Now enrolling for Autumn 2017

You can now enrol for our new courses starting in September.

Find a course and enrol online at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

or browse through the new brochure here: http://www.wea.org.uk/eastmidlands/about-us/publications/derby-and-derbyshire-2017-brochure

If you would like to book a place on one of the day schools, please contact the Derby office on 01332 291805 or derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Drawing and painting the multicultural way – Spring 2017

Arte HuicholIn this course we explore the visual culture (in its widest form) of a chosen area of the world. Students use this to inspire and inform their artwork in a wide variety of media, improving their skills as they go.

Tutor – Jane Livne
Fee £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 9 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337130

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

A pick and mix of modern poetry, Part 2 – Spring 2017

PoetryThis course will explore themes in contemporary poetry by focusing on a selection of poems from a recently published collection. Comparison with poetry from other periods will form part of this process, as will students’ own choices from the anthology, Being Human.

Tutor – Carol Anthony
Fee £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date
– Monday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 7 meetings from 16 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337129

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

On the run: the history of migration – Spring 2017

Les migrations des Slaves (musée national de Slovénie, Ljubljana)This course is for anyone willing to consider again the important issues around migration today. We will look at the political, social, economic, religious and ethical effects of living in the 21st century, placing them in historical context and asking what role we might play in dealing with such matters.

Tutor – Kevin Brown
Fee £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 1:30pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 16 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337132

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong – Summer 2017

P1150131duoThis form of exercise combines body movements and mental stimulation. The gentle movements energise the body without putting undue strain on joints and muscles. Practised regularly, these exercises will help to relieve stress and tension, help body balance and increase a general sense of wellbeing.

Tutor – Janette Jackson
Fee £52.00 or Free
Venue – West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby, DE22 3BL
Date –Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm, 9 meetings from 27 April 2017
Course Ref – C2337193

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Derby Book Festival events hosted by WEA Derby

WEA Derby are pleased to announce that we are hosting some of the events for the Derby Book Festival in June 2016:

Roman Derbyshire by Mark Patterson

Derbyshire was the geographical centre of Roman Britain. Derby, Chesterfield, Buxton and many places in the White and Dark Peaks hosted forts, farms and industries, including home-grown Derbyshire Ware pottery, all connected by numerous Roman roads.  Tales of lost antiquities and legends about those left behind when the Romans withdrew are also part of the story told by journalist Mark Patterson, whose earlier book, Roman Nottinghamshire was shortlisted for the Current Archaeology Book of the Year.

Monday 6 June 2016
at WEA, The Mill

2 – 3pm

 

Vaughan Williams: Composer, Radical, Patriot by Keith Alldritt

At this event, Keith Alldritt will be in conversation with Janet Tennant about his latest book, Vaughan Williams: Composer, Radical, Patriot.
Based on extensive research into the unpublished papers of Vaughan Williams in the British Library and other collections, this biography gives a detailed account of the long life and career of one of Britain’s greatest composers.
It shows how historical events such as the Boer War, the two World Wars and the Depression of the thirties, as well as his interest in history and literature, influenced the life and music of Britain’s greatest symphonist.   It is also the first book to assess the importance of the love affair which he entered into late in life.

Saturday 11 June 2016
at WEA, The Mill
11am – 12noon
£4

 

John Whitehurst by Maxwell Craven

John Whitehurst FRS (1713-1788) was an important figure in the English Enlightenment, a man who lived for 40 years of his life in Derby and one of the founders of the celebrated Lunar Society, established with Erasmus Darwin and Matthew Boulton in 1765. Yet his reputation has been overshadowed by later colleagues: Josiah Wedgwood, James Keir, James Watt and Joseph Priestley. Although a clockmaker by calling, Whitehurst was an important pioneer of modern geological science, of factory design, meteorology and domestic appliances. Beyond the Lunar circle his close friends included the painter Joseph Wright ARA and the architect Joseph Pickford.  This book places Whitehurst firmly back where he belongs, at the core of the Enlightenment and in the vanguard of the Industrial Revolution.

Saturday 11 June 2016
at WEA, The Mill
2.30 – 3.30pm
£4

Please see www.derbybookfestival.co.uk for details on how to book for these events

 

 

 

Christmas and New Year closure

The Derby office of the WEA closes for the holidays at 13.00 on Monday 21 December 2015. If your query is urgent the Nottingham office will be open on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December, and they can be contacted on 0115 9628400.

You can still enrol online at https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online while the office is closed.

The Derby office will open again on Monday 4 January 2016.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope to see you in the new year!

 

Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong- Summer 2016

ENERGIEPLATZ® - HOTEL WALDESRUHEThis course is suitable for complete beginners, introducing them to a highly beneficial way to exercise combining body movement and mental stimulation. The gentle movements energise the body without placing undue strain on joints and muscles. Practised regularly it will relieve stress and tension, increasing a sense of wellbeing.

Tutor – Lusia Green
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby DE22 3BL
Date – Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm, 9 meetings from 14 April 2016
Course Ref – C2335662
Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Prayer, place & politics: Victorian England- Spring 2016

Queen Victoria / La reine VictoriaStarting with an examination of the 1851 Religious Census the course will examine how the established Church and non-conformist groups developed and their response to the twin challenges of industrialisation and urbanisation.

Tutor – Richard Stone
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 8 January 2016
Course Ref – C2335608

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Botanical illustration- Spring 2016

Garden TulipThis course which is for all levels of ability, will focus on helping you to develop the observational, drawing and painting skills necessary to depict plant life in detail or in a more expressive way. We will work from life and from photographs.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 8 January 2016
Course Ref – C2335616

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Painting in watercolour- Spring 2016

watercolorWhether your interests lie in landscape, still life or portraiture, this class will help you to focus on developing your watercolour skills. You will be able to develop at your own pace and in your own style.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £80.85 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 10 meetings from 8 January 2016
Course Ref – C2335617

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

WEA tutor reads her poetry

You are welcome to attend the launch and signing of Mice That Roared: Linked Short Stories, and Napoleon Solo Biscuits by WEA creative writing tutor Deborah Tyler-Bennett on Saturday 28 November, 11.30-2.00 upstairs at WH Smith in Loughborough.

There will also be a reading from both these books on Sunday 20 December at Debbie Bryan’s shop, St Mary Gate, Lace Market, Nottingham (time to be confirmed.)

We need your help

Our spring/summer brochures will be with us shortly, ready for delivery to students in early December.

We’ll all be working hard to get our brochures out to our current students, libraries and other places in our local areas. However, we are always looking for new places to take a few brochures and so would welcome your ideas and suggestions.

For example there will be lots of fayres and seasonal events happening over the next few weeks; will you be attending one? or visiting a local community centre to see a show or pantomime? could you leave a few brochures?

5 or 10 brochures left in new places could attract the one or two students we need to make your course viable … we will try our upmost to spread our publicity as far and wide as we can … but there is so little time between now and  spring course starts – a little help and/or suggestions from your will help us immensely.

Thank you.

 

The Pitmen Painters

WEA Courses Across Notts

Nottingham Lace Market Theatre has a production of Lee Hall’s award winning play The Pitmen Painters this November.

The WEA is extremley proud of its association with the Pitmen Painters and our part in their development; this seems especially important to us now that the last painter Norman Cornish, has  died.

The background to the Pitmen Painters:

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In 1934 a group of Northumberland miners in Ashington attended a WEA evening class in art appreciation. Struggling to understand the paintings they were presented with, they began to paint the everyday things they saw around them. They produced some iconic artwork which gained national recognition. You can discover more about them here

Lee Hall, writer of Billy Elliot champions that culture should be available to all and tell the Pitmens’ story in this play. Funny, emotive and entertaining, the play examines the lives of their group of ordinary men who do extraordinary…

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Save Adult Education!

WEA Leicester

Save Adult Education

This campaign is being led by the WEA, for and on behalf of everyone involved in adult and community learning in the UK.

The Government is currently preparing its Spending Review for the next 5 years and adult education is under threat. All non-protected departments, including Business, Innovation and Skills which funds the WEA work, have been asked by the Chancellor to suggest cuts of 25% and 40%.

http://www.wea.org.uk/campaign

Here’s how you can support the campaign:

1. Write to your local MP

• Find their contact details at http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
• Write to them by letter or email or contact them via social media.
• Write also to the Chancellor George Osborne at HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ or email: public.enquiries@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

2. Spread the word on social media

• Use ‪#‎saveadulteducation‬ on twitter and facebook, and tell the world about the positive impact adult education has had…

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