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: 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:
Sat 22/06/2024 -
Sat 22/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014494
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

Textiles and Fashion: Level 1 Dressmaking

Join us and learn the fundamentals of dressmaking in this exciting 18-hour course. Explore essential techniques such as pattern drafting, fabric selection, cutting, stitching, and finishing. Discover how to use a sewing machine effectively and confidently. Gain insights into garment construction, fitting, and alterations. Develop your skills in creating various garment types, from skirts and tops to dresses and more. Unlock the secrets of professional finishing touches, including zippers, hems, and closures. Whether you're a beginner or seeking to refine your abilities, this course provides the perfect platform to unleash your creativity and craft beautiful garments with precision and style.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 24/06/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Clovelly Centre (Southampton)
60-68 Clovelly Road
Southampton
SO14 0AU
Tutor:
Tracey Sweetman
Course code:
Q00013980
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

Textiles and Fashion: Intermediate Soft Furnishing (Multiply)

Discover the wonderful world of sewing and Intermediate soft furnishing. It will help you to develop your craft in textile and soft furnishing. Whether you have studied basic sewing before or you are completely new to it, you will find value in this sewing course. Develop your skills to Improve the sewing, measuring and adjustment skills needed to make and finish soft furnishing projects, and improve your knowledge of fabrics. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your sewing journey today by registering for this course and discover where your sewing journey takes you!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00014470
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Express Yourself with Creative Art for Mindfulness

Join us to unleash your creativity and develop your creative skills. This day workshop will give you the opportunity to explore creative themes and ideas to inspire inventive response using a range of mediums to suit the project and your preference . Join us to immerse yourself in a day of creativity and be inspired. Learners will be encouraged to develop and share ideas within the session. Whatever your creative level or direction this workshop 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:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House
1 Park Street
Lincoln
LN1 1UR
Tutor:
Rachel Holland-Hargreaves
Course code:
Q00014845
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

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Mindfulness Mandalas - (West Sussex Multiply)

PLEASE NOTE - this course is provided strictly for West Sussex residents who live in a West Sussex postcode. If you do not live in West Sussex, please look at alternative courses - thanks for your understanding. 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! This course offers a unique blend of artistic expression and mathematical discovery. Participants explore mandala design, discovering symmetry, geometric shapes, and spatial reasoning while creating beautiful patterns. The course provides a serene environment for mindfulness practice, fostering relaxation and focus. By infusing mathematics into mandala crafting, students develop mathematical fluency and problem-solving skills. Join us for a transformative journey of creativity and mathematical exploration.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Joanne Liddle
Course code:
Q00015964
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Art Practical: Art and Nature

This day course for nature lovers offers a unique opportunity for individuals with a passion for nature to express their love for the land through art. The course welcomes participants of all skill levels, with no prior artistic experience required. This course will be a friendly and supportive environment, fostering a sense of community among like-minded individuals. Participants will have the chance to explore various ways of deepening their connection with nature through creative expression. The emphasis is not just on creating art but on the entire process of connecting with the natural environment. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos sketch book work, writing, just seeing and collecting things! Later in the day using the resources we have gathered to create art.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Davies
Course code:
Q00014491
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.90

Arts & Crafts: Bargello Bookmarks (Multiply West Sussex)

*Please note - this course is provided exclusively for residents of West Sussex* This course has been designed to introduce the historical technique of Bargello needlework embroidery. The course is suitable for beginners who will be stitching for the first time all the way to improvers to advanced who have a basic knowledge of hand embroidery and would like to add to their practise by applying stitch techniques and developing patterns in a new and creative way. The session will begin with the introduction of bargello and its practical application before moving onto starting the project creation. The practical part of the session will be in three sections, beginning with measuring and cutting the base for your bookmark, choosing or creating your design and finally stitching your beautiful bookmark. At the end of the course every person will be able to see other projects that can be completed using the knowledge and techniques used and learnt in the session. The aim of the course is to create a bookmark that not only looks brilliant and is designed/adapted and made by you but will also serve a purpose. Materials will be provided for your bookmarks and the sessions will include use of technology to show different patterns/techniques and images of completed projects.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 26/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Southwick Community Centre (Brighton)
24 Southwick Street
Southwick
Brighton
BN42 4TE
Tutor:
Alice Lynden
Course code:
Q00015973
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Photography: Finding inspiration through Photography

This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, hands-on shooting assignments, group discussions, and critiques. Participants will have access to photography equipment, tools, and resources for completing assignments. Assignments will include both structured exercises to build technical skills and independent projects to encourage creative exploration. Topics covered will include understanding different genres of photography, exploring diverse photographic styles and techniques, harnessing creativity through observation and experimentation, and developing a personal photographic vision. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating a deeper connection with one's surroundings, embracing curiosity, and honing the ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 28/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Donnison School (Sunderland)
The Donnison School Buildings
Church Walk
Sunderland
SR1 2BJ
Tutor:
Susan Jones
Course code:
Q00014758
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Art Practical: Drawing from Nature

Drawing from Nature: A One-Day Course at Bournemouth National Science Society Immerse yourself in the captivating world of natural artistry with our one-day "Drawing from Nature" course, proudly taking place at the Bournemouth National Science Society. This unique experience invites you to explore the intricate beauty of the natural world through the lens of art. In this intensive workshop, you will be guided by an experienced artist to hone your observational skills and artistic techniques. The course is designed to cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned artists, ensuring a supportive and enriching learning environment for everyone.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 28/06/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Bournemouth Natural Science Society (Bou
39 Christchurch Road
Bournemouth
BH1 3NS
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00015417
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

Textiles and Fashion: Intermediate Dressmaking (Multiply)

Discover the wonderful world of the sewing with this sewing course. It will help you to develop your craft in textile and fashion. Whether you have studied basic or intermediate sewing before, you will find value in this sewing course. Develop your skills to improve the sewing, measuring and adjustment skills needed to make and finish dress making garments, and improve your knowledge of fabrics. 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:
Mon 01/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Gayton House (London)
Chiltern Road
London
E3 4BX
Tutor:
Mona Nashed
Course code:
Q00014421
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free