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ARTS & CRAFTS Glasgow School of Art 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, 353 4596. Evening, day and summer courses in a variety of artistic disciplines. Prices vary; £465 for 20- week drawing and painting course.

Fireworks Ceramics Studio 35A Dalhousie Street, Glasgow. £90 for a six-week ceramics course, with two hours each week.

Doodles Ceramics Workshop 2–29 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, 229 1399. Adult clay, pottery and ceramics painting classes every Wednesday, 7.30–9pm, £10; one-off festive classes, such as Burns Night or Valentine’s Day, also available.

Edinburgh College of Art Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, 221 6109. 11-week courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, photography, digital art and more, from £135–£250. Creative Glass Designs 103 Drum Brae South, Edinburgh, 339 5135. £95 for a series of five two-hour sessions and £80 for a day course.

PHOTOGRAPHY Stevenson College Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, 535 4800. Foundation and advanced evening classes, commencing in February. Costs £200 for ten weeks.


Cardonald College Mosspark Drive, Glasgow, 272 3333. Distance and part-time learning options available. £1285 for a full-time 12- month course. 28 THE LIST 6–20 Jan 2011

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY Aditi Yoga Centre 5 Alva Street, Edinburgh, 226 2601. Courses in vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga yoga, for eight (£72) or nine (£81) weeks.

Glasgow Buddhist Centre 329 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 333 0524. Courses and classes in Buddhism, meditation, tai chi and yoga, with five-ten week courses from £35–£85, and individually-priced drop-in sessions as well.

LANGUAGES Edinburgh University 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, 650 4400. The University’s ‘Languages for All’ programme covers a host of European languages, plus one or two more exotic options. An 11-week course costs £125/£83 for concessions.

University of Glasgow Hetherington Building, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, 330 6521. The courses available as part of the University’s 16- week ‘Languages @ Lunchtime’ programme cost £190, with discounts for University staff and students, and cover a range of European and Asian languages.

Alliance Français 3 Park Circus, Glasgow, 331 4080. French language courses ranging from £88 for eight weeks to £440 for 32 weeks. Courses are split into two- and three-hour varieties see website for more details. PRACTICAL SKILLS

Bombayite Rachna offers one-on-one or small group tutorials on authentic Indian food in Glasgow and Edinburgh, from £30 for a ‘Curry in a Hurry’ class, to a full-day masterclass for £95.

The Cookery School Peckhams Building, 65 Glassford St, Glasgow, 552 5239. Cocktail, whisky and chocolate-themed courses, as well as the usual lunch and dinner recipe selection. Evening classes from £29.50, £399 for five-day intensive courses. Cookingmania 1 NW Circus Place, Edinburgh, 220 2040. Child-friendly cooking courses, with specialist adults/students/men- only classes as well. Prices start at £50 for an adult class to £600 for full- length courses.

Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative Six locations around Edinburgh, 0845 257 0808. Foundation, intensive and women’s bike maintenance classes from £25–£49.

PHYSICAL FITNESS Dance Base 14-16 Grassmarket and 28-30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, 225 5525. Wide variety of dance styles, with £18 single classes, £73.50–£101 ten-week courses, and regular special evening events.

Dance House The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow, 552 2442. £30–£120 for full- length courses, or £4–£5 individual sessions.

Lady Fingers Contact Rachna on 07740 069147 or Native Spinal Chord Trapeze The Firhall Complex, 87 Hopehill Road, Glasgow, 07863 132 481. £15 trapeze

and aerial dance classes, with ten- week block booking available.

Alien Rock 8 Pier Place and 37 West Bowling Green Street , Edinburgh, 552 7211. Two roped- and free-climbing venues, with courses available from £45, and individual climbing time from £5.60 a session.

All or Nothing Out of the Blue, the Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, 07989 978598. Ariel dance and trapeze courses and classes.

MUSIC Blochestra Bar Bloc, Glasgow, contact Provides a band setting for those who either know how to play their instrument, or need some group motivation to practise. Sessions are free, and take place weekly at 9pm, with songs suggested by email the previous week.

Mugen Taiko Dojo Sounds of Progress, 77 Trongate, Glasgow, and St John’s Church Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 01357 522 008. Part musical percussion, part keep fit activity, this Japanese drumming group offer nine-week courses, with a live performance at the end, as part of ‘Taiko Drumfest’. Course fee is £120. Morningside School of Music 138 Comiston Road, Edinburgh, 447 1117. Half-hour or hour-long sessions with professionally-trained teachers in well-equipped surroundings, on a wide variety of instruments. Prices range from £14–£38.