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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.

A Day of Drawing View details

This friendly and relaxed class will provide the opportunity for you to develop drawing skills as well as your knowledge and appreciation of artists work. This course is designed for all levels and abilities with individual guidance from the tutor to develop your ideas in drawing.

A Day of Mixed Media View details

A Day of Mixed Media - an opportunity to explore and experiment with different media and how they work together. We will, for example, use collage, printing, paints, ink, pastels, charcoal, photocopies in various combinations. Over the day we will aim to complete a piece of work, looking at and discussing artists' work for inspiration.

Acrylic & Watercolour Landscapes View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies,trees,water, etc. With development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version of the painting. Medium used will be acrylic. Developing ones own painting is very much encouraged. As the course progresses, personal feelings about the landscape around you will develop, you will see the world around you differently. This spark inside of you that makes you want to paint, will be kindled and, meeting each week with others who also have this spark, it will develop with friendships and your art will grow.

Acrylic landscapes View details

The tutor will demonstrate various aspects of painting, covering areas such as skies,trees,water, etc. With development of tone, form and colour mixing. With 1 to 1 tuition from the tutor the student can build up their own version of the painting. Medium used will be acrylic. Developing ones own painting is very much encouraged. As the course progresses, personal feelings about the landscape around you will develop, you will see the world around you differently. This spark inside of you that makes you want to paint, will be kindled and, meeting each week with others who also have this spark, it will develop with friendships and your art will grow.

Action Towards Inclusion - Photography for Wellbeing View details

learners will acquire new photographic skills, be encouraged to develop a mindful attitude to everyday life and increase their involvement and confidence within the community The tutor embeds maths, english and ICT skills which could increase student employability The course looks at photography from around the world and celebrates equality and diversity

Advanced Photoshop View details

Advanced Photoshop techniques for those who already have a good use of the tools and techniques involved in photographic manipulation using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop. Techniques will include layering and image retouching by adding to existing photographic images.

Advanced Sewing Skills View details

On this course students who already have sewing skills with learn a range of more technical skills, practicing them on a selection of projects. Through this method of learning students will understand when it is appropriate to use each technique to its benefit in their own work. Students will have a number of weeks on the course to use the techniques learnt and apply them to projects of their choice with support and guidance from the tutor

An Introduction to illuminated letters View details

Illuminated letters were often used to attract attention to important information in the book. In this taster we will be re-creating 'white vine' illuminated letters using red ochre to transfer the patterns and gouache paint to decorate them.

An introduction to the beautiful art of copperplate writing View details

A wonderful opportunity to learn the graceful style of Copperplate Calligraphy, including lower case and capital letters, the construction of elegant flourishes and apply these techniques to produce a finished piece of calligraphy.

Animals and Birds in Mosaics View details

In this short course you will be looking at the subject of birds and animals and consider how to translate them into mosaic. As a group we will look at how other contemporary mosaic artists have successful at this. We will look at realistic imagery and see how to recreate the effect of feathers or fur for example, or how to re create a quirky or fantastical creatures of your design. The choices are endless.