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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Crafts: 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? On this 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 10/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Tutor:
Trudi Price
Course code:
Q00013901
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £38.85

Craft: Express Yourself With Creative Art

Join us to unleash your creativity and develop your skills in mediums of your choice to respond to the projects. This course will give you the opportunity to explore a range of themes and ideas which will inspire creative responses using a range of mediums to suit subject and preference. Join us to be inspired & creative. Learners will develop and share ideas within the sessions. Whatever your creative direction this course is designed to inspire and guide you to develop your creative confidence. Discover how the enjoyment of creative art can be creatively enjoyable and beneficial for well-being.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 20/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Rachel Holland-Hargreaves
Course code:
Q00013101
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Art Practical: Art for Wellbeing

Are you looking for a relaxing course 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 art therapy with this course and enjoy art for relaxation. This mindful art course allows you to explore your art skills to find practices that soothe you.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Hinckley Pathways (Hinckley)
Hinckley Baptist Church
Baptist Walk
Hinckley
LE10 1PR
Tutor:
Beatrice Bishop
Course code:
Q00014329
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £109.20

Textiles and Fashion: Applique

This practical online workshop offers learners the opportunity to explore the textile art of Appliqué. This is a decorative textile process where small pieces of fabric are applied to another, larger piece. We will use the theme of flowers as a starting point and use hand stitch to hold the pieces together. You will begin to produce a painterly style image using fabrics as your palette of colours. You can produce a small sample piece during the session or the piece started may be finished in your own time after the session ends. It would be helpful if you have some experience of applique, but demonstrations and guidance will be provided by the tutor.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 12/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Roz Beeson
Course code:
Q00012926
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £9.25

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Art Practical: Therapeutic Art

This course is aim at health and wellbeing, and gentle introduction to building confidence in art, learning how to draw and create simple shape and form drawings using in art Therapeutic art techniques and processes. Each session is aimed to create a relaxed atmosphere and we will do some breathing calming techniques. This 8-week course is designed to build your confidence in drawing art techniques. You will be following step by step instructions each week from the tutor learning how to balance and measure a drawing to fit on A4 paper. You will learn how follow instructions with folding paper and using measurements to create shapes and patterns.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 24/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Tutor:
Nicola Tarlton-Weatherall
Course code:
Q00013544
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

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:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 24/05/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Ethicare (Durham)
Southbrook House, Church Vale
High Pittington
Durham
DH6 1AH
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00013328
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Art Practical: Improvers Drawing and Painting: Still Life

This Improvers course offers a comprehensive exploration of practical drawing and painting techniques with a specific focus on still life compositions. Through a series of hands-on exercises and projects, students will develop their artistic skills and gain a deeper understanding of the principles and elements of art. In a supportive and collaborative environment, participants will learn to observe and capture the essence of still life objects using various drawing and painting mediums. Through a combination of demonstrations, discussions, and individualized feedback, students will refine their abilities to render form, texture, and light with accuracy and sensitivity.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013803
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Art Practical: Exploring Drawing and Painting: Still Life

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of practical drawing and painting techniques with a specific focus on still life compositions. Through a series of hands-on exercises and projects, students will develop their artistic skills and gain a deeper understanding of the principles and elements of art. In a supportive and collaborative environment, participants will learn to observe and capture the essence of still life objects using various drawing and painting mediums. Through a combination of demonstrations, discussions, and individualized feedback, students will refine their abilities to render form, texture, and light with accuracy and sensitivity.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Springbourne Library Community Room (Bou
297A Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8BX
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013804
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

Textiles and Fashion: Victorian Style Embroidered Patchwork

If you would like to learn a new sewing skill that combines Hand Embroidery and small patchwork fabric placement, then this the course is for you. The course is aimed at improvers that already have a basic knowledge of hand embroidery and would like to combine basic and intermediate stitch techniques. The techniques you will learn are based on the beautiful historical decorative embroidered quilts from the 1800’s where the style started. You will have the opportunity to hand piece together a colourful fabric background square and let loose your creativity to embellish the seams with freestyle hand embroidery stitches.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Tutor:
Trudi Price
Course code:
Q00013904
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £66.60

Craft: Hand Clay

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:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 14/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Concord Independent Living Hub
Concord
Nailsworth
Stroud
GL6 0DQ
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014131
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60