Friday, 12 December 2008

New Photography Class March 2009

We have the dates for the next Photography Class! Titled "Beginners - Understanding your Camera"

It is run over 2 dates, so that you have time to develop your photographs inbetween.

The dates are: Friday 20 March and Wednesday 25 March.

The day starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm with a light lunch included. The price is £100 for the 2 days, all refreshments, 2 lunches and any materials used.

The emphasis of the day is on the practical side, some theory will be covered but primarily the day is about seeing, creating and taking photographs not just sitting in a classroom environment.

The class size is kept small so Jo has plenty of time to give you some individual attention. When booking, Jo will ask for details of your camera, so that she can tailor the class to the group and your cameras.

This class is perfect for you if you have recently got a new camera, come and understand its new features and functions. Learn how to get the most out of it and take fantastic photographs. To book please call Emily 01635 44850.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

See Jo Andreae at New Greenham Art Fair

This weekend is the New Greenham Art Fair, open from 10am-4pm both days, it showcases original and innovative work by professional artists from all around our region.  (Free parking and entry by donation).

Browse stalls of jewellery, ceramics, paintings, prints and sculptures.

Jo our Treetops Photography tutor will be there with new work, Christmas present ideas and stocking fillers. Along with a credit crunch christmas sale of enlargements!

For further information on the fair call 01635 817480

Monday, 8 December 2008

Susanna's Flowers and Home in January's "25 Beautiful Homes"

If you missed the Festive Flowers class last week, you can buy January's copy of 25 Beautiful Homes and see how Susanna has decorated her own home this Christmas.  (p108)

Friday, 5 December 2008

Term has ended ......

The house smells so Christmassy having spent time with Sarah and Festive Aga last week and Susanna and Festive Flowers this week.

It has been a very busy term, and I have met so many lovely new people.

Nineteen of you came to Aga on Friday 28 November. Having spent the last two years mastering Turkey in the Aga, we decided to offer something different this year, and Sarah showed us how to make a delicious Beef Wellington and a Festive Ham. But the real treat was the Trifle. Made with a base of chocolate muffins, truly delicious. Sarah is about to launch a shop on her website (link from this blog) and you will be able to buy her recipe books and other kitchen items from there. She also makes gorgeous cashmere hot water bottle covers in her spare time (I can't work out when that is though!?)

This week Susanna came twice for Festive Flowers, in came the buckets full of foliage, deep red amaryllis, avalanche cream roses, ink dipped carnations and large deep red roses. The smells of eucalyptus, pine and cinnamon filled the kitchen.

Everyone made fantastic door wreaths, all so different from each other. Slices of oranges, grapefruit and apple were wired in, cinnamon, ribbons and new this year - small apples and pears from Holland that have been dipped into wax and then glitter. Very pretty.

You can make your wreath now and just before Christmas buy 3 beautiful flowers, such as roses and tuck them in. Keep it sprayed with water and it will last for weeks.

Top tips from Susanna include adding a teaspoon of bleach and a tablespoon of sugar to your vases of flowers, to help the flowers and keep the vases clean.

If buying amaryllis, which are expensive but last a long time, fill the stem with water, push in a garden cane or stick, plug it with some cotton wool and then arrange into your vase.

Claire and I had 4 Watercolour classes in quick succession recently, there were some beautiful Winter Scenes and Robins painted.

Teleri's Robin

We have put together the classes for the first half of 2009, a collection of favourites and some new classes. NEW is an Art for the Terrified class on Monday 2 February, which we hope those of you too frightened to have come before, can take a deep breath and join in! For the regular and intermediate/advanced artists we are going to have a 2 day Masterclass at the end of April, where Claire can get tackling slightly more complicated techniques and ideas such as buildings and people, things we've only just touched on before.

I am selling Gift Vouchers at the moment which make great Christmas presents, and I think I have managed to mail out to all of you your Christmas card and some dates for 2009.

Paul at Kitchenmonger is doing a great job telling shoppers about our classes, especially the lost and bewildered looking husbands, frantically searching the Saturday before Christmas! (If you come on one of Vanessa's Cookery classes, you receive a 10% off Kitchenmonger shopping voucher!)