Adult Learning - Short Courses

Sewing Circle - Fashion / Textiles / Pattern Cutting

Get to grips with using a sewing machine and produce a zipped cushion for all to admire. For those a little more experienced the choice is yours; we have lots of interior, gift and garment related projects, or you can bring your own.

For those wanting to focus on pattern cutting, you will start by making a skirt and bodice block to fit, learning the art of grading and amending fit problems. For those who wish to continue you will learn how to design and make skirts, tops and dresses through pattern manipulation of your master blocks.

ABILITY: All Welcome!

WHAT’S INCLUDED: Machine and other equipment provided. Materials for individual projects are not included.Nothing is needed for the first session.

£90

6 Week Courses

Wednesday 12 May 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Wednesday 30 June 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Sketch & Paint

Theories will be taught, drawing will be done and paint will be applied. We will explore & experiment with various painting techniques and styles using different artists /exhibitions as our inspiration.

Initial sessions will focus on skills building and from here you will bring in your own image that you would like to paint and tackle it with a new found confidence.

Please note that we primarily work with Acrylic paint.

ABILITY: The class is very much aimed at beginners, but everyone welcome!

WHAT’S INCLUDED: All materials and equipment provided.

£90

6  Week Courses

Monday 10 May 11:00am -1:00pm
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Monday 10 May 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Monday 28 June 11:00am -1:00pm
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Monday 28 June 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Writing Workout

Get your creative juices flowing with a series of creative writing workshops. Whether you are just starting out or have years of writing experience we have something for everyone. Come along to have fun and be inspired in a friendly and supportive environment.

ABILITY: All Welcome, just fetch a notebook and a pen!

£80

Monday 10 May 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Monday 28 June 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Design Your Own Garden : Design Principles and Layout

This course is for anyone interested in making the most of their outside space, however big, small, gorgeous or grim. 

Our tutor is a practicing garden designer, landscaper and horticulturalist who recently designed the new outside space here at the Bowery. He is the Director of a design and build company in Leeds that has made dozens of gardens as well as a gold-medal winning show garden. 

No prior experience of drawing garden design or horticulture is necessary. 

Classes will include a mix of theoretical and hands-on work to explore designing, shaping a space, analysing a site and soil testing and the principles of planting design. Over the weeks you will work on building up a functional, beautiful and achievable design for your garden.

ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

£95

6 Week Courses

Thursday 13 May 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Thursday 1 July 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Play With Clay

You will be taught traditional hand building techniques to create desirable objects such as coasters, planters and tableware. If you wish to continue after the first course you can choose from several further projects or design and make your own bespoke pieces.

Please note: There is no potters wheel within the class, instead the focus is on moulds and slab building to create your products. Bisque and glaze firing is included in the course, but large specific projects may incur an additional firing cost.

ABILITY: The class is very much aimed at beginners, but everyone welcome!

ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

£95

6 Week Courses

Tuesday 11 May 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Tuesday 29 June 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Novel Writing - The First Draft   *Online Class*   

This online Zoom course will focus on working towards a first draft of a novel. With a mix of exercises, tutorials and tutor/participant led feedback, this course is designed to help budding novelists begin and keep on keeping on with their ambitious writing projects. We’ll look at how other novelists do it and how not to do it as we work towards completing our first drafts. 

There will be a private Facebook group where writers can share ideas with other participants between classes. This tried and tested course will give you a great chance of realising your novel writing dreams. 

The course will be ongoing for those wishing to continue from the initial 6 week courses. 

Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds. His debut novel, Stickleback was published by Armley Press in 2016. 
Stickleback was long listed for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. His second novel, Tom Tit and the Maniacs was published by Armley Press in 2018. It was selected as one two of Culture Vulture’s novels of the year, along with Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. 
Mark’s award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival, Dartmoor Literature Festival and Otley Word Feast. Mark also won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival both in 2014 and 2015 for both is fiction and his poetry. Mark is a writing workshop facilitator and bibliotherapist. He is also managing editor of the independent publishers, YAFFLE.

£80

6 Week Courses

Thursday 18 Mar 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Thursday 13 May 6:30pm -8:30pm
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Creative Writing - The First Draft *Online Class*

*NEW ONLINE COURSE*

This online Zoom session has exactly the same content, exercises and feedback as the short course which takes place at the Bowery but due to current restrictions, we have moved it online.

Get your creative juices flowing with a series of creative writing workshops. Each week is different so whether you are just starting out or have years of writing experience we have something for everyone.

The emphasis is to have fun and be inspired in a friendly and supportive environment.

£80

6 Week Courses

Monday 15 Mar 6:30pm -8:30pm
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