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    The snippit & sew group has made a range of garments and furnishings including a very complicated wedding dress, babies and toddlers rompers, blouses, skirts and cushions.

    The group has some complete beginners as well as accomplished needleworkers. Why not come and join us?

    Bring your own materials to work with. Sewing machines provided.

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!

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    The Thursday morning pottery / sculpture group is for all ages and mixed abilities from beginners through to the more experienced potter.

    We are a friendly group concentrating on all forms of hand-building eg. coiling, slabbing, pinching, working from moulds etc. to create objects of your choice which can be either small or large sculptural pieces for the garden.

    A variety of clays, glazes and a limited supply of tools are available at the centre to suit all needs. Tuition will be provided, enabling you to try different methods of building and also advice on firing and glazing.

    So what are you waiting for come along and join us and make new friends while learning a new skill.

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    PLEASE NOTE: This class is currently full and we cannot accept any new students. If you wish to be kept informed of a place becoming available please email carlotta@qpc.org.


    Explore and develop your creativity as a member of this friendly group. Work from still life or the subject of your choice, in your chosen media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, acrylics, watercolour). We also do occasional projects to encourage exploration of techniques and development of skills by looking at the work of different artists (Picasso, Matisse, Fedden) or through more specific themes such as perspective.

    For all levels including beginners. Bring your own materials. All materials are available to buy from Queens Park Arts Centre’s shop.

    About the Tutors
    The Thursday morning class has the benefit of two tutors: Amanda Curbishley joined the Queens Park Centre as a member of this group in 2002 and has gone on to exhibit and sell work at local exhibitions. She wants to share the enjoyment she has from painting and encourage others to develop their skills.
    Brenda Hurley is a professional artist who wants to pass her skills and experience from her art training on to others who want to learn more than a hobby can give. Brenda has a St Albans Fine Art Diploma part of Hatfield University and a Bucks Higher Diploma of Art and Design, Distinction Grade.

    Feedback
    "An enjoyable and friendly class where I can experiment with different styles or media; with helpful guidance when needed."

    "Relaxed friendly group, encouraging tutors. I’ve taken much from the group and feel that I have come on in my painting since I joined."

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    An untutored group of improvers and advanced carvers who meet for peer support and encouragement.

    This is an untaught carving club. It’s objective is mutual support among people who have a reasonable basic knowledge of woodcarving.

    Some experience of woodcarving is necessary and own tools required. Materials can be obtained through the group.

    Please wear casual clothes and stout shoes.

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!

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    For beginners and those with experience. Members of the workshop have different interests and skills which they are happy to pass on.

    It is a friendly, welcoming and supportive group, where we share ideas, laughter, sometimes problems, and “leave the world behind”, while being creative. A great way to meet like-minded people.

    We have a go at a variety of crafts, and over the years have tried silk painting, felt making, papier mache, tie dye, fabric painting, marbling, glass painting, collage, dough craft...the list goes on!

    If you would like to try a particular craft come along and we’ll see if we can help or advise.

    Members of the group can also pursue their own projects - e.g. weaving, crochet, quilting, card making - in a happy, relaxed atmosphere.

    What to wear...Comfortable clothes, not precious! An overall or apron is sometimes needed.

    Materials...Participants buy their own, or the group buys jointly. Some basics available from the Queens Park Arts Centre art shop.

    The Tutor: Irene Scott has been involved in arts & crafts (and Queens Park Arts Centre) for nearly 30 years, and has a broad basic knowledge of many different craft activities, including those mentioned above.

    Class Feedback:
    “Very friendly”
    “Inspiring ideas from other people”
    “When I’m making things I go to another world and forget everything that’s bothering me”
    “Lots of laughter, and of course we produce lots of beautiful and useful items”

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!

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    Two Sessions:
    Session 1: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    Session 2: 4:30pm - 7:00pm


    Queens Park Arts Centre has excellent facilities - a bright room contains three pottery wheels, two good work tables, stools and plenty of tools. The adjoining room is an area used for applying glazes prior to the final firing.

    Work on your own projects at your own pace.

    For experienced potters only.

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    PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will commence on Thursday 15th September

    2.00pm till 4.30pm: Adults
    4.30pm till 6.00pm: 5 - 16yrs


    Rosemary Masters is an accomplished lace maker and has been teaching lace making in Aylesbury for many years with a long association with Queens Park Arts Centre. Rosemary is skilled at many laces and continues to improve her own skills and knowledge by attending local lace workshops.

    All Queens Park Arts Centre lace classes are informal and very sociable events, very much in keeping with the lace groups of old where lace makers worked together in groups to earn a living. The difference today is that lace making is fun and not a chore!

    The sessions are small, mixed ability groups and students work independently on their own projects. The tutor is on hand for advice and gives individual instruction and assistance as required. Students work at their own pace and, having mastered the basics, can select their own projects, with the guidance of the tutor.

    Although the sessions are very informal (with lots of chatting going on), there is ample opportunity for newcomers to learn and improve their skills in this friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Beginners usually start with Torchon lace and can progress on to finer and more complex laces such as Bucks Point when they have gained confidence and a good knowledge of the basic techniques and stitches.

    There is no formal coursework to follow with no exam or tests to sit. These classes are purely for fun and the satisfaction of learning a very special skill, as well as helping to keep the age-old tradition of lace making alive.

    Some examples of items that can be made in lace are bookmarks, Christmas Tree decorations, edgings for handkerchiefs or table cloths, fans and wedding garters.

    The equipment needed is a lace pillow, bobbins, pins and thread plus a pricking or pattern. Equipment can be loaned by the tutor for those who would like to try their hand at lace making before purchasing their own. For those who do want to buy their own, the tutor is able to give advice on lace suppliers and suitable equipment. From time to time, used equipment is available for students to purchase.

    Lace making is a traditional craft dating back to the 15th century and was introduced to this country by the French. There are many different types of hand-made lace, ranging from the finest of laces such as Bucks and Honiton through to the heavier furnishing laces, such as Bruges. Laces such as Torchon, Bedfordshire, Bucks and Bruges are made on a pillow with bobbins whereas Needlelace is worked with a needle and the method of working is similar to embroidery. The county of Buckinghamshire is well known for its very fine and distinctive Bucks Point Lace.

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!

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    Work on projects in your chosen media.

    Please bring your own materials

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!.

  • Junior Squad: 4:00pm - 4:45pm
    Intermediate Squad: 4:45pm - 5:30pm
    Senior Squad: 5:30pm - 6:15pm


    Experience the fun atmosphere of street dance! Our street dance classes are focused on building your confidence and having fun. Come along and join in the fun – we are so confident you will enjoy your classes that we offer a free trial! All teachers are DBS checked and first aid trained.

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  • Kathy Gifford, Brass lessons: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba etc

    Kathy is well-known in Buckinghamshire & beyond as a teacher, trumpet player and ensemble director. Some of her past pupils can be seen and heard earning their living for example, playing lead trumpet in West End shows, playing specialist guest principal trumpet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and performing at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. Kathy’s pupils appeared in the ‘Hogwarts Brass Band’ in the blockbuster film ‘Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire’, have featured in BBC Young Musicians including a televised master class and have been prize-winners and finalists in other competitions such as the European Prize for Trumpet at the Purcell Rooms. Of course many more of her present and past students just enjoy playing as an important part of their social life!

    Kathy, a qualified teacher, studied at the City University in partnership with the Guildhall School of Music and her teachers included Philip Jones and Crispian Steele-Perkins (Natural Trumpet). As a player, she’s played in many major concert halls including the RAH, RFH and in the West End. She’s taught in Bucks for nearly 30 years and has taught from beginner to grade 8 and beyond on Trumpet, Horn (F & Eb), Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba.


    For further information email: KGSoundEducation@big-band.co.uk

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    For ages 13+

    Fancy yourself as the next Banksy? Join us to learn how to create a piece of spray can art in a safe, relaxed and fun environment.

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!

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    Mixed ability group

    Students will spend about 25mins doing exercises holding on to the barre (or pole as it is in this case). These are a preparation for exercises in the centre.

    In the second half of the class students come into the centre for more exercises.

    All exercises improve flexibility, strengthen muscles and improve coordination and posture.

    About the Tutor: Julia worked professionally for 10 years and gained her teaching qualifications. She now wishes to give others the chance to dance.

    For more information call Julia on 07724 016 786

    Spotlight Dance Classes

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    All of us are able to be creative, be it with clay, a paint brush, a garden fork, a sewing needle, woodwork tools or cookery equipment. If you’ve never done any pottery before, why not give clay a try? If you have and would like to continue to develop your skills, then come along and get involved.

    Queens Park Arts Centre has excellent facilities. A bright room contains three pottery wheels, two good work tables, stools and plenty of tools. The adjoining room is an area used for applying glazes prior to the final firing.

    Queens Park Arts Centre is different to adult education in that you do not have to sign up for a term. You can try things out for a few weeks without commitment.

    Pottery sessions at the Centre are mostly tutored, some students having a lot of experience, some having none.

    The social side is important too. We enjoy each other’s company, as well as the cup of tea or coffee half way through the session!

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    This informal group is perfect for anyone wanting to learn a variety of circus skills, including unicycling, juggling, plate spinning, yo-yo, diabolo, clubs, and more!

    Previous experience is not required - just come down and enjoy learning and practicing a new skill with an experienced practitioner.

    We have various pieces of equipment to practise with but students are welcome to bring their own.

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    This class is suitable for beginners and those students that are more advanced.

    We will be working on various projects, from rings to chain making, texturing metal, up-cycling your own old silver jewellery, we have something for everyone.

    For safety reasons, please ensure you wear enclosed footwear (no sandals/open toe) and tie long hair back. It is advisable that you wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty and/or an apron.

    For more details contact Violeta Corzo on 07788 743567 or email jewellery@silversilversilver.co.uk.

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    A workshop for intermediate level players of acoustic and electric guitar.

    We will study various aspects of the guitar: music styles/genres, analysing chords/progressions/techniques & representative and classic pieces of music genre working out parts (rhythm, solos etc.) and learning to play a group arrangement.

    Aimed at those who wish to extend their guitar knowledge & playing ability to progress and experience playing with others at a similar level.

    Students with reasonable chord vocabulary (open & barre chords) and fluidity with chord changes to play complete songs.

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    The rest in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep that you can ever have. When the mind becomes free from agitation, is calm and serene and at peace, meditation happens.

    The benefits of meditation are manifold. It is an essential practice for mental hygiene. A calm mind, good concentration, clarity of perception, improvement in communication, blossoming of skills and talents, an unshakeable inner strength, healing, the ability to connect to an inner source of energy, relaxation, rejuvenation, and good luck are all natural results of meditating regularly.

    In today's world where stress catches on faster than the eye can see or the mind can perceive, meditation is no more a luxury. It is a necessity. To be unconditionally happy and to have peace of mind, we need to tap into the power of meditation.

    This is a drop-in, pay-as-you-go class - no need to sign up or pay in advance, just come along on the day and join in!