Spring exhibition by our Mixed Media art students at Ancaster Day Centre


The end of a successful term was celebrated by our students displaying a selection of their artwork to fellow attendees and staff at the centre.

Tutor Jane assisted the students in the selection and final display of their chosen pieces. Artwork was carefully mounted and pinned onto boards to create the display.

The students were later awarded their certificates for successful completion of the course.

The eleven week course saw students create art based on the theme of ‘the natural world’. Students worked in a variety of media including: oil pastels, watercolour, poster paint, acrylic, inktense pencils, collage and pencil .

The WEA offer a range of art and craft courses in Lincolnshiren throughout the year,for more details please see our brochure, or ring the Lincoln office on 01522 522 472.


New WEA Ancestry course for Boston – Trace the Ancestors Next Steps


Boston venue Fydell House is the perfect setting for the  course

Do your ancestors appear in poor records?  Did they break the law?  What if they were illegitimate? Is it worth DNA testing? For those of you who know the basics
, here’s a course to help you take your family history further.

Starts: Thursday 27 April, 10.30-12.30 pm with tutor: Gill Groom at: Fydell House,  Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6HU cost: £53.90 for 7 weeks, or free if in receipt of an income related benefit.

For further information or to book a place please contact WEA Lincoln Office tel: 01522 522472  email: lincolnoffice@wea.org.uk or Zara Handley: Tel: 07500823175 email: zhandley@wea.org.uk

WEA ESOL students discuss International Women’s Day 2017

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The ESOL  (English for speakers of other languages) students have been practicing their discussion and debating skills as part of their learning at Abbey Access Centre, Lincoln.

As well as covering health and healthy living topics, students on the course take part in debating current affairs and news stories. These skills will assist them in their final examinations in the Summer.

On March the 8th, students discussed International Women’s Day. With students attending the class from a range of different countries it provided an interesting insight into how women are celebrated around the world and in different cultures.

Student’s from  a diverse range of countries including Afghanistan, Italy,Hungary and Iran discussed the importance and relevance of the event.

The students discussed how the event had become more high-profile than ever before this year, thanks in part to social media.

Overall the students felt the day was a positive celebration of women, and that both men and women in modern life are extremely busy and have to multi-task to keep everything going – which lead to tutor Sue explaining some english  language sayings such as ‘keeping the plates spinning’!

The Worker’s Educational Association currently  offer ESOL and Life in the UK classes in Lincoln. For more information please contact the Lincoln office on 01522 522 472.

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Keeping the plates spinning!





Spring artwork by the Painting and Mixed Media Students


This student captured a cheeky polar bear and a seagull in flight using watercolour paint

The  WEA course based at Ancaster Day Centre gives students the chance to make a personal response to the theme of ‘wild life’ through a range of drawing and painting materials. Painting techniques, drawing techniques, colour theory and mixing and the use of different materials to build up the surface of a composition are also explored.

The course is targeted towards students with disabilities.



This student looked at ‘wildlife under the sea’ and used watercolour to produce this stunning painting of corals underwater




Painted butterflies were layered onto an interesting abstract background by this student and the work was mounted onto a bright red card




This student painted a waterfall onto black paper to produce this interesting composition




This beautiful painting was based on Monet’s artwork –  on the lake, flowers and trees around his garden



This dramatic collage of a  duck was produced by tearing and cutting a range of contrasting papers including tissue paper and newsprint




This student used gouache paint to produce this highly accurate replication of a photograph of parrots.




This student carefully observed the colours of a botanical study of butterflies the carefully painted her own interpretation of the work using watercolour




A bold painting of two butterflies on a carefully colourwashed background.




This student is carefully painting a watercolour picture of a bird..


This student took one image of a landscape and produced three pieces of artwork based on it using a variety of media. Firstly shown is the landscape in oil pastels…



… and here is the same scene produced in (top) watercolour and (bottom) as a torn and twisted tissue paper collage

As can be seen at the midway mark the students have produced some extremely striking pieces of artwork (and this is just a small portion of what they have produced on the course!)

The WEA offer a range of art and craft  courses throughout Lincolnshire designed for all abilities. For more information on what is available in your area please use the search facility  here.


Introduction to Lincolnshire Churches


Lincolnshire has over 700 parish churches each with a story to tell and this new course will offer you the opportunity to begin to find out about these wonderful buildings which in many cases are at the heart of the local community.

The course will offer the opportunity to begin to explore the rich diversity of parish churches in Lincolnshire from Saxon times, discover a wealth of architectural styles and features and investigate a selection of the numerous intriguing stories and legends associated with churches. The friendly and informal sessions will include illustrated presentations, activities and a visit.

The 7 week course starts on Wednesday 19th April from 10.30 – 12.30pm and will be run by Kathy Holland. It will take place at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3LY.

To find out more or to book, please contact the WEA Lincoln Office 01522 522472 or email lincolnoffice@wea.org.uk

Fee information available on request.

The Great (Lincoln!) Pottery Throw Down!


WEA Students at Ancaster Day Centre are currently hard at work creating a range of pottery houses suitable for very small homeowners!

The pottery students have looked at a range of photographs and drawings of fantasy buildings as well as drawing on their own imagination to create their individual ‘Fairy House’ designs.

Great care and planning has gone into the houses, including representing the surface texture of the building materials.

At the half term point the students had mainly completed the construction and the next step will be glazing and firing the houses.

Keep reading the blog to follow the progress of the fairy houses!


Learning together about Life in the UK today


A new course is underway in Lincoln teaching international students all about life in the modern United Kingdom.

The course is titled ‘Life In the UK Through its Culture and History’.

Students are looking at a diverse range of topics and subjects, including British traditions and celebrations, the history of immigration into the UK and the origins of the flags of the United Kingdom.

The course is taught by  Adrian Turner who is a very experienced tutor, having taught all over the world, and who is exceptionally knowledgeable in his subject area.

The students describe the class as friendly, lively and informative and a good way to meet and make friends with others who are new to the area from another country.

One student described what they enjoyed about the course as follows:

“The course is very useful for people coming to this country to help them understand more about the history here and how it affects the way things happen here today”.

The course is open to all but will be of particular advantage to those who are currently learning English as a speaker of another language. The course also has the advantage of working around the school term making it convenient for those with young children to attend.

For more information including fees, or to book a place on the next course beginning in April, please contact the Lincoln office on 01522 522 472.