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    Doretta's approach is modern and fun, not to produce a masterpiece but about techniques and colours.

    Suggested Materials List
    Students should bring their own materials. Please see suggested materials, all of which can be purchased from the QPAC shop.
    Could you word out something like "Come along the first session and discuss with the tutor what you are going to do and then decide what material is more suitable for you".

    • Pencils (4B & 2B)
    • Putty Rubber
    • Watercolour Paper – 140lb or higher (sheets, block or pad)
    • Something to mix on i.e. palette, white plate etc
    • Water pots
    • No. 8 & No. 12 Sable-Sable/Synthetic Brush
    • Paints (preferably tubes):
    - Cadmium Lemon
    - Cadmium Yellow Light
    - Cadmium Red
    - Alizarin Crimson Permanent
    - Ultramarine Blue
    - Cobalt Blue
    - Cerulean Blue
    - Raw Sienna
    - Burnt Sienna
    - Burnt Umber

    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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    PLEASE NOTE: This class is currently full - please contact the Centre to be notified if a space becomes available.

    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.

    Classes at 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. This Wednesday morning session is tutored by Gill Brown who specialises in throwing.

    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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    Release your creativity and set your spirit free!

    Work with materials and subject of your choice (e.g oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal, pencil and mixed media) in a friendly environment.

    All levels of ability welcome, including beginners.

    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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    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.

    This advanced group shares a passion for patchwork. Most members have been involved with the craft for some time but still value the input of others regarding fabric, colours, pattern choices and other problems.

    The group is always looking for new and refreshing applications for the craft. The members are very sociable, sharing their passion for patchwork and ‘putting the world to right’!

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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 it a try? If you have and would like to continue to develop your skills, then come along and get involved.

    Queens Park 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.

    Classes at the Centre are 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 Queens Park are mostly tutored, some students having a lot of experience, some having none. This Wednesday afternoon session is tutored by Jeanne and Ron Upton.

    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!

    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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    This course will cover learning a tune and improvising the tune, analysis of the chords and scales.

    You'll have a chance to study the following musical types - New Orleans jazz, Swing, Bepop, Blues, Latin.

    What to bring:
    Your own instrument and music stand

    The Tutor:
    Rick is a jazz enthusiast who is volunteering his time to facilitate this jazz group, and share his love of jazz with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band.

    You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com

    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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    This one hour weekly class is suitable for everyone, regardless of how mobile you are. Wheelchair and stick users are welcome.

    Excellent physical exercise for supporting good health and peace of mind. Learn simple exercises to build your energy levels the natural way, and reduce the impact of stress. The class includes Tai Chi Form, partner work and Chi Kung health exercises.

    Suitable for both beginners and Tai Chi players with some experience. Movements can be adapted for people with most physical disabilities.

    Click for more info....www.taichiforeveryone.co.uk

  • 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 10 - 14 years

    Fancy learning to sew? An informal environment that aims to let you work at your own pace, giving you skills and confidence to use a sewing machine and to have a go at making your own clothes /accessories.

    Aims and Content
    This workshop aims to give young people the opportunity to learn basic construction skills and sewing machine techniques.
    During the workshop students will learn by constructing a messenger bag, the tutor will demonstrate and teach techniques such as seams, reading a pattern, tacking, patchwork and hand sewing. Following the initial project students can choose to continue and use their own shop bought pattern to construct an item of their choice.

    Additional costs will be for threads, fabrics and patterns, there are a limited number of sewing machines for student use.

    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 ages 13+

    Create your own piece of ceramic work using hand building techniques. No experience is necessary - please bring an old shirt or apron. All materials will be available in class (the price of clay and firing is dependent on the weight of the piece).

    Make bowls, mugs, plates and vases or sculpt interesting pieces of ceramic work for you art portfolios. Bring along your ideas and the tutor will guide you in realising them.

    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!

  • For ages 8-10

    This class is suitable for beginners and those with dance experience.

    For more information, including fees, see contact details below.

    Click for more info....Susan Diane School of Dance

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    Bring along an electric bass and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group.

    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!

    Photo Credit: Laurence Harvey

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    Experienced tutor, Pete Benson, teaches drama all over the world and has worked on stage and in TV. Pete specialises in improvisation and drama games.

    Come along and join in the fun with this vibrant and energetic drama group. Get the chance to express yourself, gain confidence, and make new friends.

    Pete Benson’s film Scar Crow won the award for Best Horror / Sci-fi Film at the London International Film Festival in 2009.

    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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    PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will commence on Wednesday 14th September

    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.

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    For complete beginners and those with more advanced clay skills; whether you want to learn to throw a pot or improve your hand building skills.

    Students can work on their own projects at their own pace.

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    Urgent: Pianist Required!

    The group is currently looking for a pianist to join the class - experience would be a bonus but this is a learning group! Contact tutor Rick for more information (see below).


    The group:
    The aim is to play jazz standards and develop performance tunes in a friendly group with other musicians.Tune and chord structure will be analysed and improvising techniques will be developed.

    This group will be open to all jazz enthusiasts or novices. Some experience necessary in chosen instrument.

    What to bring:
    Your own instrument and music stand

    The Tutor:
    Rick is a jazz enthusiast who is volunteering his time to facilitate this jazz group, and share his love of jazz with others. Rick plays guitar in the Sound Force Big Band.

    You can contact Rick on 07960 985 188 or email ratkins161@gmail.com

    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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    Musical Theatre Choir is a new exciting choir rehearsing in Aylesbury which is designed to engage people with a passion for musical theatre.

    Led by professional musician, composer and voice teacher Ashley Turner, it is sure to be a valuable experience for all.

    All adults welcome (aged 16+) and all abilities welcome.

    Come and sing your favourite musical theatre songs and learn new ones!

    To join the choir email musicaltheatrechoir@gmail.com

    Click for more info....Musical Theatre Choir - Official Website

    Click for more info....Musical Theatre Choir - Facebook Page

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    PLEASE NOTE: There will be no session on 11/01/17

    Bring along an acoustic guitar and learn to play basic chords and simple songs in a small, friendly group.

    No previous experience necessary.

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    Improvers: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
    Performers: 8.30pm - 9.30pm


    For over 18s only
    Guitar Club caters for complete beginners as well as those wishing to improve. The first hour is spent trying out songs, and the second half emphasises performance.

    For more information email yoxalls@virginmedia.com or nicolaegray@hotmail.com

    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!