Choose from a variety of creative art courses

Explore your creativity through painting and drawing and choose from a variety of creative art classes. With a huge range of subjects to learn from, you can choose from online or in-person options.

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Our creative arts courses will get you working with pastels and pencils, exploring fine art and even get you out and about discovering new galleries in your spare time. 

Paints to pastels

Delivered by experienced art tutors, why not try getting creative with clay, or getting hands-on painting your very own masterpiece. 

If you’re interested in drawing, you won’t be disappointed either. Collage making, oil painting, pastel painting and printing are just some of the subjects that have proved popular in recent years.  

Many of our arts courses are delivered for different levels of experience too, so whether you’re a beginner or a little more advanced, you’ll be able to choose the art course that’s right for you. 

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Craft: Mindfulness Mandalas

Join us in this fun and relaxing online course, where you will earn to create beautiful, complex mandala patterns and apply them to various surfaces to embellish items such as plain cards, notebook and coasters, using just simple pens and/or pencils. You will be astounded when you see the complexity of patterns that you can achieve just from combining a few very basic pattern motifs and exploiting the art of mindful repetition. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can allow your creativity to take over and you will discover which are your favourite motifs whether they’re floral rhythmic or geometric, or a mixture of all!

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 16/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00014357
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £14.80

Craft: Mini-Albums and Memory books

Explore the exciting world of paper-crafting on this comprehensive course on creating beautiful mini-albums and journals. Unleash your creativity as you engage in the art of combining paper, embellishments and various techniques to craft unique and personalised keepsakes. Join other like-minded crafters and our enthusiastic tutor on this creative course and learn how to showcase and preserve cherished memories for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a family member or friend. Gain confidence and experiment with different skills, and materials to craft beautiful and meaningful keepsakes. On this course you will: Gain proficiency in basic paper-crafting techniques, such as accurate measuring, cutting, scoring and layering. incorporate different styles of pockets, tuck-spots and tags. Learn how to add found objects and ephemera pieces to your journal Look at ways to include scraps from your stash, including paper, fabric scraps, buttons, ribbon and lace This course is for beginners and for those who are creating mini-albums and memory books for the first time or would like to add to their existing skills. The only requirement is that you have some basic paper- craft supplies on hand, such as card, patterned papers and glue. A full resource list will be available on Canvas for each project.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 17/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015500
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Practical: Women and their Bodies: Drawing at the British Museum

Part of the London Art and About Festival 2024! This course will provide opportunities to make drawing studies of female sculptural forms from a variety of ancient cultures in the British Museum. This includes comparisons with examples from Greek, Roman and Aztec cultures found on pots, temple columns, busts and smaller figurines. These drawing activities hope to provide a deeper insight into their visual differences as well as symbolic details. This will then enable us to reflect on and discuss what we can uncover about women's lives and their roles in those societies. Meet in the British Museum at the Lion in the Main Atrium:

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Meeting Place:British Museum (London)
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
Tutor:
Debra Collis
Course code:
Q00015429
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £20.00

Craft: Paper-craft for a Peaceful Mind

Do you find yourself tired and stressed out at the end of the day? Are you looking for a hobby to relax you and help you unwind? Join me and discover the therapeutic art of paper-crafting and benefit from its profound impact on promoting a peaceful mind and lower stress levels. This course combines creative expression with mindfulness techniques to help you achieve a sense of peace and calm through the varied world of paper-crafts. On this course we will explore various paper-crafts from the clean and simple arts of origami and card-making to the messy randomness of collage, painting and mixed media. On our journey of exploration we will look at different mindfulness practices as we immerse ourselves in the joy of creating and crafting to help our general and mental wellbeing. On this course you will: v Practice basic paper-crafting techniques v Look at ways to be mindful while crafting v Engage in hands on projects designed to foster creativity and aid relaxation.. This course is anyone whether you are a long term crafted, a beginner or maybe you are new to crafting and are looking for a new hobby to engage in to help you deal with the stresses of life in the today's world. Everyone is welcome.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015498
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

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12 months
Fee:
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Creativity for Calm

Are you looking for a relaxing hobby to help you unwind? Creating moments of calm in the day is essential for our emotional well-being and mental health. Step into the world of mindful crafts with this course and enjoy art for relaxation. This creativity course allows you to explore your art and craft skills to find practices that soothe you. Whether you enjoy drawing, painting, origami, or craft-making, art courses can help you find a relaxing hobby.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The Vine Community Centre (Nottingham)
Bobbers Mill Road
Nottingham
NG7 5GZ
Tutor:
Monazza Aziz
Course code:
Q00016363
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Art Practical: Practical Art in Noel Park

This is a practical art course for all levels. The course will introduce you to basic art concepts and drawing and watercolour techniques and will take place in a local park in Haringey. During the sessions we will explore how to draw out-of-doors. The tutor will help you develop your skills in sketching, painting and using mixed media. We will also look at the work of famous French painters and talk about their ideas of painting and drawing. Some resources will be available but please do bring as sketch pad and pencil, and any watercolours, and brushes.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Noel Park Children's Centre - Shropshire
Gladstone Avenue
Wood Green
London
N22 6LD
Tutor:
Emanuela-Alina Baloiu
Course code:
Q00016937
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Art Practical: Beginners Art

This FREE course aims to provide a well-rounded introduction to visual arts, offering a balance between foundational skills and creative exploration. It encourages learners to discover their own artistic preferences and build a solid base for future artistic endeavours. This course is aimed at complete beginners and a gentle introduction to drawing, journaling and pastels are just some of the topics you will be learning. This course is aimed at being a fun and friendly course which can also help support those that suffer stress & Anxiety as a way of relaxation. All materials & resources will be provided by the tutor. Although feel free to bring along any materials you have at home.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Horden Youth & Community Centre (Peterle
Eden Street
Horden
Peterlee
SR8 4LH
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00016472
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Creativity for Calm

Are you looking for a relaxing hobby to help you unwind? Creating moments of calm in the day is essential for our emotional well-being and mental health. Step into the world of mindful crafts with this course and enjoy art for relaxation. This creativity course allows you to explore your art and craft skills to find practices that soothe you. Whether you enjoy drawing, painting, origami, or craft-making, art courses can help you find a relaxing hobby.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Bethany House
St Clements Gardens
Boscombe
South West
BH1 4ED
Tutor:
Lucy Pender
Course code:
Q00013995
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80

Art Practical: Exploring Drawing

Learning to draw is a precious skill that encourages mindfulness and creativity. A quote from the late artist Paula Rego: ‘Sketches always have more vitality than paintings because you're finding things out through doing them.’ Inspired by historical and contemporary artists, this course will build your confidence and expertise in a range of media including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, using cartridge and mid toned pastel paper. Our topic will be still life – learning to see and analyse real objects is the best teacher for developing your own drawing style. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014351
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Craft: Diorama, Pop-Ups and Fun Folds (online)

Come and join our enthusiastic tutor and a group of likeminded crafters as we immerse ourselves into the world of paper-crafting and greeting card making. This engaging course will focus on transforming flat pieces of card and paper into captivating 3 dimensional scenes and pop-up surprises. On this course we will discuss dioramas in general, we will look at suitable themes and the basic materials and tools needed. We will also create simple pop-up mechanisms to surprise and delight our recipients. Craft in general is known to have a positive effect on the mental health of those that do it, and card-making is fun, productive and very rewarding: you create lovely, personalised cards for the special people in your life. Boost your confidence and build your skills as we experiment with some new designs and techniques. This course is suitable for those with some experience of card making and a well-stocked craft room.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015499
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00