Modern Floristry (NEW)

Urban Botanical established in 2016 with the intention to approach floristry from a fresh perspective, one not bound by rules or code. My background is in Fine Art having graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone and this influences my approach to floristry, often problem solving in a different manner from the old fashioned or traditional methods of floristry.

The floristry that excites me is different, it is modern and arty. Just like Art, Floristry is subjective and not everyone will like what I like. I am passionate about Environmental issues, how and what I buy effects my global footprint, just like ‘throw away fashion’ cheap supermarket flowers have an impact etc. Sustainability is a particular interest of mine, growing and a more ‘Eco-friendly’ approach are all things I consider in my practice.

In this short course we will explore modern flower arranging techniques as well as some tradional methods, how to make the most of the seasons as well as your own garden. We will cover the elements of floral design while learning about floral styles and movements. The course will be fun and colourful, together we will make things like – a hand tied gift bouquet, wearable flowers – floral jewellery, a spring bowl arrangement, a foraged arrangement and finishing off with a wonderful Dutch Masters inspired exhibtion.

Discovering your ancestors (NEW)

The course will provide you with the tools to confidently build your family tree, working back systematically and documenting your sources. It will familiarise you with the resources used and guide you in accessing and reading records to bring your ancestors and their history alive.
You will be directed to use online resources ( such as Scotland’s People and Scotland’s Places) in addition to Old Parish Records and other resources we have in the Centre. The class will take place on our premises Tay Valley Family History Society, 179-181 Princes Street, Dundee which means that you will be able to use the Society’s accounts for Ancestry, Find My Past and Family Search.

Song writing is for everyone (NEW)

Gavin McGinty is an experienced singer/songwriter who is also a performer and mixed media artist.

Who is this songwriting class for? – everyone.

These classes are designed to impart various tools and approaches to creative expression in songwriting. Allowing participants to progress at their own rate, with a newly stocked toolbox. This will be a supportive, collaborative, interactive group.

All you require is a notebook and a writing utensil, instruments are not essential, but are very welcome.

Gavin has worked with established acts, creative beginners, and everyone in between. We can all develop our skills further, let’s do together.

Discovering Poetry (NEW!!)

Unlock your inspiration in this course where we explore the relevance of poetry to our world today and learn how to write our own poems!

We’re taking poetry out of its stale settings and into live discussion, creativity, and connection.

No prior poetry reading or creative writing experience required.

Enrolment for Winter 2023 classes

Enrolment evening at Harris Academy for all our face to face classes will be 6pm till 7pm on Wednesday 18th January 2023.

Online enrolment for Zoom classes and available face to face classes starts on this website at 6pm 19th January 2023 and ends Friday 6pm 27th January 2023.

Classes will be for 9 weeks from week commencing 30th January 2023 except Spanish which will run for 8 weeks from 8th February 2023.

Languages Spring 2023

We have 3 language classes on offer this term.

French and Italian both delivered via Zoom. Italian is on a Tuesday evening and French on Wednesday evenings.

Spanish will be face to face at Harris Academy on Wednesday evenings.

French with tutor Lynne Topping. Classes are informal, based on paired group conversations. Topics covered include: food, self & family, daily routine, socialising & travel.

Italian with tutor Francis De Franco. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate Italian speaker, whether you want to learn Italian for business or pleasure this is the class for you. Learning within a group environment can help you perfect your language skills at a level that suits your needs.

Spanish class tutored by Cristina Ruiz. Wanting to go on holidays to a Spanish speaking country? Join our Spanish course this February! Let’s have some fun.

Dundee Time and Place

Dundee Time and Place will evaluate, develop and deepen our knowledge of Dundee and her communities’ social, economic, cultural and political history from the early modern period through to the contemporary period.

This class has been extended to 1hr30mins for this session.