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: Summer Wreath making

During this workshop, you will learn all the essential techniques, starting from mossing the base to selecting flowers that retain their vibrant colours and dry naturally. You'll also have access to a variety of foliage and other decorative elements to personalize your wreath. Additionally, we'll provide a selection of ribbons for you to adorn your creation, adding an extra touch of elegance but feel free to bring your own as well. After completing your wreath, learn how to maintain its freshness for several weeks. Learn how to allow the materials to gently dry out, ensuring your wreath lasts beautifully throughout the summer months, becoming a cherished piece for you to enjoy.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 01/07/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Riverside Community Health Project (Newc
Carnegie Building
Atkinson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8XS
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00014899
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £12.60

Craft: Summer Papercrafting

During this course learners will have the opportunity to make a small range of decorative items with paper and card in Summer themes. Explore the joy of creating items which you can give to friends and family who will appreciate the personal touch of your handmade cards, gifting and decorative items. Add a decorative touch to your home with items made. Bring your enthusiasm and prepare to discover the wonderful world of crafting and the fabulous range of possibilities it offers. Immerse yourself in crafting joy! To participate you do not need specialised equipment, a standard craft kit of scissors, glue, pencil, ruler, double-sided sticky tape, papers/card, coloured pens/pencils will be sufficient (details of specific materials required for each activity will be advised during the course). There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and share ideas as we craft along together within a friendly, supportive online environment. Once you discover the fun and mindful benefits of crafting there'll be no stopping you!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/07/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rachel Holland-Hargreaves
Course code:
Q00015285
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

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 02/07/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00015339
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Glazing Techniques

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:
Wed 03/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
GL11 Community Hub (Dursley)
Fairmead
Cam
Dursley
GL11 5JS
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014131
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £75.60

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Arts & Crafts: Making Bags & Boxes (West Sussex Multiply)

*Please note- this course is provided exclusively for residents who live in a West Sussex postcode. Respectfully, please do not apply / enrol if you do not live in a West Sussex postcode area* This is an engaging course that combines creativity with mathematical concepts. Participants will create charming bags and boxes while exploring fundamental mathematical principles. Through hands-on activities, students will delve into topics such as shapes, measurements, and basic arithmetic. This course fosters creativity, problem-solving skills, and mathematical fluency in a playful environment, making learning enjoyable and memorable. Join us for an exciting journey blending artistry and mathematics this Easter season!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 03/07/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00015967
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Walk and Draw - A 4 Week Summer Sketching Course

Learn how to create unique drawings using different techniques such as texture and perspective. This course is a great way to enjoy your hobby and get a sense of wellbeing. Join others who share similar interests as we journey through a seaside town and create some truly magnificent pieces of art.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 05/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Template
WEA
Tutor:
Beverley Sell
Course code:
Q00009457
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Art Practical: Day at the Museum

Drawing from Nature: A One-Day Course at the Russell Cotes Museum. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of natural artistry with our one-day "Drawing from Nature" course, proudly taking place at the Russell Cotes Museum. This unique experience invites you to explore the intricate beauty of the natural world through the lens of art. In this intensive workshop, you will be guided by an experienced artist to hone your observational skills and artistic techniques. The course is designed to cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned artists, ensuring a supportive and enriching learning environment for everyone.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 05/07/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum (Bour
East Cliff
Bournemouth
BH1 3AA
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015418
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Art Practical: Abstract Landscape Painting & Drawing

The day course is for anyone interested in advancing their landscape painting skills through a more abstract perspective. While open to participants of all levels, having some prior experience in painting would be beneficial. 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. Participants will have the opportunity to express their creativity and experiment with abstract approaches under the guidance of the tutor. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos and sketch book work. The aim is to explore abstract approaches and create an abstract landscape work.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 06/07/2024 -
Sat 06/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014459
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

"Binding Dimensions" - Arts & Crafts - Book Binding for Beginners (Multiply West Sussex)

*Please note - this course is specifically for residents of West Sussex as part of the local Multiply project. Please do not apply for this course if you do not live in West Sussex - thanks for your understanding* Explore the art of bookbinding with a twist of mathematics in our Basic Book Binding course. Discover the fundamental techniques of creating beautiful, handcrafted books while integrating essential mathematical principles. From calculating spine width to precision measuring for cover alignment, you'll learn how mathematical concepts enhance the functional structure and aesthetics of your bindings. Enjoy these hands-on sessions where you'll master stitching, folding, and gluing, transforming sheets of paper into beautiful personalised books. Whether you're a novice or seasoned crafter, this course promises to elevate your bookbinding skills while developing your understanding of the mathematical concepts inherent in book-binding.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 06/07/2024 -
Sat 27/07/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00016097
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Care 2: Make a 'fiddle blanket'

This course is for carers, former carers and the cared for, join me to create a “fiddle” blanket for a loved one, possibly with Dementia, who finds it hard to keep their hands still. A fiddle blanket can be used to make a loved one feel calmer. We will share ideas so that you can make changes after the session.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 10/07/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00011050
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free