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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.  

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Art Appreciation: The Birth in Florence of the Italian Renaissance (Tadley Branch)

This Day School by guest speaker Mike Grundy describes the Early Renaissance in Italy, which saw the astonishing flowering of art, architecture and literature in Florence that lasted from the 13th to the 15th century and beyond. Students will learn how this explosion of high culture was made possible by the increasing wealth of Florence in the period from trade and finance and by the focus of the leading individuals of the city on Humanist thinking. This movement developed alongside the prevailing dominance in the arts of religious thinking and subject matter, but allowed more importance to be given to Man, his stories, works, tragedies and achievements.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013752
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Art Appreciation: American Artists in Britain

A number of American artists forged successful and influential careers in Britain, and we will discuss examples of their work dating from the 1760s to the 1910s. Come along and join this engaging and informative online course where you can learn something new and socialise with other like-minded people.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 09/03/2024 -
Sat 09/03/2024
Times:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Prasannajit De Silva
Course code:
Q00009549
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.90

Art Appreciation: The Colour Blue in Western Art Throughout the Years

How have painters used blue throughout the years? Where did the blue pigments they used come from? When did Mary start wearing a blue dress? Join us to find the answers to these questions, and learn all about the colour blue in art. This lecture retraces the story of blue in Western arts, from Antiquity to the present. We will reflect upon the changing meaning(s) given to this colour. We will also evoke the different materials used to create a whole range of blue pigments: from ultramarine and cobalt to Prussian blue and Yves Klein Blue.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 09/03/2024 -
Sat 09/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00009786
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £7.40

Care 2 Find Out About Before Bridgerton : The World of Georgette Heyer and Her Legacy

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. All romantic fiction owers a debt to Georgette Hayer, join me in the comfort of your own home to find out about her life, her work and her influences.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 11/03/2024 -
Mon 01/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012216
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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Art Appreciation: The Art Historical Canon

Why are some artists and artworks regarded as more ‘important’ than others? Who decides and on what basis? What criteria underlie such judgements, and how stable are they? What are the implications of all this? If you want to know the answers, come along and join the class discussion. This course gives you the ability to learn something new and meet new people.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 14/03/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Caterham Baptist Church (Caterham)
4 Beechwood Road
Caterham
CR3 6NA
Tutor:
Prasannajit De Silva
Course code:
Q00009397
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Art Appreciation: Art and Design in the Chilterns

Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns has played host to many artists and craftsmen. This course celebrates artists and designers of the twentieth century who have lived, worked and been inspired by the Chilterns. Artists discussed during this session include Paul and John Nash, John Piper, Eric Gill, Clare Leighton, Agnes Miller Parker, E. McKnight Kauffer and textile designer, Marion Dorn. Come and join this fascinating session to further your knowledge of these artists, increase your enjoyment of art and design as a whole, and enhance your visits to Chiltern landmarks. The session is open to everyone regardless of prior experience of art history.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 16/03/2024 -
Sat 16/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Kings Langley Community Centre (Kings La
The Nap
Kings Langley
WD4 8ET
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00012255
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

Film & Media: Film Noir Day

Embark on a journey into the heart of classic noir with our Film Noir Day featuring Carol Reed's cinematic masterpiece, "The Third Man," based on Graham Greene's original screenplay/novella. Delve into the post-war shadows of Vienna as protagonist Holly Martins navigates a web of intrigue and deception in search of his elusive friend, Harry Lime. Experience Greene's gripping narrative brought to life through Reed's atmospheric direction and the haunting zither score. Join us for a day of suspense and mystery, where timeless storytelling and unforgettable characters converge in a dark symphony of cinematic brilliance. Don't miss this immersive cinematic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 25/03/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Disley Methodist Church (Disley)
70 Buxton Road
Disley
SK12 2EY
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014203
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.30

Art Appreciation: English 18th Century Sculpture

Some of the most telling works of art from the eighteenth century are not paintings but sculpture. Many can be found in our parish churches and a few in the great houses of the time. They are always worth seeking out. Knowing something about this underrated aspect of the fine arts can enhance our travels and explorations.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 25/03/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Hatfield Road Methodist Church (St. Alba
133b Hatfield Road
St. Albans
AL1 4JX
Tutor:
Madeline Edmead
Course code:
Q00014309
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Creative Writing: In the Landscape

This creative writing course, which is being held at the Tamar Bridge Visitor and Learning Centre, offers a wonderful opportunity to develop your creative writing skills, inspired by the glorious views and surroundings of the Tamar Crossing.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 26/03/2024 -
Tue 30/04/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
The Tamar Bridge (Plymouth)
Tamar Bridge Office
Pemros Road
Plymouth
PL5 1LP
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00009742
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Literature: Irish Short Stories in the Twentieth Century.

This five week course will explore five stories from the rich tradition of twentieth century short fiction in Ireland. These are.: Grace - James Joyce, First Conjugation - Julia O’Faolain. Gold Watch -John McGahern, That Dark Accomplice -John Montague Secrets -Bernard McLaverty. Each session will explore the author’s life and their text and place both in the historical context of Ireland in the twentieth century. Each text will be provided on Canvas, so there is no need to purchase texts.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/04/2024 -
Tue 30/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00013862
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00