1 May 2017 – Local business Barnes Class has announced new classes to be offered in the spring, just in time for their second anniversary. The female-led team is celebrating two years of success for the startup program in May, which offers leisure and learning classes across subjects, all taught by local Barnes experts. From cookery to meditational yoga, they look forward to many more exciting, inventive, and engaging courses to come.
Throughout the year, Barnes Class has offered a myriad of choice designed to fit around the busy schedules of Barnes families as well as appeal to our more mature residents interested in learning a new skill. To that end, local artist Michael Ajerman returned with a series of his best-selling drawing classes, including an observational drawing course which just wrapped up this March. Ajerman utilised his years of experience as an artist alongside the exciting art scene in London to structure classes around exhibits or artists he admires. In May, he’ll return with a new offering of training students to perfect the technique of drawing faces, a tricky subject indeed.
A Barnes local and yoga teacher of over 20 years, Ali Gilling has continued to offer dynamic programming for those looking to keep fit and re-center. This year, in addition with her Mindful Yoga class which has become a student favourite, Gilling developed new courses like Yoga for Runners, an excellent cross-training tool, and an all new 8-week program called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This exciting new offering is taking place now through the month of May, and is designed to help students become more aware of the unhelpful thought patterns that can trigger and perpetuate stress.
Many new classes have joined the Barnes Class roster, in addition to many returning familiar faces. Flora’s Kitchen has again partnered with Barnes Class to offer tailored cooking workshops for beginners, teens, and even an all-men class. Social media expert Kathy Ennis brought her expertise to small businesses with a Social Media Marketing class, focused on bringing branding, networking, and content creation to companies, clubs and organisations. She returns in May with two new masterclasses, an introduction to both WordPress and managing a Facebook business page. A brand new Italian immersion class this winter offered students the chance to cook authentic meals while practicing their Italian language skills.
As part of a wider initiative to expand their timetable into new sectors and areas of expertise, Barnes Class polled former students to gain their valuable input into future classes and events. Although the new classes are yet to be formally announced, the team at Barnes Class are thrilled with the responses and fresh ideas and are investigating future classes in floristry, Spanish language and cookery, silk scarf painting, and even cocktail-making.
The Barnes Class team is passionate about engaging the local community with classes chosen by you. The polls are still open—let the team know what excites your passion for learning simply by clicking the link and sharing your feedback here.
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