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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' QPAC Performances (15-16 July)

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning… This production will also be heading out on tour: Sun 17 Jul - King's Head, Aylesbury (2pm - free entry) Fri 22 Jul - Nag's Head, Missenden (7.30pm - free entry) Sat 23 Jul - Wycombe Arts Centre (8pm - ticketed) Sun 24 Jul - Waddesdon Manor (2pm - free with grounds admission) Fri 29 Jul - Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham (7.30pm - ticketed)

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' Sunneyhill Barn Performance (29 Jul)

This listing is for the touring performance at Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham. For the QPAC Limelight Theatre performances click here. For further touring performances, click link text. Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning…

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Wizard of Oz' (9-31 Dec)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 9 Dec (7.30pm) & Fri 16 Dec (7.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 10 Dec (1:00pm) & Fri 30 Dec (7:30pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 18 Dec (5:30pm) Written & Directed by Gareth Johnson Prepare to get swept away on a magical adventure as the Queens Park Pantomime returns with a brand-new adaptation of an all-time classic tale. There's trouble in Oz. Elma the Wicked Witch of the West is determined to seize control of all the magic in the land, and it's up to Glinda the Good Witch of the North to stop her. A magical spell brings Dorothy Gale to Glinda's aide, but even the two of them may not be strong enough. To defeat Elma, they're going to need help from the greatest sorcerer ever known - the mighty and powerful Wizard of Oz. Only the Wizard is not all he seems. Hidden away in Emerald City is a dreadful secret; one that could spell disaster for everyone... This must-see family pantomime is packed full of slapstick and songs, dances and derring-do, and features beautiful handmade scenery, costumes, and props from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house storytelling company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD. Show Run-time (incl. interval): TBC Praise for previous Queens Park pantomimes: "Truly brilliant, we laughed ourselves silly.'i> "It was stunning - the professionals couldn't out-do you." "Absolutely fantastic. My children loved it and will be talking about it for quite a long time to come. Thanks to all the cast & crew who made it such a brilliant night."

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Acrylics for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to acrylic painting. It is suitable for beginners. You will be taught, step- by- step, techniques such as colour mixing, washes, and impasto through painting a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING A selection of acrylic paints Selection of brushes – rounds (small and larger), and flats Palette knife A3 or A4 acrylic paper (such as Daler Rowney Mixed media 250g/m paper) Masking tape Mixing palette Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Monday)

Monday during term time, from 4.30pm-6pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11). Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games. WHAT TO BRING All materials provided - bring an apron or old clothes, and don't forget your water bottle.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow< by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2022 DATES) 9 Jun - One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin 14 July - TBC

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Gallery

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Health & Wellbeing

Chair-Based Exercise To Music

Every Wednesday, from 3pm-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A very low intensity exercise class suitable for people with limited mobility and moderate to more advanced Parkinson's. The class is done seated and includes: - Movement to music  - Strength work  - Stretches ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This class is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Dance Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Charcoal Drawing (One-day class)

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm Charcoal is a wonderful medium for atmospheric landscape drawings. Come along to this one-day workshop with artist Liz Cotgreave to get hands on and see what it can do!   ABOUT THE WORKSHOP During this workshop you will try out some of these ways of working including drawing with a cloth, erasers, textured surfaces, stencils and more! You will also learn tricks for getting started, making lots of small drawings as you experiment and using these for inspiration later in the day. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Jewellery, Mixed Crafts

Contemporary Jewellery

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

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Health & Wellbeing, Short Courses

Creative Writing Skills (Courses)

This special set of courses and one-off classes is a perfect introduction to writing - both creative and for life. BEGINNERS' COURSE (4 WEEKS) 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 7pm-9pm INTERMEDIATE COURSE (4 WEEKS) 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 7pm-9pm SELF-PUBLISHING (1 WEEK) 28 Nov, 7pm-9pm Click on the start date of each course below to book your place. ABOUT THE TUTOR Nick Andrews has been teaching English for many years and specialises in Creative Writing and helping his students discover their 'inner writer'. The course includes the uniquely practical 'Writer's Toolkit'. STUDENT FEEDBACK " I really loved and left with real confidence in myself and my writing - thank you." " The making of a book between us was the icing on the cake." " I use the writer's toolkit every day in my work."

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Live Music

Del Bromham's Blues Devils (23 July)

Del Bromham is a founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the legendary rock band Stray, but also has his own blues band - Del Bromham’s Blues Devils. Del released a critically-acclaimed solo blues album ‘The Devil’s Highway’ followed by going on the "Blues To Die For" tour with Mountain's Leslie West. Subsequently, Del formed the Blues Devils to continue his journey in the blues. In September 2012, Del received a ‘Lifetime Achievement In Music’ award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free). Del Bromham's Blues Devils is driving blues played with real musicianship and flair. You can expect songs from his latest acclaimed 'White Feather' CD as well as songs from his back catalogue and Del, as always, will have a few stories to tell. "This singer/guitarist has produced an excellent blues album, ranging from acoustic to full electric blues. The vocals suit the music, and the guitar features some great slide. Solo notes burst out from the rhythm at just the right moments...." 'Get Ready to Rock ' website. Del Bromham was born in East Acton, West London and made his first public performance when he was 13 years old. At 15 he formed his own band Stray and he has been an ever present member to this day. Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band-members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list! Del Bromham still has his Stray rock band but now equally important is his Blues Devil's band where he excels taking his blues roots to new levels.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. (PLEASE NOTE - the November class runs on 5, 19, 26 Nov, skipping 12 Nov) ABOUT THE CLASS This course will introduce you to beginner drawing techniques- looking at equipment, how to show depth through shading and perspective, and how to draw through identifying shape, form and texture. This workshop is aimed at beginners to drawing, and art in general, and those looking to improve their drawing skills. WHAT TO BRING A selection of pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B) An A4 sketch pad A rubber A putty rubber A pencil sharpener A ruler. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will build on ‘Drawing for Beginners -Part 1’. You will have the opportunity to learn more by drawing landscapes, looking more into light and shade, and figures. This is suitable for those with a little drawing experience. Full tuition and demonstrations will be given. WHAT TO BRING A selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B An A4 Sketch pad Rubber Pencil sharpener Ruler Willow Charcoal White pencil or chalk ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Gouache for Beginners (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to gouache. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using gouache and those who just want to join in.The tutor will show you how to use gouache paint by painting a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING - A selection of gouache paints (minimum of a red, yellow, blue, and white) - A selection of brushes (such as DalerRowney size 10 and 4 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) - A4 Watercolour paper pad (cold pressed/NOT paper) or Daler Rowney mixed media paper. - 2 x Water pots (old tall plastic tubs work well for this such as soup tubs!) - Masking tape - Paper towels or old teatowel - Mixing palette - Flat board (cardboard/ foamboard/ wooden drawing board) - Pencil, rubber ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Music

Guitar Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Guitar for Beginners

Wednesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm) during term time. Always wanted to have a go at playing the guitar but not too sure where to begin? Here's the perfect opportunity to start making music? Bring along an acoustic guitar and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group, with gudance from an experienced tutor. Previous experience is not necesary, just come along and join in!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

How To Draw Cats (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will take you through step by step how to draw cats. We will look at how to draw their features, how to draw fur, and put it altogether into a full drawing. The techniques learnt in this class can then be used to help you to draw other animals. Whether you enjoy drawing animals, have a beloved pet that you would like to draw, or are just interested in improving your drawing skills, this class will help you with all the above. WHAT TO BRING - Selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B - A4 Sketch pad - Rubber - Putty rubber - Pencil sharpener - Ruler - Coloured pencils (optional – if you want to work in colour) ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Music

Intermediate Guitar

Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop for intermediate level players of acoustic and electric guitar. The sessions are split into two halves, one where we are joined by a vocalist and we gain experience in the performance side and the other half where we work through songs to establish arrangements. This class is aimed at those who wish to extend their guitar knowledge & playing ability to progress and experience playing with others at a similar level. Students will need reasonable chord vocabulary (open & barre chords) and fluidity with chord changes to play complete songs. For more information, email michael.hidalgo@outlook.com.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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Music

Jazz Workshop

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

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Live Music

Katy Hurt (15 Oct)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Katy Hurt. Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact. Her 2019 single ‘Revved Up’ prompted Roland Monger, Music Blogger, to say “Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your door step.” Steeped in country roots, but never one to simply yield to the traditional Nashville sound, Katy stretches the country music genre in exciting new directions. Haunting blues vocals, towering country rock guitars, even a reggae vibe can be found in live performances. Maverick magazine gave ‘Unfinished Business’, Katy’s self-released debut EP which produced the Top 20 hit singles ‘Revved Up’ and ‘Unfinished Business’, a 5-star review, noting “incredible vocals, slick guitar work, excellent rhythm and – most importantly - superb songs” with “raw talent seeping through each track”. According to Katy, recording the EP was a special and highly memorable experience. “There was thick snow on the ground when we travelled to Winnipeg. It was minus 30°C outside. We created a cosy atmosphere in the studio and locked ourselves inside for a week. Murray Pulver [Juno Award-winning Producer] shared our vision of how the band should sound and added his magic to create some songs we are really proud of”. The singer-songwriter’s work ethic and authenticity are apparent in each song and are further evidenced by her rigorous touring schedule and accolades. In 2018 she opened for Liam Gallagher at the Pilton Party to a crowd 8,000 strong and 2019 saw Katy and her band perform in excess of 150 shows across two sold out UK headline tours, as well as international dates in Canada, the US and the Caribbean where she performed alongside Sonia Leigh on the Melissa Etheridge cruise and opened for the Bellamy Brothers at their first UK show in over a decade. Katy has also toured with Gangstagrass, the ground-breaking New York band who created the unlikely Bluegrass/Hip-Hop fusion. Katy was chosen to perform at LA NAMM in January 2020, representing brands such as Tanglewood, Yamaha, G7th Capos and Kirlin Cables and flew from Winnipeg to LA and back to continue work on her debut album which is currently a highly anticipated release. Following her return to the UK, Katy kicked off what was scheduled to be her best touring year yet, on a high note, headlining at the UKCMSA Awards evening, hosted by Belles and Gals, and taking home awards for ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best UK EP/Album’ with ‘Unfinished Business’. Whilst unable to tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Katy has entertained thousands, right from their living rooms, with her weekly livestream series on Saturday nights. With all the uncertainty that faces live music, one thing that you can be sure of is that Katy’s forthcoming album will be the light at the end of the tunnel, and the only place she will be going is up. ‘Mr’ Paul Adams – Aylesbury based country singer and songwriter, will open the gig. All proceeds from this event to Queens Park Arts Centre. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Katy Hurt Website 'Mr' Paul Adams Website

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subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Textiles

Knitting Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting Club is open to all knitters and those interested in learning to knit. It is led by an expert tutor who will help to start your knitting journey, sort out your knitting problems and challenges and generally discuss knitting. Learn to knit or just come and knit with us. Two and a half hours of protected knitting time every week in school term time. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

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Painting & Drawing

Life Drawing

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: Our Tuesday evening sessions are led by a tutor and are ideal for beginners as well as experienced artists. Our Saturday morning classes are untutored and are suited to those with previous experience. Please bring your own choice of drawing materials. If you are new or in need of inspiration we recommend charcoal, several sheets of large (A2) sugar paper and a putty rubber. Materials can be purchased from the QPAC art shop before the start of a session. - TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS with Ellie Kirkup This class is open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. - SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS (Untutored) These untutored classes are a perfect opportunity for those with previous experience to come and work alongside like-minded artists to develop and explore their drawing skills.

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Health & Wellbeing

Low Intensity Exercise to Music (For Women)

Every Wednesday, from 1.45pm-2.45pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A very low intensity exercise class suitable for people with limited mobility, stroke patients, amnd anyone with more advanced Parkinson's. Chairs are used for some part of the session and there are no floor exercises. The class includes: - Aerobics to music - Strength work standing and seated (no floor exercise) - Balance - Stretches - Cool down ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

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Health & Wellbeing

Meditation

Weekly class running on Thursdays, 10am-11am, during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this workshop you will experience the peace and tranquillity which lies within us through different guided meditation techniques. You will also learn some easy yogic exercises, chants and breathing techniques that will help you to settle down and prepare yourself for meditation. This workshop welcomes beginners. ABOUT THE TUTOR Gargi is a meditation and yoga teacher at The Art of Living organization founded by H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been volunteering and teaching the stress-releasing yogic techniques for past 7 years. Gargi is also a 400-hours trained yoga teacher from India. WHAT TO BRING - Mat / yoga mat / cushion if one wish to sit on the floor - A bottle of drinking water - Small towel

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Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

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Painting & Drawing

Oil Painting

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

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Painting & Drawing

Open Art Studio

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

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Painting & Drawing

Painting with Acrylics

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from reference photographs in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (e.g. Picasso, Matisse, Fedden, Van Gogh) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Themes are set approximately every 3 weeks and you may work from your own photograph or those provided by the tutor. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

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Textiles

Patchwork

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

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Pottery

Pottery (Tutored)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Mon – 1pm-3.30pm Elizabeth Browning (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

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Pottery

Pottery (Untutored)

Two-and-a-half-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

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Pottery

Pottery Glazing (Untutored)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

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Pottery, Short Courses

Pottery Throwing (3-week course)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly three-week course. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this short course will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Each course runs for three consecutive weekly sessions from the start date / time listed below. Individual sessions last two-and-a-half hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this class will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery

Pottery for Teens

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by Ellie Kirkup Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Hats (2-week course)

This course runs for two consecutive weekly sessions from the start date/time listed below. ABOUT THE COURSE In this course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic. Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make a simple hat. No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed including usual natural dyes, where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the hats. The second week will be involved with shaping your hat on a sized hat block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat. All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades. WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all raw materials needed to complete the course. You will need to also bring: - A pair of comfortable scissors - A thimble if you like to use one

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Lampshade

This is a one-day class, running from 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a perfectly lovely small lamp at home that would like a raffia facelift?  Perhaps you just love the look of raffia in your home as an interiors material – why not, what’s not to love?  Now is your chance to create your own bespoke raffia lampshade. Choose from a variety of styles, see below for inspiration. If you like to up-cycle, this is the workshop for you.  Why not buy a lampshade bargain from a charity shop and give it a raffia make over? In this workshop you will have the chance to experience the joy of working with raffia, learn new techniques and different styles and take home a lamp that has just enjoyed a lovely raffia face-lift. All raffia is supplied,  and if you have a small table lamp with a shade at home then please bring along. Otherwise there will be a small lampshade available for students to purchase and work on – please note that this may be a charity shop purchase. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades.

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Music

Recorder Group

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 12-16)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Wed 26 October – 11am-1.30pm How To Draw A Head Literally starting from the bare bones - anatomy! - you will learn how to draw a much more realistic and lifelike head. A perfect workshop if you are fascinated by trying to draw portraits or if you wonder why it can be so tricky to make faces look right. In this practical workshop we will be looking at how it’s what lies underneath that makes us look like ourselves. For the final part of the session you will be working from a live model to put your skills into practice.

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 7-11)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Mon 24-Tue 25 Oct - 10am-1pm Relief Printmaking Come and make a fantastic colourful print on this fun, two-day course. Children will spend their first session creating their print plates and printing their first layer, and on day two printing on top to create complex and beautiful images. You’ll go home with pictures that you could never have made by painting or drawing! Suitable for complete beginners and children who have done some printmaking before. WHAT TO BRING All materials provided. Bring an apron / old clothes, and a water bottle if needed.

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

School Holiday Pottery Club (Ages 7-11)

An opportunity to get creative with air-dry clay in the school holiday. Each 3-hour session gives young artists a chance to work on a brand new pottery project. See the calendar below for session dates and times. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance, and don't forget to bring an apron with you on the day. These sessions use air-dry clay, so bring a box or container to take your finished piece home with you. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 25 Jul 2pm-5pm Underwater Adventure Anna Hayward 7-11 Tue 26 Jul 10am-1pm Basic Coiling Emma Legon 7-11 Tue 26 Jul 2pm-5pm Castles or Toadstools Emma Legon 7-11 Wed 27 Jul 10am-1pm Woodland Creatures Anna Hayward 7-11 Wed 27 Jul 2pm-5pm Mushroom Houses Anna Hayward 7-11 Thu 28 Jul 10am-1pm Underwater World Emma Legon 7-11 Thu 28 Jul 2pm-5pm Hippos and/or Elephants Emma Legon 7-11 Fri 29 Jul 10am-1pm Animals of the Savanah Anna Hayward 7-11 Tue 2 Aug 10am-1pm Cylinder Animals Emma Legon 7-11 Tue 2 Aug 2pm-5pm TBC Emma Legon 7-11 Thu 4 Aug 10am-1pm Potters' Choice! Emma Legon 7-11 Thu 4 Aug 2pm-5pm Potters' Choice! Emma Legon 7-11

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Sunday Specials, Mixed Crafts

Soap Making for Christmas Presents (One-day course)

One-day class, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE CLASS Come along to this fun workshop, introducing you to the wide and wonderful ideas possible with melt and pour soaps. You will make your own individualised soaps, choosing from a variety of cosmetic colours/scents/aromatherapy oils/herbs & flowers, also learning about storing/wrapping and packing your soaps. The soaps you take home will make beautiful handmade gifts, ready in time for Christmas.  WHAT TO BRING Basic materials are provided as part of the workshop fee. Additional materials will be available for sale on the day.

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Stained Glass

One-day workshop running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP There will be a choice of spring and summer-themed projects for indoor or outdoor use including hearts, flowers, bees and lambs - encapsulating Spring! In this fun, sociable day, you will learn how to cut glass, copper foil and solder to create your own beautiful piece of art ABOUT THE TUTOR Carrie Kearsey is a professional teacher and artist who will guide you through the Tiffany technique of copper foiling. In this fun, sociable day. WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

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Textiles

Tapestry

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

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Live Music

Totally Blondie (25 Feb)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Totally Blondie. Since forming early in 2018, Totally Blondie have rapidly gained a reputation as the best Blondie tribute band in the UK! Unlike so many tribute acts, this is a pro band who are passionate about the music they play, and have built their reputation on the back of full-on, no-holds-barred live gigs where they totally play their hearts out … Blondie were one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s & 80’s, with posters of Debbie Harry adorning most teenagers’ walls, and they’ve continued turning out hits and great music right up to 2017’s Pollinator album. People of all ages, not just hardcore fans, know and love songs like Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another, Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Denis and all the other famous chart-toppers. And Totally Blondie make sure these fantastic tunes sound as fresh and exciting today as they did back then. With a stunning lookalike and soundalike singer, an exceptional, professional live band, their full-on, passionate performances are winning over audiences up and down the country. So, come along and relive those classic moments – it’s totally authentic … it’s totally awesome … it’s Totally Blondie! All proceeds from this event to The Alzheimer’s Society, Aylesbury. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Totally Blondie Website The Alzheimer’s Society, Aylesbury Website

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to watercolours. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using watercolours, or those wanting to try out different techniques. You will learn some of the basic techniques such as blending, washes, and wet on wet to paint a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) White gouache paint (small tube) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) A4 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) Masking tape Masking fluid (ideally frisk masking fineliner/ needle tip) Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS Part 2 of the Beginners Watercolours course - please be sure to have attended Part 1 of the course before booking onto this one. In this class, students will paint various new subjects using the beautiful medium of watercolour. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 8 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch, and a fan brush) Watercolour paper Masking tape Masking fluid (needle tip or bring a brush to use with this), Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

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Woodwork

Woodwork

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' QPAC Performances (15-16 July)

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning… This production will also be heading out on tour: Sun 17 Jul - King's Head, Aylesbury (2pm - free entry) Fri 22 Jul - Nag's Head, Missenden (7.30pm - free entry) Sat 23 Jul - Wycombe Arts Centre (8pm - ticketed) Sun 24 Jul - Waddesdon Manor (2pm - free with grounds admission) Fri 29 Jul - Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham (7.30pm - ticketed)

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'Hamlet' Sunneyhill Barn Performance (29 Jul)

This listing is for the touring performance at Sunneyhill Barn, Rowsham. For the QPAC Limelight Theatre performances click here. For further touring performances, click link text. Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Dario Knight The King of Denmark is dead. His brother now sits on the throne, married to the widow of the former monarch. Prince Hamlet is broken by the affair, but a visitation from the realm of the dead reveals details of a betrayal even greater than he could have imagined. Caught between duty to his father and doubts over his own judgement, Hamlet begins a dangerous plan to avenge the former king, but his words and deeds will have consequences reaching far beyond his fractured family. The court of Denmark is already steeped in death, but more blood will be spilled before the final reckoning…

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Live Theatre, Unbound Theatre

'The Wizard of Oz' (9-31 Dec)

DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 9 Dec (7.30pm) & Fri 16 Dec (7.30pm) SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 10 Dec (1:00pm) & Fri 30 Dec (7:30pm) RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 18 Dec (5:30pm) Written & Directed by Gareth Johnson Prepare to get swept away on a magical adventure as the Queens Park Pantomime returns with a brand-new adaptation of an all-time classic tale. There's trouble in Oz. Elma the Wicked Witch of the West is determined to seize control of all the magic in the land, and it's up to Glinda the Good Witch of the North to stop her. A magical spell brings Dorothy Gale to Glinda's aide, but even the two of them may not be strong enough. To defeat Elma, they're going to need help from the greatest sorcerer ever known - the mighty and powerful Wizard of Oz. Only the Wizard is not all he seems. Hidden away in Emerald City is a dreadful secret; one that could spell disaster for everyone... This must-see family pantomime is packed full of slapstick and songs, dances and derring-do, and features beautiful handmade scenery, costumes, and props from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre. The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house storytelling company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD. Show Run-time (incl. interval): TBC Praise for previous Queens Park pantomimes: "Truly brilliant, we laughed ourselves silly.'i> "It was stunning - the professionals couldn't out-do you." "Absolutely fantastic. My children loved it and will be talking about it for quite a long time to come. Thanks to all the cast & crew who made it such a brilliant night."

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Acrylics for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to acrylic painting. It is suitable for beginners. You will be taught, step- by- step, techniques such as colour mixing, washes, and impasto through painting a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING A selection of acrylic paints Selection of brushes – rounds (small and larger), and flats Palette knife A3 or A4 acrylic paper (such as Daler Rowney Mixed media 250g/m paper) Masking tape Mixing palette Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Monday)

Monday during term time, from 4.30pm-6pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11). Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games. WHAT TO BRING All materials provided - bring an apron or old clothes, and don't forget your water bottle.

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Workshops for Children

Afterschool Art Club (Tuesday)

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Afterschool Art Club is a weekly art session for 7-11 year-olds where we'll: - Make art and take it home - Paint, draw, print, sculpt and try new skills - And enjoy ourselves! Be sure to bring a water bottle and an apron with you. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Afterschool Pottery (Glazing)

See below for available dates (each session lasts 30mins). ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic arty activity. These sessions give students the opportunity to glaze work created during the school holiday classes, or the weekly afterschool making sessions. All materials are provided, including firing for the finished, glazed piece. Please Note: Each 30min slot allows enough time to glaze one finished piece. If you have multiple pieces to fire, please book one session per piece. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

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Afterschool Pottery (Making)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Legon for this fantastic afterschool arty activity. Learn the key techniques of pottery and create a brand new work of art every week. All materials are included in the workshop price, including firing for your finished piece. Please bring a water bottle and an apron / old shirt. Please note - these sessions are for making only. If you wish to glaze your work, please book a dedicated glazing session separately. ABOUT THE TUTOR Emma first started working with clay when she was a Primary School, selling mini animals and selling them in her Grandparent’s toy shop. Teaching herself how to use a kick-wheel, she spent six years living in South Korea, where she was taught at the #pottery_dorang in Busan by Yang Songsoon. On her return to the UK, Emma began attending pottery classes here at QPAC. Her ceramics work includes hand-building, throwing and sculpting.

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Book Club

Book Club meets once a month - see calendar below for latest dates and book titles. ABOUT THE CLASS This is a friendly reading group who read and talk about one book each month. Attendees take turns to choose the book and come up with discussion questions, then chair the group. Books chosen in the past have ranged from classics such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and The Rainbow< by DH Lawrence, to modern fiction such as Atonement by Ian McEwan and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel The club covers different fictional genres and have also discussed other genres of writing such as autobiography and short stories. Attendees will need to have obtained and read a copy of the book chosen for that month. Newcomers are welcome to come to class without having read the book to give it a try! ABOUT THE TUTOR Laura first began running the bookclub at QPAC in 2002 after leaving her job as an English teacher. This enabled her to pursue her love of literature by facilitating classes of willing adults without having to do any marking! In 2005, she embarked on an M.A. in English Literature which she completed shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2007. From 2005 members of the bookclub have taken turns to run the group either in pairs or individually which has been a great success. Laura is on hand to help if needed. CLASS FEEDBACK “Always enjoyable with plenty of lively discussion by class members.” “Joining a book club introduced me to a variety of different genres which I wouldn’t normally read” “When running the book club everyone is very supportive, and although it may seem daunting to do, it isn’t” 2022 DATES) 9 Jun - One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin 14 July - TBC

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Health & Wellbeing

Chair-Based Exercise To Music

Every Wednesday, from 3pm-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A very low intensity exercise class suitable for people with limited mobility and moderate to more advanced Parkinson's. The class is done seated and includes: - Movement to music  - Strength work  - Stretches ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This class is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Charcoal Drawing (One-day class)

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm Charcoal is a wonderful medium for atmospheric landscape drawings. Come along to this one-day workshop with artist Liz Cotgreave to get hands on and see what it can do!   ABOUT THE WORKSHOP During this workshop you will try out some of these ways of working including drawing with a cloth, erasers, textured surfaces, stencils and more! You will also learn tricks for getting started, making lots of small drawings as you experiment and using these for inspiration later in the day. ABOUT THE TUTOR Liz uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally both outdoors and from photos and videos taken in the landscape. She often finds inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws.  WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and don’t forget a packed lunch! 

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Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored)

Fridays during term time, 10am-11.30am This is a self-guided group comprising members with a skillset ranging from basic to experienced. Prospective attendees should have their own clarinet (Bb), be able to find their way around the instrument with at least basic skills and be able to read music notation to a basic level as a minimum. The group does not aim to teach attendees from scratch but there is sufficient skill within the members to help players to develop their abilities as required. Playing in a group is the best way to advance your capabilities regardless of whatever level you start. We have capable semi/professional music leaders within the group able to guide us, and musical pieces are chosen by consensus.

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Painting & Drawing

Colour Mixing

One-off half-day class. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this course I will take you through how to mix vibrant colours and the reasons why you get muddy colours. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of yor paints and how to mix your desired colours in either watercolours or acrylics. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. WHAT TO BRING Students should bring a selection of paints of their choice (acrylics or watercolours) and the appropriate paper and brushes for these, also water pots and palettes.   If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Jewellery, Mixed Crafts

Contemporary Jewellery

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) & Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop ideal for anyone with a passion for the art of contemporary jewellery. Whether a complete beginner or a practiced jeweller, this friendly drop-in class allows students aged 16+ to direct their own learning and create beautiful, unique pieces. Our experienced tutor Susie Upstone will help guide you through the design and making process – be sure to bring a sketchbook and pens to jot down your ideas! We provide all the tools you need, however raw materials such as metal and gems must be purchased by students. Susie will be able to advise on what you’ll need for your project (including the necessary PPE), and where to source it.

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Health & Wellbeing, Short Courses

Creative Writing Skills (Courses)

This special set of courses and one-off classes is a perfect introduction to writing - both creative and for life. BEGINNERS' COURSE (4 WEEKS) 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 7pm-9pm INTERMEDIATE COURSE (4 WEEKS) 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 7pm-9pm SELF-PUBLISHING (1 WEEK) 28 Nov, 7pm-9pm Click on the start date of each course below to book your place. ABOUT THE TUTOR Nick Andrews has been teaching English for many years and specialises in Creative Writing and helping his students discover their 'inner writer'. The course includes the uniquely practical 'Writer's Toolkit'. STUDENT FEEDBACK " I really loved and left with real confidence in myself and my writing - thank you." " The making of a book between us was the icing on the cake." " I use the writer's toolkit every day in my work."

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Live Music

Del Bromham's Blues Devils (23 July)

Del Bromham is a founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the legendary rock band Stray, but also has his own blues band - Del Bromham’s Blues Devils. Del released a critically-acclaimed solo blues album ‘The Devil’s Highway’ followed by going on the "Blues To Die For" tour with Mountain's Leslie West. Subsequently, Del formed the Blues Devils to continue his journey in the blues. In September 2012, Del received a ‘Lifetime Achievement In Music’ award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free). Del Bromham's Blues Devils is driving blues played with real musicianship and flair. You can expect songs from his latest acclaimed 'White Feather' CD as well as songs from his back catalogue and Del, as always, will have a few stories to tell. "This singer/guitarist has produced an excellent blues album, ranging from acoustic to full electric blues. The vocals suit the music, and the guitar features some great slide. Solo notes burst out from the rhythm at just the right moments...." 'Get Ready to Rock ' website. Del Bromham was born in East Acton, West London and made his first public performance when he was 13 years old. At 15 he formed his own band Stray and he has been an ever present member to this day. Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band-members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list! Del Bromham still has his Stray rock band but now equally important is his Blues Devil's band where he excels taking his blues roots to new levels.

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. (PLEASE NOTE - the November class runs on 5, 19, 26 Nov, skipping 12 Nov) ABOUT THE CLASS This course will introduce you to beginner drawing techniques- looking at equipment, how to show depth through shading and perspective, and how to draw through identifying shape, form and texture. This workshop is aimed at beginners to drawing, and art in general, and those looking to improve their drawing skills. WHAT TO BRING A selection of pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B) An A4 sketch pad A rubber A putty rubber A pencil sharpener A ruler. ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Drawing for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will build on ‘Drawing for Beginners -Part 1’. You will have the opportunity to learn more by drawing landscapes, looking more into light and shade, and figures. This is suitable for those with a little drawing experience. Full tuition and demonstrations will be given. WHAT TO BRING A selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B An A4 Sketch pad Rubber Pencil sharpener Ruler Willow Charcoal White pencil or chalk ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Gouache for Beginners (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to gouache. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using gouache and those who just want to join in.The tutor will show you how to use gouache paint by painting a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING - A selection of gouache paints (minimum of a red, yellow, blue, and white) - A selection of brushes (such as DalerRowney size 10 and 4 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) - A4 Watercolour paper pad (cold pressed/NOT paper) or Daler Rowney mixed media paper. - 2 x Water pots (old tall plastic tubs work well for this such as soup tubs!) - Masking tape - Paper towels or old teatowel - Mixing palette - Flat board (cardboard/ foamboard/ wooden drawing board) - Pencil, rubber ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Music

Guitar Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) during term time. Guitar Club caters for those wishing to improve their acoustic guitar skills with fellow players in an informal, supportive environment. Taking a song-based approach to workshops, the club aims to practice and refine each number to performance standard, encouraging all to participate and develop their skills. This class is aimed at improving players with knowledge of the basic open chords. For more information email christopheryoxall@outlook.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

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Guitar for Beginners

Wednesdays (7.30pm-8.30pm) during term time. Always wanted to have a go at playing the guitar but not too sure where to begin? Here's the perfect opportunity to start making music? Bring along an acoustic guitar and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group, with gudance from an experienced tutor. Previous experience is not necesary, just come along and join in!

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

How To Draw Cats (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will take you through step by step how to draw cats. We will look at how to draw their features, how to draw fur, and put it altogether into a full drawing. The techniques learnt in this class can then be used to help you to draw other animals. Whether you enjoy drawing animals, have a beloved pet that you would like to draw, or are just interested in improving your drawing skills, this class will help you with all the above. WHAT TO BRING - Selection of drawing pencils: H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B - A4 Sketch pad - Rubber - Putty rubber - Pencil sharpener - Ruler - Coloured pencils (optional – if you want to work in colour) ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

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Intermediate Guitar

Thursdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop for intermediate level players of acoustic and electric guitar. The sessions are split into two halves, one where we are joined by a vocalist and we gain experience in the performance side and the other half where we work through songs to establish arrangements. This class is aimed at those who wish to extend their guitar knowledge & playing ability to progress and experience playing with others at a similar level. Students will need reasonable chord vocabulary (open & barre chords) and fluidity with chord changes to play complete songs. For more information, email michael.hidalgo@outlook.com.

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Jazz Workshop

Wednesdays (2pm-4pm) during term time. This weekly workshop will cover learning a tune and improvising around it, as well as analysis of the chords and scales. Bring along your own instrument and music stand and you'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin. The class is led by volunteer Rick Atkins. Rick is a jazz enthusiast wants to share his love of the genre with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band. You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com PLEASE NOTE: owing to government guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be some alterations to this class in terms of instruments used and performance practices. Please contact Rick via the details above for more information.

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Live Music

Katy Hurt (15 Oct)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Katy Hurt. Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact. Her 2019 single ‘Revved Up’ prompted Roland Monger, Music Blogger, to say “Hurt’s voice takes Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul, wraps it all up in a basket with a bow before setting fire to it and leaving it on your door step.” Steeped in country roots, but never one to simply yield to the traditional Nashville sound, Katy stretches the country music genre in exciting new directions. Haunting blues vocals, towering country rock guitars, even a reggae vibe can be found in live performances. Maverick magazine gave ‘Unfinished Business’, Katy’s self-released debut EP which produced the Top 20 hit singles ‘Revved Up’ and ‘Unfinished Business’, a 5-star review, noting “incredible vocals, slick guitar work, excellent rhythm and – most importantly - superb songs” with “raw talent seeping through each track”. According to Katy, recording the EP was a special and highly memorable experience. “There was thick snow on the ground when we travelled to Winnipeg. It was minus 30°C outside. We created a cosy atmosphere in the studio and locked ourselves inside for a week. Murray Pulver [Juno Award-winning Producer] shared our vision of how the band should sound and added his magic to create some songs we are really proud of”. The singer-songwriter’s work ethic and authenticity are apparent in each song and are further evidenced by her rigorous touring schedule and accolades. In 2018 she opened for Liam Gallagher at the Pilton Party to a crowd 8,000 strong and 2019 saw Katy and her band perform in excess of 150 shows across two sold out UK headline tours, as well as international dates in Canada, the US and the Caribbean where she performed alongside Sonia Leigh on the Melissa Etheridge cruise and opened for the Bellamy Brothers at their first UK show in over a decade. Katy has also toured with Gangstagrass, the ground-breaking New York band who created the unlikely Bluegrass/Hip-Hop fusion. Katy was chosen to perform at LA NAMM in January 2020, representing brands such as Tanglewood, Yamaha, G7th Capos and Kirlin Cables and flew from Winnipeg to LA and back to continue work on her debut album which is currently a highly anticipated release. Following her return to the UK, Katy kicked off what was scheduled to be her best touring year yet, on a high note, headlining at the UKCMSA Awards evening, hosted by Belles and Gals, and taking home awards for ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best UK EP/Album’ with ‘Unfinished Business’. Whilst unable to tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Katy has entertained thousands, right from their living rooms, with her weekly livestream series on Saturday nights. With all the uncertainty that faces live music, one thing that you can be sure of is that Katy’s forthcoming album will be the light at the end of the tunnel, and the only place she will be going is up. ‘Mr’ Paul Adams – Aylesbury based country singer and songwriter, will open the gig. All proceeds from this event to Queens Park Arts Centre. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Katy Hurt Website 'Mr' Paul Adams Website

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Textiles

Knitting Club

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting Club is open to all knitters and those interested in learning to knit. It is led by an expert tutor who will help to start your knitting journey, sort out your knitting problems and challenges and generally discuss knitting. Learn to knit or just come and knit with us. Two and a half hours of protected knitting time every week in school term time. WHAT TO BRING Please bring your knitting or knitting supplies, including pattern or projects that you need help with. Complete beginner knitting packs containing everything you need to get started can be purcahsed directly from the tutor. Email ahcreative95@gmail.com for details. ABOUT THE TUTOR Amanda Hutcherson is an expert knitter with an advanced adult teaching qualifications (MA Academic practice, PGCE and 10 years university lecturer experience). Amanda is looking forward to working with you as you develop your knitting skills from beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

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Painting & Drawing

Life Drawing

Tuesdays (7pm-9.30pm) and Saturdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: Our Tuesday evening sessions are led by a tutor and are ideal for beginners as well as experienced artists. Our Saturday morning classes are untutored and are suited to those with previous experience. Please bring your own choice of drawing materials. If you are new or in need of inspiration we recommend charcoal, several sheets of large (A2) sugar paper and a putty rubber. Materials can be purchased from the QPAC art shop before the start of a session. - TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS with Ellie Kirkup This class is open to all levels of experience and ability. Students will have the chance to draw from a nude model in a variety of short and longer poses. If you are brand new to life drawing, tutor Ellie Kirkup will provide all of the guidance you need to get started and plenty of ideas for developing your drawing. Artists with more experience are welcome to come along and simply draw. Ellie has been practising life drawing for ten years and is enthusiastic about keeping experimenting with drawing. She likes to work from other artists, life drawing and everyday life to explore interesting new ways to draw. - SATURDAY MORNING SESSIONS (Untutored) These untutored classes are a perfect opportunity for those with previous experience to come and work alongside like-minded artists to develop and explore their drawing skills.

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Health & Wellbeing

Low Intensity Exercise to Music (For Women)

Every Wednesday, from 1.45pm-2.45pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP A very low intensity exercise class suitable for people with limited mobility, stroke patients, amnd anyone with more advanced Parkinson's. Chairs are used for some part of the session and there are no floor exercises. The class includes: - Aerobics to music - Strength work standing and seated (no floor exercise) - Balance - Stretches - Cool down ABOUT THE TUTOR Corinne is a qualified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor and Exercise to Music teacher with experience working with people of all ages and abilities. She specialises in exercise for over 60s and people with Parkinson’s and aim to make people feel good about themselves, be strong, mobile and fit so they can enjoy life to the full. She recently qualified as a Boxercise Instructor, Parkinson's Pro Instructor and a Functional Ageing Specialist. WHAT TO BRING - Water to drink - Flat comfortable shoes such as trainers - Dumbbells (500g) or a couple of tins / water bottles This workshop is supported by Aylesbury Town Council.

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Health & Wellbeing

Meditation

Weekly class running on Thursdays, 10am-11am, during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP In this workshop you will experience the peace and tranquillity which lies within us through different guided meditation techniques. You will also learn some easy yogic exercises, chants and breathing techniques that will help you to settle down and prepare yourself for meditation. This workshop welcomes beginners. ABOUT THE TUTOR Gargi is a meditation and yoga teacher at The Art of Living organization founded by H. H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She has been volunteering and teaching the stress-releasing yogic techniques for past 7 years. Gargi is also a 400-hours trained yoga teacher from India. WHAT TO BRING - Mat / yoga mat / cushion if one wish to sit on the floor - A bottle of drinking water - Small towel

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Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where students can bring their own creative project to work on, share ideas and “leave the world behind”. A great way to meet like-minded people. Group members explore at a variety of crafts, including silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dought craft and more! Members of the group pursue their own projects in a happy, relaxed atmosphere. If there's a particular craft you'd like to try then let the group know and they'll see if they can help or advise. The group is facilitated by Irene Scott, who has been involved in arts & crafts (and QPAC) for 40 years, and has a broad knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

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Painting & Drawing

Oil Painting

Mondays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. This workshop is ideal for anyone with an interest in painting with oils, whether a practised hand or a beginner exploring the medium for the first time. Tutor Michael Navarro is a local artist who has been working for several years in various media, predominately oils. His works range from landscapes to pop art and murals. Our painting studio has easels, painting boards and other communal facilities. We also have an art shop selling paints, paper and brushes, if you don’t have them already. Michael will be happy to advise on what resources you need to get started.

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Open Art Studio

Tuesdays (10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed as an opportunity for artists to get together and work on projects of their choosing in the friendly, creative, and inspiring environment of the QPAC painting studio. Attendees can be of any level of ability, from novices to very experienced artists. All forms of media are welcome, including charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Though not a formally-tutored class, this open studio session is a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your art form. We have easels, drawing boards and other communal resources, plus an on-site art shop stocked with paints, pencils, charcoal, paper and brushes.

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Painting & Drawing

Painting & Drawing

Wednesdays (10am-12pm) during term time. Release your creativity in this weekly workshop open to all levels of experience, from complete beginners to professional painters. Students are welcome to work on any subject they please in whichever medium they prefer, whether oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil or mixed media. Anyone just starting out in painting & drawing can seek advice from tutor Anne Bennison, whilst those with more experience are welcome to work at their own pace. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Materials such as paints, paper, pencils and brushes are available at the QPAC art shop.

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Painting with Acrylics

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly weekly workshop. Work from reference photographs in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (e.g. Picasso, Matisse, Fedden, Van Gogh) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Themes are set approximately every 3 weeks and you may work from your own photograph or those provided by the tutor. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. The painting studio has plenty of easels and drawing boards. Additional materials such as paints, paper and brushes are available to buy from the QPAC art shop. Tutor Amanda Curbishley joined QPAC as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.

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Textiles

Patchwork

Wednesdays (Advanced Class, 10am-12.30pm) during term time. This class is ideal for patchwork students looking for a space to work on their projects. Our Textile Studio is the perfect place to meet fellow needle-workers and textile artists. As well as progressing your project, these sessions off the chance to discuss your work with others and share ideas and inspiration. Students should bring their own sewing machine with them when attending a class – we have plenty of room to accommodate students working on projects large and small!

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Pottery

Pottery (Tutored)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. PLEASE NOTE (23/11/21): The Tuesday afternoon class will be running as untutored until further notice. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC. We run classes throughout the week, giving students access to our fully-equipped studio spaces to learn and develop their skills in ceramics - whether sculpting, working at the wheel, or using hand-building techniques such as coiling. Our tutored drop-in classes are perfect for complete beginners as well as those developing their talents. Our experienced tutors will offer demonstrations, advice and guidance to help you develop your own projects, from the design stage through to the final glazing process. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Our tutors will be on hand to assist when working this out. Here is a timetable of our regular drop-in workshops: Day / Time Tutor Mon – 1pm-3.30pm Elizabeth Browning (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) Tue – 7pm-9.30pm Laura Peacock Wed – 10am-12.30pm Gill Brown Wed – 7pm-9.30pm Patrick Hayward Thu – 10am-12.30pm Jenny Hay (Sculpture & Handbuilding) Thu – 7pm-9.30pm Charlie Butters Click here for untutored classes.

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Pottery (Untutored)

Two-and-a-half-hour sessions (see calendar for dates and start times) during term time. In addition to our tutored classes, we also offer a number of untutored pottery sessions. These weekly classes are ideal for experienced potters looking to work independently on their projects in our fully-equipped studio spaces. We have a wide variety of dates and times available – please see the calendar below for the latest availability. If you’re looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, we recommend attending a tutored class before booking an untutored session. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out. Click here for tutored classes.

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Pottery Glazing (Untutored)

A weekly two-and-a-half-hour untutored ceramics session for experienced potters looking to decorate their work in our glaze studio. We have a good variety of glazes and slips available to use. Students wishing to apply their own glaze recipes (or any not in stock at QPAC) should have a chat with our Technician before decorating their work to make sure the glaze(s) are suitable for our firing temperatures. There is a small charge for glaze firing, which is calculated by weight of the finished piece. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance working this out.

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Pottery, Short Courses

Pottery Throwing (3-week course)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly three-week course. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this short course will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Each course runs for three consecutive weekly sessions from the start date / time listed below. Individual sessions last two-and-a-half hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery Throwing (One-day Class)

Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. Whether a complete beginner or someone looking to gain more experience, this class will teach you everything you need to know about throwing pots at the wheel. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery

Pottery for Teens

Wednesdays (4.30pm-6pm) during term time. A weekly workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers, led by Ellie Kirkup Students ages 13+ are welcome attend, whether a complete beginner or a practiced hand. You’ll learn how to design and create your very own ceramic works of art, be it a mug, bowl, plate, vase or sculpture – perfect for your portfolio or just for fun! Full guidance is offered to students to help them develop their projects. Your workshop fee includes use of our facilities, including clay and a wide variety of tools. If you would like to have your work fired there is an additional charge, calculated based on the weight of the piece. Charlie will be on hand to assist when working this out.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery & Glaze Studios

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Hats (2-week course)

This course runs for two consecutive weekly sessions from the start date/time listed below. ABOUT THE COURSE In this course you will make your own classic summer raffia hat which is perfect for the beach or a wedding…. or maybe even just a picnic. Raffia is the leaf of the Raphia ruffa tree in Madagascar, it is a beautifully flexible (and forgiving!) material to work with which means that no prior experience is necessary for this craft – beginners are more than welcome. In this two-part workshop you will learn how to make a simple hat. No experience is needed and you do not need to be a great sewer either….  In week one Claire will introduce how the raffia can be dyed including usual natural dyes, where it comes from (it is a sustainable resource) and you will then quickly move to plaiting with the raffia which is the basic technique for making the hats. The second week will be involved with shaping your hat on a sized hat block. There will be some plaiting homework between the sessions so that you have enough raffia prepared to make your hat. All students work with natural raffia and at the end of the second week will leave with a completed item and the skills to make more for family and friends as they wish. All instruction worksheets for the workshop are yours to keep. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades. WHAT TO BRING The workshop fee includes all raw materials needed to complete the course. You will need to also bring: - A pair of comfortable scissors - A thimble if you like to use one

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Textiles, Mixed Crafts

Raffia Lampshade

This is a one-day class, running from 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Do you have a perfectly lovely small lamp at home that would like a raffia facelift?  Perhaps you just love the look of raffia in your home as an interiors material – why not, what’s not to love?  Now is your chance to create your own bespoke raffia lampshade. Choose from a variety of styles, see below for inspiration. If you like to up-cycle, this is the workshop for you.  Why not buy a lampshade bargain from a charity shop and give it a raffia make over? In this workshop you will have the chance to experience the joy of working with raffia, learn new techniques and different styles and take home a lamp that has just enjoyed a lovely raffia face-lift. All raffia is supplied,  and if you have a small table lamp with a shade at home then please bring along. Otherwise there will be a small lampshade available for students to purchase and work on – please note that this may be a charity shop purchase. ABOUT THE TUTOR Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when she learnt to make hats from an Australian in the UK. After a break from raffia for other work and to raise her son, Claire returned to raffia in 2019. She has now extended the raffia range to include hats, bags, interior decorations and lampshades.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Music

Recorder Group

Mondays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. An untutored weekly workshop for recorder players keen to perform as part of a group. The recorder is wonderfully fun to play, and this class aims to revive our enjoyment of an easy yet undervalued instrument. Even if you haven’t picked one up for years, come along and enjoy rediscovering your skills in this untutored group.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Teens

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 12-16)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Wed 26 October – 11am-1.30pm How To Draw A Head Literally starting from the bare bones - anatomy! - you will learn how to draw a much more realistic and lifelike head. A perfect workshop if you are fascinated by trying to draw portraits or if you wonder why it can be so tricky to make faces look right. In this practical workshop we will be looking at how it’s what lies underneath that makes us look like ourselves. For the final part of the session you will be working from a live model to put your skills into practice.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

School Holiday Art Club (Ages 7-11)

Get creative during the school holidays with these arty half-day workshops, led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup. All materials are provided - bring an apron or old clothes with you! UPCOMING CLASSES Mon 24-Tue 25 Oct - 10am-1pm Relief Printmaking Come and make a fantastic colourful print on this fun, two-day course. Children will spend their first session creating their print plates and printing their first layer, and on day two printing on top to create complex and beautiful images. You’ll go home with pictures that you could never have made by painting or drawing! Suitable for complete beginners and children who have done some printmaking before. WHAT TO BRING All materials provided. Bring an apron / old clothes, and a water bottle if needed.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

School Holiday Pottery Club (Ages 7-11)

An opportunity to get creative with air-dry clay in the school holiday. Each 3-hour session gives young artists a chance to work on a brand new pottery project. See the calendar below for session dates and times. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance, and don't forget to bring an apron with you on the day. These sessions use air-dry clay, so bring a box or container to take your finished piece home with you. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 25 Jul 2pm-5pm Underwater Adventure Anna Hayward 7-11 Tue 26 Jul 10am-1pm Basic Coiling Emma Legon 7-11 Tue 26 Jul 2pm-5pm Castles or Toadstools Emma Legon 7-11 Wed 27 Jul 10am-1pm Woodland Creatures Anna Hayward 7-11 Wed 27 Jul 2pm-5pm Mushroom Houses Anna Hayward 7-11 Thu 28 Jul 10am-1pm Underwater World Emma Legon 7-11 Thu 28 Jul 2pm-5pm Hippos and/or Elephants Emma Legon 7-11 Fri 29 Jul 10am-1pm Animals of the Savanah Anna Hayward 7-11 Tue 2 Aug 10am-1pm Cylinder Animals Emma Legon 7-11 Tue 2 Aug 2pm-5pm TBC Emma Legon 7-11 Thu 4 Aug 10am-1pm Potters' Choice! Emma Legon 7-11 Thu 4 Aug 2pm-5pm Potters' Choice! Emma Legon 7-11

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Pottery Studio

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Sunday Specials, Mixed Crafts

Soap Making for Christmas Presents (One-day course)

One-day class, running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE CLASS Come along to this fun workshop, introducing you to the wide and wonderful ideas possible with melt and pour soaps. You will make your own individualised soaps, choosing from a variety of cosmetic colours/scents/aromatherapy oils/herbs & flowers, also learning about storing/wrapping and packing your soaps. The soaps you take home will make beautiful handmade gifts, ready in time for Christmas.  WHAT TO BRING Basic materials are provided as part of the workshop fee. Additional materials will be available for sale on the day.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Craft Studio

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Stained Glass

One-day workshop running 10am-4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP There will be a choice of spring and summer-themed projects for indoor or outdoor use including hearts, flowers, bees and lambs - encapsulating Spring! In this fun, sociable day, you will learn how to cut glass, copper foil and solder to create your own beautiful piece of art ABOUT THE TUTOR Carrie Kearsey is a professional teacher and artist who will guide you through the Tiffany technique of copper foiling. In this fun, sociable day. WHAT TO BRING All materials are provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and apron. If bringing a drink with you, please ensure it is in a bottle or lidded cup.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Textiles

Tapestry

Mondays (4.30pm-7pm) during term time. This class will show you the simple and basic techniques of Tapestry, and share the enjoyment of creative weaving. You can create an interesting woven tapestry piece of fabricated wall art in a very short time, using just about anything to weave with from wool, wire and fabric to hard things like twigs or leaves. You can experiment with different materials to make the wall art you desire for your home, learning simple aspects of colour theory to help chose the right colours for your project. Once you have developed the basic skills, you can design your own abstract pattern in landscape or portrait. WHAT TO BRING: Most materials can be provided for your first session, however regular attendees should bring the following: -A old picture frame (minus glass) - A4 or larger -A flat piece of wood slightly wider than the frame -String -Knitting wool, wire, fabric, etc to weave with -Plastic Needles -Plastic Fork

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Live Music

Totally Blondie (25 Feb)

Rotary Rocks is delighted to present Totally Blondie. Since forming early in 2018, Totally Blondie have rapidly gained a reputation as the best Blondie tribute band in the UK! Unlike so many tribute acts, this is a pro band who are passionate about the music they play, and have built their reputation on the back of full-on, no-holds-barred live gigs where they totally play their hearts out … Blondie were one of the most iconic bands of the 70’s & 80’s, with posters of Debbie Harry adorning most teenagers’ walls, and they’ve continued turning out hits and great music right up to 2017’s Pollinator album. People of all ages, not just hardcore fans, know and love songs like Hanging On The Telephone, One Way Or Another, Call Me, Atomic, Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Denis and all the other famous chart-toppers. And Totally Blondie make sure these fantastic tunes sound as fresh and exciting today as they did back then. With a stunning lookalike and soundalike singer, an exceptional, professional live band, their full-on, passionate performances are winning over audiences up and down the country. So, come along and relive those classic moments – it’s totally authentic … it’s totally awesome … it’s Totally Blondie! All proceeds from this event to The Alzheimer’s Society, Aylesbury. - Promoted by the Rotary Club of Aylesbury Hundreds Website | Facebook Totally Blondie Website The Alzheimer’s Society, Aylesbury Website

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS This course will give you an introduction to watercolours. It is suitable for beginners, those returning to using watercolours, or those wanting to try out different techniques. You will learn some of the basic techniques such as blending, washes, and wet on wet to paint a range of subjects. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) White gouache paint (small tube) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 10 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch) A4 Watercolour paper pad (minimum 250 gsm cold pressed/NOT paper) Masking tape Masking fluid (ideally frisk masking fineliner/ needle tip) Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler Fine tip waterproof black drawing pen

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 2 (3-week course)

3-week course running for three consecutive 2.5-hour sessions from the start time listed below. ABOUT THE CLASS Part 2 of the Beginners Watercolours course - please be sure to have attended Part 1 of the course before booking onto this one. In this class, students will paint various new subjects using the beautiful medium of watercolour. WHAT TO BRING (Bundles of watercolour paints / brushes are available at the QPAC Art Shop) Selection of watercolour paints (either pans or tubes) Selection of brushes (such as Daler Rowney size 8 and 2 round, and at least one flat brush 1/2 inch - 1 inch, and a fan brush) Watercolour paper Masking tape Masking fluid (needle tip or bring a brush to use with this), Mixing palette Small natural painting sponge Pencil Rubber Ruler ABOUT THE TUTOR Leila Ward is a Tring-based artist who studied Art and Design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. She has experimented with different mediums over the years, and particularly likes drawing/ painting animals, and using watercolour, acrylic, and printing techniques. Leila enjoys making art more accessible to others, showing people that anyone can create art. If you have any further questions please email Leila on: Leila_Ward@msn.com

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Painting Studio

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Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored)

Thursdays (10am-12.30pm) during term time. This untutored weekly workshop is perfect for woodcarvers with enough experience to direct their own learning, offering a chance to work on projects alongside likeminded artists and makers. The group isn’t suited to beginners, however if you’ve had experience of woodcarving before and want to continue the art in a supportive atmosphere then this is the group for you. Students are welcome to use the communal facilities in the QPAC woodwork studio, however must bring their own timber and carving tools. Casual clothes and stout shoes recommended!

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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Woodwork

Woodwork

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. What Will I Learn? These sessions aim to improve your ability in working with wood and fulfilling your ambition in creating a product of your choice under the guidance of the tutor. During the sessions you will work on a project of your own choice so that your own level of skill increases and you finish with a completed item. You will be encouraged and instructed in the use of electrical powered hand tools. The room is equipped with a woodturning lathes so there will be an opportunity to learn or to continue some woodturning. During the sessions learners will: - Select materials and tools appropriate to the chosen task. - Show how materials are cut, shaped and formed, to designed tolerances. - Use design briefs to guide design thinking. - Complete at least 1 project. - Practice skills to complete other projects at home. - Observe health & safety issues concerning woodworking. Is This For Me? These sessions are for those with a general interest in woodwork and who have a project in mind. It is suitable for all levels of ability and will be taught on an individual basis. During the sessions, the tutor will provide small group demonstrations and individual support to ensure that learners can work at their own level and at their own pace. What Do I Need To Bring? Please bring a pencil and project idea(s). These will be discussed and, by the end of your first session, a plan will be drawn up including a cutting list and some idea of the cost. Learners will need to provide their own materials, which can’t be stored at the centre, and brought to each session. The use of different materials will be discussed relative to their cost eg. bookcase made from MDF will be much cheaper to make than one of solid oak. It depends on your choice as to how much you spend. How will I know that my skills have improved? At the start, you will decide (with help from your tutor) what you want to get out of the course. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress and at the end of the course you will have the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and how your skills have improved.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Woodwork Studio

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