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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Art Practical: Gel Plate Printing

Gel plate printing is a form of mono printing. It is a fun, exciting and modern way of making prints without a press. It is highly addictive and can be used to produce vibrant, multi layered and exciting pieces of art work. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different techniques during the session with the opportunity to discuss your work and ideas. You can use a commercial gelatine print plate or make your own with the recipe and instructions given.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 01/03/2024 -
Fri 01/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Roz Beeson
Course code:
Q00012823
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £9.25

Beginners Photo Editing

Sometimes you get that perfect shot. The lighting is right, the exposure is perfect, and the composition is balanced. Until you notice a stranger lurking in the background of the photo that throws everything off. Not to worry, there are tools that can help you erase photobombers without leaving a trace! This photo editing course teaches you how to end up with that perfect snap every time. If you enjoy photography or creating images, this course is for you.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 01/03/2024 -
Fri 01/03/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Comfrey Project (Gateshead)
Chester Place
Gateshead
NE8 1QB
Tutor:
Damien Wootten
Course code:
Q00012669
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Art Practical: Relax with Mark Making

In this course, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of mark-making techniques. We'll start by exploring how to use your pencil to make marks. Next, you'll gain insights into the distinctions of different mark-making techniques, enabling you to compare and contrast them effectively. Through practical exercises, you'll learn how to apply these techniques and you'll evaluate their success in different contexts. Finally, you'll be able to opportunity to showcase your newfound skills by independently creating a unique piece using mark-making techniques. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently mark-making techniques and produce your own compelling artwork.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 02/04/2024
Times:
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Abbie Cairns
Course code:
Q00014143
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Practical: Abstract Art

Learning about Abstract Art is a fascinating and rewarding topic; it tracks an evolving story looking at different ages, from 19th Century innovators such as JMW Turner, through to Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Modernism in general, right up to the 21st Century. This course will also introduce you to some lesser known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. Inspired by these examples, shown at the beginning of each lesson in an interactive visual presentation, we will develop skills in a range of drawing and painting media, including drawing inks, chalk and oil pastels, watercolour, acrylic, collage and mixed media. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 10/04/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013200
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

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Art Practical: Abstracting Spring Landscapes

Learning about Abstract Landscape Art is a fascinating and rewarding topic; it tracks an evolving story looking at different ages, from 19th Century innovators such as JMW Turner, through to Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Modernism in general, right up to the 21st Century. This course will also introduce you to some lesser known female artists who have been formerly neglected by the art establishment. Inspired by these examples, shown at the beginning of each lesson in an interactive visual presentation, we will develop skills in a range of drawing and painting media, including drawing inks, chalk and oil pastels, watercolour, acrylic, collage and mixed media. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 10/04/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013205
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Art Practical: Learn to Paint Portraits

For many prospective art students the thought of learning to paint a portrait is quite daunting, in fact some would say it is their nemesis! However, challenging yourself to confront this can be incredibly rewarding. The first time you achieve something akin to a real, convincing likeness is quite thrilling, and rest assured, it is a taught skill. This course is structured so you will learn skills of proportion, perspective, line, tone, and colour mixing and be able to clearly analyse requirements for the task. This course is for complete beginners and those looking to improve their skills and develop their own style.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 10/04/2024
Times:
9:00am - 10:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Abi Kremer
Course code:
Q00013475
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Crafts: Mothers Day Flower arranging workshop

This is a FREE workshop for everyone to celebrate the special women in your life by joining us for a delightful Mother's Day flower arranging workshop! This hands-on experience will guide you through the art of creating stunning floral arrangements, perfect for gifting or adorning your own home. Whether you're a seasoned florist or a novice enthusiast, this workshop promises to inspire creativity and foster a deeper appreciation for the beauty of flowers. Materials will be provided, but if you have a special type of flower you would like to include, please bring them along and your tutor will support you will including them into your arrangement.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 06/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Greenhills Centre Wheatley Hill (Wheatle
Stephens Terrace
Wheatley Hull
Wheatley Hill
DH6 3JS
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00014187
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Art Practical: Painting with Acrylics

Acrylic paint is an incredibly versatile medium. We will look at the properties of this medium, mixing of own colours and different ways of application to a paper or board ground. The session will be an experimental, hands-on approach to the use of acrylics that will inform and develop your own practice. You will produce examples of mark making, produce an ‘underpainting’ and maybe start a painting to be completed in your own time.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 08/03/2024 -
Fri 08/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Roz Beeson
Course code:
Q00012831
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £9.25

Performing Arts & Dance: Let's All Go to the Music Hall

This Day School will explore the world of music hall. It will cover a history of the genre which began in the nineteenth century and will use both live performance and archive material to illustrate important themes. Particular reference will be made to the Player's Theatre in London which keeps the art form of music hall alive to this day. The tutor is an experienced music hall performer and as well as discussing the history will be performing musical interludes live. There will also be an opportunity for students to learn and perform famous music hall songs for themselves.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 13/03/2024 -
Wed 13/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Dedham Sports Club (Colchester)
Southsheilds
Dedham
Colchester
co7 6ah
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013812
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.00

Art Practical: Print Making - Make your own Print Blocks

A hand crafted greeting card is a pleasure to receive! Learn how to design and make your unique print blocks from a surface called neoprene. It is a surface that is easy to cut and work with and one that gives good print results. You will produce your own blocks and develop your print making skills in an easy but effective way, building up layers of colour and imagery. Outcomes are suitable to produce gift cards, journaling, maybe print onto a piece of fabric, and many more!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 15/03/2024 -
Fri 15/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Roz Beeson
Course code:
Q00012832
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £9.25