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Arts and Crafts

Welcome to our exciting programme of quality Art and Craft Courses available for autumn 2015. We have some new and innovative courses as well as some of your old favourites. Look out also for our new courses starting in January 2016!


The programme is for students of all abilities and provides a relaxing environment for discovering the joys of the creative process. 'Beginners' courses are for you if you have no prior knowledge or perhaps have done art some time ago. 'Improvers' are for you if you have completed a previous course, with us or another provider, and are now ready to move onto the next level.


Many of our tutors are practicing artists and crafts people, as well as qualified teachers, able to bring a depth of experience and knowledge to their teaching.

If you need further information on our courses please click on the 'Course Search' button to find out more details and to download a course information sheet. Alternatively, contact us on 01825 761820 and speak to one of our advisors who will be happy to help.


The following courses are on offer with ACRES this autumn:









Art History

If you enjoy visiting galleries but would benefit from more informed viewing, then you will enjoy this class. You will learn about how to look at and interpret paintings and other works of art.


Art Workshops

As a 'Beginner', you will work through a structured, but flexible, programme which takes 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.

As an 'Improver' or an 'Advanced' student, you will focus on consolidating your skills and you will be encouraged to experiment through extended, personalised projects, with mediums and techniques, using workbooks to research ideas.


Explore Watercolour for Beginners

On this course you will learn the skills and techniques required to produce a watercolour painting.


Create Your own Cloth for Beginners NEW!

During this exciting new course you will learn to make your own lace, mesh and cloth without the need to weave. The cloth could then be used to make other craft items such as handbags.


Painting Landscapes - All Abilities

You will develop your painting skills by analysing key components of landscape painting, exploring different techniques and practising these with your chosen medium.


Explore Ink and Wash - All Abilities

On this course, you will develop your drawing and painting skills by practising the different elements of pen and wash, exploring different watercolour techniques and mark making with ink.


Explore Water Colour - All Abilities

You will explore and develop the core skills relevant to water colour painting.


Silver Clay Jewellery

Create your own personalised pendant with 99% silver clay as an everlasting keepsake.


Kiln Fused Glass Jewellery

On this popular course, you will learn how to cut glass sheets safely, creatively joining layers to form various jewellery pieces and adding hand painted designs to your final pieces.


Beaded Accessories and Jewellery

You will use beadwork to create a unique piece of art or jewellery.


Ceramics and Pottery

You will design and construct unique decorative and functional ceramic wares using hand-building methods and the pottery wheels. You will have access to a specialist studio with a kiln and potters' wheels. As an 'Improver', you will be guided into embarking on extended projects with a greater emphasis on workbooks for design and research.


Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers

These fun and creative courses are for 'beginners', if you have little or no knowledge of sewing, either by hand or machine, and for 'improving' students, if you have completed the beginners course or who have some knowledge of dressmaking. You will complete a garment according to your experience with tutor guidance and support.


Creating Pictures out of Fabric NEW!

On this course you will learn to craft an original piece of artwork.


Introduction to Machine Embroidery

You will be introduced to free machine embroidery. This skill allows your imagination to blossom and for you to create artistic and fun designs using any type of sewing machine.


Introduction to Patchwork NEW!

You will learn basic techniques and skills that will enable you to make your own unique and original patchwork.


Make the most of your Sewing Machine for Beginners NEW!

This course enables you to get to know your sewing machine, how to use it and its attachments to produce new techniques in sewing.


Sewing Workshops

These courses will teach you how to make your own cushions, designed around your home interiors, or simply learn basics sewing skills so you can embark on a future range of sewing projects.


Felted Christmas Ornaments NEW!

Learn how to make Christmas ornaments by using natural sheep's wool and dry needle felting techniques. There is no sewing involved!


Soft Furnishing and Upholstery

You will be able to transform your furniture using both modern and traditional methods. On some courses, upholstery will be combined with making soft furnishings, such as curtains, blinds, lampshades and cushion covers.



The 'All Abilities' course is for you if you have some experience of crochet, improving basic skills and making items such as flowers and toys. The Crocheting Small Projects enable you to pick up the skills of crocheting by completing small projects over a one day course. New this year is Beginners Modern Crochet where you can use recycled yarn to create bags and bowls.


Willow Sculpture Workshops

You will learn the techniques and skills to create individualised sculptures for an interior or an outside space, with support and guidance from our specialist tutor.


Digital Photography for Beginners (SLR Cameras)

This is for you if you own a digital SLR camera but have little or no knowledge of how to get the best from it. You will improve your confidence and skill, developing an understanding of how to make modern cameras work for you.


Digital Photography for Intermediate (SLR Cameras)

This course builds on a basic knowledge and allows you to explore some of the creative possibilities offered by these cameras.


Digital SLR Portraiture Photography and Photoshop Elements for Beginners

This course enables you to take photos and manipulate the images for best effect.


Photoshop Elements for Beginners and Improvers

You will explore the basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements developing an understanding of the post production side of photography and imaging, enabling you to successfully use a variety of tools and techniques to manipulate images.


Printmaking for All Abilities

You will learn different techniques and skills that will enable you to hand-make unique prints.


Introduction to Leaded Stained Glass

You will learn the skills and traditional techniques of leaded stained glass, resulting in the creation of an individually designed leaded panel and a sun catcher using the copper foiling techniques.


Stained Glass Suncatchers

In the 'Introductory' class you will design and make your own stained glass suncatcher to brighten your windows. In the 'Improvers' class you will develop and create more intricate designs.


Improvers Stained Glass Suncatchers NEW!

Make your own stained glass suncatchers to brighten your windows You will learn techniques for making details from wire and sheet copper and learn about good design for suncatchers.