Blog Archives

Abstract art for beginners

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of materials for painting and drawing. Each week there will be a different… More

Altered treasure books

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways or altering book pages to create a new book, for holding treasured memories, journaling, and/or inspirational quotes. You will be trying a variety of techniques and experimenting with a range… More

Art appreciation – 20th century art

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring some of the major art movements, from 1900 to the present day, identifying key artists and artworks, as well as looking at different genres and disciplines within the arts. You will… More

Autumn art course

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to observe the details of flowers, seeds, leaves, trees, and the wider landscape views in your garden. You may prefer to observe these through a window of your home or choose… More

Beaded angels

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how to use wire and beads to make simple, but effective hanging decorations that can be suspended on a tree or given as a gift. You will use your imagination… More

Casement binding : extended workshop

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to create a casement bound book with a straight or rounded spine using traditional techniques. You will learn how to prepare your materials, sew your page block and ‘round’ your spine.… More

Ceramic wind chimes and oil burners

Posted on: 15 July 2021

You will learn how to use hand-building techniques to make a wind chime and an oil burner or lamp. You can make one item or a set of things. Sessions 1, 2 and 3 you… More

Ceramics for the table

Posted on: 15 July 2021

You will learn how to make your own bespoke practical hand-built ceramic kitchen/dining table accessories to enhance your own home, whatever your style. It can be one item or a set of matching things. You… More

Christmas mini-books for labels or decoration

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to create a Mini casement bound book that can be used as a label or tree decoration. You will learn how to prepare your materials, sew your page block and build… More

Christmas wreaths – FULL

Posted on: 15 July 2021

You will learn how to make a beautiful decorative Christmas wreath from natural materials. You will learn how to prepare willow, use different foliage, nuts and dried fruits to make a wreath. More

Christmas wreaths: FULL

Posted on: 15 July 2021

You will learn how to make a beautiful decorative Christmas wreath from natural materials. You will learn how to prepare willow, use different foliage, nuts and dried fruits to make a wreath. More

Collage and montage landscapes

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how to use ready- made materials, such as magazines, to create interesting collaged and often quirky landscapes. The only skill level required is an imagination! It is intended that the… More

Colour theory

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how to mix colours using a limited palette. You will create a colour wheel using primary colours, mixing secondary and tertiary colours and gain an understanding of harmonious and complementary… More

Contemporary floral design

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to make a circular shaped Wreath design made with plant stems, flowers, leaves, seed heads and assorted decorative items. You will learn how to make a living moss ball plant design… More

Continuous line drawing and wire heads

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying three different techniques: two different drawing methods and producing a wire framed 3D head. You will be able to explore your own… More

Crafts for the autumn season

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring how to make a variety of crafts items that celebrate the Autumn season. You will be trying a variety of activities including using a range of materials. Each week there will… More

Crafts for the festive season

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring how to make a variety of crafts items that celebrate the Festive season. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of materials. Each week there… More

Create a beautiful journal out of junk materials

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn techniques for creating an A5 journal using paper and fabric. The course will show you how to create a unique and individual journal using mainly upcycled or found materials. Techniques covered will… More

Create beautiful folded mini books

Posted on: 12 July 2021

Each week you will be guided by your tutor to make a different style of folded mini book. Each book is made using different techniques and methods. The skill level needed to produce the mini… More

Create your own garden

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will explore garden design ideas. You will learn how to use mosaic techniques to decorate a garden planter. You will learn how to use plants and seeds to improve your garden. You will choose… More

Creative calligraphy

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will enjoy learning the basics of how to create beautiful handwriting. You will learn how to practise some letter forms to build your confidence. You will learn how to apply your skills to create… More

Decorative binding – extended online workshop

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will have the opportunity to create both a Coptic stitch and Long stitch-bound book. You will learn how to prepare your materials, sew your books. During this process you will explore options for simple… More

Developing linocut skills

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to create Linocut prints using a range of techniques. You will learn about different substrate and ink options. You will have an opportunity to develop your lino cutting skills, printing skills;… More

Developing woodcut skills – extended online workshop

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn about different substrate and ink options. You will have an opportunity to develop your woodcutting skills, printing skills; and understand how to plan and print multiple colour work. More

Doodling and zentangles

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how a simple doodle can be incorporated into a larger piece of work, using pen and paper. You will have the option of adding colour to emphasise elements within your… More

Draw your pet

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how to draw the features of your chosen pet, adding colour and texture with pencil and chalk/oil pastels. It is intended that the course will provide you with the opportunity… More

Drawing and mixed media

Posted on: 12 July 2021

It is a short (one day) interactive online live course aimed at building your confidence and enjoyment in a range of art activities. You will be looking at and encouraged to explore a variety of… More

Drawing and painting

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be exploring perspective, colour theory and composition. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of materials for painting… More

Drawing for pleasure

Posted on: 12 July 2021

Over the five weeks, the course will look at how to do quick sketches, how to refine your work, use shading techniques and composition, by looking at landscapes, still life and proportions of the body… More

Drawing to music

Posted on: 12 July 2021

We will be looking at art by other artists and listening to music, discovering mark making and colour to represent what we hear. You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be… More

Ephemera

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring a variety of ways to repurpose scraps into miniature works of art. You will be trying a range of activities, including ripping, cutting, sticking and sewing to make beautiful embellishments. More

Fabric pumpkins

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of how to upcycle clothing items into no-sew fabric pumpkins. A decoration you can use year after year to celebrate Autumn and/or spookify your home for Halloween. You will be… More

Felted baubles

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be making two Christmas tree decorations from felt. You will be trying a range of activities: stencil making, cutting, machine sewing, stuffing, decorating with ribbons and buttons, to make your decorations. More

Festive fabric wreaths and garlands

Posted on: 12 July 2021

During the session, you will be selecting from a variety of fabrics to create a rag wreath. This will then be embellished with traditional festive ornamentation, such as holly, cones and baubles. The tutor will… More

Festive woven driftwood

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how you can use driftwood, wire, wool and beads to make small, woven hangings, for either inside the home, hanging from a tree or in the garden, depending on materials… More

Festive wreaths

Posted on: 12 July 2021

Using natural materials, you will be guided through all of the techniques needed to make a handmade festive wreath. You will be able to explore your own ideas and follow set practical tasks. More

Festive zentangle cards

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how a simple doodle can be used to create unique, individualised festive cards or incorporated into a larger piece of work that can be given as gifts, using pen and… More

Fun with fabrics

Posted on: 12 July 2021

During this short interactive online live course, you will be building your skills and knowledge about using textiles and sewing in creative and fun ways. You will be exploring a variety of techniques including fabric… More

Gelli printing for beginners

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn the basic techniques of using a Gelli plate. You can create your own stencils, use textures from recycling and you will build a series of unique images that can be be used… More

Get creative with art

Posted on: 12 July 2021

Each week a different theme will be the starting point for your own artwork, which you can explore in your own way or using ideas and techniques suggested and demonstrated by your tutor. You will… More

Giant paper poppies

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to break down the fibres in paper and manipulate it into a 3D giant poppy. You will consider the constructional processes involved. Sewing will also be used to create the final… More

Glass slumping and fusing: an introduction

Posted on: 15 July 2021

You will learn how to make light catchers, medallions and small bowls using coloured glass as an introduction to the technique of glass slumping. In the first session we will be learning about slumped glass… More

Glass slumping and fusing: christmas decorations

Posted on: 15 July 2021

You will learn how to make Christmas decorations using coloured glass as an introduction to the technique of glass slumping and fusing. In the first session we will be looking at slumped glass and be… More

Illustration – image based on a piece of text

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying different methods of making images that relate to your chosen piece of text. Each week there will be a different focus, technique… More

Introduction to hand embroidery and applique

Posted on: 12 July 2021

This course will cover techniques for creating a picture using scraps of material which will be secured onto your backing fabric with hand stitching. You will be exploring how to use embroidery stitches and applique… More

Introduction to interior design -creating a scheme for your home

Posted on: 12 July 2021

During this short course you will develop skills for designing interior schemes for your home. The course includes how to create a mood board, developing colour schemes, lighting, floor plans, trends and styles and how… More

Learn to crochet granny squares

Posted on: 15 July 2021

During this 2-week course you will learn how to crochet a basic granny square in 1 or more colours. You will learn how to create a granny square using chain stitch and treble crochet stitch.… More

Learn to knit

Posted on: 15 July 2021

During this 2-week course you will learn how to knit the 2 basic stitches – knit and purl. You will learn how to cast on, how to knit a swatch of garter stitch and stocking… More

Mixed media art

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of techniques for painting and drawing. Mixed media involves using more than one… More

More abstract art

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of materials for painting and drawing. Each week there will be a different… More

More draw your pet

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how to draw and refine the features of your chosen pet, adding colour and texture with pencil, paint and chalk/oil pastels. It is intended that the course will provide you… More

More drawing and painting

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be exploring perspective, colour theory and composition. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of materials for painting… More

More drawing for pleasure

Posted on: 12 July 2021

Over the five weeks, the course will look at how to do quick sketches, how to refine your work, use shading techniques and composition, by looking at landscapes, still life and proportions of the body… More

More still life

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of materials for painting and drawing. Each week there will be a different… More

More watercolours using texture and special effects

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of techniques for painting and drawing. Each week there will be a different… More

Painting pets

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be using a photocopy of your pets’ photo to trace the outlines, taking away the initial fear of drawing. You can add details yourself and then follow a series of techniques to successfully… More

Papier Mache bowls

Posted on: 12 July 2021

We will be building and decorating simple or complex papier mache bowls. They can be of any size and shape, using a mould (bowl, vase, jar) that you have at home. We will use materials… More

Papier mache decorative bowl

Posted on: 12 July 2021

Over the three weeks, the course will look at how to make a medium sized bowl out of papier mache and then how to decorate and embellish it with paint and beads. You will be… More

Poppy brooches

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be cutting and sewing fabric to make a handcrafted Poppy Brooch. You will be able to explore your own ideas and follow set practical task More

Pottery: christmas decorations

Posted on: 12 July 2021

This is an interactive ½ day course. You will be learning about the basic properties of air-dry clay and how to use it to model by hand or using tools and surface decoration techniques to… More

Pottery for all

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be learning about the basic properties of clay and how to prepare it, hand techniques including modelling and building, using the potter’s wheel, decorative techniques, uses of glazes and slips, tools, tips and… More

Pottery for all

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be learning about the basic properties of clay and how to prepare it, hand techniques including modelling and building, using the potter’s wheel, decorative techniques, uses of glazes and slips, tools, tips and… More

Pottery for all: FULL

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be trying a variety of activities. These include tile making, slab building, pots (hand built and on the wheel). You will use glazes and colour to decorate your objects. You will be able… More

Pottery: have a go have a throw

Posted on: 12 July 2021

It is a one-day interactive course aimed at learning the basics of using a potter’s wheel. You will be learning about the basic properties of clay, how to prepare it for use on the potter’s… More

Pottery: have a go have a throw

Posted on: 12 July 2021

It is a one-day interactive course aimed at learning the basics of using a potter’s wheel. You will be learning about the basic properties of clay, how to prepare it for use on the potter’s… More

Print making for all

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will learn how to create linocut, woodcut and monotype prints using a range of techniques. You will learn about different substrate types and ink options. You will have an opportunity to develop your linocut,… More

Printmaking christmas cards

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be making several personalised Christmas cards. You will be trying a range of activities: stencil making, cutting, Printing using pressprint and monoprint techniques to make your unique cards. More

Stained glass angels

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be learning new skills, principles and techniques that are needed to work with stained glass to produce your individual stained-glass angel using the copper foil method. You will be able to explore your… More

Stained glass tree decorations

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be making two Christmas tree decorations. You will be trying a range of activities: stencil making, glass cutting and grinding, copper foiling, soldering to make your decorations. More

Still life

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be working from your own still life objects: book, bottle, mug, jug , fruit. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include… More

Textiles: christmas decorations

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be learning about varied making and surface decoration techniques to make a range of Christmas decorations using cloth, thread and trims like buttons and beads. It is an interactive one session course aimed… More

Textiles: drawing with stitch

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring a variety of tasks and techniques including drawing and painting, embroidery and experimental stitch work. You will be able to use these techniques in your own project or to produce creative… More

Upcycle mobile hangings for your garden

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be using found and recycled materials, such as old necklaces and driftwood, to make and enhance garden ornaments, hangings and mobiles. You will be encouraged to look at everyday or found items in… More

Watercolours: flower painting

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of techniques for painting and drawing. Each week there will be a different… More

Watercolours using texture and special effects

Posted on: 12 July 2021

You will be exploring ways of looking and seeing. You will be trying a variety of activities. These include using a range of techniques for painting and drawing. Each week there will be a different… More

Woven driftwood art

Posted on: 12 July 2021

The course will look at how you can use driftwood, wire, wool and beads to make small, woven hangings, for either inside the home or outside, depending on materials used. The only skill level required… More