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Our languages and culture courses span the length and breadth of England and Scotland, with the option to study online or in person at a time that suits you. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language and immerse yourself in another country, or you simply wish to indulge in your love and fascination of film, we have the course for you. 

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Our creative writing courses will nourish your inner writer, providing you with a platform to develop your love of poetry, non-fiction or script development. If literature courses are more your kind of thing, then you’re in luck too, as there are a wide range of topics to choose from.  

Literary greats and great periods in history

Our language courses offer you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely new culture, developing your skills so that you can speak confidently in countries right across the world. German, Italian and Greek are just a few examples of the language courses we have to offer, with many others taking place throughout the year.  

As you’d expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There’s also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis skills - perfect whether you’re a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you’ve got a choice too, from courses on subjects you’d expect such as the first world war, or art history and studying the works of iconic painters such as Salvador Dali. 

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Whatever course you choose, you'll learn in a supportive environment where the class sizes are small, ensuring you get the attention you deserve, with an experienced and qualified tutor on-hand to guide you through your learning too.  

A lot of our cultural learning is delivered by our branch network: learn more here.

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Creative Writing: Explore Your Writing

If you've ever had a hankering to explore your writing talent, this course is for you! This friendly 10 week online course/workshop led by a tutor with professional writing credits will help you to explore your writing. You will have a chance to read your homework pieces set the previous week with supportive feedback from you tutor and fellow Learners and in the last third of the class, you'll have a chance of an in class exercise that leads to that weeks homework writing assignment. This unaccredited course is suitable for all abilities and may lead to new found skills which you could take back to your communities.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/01/2024 -
Thu 21/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Len Pentin
Course code:
Q00012614
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Art Appreciation: World Heritage Architecture in Mainland Europe

We will look at outstanding examples of the architecture of Mainland Europe which have been awarded World Heritage status - and consider the issues of their selection and conservation. UNESCO’s designation of World Heritage now includes some of the world’s most extraordinary and varied architecture – our sampling of this will include Palermo and Monreale in Sicily, Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Turin under the House of Savoy, the magnificent cathedral at Chartres, the historic city of Lyon, the Romanesque masterpiece of Speyer’s cathedral, Lisbon’s Jerónimos monastery and Granada’s Alhambra. This course will combine short lectures with discussion sessions, backed by colour-illustrated notes.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Keith Hasted
Course code:
Q00012191
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £27.75

History: Art, Architecture and Photography in the 1930s

This course aims to introduce you to the work of artists, architects and photographers of the 1930s, with close attention to historical context. It is suitable for both those who are new to the history of art, and for students who may have previously attended art history courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Michaela Cranmer
Course code:
Q00009648
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £40.00

Art Appreciation: World Heritage Architecture in Britain

A survey of remarkable architecture in England, Wales and Scotland celebrated in World Heritage sites. We will include the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Edward I’s Castles in Wales, Durham Cathedral and Castle, Blenheim Palace, the City of Bath, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh – and the Palace of Westminster. Listing is decided by a committee established under UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. We will look in detail at how these architectural sites have been awarded this World Heritage status and consider what may have justified this distinction. This course will combine short lectures with discussion sessions, backed by colour-illustrated notes.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Marlow Community Association (Marlow)
Liston Hall
Chapel Street
Marlow
SL7 1DD
Tutor:
Keith Hasted
Course code:
Q00012195
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £45.00

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12 months
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Art Appreciation: From New York with Love - American Abstract Painting

Conquer your fear (!) of American Abstract Expressionist painting and discover how and why this major art movement of the 20th century dominated international art from the 1940s and beyond. Why did this radical new form of artistic expression originate largely in the studios of New York? What were the main social, political and cultural influences on this new painting style? This course will look at the work of several artists including Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko, among others. We also discuss how and why Abstract Expressionism continued to influence artists internationally in the following decades.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Enfield Baptist Church (Enfield) (Enfiel
Cecil Road
Enfield
EN2 6TG
Tutor:
Chantal Condron
Course code:
Q00012150
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £69.00

Foreign Languages: Reading Latin for Beginners

Discover the joy of studying Latin with a supportive tutor in a group of like-minded students. If you have covered the grammar required for GCSE and would like to begin to study Latin literature independently, this is the course for you. • consolidate and extend the grammar required for GCSE to meet the needs of reading Latin literature • translate, discuss and evaluate extracts from Virgil's Aeneid and Caesar's Gallic Wars. Don't worry if you feel rusty: you will have all the support and encouragement you need to experience the pleasure and satisfaction of embarking on the journey of reading Latin.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Penelope Fewster
Course code:
Q00012454
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £111.00

Advanced Latin

Are you enthralled by the Ancient world? This advanced Latin course is ideal for language and history enthusiasts alike. Develop advanced language skills in Latin as well as a deep understanding of the historical context in which it was written. Latin has hundreds of applications in contemporary contexts. If you are interested in language learning, literature, law, medicine, or botany, this course will fascinate you. This Latin course aims to help you find greater joy in modern literature by understanding its Latin underpinnings. Develop critical thinking and consider the impact of Latin literature on modern society and debates.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Tutor:
Penelope Fewster
Course code:
Q00012451
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £111.00

Art Appreciation: Local Artists - Colchester

This 5-week course delves into the works of five local artists, featuring Ron Sims, John Nash, Mick Smee, Lucy Harwood, and Joyce Pallot. Each week explores key art concepts including, composition and symbolism through samples of their work. You will engage in group discussions, take notes, and recall information. By course end, you will be able to list local artists, explain their practices, compare and contrast artworks, analyse key elements, evaluate artists, and select a favourite piece.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Maidenburgh Street
Colchester
CO1 1TT
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00013707
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Art Appreciation: Women in Art - 1550 - 2000

Who were the women artists? Why do we know so little about them? Who has not wondered why it is that women have not featured in the story telling of Art except as muses and as models? The course will cover the periods of the late Renaissance, the Seventeenth century, and the mid Nineteenth century until the present day. Gain an insight into ways in which art education, studio set ups, and the writing about art have enabled some members of society to become well known and others obscure. This course is for anyone with an interest in either Art and its history, or women’s issues.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 24/02/2024 -
Sat 24/02/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Swaffham Community Centre (Swaffham)
Iceni Partnership
Campingland
Swaffham
PE37 7RB
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013239
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £25.00

Film & Media: Alfred Hitchcock - The British Movies

It is a sad fact that Alfred Hitchcock’s British films are often neglected in favour of his glossier movies made in America. This is a course to redress the balance. It will explore how Hitchcock’s craft developed through the films he made in England during the 1920s and 1930s. From The Lodger to The Lady Vanishes, over the space of twelve years Hitchcock earned the title of “The Master of Suspense”. By analysing these and other key films, this is a course for anyone interested in the art of film and how a director can manipulate a cinema audience.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Blofield Court House (BLOFIELD)
28 Yarmouth Road
BLOFIELD
NR13 4JU
Tutor:
Nigel Herwin
Course code:
Q00010682
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60