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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Creativity for Calm: Mindfulness Mandalas

This TEAMS workshop has been created to celebrate Learning at Work Week. 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 doodling with this workshop and enjoy art for relaxation. Our experienced tutor will guide you step-by-step through the process, so no experience is necessary. Creating a Mandala can be a simple aid to achieving a state of mindfulness and best of all, you can easily complete this workshop whilst at your desk!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00015339
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Watercolour Painting - Spring Into Summer

Using the rich variety of plants and flowers that surround the Tumbly Hill Centre in Kingsbridge, this friendly and inclusive course will offer the opportunity for you to study a different flower each week, then learn how to draw it with accuracy and confidence. By studying each plant closely you will be able to interpret its structure and colours in all their complexity. This is a relaxing and meditative watercolour painting class for those who are interested in exploring and finding out more about the Natural world, as well as producing paintings of great beauty.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Tumbly Hill Day Service (Kingsbridge)
Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge
TQ7 1HN
Tutor:
Mary Boreham
Course code:
Q00013940
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £63.00

Craft: Intermediate Sustainable Sewing - Sashiko and Boro Mending

The environmental impact of textiles production is becoming more and more important. Why buy new when you can create your own unique designs using what you already have? This course will teach you plenty of skills on how to mend your clothes beautifully and originally. We will look at the historical art of Sashiko patterns and the Boro mending technique that was used in Japan in the Edo period. There will be plenty of beautiful patterns to choose from and to learn about and to sew yourselves. As this course is intermediate, a grasp of basic hand sewing is needed.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00014244
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Textiles and Fashion: Don't Throw It, Darn It!

We will look at ways to help you extend the lives of some of your much- loved clothes. You will be able to darn along with me if you would like to. I will show you the traditional technique, then you can perfect it in your own time. I shall demonstrate on a small hole, and a larger one, the technique is the same on both. I shall also show you some examples of more modern styles of darning where the darn is a design statement in its own right, offering you opportunities to be as creative as you like.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 15/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00014300
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55

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Craft: Beginners' Sustainable Sewing - Small Sewing Projects

If you are a beginner sewer and would like to get started with some small, easy projects, come and join this new course. 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 how to use up all the little scraps of fabric you may have and are not sure what to do with. You will find that many useful and decorative items can be created at home using materials you already have instead of buying new.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00014437
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £122.10

Craft Skills

Learn new skills and crafts! In these 3 fun workshops, learn new skills which will add to your creative side . Cupcake decoration -The purpose of this course is to develop a new skill of Sugar Craft and learn how to make Sugar Flowers and other decorations. A range of edible sugar decorations ready to decorate your cakes, cupcakes and cake pops. Make your key chain -Macramé is a creative knotting technique that can be used to make a variety of items, plant hangers, wall hangings, friendship bracelets, belts, and bags. including jewellery and other decorative items. It’s a great way to relax and create beautiful art pieces for your home. Henna art -. Learn the art of applying Henna on different parts of body. A useful skill to make your family gatherings more fun when applying to each other.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 16/05/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Location:
Reading Community Learning Centre (Readi
94 London Street
Reading
RG1 4SJ
Course code:
P00000069
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Photography: Finding inspiration through Photography

This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, hands-on shooting assignments, group discussions, and critiques. Participants will have access to photography equipment, tools, and resources for completing assignments. Assignments will include both structured exercises to build technical skills and independent projects to encourage creative exploration. Topics covered will include understanding different genres of photography, exploring diverse photographic styles and techniques, harnessing creativity through observation and experimentation, and developing a personal photographic vision. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating a deeper connection with one's surroundings, embracing curiosity, and honing the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 17/05/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Donnison School (Sunderland)
The Donnison School Buildings
Church Walk
Sunderland
SR1 2BJ
Tutor:
Susan Jones
Course code:
Q00014758
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Textiles and Fashion: Embellish your Garments (Upcycling)

In the "Learn to Embellish Your Garments" course, participants embark on a transformative journey into the world of fashion customisation. Students explore various embellishment techniques, from intricate beadwork to delicate embroidery, learning to elevate their garments with personalised flair. Guided by our expert tutor, learners uncover the secrets of selecting materials, mastering stitching methods, and incorporating embellishments harmoniously into their clothing designs. Through hands-on practice and creative experimentation, students cultivate the skills and confidence to infuse their wardrobe with individuality and style. By course completion, participants emerge equipped with the tools and inspiration to embark on a journey of sartorial self-expression. This short course is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 17/05/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
11:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Fiona Mackie
Course code:
Q00014953
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

Photography Beginners: Phonetography Workshop

Phonetography Workshop – take better photos! Taking photos with our mobile phone has become our go-to way to capture special moments. This workshop will give you tips and tricks to start getting the pictures you want. Photographs of your children or grandchildren, your pets, your blossoming summer garden – start capturing the things you look at every day and enjoy for longer the wonderful things around you by capturing them digitally on your device. With the help of our experienced tutor, learn how to compose good shots, how to use your camera in different ways to bring variety to your photographs and see how you can share them. Join us for this useful workshop and gain confidence in digital 'phonetography' in a mutually supportive learning environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 17/05/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
City Hall, Sunderland
Plater Way
Sunderland
SR3 2GJ
Tutor:
Susan Jones
Course code:
Q00015397
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Music Making: African Drumming for All

African Drumming Workshop A great way to end the working week! Whether you are a seasoned drummer or just curious to have a go, this practical workshop in African drumming will inspire you with music and culture. Our experienced tutor will guide the group to play the Djembe drums to create simple beats and harmonies. Let go of stress and end the week on a high note!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 17/05/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
City Hall, Sunderland
Plater Way
Sunderland
SR3 2GJ
Tutor:
Mark Barfoot
Course code:
Q00015399
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free