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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Textiles and Fashion: Beginners Sewing

Discover the wonderful world of the sewing with this beginners sewing course. It will help you to develop your craft in textile and fashion. Whether you have studied beginner sewing before or you are completely new to it, You will find value in this sewing course. Develop your skills in sewing, measuring, learning about stiches, and adjustment skills needed to start, make and finish sewing projects,. Improve your knowledge of fabrics too. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your sewing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 19/03/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:45am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00014314
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Art Practical: Mark Making

Mark making is fundamental to many art forms from painting, printing, design work and textile arts. Develop your knowledge of creating expressive marks using both wet and dry media to inform your art work. Just knowing how to hold a brush in different positions will create a broader range of marks. This session will build your skills in mark making using wet and dry media along with a variety of different tools - both commercially produced and your own home made tools! We will explore quality of line, produce texture and create pattern

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 22/03/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Roz Beeson
Course code:
Q00012963
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £9.25

Textiles and Fashion: Don't Throw It, Darn It!

Trying to be sustainable? This is the course for you. I shall be demonstrating (in real time) the dying art of darning - the sort your Grandparents did.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 27/03/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00014300
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55

Craft: Diverse Pottery

This course has been designed to help and encourage you to explore and develop further within your creativity and understanding of the clay building structures, encouraging you to search for new ideas and discover the different hand-building pottery skills, that are involved with make different clay structures, learning the techniques of both functional and sculptural pieces as well as learning several different decorative techniques, allowing you to expand and explore your own decorative clay building styles working within the clay structure, designing and developing your own decorative styles too, using a variety of different colourful paints. There will be lots of discussion, a chance to share knowledge, current skills and ideas. Plus looking into well-known potters who use the different techniques that we will be exploring and discovering within each session, shown throughout the course. This course is also designed to give you the chance and help you to boost your skills of new and different techniques, plus known clay building skill, weather you have worked with clay or not before, join this course with enthusiasm to share and develop your own knowledge and skills of pottery with others, whilst having a fun relaxing time.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00009359
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £55.50

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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:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 08/04/2024
Times:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Healthworks (Easington)
Paradise Lane, Eastington Co,
Easington
SR8 3EX
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00013139
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

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 08/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Lonsdale Community Centre
Lonsdale Road
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL2 0TA
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014108
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Craft: 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 where you can learn with like-minded people.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
George Pearce House
Independent Living Hub
George Pearce House
Minchinhampton
Stroud
GL6 9LA
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014122
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Craft: Explore Mix-Media

This course will encourage you develop new and further different mix-media techniques enabling you to create your own style working with several different art materials, from paints to textural creative items and foliage.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 18/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00009364
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £55.50

Craft: Mixed media for beginners

This course will introduce you to several different mix-media techniques enabling you to develop you own style and understanding of working with a variety of art materials from paints to textural papers or fabrics and other creative items. Touching on the history of mix-media and well-known artists who use the mix-media techniques. Whether you have discovered and worked within mix-media before or are new to this skill, join this course to share and develop your own knowledge and skills with others like-minded people in a safe and friendly space, whilst being led by our talented tutor.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 18/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Springfield's Court
Independent Living Hub
Springsfield's Court
Cam
Dursley
GL11 6PG
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014127
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Art Practical: Relax with Abstract Art

In this course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of abstract art. We'll start by enhancing your ability to recall various abstract art techniques and artists. Next, you'll gain insights into the distinctions between these techniques, enabling you to effectively compare them. Through practical exercises, you'll learn how to apply these techniques, and you'll evaluate their success. Finally, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your newfound skills by independently creating a unique piece using one of the abstract art techniques. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently employ various abstract art techniques and produce your own abstract masterpiece.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 07/05/2024
Times:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00014189
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00