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.

Show your creativity

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: 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:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014497
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

Craft: Hand Embroider a Summer Flowers Wreath

Do you have basic hand embroidery skills, but would like more confidence to use them in the creation of your own decorative designs? During this online course you will learn how to design a basic floral wreath using summer flowers as inspiration, learn several new stitches and apply them to your design. The course is great for beginners and improvers who would like to increase their knowledge of hand embroidery and mix up basic and intermediate stitch techniques. You will have the opportunity create your design for the summer floral wreath and apply the embroidery stitches you will be learning during the course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Trudi Price
Course code:
Q00014499
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £38.85

Landscape Drawing and Painting, Beginners

This exciting introduction to landscape drawing and painting gives you a great opportunity to explore and experiment with a range of media: charcoal, soft pastels and acrylic paint. We’ll take inspiration from our own favourite environments as well as looking at works by renowned landscape artists and consider how landscape art has evolved. Your tutor will guide and support you throughout the learning process. Join us to gain confidence, start or develop your landscape painting journey and find the style of working which suits you.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Location:
Template
WEA
Course code:
P00000071
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Beginners' - Art for ESOL

This Art for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course is a 4-week watercolour painting course for anyone wanting to learn or improve their painting skills. You will learn how to draw and paint within a group of like-minded people. Guidance and support are offered throughout the course from our talented tutor, to develop your artistic skills. You will also have the opportunity to connect with and support others in a friendly classroom environment and improve your English conversational skills. No previous skills in watercolours are needed to join this group.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
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:
Q00014023
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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12 months
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Art Practical: Art and About - Sketching and Watercolour in London Parks

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! Have you always been afraid to draw outside in public? This course will give you confidence to sketch outside with tips on how to draw quick sketches of moving people from location in London Parks starting in Regents’ Park Rose Garden; there will be sketching and watercolour demonstrations, combined with drawing theory, showing ways to use a variety of materials and different styles of drawing from thumb nail sketching to building up a final composition . In session two we will work in St James Park ; bringing out Watercolour and fine liner techniques to add to your art skills, tackling geese, trees , people and the lake.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Regents Park Queen Elizabeth Rose Garden
Regents Park
London
NW1 4NR
Tutor:
Joy Girvin
Course code:
Q00014325
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £20.00

Textiles and Fashion: ‘Unmentionables’ – A history of underwear through the ages

Explore the captivating evolution of fashion with our course, "Unmentionables." This journey takes us from the earliest evidence and references through to the present day. Looking at diaries, fashion plates and other contemporary sources we will explore the influences which have shaped clothing and underwear trends. How did the clothing of the elite differ from of everyone else? We will also be considering how the industrial revolution and the changing role of women affects underwear. And lastly what about today what are the ethical and sustainability issues we have to consider? Join us to find out more

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 08/06/2024 -
Sat 08/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00014202
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Art Practical: Learn to Draw Portraits

For many prospective art students, the thought of learning to draw a portrait is quite daunting, in fact some would say it is their nemesis! However, challenging yourself to confront this can be incredibly rewarding. The first time you achieve something akin to a real, convincing likeness is quite thrilling, and rest assured, it is a taught skill. This course is structured so you will learn skills of proportion, perspective, line, tone, and colour and be able to clearly analyse requirements for the task. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00014352
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Relax With Line Drawing

In this course, you will use line drawing as a way to relax by developing a comprehensive understanding of line drawing techniques. We'll start by enhancing your ability to recall various line drawing methods. Next, you'll gain insights into the distinctions between these techniques, enabling you to effectively compare and contrast them. Through practical exercises, you'll learn how to apply these techniques, and you'll evaluate their success in different contexts. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your newfound skills by independently creating a unique piece using one of the line drawing techniques. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently employ various line drawing techniques, produce your own compelling artwork and how to use drawing as relaxation

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/06/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00014696
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

Textiles and Fashion: Followers of Fashion- Making Clothing in the Seventeenth Century

Fashion reflects the influence of politics, trade, social exchange and foreign encounter. In this course, we will explore the changing fashions of seventeenth-century Britain. Alongside sessions that consider the history of fashion are practical, hands-on sessions that explore the materials used, and construction techniques employed by makers of the period. You may not be an expert by the end, but you will have first-hand understanding of how, and with what, clothing of the 17th century was made. Learners will come away with a folder of textile samples, weaving cards, and a piece that they have worked.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 15/06/2024 -
Sat 15/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Mary's University (Twickenham)
Waldegrave Road
Twickenham
TW1 4SX
Tutor:
Amy Miller
Course code:
Q00014487
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £55.00

Craft: Mindfulness Mandalas

Join us in this fun and relaxing online course, where you will earn to create beautiful, complex mandala patterns and apply them to various surfaces to embellish items such as plain cards, notebook and coasters, using just simple pens and/or pencils. You will be astounded when you see the complexity of patterns that you can achieve just from combining a few very basic pattern motifs and exploiting the art of mindful repetition. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can allow your creativity to take over and you will discover which are your favourite motifs whether they’re floral rhythmic or geometric, or a mixture of all!

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 16/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00014357
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.80