LEARNING AT THE MILL

A new programme of four week pilot courses at £40 – try out a new topic!   All courses are listed below: click on the ‘plus sign’ next to each course for full details and to book and pay.  (For payment we use Stripe, which holds the highest level of security certification for the payment card industry).
Some classes may also require you to bring equipment or books. Classes are open to children under 16 but they must be accompanied in the class by an adult who must also be booked on the class.   BOOK AND PAY IN ADVANCE BELOW TO BE SURE OF A PLACE AND TO MAKE SURE THE COURSE WILL RUN or call 07582 789406/email greenelephantcoop@gmail.com  (min 4 people needed for each class to run) 

You can book and pay below – contact us with any technical problems.

Video for Business (Charles Willmott) Now changed to Thursday evenings 18:00-20:00, October 12, 19, 26th and 2nd Nov.

Phone Recording Tripod Iphone Video Timelapse

Learn how to use your camera (DSLR, camcorder, Go Pro or mobile phone) for video purposes in order to promote and advertise your business to the fullest. You will learn about different video formats, lighting, recording sound and editing techniques. Bring any camera which can record video.

This course has now changed to THURSDAY EVENINGS –  October 12, 19, 26th and 2nd Nov.

Charles Willmott graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

Carbon Conversations (Jan Maskell) Thursdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 12 Oct, 26 Oct, 9 Nov, 30 Nov

Engage in a series of conversations to discover more about your carbon footprint. The class is intended for individuals, groups or small and medium sized businesses. This programme will help you to review your footprint and to consider ways in which you can reduce it at home or at work. Jan Maskell is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She has over 20 years experience as a facilitator, trainer and coach. She has an interest in and concern for environmental sustainability, and works with organisations and individuals to improve their environmental performance.  She runs Carbon Conversations workshops for groups and organisations and trains Carbon Conversations facilitators.

Colombian Street Food (Victoria Frausin) a one day course on Saturday 28 October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This course will focus on two of the most popular, versatile and delicious street food recipes made from maize, adding a vegetarian twist – arepas and empanadas with different fillings and dips, along with the traditional drink ‘limonada de panela’. Ingredients and their natures will be covered, along with the fantastic characteristics of Colombia. – course includes vegetarian lunch and tea that you will make and eat!

Victoria Frausin is a designer and textile activist from Colombia settled in Lancaster. She is the coordinator of the Sewing Cafe (ethical clothing advocate group) and the Sewing Circle for refugees and asylum seekers. She is also passionate about good food, especially experimenting with vegetarian/vegan options of traditional Colombian recipes. She has a BA in Industrial Design and is qualified in Strategic Design for the Fashion Industry. 

Intro to Brazilian Portuguese (Sue Tyson-Ward) Thursdays 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.: 2, 9, 16, 23, Nov.

Learn how to samba on down with the locals by communicating on a basic level in Brazilian Portuguese. This introductory course will guide you through making friends and expressing information about yourself, buying drinks and snacks and finding your way around a typical Brazilian town.

Sue Tyson-Ward has taught both European and Brazilian Portuguese for over 25 years. She is the author of more than 20 books on Portuguese, culture and language. Sue was also Consultant to the BBC for their popular six-part TV series ‘Talk Portuguese’.

Amateur Photography (Charles Willmott) Saturdays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 28 Oct, 4 Nov,18 Nov, 25 Nov.

Learn how to improve the composition, lighting, and editing of your home photos.  Get to grips with those complicated settings on your camera! Take better photos and become more knowledgeable behind the lens. Please bring a camera.

Charles Willmott graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

Bicycle Maintenance for Improvers (Alex Brett). Saturdays 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov and 25 Nov.

In this course we’ll look at cables, bearings, wheels and headset bearings, torque settings, troubleshooting, derailleur set-up, rim wear and wheel truing – and there’ll be a chance to bring along your own problems and questions.

Alex Brett is a former surveyor who has been an independent cycle mechanic for the past 8 years, delivering cycle maintenance classes and a ‘Dr Bike’ service in the Nottingham area.  He’s recently moved to Lancaster.  Contact him on 07837027096, email alexthebikeman@yahoo.co.uk.

Intro to Creative Film Making (Charles Willmott) Mondays, 7.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.: 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov.

Ever wanted to make a short film or music video? This course will teach you the technique and theory behind creative filmmaking. Learn camera composition, three-point lighting techniques, low budget sound recording and basic editing.  You’ll need any device which can record video.

Charles Willmott graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

Holiday Portuguese (Sue Tyson-Ward) Saturdays 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct.

This course is an introduction to the basics of European Portuguese. This course will guide you through ordering food and drink, communicating through information about yourself and understanding simple directions. This class is a handy start to ‘getting by’ on your holiday to Portugal.

Sue Tyson-Ward has taught both European and Brazilian Portuguese for over 25 years. She is the author of more than 20 books on Portuguese, culture and language. Sue was also Consultant to the BBC for their popular six-part TV series ‘Talk Portuguese’.

COURSE NOW STARTED. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC FOR THE FUTURE. EMAIL GREENELEPHANTCOOP@GMAIL.COM

Creative Embroidery (Victoria Frausin) Saturdays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct.

Creative Embroidery (Victoria Frausin) 4 weeks on Saturday afternoons 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sats 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct.  

The course will offer different options to make your old garments beautiful again. Begin learning basic stitches and progress onto more complex ones. Images can be transferred from paper to fabric and old garments will be embroidered and become loved again. Giving a second chance to the clothes that are already in our wardrobe is a very important step in sustainable fashion.

Victoria Frausin is a designer and textile activist from Colombia settled in Lancaster. She is the coordinator of the Sewing Cafe (ethical clothing advocate group) and the Sewing Circle for refugees and asylum seekers. She is also passionate about good food, especially experimenting with vegetarian/vegan options of traditional Colombian recipes. She has a BA in Industrial Design and is qualified in Strategic Design for the Fashion Industry. 

COURSE DID NOT RUN. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC FOR THE FUTURE. EMAIL GREENELEPHANTCOOP@GMAIL.COM

 

Intro to Animation (Charles Willmott) Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 16 Sept, 23 Sept, 30 Sept, 14 Oct.

Discover how to bring your characters to life with Stop-Motion animation. You will learn how to create armatures using aluminium wire, design clothing for your character, basic sculpting with plasticine and using animation software. You’ll need a smart phone or tablet, otherwise the tutor can provide filming equipment.

Charles Willmott graduated from Film Theory & Video Production at University of West London. His final year experimental short film was selected in London Short Film Festival (The Cool Club). He went on to work as a freelance videographer and Animation teacher. He has created videos for the NHS, Sport Direct, Martha Lane Fox (co-creator of lastminute.com), Stonegate pubs and more.

COURSE NOW STARTED. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC FOR THE FUTURE. EMAIL GREENELEPHANTCOOP@GMAIL.COM

Winter Kitchen Garden Design and Practice (Lucy Teather) Saturdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 16 Sept, 23 Sept, 30 Sept, 14 Oct.

Make a space for some more colour in your home, brighten up those winter months. Enliven your senses with herbs for cooking, salad and ‘microgreens’, teas for drinking, scented shade loving plants.  Measure the space that you have and come and make and fill a planter to fit.

Lucy Teather is a versatile designer and educator with over 20 years experience in built and natural environmental improvement projects. Lucy has a variety of qualifications in Garden Design, Permaculture Design and an MA Degree in Art in Architecture.

COURSE NOW STARTED. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC FOR THE FUTURE. EMAIL GREENELEPHANTCOOP@GMAIL.COM

Art for Beginners (Janet Mary Robinson) Tuesdays 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct.

The classes will introduce you to some basic drawing techniques in pencil and other media, using step by step tuition and lots of individual guidance. The course is aimed at complete beginners. Please bring a sketchbook and some drawing pencils. Contact Janet with any enquiries at janet@jmr.org.uk, or 07786 868 783.

Janet Mary Robinson is a working artist who has exhibited widely around the UK and has extensive teaching experience. She enjoys all aspects of drawing and painting, and sharing her enthusiasm with others. Her paintings are inspired by her love for nature, colour and the changing effects of light, and can be seen on her website at www.jmr.org.uk . Janet originally trained as an illustrator, specialising in natural history subjects

COURSE NOW STARTED. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC FOR THE FUTURE. EMAIL GREENELEPHANTCOOP@GMAIL.COM

Bicycle Maintenance for Beginners (Alex Brett) Course A: Saturdays 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 28 Oct. Course B: Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct.

You will learn how to deal with common faults from punctures to gears that won’t work, bicycle maintenance and full safety checks. These classes will teach you how to keep your bike fully functioning and on the road for longer.

Alex Brett is a former surveyor who has been an independent cycle mechanic for the past 8 years, delivering cycle maintenance classes and a ‘Dr Bike’ service in the Nottingham area.  He’s recently moved to Lancaster.

COURSES NOW STARTED. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC FOR THE FUTURE. EMAIL GREENELEPHANTCOOP@GMAIL.COM

Course A – Saturday mornings

Course B – Wednesday evenings