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October 2021

Landscapes in “Thick & Thin” Acrylics

Saturday 30 October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Landscapes in "Thick & Thin" Acrylics With David Pasfield Heavy body acrylics can be used with a palette knife to create textures and expressive paintings. David will demonstrate his technique during this inspiring day; first using a brush and then palette knife. Free up your painting style – being bold and not worrying about detail. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – preferably heavy-bodied (or you can use ordinary paints mixed with an impasto gel). Impasto gel – Winsor & Newton Galeria range has a heavy structure gel which is idea for creating strong surface texture. MDF board or hardboard at…

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November 2021

Landscapes in Acrylic & Paper Collage

Saturday 13 November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Landscapes in Acrylic & Paper Collage With David Pasfield Landscapes can be “loosened up” by using collage and acrylics. Bring texture and vibrancy to your work on canvas or primed board. No experience is required as a tutor-led step-by-step process will be used during the day. Work from the tutor’s ideas or bring your own photographs for inspiration. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – vibrant colours. Papers, newspaper, magazines, old maps, prints, doilies, rice paper, tissue paper, sheet music, junk mail adverts, and any other decorative papers. Canvas or primed board at least 60 x 60 cm. Large bristle brushes…

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Green Sewing: Back to Basics

Saturday 13 November, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Green Sewing: Back to Basics – Hand Mending, Fixing and Patching With Karen Odinga Extend the life of your clothing by revisiting all those forgotten little techniques that can make something as good as new. We will make sampler pincushions (sewing basket essential) that serves as handy technique reminders of: Sewing on buttons (flat & shank). Basic hemming of trousers/skirts. Will show on actual trouser legs as well! Applying patches-either make your own or store bought. Darning/needle weaving for filling holes in a decorative way. Embroidery stitches for decorative fills/repairs. Iron-on handy helps/fixes. What items should be in your “repair…

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Still Life in Acrylic & Paper Collage

Saturday 27 November, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

Still Life in Acrylic & Paper Collage With David Pasfield Use paper collage in conjunction with acrylics to create vibrant and textured works. No experience of these mediums is required, as a step-by-step process will be used throughout the day. Paint from a setup of flowers, foliage, and accessories. Free up your work with this exciting and experimental style. Equipment & Materials: Acrylic paints – vibrant colours. Papers, newspaper, magazines, old maps, prints, doilies, rice paper, tissue paper, sheet music, junk mail adverts, and any other decorative papers. Canvas or primed board at least 60 x 60 cm. Large bristle…

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Diamond Art

Saturday 27 November, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£22

With the EHA Beading Group Learn the straightforward skill of decorating a picture in a calming, reflective frame of mind. You have a choice of pictures ranging from a Christmas scene to a cute little animal. Just a couple of hours will show you a fun pastime available to all. What is Diamond Art? "Diamond painting is a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. You use an applicator to apply hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones, one-by-one, on an adhesive color-coded canvas painting. The end result is a vivid, shimmering work of art." Price includes a kit of your choice.

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December 2021

Christmas Net Trees

Saturday 4 December, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£20

With Pam Jermy An opportunity to make a unique (almost) no sew Christmas decoration, with lots of opportunities for you to add your own touches. You will be able to reproduce the tree in different sizes or colours at home as well This Saturday class will kick off Christmas with coffee and mince pies included!.. £20 - discount for EHA members!Materials kits costs £8.50, including this specially-designed stand available for the first eight participants.

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Drawing with Pencils

Saturday 11 December, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£22

Drawing with Pencils With David Pasfield This class is suitable for beginners through to more experienced artists. The class will begin with drawing 'warm-up' exercises progressing to a final piece of work. You will use a range of pencils (of your choice) to achieve pleasing results. Whether beginner or a proficient drawer, you will be working from a choice of objects in the classroom or, weather permitting, outside. Please bring you own equipment and paper - no materials are provided. Equipment & Materials: Pencils – your choice. Eraser and sharpener. Several sheets of paper.

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March 2022

Green Sewing with Your Machine

26 March, 2022, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Braintree Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End
Braintree,CM7 9AEUnited Kingdom
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£45

With Karen Odinga Green Sewing with Your Machine - Mending, Re-purposing & Upcycling Sale, Charity & Vintage Finds or Your Own Pieces (Needing some TLC) Learn basic sewing and design techniques to give some TLC or upcycle your own well-loved pieces or vintage finds to extend its life or give a unique twist to a garment. Participants can bring along an item for advice and starting on its make-over with the skills learned in the session. Through demos and making your own reference samples, you will learn: How to make a dart to shape a garment. (Make a sample) Adding…

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Information for Students

Some parking is available to the rear of the Centre. If you have equipment to bring in, you can access the building directly into the main hall through the doors in the car park. If the doors aren’t open, please inform the office you have arrived and the doors will be opened for you.

If you think you may have access difficulties please let us know in advance, as we have accessible facilities available. Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor. Wheelchair access is through the door on the front of the Centre.

Free tea & coffee will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your lunch or you can choose to visit one of the many cafes and takeaways in town.

Please wear suitable clothing, and if you’re bringing any electrical equipment please ensure that it is in good working order with a solid plug and undamaged wiring – check it before you come!

Payment

Class fees should be paid in advance by card (which can be done over the phone- 01376 323280).

We will also accept cheques, which will be cashed two weeks before the date of the class once we are sure the class will run, and should be made payable to Braintree & Bocking Community Association.

There may be an additional cost for appropriate materials, which if applicable, should be paid to the tutor on the day of the class – please check the class details.

Cancellation policy

Fees are non-refundable from two weeks before the class unless we can sell the space to another student (subject to a minimum of six students booked). Fees may be transferable at our discretion.

Please understand that the Centre cannot afford to run classes at a loss, since we are a charity. As such, classes may be cancelled if we are unable to achieve a minimum number of students. If this is the case, you will be informed two weeks before the date of the class and your fee will be refunded.

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