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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Art Practical: Still Life Drawing and Painting

To introduce students to the art of still life drawing and painting in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 20/09/2024 -
Fri 29/11/2024
Times:
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00009659
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Textiles and Fashion: Machine Sewing for Beginners

If you are new to machine sewing this course is for you. It is a beginner’s course which will introduce you to the different functions of a sewing machine. You will learn how to use a machine for a variety of projects. We will also explore the language used in sewing and try out some basic sewing techniques, types of stitches and also different ways to seam fabric. You will have an opportunity to develop your creative skills and safe money on simple clothing alterations and repairs

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 21/09/2024 -
Sat 26/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karl Telfer-Banner
Course code:
Q00016269
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Art Practical: Arts & Crafts for beginners

Welcome to the world of creativity! This beginners' course in arts and crafts is designed to introduce you to various artistic techniques and mediums, providing you with a solid foundation to explore your creativity. Whether you're a complete novice or someone looking to refresh their skills, this course will guide you through the fundamentals of different art forms, encouraging you to express yourself through hands-on projects.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 23/09/2024 -
Mon 02/12/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Victoria Hall Methodist Church (Sheffiel
Norfolk Street
Sheffield
S1 2JB
Tutor:
Lizzy Alageswaran
Course code:
Q00017808
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Craft: Create, Craft and Decorate - An Introduction to Papercrafts

Join us for this practical course for beginners & improvers where you will learn to explore creative ideas & learn techniques making cards & decorative items with the personal touch. Let your creativity run wild and unleash your inner creative being - good for all skill levels and experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 24/09/2024 -
Tue 19/11/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rachel Holland-Hargreaves
Course code:
Q00010404
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £59.20

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Fee:
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Craft: Macrame for Beginners

Macramé is a creative knotting technique that can be used to make a variety of items like plant hangers, wall hangings, friendship bracelets, belts, and bags. including jewellery and other decorative items. It’s a great way to relax and create beautiful art pieces for your home. This is designed to support learners with their health and wellbeing. Learn a new skill which may be a route into employment/self-employment. Save money by making own cakes and potentially selling/small business. During this session Your tutor will give you demonstration and individual attention for your guidance. In this workshop you will be working with a macramé cord and each learner will be able to complete a key chain. It can be used by you or can be gifted to the loved ones.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 24/09/2024 -
Tue 22/10/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kauser Nabeel
Course code:
Q00017598
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Craft: Spring Community Sewing Project 1

Discover the wonderful world of sewing with this beginners sewing project course. It will help you to develop your craft in textile.. Whether you have studied sewing before or you are completely new to it, you will find value in this sewing course. Develop your skills in sewing, measuring and adjustment skills needed to start sewing, building confidence, and improve your knowledge on fabrics and textiles in general. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your sewing journey today by registering for this course and discover where your sewing journey takes you!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 24/09/2024 -
Tue 17/12/2024
Location:
Spring Community Hub (London)
The Hub
86-88 Vestry Road
Camberwell
London
SE5 8PQ
Course code:
Q00017543
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

Art Practical: Create Art and Conversation. Painting and Drawing for Wellbeing.

This is a practical art course for those new to creating artwork and people with some experience. The course will introduce you to basic painting and drawing techniques. During the sessions your tutor will help you develop your skills in sketching, painting and using mixed media such as collage. You will also look at the work of famous painters from the past and contemporary artists. Students will learn about artists’ ideas and be encouraged to discuss and talk about their own personal artwork and inspiration for it. Some resources will be available but please do bring sketch pad and pencil, and any watercolours, and brushes.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 24/09/2024 -
Tue 19/11/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Rowland Hill Children's Centre (London)
315 White Hart Lane
Tottenham
London
N17 7LT
Tutor:
Emanuela-Alina Baloiu
Course code:
Q00017444
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Drawing and Watercolour Techniques with Art History References

This course will help you understand watercolour techniques interrelated with drawing skills, and in connection with inspiring examples in art history. It will help you learn classical techniques in a subtle way, by relating them to examples by various masters of drawing and watercolour (such as Dürer, Turner or Cezanne) and contemporary artists (such as David Hockney or Anselm Kiefer). If you would like to have a fresh view of watercolour painting and drawing, and learn how to achieve expressivity by carefully combining techniques such as glazing, graded wash or cross-hatching, this course will offer you an overview and will inspire personal artworks of great subtlety and sensitivity It will also encourage you to create your own original artworks based on the techniques learned and it will bring a fresh perspective on known techniques and styles, if you have already practised them in your own paintings. You will need to bring your own materials, paints and paper along for this course. The tutor will let you know what to bring

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 25/09/2024 -
Wed 20/11/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
St John's United Reformed Church (New Ba
Corner of Somerset Road & Mowb
New Barnet
EN5 1RH
Tutor:
Emanuela-Alina Baloiu
Course code:
Q00017370
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £80.00

Textiles and Fashion: Introduction to Machine Sewing

An introduction to machine sewing for beginners. Learn how to use a sewing machine for a variety of projects. Understand sewing vocabulary, basic sewing techniques, types of stitches. Understand the function of bobbin in machine sewing for even smooth stitching. Troubleshoot problems as they occur.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 25/09/2024 -
Wed 04/12/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kauser Nabeel
Course code:
Q00010814
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Art Practical: Arts & Crafts for beginners

Welcome to the world of creativity! This beginners' course in arts and crafts is designed to introduce you to various artistic techniques and mediums, providing you with a solid foundation to explore your creativity. Whether you're a complete novice or someone looking to refresh their skills, this course will guide you through the fundamentals of different art forms, encouraging you to express yourself through hands-on projects.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 25/09/2024 -
Wed 04/12/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Andalus Community Centre
35-37 Exchange Street
Sheffield
S2 5TR
Tutor:
Lizzy Alageswaran
Course code:
Q00017815
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40