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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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Fitness and Exercise: Monday Movement this Summer - Basic Contemporary Modern Dance Steps for All

This is a great way to start the week if you like doing exercise, dancing and having fun. Keep fit and exercise with a fun and feelgood hour of music and movement and relaxation. Work at your own pace and level. Each session you will work on: - breathing exercises - simple stretching (to get warmed up & alert) - easy aerobic sequences - basic CONTEMPORARY MODERN dance moves (to incorporate into an uplifting song)

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Helen Watson
Course code:
Q00013848
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £18.50

Art Practical: Beginners' - Creative Painting

To introduce students to painting in acrylics and take them to a higher level and begin to develop their skills. This course is accessible to beginners but also provides an ideal stepping stone towards intermediate levels. With step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and handouts, students can build their skills with confidence. Students are supported throughout the course by a process of constructive assessment. They will develop confidence in appraising their own work, engage in frequent discussions with their tutor and encourage each other through regular reviews and group critiques of projects. You will explore a variety of painting techniques whilst developing confidence and creative expression in visual form.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
John Pounds Centre (Portsmouth)
23 Pounds Gate
Queen Street
Portsmouth
PO1 3HN
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00014040
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Craft: Seasonal Painting and Drawing

This course will be delivered through a combination of studio sessions, demonstrations, discussions, outdoor sketching excursions (weather permitting), and critiques. Participants will have access to painting and drawing materials, tools, and studio space for creating artworks. Assignments will include both structured exercises to build technical skills and independent projects to encourage creative exploration. This course celebrates the beauty and diversity of the seasons through painting and drawing. Participants will explore the unique characteristics of each season—spring, summer, autumn, and winter—and learn how to capture their essence on canvas and paper.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Delves Lane Community association (Conse
Village Hall
Delves Lane
Consett
DH8 7BH
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014646
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

Craft: Sewing - Upcycling (Intermediate)

This is a progression course from the Beginners’ Upcycling and will give you an opportunity to utilise and practise the skills that you learnt in the previous course. The course is suitable for you if you have completed the Beginner Level course or if you already have some basic skills. You'll discover how to breathe new life into old and unwanted garments using basic refashioning and recycling techniques, reducing your environmental footprint in the process. Explore creative methods to turn unwanted fabrics into unique and cherished items. You will also get an opportunity to enjoy and connect with a group of people with similar interests to share ideas and inspiration.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Hill View Community Centre (Nottingham)
Ransom Road
Nottingham
NG3 3LJ
Tutor:
Monazza Aziz
Course code:
Q00014853
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £151.20

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Textiles and Fashion: Advanced Sewing skills for Employability

Discover the wonderful technique of sewing skill. This course will help to develop your craft in measure and marking and creating your own pattern. Whether you have studied basic or intermediate sewing before, you will find value in this sewing course by making your own garment made to measure and adjusting garments to your size. By the end of the course you can use these skills to open your own business or work for organisation . Start your own sewing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
30 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00014872
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £252.00

Textiles and Fashion: Upcycling with Embroidery

Indulge your creativity and do some good for the environment by joining us on this Embroidery course, which has been designed to help you extend the life of your clothing whilst exploring your artistic style. Through a series of hands-on sessions, you will explore the therapeutic benefits of crafting with a needle and thread while creating a unique embroidered patch which you will either use to mend a piece of torn or worn clothing or add a bit of personalised flair to an existing garment. Come along and learn the art of slow, mindful fashion in an inspiring setting in Historic York

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 13/05/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Olave's Church Hall (York)
Marygate Lane
York
YO30 7BJ
Tutor:
Victoria Bould
Course code:
Q00015197
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Craft: Creativity for wellbeing

Let out your artistic side with our new papercraft & cardmaking creativity course. You will Learn the mental Health and wellbeing benefits of being creative in a friendly welcoming environment. Places are limited. To join this course you will need to attend the pre enrolment session at HOLMESCARR ARK AND CRAFTS room Holmescarr centre Rossington DN110LP Monday 15th April 10-12pm or 12.30-1.30 The course is suitable for beginners and will introduce you to the fundamentals of papercrafting, including basic techniques, tools and materials. You will learn how to choose the right paper, use cutting tools effectively and follow instructions and tutor demonstrations to create your own papercraft projects. The course will cover various types of papercrafts such as cardmaking & paper mache providing you with a solid foundation to explore more advanced techniques in the future. By the end of the course, you'll have increased your skills, knowledge & confidence to start crafting your own paper creations.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Holmescarr Ark and Crafts (Doncaster)
1 School Houses
Grange Lane, New Rossington
Doncaster
DN11 0LP
Tutor:
Jennifer Golton
Course code:
Q00015241
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Hand-Built Ceramics - Beginners

This creative hand clay course allows you to explore your art and craft skills to find ceramic practices that you enjoy. Whether you like drawing, painting, origami, ceramics or craft-making, art courses can help you find a relaxing hobby. This creative hand building clay course is ideal if you want to feel calm while developing your creativity skills up to an intermediate level. You can learn the skills and techniques needed to produce your own clay pieces, and explore the tools and materials required and take inspiration from other creators, all whilst being guided by an experienced WEA tutor. Your artwork will be uploaded to Canvas (our digital learning platform) as evidence of learning and you get to keep everything you make. You will work in a group which will give you the opportunity to meet and interact with others in a creative setting and in a relaxed way.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Location:
Omega Centre (Portsmouth)
Omega Street
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO5 4LP
Course code:
P00000039
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available

Textiles and Fashion: 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:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Grange Interlink / The Learning Zone (Br
Summerville Road
Bradford
BD7 1PX
Tutor:
Bushra Siddique
Course code:
Q00015135
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Textiles and Fashion: Machine Sewing for Advanced and Special Stitching Techniques

On this Machine sewing course learn the wide range of sewing techniques require for dress making and other sewing projects. Make projects for yourself or for your family and increase your understanding in the world of machine stitching. While learning new techniques you can also meet likeminded people in the group. This course will help you to concentrate and enjoy moment while creating projects that are useful, creative, and sustainable. Explore this rewarding skill which can not only adopted as a hobby but can lead to sewing business to earn money.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kauser Nabeel
Course code:
Q00013785
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80