Taster and one day sessions

Creative Writing workshop

Who is this workshop for?

Are you keen to be a writer? Do you have a story to tell? Then why not make the first step by attending a Creative Writing workshop this summer?

What entry requirements do I need to attend the workshop?

There are no entry requirements for this course; you only need enthusiasm to have a go at developing your Creative Writing skills.

What will the workshop cover?

This workshop will help you to explore your creativity by giving you the opportunity to try your hand at creative writing. You will firstly explore specific techniques for making your writing stand out. You will then be able to try out a number of fun activities designed to overcome writer’s block and to get those creative juices flowing. The techniques will include:

  • how to use ‘wow’ words to make writing more impactful;
  • how to bring all five senses into your writing;
  • how to use onomatopoeia to create a lively world of sound and movement; and
  • how to create striking similes to bring your writing to life.

What can I do once I have finished this course?

After you have completed this workshop, you may like to progress to a creative writing course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a paper and a pen.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Cooking on a Budget

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for cooking on a budget.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Create a pizza from scratch
  • Discover how to batch cook and make Bolognese sauce
  • Use leftovers to cook risotto and loaded jacket potatoes

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied on enrolment.

You will also need to bring containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to register your interest, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Summer Watercolours including Painting Flowers with Watercolours

Who is this course for?

This 1 day course is for anyone who is interested in painting flowers, insects and animals with watercolour.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

No previous experience with drawing or painting is needed; you only need enthusiasm to learn about painting with watercolour and to have a go at developing watercolour skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

What will the course cover?

During this 1 day session, you will create at least 2 watercolour studies from scratch.

The session includes:

  • Colour mixing
  • Composition
  • Pen and wash
  • Wet-on-dry
  • Wet-on-wet
  • Reflecting on artwork

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After completing this course you will be ready to progress onto a longer watercolour course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Learners will be expected to provide all painting materials. For the session, you will require a 2B pencil, water pot, palette, flat brush, round headed brush, set of half pan watercolour paints, watercolour paper, wooden board or back of a sketchbook (to attach paper to) and masking tape. 

The tutor will provide some Indian ink, sticks and imagery of flowers, insects and animals to share but you may wish to bring along your own dip pen, Indian ink and source material.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Jewellery Making

Who is this course for?

This 1 day workshop is suitable for beginners who would like to master some exciting jewellery making techniques.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about and develop jewellery making skills in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

During the workshop, learners will make at least 2 pieces of jewellery, either as a treat for themselves or for friends. 

The workshop includes:

  • Assembling a necklace using the looping technique
  • Attaching findings
  • Making a pair of chandelier earrings
  • Handling jewellery tools

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After completing this workshop you may wish to progress onto a longer jewellery making course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I need to bring with me?

You will need to buy a small pack of materials.  All materials will be supplied for you and will cost £6. You may wish to supplement your pack with your own beads.

The tutor will have enough equipment to share. However, if you wish to buy your own, you will need chain-nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers and cutters (these can be obtained from any craft store or online at numerous beading sites).

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Poetry Writing

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to express themselves through writing.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop some of the skills to write poetry in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The course will introduce learners to a selection of poems written by well known and not so well known poets.  After some discussion on why a poet might have chosen their subject, the tutor will lead the learners through the thought and writing processes to create a poem.  The learners will then write their own poems.

The session will include:

  • poetry reading
  • poetry critique
  • poetry writing

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Functional Skills in English.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Some materials will be provided but you will need to bring a pen and paper.  You might also like to bring along a favourite poem to share with the group.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Bread Making

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for making home-made bread.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Identify 5 Bread Making Processes
  • Create a pizza using dough made from scratch
  • Prepare enriched dough to make iced finger buns
  • Bake soda bread
  • Make an 8 strand plaited loaf
  • Roll out flatbread dough to make Naan bread

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied.

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, cooking on a budget, pastry making, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring ingredients and containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Learn how to use a Sewing Machine and other basic skills

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those who wish to brush up on their sewing skills. The course is intended to build learner confidence and enable learners to move onto more complex sewing projects.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn how to use a sewing machine and to develop skills in a variety of sewing techniques in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The course will introduce learners to the materials, tools and equipment used in sewing.  After learning how to operate the sewing machine safely and effectively, the tutor will demonstrate a range of techniques to be applied to a simple sewing project. The techniques will include:

  • Seam finishes to neaten off raw edges
  • French seams, open seams and closed seams
  • Binding
  • Piping
  • Gathering

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Dressmaking, Creative Sewing Crafts or Home Furnishings.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

  • Half a metre of medium weight calico
  • White polyester sewing thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Creative Sewing Crafts – Patchwork and Applique

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to develop decorative sewing techniques for their own creative designs.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop skills in a variety of sewing techniques in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The course will introduce learners to the materials, tools and equipment used in sewing. The tutor will demonstrate a range of patchwork and applique techniques. After learning how to operate the sewing machine safely and effectively learners will have the opportunity to experiment with their own ideas.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Creative Sewing Crafts, Dressmaking or Home Furnishings.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Some materials will be provided but you will need to bring:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure and ruler
  • Tailors chalk
  • Scraps of cotton fabric
  • Polyester sewing thread

All materials and equipment can be bought locally at Boyes, The Range or Hobby Craft at Stockton Retail Park.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to register your interest, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Sweet Treats

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for making sweet treats.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to use temperature controlled sugar stages: thread, soft ball, firm ball, hard ball, soft crack and hard crack to make sweet treats:

  • Chocolate caramel shortbread
  • Cinder toffee
  • Marshmallow
  • Fudge
  • Truffles
  • Cola cubes

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I need to bring with me?

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied to you on enrolment. The tutor will provide the following:

  • Sea salt flakes
  • Vanilla Bean Pate 
  • Rosewater
  • Cream of tartar
  • Liquid glucose
  • Lemon extract
  • Orange extract
  • Cinnamon extract
  • Citric acid
  • Red food colouring
  • Bicarbonate of soda

Please also bring containers to take your treats home, a temperature spatula or spoon or jam thermometer if you have one, a selection of foil trays and a tea towel and apron.

It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or would like to register your interest, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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A focus on ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill

Who is this course for?

Keen readers who like to dissect works of fiction and discuss the main themes and characters with other readers.

“I looked over my shoulder, back to the churchyard, and there she was again, I caught a glimpse of her black dress and the outline of her bonnet. So she had not left after all...” The Woman in Black’ is a spine-chilling, haunting, eerie and compulsive story that has inspired a film and play of the same name. A classic ghost story, it tells the tale of Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor who is summoned to Eel Marsh House to attend the funeral and settle the estate of Mrs Alice Drablow. One day, he catches sight of a wasted young woman and slowly he becomes aware of a creeping sense of unease which surrounds the woman in black.

What entry requirements do I need to attend the course?

You will need to have read or be very familiar with ‘The Woman in Black’ before attending the course.

What will the course cover?

This course will provide learners with the opportunity to explore the characters and themes of ‘The Woman in Black’ with other readers. Here are just a few of the questions which will form the basis of our discussion:

  • What makes a good ghost story?
  • The story is set very firmly in Victorian times – how does the historical setting add to the horror?
  • Why has the author chosen the narrator to be someone who does not believe in ghosts?

What can I do once I have finished this course?

After this course has finished, you may like to progress to a related course such as further book focus courses or a creative writing course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will run 9.30am – 12.30pm at Crown Street Library, Darlington.  Date to be confirmed. 

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a paper and a pen.

How much will the course cost?

The cost of the course is £12 per person.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Pastry Making

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for making pastry.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Make a selection of pastry including choux, puff and shortcrust
  • Make croissant dough
  • Shape and bake Danish pastries
  • Use shortcrust pastry to make Quiche Lorraine
  • Shape and bake croissants
  • Create éclairs and profiteroles using choux pastry

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, bread making, cooking on a budget, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied on enrolment and a 23 x 2.5cm ceramic dish or loose-bottomed, fluted flan tin if you have one.

You will also need to bring containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Creative Sewing Crafts – Machine and Hand Embroidery

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to develop decorative sewing techniques for their own creative designs.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop skills in a variety of sewing techniques in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The course will introduce learners to the materials, tools and equipment used in embroidery. The tutor will demonstrate a range of machine and hand embroidery techniques. After learning how to operate the sewing machine safely and effectively learners will have the opportunity to experiment with their own ideas.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Creative Sewing Crafts, Dressmaking or Home Furnishings.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Some materials will be provided but you will need to bring:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure and ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • 8” embroidery ring

Materials and equipment can be purchased locally at Boyes, The Range or Hobby Craft at Stockton Retail Park.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Letter Writing and Correspondence

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to be able to express themselves clearly in a formal or informal letter.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop some letter writing skills in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

During the session, the learners will review different types of letters and recognise when formality is required.  The learners will write their own letters.

The session will include:

  • Planning a letter
  • Writing a letter
  • Redrafting a letter

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Functional Skills in English.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Some materials will be provided, but you will need to bring a pen and paper.  You might also like to bring along a letter to which you need to respond.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Creative Sewing Crafts - Decorative Sewing for Crafts

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to develop decorative sewing techniques to create a simple craft item, e.g. fabric gift bag, jewellery bag, shoe bag.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop skills in a variety of sewing techniques in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The course will introduce learners to the materials, tools and equipment used in sewing. After learning how to operate the sewing machine safely and effectively, the tutor will demonstrate a range of decorative techniques to be applied to a creative sewing project. The techniques will include:

  • Binding
  • Piping
  • Applique
  • Hand and machine embroidery
  • Pleats and tucks

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Dressmaking or Home Furnishings.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Some materials will be provided but you will need to bring:

  • Half a metre of medium weight woven cotton fabric (plain or pattern)
  • Scraps of cotton fabric for decoration
  • Polyester sewing thread to match
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure

Materials and equipment can be bought locally at Boyes, the Range or Hobby Craft at Teesside Retail Park.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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A focus on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

Who is this course for?

Keen readers who like to dissect works of fiction and discuss the main themes and characters with other readers.

“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."Published in 1960, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ remains a literary classic and its themes of prejudice, understanding, loneliness, courage and innocence resonate with readers to this day.

What entry requirements do I need to attend the course?

You will need to have read or be very familiar with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ before attending the course.

What will the course cover?

This course will provide learners with the opportunity to explore the characters and themes of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with other readers. Here are just a few of the questions which will form the basis of our discussion:

  • How do Jem and Scout’s views of Boo Radley change during the book?
  • Atticus tells the children several times that they need to walk in someone else’s shoes before judging them. What role does this advice play in sympathy and compassion?
  • What does the book teach us about how people cope with issues of race and class?

What can I do once I have finished this course?

After this course has finished, you may like to progress to a related course such as further book focus courses or a creative writing course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place on Tuesday 30th August 9.30am -12.30pm. The course will be held at Crown Street Library, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a paper and a pen.

How much will the course cost?

The cost of the course is £12 per person.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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A focus on 'The Time Traveller’s Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who love to read and share what they have read, analysing the traits and thoughts of the main characters.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You will need to have read and be familiar with “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger before attending the course.  This will help you to participate more fully in the discussions.

What will the course cover?

During the session, the learners will review “The Time Traveler's Wife”.  The session will include discussions on:

  • Clare’s first meeting with Henry.  Why did she not run away?  Would you have reacted in the same way?
  • The reactions of others such as Dr. Kendrick:

“‘Where were you?’

‘1971. I was drinking Ovaltine with myself, as an eight-year-old, in my old bedroom, at one in the morning.  I was there for about an hour.  Why do you ask?’  Henry regards Kendrick coldly…”

  • Time travel - is this a conceivable reality?

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as further focus courses or a creative writing course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please bring along your copy of the book, a pen and paper. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Cake Decorating

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for decorating cakes.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand which paste to use for decorating cakes
  • Prepare cupcakes with sugar paste
  • Create sugarcraft flowers and leaves using flower paste
  • Use blossom tints
  • Assemble and decorate a flowerpot cupcake
  • Practise using specialist equipment used in cake decorating

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cooking on a budget and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please provide the following:

  • 2 muffins or cupcakes (not fairy size cakes)
  • 500g packet of sugarpaste (rolled fondant) called ready-ice, roll-out, regal ice, depending on manufacturer available in Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Asda

You will also need to bring containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Gluten Free Baking

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for gluten free baking.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Bake gluten free sponge
  • Prepare and bake gluten free cinnamon blondies
  • Pipe and decorate meringues
  • Use gluten free choux paste to make éclairs and profiteroles
  • Understand how to use alternative ingredients to bake gluten free

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, cooking on a budget, pastry making, bread making, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied on enrolment.

You will also need to bring containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided.  

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Creative Sewing Crafts – Make a Decorative Cushion

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who would like to develop decorative sewing techniques to apply to a cushion cover. Learners can make the cushion cover from scratch or alternatively use an existing cover to decorate.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop skills in a variety of sewing techniques in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

The course will introduce learners to the materials, tools and equipment used in sewing. The tutor will demonstrate the basic techniques for making a cover for a cushion and introduce learners to a range of sewing techniques which can be applied as decoration. After learning how to operate the sewing machine safely and effectively learners will have the opportunity to experiment with their own ideas. Techniques include:

  • Patchwork
  • Applique
  • Embroidery
  • Frills
  • Piping
  • Binding

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Creative Sewing Crafts, Dressmaking or Home Furnishings.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

  • An existing cushion cover or fabric (must be a firm woven fabric NOT stretchy) to cover an 18” or 22” cushion
  • Polyester thread to match
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Tape measure and ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Some materials will be provided but bring any scraps or trimmings you may have for decoration.

Materials and equipment can be bought locally in the Indoor Market, Boyes or The Range.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Painting Figures in the Style of Klimt using Acrylics

Who is this course for?

This course would suit both someone who is relatively new to figurative painting and painters looking to expand their knowledge.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Some experience of painting will be beneficial but is not a requirement of the course; you only need enthusiasm to develop painting skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

What will the course cover?

During this 1 day course, you will complete at least 1 figurative painting.

The workshop includes:

  • Colour mixing
  • Composition
  • Figurative proportions
  • Mark making
  • Painting in the style of Gustav Klimt
  • Using gold paint
  • Reflecting on artwork

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After completing this course you will be ready to progress onto a longer acrylics course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Learners will be expected to provide all painting materials. For the session, you will require a 2B pencil, water pot, flat palette, flat brush, round headed brush, palette knife, set of acrylic paints (including at least 2 yellows, 2 reds, 2 blues, yellow ochre, burnt sienna or raw umber, black, white and gold), acrylic or watercolour paper, back of a sketchbook or wooden board (to secure your paper to) and some masking tape. 

The tutor will provide some figurative imagery to share but you may wish to bring along your own source material.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Printmaking Focusing on Linocuts

Who is this course for?

This 1 day workshop is suitable for beginners who would like to explore working with linocuts.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

No previous experience with drawing or printmaking is needed; you only need enthusiasm to learn about printmaking and to have a go at developing printmaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

What will the course cover?

During the workshop, learners will create a series of lino prints.

The workshop includes:

  • Designing an A6 linocut
  • Printmaking with a linocut
  • Using lino cutting tools
  • Reflecting on artwork

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After completing this session you will be ready to progress onto a longer printmaking course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

All materials will be supplied for you and will cost £6. The tutor will have enough equipment to share. However, if you wish to buy your own, you will need a brayer (roller) and lino cutting tools. You may also wish to bring along some design ideas for an A6 linocut.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Healthy Baking

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for healthy baking

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Discuss and research the benefits of using the ‘Eatwell Guide’
  • Understand basic nutrition and healthy baking
  • Prepare and bake Naan bread
  • Marinate chicken for Chicken Tikka
  • Learn how to prepare a healthy masala curry sauce from scratch
  • Prepare and bake loaded jacket potatoes
  • Pipe meringue nests and decorate with fresh seasonal berries
  • Prepare, bake and decorate a fat free Swiss roll

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including cooking on a budget, Italian cooking, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied on enrolment.

You may usecrème fraîcheor yoghurt to replace the double cream on the Masala sauce recipe.

You will need to bring containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Cake Decorating

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for decorating cakes.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand which paste to use for decorating cakes
  • Prepare cupcakes with sugar paste
  • Create sugarcraft roses using different techniques
  • Assemble and decorate 6 cupcakes with a different rose technique on each
  • Practise using specialist equipment used in cake decorating

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, Italian cooking, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cooking on a budget and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place in the food technology room at Hummersknott Academy from 10am until 1pm on Thursday, 18th August.

What should I bring with me?

Please provide the following:

  • 6-12 muffins or cupcakes (not fairy size cakes)
  • 500g packet of sugarpaste (rolled fondant) called ready-ice, roll-out, regal ice, depending on manufacturer available in Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Asda

You will also need to bring containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

The course will cost £20 for the day.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Painting Landscapes using Acrylics

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in painting landscapes quickly and boldly with acrylics.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

No previous experience with drawing or painting is needed; you only need enthusiasm to learn about acrylics and to have a go at developing painting skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

What will the course cover?

During this 1 day course, you will paint at least 2 landscapes from scratch.

The workshop includes:

  • Brushstrokes in the style of David Hockney
  • Colour mixing
  • Composition
  • Tone
  • Textural effects in the style of Van Gogh
  • Reflecting on artwork

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After completing this course you will be ready to progress onto a longer acrylics course.

Where and when will I learn?

The session will run on Thursday 18th August (10am – 4pm) at Hummersknott Academy, Darlington.

What should I bring with me?

Learners will be expected to provide all painting materials. For the session, you will require a 2B pencil, water pot, flat palette, flat brush, round headed brush, palette knife, set of acrylic paints (including at least 2 yellows, 2 reds, 2 blues, black and white), acrylic or watercolour paper, wooden board or back of a sketchbook (to attach your paper to) and masking tape. 

The tutor will provide some landscape imagery to share but you may wish to bring along your own source material.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £30

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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A focus on 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who love to read and share what they have read, analysing the traits and thoughts of the main characters.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You will need to have read and be familiar with “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne before attending the course.  This will help you to participate more fully in the discussions.

What will the course cover?

During the session, the learners will review “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”.  The session will include discussions on:

  • What was life like for a child at the start of this book?
  • What made the two boys so similar and yet so different?
  • During the course of the story what does the father learn?
  • How do the significant female characters in the story compare to the significant male characters?

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as further focus courses or a creative writing course.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

Please bring along your copy of the book, a pen and paper. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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Italian Cooking

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for cooking Italian cuisine.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare pizza dough from scratch
  • Learn how to cook Bolognese sauce
  • Learn how to cook Bechamel sauce 
  • Prepare and bake Pizza Margherita
  • Prepare and bake Lasagne
  • Cook salmon Tagliatelle with Parmesan cream
  • Prepare and bake Pizza Margherita

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied. Recipes will be supplied as soon as you enrol. 

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, cooking on a budget, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Indian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What will I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring ingredients and containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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Indian Cooking

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in developing skills and ideas for cooking Indian cuisine.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn in a fun, friendly environment and a willingness to have a go.

What will the course cover?

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare dough for Naan bread
  • Marinate chicken for Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Learn how to prepare a curry sauce from scratch
  • Bake Naan bread
  • Prepare and bake carrot cake
  • Cook Pilau rice

Please provide your own ingredients from the recipes supplied. Recipes will be supplied as soon as you enrol. 

You will be required to complete an individual learning plan with the targets you wish to achieve during the day.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress on to other one day courses including healthy baking, cooking on a budget, bread making, pastry making, gluten free baking, cake decorating and Italian cooking.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What will I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring ingredients and containers to take your cooked food home and a tea towel and apron. It is essential that an apron is worn and long hair tied back. Please wear flat, sensible enclosed shoes. Cooking equipment and washing up equipment will be provided. 

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on (01325) 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

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No More Nervous Numbers

Who is this course for?

Maybe at school you dreaded Maths classes; you seemed to know no Maths.  You were able to do nothing, Maths made you nervous and you think you cannot do Maths.  If this is so, then this course is for you.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and to develop basic mathematical skills in a fun, friendly environment.

What will the course cover?

Over the course of the two sessions, you will begin to develop basic mathematical skills and recognise when to use them in everyday life.

The session will include:

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and subtraction
  • Fractions we tend to use
  • Measures – metres, litres and grammes

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to a related course, such as Functional Skills in Maths.

Where and when will I learn?

To be confirmed

What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a pen and paper, a simple calculator (this may be on a mobile phone) and the desire to succeed.

How much will the course cost?

To be confirmed

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk

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