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- The Bicycle Thieves at 75Course start date: Sun 8 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Graham RinaldiIn the inaugural 1952 Sight and Sound greatest film of all time poll, Vittorio De Sica’s neo-realist The Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) was voted in first place. Seventy-five years after its initial release, we will celebrate and analyse the film’s enduring popularity with both audiences and critics alike.
- Poetry of the 30s: T.S. Eliot to Dylan ThomasCourse start date: Sun 8 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Phoebe BraithwaiteWedged between the two wars, the poets of the 1930s were drawn to forces larger than themselves. For poets such as W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice, war, revolution and the allure of communism dwarfed mere personal anxieties. Others – such as William Empson, Kathleen Raine and Dylan Thomas – found a seam of spiritualism in other, more mystical, even Romantic antecedents. Our course traces these discrepant paths through the decade.
- Alexander technique: workshopCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Cristina Codina LlavinaDiscover how to return your body to its natural state of balance and poise in this beginner's guide to the Alexander Technique. Learn to become mindful of muscular and mental tension in two sessions.Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £55.00
- Introduction to geologyCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Charles ClarkeGeology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life.
- Art and creative thinking with Rod JudkinsCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rod JudkinsArt is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.
This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making. You will receive a signed copy of Art and Creative Thinking when you attend this course.
- Picture book writingCourse start date: Sun 29 Oct 2023 (and 7 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Andrew WealeWould you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories, develop their ideas and technique.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Drawing and mindfulness: the art of seeingCourse start date: Sun 29 Oct 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clare Barton-HarveyExplore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how this can support new ways of seeing to stimulate new directions in your drawing. Suitable for those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new approaches, as well as enthusiastic beginners.
- Ascension MeditationCourse start date: Sun 29 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sally PageAscension is a system which allows you to rise beyond the limiting structure of your mind. Here you discover the magic and power of life beyond those limits. It reconnects you with your natural state of love and harmony so that you can discover inner peace, freedom, and a living experience of oneness.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
- David Lynch: lost highway to HollywoodCourse start date: Sun 29 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: John WischmeyerThere is still a time and place for film noir in David Lynch’s dark films. No filmmaker is more unique. He gets his own adjective, ‘Lynchian’: films of an eerie, surrealist, dreamlike quality. He looks every inch the auteur, working and painting in a studio just above Mulholland Drive, a recluse whose boyhood was in 1950s America, who came of age with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and its co-star, Dennis Hopper, who continued to live as a recluse on the wrong side of town 30 years later in Blue Velvet (1986), a virtual remake. “A film or painting has its own sort of language. It’s not right to try to say the same thing in words. The language of film is the language it was put into, and it doesn’t translate. It’s not a word thing. It would reduce it, make it smaller. Film is a magic act, and magicians don’t tell how they did it.” He hates behind-the-scenes footage or making-of films. “People do it for sales, for money, but the film is the thing and should be protected. I never was a movie buff. I like to make movies. I like to work. I don’t really like to go out.” (See separate but related courses on Once Upon a Time in New Hollywood, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, and the Coen brothers).
- Cyanotype printmaking in a dayCourse start date: Sun 17 Sep 2023 (and 7 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Adam HogarthCyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
- Feldenkrais: freeing your eyes, jaw and tongueCourse start date: Sun 12 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Charlotte SeirbergLearn how to ease tension in your eyes, jaw and tongue. Re-educate your nervous system through gentle Feldenkrais movement sequences to help improve your vision, breathing, face tension, quality of voice and sleep pattern.
This course is delivered in-person at City Lit. To take this course online, please use course code FSC32O.Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
- Love in the time of cinemaCourse start date: Sun 12 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul SuttonAndré Bazin famously asserted that, ‘the cinema more than any other art is particularly bound up with love’. Join us for this one-day course and explore the extent to which Bazin’s remark may be seen to be true. We will look at how love is represented across the history of film and explore the ubiquity of love at first sight in classical Hollywood cinema. We will consider the extent to which romance, primarily heterosexual, has been a structuring narrative device in popular cinema, while also considering films that explore same sex romance. We will look at a range of genres, including, of course, the rom-com, or romantic comedy. We will also think about love of the cinema itself – cinephilia – as a possible reason for our regular and continued return to this frequently most powerful of experiences. We will consider work by directors such as Jean Genet, Douglas Sirk, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodovar, and others, as well as looking at specific films such as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and Groundhog Day (1993).
- The physics of timeCourse start date: Sun 19 Nov 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Radmila TopalovicWe'll explore the concept of time in everyday life, using the theories of special and general relativity, and also investigate its nature in the quantum world zooming out to the large scale Universe.
- An introduction to Japanese anime: history, genres and authorsCourse start date: Sun 26 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Cristina MassaccesiWhat is anime? What are the artistic and narrative features that make these films so instantly recognizable? This one-day film course will provide an overview of the history of Japanese animation cinema, its inextricable links with manga and its multi-faceted and varied productions that range from children’s films to genres such as cyberpunk and yaoi. During the course, we will watch and discuss clips from a variety of production companies and directors, such as Haya Miyazaki, the Studio Ghibli and Katsuhiro Otomo.
- Craft focus: how to edit your story (fiction and non-fiction)Course start date: Sun 3 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Lucy PopescuEditing is an essential skill for any writer. Learn the different types of editing processes and how to polish your own prose in this useful workshop for writers. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.
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