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WAES Blog: 6 easy steps to a super gory wound!

Want to really kick that costume up a notch? Check out our six fast and easy steps to a really gory fake wound! All you need is spirit gum, a bit of wax, black and maroon grease point and some fake blood.




  • Draw a thin line using spirit gum – this will be your “cut”. Let it go tacky and then put a thick line of wax on top. The spirit gum is just there to help the wax stick.

  • Then spread the wax outwards using your thumbs until it blends into your skin. Leave a ridge in the middle to form your “cut”. If the wax isn’t blending into your skin tone, use a bit of make-up to match it to your skin tone.

  • Use a little bit of maroon – not red – grease paint to create some natural looking swelling around the wound. Use as much or as little as you want and get a bit creative!

  • Then use a sharp make-up spatula, or anything with a sharp point, to make an incision. This will be your gory cut! Make the cut wriggly instead of straight for it more realistic. Pull out the wax a bit around the cut.

  • Get a tiny bit of black grease paint and work that right into the cut to add some depth. Then do the same with some red grease paint to create the main wound.

  • Now all that’s left to put a little bit of fake blood in the wound. Do this little by little using a brush to build it up. For extra goriness move the wound around a bit while you’re doing it to make the blood really ooze out!

After you’re done with it just wipe the wound off with a clean paper towel, or use a bit of spirit gum remover if you need to.

Top tip! Wax may look great, but if you want it to last for longer you’d be better off using silicon.

If you're interested in special effects make-up, you should come along to a free taster course at our open day.

posted 27/02/2015

A fab hairstyle that’s sure to fit into your morning routine. All you need is a bit of hairspray and a lot of bobby pins!

1. Start by brushing out your hair. You can put your parting wherever you want it so pick whatever feels natural for you!


2. On one side of your parting, take a square section of hair and make a small plait. Make sure to plait it all the way to the end of the hair.


3. Take the hair to the back of the head and fix it in place using bobby pins. Criss cross the pins to make sure it really stays in place!


4. Repeat on the other side of the parting, pinning that side back on top of the existing pins.


5. Lift the top of your hair slightly using a fishtail comb – that’s the one with a very thin handle - to create some extra volume then spritz it with a bit of hairspray.


6. Now take all of your hair back, twisting it as it you do so. Twist it as shown in the picture and pin it in place. Be liberal with the bobby pins – use as many as you need to keep it in place!


7. Now just for the finishing touches: pull out hair as desired or pin any loose hair back. Try twisting strands of hair before pinning it back to get a really interesting look. Experiment and get a bit creative to achieve the style you want.


8. Finally go over it with a bit more hairspray just to keep everything in place and make sure that it lasts the day. Now all that’s left is to soak up all the compliments you’ll get for your great new look!

Love trying out new things to do with hair? Check out the hair-dressing courses on offer at WAES.

posted 16.02.2015

Pancake Day - Make the perfect pancake!

by Kovilla Sooben, the Cookery course leader at WAES. 

Shrove Tuesday must always fall 47 days before Easter Sunday is the last day before the period which Christians call Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up. So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent. Traditionally, making pancake was the way for Christians to use up any rich foods before the fasting for Lent commences the next day, on Ash Wednesday.


100g plain flour

2 eggs

350ml semi-skimmed milk

1 tbsp sunflower oil or vegetable oil  for frying

pinch salt



  • Sift the flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt.

  • Create a well in the middle of the flour. Crack 2 eggs and pour the milk into the centre and whisk together.

  • Leave to sit.

  • Heat a flat pan with oil to a medium heat.

  • Ladle some batter into the pan. Either tilt the pan or use the back of your ladle to cover the bottom of the pan with the mixture.

  • Wait for the bottom of the pancake to turn golden then flip it to cook the other side, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over.

  • Enjoy with a range of Savoury or sweet toppings.

For more top tips from our cookery tutors join us for free tasters on Thursday 19th March for our open day or jump in feet first to one of our cookery courses


posted 02.12.14

Free lecture - creative sculptural innovations

Westminster Adult Education Service is proud to announce a great opportunity!

Hungarian artists Endre Gaal and Agnes Deli are delivering a FREE lecture about their work during their visit to London.

The lecture will take place this Friday, 5th December at 2.30pm, at WAES Lisson Grove Centre.



Prof. Ágnes Deli is a sculptor and a professor at University of Kaposvár Hungary.  Ágnes is well known for her installations, sculptures, designs for recycled materials and land art works.

Deli's sculpture reveals dualities, parallels and paradoxes, formal and spiritual (emotional) dichotomies.

Find out more at


Endre Gaál is an artist, designer and lecturer. Endre has run successful studio practice for over 25 years  whilst teaching at the MOME University of Applied Arts Budapest.  He is organiser of the International Glass Symposiums in Hungary.  Gaal investigates the borderline between fragility and permanence.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested to meet other artists and also students, and to exchange ideas and knowledge about materials and processes.

This lecture is open to WAES staff, students and members of the public.

Please email by Thursday 4 December to confirm your place.

Availability is on a first come, first served basis.


 posted 27.11.14

Oscar hopes for former WAES student

Little Happiness, the feature film by film director and former WAES student Nihat Seven, has been selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

Previously the British-Turkish drama won Best actor and Best supporting actor award at the 50th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey’s own international movie awards event.

Now Nihat, who is working on his next production set in the south west of England, is aiming for the dizzy heights of Hollywood recognition with his Turkish language film.

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film has featured every year since the award was created in 1956, and is presented annually to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.

83 countries submitted a film for consideration, with the final five nominees to be announced in January 2015.

Watch the Little Happiness trailer and read our interview with Nihat on his inspiration and his influences.


 posted 21.11.14

WAES learners at the Salon International expo!


The level 2 and 3 hairdressing learners descended on the Salon International expo at the ExCel Center in October. All 45 members of our wonderful hairdressing team joined thousands of hairdressers to celebrate a day of high fashion and master classes to see some of the most famous names in the world of hairdressing.

We were awarded the wonderful privilege of watching the master of arts Patrick Cameran make his magic on his beautiful models, demonstrating how to do both casual and evening up-dos. His style and sense of humour are so rewarding and breathtaking to behold.

On the main stage we were awed and amazed by the work of the dream team – a group of award-winning stylists who represent the UK in hairdressing all over the world. This amazing team were presented by Erol Douglas a long standing leader in fashion for both European and afro hair styling. He currently is a leader for the Fellowship of Hairdressers, who are building a relationship with our level 3 learners and helping them progress into work in the industry.


 posted 13.11.14

WAES Open Day a success!

Prospective and current WAES learners enjoyed a day of drop-in activities on 12 November as the Lisson Grove centre opened its doors to the public.

Taster sessions included glass bonding, table-top print making and skills for business. The day attracted over 50 newly-registered visitors to WAES as well as current learners and staff.

Anna Chrysopoulo, glass tutor said ‘It was an inspiring and creative day where first time students were able to come along and make eye-catching shapes and structures from glass. We even had several enrolments on to our beginners and casting course in January.’


 posted 23.10.2014

The Turner Sur-Prize!

by Inigo Rousham, the Visual Arts course leader at WAES.

WAES visual arts students worked with Ciara Phillips last year, who has been nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize, the most prestigious British award in visual arts. It’s aimed at artists under 50 years old and is awarded for an exhibition that took place in the previous year.

WAES learners participating in Ciara's exhibition.

Ciara was nominated for her exhibition at the Showroom Gallery just off Edgware Road. She converted the gallery space into a print workshop and let visitors participate in the creation of the artwork.

Find out more about Ciara's exhibition at the Showroom Gallery.

WAES tutor Paul Dixon and his printmaking class took part last November. “This was a great opportunity for the students,” he says. “They experienced silk screen printing first hand and worked with an international artist. They now feel proud that they participated in an artwork that was subsequently nominated for the Turner Prize.”

The WAES visual arts team wish Ciara good luck in the competition. The prize winner will be announced live on Channel 4 on 1st December 2014. Why not go along to the Tate Britain where Ciara’s work, and that of the other three nominees, is on display until 4th January 2014. Alternatively view their work online and let us know who you'd give the prize to.

Interested in learning more about printmaking? Why not enrol on Inigo's printmaking course this January?


Introducing Rob Johns

posted 10.10.2014

Rob Johns is our course leader for photography and video here at WAES. As an award-winning photographer, he has travelled the world and met some incredible people, including Nelson Mandela! Rob continues to work as a professional photographer but is also a qualified and experienced teacher who loves to share his passion for photography through teaching. Here's what he has to say about his year at WAES so far!

Wow, what an amazing start to the new academic year for the Photography and Video department!

We’ve launched a new filmmaking course, the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production which has proved hugely popular. We have a full class and a waiting list that just continues to grow.

We’re really lucky to have two amazing tutors to teach the course, Jorg Wagner and Annetta Laufman, both experienced tutors and working professionals with a ton of useful industry experience. The course is based at our central London centre just a minute’s walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station.

But don’t worry if you’ve missed out on the diploma, we’re hoping to launch a new range of courses, including short courses to help you develop your filmmaking skills. Keep an eye on our website for the latest information.

It’s not every day that you come across a free photography course but that’s just what you’ll find at Westminster Adult Education Service. We’ve launched a fantastic new free course for anyone interested in digital photography. Yep, that’s right, a free 3 week course. Introduction to Digital Photography will allow you the opportunity to try different types of photography.

The last course finished off with an incredible fashion shoot with 2 models in our wonderful purpose built photography studio at Lisson Grove. The energy was electric, all the students got the opportunity to work with a model and try their hand at shooting fashion.

The next Introduction to Digital Photography course is scheduled to start on Tuesday 14 October. Join us for an exciting introduction to the wonderful world of photography. Who knows where it could take you.

Enrol now on Rob's level 3 photography course!

And find out more about Rob and his work on his personal blog and website

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