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70th Anniversary – St Ives Artists – Ben Nicholson: Another Dimension

20 November 2021 -

From Caravaggio to Constable, one of the abiding preoccupations of Western Art has been the play of light and shade. To be able to conjure in oil or watercolour, a…

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70th Anniversary – St Ives Artists – Peter Lanyon; A New Point of View

8 January 2022 -

‘I want to show what I know and what I feel. Not just what I see.’ Before it can be painted, the landscape must be experienced and that is why…

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70th Anniversary – The Art and Life of Henri Matisse

26 October 2021 -

2021 is the seventieth anniversary of the completion of the Rosary Chapel at Vence in Southern France, a project which Henri Matisse considered his finest creation. Along with Picasso, Matisse…

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A Country Bouquet – Ribbon Embroidery

28 October 2021 -

Create your own beautiful bouquet of flowers and foliage in stitch and pure silk ribbon embroidery. This technique is very satisfying and easy to master. Your finished piece could be…

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A Crash Course in Global Philosophy

11 February 2022 13 February 2022 -

Much of the world’s philosophy has historically been ignored by the West. Yet, if philosophy is a love of wisdom, there is no doubt that the philosophy of other cultures…

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Advanced Crochet Workshop

28 October 2021 -

Add dimension to your stitchwork and create more texture in your crochet. Learn the secrets of blending colour whilst working with groups of stiches, clusters and spikes! Develop your skills…

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Advanced Knitting Workshop

9 November 2021 -

Expand your existing knitting skills on this one-day sample-based workshop. Throughout the day we will produce small swatches, we will cover a variety of techniques including: Cable work, simple shaping,…

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Against the Odds: How Women Writers Found their Voices

26 October 2021 -

This course is for anyone interested in discovering the process whereby women came to make their voices heard, transcending the roles assigned them by society. Students must be prepared to…

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American Joy – The Ballets of Paul Taylor and Mark Morris

10 November 2021 -

The word joyous is not one that springs to mind when looking at some comtemporary dance, yet this word and many other similar adjectives – ‘sunny’, ‘lyrical’, ‘humourous’ – can…

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Antiques Explored – Love, Honour & eBay Followed by Dealers Dilemma

26 October 2021 -

A morning course with lunch for anyone with an interest in antiques or the history of our country. Most people have heard of Bill Gates but who on earth is…

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Architects and the Architectural Movements of the Twentieth Century

1 June 2022 3 June 2022 -

From the disparate forms presented by the last vestiges of Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau, there soon developed Modern Architecture. This term covers so many forms such as the international…

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Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Group Musicians Weekend

1 October 2021 3 October 2021 -

The course is for musicians interested in playing together in a band for Scottish Country Dancing. The weekend starts with an optional workshop on Friday evening. Saturday’s sessions will provide…

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Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

1 October 2021 3 October 2021 -

The course is suitable for intermediate or advanced Scottish Country Dancers. This weekend gives you an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of…

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Bags of Fun

28 September 2021 -

Making bags is a great way of using up small amounts of fabric left over from larger projects, perhaps to match or co-ordinate with an outfit. Students can use their…

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Beginners Knitting

6 October 2021 -

Start your journey into the wonderful world of knitting. You will be guided through the basic techniques of cast on and cast off, the first knit and purl stitches and…

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Belle Époque: The Music of France 1870-1914

24 September 2021 26 September 2021 -

‘La Belle Époque’ is a phrase used to describe the period of relative peace and prosperity between the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the outbreak of World War 1 in…

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Bobbin Lace

15 October 2021 18 October 2021 -

This course will suit all abilities of bobbin lacemakers from those just starting through to advanced. It covers English laces and many from the continent including Belgium, Spain and Russia.…

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Bookbinding

8 November 2021 12 November 2021 -

This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further. Students will…

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British Art Collections and Patrons

29 October 2021 31 October 2021 -

The arrival of great art into the United Kingdom is a historical and cultural phenomenon that is barely recognised.  We take for granted the works which hang on our gallery…

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Chaucer’s World

19 November 2021 21 November 2021 -

Chaucer’s life (c.1343-1400) spanned a fascinating period of English history.  The 14th century was a century of change and crisis but also a time of impressive cultural achievement. The course…

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Christmas Card and Gift Block Printing

16 November 2021 -

A day to explore the craft of Indian Block Printing to create your own wrapping paper, cards and textile product. You will have the opportunity to use a collection of…

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Christmas Corn Dolly Workshop

15 November 2021 -

Corn dollies are a form of straw work made as part of harvest customs and decoration. During the day you will be shown traditional methods of making a Corndolly and…

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Classical Guitar Orchestra Weekend

25 February 2022 27 February 2022 -

A unique musical experience for classical guitarists of all ages and of varying abilities (but not complete beginners). The emphasis is on participation, with students working in a non-competitive and…

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Concert with the Coull Quartet

26 September 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The magnificent Coull Quartet offers a rare combination of maturity and freshness and we are delighted that once again they are returning to Dillington House. Concert commences 2.30pm. Doors open…

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Dillington String Quartet Coaching Weekend

24 September 2021 26 September 2021 -

Once again, we are thrilled that the members of the Coull Quartet have agreed to return to Dillington House to lead this extended weekend of coaching for pre-formed string quartets…

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Egyptomania

25 November 2022 27 November 2022 -

No other ancient civilisation can lay claim to having repeatedly inspired and caused, on no less than five separate occasions, a massive infusion of ideas and styles into the contemporary…

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Elizabeth Gaskell – Selected Works

10 June 2022 12 June 2022 -

Elizabeth Gaskell is best known as the author of a number of novels including Cranford and North and South. She is also known as friend of Charlotte Bronte and she…

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Enjoy Your Camera – Introduction to Photography

22 October 2021 -

A relaxed and fun day’s experience of practice and theory to enable everyone to understand their camera or smart phone and improve their photography skills. The day starts with a…

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Europe in the 18c – Despotism, Cabinet Wars and the Age of Enlightenment

8 January 2022 -

This continuing series of standalone day courses considers European history in the round. This course considers Europe at the cusp of the 18th century. The Glorious Revolution had brought William…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

1 December 2021 -

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

22 November 2021 -

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Copper Foil Stained Glass Workshop

6 December 2021 -

This course introduces students to the copper foil method of stained glass making. Often referred to as the Tiffany method, after Louis Comfort Tiffany. This method is used to make…

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Festive Sugar Craft Workshop

6 December 2021 -

International Demonstrator and Cake Decorator Ann Pickard will be showing you how to make a multitude of Christmas models from sugar paste. Throughout the day you will make the following…

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Frank Lloyd Wright

18 February 2022 20 February 2022 -

Never far from controversy and a pithy one-liner, Frank Lloyd Wright is now rightly recognised as one of the giants of not just American but world architecture. The course will…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – Guernica: The Greatest Painting in the World with Wayne Bennett

29 October 2021 1:00 pm -

Arguably the greatest painting of the 20th century, Picasso’s Guernica was a defiant statement hewn out of the barbarity of civil war in Spain yet painted in a loft many…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Ghent Altarpiece: The Greatest Painting in the World with Wayne Bennett

4 March 2022 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This talk will explain the significance of this extraordinary work painted at a time when Europe was transitioning from the chivalric period of the Middle Ages into what we call…

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Friday Lunch & Lecture – The Story of Sutton Hoo Ship Burial

19 November 2021 -

Sutton Hoo is the site of two early medieval cemeteries dating from the 6th to 7th centuries near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England. Archaeologists have been excavating the area since 1938.…

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Gothic V

8 October 2021 10 October 2021 -

In what is the fifth in the series of six lectures which trace the history and continued use and development of Gothic Architecture, we have arrived at what for many…

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Gothic VI – The Final Chapter? 1901-2021

21 January 2022 23 January 2022 -

The accepted notion that Gothic architecture as a style had run its course by the early years of the twentieth century is quite frankly, utterly wrong. With Gothic revivalism continuing…

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Honiton Lace

12 November 2021 14 November 2021 -

This practical course is designed for bobbin lacemakers of all abilities. For those who have knowledge of basic bobbin stitches there is the opportunity to be introduced to the techniques…

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How Ballet Shaped the American Stage and Film Musical

11 November 2021 -

What do On the Town, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, West Side Story, Oliver! And so many more have in common? These were choreographed by classically-trained dancers.…

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Industrialisation and German Unification

21 May 2022 -

The signing of the Treaty of Vienna in 1815 left Great Britain as the pre-eminent economic power and one with unique global stretch by virtue of early industrialisation, maritime supremacy as…

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Introduction to Paper Quilling Card Workshop

27 October 2021 -

This course would appeal to paper crafters and card makers. Quilling or Paper Filigree use long strips of coloured paper, rolling, shaping and glueing to create decorative items. An introduction…

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Introduction to Printed Textiles

4 October 2021 -

A day of exploration with colour, design and textiles. Three different methods of fabric design will be introduced using a variety of fabrics. In the morning we will use Indian…

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Introduction to Watercolours

25 February 2022 27 February 2022 -

Have you ever thought of trying your hand at watercolour painting but don’t know where to start? Are you recently retired or just looking for a new challenge? Designed for…

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Leatherwork – Make a Bag: Two Day Workshop

23 March 2022 24 March 2022 -

Learn how to make your own Shoulder or Tote Bag from stunning Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather. After an introduction to leather and its many types and uses, you will begin…

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Making a Leaded Stained Glass Panel – Two Day Workshop

26 October 2021 27 October 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This two day course will enable you to create your own stained glass panel using the traditional method of combining coloured glass with lead. Stained Glass is an ancient art…

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Monmouth Rebellion – Including Visit to Battlefield Sites

13 April 2022 -

This course will appeal to those interested in History, Military History and Local History of SW England The day encompasses two parts. The first being lecture based and examining the…

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Music and Poetry: The Song-Cycle from Schubert to the Present

11 February 2022 13 February 2022 -

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of words and music than that found in the greatest of song-cycles. There is great variety too, from the intimacy of solo…

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Night-time Adventures in Watercolour

4 February 2022 6 February 2022 -

Escape the winter blues by immersing yourself in the mystery and atmosphere created by the flow of wet into wet watercolours. Working loosely on the theme of dusk and dawn…

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No Brush Necessary

14 October 2021 -

“What’s drawing and painting? I’d use a hammer and chisel if I had to.” Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Conventional watercolour wisdom has it that the best way to get paint onto…

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Papercutting Two Day Workshop

5 March 2022 6 March 2022 -

This course is perfect for those with an interest in typography, illustration, craft and graphic design. Also embracing the history and current state of papercutting. After mastering some basic cutting…

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Phantom Architecture

28 September 2021 -

Some of the world’s most amazing buildings were never actually constructed. From a four-storey building in the shape of an elephant in central Paris to a pyramid towering over north…

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Planning and Planting your Allotment with BBC Gardener of the Year Winner Katherine Crouch

27 October 2021 -

Interested on how to get the best from your allotment? What can you do to make sure you have a healthy, good looking plot? Is your allotment looking in bad…

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Recorder Consort Course

17 May 2022 19 May 2022 -

This is an ensemble course for upper intermediate level recorder players. We shall play as a conducted ensemble, exploring music in many different styles and from all periods of music…

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Singing for Larks

29 October 2021 31 October 2021 -

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singing for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by…

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Sir Clough Williams-Ellis 1883-1978. An Architectural Maverick, Conservationist and Genius

4 February 2022 6 February 2022 -

Sir Clough Williams-Ellis has never received the attention and notice that his lengthy career, not just as an architect and conservationist but also as a writer and broadcaster, so richly…

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Stonehenge: Landscape and People

10 June 2022 12 June 2022 -

Stonehenge is an iconic monument, familiar to millions around the globe. But the world inhabited by the people who built and used it would have been anything but familiar to…

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Sun Worship in Ancient Egypt

11 March 2022 13 March 2022 -

Think of ancient Egypt and you might well think of pyramids and obelisks. These are icons of the ancient Egyptian solar religion. In this course we will explore pharaonic art,…

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Sunday Coffee Concert Piano Recital – Professors of Ragtime

24 October 2021 10:45 am - 1:00 pm

“RAGTIME PRODUCES HYSTERIA, INSANITY – ragtime is not music, it is a disease” claims doctor. This ragtime-era headline celebrated the world’s first pop music craze, 100 years ago.  Scott Joplin,…

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Sunday Lecture – Ancient Egypt at the Movies

27 November 2022 -

The twentieth century’s single greatest contribution to the Arts – namely film- also saw the birth of curse of the Mummy in films. Indeed Hollywood and Ancient Egypt have been…

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Sunday Lecture – Gothic Gems: A Celebration of the Arts and Literature which have Embodied and Revived Gothic over the Last Nine Hundred Years

23 January 2022 -

To mark the finishing of the detailed study (six weekend courses over the last four years) of the development of Gothic architecture from the twelfth to twenty-first centuries, this lecture…

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Sunday Lecture – Imaging the Merchant Princes of the Renaissance

23 October 2022 -

This lecture will look at and assess the rise of and demands for lifelike portraiture amongst the growing wealthy elites of Northern Europe. In turn the employment of new materials…

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Sunday Lecture – The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901

10 October 2021 -

The Gothic Revival in the West Country 1836-1901, from such great mansions as Knightshayes Court to Tyntesfield, from pumping stations to railway stations, the Gothic Revival can be seen to…

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Sunday Lecture – The House as a Machine for Living in: Approaches of Modern Architecture Towards the Domestic House

20 February 2022 -

Since Le Corbusier’s famous quote in 1923 (Toward an Architecture) Modernist architects have grappled with the seemingly impossible conundrum of creating an efficient and beautiful yet warm and inviting home.…

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Sunday Lecture – The Ideal Village. The History and Progress of Rural and Urban Villages from 1720 -2020

6 February 2022 -

This lecture will examine the lengthy and often chequered history of the provision of housing and specialist developments, both rural and urban, from estate cottages to Port Sunlight to Portmeirion,…

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The Architecture of Georgian Towns and Cities

29 October 2021 31 October 2021 -

Much of Britain’s most beautiful architecture was created by the Georgians in the eighteenth century. This course reveals how the Georgians transformed Britain, from major cities like London, Bath, and…

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The Art and Architecture of Spain

15 October 2021 17 October 2021 -

This course will survey the extraordinary art and architecture to be found in Spain from prehistoric cave paintings to the vibrant art of the contemporary world. We will enjoy the…

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The Art, Architecture and Music of the Northern Renaissance

4 March 2022 6 March 2022 -

This course will consider the cultural heritage of northern Europe through what is called the Northern Renaissance.  We will examine the use of this term and review its appropriateness and…

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The Cathedral Builders – COURSE FULL

27 September 2021 -

This course looks at England’s great medieval cathedrals, such as Durham, Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, and Gloucester. As well as looking at their often breathtaking architecture, it explores how craftsmen with…

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The Dillington Book Club 05/10/2021

5 October 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing The Summer Bird Cage by Margaret Drabble – Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Includes coffee and lunch.

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The Dillington Book Club 07/12/2021

7 December 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier published by Penguin Books. Further details of novels to be discusses will be published…

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The Dillington Book Club 09/11/2021

9 November 2021 -

For this month’s Book Club, we will be discussing Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo  – Published by Penguin (Winner of the Booker Prize 2019) Includes coffee and lunch.

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The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and their Aftermath

12 March 2022 -

The French Revolution was triggered by the bankruptcy of the French state in part as a consequence of its assistance to the American Revolutionaries. Thus were the ideas of individual liberty…

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The Hanseatic League

21 October 2022 23 October 2022 -

We all have some vague notions about what the Hanseatic league was, when it thrived and where it was based. This course will set out to answer all these questions…

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The Thirty Year War and the Rise of Bourbon France

23 October 2021 -

This continuing series of standalone day courses considers European history in the round. The course considers Europe in the 17th century. The Reformation and counter-reformation that had preoccupied northern Europe…

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Three Ways to Paint an Abstract

27 September 2021 -

“What does it mean, jellybean?… Even if I knew, I could only know what I thought it meant.” John Chamberlain (1927-2011) Abstract art may be over one hundred years old…

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Traditional Crewelwork Embroidery

12 November 2021 14 November 2021 -

Learn how to embroider a traditional crewelwork design using fine crewel wools. A variety of hand embroidery stitches will be covered. Students will learn how to stitch beautiful Jacobean-style motifs…

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Tutankhamun: The Pharaoh Behind the Tomb

12 January 2022 13 January 2022 -

This course will appeal to those with an interest in Archaeology, Ancient History, History and Art History The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the iconic treasures within may be world-famous,…

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Understanding Photography – Developing Your Photographic Skills

10 December 2021 -

Ideal for someone with an interest in photography and who wishes to technically and visually improve their photographic skills, either with a camera or a smart phone. The day starts…

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Watercolour – Lights and Highlights

28 January 2022 30 January 2022 -

One of the most fascinating AND most difficult aspects of watercolour is to produce paintings that are fresh and full of light. Identifying the whites, the lights and the brights…

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Willow Angel Workshop

16 November 2021 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and make a 4 foot high willow Angel with wings – new for Winter Season for your home or garden with local Somerset artist Jo Sadler of Forged n…

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