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Afterschool Art Club

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-6pm during term time - see below for timetable of activities. 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! ABOUT THE TUTOR Hello, I'm Ellie! I always enjoyed coming to QPAC art workshops when I was a lot younger, so now I'm really happy to be running afterschool art every week. I do a lot of painting and drawing for myself and think it's great to experiment with making different kinds of art - even better to share it with others! In the past I have run arts workshops for children and adults, I also host Tuesday evening life drawing at QPAC (for adults) TIMETABLE Date Activity Tue 7 Sep TBC Tue 14 Sep TBC Tue 21 Sep TBC Tue 28 Sep TBC

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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. Date Activity Mon 6 Sep TBC Mon 13 Sep TBC Mon 20 Sep TBC Mon 27 Sep TBC Mon 11 Oct TBC Mon 18 Oct TBC Mon 25 Oct TBC Mon 1 Nov TBC Mon 8 Nov TBC Mon 22 Nov TBC Mon 29 Nov TBC 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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Dance

Belly Dance (Beginners)

Mondays (7pm-8pm) during term time. This class is designed to help you to feel good about yourself, get fit and have fun whatever your age, shape or size. WHAT TO EXPECT At the beginning we will warm up using the basic steps of bellydance to activate our body, to get ready and prevent injuries or strains, and to integrate them. Then we will do step routines with background music to learn new steps and combinations of movements, always with the aim of practising and improving the level. We will apply and unify all that we learn in choreographies. We’ll dance the different percussion rhythms and oriental dance styles. Finally, we will cool down and do a bit of stretching to relax the muscles and maintain our flexibility and range of movements.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Dance

Belly Dance (Improvers)

Mondays (8.15pm-9.15pm) during term time. This class is designed to help you to feel good about yourself, get fit and have fun whatever your age, shape or size. WHAT TO EXPECT At the beginning we will warm up using the basic steps of bellydance to activate our body, to get ready and prevent injuries or strains, and to integrate them. Then we will do step routines with background music to learn new steps and combinations of movements, always with the aim of practising and improving the level. We will apply and unify all that we learn in choreographies. We’ll dance the different percussion rhythms and oriental dance styles. Finally, we will cool down and do a bit of stretching to relax the muscles and maintain our flexibility and range of movements.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Short Courses

Chair Caning for Beginners (2-week course)

This course runs for two sessions - 7 & 21 November, from 10am to 4pm ABOUT THE COURSE Learn the traditional art of chair caning - a great chance to repair old furniture to brighten up your home. You can either bring an old chair with cane still attached to then remove and replace, or if the caning has already been removed, jump straight in! Chairs can be aquired on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or from your local Household Recycling Centre. All cane will be supplied. WHAT TO BRING - A chair to cane - Bradawl - Scissors - Small hammer - Pliers - Narrow screwdriver For more information, contact the tutor via maggie.evans74@gmail.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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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Creativity for Wellbeing

A one-day workshop runnfrom 10am to 4pm Arts is well recognised as having a valuable role in mention health. Creativity can help us to relax, boost our confidence, make us feel more engaged and resilient, and it is a space to express ourselves freely. Art engagement has been shown to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. In this one-day workshop you will be introduced to the benefits of creativity, create art that is personal to you and you can be proud of, with techniques to continue at home. We will mix art and music and be inspired by traditional folk art. Make and create all with the idea of relaxation and well-being at the forefront of our mind, from mindfulness in art to immersing yourself in your creation. Equipment is provided by if you have preferred fine liners and watercolours or acrylics please feel free to bring these along.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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. 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

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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Drawing with Charcoal

Learn how to use charcoal in creative ways to make abstract drawings, in this one-day class. Liz Cotgreave uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally, often finding inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws. You will try out different ways of working including drawing with cloths, rubbers, textured surfaces, stencils and more! You will also learn tricks for getting started, making lots of small drawings as you play and using these for inspiration later in the day. The workshop is suitable for anyone. The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and a sketchbook, if you have one.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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

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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

Half Term Art Club

Get creative this half term holiday with our fun half-day art classes led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup All materials are included in the admission price - please bring an apron with you. See below for individual session titles and age ranges. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 25 Oct 10am-1pm Shadow Puppets Ellie Kirkup 7-11 Tue 26 - Wed 28 Oct 10am-1pm Hand-Printed Christmas Cards (2-day course) Ellie Kirkup 7-11

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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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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. TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS with Ellie Kirkup Tuesday evening life drawing sessions are 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. 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. 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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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. Tutor Irene Scott 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 still life or the subject of your choice, in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (Picasso, Matisse, Fedden) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own project to work on. 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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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 (20/09/21): The Thursday morning class will be running as an untutored session on 7, 14 & 21 October. 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 Joyce Hill 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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Pottery, Sunday Specials

Pottery - Raku Firing

Discover the beautiful art of Japanese raku pottery firing in this special one-day course. Students can bring 6-8 pieces of bisque-fired work to fire in our special outdoor raku kiln. Experiment with this exciting firing technqiue, and use items such as horsehair or feathers to create unique patterns on your ceramics. Please bring an apron and closed-toed shoes with you. This class takes place outside, so be sure to dress for all-weathers! All students will get a chance to try out the firing process, but there may not be time to fire every item you bring.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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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 hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces. Start Date Tutor Sat 9 Oct Laura Peacock Sat 20 Nov Patrick Hayward

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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 professional ceramicist Charlie Butters. 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

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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

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Workshops for Teens, Short Courses

Self Defence (Ages 16-24)

A one-off session for ages 16-24. Do you want to learn how to be safer? Do you want some tips how to avoid potentially risky situations? Do you want to feel more empowered? Do you want to learn some simple self-defence moves? This Self-Protection workshop will cover the following points. - Situational Awareness - Avoidance - Action The session is taught in a safe friendly environment by a tutor with more than 40 years martial arts experience.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Short Courses

Self Defence (Ages 25+)

A one-day course for adults aged 25+ (sessions for ages 16-24 are also available) Do you want to learn how to be safer? Do you want some tips how to avoid potentially risky situations? Do you want to feel more empowered? Do you want to learn some simple self-defence moves? This Self-Protection workshop will cover the following points. - Situational Awareness - Avoidance - Action The session is taught in a safe friendly environment by a tutor with more than 40 years martial arts experience.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles

Sewing - Freestyle Sessions

A regular drop-in session. See calendar for various dates and times. Are you inspired by the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? Or perhaps you bought or were given a sewing machine in Lockdown? You may have sewn in the past but feel a bit daunted when you look at dress making patterns? Whatever your circumstances, you can learn to sew your own, simple stylish clothes. These weekly sessions are for anyone who can use a sewing machine and who wants some help with a dress making project. You can bring along a WIP (work in progress), a UFO (un-finished object) or a new project and get some professional help with sewing garments for yourself, your friends or your family. You will need to bring with you a sewing machine (if you have one), a basic sewing kit, your fabric and the pattern.

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Textiles, Short Courses

Sewing - Sew A Dress (5-week course)

This course runs for five sessions on consecutive weeks, from the start date listed on the calendar. Each individual session lasts two-and-a-half hours. Are you inspired by the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? Or perhaps you bought or were given a sewing machine in Lockdown? You may have sewn in the past but feel a bit daunted when you look at dress making patterns? Whatever your circumstances, you can learn to sew your own, simple stylish clothes. Sewing is a learnt skill and in this five-week course you can learn how to make a dress. You will need to bring with you a sewing machine (if you have one), a basic sewing kit, your fabric and the pattern. This course is intended for beginner/improver/intermediate dressmakers. You should be able to thread a machine and know how to use it. If you have one, please bring your own machine. This class will teach you - How to measure yourself and decide on the size to make - How to lay the pattern and cut the garment - How to read and interpret pattern instructions - How to sew darts, seams, make and apply a facing , or make and attach a collar, make sleeves and insert them, insert a zip, machine a hem or hand stitch a hem. Suggested patterns: Dress – New Look 6145 or New Look 6095

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Textiles, Short Courses

Sewing - Trousers (5-week course)

This course runs for five sessions on consecutive weeks, from the start date listed on the calendar. Each individual session lasts two-and-a-half hours. Are you inspired by the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? Or perhaps you bought or were given a sewing machine in Lockdown? You may have sewn in the past but feel a bit daunted when you look at dress making patterns? Whatever your circumstances, you can learn to sew your own, simple stylish clothes. Sewing is a learnt skill and in this five-week course you can learn how to make a simple shell top, a skirt. You will need to bring with you a sewing machine (if you have one), a basic sewing kit, your fabric and the pattern. This course is intended for beginner/improver/intermediate dressmakers. You should be able to thread a machine and know how to use it. If you have one, please bring your own machine. Learn to make a pair of simple pyjama trousers and a pair of classic trousers. You will start by making a simple pair of pyjama trousers and follow on by making a pair of more fitted classic trousers. This class will teach you - How to measure yourself and decide on the size to make - How to lay the pattern and cut the garment - How to read and interpret pattern instructions - How to sew darts, seams, make a casing to insert elastic, make a waistband, make and insert pockets, insert a zip into a fly front, sew a hook and eye closure, machine a hem or hand stitch a hem. Suggested patterns: Pyjamas – New Look 6859, Trousers – Kwik Sew 4070

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Stained Glass

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm (Price includes all materials) ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join Carrie Kearsey, an experienced art teacher, for a fun day designing, cutting and completing a beautiful and creative copperfoil item from a choice of projects. This glass item measures 8" wide x 10" to the top of the wire. WHAT TO BRING 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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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (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 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-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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Woodwork

Woodwork - Occasional Table (2-day course)

This is a two-day course running on consecutive days from the listed start date. Both sessons run from 10am to 3.30pm Learn the skills required to make an occasional table to your own design. Phil will provide everything you need for the constructions process, including materials. As part of the course you'll learn how to: - Mark out a design and cut using hand tools - Operate machinery to shape, cut and finish your work.

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Drama, Workshops for Teens, Workshops for Children, Unbound Theatre

Youth Drama

Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 9-15 Come along and join in the fun with this vibrant and energetic drama group. Get the chance to express yourself, gain confidence, and make new friends. ABOUT THE TUTOR Experienced tutor, Pete Benson, teaches drama all over the world and has worked on stage and in TV. Pete specialises in improvisation and drama games. Pete Benson’s film <i>Scar Crow</i> won the award for Best Horror / Sci-fi Film at the London International Film Festival in 2009. This workshop is presented by Unbound, Queens Park's award-winning in-house production company. Unbound works on dozens of theatre, audio and film projects every year, as well as offering workshops in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies. Visit their website for more details.

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Afterschool Art Club

Tuesdays, 4.30pm-6pm during term time - see below for timetable of activities. 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! ABOUT THE TUTOR Hello, I'm Ellie! I always enjoyed coming to QPAC art workshops when I was a lot younger, so now I'm really happy to be running afterschool art every week. I do a lot of painting and drawing for myself and think it's great to experiment with making different kinds of art - even better to share it with others! In the past I have run arts workshops for children and adults, I also host Tuesday evening life drawing at QPAC (for adults) TIMETABLE Date Activity Tue 7 Sep TBC Tue 14 Sep TBC Tue 21 Sep TBC Tue 28 Sep TBC

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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. Date Activity Mon 6 Sep TBC Mon 13 Sep TBC Mon 20 Sep TBC Mon 27 Sep TBC Mon 11 Oct TBC Mon 18 Oct TBC Mon 25 Oct TBC Mon 1 Nov TBC Mon 8 Nov TBC Mon 22 Nov TBC Mon 29 Nov TBC 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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Dance

Belly Dance (Beginners)

Mondays (7pm-8pm) during term time. This class is designed to help you to feel good about yourself, get fit and have fun whatever your age, shape or size. WHAT TO EXPECT At the beginning we will warm up using the basic steps of bellydance to activate our body, to get ready and prevent injuries or strains, and to integrate them. Then we will do step routines with background music to learn new steps and combinations of movements, always with the aim of practising and improving the level. We will apply and unify all that we learn in choreographies. We’ll dance the different percussion rhythms and oriental dance styles. Finally, we will cool down and do a bit of stretching to relax the muscles and maintain our flexibility and range of movements.

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Dance

Belly Dance (Improvers)

Mondays (8.15pm-9.15pm) during term time. This class is designed to help you to feel good about yourself, get fit and have fun whatever your age, shape or size. WHAT TO EXPECT At the beginning we will warm up using the basic steps of bellydance to activate our body, to get ready and prevent injuries or strains, and to integrate them. Then we will do step routines with background music to learn new steps and combinations of movements, always with the aim of practising and improving the level. We will apply and unify all that we learn in choreographies. We’ll dance the different percussion rhythms and oriental dance styles. Finally, we will cool down and do a bit of stretching to relax the muscles and maintain our flexibility and range of movements.

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Short Courses

Chair Caning for Beginners (2-week course)

This course runs for two sessions - 7 & 21 November, from 10am to 4pm ABOUT THE COURSE Learn the traditional art of chair caning - a great chance to repair old furniture to brighten up your home. You can either bring an old chair with cane still attached to then remove and replace, or if the caning has already been removed, jump straight in! Chairs can be aquired on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or from your local Household Recycling Centre. All cane will be supplied. WHAT TO BRING - A chair to cane - Bradawl - Scissors - Small hammer - Pliers - Narrow screwdriver For more information, contact the tutor via maggie.evans74@gmail.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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Painting & Drawing, Sunday Specials

Creativity for Wellbeing

A one-day workshop runnfrom 10am to 4pm Arts is well recognised as having a valuable role in mention health. Creativity can help us to relax, boost our confidence, make us feel more engaged and resilient, and it is a space to express ourselves freely. Art engagement has been shown to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. In this one-day workshop you will be introduced to the benefits of creativity, create art that is personal to you and you can be proud of, with techniques to continue at home. We will mix art and music and be inspired by traditional folk art. Make and create all with the idea of relaxation and well-being at the forefront of our mind, from mindfulness in art to immersing yourself in your creation. Equipment is provided by if you have preferred fine liners and watercolours or acrylics please feel free to bring these along.

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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. 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, Sunday Specials

Drawing with Charcoal

Learn how to use charcoal in creative ways to make abstract drawings, in this one-day class. Liz Cotgreave uses a range of tools and techniques to create interesting marks and textures in her work. She works experimentally, often finding inspiration in what happens by accident as she draws. You will try out different ways of working including drawing with cloths, rubbers, textured surfaces, stencils and more! You will also learn tricks for getting started, making lots of small drawings as you play and using these for inspiration later in the day. The workshop is suitable for anyone. The workshop fee includes all the materials you need. Please bring an apron with you and a sketchbook, if you have one.

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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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School Holiday Workshops, Workshops for Children

Half Term Art Club

Get creative this half term holiday with our fun half-day art classes led by artist and tutor Ellie Kirkup All materials are included in the admission price - please bring an apron with you. See below for individual session titles and age ranges. Date Time Topic Tutor Age Range Mon 25 Oct 10am-1pm Shadow Puppets Ellie Kirkup 7-11 Tue 26 - Wed 28 Oct 10am-1pm Hand-Printed Christmas Cards (2-day course) Ellie Kirkup 7-11

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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.

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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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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. TUESDAY EVENING SESSIONS with Ellie Kirkup Tuesday evening life drawing sessions are 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. 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. 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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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. Tutor Irene Scott 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 still life or the subject of your choice, in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour). The group also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (Picasso, Matisse, Fedden) or through more specific themes such as perspective. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Bring your own project to work on. 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 (20/09/21): The Thursday morning class will be running as an untutored session on 7, 14 & 21 October. 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 Joyce Hill 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, Sunday Specials

Pottery - Raku Firing

Discover the beautiful art of Japanese raku pottery firing in this special one-day course. Students can bring 6-8 pieces of bisque-fired work to fire in our special outdoor raku kiln. Experiment with this exciting firing technqiue, and use items such as horsehair or feathers to create unique patterns on your ceramics. Please bring an apron and closed-toed shoes with you. This class takes place outside, so be sure to dress for all-weathers! All students will get a chance to try out the firing process, but there may not be time to fire every item you bring.

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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 hours. Your course fee includes the cost of firing for two pieces. Start Date Tutor Sat 9 Oct Laura Peacock Sat 20 Nov Patrick Hayward

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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 professional ceramicist Charlie Butters. 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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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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Workshops for Teens, Short Courses

Self Defence (Ages 16-24)

A one-off session for ages 16-24. Do you want to learn how to be safer? Do you want some tips how to avoid potentially risky situations? Do you want to feel more empowered? Do you want to learn some simple self-defence moves? This Self-Protection workshop will cover the following points. - Situational Awareness - Avoidance - Action The session is taught in a safe friendly environment by a tutor with more than 40 years martial arts experience.

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Short Courses

Self Defence (Ages 25+)

A one-day course for adults aged 25+ (sessions for ages 16-24 are also available) Do you want to learn how to be safer? Do you want some tips how to avoid potentially risky situations? Do you want to feel more empowered? Do you want to learn some simple self-defence moves? This Self-Protection workshop will cover the following points. - Situational Awareness - Avoidance - Action The session is taught in a safe friendly environment by a tutor with more than 40 years martial arts experience.

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Textiles

Sewing - Freestyle Sessions

A regular drop-in session. See calendar for various dates and times. Are you inspired by the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? Or perhaps you bought or were given a sewing machine in Lockdown? You may have sewn in the past but feel a bit daunted when you look at dress making patterns? Whatever your circumstances, you can learn to sew your own, simple stylish clothes. These weekly sessions are for anyone who can use a sewing machine and who wants some help with a dress making project. You can bring along a WIP (work in progress), a UFO (un-finished object) or a new project and get some professional help with sewing garments for yourself, your friends or your family. You will need to bring with you a sewing machine (if you have one), a basic sewing kit, your fabric and the pattern.

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Textiles, Short Courses

Sewing - Sew A Dress (5-week course)

This course runs for five sessions on consecutive weeks, from the start date listed on the calendar. Each individual session lasts two-and-a-half hours. Are you inspired by the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? Or perhaps you bought or were given a sewing machine in Lockdown? You may have sewn in the past but feel a bit daunted when you look at dress making patterns? Whatever your circumstances, you can learn to sew your own, simple stylish clothes. Sewing is a learnt skill and in this five-week course you can learn how to make a dress. You will need to bring with you a sewing machine (if you have one), a basic sewing kit, your fabric and the pattern. This course is intended for beginner/improver/intermediate dressmakers. You should be able to thread a machine and know how to use it. If you have one, please bring your own machine. This class will teach you - How to measure yourself and decide on the size to make - How to lay the pattern and cut the garment - How to read and interpret pattern instructions - How to sew darts, seams, make and apply a facing , or make and attach a collar, make sleeves and insert them, insert a zip, machine a hem or hand stitch a hem. Suggested patterns: Dress – New Look 6145 or New Look 6095

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Textiles, Short Courses

Sewing - Trousers (5-week course)

This course runs for five sessions on consecutive weeks, from the start date listed on the calendar. Each individual session lasts two-and-a-half hours. Are you inspired by the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? Or perhaps you bought or were given a sewing machine in Lockdown? You may have sewn in the past but feel a bit daunted when you look at dress making patterns? Whatever your circumstances, you can learn to sew your own, simple stylish clothes. Sewing is a learnt skill and in this five-week course you can learn how to make a simple shell top, a skirt. You will need to bring with you a sewing machine (if you have one), a basic sewing kit, your fabric and the pattern. This course is intended for beginner/improver/intermediate dressmakers. You should be able to thread a machine and know how to use it. If you have one, please bring your own machine. Learn to make a pair of simple pyjama trousers and a pair of classic trousers. You will start by making a simple pair of pyjama trousers and follow on by making a pair of more fitted classic trousers. This class will teach you - How to measure yourself and decide on the size to make - How to lay the pattern and cut the garment - How to read and interpret pattern instructions - How to sew darts, seams, make a casing to insert elastic, make a waistband, make and insert pockets, insert a zip into a fly front, sew a hook and eye closure, machine a hem or hand stitch a hem. Suggested patterns: Pyjamas – New Look 6859, Trousers – Kwik Sew 4070

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Textile Studio

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Stained Glass

One-day workshop, 10am-4pm (Price includes all materials) ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Join Carrie Kearsey, an experienced art teacher, for a fun day designing, cutting and completing a beautiful and creative copperfoil item from a choice of projects. This glass item measures 8" wide x 10" to the top of the wire. WHAT TO BRING 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

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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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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour for Beginners - Part 1 (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 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

subvenue Painting Studio

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Painting & Drawing, Short Courses

Watercolour 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 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

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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

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Woodwork

Woodwork - Occasional Table (2-day course)

This is a two-day course running on consecutive days from the listed start date. Both sessons run from 10am to 3.30pm Learn the skills required to make an occasional table to your own design. Phil will provide everything you need for the constructions process, including materials. As part of the course you'll learn how to: - Mark out a design and cut using hand tools - Operate machinery to shape, cut and finish your work.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

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Drama, Workshops for Teens, Workshops for Children, Unbound Theatre

Youth Drama

Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm during term time. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP Suitable for ages 9-15 Come along and join in the fun with this vibrant and energetic drama group. Get the chance to express yourself, gain confidence, and make new friends. ABOUT THE TUTOR Experienced tutor, Pete Benson, teaches drama all over the world and has worked on stage and in TV. Pete specialises in improvisation and drama games. Pete Benson’s film <i>Scar Crow</i> won the award for Best Horror / Sci-fi Film at the London International Film Festival in 2009. This workshop is presented by Unbound, Queens Park's award-winning in-house production company. Unbound works on dozens of theatre, audio and film projects every year, as well as offering workshops in the fields of drama, creative writing and theatre studies. Visit their website for more details.

Location Queens Park Arts Centre

subvenue Limelight Theatre

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