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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Art Practical: Women and their Bodies: Drawing at the British Museum

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024. This course will provide opportunities to make drawing studies of female sculptural forms from a variety of ancient cultures in the British Museum. This includes comparisons with examples from Greek, Roman and Aztec cultures found on pots, temple columns, busts and smaller figurines. These drawing activities hope to provide a deeper insight into their visual differences as well as symbolic details. This will then enable us to reflect on and discuss what we can uncover about women's lives and their roles in those societies. Meeting Point is the Lion in the main Atrium at the British Museum

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Meeting Place:British Museum (London)
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
Tutor:
Debra Collis
Course code:
Q00015426
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £20.00

Craft: Paper-craft for a Peaceful Mind

Do you find yourself tired and stressed out at the end of the day? Are you looking for a hobby to relax you and help you unwind? Join me and discover the therapeutic art of paper-crafting and benefit from its profound impact on promoting a peaceful mind and lower stress levels. This course combines creative expression with mindfulness techniques to help you achieve a sense of peace and calm through the varied world of paper-crafts. On this course we will explore various paper-crafts from the clean and simple arts of origami and card-making to the messy randomness of collage, painting and mixed media. On our journey of exploration we will look at different mindfulness practices as we immerse ourselves in the joy of creating and crafting to help our general and mental wellbeing. On this course you will: v Practice basic paper-crafting techniques v Look at ways to be mindful while crafting v Engage in hands on projects designed to foster creativity and aid relaxation.. This course is anyone whether you are a long term crafted, a beginner or maybe you are new to crafting and are looking for a new hobby to engage in to help you deal with the stresses of life in the today's world. Everyone is welcome.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015498
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Creativity for Calm

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 crafts with this course and enjoy art for relaxation. This creativity course allows you to explore your art and craft skills to find practices that soothe you. Whether you enjoy drawing, painting, origami, or craft-making, art courses can help you find a relaxing hobby.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Horden Youth & Community Centre (Peterle
Eden Street
Horden
Peterlee
SR8 4LH
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00016398
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Location:
GL11 Community Hub (Dursley)
Fairmead
Cam
Dursley
GL11 5JS
Course code:
P00000049
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available

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12 months
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Art Practical: Learn to Paint Animals

We will learn how to paint chosen animal portraits (students can get to paint their own pets, or those of friends) using line, tone, colour and perspective in coloured chalk pastel, acrylic and watercolour. Advice on buying art materials will be given, but please have chalk pastels and coloured pastel paper (can be brown wrapping paper, or scrap book) available for the first lesson. If buying from new I recommend Inscribe half sticks as they are good value. Artists studied will be Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Holman Hunt, Lucian Freud and countless other contemporary examples. Learn the rewarding skill of painting animal portraits - achieve an ability to create a likeness, while developing your own style in a friendly supportive atmosphere.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013912
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Introduction to Abstract Art

We will learn how to make abstract art that is unique and experimental, using chalk pastels, watercolour, acrylics, mixed media, and collage. Develop skills in all these media including brushwork and colour mixing. Artists studied will include JMW Turner, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Hilma af Klint, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and countless contemporary artists. You will also be introduced to some lesser-known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. A stimulating course which will help you will develop/improve your skills and creative thinking. Have fun and make art in a friendly like-minded group.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013914
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Abstracting Summer Landscapes

We will learn how to make abstract summer landscape art inspired by the world around you (and weather!), that is unique and experimental, using chalk pastels, watercolour, acrylics, mixed media and collage, developing drawing and painting techniques. Artists studied will include JMW Turner, Monet, Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse, Mondrian, Hilma af Klint, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner and countless contemporary artists. This course will also introduce you to some lesser-known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. Have fun, develop your skills, and make art in a friendly like-minded group, inspired by this wonderful time of year.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013916
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: A short introduction to Mindful Doodling

Mindfulness through creative doodling – a short taster course for beginners to have a go and learn some simple doodling techniques that can help you to relax. Enjoy creativity in the moment without worrying about making mistakes or feeling pressured to succeed as there is no ‘right’ way and no mistakes. The marks you make are part of a process of relaxation and not a measurement of success, so you can enjoy the process of doodling without the need to compare your results with others. Follow simple step-by-step instructions and have a go. This is a relaxing and enjoyable course for beginners.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nikki England
Course code:
Q00014455
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £29.60

Craft: Hand Embroider a Summer Flowers Wreath

Do you have basic hand embroidery skills, but would like more confidence to use them in the creation of your own decorative designs? During this online course you will learn how to design a basic floral wreath using summer flowers as inspiration, learn several new stitches and apply them to your design. The course is great for beginners and improvers who would like to increase their knowledge of hand embroidery and mix up basic and intermediate stitch techniques. You will have the opportunity create your design for the summer floral wreath and apply the embroidery stitches you will be learning during the course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Trudi Price
Course code:
Q00014499
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £38.85

Craft: Printing From Nature

There are many natural objects that can be used to print images onto paper and fabric. You will have an opportunity to forage in the garden for foliage and other objects to print with. You will gain an understanding of a printing technique as well as some colour theory and the different types of paint that can be used for printing on both paper and fabric plus how to apply the paint to the object to print from. This course is suitable for all levels of learners with no prior experience necessary. This course will provide you with the skills to produce some unique prints using what you can find in the natural environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The growing links community garden (Penz
The Community Garden
Posses Lane, Gulval
Penzance
TR18 3FJ
Tutor:
Jo McIntosh
Course code:
Q00014896
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80