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: Advanced Sewing Projects

This course is aimed at confident sewing students. You will develop higher level sewing and textile skills and be able to choose, document and finish your own sewing projects to a professional level under supervision.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 11/12/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:45am
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00010953
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £138.60

Art Practical: Portraiture Painting

This course aims to introduce students to the art of portraiture in a relaxed and supportive environment. You will learn how to draw the face and features correctly with a final project. This class is ideal for beginners who would like to learn new skills or improve old ones.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 27/11/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00009660
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Sewing into Business - Trafford

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:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Thu 09/01/2025
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
28 sessions
Location:
St Johns Centre (Manchester)
St Johns Road
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 7GX
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00016053
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Art Practical: Art and Craft

This course is for students to improve confidence in their ability to develop artistic skills and creativity. Learning the skills of a variety of crafts to make unique dimensional projects, using a variety of resources including recycling when possible. You will learn using a range of different teaching and learning activities to include watching and following step by step demonstrations, with one to one help and guidance. You will learn in a safe welcoming and supportive environment, working together with fellow students and the tutor. The course is suitable for a complete beginner in crafts. No prior knowledge is needed, just a desire to learn and develop your skills and creativity.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 04/12/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Hull Quaker Meeting House (HULL)
2-10 Bean Street
HULL
HU3 2PR
Tutor:
Julie Smith
Course code:
Q00017858
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

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12 months
Fee:
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Art Practical: Art for Wellbeing

Learners will work with the tutor to improve confidence in their ability to develop their artistic skills and creativity within oil painting. You will be developing the skills to create a detailed landscape painting; challenging yourself to try new and different subjects. You will learn using a range of different teaching and learning activities, to include watching and following step by step demonstrations, with one-to-one help and guidance from a friendly and encouraging tutor. You will learn in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment, working together with your fellow learners and the tutor. This course is suitable for a complete beginner but also for those wanting to improve their existing skills in painting. No prior knowledge is needed, just a desire to learn and begin your journey to develop your artistic skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 04/12/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Scrap Store
Dairycoates Avenue
Hull
Yorkshire and Humber
HU3 5DB
Tutor:
Julie Smith
Course code:
Q00017859
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Photography: Ten Top Tips

An opportunity no matter your skill level and for those using a phone, a compact camera and/or something fancier to consider the photos you take and develop a greater understanding of what makes for you, a better image. This course will explore a range of tips from how you can control the camera, to the types of subjects that can make an engaging photo

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 18/09/2024 -
Wed 18/09/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
73 High Street
Billericay
CM12 9AS
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00017710
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

Practical Art: Watercolours for Complete Beginners (Part 1)

Do you want to learn the basics of watercolours? Have you tried before and given up in frustration? Why not join this course for support and encouragement? Watercolour, simply put, is water mixed with pigment which is then applied to paper. But painting with watercolours is something entirely different. It can be complex, confusing, and fun at the same time. While not a medium to be controlled or manipulated, part of the very beauty of working with watercolours is learning to let go! Come and join us to find out more.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 19/09/2024 -
Thu 05/12/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Deborah Crofts
Course code:
Q00017574
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Art Practical: Improvers Drawing and Painting - Landscapes

Develop your own style of landscape drawing and painting in this welcoming safe space.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 20/09/2024 -
Fri 06/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00009525
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Art Practical: Exploring Drawing and Painting - Landscapes

Begin to develop your own art work in this beginner friendly art class and learn how to create landscapes

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 20/09/2024 -
Fri 06/12/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00009528
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Art Practical: Still Life Drawing and Painting

To introduce students to the art of still life drawing and painting in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 20/09/2024 -
Fri 29/11/2024
Times:
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Frank Ferrie
Course code:
Q00009659
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £84.00