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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Art Practical: Learn to Draw and Paint Animals in Watercolour and Mixed Media

Learn to Draw and Paint Animals in Watercolour and Mixed Media Unleash your creativity and connect with nature's beauty in our one-day course, "Learn to Draw and Paint Animals in Watercolour and Mixed Media," hosted at the welcoming Springbourne Library and facilitated by The WEA (Workers' Educational Association). This inspiring workshop invites participants to explore the vibrant world of animal artistry through watercolour and mixed media techniques. Throughout the course, you'll be guided through the process of capturing the essence and character of animals in your artwork. With expert instruction, you'll learn to use line, tone, texture, and colour to bring your chosen animal portrait to life in a unique and expressive way.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 26/07/2024 -
Fri 26/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015420
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £23.10

Art Practical: Beginners Macrame Workshop - Make a Wall Hanging

Discover the art of macrame in our 3-hour Beginner's Macrame Workshop. This hands-on class is ideal for newcomers eager to learn the fundamentals of this intricate craft. You'll be introduced to essential techniques, including the square knot, half hitch, and lark's head knot. Guided by an experienced tutor, you will design and construct your own macrame wall hanging, transforming simple cords into a beautiful piece of art. By the end of the workshop, you'll have a completed wall hanging ready for display and the skills to continue creating macrame projects on your own. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 30/07/2024 -
Tue 30/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Marys Community Centre (PONTEFRACT)
The Circle, Town Centre,
Chequerfield
PONTEFRACT
WF8 2AY
Tutor:
Victoria Bould
Course code:
Q00017781
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Textiles and Fashion: Beginners Knitting Workshop

Dive into the world of knitting with our 3-hour Beginner's Knitting Workshop. Designed for absolute beginners, this hands-on class covers all the essentials to get you started. You'll learn how to cast on, create knit and purl stitches, and cast off, with guidance from an experienced tutor. By the end of the workshop, you'll have the skills to start simple knitting projects and a completed sample piece to take home. Join us for a fun and relaxing introduction to knitting and discover the joy of creating handmade items. All materials will be provided for you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 31/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Marys Community Centre (PONTEFRACT)
The Circle, Town Centre,
Chequerfield
PONTEFRACT
WF8 2AY
Tutor:
Victoria Bould
Course code:
Q00017779
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Textiles and Fashion: Beginners Crochet Workshop - Getting to Grips with Crochet

Join our 3-hour Beginner's Crochet Workshop and embark on a creative journey into the world of crochet. This hands-on class is perfect for those with little to no experience in crochet. You'll start with an introduction to essential materials, including various yarns and hooks, and then learn foundational stitches such as the chain stitch, double crochet, and single crochet. Our expert tutor will guide you through basic crochet techniques, ensuring you gain the confidence to start your own projects. By the end of the workshop, you'll have the skills to create simple crochet items and a solid foundation for further exploration. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 31/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Marys Community Centre (PONTEFRACT)
The Circle, Town Centre,
Chequerfield
PONTEFRACT
WF8 2AY
Tutor:
Victoria Bould
Course code:
Q00017780
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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For just £15 a year, you can:

  • Join our popular, award-winning weekly lecture series,
  • Access an archive of over 100 past lectures,
  • Get priority online and phone booking for autumn courses (England only),
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  • Attend our members’ annual conference.

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Art Practical: Art and Upcycling

During this course you will be invited to consider how we handle potential landfill materials and waste, depending on how they can be used. You will learn how to transform an old product into something which has a greater value than the original, by re-working and decorating throw away objects transforming them into new and usable plant pots and/or garden decorations. At the end of the course, your new upcycled products will be placed outside, at the back of the Hub, to also uplift the environment and replenish the space for the enjoyment and benefit of all.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 09/08/2024 -
Fri 30/08/2024
Times:
11:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00017915
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Art Practical: Charcoal and Pastels

Our creative arts courses will get you working with pastels and charcoals, exploring what creative pieces you can achieve. In this course develop your own style of drawing in this welcoming safe space. This class will encourage you to challenge your skills and build on your love of art. Bring your favourite materials or use the resources provided and express yourself in this friendly and warm setting. This tutor has years of art experience and is very popular with out learners. The venue offers a friendly atmosphere and even a free lunch prior to the course beginning.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 14/08/2024 -
Wed 28/08/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
GL11 Community Hub (Dursley)
Fairmead
Cam
Dursley
GL11 5JS
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00017137
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Photography: Exploring the Seashore

Claude Monet once wrote “ It is extraordinary to see the sea: what a spectacle!” The Seashore offers rich material for both artists and photographers and has inspired some insightful and amusing creations. During this workshop we will explore some different approaches used by photographers, when capturing the essence of the great British seaside. We will look at the social documentary photographers David Hurn and Martin Parr, who play with colour and humour when depicting British seaside culture. Alternatively, we will consider the work of Fay Godwin, who works more intimately with the landscape itself, gathering lost objects from the beach to scan in order to produce exquisite close ups.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/08/2024 -
Tue 20/08/2024
Times:
11:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00017142
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Art Practical: Introduction to Portrait Skills

Learn to draw a realistic portrait of the human face from a photograph. This full day workshop is designed for complete beginners but also caters for those with some drawing experience who wish to develop their skills further. You will draw from a photograph and learn how to build a likeness from broad shapes through to more refined features using a chalk and charcoal. This workshop is an excellent first step before you begin to draw from a live model. You will be guided and supported throughout the day and the techniques that you learn during the workshop will equip you to create your own portrait drawings at home.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/08/2024 -
Tue 27/08/2024
Times:
11:00am - 4:15pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Katie Dexter
Course code:
Q00016825
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Crafts: Card Making

Join us for a creative Card Making course at Parkstone Connect, a vibrant day centre dedicated to adults with learning difficulties. Our welcoming environment fosters creativity and fun. Participants will explore a variety of card-making techniques, including stamping, embossing, and die-cutting, to craft beautiful, personalized cards. Led by experienced tutors, the course provides all materials and offers step-by-step guidance, ensuring everyone can enjoy the process and create stunning cards to share with loved ones. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or a complete beginner, our supportive community is here to help you unleash your artistic potential.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 02/09/2024 -
Mon 18/11/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Tricuro -Parkstone Connect Day Centre (P
Croft Road
Poole
BH12 3LD
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00017321
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

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! You will learn how to Add text to images and apply effects. Customise templates and create a collage. Add animation and save as a video or animated gif for a website.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 02/09/2024 -
Mon 14/10/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00009577
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80