Explore the Potential of Paper (Crafts)

Ref: C3679248

This online, interactive, creative & fun course will include discussion, tutor introduction, demonstration & practical crafting to create beautiful & useful items, all from the simplest paper which might otherwise go to waste. Think about how a few simple but creative techniques can transform waste paper into fabulous items of many kinds such as bags, baskets, bowls, coasters, table mats, bookmarks, wall art, sculptures or beads & jewellery! Processes of crafting with paper are often found to be therapeutic & relaxing but can sometimes also be exploratory or challenging! This may include rolling, coiling, threading, quilling, basketry, weaving, folding & pulping. Old paper can create an unique, interesting finish for projects, but you could also paint & add to your creations in any way you wish. Please bring old paper (or new if you prefer) - old magazines, brochures, newspapers / junk mail, scissors & glue to week 1 when we will begin coiling projects & choose further projects.

Course aim

To explore creative techniques to transform paper into useful & beautiful objects. Projects will be ideal for upcycling waste paper, but not just through simple children's crafts - we will cut, pleat, fold, coil, roll, weave & apply in unusual ways.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify at least 3 different ways of crafting with paper and discuss possible projects and outcomes of interest
  • Demonstrate the safe and creative use of at least 3 different craft techniques or processes to transform paper creatively
  • Discuss design considerations in project planning and completion, including: colour, shape, scale, pattern
  • Recognise how paper measurement and shape affects the elements created
  • Complete and present at least two projects successfully, considering finish and useability

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Please collect any paper which you would like to use for crafting during the course. For week 1 please bring: Paper to cut up - pages from old magazines, brochures, newspapers / junkmail Ruler, scissors, glue (pritt stick & / or PVA) A pencil / pen may also be helpful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Explore the Potential of Paper (Crafts)

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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