Saturday School 4th March 2017- ‘Shakespeare the Man and His Sonnets’

Tutor: Judith Hedley

Venue: Nettleham Old School Room, LN2 2LP

Dates: Saturday 4th March 2017, 2 – 5pm

Fee: £7.50 to include a full afternoon tea. Parking Available


This event is in two halves: ‘Shakespeare the Man’ takes a broad approach to biography and the controversies of authorship, ‘Shakespeare’s Sonnets’ looks in detail at what may (or may not!) be the man’s most personal words. You are warmly welcome to either or both sessions. If you have a Collected Works, please bring it with you, but an interest in Shakespeare is all you really need.

Please contact Liz Diver on 01522 568 061  as booking is essential. 

Please make cheques payable to WEA Lincoln Branch.


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

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.

New Creative Writing Course beginning Tuesday 31st January 2017

Would you like to write your own stories, novels or poems but have absolutely no idea where to start?

Perhaps you have an idea for a story but need help to get it to come to life on paper?

A new course is being run by the WEA which will help you plan your writing.

For absolute beginners and those with some experience, we’ll explore techniques to inspire creative writing through poetry and storytelling.

Tutor: Le’anne Kidger

Start date & time:31 January 2017 7- 9pm

Venue: ALIVE, 22 Newland, Lincoln LN1 1XD

Fee: £53.90 for 7 weeks or free if in receipt of an income related benefit     

For further information contact the Lincoln office on 01522 522 472 or email





Victorian Creative Craft : New course for February 2017


Would you like to try your hand at creating a sand picture, experimenting with silhouettes, investigating decoupage, creating a photo collage, making a scrapbook and much more? If you are interested in the Victorians and the wonderful creative crafts they enjoyed, then why not come along and join a new course starting this February in Lincoln and try out some of the activities for yourself?                                                                                                            

Alongside practical activities, the course will explore how important arts and crafts were in Victorian times, especially to the more wealthy ‘ladies of leisure’, at a time when they were rarely engaged in employment and there was no television or radio.

The course will be led by Kathy Holland and starts on Wednesday  22nd February at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3LY.

  This a 5 week course and each session runs from 10.15am – 1.00pm. All equipment and materials can be provided for a small charge and both beginners and experienced crafters are all welcome.

There is charge for the course but it is free for those in receipt of certain benefits. To book, or for more information, please contact the Lincoln WEA Office 01522 522472 or email

We look forward to welcoming you!