Photography, art and fantasy mingle at WEA

New courses at Woodend and a fantasy film at the Stephen Joseph Theatre are among the Workers Educational Association’s Scarborough offerings this autumn.

The team of WEA tutors has been joined by photographer Tony Bartholomew, whose eight-week digital photography course begins on 3 October, at 7pm.

Tony, whose work has been used in every national newspaper in the UK as well as publications such as the Washington Post and the New York Times, says: “Each week we’ll explore a different aspect of photographic discipline, from portraiture, landscape and nature to abstract and art.

“We’ll look at photographic techniques, digital editing and workflow techniques. From compact cameras through to high-end DSLR, the emphasis will be on personal skills development, ways of seeing and capturing, and improving the quality and interest of your images”.

Artist and WEA tutor Ruth Collett is running 10-week courses on female artists from 1910-45, to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage.

Two practical, hands-on drawing and painting courses start on 26 September. They will allow students to develop techniques in painting figures, buildings and machinery, and try out painting and design styles. They can enrol on the morning class (10am) or the afternoon session (1.30pm).

An art history and appreciation course will study the artists who recorded the suffrage movement, women at work and official war artists.

Painting and design styles, at home and abroad, and the role of art in politics will be explored. The course starts at 10am on 27 September.

WEA film-studies tutor George Cromack will introduce a screening of Pan’s Labyrinth, a dark fantasy from The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro, at the SJT at 7.45pm on 18 September.

It ties in with the evening course Silver Screen Mavericks: from Actors to Directors and Beyond, beginning on 24 September at the SJT.

Students will revisit, rediscover, explore and discuss a varied selection of films. All involve actors, directors and musicians who, by doing their own thing their own way, make their work distinctive, either as pioneers or rebels.

This friendly and accessible course will range from the other-worldly cinematic vistas of del Toro and the landmark 1902 silent classic A Trip to the Moon to the groundbreaking electronic score accompanying Chariots of Fire and the charismatic on-screen cool of the rat pack at the height of their power in the original Ocean’s 11.

Pan’s Labyrinth is open to all. To book, ring 370541.

For full information and enrolment on WEA courses, visit, call 0300 303 3464 or pick up a brochure from the library. Courses are free to those in receipt of means-tested benefits.