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

September 2021

UPHOLSTERY WEEKEND

September 24th at 18:30 to September 26th 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: £242 Non-residential: £172 (Materials from Tutor)

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THE GOTHIC REVIVAL IN BRITAIN

September 24th at 18:30 to September 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Why did people in the C19th and early C20th put up buildings which looked as if they had been built in the C14th? Explore one of the most influential movements in British architectural history. Dr Andrew Lacey (Cambridgeshire www.highamhall.com/andrew-lacey) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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FREE TALK: LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

September 26th at 15:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Sunday 26 September 2021 3pm **EXTRA EVENT – NOT IN BROCHURE** A perspective on the Arts and the environmental crisis presented by an artist and self-confessed ‘Eco-Worrier’. Elements from Fliss’ original exhibition LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED will be on show in the Foyer. Fliss Watts (Cumbrian Artist) FREE – Please let us know in advance if you are coming so we can ut enough chairs out! ‘Living is easy with eyes closed’ – Sculptures, drawings and paintings Fliss’s talk is…

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PIANO WORKSHOP

September 26th at 18:30 to September 28th 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: £247 Non-residential: £177

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INSPIRED BY DEGAS: LIFE PAINTING AND DRAWING

September 28th at 18:30 to October 3rd at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Degas spent his life working from the figure. Inspired by him, respond to a model in poses of varied duration in your choice of media. Mike will direct, advise, encourage and support you throughout. For those with prior life drawing experience. Mike Stewart (W. Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/mike-stewart) Residential: £539 Non-residential: £369 An intro course will take place in March.

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LOOSENING UP WITH WATERCOLOUR

September 29th at 18:30 to October 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Sometimes, artists want to move away from tight, realistic painting towards more relaxed, expressive ways of handling Watercolour. Escape rigid realism to become more playful with your painting. Dare to splatter, dribble, let pigment do the talking, embrace the happy accident and make your brushwork more expressive and less fiddly. Embrace the joyful, fun side of painting, create fast, fresh watercolours to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Jason Skill (Northumberland www.highamhall.com/jason-skill) Residential: £436…

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EXQUISITE EMBROIDERY: GOLDWORK

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

Employed for centuries to honour our most important events, Metal Thread renders beautiful results with a variety of textures. Be introduced step by step to couching, passing, rococo, over stretched pearl purl threads, plunge and tie back ends, trellis stitch, beads, sequins, looped chips and burden stitch with metal thread. Goldworker newbies welcome. Helen McCook (Royal School of Needlework ww.highamhall.com/helen-mccook) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials kit purchasable from Tutor) Helen's STUMPWORK follows.

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October 2021

TRY FOR A DAY: EARLY DANCE

October 3rd at 10:00 to 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

10:00 Sun 3 Oct to  16:00 Oct 2021 A second chance to try some simple Court Dances from Elizabethan England, Renaissance Italy and C18th France. 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. If restrictions still prevail, dances will be chosen which do not involve taking hands or needing to be too close to other participants. Elizabeth Dodd…

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EXQUISITE EMBROIDERY: STUMPWORK

October 3rd at 16:30 to October 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Be introduced, step by step, to this charming art with an original design created by Helen, inspired by C17th pieces depicting the allegorical sense of smell. Learn to create 3D hands, faces and body forms, applied fabric and needlelace slips, supporting surface stitch embellishments. Stumpwork newbies welcome. Helen McCook (Royal School of Needlework www.highamhall.com/helen-mccook) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials kit purchasable from Tutor) Helen's GOLDWORK precedes

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EXQUISITE EMBROIDERY: STUMPWORK

October 3rd at 18:30 to October 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Be introduced step by step to this charming art with an original design created by Helen, inspired by C17th Century pieces depicting the allegorical sense of smell. Learn to create 3D hands, faces and body forms, applied fabric and needlelace slips, supporting surface stitch embellishments. Stumpwork newbies welcome. Helen McCook (Royal School of Needlework www.highamhall.com/helen-mccook) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials kit to purchase from Tutor) Helen's GOLDWORK precedes.

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BOTANICAL STILL LIFE USING MIXED MEDIA

October 3rd at 18:30 to October 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Create amazing art with something botanical as a main subject plus anything else you fancy (pot, plate, folded cloth, vase) for a picture to be proud of: bowl of fruit on a tablecloth, grapes with glass of wine, fresh vegetables on chopping board with kitchen knife. Backgrounds may be added. Choose your medium: coloured pencil, water-based coloured pencil (a new Janie favourite) or watercolours with pencil. Exciting and experimental, try new things. Pure botanical illustration also included in a…

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EXPRESSIVE ACRYLIC MIXED MEDIA

October 3rd at 18:30 to October 8th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore contemporary acrylic techniques using lots of different acrylic media. We may venture outdoors (weather permitting) to gain inspiration from Higham's immediate surroundings, so you will be amongst the Lakeland landscape, but this course focuses on a Studio response to all sorts of source material (sketches, photographs, drawings and so on) with a semi abstract and exploratory direction. Robert Dutton (Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/robert-dutton) Residential: £544 Non-residential: £380 (incl. field trips)

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ANIMAL PORTRAITS IN PASTEL (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

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

A course suitable for beginners and improvers. Complete a tutor-led portrait of a hare. Learn about the various types of pastel and surfaces; we will practice layering, blending and adding texture. Bring a larger than A3 folder, together with an apron or old shirt. Paul Holmes (Staffordshire www.highamhall.com/paul-holmes) Residential: £262 Non-residential: £192 (incl. box of pastels to keep)

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STRING ORCHESTRA WEEKEND

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

Spotlight on Scandinavia. We will explore the rich string orchestra repertoire from the Nordic countries. To include music by Dag Wiren, Grieg, Nielson and Sibelius. Players should have previous ensemble experience. Louise Latham (Gr. Manchester www.highamhall.com/louise-latham) Residential: £248 Non-residential: £179

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BOOKBINDING: SECRET BELGIAN BINDING

October 8th at 18:30 to October 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Invented in the mid-1980s by a Belgian bookbinder, you could say it was a Western version of the traditional Japanese stab binding techniques. The binder wanted a book that would open flat but with the appearance of the stab sewing. Also known as a 'crisscross binding'. Perhaps the secret is that nobody is certain who invented it. Our first day will be printing the covering paper using a Dendtritic mono print technique. All you will need is good hand skills…

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MUSHROOMS AND TOADSTOOLS

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

*NEW LONGER COURSE* Our seasonal opportunity to develop fungi identification skills with a respected expert in a prime natural area. Minibus field trips: easy, but off-path walking. Collect and observe fungi in various habitats, examine finds, accurately identify with a range of keys for identification to both genus and species. For anyone interested in fungi, seasoned or unseasoned, with a wish to learn. For the gastronomic, edible finds may be sent to the kitchen: a tasting opportunity! Paul Nichol (N…

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JEWELLERY MAKING: SILVER CLAY

October 11th at 18:30 to October 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Silver Clay can be hand-crafted and fired to make fine hallmarkable silver jewellery. Make three stunning professionally-styled pieces. Those with good experience may work on their own projects. Tracey Spurgin (East Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/tracey-spurgin) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials purchasable from Tutor c£65 subject to silver prices)

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GRAVEN IMAGES: RELIEF CARVING IN STONE

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

*NEW* Learn how to carve into sandstone, slate, limestone: make cuts, deep, steep, curved, straight and shallow, finished surfaces rough chiselled to honed. Working from outline drawings, discover the techniques needed to make an image rise out of a stone surface. All materials and equipment provided. NEW TUTOR: Ros Bryant (Orkney www.highamhall.com/ros-bryant) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 (STONE LETTER CUTTING follows)

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WOVEN TAPESTRY: PIXELATED IMAGES

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

Embracing the qualities of pixelated images, tapestries will be woven using a grid of squares and a simplified palette of solid colours. Suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. Louise Martin (Orkney www.highamhall.com/louise-martin) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 (ANIMALS follows)

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WOVEN TAPESTRY: ANIMALS

October 13th at 16:30 to October 15th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A wonderful workshop to try out new ideas and techniques. Weavers have woven images of animals for hundreds of years and this workshop will look at traditional and contemporary tastes. Suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. Louise Martin (Orkney www.highamhall.com/louise-martin)

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A HANDS-ON INTRODUCTION TO STONE LETTER CARVING

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

*NEW* Learn how to work with dummy and chisel, control straight and curved cuts in all directions, about the anatomy of our familiar letterforms and how to render them in stone. We aim to complete a monogram or short word piece in a choice of stones. All materials and equipment are provided. Suitable both for beginners and those with some experience. NEW TUTOR: Ros Bryant (Orkney www.highamhall.com/ros-bryant) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 (GRAVEN IMAGES precedes)

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D2110LM DAY COURSE: HUMAN BEHAVIOUR

October 14th at 10:00 to 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

10:00 - 16:00 Thu 14 Oct 2021 *NEW* Make sense of being human: Lina Mookerjee presents four separate, standalone Days: BEHAVIOUR, GROWTH, AGEING and ENERGIES. This BEHAVIOUR day offers an introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA), a model for understanding how humans behave, communicate and relate. We will explore some theory of personality, the way we interface with others and even the psychological ‘games’ we play! Lina Mookerjee (N Cumbria www.highamhall.com/lina-mookerjee) £75 (incl. lunch and refreshments)

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AUTUMN COLOURS LANDSCAPE IN INK AND COLOURED PENCIL

October 14th at 18:30 to October 18th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Helen takes the rich autumn colours of the Lake District as a start for exploring a unique combination of ink and coloured pencil. Render fells, trees, water and sky with pen and artist-quality pencil, using rich, blended colour, mark-making and easy techniques like embossing and lifting out. Slow, small-scale art with scope for creativity and results to delight and surprise! Helen Hanson (Kent www.highamhall.com/Helen-Hanson) Residential: £407 Non-residential: £261

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ESSENTIAL ART SKILLS: VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVE

October 15th at 18:30 to October 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A starter, or refresher, to get to grips with the basics in drawing. Be set projects to work on. Experiment with a variety of drawing media and developing skills under the diligent tutelage of a practising fine artist. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 ESSENTIAL ART SKILLS is an on-going series to dip into as you wish.

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SOLWAY FIELD TRIPS: SHORTER WALKS

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

A journey through time visiting lesser-known heritage sites on the Solway coastal plains. See ancient places of worship, once thriving seaports, forgotten estuary crossings, learn about Solway World War history. Explore the sweeping Solway coastline and abundant wildlife habitats. Hear Solway stories. A mix of indoor and outdoor venues with short off-road walks, so dress for weather and walking. (Longer Walks version is in April) Fiona Stoddart (Solway Connections www.highamhall.com/fiona-stoddart) Residential: £380 Non-residential: £279 (incl. field trips and any lunches…

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PRINTMAKING WEEKEND

October 15th at 18:30 to October 17th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Transform your own designs into print, perhaps for a Christmas card, using the fascinating media of woodcut and wood engraving. Working with plywood, MDF, end-grain hardwood, or plastic blocks, a wide range of styles is possible, whatever your art background. Beginners or experienced, be inspired to start a home industry! Peter Collins (Gloucestershire www.highamhall.com/peter-collins) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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A CRASH COURSE IN GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY

October 17th at 18:30 to October 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Much World Philosophy has historically been ignored by the West. Yet, if it is a love of wisdom, there is no doubt that the Philosophy of other cultures can only enrich us. Explore some of the Philosophical contributions from the rest of the globe, including India, China, and the Muslim world. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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COLOUR SYMPHONIES WITH FRANCES WINDER

October 17th at 18:30 to October 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Using colour harmonies and contrasts to create interesting work. The emotional qualities of colour, drama or tranquillity, vitality and the use of the unexpected. As well as using contrasts and ways to amplify your work. Any medium. Frances Winder (S. Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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GET WEAVING!

October 17th at 18:30 to October 20th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore the use of colour and texture. Dress a loom. Understand how to read pattern draft. Suitable for both absolute beginners and developing weavers. Jan Beadle (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/jan-beadle) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Yarns £15 purchasable from Tutor)

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A JOURNEY INTO BRITISH GALLERIES

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

We offer an excursion into the history and development of some major art galleries in Britain; changing tastes and judgements are explored whilst significant paintings are analysed and discussed. Some recent exhibitions are also reviewed. Bertram Aitchison (Dumfries www.highamhall.com/bertram-aitchison) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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WIND SERENADES: DIRECTED BY LAURENCE PERKINS

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

All applications to be made initially through Laurence to ascertain ensemble line-up. www.laurenceperkins.com/wind-serenades There will be a free informal concert with participants on Sunday 11:15am Laurence Perkins (Manchester www.highamhall.com/laurence-perkins) We can pick up at 5pm from Penrith Rail Station (+£20) BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ON BOOKING. Residential: £556 Non-residential: £424

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INFORMAL & FREE WOODWIND CONCERT

October 24th at 11:15 to 12:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

An end of course concert given by players completing a masterclass here at Higham with Laurence Perkins. A little audience will be appreciated! ADMISSION FREE

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A CULTURAL HISTORY OF SPAIN

October 24th at 18:30 to October 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Beyond the holiday beaches lies an extraordinary country with an even more remarkable past. This course will explore the historic culture - from mysterious prehistoric tribes to the vibrant urban communities of today. We will encounter fine Roman buildings, Islamic palaces and mosques, Visigoth and Romanesque churches, magnificent castles and space-age architecture. And then there is the art, the music and food! Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 Precedes Wayne's NORTHERN RENAISSANCE.

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ABSTRACT ACRYLIC PAINTING (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

October 24th at 18:30 to October 28th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A step-by-step guide to how the Abstract can free you as an Artist. Under a broad theme of Conservation, we will apply an abstract approach inspired by aerial views, the Cosmos and even discarded items, aiming for artwork that will carry meaning in today's world. Both experienced and beginners welcome. Viv Philpot (Hampshire www.highamhall.com/viv-philpot) assisted by Geoff Philpot Residential: £466 Non-residential: £334 (incl. materials)

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PATCHWORK QUILTING: PERFECT POINTS

October 24th at 18:30 to October 27th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Flying geese and half-square triangles are the most common features of many American-style sampler quilts. They are quick and easy to make, but deceptively difficult, as it is all too easy to lose the points when sewing the individual units into the block or sewing blocks together. This sampler quilt has been designed to allow you to practise making the units and to make increasingly more difficult blocks. The final quilt design uses set-in and corner triangles, and mitred corners…

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THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE

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

It could be argued that the cultural achievements of northern Europe are equal to those of Italy. This course will examine this claim through an examination of the North's architecture, painting and music. Names to recognise - Durer, Hieronymus Bosch, Holbein and Breughel. Wayne Bennett (Dorset www.highamhall.com/wayne-bennett) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 Preceded by Wayne's CULTURAL HISTORY OF SPAIN.

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INFORMAL & FREE JAZZ CONCERT: MARK BASSEY & FRIENDS

October 27th at 19:30 to 21:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Eminent trombonist Mark and members of his course will perform from the Alston Curve in our grounds. Mark Bassey (East Sussex www.highamhall.com/mark-bassey) FREE, but dress for weather and bring a chair!

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BRASS BAND WEEKEND

October 29th at 18:30 to October 31st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A serious, yet relaxed weekend for brass band players to rehearse and perform popular, and perhaps lesser-known, brass band repertoire. There will be both whole-band and sectional rehearsals under the superb guidance of world-renowned tenor hornist Owen Farr and professional musicians Andy Kershaw (tuba) and Martyn Grisdale (cornet). All prospective players must contact Martyn on 07970 036592 or martyn@onlinetrumpetteacher.com before enrolling to ascertain level, instrument(s) and suitability. Martyn Grisdale (Course leader) with Andy Kershaw and Owen Farr Residential: £242 Non-residential:…

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LACE: AS YOU LIKE IT

October 29th at 18:30 to October 31st 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: £242 Non-residential: £172 (Basic materials purchasable from Tutor c£5-£10

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CAPTURING SKYE: EXPLORING EXPRESSIVE MIXED MEDIA

October 31st at 16:30 to November 5th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Work with (don't fight against) the fast-drying nature of acrylics and use mixed media to create vibrant, atmospheric paintings (from reference images of your Tutor's home on the Isle of Skye), layer by layer. For all levels to loosen up with a willingness to get paint on hands, possibly clothes! Marion Boddy-Evans (Skye www.highamhall.com/marion-boddy-evans) Residential: £499 Non-residential: £329

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WALKING FOR PLEASURE: AUTUMN

October 31st at 18:30 to November 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Guided walking with two Tutors on a mixture of low level and, weather permitting, higher level day-long walks. You need a level of fitness for up to nine Lake District miles and to be suitably equipped (waterproofs, layers, stout boots etc!) Some linear walks will allow for deeper exploration of the wonderful North and Central Lakes. Alan with Barbara Riddiough (N Lakes www.highamhall.com/Alan-Barbara-Riddiough) Residential: £456 Non-residential: £324 See also May and September

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CEILIDH BAND FOLK ENSEMBLE FOR ALL

October 31st at 18:30 to November 4th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* For musicians of any standard with a concert pitch instrument such as violin (fiddle), viola, cello, mandolin, mandola, banjo, ukulele, guitar, flute whistle, piano accordion, melodeon, concertina etc. Parts for transposing instruments in Bb, Eb and bass clef will be available. Play a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk music from the British Isles, America and beyond with parts tailored to all abilities. NEW TUTOR* Chris McShane (Barnsley www.highamhall.com/chris-mcshane) Residential: £436 Non-residential: £304

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November 2021

GILDING NATURE (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

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

Learn spectacular techniques for gilding flowers, leaves and seed heads from your garden and the wild. Start with pressed leaves and flowers, progress onto more challenging 3D items - dried pods, seed heads, cones, bark, fresh leaves, flowers, pebbles and shells etc. Great skills to use for amazing pieces for Christmas, weddings and anniversaries. Jo Mabbutt (Surrey www.highamhall.com/jo-mabbutt) Residential: £262 Non-residential: £192 (Materials included) Follows METALLICS FOR CHRISTMAS with Jo.

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METALLICS FOR CHRISTMAS (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 2nd at 18:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Learn to use real metal leaf, metallic transfer foil and metallic powders to create striking patterns and designs, bold and subtle images, intriguing embellishments and backgrounds. Print and stencil with metallic varnishes and waxes for wrapping paper designs and textures. Experiment with combinations and layouts before assembling your Christmas cards. Jo Mabbutt (Surrey www.highamhall.com/jo-mabbutt) Residential: £262 Non-residential: £192 (Materials included) Precedes GILDING NATURE with Jo.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ROCKS, MINERALS AND FOSSILS

November 4th at 18:30 to November 7th at 16:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A thorough introduction through talks and practical sessions. Study a museum-quality geological collection from around the world and scrutinise the inner secrets of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks down the microscope. A large selection of geological maps and books will also be to hand. Visit Keswick Museum geology collection to view specimens from their stores and the John Ruskin collection. Also a brief field trip - come prepared with warm clothes and walking boots! N.B.: Ends at Tea Break 4pm…

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RECORDER ENSEMBLES: GRADES IV-VI

November 5th at 16:30 to November 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

For intermediate players (roughly Grades 4-6). An opportunity to play together over a pleasant weekend with others, with expert guidance as appropriate. Annemarie Klein (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/annemarie-klein) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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MAKE THE MOST OF WATERCOLOURS (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 5th at 18:30 to November 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Be guided as to how to make use of watercolours to achieve the essential elements for successful paintings. Get used to colour-mixing, 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: £252 Non-residential: £182 (incl. materials)

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TALK & TEA: LOST CUMBRIA ON FILM

November 7th at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We will be heading back in time for a nostalgic trip into the past all over the county with the Cumbria Film Archive. A unique afternoon of entertainment enjoying genuinely rare and unique footage - always fascinating and always something new. See www.cumbriafilmachive.com for examples of the excellent footage they have been collecting. Andrew Leitch & Jim Bownass (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/andrew-leitch-jim-bownass) £15 each or £25 for 2 including refreshments

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POETRY IN MUSIC: THE SYMPHONIC POEM

November 7th at 18:30 to November 9th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Liszt invented the idea of a one-movement orchestral piece depicting a poem, painting or story. Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Berlioz had created the background and many composers followed Liszt's example with much-loved showpieces, including Smetana, Sibelius and R Strauss. Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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FROM INK TO WATERCOLOUR: LAKELAND LANDSCAPES

November 7th at 18:30 to November 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Two media, together and separately. Cottages and villages, trees, bushes, flowers and, of course, lakes using ink and watercolour. Sketch around our grounds, also visit some local places for rustic buildings, livestock with the dynamic of gorgeous Lakeland scenery. For all. Margaret Eggleton (Surrey www.highamhall.com/margaret-eggleton) Residential: £456 Non-residential: £324 (incl. field trips)

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WILLOW BASKET (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

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

An old favourite! Work with Cumbrian basket maker, Phil Bradley, to learn the techniques involved in English roundwork basketry. We will cover some of the basic elements of working with willow, as well as taking a look at the growing, harvesting and managing of willow beds. Phil Bradley (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/phil-bradley) Residential: £365 Non-residential: £264 (incl. materials)

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CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE PAINTING

November 9th at 18:30 to November 14th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Look at fresh approaches to working from the landscape, via the lens of Contemporary Painting. With exercises, briefs and tutorials, be pushed to extend your responses to your chosen media and subject matter. Steve Humble (London www.highamhall.com/steve-humble) SPECIAL PRICE (1 NIGHT FREE): Residential: £422 Non-residential: £276 (incl. field trips)

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A WEEKEND WITH THE HARP

November 12th at 18:30 to November 14th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

All ability levels except absolute beginners. Emphasis will be on having fun, but attention will be paid to technique, tone, accuracy and musicality. Written music supplied and specially-written parts will cater for all levels. All styles, with something for everyone! Guest Tutors: Ailie Robertson & Wendy Stewart Organised by Gill Salter-Smith for Harps Northwest (www.harpsnorthwest.org.uk) Residential: £262 Non-residential: £192

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LAW AND ORDER IN ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND

November 14th at 18:30 to November 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A legal system had to be accessed, guilt determined and penalties given. Law was made by royal pronouncement and by the written word and new laws had to be transmitted. We shall explore examples of how justice was viewed and applied. The book needed for this course ('Laws of the Earliest English Kings') is included to take home. Philip Holdsworth (N Wales www.highamhall.com/philip-holdsworth) Residential: £257 Non-residential: £189 (incl. book required for the course)

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JEWELLERY MAKING: POLYMER CLAY (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 14th at 18:30 to November 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Polymer clay is a versatile, easy and safe coloured modern medium for creating unique and distinctive jewellery. Develop your design ideas in a hands-on creative workshop for all abilities. Susan Treweek (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/susan-treweek) Residential: £252 Non-residential: £182 (incl. materials)

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ESSENTIAL ART SKILLS: LINE AND MARK MAKING

November 14th at 18:30 to November 16th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A starter, or refresher, to get to grips with the basics in drawing. Be set projects to work on. Experiment with a variety of drawing media and develop skills under the diligent tutelage of a practising fine artist. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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BOTANICAL COLOURED PENCIL: A WREATH FOR CHRISTMAS

November 14th at 18:30 to November 19th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

An imaginative and loose interpretation incorporating found botanical subjects which could include lingering fruits, cones, maybe mosses or lichens, evergreens, faded flowers or skeletal seed heads perhaps bound loosely with a frame of twisted stems - which might be suitable for your own unique Christmas card design. Susan Christopher-Coulson (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/susan-christopher-coulson) Residential: £509 Non-residential: £339

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY

November 16th at 18:30 to November 19th 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: £340 Non-residential: £239 (WEEKEND course follows)

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EXPLORING THE FORMAT WITH FRANCES WINDER

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

Looking at changing your composition, dealing with square, long or wide formats, large and small and the advantages they bring. Demonstrations and advice, and projects to follow, getting the best from your sketches or references. Any medium. Frances Winder (S Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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SO YOU WANT TO WRITE A NOVEL?

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

Writing novels is just a pipe-dream? This course will set you on the road to success. Gordon (five published novels, international recognition) will guide you through a range of genres and methodology and fire your imagination to produce submissions that will be noticed. Gordon Parker (Tyneside www.highamhall.com/gordon-parker) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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AUTUMN YOGA RETREAT WEEKEND

November 19th at 18:30 to November 21st 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: £242 Non-residential: £172

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CALICO GARDENS EMBROIDERY (WEEKEND)

November 19th at 18:30 to November 21st 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: £242 Non-residential: £172 (Follows a 3 NIGHT course)

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TRY FOR A DAY: BOTANICAL PAINTING FOR THE TERRIFIED

November 20th 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, capture the chorus with short pencil sketches, then develop these 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) £85 (incl. lunch and materials)

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JEWELLERY MAKING: TORCH-FIRED ENAMEL BEADS

November 21st at 18:30 to November 25th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Every bead is unique! Experiment with different effects and colours for exciting necklace and earrings, or an unusual pendant. Thread professionally, use a variety of findings. Inspirational and fun for both existing beaders and newbies. Sharon Ford (Cambridge www.highamhall.com/sharon-ford) Residential: £451 Non-residential: £319 (incl. first bottle of MAPgas. Materials purchasable from Tutor c£50 depending on project.)

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LINO-CUT PRINT MAKING

November 21st at 18:30 to November 24th 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: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials purchasable from Tutor c£15)

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THE CRIMEAN WAR 1854-56

November 22nd at 18:30 to November 24th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

In 1854 Britain went to war, in alliance with France and Turkey, to take on Czarist Russia to stop The Bear trying to gobble up the Turkey by grabbing the Sultan's Balkan provinces. The western allies, fearful of Russian expansionism, were determined to keep Turkey in the game and deny Russia. This provoked the most unpopular conflict in British history till the 2nd Gulf War - with ageing generals, it was a war of Napoleon fought with new weapons anticipating…

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CHRISTMAS CREATIONS (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

November 24th at 18:30 to November 26th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Creations using fresh and artificial materials: Wine Glass Wreath or Table Centre, Hurricane Lamp, Long Hearth arrangement, Outdoor Wreath or Basket, Candle Pot, and Christmas Bauble or, by request... Book-folded Birdhouse and Beaded Bauble. All materials provided: just bring small, sharp scissors and secateurs if you can. Come along, get into the Christmas Spirit! Karen Neville (N Yorks www.highamhall.com/karen-neville) Residential: £274 Non-residential: £204 (incl. materials) Repeated 1st December

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GEOLOGY OF BRITAIN: AN OVERVIEW

November 25th at 18:30 to November 28th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Explore our country's rich and varied geological heritage on a journey of >3 billion years. The course also includes a basic introduction to geology, a trip out on Sunday exploring real-life geological features (weather permitting, dress for walking, warmth and dryness) and an indoor visit to the collection at Threlkeld Quarry Mining Museum (opening especially for us). Endorsed by the Geological Society. Dr Annette McGrath (geology lecturer www.highamhall.com/annette-mcgrath) Residential: £355 Non-residential: £254 (incl. field trip)

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CERAMIC RESTORATION: COLOUR MATCHING & REFRESHER

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

For those with a basic knowledge of the techniques involved in china restoration. Develop an awareness of colour and its application to a restored object. Methods of disguising a mend, the application of coloured fillers and choice and use of paint brushes will be covered. Work on own projects. Sheila Maurice (Northumberland www.highamhall.com/sheila-maurice) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials purchasable from Tutor c£45.)

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UPHOLSTERY WEEKEND

November 26th at 18:30 to November 28th 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: £242 Non-residential: £172 (Materials purchasable from Tutor)

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SECRETS OF COLOUR: MAKE YOUR LANDSCAPES ZING!

November 28th at 18:30 to December 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Bring a 'Zing' to your landscapes. Learn to mix and develop colour choices that create harmony and balance, and create drama or calmness where needed. Consider tonality and colour relationships, whilst learning about the reasons and the beauty of a limited palette and how this can work for you (it doesn't mean your colours will be dull, nor unrealistic!) Most media allowed except oils. Not beginners. Alex Jakob-Whitworth (Eden Valley www.highamhall.com/alex-jakob-whitworth) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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CARTOONS FOR CHRISTMAS

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

Similar to our March DRAW LIKE A CARTOONIST, but focused towards drawing Christmas cards (of course!) A fun seasonal course for anyone (whether you are an experienced artist or a complete beginner). Colin Shelbourn (S Cumbria www.highamhall.com/colin-shelbourn) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 (Colin returns in March.)

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THE LAZY PHILOSOPHER’S GUIDE TO RELIGION AND ATHEISM

November 28th at 18:30 to December 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Does religion still play an important part in Western societies? Taking inspiration from Alain de Botton: Religion for Atheists, we will begin by laying down the foundations of the philosophy of religion before exploring what it can still contribute to a modern society, from an atheist's point of view. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper)

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YOGA AND CIRCLE DANCE A

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

Yoga and Circle Dance complement each other beautifully. Yoga practice - postures, breathing techniques, relaxation - will alternate with sessions of circle dancing, which is drawn from many countries and cultures, celebrating the seasons, is enjoyable, easy to learn and no partners are required. Gill Hunter (Yoga www.highamhall.com/gill-hunter) Anne-Lise Kryger (Circle Dance www.highamhall.com/anne-lise-kryger) Residential: £360 Non-residential: £259 A WEEKEND follows

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December 2021

CHRISTMAS CREATIONS (MATERIALS PROVIDED)

December 1st at 18:30 to December 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Creations using fresh and artificial materials: Wine Glass Wreath or Table Centre, Hurricane Lamp, Long Hearth arrangement, Outdoor Wreath or Basket, Candle Pot, and Christmas Bauble or, by request...Book-folded Birdhouse and Beaded Bauble. All materials provided: just bring small, sharp scissors and secateurs if you can. Come along, get into the Christmas Spirit! Karen Neville (N Yorks www.highamhall.com/karen-neville) Residential: £274 Non-residential: £204 (incl. materials) A repeat of 24 November

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HAVING FUN WITH ABSTRACTION

December 1st at 18:30 to December 3rd at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

More and more painters are tempted by Abstraction. Some add elements in to modernise their own art. Others just want to have fun and express themselves in a non-realistic way, embracing the freedom. On this joyous painting course, explore colour combinations, compatible shapes, the balance of busy and empty and which compositional formats work most effectively. Jason Skill (Northumberland www.highamhall.com/jason-skill) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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ASTRONOMY WITH IAN MORISON

December 3rd at 18:30 to December 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A weekend which will include some talks on astronomical topics of current interest along with much practical advice on the use of telescopes and their use in observing and imaging the heavens. When possible, we will also observe the Sun and stars. Prof. Ian Morison (Manchester www.highamhall.com/ian-morison) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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YOGA AND CIRCLE DANCE B

December 3rd at 18:30 to December 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

An identical course precedes. This repeat will be ideal for newcomers! Gill Hunter (Yoga www.highamhall.com/gill-hunter) Anne-Lise Kryger (Circle Dance www.highamhall.com/anne-lise-kryger) Residential: £360 Non-residential: £259 Gill leads YOGA and WALKING several times a year; Anne-Lise does a summer CIRCLE DANCE.

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RUSKIN LACE

December 3rd at 18:30 to December 5th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Lake District speciality since 1884, using Needlepoint Lace techniques for drawn thread and cut linen work with geometric designs. Suitable for both beginner and experienced. If required, Starter pack £12 purchasable from Tutor. Karen Quickfall (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/karen-quickfall) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 Precedes another coursekaren quickfall

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RUSKIN LACE

December 5th at 18:30 to December 7th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Lake District speciality since 1884, using Needlepoint Lace techniques for drawn thread and cut linen work with geometric designs. Suitable for both beginner and experienced. If required, Starter pack £12 purchasable from Tutor. Karen Quickfall (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/karen-quickfall) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 Follows another course

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WINTER BIRDS

December 6th at 18:30 to December 10th 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. Our Solway and Cumbrian coast is wintering ground for many species prior to their northward migration, hosting an exciting array of raptors. Hone your identification skills! Keith Offord (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/keith-offord) Residential: £442 Non-residential: £296 (incl. field trips with a fair amount of walking)  

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PORTRAITURE (CLOTHED LIVE MODELS)

December 7th at 18:30 to December 10th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

One of the essential skill sets for artists, focusing on the human top third, including live subjects. Be guided to experiment towards a freer, yet meaningful style using paint. Expand, refine and challenge yourself reinforcing all the essential fundamentals in a small group. Catherine MacDiarmid (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/catherine-macdiarmid) Residential: £355 Non-residential: £254

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LANDSCAPE AND STILL LIFE

December 7th at 18:30 to December 12th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* Monet, Degas et al worked from landscape and still life, experimenting with ways of rendering subjects. Using any materials, work from these motifs, with support and encouragement throughout to develop all aspects of image making. Suitable for artists with some basic experience. Mike Stewart (W Yorkshire www.highamhall.com/mike-stewart) Residential: £499 Non-residential: £329

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FROST AND FIRE: WATERCOLOUR WITH ADDITIONS

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

Winter landscapes can look glorious under certain weather conditions and light. This course will look at the colour effects of sunrise and sunset under winter conditions. Additions of easily acquired texturing materials will be used to achieve stunning effects. Linda Birch (Co Durham www.highamhall.com/linda-birch) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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GET YOUR SEWING MACHINE OUT!

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

Awaken those sewing skills under professional guidance in using a machine to stitch in different ways. Bring your own material or items to work on if you wish. A fun way to get serious or have a refresher with stitching. Ask if you wish to borrow a machine when booking. Ann Gill (Co Durham www.highamhall.com/ann-gill) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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FANTASTIC FEMALE PHILOSOPHERS

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

Female philosophers are often overlooked, and though there are few examples in the ancient and medieval worlds due to patriarchal dominance, they have made themselves salient in modernity. Celebrate the contributions made by female philosophers throughout the last two millennia, including Ban Zhao, Rosa Luxemburg, Hannah Arendt, Simone du Beauvoir and Judith Butler. Darren Harper (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/darren-harper) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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SILVER JEWELLERY: RINGS, BANGLES AND EARRINGS (A)

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

*NEW* Create three beautiful silver pieces: stacking rings with tiny garnet, sprung bangle and stud earrings. Put your own stamp on your designs so each will be very individual. Techniques include: saw piercing, roll printing, metal forming, hammering, texturing, soldering and finishing. Hands-on, intensive and step-by-step, ideal for beginners but more experienced welcome to opt out of group projects (please let Tutor know if so). NEW TUTOR: Rebecca Halstead (Edinburgh www.highamhall.com/rebecca-halstead) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239 (Materials £37 from Tutor) Summer…

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ESSENTIAL ART SKILLS: COLOUR: IN DRAWING MEDIA

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

A starter, or refresher, to get to grips with the basics in drawing. Be set projects to work on. Experiment with a variety of drawing media and developing skills under the diligent tutelage of a practising fine artist. Ceri Allen (Carlisle www.highamhall.com/ceri-allen) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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SEEING WITH ARTIST’S EYES: VICKI NORMAN WORKSHOP

December 15th at 18:30 to December 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Irrespective of subject, the most important skill for any artist is observation. It isn't all about pure talent; great artists have been taught what to look for! Through innovative and enjoyable exercises, study the traditional elements of Line, Tone, Form and Colour in an intensive, rewarding course. All levels, any media welcome. Vicki Norman (Shropshire www.highamhall.com/vicki-norman) Residential: £436 Non-residential: £304

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CAROLS FOR EVERYONE

December 17th at 18:30 to December 19th 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. Deborah Catterall (N Wales www.highamhall.com/deborah-catterall) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 We now offer a range of vocal courses with Deborah Catterall (choir at various levels), Chris Hale (themed ensemble singing) and Sian Carys…

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SINGING SOLO: LEVEL 1 (STARTERS)

December 17th at 18:30 to December 19th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Aimed at those with little or no experience, keen to find their proper voice. Learn professional techniques for developing singing skills. Beginners welcome! First of 3 available levels of SINGING SOLO. Sian Carys Allen (N Cumbria www.highamhall.com/sian-carys-allen) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 We now offer a range of vocal courses with Deborah Catterall (choir at various levels), Chris Hale (themed ensemble singing) and Sian Carys Allen (solo singing)

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HIGHAM CHRISTMAS DINNER AND SLEEPOVER

December 18th at 18:00 to December 19th at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Come alone, or together, for a House Party atmosphere with hosts George, Carmel, Tina, Alan - plus Poppy and Monty. Enjoy Higham Christmas Dinner, optional festive amusement (genial company with songs, film, games with mulled refreshment and Al's Big Quiz!) stay over and finish with a hearty breakfast. Doggies can stay with owners in the Gatehouse or Cottage and will be welcome after dinner in the Hall. Menu: Soup of the Day (v) or Fruit Juice (v) Roast Turkey, Sage…

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SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING HOGMANAY

Wednesday December 29, 2021 at 18:00 to Saturday January 1, 2022 at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Bring in New Year alongside fellow Scottish Country Dancers who have at least three years' SCD experience and a good working knowledge of traditional steps and formations. Enjoy morning classes to improve technique, afternoon sessions (optional) and evening social dances, culminating in a Hogmanay Dinner and Ball. Mervyn Short and Jane Meikle with musician George Meikle Residential: £330 Non-residential: £240

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January 2022

EXPLORE EMBROIDERY (3 NIGHT WINTER SPECIAL)

Tuesday January 4, 2022 at 18:30 to Friday January 7, 2022 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: 3 Nights for the price of 2: Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172 1st of 3 successive courses with Angie - each with the 3 for 2 special offer!

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WINTER WATERCOLOURS

Tuesday January 4, 2022 at 18:30 to Friday January 7, 2022 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: £340 Non-residential: £239

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WOODCARVING: RELIEF AND CREATIVE

Wednesday January 12, 2022 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 18, 2022 at 09:00
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Transform a block of wood into a unique picture. Bring ideas, or use Sharon's books for inspiration. Transfer a pattern, use chisels, learn techniques. Beginners and experienced. Sharon Littley (S Wales www.highamhall.com/sharon-littley) SPECIAL OFFER (1 NIGHT FREE) Residential: £499 Non-residential: £329

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RUSKIN LACE

Friday January 14, 2022 at 18:30 to Sunday January 16, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

A Lake District speciality since 1884, using Needlepoint Lace techniques for drawn thread and cut linen work with geometric designs. Suitable for both beginner and experienced. If required, starter pack (£12) purchasable from Tutor. Karen Quickfall (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/karen-quickfall) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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HIGH PEAKS OF THE ROMANTIC SYMPHONY

Sunday January 16, 2022 at 18:30 to Tuesday January 18, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Brahms' Symphony No. 4 is the summation of his writing. Dvorak's best-known 9th - 'From the New World'. Tchaikovsky's 6th 'Pathetique' (passionate, or emotional, in Russian). Mahler's ever-fresh 1st concludes a wonderful journey! Ian France (Cumbria www.highamhall.com/ian-france) Residential: £242 Non-residential: £172

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ANTI-WINTER BLUES WITH FRANCES WINDER

Tuesday January 18, 2022 at 18:30 to Friday January 21, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

We try some fun projects to shake off winter constraints. Big bold use of colour, tiny rich small works, and some experimental collage work to kick start your painting year. Any medium. Frances Winder (S Cumbria www.highamhall.com/frances-winder) Residential: £340 Non-residential: £239

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BOTANICAL ART IN COLOURED PENCIL: MAKING A SHOW IN THE COLD

Tuesday January 18, 2022 at 18:30 to Monday January 24, 2022 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Finding the botanical winter wonders: the not-to-be-underestimated evergreens, the very early rising winter bulbs and corms, along with some wonderfully-scented winter twigs, and more. Susan Christopher-Coulson (Lancashire www.highamhall.com/susan-christopher-coulson) Residential: £606 Non-residential: £424 (incl. optional minibus trip

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