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Weird and wonderful City Lit

Weird and wonderful at City Lit brings you a collection of fabulous, fascinating and unusual courses that you may never have thought about studying.

From writing fairytales to chakra balancing and witchcraft to comic book art, embrace the unusual to find your niche or unlock a secret talent.

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  1. Chinese (Mandarin) 1: writing for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basics of Chinese characters. This interactive workshop provides plenty of opportunity to practise yourself, and is suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. 'B' movies from the golden age of Hollywood

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Once a significant part of Hollywood's output, the 'B' movie, characterised by low budgets, shorter running times and an absence of stars, originated in a Depression era strategy offering a cheaper, second feature as part of a double bill. Explore the history of the 'B' movie through a range of examples and consider their production and exhibition contexts along with their critical reputations.

    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: £36.00

  3. Japanese woodcut printmaking

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over three full days. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  4. Friday lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £12.00

  5. Christmas crooners

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.

    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: £18.00

  6. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Chinese philosophy

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    There is great richness of thinking in Chinese Philosophy beyond the core Confucian tradition. From the nature of nature to the human condition, Chinese thinkers offer much food for thought.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  9. Phenomenology: embodiment, language and gender

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The phenomenology of embodiment begins with sexed bodily experience, language and being in the world. What is a phenomenological understanding of gendered expression?

    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: £42.00

  10. Our world made new: utopias and dystopias

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Why have some writers imagined our world as a much better or much worse place than it actually is? We will look at utopias and dystopias from Plato’s Republic and More’s Utopia to Margaret Atwood and P D James. Have some changed the way we think? Why are some views of the future more memorable than others? Do some writers tap into our fears and hopes more deeply than others and, if so, how?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Music for Elizabeth I

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study the cultural history, plots and politics of music in Elizabethan England. Explore key genres and composers. This course has a scheduled break week: 16th February 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. Introduction to Charles Booths’ London

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    During this six-week course, we will explore aspects of Charles Booth’s landmark survey ‘Life & Labour of the People in London’, published in 17 volumes between 1889 and 1903.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  13. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Other futures: what ideas exist to replace capitalism, reshape politics, and save the environment?

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is an exporative journey through contemporary alternatives to our current political, economic and social sytems. We won't necessarily find the answers, but we will investigate suggestions on how to change our seemingly catastrophic current direction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Costume and fashion in art

    New
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

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