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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

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 - Mondays)

Monday sessions - 30 min glaze sessions at 4.30pm and 5.15pm Saturday sessions - 1h 30 min glaze sessions at 10am ABOUT THE SESSION Suitable for ages 7-11, and only suitable for students who have made work at the centre which has been fired once (bisque work) and is ready to glaze. 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: If booking a short, 30 minute slot, this allows enough time to glaze one large finished piece OR two to three small, simple pieces. If you have lots of pieces to fire, please book more than one session. The longer, 1 hour 30 minute slots, are for those with multiple pieces to glaze.

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making - Mondays)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Bowden 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.

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

Saturdays 10:30am during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Chinese for Beginners...it’s not as hard as you think! It is as easy as ABC and 123, when you know the basic tools. You'd be surprised what you can learn in only 2 hours a week. This weekly drop-in class offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language, working at a beginner level. Students will also be able to learn about calligraphy. This is a great chance for anyone with an interest in linguistics to being learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-linguist who has studied in Beijing and volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of house during performances. He's now bringing his expertise in languages to students as a tutor. WHAT TO BRING - A notepad - A pen or pencil

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Music

Beginners Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (12.45pm-1.45pm) 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

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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” 2023 & 2024 DATES 7 December - "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris 11 January - Show & Tell Bring your own book

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-12.30pm 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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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

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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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

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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Pottery, Short Courses

Hands or Feet Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

Saturday 13 April 10am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP The workshop will provide the opportunity to create a clay hands or feet sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. Materials are provided as well as tuition on how to sculpt. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw, then in Figurative Sculpture at Hetherley and Art Therapy at University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

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

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting club is open to all knitters, it is led by an expert tutor who will be able to help you with any knitting problems and assist you in the development of new knitting techniques. This inspirational knitting group is suitable for anyone with knitting skills from basic to advanced, able to bring their own knitting projects to work on during the evening. If you are a complete knitting beginner, please see our fantastic Monday evening Beginners -Improvers Knitting courses, where you can learn all the basic skills that you need to join the knitting club. 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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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

Untutored class running Thursdays during term time, 1.30pm-4pm. This informal, social class gives lacemakers a chance to work independently on their own projects, whilst sharing their skills with likeminded artists and makers. Equipment needed: a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern.

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Tuesday and Saturday)

Tuesdays Tutored (7.15-9.30pm) and Saturdays Untutored (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Information for Tuesday 7.15pm-9.30pm Tutored class: New for 2024, this gently guided class with tutor Ayşe Kongur is ideal for all levels. Reduced price tickets are available if you have a student card or are studying at school (16+), bookable in person or by phone. Learn how to draw the human body from nude life models in the studio, every third week we will be working with a clothed model. Ayşe is a creative designer who works in the graphic and digital design fields. Life drawing is one of the focus areas in her design practice. She has been attending life drawing classes regularly at QPAC. She would like to translate her skills, and guide attendees along their own paths to understanding the human body. If you have any questions about the Tuesday evening workshop please contact Ayşe on ayse@kongur.co.uk. Information for Saturday 10am-12.30pm Untutored class: Untutored sessions are a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your process. Come and make the most of this great opportunity to work alongside others in a friendly, creative and inspiring environment! Please arrive at the start time so that you can set up your easel / drawing bench. If you are new to the studio one of the regular attendees will be happy to assist you. Workshops run in two halves with a 20 minute coffee-break in between. The first session usually has shorter poses of 5 minutes-15 minutes, and the second session has longer poses 30-60 minutes. WHAT TO BRING Easels and drawing boards are provided. Bring your own choice of materials, for example charcoal, pencil, inks or paint. The centre has an art shop (at reception) with a range of drawing and painting materials. If you are using oil paints you must bring in own mediums/brush cleaner. You will need to please use only low-odour solvents - brands such as Zest-It and Sansodour - and bring jam jars so that you can take solvent waste home with you, it must not be poured down the sink.

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Health & Wellbeing, Mixed Crafts

Mindfulness based Art in Health Workshop

Fridays 12.45pm - 1:45pm £6.80 / some fully funded places available for people experiencing financial hardship - please get in touch. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP New art workshops especially aimed to be supportive of mental health. This half-term, come along and make a collaged winter landscape or townscape with a wide variety of materials, paints and found objects. Your tutor will give you all the guidance you need and you can pick up a new crafty skill or two! You will be able to work on your own work among a small group, in a supportive environment. These workshops are designed for those who may be suffering from anxiety, stress, emotional distress, or chronic pain. They are open to everybody, regardless of experience or what you judge to be your ‘skill’ level in art and craft – come and get creative! This workshop runs on a Friday afternoon. You can attend as many as you like but please book ahead, as there is limited space. No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. All materials will be provided. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who focuses her work on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. Belinda has run mindfulness based art workshops since before Covid, and during the pandemic focused on art in health to promote wellbeing through containment and self-regulation, reducing anxiety and suffering. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and outcomes. Belinda works across various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland.

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

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, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

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

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

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, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

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, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (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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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Portraiture – Drawing & Painting in Acrylics

Tuesdays 10am during term time Improve your skills in portraiture with drawing and painting in acrylics. You will be working from a mixture of photographs and live sitters, and exploring materials from charcoal to paint. Come and try our new weekly workshop that will suit all levels, beginners and improvers particularly welcome! ABOUT THE TUTOR John has been drawing and painting for 30 years with West Wycombe Art, alongside a career in kitchen design. WHAT TO BRING Basic drawing materials (charcoal and paper) will be provided, however you may need to buy further materials as you progress and John will be on hand to advise on this. If you have any queries before you come along, please contact John on johneasterling4@gmail.com.

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC, spaces fill up extremely quickly, if you have some experience you may wish to book onto one of our untutored classes. Click here for untutored classes. Tutored classes 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 Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) 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, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

2.5 hour untutored sessions during term time. See calendar below for dates and session start times. These weekly untutored pottery 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re a beginner looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, please book one of our tutored classes rather than these untutored sessions. 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 Throwing (One-day Class)

*Please note the course dates often sell out very quickly- if you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact info@queensparkarts.com Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. This class is ideal for students working at all different levels of ceramics. Whether a first-timer looking to get to grips with clay, or a more experienced potter wanting to explore new shapes and forms (e.g. bowls, bottles, plats, faceting and external decoration), our tutor is here to help! Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Fridays (3.30-5pm) during term time. A weekly tutor-led workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers. Students ages 12+ 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. You tutor will be on hand to assist when working this out.

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Recorder Group (Weekly Class)

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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Pottery, Short Courses

Sculpture from the Figure (four-week course)

Four-sessions held on consecutive Saturdays, 10.00 - 12.30, 2nd - 23rd March This fantastic new short course with Belinda will provide the opportunity to create a figurative sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts and the course is fully tutored. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw School of Art, then in Figurative Sculpture at Heatherley School of Art, and Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Please bring thick plastic (eg. heavy duty waste bags) to wrap your sculpture and keep it damp to work on the following week. Other materials and clay are included, additional charges apply for glaze firing, or for attending extra QPAC sessions for hollowing out or glazing after the workshop day. Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

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Painting & Drawing

Still Life in Acrylics (one-day course)

Saturday 2 March 10.00 - 16.00 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP We're welcoming back the artist Colin Stokes to teach another packed, one-day painting course. An acrylic painting workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced painters. Creating a finished acrylic still-life from a studio set-up, processes will include choosing and applying coloured ground, sketching out from observation, tonal underpainting, colour theory and mixing using a grey scale, and painting techniques such as "couche" and glazing. There will be plenty to take away from Colin's friendly tuition, whatever your experience level. ABOUT THE TUTOR Colin is a local artist specialising in watercolours, exhibiting his work his work in different galleries around the UK. MATERIALS NEEDED Essential materials: An 8" x 10" (20 x 25 cm) stretched canvas or canvas board Good (artist or student) quality acrylic paints in the following colours: Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Light and Alizarin Crimson. A stay wet palette or a shallow plastic container with an air tight lid (eg. tupperware) to use as a pallette. Recommended (similar can be borrowed from Arts Centre on the day): Paint brushes for acrylics (synthetic are cheaper) in the following specifications: #10 flat, #6 round, #4 flat, #4 round or filbert. Diamond shaped palette knife, #45. 3B pencil. Colin is happy to provide further advice on materials or content of the workshop, contact Colin on stokeseyart@gmail.com

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

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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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Wood Turning (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for wood turning at the lathe. If you would like to book a general woodwork session (running on the same dates / times), please click here. 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. - 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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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

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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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for general woodwork only - if you would like to book a session wood turning on the lathe, (running on the same dates / times), please here. 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. - 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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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm, during term time. Click here for term dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Mindfulness yoga incorporates the practice of mindfulness within the practice and is conducive for students physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The class includes warm up, joint loosening, stretching, yoga poses, breathing practices (pranayama) meditation and relaxation. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena is a yoga teacher trained in classical Hatha yoga, and a minded yoga therapist and teen yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 mainly within NHS settings until she retired in 2015. Since her retirement, Helena has been teaching in various community settings and, for the last two years since lockdown, has been teaching her classes via Zoom. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a yoga mat with you. You may also wish to bring additional cushions for support, and/or a blanket / shawl.

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Workshops for Children, Weekly Workshop

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 - Mondays)

Monday sessions - 30 min glaze sessions at 4.30pm and 5.15pm Saturday sessions - 1h 30 min glaze sessions at 10am ABOUT THE SESSION Suitable for ages 7-11, and only suitable for students who have made work at the centre which has been fired once (bisque work) and is ready to glaze. 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: If booking a short, 30 minute slot, this allows enough time to glaze one large finished piece OR two to three small, simple pieces. If you have lots of pieces to fire, please book more than one session. The longer, 1 hour 30 minute slots, are for those with multiple pieces to glaze.

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Workshops for Children, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Afterschool Pottery (Making - Mondays)

Mondays 4.30pm-6pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 7-11 Join tutor Emma Bowden 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.

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An Introduction to Chinese (Weekly Class)

Saturdays 10:30am during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Chinese for Beginners...it’s not as hard as you think! It is as easy as ABC and 123, when you know the basic tools. You'd be surprised what you can learn in only 2 hours a week. This weekly drop-in class offers students the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese language, working at a beginner level. Students will also be able to learn about calligraphy. This is a great chance for anyone with an interest in linguistics to being learning a new language. ABOUT THE TUTOR Jay is a multi-linguist who has studied in Beijing and volunteered for QPAC for several years, working with students in workshops, attending events, and helping run front of house during performances. He's now bringing his expertise in languages to students as a tutor. WHAT TO BRING - A notepad - A pen or pencil

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Music

Beginners Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (12.45pm-1.45pm) 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

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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” 2023 & 2024 DATES 7 December - "Holidays on Ice" by David Sedaris 11 January - Show & Tell Bring your own book

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Clarinet Group (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

Fridays during term time, 10am-12.30pm 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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Jewellery, Weekly Workshop

Contemporary Jewellery (Weekly Classes)

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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Weekly Workshop, Music

Guitar Club (Weekly Class)

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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Pottery, Short Courses

Hands or Feet Ceramic Sculpture Workshop

Saturday 13 April 10am - 4pm ABOUT THE WORKSHOP The workshop will provide the opportunity to create a clay hands or feet sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. Materials are provided as well as tuition on how to sculpt. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw, then in Figurative Sculpture at Hetherley and Art Therapy at University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Jazz Workshop (Weekly Class)

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

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Knitting Club (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Knitting club is open to all knitters, it is led by an expert tutor who will be able to help you with any knitting problems and assist you in the development of new knitting techniques. This inspirational knitting group is suitable for anyone with knitting skills from basic to advanced, able to bring their own knitting projects to work on during the evening. If you are a complete knitting beginner, please see our fantastic Monday evening Beginners -Improvers Knitting courses, where you can learn all the basic skills that you need to join the knitting club. 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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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Lacemaking (Untutored Weekly Class)

Untutored class running Thursdays during term time, 1.30pm-4pm. This informal, social class gives lacemakers a chance to work independently on their own projects, whilst sharing their skills with likeminded artists and makers. Equipment needed: a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern.

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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Life Drawing (Tuesday and Saturday)

Tuesdays Tutored (7.15-9.30pm) and Saturdays Untutored (10am-12.30pm) during term time. Information for Tuesday 7.15pm-9.30pm Tutored class: New for 2024, this gently guided class with tutor Ayşe Kongur is ideal for all levels. Reduced price tickets are available if you have a student card or are studying at school (16+), bookable in person or by phone. Learn how to draw the human body from nude life models in the studio, every third week we will be working with a clothed model. Ayşe is a creative designer who works in the graphic and digital design fields. Life drawing is one of the focus areas in her design practice. She has been attending life drawing classes regularly at QPAC. She would like to translate her skills, and guide attendees along their own paths to understanding the human body. If you have any questions about the Tuesday evening workshop please contact Ayşe on ayse@kongur.co.uk. Information for Saturday 10am-12.30pm Untutored class: Untutored sessions are a chance to learn from fellow artists, share your work and discuss your process. Come and make the most of this great opportunity to work alongside others in a friendly, creative and inspiring environment! Please arrive at the start time so that you can set up your easel / drawing bench. If you are new to the studio one of the regular attendees will be happy to assist you. Workshops run in two halves with a 20 minute coffee-break in between. The first session usually has shorter poses of 5 minutes-15 minutes, and the second session has longer poses 30-60 minutes. WHAT TO BRING Easels and drawing boards are provided. Bring your own choice of materials, for example charcoal, pencil, inks or paint. The centre has an art shop (at reception) with a range of drawing and painting materials. If you are using oil paints you must bring in own mediums/brush cleaner. You will need to please use only low-odour solvents - brands such as Zest-It and Sansodour - and bring jam jars so that you can take solvent waste home with you, it must not be poured down the sink.

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Health & Wellbeing, Mixed Crafts

Mindfulness based Art in Health Workshop

Fridays 12.45pm - 1:45pm £6.80 / some fully funded places available for people experiencing financial hardship - please get in touch. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP New art workshops especially aimed to be supportive of mental health. This half-term, come along and make a collaged winter landscape or townscape with a wide variety of materials, paints and found objects. Your tutor will give you all the guidance you need and you can pick up a new crafty skill or two! You will be able to work on your own work among a small group, in a supportive environment. These workshops are designed for those who may be suffering from anxiety, stress, emotional distress, or chronic pain. They are open to everybody, regardless of experience or what you judge to be your ‘skill’ level in art and craft – come and get creative! This workshop runs on a Friday afternoon. You can attend as many as you like but please book ahead, as there is limited space. No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts. All materials will be provided. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who focuses her work on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. Belinda has run mindfulness based art workshops since before Covid, and during the pandemic focused on art in health to promote wellbeing through containment and self-regulation, reducing anxiety and suffering. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and outcomes. Belinda works across various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland.

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Weekly Workshop, Mixed Crafts

Mixed Crafts (Weekly Class)

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, Weekly Workshop

Oil Painting (Weekly Class)

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

Painting & Drawing (Weekly Class)

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, Weekly Workshop

Painting with Acrylics (Weekly Class)

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, Weekly Workshop

Patchwork (Weekly Class)

Wednesdays (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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Painting & Drawing, Weekly Workshop

Portraiture – Drawing & Painting in Acrylics

Tuesdays 10am during term time Improve your skills in portraiture with drawing and painting in acrylics. You will be working from a mixture of photographs and live sitters, and exploring materials from charcoal to paint. Come and try our new weekly workshop that will suit all levels, beginners and improvers particularly welcome! ABOUT THE TUTOR John has been drawing and painting for 30 years with West Wycombe Art, alongside a career in kitchen design. WHAT TO BRING Basic drawing materials (charcoal and paper) will be provided, however you may need to buy further materials as you progress and John will be on hand to advise on this. If you have any queries before you come along, please contact John on johneasterling4@gmail.com.

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Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Tutored) (Weekly Classes)

Monday-Thursday (see below for timings) during term time. Pottery is one of the most popular activities at QPAC, spaces fill up extremely quickly, if you have some experience you may wish to book onto one of our untutored classes. Click here for untutored classes. Tutored classes 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 Tue – 10am-12.30pm Helen Neighbour Tue – 2pm-4.30pm Untutored (Temporary) 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, Weekly Workshop

Pottery (Untutored) (Weekly Classes)

2.5 hour untutored sessions during term time. See calendar below for dates and session start times. These weekly untutored pottery 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you’re a beginner looking to try out pottery but aren’t too sure where to start, please book one of our tutored classes rather than these untutored sessions. 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 Throwing (One-day Class)

*Please note the course dates often sell out very quickly- if you would like to go on the waiting list, please contact info@queensparkarts.com Come and take your potter's wheel driving test in the this fun and friendly one-day class. This class is ideal for students working at all different levels of ceramics. Whether a first-timer looking to get to grips with clay, or a more experienced potter wanting to explore new shapes and forms (e.g. bowls, bottles, plats, faceting and external decoration), our tutor is here to help! Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces.

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Workshops for Teens, Pottery, Weekly Workshop

Pottery for Teens (Weekly Class)

Fridays (3.30-5pm) during term time. A weekly tutor-led workshop designed to inspire and nurture young emerging artists and makers. Students ages 12+ 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. You tutor will be on hand to assist when working this out.

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Weekly Workshop, Music

Recorder Group (Weekly Class)

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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Pottery, Short Courses

Sculpture from the Figure (four-week course)

Four-sessions held on consecutive Saturdays, 10.00 - 12.30, 2nd - 23rd March This fantastic new short course with Belinda will provide the opportunity to create a figurative sculpture from a life model in the studio. The workshop will enable participants to learn about modelling in clay from life, using traditional formal sculpting techniques. More advanced participants will be able to explore techniques in modelling of abstraction and increased porosity if they wish. Participants will be shown how to decorate works once finished and will be able to either take away their works unfired to decorate once hard, or to leave them for firing to collect at a later date. (Depending on size of work, participants may need to complete hollowing out work at a later date, but will be shown how to do this so that larger works can still be fired successfully.) No prior experience is required or skill in arts or crafts and the course is fully tutored. ABOUT THE TUTOR Belinda Hunt is an Art Therapist, Artist and Teacher who uses art to focus on wellbeing and health and on our relation to each other and to our planet. She works with individuals and groups, promoting personal and social wellbeing through the art process and art outcomes. Her art covers various media in 2D and 3D and has exhibited locally as well as in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, London and Scotland. She trained as a Fine Artist at Byam Shaw School of Art, then in Figurative Sculpture at Heatherley School of Art, and Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire. She also works as an Art Historian and has written books on the subject. WHAT TO BRING Please bring thick plastic (eg. heavy duty waste bags) to wrap your sculpture and keep it damp to work on the following week. Other materials and clay are included, additional charges apply for glaze firing, or for attending extra QPAC sessions for hollowing out or glazing after the workshop day. Participants may wish to bring aprons/old shirts

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Painting & Drawing

Still Life in Acrylics (one-day course)

Saturday 2 March 10.00 - 16.00 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP We're welcoming back the artist Colin Stokes to teach another packed, one-day painting course. An acrylic painting workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced painters. Creating a finished acrylic still-life from a studio set-up, processes will include choosing and applying coloured ground, sketching out from observation, tonal underpainting, colour theory and mixing using a grey scale, and painting techniques such as "couche" and glazing. There will be plenty to take away from Colin's friendly tuition, whatever your experience level. ABOUT THE TUTOR Colin is a local artist specialising in watercolours, exhibiting his work his work in different galleries around the UK. MATERIALS NEEDED Essential materials: An 8" x 10" (20 x 25 cm) stretched canvas or canvas board Good (artist or student) quality acrylic paints in the following colours: Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Light and Alizarin Crimson. A stay wet palette or a shallow plastic container with an air tight lid (eg. tupperware) to use as a pallette. Recommended (similar can be borrowed from Arts Centre on the day): Paint brushes for acrylics (synthetic are cheaper) in the following specifications: #10 flat, #6 round, #4 flat, #4 round or filbert. Diamond shaped palette knife, #45. 3B pencil. Colin is happy to provide further advice on materials or content of the workshop, contact Colin on stokeseyart@gmail.com

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Textiles, Weekly Workshop

Tapestry (Weekly Class)

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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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Wood Turning (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for wood turning at the lathe. If you would like to book a general woodwork session (running on the same dates / times), please click here. 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. - 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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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodcarving (Untutored) (Weekly Class)

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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Weekly Workshop, Woodwork

Woodwork (Weekly Classes)

Tuesdays (10am -12:30pm) & Wednesdays (7pm-9.30pm) during term time. PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for general woodwork only - if you would like to book a session wood turning on the lathe, (running on the same dates / times), please here. 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. - 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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Health & Wellbeing, Weekly Workshop

Yoga for Adults (Weekly Class)

Thursdays 5.30pm-6.30pm, during term time. Click here for term dates. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Mindfulness yoga incorporates the practice of mindfulness within the practice and is conducive for students physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The class includes warm up, joint loosening, stretching, yoga poses, breathing practices (pranayama) meditation and relaxation. ABOUT THE TUTOR Helena is a yoga teacher trained in classical Hatha yoga, and a minded yoga therapist and teen yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga since 1998 mainly within NHS settings until she retired in 2015. Since her retirement, Helena has been teaching in various community settings and, for the last two years since lockdown, has been teaching her classes via Zoom. WHAT TO BRING Please bring a yoga mat with you. You may also wish to bring additional cushions for support, and/or a blanket / shawl.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Rehearsal Studio

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