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Where people and ideas meet

Inspirational COURSES, TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
FOR ALL AT HAMPTON court housE

 

Form Seven at Hampton Court House: where people and ideas meet

Form Seven is a community of people of all ages – adults and children – who love to ask questions, dedicated to enriching their knowledge of the arts and sciences, languages and books. Join us to explore new perspectives and meet new people.

CONNECTING PEOPLE AND IDEAS

You will meet new people on the same wavelength as you. Our brilliant courses, talks and workshops will allow you to dive into a whole world of new ideas and skills: history, languages, literature, sciences and creative arts. There is food for any curious mind.

Why Form Seven?

The last two years of school are usually known as the sixth form. We want to offer people of all ages the opportunity to continue the adventure of learning, so it made sense that our new community should be a ‘seventh form’, regardless of whether you are 8 or 80. Join us at Hampton Court House, our beautiful Georgian school overlooking Bushy Park in London.

What’s On: Autumn Term

September to december 2016

Inspiring talks, debates and concerts

Choosing Terror: The French Revolution
Tuesday 20 September

Red October: The Russian Revolution in Art
Tuesday 11 October

Monday Recital: Liam Byrne – Viola da Gamba
Monday 17 October

Like As The Waves Make
Wednesday 23 November

Family Christmas Fayre
Sunday 11 December

Exciting, interactive workshops

Master Digital Photography
Sunday 9 October

An Introduction to Photoshop
Wednesday 5, 12 and 19 October
and part two course
 on Wednesday 16, 23 and 30 November

The Dark Art of Persuasion
Wednesday 5, 12 and 19 October

Autumn Flavours: Fresh, Seasonal Cookery
Sunday 9 October and Sunday 27 November

Christmas Flavours: Family Cookery
Sunday 11 December

 
 
 

Learn a new skill and meet new people on your wavelength: join a Form Seven course

Brilliant courses for everyone
Join us at Hampton Court House on Thursday evenings: we have inspiring courses for adults and children. Each has a relaxed atmosphere in a stunning Georgian setting.

Learn with expert tutors
Your tutors are practising professionals who love to share their expertise and inspire you with their passion.

Try it for free!
The first session is a complimentary taster. If you decide that the class isn't for you, we will give you a full refund, no quibble.

French with Panache
with Eliana Houstoun-Boswall

Nihao! China
with Coco Cuiping

The Sketchbook Club
with Brenda Holtam

Sew It Yourself
with Martine Fiaux Porchet

Ballet for Adults
with Lauren Haith

Star Writers (for 11-14 year olds)
with Joanne Richards


Learn a new language – or brush up an old one!

French with Panache: learn to speak, read and write French confidently

A rigorous weekly course for beginners and improvers that aims to have you speaking, reading and writing French with confidence, not just parroting sentences cribbed from a phrasebook.

You will quickly build up your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar systematically, with the help of Eliana Houstoun-Boswall, Hampton Court House’s bilingual founder.

Those with rusty French from school who want to re-build their knowledge are equally welcome. À bientôt!

For students aged 16+
Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 15 September

Nihao! Learn the language of China, a country with 5000 years of history

A fast-paced course for beginners that aims to have you communicating with confidence in Mandarin Chinese.

Nihao, China! is tailored for adult learners with no previous experience of studying Mandarin.

Phonetics, vocabulary, grammar and Chinese characters will all be covered. Alongside intensive work on the language, your tutor, Coco Cuiping, will share her passion for Chinese culture – history, philosophy, art and food.

For students aged 16+
Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 15 September

 

Creative arts evening courses for adults

The Sketchbook Club: a home for any aspiring artist to play with ideas

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw, but are overwhelmed by the tyranny of the blank page? Brenda Holtam will show you how you can use a sketchbook as a portable stepping stone to where your ideas might lead you.

Behind the setting up of this course is a strong belief in the value of drawing as the fundamental skill that opens up almost any genre of art.

Over the course of ten sessions you will experience introductions to the work and methods of a variety of artists, practical work, and demonstrations of materials and techniques. There is emphatically no showcase or exhibition. This course is a friendly environment where you can experiment without anyone judging you.

For students aged 16+
Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 15 September

Sew It Yourself: design and make your own bespoke clothing or accessories

Sew It Yourself is the perfect course for beginners in sewing and design. Over the course of 10 lessons you will learn different sewing techniques and understand basic patterns by making your own item of clothing.

You will be taught how to cut fabric properly, which fabric best suits your project, how to use a sewing machine, how to make a neat hem, how to sew a buttonhole and zip, how to place a pocket, where to make darts and much more besides!

For students aged 16+
Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 15 September

 

Health and wellbeing class

Ballet for Adults: a unique, sociable fitness experience

The BBC, Telegraph and Guardian have all featured the benefits of ballet as an all-round workout: core strength, posture, muscle sculpting and flexibility. Lauren Haith has developed this course starting at the barre and moving on to more expressive dance. All are welcome for a unique, sociable fitness experience.

For students aged 16+
Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 15 September

 

CHILDREN'S WRITING COURSE FOR 11 TO 14 YEAR OLDS

Star Writers' Society: take your words from page to stage

This is a fun, weekly course for any keen young writer. Have you ever fancied writing a play? Do you want to see your work performed?

In Star Writers' Society, playwright and director Joanne Richards leads by example by getting tips and reading scripts from Monsters Inc. to MacbethHarry Potter to Richard III.

For children aged 11 to 14
Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 15 September