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Workshops and classes

The West End Centre invites you to try something new, with a full season of workshops for all ages.

To book your place, or for further details, please call 01252 330040 or book online

Adult Classes

Have fun, get creative and find a new skill (or develop an existing talent) with one of our popular term-time classes. Work with our fully-qualified, experienced tutors in a relaxed environment to learn a variety of techniques and then take your work home with you for everybody to enjoy! All materials are included in the price unless otherwise stated. Please arrive 15 mins early for your first class so that you can register. For further information please give us a call.

To book your place, or for further details, please call 01252 330040 or book online

Drawing 101 **New for Autumn 2014!**

Mon 15 Sept – 8 Dec, 10.30am – 1pm
12 weeks (no class 27 Oct)

An Introduction to drawing suitable for artists at all stages – from complete beginner to the more experienced. Using a variety of different media and sources of inspiration, by the end of the course you’ll be looking at the world in a completely new way!
£115 / £86.25 / £57.50

Westy Sew & Sews

Mon 15 Sept – 24 Nov, 7.30 – 9.30pm
10 weeks (no class 27 Oct)

Whether a beginner or looking to refresh your skills, join Alice and Ginny on two introductory projects to build your understanding, and then let them guide you through a project of your choice. Please note that whilst some essentials will be provided, you will need to purchase additional materials for your own projects. Limited sewing machines are available but please do bring along your own if it’s in good working order.
£120 / £90 / £60

Dressmaking

Tues 16 Sept – 25 Nov, 10.30am – 12.30pm
10 weeks (no class 28 Oct)

Ever wanted to make your own clothes but don’t know where to start? Fed up with things not fitting? This class will introduce you to dressmaking and start you off on using your first pattern. Returning students also welcome. Bring your own fabric and paper pattern (to be agreed with tutors prior to the course) Please bring your own sewing machine if it is in good working order or reserve one of ours at booking.
£120 / £90 / £60

Westy Community Choir

Tues 16 Sept – 9 Dec, 7 – 9pm
12 weeks (no class 28 Oct)

You may have seen our fantastic Community Choir performing at various events around Rushmoor, singing Christmas carols or beautiful, harmony-laden versions of pop classics. The Choir continues to go from strength to strength, and the best bit is that you don’t need to read music, or have an amazing voice – all we ask is that you want to have fun!
£48 / £36 / £24

Adult Drama

Tues 16 Sept – 9 Dec, 8.15 – 10.15pm
12 weeks (no class 28 Oct)

This fun course for both newcomers and returning actors will help you fine-tune existing theatrical skills and learn new dramatic techniques. Explore voice projection, stage craft, improvisational techniques and play devising with tutor Bekki Budd, before taking part in a production before an invited audience. £66 / £49.50 / £33

Adult Pottery

Tues 16 Sept – 9 Dec, 7 – 9.30pm – £156 / £117 / £78
Thurs 18 Sept – 11 Dec, 7 – 9pm – £134 / £100.50 / £67
Fri 19 Sept – 12 Dec, 10.30am – 12.30pm – £134 / £100.50 / £67

12 weeks (no class 28, 30 & 31 Oct)

You’ll be amazed at what you can create with tutors Lucy Burley and Fiona Sandover in our well equipped pottery studio. Learn and practice both throwing and handbuilding techniques to make everything from mugs and jugs to ornamental sculptures, masks, clocks, or even jewellery! All classes are mixed ability, beginners and experienced potters welcome.

Stained Glass

Wed 24 Sept – 3 Dec, 10.30am – 12.30pm
10 weeks (no class 29 Oct)

Design, cut and construct your own contemporary leaded glass panel with artist Maggie Beal. Please bring an old shirt or apron, and wear closed shoes, not open-toed sandals. This class is not suitable for anyone who is or may be pregnant.
£125 / £93.75 / £62.50

Life Drawing

Wed 17 Sept – 10 Dec, 7 – 9pm
12 weeks (no class 29 Oct)

Led by our Artist-in-Residence, Stephen Critchley, nude models work through a variety of poses whilst you experiment with different media, including ink and charcoal. Whether you are a complete novice or a professional artist, Stephen can help you achieve your potential.
£125 / £93.75 / £62.50

The Drawing Room

Thurs 18 Sept – 11 Dec, 10am – 12pm
12 weeks (no class 30 Oct)

A playful and experimental course that will give you a new outlook on drawing. Work with tutor Emma Hobbs to explore the potential in a range of materials and using a variety of techniques ranging from ink wax resist to print. Together you will generate a variety of studies and finished pieces that will build your confidence in your creative ability and encourage you to trust your own creative instincts.
£115 / £86.25 / £57.50

Easy Squeezy Nepalesey

Fri 26 Sept – 5 Dec, 3 – 5pm
10 weeks (no class 31 Oct)

Namaste. Kasto Cha? Thik cha, dhanybhad.*
With up to 10% of the population of Rushmoor of Nepalese origin, our popular beginners course with tutor Bikash will help you communicate with friends and colleagues.

*Hello, how are you? I am fine, thank you.

£50 / £37.50 / £25 / FREE to Rushmoor residents.

Please ask for more info when booking.

 

Teen Classes

For ages 10 – 16! A great opportunity to have fun whilst complementing your school studies, developing a new skill, and making new friends! All materials are included.

Westy Youth Theatre

  • 8 – 12 yrs: Mon 15 Sept – 8 Dec, 5 – 6.30pm £54 / £40.50

  • 12 – 14 yrs: Tue 16 Sept – 9 Dec, 6 – 8pm £66 / £49.50

  • 14 – 19 yrs: Mon 15 Sept – 8 Dec, 7 – 9pm £66 / £49.50

12 weeks (no class 27 and 28 Oct)

Whether you are an aspiring actor or simply want to have fun and improve your confidence, our three groups explore a range of drama techniques and give you a chance to get stuck-in to some serious acting. Under the expert guidance of our tutor, Bekki Budd, you can express yourself and be whoever you want to be.

TXTILES

Mon 29 Sept – 24 Nov, 4.30 – 6pm
8 weeks (No class 27 Oct)

If you’re keen to learn about sewing, and would love to master using a sewing machine, this is the course for you! We’ve devised a series of projects to inspire you, teach basic techniques and develop your creative skills. Returning students may wish to start projects of their own choosing. Limited sewing machines are available but if you have your own and it’s in good working order, please bring it along with you.
£70 / £52.50

Clay Cool

Thu 2 Oct – 27 Nov, 4.30 – 6pm
8 weeks (No class 30 Oct)

In our relaxed, friendly pottery club we’ve made some amazing things: funky shoes, jewellery, jugs, mugs and sculptures – join us to see what you can create!
For ages 10 – 16, £70 / £52.50

 

Workshops

Our workshops are for age 16+ and all materials are included unless otherwise stated.

Kick Start to Sewing

Saturday 25 Jan, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Have a sewing machine but need help to get started? If so, then Alice and Ginny’s introduction to machine sewing day is for you. During the day you will learn how to set up your machine, create basic stitches and cover basic core skills through the creation of a simple cushion cover. Please note sewing machines must be in good working order. Please also bring your sewing machine manual. If you do not yet have your own machine then please reserve one at booking. All materials provided.

£50 / £37.50 / £25

Textiles Block Printing

Saturday 1 Feb, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Spend a day creating beautiful, hand printed textiles. You will design and create your own printing blocks using lino and other materials, and experiment with colour palettes and repeat designs, building up interesting patterns and motifs on products to take home. No experience is necessary.

£40 / £30 / £20

Nuno Felted Scarf

Sat 8 Feb, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Spend the day creating something special for yourself or as a gift. Fuse voile and soft merino fibres to create a delicate nuno hand felted scarf. Add delicate hand stitching and beading as a finishing touch. Please bring a small towel with you.

£45 / £33.75 / £22.50

An Introduction to Stained Glass

Sat 15 Feb, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Design, cut and construct your own contemporary leaded glass panel with artist Maggie Beal. Please bring an old shirt or apron, and wear closed shoes, not open-toed sandals! This workshop is not suitable for anyone who is or may be pregnant.

£50 / £37.50 / £25

Life Drawing

Sat 15 Feb, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Led by our Artist-in-Residence Stephen Critchley, nude models work through a variety of poses whilst you experiment with different media, including ink and charcoal. All abilities welcome.

£45 / £33.75 / £22.50

Teapot in a day

Sat 1 Mar, 10.30 am – 4.30pm
Spend a wonderfully relaxing day in our Pottery Studio, where tutor Lucy Burley will show you how to make your very own teapot and have a go on the pottery wheel.

£50 / £37.50 / £25

Dissolvable Vessels and Pots

Sat 1 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Join tutor Emma Hobbs for an incredible day using a sewing machine and water soluble fi lm to create sculptural shapes! Build a web of fabrics and thread, before dissolving over 3D forms to make amazing unique vessels. A limited amount of our machines are available to use during this session, please reserve one when booking. Please bring your own sewing machine with you, if you have one, with the ability to free machine embroider. £40 / £30 / £20

Sat 1 Mar, 10.30am – 12.30pm: Up-cycled Jewellery

Learn new techniques to reinvent found objects and clothing. Create yarn to knit with using recycled materials including electrical wiring and old T-shirts to produce interesting accessories and jewellery to take home! No previous experience necessary. £15 / £11.25 / £7.50

Historic Photographic Processes

Sat 8 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Come and enjoy a fascinating day with tutor Tracey Bridger creating 19th Century style photographic prints without the use of a camera, and exploring techniques such as Cyanotype and Argyrotype. Suitable for all abilities.

£40 / £30 / £20

Plaiting with willow

Sat 8 Mar, 1pm – 4pm
Basket-maker Judith Needham will show you how willow can be plaited, using a technique borrowed from corn dollies. You will start by making a spiral bird feeder and a little hanging basket, then have time to experiment with the method and try out your own ideas.

£25 / £18.75 / £12.50

Silver ring in a day

Sat 15 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Using sterling silver sheet to form the basis of your unique ring, tutor Amy Hubbard will teach you traditional jewellery fabrication skills including piercing, soldering, and texture making to design your very own one off creation. This is a class suitable for absolute beginners. Please make sure you wear old clothes or have an apron with you. All tools will be provided and there will be a short while at the beginning of class to come up with designs, however it would be advantageous to come prepared with some rough ideas.

£55 / £41.25 / £27.50

Make your own perfume

Sat 15 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Join medical herbalist Janine Gerhardt and learn about the historical use of perfume, its connection to Alchemy,

extraction methods and how to structure a perfume. Become acquainted with a variety of essential and infused oils and consequently design, create & take home your very own bespoke perfume, Eau de Perfume or Eau de Toilette.

£40 / £30 / £20

Stained Glass: Next steps

Sat 29 Mar, 10.30am – 4.30pm
A workshop for people who want to practice and improve their basic skills, plus experiment with cutting circles as Tutor Maggie Beal shows you how to cut curves. Bring along ideas for your design, and after a quick update on techniques you will have the opportunity to create a small leaded light panel.

£50 / £37.50 / £25

Life Drawing

Sat 26 Apr, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Led by our Artist-in-Residence, Stephen Critchley, the nude models work through a variety of poses whilst you experiment with different media, including ink and charcoal. This day will refresh and inspire your drawing, whether novice or professional.

£45 / £33.75 / £22.50

Sun prints

Sat 26 Apr, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Learn how to create photographic images without the need for a camera. Compose fun and interesting prints exposing found objects and images onto photo sensitive paper, then take your prints home to show off your new found photography skills. Suitable for all abilities.

£35 / £26.25 / £17.50

Experimental textiles

Sat 3 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Create exciting and experimental textile pieces. Using heat bonding techniques play with fusing fabrics, plastics and papers. Samples can then be machine and hand stitched into, to embellish and enrich the surface. Please bring a selection of thick plastic carrier bags in a variety of colours, machine sewing thread and, if possible, a sewing machine although not essential.

£35 / £26.25 / £17.50

Shibori - Heat setting

Sat 3 May, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Using an innovative heat setting process that sets fabrics into structured shapes, create a textured scarf to take home using this new interpretation of traditional Japanese Shibori techniques. No previous experience is necessary.

£20 / £15 / £10

An introduction to stained glass

Sat 10 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Design, cut and construct your own contemporary leaded glass panel with artist Maggie Beal. Please bring an old shirt or apron, and wear closed shoes, not open-toed sandals! This workshop is not suitable for anyone who is or may be pregnant.

£50 / £37.50 / £25

Portraits and self-portraits (Beginners)

Sat 10 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm
A fun and interactive day, learning how to take Portraits and Self Portraits using the best source of light available and introducing artificial lighting techniques. Bring your own camera along. Basic Digital Camera and Medium Format Camera handling will be demonstrated.

£35 / £26.25 / £17.50

Silver pendant in a day

Sat 7 Jun, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Using sterling silver sheet, in this day class you will design and make a unique pendant. Tutor Amy Hubbard will teach you techniques including piercing, soldering, texture making and polishing. Please bring old clothes to wear or an apron, and some rough design ideas if you can. If you have a chain at home that you may like to put your pendant on, please bring this with you too. This is a class suitable for complete beginners.

£65 / £48.75 / £32.50

Stake and strand basket

Sat 14 Jun, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Under the guidance of basket maker Judith Needham you will make a round basket with a flat base using the stake and strand technique. This could be a shallow fruit basket or even a waste paper basket, the choice is yours. Returners may want to move on to an oval based basket and perhaps try adding a handle.

£40 / £30 / £20

Shibori - Indigo dyeing

Sat 21 Jun, 10.30am – 4.30pm
During this experimental, introductory workshop you will be taught a series of Japanese Shibori resist dyeing techniques – which involves clamping and tying cloth – before dyeing it in a bath of traditional indigo dye. You will create beautiful patterns across scarves and samples to take home. No previous experience is necessary.

£35 / £26.25 / £17.50

 

Forever Young Family Crafts

These sessions, on the second Saturday of every month, provide a fantastic opportunity for families to work together and create something amazing. Make art with your children and grab some precious quality time along the way.

Sessions run from 10.30am – 12.30pm and cost £3 each.
Suitable for ages 3+.

Dress for mess!

Sat 13 Sept: SAND ART & SUN CATCHERS

Bringing the sunshine indoors! Sprinkle, peel and shake to create your own unique sand picture, and use glass pens to paint a stunning bright, stained glass-style sun catcher for your window.

Sat 11 Oct: HALLOWEEN CANDLE HOLDERS

Pumpkins, gargoyles and things that go bump in the night… let your imagination run wild when creating your creepy candle holder out of clay. We will then fire and glaze it for you to collect before Halloween.

Sat 15 Nov: FUNKY JUNK

Making recycling fun! Creative ways to use everyday objects around the home to make amazing and beautiful things, including jewellery, keyrings, wristbands and accessories.

Sat 13 Dec: PAINTING WITH FELT

Enjoy the sensory process of felt making. Create a stunning scene or colourful abstract patterns using wool in its raw form to draw, make marks and mix colour. Experience the magic of felting with your own hands – no brushes required!

 

Monthly Makes

Join us in the West End Centre bar every month on a Monday night for an informal get-together with fun and easy creative projects to take home. Bring a friend or come and make new ones!

Sessions run from 7 – 9pm and cost £12 each, including all materials plus a glass of wine or soft drink.

Mon 8 Sept: FELT MOBILE PHONE COVER

Tutor Debi Retallick will help keep your phone safe and snug in a one-off handmade felt case, designed and made by you.

Mon 6 Oct: UPCYCLING

Join upcycling enthusiast Rebecca Plumridge as she shows you creative ways to use everyday objects around the home to make amazing and beautiful things.

Mon 10 Nov: WILLOW REINDEER

Willow artist Judith Needham will guide you in making beautiful little reindeer to give as gifts, adorn your mantelpiece, or sit on top of your Christmas cake.

Mon 1 Dec: FESTIVE BAUBLES

Spend a merry evening with Alice and Ginny using tissue paper, ribbons, glitter, sequins and learn to make your very own festive baubles to hang on your tree.

 

Sewing Café

Our wonderful FREE drop-in on the second Tuesday of the month, using our own Janome sewing machines. Tea and cake are available whilst you relax in our bar area and work on your own sewing projects under the watchful eye of Westy tutor Ginny Farquhar.

Tuesday 9 Sept, 7 Oct, 11 Nov, 9 Dec

10.30am – 12.30pm

 

Westy Youth Theatre

8 – 12 yrs: Monday 5pm – 6.30pm: 13 Jan – 24 Mar and 28 Apr – 14 Jul, £44 / £33 per term

12 – 14 yrs: Tuesday 6pm – 8pm, 14 Jan – 25 Mar and 29 Apr – 8 Jul, £55 / £41.25 per term

14 – 19 yrs: Monday 7pm – 9pm, 13 Jan – 24 Mar and 28 Apr – 14 Jul, £55 / £41.25 per term

10 weeks (no class 17 & 18 Feb or 5, 26 & 27 May)

Whether you are an aspiring actor or simply want to have fun and improve your confidence, our three groups explore a range of drama techniques and give you a chance to get stuck-in to some serious acting. Under the expert guidance of our tutor, Bekki Budd, you can express yourself and be whoever you want to be.