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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Sewing into Business - Bury

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:
Mon 09/09/2024 -
Mon 02/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
ADAB - The Mosses (Bury)
Cecil Street
Bury
BL9 0SB
Tutor:
Nasim Younis
Course code:
Q00016055
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £225.00

Textiles and Fashion: Upcycling

Come and join a new course aimed at beginner sewers. No previous experience of the sewing machine is necessary. We will start with getting used to the machine and making a simple pin cushion. This will also make us think about what fabric we can recycle and use up all the little scraps of fabric you may have from previous projects. Using recycled materials not only helps in reducing waste but also sparks creativity by encouraging you to think outside the box.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 10/09/2024 -
Tue 26/11/2024
Times:
11:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00016241
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Craft: Exploring Andamento in Mosaics Ancient & Modern - Advanced

Enhance your mosaic making skills to a higher level. You will be learning from the ancients! Analysing and recreating elements of traditional masterpieces will help you understand the principles of cutting and laying used centuries ago. You will find that these techniques will be beneficial in your mosaic practice today. In addition, you will be encouraged to research contemporary styles of Andamento using less traditional materials and use your knowledge to create a unique design.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 10/09/2024 -
Tue 26/11/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Sophie Robins Mosaics (Nottingham)
unit 6 Hartley House
Hucknall Road
Nottingham
NG5 1FD
Tutor:
Sophie Robins
Course code:
Q00015902
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Craft: Making Books

Want to be able to make your own books? Then this is the course for you. By the end of the course you will know what terms such as signature and gsm mean. You will be able to recycle unwanted paper into new paper to use in a book. You will learn how pages can be stitched together to create a book. You will understand how different types of books can be made from the simplest, using one piece of paper, to a covered hardback book. You will also learn how fabric can be used to make a book and what a memory book is and how to make one.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 10/09/2024 -
Tue 03/12/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
13 sessions
Location:
St Ives Library (St. Ives)
Gabriel Street
St. Ives
TR26 2LX
Tutor:
Jo McIntosh
Course code:
Q00016759
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £109.20

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Art Practical: Studio Practice, Sketchbook Focus - Starting Small

During this friendly course, you will collect your artistic ideas in sketchbook form. You will use drawing, painting, collage, note taking and sticking in reference and inspirational material. You will begin to generate your own personal visual language as a starting point for larger work. This course will encourage you to consider the many themes, concepts and artists that resonate with you. The Sketchbook is a useful tool for the artist to offload their many artistic ideas and influences and try out new techniques and materials. This can be used in the safe space created in the classroom, or wherever you go.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 11/09/2024 -
Wed 11/12/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:30pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Exeter Phoenix (Exeter)
Bradninch Place
Gandy Street
Exeter
EX4 3LS
Tutor:
Sarah John
Course code:
Q00016828
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £136.50

Practical Art: Drawing, Painting and Going Big - Exploring Materials and Techniques

During this friendly course, you will be using your sketchbook and art practice as a starting point. You will have the opportunity to gain more confidence in your unique artwork by trying out different materials and techniques to create bigger scale work. You will be able to use the creative experiments carried out in your sketchbooks and on paper to progress your art practice using your preferred techniques and materials. By the end of this course, the many techniques, materials, themes, concepts and artists that influence your artwork will be crystallised in your more finished pieces.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 11/09/2024 -
Wed 11/12/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
Exeter Phoenix (Exeter)
Bradninch Place
Gandy Street
Exeter
EX4 3LS
Tutor:
Sarah John
Course code:
Q00016831
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £136.50

Art Practical: Arts and Crafts for Health and Wellbeing

The purpose of this course is to support your individual health and wellbeing and to help you gain confidence. You will be given an opportunity to learn new skills and techniques from a range of different types of art and craft. For example, painting stones, glass, wood, and dream catchers. You will use a variety of different resources and medias such as wool, fabrics, and jars. You will learn about the development of the different arts and crafts that we enjoy today. You will also learn about and gain insight into how different techniques and skills have evolved in certain crafts.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 11/09/2024 -
Wed 11/12/2024
Times:
10:00am - 2:30pm
Duration:
14 sessions
Location:
NST Hub (North Somerset Training Communi
31 Alexandra Parade
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1QZ
Tutor:
Rebecca Williams
Course code:
Q00016838
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £226.80

Craft: Hand Clay Pottery

This course is designed for you to develop your creative side and use your previous clay hand-building techniques to progress to an intermediate level, plus a chance explore the different decorative styles working with Clay. By the end of the course you should have lots of different pottery pieces and different pottery skills. You will be in a group with others and led by a talented Arts and Crafts tutor. Your work will be taken away and fired in a kiln by the tutor and it will be yours to keep!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 11/09/2024 -
Wed 16/10/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Coopers Court
Church Street
Charlton Kings
Cheltenham
South West
GL53 8AP
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00016896
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 11/09/2024 -
Wed 27/11/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00015871
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £81.40

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 11/09/2024 -
Wed 27/11/2024
Times:
9:00am - 11:00am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00015870
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40