We reopen for Courses Mon 17th May, still following sensible restrictions HANDS – FACE – SPACE – FRESH AIR.
Some Courses are still subject to changes and limitations on numbers. There are also EXTRA courses with popular Tutors, not in the Brochure, arranged when we spot an opportunity. It’s going to be like that for a while.
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With most Students, Tutors and Staff vaccinated, we feel that everyone in the Higham community can feel safe coming, albeit with a few common sense measures in place.
Thank you for your continued patience, support and understanding as we get back on our feet.
COLOURED PENCILS: TREASURES OF THE SUMMER GARDEN
June 6th at 18:30 to June 11th at 13:30
The early summer garden is full of the most amazing subjects. Use this very forgiving medium, enjoy a relaxing few days of creativity. Draw your subject to show it at its best, choose the right colours, learn tricks to create a beautiful botanical illustration to be proud of. Demos and individual tuition throughout from an RHS gold medal award-winning tutor.
Janie Pirie Residential: £529 Non-residential: £365
ESSENTIAL ART SKILLS: PEN, INK AND OTHER MEDIA
June 14th at 18:30 to June 16th at 13:30
Using some of the oldest drawing techniques., with inspiration from work by great artists, we will explore the techniques of traditional Pen and Ink and experiment with other Water-soluble Media.
Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172
IMPROVE YOUR SCRABBLE™
July 27th at 18:30 to July 30th at 13:30
*NEW* Aimed at those who play the game already, but would like some tips on how to improve their scores. Two former Scottish Champions will guide you to the next level through tuition, practical examples and competitive play.
NEW TUTORS: Alan Sinclair and Wilma Warwick
Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239
HOW TO PAINT LIKE TURNER WITH WATERCOLOUR
June 18th at 18:30 to June 22nd at 13:30
J.M.W. Turner – his methods explained and explored. A wonderful chance to emulate the master and stretch your artistic boundaries. For watercolourists with some experience feeling ready for a deeper insight into their medium.
Residential: £436 Non-residential: £304
Our latest Covid-19 Secure declaration may be seen in full here.
A Personal Message from the Principal
We want nothing more than to get people back in for enjoyable learning breaks at Higham. Last year, we sort of had a ‘dry run’ Aug through Sep of how things could work under realistic restrictions. This, along with the vaccine, has helped give us the confidence to feel even more ready for reopening.
We will continue with our restrictions for the time being and are glad that Highamites tend to be sensible, caring and co-operative.
We look forward to welcoming you once more.
George – College Principal May 2021
We are involved in new eMagazine ‘Lifestyle Perspectives’ which will be available free to Highamites who sign up. It is aimed at the kind of people who frequent places like Higham – the adult lifelong learning community:
Details are on page 33 of the brochure and you may sign up for free at: highamhall.com/lifestyle-perspectives
Those who know us are aware that we are more than a college running interesting courses…
Having lost at least 8 months of course income, things will be tight for a while as we try to recover from the recent challenges.
Our building work to provide level access across the entire ground floor, improve the main loos and add one to the Studio has had to be put on hold and will resume only when we are in a less vulnerable state.
However, we have continued to make improvements to accommodation, including:
- upgraded to low energy LED bathroom lighting, silent fans
- some ongoing redecoration
- created three ensuite rooms in the Gatehouse (2 are ground floor)
- purchased more outside seating
We have just about survived without making any redundancies or defaulting on our mortgage.
We are continuing under restrictions, which means we cannot take as many Students on certain courses as we would have liked just yet.
Unfortuantely, we did not qualify for the recent Restart Grant, which would have been handy. We took out a bounce-back loan to tide us over last year, but that has barely covered the power costs (we have to keep heating the buildings to avoid deterioration).
A Donation of any amount (we are a self-supporting charity) will help us to get back on our feet and continue our vocation of lifelong learning in a special setting.
ROBERT DUTTON EXHIBITION
ROBERT DUTTON EXHIBITON
Running now until the end of 2021
“I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember and it is within landscape I feel most inspired. Within, as a description of process is important as I’m connected and engaged with landscape physically, through painting practice, personally and passionately. The majesty of landscape cannot be felt, seen, painted or drawnwith strength and presence without being there. These experiences influence the grander studio pieces giving them all, without doubt, greater depth.” R.D.