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: Abstract Painting – One Approach

Ever wanted to create an Abstract Painting? Whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience, this short course programme will introduce you to a structured way to approach abstract art. Although the course is very much practical and hands-on, we will prepare by looking at the roots of the Abstract Art movement and its historical social context. Suitably informed and inspired, we will move on to begin a step-by-step process to develop ideas and begin painting. Your experienced tutor will support you throughout. By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of what we mean by the term abstract art and have created your own abstract acrylic painting. A great short course to get inspired and get started on your abstract painting journey.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000070
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

Personal Development: Money Saving Stitchery

Discover the art of sustainable sewing in our Money-Saving Stitchery Course. Unleash your creativity while mastering essential sewing techniques that not only save you money but also contribute to a sustainable lifestyle. From basic stitches to upcycling old garments, this course empowers you to create stylish, eco-friendly fashion on a budget; the focus is on Asian inspired costume and fashions. The course is delivered in a Women’s only Centre in Bradford.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
West Bowling Advice and Training Centre
Clipstone Street
BRADFORD
BD5 8EA
Tutor:
Safina Khan
Course code:
Q00013893
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £73.50

Art Practical: Arts & Crafts for beginners

An exciting new opportunity to develop your confidence and skills in arts and crafts is coming to Longley 4G in Sheffield! This course will include mosaic making, as well as lots of other practical art tips and tricks! It’s a course for anyone, from beginners to those with a little more experience. Come along to meet like minded people and absorb yourself in the world of arts and crafts!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Longley 4 Greens Centre (Sheffield)
41 Southey Avenue
Sheffield
S5 7NN
Tutor:
Lizzy Alageswaran
Course code:
Q00014994
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Landscape Drawing and Painting, Beginners

This exciting introduction to landscape drawing and painting gives you a great opportunity to explore and experiment with a range of media: charcoal, soft pastels and acrylic paint. We’ll take inspiration from our own favourite environments as well as looking at works by renowned landscape artists and consider how landscape art has evolved. Your tutor will guide and support you throughout the learning process. Join us to gain confidence, start or develop your landscape painting journey and find the style of working which suits you.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Location:
Online
Course code:
P00000071
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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12 months
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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 07/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Victoria Park The Green House
Victoria Park
Anglesea Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3HJ
Tutor:
Janice Parfoot
Course code:
Q00013119
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Art Practical: Art and About - Sketching and Watercolour in London Parks

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! Have you always been afraid to draw outside in public? This course will give you confidence to sketch outside with tips on how to draw quick sketches of moving people from location in London Parks starting in Regents’ Park Rose Garden; there will be sketching and watercolour demonstrations, combined with drawing theory, showing ways to use a variety of materials and different styles of drawing from thumb nail sketching to building up a final composition . In session two we will work in St James Park ; bringing out Watercolour and fine liner techniques to add to your art skills, tackling geese, trees , people and the lake.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Regents Park Queen Elizabeth Rose Garden
Regents Park
London
NW1 4NR
Tutor:
Joy Girvin
Course code:
Q00014325
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £20.00

Art Practical: Painting and Drawing

This course follows on from Painting and Drawing 2. It enables further development of your skills in observational drawing through mark making and applying colour theory in painting. The focus is on ways of seeing, perceiving and expressing emotions creatively. Gallery visits are used to observe and discuss contemporary and historical artwork. Weekly practical sessions where you will explore and experiment on developing your own style and approach to your chosen themes or subjects. This course will enable you to build your confidence in drawing and paint handling skills. This is developed through practical drawing and painting focussed modules in different practical techniques. It seeks to offer you an opportunity to identify exactly which subjects interest you and make you want to draw and paint.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 12/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Age UK Lincoln (Lincoln)
Park Street
Lincoln
LN1 1UQ
Tutor:
Lois Pittman
Course code:
Q00013436
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £67.20

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:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Trimdon Grange Community Centre (Trimdon
Kielder Drive
Trimdon Grange
Trimdon Station
TS29 6PB
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00015309
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Craft: Diorama, Pop-Ups and Fun Folds (online)

Come and join our enthusiastic tutor and a group of likeminded crafters as we immerse ourselves into the world of paper-crafting and greeting card making. This engaging course will focus on transforming flat pieces of card and paper into captivating 3 dimensional scenes and pop-up surprises. On this course we will discuss dioramas in general, we will look at suitable themes and the basic materials and tools needed. We will also create simple pop-up mechanisms to surprise and delight our recipients. Craft in general is known to have a positive effect on the mental health of those that do it, and card-making is fun, productive and very rewarding: you create lovely, personalised cards for the special people in your life. Boost your confidence and build your skills as we experiment with some new designs and techniques. This course is suitable for those with some experience of card making and a well-stocked craft room.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015499
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Textiles and Fashion: ‘Unmentionables’ – A history of underwear through the ages

Explore the captivating evolution of fashion with our course, "Unmentionables." This journey takes us from the earliest evidence and references through to the present day. Looking at diaries, fashion plates and other contemporary sources we will explore the influences which have shaped clothing and underwear trends. How did the clothing of the elite differ from of everyone else? We will also be considering how the industrial revolution and the changing role of women affects underwear. And lastly what about today what are the ethical and sustainability issues we have to consider? Join us to find out more

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 08/06/2024 -
Sat 08/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00014202
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10