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Choose from costume making, creative writing, crochet, drawing and painting, dressmaking, fabric dying and printing, flower arranging, knitting, machine embroidery, patchwork, quilting and pottery. Courses run at different time during the year and some of the courses currently on offer are listed below.
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Crafts and crafts for weddings and parties
Drawing and painting
Dressmaking (including pattern making)
Patchwork and quilting
Come with friends, or on your own, and spend a fun four weeks creating the ultimate in party crafts. If you’ve got a big summer event coming up you will get inspirational ideas on how to make party bunting, table accessories, invitations and more! Find out the best places to source your materials and get quality supplies on a budget.
Discover your creative flair with one of a range of craft courses. These courses are for beginners and give you a chance to try experimenting with a range of craft styles and techniques for inspiration. When you have discovered what is right for you we will help you to choose your next course.
Take your party craft skills to the next level; create bespoke designs, table plans and learn the tips of the trade when it comes to napkin art, scrap booking and dressing a room. Practise different techniques including glass painting and more.
This course follows on from getting started with craft and further develops your skills in craft techniques. You will choose your preferred craft techniques and use these to work on your own mini project.
Discover the world of creative writing, exploring a range of writing techniques, styles and tones to help you to write your own work. On the course you will develop characters, settings and plots, using a variety of creative techniques. You will be encouraged to discuss and feedback on the work created by the group.
This course follows on from getting started with creative writing and further develops skills in producing interesting and engaging texts. You will choose whether to write an extended fictional work or an anthology of shorter pieces. These will be shared with the group and reviewed to help you improve your writing style.
If you already have some experience of creative writing, perhaps from the moving on with creative writing course, and want to refine your skills, then this course is for you. You will discover and cover a mixture of genres, styles and approaches and develop your individual writing style.
With the current fashion for all things ‘retro’, the art of crochet is one of the many vintage crafts now enjoying a come-back. Crochet is a simple but effective skill which, like knitting, is worked by pulling loops through loops to create an attractive and versatile fabric. Unlike knitting, crochet uses a single hook and projects tend to grow rather faster than in knitting. Crochet lends itself to many different purposes, styles and designs. This getting started course will teach you the first steps in crochet, introducing you to the range of basic stitches, so that you can start to work on your own projects.
Spend an initial four weeks learning about the theory and practice of drawing and painting. Begin with still life drawing and learn how to add tone to basic drawing techniques. This course will equip you with the basic skills that are required for our moving on course.
Develop your artistic skills further with an introduction to painting skills. Experiment with a range of painting techniques and styles such as watercolours, pastels and oils to take you to the next level with your drawing and painting skills.
Learn the basics of dressmaking including pattern cutting, basic sewing techniques and an introduction to the sewing machine (along with some basic sewing machine stitches). This course is for beginners and you will get inspiration from fellow learners and an expert tutor to make a simple item to take away.
This pattern making course will introduce you to the basic techniques and skills for pattern cutting that will enable you to create your own dressmaking patterns based on your own measurements.
This course follows on from getting started with dressmaking. You will learn how to read the marking and symbols on a variety of patterns and then practise your newly discovered techniques on calico. You will further develop skills using the sewing machine, learning techniques on how to insert zips, darts and make some basic garments.
If you have attended our moving on course and want to learn new, advanced dressmaking skills, then why not come along to this advanced course? Bring along your own patterns and resources and work with our tutor to discover how to make more detailed and tailored garments.
From time to time we run masterclasses alongside our main dressmaking courses. Please use our course finder to search for all dressmaking courses.
On this beginners' course, you will be introduced to a variety of techniques using flowers and foliage. You will explore modern designs and how they have changed with time as well as exploring colour harmony and how to make arrangements using foam.
This course follows on from getting started with flower arranging. You will look at the principles and elements of floral design including the theory of colour harmony and balance. The course will introduce you to wiring techniques and you will have plenty of opportunities to design and practise your own floral creations.
In this advanced class you will learn skills required to produce displays from seasonal flowers, including how they need to be treated and handled in order to extend their longevity and beauty. To join this class you will need to have had previous experience in floristry or have completed our moving on with flower arranging course. Take home what you make and display in your own home.
From time to time we run masterclasses alongside our main floristry courses. Please use our course finder to search for all floristry courses.
Get to grips with hand knitting and learn some basic skills and techniques including how to read a basic knitting pattern. Discover how to cast on and off, learn knit and purl stitches and how to begin basic construction. Practise at home and have something great to wear at the end of your four weeks!.
Now you have some knitting know how, learn more about choosing yarns and patterns for your own mini project. Learn a selection of more difficult stitches and apply them within your project. With full guidance and demonstrations from your tutor, develop at your own pace and have a beautiful piece to take away.
The craft of machine embroidery has progressed and transformed into many different art forms, appearing not only in clothing or soft furnishings but within gallery exhibitions and chic gift shops. On this course you will begin to explore the many different techniques and stitches and create some samples. You’ll also work with your tutor to get some ideas for a piece of work that you can complete in class.
Develop and explore your new found skills through working on your own project. You could create your own unique design for a cushion, gift cards, wall hanging/picture or a design to complement an item of clothing………….the possibilities are endless. This course will allow you the opportunities to bring your ideas to reality.
This captivating hobby equips you with basic sewing skills to make either a bag or cushion during this beginners course. Discover new skills that will enable you to make colourful quilts, throws, wall hangings and more. Knowledge of a sewing machine is useful but not essential as both hand sewing and machine sewing will be covered during the four weeks.
Let your creativity run riot and design your very own unique lap quilt. Our expert tutor will introduce you to the materials and equipment needed to make your quilt that you can start in class and continue at home.
Move on with your patchwork skills and design your very own pattern for an item of your choice. Explore more advanced patchworking skills including complex shapes and intricate patterns and work with our tutor to create your own masterpiece.
Further develop your quilting skills and knowledge working on your own project. Under the expert eye of our tutor, learn new skills in construction and design, including a range of stitches using hand and machine techniques.
Would you like to try pottery for the first time? This course is ideal for you if you have never tried pottery before and would like to experience and explore the basic pottery techniques required to create your own pieces.
Following on from our getting started with pottery course, you will work with a qualified tutor to learn new techniques, fine tune your existing skills and further develop your knowledge of pottery making.
Experiment further with your own creative ideas and enhance your practical skills with this course for advanced learners. Delve into the exciting world of contemporary glaze chemistry, looking at the numerous ingredients of glaze recipes available. Work on your own project under the expert guidance of our tutor.
This course is ideal for advanced learners who want to develop their preferred style of making and decorating pottery with expert guidance from our tutor. You will work on your own project and develop hand building skills, throwing and a range of decorative techniques.
There are four main adult learning centres around the East Riding and many of our courses are taught in these centres. For more information on the venues, please see the venue details page.
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 courses costs page
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