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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: Develop a Portrait in Chalk Pastels

Unleash your creativity and dive into the vibrant world of chalk pastels with our one-day course, "Develop a Portrait in Chalk Pastels." Held at the Springbourne Library in Bournemouth, this course is designed to cater to artists of all levels, from beginners eager to explore a new medium to seasoned artists looking to refine their skills. The course will cover various aspects of portrait drawing, including composition, proportion, shading, and facial features. Whether you're interested in capturing a loved one's likeness or exploring expressive and abstract interpretations, this course offers a versatile approach to portrait artistry.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/07/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015493
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Seasons

This course will guide the students and lead them into exploring different topics relating to the subject of the four seasons. The group will participate in activities and art work that illustrate those themes. The students will be involved in different activities to encourage increased knowledge about the subjects. The tasks will be supported by discussions and the sharing of views. The workshop will also develop art skills and foster good social skills. The culmination of the workshop will be to produce practical tasks that illustrate the various themes covered.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Wong (Horncastle)
The Wong
Horncastle
LN9 6EB
Tutor:
Sally Darlow
Course code:
Q00014115
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Seasons

This course will guide the students and lead them into exploring different topics relating to the subject of the four seasons. The group will participate in activities and art work that illustrate those themes. The students will be involved in different activities to encourage increased knowledge about the subjects. The tasks will be supported by discussions and the sharing of views. The workshop will also develop art skills and foster good social skills. The culmination of the workshop will be to produce practical tasks that illustrate the various themes covered.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/07/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Focusability (Lincoln)
Ryland Bridge Welton
Lincoln
LN2 3RP
Tutor:
Sally Darlow
Course code:
Q00014116
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Seasons

This course will guide the students and lead them into exploring different topics relating to the subject of the four seasons. The group will participate in activities and art work that illustrate those themes. The students will be involved in different activities to encourage increased knowledge about the subjects. The tasks will be supported by discussions and the sharing of views. The workshop will also develop art skills and foster good social skills. The culmination of the workshop will be to produce practical tasks that illustrate the various themes covered.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 26/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Entertaining Activities Lincs Ltd (Louth
Louth Town Hall
Eastgate
Louth
LN11 9NH
Tutor:
Sally Darlow
Course code:
Q00014117
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

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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 26/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
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

Art Practical: Learn to Draw and Paint Animals in Watercolour and Mixed Media

Learn to Draw and Paint Animals in Watercolour and Mixed Media Unleash your creativity and connect with nature's beauty in our one-day course, "Learn to Draw and Paint Animals in Watercolour and Mixed Media," hosted at the welcoming Springbourne Library and facilitated by The WEA (Workers' Educational Association). This inspiring workshop invites participants to explore the vibrant world of animal artistry through watercolour and mixed media techniques. Throughout the course, you'll be guided through the process of capturing the essence and character of animals in your artwork. With expert instruction, you'll learn to use line, tone, texture, and colour to bring your chosen animal portrait to life in a unique and expressive way.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 26/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015420
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £23.10

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Holidays

To participate in discussions about holidays and to express ideas with practical tasks and art work. This workshop will provide the students with information both written and visual that help them to explore different aspects relating to the subject of holidays. The students will be involved in various activities that support the subject with the emphasis on nostalgia and remembering their own experiences. The tasks will be developed using discussions and the sharing of views and opinions which will improve social techniques. The workshop will also aim to improve art skills. Session to take place Monday 29th July 10:00am- 14:00pm

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 29/07/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Wong (Horncastle)
The Wong
Horncastle
LN9 6EB
Tutor:
Sally Darlow
Course code:
Q00014124
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Personal Development: Confidence Skills- Holidays

To participate in discussions about holidays and to express ideas with practical tasks and art work. This workshop will provide the students with information both written and visual that help them to explore different aspects relating to the subject of holidays. The students will be involved in various activities that support the subject with the emphasis on nostalgia and remembering their own experiences. The tasks will be developed using discussions and the sharing of views and opinions which will improve social techniques. The workshop will also aim to improve art skills. Session to take place Tuesday 30th July 10:00am- 14:00pm

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 30/07/2024 -
Tue 30/07/2024
Location:
Focusability (Lincoln)
Ryland Bridge Welton
Lincoln
LN2 3RP
Course code:
Q00014125
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80



The courses below have already started, but are still available to book.

Art Practical: Ways into Watercolour - Experiments with Collage and Texture

This course will help you develop a more experimental approach to working with watercolour; specifically, how to create different textures and explore personal ways in making images. It will follow on from previous courses but can be enjoyed as a single course for both beginners and those with more experience. We will be adding things like pigment placers, playing with additives, building interesting shapes using collage, and ways of mixing wax media with watercolour to create imaginative and spontaneous imagery. Although subject matter will be provided, you will be encouraged to use a range of resources (digital, from magazines, from your own sketches) as motifs and ideas for the artwork.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Millman Street Resource Centre (London)
50 Millman Street
London
WC1N 3EW
Tutor:
Debra Collis
Course code:
Q00015259
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Art Practical: Summer Themed Watercolours for Intermediate Level

Have you learnt the basics of painting in watercolours and are looking for fresh ideas? Why not join this course, explore your own creativity and find new inspiration? Do you want to learn different methods for painting flowers, trees and other seasonal Summer scenes? This six week Summer themed course aims to provide lots of ideas and techniques for working spontaneously and expressively. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of approaches to painting as well as sharing ideas and taking part in weekly discussions about your artworks with the tutor and other students on the course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Deborah Crofts
Course code:
Q00015081
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £44.40