Articles featuring Dillington House | LeisureCourses.net - short courses & residential study breaks in great locations - Part 3

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    Listed on July 18, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    During this workshop we will look at some narrative techniques employed in creative writing and use writing exercises to source ideas and to further explore our creativity. All kinds of writing will be shared in a friendly group setting. Your tutor will be available to read work and offer advice for progression and there will...

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  • By George’ – The Whirlwind Musical Life of George Gershwin

    Listed on July 18, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Raised on the overcrowded Lower East Side of New York, young George Gershwin had a life on the streets as roller-skating champion and often skipped school for secret piano lessons from an aunt. Working his way into ‘Tin Pan Alley’ as a song plugger, he had his own first hit at the age of 21...

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  • Sculptural Needle Felting – Country Hares & Foxes

    Listed on July 14, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Love wool? Then you'll love needle felting! Fibre artist, Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting to create your own unique country hare or fox out of beautiful wool, ready for you to take home or if you can part with them to...

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  • Storytellers & Muscians Workshop “We Are All Tellers of Story & Makers of Music

    Listed on July 13, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This one day workshop, led by storyteller Michael Loader and musician Martin Solomon, is for anyone who wishes to learn about storytelling for the first time or for those who want to take their storytelling and musicianship into new places. For musicians this will be a day for you to play and accompany words -...

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  • Wildlife & Natural History Painting in Gouache

    Listed on July 12, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course is designed for beginners and upwards and will teach you how to make a true representation of a wildlife subject whilst not requiring any high level of drawing skill. From source material provided, or from your own pictures, we will use the medium of gouache - an opaque watercolour that is ideal for...

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  • “No Man is an Island Entire & Complete of Itself…”(John Donne)

    Listed on July 12, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Mass migrations have taken place across the world since recorded history began: initially people were seeking land to settle in but in modern history, by those fleeing persecution and violence, searching for safety and freedom. This course will explore the complex causes of these great migrations and the impact on the countries who offer them...

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  • Elgar: The Enigma

    Listed on July 12, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Entirely self-taught as a composer, though with youthful aspirations to a career as a violin virtuoso, Elgar was always sensitive about his lack of education, in common with some other composers. It led to strange, sometimes boorish behaviour on occasions, and the Enigma Variations may indeed have been a retreat into the comfortable world of...

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  • Religion in Roman Britain

    Listed on July 11, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Tolerant Roman attitudes to religion ensured that native shrines and practices survived, and often flourished, in Roman Britain. Much of our knowledge of native deities comes from Roman inscriptions; to these can be added the eastern ‘Mystery religions’, closed sects with notions of salvation. This day course will look at the range of evidence, both...

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  • Sculptural Needle Felting – Country Hares & Foxes

    Listed on July 11, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Love wool? Then you'll love needle felting! Fibre artist, Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery will guide you step by step through the basic techniques of needle felting to create your own unique country hare or fox out of beautiful wool, ready for you to take home or if you can part with them to...

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  • Making a Stained Glass Panel

    Listed on July 11, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Create your own stained glass panel using the traditional craft of combining coloured glass with lead; small numbers, demonstrations and practical help throughout – no experience needed but also suitable for ‘improvers’. Learn how to handle and cut glass safely, to design, 'lead up' and solder a panel about A4 size. All glass and equipment...

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  • Bobbin Lacemaking – British and European

    Listed on July 10, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This is a practical course for all abilities of lacemakers from those who have a knowledge of only the basic stitches to those who wish to study advanced techniques in the British and European laces. Many of the continental laces are taught with the aid of a colour-coded diagram to help students continue their work...

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  • Industrial Heritage Around Dillington & Dorset

    Listed on July 10, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This year’s course contrasts the Dillington area with Purbeck in Dorset. Together with lectures, there are two field visits, locally to the Fleet Air Arm Museum’s reserve collection, Ilchester bridges, Dawe’s twine works and the Ham Hill quarries. We stray into distant Purbeck where ball clay workings, tramways, railways and limekilns survive within spectacular scenery...

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  • A Beginners Guide to Model Railways

    Listed on July 7, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Do you visit model railway shows and wonder how people who build those wonderful models do it? Phil Parker has been writing and exhibiting model railways for over two decades and will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the process of building a layout. Along the way you'll get hands on with some of...

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  • At the Edge of History

    Listed on July 7, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    History is said to have begun with Herodotus, who along with Homer and Hesiod gave the Classical world its past. But archaeology has revealed earlier civilisations, among them the first historians: the Hittites. This day investigates the legacy of this Late Bronze Age people, their culture and their writings. Annals, letters, treaties and prayers will...

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  • An Historical Perspective on Elementary Mathematics

    Listed on July 6, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course will look at some historical developments in Number, Algebra and Geometry, especially topics encountered in school. This will involve exploring some other number systems, explaining the purpose and use of algebra and discovering some important results in geometry. There will be opportunities, but no compulsion, to ‘play’ with the ideas and try some...

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  • Migration – Where did West Country People Go? The Untold Story

    Listed on July 5, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    A chance to look at the untold story of migration from the West Country all over the world. Early Migration in the 1600s to the New World, the rush for land in America during the 1800s, new life in Australia and New Zealand and not forgetting movement to other parts of the United Kingdom. Ideal...

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  • The Language of Drawing

    Listed on July 5, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    From the caves at Lascaux to the plans for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, so much human endeavour begins with drawing. As children, when we pick up a crayon and draw, we discover a liberating and potent way to describe the world around us. Drawing is our first language with which we communicate our...

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  • Mozart In Vienna – Trouble & Triumph

    Listed on July 4, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Mozart arrived in Vienna having walked out of Salzburg and with the disapproval of his father, which turned out to be a risk both professionally and personally. Yet during the years 1781-1791 he composed some of his most innovative and inspired music. His three da Ponte operas as well as the Magic Flute appeared, as...

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  • The Making of England: Alfred the Great & The House of Wessex

    Listed on July 4, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    From the reign of King Egbert in the early ninth century, Wessex slowly emerged as the dominant kingdom in Anglo-Saxon England. Egbert’s direct descendant, Alfred the Great, saved Wessex from Viking attack and invasion and through far-sighted reforms provided his descendants with a foundation from which England would be unified. With reference to sources of...

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  • The Making of a Myth: King Arthur, Joseph of Arimathea & Glastonbury

    Listed on June 29, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    An exploration of the origins of the legends about "the matter of Britain" -the collection of medieval myths and legends associated with King Arthur and the origins of Christianity in Britain, some of which are associated with the west country. We look at any historical foundation of such myths together with their development and elaboration...

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  • News from the Fronts: The Kitchener Divisions and the Battle of the Somme

    Listed on June 28, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    From Spring 1916 onwards against the backdrop of the battle of Verdun - ‘the Meatgrinder on the Meuse’- Kitchener’s New Army divisions were arriving in France for the Anglo-French offensive on the River Somme. Hopes were high for a break through the German defences. The course will consider in detail the preparations for the battle...

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  • Let there be light… and there was light

    Listed on June 28, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Light is essential for life and growth, so during this creative writing day we shall compare mankind's early belief in its origin with today's theory of the Big Bang. We also use light to describe insight, spiritual revelation and the search for knowledge. We shall use music, study and paintings of light in all its...

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  • An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture

    Listed on June 28, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Russian is a Slavik language. It is becoming an increasingly popular language to learn in Western countries these days since the end of the Cold War and an interest in Russian culture. The course will help you learn the Cyrillic Russian alphabet and its origins. You will learn basics of writing, reading and common phrases...

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  • Bookbinding – Crossed Structure Binding

    Listed on June 27, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This course is intended for all levels from the complete beginner to the more experienced and will take place in a studio that is well equipped for general bookbinding. This course will focus on a technique of non-adhesive binding used widely on the Continent. A useful and flexible style using either paper, leather or leather...

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  • Victorian Artists, Their Models & Muses

    Listed on June 27, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    From Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, to Lord Frederick Leighton and Dorothy Dene, the work of many Victorian artists was influenced by their models, many of whom became their muses, mistresses or wives. In this course we will investigate the often complex relationships between Victorian artists and their models and celebrate the spectacular works...

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  • Book Club: The Book Thief

    Listed on June 7, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

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  • Summer Swing!

    Listed on June 6, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    Summer is the time for all things light-hearted, so why not spend a day learning some of the Swing Era’s most-memorable numbers in this fun group-singing workshop? With Cole Porter’s Too Darn Hot and the Gershwin brothers’ iconic ‘Summertime’ we’ll explore the rhythmic conventions of swing-feel and the lush textures of jazz harmony. Suitable for...

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  • Choosing Plants for Your Borders

    Listed on June 1, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    This classroom based course, run over three consecutive s, is for those who want no more expensive mistakes through impulse buying. Whether you are planting a border from scratch or trying to improve an established garden, the wealth of plants on offer can be overwhelming. By considering a few simple guidelines, putting plants together to...

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  • The Roman Army in the West Country

    Listed on June 1, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    During this day course we will examine why the Roman Army was deployed to the West Country, the role, tactics and distribution of Roman forts, and the different types of Roman soldiers and their equipment. The tutor will bring a range of equipment that is representative of archaeological artefacts found in the West Country including...

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  • Kinky Ukuleles

    Listed on June 1, 2016 by Dillington in Featured Courses

    The songs of ‘The Kinks’ will be the focus for this innovative ukulele workshop run by Sally Vaughan who has delivered a number of popular ukulele courses at Dillington House over the past 2 years. When Ray Davies of ‘The Kinks’ penned his 60s classics he often cited influences from the music hall days of...

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