Time to get creative with POA Learning ...

After the success of the last series of webinars in July, POA Learning have launched another new initiative as we urge learners to “Get Creative” during August.

Five different subjects over three days will give learners an opportunity to try illustrating, painting, cooking and writing.

The event kicks off on Tuesday 25th August at 10am when Mark Rowe presents his session “Illustration for Beginners”, starting with a simple face drawing, getting things in proportion, then tackling shading a couple of simple shapes, Mark says this session is a lot about learning technique rather than the perfect drawing. So will have plenty of tips and tricks. - all you need is a couple of sheets of paper and a pencil.

Mark is a published Illustrator and contributor to “The Adventures of Karlillapig” which averages an online following of over 10,000 per month.

We then move on to a Creative Writing session with Matt Pointon. With an MA in Creative Writing, well-travelled Matt has a lot of experience in wordplay, teaching English across Japan, Vietnam and Bulgaria.

He will start by looking at different types of writing from poems, short stories to screen-writing moving on to explore different genres and how writing can help your well-being.

Then it’s over to you, as he helps you to write a short story.

Matt is with us from 12pm – 2pm on Tuesday 25th August.

To round off the day, from 5.30pm – 7.30pm, BBC’s UK Food and Farming Chef of the Year, Mike Spackman joins us with part one of his three-part cookery webinar – firstly looking at starters.

On the menu is Minestrone Soup, Indian Chickpea and Vegetable Soup and a selection of dips.

He returns on Wednesday 26th August at 2pm with main courses – so mouths will be watering with his Chilli Con Veggie, Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto and Chicken in a Red Sweet Pepper Sauce before he concludes on Thursday from 10am with the old favourite, Sticky Toffee Pudding, followed by Best Ever Tropical Fruit Salad, Crema Catalana and Churros.

You can cook along using his recipes by downloading our “Let’s Get Cooking” booklet when booking your session. It contains the ingredients and methods for all the dishes.

We have more creativity on Wednesday (10am) and