Summer craft matters
Who is this course for?
If you are an adult with learning difficulties and disabilities or you are being supported on a day-to-day basis, but hope to be more independent in their daily life, then this course is for you.
Would you like to have a go at creating crafts to celebrate the Summer season?
You will learn a variety of craft techniques, including paper craft and working with fabric.
All of the items you make will be yours to keep.
The course will also help you develop and build on communication skills and promote confidence and well being.
You will be taught in a small, friendly and supportive group where you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and make new friends.
You will explore a variety of different materials and craft techniques needed to make unique, individual projects.
You will conduct your own research using ICT to develop your design ideas, looking at Google images and on websites such as Pinterest and You Tube. Help will be provided, where necessary.
You will be taught how to use a selection of tools safely.
As part of the course you will also go on a field trip/s to look at an exhibition or to gain inspiration from nature or the local environment.
Support and feedback
You will get continual support and feedback from your tutor throughout the course and have opportunities to discuss and review your progress.
Additional costs and requirements
Everything you need will be provided, but if you have any items you would like to incorporate into your projects, please do bring them along.
If you go on a trip to an outside venue you may need money for entrance fees or travel costs. You will be told about these in advance.
You should bring a pen to each session.
You may need money to buy a drink at break time.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You won’t need to do anything in your own time unless you would like to, home study ideas can be provided by the tutor if you require them.
About the tutor
Your tutor will be Amanda Barrud. Amanda has been working for Learn Devon since 2002 and teaches a variety of arts and crafts courses as well as family learning courses and courses for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties. Amanda also works for Mencap, coordinating events and activities for adults with learning disabilities in North Devon. She graduated from the University of Kent and worked for the Kent Institute of Art and Design before taking up employment with Learn Devon. Amanda has four children and one grandchild and has valuable real-life experiences of raising a family through challenging times. Amanda is passionate about crafting and spends most of her spare time crafting or learning new craft techniques. She is a patient tutor who is well known for facilitating learners to have a go at new challenges. Amanda provides a supportive environment for leaners to experiment and try new ideas, as she recognises the potential in others and spurs them on to achieve their ambitions.