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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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

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12 months
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Art Practical: Painting & Drawing the Land

This day course is for nature lovers who would like to express their love of the land through painting and drawing. All welcome but some experience in painting would be useful. In a friendly and supportive group, the tutor will take us through gathering visual references, sketching, colour work and creating a landscape piece of work in your chosen media. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos and sketch book work. We will 'problem solve' helping us to tackle the challenges that arise in our landscape work by asking the right questions, developing the creative process and compositional skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 22/06/2024 -
Sat 22/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014494
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

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 24/06/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
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

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 25/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
4 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

Mindfulness Mandalas - (West Sussex Multiply)

PLEASE NOTE - this course is provided strictly for West Sussex residents who live in a West Sussex postcode. If you do not live in West Sussex, please look at alternative courses - thanks for your understanding. 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! This course offers a unique blend of artistic expression and mathematical discovery. Participants explore mandala design, discovering symmetry, geometric shapes, and spatial reasoning while creating beautiful patterns. The course provides a serene environment for mindfulness practice, fostering relaxation and focus. By infusing mathematics into mandala crafting, students develop mathematical fluency and problem-solving skills. Join us for a transformative journey of creativity and mathematical exploration.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00015964
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Express Yourself with Creative Art for Mindfulness

Join us to unleash your creativity and develop your creative skills. This day workshop will give you the opportunity to explore creative themes and ideas to inspire inventive response using a range of mediums to suit the project and your preference . Join us to immerse yourself in a day of creativity and be inspired. Learners will be encouraged to develop and share ideas within the session. Whatever your creative level or direction this workshop is designed to inspire and guide you to develop your creative confidence. Discover how the enjoyment of creative art can be creatively enjoyable and beneficial for well-being.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Location:
Friends Meeting House
1 Park Street
Lincoln
LN1 1UR
Course code:
Q00014845
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Art Practical: Art and Nature

This day course for nature lovers offers a unique opportunity for individuals with a passion for nature to express their love for the land through art. The course welcomes participants of all skill levels, with no prior artistic experience required. This course will be a friendly and supportive environment, fostering a sense of community among like-minded individuals. Participants will have the chance to explore various ways of deepening their connection with nature through creative expression. The emphasis is not just on creating art but on the entire process of connecting with the natural environment. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos sketch book work, writing, just seeing and collecting things! Later in the day using the resources we have gathered to create art.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014491
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90