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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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Craft: Beginners' Sustainable Sewing - Small Sewing Projects

If you are a beginner sewer and would like to get started with some small, easy projects, come and join this new course. 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 how to use up all the little scraps of fabric you may have and are not sure what to do with. You will find that many useful and decorative items can be created at home using materials you already have instead of buying new.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 24/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 2:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Rebecca Spear
Course code:
Q00014437
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £122.10

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 03/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Lonsdale Community Centre
Lonsdale Road
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL2 0TA
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014104
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Art Practical: Beginners' - Watercolour Painting

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 skills to find practices that soothe you. This watercolour painting course can help you find a relaxing hobby.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
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:
Q00014026
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Art Practical: Beginners' - Drawing Course

This drawing course is for beginners who wish to find out about the basic skills of drawing. The course content will cover a range of drawing techniques whilst investigating the qualities of the drawing materials. You will learn about expressive mark-making, quick timed sketching, contour drawing, tonal drawing whilst recording from primary and secondary resources. You will be discovering the importance of line, tone, cross hatching, shape, pattern, and texture and how to scale up using a grid system. You will be using a variety of media which will include, pencils, fine liners, chalk, and charcoal pencils.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Victoria Park The Green House
Victoria Park
Anglesea Road
Portsmouth
PO1 3HJ
Tutor:
Janice Parfoot
Course code:
Q00014027
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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Art Practical: Learn to Draw Animals

We will learn how to paint chosen animal portraits (students can get to paint their own pets, or those of friends) using line, tone, colour and perspective in coloured chalk pastel, acrylic and watercolour. Advice on buying art materials will be given, but please have chalk pastels and coloured pastel paper (can be brown wrapping paper, or scrap book) available for the first lesson. If buying from new I recommend Inscribe half sticks as they are good value. Artists studied will be Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Holman Hunt, Lucian Freud and countless other contemporary examples. Learn the rewarding skill of painting animal portraits - achieve an ability to create a likeness, while developing your own style in a friendly supportive atmosphere.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013912
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Introduction to Abstract Art

We will learn how to make abstract art that is unique and experimental, using chalk pastels, watercolour, acrylics, mixed media, and collage. Develop skills in all these media including brushwork and colour mixing. Artists studied will include JMW Turner, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Hilma af Klint, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and countless contemporary artists. You will also be introduced to some lesser-known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. A stimulating course which will help you will develop/improve your skills and creative thinking. Have fun and make art in a friendly like-minded group.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013914
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Abstracting Summer Landscapes

We will learn how to make abstract summer landscape art inspired by the world around you (and weather!), that is unique and experimental, using chalk pastels, watercolour, acrylics, mixed media and collage, developing drawing and painting techniques. Artists studied will include JMW Turner, Monet, Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse, Mondrian, Hilma af Klint, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lee Krasner and countless contemporary artists. This course will also introduce you to some lesser-known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. Have fun, develop your skills, and make art in a friendly like-minded group, inspired by this wonderful time of year.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 10/07/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013916
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Craft: Hand Clay

From beginner to intermediate this course is designed for you to develop your creative side and have a go at developing different clay hand-building techniques, 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 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Community Hub
Fairmead
Cam
Dursley
South West
GL11 5JS
Tutor:
Victoria Hendzel
Course code:
Q00014016
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Art Practical: A short introduction to Mindful Doodling

Mindfulness through creative doodling – a short taster course for beginners to have a go and learn some simple doodling techniques that can help you to relax. Enjoy creativity in the moment without worrying about making mistakes or feeling pressured to succeed as there is no ‘right’ way and no mistakes. The marks you make are part of a process of relaxation and not a measurement of success, so you can enjoy the process of doodling without the need to compare your results with others. Follow simple step-by-step instructions and have a go. This is a relaxing and enjoyable course for beginners.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Tutor:
Nikki England
Course code:
Q00014455
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

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:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 11/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Bethany House
St Clements Gardens
Boscombe
South West
BH1 4ED
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013995
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80