Learning about colour and pigments with the WEA

An exciting new WEA course aimed at adults with disabilites has been sussessfully taught by experienced art tutor Sally Darlow.

Sally has been extremely busy since January, working hard teaching the course at three different day centres across Lincolnshire! Student feedback has shown the students have embraced the course with enthusiasm and have loved the challenge of learning something fresh and different!

The eleven week course  focused on the educative side of art; looking in depth at colour and pigments. Not only did the students produce fun and colourful pieces of art, they also learned about colour in the world around them, what different colours represent, where pigments come from, as well as the importance of colour in different cultures and parts of history.

Students were encouraged  to take time on their artwork – focusing on what they had learned in the lesson, and applying it to their art – be it a piece of colouring, a mosaic, or their own gilding work! Every piece of art had a purpose, and the students loved learning something new, as well as having something to take home.

Students started the hard work with group discussions called ‘Discussion Duck’, where the students would take it in turns to speak when the duck was in their hand. This encouraged everyone to respect the person speaking.  Sessions ended with a fun memory game – normally there were a few rounds of the game as the students loved it so much!

By the end of course assessment it was discovered that most students had retained the information learned in classes and the students showed interest about continuing their learning with the WEA. Tutor Sally Darlow hopes the students will take the knowledge of Colour and Pigments, and apply it to their daily life, and any courses they may take in the future.

For more information about courses targeted to adults with disabilities please contact the Lincoln office direct on 01522 522 472.


Garden donations old and new….


Since our appeal for more donations for our gardening course things have been coming into our Lincoln office from far and wide… a few weeks ago Joanna took in donation of a few interesting items…trowe

These were kindly donated by a lady whose father had owned them and she had inherited them. Having seen our appeal she wanted to know they were being used for a good cause as she felt he would be happy to know they were being used again.

Amusingly these items have been temporary housed in Lincoln HQ at Limekiln Way, sitting snugly next to the office staff as they work away on producing the new brochure for autumn, so I can assure any nervous visitors to the offices that they have been removed to the safe storage of our shed!

Your blogger also remembers Mr Lincolnweablogger returning from a trip to the recycling centre (once called the ‘tip’ in the olden days! ) with a huge antique scythe… quite how we managed to lose or use this item in subsequent house moves is a mystery to me! Should it ever turn up again, I think it would be more at home in the Lincolnshire Life Museum on Burton Road, Lincoln which houses a huge collection of social history items including agricultural and gardening tools, than being donated to the WEA. Well worth a visit if you get a chance!









One of the advantages of using older tools is they are often better made, from stronger materials than today’s mass produced ones. And can you imagine the stories they could tell… if they could?

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They were so gratefully received by us, as are all the garden donations… old, new and recycled…so thank you to everyone who has donated items to us so far. They really are appreciated and will be well used.PakenhamHarvestPhoto_670x400

Lincolnshire Life Museum – http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/visiting/museums/museum-of-lincolnshire-life/  for opening times and further details.



Chitted potatoes

chitted spuds


potato-plant-223941    We’re now preparing to plant out our chitted potatoes.


But first we needed to learn what ‘chitted’ meant.

_9008413   Do you know what is meant by chitting?


Chitting simply means  encouraging seed potatoes to sprout before planting.

Gardeners start chitting from late January in warmer parts of the country or in February in cooler areas, about six weeks before they intend to plant out the potatoes.

Each seed potato has a more rounded, blunt end that has a number of ‘eyes’.


This week’s work

Here are the sunflowers we’ve made (awaiting stems!)

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The display certainly brightens up the wall space in the centre.

 There is a lot more colour in the room now due to the imagination and wonderful ideas of WEA tutor Charlotte.