On Friday (7th Sept) Between 2:15 and 4pm there may be some disruption close to Higham as the Tour of Britain cycle race passes on a speed stage down our hill. We expect a rolling road block, with the ‘Peloton‘ passing soon afterwards. The times above are taken from the road warning signs that have
Due to demand, we have been able to entice Clare Melinsky to offer an extra course. November’s is full so there is a new one in February: C1902CM LINO-CUT PRINT MAKING (EXTRA COURSE)
All new courses up to end March 2019 are now uploaded to the website. You can view the new brochure in all its glory here: http://highamhall.com/brochure/
We know what it’s like! Thanks to colleague Ruth for the picture, snapped a few days ago.
Robert Dutton has kindly donated another stunning original pastel for us to Raffle. The work is 18 inches by 20 inches, is framed in white and is on display outside our Dining Room. Tickets are just £1 each and are available in person from our office. Sorry, we are not permitted to sell Raffle Tickets
One of Jane Matthews’ students (name witheld to avoid embarrassment) shared this picture of a Goldwork piece she has finally finished. It is a splendid piece of embroidery and looks wonderful mounted in a frame. Often, the projects inspired by a course continue long after the course has finished. Many Students continue the activities back
Higham, like every responsible organisation, is taking seriously its obligations concerning the new GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force 25 May 2018. We have always respected the Data Protection of our Students, Tutors and those who make inquiries. We never share information. We also do not believe in sending anyone anything
A private donation was made for us to plant a tree and for a bench in memory of former Tutor Derek Hyatt [Guardian Obituary and Telegraph Obituary], who passed at the age of 84 back in 2015. It is not surprising why such a figure in the world of art should still be remembered after
Here he is, the successor to faithful old Hoskins who, after 13 plus years, has now gone to a retirement of lesser demand. The new boy comes from the Transit bloodline and has slightly fewer seats in the back – something we feel will provide a little more room. He certainly feels like a newer
The wonderful Tutor that is Heather Ritchie is featured on BBC this week: First episode of MAKE! Craft Britain http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09whc5t
Both of these films, being shown as part of Keswick Film Festival, are relevant to our French and Belgian Film courses. Thanks to our francophone tutor Sylvie Jefferson for spotting this. It’s great to have such foreign language opportunities up here! A Woman’s Life Friday 23rd February 2:30 PM – Theatre By The Lake Based
Two students (who came down from Skye, you know who you are – I won’t embarass you… yet! Mind you, devoted readers might put two and two together and work out exactly who you are) who attended Jan Beadle’s tabletop Loom Weaving course this week, brought with them some yarn spun from their own Herdwick
Kay Leech, who was awarded the first Friends of Higham Scholarship, has made a great start on her ‘journey’ through various courses. The outcome will be that Kay will produce artistic or craft work based upon her experiences of and learning from each course. Higham will host an exhibition later this year to showcase what
People have now started receiving their new printed brochures. Over 190 new Higham courses up till the end of September are now all visible on our website. The new brochure is viewable in all its glory and you can download your very own pdf copy, by visiting www.highamhall.com/brochure. We hope you find something to enjoy!
The lucky winner who won the original picture by Robert Dutton was a lady called Carol. She says she never usually wins anything. Well she has now! The raffle, with Robert’s painting as the sole prize, sold 361 tickets and raised £361. This money will go towards the improvement of the pond area in the grounds
Robert Dutton has kindly donated this wonderful picture to help us raise funds. So far, 220 tickets have been sold, and we are hoping to sell a few more. It really is a beautiful ORIGINAL framed pastel by Robert Dutton, and, unlike many other raffles, your chances of winning are very good, as we are
Artists will love to see Robert’s report on his recent course – examples of what work was produced, what they did etc. Gives a good idea of the standard of impressive work students can produce! Wow! http://news.rdcreative.co.uk/2017/09/summer-successes-at-higham-hall.html Thank you to Robert for all his hard work – this is certainly one tutor who throws himself
One of our most popular art tutors, Brian Smith, may be moving away from the local area soon, so if you wish to benefit from his popular WATERCOLOUR DAYS and ACRYLIC DAYS, you have him for day courses at Higham only until March! SEE BRIAN’S COURSES So, take advantage of Brian’s days whilst you can!
Higham Tutor Andrew Lacey has had a new book published last month called ‘The English Civil War in 100 Facts.’ Andrew introduces the book thus: In January 1649 the unthinkable happened: after a public trial the king of England was beheaded on a scaffold outside his palace of Whitehall. The world would never be quite
Just launched! Higham Hall Tutor Robert Dutton (a very popular and gifted artist who runs successful expressive mixed media art courses here at Higham) has LOTS of new paintings featured in this brand new book Artist’s Drawing Techniques – just recently published by DK Life (in association with Penguin Books) showing step by steps paintings in
If you are on our postal mailing list should have received your spanking new winter Brochure of courses through your door by now. If not, just let us know and we’ll send you one. You may also view and/or download a copy from our Brochure page. All courses etc for the winter period are now
It is will sadness that I have to share the news that Eileen passed away last month. Eileen inspired others to play the recorder and to enjoy music. She will be sorely missed by many who knew her and followed her for a long time. I had the privilege of knowing her just for a
At Higham we enjoy the diversity of many different Tutors who each bring their ‘take’ on how things are taught ad what is taught. Despite the variety of approaches, some advocating the deeper understanding of colour, some of generic drawing skills, some of underlying fundamentals etc., one unifying agreement is that what surface you use
Mark Bassey, our wonderful Jazz Composition Tutor was honoured by his class when a song was composed for him. Now, the lyric won’t likely trouble Cole Porter, but it demonstrates ingenuity and reflection of the reality: WE FRIENDS CAME FROM BRIGHTON OUR JAZZ SKILLS TO TIGHTEN LEARNING, PLAYING WITH NEW MATES THANK YOU MARK VON
One of our Tutors has written her own book to accompany some of her courses. Viv Philpot has produced a very nice colour publication, Sketching Your Holiday Memories, fully illustrated, taking would-be improving artists through the essentials in a very easy to digest and useful way. Not available commercially, Viv’s book supports the skills and
We recently unearthed some photos of the occasion, 17 years ago, when The Millennium Wall Hanging was created by course attendees at Higham. You may catch sight of some past tutors Elizabeth Prickett (Ruskin Lace), Julie Andrews (Patchwork) and Bridget Rylands (Embroidery) and a number of their students. The Millennium Hanging currently adorns the chimney
Just about got Monty to sit long enough in the new Curve to capture a shot of him with the new plaque, cunningly installed on a tree trunk by Neil the gardener.
Horray! Yesterday, 2nd May, we welcomed a group from the Friends of Alston Hall, some of our own Friends of Higham, our local Setmurthy Parish (St Barnabus’), Trustees students and tutors to the ribbon cutting of our new “Alston Curve”. It was a lovely afternoon and we enjoyed a little celebration to mark the building
Sally Bigwood’s longer extract may ring true for many artists: MESSY AND SERIOUS In recent years Elizabeth had favoured acrylic paint. The colours were bold and bright and passionate and it went on the canvas as smoothly as icing onto a birthday cake. Acrylics were expensive but now, thanks to Stefan’s influence, on each birthday
ELIZABETH’S MURAL Elizabeth waited until Edie and Deirdre left before she got to work. She sat on the side of the old bathtub and stared at the wall for some minutes before she walked up and felt the wall with a splayed right hand. Stefan had stripped off the faded wallpaper and the plaster was
Four months or so on an we’ve done it! The Bungalow Cottage has now been converted to 4 en-suite bedrooms – all ground floor, naturally! The new rooms are: Elva The former kitchen, now a single ensuite with private access to the outside and inside, using the existing fully accessible bathroom as its ensuite. Colour
One of our wood carving students, Eric Breese, has just been presented by Sharon his tutor with a special cake for his 90th birthday. If you look closely at the photo, you will see clues to the tools and work Eric has been involved with on his courses, as well as a sugarpaste representation of
This is an extract from a piece written by Linda Birch following a writing course she attended as a regular student here at Higham with Tutor Nicholas Corder. THE WIDOW’S TALE She caught the bus to town for the first time in forty years, it felt alien. A neat woman in her mid sixties
We are providing the opportunity for students who attend our various Writing courses to submit up to 200 word extracts of what they have produced. We can link to longer versions, if appropriate, but just simply wish to provide a showcase for our students. Work can be sent FAO the Principal and he’ll make it
Alston Hall was, until the beginning of last year, a sister college to Higham based in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. We shared many tutors and, indeed, students, and strived to be true to the same aims of lifelong learning, at one time both being part of the, now defunct, Adult Residential College’s Association (ARCA).
It is with huge sadness we learnt of the passing of one of Higham’s most beloved former Tutors, Irene Coulthard, who taught Calico Gardens for years here up until a couple of years ago. Irene will be much missed both as a tutor and as a friend to many students. Irene was skilled and generous
When something is written down, often it can be erased, deleted or even tippexed out. One exception is when you have something carved in wood. In this case, we are talking about a nice light oak wooden signage with three of the bedroom names for the refurbished Bungalow Cottage, to direct people round to the
Well, we have completed the conversion of three of the bedrooms in the Bungalow Cottage to ensuites on time! There’s never an easy way, but we had to do it and the last couple of months have involved countless hours from several people, both paid and voluntary. Special mention must go especially to (Mrs Principal)
Nowt much can be done to change what has been done carelessly in the past, but the experiences, once realised, can inform the future. For those of you who understand our careful approach to maintenance and repair here, this is perhaps a reassurance that we are doing the right thing. Here’s one example of why.
More than just a redecoration, this one. Those familiar with the Bungalow will recognise that this 1960s one 3 bedroom, one bathroom house originally built for the Warden when Higham was a girl’s school, was hardly up to scratch for modern needs, although it did boast one advantage – that it offers the only ground
As ever, with an old building – an ours’ is nearly 200 years old – there have been challenges with our redecoration. Because we are stubbornly refusing to compromise and do things by halves, we are facing these challenges head-on. In the long run, it will cost less money, but in the short term, we
Our trusty old workhorse which takes students and tutors to some of the wonderful locations around the area on courses has had a bit of TLC! Our 2005 Peugeot Boxer Lightweight minibus, with under 60k on the clock still had plenty of life left in him and so, rather than waste money, we have given
The week commencing Monday 16th January 2017. 5,500 of you will receive a hard copy of the new brochure in the post that week – and nearly 300 new courses up till the end of September 2017 will be on the website from that date. If you wish to see an online version of the
Those of you who know Higham may be familiar with the end of the Dining Room where tea and coffee and some food is served. It was blue for a long time, clashing with the rest of the Dining Room. So we decided to bring it into line and match it up. We chose a
The Pictures tell the story really. There is always something else to do, whatever the job here at Higham. People who think it is just a case of a lick of paint are mistaken. Behind the job of redecorating the Study at the top of the main stairs have been two other major jobs: Repairing
We have had over 90 applications for the admin post which closed on 11th Nov. Naturally we want to make sure we find the right person and are fair to all candidates who have been so good as to make an application. We expect shortlisting to be completed by next weekend, after which we shall
One of our largest ensuite bedrooms in the Hall is having some TLC. Room 15 boasts two wonderful gothic arched windows facing the front. Unfortunately, it also has boasted leaks from both the roof through the window surrounds and the ceiling (due to condensation in the attic). These issues having been addressed, our professional decorator
Art Tutor Robert Dutton works tirelessly behind the scenes not only promoting his own courses, which take place in several locations other than Higham, but also recording what has gone on so both previous and prospective students can get a feel for what goes on. Robert is one of our Tutors who put so much