Southam College Community Education team are back at the centre in the New Year with seven opportunities for you to learn something new – so whether you wanted to learn to sew, learn to paint, learn Spanish, trace your family history or do a gentle exercise class there isn’t a better time to start – why not ask for your course or materials as a Christmas present?
Family History for beginners – Tuesday Mornings (Oak Room)
This introductory course covers the basic sources and skills needed to begin effective family history research. This course is suitable for beginners and for those with a little research experience.
- Effective website research
- Sourcing and using records of Births, Marriages and Deaths online
- Examining Victorian census returns
- Conducting a successful interview
- Searching data sets
- Creating a family tree
Your tutor will guide and support you throughout the course with illustrated tutorials, overviews and case studies to highlight key points. There will be also be the opportunity for plenty of hands-on research practise using the ancestry websites www.ancestry.co.uk and www.findmypast.co.uk.
Bring along your own laptop or tablet so you can access these family history websites via Wifi at the centre. Basic computer skills are required and you need experience of using the internet to search for information (e.g. using Google or other search engines). Please also bring a notepad, pen and a folder to store hand outs. If you have any documentation to assist your search this may also be helpful. Advice will be provided at the first session.
Fitness, fun and flexibility – Wednesday morning (Youth Club)
A “nice n’ easy”, fun but effective one hour class of which 20 minutes is seated. To help you: • Move more easily • Feel energised and be stronger • Gain health benefits • Improve balance • Feel more relaxed • Enjoy moving to a wide range of music
Creative Hand Stitching Techniques – Thursday Mornings (Youth Club)
This course delivers a host of stitching techniques using a variety of tools and materials from traditional and contemporary genres. Explore colour, texture and pattern using a selection of fibres, fabrics and threads and gain skills in simple hand embroidery to produce a unique piece of work. The course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience. Bring a basic sewing kit and any oddments of fabric, threads and yarns. The tutor will advise weekly about additional materials / resources to bring to the next session (recycled materials used where possible).
Spanish for Beginners – Thursday morning (Oak Room)
During the first term we will be learning about: Spanish alphabet and sounds, Introducing yourself to others, Questions and answers about personal information. What is there in a town? Ask where things are. Going shopping and ask how much something is. , Numbers in Spanish, Talk about your family. We will be practising with different types of exercises such as listening, dialogues/ fill in the gap exercises/ role plays…in a relaxed, friendly group atmosphere. The tutor will provide information and advice about additional useful resources such as course book and small dictionary.
Watercolour and Mixed Media Art – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon – Youth Club
The course is intended for anyone who wishes to explore watercolour and other media in a refreshing way. You will have access to a broad range of technical and professional expertise from a qualified art teacher. There is the opportunity to explore subject matter and materials that interest and challenge you whilst learning a variety of techniques which will enable you to gain more confidence within a friendly and supportive group setting.
For the less experienced, the emphasis will be on equipping you with basic technical knowledge to enable you to explore your own imaginative potential. The more advanced will be encouraged from the outset to initiate your own ideas and with the support of the tutor, to experiment with techniques. Demonstrations will be a part of the course.
A basic equipment list is given below:
- Best quality watercolour paper you can afford
- Daler Rowney ~Watercolour paints either in tubes or blocks
- A selection of brushes
- Masking fluid
- Masking tape
- Black/blue biro