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: Find Your Own Painting Style - Beginners

This practical and engaging art course gives you the opportunity to explore different painting approaches, techniques and subjects, and begin to find your own style. Learn in a supportive environment where you can learn at your own pace, with an experience tutor who is ready to inspire you and help you reach your potential.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 27/09/2024 -
Fri 06/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
St Michaels Hall (Chichester)
Summersdale Road
Chichester
PO19 6PN
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00009802
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Performing Arts & Dance: Plays and Performance

We will be studying plays and how they are, or might be performed. As far as possible we will choose plays that we can see locally, either at nearby theatres, mainly Derby and Nottingham or streaming. Our aim is to enhance our understanding and enjoyment of theatre and to explore its relevance to our life today. We will read extracts, discuss the themes and how they are presented, and consider the current performance.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 01/10/2024 -
Tue 10/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Bramcote Memorial Hall (Nottingham)
Church Street
Bramcote
Nottingham
NG9 3HD
Tutor:
Hazel Salisbury
Course code:
Q00016285
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £56.70

Art Practical: Beginners Mosaics

This Mosaic course is designed to introduce you to new craft skills and help you develop a new craft, whilst designing different images and relaxing, enjoying, being creative with others.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 02/10/2024 -
Wed 13/11/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
George Pearce House
Independent Living Hub
George Pearce House
Minchinhampton
Stroud
GL6 9LA
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00016917
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Mens Club - Fix your clothes

This course will provide comprehensive instructions on various aspects of sewing, catering to beginners as well as intermediate and advanced levels. You'll be introduced to various sewing projects, all of which you can take home. While all materials are provided, feel free to bring your sewing kit if you have one, including scissors, needles, and thread. This practical course involves a lot of hands-on activities, and there will also be opportunities to take notes of hints and tips along the way.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 07/10/2024 -
Mon 28/10/2024
Location:
Oakley Community Centre
Station Road
Oakley
Fife
Scotland East Central
KY12 9QF
Course code:
Q00017030
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Textiles and Fashion: SCC-Dressmaking for Improvers

Discover the wonderful world of the sewing with this sewing, Dressmaking course. It will help you to develop your craft in textile and fashion and dressmaking. Whether you have studied sewing before or are completely new to it. You will find value in this sewing course. Develop your skills to Improve the sewing, measuring and adjustment skills needed to make and finish garments and improve your knowledge of fabrics. 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! This course is only for those of you living in Southampton.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 10/10/2024 -
Thu 07/11/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Tracey Sweetman
Course code:
Q00017054
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

Art Practical: Exploring Watercolour Painting

This course aims to give you an introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, colour blending and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium.  Come along and join fun in a relaxed and friendly environment. This course is a great chance to develop your skills and meet new people while creating something unique.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 18/10/2024 -
Fri 13/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Somerstown Central Community Hub (Souths
Rivers Street
Somerstown
Southsea
PO5 4EY
Tutor:
Janice Parfoot
Course code:
Q00009654
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Sewing into Business - Rochdale

Discover the art of precision and creativity in our Sewing for Business Course. Dive into the fundamentals of machine sewing, mastering essential techniques and garment construction. From threading the needle to embellishing, you'll gain hands-on experience and the confidence to bring your design ideas to life. In parallel, embark on a beginner business journey, learning the basics of entrepreneurship for a sewing venture. Explore market trends, pricing strategies, and customer engagement to turn your passion into a profitable enterprise. Join us for a transformative learning experience that blends craftsmanship with entrepreneurial acumen, equipping you for success in the world of sewing and business.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 29/10/2024 -
Fri 06/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Rochdale Training
Fishwick Street
Rochdale
OL16 5NA
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00016049
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Fitness and Exercise: Movement This Autumn (Basic Disco Dance Steps for Everyone)

Start your week with a fun and feelgood hour of breathing, stretching and dancing. Keep fit, move and groove to some uplifting and energising music. During this five-week course you’ll learn some funky DISCO steps and complete some simple choreography. Dancing is proven to be good for your body and your mind. For improving your cognitive skills. Through learning a simple dance routine, you will: improve flexibility, minimize stress, increase energy levels and have better coordination, balance and strength. So come and release your inner disco diva and dance like no-one (or maybe everyone!) is watching.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 04/11/2024 -
Mon 02/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Helen Watson
Course code:
Q00010730
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £18.50

Art Practical: Exploring Drawing

Develop your skills to draw with confidence in line, tone and form and create art inspired by objects around you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/11/2024 -
Wed 11/12/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00010184
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Abstract Art

Develop painting techniques inspired by historical and contemporary abstract artists.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/11/2024 -
Wed 11/12/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00010186
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30