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An Introduction to Blogging

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

The class will look at: - which blogging platform to choose - setting up and naming your blog - deciding how often to post - how and where to get free and low-cost photos for your blog - the ideal length and style of a post - what to write about - getting ideas for your blog posts - how to promote your blog and gain followers

Bring one of the following:
Any Barry M nail polish (from £2.99 in Boots and Superdrug)
Any MUA nail polish (from £1 in Superdrug)
Any NYC nail polish (from £1.79 in Superdrug)
Any other nail polish (can you tell I like nail polish?!)
Any Rimmel nail polish (from £1.99 in Superdrug)

About the teacher, Claire Kerr

I am a qualified marketing consultant with 25 years' experience. Though my consultancy (Kerrmunications), I consult on a freelance basis for million-pound-plus companies. Through my training business (Marketing In One Day), I teach one-day marketing workshops for those who run small businesses or are freelance or self-employed. I currently write for and manage five different blogs and also write posts on an ad-hoc basis for selected clients.

Getting Creative With Writing

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

This course will cover all aspects of writing - creative writing, such as story writing and poetry, autobiographical and life writing as well as non-fiction, including journalism and feature writing. The course is being taught by a published, professional writer who will not only give you the skills and tools you need to writer better but also show you how to build a career as a writer and help you shape your work for publication. Each session is suitable for writers of all specialities and levels of experience and includes exercises, building skills, group critique and feedback on ongoing work and mentoring towards your writing goals. The specific topics we address will be guided by the interests, experiences and goals of the group.

Bring one of the following:
gardening
gardening
house cleaning
house cleaning
pots and pans
pots and pans
recording studio time and/or music mixing and production
recording studio time and/or music mixing and production
stationary
stationary

About the teacher, Sarah Milne

Sarah Milne is a full time writer and singer-song writer. She writes features for most of the national media and writes and performs poetry. She is also working on a play and novel. Sarah performs her poetry and music locally, across London and sometimes further afield.

Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

Social media marketing can be a brilliant way to reach current or potential audiences and providing a regularly changing resource. It would be great to generate a discussion about how social media and content optimisation can work alongside fine art, and whether the two can be comfortable together.

Bring one of the following:
art books-many and varied
cheese (always nice payment)
coats, size 12 or shoes, size 8 (happy to do clothes exchanges)
freelance social media enquiries-i would love to help out galleries or artists and am open to being paid in cash or foodstuffs
storage boxes
unwanted future train tickets

About the teacher, Samantha Penn

I am currently Social Media and Marketing Assistant at a South London property company and have a background in Fine Art. I work with Social Media and SEO on a daily basis and am keen to share the knowledge I've acquired and to hear the insights of others.

Fashion Design

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

This class is intended to make you an actor of the clothes you wear by teaching you how to come up with fashion designs for the Autumn-Winter 2013 Collection of Holy Cherry. You will be learning how to gather your ideas by creating style panels, choose the materials and finally make some prototypes. During the class you can decide to look at what others do or be involved and have a go! You will also have the opportunity to learn some knitting and crochet and sewing techniques.(either you are a beginner or an expert). Bring some fashion magazines, knitting and crochet needles or patterns as well as wool if you have some. Otherwise don't worry it will be provided! NB: This class might be taught over several sessions. Holy Cherry is an Ethical and Ecological Fashion brand. Ecological (and cruelty-free) because the materials used have had a minimal impact (if at all) on the planet during the making process and do not hurt anyone or any animals during their making process. Ethical because it puts human being first. We employ 4 women in vulnerable situations and with AIDS in Zambia but also by teaching consumers how to question what they buy and turn them into consum-actors.

Bring one of the following:
A big nicely decorated box
A C.S. Lewis book
A non-leather women wallet
Any book you thought was worth reading
Any books or advice on social enterprise.
Any Lavera products(Holland and Barrett, lipbalm £3.50).
Any organic herbal tea
Any second hand size 8 clothes
Anything handmade
Anything homemade (if cooked please vegan :)
Be taught about setting up a business in the UK or business skills(marketing, website etc)
Be taught pilates.
Organic dried beans/brown rice/oat/seeds

About the teacher, Cerise Edwards (Cherry)

I am a fashion lover but above all I love the people and the planet so cannot imagine a fashion that would not be ethical and ecological! That's why I started Holy Cherry, an ethical and ecological fashion brand which employs vulnerable women in Zambia. I have taught them how to crochet and knit and would be delighted to have you involved in the fashion design process! Please visit the website and follow us on facebook! Cherry.

Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

In this current financial climate more people than ever are needing to find ways to make money. What used to be ways of making money for extras are now methods of survival for many. Direct selling companies, like AVON, Pampered Chef and Betterware can offer fantastic opportunities to make money and claim that it is possible to build a business and earn enough to make a decent living. These claims can seem too good to be true for those who have tried and only made a little commission from family and friends. However, there are people out there living very comfortably off these businesses. I know, I've met them and I'm on my way to being one of them. In this session, I will explain the principles and ideas adopted by those who have built very successful businesses indirect selling and network marketing, often out of absolutely nothing and how I've been applying them to the start of my own business with AVON. This session comes with no guarantees that anything I say will make you rich but I will promise to give you some inspiration, ideas and tools to get you started with. The rest is hard work but I hope I'll show you it can be worth it.

Bring one of the following:
a bottle of red wine that comes highly recommended by you
a piece of art of anything hand made
a surprise
interesting stationary
vegetarian recipes from around the world, especially Africa

About the teacher, Sarah Milne

I have been making money from my creativity for many years, including working as a photographer, a writer and, more rercently, as a designer maker of stitch art, custom dolls and 'rage books,

Conquer Sugar Cravings

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

Are you... Relatively healthy but still at the mercy of sugar? Experiencing cravings that you constantly fight to keep your figure? Exercising A LOT so you can justify your sweet tooth and keep trim? Do you often experience... Hunger that comes on strong all of a sudden? Energy crashes? The desperate need for sweet? (& doing the odd strange thing for it) Basically that is how I used to feel and the problem is sugar, whether it's in your tea, your 'healthy' pack of dried fruit, your yoghurt or your tomato pasta sauce. It's bad for your health, causes mood swings, restless sleep, weight gain and wrinkles! This trade school is to give you an insight into what I've learnt overcoming a sugar addiction and give you some of the best quick tips and strategies to help you start getting in control. I will cover roughly the following: 1) the worst sugar culprits and what to stop and start eating 2) how to start gradually weaning yourself off 3) how much sugar you should be aiming for in your diet 4) why fat isn't as bad as we've been lead to think 5) Any Q&A!

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of dry white wine
A box of interesting herbal tea
A hour of business expertise that might benefit a solo entrepreneur
An hour of personal training

About the teacher, Laura

Laura Thomas is passionate about getting in control of sugar consumption and helping others with a life changing diet change. Working and living in London she was always feeling the need for sweet, until it got too much and she decided to experiment with cutting sugar out. She now blogs at Happy Sugar Habits learning everything there is to know about sugar, the body and how to free yourself within the limits of your lifestyle.

Developing the Desire to Do Art

4:30a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

The class is based on my new book, "That Spark of Life - Developing the Desire to Do Art." It's a philosophy that encourages people to have a relationship with art rather than developing skills. We will do exercises and talk about the basic principles. Please bring a sketchbook or paper and a few pencils - if possible, a few coloured pencils (nothing fancy). Paper should be at least A4 size.

Bring one of the following:
A massage
A reiki session
Coloured pencils any colour
Homemade biscuits
Watercolours (half-pans) any colour

About the teacher, Susan Oliver (sue-chan)

I know what it's like to want to do art but feel frustrated around it. It took me around 21 years for me to finally discover my artistic mojo but today I am happily doing art pretty much on a daily basis.

Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

This presentation and discussion will help those looking to boost their online profile by explaining how to effectively use Social Media platforms and SEO. I'll be focusing in particular on Stand Up Comedy in this class but the advice I'll present is useful for a range of professions.

Bring one of the following:
Bike Parts
Cheese
Chocolate
Interesting old books (art, recipe, history..)
Notebooks
Scarves
Size 12 clothes or size 8 shoes for ladies
Unwanted cake tins

About the teacher, Samantha Penn

I am currently Social Media and Marketing Assistant at a South London property company and have a background in Fine Art. I work with Social Media and SEO on a daily basis and am keen to share the knowledge I've acquired and to hear the insights of others.

Journalling for Work and Play

9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

Journalling is an effective tool for personal development and creative play. It can increase your productivity and change your approach to work. This workshop is an informal and interactive workshop with practical ideas to help you start keeping a journal, looking at the different contexts you might be working in. We will play about with what to write and ways in which to write it. Working in pairs and small groups we will reflect upon these different 'tasks', but nobody will be asked to share what they actually write (unless they want to!).

Bring one of the following:
A large cappucino (no sugar)
A poem
A purse
Bag of ground coffee (strength 3 or 4)
Cross stitch kit
Flier design for a dance project
Fresh flowers
Honeycomb
Notebook or journal with plain paper
Olive bread
Olives
Packet of biscuits
Parma ham
Red wine (Rioja)

About the teacher, Anita Wadsworth

I work as an artist, teacher and facilitator in dance, film and education. I have experience of using journals creatively for developing new work; in education as part of a reflective teaching practice; and for myself to untangle my life onto paper.

Introduction to Bee-Keeping

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

The class will cover how to keep bees and produce honey.

Bring one of the following:
Homemade bread
Homemade pickles or jam
Make me an offer
Vegetable seedlings

About the teacher, Michael Oliver

I have been keeping bees for umpteen years and have taught nearly 100 people bee-keeping, many of whom went on to be successful bee-keepers.

The Stones of Croydon

9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

'The Stones of Croydon' is Trade School Croydon's first Drawing School. Intended not for the training of artists, but of people, who, by following the class, ‘might see greater beauties than they had hitherto seen in nature and in art, and thereby gain more pleasure in life’. The class will encourage students to explore the rudiments of drawing technique – outline, shading, colour – through carefully observing and drawing Croydon. Students should bring their own paper and drawing materials, although I will bring some spares too.

Bring one of the following:
A book about food
A book about food
A book about food
A mix CD of your favourite new music
A surprise
Some drawing pencils
Some fresh vegatables
Some organic beer
Some organic beer or wine
Some organic vegetables
Some organic vegetables
Some organic wine
Your favourite recipe

About the teacher, Vincent Lacovara

Vincent Lacovara studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art. He currently works at London's largest Borough as Placemaking Team Leader, alongside his continuing involvement in architectural practice as a director of AOC.

Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

Join us in creating Gingham cyanotypes and transforming them into bunting ready to grace the Purley Festival at the end of June. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that creates a wonderful prussian blue print. We shall learn how to prepare the fabric, make Gingham patterned stencils and then take the fabric outside to expose it to the sunshine! This class will be in 2 parts. The 1st class will be learning how to create fabric cyanotypes; and the 2nd to create bunting from our hand printed fabric! This session will be suitable for anyone over the age of 12.

Bring one of the following:
Basket
Cakestand
Handmade Lemonade
White cotton fabric
Woven Bamboo picnic mat

About the teacher, Alice Cretney

Cyanotype bunting: Making bunting

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
South End Ideas Shop
95a South End
London GB

Join us in creating Gingham cyanotypes and transforming them into bunting ready to grace the Purley Festival at the end of June. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that creates a wonderful prussian blue print. We shall learn how to prepare the fabric, make Gingham patterned stencils and then take the fabric outside to expose it to the sunshine! This class will be in 2 parts. The 2nd class will be learning how to create bunting from hand printed gingham fabric.

Bring one of the following:
Basket
Cakestand
Handmade Lemonade
White cotton fabric
Woven bamboo picnic mat

About the teacher, Alice Cretney

Bunting-making

8:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
Purley Festival
Rotary Field
London GB

Come and join us at our bunting-making workshop. Learn how to make decorative and colourful bunting! Get creative and customise your bunting to make your own personal design. Then take it home to show your friends and family! No prior experience required. Suitable for ages 3 and up. (Parental supervision required for very young children.) Workshop length: approx 1/2 hr.

Bring one of the following:
Bring some creative ideas to the class
Craft magazines or books
Have fun during the class
Help spread the word about Croydon Craft Club and our activities
Other craft materials e.g. quilling kit, coloured paper, fabrics
Suggestions for future Croydon Craft Club events/activities
Yarn suitable for knitting or crochet

About the teacher, Croydon Craft Club

Croydon Craft Club is a voluntarily-run organisation that was set-up in August 2012. It is coordinated by Serena Alam (main leader for this class), with various other craft-minded people helping out too. The aim of the club is to promote the Arts & Crafts in Croydon and to raise awareness of the many craft-related clubs and activities that exist in this area, as well as to hold events of our own.

Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

Hi there! What I cover ~ Optional hardware & software additions that make things easier for you ~ Where to get free and legal software instruments & tools to help in your productions ~ Where to get free and legal audio samples to use in your productions ~ How to setup your laptop and turn it into a miniature, mobile studio ~ How to take a track from musical idea to tangible reality (with an existing track example) ~ Some production tips and tricks used by the pros ~ Reverse engineering some popular sounds and showing you how they do it ~ Introduction to the FX routing ~ Introduction to audio synthesis and sound design ~ Introduction to automation ~ A little about sharing and promoting your stuff online Appeals to: ~ People with a musical background who want to produce some of their own compositions electronically ~ People without a musical background but with a passion for music and a willingness to learn! ~ Beginner producers who want to sharpen their skills or try a new workflow/DAW ~ People interested in getting a look 'behind the scenes' of modern electronic music Prerequisites: ~ You need a reasonably decent laptop running either Windows or Mac, and a few gigs of hard drive space ~ You need to be willing to embrace the technological aspects of this thing. This is a class on electronic music, not acoustic music!

Bring one of the following:
A long sleeved shirt, size L or bigger
A mixtape (cd, memory stick) of the 8 most meaningful songs in your life right now
A painting, illustration or a piece of artwork you've made
A tin of mackerel
Some beans/grounds of your favourite coffee
Some sort of alcoholic beverage that originated in the far east
Something with an owl on it

About the teacher, Jack Oughton

I'm a freelancer. I do lots of stuff.

The creative city seminar

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
London GB

I want to share with you some of the contexts around culture-led urban regeneration and develop your critical thinking about the relationship between culture and urbanism. This seminar will establish a framework of the creative city including academic aspects, policy examples and alternative voices.

Bring one of the following:
An intro to adobe illustrator
Feedback
Ideas and a fruitful discussion
Networking opportunities
Training on urban planning principles

About the teacher, Silvie Jacobi

I am a practicing artist and social scientist currently completing a MSc in Creative Cities at the Geography Department at King's College London. I am interested in the relationship between cultural practice and urban research, which includes aspects of gentrification, culture-led urban regeneration and cultural production.

The Stones of Croydon

1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Matthews Yard
1 Matthews Yard
Croydon GB

Intended not for the training of artists, but of people, who, by following the class, ‘might see greater beauties than they had hitherto seen in nature and in art, and thereby gain more pleasure in life’. The Stones of Croydon will encourage students to explore the rudiments of drawing technique – outline, shading, colour – through carefully observing and drawing Croydon.

Bring one of the following:
Drawing pencils
Organic Vegetables
Organic Wine

About the teacher, Vincent Lacovara

Vincent Lacovara studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art. He currently works at London's largest Borough as Placemaking Team Leader, alongside his continuing involvement in architectural practice as a director of AOC.