Festive woven driftwood decorations
Who is this course for?
This course may suit you if you have experience of accessing the internet. The art skills are aimed at complete beginners through to those with some experience.
This is a short, interactive online live course, aimed at building your skills, knowledge and creativity, using driftwood to make small, decorative hangings. It will include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course.
The course will look at how you can use driftwood, wire, wool and beads to make small hangings, for either inside the home, hanging from a tree or in the garden, depending on materials used. The only skill level required is an imagination! It is intended that the course will provide you with the opportunity to interact with other learners in a relax and enjoyable session
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face and written feedback on your progress and suggestions on how to progress. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection. In addition, you will need a selection of relatively straight, small pieces of driftwood, no more than 1 or 2cm in diameter. You will also need some thin wire that can be easily bent using your hands (0.5 – 1.0 mm), a variety of wool – any thickness and colour, something to decorate your hangings with, such as beads and sequins, a pair of scissors and pva glue if you have it. Your choice of weaving materials will determine whether your finished artwork can be used inside or outside. It’s anticipated that you will make more than one hanging.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will give you ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.
About the tutor
Your tutor will be Colette Olah. Colette started working as a tutor for Learn Devon in September 2018 and delivers a variety of art and craft, employability and computer skills courses. She is a qualified art and design teacher who has worked in both mainstream and special education. Colette has also delivered Independent Life Skills to adults with learning disabilities and taught basic cooking, art and drawing skills in adult education classes in Worcestershire. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the many beautiful beaches in North Devon and also searching for bargains at flea markets and car boot sales. Colette enjoys teaching at Learn Devon because she is keen to help her learners progress and achieve their goals. She believes that lifelong learning and gaining new skills can create a sense of wellbeing and improved self-esteem and aims to create a relaxed and enjoyable environment for all participants.