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  • Tai Ji Quan

    Listed on April 29, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi & Chi Kung) stimulate the mind, balance energy levels and strengthen the immune system. Through practice and exercise, you will feel encouraged by improved vitality and feelings of well being. The work can be adapted to individual fitness and health needs.

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  • Drawing for the Terrified

    Listed on April 29, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Are you terrified of drawing but have a secret longing to learn how to do it? Then enrol on this course where Richard will guide you through certain processes slowly, gently and step by step. If you follow his 'recipes', you will be amazed at what you will be able to draw.

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  • Calligraphy

    Listed on April 25, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Demonstrate the value of Calligraphy as a form of relaxation and self-expression as well as a practical skill. This course is open to those interested in pursuing this subject from beginners onwards and will be particularly useful for card makers. We will explore actual lettering skills plus the use of different techniques and of colour...

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  • Impressionistic Landscape Painting

    Listed on April 23, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Have you ever wanted to paint a landscape like one of the Impressionists? This course is designed to give you both an insight and opportunity to work in the same style and manner as some of the great Impressionist painters, producing landscape paintings enriched with colour, texture and light.

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  • Mah Jongg

    Listed on April 23, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    A national game in China, “The Game of Four Winds“ features beautiful tiles, varied rules, excitement and fascinating Eastern tradition. Although easily learnt, the more one plays, the more one realises how much there is to learn. The course will show you how to play in a joyful and encouraging way.

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  • A Coastal Scene with Acrylic

    Listed on April 23, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    A one day course that will show you how to paint a coastal scene with acrylic paint. Techniques covered will include using thick and thin paint, colour mixing, working from dark to light and glazing. The course will include a seascape in an impressionistic style from photographs supplied by the tutor.

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  • Songs in Harmony

    Listed on April 23, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Sing in harmony - lovely music in parts. What a treat to experience the sound of songs in harmony! Learn to sing with others from music and enjoy some old and some new numbers in different styles. We will include folk songs, musical hits and many more!

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  • Unlocking your Creative Unconscious

    Listed on April 23, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Your mind is a treasure trove of creative memories. This course aims to open up that store and get you writing for fact or fiction, poetry or prose. Through writing exercises, discussion and tutor mini-lecture in a non-threatening environment you will come away with ideas, a beginning and a direction for your writing. Please bring...

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  • Casalguidi – Italian Embroidery

    Listed on April 22, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Spend a relaxing weekend learning this little known 19th century Italian technique to create an exquisite and unique pin cushion or small bag. Traditionally a white on white embroidery, it has areas of raised stem band and needlelace flowers on a pulled fabric background.

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  • Belgian and other European Laces

    Listed on April 22, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    For experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams.

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  • Prayer, Place and Politics

    Listed on April 22, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Religion is fundamental to defining Victorian England. The Anglican Church was characterised as 'the Tory Party at prayer', and religion was 'the opium of the people'. This course explores geographic patterns of belief and how the established church and nonconformist groups faced the twin challenges of industrialisation and urbanisation.

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  • French Beaded Flowers for a Wedding Corsage

    Listed on March 19, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Learn how to make a beaded cornflower, filler flowers and foliage to create a stunning corsage. The course will cover four French beading techniques, as well as teaching you how to assemble a corsage or use the flowers you have made in another arrangement. This course is suitable for all levels: no previous experience of...

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  • Dynamic Life Sketching

    Listed on March 19, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    A unique opportunity to sketch from a life model, posing dynamic movements. You will learn how to depict the motion of the human body and commemorate the fleeting moments on paper, with paint or sketching materials. There will be demonstrations by our professional artist and one to one guidance and support.

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  • Tatting Techniques

    Listed on March 18, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Tatting is a very portable form of lace making, with just two basic stitches to learn, yet these can be used to produce a myriad of designs from formal to fun. Beginners will learn basic stitches to produce a simple motif, while competent tatters will extend their knowledge of the continually evolving tatting techniques.

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  • More Tapestry Weaving

    Listed on March 18, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    This course will enable participants to explore tapestry weaving through interpretation of a personally selected image or idea. For those new to tapestry weaving or established weavers wanting to extend their skills, there will be opportunities to learn new techniques and insights into this exciting contemporary textile art.

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  • Goldwork Embroidery

    Listed on March 18, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    This course will extend the knowledge of experienced goldwork embroiderers working on their own projects. Explanations, demonstrations and individual advice will be given throughout, whilst students work at their own pace on pre-set designs or on their own design ideas.

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  • Colour Theory and Mixing

    Listed on March 14, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    This one day workshop will show you how to improve your colour mixing using colour theory and practice with watercolour and/or acrylic paint. Subjects covered will include how to use a colour wheel, categorising colours and how to darken and lighten your colours.

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  • Make a Mosaic for your Garden

    Listed on March 12, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Create a mosaic that’s specifically designed to go outside! You can make a mosaic sign or panel to adorn your garden, or mosaic a pot or other decorative object. This course is for students of any ability, beginners or experienced mosaicists.Course materials are available from the tutor; please see the course information sheet for details.

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  • Make a Mosaic for your Garden

    Listed on March 12, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Create a mosaic that’s specifically designed to go outside! You can make a mosaic sign or panel to adorn your garden, or mosaic a pot or other decorative object. This course is for students of any ability, beginners or experienced mosaicists. Course materials are available from the tutor; please see the course information sheet for...

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  • Blackwork Embroidery

    Listed on March 11, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Blackwork embroidery became popular during the reign of King Henry VIII. Introduced into the Tudor court by Queen Catherine of Aragon, the traditional style is worked on linen using the weave as a basis to count stitches. A variety of different stitches will be taught using a range of different weighted threads. Butterflies were popular...

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  • Botanical Illustration – Spring Flowers

    Listed on March 11, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Spring is an exciting and unique time for flowers; learn how to compose a picture, prepare precise pencil drawings and how to use watercolours skilfully to produce accurate, vibrant illustrations. Individual help ensures that beginners and experienced artists can work at their own pace but with strong support.

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  • Spring Landscapes in Acrylic

    Listed on March 11, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    This course will show you how to paint spring landscapes with acrylic paint. Techniques covered will include thick and thin paint, colour mixing, working from dark to light and glazing. The course will include spring landscapes in an impressionistic style from photographs supplied by the tutor.

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  • Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

    Listed on March 5, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Work alongside award-winning portrait artist Peter Keegan on this day course where you will capture unique portrait subjects in charcoal. Using photographs provided by the tutor, or ones you bring with you, you will explore a range of techniques including beginning a drawing, capturing tonal values, facial details and ultimately a likeness.

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  • Floristry Masterclass

    Listed on March 5, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    A really inspirational course for students with existing skills. Come and experiment with some cutting edge ideas. We take our lead from the best contemporary florists in the world and will use new techniques and innovations to develop and create beautiful designs.

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  • Art History – The Dukes of Burgundy

    Listed on March 5, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    The Burgundian Dukes were the real winners of the Hundred Years War between England and France. With lands from Burgundy to the Low Countries, the Dukes were wealthier than the French Crown and from their courts came the most extraordinary arts of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance.

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  • The Romans in Buckinghamshire

    Listed on March 5, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Who were 'the Romans' and what were they doing in Buckinghamshire? Learn about new evidence of local Roman life. Based on sound archaeology, local sites will be explained, to provide a flavour of life and death in this turbulent time.

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  • Woodcarving

    Listed on March 5, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    These courses take learners from complete beginners to the very advanced through a carefully planned series of projects covering traditional and modern carving styles such as foliage ornament and frame or architectural mouldings, figure and animal carving in the round, lettercutting and abstract sculpture. Design skills are also included. Learners can enrol on single courses...

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  • Easter and Spring Cake Decorating Techniques

    Listed on February 27, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Learn key cake decorating techniques, such as icing and decorating a spring-themed cake. This will include some piping techniques and using moulds and stencils to make spring sugar flowers, such as daffodils and tulips, as well as Easter and spring modelling.

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  • Achieving Colour Harmony using Acrylics

    Listed on February 27, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Explore exciting ways to implement colour theory in a practical “hands on” course focused on colour mixing in the context of acrylic and oil painting. Demonstrations and guidance by a professional artist makes the course suitable for all artistic ability levels.

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  • Abstract Sensations in Encaustic Wax

    Listed on February 27, 2016 by Missenden Abbey in Featured Courses

    Learn how to create fantastic, powerful abstract paintings in coloured waxes, using irons, hot styluses and hot air guns. This course is going to take you places that you have never been before, so prepare to be amazed. A fun and informative course guided by an enthusiastic and talented teacher.

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