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

December 2019

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

Friday December 13, 2019 at 18:30 to Monday December 16, 2019 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

Friday December 13, 2019 at 18:30 to Sunday December 15, 2019 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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CAROLS FOR EVERYONE

Monday December 16, 2019 at 18:30 to Wednesday December 18, 2019 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

Tuesday December 17, 2019 at 18:00 to Wednesday December 18, 2019 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)

January 3rd at 18:30 to January 6th 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)

January 3rd at 18:30 to January 5th 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)

January 5th at 18:30 to January 7th 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)

January 6th at 18:30 to January 9th 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

January 7th at 18:30 to January 10th 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)

January 9th at 18:30 to January 12th 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

January 10th at 18:30 to January 12th 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

January 10th at 18:30 to January 12th 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…

January 12th at 18:30 to January 16th 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

January 12th at 18:30 to January 14th 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

January 13th at 18:30 to January 19th 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)

January 16th at 18:30 to January 19th 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

January 17th at 18:30 to January 19th 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

January 19th 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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FURTHER ANIMAL PORTRAITS IN PASTEL

January 19th at 18:30 to January 22nd 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

January 19th at 18:30 to January 22nd 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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DRAWING MADE EASY WITH VICKI NORMAN

January 22nd at 18:30 to January 24th 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)

January 23rd at 18:30 to January 26th 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

January 24th at 18:30 to January 26th 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

January 24th at 18:30 to January 26th 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

January 26th at 18:30 to January 31st 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

January 26th at 18:30 to January 30th 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

January 30th 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

January 30th at 18:30 to February 3rd 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

January 31st at 18:30 to February 2nd 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

January 31st at 18:30 to February 2nd 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

February 2nd at 18:30 to February 6th 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

February 2nd at 18:30 to February 4th 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

February 3rd at 18:30 to February 6th 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)

February 4th at 18:30 to February 7th 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)

February 7th at 18:30 to February 11th 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

February 7th at 18:30 to February 9th 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

February 7th at 18:30 to February 9th 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

February 9th at 18:30 to February 11th 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

February 11th at 18:30 to February 14th 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

February 11th at 18:30 to February 13th 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

February 13th at 18:30 to February 16th 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?

February 13th at 18:30 to February 16th 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

February 14th at 18:30 to February 16th 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

February 16th at 18:30 to February 19th 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

February 16th at 18:30 to February 19th 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

February 16th at 18:30 to February 18th 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

February 18th at 18:30 to February 23rd 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

February 19th at 18:30 to February 23rd 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

February 19th at 18:30 to February 21st 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

February 21st at 18:30 to February 23rd 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

February 23rd at 18:30 to February 26th 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

February 23rd at 18:30 to February 28th 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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PERFORMING: CONJURE YOUR CONFIDENCE!

February 26th at 18:30 to February 28th 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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