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Workshops & Classes

Friday & Saturday Workshop Offer
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Scriptwriting Group

Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10.
Wednesday Night in Mr Twitchetts 7.00pm – 9.00pm
The Subscription Rooms is hosting a monthly group for anyone who is interested in scriptwriting for theatre, radio or television. These groups will offer an opportunity to share scripts that you may already have, to develop new works and to meet other writers. The group will run from 7 – 9, is hosted by John Bassett from Spaniel in the Works Theatre and is free. Donations welcome for refreshments.

Focus on Fused Glass

Caroline Lambert
Monday 22 September 10.30am – 12.30pm
(no class 27 October)
This 10 week course will focus on the remarkable process of kiln-firing and mould work. We will cover all the basics of fusing, learn how glass behaves when heated and cooled, why some glasses are not compatible with others, kiln preparation and firing schedules, working with accessories such as frits and stringers, the use of enamels and metal inclusions, and slumping into moulds. We will also look at things to avoid and trouble shooting.
This is a practical course that will build your knowledge and skill throughout the term. Each week, after a short over view of some of the key specifics of the subject, you will be able to work on your own projects which will be fired and returned to you by Caroline. All tools and equipment are provided and a range of glass (COE 96) and other compatible materials can be bought from Caroline. No previous experience is necessary but if you have done it before you will

Stained Glass Class

Caroline Lambert
Monday 22 September 10 Weeks 1.30pm-3.30pm and 7.00pm – 9.00pm
(no class 27 October)
Tuesday 23 September 10 Weeks 10.30am-12.30pm
(no class 28 October)
This popular class will quickly have you designing, cutting and assembling your own stained glass creation in a friendly and supportive environment. Based on individual needs, designed for both beginners and those with some experience, the course provides an opportunity to work on personal projects and covers a range of traditional and more contemporary methods. You will learn all the basic techniques of pattern preparation, glass cutting, leading, foiling, soldering and finishing and basic decorative processes such as painting and fusing. All tools and equipment are provided and a range of glass and other materials can be bought from Caroline.
£75.00 (booking essential)
Contact the Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900

An introduction to Portraits

Katherine Bryan-Merrett
Wednesday 24 September 10 Weeks 7.00pm – 9.00pm
This course takes you through simple stages of looking at portraiture. From basic sketching and shading through to full colour portrait painting. Using a variety of mediums; Katherine takes you through easy to follow stages making portraiture fun for everyone. The workshop is suitable for all levels, with a focus on easy techniques.

Katherine is a self-confessed lazy artist and has worked for over a decade in finding simple techniques for creating stunning portraits. These workshops are about getting a bit messy, freeing up and getting stuck in. If you are not a confident painter/ sketcher, Katherine ensures that by the end of the course you will be full of confidence and thoroughly inspired.
£75.00 (booking essential)
Contact the Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900

Cuffing It!

10 Week Improv Comedy Course with Joy-Amy Wigman
Tue 30 Sept – Tue 2 Dec
Over ten weeks, through the use of theatre games (think “Whose Line is it Anyway?” or Cheltenham's own “Knowing Smirk” show) and stagecraft skills, this course will build up your comedy confidence and help you to embrace your inner idiot. On a more grown up note, you'll also be taught how to interact on stage properly, use your voice to its full advantage, the rules and tricks to proper improvisation, and how to let go of the fear of failure. There is no failure here, only openings to new possibilities!
The course is taught by Comedian and Actress Joy-Amy Wigman using a mixture of her own techniques and influences from the Second City Theatre in Chicago (home of improve comedy).
Over 16s only please."
£75.00 (booking essential)
Contact the Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900

Fun with Fusing

with Caroline Lambert
Sunday 5 October 10.00am - 4.00pm
Try your hand at this very popular art form to create unique pieces of work. Layering together coloured glass and a myriad of inclusions and accessories to create stunning results, you will have a chance to make all sorts of pieces such as sun- catchers, coasters, bowls and jewellery. At the end of the day Caroline will take your creations to her studio for firing and they will be returned to the Subscription Rooms for collection a week later. No previous experience is required and if you have done it before you are more than welcome.
All tools and equipment are provided. Materials and firing costs will be approximately £25 dependent on the number and size of your projects.
So come along get creative and have fun with fusing.
£35.00 (booking essential)
Contact the Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900

Energy Health Tai Chi Qigong

With Christopher Handbury
Mon 6 Oct – Mon 1 Dec (no class Mon 27 Oct)
Price £64.00 for 8 week course
Energy Health teaches traditional chinese medical methods to balance and nourish the mind and body. The combination of The Ba Duan Jin (Eight Brocades) Chi Kung, Zhan Zhuang (Standing Meditation) and Tui Na (Twee Nah) Massage help to balance weight, nutrition, strength and boost the immune system. Join a fun and friendly atmosphere and learn life skills for greater physical and emotional happiness.
For more information & to book contact
Christopher Handbury on 01453 828000 / 07813 921336

Samba Dance

with Selva Romero-Toledo
Tuesday 7 October – Tuesday 2 December
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Baila Dance presents Samba dance classes -have fun and keep fit to great Brazilian music, improve your confidence, build strength and learn routines. Basic samba step taught at every class no experience or partner needed just lots of energy! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Drop in class £5.00

"No mind " Meditation Exercises

Free chi dance and sacred mantra with Poh-Eng San 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
Wednesday October 15th - December 17th 10 Weeks
including Wuxi stance (spontaneous movement may occur, - a natural phenomena that the late Dr. Shen Hongxun was famous for)
This course can be seen as a deepening of the previous or as separate. Exercises are dynamic and powerful bringing winds of change and a happier , lighter heart.
Booking in advance essential. Cost is £150 or £130 concession
Enquiries please call Poh-Eng on 01453 297847

Drawing Workshop

with Rita Dee
Saturday 25 Oct 10am-4pm
"Take a Line for a Walk"
Have fun experimenting with different techniques and materials, working through lots of short exercises to build confidence. This will lead on to observational drawing and how to represent form, tone and texture.
This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and those who have perhaps used paint but have had no instruction in drawing.
£35.00 (booking essential)
Contact the Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900

Watercolour Workshop

with Rita Dee
Saturday 8 November 10am-4pm
Painting Autumn Colours
Working in watercolour, interpret the colours and patterns of autumn from nature and photographs. Colour-mixing is included and we will experiment with different ways of representing pattern and texture in paint, before moving on to a final composition. Bring your own materials or use those provided by the tutor at no more than £5 payable on the day. Suitable for beginners or those with a little previous experience.
£35.00 (booking essential)
Contact the Subscription Rooms on 01453 760900

Winter Mosaic Workshop

Sunday 7 December 10.00am – 4.00pm £35.00
With Robin James
Enjoy a focussed, relaxed mosaic workshop with a festive theme. A broad range of materials will be available at the cost of approximately £15. To personalise your piece bring small bits of tile, glass, crockery, trinkets etc. Create a Christmas decoration, decorative panel, tablemat or coaster. Tools are provided for use on the day and a grouting kit to finish piece at home.
Call Robin on 07974 674 985 or

Stained Glass for the Festive Season

Sunday 7 December 10.00am – 4.00pm £35.00
With Caroline Lambert
Come and spend an enjoyable day creating beautiful and unique glass decorations and gifts using the vibrant medium of stained glass. There will be a wonderful selection of materials plus plenty of designs and ideas for you to follow. So get creative and even if you haven’t done it before you will be more than welcome to try your hand at copper foiling and fusing within a supportive environment.
Materials may be purchased on the day at an approximate cost of £20 dependent on the size and number of projects – a comprehensive selection of tools and equipment are provided by Caroline.
So make this Christmas a Hand Made Christmas.

Festive Willow Workshop

Sunday 7 December 10.00am – 4.00pm £35.00
With Norah Kennedy
"A wreath for the front door, a platter for your mince pies, a star for the top of the tree- all these things are possible and several more attractive willow decorations on this enjoyable festive willow course"

Yoga and Relaxation

Mondays 5.45pm to 7.15pm

Ground, lengthen and breathe...
Based loosely on Scaravelli's form of yoga - the postures are adapted to the individual.
Suitable for beginners and advanced.
Call Claudia on 01453 755 695 or email

Yoga in Pregnancy

Tuesdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Working with, movement, the breath and relaxation towards a happier labour and birth.
Feel good in your pregancy!
Call Claudia on 01453 755 695 or email

6 week Meditation and Taiji-Wuxigong Course for beginners.

Wednesday September 3rd - October 8th 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Learn how to reduce the pressure in the mind and clear stuck energy (mental physical and emotional) with simple qi gong exercises. The course includes 1/2 hour of sacred mantra into silence and breathing techniques. Poh-Eng studied authentic buddhist chan meditation techniques for over 16 years with the late lama Fore/ Dr. Shen Hongxun. She is a qualified buqi healer and students receive healing if the need arises. When our central channel is fully open it is possible to deepen your meditation practice in a safe way. Please book in advance 01453 297847 Cost is £90 or £78 concession

Learn To Jive with Just Jive

Wednesdays 7.15pm-9.30pm
7.15 pm (Beginners)
8.15 pm (Intermediates 1)

with Just Jive
Learn to jive with experienced and fun teachers. A great way to get fit and improve your social life. The dances are easy to learn and are taught step by step. There’s no need to bring a partner – just yourself.
Fee per class: £6.00
Membership available. Contact James on 01453 752842