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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.

Alterations & Customizing Further Techniques View details

This course will develop you skills and interest in up-cycling, customising and altering clothes. We will learn lots of different techniques to rejuvenate garments. Bring along old clothes and your imagination!

Art for All View details

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for drawing and painting. Working in different art media, students may learn about drawing materials, paper and canvases, brushes and painting knives and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students will be encouraged and supported to develop their choices and to research and source their own subject matter, perhaps choosing to paint in a narrative style, reflecting personal experiences. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.

Art for Wellbeing View details

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for drawing and painting. Working in different art media, students may learn about drawing materials, paper and canvases, brushes and painting knives and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students will be encouraged and supported to develop their choices and to research and source their own subject matter, perhaps choosing to paint in a narrative style, reflecting personal experiences. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.

Art Workshop for Beginners View details

Come to this dynamic, fun workshop which will introduce you to some different approaches to drawing in a supportive environment. The emphasis will be on the journey rather than the finished product. By experimenting with a range of simple techniques and a variety of materials you will discover the importance of play in stimulating the imagination, and making mistakes as part of the creative process.

Art: An Introduction to Abstract Painting View details

We will explore different methods for creating abstract paintings, learning from 20th century modern artists to create exciting, experimental work.

Art: Landscapes in Acrylics View details

This course is intended for students with some experience of producing a painting (perhaps in watercolours, pastels or oils). We will explore observation, imagination, atmosphere and personal response to create explorative and evocative paintings on a reasonably large scale (60cm x 60cm). A basic knowledge of acrylic painting is necessary as this will be an improvers course and focuses on more advanced practical techniques and conceptual awareness. The course includes creating suitable surfaces, exercises in drawing, using pencil & charcoal, painting, use of rags and palette knives. We will explore the transition from representational naturalism to abstract painting. Weather permitting we will be working outside for some of the session, the landscape is a short walk away from the studio door. We will also look at the development of formal elements and obscurity in picture making, using imagination, expression and atmosphere.

Arts and Crafts View details

You will be shown various art/craft techniques that you cam choose from to make some simple items of your choice to take home.

Bag Making View details

During the course we will start with how to use a domestic sewing machine. We will cover everything from how to thread up to how to trouble shoot tension issues etc. We will learn skills like to how put a zip in and different seam techniques. We will practice the appliqué method and how to decorate fabrics using free machine embroidery and hand stitch . We will use patterns and make a range of bags and purses. I am aiming for a bag for a night out, weekend away, day to day bag and even a bag for those walks out at the park. I will have a range of fabric for the smaller bags but you will be given a list of what to get each week for the next week for the larger projects.

Basic Drawing Skills View details

This course aims to build your confidence at developing drawing skills through instruction, using shapes and practical simple activities. These comprise of sketching, using pencil or charcoal, and it would also include using different media such as watercolour, acrylics, pastels (soft and oil), line work such as stippling, cross-hatching, scribbling or simply line work of your own choice.

Beginners Sugarpaste Skills and Simple Modelling View details

You will have a chance to create cup cake toppers. You will learn to make buttercream and use it effectively to create a professional finish to your project.