Arts and Crafts

Welcome to the new stimulating programme of quality Art and Craft Courses available at ACRES for 2013/14. Our varied and inspirational programme is designed for students of all abilities, developed to provide a relaxing environment so you can really discover the joy of the creative process. Many of our tutors are practicing artists and therefore are able to bring that depth of experience and knowledge to their teaching.

Courses this year vary in length from single day weekend workshops to 30 week courses that run over 3 terms. Many of our courses continue into the spring and summer terms, subject to student demand.

In the brochure we state what level the course is aimed at, e.g. all abilities, beginners, or improvers. We run courses for all abilities where our tutors can vary the projects to suit the level of experience. Beginners courses are for students with no prior knowledge or who may have done art in the past but feel very rusty. Improvers are students who have completed a year in our beginners course and are now ready to move onto the next level, or for new students who may have had recent subject experience at another organisation.

New this year are Arts Courses for families. Parents or carers can each bring one child to an ACRES' course. The minimum age is variable from one course to the next, so please check the Course Information Sheet for details. This is an exciting opportunity for families to experience and share the joy of art and learning together.

If you need further information on what course would suit you please contact us on 01825 761820. Alternatively you can click on the Course Search button to find out more details and to download a course information sheet which provides useful details and information.

Art and Craft Courses on offer this year

Art History
Art Workshops
Beaded Jewellery
Creative Art for Personal Development
Creative Machine Embroidery
Illustrating Children's Books
Sewing for Families
Sewing Workshops
Silk Papered Glassware
Soft Furnishing and Upholstery
Stained Glass
Willow Sculpture

Art History
This course is for anyone with an interest in art, culture and history. Students will study a different work of art each week, considering its history, the history of the artist, the historical background and the impact of the work both now and at the time it was created.

Art Workshops
Art Workshops this year are offered as all abilities courses. Beginner students will, in the first term, work through a structured, but flexible programme, which will take you through the basics of image making with a variety of mediums. You will learn about the importance of line, mark, tone, form and colour while working on creative projects. The second and third terms will focus on consolidating the skills learnt in the first term through extended projects. Improvers and Advanced students will be encouraged to experiment further still with a greater focus on personalised projects and using their workbooks for research, ideas and playing with mediums and techniques.

Beaded Jewellery
This is an intensive, but creative one day workshop where students will work with a variety of good quality glass beads. Students will make a chained linked necklace or a bracelet and earrings depending on experience.

This course will enable students to design and construct unique decorative and functional ceramic wares using hand-building methods and the pottery wheels.The college provides a specialist studio with a kiln and 3 pottersí wheels. Improvers will be guided by the tutor to embark on extended longer projects with a greater emphasis on workbooks for design and research.

Creative Art for Personal Development NEW
This course gives students the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on life, exploring various approaches including life mapping, story boarding and collage. It is ideal for people who wish to explore creative approaches to personal development and no previous experience of art is necessary.

Creative Machine Embroidery
This course is designed to cater for students with experience and those who are new to this craft. Students will learn to stitch creatively and confidently with their sewing machine, using a wide variety of stitching techniques, and begin to produce personal and expressive work. All students are able to gain a City & Guilds Level 1 Award if they wish, but this is not a compulsory part of the course.

Crochet NEW
This popular craft is offered at two different levels: beginners and all abilities. On the beginners course, basic stitches and techniques will be covered through completion of a variety of small projects. The all abilities course is for those with little or some experience of crochet and will revisit and improve the basics making items such as flowers and toys.

Dressmaking for beginners and improvers
This is a fun creative course for students who have very little or no knowledge of sewing either by hand or with a sewing machine, and for students who have completed the beginners course or who have some knowledge of dressmaking. Enthusiasm is essential. Students will complete a simple or complex garment according to experience each term with plenty of tutor guidance and support.

Embroidery Workshop
This is an untutored group of like-minded people coming together each week to sew, share ideas, with a optional termly project coordinated by Bridget Barber.

All floristry courses will allow students to learn about the care and conditioning of flowers and foliage, the basics of colour, form, texture and balance, as well as floristry techniques and mechanics. Courses are themed around the different seasons and are offered in Crowborough and Uckfield.

Illustrating Children's Book NEW
This new and exciting course will enable students to learn the basic art of creating pictures that will bring to life the written word. Prospective students do not have to be proficient artists, but to bring imagination and an understanding of what will appeal to children.

Knitting NEW
Another popular craft where students will learn the basic knitting skills, such as casting on, knitting and pearling, shaping and casting off. No previous experience is required on this course.

Patchwork NEW
This popular course is making a welcome return to the ACRES' programme. It is for both beginners and improvers and will cover and develop the basic skills.

This course introduces students to a range of printmaking techniques to produce their own, unique, hand finished or edition prints on paper. You will learn the process of lino printing, monotyping, relief and block printing. See our Website Gallery for examples of the prints that you could create. New for this year is our Printmaking Saturday workshop at Uckfield Community College for those students who are unable to attend classes during the week.

In the first part of the course, students will receive an introduction to sculpture using a variety of materials to create your own 3 dimensional forms. As you move into the second term you will be encouraged to work on longer individualised projects in your preferred medium. You will be using materials such as clay, plaster, cardboard and wire construction. This is a hands on course which will enable you to experience how you move from a partly formed idea or design on paper to a sculptural fine art form.

Sewing for families
The course will offer the opportunity to introduce parents/carers and their child to a variety of sewing techniques which will enable them to create unique and useful textile items to enhance their everyday lives.

Sewing Workshops
We are pleased to offer 3 workshops in sewing this year for students who are unable to access our longer courses. Our workshops are intensive 1 or 2 days creating presents for Christmas, or learning how to make your own cushions designed around your own interiors, or simply learn basics sewing skills so you can embark in the future on a range of sewing projects.. Please see our course information sheets for further details of each workshop.

Silk Papered Glassware NEW
This new, engrossing craft involves the delicate application of paper to glassware and the subsequent use of colour washes and paints to create beautiful items such as tea light holders and vases. This course is for newcomers to the subject.

Soft Furnishing and Upholstery Workshops
Our tutor will enable each student to transform their furniture using both modern and traditional methods. On some Upholstery courses the tutor also provides a Soft Furnishing course where students are taught how to make curtains, blinds, lampshades and cushion covers. The tutor is also able to teach the skills and techniques to create cane and rush seating.

Stained Glass for beginners
This popular course is where students will learn the skills and traditional techniques in stained glass, resulting in the creation of an individually designed leaded panel and a sun catcher using the copper foiling techniques.

Upholstery for beginners
This course is for the complete beginner, who has not undertaken classes in Upholstery before, who wishes to learn and develop their creative skills and discover how the craft of upholstery can become a fascinating hobby. The course will cover the basic principles of upholstery and result in the successful completion of the re upholstery of a piece of furniture.

Willow Sculpture Workshops
We are running a Willow Workshop where students will learn the techniques and skills to create individualised sculptures for an interior or an outside space, with plenty of support and guidance from our specialist tutor.

On the beginners course, students will learn how to produce a series of basic joints while completing a simple wooden tray. Aspects of design and planning will feature in order to create good quality items.