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Our arts and crafts classes are great places to be able to learn a new skill and develop your artistic talent in new directions as well as meet and work alongside others with similar interests. Our brilliant tutors are often professional artists who focus on supporting each individual in the class. Photography, jewellery making, textiles and fashion are all subjects we offer, alongside sculpture, practical art and a wide range of crafts.

Level 1 Award in Creative Craft – Textiles View details

This is an accredited course. You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short initial assessment activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464 On this course you will undertake a textiles project to produce a design of your own choice with support and guidance from your tutor. You will explore the properties and characteristics of different materials and develop your use of tools and equipment for working with selected materials. You will also learn about health and safety procedures. When you have completed your project, you will have the opportunity to review it and share it with the group.

Drawing for the Terrified with Karen Davies View details

Think you can't draw but always wanted to have a go and don't know where to start? This course will introduce the basics and get you drawing.

Art for All with Karen Davies View details

This friendly and relaxed course will provide the opportunity for you to develop your painting and drawing skills as well as your knowledge and appreciation of art. This course is designed for all levels and abilities with individual guidance from the tutor to develop your own interests and projects. We will cover the fundamentals of painting and drawing according to your level of experience through drawing, looking at tone, colour theory, and techniques in a variety of media.

Knitting for Improvers View details

This course will cover the next steps in knitting beyond the basics. It is aimed at those with limited experience and those wishing to extend their skills and experience

Smash Your Stash - Revisited View details

What can you do with all the pieces of patterned paper and card left over from other projects? On this course we will look at some unusual ways we can use them to create beautiful and unique greeting cards. Your scraps can be large or small, from the same paper pad or just the same or a contrasting colour it doesn’t matter as our aim is to 'smash your stash' and use up your scraps.

Botanical Illustration: Working Through the Spectrum View details

Botanical paintings in watercolour with the theme of learning about colours in the rainbow spectrum. Using the wide choice available in Summer we will take a separate colour each couple of weeks and create work related to the relevant plants and flowers. This will also widen knowledge of the range of watercolour paints and what they are capable of.

Sewing and Dressmaking: Design, Fit and Make View details

This course is designed to be interactive and for you to complete your work in the sessions. Using a body template, let your creative juices flow to design your own fashion! You will explore pattern techniques that link with your designs. You can design any garment you like such as trousers, tops, jackets or dresses. Let your imagination go and we will bring your 2D design to a 3D realisation. There will be demonstrations for the group and for individuals. You will get tutor support and encouragement throughout your course and you can use the time to create as many designs as you want. You can work at your own pace and record your processes and techniques with photographs and annotations on a Padlet board. You can work in half-scale or full-scale patterns to experiment with your designs, and you will produce a full-scale pattern to toile up and fit.

Jewellery Making View details

This course offers the opportunity to design and make your own beautiful, individual Jewellery from precious and non-precious metals. You can enjoy learning new skills while creating beautiful items of Jewellery for yourself, as presents or to sell. Things Covered in the Course: How to use all the tools and equipment in the workshop Cutting/piercing, filing, sanding your work Soldering metal Cleaning, polishing and finishing Jewellery Selection and purchase of precious and non-precious metals Designing your own Jewellery NOTE: It is possible to work entirely in copper on this course, which will considerably reduce your costs. It is estimated that in copper your materials will cost below £30, but in Silver the cost will be substantially more depending on your designs. If you are on a low household income you may be able to claim this cost back via our Discretionary Learner Support fund (please ask for further details)

Beginners Free-Motion Embroidery with Artist Ruth Parkinson-Johns View details

Learn about Free-Motion stitching, how to embroider with your sewing machine. These are practical sessions with live demonstrations where you will be given plenty of tips, guidance and advice on how to use Free-Machine Embroidery. There will be a number of exercises to guide you through the process of setting up your machine, and plenty of encouragement and support to develop the confidence and inspiration to Free-Motion stitch Patterns and Shapes. See what's possible - follow Ruth's stunning work: website: https://www.rooparkinsontextiles.co.uk or instagram@rooparkinsonartist

Jewellery Making View details

This course offers the opportunity to design and make your own beautiful, individual Jewellery from precious and non-precious metals. You can enjoy learning new skills while creating beautiful items of Jewellery for yourself, as presents or to sell. Things Covered in the Course: How to use all the tools and equipment in the workshop Cutting/piercing, filing, sanding your work Soldering metal Cleaning, polishing and finishing Jewellery Selection and purchase of precious and non-precious metals Designing your own Jewellery NOTE: It is possible to work entirely in copper on this course, which will considerably reduce your costs. It is estimated that in copper your materials will cost below £30, but in Silver the cost will be substantially more depending on your designs. If you are on a low household income you may be able to claim this cost back via our Discretionary Learner Support fund (please ask for further details)