New adult classes at Norden Farm in 2020

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New adult classes at Norden Farm

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts returns with a varied programme of adult classes for the spring 2020 season. There’s something to suit every taste, whether you want to get creative, get active, or just try something new. All adult classes are suitable for ages 18+ years.

The popular jewellery making classes sell out every season so the time was right to recently launch an Introduction to Jewellery Making course. The aim of this course is to learn the fundamentals of jewellery making and design, including mark making and stone setting. The objective is to have at least one piece of completed jewellery at the end of the five week course. The course is run by Grant Forsyth. Grant started making jewellery 25 years ago when he joined an adult education class. Since then he decided to take his hobby to the next level and make it a career by obtaining a diploma and a degree in elements of jewellery design. There are two classes, both on Thursdays, with one from 10am – 11.30am, and the other from 12pm – 1.30pm. The next course starts on Thursday 16 January for five weeks. The five-week course is £63.

You may find something new that you enjoy through courses such as Calligraphy – The Italic Hand. The course covers the basic alphabet through to advanced flourishing and effects, together with compositional layout. It is suitable for all levels of experience. Stuart Maxwell is an accomplished Calligrapher with over 25 years experience as a calligraphic design artist. He aims to give participants something to treasure by transforming ideas into beautiful handwritten art. In an age where calligraphy is a forgotten art, why not own something personal to you that represents an intimate part of our human culture? The Spring course starts on Thursday 16 January. It runs every week from 2.30pm – 4.30pm for ten weeks. The course costs £120.

You’re never too young or too old to learn to dance. Learn to belly dance with Raks Sharki – Middle Eastern Dance. The progressive course will have you dancing in no time. Discover this beautiful feminine art form, gain an appreciation of Middle Eastern music and have lots of fun doing it. As a great side effect, you’ll get some low impact exercise and strengthen your core muscles. The classes are on Tuesdays from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. They cost £12 per class, £45 per five week course. The Spring course starts on Tuesday 14 January.

If fiery Latin beats are more for you, and you want to finish your working week on a high – Salsa at the Farm is the choice for you! Make your Friday night fun at the farm when you learn to dance authentic salsa. From 8pm – 9pm is a class dedicated to absolute beginners, improvers or dancers new to Cuban salsa. The party gets started at 9pm, when you have a chance to get involved in social dancing to practice and perfect your technique. The course is £10 per session (including both the class and social) or £42 per six week course.

If you prefer exploring the complexities of the human form through art, our Life Drawing course gives you the opportunity to work from a professional life model. Learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new experimental techniques. The Spring sessions are on Saturday 25 January and Saturday 15 February 1.30pm – 4.30pm. These sessions are led by Chris Bryant. Chris’s practice focuses on figure, manipulation and viewer authorship. He likes to explore his work through practice and studies, allowing the process to develop naturally. Each session is £25.

There is also an informal social painting class for people who like to relax with a drink as you paint with step by step guidance. Twisted Art: Paint and Sip is perfect for total beginners, and everything you need will be provided. Each class will feature a different painting. The Spring sessions are on Tuesday 4 February, 3 March, and 7 April from 7.30pm – 10pm. Each session is £25.

And, giving our younger creatives a chance to be the stars of the show is Youth Theatre. Join the only youth drama group in Maidenhead which rehearses in a professional theatre! Pick up performance skills from stage combat to acting for camera, and physical theatre to accents, while working with scripts from famous playwrights or made up by you. The terms are ten weeks long, following school terms. There are no auditions, and the classes are suitable for all abilities.

At the end of each term, there is a sharing or showcase. Classes are available for all ages from Year 2 up to the end of secondary school. Class times and days vary based on age. The ten week term costs £67 for primary schoolers (one hour session per week), and £97 for secondary schoolers (one and a half hour long session per week).

There’s still time to make a New Year’s Resolution and try something new at Norden Farm next year.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01628 788997 or online

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