Card Making - learning the basics

Ref: C3128043

Always wanted to create your own greeting cards but never knew where to start, then this course is for you. We will look at the basics: how to select which card for which project, which glue to use for what, and which tools & equipment you actually need to get started. We will investigate places to buy craft items, as well as rummaging through your house to find items you can use to create your cards. Let's explore the history behind greeting cards and papercraft in general; review contemporary ideas and designs, using them to inspire us in the creation of our own pieces. Join this sociable and fun group - enjoy papercraft!

Course aim

Have you ever wanted to create your own greeting cards but not really known where to start or what equipment you actually need, then this course is for you. We will explore together the basics of all things papercraft.

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
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Identify 3 different card folds used to create greeting cards.
  • Identify the role of embellishments in card making.
  • Design and create an original greeting card.
  • Effectively use colours to enhance card design.
  • Use a range of materials and techniques to create an original embellishment.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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 also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Below are just ideas of things you might find useful: A collection of old greeting cards - any occasion. Cardboard boxes flattened- cereal, cornflour, cake, stock cube, etc Material - lace, clean baby wipes, material scraps. Buttons, ribbons, felt pens, kids ink pads, water-colour paints

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • On the Canvas platform before the course starts there will be a more comprehensive list of useful supplies. Also there will be some pre-course 'paperwork' that would be helpful if you could complete prior to course starting so we can get to the fun-stuff quicker :)

What can I do next?

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Card Making - learning the basics

Conditions

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
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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