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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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:
8 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:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

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
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £33.30

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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:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

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

Craft: Mindfulness Mandalas

Join us in this fun and relaxing online course, where you will earn to create beautiful, complex mandala patterns and apply them to various surfaces to embellish items such as plain cards, notebook and coasters, using just simple pens and/or pencils. You will be astounded when you see the complexity of patterns that you can achieve just from combining a few very basic pattern motifs and exploiting the art of mindful repetition. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can allow your creativity to take over and you will discover which are your favourite motifs whether they’re floral rhythmic or geometric, or a mixture of all!

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 16/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00014357
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.80

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 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00014299
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55

Making Bargello Bookmarks at Creative Heart (West Sussex Multiply)

*Please note - this course is provided exclusively for residents of West Sussex* This course has been designed to introduce the historical technique of Bargello needlework embroidery. The course is suitable for beginners who will be stitching for the first time all the way to improvers to advanced who have a basic knowledge of hand embroidery and would like to add to their practise by applying stitch techniques and developing patterns in a new and creative way. The session will begin with the introduction of bargello and its practical application before moving onto starting the project creation. The practical part of the session will be in three sections, beginning with measuring and cutting the base for your bookmark, choosing or creating your design and finally stitching your beautiful bookmark. At the end of the course every person will be able to see other projects that can be completed using the knowledge and techniques used and learnt in the session. The aim of the course is to create a bookmark that not only looks brilliant and is designed/adapted and made by you but will also serve a purpose. Materials will be provided for your bookmarks and the sessions will include use of technology to show different patterns/techniques and images of completed projects.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00016207
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Exploring Drawing

Learning to draw is a precious skill that encourages mindfulness and creativity. A quote from the late artist Paula Rego: ‘Sketches always have more vitality than paintings because you're finding things out through doing them.’ Inspired by historical and contemporary artists, this course will build your confidence and expertise in a range of media including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, using cartridge and mid toned pastel paper. Our topic will be still life – learning to see and analyse real objects is the best teacher for developing your own drawing style. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014351
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £33.30