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    For ages 7-11*

    Two Sessions:
    Session 1: 10:00am - 11:15am
    Session 2: 11:30am - 12:45pm

    Our Saturday Makers' Club offers young artists a variety of great workshops, exploring a wide range of artistic disciplines.

    We offer Pottery and Art & Craft every week, plus a third class which varies from week to week.

    Upcoming classes:

    19 May
    Pottery with Elizabeth Browning & Patrick Hayward
    Creative Art & Craft with Pippa North
    Woodcarving with Jeremy Turner

    26 May
    Pottery with Elizabeth Browning & Patrick Hayward
    Art & Craft with Annie Edwards
    Sparkly White Mice Finger Puppets! with Pippa North

    2 June
    Centre Closed

    9 June
    Pottery with Elizabeth Browning & Patrick Hayward
    Art & Craft with Pipper North
    Finger Knitting & Crochet with Amy Morgan

    Fun, hands-on workshops with experienced tutors.

    Explore a range of materials and techniques and develop your own ideas with help from our fantastic tutors.

    * Ages 5+ may attend the 10:00am Art & Craft session

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a popular workshop and places are limited. We operate the class on a first-come, first serve basis

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    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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    Vocalise (ages 11-24) 4.00pm – 5.00pm
    Have you got a passion for singing? We sing all genres from pop and jazz to classical. A relaxed friendly atmosphere but we are not afraid of a challenge!

    The group performs at local events and concerts with participation in a Community Production in July.

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    PLEASE NOTE: There will be no sessions on 24th May or 31st May

    Ages 11+ (Boys & Girls): 4:15pm - 5:15pm

    An invitation to learn and experience Yoga and Mindfulness to build and improve your:

    • Your overall physical, emotional and mental well- being.
    • Self- confidence / esteem and Self- discipline / Positive Body image
    • Resilience and ability to manage stress and challenges in your life
    • Flexibility and strength
    • Relationship with yourself, everyone around you and nature

    You will have great opportunity to have fun, cultivate friendship, connections and a sense of community, discover yourself in the process.

    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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    Suitable for ages 13+

    This brand new class is perfect for anyone with a love of drawing and cartoons.

    Led by tutor John North, the class offers students a chance to practice their drawing skills, develop new techniques and learn how to design and create their very own cartoon characters.

    Students are recommended to bring their own drawing 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!

  • Led by The Music Educational Service.

    4:30pm - 5:10pm: Beginners Music Theory (Grades 1 & 2)
    5:15pm - 5:55pm: Intermediate Music Theory (Grades 3 & 4)

    Suitable for children aged 7+

    Join us for an enjoyable exploration of music and gain an understanding of how it is written.

    These courses progress through the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music's syllabus (ABRSM), from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

    There will be the option at the end of the course to be entered for the appropriate examination.

    For more information and to secure you place contact Emma Brooks
    the-mes@outlook.com / 07478 756250

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    Beginners (ages 10-15): 4:30pm-5:00pm
    Improvers (ages 10-15):5:00pm - 5:30pm
    Beginners / Improvers (ages 16+): 5:30pm-6:00pm

    Learn how to play the piano in these relaxed and informal sessions led by Ella-Marie Hart.

    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: There will be no class on Wednesday 14 March

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    Suitable for ages 9-14

    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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    For boys and girls aged 8-16

    We believe everyone should have the chance to make music and sing.

    We not only help young people develop musically but SING with A BIG VOICE Youth Choir injects a boost of confidence and breaks down inhibitions and self-consciousness.

    Our Youth Choir enables all children from aged 8 and up to sing together and have fun socially. The classes will develop children’s musical skills; pitch and rhythm, intervals and mental and physical co-ordination. We explore harmonies, rounds and call and response songs. We provide physical and aural voice training by singing a wide variety of age appropriate songs from different eras and genres to produce one big voice: pop, musicals, rock, folk, world music, soul, blues and jazz.

    The classes are also suitable for those who believe they have good voices and who wish to develop their vocal skills even further.

    Pay-as-you-go and discounted term fees available. For more information contact Maria:
    Tel: 07708 040 011
    Email: abigvoice@hotmail.co.uk