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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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Art Appreciation: Art of the Radicals and Revolutionaries

Discover how radical ideas and new social, political and cultural developments in the late 19th to early 20th centuries shaped the course of the early modern art movement. Why were Manet's paintings so shocking to the Parisian art world? What was revolutionary about the techniques and subjects used by Cezanne, Monet, Renoir and other French Impressionists? How did Picasso and Braque throw the rulebook out of the (studio) window? Why was the female artist, Hilma Af Klint relatively unknown of in art history until recent years? How did her work pre-empt that of Kandinsky’s paintings in the early 20th century?

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 02/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Wesley Hall (Barnet)
High Barnet Methodist Church
9 Stapylton Road
Barnet
EN5 4JJ
Tutor:
Chantal Condron
Course code:
Q00012152
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £40.00

Creative Writing: Writing Inspired by the 7 Deadly Sins

Join us at Steven Joseph Theatre as we engage our wicked side in a fun, friendly and structured approach to gain fiction writing knowledge and skills and aid you in finding inspiration, putting pen paper and getting writing. Mystery, thriller, noir, hardboiled crime, a touch of the ghostly and gothic or something far more salacious – find inspiration as we consider the kind of plots, characters and styles which suit a tale exploring one or more of the seven deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride – which might yield your future best seller or your lead you to the bargain bin?

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 09/05/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough)
Westborough
Scarborough
YO11 1JW
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013837
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Film & Media: 5 Wonders of Neo Noir and New Hollywood

An introduction to 60s/70s New Hollywood Cinema (sometimes U.S New Wave) – exploring how a new generation of film makers expressed themselves, with a leaning toward the more socially aware Neo-Noir of this period - promoting knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general. With the decline of the old Hollywood studio system, a new generation of film makers expressed themselves on screen with individual voices and counter culture attitude. We focus more on examples of Neo-Noir, ‘up-cycling’ the old film noir conventions into more socially conscious crime and mystery thrillers for this increasing cynical anti-authority era, promoting knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 10/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00014260
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Literature: The Lasting Appeal of Fairy-Tales

Why do fairy tales remain relevant in 2024? There is a plethora of films and artwork drawing from the intricate universe of these tales. Writers frequently reinterpret fairy tales, often in unexpected manners. Join poet Sue Burge as she delves into the historical significance of fairy tales and their presence in various cultural settings today. This captivating day session in Kings Lynn will delve into the magical realm of fairy tales, examining how authors reimagine them and the diverse cultural settings in which they appear. Special attention will be given to how modern poets incorporate them into their work. By the end of the session, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with rewriting a fairy tale through accessible and enjoyable creative exercises.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 13/04/2024 -
Sat 13/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (King's Lynn)
38 Bridge Street
King's Lynn
PE30 5AB
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013731
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £30.00

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Beginners Spanish

Do you want to learn Spanish? ¡Vamos! Let’s go! Study Spanish for beginners to learn the essentials to get by in Spain. These basic Spanish courses will immerse you into the vibrant cultures of Spanish-speaking countries while you daydream about your next trip. In this basic Spanish language course, you’ll learn essential grammar and vocabulary to start communicating right away. It’s ideal if you want to dip your toe into the language.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013876
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Music Appreciation: Concerts in Depth

If you are interested in exploring classical concert music due to be performed at the Royal Concert Hall, and elsewhere in Nottingham, this course is for you. Concert music to include works by Dvořák, Brahms, Elgar and Mahler. Together we will work towards enhancing the enjoyment and understanding of the live classical concert performance in a small, informal group. Anyone who is interested in local, live performances and would like an opportunity to share with like minded people are welcome to attend. Come and share the passion for live music!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Nottingham Mechanics (Nottingham)
3 North Sherwood Street
Nottingham
NG1 4EZ
Tutor:
Mike Wheeler
Course code:
Q00014146
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Art Appreciation: How to see and interpret sculptures

Have you ever wondered how to look at a sculpture? What is it made of, and how? Should you move around it and maybe even touch it? In this course, we will develop our appreciation and understanding of sculpted works of art. Works as diverse as the prehistoric “lion-man” carved in mammoth ivory, Michelangelo’s famed marble sculptures, and the earthworks of Robert Smithson will be studied. We will look at techniques and visual characteristics, at iconography and purpose, and learn about different styles.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00014210
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Art Appreciation: Indigenous Artwork- Sami, Aboriginal, Native American and more

In this course, we will focus on artworks that are rarely studied in themselves: the art objects and artworks created by indigenous peoples. Come and learn about the artistic traditions of Native American peoples, of the Sami, of Aboriginal Australians, and more. You will discover cultures that are under-represented within the art world. We will discuss the styles, and types of art and craft that are favoured by specific groups, as well as the narratives that are expressed in these artefacts. A focus on contemporary indigenous artists will allow us to discuss matters of exclusion, assimilation, and rights.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00014256
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Music Making: Choral Singing: Advanced

Explore choral singing as part of a welcoming and supportive group based at Nottingham Women's Centre! This women-only course covers choral arrangements of popular songs with empowering lyrics. Learn to take part in group singing and work as a team to prepare a set list of empowering songs which will then be performed live. Songs will be learnt by ear, from a copy of the lyrics. Please note: This is an advanced level course, so singing experience is required in order to take part.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
5:45pm - 7:45pm
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
Nottingham Womens Centre (NOTTINGHAM)
30 Chaucer Street
NOTTINGHAM
NG1 5LP
Tutor:
Lorna Poole
Course code:
Q00014464
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £109.20

Art Appreciation: Art in the 21st Century

This is an exciting new course which views art produced in the twenty-first century. The course will put an emphasis on paintings and sculpture to include developments of figurative and abstract painting, and installed sculpture. There will be views of artists already prominent in the twentieth century and newly emerging artists from a wide range of attentions. From those born in the 1930s to those born in the 1980s. The course will attend to direct visual experience of reproduction of the works involved linked to elements of comprehension and understanding through a considerable range of exciting encounters and engagements.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
11:15am - 1:15pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Allen Fisher
Course code:
Q00011868
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £44.40