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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Craft: All things sewing

Welcome to this FREE 5 weeks sewing course. This course will typically provide you with comprehensive instructions on various aspects of sewing, catering to beginners as well as intermediate and advanced level. You will be introduced to various sewing projects all of which you will be able to take home with you. All materials will be provided, but if you do have a little sewing kit at home consisting of scissors, needles and thread please bring along. The course is a practical course that will involve a lot of hands-on activities. There will also be opportunities for you take notes of hints and tips along the way.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Heart on the Terrace
8 Woods Terrace
Murton
North East
SR7 9AA
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00014151
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Beginners Art

This FREE course aims to provide a well-rounded introduction to visual arts, offering a balance between foundational skills and creative exploration. It encourages learners to discover their own artistic preferences and build a solid base for future artistic endeavours. This course is aimed at complete beginners and a gentle introduction to drawing, journaling and pastels are just some of the topics you will be learning. This course is aimed at being a fun and friendly course which can also help support those that suffer stress & Anxiety as a way of relaxation. All materials & resources will be provided by the tutor. Although feel free to bring along any materials you have at home.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 19/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Horden Youth & Community Centre (Peterle
Eden Street
Horden
Peterlee
SR8 4LH
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00016472
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Bethany House
St Clements Gardens
Boscombe
South West
BH1 4ED
Tutor:
Lucy Pender
Course code:
Q00013995
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80

Art Practical: Exploring Drawing

Learning to draw is a precious skill that encourages mindfulness and creativity. A quote from the late artist Paula Rego: ‘Sketches always have more vitality than paintings because you're finding things out through doing them.’ Inspired by historical and contemporary artists, this course will build your confidence and expertise in a range of media including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, using cartridge and mid toned pastel paper. Our topic will be still life – learning to see and analyse real objects is the best teacher for developing your own drawing style. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014351
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £33.30

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WEA Membership

Photography: The Art of Smartphone Photography - Beginners

This course is for those wishing to improve knowledge and experience in the use of the mobile’s functions, composition, lighting, and a sound general knowledge of photographic skills, which are designed to help you get a full understanding and appreciation for photography as a whole. This will not be academic but will share a good mix of theory and practice, though centred more towards the practical side. This course is all about learning creative principles that will serve you in every situation. No technical skills required but a desire to learn and an open mind is necessary as well as a basic working knowledge of a smartphone. At its heart, mobile photography is about fun. The joy of having a camera available at those moments you want to keep is what it’s all about.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Garcia Juan
Course code:
Q00013800
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £18.50

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 21/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015499
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Practical: Painting & Drawing the Land

This day course is for nature lovers who would like to express their love of the land through painting and drawing. All welcome but some experience in painting would be useful. In a friendly and supportive group, the tutor will take us through gathering visual references, sketching, colour work and creating a landscape piece of work in your chosen media. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos and sketch book work. We will 'problem solve' helping us to tackle the challenges that arise in our landscape work by asking the right questions, developing the creative process and compositional skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 22/06/2024 -
Sat 22/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014494
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

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