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: Painting Summer Flowers

Painting Summer flowers from carefully observed drawings in watercolour. The abundance and choice of flowering plants at this time of year will allow us to explore the variety and intensity of shape, shine, depth of shade and colour as well as understanding the complexity of Nature at its blowsiest.. This is a course for those who want to fulfil their quest to learn about the Botanical world in all its riches. A course of meditative qualities with much observation and analysis of what we understand about plants and a great way to learn about the application of watercolour.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Keyham Green Places (Plymouth)
163 Renown Street
Plymouth
PL2 2DT
Tutor:
Mary Boreham
Course code:
Q00013998
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £105.00

Art Practical: In The Style of..

The theme for this course is "In The Style of.." which will give us a focus for exploring a range of art materials and techniques. It is a traditional method to examine and copy famous and excellent artists to learn their techniques. This term we will be looking at a selection of artists who work in different materials; pastels, watercolour, oils and acrylics - learning from their styles and recreating our own original works in that style. This is a friendly and supportive group, offering a space for experimentation. This activity includes materials that can stain and spoil clothing, learners are encouraged to bring an apron or oversized shirt.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
The Parish Centre (Chesterfield)
91 Sheffield Road
Chesterfield
S41 7JH
Tutor:
Lizzy Alageswaran
Course code:
Q00014076
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

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 15/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00014216
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Crafts: Art Journaling

Express your creativity! Come and join us to gain new skills and enhance your crafty skills. In this course you will be introduced to art journaling as a creative and mindful activity, through a range of art journaling techniques and starting points. Set in a calm and friendly atmosphere, this course is ideal for those who like making things. You will share your progress with your peer students in class discussions. The tutor will be working along with you all the way through, supporting and breaking everything down step by step.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
WHIST (South Shields)
Salus House
33 Mile end Road
South Shields
NE33 1TA
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00014261
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

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12 months
Fee:
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Craft: Heartful Hand Embroidery for beginners and improvers.

Do you love decorative hearts and would like to learn beginners hand embroidery skills in a new and inventive way, or expand on sewing knowledge you have already? Then this online embroidery course is for you. The course is a great start for beginners and improvers who would like to try out more modern styles of hand embroidery, mixing up basic and intermediate stitch techniques. You will have the opportunity to come up with an idea for your stitch design and use a simple heart shape outline as a starting point for planning embroidery stitches to fill the blank fabric space inside.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Trudi Price
Course code:
Q00014305
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

Art Practical: Abstracting Landscapes

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.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014307
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Craft: Advanced at Minehead Eye

The aim of the course is bring together your crafting skills and learn how to best showcase your creations. You will learn new skills and be part of a crafting learning community. (Note: this course is only for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in Minehead) Join the class in this friendly and relaxed environment where you will develop and improve skills and meet like-minded people.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
Minehead Eye (Minehead)
1A Mart Road
Minehead
TA24 5BJ
Tutor:
Susan Lang
Course code:
Q00011156
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £109.20

Art Practical: Online Painting & Drawing

This course will be delivered through a combination of online studio sessions, demonstrations, discussions, and critiques. Students will have access to their own painting and drawing materials, tools, and studio space for creating artwork. Assignments will include both structured exercises to build technical skills and independent projects to encourage creative exploration. This course will include techniques for creating texture, depth, and atmosphere in paintings, and involve still life painting exercises focusing on light and shadow.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014538
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Art Practical: Arts and Crafts for Beginners and Improvers

Learners will work with a friendly and skilled tutor to improve confidence in their ability to develop existing and new artistic skills and creativity. You will explore and develop the skills of a variety of crafts to make unique dimensional projects, experimenting with and using a variety of resources, including recycling when possible. You will learn through a range of different teaching and learning activities. This will include watching and following step by step demonstrations, with one-to-one help and guidance to develop personal skills. You will learn in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment, working together with fellow students and the tutor. The course is for everyone, from the complete beginner to those wanting to improve their craft skills. No prior knowledge is needed, just a desire to learn and develop your skills and creativity.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Hull Scrapstore (Hull)
Dairycoates Avenue
Hull
HU3 5DB
Tutor:
Julie Smith
Course code:
Q00014803
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

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 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Wingate & Station Town family centre
Partridge Terrace
Wingate
TS28 5BD
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00014924
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40