Crafts and Cardmaking
A short taster course, introducing easy to intermediate card and craft making techniques and skills. Involving experimentation with mixed media and the sharing of ideas within a comfortable and friendly environment.This course will offer encouragement and support, involving group feedback and self reflection to build confidence and support personal growth.
To provide a brief introduction to cultural crafts and card making, involving take home projects. The aims of this course are to find the inner artist and inspire creativity, whilst increasing confidence and mindfulness - all whilst having fun!
Who is the course for?
Any person with a desire to learn various craft techniques. No prior experience required. However, some dexterity may be required to manage more detailed work.
What topics will this course cover
Following seasonal themes and associated culture, a variety of card making techniques and craft skills will be offered. Card and paper craft skills include: quilling, origami, parchment craft, iris folding, gift box making, and caligraphy. Craft skills include: felting, tin lamp making, textile flower corsages, t-shirt yarn making, paper plate roses, pom pom craft and wreath making. The origins of these crafts will relate to the cultural aspect and the skills the course offers promote social enterprise and life long learning.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Recognise and describe a variety of craft and card making techniques. 2. Apply or use the above techniques confidently. 3. Share experiences and design ideas with course members. 4. Keep a regular craft journal through writing and visual representation, or both. 5. Be able to critique own work and reflect on personal progress.
How will I know I'm making progress?
Students will be required to self -evaluate and engage in the giving and receiving of group feedback. Tutor assessment will be a continual process and will provide opportunity for improvement. Achievement will be logged each week in individual journals. Ultimately there will be a comparison between the original learning level with the end of course progress.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Please bring each week a notebook and pen for use as a craft journal - to record own design ideas and other information relevant to the course. It may also be useful to bring a folder for ongoing work, week to week. Other recyclable materials may be required, however this will be discussed in the first session.
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What could the course lead to?
The potential for students to build on existing skills and develop new craft knowledge by attending further courses. Students should confidently be able to make gifts for friends, family and home, using new and recycled materials.