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Creative studies

What can I learn?

We offer a variety of courses that run at different times throughout the academic year.  Some of the courses still available in 2013/14 include:


Art    

  • Drawing and Painting (Mixed Media) - Beginners Steps 1, 2 and 3 - a practical course for beginners who wish to gain the basic skills and knowledge of painting and drawing, using pastels, watercolours and acrylics.  Progression is to the Improvers Step 1 course.
  • Life Drawing - Improvers Steps 2 and 3 - this progression route from Beginners will enable you to gain further skills and knowledge in life drawing, enabling you to specialise in one or more techniques e.g. Tonal/Linear representations of the whole body, working from a live model.  Progression is to the Step 1 Advanced course or the Art Awards courses.
  • Art for Adults who have experienced Mental Health Difficulty - for people over 19 years old who have or are recovering from mental health problems, this community arts class offers a wide range of activities to suit all levels and interest.
  • NEW - Acrylic Painting for Beginners - Steps 1 and 2 - a practical course for beginners who wish to gain the basic skills and knowledge of painting with acrylics.  Progression is to the Improvers Step 1 course.
  • NEW - Summer Art Workshop
  • NEW - Art Beginners Award

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Crafts    

  • Calligraphy - Beginners Step 1 - a practical course for beginners who wish to gain the basic skills and knowledge of calligraphy.  Progression is to the Beginners Step 2 course. 
  • NEW - Handmade Crafts - mixed levels

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Creative Writing

  • Creative Writing Steps 1, 2 and 3 - a basic course which will enable you to gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills which will enable you to produce short stories, poetry and other forms of creative writing.
  • NEW - Creative Writing - Freelance - designed to introduce and develop a range of skills and techniques used in freelance writing and cultivate a broad outlook of the publishing market, how to develop ideas and how to get published.  We will investigate the various skills and techniques used by freelance writers along with how ideas are developed, presented and sold to editors.  Learners may also produce pieces of work they would consider selling to editors.

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Flower Arranging

  • Flower Arranging Taster - a practical taster session for beginners and improvers who wish to learn about and practice some skills for flower arranging.  Materials will be provided however details will be given on the flowers you will need to bring with you.  This will be up to a value of approximately £5.  

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Interior Design/Textiles 

  • NEW - Patchwork and Quilting - Beginners Step 3 - progressing from the Step 2 course, this practical course is for creative learners who want to learn more about quilting and patchwork skills and techniques.  A small contribution for materials may be asked for.  Progression is to the Patchwork and Quilting Improvers course or Patchwork and Quilting Award.
  • NEW - Mixed Needle Crafts - Beginners Step 1

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Music    

  • Guitar Acoustic/Electric - Improvers Step 3 - this progression route from Improvers Step 2 will enable you to further develop your guitar playing techniques. 

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Photography

  • Photography - Beginners Step 3 - a practical course for beginners who wish to gain the basic skills and knowledge of photography.  Progression is to the Photography - Beginners Improvers course.
  • NEW - Photography and Image Editing Families Taster - a taster session for you and your children, interested in taking better photographs and using image editing software to improve, change or manipulate them.  

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Pottery/Ceramics    

  • Pottery and Ceramics - Beginners Step 3 - a basic course which will enable you to gain the practical skills and knowledge in the art of making and decorating pottery.  Progression is to the Improvers course.
  • Pottery and Ceramics - Improvers Step 3 - this improvers course will enable you to specialise in the production of ceramics/pottery items and will broaden your practical skills, technical knowledge and understanding of the subject.  Progression is to the Advanced course. 
  • Pottery and Ceramics - Advanced Step 3 - this improvers course will enable you to specialise in the production of ceramics/pottery items and will broaden your practical skills, technical knowledge and understanding of the subject.   

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Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating

  • Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating - Beginners Step 3 - a practical course for creative learners who love cake decorating allowing you to gain the basic skills and knowledge of sugarcraft and cake decorating, using a range of skills and techniques.  A small contribution for materials may be asked for.  Progression is to the Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating Intermediate course. 

  • Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating - Intermediate Step 3 - a practical course for creative learners who love cake decorating allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge of sugarcraft and cake decorating, using a range of skills and techniques.  You may be asked to bring in some materials each week, the cost will be up to £5 per week.  Progression is to the Advanced course.

 

Courses for 2014/15 (starting September 2014) will be advertised from June 2014 onwards so please watch this space for further details.

If there is a course you would like that we do not currently offer, please contact your local adult education centre to discuss your requirements.

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Where can I learn?

There are seven main adult education centres around the East Riding of Yorkshire and many of our courses are taught in these centres.  Throughout the year we also use over 100 additional external venues for courses so there should usually be a venue close to you that will have something run by the adult education service.  For more information on the venues, please see the Venue Details page.

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How much do courses cost?

Course costs vary, depending on the duration and type of course, and your personal circumstances (for example, if you’re on certain benefits or you’re taking a particular qualification).  For more information on course types, concessions and paying by instalments, please see our How much it costs page.

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How do I find and book on a course?

Please use our interactive course finder where you can search for courses by title, subject or location. 

You can also contact your nearest adult education centre where our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about courses that interest you. 

If you know what course you want to do but do not want to book online, please see the How to Enrol page for more information on the alternative ways to book your course. 

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