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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Textiles and Fashion: Intermediate Dressmaking

Are you ready to take the next step in your dressmaking? Progress your sewing skills with this intermediate dressmaking course. Throughout the class, you will improve the sewing, measuring and adjustment skills you need to become a dressmaker. By the end of the course, you'll be able to make and finish garments, and improve your knowledge of fabrics.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 16/09/2024 -
Mon 16/12/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00010940
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £151.20

Art Practical: Creative Painting

This course aims to introduce you to art and take you to a higher level in order to begin to develop your skills. This course is accessible to beginners and provides an ideal stepping stone towards intermediate levels. Set in a calm and friendly environment, this course is a great way to gain confidence in a group setting and socialise with other like-minded individuals.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 16/09/2024 -
Mon 16/12/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
John Pounds Centre (Portsmouth)
23 Pounds Gate
Queen Street
Portsmouth
PO1 3HN
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00009655
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £124.00

Art Practical: Beginners Art Practical

The theme this term is ‘Learn from the Best’, which will give us a focus for exploring a range of arts materials and techniques. It is a traditional method to examine and copy famous and excellent artists to learn their techniques. We will be looking at a selection of artists, learning from their style and recreating our own original works in that style. Studying a variety of artists will give us a focus for exploring a range of different arts materials and techniques including pastels, watercolour, oil, acrylic and other paints. This is a friendly and supportive group, offering a space for experimentation.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 16/09/2024 -
Mon 09/12/2024
Location:
The Parish Centre (Chesterfield)
91 Sheffield Road
Chesterfield
S41 7JH
Course code:
Q00015903
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Art and Music Studies: Anniversaries Exhibitions and Events Autumn 2024

The course aims to encourage learners to attend art exhibitions and/or musical events with a greater background knowledge in order to enhance appreciation. If actual attendance is not possible, to undertake independent research and hence, enjoy a more active and cultural lifestyle. The class also offers an opportunity for learners to interact socially with like- minded people in intellectual pursuits. It also encourages learners to acquire critical and analytical skills through debate and discussion. The course covers all styles and periods from the Renaissance to the present day. It is multi media to accommodate diverse learning styles and preferences. It is suitable for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 17/09/2024 -
Tue 26/11/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Fairkytes Art Centre (Hornchurch)
51 Billet Lane
Hornchurch
RM11 1AX
Tutor:
Andrew Rothwell
Course code:
Q00017514
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.00

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Textiles and fashion through the ages

Fashion reflects the influence of politics, trade, social exchange and foreign encounter. In this course, we will explore the changing fashions of seventeenth-century Britain. Alongside sessions that consider the history of fashion are practical, hands-on sessions that explore the materials used, and construction techniques employed by makers of the period. You may not be an expert by the end, but you will have first-hand understanding of how, and with what, clothing of the 17th century was made.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 17/09/2024 -
Tue 26/11/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Compass Theatre (Ickenham)
Glebe Avenue
Ickenham
UB10 8PD
Tutor:
Amy Miller
Course code:
Q00017586
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.00

Textiles and Fashion: Sewing for Beginners

Do you have an interest in sewing, fashion or dressmaking and want to get started? This course is for you if you are new to sewing and using a sewing machine On this course, you will learn the basic sewing techniques needed to use a machine. With the support of your tutor, you will learn how to use pattern to make samples and a simple garment.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 17/09/2024 -
Tue 17/12/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:45am
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00010947
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £151.20

Textiles and Fashion: Intermediate Soft Furnishing

Build on your knowledge of soft furnishings and take your skills to the next level. Join this small and friendly class, to make everyday furnishings to decorate your home. On this course, you will learn the skills needed to make and finish cushions, curtains, duvet covers or other soft furnishing projects. Improve your knowledge of fabrics and how to use them.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 17/09/2024 -
Tue 17/12/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00010949
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £151.20

Art Practical: Figure Drawing- Online

This course provides an in-depth exploration of figure drawing, focusing on capturing accuracy and expression. Participants will learn essential techniques for drawing figures, including anatomy, proportion, gesture, and shading. Through live online sessions, guided exercises, and individual projects, students will develop their observational skills and artistic techniques to create dynamic and lifelike figure drawings. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the structure, conveying movement, and expressing personality through the figure.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 17/09/2024 -
Tue 22/10/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Jayne Liddle
Course code:
Q00018340
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Art Practical: Drawing from Scratch

Learn to develop drawing skills of line, tone and form and create art inspired by objects around you. Using a variety of equipment including pencils, charcoal,pen and ink, you will create some unique and inspiring creations to take home or gift to family and friends. This course is a great way to gain confidence in your art and develop your skills. Anybody can join whether you have a wealth of experience or none at all. Art is whatever you want it to be.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 23/10/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00010172
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Introduction to Abstract Art

Learn painting techniques inspired by historical and contemporary abstract artists.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 23/10/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00010181
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30