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Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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December 2019

RUSKIN LACE

December 8th at 18:30 to December 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

needlepoint lace techniques. Suitable for both beginners (starter pack £12 from tutor), and experienced. Karen Quickfall (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/karen-quickfall) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Follows another course. Book both, save £25.

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PAINT WITH ALEX JAKOB-WHITWORTH

December 8th at 18:30 to December 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Consider and develop crucial elements needed for truly high-quality artwork (including tonality, composition, shape, form, texture and pattern). Bring unfinished work and/or follow tutor’s suggestions for projects to develop your artist’s eye like a pro. Most media allowed except oils. Not for beginners. Alex Jakob-Whitworth (Eden Valley www.highamhall.com/alex-jakob-whitworth) WINTER SPECIAL: Residential: £383 Non-residential: £294

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WINTER BIRDS

December 9th at 18:30 to December 13th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Imagine spectacular gatherings of Barnacle and Pink-footed geese against a backdrop of a winter sunset and the massed pipings of thousands of waders as they swirl in the sky. The Cumbrian Solway coast is a wintering ground for many species prior to their northward migration and plays host to an exciting array of raptors. Explore some of the best spots and hone your identification skills. Keith Offord (www.highamhall.com/keith-offord) Residential: £412 Non-residential: £269 (inc. Field Trips – fair amount of walking)

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EXPERIMENTAL PORTRAITURE (CLOTHED LIVE MODELS)

December 10th at 18:30 to December 13th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

One of the essential skill sets for artists, focussing on the human top third, including live subjects in different poses, be guided to experiment towards a freer, yet meaningful style. Expand, refine and challenge yourself reinforcing all the essential fundamentals in a small group. Catherine MacDiarmid (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ catherine-macdiarmid) Residential: £343 Non-residential: £244

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RICHARD STRAUSS: A PORTRAIT

December 10th at 18:30 to December 12th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Strauss made his reputation as an orchestral wizard with tone poems like Don Juan and Ein Heldenleben. Later he wrote many operas, none finer than Der Rosenkavalier. All his life he composed beautiful songs, finishing with the poignant Four Last Songs. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 See also courses by Chris Rodwell, Tim Shuker and Julian Williamson.

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JEWELLERY MAKING: RINGS, BANGLES AND EARRINGS

December 12th at 18:30 to December 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Develop techniques for creating your own jewellery: textures using acid etching, roll printing and hammering in aluminium, brass, copper and even recycled pieces. Skills are transferable to silver (more expensive). You may try printing your designs before making your pieces. Be guided on your own projects or try a new idea. Sally Rotarides (E. Lothian www.highamhall.com/sally-rotarides) SPECIAL PRICE (Save £25): Residential: £303 Non-residential: £204 (Basic materials £5 – £30) Our JEWELLERY MAKING courses: SILVER CLAY 13 October; POLYMER CLAY 15…

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ART OR TEXTILE SELF-RUN THREE NIGHTER (NO TUTOR)

December 13th at 18:30 to December 16th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Simply come to Higham and use space in our Cedar and Harness Room for your own art or textile project. Be fully fed and watered, enjoying the freedom of a 3-night Higham stay doing your chosen thing at a bargain price as there's no tutor. Ends with breakfast. SPECIAL PRICE: Residential: £199 Non-residential: £149

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO STEINBECK

December 13th at 18:30 to December 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Suitable for anyone simply wishing to get those little grey cells stimulated. John Steinbeck won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”. Darren will explain further... Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT HIGHAM

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

Superb Higham four-course Seasonal Lunch at Higham Hall, lovingly prepared and served by our legendary kitchen staff. Melon Cocktail with Cassis Sorbet (v) or Vegetable Soup & Crusty Roll (v) Roast Turkey, Sage & Onion Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce or Seasonal Nut Roast (v) All served with Seasonal Vegetables Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce or Red Berry Cheesecake & Cream Freshly ground Coffee & Mince Pies £22 per person Booking essential by Friday 6th December BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT 017687…

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CAROLS FOR EVERYONE

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

Even if you have shied off joining-in through feelings of vocal inadequacy, you are welcome to join (or rejoin) us for this fun pre- Christmas event. Enjoy many carols, familiar and less so, as we aim to add to your confidence and enjoyment. Open to all levels of singer. NEW TUTOR: Deborah Catterall (N. Wales www.highamhall.com/deborah-catterall) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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HIGHAM CHRISTMAS DINNER AND SLEEPOVER

December 17th at 18:00 to December 18th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Come alone or together for a House Party atmosphere, be well-fed, stay over, finish with a hearty breakfast. Higham Christmas Dinner at Higham Hall hosted again by George, Carmel, Tina and Alan with Poppy and Monty. Evening of gentle, optional festive amusement: carols, film, games and even a quiz in genial company. Doggies can stay with owners in the Cottage and will be welcome after dinner in the Hall. Soup of the Day (v) or Fruit Juice (v) Roast Turkey,…

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SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING HOGMANAY

Sunday December 29, 2019 at 18:30 to Wednesday January 1, 2020 at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Bring in New Year alongside fellow Scottish Country Dancers (with three years’ SCD experience, good working knowledge of traditional steps and formations) to improve technique. Morning classes (optional afternoon sessions), evening social dances culminating in a Hogmanay Dinner and Ball. Jim Stott with Jane Meikle and musician George Meikle Residential: £319 Non-residential: £228

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January 2020

EXPLORE EMBROIDERY (THREE NIGHT WINTER SPECIAL)

Friday January 3, 2020 at 18:30 to Monday January 6, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A friendly course for all from newbies to the more experienced. Choice includes Calico Gardens, Stumpwork and Crewelwork, or bring your own project for helpful guidance. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) WINTER OFFER – Three nights for the price of two Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 First of three successive courses with Angie – each with the three for two special offer!

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SAXOPHONE (WINTER WEEKEND)

Friday January 3, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 5, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Players of more than 18 months. Ensemble coaching and expert support from two tutors. Play in groups of varying size, altered at each session. Extensive music library available. Sight-reading beneficial. Debbie Scherer & Sarah Jobson (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/debbie-scherer-sarah-jobson) Residential: £251 Non-residential: £184 A WEEKDAY version follows – attend both, save £25

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SAXOPHONE (WINTER WEEKDAY)

Sunday January 5, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 7, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Players of more than 18 months. Ensemble coaching and expert support from two tutors. Play in groups of varying size, altered at each session. Extensive music library available. Sight-reading beneficial. Debbie Scherer & Sarah Jobson (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/debbie-scherer-sarah-jobson) Residential: £251 Non-residential: £184 A WEEKEND version precedes - attend both, save £25

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EXPLORE EMBROIDERY (THREE NIGHT WINTER SPECIAL)

Monday January 6, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday January 9, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A friendly course for all from newbies to the more experienced. Choice includes Calico Gardens, Stumpwork and Crewelwork, or bring your own project for helpful guidance. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) WINTER OFFER – Three nights for the price of two Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Second of three successive courses with Angie – each with the three for two special offer!

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WINTER WATERCOLOURS

Tuesday January 7, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday January 10, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Total beginner or developing artist, be inspired to use watercolours to their full potential with demos, paint-alongs and individual tuition to develop skills and confidence. Produce an amazing amount of quality work! Mike Dobson MBE (N. Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/mike-dobson) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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EXPLORE EMBROIDERY (THREE NIGHT WINTER SPECIAL)

Thursday January 9, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 12, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A friendly course for all from newbies to the more experienced. Choice includes Calico Gardens, Stumpwork and Crewelwork, or bring your own project for helpful guidance. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) WINTER OFFER – Three nights for the price of two Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Third of three successive courses with Angie – each with the three for two special offer!

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DIAGHILEV AND THE BALLET RUSSE: EXTRAORDINARY ERA, EXTRAORDINARY MAN

Friday January 10, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 12, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Ballet Russe took a tired art form into the C20th, setting new boundaries for most subsequent Ballet and commissioning music from Stravinsky, Ravel, Fall, Prokofiev, Satie, as well as avante-garde set designs from the likes of Picasso. The vision of Sergei Diaghilev blended such elements and made audiences gasp. Explore a remarkable story. Julian Williamson (London www.highamhall.com/julian-williamson) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 See also courses by Chris Rodwell, Ian France and Tim Shuker.

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UPHOLSTERY WEEKEND

Friday January 10, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 12, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Hands-on! Bring chair, stool, ottoman, headboard... build up from scratch or just re-cover, tackle interior paddings with traditional or modern techniques. Simon will make prior contact to advise on materials. Simon Ireland (N. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/simon-ireland) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (Materials from tutor)

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IF TURNER HAD USED ACRYLICS…

Sunday January 12, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday January 16, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Yes he would have if they’d been around – Linda wants to convince you! Enjoy painting as you explore Turner’s oil methods, using Acrylics instead to yield authentic reproductions. J.M.W. would have appreciated the speed of completion, yet we will not deviate from the Master’s techniques. Linda Birch (Co. Durham www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) WINTER OFFER – Four nights for the price of three Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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RUSKIN LACE

Sunday January 12, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

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: £233 Non-residential: £166

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BOTANICAL ART IN COLOURED PENCIL: WINTER WONDERS

Monday January 13, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We will take in the form of evergreens, winter vegetables or pot plants, bulbs in bud and succulents (other colours may also be included if you wish!), helped along by Susan’s invaluable support and guidance. Susan Christopher-Coulson (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/susan-christopher-coulson) Residential: £583 Non-residential: £407 (inc. Optional Minibus trip)

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WATERCOLOUR BONANZA WITH FRANCES WINDER (LONG WEEKEND)

Thursday January 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore Watercolours from basic grounded techniques to experimental expressive and also graphic methods. Try a new style and explore a new You for 2020! Personal guidance and advice on developing your own direction in painting. Frances Winder (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Frances’ work will be on exhibition at Higham 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020.

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THE BEST OF PUCCINI

Friday January 17, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly. The idealised Bohemians with their joys and sorrows, the formidable Floria Tosca and the sadistic Scarpia, and that most sympathetic of operatic creations, Cio-Cio-San. Puccini’s great gift was to breathe musical life into each character, drawing us in to each drama. Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 See also courses by Chris Rodwell, Tim Shuker and Julian Williamson.

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DEMO & TEA: A LANDSCAPE IN OILS

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Watching an artist talk through the execution of a painting can be both fascinating and immensely informative for artists and non-artists alike. See how oils can be used by a professional artist to expertly produce a pleasing scene with both aesthetic and educational value. Vicki Norman (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/vicki-norman) £16 (inc. refreshments) Vicki’s OILS course follows.

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WINTER FELLS – LANDSCAPE IN INK AND COLOURED PENCIL

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday January 23, 2020 at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Focus on the pattern of the fells in winter, using a subtle coloured pencil palette and contrasting dark Inks. Combine mark-making in ink and blending, embossing and lifting-out, build up a harmonious image in this exciting mix of media. Easy to manage techniques, inspirational ideas and encouragement in your individual style. Helen Hanson (Kent www.highamhall.com/Helen-Hanson) Residential: £392 Non-residential: £249

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FURTHER ANIMAL PORTRAITS IN PASTEL

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Plenty of demos showing how to handle eyes, noses, different papers, wet techniques etc. For those who have already done a bit and wish to develop skills. Bring your own Pastels and photos, a larger than A3 folder and an old shirt! Tutor offers a few choices in papers. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239 (Board/paper provided)

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OILS WITH VICKI NORMAN

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A comprehensive course for those who wish to master oil painting techniques through a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile painting medium. Dispel many myths and misconceptions. For painters of all abilities, even those who have never known where to begin with oils. Vicki Norman (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/vicki-norman) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Vicki’s afternoon DEMO precedes – recommended as an introduction to this. Other OILS courses: CERI ALLEN 7 February; CAROL RENSHAW 9 October and 26 February

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RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Humans have traditionally had something to believe in and as such have been prone to all interpretations of perceived truth. Let Darren present a perspective which considers various thinkings and ideas so you can discuss the notions from a modern context. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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DRAWING MADE EASY WITH VICKI NORMAN

Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday January 24, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Relaxed and friendly for beginners and improvers. Learn fast, accurate drawing methods, enjoy some practice and see your work improve. Drawing is primarily a thought process, let us give you some new ways to think about image creation on paper. Through a variety of methods, develop skills applicable to any creative process. Vicki Norman (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/vicki-norman) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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SING WITH OTHERS: YES YOU CAN! (INC. BURNS NIGHT)

Thursday January 23, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Even if you were never encouraged to sing, it is never too late and it's wonderful for your well-being! Enjoy plenty of songs together, and exercise those vocal chords! Coincides with Burns Night (25th) – Tartan optional! NEW TUTOR: Deborah Catterall (N. Wales www.highamhall.com/ deborah-catterall) SPECIAL PRICE – One night’s accommodation free Residential: £288 Non-residential: £229

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LACE – AS YOU LIKE IT

Friday January 24, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Want to learn, or return to, the beautiful craft of Bobbin Lacemaking? Have a lace pattern and need project advice? This is for you. All abilities welcome, including complete beginners. Jan Gardiner (Somerset www.highamhall.com/jan-gardiner) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (Basic materials from tutor c£5 – £10)

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ENAMELLING WEEKEND

Friday January 24, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday January 26, 2020 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, simple cloisonné and other techniques as desired. Absolute beginners welcome. Materials from tutor (£5 – £20 dependent upon project). Dorothy Cockrell (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/dorothy-cockrell) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 ENAMELLING WEEK follows. Our JEWELLERY MAKING courses: SILVER CLAY 13 October; RINGS, BANGLES AND EARRINGS 12 December; POLYMER CLAY 15 March.

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ENAMELLING WEEK

Sunday January 26, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday January 31, 2020 at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Four full days for time-consuming techniques (etching, advanced cloisonné, plique a jour). Work on copper, silver, or pre-prepared steel, making enamel jewellery, small panels, bowls or beads. Some experimental techniques may be tried such as raku firing, torch firing, silver art clay on enamel. Beginners or more experienced. Materials from tutor (£5 – £30 dependent upon project) Dorothy Cockrell (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/dorothy-cockrell) Residential: £475 Non-residential: £313 A WEEKEND precedes. Our JEWELLERY MAKING courses: SILVER CLAY 13 October; RINGS, BANGLES AND EARRINGS…

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ALAN BARNES JAZZ MASTER CLASS

Sunday January 26, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday January 30, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Develop your jazz playing. How about five times British Award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes as tutor? You need to be able to read music, understand chords and preferably have rehearsal band experience. Limited spaces. Alan Barnes (www.highamhall.com/alan-barnes) (Saxophone/Flute/Piano) Residential: £485 Non-residential: £342

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TRY FOR A DAY: BOTANICAL PAINTING FOR THE LESS TERRIFIED

Thursday January 30, 2020 at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A day for those who already consider themselves initiated (maybe following on from our FOR THE TERRIFIED course), wishing to go a step further. Slightly more ambitious in outcomes, still with gentle guidance. All materials still provided. Lis Bramwell (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lis-bramwell) £76 (inc. materials and lunch)    

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COLOURED PENCILS: BOTANICAL STILL LIFE

Thursday January 30, 2020 at 18:30 to Monday February 3, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Accurately draw fruit, veg or plant and anchor it with shadow. Choice of subjects or bring your own. Possibilities: grapes, tangerines, apples, nuts, asparagus, pakchoi, fennel, flowers, winter shrubs, beautiful leaves – an endless variety, even in Winter. One of the UK’s foremost pencil artists. Janie Pirie (Suffolk www.highamhall.com/janie-pirie) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 Followed by Janie’s DRAWING A BIRD OR ANIMAL course – attend both, save £30.

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PAINTING RETREAT: ART AND SPIRITUALITY PAINTING THE FUTURE

Friday January 31, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 2, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Painting Retreat: Artist (Linda) and a Theologian (Trevor) will provide a possible guide to each subject with illustrated talks and artistic guidance, the idea is to offer an enriching foundation to help the flow of your creative juices. There are two successive courses, each with a different flavour: Looking at ways in which various artistic traditions have engaged imaginatively with a sense of the human future, how do we as artists employ painting to respond to our view of…

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INTRO TO MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION

Friday January 31, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 2, 2020 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: £245 Non-residential: £178 (inc. materials) Toni’s FURTHER ILLUMINATION follows.

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February 2020

PAINTING RETREAT: ART AND SPIRITUALITY CLIMATE CHANGE AND SPIRITUALITY

Sunday February 2, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday February 6, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Painting Retreat: Artist (Linda) and a Theologian (Trevor) will provide a possible guide to each subject with illustrated talks and artistic guidance, the idea is to offer an enriching foundation to help the flow of your creative juices. There are two successive courses, each with a different flavour: In an era of climate change, how is it possible to represent in painting our own understanding of the radically changing future of the world and the potential threats to the…

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FURTHER MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUMINATION

Sunday February 2, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 4, 2020 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 already able to make and lay gesso are welcome to work on their own projects with tutor help. Toni Watts (Lincoln www.highamhall.com/toni-watts) Residential: £245 Non-residential: £178 (inc. Materials) Toni’s INTRO TO ILLUMINATION precedes.

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COLOURED PENCILS: DRAWING A BIRD OR ANIMAL

Monday February 3, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday February 6, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Bird or animal of your choice (must be a clear, detailed picture) or from a supplied image. Following demos, apply colour, copy onto good paper and then colour step-by-step. Draw a stunning piece to be proud of, inspired by one of the UK’s foremost pencil artists. Janie Pirie (Suffolk www.highamhall.com/janie-pirie) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Preceded by Janie’s BOTANICAL STILL LIFE – attend both, save £30.

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BRIGHT COLOURS IN A DARK MONTH: WATER-SOLUBLE BLOCKS ON QUALITY PAPER (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

Tuesday February 4, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 7, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore Derwent's Inktense blocks on Canson’s Moulin du Roy paper, utilising Robert's expressive use of colour using a very different media. Be inspired by our stunning winter Lakeland scenery. Develop the potential of a very versatile media to inspire a new creative direction with your art! Robert Dutton (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/robert-dutton) Residential: £343 Non-residential: £244 (inc. materials)

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OILS WITH CERI ALLEN (4-NIGHT)

Friday February 7, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For Students serious about developing Oils skills, capitalising on Ceri’s Fine Arts background. Be encouraged and receive suggestions on how to improve ideas and essential skills with form, tone and colour. Boost your own artistic strengths, challenge the things you find tricky. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 Ceri’s three night OILS is in Autumn Other OILS courses: VICKI NORMAN 19 January; CAROL RENSHAW 26 February

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SHAKESPEARE AS POET

Friday February 7, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 9, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Shakespeare’s career began on stage but, when the plague closed theatres in 1592, he turned to the more lucrative and prestigious ʻpure’ poetry with Venus and Adonis. A weekend of exploration whose central focus will be those most revealing, yet mysterious products of Shakespeare’s genius, the sonnets. David Lindley (www.highamhall.com/david-lindley) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Clare Smout’s MACBETH AND CAESAR is on 21 February.

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GEOLOGY OF ENGLAND

Friday February 7, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 9, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Indoor course with a short optional trip out, weather permitting. England is renowned for its great diversity of rocks and landscapes, almost 700 million years of geological history. An exciting journey that will encounter catastrophic volcanoes, long-lost oceans and rivers of ice. Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/ annette-mcgrath) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171

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STRING CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP

Sunday February 9, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A country house - ideal for Chamber Music. Preformed strings or piano groups can join us for two days of intense music making. Groups should choose two works for special study and a large library will be available for repertoire exploration. Students may have a warm-up from 5 – 6pm on the arrival day. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) and Richard Muncey Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171 Also see 8 March.

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GET WEAVING! YOUR OWN TARTAN

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 14, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For beginners and those wanting to develop their skill further. Design your own Tartan, then dress the loom. Weave a scarf in your own colour combination. Jan will cover all the technical information. Jan Beadle (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/jan-beadle) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Yarns £15 max from tutor.

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ACRYLIC: CONFIDENT MARKS – EXPRESS YOURSELF

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday February 13, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Acrylic allows Artists to use bold marks, employing strong pigments to create drama. Challenge yourself with Brian to develop your skills, expand your techniques and open your mind to further possibilities. Brian Smith (Cotswolds www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Brian’s three-night WATERCOLOUR COURSE follows – attend both courses, save £25.

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WATERCOLOURS TO YOUR NEXT LEVEL

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 16, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Develop your skills, open your mind to a different approach. It’s only a piece of paper. Small quick and fast. The longer project. We will expand your horizon. Join Brian on the watercolour journey. Brian Smith (Cotswolds www.highamhall.com/brian-smith) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Follows Brian’s two-night ACRYLICS COURSE – attend both courses, save £25.

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DEVELOPING SELF-AWARENESS: WHO AM I, REALLY?

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 16, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Facilitated by a qualified and experienced counsellor, this course will support you to gain a deeper level of self-understanding through guided personal reflection and expression. Time will be made for group discussion, 1:1 reflection and individual silence. All welcome. Complete a very short questionnaire after booking, so tutor may contact you if needed. Ruth Bridges (Cumbria – Questionnaire available here: www.highamhall.com/ruth-bridges) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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NEW YEAR YOGA RETREAT WEEKEND

Friday February 14, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 16, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

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. Amanda Oakes (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/amanda-oakes) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166a

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CARLISLE: HISTORY AND CULTURE OF A BORDER CITY

Sunday February 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Carlisle offers a rich and varied legacy reflecting Celts, Romans, Border Reivers and invaders – evident in a wide variety of its historic building styles and collections. Enjoy fascinating and revealing guided walks and lectures with Bruce to indoor sites. Bruce Bennison (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/bruce-bennison) Residential: £358 Non-residential: £259 (inc. Field Trips and lunches out)

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WRITING FICTION: SECOND AND THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW AND THE EPIPHANY

Sunday February 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For both beginning and intermediate writers interested in flash fiction, short stories, novellas or the novel. Lectures, exercises and individual tutorials with uninterrupted writing time in a beautiful rural retreat. Opt out as you wish to continue work on an existing project, or attend all sessions to gain insight and inspiration. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 Limited Spaces

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BRING ALL HEAVEN BEFORE MINE EYES: BRUCKNER AND MAHLER

Sunday February 16, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Bruckner spent his composing lifetime writing symphonies dedicated to God. In his final three symphonies, nos.7,8 and 9, whole movements seem to stretch heavenwards. Mahler, from the next generation and a friend of Bruckner, tackled a similar vision in his second symphony, Resurrection. (Course title is inspired byJohn Milton). Ian France (www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 See also courses by Chris Rodwell, Tim Shuker and Julian Williamson.

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PAINTING AND DRAWING THE LAND

Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 23, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Lake District landscape is perhaps at its most inspiring for artists in late winter. Explore its beauty and connect with it through sketching expeditions and studio painting using your choice: charcoal, watercolour, acrylics and/or oils. Lionel Playford (N. Pennines www.highamhall.com/lionel-playford) Residential: £535 Non-residential: £378 (inc. Field Trips)

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PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 23, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore a wide range of techniques: woodcut (cutting in plankwood); engraving (on endgrain hardwood or plastic); drypoint (drawing on metal with steel); and etching, (using acid to etch on a zinc plate). Make handmade prints to your own design. Beginners or experienced. Peter Collins (Gloucestershire www.highamhall.com/peter-collins) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294

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BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS SINCE 1945

Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 21, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Post-war British Prime Ministers – some made a mark more than others. Consider how they came to power, how they operated in office, their departures and their individual legacies. Michael Dimambro (Co, Durham www.highamhall.com/michael-dimambro) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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SHAKESPEARE: AMBITION AND ASSASSINATION – MACBETH AND CAESAR

Friday February 21, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday February 23, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Investigate Shakespeare’s explorations of assassination and its consequences. Macbeth concentrates on the personal and psychological, Julius Caesar on the public and political: in both the outcome is disastrous. Discuss ambition, power, politics, marriage, fate, murder, manipulation, rhetoric, idealism, tyranny and much, much more. Clare Smout (W. Midlands www.highamhall.com/clare-smout) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 David Lindley’s SHAKESPEARE AS POET is 7 Feb.

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PAINTING THE MYSTIC FOREST

Sunday February 23, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Capture the presence and beauty of trees in water-based pigments and explore the magic of the greenwood in a new light. Portray glimpses of forest folk, wildlife, Green Man or Woman and even dryads as they appear in the depth of the forest. Themes include: painting with light, colour explorations and the elemental forces of nature. All abilities. Tiana Marie (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tiana-marie) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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RAKU POTTERY WITH CHRIS BARNES

Sunday February 23, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 28, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Chris will help you to create your own pieces of Raku pottery and sculpture, and experience the excitement of Raku firing. With lectures, demos and discussion, also visit places of interest to potters: Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and a local gallery or studio. Chris Barnes (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/chris-barnes) Residential: £520 Non-residential: £363 (inc. Field Trip)

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OPEN EARS MUSIC DAY: TOWARDS THE MODERN MYSTIC

Monday February 24, 2020 at 10:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

“Music is Life, and, as such, is inextinguishable” Carl Nielsen, Danish composer (1865 – 1931). The Northern landscape has brought a resurgence in classical music inspired by Nature and a reverence for the Divine. For Sibelius, Schnittke, Rautavaara and Aho, Nature’s lure and inspiration are endless, re-connecting humanity to a lost spiritual heart. Open your heart to a vibrant and ever-expanding world of beauty. Tim Shuker (aka Steven Ingman-Greer) (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/tim-shuker) £66 (inc. lunch and refreshments) See also courses…

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21st CENTURY MUSIC: THE MODERN MYSTIC

Monday February 24, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore the Modern Mystic in Classical Music terms. In our hyper-secular culture, where can the music come from? Composers Rautavaara (1928 – 2016), Kalevi Aho (b.1949) and Alfred Schnittke (1934 – 1998) share surprising answers with neglected British Romantics William Alwyn (1905 – 85), composer, artist and lover of Pre-Raphaelite and modern Swedish Romantic Rolf Martinsson (b.1952). Journey into the heart of musical mystery and Romance. Tim Shuker (S. Cumbria www.highamhall. com/tim-shuker) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 Tim’s OPEN EARS Day…

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TRAVEL WRITING: CRAFTING YOUR STORY

Tuesday February 25, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 28, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Write compelling articles to inspire on this workshop course. Transform holiday jottings, make the most of a journal or start a travel blog. All you need is to love travel and be ready to try. Work on own with Zoe’s input if experienced, or join in with taught sessions as you wish. Includes a short excursion out to somewhere worth writing about. Zoe Dawes (S.Cumbria www.highamhall.com/zoe-dawes) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239 (inc. a little easy Field Trip)

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OILS STEP-BY-STEP (TWO NIGHT – EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 28, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Both total Oil newcomers, and the newly-converted can develop artistic confidence by following simple, staged step-by-step demos. Learn as you go, painting the same picture as your tutor using a variety of techniques. All materials provided, you can master this traditional, genuine and forgiving medium, taking home work to be proud of. Carol Renshaw (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/carol-renshaw) Residential: £273 Non-residential: £206 (inc. materials)

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PERFORMING: CONJURE YOUR CONFIDENCE!

Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday February 28, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Learning some simple close-up and cabaret-style Magic is not only fun, but can develop useful performance and public speaking skills. A superb and unique way to overcome nerves, build confidence and add another string to your bow! Suitable for all. Chris Winnick (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/chris-winnick) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (inc. materials)

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO PINTER

Friday February 28, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 1, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Nobel Prizewinner, Harold Pinter was one of our most influential modern British dramatists. Darren will show you why he will continue to be so respected. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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DISCOVERING PEN AND INK

Friday February 28, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 1, 2020 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: £233 Non-residential: £166

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RE-ARRANGING YOUR PICTURES: COMPOSITION, COLOUR IN ACRYLICS

Friday February 28, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 1, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A short practical Art workshop looking specifically at the best ways to express yourself in painting by means of composition and colour. What can Colour say? How can composition help direct what you want to say? Linda Birch (Co. Durham www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO PINTER

Friday February 28, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 1, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Nobel Prizewinner, Harold Pinter was one of our most influential modern British dramatists. Darren will show you why he will continue to be so respected. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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March 2020

TRY FOR A DAY: EARLY DANCE

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 10:00 to 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Have a go at some simple Court Dances (e.g. Slow, stately Pavan, lively Galliard) from Elizabethan England and Renaissance Italy and an C18th Minuet. Easy for beginners upwards. Aspects of music, dance, costume and etiquette will be discussed. Not just for dancers, but also anyone interested in getting closer to music, drama and history. Elizabeth Dodd (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/elizabeth-dodd) £66 (inc. lunch and refreshments) Ends with Tea.

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WIND SERENADES – DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 5, 2020 at 18:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course for wind players from Grade 8 to Diploma, working in detail on wind chamber repertoire for large and smaller ensembles. There will be an informal concert on the morning of the last day. Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 (deposit £150) We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£20) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING. All applications to be made initially through Laurence to ascertain ensemble line-up. www.laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades

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WIND SERENADES: DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 5, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A course for wind players from Grade 8 to Diploma, working in detail on wind chamber repertoire for large and smaller ensembles. There will be an informal concert on the morning of the last day. Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 (deposit £150) We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£20) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING. All applications to be made initially through Laurence to ascertain ensemble line-up. www.laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades

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SKY AND SEASCAPE IN SOFT PASTELS WITH EILEEN GARDNER

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Work with one of our finest contemporary artists with a passion for the expressive medium of Pastel used to stunning effect. Demos throughout, support for beginners and 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: £328 Non-residential: £229

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LINO-CUT PRINT MAKING

Sunday March 1, 2020 at 18:30 to Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Create professional-looking cards and pictures from several lino-cuts using Easycut Lino 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: £328 Non-residential: £229 (Materials c£15)

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DRAW LIKE A CARTOONIST

Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday March 6, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Break free and get to grips with using simple lines to depict figures, faces and simple scenes. Fun for absolute non-artists and useful for artists alike. What's more, your approach to life could change forever! Colin Shelbourn (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/colin-shelbourn) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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ACRYLIC SEASCAPE

Wednesday March 4, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday March 6, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Paint a seascape using whatever acrylics, brushes, implements you are able to bring. Kara will guide you towards producing an admirable scene in employing a range of techniques to achieve realism and coherent tonal qualities for a coastal scene. Kara Strachan (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/kara-strachan) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (16"x20" canvas c£10)

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PATCHWORK QUILTING

Thursday March 5, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 8, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Enjoy a long weekend making this quilt. Pretty, bold or bright, the choice is yours. Enjoy good food and company in fantastic surroundings. Janette Fairer (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/janette-fairer) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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BOOKBINDING: LIBRARY STYLE

Friday March 6, 2020 at 18:30 to Monday March 9, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We focus on one significant change in the book structures of the C19th – emerging public use. Library-style Buckram binding is one of the most satisfying. Maximum support from head to tail and a combination of endpaper, spine lining and board allow it to stand alone, unsupported. Intermediate level. Doug Mitchell (Northamptonshire www.highamhall.com/doug-mitchell) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 (Materials at cost)

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EXPLORATIONS IN POETRY (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

Friday March 6, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 8, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

With a different selection to explore each time, enjoy exploring a wide range of verse across ages. Texts will be provided for an illuminating and sometimes surprising journey for all existing and potential lovers of poetry. Prof. Bill Jones (Keswick www.highamhall.com/bill-jones) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166

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STRING CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP

Sunday March 8, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A country house – ideal for Chamber Music. Preformed strings or piano groups can join us for two days of intense music making. Groups should choose two works for special study and a large library will be available for repertoire exploration. Students may have a warm-up from 5 – 6pm on the arrival day. Also see 9 February. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) and Heather Bills Residential: £238 Non-residential: £171

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SCULPTURE: FIGURATIVE AND THE FEMININE

Monday March 9, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 12, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Be encouraged to see with your inner eye and create a 30cm figure or bust, inspired by imagination. No experience needed– a little rudimentary anatomy useful. More important is willingness to let the clay take you on a journey of discovey. NEW TUTOR: Christine Pike (Norfolk www.highamhall.com/ christine-pike) Residential: £338 Non-residential: £239

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SKETCHING OUTDOORS, INDOORS!

Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday March 13, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Pam will take you with your sketchbook to superb indoor places the weather can’t spoil, where you can sketch a variety of subjects including: Steamboats, Arts and Crafts, Scenery, Lakescapes etc. Minibus trips, through some incredible scenery, are to indoor, stimulating venues who will allow Higham in, some for lunch! Admissions included. Pam Grant (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/pam-grant) Residential: £358 Non-residential: £259 (inc. Field Trips and Tea Stops)

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EMBROIDERY (THREE NIGHT)

Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday March 13, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Enjoy time to stitch with Angie's patient guidance. Beginners or experienced welcome, work on either a Sampler (from tutor) to frame or your own project. Angie Burt (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/angie-burt) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229 (A weekend of CALICO follows)

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TRY FOR A DAY: BOTANICAL PAINTING FOR THE TERRIFIED

Thursday March 12, 2020 at 10:00 to 17:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A (short and gentle) amble outside to photograph plants, taking pencils to capture the chorus and do short sketches. These will then be developed using watercolours. Anyone welcome, even if you feel you will be no good! All materials provided and you get to keep your sketchbook! Lis Bramwell (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lis-bramwell) £76 (inc. materials, lunch and refreshments) A repeat of 5 December. For next stage, LESS TERRIFIED, see 28 January.

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MAKE THE MOST OF WATERCOLOURS (EVERYTHING PROVIDED)

Friday March 13, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 15, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Be guided as to how to make use of watercolours to achieve the essential elements for successful paintings. Get used to colourmixing, composition and different ways of achieving effects in a simple way, with time to experiment and develop various techniques. Just bring yourself! Jane Beech (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/jane-beech) Residential: £243 Non-residential: £176 (inc. materials)

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY (WEEKEND)

Friday March 13, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 15, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

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: £233 Non-residential: £166

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UPHOLSTERY WEEKEND

Friday March 13, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 15, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Hands-on! Bring chair, stool, ottoman, headboard... build up from scratch or just re-cover, tackle interior paddings with traditional or modern techniques. Simon will make prior contact to advise on materials. Simon Ireland (N. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/simon-ireland) Residential: £233 Non-residential: £166 (Materials from Tutor)

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BOLD EXPRESSIVE LANDSCAPE ACRYLIC MIXED MEDIA

Sunday March 15, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday March 20, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Taking direct influence from our Lakeland setting – outdoors and in – explore a variety of painting and drawing techniques with an expressive approach. A need to be adventurous is important to further develop your own personal style. For any experienced artist seeking a more contemporary approach using mixed-media: drawing, acrylic, ink and paint and oil pastel on different surfaces. Robert Dutton (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/robert-dutton) Residential: £520 Non-residential: £363 (inc. Field Trips)

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JEWELLERY MAKING: POLYMER CLAY (EVERYTHING INCLUDED)

Sunday March 15, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Create unique jewellery from polymer clay, exploring the numerous applications for this versatile, yet easy and safe medium. Develop techniques in colour, texture, embellishment and the wider applications in this hands-on creative workshop. For all. Susan Treweek (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/susan-treweek) Residential: £243 Non-residential: £176 (inc. materials) Our JEWELLERY MAKING courses: SILVER CLAY 13 October; RINGS, BANGLES AND EARRINGS 12 December; ENAMELLING 24 January.

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PIANO WORKSHOP

Sunday March 15, 2020 at 18:30 to Tuesday March 17, 2020 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: £238 Non-residential: £171

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AN INFORMAL (AND FREE) SOLO PIANO CONCERT

Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 11:30 to 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Offered by members of the PIANO WORKSHOP, with a range of music performed in the intimate atmosphere of our oak-floored Lecture Room. FREE ADMISSION

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MODERN ART ON LOCATION: THE ARTISTIC HERITAGE OF CUMBRIA

Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 19, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Let Art Historian Elizabeth introduce you to some very special places to appreciate. These special places include scenes, residences and collections that inspired artists particularly in the C20th. A wonderful trip out could offer opportunities for photography and sketching for those so inclined. NEW TUTOR: Dr Elizabeth Fisher (www.highamhall.com/elizabeth-fisher) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £181 (inc. Field Trip)

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DEEPER INTO FICTION – FOR WRITERS

Tuesday March 17, 2020 at 18:30 to Friday March 20, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Intended for more experienced (not for complete novice) Writers. Develop and refine essential elements of the writing process, including setting, character, structure, style and point-of-view. Practical exercises along with group and individual assessment and discussion. NEW TUTOR: Christopher Burns (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/christopher-burns) Residential: £328 Non-residential: £229

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WILDLIFE FROM GRAPHITE TO COLOUR PENCIL (TWO TUTORS!)

Thursday March 19, 2020 at 18:30 to Monday March 23, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* A unique and innovative Wildlife Art course to explore both graphite and coloured pencils with not one, but two leading artists. A small project in graphite, then both graphite and coloured pencil and, finally, full colour. Two tutors (one graphite, one colour) allow for breadth and variation. NEW TUTORS: Karen Coulson and Mark Warner (Hampshire www.highamhall.com/karen-coulson-mark-warner) Residential: £412 Non-residential: £269

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VIOL CONSORT WEEKEND

Friday March 20, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Now in its fifth year at Higham, this friendly course (all levels except beginner) will focus on music by Orlando Gibbons and William Lawes with perhaps a look at some lesser known composers. For those who wish, there can be some interaction with the Recorder course running alongside. Elizabeth Dodd (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/elizabeth-dodd) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £169

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RECORDER CONSORT WEEKEND

Friday March 20, 2020 at 18:30 to Sunday March 22, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Enjoy a weekend of mostly one-to-a-part Consort playing, in anything from three to eight parts and discover some possibly unfamiliar music. Mainly Renaissance, but may extend into some Baroque and the C20th. (Coincides with the VIOL WEEKEND, so some interaction may be possible.) Philip Gruar (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/philip-gruar) Residential: £238 Non-residential: £16

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VERSION FRANCAISE: TWO FILMS IN FRENCH (DAY)

Sunday March 22, 2020 at 09:30 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* A day with two films (hand-picked by Sylvie) to discuss and appreciate (in French and English, depending upon the group). Ideal for developing an ear for the language, also for exploring the creations of some of the finest directors the Francophile world is so famous for. Sylvie Jefferson (native French speaker www.highamhall.com/sylvie-jefferson) £66 (inc. lunch and refreshments) These DAYS take place March and November.

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STAINED GLASS PANEL OR TIFFANY LAMP

Sunday March 22, 2020 at 18:30 to Thursday March 26, 2020 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Make a stained glass panel or a Tiffany-style lamp, developing skills so that you can construct more elaborate projects later. Covers template glass cutting, using grinding machines, copper foiling, leading application and final soldering. No experience required – be guided in all aspects. Illustrated evening slide lectures. Materials dependent on project. Bill Davies (Wirral www.highamhall.com/bill-davies) Residential: £423 Non-residential: £294 (Materials from Tutor)

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