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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Textiles and Fashion: Level 1 Dressmaking

Join us and learn the fundamentals of dressmaking in this exciting 18-hour course. Explore essential techniques such as pattern drafting, fabric selection, cutting, stitching, and finishing. Discover how to use a sewing machine effectively and confidently. Gain insights into garment construction, fitting, and alterations. Develop your skills in creating various garment types, from skirts and tops to dresses and more. Unlock the secrets of professional finishing touches, including zippers, hems, and closures. Whether you're a beginner or seeking to refine your abilities, this course provides the perfect platform to unleash your creativity and craft beautiful garments with precision and style.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Tracey Sweetman
Course code:
Q00013980
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £75.60

Craft: Mini-Albums and Memory books

Explore the exciting world of paper-crafting on this comprehensive course on creating beautiful mini-albums and journals. Unleash your creativity as you engage in the art of combining paper, embellishments and various techniques to craft unique and personalised keepsakes. Join other like-minded crafters and our enthusiastic tutor on this creative course and learn how to showcase and preserve cherished memories for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a family member or friend. Gain confidence and experiment with different skills, and materials to craft beautiful and meaningful keepsakes. On this course you will: Gain proficiency in basic paper-crafting techniques, such as accurate measuring, cutting, scoring and layering. incorporate different styles of pockets, tuck-spots and tags. Learn how to add found objects and ephemera pieces to your journal Look at ways to include scraps from your stash, including paper, fabric scraps, buttons, ribbon and lace This course is for beginners and for those who are creating mini-albums and memory books for the first time or would like to add to their existing skills. The only requirement is that you have some basic paper- craft supplies on hand, such as card, patterned papers and glue. A full resource list will be available on Canvas for each project.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015500
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Textiles and Fashion: Intermediate Soft Furnishing (Multiply)

Discover the wonderful world of sewing and Intermediate soft furnishing. It will help you to develop your craft in textile and soft furnishing. Whether you have studied basic sewing before or you 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 soft furnishing projects, 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!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00014470
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee:
Free

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 25/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015498
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

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Mindfulness Mandalas - (West Sussex Multiply)

PLEASE NOTE - this course is provided strictly for West Sussex residents who live in a West Sussex postcode. If you do not live in West Sussex, please look at alternative courses - thanks for your understanding. Join us in this fun and relaxing online course, where you will earn to create beautiful, complex mandala patterns and apply them to various surfaces to embellish items such as plain cards, notebook and coasters, using just simple pens and/or pencils. You will be astounded when you see the complexity of patterns that you can achieve just from combining a few very basic pattern motifs and exploiting the art of mindful repetition. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can allow your creativity to take over and you will discover which are your favourite motifs whether they’re floral rhythmic or geometric, or a mixture of all! This course offers a unique blend of artistic expression and mathematical discovery. Participants explore mandala design, discovering symmetry, geometric shapes, and spatial reasoning while creating beautiful patterns. The course provides a serene environment for mindfulness practice, fostering relaxation and focus. By infusing mathematics into mandala crafting, students develop mathematical fluency and problem-solving skills. Join us for a transformative journey of creativity and mathematical exploration.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00015964
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Textiles and Fashion: Frugal Fashion

Continue your journey into the world of sustainable sewing with our budget-friendly upcycling course! Discover the art of upcycling and reusing materials as you unleash your creativity and master essential sewing techniques. This course not only saves you money but also champions a sustainable lifestyle by breathing new life into old garments and upcycling fabric in creative ways. You'll be empowered to create stylish, eco-friendly fashion while respecting Asian-inspired costume and trends. Join us at our Women's only Centre in Bradford, where we'll stitch together a greener, more fashionable and frugal future.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Brackenhill Primary School (BRADFORD)
Dracup Road
BRADFORD
BD7 4HA
Tutor:
Safina Khan
Course code:
Q00016047
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £52.50

Art Practical: Express Yourself with Creative Art for Mindfulness

Join us to unleash your creativity and develop your creative skills. This day workshop will give you the opportunity to explore creative themes and ideas to inspire inventive response using a range of mediums to suit the project and your preference . Join us to immerse yourself in a day of creativity and be inspired. Learners will be encouraged to develop and share ideas within the session. Whatever your creative level or direction this workshop is designed to inspire and guide you to develop your creative confidence. Discover how the enjoyment of creative art can be creatively enjoyable and beneficial for well-being.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Location:
Friends Meeting House
1 Park Street
Lincoln
LN1 1UR
Course code:
Q00014845
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Art Practical: Art and Nature

This day course for nature lovers offers a unique opportunity for individuals with a passion for nature to express their love for the land through art. The course welcomes participants of all skill levels, with no prior artistic experience required. This course will be a friendly and supportive environment, fostering a sense of community among like-minded individuals. Participants will have the chance to explore various ways of deepening their connection with nature through creative expression. The emphasis is not just on creating art but on the entire process of connecting with the natural environment. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos sketch book work, writing, just seeing and collecting things! Later in the day using the resources we have gathered to create art.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014491
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

Arts & Crafts: Bargello Bookmarks (Multiply West Sussex)

*Please note - this course is provided exclusively for residents of West Sussex* This course has been designed to introduce the historical technique of Bargello needlework embroidery. The course is suitable for beginners who will be stitching for the first time all the way to improvers to advanced who have a basic knowledge of hand embroidery and would like to add to their practise by applying stitch techniques and developing patterns in a new and creative way. The session will begin with the introduction of bargello and its practical application before moving onto starting the project creation. The practical part of the session will be in three sections, beginning with measuring and cutting the base for your bookmark, choosing or creating your design and finally stitching your beautiful bookmark. At the end of the course every person will be able to see other projects that can be completed using the knowledge and techniques used and learnt in the session. The aim of the course is to create a bookmark that not only looks brilliant and is designed/adapted and made by you but will also serve a purpose. Materials will be provided for your bookmarks and the sessions will include use of technology to show different patterns/techniques and images of completed projects.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Southwick Community Centre (Brighton)
24 Southwick Street
Southwick
Brighton
BN42 4TE
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00015973
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Beginners' - Art for ESOL

This Art for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course is a 4-week watercolour painting course for anyone wanting to learn or improve their painting skills. You will learn how to draw and paint within a group of like-minded people. Guidance and support are offered throughout the course from our talented tutor, to develop your artistic skills. You will also have the opportunity to connect with and support others in a friendly classroom environment and improve your English conversational skills. No previous skills in watercolours are needed to join this group.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 28/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Victoria Park The Green House
Victoria Park
Anglesea Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3HJ
Tutor:
Janice Parfoot
Course code:
Q00014023
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20