Improve your arts & craft skills, or learn some new ones

We’ve got the best modern arts and crafts classes that you can do online or in person at one of our learning venues across England and Scotland. It's never been easier to try your hand at something a little different and discover a new talent.

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Our arts and crafts workshops are perfect if you’re looking to get creative and hands on.

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Take centre stage with one of our performing arts courses, or indulge your photography passion and strike a pose with tips and techniques on how to capture that perfect shot.  

Develop the skills and get crafty with some jewellery making, with no previous experience required. With courses in textiles and sewing, as well as the arts, we really do have something for everyone, and everyone is welcome too.  

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The combination of small class sizes and guidance from expert tutors means that taking part in one of our arts and crafts courses is the perfect place for you to develop your talent, learn a new skill, or start that hobby you’ve always wanted to try.

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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:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Trimdon Grange Community Centre (Trimdon
Kielder Drive
Trimdon Grange
Trimdon Station
TS29 6PB
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00015309
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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 07/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015499
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Textiles and Fashion: ‘Unmentionables’ – A history of underwear through the ages

Explore the captivating evolution of fashion with our course, "Unmentionables." This journey takes us from the earliest evidence and references through to the present day. Looking at diaries, fashion plates and other contemporary sources we will explore the influences which have shaped clothing and underwear trends. How did the clothing of the elite differ from of everyone else? We will also be considering how the industrial revolution and the changing role of women affects underwear. And lastly what about today what are the ethical and sustainability issues we have to consider? Join us to find out more

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 08/06/2024 -
Sat 08/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00014202
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

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 08/06/2024 -
Sat 08/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014497
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

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Art Practical: Learn to Draw Portraits

For many prospective art students, the thought of learning to draw a portrait is quite daunting, in fact some would say it is their nemesis! However, challenging yourself to confront this can be incredibly rewarding. The first time you achieve something akin to a real, convincing likeness is quite thrilling, and rest assured, it is a taught skill. This course is structured so you will learn skills of proportion, perspective, line, tone, and colour and be able to clearly analyse requirements for the task. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014352
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Relax With Line Drawing

In this course, you will use line drawing as a way to relax by developing a comprehensive understanding of line drawing techniques. We'll start by enhancing your ability to recall various line drawing methods. Next, you'll gain insights into the distinctions between these techniques, enabling you to effectively compare and contrast them. Through practical exercises, you'll learn how to apply these techniques, and you'll evaluate their success in different contexts. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your newfound skills by independently creating a unique piece using one of the line drawing techniques. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently employ various line drawing techniques, produce your own compelling artwork and how to use drawing as relaxation

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00014696
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

Craft: One Day Workshop making Paper Mache Pots

If you are looking for a fun, low cost, environmentally friendly way to make biodegradable pots for seedlings then this one-day workshop could be for you. Paper mache has a long history of being used to make a variety of items and is the perfect method to make pots for seedlings whose roots may be damaged if taken out of the pot for planting as the paper-mache pot can be placed into the hole without removing the seedlings and the pot will degrade naturally over timey. Come along to Growing Links wonderful garden just outside of Penzance to learn from our experienced craft tutor. This is one of three workshops we will be running art Growing Links.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The growing links community garden (Penz
The Community Garden
Posses Lane, Gulval
Penzance
TR18 3FJ
Tutor:
Jo McIntosh
Course code:
Q00014857
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Photography: How to take pictures on your Smart Phone

Are your photos not clear? Do you wish you can take better photos on your phone. Then this is workshop is for you! This course is for those wishing to improve their experience of using their mobile ‘phones to take clearer , sharper , better quality of photos and improve their general knowledge of photographic skills. This is a fun class where the tutor will help you understand your mobile phone better; explain to you the features which will help you become confident taking photos and making good family memories . No technical skills are required but a desire to learn is necessary as well as a basic working knowledge of a smartphone. It is a fun class in which you will make new friends and you will capture good moments.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Reading Community Learning Centre (Readi
94 London Street
Reading
RG1 4SJ
Tutor:
Afshan Khan
Course code:
Q00015319
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

L2 Sewing into Business Progression – St Johns Centre, Trafford

Discover the art of precision and creativity in our Sewing for Business progression Course. Expand on the fundamentals of machine sewing, mastering essential techniques, and creating a garment of your choice. You'll gain hands-on experience and the confidence to bring your design ideas to life. Learners will be taught how to make specific garments, as well as master more skilled techniques, such as sewing concealed zips into garments and more complex stitching. Join us for a transformative learning experience that blends craftsmanship with entrepreneurial acumen, equipping you for success in the world of sewing and business.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
St Johns Centre (Manchester)
St Johns Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 7GX
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00015412
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Practical Art: Learn the Drawing Techniques of Great Artists (Multiply West Sussex)

Are you interested in the underlying drawing structures that artists use now and have used in the past? Do you want to learn about the techniques employed by famous artists such as the Renaissance masters and artists from the Modernist era in Europe? This 3-week course will introduce you to the techniques of the Golden Section, perspective and composition within drawing and how a variety of artists have made use of them when planning their paintings. Why not join this course and find out for yourself how to use these methods in your own artworks?

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 13/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Deborah Crofts
Course code:
Q00015583
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free