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All our Saturday courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2018 and over only.

Please click on the course title in blue for more information on our Saturday courses and to enrol.

Accounting and Payroll

Book Keeping for Self Employment
This course is for small business entrepreneurs who want to learn how to use ‘QuickBooks’ to manage their accounts. This on-line accounting software will help you to produce invoices; make and accept payments; track expenses, stock and mileage. This will enable you to better control your cash flow and make completion of tax returns easier.

Business and Medical Administration

Award in Developing Leadership Skills Level 2
This course is aimed at those who are looking to take a leadership role in business or in their own personal development. Achieving this qualification will enhance your prospects of gaining employment, getting promotion or progressing your personal goals. Whether you want to take up a new opportunity in your workplace or take a leadership role in a community project, Developing Leadership Skills aims to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to do this.

Computing and Digital Skills

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
On this course you will learn the basics of using Excel spreadsheets to manipulate data. This course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience of Excel who want to develop their skills. You will become confident in using very simple but effective techniques and learn, through the examples used in class, the potential of using spreadsheets in your day-to-day life or work.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel
On this course you will learn the basics of using Excel spreadsheets to manipulate data. This course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience of Excel who want to develop their skills. You will become confident in using very simple but effective techniques and learn, through the examples used in class, the potential of using spreadsheets in your day-to-day life or work.

Microsoft Excel – Intermediate
This course is for those who have completed the ‘Introduction to Microsoft Excel course’ or have some experience of using spreadsheets and want to further develop their skills. You will extend your knowledge and experience of spreadsheets, working on more complex tasks with the help of your tutor. Improving your Excel skills will help you be more effective at work and in your day-to-day life.

Digital Skills for Everyday (Beginner)
In a recent employer survey, 81% said they look for evidence of digital skills when recruiting. Improving your digital literacy is one of the most important steps you can take towards securing a job. This course will help develop the skills and confidence needed to search and apply for work.

Bookbinding and Book Arts

Paper Making Taster
This fun, hands-on course will introduce you to the art of Papermaking. Learn how to use recycled cotton pulp and other fibres and materials to form your own sheets of paper. Experiment with creating different shapes, layering with colour, adding inclusions and embellishments, watermarks and embossing. At the end of the course you will have a selection of your own handmade paper pieces.

Ceramics

Ceramics (Studio Practice)
On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas, designs and practical skills in ceramics.
You can expect to explore in depth the possibilities of functional forms in ceramics. You will develop a range of skills, including throwing, basic hand building, use of moulds, decorative technique and glazing. Please note there is a 30 minute lunch break from 12 – 12:30pm

Make a Ceramic Tile Wall Mural
An exciting opportunity to spend time designing, making and decorating a ceramic title wall mural for an interior or exterior space. You may have a space in mind that you want to design for, or you may want to make a mural to give as a gift. This course will give you some history, as well as learning a range of practical techniques. All levels welcome.

Plaster Press Moulds for Ceramics
Create plaster press moulds on this three day course, under the guidance of an experienced tutor.
This course explores the creative possibilities of producing plaster press moulds for shape and texture to be used with ceramics processes. We will be studying a brief history of press mould making, exploring textures and shapes that work well with this process and how to develop your own ideas. For existing ceramic students this course is ideal for ceramics students who wish to develop this part of their personal practice.

Glass

Glass Art: Christmas Decorations (Mixed Level)
This new two-day course will provide an introduction to copper foil technique to create original glass Christmas decorations. You will learn the skills to produce at least two thee dimensional pieces for your festive season.

Jewellery

Metal Clay Jewellery Taster (Studio Practice)
Silver clay is a wonderfully versatile material which is relatively new to the field of jewellery making. It is simple to use and will enable you to make beautiful jewellery, easier and quicker than using traditional silversmithing techniques. Silver clay can be worked like clay. When it is fired the result is a 99.9% fine silver piece which is of hallmark quality.

You will be able to make pendants, earrings, brooches, rings, tie-pins, cuff-links, bracelet charms – the list is endless. You can also make small ornaments and trinkets too if you prefer.

The course fee include £10 worth of copper or bronze clay and you are welcome to bring your own metal clay too, including silver.

Crochet & Knitted Wirework Jewellery Taster
Explore a variety of knitting and crochet techniques with wire to create intricate jewellery pieces like necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Learn how to incorporate beadwork, create your own findings and develop your design skills. This mixed ability course covers a variety of unique techniques.

Enamelling Taster
On this course, you will learn a variety of enamelling techniques and be encouraged to experiment and play. You will explore colour, pattern and texture to produce a series of sample pieces to include in a jewellery project; for example as a pendant, cufflinks or earrings. You will explore surface texture and learn the process of applying and firing liquid and powdered enamels, and different fixing techniques to incorporate your samples into simple jewellery pieces. All basic materials and equipment provided, including sheet metal.

Journalism

Print Journalism – An Introduction
Discover the basic skills required to write for newspapers and magazines. The one day course includes guidance from a professional journalist on everything from generating ideas and what makes a great story to asking the right questions, writing and editing. You will also discuss and critique news and features. We will cover: news and features ,writing, editing and journalistic skills, good and bad taste, ethics, and the newspaper and magazine industry

AutoCad

Saturday Introduction to AutoCAD
This course will introduce you to AutoCAD 2016 a widely used industry standard Computer Aided Design software. You will learn the basics of 2D drafting, annotation, drawing set up and layout setup for printing through a series of exercises and guided projects. This course is suitable for anyone looking to work or currently working in the Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture, Product Design, Engineering or Construction sector. Students that currently study on an Interior Design/ Architecture/ Product Design etc. may find this a good addition to their skill set.

Saturday Sketch Up (Mixed Level)
The course will introduce you to a fantastic 3d modelling tool: Google SketchUp currently used by many industry professionals to visualise their design projects in 3D. The course will introduce you to the SketchUp interface, basic 2d and 3d drawing tools through several guided projects to create 3d models from 2D objects or drawings. It will also cover basic material application, 3d render/ camera tools, working with online libraries and creating scenes for still images or a basic walk through. This course is useful for anyone wishing to expand their 3d design skill set and will complement study or working in Interior Design, Set Design, Product Design, Architecture or similar design disciplines.

Saturday Sketch Up Introduction
The course will introduce you to a fantastic 3d modelling tool: Google SketchUp currently used by many industry professionals to visualise their design projects in 3D. The course will introduce you to the SketchUp interface, basic 2d and 3d drawing tools through several guided projects to create 3d models from 2D objects or drawings. It will also cover basic material application, 3d render/ camera tools, working with online libraries and creating scenes for still images or a basic walk through. This course is useful for anyone wishing to expand their 3d design skill set and will complement study or working in Interior Design, Set Design, Product Design, Architecture or similar design disciplines.

Saturday Sketch Up Introduction
The course will introduce you to a fantastic 3d modelling tool: Google SketchUp currently used by many industry professionals to visualise their design projects in 3D. The course will introduce you to the SketchUp interface, basic 2d and 3d drawing tools through several guided projects to create 3d models from 2D objects or drawings. It will also cover basic material application, 3d render/ camera tools, working with online libraries and creating scenes for still images or a basic walk through. This course is useful for anyone wishing to expand their 3d design skill set and will complement study or working in Interior Design, Set Design, Product Design, Architecture or similar design disciplines.

Digital Arts

Introduction to InDesign (Mixed Level)
This course is intended for people with no previous experience of InDesign or those who have used the product but require the official training on how to use the basics of the application in the best way. Ideally suited for people wanting to edit existing InDesign documents or those wishing to create very simple newsletters or flyers.
You will familiarise with the basics of print design and layout, using Adobe InDesign as the professional’s choice. You will learn the basics of working with text, images and building documents in a correct and optimised way. In this, one of our signature courses, you will work with some of the tools and features to create eye-catching printed documents using Adobe InDesign.

Make a Business Card Using Illustrator (Mixed Level)
Whether you’re branding your own company or you’ve recently become self-employed, you need business cards to effectively advertise yourself.
Adobe Illustrator is a program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images. These images will then be used for company logos, promotional uses or even personal work, both in print and digital form. Adobe Illustrator is typically used to create illustrations, charts, graphs, logos, diagrams, cartoons of real photographs, and more. While the program may be difficult to understand initially, the final product will be well worth the learning curve.

Photoshop for Graphic Designers (Mixed Level)
This course is open to beginners and improvers, you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given on how to use this software. You will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop CC image manipulation software working through the features in detail starting from the very basics. The course is ideal for those starting off in using Photoshop for graphic design and useful for learners looking to improve their skills and ensure they are using the programme as efficiently as possible.

Photoshop for Photographers (Mixed Level)
This course is open to beginners and improvers, you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. You will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop CC working through the features in detail from the very basics. The course is ideal for those starting off in using Photoshop for photography and useful for learners looking to improve their skills and ensure they are using the programme as efficiently as possible.

Film and Video

Discover Apple Mac and OSX
Mac computers are legendarily easy to use, and if you’re coming from Windows, you can learn how to click, copy, close, and more in no time. On this one-day course we’ll show you how to get the most use from the Mac’s powerful, friendly features. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, this course offers you the chance to get to know and understand how the Apple Mac operating system works and how to use it. The ideal course for Apple Mac users with little or no previous experience. You will discover how a Mac computer works, the common functions and the free creative and business software that comes with a Mac.

Introduction to Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere is the editing software of choice for filmmakers from the hobbyist to industry professionals. If you are shooting film or video and/or working with any Adobe software product then mastering Adobe Premiere will open the door to editing, effects, sound and graphics.
Over two Saturday’s this hands-on beginner’s level film editing course teaches participants to perform editing functions, while becoming familiar with the user interface.
No previous knowledge of Adobe Premiere is required.

Introduction to Final Cut Pro X
Our two Saturday hands-on Beginners Final Cut Pro X Course familiarises participants with the user interface, teaches trainees to perform basic editing functions and how to work with new features including the Automatic Import features, Media Management and Improved Timeline.
No previous knowledge of Final Cut is required, our course is designed for beginners and those with a little experience.
This course will lead you through the basics of using this powerful software package, working on practical, hands on examples and exercises ensuring you benefit from practical experience and learn useful tips and tricks.

Photography

Introduction to Street Photography
This intensive but fun course will take you out onto the streets of Camden to help confront your fears when involving capturing strangers in your images. Explore the historical context of photographing people on the street, practise your technique in observing and capturing them, and consider the issues of consent and recognising subjects’ fears and boundaries. This is a practical course, taught through hands-on workshops. There will be lots of practical exercises to give you the confidence and basic skills to go out and shoot independently. You must have your own digital DSLR camera to enrol on the course.

Introduction to Studio Light Photography (Mixed Level)
Light your studio shots like a pro: explore the creative possibilities of studio flash and continuous lighting for high-quality portraiture and still-life photography. Our introduction to studio lighting course will teach you how to use controlled lighting to your advantage across a range of types of photography. This course provides an introduction into lighting subjects. You will learn how to creatively use tungsten lights, studio flash, hand-held meters, while exploring studio lighting techniques for your desired outcome. You must have your own digital DSLR camera to enrol on the course.

Surface Manipulation of 2D Prints
This course will introduce you to a variety of surface manipulation techniques such as Craquelure, small relieve, ageing, guilding for 2D artwork (prints, canvas). You will learn how to add creatively different textures to printwork. This course is ideal for photographers, craft enthusiast and Foundation Art Diploma learners or anyone interested in the subject.

Fashion 

Fashion Garment Construction (Beginners)
Discover how to make your own clothes using professional sewing methods. Working with a commercial pattern, we will take a structured, step-by-step approach. You will learn to sew important finishing details and achieve a technically accurate clean, crisp finish for your garments. This course is a fantastic introduction into the world of fashion and sewing. All courses follow on from each other, with a different garment type each term. However it is possible to take these courses individually. There are also optional extension tasks built into each term.

Millinery: Hat Making Stage 1 (Beginner/Intermediate)
This introductory course will cover the making of hats from flat patterns. Since these hats are constructed from small pieces this is ideal for recycling e.g. making a Baker boy cap from an old pair of jeans or a Beret from that old leopard skin skirt or you could use two contrasting fabrics , a Beanie could be made from a knitted material , perhaps an old washed in jumper you still love . Students will learn how to draft a pattern from their own measurements and use appropriate interlinings to finish their hat to a professional standard.

Millinery: Hat Making Stage 2 (Beginner/Intermediate)
This course has a Retro theme. You will have a chance to make a hat with a brim, a 1920s Cloche hat or a Classic Trilby. You will choose from a range of patterns provided and handouts, demonstrations and tutor guidance will help you to complete a wearable hat in just two sessions.

Millinery: Hat Making Stage 3 (Beginner/Intermediate)
This new course will teach you how to make a fabulous headdress suitable for fashion, theatre, burlesque or dance. You will learn how to make a wire framework and how to build the design using a range of materials including feathers, glitzy fabrics, metallic laces, old jewellery bits, leather, plastic, beads and sequins and Millinery Crins .As well as specialist ways of keeping the headdresses securely anchored to the head.

Pattern Cutting Stage (Beginners)
This course is for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of how garments are constructed and made to fit. It is a great first step into the world of fashion.
You will learn how to draft a fitted block according to individual measurements and gain an understanding of how to use darts to achieve different design options. You will Discover the professional approach to the discipline of pattern cutting for fashion. Working step by step you will create technical and mathematically accurate paper outcomes.

Textiles

Experimental Machine Knitting and Hand Knitting
This course is for beginners, or those with some experience, and offers you an introduction to basic domestic machine knitting, as well as incorporating a range of experimental techniques. Starting with casting on, you will learn shaping and partial knitting to create exciting textures, colour combinations and patterns. You will produce a collection of experimental knitted swatches combining all the techniques learned, with wool & wire.

Crochet Workshop (Beginner/Intermediate)
This course will give you a broad introduction to the traditional and re-emerging craft of crochet. Beginners will explore crochet through learning its basic principles, through crafting, designing
and constructing a purse or bag. You will learn about a wide variety of yarns and finishing techniques, as well as using professional terminology. Improvers in this day class will use their existing crochet knowledge to read patterns, and make a variety of traditional granny squares. These can be constructed into either a cushion cover, or a scarf.

Cross-Stitch Workshop (Beginner/Intermediate)
This course is a modern introduction to designing and cross stitching a square sampler. There are so many exciting projects you can make with basic cross stitching skills! Get your start with this timeless technique in this Introduction to Cross-Stitch workshop You’ll learn the basic cross-stitch, zig zag, herringbone, tacked herringbone, oblong, and rice stitches.  By the end of this class, you’ll know how to complete a sampler and be able to embark on your own projects with this traditional craft.

Introduction to Tapestry and Cloth Weaving Workshop (Mixed Level)
This one day course is a broad introduction to weaving, where you will explore two contrasting methods: tapestry weaving and tabletop loom weaving. You will explore the basic foundations of weaving by creating a series of samples using a variety of materials and yarns.

Natural Dyeing Fibre and Craft Workshop (Mixed Level)
This course provides a unique opportunity to experiment and craft with a selection of natural dyed fibres. Using waste from vegetables and fruit, you will be amazed by the colours that can be
achieved with basic equipment at home! Whilst yarns are being dyed, you will learn a traditional craft skill such as knitting, crochet weaving or embroidery, and learn about different types of yarn to inspire a project that can be completed with your own naturally dyed yarns at home.

Shibori Textiles (Beginners/Intermediate)
Learn to create textile designs using the ancient Japanese art of Shibori while dyeing and manipulating cloth to create a variety of patterns. You will be introduced to the different types of cloth manipulation such as Arashi, Itajame, Nui,Kumo, Kanako and Miura. On this course you will create a series of samples.

Surface Textile Design (Mixed Level)
This one day course is an introduction to surface design using dyes and special pigments. You will be introduced to a range of techniques of working with colour on fabric and you will have the opportunity to explore pattern, create motifs using print and employ innovative fabric manipulation techniques to create a range of fabric samples.

Textiles: Embroidery (Beginners/Intermediate)
This course is a modern introduction to designing with embroidery exploring pattern, texture symmetry and colour. You will learn five popular stitches and the French knot. You’ll be able to choose a fun design (or a drawing of your own) to embroider yourself and embark on your own project.

Languages

French for Holidays (1 day intensive)
Planning for a holiday to a French speaking country? This course will teach you some simple phrases and vocabulary, so you can communicate in a variety of everyday situations while you are away.

German for Holidays (1 day intensive)
Planning for a holiday to a German speaking country? This course will teach you some simple phrases and vocabulary, so you can communicate in a variety of everyday situations while you are away.

Italian for Holidays (1 day intensive)
Planning for a holiday to an Italian speaking country? This course will teach you some simple phrases and vocabulary, so you can communicate in a variety of everyday situations while you are away.

Spanish for Holidays (1 day intensive)
Planning for a holiday to a Spanish speaking country? This course will teach you some simple phrases and vocabulary, so you can communicate in a variety of everyday situations while you are away.

Music Performance

Drum Kit 1 (Beginners)
On this course you will be introduced to playing the drum kit, stick techniques including single and double stroke rolls, and paradiddles. You will learn to play key beats for pop, rock, reggae and jazz. If you want to play drums in a group then this is the course for you.

Drum Kit 2 (Intermediate)
On this course you will be introduced to playing the drum kit, stick techniques including single and double stroke rolls, and paradiddles. You will learn to play key beats for pop, rock, reggae and jazz. If you want to play drums in a group then this is the course for you.

Guitar: Blues, Country and Jazz, Intermediate 1
On this course you will explore the use of jazz chord shapes and inversions in the context ofplaying from chord charts as well as developing your blues and country-style rhythm and lead playing. There is further study of harmonised scales, modes and altered chords, towards an understanding of where chords come from and why they are as they are.

Guitar: Blues, Country and Jazz, Intermediate 2
On this course you will explore the use of jazz chord shapes and inversions in the context of playing from chord charts as well as developing your blues and country-style rhythm and lead playing. There is further study of harmonised scales, modes and altered chords, towards an understanding of where chords come from and why they are as they are.

Latin Percussion (Beginner/Intermediate)
On this course you will learn drumming techniques and rhythms from Cuba, Latin America and the African diaspora; Rumba, Salsa, Bantu, Arara, and Yoruba rhythms may be included. You will also learn to apply some of the rhythms to popular music.

You will learn hand drumming techniques on congas and have the opportunity to gain experience with other instruments such as timbale, bata and bongo

Music Technology, Theory and DJ

DJ Skills (Beginner/Intermediate)
On this course you will be introduced to a range of recording, DJ and performance skills, with an emphasis on practical skills. There will be some discussion on the music industry and music theory. If you have an interest in the art of DJing, be it purely for pleasure or as a profession, this is the course for you.

Teacher Training

Training the Trainer
‘Training the Trainer’ is a two day (10 hour) course designed to help you gain ideas for effective facilitation and managing groups. This course is for anyone, in any role, who trains other employees in their organisation, or if you are thinking of becoming a trainer and want to gain confidence in planning and facilitating the training. It can also be suitable as a refresher course for an experienced trainer. The course will provide the participants with an introduction to the concepts of a systematic approach to training, building the skills, knowledge and abilities that are required to be an effective trainer. You are required to attend both days of this course.

Drawing and Painting

Saturday Oil Painting (Mixed Level)
On this course you will learn the essentials of oil painting – how to manage the palette, control colour blending, what mediums to use to alter the handling qualities of the paint, and useful techniques such as glazing, impasto and bistre.

Saturday Portraiture (Mixed Level)
Working with the life model the group will be introduced to two different methods of portraiture – drawing using the key proportions of the face and painting with acrylics to achieve a modelled, tonal effect. Reference will be made to Rembrandt’s portraits.

Saturday Principles of Colour (Mixed Level)
On this course you will get hands-on experience of applying the principles of colour to painting. Colour theory will be discussed however the emphasis of the course will be practical. You will learn to make the most of colour, achieve colour harmonies and use neutral colours as well as bright colours.

Saturday Watercolour (Mixed Level)
This course is a very good first point for discovering the art of using watercolours.. You will explore different ways of painting and drawing through using water based media on paper, critically looking at various ideas and concepts that are used to create still life’s, landscapes and general sceneries.