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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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Digital photography Under 1 Roof (Multiply Norfolk)

In this course, we embark on an exciting journey into the world of digital photography, focusing on building essential numeracy skills along the way. From understanding camera settings to composing captivating shots, we'll cover the basics of photography in a simple and engaging manner. Through hands-on activities and interactive lessons, participants will learn how to master the fundamentals of photography while simultaneously enhancing their numeracy abilities. Join us to unlock your creativity, improve your photography skills, and boost your confidence in working with numbers!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 24/05/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Under1Roof (Norwich)
100-102 Westwick Street
Norwich
NR2 4SZ
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015264
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: An Introduction to Line Drawing

On this course, you will develop an understanding of line drawing techniques and how to apply them to outcomes. We'll start by introducing various line drawing methods with visual examples. Next, you'll gain insights into the distinctions between these techniques, enabling you to effectively compare and contrast them, and pick your favourite to use. Through practical exercises, you'll learn how to apply these techniques. You will have the opportunity to showcase your newfound skills by independently creating a unique piece using one of the line-drawing techniques introduced.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 31/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Forum (Norwich)
Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1TF
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00014951
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

Craft: Community Mosaics

This Mosaic course is designed to introduce you to new craft skills and help you develop a new craft, whilst designing different images and relaxing, enjoying, being creative with others. Giving you also a chance to make your own plaque, mosaic piece for the table or as a wall hanging. Design and develop your own piece using a verity of broken tiles of different colourful ceramic tiles and upcycleing old crockery as well as a number of different other items, such as beads and pebbles. Making your own fun decorative mosaic piece, either for your own home or as a present for someone special, lots of brightly coloured broken ceramic tiles and crockery will be used. Come and join other like-minded people and create a masterpiece!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Lonsdale Community Centre
Lonsdale Road
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL2 0TA
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014104
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Textiles and Fashion: Crochet Pattern Writing for Improvers

This is a follow on course for the Maths: Practical Maths for Crochet Pattern Writing course that also ran at St Mary's Community Centre, Pontefract. In this course students will learn about the different mathematical concepts needed to write a pattern for a crochet jumper or cardigan. We will look at 3 different methods of making a fitted cardigan or jumper (square block method, side to side method or top down/bottom up method) and the maths required to create the same item in different sizes. Students will then choose their favourite hook, yarn and stitch, and set about writing their own unique crochet cardigan or jumper pattern from scratch. 

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
St Marys Community Centre (PONTEFRACT)
The Circle, Town Centre,
Chequerfield
PONTEFRACT
WF8 2AY
Tutor:
Victoria Bould
Course code:
Q00014503
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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Art Practical: Arts and Crafts for Beginners and Improvers

Learners will work with a friendly and skilled tutor to improve confidence in their ability to develop existing and new artistic skills and creativity. You will explore and develop the skills of a variety of crafts to make unique dimensional projects, experimenting with and using a variety of resources, including recycling when possible. You will learn through a range of different teaching and learning activities. This will include watching and following step by step demonstrations, with one-to-one help and guidance to develop personal skills. You will learn in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment, working together with fellow students and the tutor. The course is for everyone, from the complete beginner to those wanting to improve their craft skills. No prior knowledge is needed, just a desire to learn and develop your skills and creativity.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Hull Scrapstore (Hull)
Dairycoates Avenue
Hull
HU3 5DB
Tutor:
Julie Smith
Course code:
Q00014803
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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 03/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Tracey Broomfield
Course code:
Q00015500
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Craft: Beginners Mosaics

This Mosaic course is designed to introduce you to new craft skills and help you develop a new craft, whilst designing different images and relaxing, enjoying, being creative with others. Giving you also a chance to make your own plaque, mosaic piece for the table or as a wall hanging. Design and develop your own piece using a verity of broken tiles of different colourful ceramic tiles and upcycling old crockery as well as a number of different other items, such as beads and pebbles. Making your own fun decorative mosaic piece, either for your own home or as a present for someone special, lots of brightly coloured broken ceramic tiles and crockery will be used. Come and join other like-minded people and create a masterpiece!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
St. Paul's Community Hub
1 Windsor Court
St. Paul's Walk
GL50 4GG
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00015727
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Art Practical: Beginners' - Watercolour Painting

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 skills to find practices that soothe you. This watercolour painting course can help you find a relaxing hobby.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
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:
Q00014026
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Art Practical: Beginners' - Drawing Course

This drawing course is for beginners who wish to find out about the basic skills of drawing. The course content will cover a range of drawing techniques whilst investigating the qualities of the drawing materials. You will learn about expressive mark-making, quick timed sketching, contour drawing, tonal drawing whilst recording from primary and secondary resources. You will be discovering the importance of line, tone, cross hatching, shape, pattern, and texture and how to scale up using a grid system. You will be using a variety of media which will include, pencils, fine liners, chalk, and charcoal pencils.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Victoria Park The Green House
Victoria Park
Anglesea Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3HJ
Tutor:
Janice Parfoot
Course code:
Q00014027
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Photography: Creative ways to use Smartphone Photography

Photography is a way of seeing, and showing how you see the world around you. Smartphone photography has become increasingly popular. On average, people around the globe take over a trillion photos each year and according to research 92% of these photographs are taken with smartphones! This course will allow you to explore how to use your phone in a more creative way. Instead of taking just one photo of a subject you’re interested in, you will be encouraged to take 10, 20, or even 30 photographs then spend some time looking at your pictures to see which ones you like the best, and why. You will explore what makes an image stand out, looking for unique or unexpected angles, playing with composition to help you create illusions of depth and height. You will also discover how it feels to go out on shoots, visiting different location local to Weston-Super-Mare seafront. At the course’s conclusion, you will experiment with different post making methods, including photomontage, illustration, drawing and hand colouring on to photographs in order to help you produce a Photobook, using a series of images that tell a story about your experience of living in Weston - Super -Mare.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00014894
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80