Courses by New Tutors

TUESDAY Afternoon

 
  • Geoffrey Chaucer - Civil Servant and Poet

3:00

with Graham Platts 

Library

-- 4:30pm

Geoffrey Chaucer has had an immense influence on British culture during the last six hundred years. We begin by looking at the main events of Chaucer's lifetime (c.1343-1400) and his family background, before turning to aspects of the English and European literary traditions from which he drew and the milieu within which he worked as a 'courtly writer'. We consider contemporary perceptions of society and the groups/types of people of which it comprised, before looking at how Chaucer used this material in 'The Canterbury Tales'. From this will emerge the different Chaucers inside and outside his writings. The final two sessions bring us back to the 'real' world to consider Chaucer 'the civil servant' and the changing attitudes of people at the end of the fourteenth century.

Graham Platts

A graduate of the Universities of York, Birmingham and Bath. He studied English literature before specialising in late medieval culture and society in England, then worked in schools and education management/administration in this country and overseas. Since his retirement he has been active in adult education as a tutor for the WEA and also finds time to write and research social and economic life in the fourteenth century

ALF 402

Sep 28 - Oct 19,

Nov 2 - 23

(8 Sessions)

£72

90min

15 max

 

TUESDAY Evenings - 2 Art Courses

6:30

  • East Anglian Artists

with Andrew Casey

-- 8:00pm

Zoom

This course will explore the many artists, including those less well known, both men and women, that have lived and worked in Suffolk. Each session features a different theme from the traditional styles at the turn of the century to plein air, from the kitchen sink dramas of the 1950's to contemporary work. We will look at painters, printmakers and sculptors who have contributed to the arts in Suffolk over the last hundred years. Each session will include an informal chat session to discuss our ideas and thoughts on particular artists

ALF 406

Sep 14 - Oct 19

(6 Sessions)

£54

90min 

15 max

with Andrew Casey

Andrew Casey

Studied at the Leeds College of Art.  He is a practicing artist and has exhibited his work both in London and locally at the Denis Taplin Gallery in Woodbridge, the Pond Gallery in Snape and the Upstairs Gallery in Beccles. He has been associated with the Ipswich Art Society (est. 1874) since the mid eighties and is an Honorary member. In 1987 Andrew formed the Young Blood group to promote the visuals arts created by young people.

Andrew is a well established author on the subject of twentieth century design chiefly ceramics. He has written several books on the subject and lectured in several prestigious venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Society of Arts and the Morley College in London.

Zoom

(6 Sessions)

£54

6:30

-- 8:00pm

  • Art & Design - Practical Classes

This informal and practical course will cover all the important aspects of drawing and painting, using different media in a step by step way to encourage and help you to develop your artistic skills. We will use a wide range of subjects and approaches throughout the course and to support learners the tutor will use a second camera to demonstrate each step and how to apply media. This course is ideal for beginners as well as those more experienced. 

ALF 407

Nov 2 - Dec 7

90min 

10 max

 

THURSDAY Evenings in November

 
  • From Blackface to Cross-dressing: An introduction to 18th Century Theatre   

with David Worrall & Geogina Lock

06:30

-- 8:00pm

ALF 370

Nov 4 - 18

18th century Britain, and London in particular, saw a huge expansion in theatre going.  Even by the 1740s there were several theatres in the Holborn area, some even centred on spas and wells. By 1800 the two ‘West End’ royal patent theatres, Covent Garden and Drury Lane, held around 3000 people. In the summer months, the Haymarket theatre opened when they closed.  Catherine ‘Kitty’ Clive, Margaret ‘Peg’ Woffington and David Garrick, Drury Lane’s actor/manager, became celebrities. Indeed, it was the first age of theatrical celebrity.  This course takes you into that world, looking at songs, acting techniques, plays, playbills and how theatre reflected race, empire and gender. Following an Introductory week, it will look in depth at a single play and a single epilogue (a standard feature of the evening’s entertainment, always delivered by an actress, at the end of a play).

Library

(3 Sessions)

£27

90min 

15 max

David Worrall

Georgina Lock

David Worrall is Emeritus Professor at Nottingham Trent University. His books on 18th century theatre history have been published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. He is grateful for grants and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Houghton Library (Harvard), Lewis Walpole Library (Yale) and the Australian National University. Georgina writes short stories, plays, screenplay and has made four short films.  From 2002 -2017, she was Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. She has created and is performing (most recently on zoom) two solo shows, 'The Walled Up Woman' - in the character  of a medieval anchoress in voluntary lockdown alongside a church and 'Lady in a Veil '- in the character of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who introduced inoculation against smallpox from Turkey to England in 1721. She is currently co writing a play about slavery in England with David Worrall.

FRIDAY Afternoon  September - October

 

1:05

  • Photography

-- 2:35pm

with Craig Girling

This course will cover the fundamentals of all photography practice. It will equip you with the technical know-how and creative insight to take on any type of photography; landscapes, wildlife, action, architecture, sport, studio, still life, portraits, street, social documentary, etc. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge to guide on your photography journey, wherever that may lead. The course will mix-in theory with out-and-about shooting experience around Aldeburgh. Suitable for absolute beginners, as well as more experienced photographers wishing to underpin their skills with greater understanding.

Craig Girling

Craig Girling is a commercial photographer, specialising in interiors. He is part self-taught, and part formally trained in photography as part of his studies in 3D design. He worked in London as an interior designer, before switching to interior photography in 2011. His approach to photography is structured and methodical, and believes that you must master your tools, to master your art.

Library 

ALF 419

Sep 17 - Oct 22

(6 Sessions)

£54

90min

12 max