and maintaining weight. We will incorporate NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique) and some holistic therapeutic strategies to enable your transformation.
  • Dressmaking: Pyjamas NEWThis practical course will teach you the basic sewing skills you need to successfully create your own garments at home. Following a commercial pattern, you will make a fabulous pair of pyjama bottoms either long or short. We will look at many different aspects of dressmaking from understanding and following printed instructions, cutting out and construction of a garment, including seams, in-seam pockets, elasticated waistband and finishing. More experienced sewers may also have time to make a vest top to match. If you think this may be you, please buy additional fabric. Important pattern information: You pick the pattern, the size and the fabric. There are many free patterns on-line or use McCalls M5992, a family pattern that even includes the dog. Simplicity has several family patterns, S9132, S9137 and S8179 includes adult, child and teens sizes. We will start right from the beginning, so don’t worry if you have never sewn before, the class is rich in essential sewing techniques. We will start by taking a quick look at the sewing machine and some of the tools used in sewing (including the seam ripper). You will learn how to: • Wind a bobbin • Thread your machine • How to handle your pattern and choose the right size • Cut out and mark your fabric • Pin fabric to get it ready to sew • Make and insert in-seam pockets • Make a button hole • Insert elastic • Sew in a straight line • Finish the seam • .. and much more
  • French - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you will need to register before the start of each term. The course covers situations such as: introducing yourself, talking about your family, jobs, shopping for food, asking for and understanding directions, using public transport, booking a room in a hotel, dealing with restaurants and more. All four skills will be used: speaking, listening, reading and writing. There will be the possibility to carry out practical tasks as well as to gain an in-house certificate which will acknowledge individual learning.
  • French - ImproversThis is a progressive three term course starting in September, and you need to register before the start of each term. Learners may join at terms 2 and 3 depending on ability. It builds on the Beginner’s French course, and will cover areas such as: • Talking about events in the past tense, as well as talking about thoughts and feelings in the past tense. • Talking about events that will happen in the future. • To/by/in/of and other prepositions. • Improving your pronouns. • Reading real French, building up to being able to understand the main points in simple newspaper articles. • Practice speaking French in different situations. • This course will also focus more on perfecting pronunciation. • The flexibility of this course also means that topics can be adapted to suit the needs of the class, any specific areas which learners raise can usually be accommodated.
  • Guitar - BeginnersThe course will cover basic guitar theory and the physical structure of the acoustic guitar. You will learn basic chord shapes, how to fine tune, read basic standard notation and number tablature. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques.
  • Guitar - Next StepsThe course is a follow-on from the Beginners Course. You will develop confidence by using various playing techniques.
  • Italian Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. The course is for complete beginners. This course will help you to develop an appreciation of the Italian language and culture. You will learn to use basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in short conversations to communicate in everyday situations. You will also practise writing simple sentences. You will learn how to place orders in bars and restaurants, book hotel rooms, shop for food, clothing, souvenirs and presents, count up to 6 digit numbers, be able to spell using the Italian alphabet, tell and understand the time, ask for directions, use verbs in the present, past and future tenses etc.
  • Italian Improvers Part 1This is a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. This course is suitable for those who have studied Italian for two terms. Learners may join at terms 2 or 3 depending on ability. As well as developing an appreciation of the Italian language and culture, this course aims to improve the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) giving more emphasis to speaking, listening and reading. You will converse developing an authentic pronunciation enriched with expanded vocabulary and grammar. Topics will be more personal and will include giving and asking opinions.
  • Makeup for Mature Skin - WorkshopThis is fun, informative and practical. Learn how to choose the right colours to suit your skin and how to apply makeup as your skin matures. You will also learn some trade secrets on how to take care of your skin, creating a perfect canvas to apply makeup to. You will try out new styles and techniques and discover the best products for you from brands across the high street. Please note that there will be a short half hour break during this course. The class will therefore finish at 14.30 to accommodate this. We will endeavour to maintain social distancing at all times, as outlined by the hair and beauty industry.
  • Massage: Body Massage - Beginners WorkshopThis is a very 'hands-on' workshop - the price is per couple, please note that you need to come with a friend or relative so that you both have someone to practise on! You will learn a routine to enable you to give a back massage. This course will focus on the practical application rather than theory although you will learn a little about the history of back massage and massage techniques.
  • Massage: Indian Head Massage - BeginnersIndian Head Massage is a massage treatment that involves the scalp, neck, back and shoulders, given whilst the recipient is seated. It does not require the removal of any clothing and usually lasts between 20–30 minutes. The course does contain some explanation of anatomy and physiology that is relevant to the areas as we work through the routine, along with the benefits and effects of Indian Head Massage.
  • Reiki I - An IntroductionReiki is a healing energy that is passed on from a Reiki Master Teacher to a student through an attunement. It enables the student to receive this healing energy to promote relaxation and healing in themselves and others. Reiki I is the foundation course and can lead to the next level of Reiki II which would then enable the student to channel more energy for themselves, others and situations as well as “send” healing. Reiki II is seen as the practitioner status and those taking this level can become insured to offer this healing art to the general public. Reiki I will more specifically cover meditations, Reiki history, Reiki principles, Eastern/Western energy systems, attunements (students must receive all four attunements to enable the Reiki healing energy to flow through them), treatment process for self and others. There will be continuing assessments and tests during the course. A certificate of qualification will be issued at the end of the course. This will act as a pre-requisite should the student want to develop their training to the next level of Reiki II.
  • Science and Religion: The Great DebateThe course will cover a general introduction to some of the ideas to be found within the science and religion debate. More specific areas of enquiry will focus on the popular arguments for the existence/non existence of God, the for and against “celebrities,” the relevance of both science and religion in the world both historically and in the present day, the nature of faith (scientific and religious) and the survival and evolution of current/future ideas and belief systems.
  • Sewing: Totes and Shopping Bags Workshop NEWDuring this course you will learn the basics of measuring and sewing to make a unique tote and larger shopping bag. More advanced sewers may have time to decorate their tote bag with applique or embroidery. No pattern required and all materials will be provided by the tutor. We will start by taking a quick look at the sewing machine and some of the tools used in sewing (including the seam ripper). You will learn how to: · Wind a bobbin · Thread your machine · How to handle your fabric and measure accurately. · Cut out and mark your fabric · Pin fabric to get it ready to sew · Make a French seam · Make an internal pocket · Sew in a straight line · Finish the seam · .. and much more
  • Spanish - Beginners Part 1This is term one of a progressive (three term) course starting in September and you need to register before the start of each term. Through fun and interactive activities you will learn the basic language skills to communicate simply in everyday situations in Spanish, such as how to greet, introduce oneself, ask the time, get public transport, ask directions, ask for a cup of coffee, beer, ‘tapas’, ice cream, etc. Each topic will be widely linked with a vibrant cultural approach.
  • Teaching Assistant - An IntroductionIf you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress. During the course you will look at: Session 1: SCHOOLS AS ORGANISATIONS Session 2: EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Session 3: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Session 4: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN Session 5: UNDERSTAND YOUNG PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT Session 6: UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION Session 7: UNDERSTAND CHILDREN’S PLAY Session 8: CREATING DISPLAYS Session 9: CONTRIBUTE TO TEAMWORK IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Session 10: IDENTIFYING PROGRESSION ROUTES and TECHNIQUES
  • Website Design - BeginnersWebsite design doesn't have to be a mystery. Learn how to design, build and manage your own cost-free website. You will receive step-by-step instructions, exercises, tips and tools that will enable you to create an attractive and purposeful website. During the course you will design, build and publish a free basic website that incorporates text, sound, images, hyperlinks, plug-ins and social media interactivity. You will receive step-by-step instructions, exercises, tips and tools that will enable you to create an attractive layout for your pages, organise content properly, ensure that the site functions well across mobile devices and keep the site safe. You will not need to write code for this course.
  • Wellness BoostUnderstand what true wellness is and how it affects your body, mind and soul. We will look at: • Meditation • Drumming • Massage • Aromatherapy • Emotional Freedom Technique • Reiki healing • Crystals and Colour
  • YogaThe sessions will include a variety of yoga postures and throughout each term, different postures will be featured. Each session will start with gentle preparation postures followed by main postures and will include a relaxation session. All postures can be modified (or substituted) to suit the individual, for example; you do not have to be able to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings, however, those who can easily, can be shown modifications. Each learner will be encouraged to work within his/her own ability.
  • Zumba Gold®Designed to meet the needs of those looking for a low impact or slower paced workout, Zumba Gold® is perfect for the "mature mover", those with limited or reduced mobility (can also be taken as a seated workout) or those just beginning a move towards a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Still with all the Zumba® fun and party atmosphere.
  • Zumba® FitnessDance fitness exercise classes, using a combination of Latin and World rhythms plus pop and chart music to generate a party-like atmosphere - while providing a fun but effective workout. Zumba® can help you achieve so much towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle, and all while having a great time!! These are really fun and friendly classes, and lots of wiggling, jiggling and giggling! Come along and get sweaty, raise your heart-rate, burn calories and tone up.