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Higham Hall College

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Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
01768 776276 www.highamhall.com

August 2022

CREATIVE COLOUR: ENHANCE YOUR PALETTE

August 20th at 18:30 to August 22nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Let Alex's contemporary fine art and researched approach help you gently develop your use and understanding of colour. With useful tryouts to practise; perfect to help you see and represent the world in a way that brings 'Zing' to your paintings. Alex Jakob-Whitworth (Eden Valley www.highamhall.com/alex-jakob-whitworth) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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PRINTMAKING SUMMER WORKSHOP

August 20th at 18:30 to August 24th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore techniques: woodcut, (cutting an image in plankwood); wood engraving (on endgrain hardwood or plastic); drypoint (drawing on metal with a steelpoint) and etching (using acid to etch on a zinc plate). Create prints to your own design. Beginners or experienced. Peter Collins (Gloucestershire www.highamhall.com/peter-collins) Residential: £445 Non-residential: £310

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[EXTRA] CIRCLE DANCE

August 20th at 18:30 to August 22nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Newcomers as well as experienced are welcome to join this inclusive form of community dancing where no partners are required. Music and dances drawn from worldwide cultures and countries and pace varies from lively to meditative. A tonic for body and mind! Anne-Lise Kryger (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/anne-lise-kryger) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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CHAMBER MUSIC SUMMER SCHOOL

August 22nd at 18:30 to August 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For pre-formed trios, quartets and quintets. Groups work together in the mornings at self-selected repertoire. Afternoons free to explore the beautiful surroundings. Remaining sessions for mixed ensembles. Large library of music to explore. Co-ordinator: Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) Residential: £465 Non-residential: £330

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WOODCARVING: RELIEF AND CREATIVE

August 24th at 18:30 to August 30th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Transform a block of wood into a unique picture. Bring ideas, or use Sharon's books for inspiration. Transfer a pattern, use chisels, learn techniques. Beginners and experienced. Sharon Littley (S Wales www.highamhall.com/sharon-littley) Residential: £585 Non-residential: £405

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO JAMES JOYCE AND ‘ULYSSES’

August 26th at 18:30 to August 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

This, the centenary year of the publication of Joyce's Ulysses, is the perfect time to explore his celebrated novel. Joyce stated 'The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.' He has indeed been responsible for a vast amount of scholarship surrounding his oeuvre. Tracing his life, using Dubliners and Ulysses as our guides, we will shed light upon Joyce's intriguing and sometimes perplexing work. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential:…

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STARTERS’ MINI-ORCHESTRA FOR WOODWIND & STRINGS (C INSTRUMENTS)

August 26th at 18:30 to August 28th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Easy-level weekend for instruments in the key of C (i.e. flute, oboe, bassoon and bowed strings – sorry, no clarinets or saxophones). With relatively straightforward instrumental parts, in terms of key and note range, enjoy making music in our mini-orchestra. Not played with others much? Instrument been in its case? Lack confidence? This is for you! Primarily for Grades 1-4. String players should be capable of tuning-up. Please notify Higham of instrument and approximate standard when booking. Patricia and Catriona…

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DAY COURSE: HANGED IN ERROR?

August 28th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* A one-day course examining a series of alleged twentieth century miscarriages of justice, examining the facts, assessing the soundness - or otherwise - of the verdict and attempting to decide whether or not justice was well-served by the outcome. No specialist experience or knowledge required. Diane Janes (Devon www.highamhall.com/diane-janes) £79 including Lunch Diane's longer course YOU THE JURY: CASEBOOK NUMBER THREE follows.

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YOU THE JURY: CASEBOOK NUMBER FOUR

August 28th at 18:30 to August 31st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

After listening to and discussing evidence with fellow Jurors, you will be able to pronounce your verdict on five separate (real-life) murder cases, which occurred between 1900-1975, chosen for the insights they can give us on our judicial system and social history. Come equipped with pen, notebook and open mind... A late Summer Bank Holiday treat. N.B. This format involves lots of listening around the room. Diane Janes (Devon www.highamhall.com/diane-janes) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244 This course will be repeated next…

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BEACH, ROCKS AND SHORE

August 30th at 18:30 to September 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A hands-on course using broad acrylic techniques, exploring build up of paint and texture. Use rags, gesso, card and knife, explore surface rhythms, bold watery effects and simple strong use of space. All levels – beginner to expert. Collecting images and sketches is an important aspect. Frances Winder (S Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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THREE HOLLYWOOD GIANTS: CAPRA, FORD AND HAWKS

August 30th at 18:30 to September 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Three great directors, all born within three years of each other. Their names are synonymous with the Golden Years of Hollywood. They were all affected by the same world events. What do we learn of their attitudes to war, depression and America from their films? Dr Colin Shindler (London www.highamhall.com/colin-shindler) Residential: £356 Non-residential: £254

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SING WITH OTHERS: YES YOU CAN! (SUMMER)

August 31st at 18:30 to September 2nd at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

If you have minimal experience in singing with others, or believe you can't sing. This is a discovery course, to find a voice and use it in the very first steps of singing together. There will be a holistic approach and a lot of fun along the way. No music reading necessary, but there will be a good deal of confidence building! Deborah Catterall (N Wales www.highamhall.com/deborah-catterall) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 Our more formal HIGHAM CHOIR: FLEDGELINGS follows We now…

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September 2022

DRAWING AND PAINTING LAKELAND CHURCHES

September 2nd at 18:30 to September 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The North Lakes has some characterful settings for Churches – atmospheric qualities ideal for mixed-media sketching and painting on location. Join Lionel on five expeditions helping you develop both observational skills in drawing and imaginative use of colour in two or more media combined. Lionel Playford (N Pennines www.highamhall.com/lionel-playford) Residential: £361 Non-residential: £259 (incl. field trips)

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CREATIVE STITCHING FOR THE TERRIFIED!

September 2nd at 18:30 to September 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A fun way to get serious with stitching little creative projects using a stash of bits and pieces. Basic materials provided, but feel free to bring some of your own if you wish. Ann will guide you with professional tips to see what you can end up with. Relaxed and absorbing, a course to inspire your creativity and awaken your needle and/or machine skills. Ann Gill (Co Durham www.highamhall.com/ann-gill) Residential: £260 Non-residential: £190 (Materials included)

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TRY FOR A DAY: BOTANICAL PAINTING FOR THE TERRIFIED

September 3rd at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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You will spend the morning building confidence by practising watercolour techniques painting petals, leaves and berries. The afternoon is spent painting flowers and plants from the beautiful gardens here at Higham. Informal, fun and relaxed. Everyone welcome, even if you think you won't be any good! All materials supplied and you get to keep your sketchbook. Lis Bramwell (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lis-bramwell) £89 (incl. lunch and materials)

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DISCOVERING PEN AND INK

September 4th at 18:30 to September 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Create textures, tonal areas and decorative patterns in pen and ink, then combine them to create a finished drawing. With demos throughout and access to a variety of pens to experiment with, by the end you should be able to handle your materials with confidence. Jane Beech (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/jane-beech) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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EXPLORING MODERN ART ON LOCATION: EXILES IN AMBLESIDE

September 4th at 18:30 to September 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Elizabeth combines lectures and a day trip to locations associated with the less familiar history of modern art in Cumbria. This time she focuses on Ambleside and Langdale in the 1930s & 40s, where the Royal College of Art were evacuated to. A wartime retreat for artists and intellectuals emerged, and exiled German artist Kurt Schwitters spent his final years making his last great and unfinished work on the site of an old gunpowder store. Some free time to explore,…

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RUSKIN LACE

September 4th at 18:30 to September 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Lake District speciality since 1884, using Needlepoint Lace techniques for drawn thread and cut linen work with geometric designs. Suitable for both beginner and experienced. If required, Starter pack £12 purchasable from Tutor. Karen Quickfall (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/karen-quickfall) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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WHITEWORK EMBROIDERY

September 6th at 18:30 to September 9th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Schwalm is white on white embroidery from Germany. All levels welcome. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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A2209TS1 SPIRIT OF THE NORTH: SCANDINAVIAN ROMANTIC PAINTING

September 6th at 18:30 to September 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

An introduction to artists of the Nordic Golden Age, unknown to British galleries, who depicted the rugged grandeur and the people who inhabited it in the later nineteenth century. Tim Stimson (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/tim-stimson) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 A companion to Tim's GLASGOW BOYS course: attend both, get FREE B&B (Dinner bookable separately) for the day off in between to do your own thing!

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WAGNER: THE EASY WAY

September 6th at 18:30 to September 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

People often keep Wagner at arm's length. Avoiding 'heavy' sounds and 'longueurs', this course aims to make his music approachable, with scenes and excerpts from across his operas. Throughout, the emphasis will be on Wagner's expressive music. Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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TRY FOR A DAY: BOTANICAL PAINTING FOR THE TERRIFIED

September 8th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

You will spend the morning building confidence by practicing watercolour techniques painting petals, leaves and berries. The afternoon is spent painting flowers and plants from the beautiful gardens here at Higham. Informal, fun and relaxed. Everyone welcome, even if you think you won't be any good! All materials supplied and you get to keep your sketchbook. Lis Bramwell (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lis-bramwell) £89 (incl. lunch and materials)

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STUMPWORK

September 9th at 18:30 to September 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Coloured silks and metallic threads on heavy silk show insects, fruit, small animals and flowers in Elizabethan stumpwork. A modern piece may be any raised design, inspired by a book, picture or photograph using any fabric and thread you'd like for texture. Jane Matthews (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/jane-matthews) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 CANVAS WITH A TWIST follows

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THE GLASGOW BOYS

September 9th at 18:30 to September 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

These artists, inspired by French outdoor painting, later forged their own very individual styles to create an enduringly fascinating body of work. Tim Stimson (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/tim-stimson) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 A companion to Tim's SPIRIT OF THE NORTH course: attend both, get FREE B&B (Dinner bookable separately) for the day off in between to do your own thing!

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INTRO TO MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

September 9th at 18:30 to September 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Skills passed down by medieval craftspeople to create small-scale designs using 24-carat gold leaf and pigments (a small amount of lead is possible). No drawing experience necessary. Choose from a selection of medieval designs, including illuminated letters. Toni Watts (Lincoln www.highamhall.com/toni-watts) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200 (incl. materials) Toni's FURTHER ILLUMINATION follows

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FURTHER MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

September 11th at 16:30 to September 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

More advanced illumination: make perfect manuscript gesso using a traditional recipe, lay it smoothly and gild with loose leaf gold. Practical tips on mastering technique, creating raised areas of gilding with a high shine. Those who are already able to make and lay gesso are welcome to work on their own projects with help and advice from the Tutor. NOT for beginners. Toni Watts (Lincoln www.highamhall.com/toni-watts) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200 (incl. materials) Preceded by an INTRO course

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CANVAS WITH A TWIST: THREAD, BEAD AND PAINT

September 11th at 18:30 to September 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Choose a photo from a selection which will be printed onto an A4 piece of canvas. The excitement is seeing how the image develops as you embellish some areas with stitches in various threads and beads and highlight with metallic paint. Jane Matthews (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/jane-matthews) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 STUMPWORK precedes

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YOGA AND WALKING: LATE SUMMER

September 12th at 18:30 to September 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A perfect mix – sessions of Hatha Yoga (postures, breathing exercises, relaxation) coupled with guided walks of 3-5 miles (requiring a reasonable level of fitness) among the peaceful northern fells – which will leave you feeling supple, relaxed and refreshed! Suitable for beginners and experienced. Gill Hunter with Alan Hunter (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/gill-hunter) Residential: £460 Non-residential: £325 (incl. field trips) Courses run Spring, Mid and Late Summer

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BOTANICAL COLOURED PENCIL: SEPTEMBER FORMS AND COLOUR

September 13th at 08:00 to September 16th at 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil: Looking at September Forms and Colour. A little research of your own will reveal the diversity of plants used for health, healing, wellbeing and diet. You could combine plants with similar properties. Compose a page of mixed specimens, or just an individual plant, perhaps with details of parts. Relaxed atmosphere, rotating individual attention for both beginners and experienced to work at their own pace. A wide variety of pencils and different papers to experiment with…

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO KIERKEGAARD

September 13th at 18:30 to September 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

'Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.' Said Kierkegaard, who, in his attack on Hegelian thought, gave birth to a new philosophy for life: Existentialism. This course will explore the ideas in two of Kierkegaard's most famous works, Fear and Trembling and Either/Or, before considering his philosophical legacy. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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BULDING STORIES

September 16th at 18:30 to September 18th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Every building tells a story, and buildings appear in countless stories too. But how are the two related? What do bricks and words, mortar and grammar have to do with one another? In this course, we will be exploring myths and monuments to manuals and machines to discover the different ways in which we read our surroundings, and how the different ways we read and write build the places we live in. Prof Edward Hollis (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/edward-hollis) Residential: £250 Non-residential:…

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ENAMELLING LONG WEEKEND

September 16th at 18:30 to September 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Work on copper, silver, or steel. Make enamelled jewellery, small tiles, or panels. Skills include: enamel application, kiln use, control and safety, foils, stencils, sgraffito and other techniques as desired. Absolute beginners welcome. Materials purchasable from Tutor (£5-£20 dependent upon project). Tilly Wilkinson (Wirral www.highamhall.com/tilly-wilkinson) Residential: £455 Non-residential: £320

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THE ICE AGE AND ITS AFTERMATH IN LAKELAND

September 16th at 18:30 to September 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Geological trips (with some rough, possibly muddy, footpaths and a little elevation close to the road) with evening lectures. View glacial landforms and features that have formed since the ice disappeared (screes, landslides, river terraces and floodplains) with landscape changes still happening today. Suitable for all interested in Geology – prepare for walking and weather! Dr Peter Wilson (Ulster www.highamhall.com/peter-wilson) Residential: £361 Non-residential: £259 (incl. field trips)

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PIANO WORKSHOP

September 18th at 18:30 to September 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For up to ten players* of Grade 7 and above. Prepare a 20-minute programme to be played and discussed; if possible, bring along spare copies of pieces for others. Suggestions for improvement, style, technique and presentation will be offered. Non-competitive with a joint recital on the last morning. *Non-performing Listeners also welcome. John Gough (Chester www.highamhall.com/john-gough) Residential: £255 Non-residential: £185

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LACE AS YOU LIKE IT (INCLUDING TANTALISING TORCHON) PT1

September 19th at 18:30 to September 21st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*TWIN COURSE* Discover handmade bobbin lace, work on your UFOs and pick Jan's brain. She will also bring patterns from her Tantalising Torchon collection, exploring some more unusual aspects of this neglected lace. Total beginner through to advanced – all welcome! Jan Gardiner (Somerset www.highamhall.com/jan-gardiner) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 (Basic materials available from Tutor £5-£10 approx) Precedes another course 21 September

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BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

September 20th at 08:00 to September 23rd at 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Seed heads and fruit in the hedgerow will inspire you to draw and paint from nature. Accurately portray them in watercolour with help and individual tuition. For both beginners and the more experienced. Marion Wilson SBA (W Cumbria www.highamhall.com/marion-wilson) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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LADIES OF THE LAKES (PART ONE)

September 20th at 18:30 to September 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Two of the women who have formed our impressions of the Lake District are Dorothy Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. By 1800, Dorothy was living in Grasmere with her brother William, and writing prolifically as well as transcribing William's poems. Her The Grasmere Journals have become a classic of social history and nature writing that is a record of daily life in Grasmere. In 1882, Beatrix Potter was spending holidays in The Lakes and also keeping a journal. Each of these…

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LACE AS YOU LIKE IT (INCLUDING TANTALISING TORCHON) PT2

September 21st at 18:30 to September 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*TWIN COURSE* See 19-21 Sep for details. Jan Gardiner (Somerset www.highamhall.com/jan-gardiner) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 Follows another course

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SIR EDWIN LUTYENS: ARCHITECT IN CONTEXT

September 23rd at 18:30 to September 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A REPEAT OF LAST MARCH'S COURSE DUE TO DEMAND! From country houses to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, from churches to the Viceroy's House in New Delhi, Lutyens dominated architecture in Britain in the early twentieth century. Explore his varied achievements. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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PEN, INK AND COLOURED PENCIL (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

September 23rd at 18:30 to September 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For those seeking some control over their art, these three media are an ideal combination. You will work in stages up to a landscape picture to be proud of. Bring your own choice of coloured pencils, everything else is provided. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £366 Non-residential: £264 (incl. all materials, except pencils)

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STAGE ONE WATER-BASED OILS

September 23rd at 18:30 to September 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course for absolute beginners. If you have always wanted to dip a toe in, this is for you. Oils are not as difficult as you may think, and they are so satisfying to use! You will learn how to handle, mix and apply colour, gaining a basic grounding in the use of the medium. Linda Birch (Co Durham www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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VISITING LAKELAND GARDENS

September 25th at 18:30 to September 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Join expert, Louise, on an intimate tour of gardens – some not normally open to the public. Take inspiration and meet gardeners, viewing behind the gates, walls and hedges of some hidden horticultural gems of the Lake District. Louise Stoddart (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/louise-stoddart) Residential: £485 Non-residential: £350 (incl. field trips) A repeat of July's course.

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PORTRAIT SKILLS WITH WATERCOLOUR

September 26th at 18:30 to September 30th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Watercolour can be wonderful for portraiture, creating highly-realistic, detailed paintings which look almost photographic; or loose, dreamy, light-touch paintings to quickly capture the essence of the person. Study a variety of approaches concentrating on the technical handling of the medium using different approaches. Work from photographs as you explore the methods demonstrated in your own work. Jason Skill (Northumberland www.highamhall.com/jason-skill) Residential: £445 Non-residential: £310

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EXQUISITE EMBROIDERY: CREWEL WORK

September 29th at 18:30 to October 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

This crewel work course is aimed at beginner and advanced stitchers alike. Helen will introduce you to a range of surface stitches which can be adapted to push the knowledge of the individual. You will produce a beautiful, embroidered crewel work panel on linen twill fabric which would be of suitable size to make a cushion front. Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244 (Materials kit purchasable from Tutor) Helen's STUMPWORK follows

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SHAKESPEARE’S RICHARD III

September 30th at 18:30 to October 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most charismatic villains, working his way to the crown by a series of cunningly staged murders and betrayals, then crashing disastrously after becoming king. His opponents include four unexpectedly feisty royal women, unusual in history plays. Join us to explore all this. Clare Smout (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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DRAMATIC SKIES, LAND AND SEASCAPE IN SOFT PASTELS WITH EILEEN GARDNER

September 30th at 18:30 to October 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Extend your artistic skills with pastel for seascapes, dramatic skies and landscapes. Demos throughout, support for beginners, encouragement for more experienced – with demanding, yet supportive critiques, to enable all to reach full potential. Eileen Gardner (Fife www.highamhall.com/eileen-gardner) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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ESSENTIAL DRAWING SKILLS: FORM AND TONE

September 30th at 18:30 to October 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Develop or improve your drawing skills in depicting three-dimensional space with an introduction to Form and Tone in an easy-to-grasp way. For beginners or those requiring a refresher. You will be working primarily in the studio with still life objects provided. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 Our hop-on, hop-off series aims to gently embed, refresh and refine the Foundation Skills for being a Fine Artist. Each course is observational rather than working from photos.

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October 2022

THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM BLAKE

October 2nd at 18:30 to October 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Blake is a difficult artist to categorise and understand: a poet, a publisher as well as an artist who trained at the Royal Academy. He was also a radical and a visionary. Explore his extraordinary contribution and the world he inhabited. No prior knowledge assumed. Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 Precedes Wayne's MAPS, ATLASES AND GLOBES

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GOLD AND BEAD WORK: FESTIVE CHRISTMAS PUDDING

October 2nd at 18:30 to October 5th at 13:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Be introduced step by step to this charming art with one of Helen's original designs, inspired by 17th Century pieces, depicting the allegorical sense of smell. Learn to create 3D hands, faces and body forms, applied fabric and needlelace slips, supporting surface stitch embellishments. Stumpwork newbies welcome. Helen McCook (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/helen-mccook) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244 (Materials kit purchasable from Tutor) Helen's CREWEL WORK precedes

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COLOUR SYMPHONIES

October 4th at 18:30 to October 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Using colour harmonies and contrasts to create interesting work. The emotional qualities of colour, drama or tranquillity, vitality and the use of the unexpected. As well as using contrasts and ways to amplify your work. Any medium. Frances Winder (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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MAPS, ATLASES AND GLOBES

October 4th at 18:30 to October 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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The history of cartography, exploration, printing, politics and power: Five tangled threads weaving a story of the fascinating ways in which we have projected our understanding of the world around us across the centuries. We will look at mapmaking through the ages from the earliest of times through to the present day. No prior knowledge assumed. Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 Preceded by Wayne's WILLIAM BLAKE course

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EASY TEAROOM WALKS

October 5th at 18:30 to October 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Guided walking in our wonderful North and Central Lakes with two Tutors on generally low level and, weather permitting, medium level half-day walks, designed to always end at a place of refreshment. You do need to be suitably equipped (waterproofs, layers, stout boots etc!) and be up to a bit of Lakeland tramping in good company. Alan with Barbara Riddiough (N Lakes www.highamhall.com/Alan-Barbara-Riddiough) Residential: £280 Non-residential: £210 (inc. field trips)

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STRING ORCHESTRA WEEKEND

October 7th at 18:30 to October 9th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Baroque meets twentieth century: A chance for experienced string players to explore more of the wonderful string orchestra repertoire. We will play Corelli Concerti Grossi op.6 nos 1, 2, and 3. Hindemith 5 Pieces op 44 and the Serenade for Strings by Lennox Berkeley. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) Residential: £255 Non-residential: £185

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LEATHER CROSSED STRUCTURE CONSERVATION BOOKBINDING

October 7th at 18:30 to October 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A technique created by Carmencho Arregui living in Italy, this 20th century design brought a revolutionary renewal of the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is a non-adhesive binding offering greater freedom to the text block suitable in conservation or travel journals or decorative bindings. Uniquely constructed by interlocking front and back cover at the spine, it allows many possibilities of development and design. Once complete, we can decorate the covers with leather inlays and hot tooling. Doug…

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SOLWAY FIELD TRIPS: SHORTER WALKS

October 9th at 18:30 to October 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A journey through time visiting less well known heritage sites on the Solway coastal plains. See ancient places of worship, once thriving seaports, forgotten estuary crossings, learn about Solway World War history. Explore the sweeping Solway coastline and abundant wildlife habitats. Hear Solway stories. A mix of indoor and outdoor venues with short off-road walks so dress for weather and walking. (Longer Walks version is in April). Not suitable for dogs due to wildlife and grazing livestock. Fiona Stoddart (Solway…

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GRAVEN IMAGES: RELIEF CARVING IN STONE

October 10th at 18:30 to October 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Learn how to carve into sandstone, slate, limestone: make cuts, deep, steep, curved, straight and shallow, finished surfaces rough chiselled to honed. Working from outline drawings, discover the techniques needed to make an image rise out of a stone surface. All materials and equipment provided. Suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. Ros Bryant (Orkney www.highamhall.com/ros-bryant) Residential: £280 Non-residential: £210 (incl. materials) STONE LETTER CUTTING follows

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WOVEN TAPESTRY: SHADOWS

October 10th at 18:30 to October 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Higham Hall Gardens will be central to this particular workshop. Patterns created by foliage will be drawn and translated into weave. Louise Martin (Orkney www.highamhall.com/louise-martin) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 COPTIC TECHNIQUES follows

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MORE FANTASTIC FEMALE PHILOSOPHERS

October 11th at 18:30 to October 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Often overlooked, though there are few noted female philosophers in the ancient and medieval worlds due to patriarchal dominance, they have made themselves salient in modernity. We will celebrate the contributions made by female philosophers throughout the last two millennia, including Teresa of Avila, Mary Wollstoncraft, Iris Murdoch, Susan Sontag and Martha Nussbaum. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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WOVEN TAPESTRY: COPTIC TECHNIQUES

October 12th at 18:30 to October 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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C5th to C7th Coptic tapestries are among Tutor Louise's favourite peices. Specialist techniques will be demonstrated and sampled prior to applying them to an image. Suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. Louise Martin (Orkney www.highamhall.com/louise-martin) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 SHADOWS precedes

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A HANDS-ON INTRODUCTION TO STONE LETTER CARVING

October 12th at 18:30 to October 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Learn how to work with dummy and chisel, control straight and curved cuts in all directions, about the anatomy of our familiar letterforms and how to render them in stone. We aim to complete a monogram or short word piece in a choice of stones. All materials and equipment are provided. Suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. Ros Bryant (Orkney www.highamhall.com/ros-bryant) Residential: £280 Non-residential: £210 (incl. materials) GRAVEN IMAGES precedes

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BRASS BAND WEEKEND

October 14th at 18:30 to October 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A serious, yet relaxed weekend for brass band players to rehearse and perform popular, and perhaps lesser-known, brass band repertoire. There will be both whole-band and sectional rehearsals. All prospective players must contact Martyn on 07970 036592 or martyn@onlinetrumpetteacher.com before enrolling to ascertain level, instrument(s) and suitability. Martyn Grisdale (Course leader) with Andy Kershaw and Owen Farr Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200

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PRINTMAKING WEEKEND

October 14th at 18:30 to October 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Transform your own designs into print, perhaps for a Christmas card, using the fascinating media of woodcut and wood engraving. Working with plywood, MDF, end-grain hardwood or plastic blocks, a wide range of styles is possible, whatever your art background. Beginners or experienced, be inspired to start a home industry! Peter Collins (Gloucestershire www.highamhall.com/peter-collins) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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MUSHROOMS AND TOADSTOOLS

October 16th at 18:30 to October 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Our seasonal opportunity to develop fungi identification skills with a respected expert in a prime natural area. Minibus field trips: easy, but off-path walking. Collect and observe fungi in various habitats, examine finds, accurately identify with a range of keys for identification to both genus and species. For anyone interested in fungi, seasoned or unseasoned, with a wish to learn. For the gastronomic, edible finds may be sent to the kitchen: a tasting opportunity! Paul Nichol (N Cumbria www.highamhall.com/paul-nichol) Residential:…

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FILM STUDIES: DICKENS ON FILM (3 NIGHT)

October 16th at 18:30 to October 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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The first Dickens film was made only thirty years after his death and adapting his popular classics has had an enduring appeal for film makers. We will look at a range of films from the silent era to the 2020s, as well as clips of some of Dickens' most famous scenes. Dr. Stephen Longstaffe (Lancaster www.highamhall.com/stephen-longstaffe) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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VIBRANT SOFT PASTEL

October 17th at 18:30 to October 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Aim for vibrant and atmospheric paintings, be inspired using soft pastels on a variety of different backgrounds. Step by step and personal guidance. For all levels to enjoy. Sue Ford (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/sue-ford) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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ARTS APPRECIATION: ART IN THE MAKING

October 19th at 18:00 to October 21st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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This is a course in which Fine Art is explored in some detail to explain the origin, meaning and development of some works. The concentration is on selected artists, each of a different character and time span, but covering a wide range of artistic endeavour. Bertram Aitchison (Dumfries www.highamhall.com/bertram-aitchison) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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WOODCARVING: RELIEF AND CREATIVE

October 19th at 18:30 to October 25th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Transform a block of wood into a unique picture. Bring ideas or use Sharon's books for inspiration. Transfer a pattern, use chisels, learn techniques. Beginners and experienced. Sharon Littley (S Wales www.highamhall.com/sharon-littley) Residential: £585 Non-residential: £405

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DAY COURSE: HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

October 20th at 10:00 to 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Make sense of being human: Lina Mookerjee presents four separate, standalone Days: BEHAVIOUR, GROWTH, AGEING and ENERGIES. This BEHAVIOUR day offers an introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA), a model for understanding how humans behave, communicate and relate. We will explore some theory of personality, the way we interface with others and even the psychological 'games' we play! Lina Mookerjee (N Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lina-mookerjee) £79 (incl. lunch and refreshments)

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PATCHWORK QUILTING: BEYOND THE MARINER’S COMPASS

October 20th at 18:30 to October 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Use foundation piecing to make these complicated designs with ease. Learn how to set your designs inside a second or even third design. Not suitable for beginners, but simpler designs will be available for less-experienced patchworkers. Alternatively, bring your own project. Lis Binns (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/lis-binns) Residential: £351 Non-residential: £249 First of two successive courses

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TALK & TEA: RESTLESS – THE PEOPLE WHO SETTLED NORTH AMERICA

October 23rd at 14:00 to 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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America was first settled by restless, ancient humans crossing the Bering Ice Bridge - Europeans would arrive later and, eventually, overspread the continent. This lecture examines the driving forces, the successes and failures on both sides of this 370 years of clashing cultures. Tom McMullen (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tom-mcmullen) £16 each or £27 for 2 including refreshments

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PATCHWORK QUILTING: BEYOND THE MARINER’S COMPASS

October 23rd at 18:30 to October 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Use foundation piecing to make these complicated designs with ease. Learn how to set your designs inside a second or even third design. Not suitable for beginners, but simpler designs will be available for less-experienced patchworkers. Alternatively, bring your own project. Lis Binns (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/lis-binns) Residential: £351 Non-residential: £249 First of two successive courses

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INFORMAL (& FREE) JAZZ CONCERT: MARK BASSEY & FRIENDS

October 25th at 19:30 to 21:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Eminent trombonist Mark and members of his course will perform from the Alston Curve in our grounds. Mark Bassey (East Sussex www.highamhall.com/mark-bassey) FREE but dress for weather!

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INTERMEDIATE AND ELEMENTARY WOODWIND DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

October 26th at 18:30 to October 30th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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All applications to be made initially through Laurence to ascertain ensemble line-up. www.laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades There will be a free informal concert with participants on Sunday 11:15am Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) with Mandy Burvill Residential: £575 Non-residential: £440 We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£40) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING.

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MORE ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

October 27th at 18:30 to October 31st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Explore how the Abstract can free you as an artist and express your ideas about the world in pattern shape and colour. Try out mixed media techniques in an exciting range of projects designed to liberate your image making. Both experienced and beginners welcome. Viv Philpot (Hampshire www.highamhall.com/viv-philpot) assisted by Geoff Philpot Residential: £475 Non-residential: £340 (incl. materials)

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AN INFORMAL (& FREE) WOODWIND CONCERT

October 30th at 11:15 to 12:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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An end of course concert given by players completing a masterclass here at Higham with Laurence Perkins. Live wind music of a very high quality in our delightfully intimate Lecture Room setting. A little audience will be most appreciated! ADMISSION FREE

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ESSENTIAL DRAWING SKILLS: MARK-MAKING AND MATERIALS

October 30th at 18:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Develop or improve your drawing skills with this introduction to mark-making in an easy-to-grasp way. Look at approaches used by great artists and explore the use of different materials. For beginners or those requiring a refresher with still life objects provided. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 Our hop-on, hop-off series aims to gently embed, refresh and refine the Foundation Skills for being a Fine Artist. Each course is observational rather than working from photos.

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CEILIDH BAND FOLK ENSEMBLE FOR ALL

October 30th at 18:30 to November 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For musicians of any standard with a concert pitch instrument such as violin (fiddle), viola, cello, mandolin, mandola, banjo, ukulele, guitar, flute whistle, piano accordion, melodeon, concertina etc. Parts for transposing instruments in Bb, Eb and bass clef will be available. Play a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk music from the British Isles, America and beyond with parts tailored to all abilities. Chris McShane (Barnsley www.highamhall.com/chris-mcshane) Residential: £445 Non-residential: £310

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November 2022

CAPTURE SCOTTISH SCAPES: EXPLORE EXPRESSIVE MIXED MEDIA

November 1st at 18:30 to November 6th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Work with (don't fight against) the fast-drying nature of acrylics and use mixed media to create vibrant, atmospheric paintings (from excellent reference images provided by your Tutor), layer by layer. For all levels to loosen up with a willingness to get paint on hands, possibly clothes! Marion Boddy-Evans (Aberdeenshire www.highamhall.com/marion-boddy-evans) Residential: £505 Non-residential: £335

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METALLICS FOR TEXTILES

November 2nd at 18:30 to November 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Master a range of metallic media including real metal leaf, metallic powders and metallic transfer foils - suitable for use on a variety of textiles and non-woven surfaces. Combine metallic powders with varnishes, gels and pastes for stencilling, printing and raising the surface to texture, layer and embellish. Jo Mabbutt (Surrey www.highamhall.com/jo-mabbutt) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200 (incl. materials) Precedes GILDING NATURE with Jo.

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JEWELLERY MAKING: POLYMER CLAY (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 3rd at 18:30 to November 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Polymer clay is a versatile, easy and safe coloured modern medium for creating unique and distinctive jewellery. Develop your design ideas in a hands-on creative workshop for all abilities. Susan Treweek (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/susan-treweek) Residential: £361 Non-residential: £259 (incl. materials)

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GILDING NATURE

November 4th at 18:30 to November 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Learn spectacular techniques for gilding flowers, leaves and seedheads from your garden and the wild. Start with pressed leaves and flowers, progress onto more challenging 3D items - dried pods, seedheads, cones, bark, fresh leaves, flowers, pebbles and shells etc. Great skills to use for amazing pieces for Christmas, weddings and anniversaries. Jo Mabbutt (Surrey www.highamhall.com/jo-mabbutt) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200 (incl. materials) Follows METALLICS FOR TEXTILES with Jo.

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EXPRESSIVE ACRYLIC MIXED MEDIA

November 6th at 18:30 to November 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Explore contemporary acrylic techniques using lots of different acrylic media. We may venture outdoors (weather permitting) to gain inspiration amongst the Lakeland landscape, but this course mainly focuses on a Studio response to all sorts of source material (sketches, photographs, drawings and so on) with a semi-abstract and exploritory direction. Robert Dutton (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/robert-dutton) Residential: £539 Non-residential: £372

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BOTANICAL COLOURED PENCIL: Design your own Christmas Card Including Winter Fruits Nuts Spices and Berries

November 6th at 18:30 to November 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Create your own Christmas card design inspired by the colourful fruits and berries available. Consider including nuts and spices such as cloves and nutmegs and even include other fruit ingredients used for making the Christmas pudding or cake. The ingredients should be botanically accurate and you can have some fun with the composition. For beginners and those with some coloured pencil experience. Work at your own pace with rotating individual attention throughout from an experienced tutor, developing coloured pencil techniques…

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MUSIC APPRECIATION: SIBELIUS – MOSTLY SYMPHONIES

November 6th at 18:30 to November 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Starting out as a Finnish Nationalist and grew into a composer of universal stature with his 1st, 2nd and 5th symphonies. We will also listen to selected movements from his other symphonies and to some of his unique tone poems. Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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WILLOW BASKET (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 8th at 18:30 to November 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A firm favourite! Work with Cumbria basket maker Phil Bradley to learn the techniques involved in English roundwork basketry. Covers some of the basic elements of working with willow as well as taking a look at the growing, harvesting and managing of willow beds. Phil Bradley (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/phil-bradley) Residential: £371 Non-residential: £269 (incl. materials)

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SILVER KEEPSAKE BOXES IN SILVER CLAY

November 11th at 18:30 to November 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Create your very own delightful fine silver treasure keepsake box, complete with hinge, clasp fastening and lid with many options to stylize or personalise the box with embellishments. The course is aimed at those with some experience of working with silver clay. Tracey Spurgin (East Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/tracey-spurgin) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 (Materials purchasable from Tutor c£65 subject to silver prices)

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A WEEKEND WITH THE HARP

November 11th at 18:30 to November 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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All ability levels except absolute beginners. Emphasis will be on having fun, but attention will be paid to technique, tone, accuracy and musicality. Written music supplied and specially written parts will cater for all levels. All styles - something for everyone! Guest Tutors: Rachel Newton (www.rachelnewtonmusic.com) and Shelley FairPlay Organised by Gill Salter-Smith for Harps Northwest (www.harpsnorthwest.org.uk) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200

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PAINTING WITH LIGHT IN WATERCOLOUR

November 13th at 18:30 to November 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Capture living light in watercolour to bring a picture to life. Master the dynamics of light and shade using the drama and power of colour to intensify an artwork's luminosity. Bring yourself and your own art materials and embark on an adventure into the light of Watercolour. Tiana Marie (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tiana-marie) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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BRITISH PASTORAL MYSTIC COMPOSERS: RALPH VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS AND AFTER

November 13th at 18:30 to November 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Discover the pastoral mysticism inherent in the work of Ralph Vaughan-Williams (his 150th anniversary this year) and three of his successors, Finzi (1901-56), Alwyn (1905-85) and Bax (1883-1953), all of whom, in differing ways, held landscape at the core of their inspiration, a direct link with a mystical Source that is religiously expressed, each according to their own deep feeling for Nature. Tim Shuker (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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ANIMAL PORTRAITS IN PASTEL (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 13th at 18:30 to November 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For beginners and improvers. The tutor-led portrait of a highland cow comes first then you may use the remaining time to try something from your own source material (bring your own photograph). Learn about the various types of pastel and surfaces, practice layering, blending and adding texture, on velour paper, plus a larger than A3 folder, together with an apron or old shirt. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £270 Non-residential: £200 (incl. box of pastels to keep)

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CREATIVE ART JOURNALS: EXPRESS, EMBELLISH, EXPERIMENT

November 15th at 18:30 to November 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Lest we forget, playing is an important part of making successful Art. This course will be all about that 'play'... using a wide variety of techniques and ideas to create beautiful art journals. Explore possibilities through very simple bookbinding techniques/ altered books as well as using blank sketchbooks. Use print, paint, collage, sketching, painting and sewing as well as traditional Art elements to enhance the journals' appearance and content. All levels. Alex Jakob-Whitworth (Eden Valley www.highamhall.com/alex-jakob-whitworth) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY

November 15th at 18:30 to November 18th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Hand stitches in neutral shades with subtle enhancements creating texture and 3D effects. Beginners or experienced welcome, work on either a Calico Garden Sampler to frame, or your own project. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244 (WEEKEND course follows)

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO METAPHYSICS

November 15th at 18:30 to November 18th at 13:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that aims to answer questions about the fundamental nature of existence. We will delve into some classic metaphysical problems, such as 'What is the true nature of reality?', 'What is time?' and 'Do we have free will?' Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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GEOLOGY OF BRITAIN: AN OVERVIEW

November 17th at 18:30 to November 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Explore our country's rich and varied geological heritage on a journey of more than 3 billion years. The course also includes a basic introduction to geology, a trip out on Sunday exploring real-life geological features (weather permitting, dress for walking, warmth and dryness). Dr. Annette McGrath (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/annette-mcgrath) Residential: £366 Non-residential: £264 (incl. field trip)

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EXPLORING THE FORMAT WITH FRANCES WINDER

November 17th at 18:30 to November 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Looking at changing your composition, dealing with square, long or wide formats, large and small and the advantages they bring. Demonstrations and advice, and projects to follow, getting the best from your sketches or references. Any medium. Frances Winder (S Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY (WEEKEND)

November 18th at 18:30 to November 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Hand stitches in neutral shades with subtle enhancements creating texture and 3D effects. Beginners or experienced welcome, work on either a Calico Garden Sampler to frame or your own project. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) Residential: £250 Non-residential: £180 (Follows a 3 NIGHT course)

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TALK & TEA: LOST CUMBRIA ON FILM

November 20th at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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We will be heading back in time for a nostalgic trip into the past all over the county with the Cumbria Film Archive. A unique afternoon of entertainment enjoying genuinely rare and unique footage - always fascinating and always something new. See www.cumbriafilmachive.com for examples of the excellent footage they have been collecting. Andrew Leitch & Jim Bownass (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/andrew-leitch-jim-bownass) £16 each or £27 for 2 including refreshments

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LINO-CUT PRINT MAKING

November 20th at 18:30 to November 23rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Create professional-looking cards and pictures from several lino-cuts, now using real lino with a safe heated work surface under the guidance of one of the UK's best. Clare's illustrations appear in books, magazines and packaging (and not just any packaging!). Clare Melinsky (Dumfriesshire www.highamhall.com/clare-melinsky) Residential: £346 Non-residential: £244 (Materials purchasable from Tutor c£15)

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JEWELLERY MAKING: TORCH-FIRED ENAMEL BEADS

November 20th at 18:30 to November 24th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Every bead is unique! Experiment with different effects and colours for exciting necklace and earrings, or an unusual pendant. Thread professionally, use a variety of findings. Inspirational and fun for both existing beaders and newbies. Sharon Ford (Cambridge www.highamhall.com/sharon-ford) Residential: £460 Non-residential: £325 (incl.first bottle of MAPgas. Materials c£50 depending on project.)

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CHRISTMAS CREATIONS (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 23rd at 18:30 to November 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Arrangements will include several of the following: Christmas mirror, wreath, snow globe, fir cone figures and ribbon angels, Christmas lanterns, pillar candle arrangement, long cone arrangement and a cone tree. All materials provided: just bring scissors, wire cutters and secateurs (if you can) and get into the Christmas Spirit! Karen Neville (N Yorks www.highamhall.com/karen-neville) Residential: £282 Non-residential: £212 (incl. materials) Repeated 7th December

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