About our courses

A list of all the courses listed in the Loughborough programme for September 2015, including the tutors’ introductions and their intended Learning Outcomes for each course:

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Exploring and interpreting layers and textures in art

C2334850

Textures and layers can provide endless inspiration and imaginative imagery to explore. Sometimes as backgrounds, surface or the artwork itself. This can often influence a viewers response to a work. In any work of art, texture can often draw us in so we spend more time with the work.

Using a range of materials and techniques, including printmaking. You will explore surface implication and illusions referring to a variety of 2-D techniques. Developing your knowledge, skills and own creative styles in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Learners will:

  1. produce an accurately observed drawing;
  2. use various techniques for producing surface and textures.
  3. complete pieces of work using the principles of pleasing composition;
  4. demonstrate an increased critical awareness of their own work and that of other artists.

Tutor – Anna Michalska-Tomajer – Fee £84.70 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 21 September 2015

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Opera – an irrational and exotic entertainment          

C2335046

This course offers an introduction to opera as an art form, exploring the twin aspects of music and drama. The course will look at the composer’s use of music to portray action, atmosphere, character and emotion; how opera is portrayed visually through sets, costume, lighting; and the effect of the stage and musical directors.

The course is suitable for newcomers and those with some knowledge, though none is required.

Learners will:

  1. Watch or listen to an opera with greater understanding
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of how the composer achieves his effects.
  3. Recognise the music’s reinforcement or denial of the action
  4. Have an increased enjoyment of performances by knowledge of the work, its style, context and place in history.

Tutor – Christine Shaw – Fee £53.90 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Monday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 28 September 2015

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Ethical questions and Hollywood movies

C2335116

Can someone be held morally responsible for a crime that they are yet to commit as in ‘Minority Report’? ‘The Imitation Game’ says: ‘Our job was not to save one passenger convoy, it was to win the war’ but do we agree that a minority can be sacrificed for the benefit of the majority? Come along and reflect on philosophical questions in the entertaining context of film.

The course is open to everybody from beginner to those with more experience in philosophical discourse.

Learners will:

  1. apply analytical thought in responding to philosophical questions
  2. think creatively and independently
  3. actively listen
  4. demonstrate an understanding of some philosophical theories and problems in group discourse
  5. learn how to pose philosophical questions.

Tutor – Emma Hurley – Fee £52.00 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Monday 7:00pm – 8:30pm, 9 meetings from 28 September 2015

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Americans Abroad: four fictions                       

C2335114

The tourist, the spy, and the ambulance driver are among the very different representations of Americans abroad that we’ll explore in fictions by James, Hemingway, Greene and Hamid. We’ll study a changing pattern of American involvement in Europe and Asia through reading Daisy Miller, A Farewell to Arms, The Quiet American and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. (You will need copies of the stories but not for the first meeting.)

The course is suitable for anyone who is a very enthusiastic reader and end enjoys sharing ideas and responses.

Learners will:

  1. Explore the social/ political context of at least one of the texts.
  2. Analyse a short passage to show an understanding of narrative devices.
  3. Compare the different fictional representations of American influence and presence abroad from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century in the texts studied.

Tutor – Sue Love – Fee £55.90 or Free

Venue – Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough LE11 4RZ

Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 7 meetings from 5 October 2015

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Short story, short course

C2335056

A short course reading short stories. Learners have suggested we look at some modern authors writing from, and about, North America and Canada. If we feature stories by Alice Munro, Tim O’Brien and James Lasdun, a theme emerges: what might have been.

Other authors, other titles, may be suggested by the group.

Learners will:

  1. identify key themes and structures in the chosen titles
  2. discuss and comment on the literary effects used by the authors in the chosen titles
  3. select passages for close reading, which illustrate key points and opinions
  4. participate in readings, presentations, discussions and debate with others
  5. relate the course’s subject-matter to wider social, political and cultural contexts

Tutor – Mike Wilson – Fee £23.10 or Free

Venue – Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough LE11 4RZ

Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 3 meetings from 23 November 2015

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Media-led Life Class

C2334853

This course will be organised by having two sessions per medium. First sessions will introduce a medium using PowerPoints of artists’ work to illustrate potential and scope of pencils, charcoal etc, and second sessions are for practicing/consolidating learning and for further development of approaches and ideas.

This course is intended for students with Life Drawing experience, although students with other art experience should also find this course to be at a suitable level.

Learners will:

1 know the characteristics and potential of each medium

2 make an informed choice regarding which medium will suit your intention

3 observe anatomy more accurately through disciplined practice

4 recognise how to adjust a work in progress to address imbalance

Tutor – Erica Middleton – Fee £86.65 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Tuesday 9:45am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 22 September 2015

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Behind the Iron Curtain – life in Eastern Europe under Communism

C2334884

Aspects of life in the “Warsaw Pact” countries, from the end of the Second World War until 1989. How particular characteristics, cultures and even different political systems combined to undermine the Soviet Union’s protective barrier against the West.

Learners will:

  1. Understand the practical difficulties in imposing an ideology from above and from outside on countries with different ethnic, cultural, political, historical and societal experiences.
  2. Know why the arts often provided a focus for dissent in Eastern Europe.
  3. Identify three major sources of tension in Eastern European countries that undermined the communist ideological framework.
  4. Understand why two Soviet leaders. Stalin and Gorbachëv, were so important individually for the viability of the Soviet Bloc
  5. Be familiar with the causes of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 and in the Soviet Union in 1991.

Tutor – David Price – Fee £52.00 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Tuesday 2:00m – 3:30pm, 9 meetings from 22 September 2015

[NOTE: change of start time: 2:00pm not 1:30 pm as advertised in brochure]

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The Painted Churches of Leicestershire and Rutland

C2335119

This course will examine churches in Leicestershire and Rutland, focusing on wall paintings and other types of painted imagery, such as stained glass, sculpture, carvings and church monuments. Through the examination of renowned local buildings, we will examine how imagery evolved from the medieval period to the nineteenth century.

Learners will:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the major developments in medieval and post-Reformation art and architecture.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to recognise key artworks in Leicestershire and Rutland churches.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the primary source material which relates to the key buildings under examination.
  4. Demonstrate enhanced interpretation and oral communication skills through seminars, discussion, group work and field trips.

Tutor – Dr Ellie Pridgeon – Fee £53.90 or Free

Venue – Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough LE11 4RZ

Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 7 meetings from 29 September 2015

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Philosophy: what does it mean to be me?

C2335149

Information coming soon

Tutor – Bettina Lange – Fee £53.90 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Tuesday 4:30m – 6:30pm, 7 meetings from 29 September 2015

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Philosophy: Language, metaphor and meaning

C2335150

Information coming soon

Tutor – Bettina Lange – Fee £53.90 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Tuesday 7:00m – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 29 September 2015

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Seasonal art – ‘autumnal tones’

C2334855

Using the abundance of form and rich colours surrounding us in the Autumn season as inspiration.

Looking at the ‘beauty in decay’.

Learners will be: studying a tree of personal choice and completing studies of its bark, leaves, fruits, seeds etc. As well as painting autumnal leaves with acrylic inks and natural dyes. We will explore and produce a variety of work evoking these forms and colours. We will use a variety of media and techniques to explore surface treatments and form to produce an interesting body of work.

This course aims to develop observational skills and encourage individual creativity in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Learners will:

  1. produce an accurately observed drawing;
  2. use various techniques for handling watercolours, acrylics and inks
  3. complete pieces of work using the principles of pleasing composition;
  4. demonstrate an increased critical awareness of their own work and that of other artists.

Tutor – Anna Michalska-Tomajer – Fee £84.70 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 23 September 2015

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A history of the Mediterranean

C2334856

The course will look at the part played by the peoples of the Mediterranean area over the past three millennia, the extent to which it was the centre of trade and empire, and its place as an area of conflict between different civilisations and religions. It will examine the way in which it has become a frontier between two continents and the part it plays in contemporary politics.

Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is necessary.

Learners will:

  1. Identify the continuing relationship between geography, history, and current politics
  2. Appreciate the extent to which the countries bordering the Mediterranean have common problems
  3. Put into context the current socio-economic issues of the area.

Tutor – Aubrey Newman – Fee £52.00 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Wednesday 2:00m – 3:30pm, 9 meetings from 30 September 2015

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Abstracted landscape painting

C2334857

Assuming basic experience painting, this course focuses on more advanced techniques and conceptual awareness which are intended to facilitate your personal development as an artist.

Suitable for students with painting experience.

Learners will:

  1. prepare a suitable/empathetic surface on which to begin
  2. use dripping paint, rags or palette knife where appropriate
  3. evolve some conceptual development or technique which furthers an aspect of your emerging personal style
  4. recognise where a painting in progress needs some adjustment of formal elements in the interest of overall balance

Tutor – Erica Middleton – Fee £86.65 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Thursday 9:45am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 24 September 2015

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The Anglo-Saxons

C2334858

Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Where did they come from? What was their life like? What evidence do we have from archaeology and history? This course aims to provide a look at the archaeological evidence for the Anglo-Saxons.

Learners will:

  1. Identify when the Anglo-Saxon period starts and ends in Britain;
  2. List at least three Anglo-Saxon sites in Britain;
  3. List at least three different types of evidence used by archaeologists studying Anglo-Saxon Britain
  4. Discuss what life would have been like in Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Tutor – Dr Stephanie Vann – Fee £53.90 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Thursday 1:30pm – 3:30pm, 7 meetings from 1 October 2015

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Stars and planets of Autumn

C2335047

Find out about stars and planets in the autumn sky. What has the New Horizons flyby of Pluto in July 2015 told us about Pluto and its moons? What are the latest ideas about the origin and structure of the universe?

Learners will:

  1. Recognise objects (stars, constellations, planets etc) in the night sky as agreed between the tutor and learners.
  2. Keep an observing notebook/log.
  3. Produce an article/poster about one of the dwarf planets in the Solar System eg Pluto or Ceres.
  4. Explain a theory concerning the origin of the universe.
  5. Bring to class a book, object etc that will be of interest to others OR give a short talk to class on topic agreed with tutor.

Tutor – Ann Bonell – Fee £86.65 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Thursday 7:00pm – 9:15pm, 10 meetings from 24 September 2015

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Working with Creative Writing

C2334859

This course is for both new and more seasoned writers and is taught by a published poet and short fiction writer. Using both elements in poetry and prose the course explores how best to use techniques such as time frames, poetic structures, and character. The course also endeavours to discover how best to edit/ craft work, and how to approach publishers, for those who wish to do so.

Learners will:

  1. Recognise some key creative writing techniques in both poetry and prose
  2. Develop ways of crafting work written in class
  3. Explore their own writing ‘voice’
  4. Think about elements of writing such as time-frame, character and atmosphere
  5. Know where to send work for publication should they so wish

Tutor – Deb Tyler-Bennett – Fee £84.70 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Friday 9:30am – 11:30pm, 11 meetings from 25 September 2015

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[NOTE:

EXTRA CLASS added to programme by popular demand:]

Abstracted landscape painting

C2335417

Assuming basic experience in painting, this course focuses on more advanced techniques and conceptual awareness which are intended to facilitate your personal development as an artist.

The course, intended for experienced students, is a blend of landscape and abstract painting. We explore notions of memory, observation and personal response to create explorative and evocative paintings on a reasonably large scale.

Learners will:

  1. prepare a suitable/empathetic surface on which to begin
  2. use dripping paint, rags or palette knife where appropriate
  3. evolve some conceptual development or technique which furthers an aspect of your emerging personal style
  4. recognise where a painting in progress needs some adjustment of formal elements in the interest of overall balance

Tutor – Erica Middleton – Fee £86.65 or Free

Venue – Quest House, Woodgate Chambers, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough LE11 2TZ

Date – Friday 1:30pm – 3:45pm, 10 meetings from 25 September 2015

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