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Give willow-weaving a go at a weekend workshop
Give willow-weaving a go at a weekend workshop

Press Release - 25 April 2007

Creative and inspiring day schools for May

A new programme of courses gives people in Bath the chance to dip into a weekend of learning and leisure to relax the mind, enjoy a creative art, or explore archaeology.

The day schools run on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, organised by the University of Bath’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.

To counter stress and increase personal well-being people can learn Meditation to quieten the mind on Saturday 19 May. Tutor John Preston is a former senior services manager, counsellor and lecturer who trained as a monk at a Buddhist meditation monastery.

Or enjoy a Willow workshop and weave a basket, decorative screen or platter from Somerset Willow. The workshop runs on Saturday 19 May, led by tutor Andy Southwell, an experienced teacher and professional willow-worker who makes traditional baskets, garden structures and sculptural items.

In A Leaded stained glass workshop, students will use the simple techniques of appliqué or leading to create stunning stained glass that can be used as a window panel or hung on display. The two-day course is runs by Sarah Finch, an experienced glass maker.

A new beadwork technique will be taught on Sunday 20 May in Textured tubing for beadworkers. Based on an ancient technique it builds layers of colour and texture to give a contemporary finish for necklaces and bracelets. Tutor Heather Kingsley-Heath is a textile and beadwork artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has written several craft books.

Archaeology of the senses investigates the role of the human senses in philosophy and its impact on archaeology. The two-day course will include a field trip to Glastonbury and will look at the role of smell, touch, vision, hearing and taste. Course tutor Vasileios Tsamis works for Wessex Archaeology and is currently completing a PhD on the use of space and senses in prehistory.

The day schools from 10am-4pm, either at Carpenter House, the University’s city centre location, or the Claverton Down campus.

For more information and to enrol see the Related Links section. For help with online enrolment, people can visit the Lifelong Learning office at Carpenter House in Bath during office hours.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning is also running a week-long Art in Bath summer school at Carpenter House from 25-29 June. Sessions will include life and portrait painting, botanical art, photography, sculpture and creative textiles. For more information see Related Links.

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