The Perse School
 

Creative arts courses

Whether baking, printing or photography is your thing, there's a course for you

Pottery slab building

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per day Places Age range
PTU 1 Tuesday Tuesday Yes £60 14 8-17

Please note the Tuesday course is now full.

Hand building pottery using slabs of clay is an exciting way to create shapes that would be difficult to achieve with coiling. Slab building techniques were used extensively by Pre Columbian potters with some beautiful results. We will use Pre Columbian pattern and decoration to inspire our ideas and create a vessel by the end of this one day course. In the morning session you will learn how to prepare clay, kneading and wedging, then creating clay slabs and making plaster stamps based on Pre Columbian motifs. During the afternoon session you will construct geometric vessel forms learning how to build with slabs and decorate using the plaster stamps to create bas relief. The clay work will be glazed and fired and available for collection at a later date.

Tutor: Mrs M. Wilkins

Pottery coiling

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per day Places Age range
PTH 1 Thursday Thursday Yes £60 14 8-17

Coiling is a hand building method of creating pottery. It has been used to shape clay into vessels for many thousands of years across the globe, from Africa to Greece and China to Mexico. We will use classical Greek vessel forms and pattern to inspire our ideas and create a vessel by the end of this one day course. In the morning session you will learn how to prepare clay, kneading and wedging, then prepare coils and start to build your vessel. In the afternoon session you will complete your vessel and decorate using coloured underglaze slips and sgraffito decoration. The finished clay work will be fired and available for collection at a later date.

Tutor: Mrs M. Wilkins

A masterchef in the making

This course is now full in both weeks.

With the numerous cooking and baking shows including Master Chef and the infamous Great British Bake Off encouraging young chefs to try their hand at various complex recipes, this course aims to give young people a chance to develop some everyday skills of their own to avoid those “throw your failed showstopper into the bin” moments. Each session will present a new and different recipe which will be worked through step by step with the tutor. The complexity of each recipe will vary every day so a range of recipes with differing preparation and cooking times are encountered, which can then be used for any possible future occasions. The final day will have a specific focus on afternoon tea, the ultimate British indulgence. The course will be best suited to individuals with some previous experience of cooking and those who have an interest in all cooking, rather than just baking. A folder of recipes used will be provided for annotation throughout the week for all to take away.

Tutor: Miss D. Creese

Tradigital printing

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per day Places Age range
TPR 1 Yes £170 14 12-14

Ever wondered what tessellation is? Do you want to know how to make your own wrapping paper and card designs?  Come along and learn traditional print making as well as digital skills on this exciting course. The course will cover some basic printing techniques to get you started, developing this work into a relief lino print. The print will then be repeated in Photoshop using Apple Mac computers into a pattern for wrapping paper. Mono printing techniques will be used to produce imagery suitable for card designs. The course will result in a set of wrapping papers A3 size and a small selection of handmade cards.

Tutor: Mrs J. Griffiths

The perfect baker

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per day Places Age range
PB1 1 Yes £185 12 12-15

Please note the Week 2 course is now full.

Even Mary Berry and Delia Smith had to start somewhere! This course aims to give young people an exciting and successful start to their baking career. Each session will focus on working through the terminology and techniques used in recipes, how to follow the recipe in a step-by-step manner and then crucially, how to finish it off to produce a presentable and scrumptious masterpiece. Each day will present a new challenge by focusing on one main essential recipe and the final day of the course will finish with individuals reproducing a recipe from the week with any improvements added. A folder of recipes used will be provided for annotation throughout the week for all to take away.

Tutor: Miss D. Creese

Photography day trips

Course code Week AM/PM Full day Cost per day Places Age range
PHM 1 Monday 18th Yes £60 14 12-15
PHM 1 Wednesday 20th Yes £60 14 12-15

Bring a camera and a sense of adventure as we head out of Cambridge and out of your photographic comfort zones. Before we leave we will study how photographers have effectively used composition. We will then apply these techniques on location.  On returning to school we will create a digital sketchbook and refine our images using Adobe Photoshop.

Tutor: Mrs M. Wilkins

Mythical beasts pop-up book

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
MBA 2 Yes £170 14  9-12

Course description: Would you know why a mirror might be very handy if you should bump into Medusa? Would you know the difference between a cyclops and a gorgon? If not, why not come along and see the answers literary pop off the page? This course will focus on basic paper engineering to create pop ups of four mythical beasts. Each mythical beast will form a double page spread in a small but exciting book. Every day you will be introduced to a new and increasingly complex technique and as your confidence grows you can adapt the templates so that your beasts truly become yours. The final day will involve constructing the book, including end papers, a title page and a cover. You will take away a wealth of fun, exciting beasts, fun techniques you can develop into other things such as greeting cards or further books all wrapped up in a neat little book.

Tutor: Mrs J. Griffiths

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