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BARBICAN LIFE


primordial quality of a landscape that has always been there, and which precedes all the layers of culture and civilisation imposed on top of it. The metropolitan significance of this landscape cannot be overstated. However, the tidal river with its unkempt, untameable surrounds represents nothing less than the edge of the city, as evoked with both precision and emotional resonance by Victor Hugo in his description of the ‘bastardcountryside’in Les Miserables. Both spatially and qualitatively, it is an edgeland. In the lower Lea Valley, there are layer upon layer of past lives, individual characters who have influenced or been part of the landscape and communities now gone or replaced which have left their mark – in bridges and mills, deserted post- industrial wasteland, tracts of reclaimed land, archaeological sites and now, the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. Although people are not immediately visible in this landscape, their presence is a given, their lives are part of the landscape, the social,


political and spiritual dimensions of human existence and endeavour are confirmed or assumed. This is just one introductory drawing course in the portfolio of Arts, Crafts & Textiles’ courses offered by the City of London Adult Skills & Education Service which aims to provide high quality, responsive, lifelong learning opportunities to city residents and workers by facilitating a vibrant, world-class, urban learning community at the heart of the capital. It covers the historical context of drawing and painting, gives an introduction to drawing techniques, use of materials, development of drawing skills and introduction to using paint and colour; subjects include landscape, still life and figure drawing. The course is designed to cater for people of mixed ability - from complete beginners to intermediate learners – and to allow attendees to continue attending the course as they progress, learning from each other and their tutor – some have used it


as the springboard to higher education.


If you are interested in enrolling on Exploring Drawing or any other courses, please call 0207 608 2753 or email


adulteducation@cityoflondon. gov.uk. As well as Arts, Crafts & Textiles, a range of courses in Professional & Personal Development, Health & Fitness, and Humanities & History are offered during the day, in the evening and at weekends at the Community Education Centre at 99 Golden Lane, EC1Y 0TZ. The City of London Adult Skills & Education Service works to ensure that all classes are accessible to all local residents regardless of gender or sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, disability, marital status, age, class or any other grounds that cannot be justified. If you are interested in any of their courses, the prospectus, Learning in the City 2012-13, is available via the City of London’s website.


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