The autumn weather is really kicking in now, leaves falling and the wind whistling and yes unfortunately there is a little more drizzle about. It’s the perfect time to join one of our classes here at Stoke lodge, enjoy the autumn colours from the comfort of our classrooms.
Last chance to join!
lots of fantastic courses starting after half term…
Film, Theatre and Literature…
- European Road Movies – Mon 4-5.30pm online from 30 Oct with Davide F32B
- An Introduction to Greek Theatre – Tues 1-3pm from 31 Oct with Richard HSR3
- Creative Writing Group – Wed 1-3pm from 8 Nov with Carolyn F36B
Drawing and Painting…
- Drawing-Beginners – Tue 9.30-12noon from 31 Oct with Mary D94B
- Acrylics-Improvers Wed 1-4pm for 1 Nov with Mary D75D
- Oil Painting-Absolute Beginners – Thu 1.30-4pm from 2 Nov with Warren D65B
Also remember to visit our new course informational pages below:
Understanding Social Media…
- Introduction to Social Media – Taster session – Tue 31 Oct 3-5.30pm with Jo CM2
- Introduction to Social Media – Tue 3-5.30pm from 7 Nov with Jo CM3
Gardens, design and history…
- The Hidden History of Horticulture – Fri 10-12.30pm for 3 Nov with Christine GCP1
- Oriental Gardens from around the World – Thu 10-12noon from 9 Nov with Jason Loh GJL1
Art in Italian…
Plus keep an eye out for Art History Courses returning to Stoke Lodge in the new year
Saturday 11 November
- Freemotion Machine Embroidery-Organza Landscapes – on Sat 11 Nov 10-4pm with Debby T35D
- French Day: Journée en Français autours des impressionnistes – Sat 11 Nov 10-3pm with Eve FLC22
Saturday 25 November
- French Day: La Bretagne – Sat 25 Nov 10-4pm with Albane FLC23
- Oil Painting Workshop-Beginners – Sat 25 Nov 10-4 with Warren D67A
- Philosophy How to overcome fears and stop worrying – Sat 25 Nov 10-4pm with Jim PJM6
- Spanish Day: Descubriendo el Pais Vasco – Sat 25 Nov 10-3pm with Gorka LES44
Unusually for us this year Halloween actually falls in term time, we’ll be getting out our decorations and giving our foyer an autumnal feel next week to add a little colour (and a few spooky additions).
This time of year, marks the end of the harvest period and the beginning of the darker winter season. Halloween has its roots in some ancient historical folklore and traditions. It is generally thought of as a time where the spirit world and magic are at their most potent. The sceptic in me doesn’t put much sway in that aspect but I am never one to pass up the opportunity for some decorations and I do believe that traditions like Halloween add a little spice to our lives and provide some entertainment as the darker nights draw in.
Those of you who have been in Stoke Lodge over the past few weeks will I am sure have been impressed by the amazing artwork we have had on display courtesy of tutor Laurel Smart and her Space for Creativity learners. It has been an absolute joy to have so much colour and talent on display so a big Thank You to Laurel and her learners for lending us their beautiful work.
We will be having more artwork on display for our extremely talented art students in the coming weeks so keep watching the walls and look out for those pieces marked as for sale – you might find yourselves a truly unique Christmas present.
Work at Stoke Lodge
Those of you on classes this term will probably have noticed (and heard) that we have been having work done to replace our fire alarm system. This work is now almost finished (just a few bits of snagging to fix) and this means we now have a much more up to date system, with lots more detectors and generally means the building and much more importantly everyone who uses the building is much better protected. I’d like to thank all our learners and tutors for their patience whilst the work has taken place.
I hope you all have a lovely half term break and look forward to seeing many of you back with us for the final part of the autumn term.