NEWS RELEASE    September  2018




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 2108/19.  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:  Space Probes expanding our understanding of the Solar System

on Saturday 13th October 2018 at the Planetarium, Fort Victoria Country Park, Westhill Lane, Yarmouth PO41 0RR 10.00am – 1.00pm, fee £9.95.

Since the launch of Sputnik, space probes, digital imaging, Hubble and other telescopes have given us a great leap forward in our understanding of our Solar System and the planets. This illustrated talk with planetarium shows will chart this journey of discovery.

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

Rosemary Cooper: Shades of the Past:

John Buncombe, Georgian Silhouette Artist of Newport

on Friday 26th October 2018 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:  Julia Margaret Cameron and the Pre-Raphaelites

on Saturday 10th November 2018 at Salvation Army Hall, 72 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UJ 10.00am – 1.00pm, fee £9.95.

This half day will explore the connections between Julia Margaret Cameron and the Pre-Raphaelites. Cameron photographed PRB founder William Holman Hunt and Rossetti-muse and pre-Raphaelite sisterhood member Marie Spartali in the 1860s. We explore the connections.

Alan Phillips:  Making sense of Mythology

on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Salvation Army Hall, 72 Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UJ  10.00am – 1.00pm, fee £9.95.

Looking at a range of approaches to myth taken by various experts.  What is the origin of myth, its subject matter and purpose? Are myths a thing of the past, or do they still exist in our modern world?

Richard Smout:  Architecture of Island Churches

on Saturday 9th March 2019 at St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Brading, PO36 0ED 1.30pm – 4.30pm, fee £9.95.

Island churches offer the chance to study the full range of architectural styles across a relatively small geographical area. This course will discuss some striking examples while looking at sources for the architects and builders.

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 with Colour   18th September 2018 and 21st September 2018

Learning how to combine colour with drawing in different media.

Painting using Impressionist Techniques   15th January 2019 and 18th January 2019

Capturing the essence of the subject and creating an impression – Impasto.

Abstraction New Visions  23rd April 2019 and 26th April 2019

Using a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition.

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.

For further information please contact: Lynne Broom 01983 883453 or email

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