Workers Educational Courses Sep 17/Apr 18


Why not add to your knowledge and skills?

The Isle of Wight Branch of the WEA offers up its new and interesting programme for your enjoyment in 2107/18.  If you are looking for something to increase your knowledge or further your interest then perhaps one of the following might be up your street.

Paul England:  Introduction to the Night Sky on Saturday 14th October 2017 at the Planetarium, Fort Victoria Country Park, Westhill Lane, Yarmouth 10.00am – 1.00pm, fee £9.95.

The tars change in a predictable and easily memorable way throughout the year. Learn how to observe these changes, meteor showers and when to see the brighter planets. The Planetarium runs additional observing evenings during the year.

Max. 20 people. Access via 8 steps (2 sets of 4 each with handrails). Toilets 65 yards.

Richard Smout : A History of Gardening on the Isle of Wight on Friday 3rd November 2017

at the Congregational Church Hall, Pyle Street, Newport  7.30pm. Free event.

This talk follows a short AGM of the Branch.  Everyone welcome. Refreshments included.

Mary Clemmensen:  Dada and the Surrealists on Saturday 11th November 2017 at Newport Congregational Church Hall, Pyle St., Newport 1.30pm – 4.30pm, fee £9.95.

Dada and Surrealism emerged between 1916 and 1950. Come and join us in an illustrated talk that explores the artists and the work that characterise these two art movements – movements that helped define modern art and much of modern media.

John Medland:  Outstanding IW People who Influenced the World on Saturday 24th February 2018 at Newport Congregational Church Hall, Pyle St., Newport 1.30pm – 4.30pm, fee £9.95.

This day course will concentrate on some of the well known Island personalities, particularly the famous and notorious people born here, as well as the creative artists and inventors who chose to move here. It will try, in a broad sweep, to cover a wide range of Island rooted or based personalities who influenced the world far beyond our shores.

Richard Smout:  Opening up the Vote to All on Saturday 10th March 2018 at Newport Congregational Church Hall, Pyle St., Newport 1.30pm – 4.30pm, fee £9.95.

To mark the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which introduced votes in parliamentary elections for women, this course shows that the act was one step in many needed to improve democratic accountability across the country.

Ruth Waller:  The Saxons on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 24th March 2018 at Newport Congregational Church Hall, Pyle St., Newport 1.30pm – 4.30pm, fee £9.95.

Learn more about the archaeological evidence from our magnificent Island Saxon cemeteries, recent excavations at Shalfleet and Carisbrooke Castle and metal detected finds which show what life was like for our Island ancestors between the 5th and 11th Centuries.

For more information on these courses contact Margaret Rylands on 529589, or pick up a brochure in your local library.

Art Workshops with Mary Clemmensen

Learn new skills and develop your creativity in these friendly, informal art classes. Gain more confidence in your ability to learn and use the experience as a stepping stone.

These courses will be held at Parkside Pavilion, Vectis Road, East Cowes.

Ten week courses each Tuesday and Friday 10.00am to 12.30pm (Week 1 and week 10 – 10.00am to 1.00pm). Fee £111.80 per course but free to learners on Income-related Benefit (proof required at the first class)

Drawing   19th September 2017 and 22nd September 2017

The basic principles of diverse drawing techniques: pencil, conte crayon and pastels, brush and ink      

Painting   9th January 2018 and 12th January 2018

The use of equipment, techniques and different materials: watercolour, gouache, acrylics and oil paints

Mixed Media   24th April 2018 and 27th April 2018

Diverse artistic techniques and the use of various materials: work on paper and canvas using combination of paint, ink, etc. and collage.

For more information on these art workshops please contact the tutor, Mary Clemmensen Tel: 07738936107  or email, or pick up a brochure in your local library.

About the WEA

Founded in 1903, the WEA is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, delivering 9,500 part-time courses for over 75,000 people each year in England and Scotland. It has the active support of more than 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 60,000 members.

The WEA provides courses across four curriculum themes:

  • Employability: to develop confidence, understanding and skills to help adults, at all stages of their lives, participate more fully in the world of work
  • Health & Wellbeing: to combat health inequalities and promote a social and preventative model of health and well-being
  • Community Engagement: to combat social exclusion and promote active citizenship
  • Cultural Studies: to broaden horizons through understanding cultures, identities and environments embodying our commitment to social purpose

The WEA’s mission is to create “a better world, equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society.”

Registered office: Workers’ Educational Association, 4 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4XW.  Registered charity number: 1112775. Company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no: 2806910.

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