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: Card Making

Come along to this informal and safe Card Making Craft course! In this engaging course, you will learn the art of card making while fostering a sense of relaxation and belonging within a supportive community. Throughout this course, our experienced tutor will guide you through the various techniques and methods involved in creating beautiful and personalized cards. You will explore different card designs, learn how to choose appropriate materials, and discover innovative ways to incorporate various crafting elements. Join us in this exciting journey of card making, relaxation, and community building. Enrol today and discover the joy of creating heartfelt cards while connecting with like-minded individuals who share your passion for crafting.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Tricuro -Parkstone Connect Day Centre (P
Croft Road
Poole
BH12 3LD
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013997
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Sewing into Business

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:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 30/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Rochdale Training
Fishwick Street
Rochdale
OL16 5NA
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00013705
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

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:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Hospitality and Hope
67 Hudston Street
South Shields
NE34 0AE
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00014193
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Beginners Photo Editing

Sometimes you get that perfect shot. The lighting is right, the exposure is perfect, and the composition is balanced. Until you notice a stranger lurking in the background of the photo that throws everything off. Not to worry, there are tools that can help you erase photobombers without leaving a trace! This photo editing course teaches you how to end up with that perfect snap every time. If you enjoy photography or creating images, this course is for you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 28/02/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Chads Community Project (Gateshead)
21 Liddell Terrace
Gateshead
NE8 1YN
Tutor:
Damien Wootten
Course code:
Q00012346
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Art Practical: Beginners Art course

This 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 endeavors. This course is aimed at complete beginners and a gentle introduction to painting for fun and 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 28/02/2024 -
Wed 17/04/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Ethicare (Durham)
Southbrook House, Church Vale
High Pittington
Durham
DH6 1AH
Tutor:
Susanna Heath
Course code:
Q00013667
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Hospitality and Hope
67 Hudston Street
South Shields
NE34 0AE
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00014194
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Craft: Springtime Crafts

Join us at St. John's Primary School, Benwell, Newcastle for an enriching Springtime Craft class brought to you by the WEA. Delve into the art of needle felting alongside fellow learners in a welcoming atmosphere. Under expert guidance, discover the fundamentals of needle felting to create your very own adorable Springtime Chick. No prior experience is necessary, and all materials will be supplied, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. This free course is open to everyone, offering an opportunity to unleash your creativity and connect with like-minded individuals while embracing the spirit of spring. Come join us for a delightful crafting adventure!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 28/02/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St John's Primary School Bungalow (Newca
Teindland Close
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8HE
Tutor:
Liane Ging
Course code:
Q00014276
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Furniture Upcycling And Recycling For Beginners

In this face-to-face course, held over 10 weeks and with sessions of 4 hours, you will learn about furniture types, basic repairs, filling and patching, sanding and furniture designs, including creating designs from your own ideas, there will be practical demonstrations and you will be able to have a go yourself and gain the knowledge, tips and skills to help you to take your learning to the next level or achieve the level that you really feel you need. You will then be able to start your own project, or continue one you have started, in a supportive atmosphere with likeminded learners and with a knowledgeable tutor and it is hoped that you will take your new-found learning and skills into your community and may help others with their own project.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 16/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Linkbridge Community Support Centre (Bur
1 Swinless Street
Burnley
BB10 3BN
Tutor:
Simon Gill
Course code:
Q00013430
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Spring Wreath Making

Would you like to learn new skills or change jobs? It can be hard to get back into learning after a long break. This confidence training will prepare you to feel comfortable stepping back into the classroom. This short course can help you bridge the gaps in your confidence and overcome the obstacles standing in your way to get back into learning. The objective of this course is to get you into a positive mindset to achieve your goals. You will practise a variety of confidence-building exercises to help that mindset shift come from within.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 29/02/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Great Park Community Centre (Newcastle u
Roseden Way
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 9BD
Tutor:
Elaine Swan
Course code:
Q00014155
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Gel Plate Printing

Gel plate printing is a form of mono printing. It is a fun, exciting and modern way of making prints without a press. It is highly addictive and can be used to produce vibrant, multi layered and exciting pieces of art work. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different techniques during the session with the opportunity to discuss your work and ideas. You can use a commercial gelatine print plate or make your own with the recipe and instructions given.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 01/03/2024 -
Fri 01/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Roz Beeson
Course code:
Q00012823
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £9.25