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.

Show your creativity

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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Art Practical: Beginners Mosaics

This Mosaic course is designed to introduce you to new craft skills and help you develop a new craft, whilst designing different images and relaxing, enjoying, being creative with others.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 06/09/2024 -
Fri 11/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Sherbourne House
Independent Living Hub
Stonehouse
GL10 2HP
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00016919
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Practical Art: Portrait Skills - Making a Personal Outcome

This course is designed for learners who would like to develop their own individual style and direction when exploring portrait skills. Starting with the anatomy of the head, you will be guided through the basic steps and techniques when studying a character. Using Photography, you will then go on to learn about directing and how to confidently capture a head and shoulder portrait. This could then be used to either draw from or manipulate, using mixed media, for example painting onto its surface or collaging.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 06/09/2024 -
Fri 29/11/2024
Times:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00016826
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £252.00

Art Appreciation: Local Artists Part 3

This 5 week course delves into the works of five local artists featuring Arthur Lett-Haines, Jennifer Andrews, Anthony Atkinson, Charles Bartlett and Malcolm H. Carter. Each week explores key art concepts including, colour and composition through samples of their work. You will engage in group discussions, take notes and recall information. By the end of the course, you will be able to notice significant local artists describe their artistic methods, spot similarities and differences amongst local artists, deconstruct essential components of artworks and select a preferred piece based on personal opinion.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 06/09/2024 -
Fri 04/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Maidenburgh Street
Colchester
CO1 1TT
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00017691
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Art Practical: Community Mosaics

Get involved with this mosaic course which is designed to introduce you to new skills and help you develop a new craft, whilst designing different images and relaxing, enjoying, being creative with others.

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 08/09/2024 -
Sun 13/10/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Oakley Resource Centre Hub
Clyde Crescent
Cheltenham
GL52 5QL
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00016921
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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12 months
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Craft: Hand Clay Pottery

This course is designed for you to develop your creative side and use your previous clay hand-building techniques to progress to an intermediate level, plus a chance explore the different decorative styles working with Clay. By the end of the course you should have lots of different pottery pieces and different pottery skills. You will be in a group with others and led by a talented Arts and Crafts tutor. Your work will be taken away and fired in a kiln by the tutor and it will be yours to keep!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 09/09/2024 -
Mon 14/10/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Walter Preston Court
Cashes Green
Stroud
GL5 4LJ
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00016897
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Craft: Hand Clay Pottery

This course is designed for you to develop your creative side and use your previous clay hand-building techniques to progress to an intermediate level, plus a chance explore the different decorative styles working with Clay. By the end of the course you should have lots of different pottery pieces and different pottery skills. You will be in a group with others and led by a talented Arts and Crafts tutor. Your work will be taken away and fired in a kiln by the tutor and it will be yours to keep!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 09/09/2024 -
Mon 14/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Oakley Resource Centre Hub
Clyde Crescent
Cheltenham
GL52 5QL
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00016898
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Craft: Crafting for Health and Wellbeing - Beginners

The purpose of this course is to support your individual health and wellbeing and for you to gain confidence through arts and crafts. You will be given an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques from a range of different types of art and craft. For example, painting stones, glass, wood, and dream catchers. You will use a variety of different resources and medias such as wool, fabrics, and jars. You will learn about the development of the different arts and crafts that we enjoy today. You will also learn about and gain an insight into how different techniques and skills have evolved in certain crafts over time.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 09/09/2024 -
Mon 09/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Minehead Eye (Minehead)
1A Mart Road
Minehead
TA24 5BJ
Tutor:
Susan Lang
Course code:
Q00017159
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £109.20

Multiply-Measure Up Sewing

Welcome to our 6-hour Measure Up- Introduction to Sewing Course! This short course is designed for sewing enthusiasts of all levels who want to improve their numerical skills specifically for the art of sewing. Over the course, students will dive in-to fundamental numerical concepts essential for accurate and efficient sewing pro-jects. Whether you are a beginner or experienced at sewing, this introduciont to sewing Course promises to empower you with all the knowledge to raise your sewing projects to new levels, join us and unravel the world of numbers in sewing like never before! This course is only for those living in Southampton.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 09/09/2024 -
Thu 12/09/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Tracey Sweetman
Course code:
Q00017107
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Sewing into Business - Bury

Discover the art of precision and creativity in our Sewing for Business Course. Dive into the fundamentals of machine sewing, mastering essential techniques and garment construction. From threading the needle to embellishing, you'll gain hands-on experience and the confidence to bring your design ideas to life. In parallel, embark on a beginner business journey, learning the basics of entrepreneurship for a sewing venture. Explore market trends, pricing strategies, and customer engagement to turn your passion into a profitable enterprise. 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:
Mon 09/09/2024 -
Mon 02/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
ADAB - The Mosses (Bury)
Cecil Street
Bury
BL9 0SB
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00016055
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Textiles and Fashion: Upcycling

Come and join a new course aimed at beginner sewers. No previous experience of the sewing machine is necessary. We will start with getting used to the machine and making a simple pin cushion. This will also make us think about what fabric we can recycle and use up all the little scraps of fabric you may have from previous projects. Using recycled materials not only helps in reducing waste but also sparks creativity by encouraging you to think outside the box.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 10/09/2024 -
Tue 26/11/2024
Times:
11:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00016241
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £81.40