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: Seasonal Painting & Drawing

Learners on this course will explore the unique characteristics of the season and learn how to capture their essence on canvas and paper. Through guided instruction, in class sessions, demonstrations and outdoor sketching - (weather permitting), learners will develop their skills in observation, composition, colour theory and brushwork and drawing skills. You will learn how to use a variety of materials to enable you create art pieces.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/07/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 2:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Glebe Methodist Church (Washington)
Fatfield Road
Glebe
Washington
NE38 7DE
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014955
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80

Art Practical: Paint an Expressive Landscape with Acrylic

Unlock the vibrant world of acrylic painting in our one-day workshop, "Paint an Expressive Landscape with Acrylic," held at the Springbourne Library. This immersive course is designed for beginners and enthusiasts alike, providing a comprehensive introduction to the techniques and principles of landscape painting using acrylics. During this enriching day, you will delve into the expressive potential of acrylics, learning to capture the essence and mood of a landscape through colour, texture, and composition. Guided by an experienced artist instructor, you will explore various painting techniques, from bold brushwork to subtle blending, to create dynamic and evocative landscapes.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/07/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015414
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £23.10

Art Practical: Portraiture Drawing

To introduce students to the art of portraiture drawing in a relaxed and supportive environment. Following on from Portraiture Painting Q00014044, this course takes students further into the basics of sketching and then drawing faces to gain a good likeness. It provides step by step instructions on positioning the features, the use of light and shade as well as drawing techniques such as pencil and charcoal. The course is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced students. The course will provide you with an understanding of the methods, materials and concepts required to create both ‘correctly’ and expressively drawn portraits.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/07/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00016294
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.80

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:
Mon 15/07/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Seetec Pluss Poole
Poole
BH12 1ED
Tutor:
Dulcie Allan
Course code:
Q00013989
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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Art Practical: Creative Painting: Drawing Workshop

To introduce students to the art of drawing in a relaxed and supportive environment. Following on from Creative Painting Q00014040, this course takes students further into the basics of sketching and then drawing to produce convincing and vivid images. It provides step by step instructions on positioning the use of line, light and shade and proportion as well as drawing techniques such as pencil and charcoal. The course is suitable for both beginners as well as experienced students. The course will provide you with an understanding of the methods, materials and concepts required to create both ‘correctly’ and expressively drawn pictures.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
John Pounds Centre (Portsmouth)
23 Pounds Gate
Queen Street
Portsmouth
PO1 3HN
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00016292
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

Art Practical: Learn to Paint an Abstract Landscape

Learning about Abstract Landscape Art is a fascinating and rewarding topic; it tracks an evolving story looking at different ages, from 19th Century innovators such as JMW Turner, through to Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Modernism in general, right up to the 21st Century. This course will also introduce you to some lesser- known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. Inspired by these examples, shown at the beginning of each lesson in an interactive visual presentation, we will develop skills in a range of drawing and painting media, including drawing inks, chalk and oil pastels, watercolour, acrylic, collage and mixed media. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style. Please note that this is a 3-session course running on: Wed 17/07/2024, Wed 24/07/2024, and Wed 31/07/2024.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014699
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.65

Art Practical: Learn to Paint: Abstract style

Learning about Abstract Art is a fascinating and rewarding topic; it tracks an evolving story looking at different ages, from 19th Century innovators such as JMW Turner, through to Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Modernism in general, right up to the 21st Century. This course will also introduce you to some lesser- known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. Inspired by these examples, shown at the beginning of each lesson in an interactive visual presentation, we will develop skills in a range of drawing and painting media, including drawing inks, chalk and oil pastels, watercolour, acrylic, collage and mixed media. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style. Please note that this is a 3-session course running on: Wed 17/07/2024, Wed 24/07/2024, and Wed 31/07/2024.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014701
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.65

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. Please note that this is a 3-session course running on: Wed 17/07/2024, Wed 24/07/2024, and Wed 31/07/2024.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014702
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.65

Art Practical: Develop a Portrait in Chalk Pastels

Unleash your creativity and dive into the vibrant world of chalk pastels with our one-day course, "Develop a Portrait in Chalk Pastels." Held at the Springbourne Library in Bournemouth, this course is designed to cater to artists of all levels, from beginners eager to explore a new medium to seasoned artists looking to refine their skills. The course will cover various aspects of portrait drawing, including composition, proportion, shading, and facial features. Whether you're interested in capturing a loved one's likeness or exploring expressive and abstract interpretations, this course offers a versatile approach to portrait artistry.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/07/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015493
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Seasons

This course will guide the students and lead them into exploring different topics relating to the subject of the four seasons. The group will participate in activities and art work that illustrate those themes. The students will be involved in different activities to encourage increased knowledge about the subjects. The tasks will be supported by discussions and the sharing of views. The workshop will also develop art skills and foster good social skills. The culmination of the workshop will be to produce practical tasks that illustrate the various themes covered.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Wong (Horncastle)
The Wong
Horncastle
LN9 6EB
Tutor:
Sally Darlow
Course code:
Q00014115
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00