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

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April 2017

IN SEARCH OF KING ARTHUR

April 30th at 18:30 to May 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Explore the development and cultural significance of the fascinating Arthurian legends in the landscape and through early Welsh, Latin, French and English sources. Visit Mirehouse, where Tennyson composed ‘Morte d’Arthur’, and legendary sites at Penrith.Geoff & Fran Doel’s book ‘Worlds of Arthur’ (Tempus) was used for Channel 4's Time Team in which Geoff, (with Fran, a veteran of many University summer schools), appeared. Geoff is currently writing a book on Arthurian literature! Dr Geoff Doel with Fran Doel, MA…

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LIFE DRAWING & PORTRAITURE – FINDING YOUR STYLE

April 30th at 18:30 to May 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Second part of our 3 level LIFE DRAWING & PORTRAITURE PROGRAMME, attendable individually. Developing controlled drawing styles and introducing both dry and oil pastel techniques. Discussing the implementation of perspective & foreshortening techniques in establishing full 3-dimensionality into the work. Includes the opportunity to draw and paint from live models. Dr Patrick Oates (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/patrick-oates) Residential: £510 Non-residential: £355 Follows a related TALK & TEA.

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TORCH-FIRED ENAMEL BEADS

April 30th at 18:30 to May 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Learn to torch-fire beads. Experiment with different effects & colours, enough for an exciting necklace and earrings, or use just one to make an unusual pendant. Thread a necklace professionally and make earrings using a variety of findings. Inspirational and fun; no experience needed! Materials at cost (est £50). Janet Notman (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/janet-notman) Residential: £433 Non-residential: £308 inc. 1st bottle of gas

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May 2017

TRY FOR A DAY: THE CUTTING GARDEN

May 3rd at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* If you want to cut bunches of blooms or beautiful bouquets from your garden then this hands on practical course will give you the knowledge to create a productive cutting garden. Find out which plants to choose and how to grow them successfully. Louise's residential course on PROPAGATING follows - attend both, save £20. Louise Stoddart (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/louise-stoddart) £70 including lunch, refreshments & materials

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PROPAGATING PLANTS (+ SWAP SHOP)

May 3rd at 18:30 to May 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Gather the horticultural skills required for basic plant propagation. Learn how to take cuttings and sow seeds to successfully grow new plants for your garden. Bring along some spare seedlings or plants for dividing to take part in our horticultural swap shop. Includes a garden/plant nursery minibus visit. Preceded by Louise's Day THE CUTTING GARDEN - attend both, save £20. Louise Stoddart (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/louise-stoddart) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £172 inc. Field Trip

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STEP BY STEP PEOPLE IN PAINTINGS – WATERCOLOUR DAY

May 4th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Depicting people in Watercolour can be a challenge and is best approached with a certain attitude and time proven techniques. Brian is an award winning artist who has published instructional articles in Leisure Painter and New Artist. His work has also been featured in the Artist and International Artist magazines. One of a series of watercolour workshops by Brian which are open to all abilities. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments

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GEOLOGY OF THE LAKES: AN INTRODUCTION

May 5th at 18:30 to May 7th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Why does the topography and scenery of the Lake District vary so much from rolling Kendal foothills to jagged Central Fell mountain peaks, to Skiddaw's majestic yet rounded mountain scenery in the north? Travel through almost 500 million years of geological history - a story of the closure of ancient oceans, volcanoes, Himalayan-scale mountain ranges, tropical seas, swamps, deserts & ice ages. Includes an interesting geological walk (walking up to 2 km and some short uphill sections) - wear appropriate…

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ROMANTIC STRINGS

May 5th at 18:30 to May 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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String Orchestra workshop for players with previous orchestral experience. Repertoire will include the following glorious Romantic pieces: Dohnanyi Serenade, Respighi Ancient Airs & Dances and Rutter Suite for Strings. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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YOGA FOR RELAXATION

May 7th at 14:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Yoga for Relaxation is a gentle practice that goes deep; to encourage us to connect with the breath, calm down the nervous system, nurture the body, still the thought waves of the mind and come home to ourselves. Open to all levels who can practise unaided, standing, lying and sitting on the mat. Ask for a pre-course information sheet (available online) and find out what you need to bring. Linda Allam (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/linda-allam) £18 including refreshments

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WOMEN IN COMEDY

May 7th at 18:30 to May 9th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Women have always had a central, if under-acknowledged, role in comedy. From Hylda Baker to Victoria Wood, they have taken control and created laughs on their own terms. This appreciation course will look at the great women who have made us laugh, whether in front of the cameras, from their typewriters or in the director’s chair. We will watch classic videos and recordings, look at archive material and discuss the changing and growing role of women in comedy. And…

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UPHOLSTERY & BEYOND!

May 7th at 18:30 to May 12th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Learn upholstery and sewing skills to upholster a medium-sized project or a few small ones (loose covers, box or scatter cushions etc). Be inventive with fabric should you wish - mix & match/patchwork, perhaps? Whatever delights. If a beginner or rusty, avoid large, complicated arm chairs - be realistic! Limited spaces. Angie Britton (Derbyshire www.highamhall.com/angie-britton) Residential: £465 Non-residential: £305

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WIREWORK JEWELLERY: TWISTED WIRE NECKLACE & VIKING WEAVE BRACELET

May 7th at 18:30 to May 9th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Make findings such as clasps and jump rings. Use wire-wrapping techniques for your necklace, finish off with a wire-wrapped bead. Use a single wire strand to create a Viking weave bracelet. Complete both with your handmade components. All tools and handmade glass beads provided. NEW TUTOR: Gay Massender (N. Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/gay-massender) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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OIL PAINTING IN A DAY – LANDSCAPE (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 8th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Wished you could paint in oil? Create an oil painting on canvas in a day. Following a simple step-by-step demo of a wet-on-wet technique, learn as you go. All materials provided. Limited spaces. Carol Renshaw (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/carol-renshaw) £84 incl. all materials. Another day (SEASCAPE) follows. We also offer an extended 3 day residential version combining both these days.

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OIL PAINTING IN A DAY – LANDSCAPES WITH WATER (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 9th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Wished you could paint in oil? Create an oil painting on canvas in a day. Following a simple step-by-step demo of a wet-on-wet technique, learn as you go. All materials provided. Limited spaces. Carol Renshaw (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/carol-renshaw) £84 incl. all materials. Another day, LANDSCAPE, precedes. We also offer an extended 3 day residential version combining both these days.

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY (3 NIGHT)

May 9th at 18:30 to May 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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In tones and shades of neutral colours, this relies very much on texture and 3D effects - one of its most endearing qualities. Combine a variety of hand-embroidered stitches with a selection of mixed-media techniques to create delightful hand-stitched embroidery. All levels welcome from total beginners to more experienced. Stitch a Calico Garden Sampler to frame or work on your own designs. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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PATCHWORK QUILTING – FOLDED FABRIC FUN

May 9th at 18:30 to May 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Folding, tucking and pleating gives texture to your work. Have fun experimenting and end up with a unique piece of work. Janette Fairer (www.highamhall.com/janette-fairer) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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CALLIGRAPHY: ITALICS FOR ALL LEVELS (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 12th at 18:30 to May 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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An introduction using Italic script as a model for writing. Be guided step by step to produce a finished piece of work. Experienced also welcome - any level. All materials provided. Dr Manny Ling (Sunderland www.highamhall.com/manny-ling) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £182 inc. materials

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BOOKBINDING & RESTORATION

May 12th at 18:30 to May 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Old books are history and deserve TLC, so bring along at least three, (no larger than A4). Be guided through each process, learn techniques of paper repair and cover restoration using modern materials, keeping as much of the original as is practical. Materials at cost from Tutor. Doug Mitchell (British Library www.highamhall.com/doug-mitchell) Residential: £413 Non-residential: £288

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RUSKIN LACE

May 12th at 18:30 to May 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Drawn thread and cut linen work with geometric designs using needlepoint lace techniques. Suitable for both beginners (starter pack £12 from tutor), and experienced. Karen Quickfall (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/karen-quickfall) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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DRAWING FOR FELICITY (HAPPINESS)

May 14th at 18:30 to May 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Want to draw but don’t know where to start? Started drawing but have been put off? This is for you! Friendly, approachable, mindful - this course teaches you how to see as an artist sees, and then how to put that onto paper. Drawing is good for you and it's fun! Alex Jakob-Whitworth (Eden Valley www.highamhall.com/alex-jakob-whitworth) Residential: £339 Non-residential: £243 inc. all materials

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TRY FOR A DAY: CHINESE PAINTING – MOUNTAIN & WATER (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 15th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Extend your creativity by letting yourself be guided by an expert in a traditional craft reflecting both philosophy and tradition. This day focuses on Mountain and Water in Chinese landscape painting. Chi Zhang (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/chi-zhang) £72 including materials. Another DAY follows - Book both, save £25. B&B from just £35pn.

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TRY FOR A DAY: FELT LANDSCAPE PICTURE

May 16th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Make a landscape picture using felt. Fascinating and enjoyable as you get a feel for felt and how it works. Create your own piece; bring along a picture for inspiration. Learn about how and why wool felts and the best sheep breeds to use. Equipment provided but please bring a towel. Materials at cost from Tutor. Debbie Lucas (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/debbie-lucas) £62 incl. lunch & refreshments

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TRY FOR A DAY: CHINESE PAINTING – BIRDS & FLOWERS (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 16th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Extend your creativity by letting yourself be guided by an expert in a traditional craft reflecting both philosophy and tradition. This day focuses on subjects like birds, fish & flowers. Chi Zhang (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/chi-zhang) £72 including materials. Another DAY precedes - Book both, save £25. B&B from just £35pn.

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WILDLIFE WOODCARVING (EXTENDED)

May 16th at 18:30 to May 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For both new and experienced carvers with the bonus of having the attention of 2 Tutors to guide you! Work on a carving aiming for a finished piece with inspiration to carry on carving at home. Includes safety information with advice and help at all stages. Materials at cost from Tutors. Ron Dickens with David Harter (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ron-dickens) Residential: £349 Non-residential: £253

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TRY FOR A DAY: NEEDLEFELTED JEWELLERY

May 17th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Enjoy the craft of needlefelting & create your own unique pieces of jewellery - brooches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings - in a variety of shapes from flowers to animals. Begin with sheep's fleece for the base shape and add woollen yarns for colour & definition. Materials at cost from Tutor. Lana Norman (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lana-norman) £62 incl. lunch & refreshments

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SILVER CLAY

May 17th at 18:30 to May 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Make fine silver jewellery with the ease of working with clay. Precious metal clay is an amazing material. Find out secrets to make stunning professionally styled hallmarkable jewellery, creating three pieces to take away. Tracey Spurgin (East Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/tracey-spurgin) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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GOLDWORK

May 17th at 18:30 to May 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Goldwork covers all aspects of embroidery using metal threads and materials. Introducing beginners to the basic techniques and encouraging the experienced to develop their designs, everyone can work at their own pace with individual expert guidance throughout. Jane Matthews (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/jane-matthews) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 STITCHED BEADED JEWELLERY follows.

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COME & SING A MUSICAL

May 19th at 18:30 to May 22nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Singers of all levels of experience or inexperience are welcome! Selections from The Sound of Music complemented by other show solos and choruses. Splendid music, a great accompanist, a very rewarding extended weekend guaranteed! It is possible to do just the weekend, if you need to. Roger Wilkes (www.highamhall.com/roger-wilkes) Residential: £329 Non-residential: £233 (Fri dinner to Mon lunch) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £172 (Fri dinner to Sun only lunch)

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STITCHED BEADED JEWELLERY

May 19th at 18:30 to May 21st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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This course is designed to give pleasure to all students; those who are new to stitched beaded jewellery will enjoy the thrill of making their first piece and the more experienced will have the opportunity to develop their skills and progress to an advanced level. There will be several projects to choose from to satisfy all abilities from basic stitches and their development through to freeform techniques. GOLDWORK precedes this. Jane Matthews (ex-York Minster broderer) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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UPHOLSTERY WEEKEND

May 19th at 18:30 to May 21st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Hands-on! Bring chair, stool, ottoman, headboard... build up from scratch or just re-cover, tackle interior paddings with traditional or modern techniques. Materials at cost. Simon will make prior contact to advise. Simon Ireland (N. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/simon-ireland) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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PASTEL, WATERCOLOUR & CHARCOAL: GARDEN IMPRESSIONS

May 21st at 18:30 to May 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Explore exciting watercolour, pastel, charcoal and mixed-media painting with a focus on 'garden impressions' and possibilities for colourful and dynamic painting subjects around every corner in Higham's wonderful grounds. Also, two excursions (weather permitting) to the wonderful Mirehouse by Bassenthwaite Lake for their mature gardens and the lakeshore to paint and draw amidst dramatic Lakeland scenery. Robert Dutton (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/robert-dutton) Residential: £535 Non-residential: £379 inc. Field Trips & Admission fees.

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TRY FOR A DAY: WOVEN TAPESTRY (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 22nd at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A perfect beginners class or a refresher to get you back on the loom. The looms will be warped up, ready to start weaving. Through the day you will be shown how to weave simple shapes, start and stop a colour and control your tension. Louise Martin (Clackmannanshire www.highamhall.com/louise-martin) £72 inc. all materials and refreshments

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BOTANICAL ART USING COLOURED PENCIL: A MAY MEMORANDUM

May 22nd at 18:30 to May 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Taking inspiration from the fresh plant forms unfurling in May, create a reminder of your favourite subjects. The course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience, working at your own pace with individual attention to suit your needs in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be an introduction to techniques as well as an opportunity to try out a variety of papers and many types of coloured pencils. Susan Christopher-Coulson (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/susan-christopher-coulson) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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WOVEN TAPESTRY: WEDGE WEAVE

May 22nd at 18:30 to May 24th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Wedge weave is woven on the diagonal and produces striking tapestries, first practised by the Navajo in 1870. During the workshop you will learn the technique, before creating a design to be woven.No experience required. Louise Martin (Clackmannanshire www.highamhall.com/louise-martin) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 Also see Louise's TRY FOR A DAY, preceding, and ECCENTRIC WEAVING, following.

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WOVEN TAPESTRY: ECCENTRIC WEAVING

May 24th at 18:30 to May 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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This versatile weaving technique is fun to do and has few rules. It is all about creating movement and giving life to the surface of your tapestry. Perfect for both beginners and those with some experience.. Louise Martin (Clackmannanshire www.highamhall.com/louise-martin) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 Follows WEDGE WEAVE.

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JAZZ ARRANGING WITH MARK BASSEY

May 25th at 18:30 to May 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Learn how to write arrangements for various sizes of ensemble with renowned jazz educator Mark Bassey. Try out ideas with other musicians. Content will centre around the abilities of the class, but Mark will seek to develop each individual according to their experience and knowledge. Previous writing experience not essential, but a good instrumental standard and experience of reading notation are needed. Tutor Mark has revised this description & title to include the arranging remit, which differs (in a positive…

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GEOLOGY OF THE LAKES: DELVING DEEPER – THE LOWER-MIDDLE PALAEOZOIC ERA

May 26th at 18:30 to May 28th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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This course will examine the Early Palaeozoic geological origins of the Lake District in detail, through a series of talks and practical sessions. We will scrutinise the deep sea sediments of the lost Iapetus Ocean followed by a dissection of the cataclysmic volcanoes that once reigned in this area. Our investigations will complete with the final collision of the supercontinent Pangaea in the Devonian. Includes a trip to a Palaeozoic area so wear suitable clothes! Note: Ends at Tea Break…

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WRITING FICTION: (EXTENDED WEEKEND)

May 26th at 18:30 to May 29th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* A residential creative writing course aimed at both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, writing exercises and individual tutorials, with uninterrupted writing time to enjoy in a beautiful rural retreat. You may opt out of scheduled lectures and exercises to continue work on an existing project, or attend all planned sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Limited spaces. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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CAPTURING SKYE: VIBRANT & ATMOSPHERIC ACRYLICS & WATERCOLOURS

May 28th at 18:30 to June 2nd at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Learn how to work with (not fight against) the fast-drying nature of acrylics and watercolours to create vibrant, atmospheric paintings (from reference images of your tutor’s native Isle of Skye), layer by layer. For all levels wanting to loosen up with a willingness to get paint on hands (gloves provided), possibly clothes! NEW TUTOR Marion Boddy-Evans  (Skye www.highamhall.com/marion-boddy-evans) Residential: £465 Non-residential: £305

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SKETCHING CLOSE TO NATURE (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

May 28th at 18:30 to May 30th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A great way to understand and value nature is to spend time sketching and painting it outdoors. Demos will encourage you to capture the essence of what’s around in the landscape through sketching with different tools and even natural materials - just bring yourself! Lionel Playford (N. Pennines www.highamhall.com/lionel-playford) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £182 inc. Field Trips & Materials

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HOOKY & PRODDY RUG MAKING

May 28th at 18:30 to June 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Bring scissors (and even your choice of coloured material). Recycle clothing & non-furnishing fabrics into mats, wall hangings, pictures, 3D sculptured pieces etc. Covers all techniques including design and colour. All equipment provided to borrow or purchase. Limited spaces. Novices welcome! Heather Ritchie (North Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/heather-ritchie) Residential: £413 Non-residential: £288

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WOODLAND WALKS: KNOW TREES BETTER

May 30th at 18:30 to June 1st at 13:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Some gentle walking on the level through woods with the purpose of collecting specimens and identifying trees when they are in leaf. Learn something about trees and their ecosystem, guided by a respected, patient expert in one of the most stunning areas of our country. Paul Nichol (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/paul-nichol) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £172 inc. Field Trips

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June 2017

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: ARE WE ENSLAVED BY SOCIETY?

June 2nd at 18:30 to June 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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"Man is born free yet he is everywhere in chains." So said C18th Genevan Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Enjoy lectures and debate as we travel through two and a half millennia of political philosophy to consider if we are enslaved by society - relevant to all of us in these 'post-modern' times! Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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CREATING RAPID SKETCHES IN PEN & WATERCOLOUR (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

June 2nd at 18:30 to June 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For beginners or artists to further their experience without the hassle of obtaining or bringing materials. We will go out and capture interesting scenes from our amazing local area - the ideal sketchbook approach. Just bring yourself and suitable outdoor attire! Limited spaces. Viv Philpot (Hampshire www.highamhall.com/viv-philpot) assisted by Geoff Philpot SPECIAL PRICE: Residential: £240 Non-residential: £174 inc. all materials Viv's WATERCOLOURS follows - Both courses are mutually complementary and together provide a valuable grounding in painting skills. Attend both,…

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CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRINGS & PIANO

June 2nd at 18:30 to June 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A country house atmosphere is an ideal venue for chamber music. Preformed string quartets or piano groups can join us for a weekend of intense music-making. Groups should choose two works for special study, and a large library will be available for repertoire exploration. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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UNDERSTANDING WATERCOLOUR (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

June 4th at 18:30 to June 9th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A good timespan in a deliberately small group to improve understanding of watercolour techniques without the hassle of obtaining or bringing materials. Great for newbies to get a serious start! Viv Philpot (Hampshire www.highamhall.com/viv-philpot) assisted by Geoff Philpot Residential: £485 Non-residential: £325 inc. all materials Viv's SKETCHING preceeds - Both courses are mutually complementary and together will provide a valuable grounding in painting skills. Attend both, save £40.

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LAKELAND BIRDS

June 4th at 18:30 to June 9th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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As an area to provide an all-round bird watching experience, our Lake District has few equals. Early summer provides an opportunity to become familiar with residents and visitors alike, and the mix of indoor and outdoor activities will aim to explore the wide variety of habitats, from the upland fells to the rivers, lakes and coast. Taken at a comfortable leisurely pace, this course provides the ideal foundation for learning to recognise birds by both sight and sound. Reasonable amount…

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WEAVE A RUG OR SCARF ON A PEG LOOM (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

June 5th at 18:30 to June 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Peg Looming is a simple creative pastime on 8 to 24 upright pencil-sized pins suitable even if the old muscles are complaining! Essentially by weaving wool or material strips, you can create your own rug, runner or even a heavy scarf in the time allowed. You may, optionally, purchase the wooden peg loom you use to take home with your creation. No experience needed. Limited spaces. Lana Norman (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lana-norman) Residential: £339 Non-residential: £243 inc. all materials

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GET WEAVING! WEAVING TWEEDS

June 5th at 18:30 to June 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Weave classic tweed patterns, including tartans, pinwheels and houndstooth, weaving the full width of both a 4-shaft and 8-shaft 16 inch Ashford table loom. Go away with enough fabric to either make a bag or cushion. Suits beginners and the more advanced wanting to develop knowledge. Looms will be set up ready to go. £15 max for all yarns payable to tutor. Jan Beadle (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/jan-beadle) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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EXPLORE CUMBRIAN COUNTRYSIDE FOR WILD FLOWERS

June 9th at 18:30 to June 12th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Get more out of your country walks by increasing your knowledge of the wild flowers you might see. We shall look at plants in various habitats within some beautiful Cumbrian nature reserves improving your observational skills as artist, photographer, nature lover, writer, teacher, crafter, parent or grandparent. Stuart Colgate (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/stuart-colgate) Residential: £298 Non-residential: £207 inc. Field Trips

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SAXOPHONE WEEKEND

June 9th at 18:30 to June 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For those who have been playing for more than 18 months. A wide range of opportunities through ensemble coaching and continual expert support from 2 tutors. Play in groups of varying size, altered at each session. An extensive music library will be available. Sight-reading beneficial. Debbie Scherer & Sarah Jobson (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/debbie-scherer-sarah-jobson) Residential: £240 Non-residential: £174

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INK & WATERCOLOUR: BLACK WHITE AND COLOUR

June 9th at 18:30 to June 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Three days developing this useful technique for sketching and finished artwork. We will look at landscape and figure drawing using ink and watercolours. Linda Birch (N. Pennines www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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MUSIC APPRECIATION: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM MUSIC

June 11th at 18:30 to June 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Steiner and Korngold established the full-blown Romantic sound of the Hollywood movie. Newman, Waxman (Sunset Boulevard) and Rosenmann (East of Eden) added a more contemporary feel. Rozsa (BenHur) did epics and Bernard Hermann ranged from Citizen Kane & Jane Eyre to Vertigo and North by Northwest. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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LAKELAND BIRDS

June 11th at 18:30 to June 16th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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As an area to provide an all-round bird watching experience, our Lake District has few equals. Early summer provides an opportunity to become familiar with residents and visitors alike, and the mix of indoor and outdoor activities will aim to explore the wide variety of habitats, from the upland fells to the rivers, lakes and coast. Taken at a comfortable leisurely pace, this course provides the ideal foundation for learning to recognise birds by both sight and sound. Reasonable amount…

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WATERCOLOURS WITH CONFIDENCE

June 12th at 18:30 to June 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Paint in a variety of settings: studio, Higham grounds & Lakes National Park. Enjoy demos, paint-alongs & painting en plein air. Photograph and print your own scenes ready for painting in the studio. Individual tuition to help develop skills and improve confidence. Beginners upwards. Mike Dobson MBE (N. Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/mike-dobson) Residential: £413 Non-residential: £288

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TRY FOR A DAY: MACHINE SEWING – BUNTING

June 14th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Bunting - a good project to get started or reacquainted with a sewing machine. Bring your own machine or borrow from the Tutor, be guided in how to use fabric off-cuts to create decorative quality bunting. Templates and materials provided at cost from tutor (max £15) or if you have a particular colour scheme feel free to bring along your own. NEW TUTOR: Ann Gill (Co. Durham www.highamhall.com/ann-gill) £62 including lunch & refreshments Ann's day CRAZY CUSHION, follows.

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TRY FOR A DAY: MACHINE SEWING – CRAZY CUSHION FROM PATCHES

June 15th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* A fun sewing machine project to create your own bespoke scatter cushion. Develop your machine skills, ending up with a great adornment to take home. Materials at cost from tutor (max £20) or if you have a particular colour scheme please bring your own. Don't forget some ribbon and braid though! NEW TUTOR: Ann Gill (Co. Durham www.highamhall.com/ann-gill) £62 including lunch & refreshments Follows Ann's BUNTING day.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN FRENCH (WEEKEND)

June 16th at 18:30 to June 18th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For intermediate and advanced students this (tout en français!) is a great opportunity to improve and develop confidence and fluency in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We will use a wide range of activities, play communication games, discuss various themes, read and listen to authentic French resources: press articles, excerpts from radio, TV, films, songs and, just as importantly, have fun. Dominique Pluskwa (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/dominique-pluskwa) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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BUILD YOUR OWN CORACLE

June 16th at 18:30 to June 18th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Simple & fun, build this surprisingly light, capable and easy to carry craft (fits in a hatchback). Laminate timber to form the gunwale; weave, steam, bend and fix ash timber strips; attach and waterproof a canvas covering. Includes all materials. Ends Sun 4pm. Work in pairs if you like. Limited numbers. Mark Aplin (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/mark-aplin) £165 per coracle plus: Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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SONGBOOK – SINGERS, DANCE BANDS, ARRANGERS, MUSICIANS

June 16th at 18:30 to June 18th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Their role was to 'sell songs', yet the unique talents of the best stylists delivered more - some of the most glorious music of the C20th. Drawing on musical theatre, folk melodies and C19th European concert traditions, they left us a rich new music - a Songbook for all time. Ron Guariento (Newcastle www.highamhall.com/ron-guariento) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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SUMMER YOGA RETREAT

June 16th at 18:30 to June 18th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Explore the Yoga tradition, balancing seasonal effects through diet, daily routine and yoga practice. Essentially practical, using posture, breathing, meditative techniques and just a tiny bit of theory. All levels. Anne McDarby (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/anne-mcdarby) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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LAKELAND HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY SUMMER SCHOOL

June 18th at 18:30 to June 22nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* This new Summer School offers a unique opportunity to discover at first hand some of the intriguing and often unique archaeological and historic sites in the Lake District and wider Cumbria. Based on daily minibus excursions to visit places as diverse as prehistoric stone circles, Roman Forts and medieval castles it will provide an excellent basis upon which to understand the way the Lake District and Cumbria has been settled over 5000 years. Daytime visits will be accompanied by…

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SUMMER QUILTERS’ RETREAT

June 18th at 18:30 to June 24th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Double Wedding Ring lap quilt and a very useful bag with many pockets.Enjoy making the quilt using a simplified method that achieves a beautiful, stress-free piece of patchwork. The bag is ideal to use for all your craftwork using its many pockets. Jennifer Almond (Leicestershire www.highamhall.com/jennifer-almond) Supporting WOOLFEST. Residential: £546 Non-residential: £369

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FABULOUS FANTASY NEEDLE FELTED FISH

June 19th at 09:30 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Come and join Sue for a fabulously fun day of needle felting to make either 3 little fantasy fish or one large one! Learn how to make an armature onto which you can let your needle felting skills ... (whether new to the technique or experienced) …run riot! Materials from Tutor at cost. Sue Allan (Surrey www.highamhall.com/sue-allan) 1st of 3 days with Sue, supporting WOOLFEST. £62 including lunch & refreshments

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FABULOUS FANTASY NEEDLE FELTED BIRDS

June 20th at 09:30 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Join Sue for a fun day to definitely satisfy your creative soul! By the end you will have made a Fantasy Bird 3D Sculpture of your own. Using Sue’s sculptural technique, use dry needle felting and go to town with further embellishments to make your bird totally unique! Materials from Tutor at cost. Sue Allan (Surrey www.highamhall.com/sue-allan) 2nd of 3 days with Sue, supporting WOOLFEST. £62 including lunch & refreshments

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A FABULOUS INDIAN ELEPHANT

June 21st at 09:30 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Join Sue for a fabulously fun day of needle felting to decorate an elephant armature and its beautifully colourful, embellished blanket. The creative potential is so exciting! Materials from Tutor at cost. Sue Allan (Surrey www.highamhall.com/sue-allan) 3rd of 3 days with Sue, supporting WOOLFEST. £62 including lunch & refreshments

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T’AI CHI & CHI KUNG DAY

June 22nd at 10:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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T'ai Chi movement principles enable us to rediscover ease and comfort in movement, while improving balance and effectiveness of actions. They are relevant to everyday activities, as well as being common to all T'ai Chi styles and Forms.Chi Kung is the foundation practice, developing awareness of how we use our bodies and relate to our environment. Sheila Aimson (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/sheila-aimson) £62 including lunch & refreshments

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DINNER & DEMO: MAKING HANDMADE PAPER WITH WOOL, SILK, AND OTHER FANTASTIC FIBRES

June 23rd at 18:30 to 22:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Special event for the evening between the days of WOOLFEST 2017, from which we are about 3 miles away. Limited spaces.Jonathan will relate the history of papermaking and the use of rags to reveal how papermakers over the years have been clever, inventive and resourceful. He will elaborate and show you how modern papermakers work with a variety of different plant- and animal-derived fibres to create handmade paper both useful and beautiful. Jonathan Korejko (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/jonathan-korejko) £30 including 4…

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TRY FOR A DAY: PAPERMAKING WITH TEXTILES

June 24th at 09:30 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For textile lovers to expand into new areas. Learn how rags can be recycled to make papers which will be filled with colourful threads, wool, fibres, and textures. Some will be finished pieces of textile artwork in their own right. Your papers will be suitable for further applications like hand/machine embroidery, books, and construction projects. A must for all creatives who thrive on the versatility of textiles. Supporting WOOLFEST. Jonathan Korejko (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/jonathan-korejko) £62 includes lunch, refreshments & materials A…

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TRY FOR A DAY: PAPERMAKING WITH PLANTS & RECYCLED MATERIALS

June 25th at 09:30 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Use plants and recycling techniques, learn how flowers, leaves, string, thread, leather, feathers, coffee, old paper, and even sugar bags can be revitalised and made into unique papers. Recycle words and books so that your handmade paper will have a verbal message, too. Discover ways in which papermaking can re-use and re-invent itself. Jonathan Korejko (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/jonathan-korejko) £62 includes lunch, refreshments & materials An antidote to yesterday's TEXTILE-based Day.

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GEOLOGY OF THE LAKES: DELVING DEEPER – THE UPPER PALAEOZOIC TO PRESENT DAY

June 25th at 18:30 to June 28th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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We will examine the Late Palaeozoic and Mesozoic geological origins of the Lake District in detail, through a series of talks and practical sessions. We will investigate the tropical Carboniferous seas that teamed with life and the enormous river systems and equatorial swamps that followed. We will foray into Permo-Triassic deserts and Jurassic shallow seas, before finishing in the distinctly more frigid Quaternary! Includes a geological trip so wear suitable clothes! Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (Leicester…

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EARTH: ITS 4.6 BILLION YEAR HISTORY

June 25th at 18:30 to June 27th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* A scientist’s (ex-NASA!) view of the evolving changes to the structure of the planet itself from the very beginning and to identify and trace the evolutionary changes to life in its many forms, the mass extinctions and the connection this has to an ever-changing climate. Dr David Baker (E. Sussex www.highamhall.com/david-baker) Residential: £240 Non-residential: £174 Includes a copy of David’s Haynes book Planet Earth Owners’ Workshop Manual. A companion to David's NEOLITHIC STONES course - attend both courses, get…

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WATERCOLOUR & GOUACHE CHICAGO STYLE

June 25th at 18:30 to June 30th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Bringing to Higham the talents of Chicago's Ed Hinkley! A unique opportunity to explore watercolour and gouache, separately and combined, generate quick studies as the basis for more fully developed paintings. Experiment, push your boundaries. Recognise possibilities of reworking and overpainting an unresolved work. Resource material may include still life, books, photos and Higham's surroundings. Representational & abstract painters welcome. Ed Hinkley (Chicago www.highamhall.com/ed-hinkley) Residential: £465 Non-residential: £305

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KEEP THINGS SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE – ACRYLIC DAY

June 26th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A short workshop on the theme of ‘Indicate Do Not State’ i.e. try not to compete with the camera, too much detail is not always a good thing. Have courage that less is more. All abilities. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments

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CREATE MOOD, LIFE AND ATMOSPHERE – ACRYLIC DAY

June 27th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Simplified shapes, warm and cool pigments, light and shadow all help to emphasise detail where necessary. Quick exercises will develop your skills and open your eyes to many options. A day full of learning and pushing your boundaries. All abilities. Brian Smith (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) £62 includes lunch & refreshments

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NEOLITHIC STONE STRUCTURES & THEIR POSSIBLE INTERPRETATION

June 28th at 18:30 to June 30th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* With a little visit to nearby Castlerigg Stone Circle thrown in, a welcome opportunity to view the distant past from a more scientific angle. Dr David Baker (E. Sussex www.highamhall.com/david-baker) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 A companion to David's EARTH course - attend both, get FREE B&B for the day off in-between to do your own thing.

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TRY FOR A DAY: CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

June 29th at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Calico gardens are worked in tones and shades of neutral colours, so the finished result relies on textural stitches and 3D effects. Learn how to stitch one of these beautiful little hand-embroideries. All materials supplied. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) £72 inc. lunch, refreshments & materials Precedes Angie's 3 NIGHT course.

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY (3 NIGHT)

June 29th at 18:30 to July 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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In tones and shades of neutral colours, this relies very much on texture and 3D effects - one of its most endearing qualities. Combine a variety of hand-embroidered stitches with a selection of mixed-media techniques to create delightful hand-stitched embroidery. All levels welcome from total beginners to more experienced. Stitch a Calico Garden Sampler to frame or work on your own designs. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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DRAWING & PAINTING – LAKELAND CHURCHES (EXTENDED)

June 30th at 18:30 to July 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Sketching expeditions to capture the live beauty and character of old Lakeland churches in drawings & paintings in their different landscape settings, learning about their history and interesting architectural features. Bring a favourite medium, enjoy group demonstrations and 1:1 tuition. Beginners welcome but some basic drawing experience useful. Lionel Playford (N. Pennines www.highamhall.com/lionel-playford) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223 inc. Field Trips

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UKULELE – THE NEXT STEP

June 30th at 18:30 to July 2nd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Develop alongside others who have also progressed beyond strumming and singing to finger pick & play instrumentally. Two leading Tutors to bring your skills forward to self-accompanied solos. Music will be available. Debbie Scherer & Sarah Jobson (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/debbie-scherer-sarah-jobson) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £182

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PAINTING THE SUMMER GARDEN WITH CERI ALLEN

July 2nd at 18:30 to July 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Explore the ideas used by great painters ; Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Kandinsky, Matisse - to name a few. Our beautiful gardens at Higham Hall offer a perfect opportunity to work outside with gentle guidance from a celebrated professional artist. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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PRIVATELY-OWNED CUMBRIAN GARDENS BY COACH WITH SUSIE WHITE

July 2nd at 18:30 to July 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A summer tour of Cumbrian gardens in the company of garden writer, author and Guardian Country Diarist Susie White. Chosen for their inspiring variety of plants and ideas, some are rarely open to the public. Meet the passionate gardeners who care for them, and hear how they have made their gardens in this beautiful, often challenging, landscape. Includes a plantsman’s garden, topiary and rose garden, specialist plant nursery, bishop’s garden and the garden of a world-famous mountaineer. Enjoy Susie’s informative…

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SPIRIT OF THE NORTH: NORDIC ROMANTIC ART

July 3rd at 18:30 to July 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* The astonishing range of paintings from the Nordic Golden Age (1840-1920) depicting snow and sun, rock and forest, mountain and fjord and the people who inhabited this rugged landscape has only recently begun to emerge into British cultural consciousness with recent exhibitions. This introduction to Scandinavian painting embeds the art in the society of its time. Tim Stimson (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/tim-stimson) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 Precedes Tim's NEWLYN PAINTERS - book both, save £25

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NEWLYN PAINTERS – ENGLISH IMPRESSIONISM

July 5th at 18:30 to July 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Rustic realism inspired by French outdoor painting was to become English Impressionism by the late C19th and none were more famous exponents than the Newlyn painters; Stanhope Forbes, Walter Langley, Laura and Harold Knight etc., artists now enjoying a renaissance of appreciation. Tim Stimson (Lincolnshire www.highamhall.com/tim-stimson) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 Follows Tim's NORDIC course - book both, save £25

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF LOCAL CUMBRIAN GARDENS

July 5th at 18:30 to July 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Investigate some of Cumbria's best kept horticultural secrets. From the small cottage garden to productive community plots, meet gardeners and owners who tend these. A garden tour with a difference, join Louise on a few minibus jaunts to stimulate and inspire both budding horticulturalist and time-served gardener alike. Louise Stoddart (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/louise-stoddart) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £182 inc. Field Trips

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UKULELE BEGINNERS

July 5th at 18:30 to July 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Cheap, portable and fun! Learn basic chords and strumming and use well-known folk songs to develop a mini-repertoire with a handful of chords. Includes a plethora of printed songs. Non-musicians welcome as are repeaters, but note we will be starting from scratch! Nicholas Corder (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/nicholas-corder) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £167 inc. lyrics & chords

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ACOUSTIC SONGWRITING WORKSHOP (3 night)

July 7th at 18:30 to July 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Join with like-minded people to explore the creation of thoughtful lyrics and tuneful melodies. Whether writing just for yourself or to perform in public you can develop your craft as a songwriter. No need to read notation - this course is for people who want to write lyrics or write music as well as those who fancy doing both. Nicholas Corder (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/nicholas-corder) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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BLOW! INTERMEDIATE WOODWIND WEEKEND

July 7th at 18:30 to July 9th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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For players of FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET & BASSOON Grades 3-5. Both small and larger group playing under patient and enjoyable professional instruction. A great way to develop playing! Please notify us of instrument. Patricia and Catriona Melville-Mason (Perthshire www.highamhall.com/tricia-trona-melville-mason) Residential: £258 Non-residential: £192

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BOTANICAL COLOURED PENCIL: A FLORAL ‘CONFETTI’

July 7th at 18:30 to July 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* With summer in full bloom, a chance to celebrate your favourite flowers by creating a colourful 'confetti' composed of scattered petals or small flowers/florets, worked in coloured pencils.Suitable for beginners & those with some experience, based on working at your own pace with rotating individual attention in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be an introduction to techniques and a chance to learn about and experience a variety of papers and many types of coloured pencils. Susan Christopher-Coulson (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/susan-christopher-coulson)…

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COLOURED PENCILS: SUMMER FRUIT, VEG & SHRUBS (BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE)

July 10th at 18:30 to July 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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A botanical course to show beginners how to illustrate fruit using coloured pencils, from the very basic first steps of drawing, through choosing the right colours, then using them to create beautiful and amazing results. Individual tuition and group demonstrations throughout from an RHS gold award-winning pencil artist! Janie Pirie (Essex www.highamhall.com/janie-pirie) Residential: £413 Non-residential: £288 Preceded by Susan Christopher-Coulson's July course. Attend both and save £40.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC AND THE FEMININE

July 11th at 18:30 to July 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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The earliest known Classical Composer was a woman – Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). We will look at female composers and performers through the ages from Hildegard to the American Amy Beach (1857-1944) and charismatic performers including pianist Martha Argerich and violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter. Steven Ingman-Greer (Somerset www.highamhall.com/steven-greer) Followed by another Steven course - attend both, save £25 Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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BEATRIX POTTER INSPIRED ART JOURNALLING

July 11th at 18:30 to July 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Discover Beatrix Potter’s vision with your own journal impressions of nature and explore your creative self. For all ability levels in water-based media, even beginners. A minibus field trip to Beatrix's Hill Top and other sites is included on the Wednesday. Tiana Marie (Somerset www.highamhall.com/tiana-marie) Tiana's LAKELAND COTTAGE follows - attend both, save £25. Residential: £349 Non-residential: £253 inc. Field Trip & admissions

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

July 14th at 18:30 to July 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Where does music originate, what can it tell us about ourselves, our world, purpose and our place in it? Is there a spiritual side or is it all intellectual construction? We consider by examining the life and work of Bach & Beethoven in both original and modern performances, examining their continuing influence today, particularly through the work of Russian Dmitri Shostakovich. Steven Ingman-Greer (Somerset www.highamhall.com/steven-greer) Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162 Another Steven course precedes - attend both, save £25. Steven…

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PAINTING THE LAKELAND COTTAGE

July 14th at 18:30 to July 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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*NEW* Draw, paint and sketch the tale of a Lakeland farm. Themes include a Lakeland porch, doorway or looking through a cottage window or garden threshold. For all ability levels in water-based media, even beginners. Tiana Marie (Somerset www.highamhall.com/tiana-marie) Tiana's BEATRIX POTTER themed course precedes - attend both, save £25 Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

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EXPERIMENTAL LIFE DRAWING

July 14th at 18:30 to July 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Push your creative boundaries with the human form, working from a live model. Develop by expanding your mark-making and challenging your interpretation - at the same time reinforcing all the essential fundamentals. Catherine MacDiarmid (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/catherine-macdiarmid) Residential: £339 Non-residential: £243

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TALK & TEA: THE RIDDLE OF GRAND DUCHESS ANASTASIA

July 16th at 14:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Not quite 17 in 1918, rumours persist that the youngest daughter of Nicholas II survived her family's massacre. The answer to this riddle is partially dealt with after 30 years of research in Steven's historical novel Lost Eagle, but there is more... Steven Ingman-Greer (Somerset www.highamhall.com/steven-greer) £16 including refreshments Follows Steven's 2 courses. See them for a special offer.

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EXPRESSIVE MIXED MEDIA LAKELAND LANDSCAPE PAINTING & DRAWING

July 16th at 18:30 to July 21st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Explore a wide variety of painting techniques for contemporary landscape subjects in both the studio and the inspirational Lakes National Park using watercolour, gouache, acrylic inks and pastel. Demos & one-to-one tuition. For artists with some previous painting ability looking to loosen-up their style. Robert Dutton (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/robert-dutton) Residential: £510 Non-residential: £354 inc. Field Trips

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PRIVATELY-OWNED CUMBRIAN GARDENS BY COACH WITH SUSIE WHITE

July 16th at 18:30 to July 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Join a summer tour of Cumbrian gardens in the company of garden writer, author and Guardian Country Diarist Susie White. Chosen for their inspiring variety of plants and ideas, some are rarely open to the public. Meet the passionate gardeners who care for them, and hear how they have made their gardens in this beautiful, often challenging, landscape. Includes a plantsman’s garden, topiary and rose garden, specialist plant nursery, bishop’s garden and the garden of a world-famous mountaineer. Enjoy Susie’s…

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PEWTERWORK: IN DEPTH TECHNIQUES

July 16th at 18:30 to July 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Make small samples or test pieces followed by a practical project such as a Pewterwork Mirror or Light Catcher (particularly for any beginners). Returners or more advanced students may begin to cover a supplied box or mirror frame to complete back at home. All materials supplied by tutor at cost. All levels. Bonnie Mackintosh (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/bonnie-mackintosh) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223

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START WITH WATERCOLOURS (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

July 19th at 18:30 to July 23rd at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Step by step, in a deliberately small group, explore the possibilities of Watercolour in its diverse forms: water-soluble oils, pencils, sticks etc. See how paint and blending work on paper, what works best for you and embark as an artist. Includes all basic materials to try, so just bring yourself! Angela Burton (Sommerset www.highamhall.com/angela-burton) Residential: £399 Non-residential: £258 inc. all materials

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