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  1. Dickens the Journalist
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Siv Jansson
    'Before Charles Dickens became a novelist, he was a journalist, and he remained one throughout his life. Interested in an enormous range of subjects and particularly concerned with what he saw as social injustices, Dickens the journalist used his platform as a magazine editor to meditate on varied subjects, such as the railways, travel, poverty, the city, social unrest, law and order, and entertainment. In his journalism we see the qualities of the novelist combined with the realities of Victorian life at all social levels: these essays add to our understanding of what created and sustained Charles Dickens as well as giving a vivid insight into mid-Victorian culture and society.'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  2. Authentic jazz dance: general level
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    As the solo dance of the Swing family, Authentic Jazz is a blanket term for a number of popular dances from the 1920s and ‘30s – The Charleston, Tap, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Suzie-Q, and many more. Danced to Jazz and Swing music, and like the other styles of the same family, it is energetic and playful.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  3. French beginners: small group
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Ricci
    Come and join this lively interactive short course for beginners, learning in a small group setting.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £249.00
  4. Textiles: an international history
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    As well as expressing power, prestige and fulfilling symbolic functions, textiles have been intimately linked to the everyday lives of members all societies for millennia. On this course you will study the development of woven, printed and embroidered textiles of many kinds from around the globe and explore the significant roles they have played in the world’s material culture.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Garden design: plan for Spring
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Plan ahead and use the dark Winter months to focus on getting your garden spring ready. Discover how to reconsider the layout and planting opportunities of your outside space and create personalised garden plans ahead of the peak Spring buying and planting season.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  6. Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This half day online Literature course celebrates Coleridge’s iconic poem, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. We consider how this tale of an albatross shot at sea, and a becalmed, parched crew visited by a spectre ship, continues to resonate with us today. We also explore later cultural responses to the poem.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £19.00
  7. Lunchtime lecture: Canaletto's Venice: serenity in the city
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore the drama of Canaletto’s paintings. Discover what his art tells us about social space and political power in ‘The Most Serene’ Republic of Venice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00
  8. Venetian art of the 15th-16th centuries: beauty, splendour and light
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Emma Rose Barber
    Join us for a sumptuous celebration of sumptuous Venetian painting. Discover the painting of this elegant culture built on a fragile lagoon where sea and sky meet, and where light and mist collide.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  9. The ocean in contemporary art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Francesca Curtis
    Explore how contemporary artists are responding to ecological issues within the ocean today. From the Venice Biennale to Olafur Eliasson this online, art history course introduces key concepts related to art and ecology.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  10. Current British politics
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Christian Schnee
    Want to look beyond the personal politics and Brexit and explore current British politics? Join Dr. Christian Schnee to discuss British politics in our time.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £50.00
  11. Experimental animation for fine art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of stop motion and digital techniques.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
  12. Printmaking and mixed-media
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rolina Elsje Blok
    This course introduces you to new ways of combining printmaking with creative thinking by using multiple printmaking techniques and processes, layering them to produce compositions that can be made into artworks to take away with you.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  13. Recycled fashion: rework and repair
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    When the world of Fashion has been moving towards a more sustainable direction, we can no longer ignore how important it is to learn how to support a more circular economy. Can one of your favourite worn garments could be refreshed and updated into a piece to treasure for many years to come! On this course, explore different ways of achieving this and start to making your wardrobe sustainable.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  14. Writing and walking: Virginia Woolf, Nan Shepherd and Rebecca Solnit
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This online course considers the relationship between walking and writing in three innovative works of literary non-fiction: Virginia Woolf’s essay ‘Street Haunting’ (1927), Nan Shepherd’s ‘The Living Mountain’ (written c. 1945, first pub. 1977), and Rebecca Solnit’s ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ (2006).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  15. Secret Histories, Intrigues and Time Travel: curious letters in contemporary fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Wilkinson
    Do you still write letters? Novelists do! This one-day course opens up the dynamic and curious life of letters in twenty-first century fiction. Reading extracts from four novels, we’ll unfold stories of past wrongs, present dilemmas and interstellar futures, to investigate how and why writers today continue to work with letters.



    Includes extracts from An American Marriage (2018) by Tayari Jones, Double Negative (2010) by Ivan Vladislavic, Where'd you go, Bernadette? (2012) by Maria Semple and the Book of Strange New Things (2014) by Michel Faber.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

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