The word on the street is that arts and crafts lessons have got a lot cooler since you last had one. Here on the lovemycourse editorial desk we have all taken a trip down memory lane, reminiscing over those PVA covered cards and pasta necklaces. Yet now we are all old enough to cut out the materials unattended, it turns out there is a lot more on offer. Adult arts and crafts courses are a great way to socialise with like-minded individuals and find a new hobby. It’s too easy to get stuck in the same old rhythms of a nine till five life, so to give you some craft shaped inspiration we have come up with our favourite course ideas for you to try. What are you waiting for? Get crafty!
We all know that it’s important to cut an inch off the end of the stems to help the flowers retain water, but if that’s where your knowledge ends you are in for a treat. A flower arranging course is a fun way to learn how to make beautiful arrangements for your home. With plenty of weekend options available, you will usually leave with your first masterpiece, as well as loads of top tips about where to source materials for your new hobby.
The Floodlight top tip – When using oasis to keep your flower arrangement hydrated, soak it for 15 minutes before putting your flowers in.
If you haven’t heard of stitch n’ bitch you’ve been missing out. Knitting groups have popped up all over the world for women (and men) to take along their work and have a good old gossip. Even fashion queen Sarah Jessica Parker and former spice girl Geri Halliwell have been seen with knitting needles in hand, which makes it officially cool right?
The Floodlight top tip – As a beginner, knitting can feel more like knotting. Our top tip would be to start simple – master the knit and purl stitch before moving onto anything more complicated.
Here at Floodlight we know how much you all love a pottery course. As mentioned before, our desk is littered with pots and plates from our various attempts, so we can definitely reassure you that a weekend pottery course is great fun! Roll up your sleeves and feel like you are well and truly back in the classroom.
The Floodlight top tip – When using a potter’s wheel it is important to make sure the clay does not get too dry – dry clay is harder to work with and will crack!
Whether you lay it on your bed or hang it from the wall, nothing is more homely than a patchwork quilt. Statistics suggest that quilters are generally happier people, so choose between a hand-sewn or machine based course and don’t look back.
The Floodlight top tip – Make sure you press your fabric as you go and cut accurately. Don’t rush – you will appreciate the little details in the end!
If you were the kid with doodles all over your textbooks, an evening drawing class is a fun way to rediscover those hidden skills. Nothing says I love you like a hand drawn portrait, so learn how to sketch from the experts.
The Floodlight top tip – We can’t pretend to know the first thing about life drawing, but according to the top artists out there, you should always wait a few days before declaring your work finished. Getting some space from your drawing will give you a new perspective and you will notice small flaws you might want to correct.
If we have inspired you to get back into the classroom and take an arts and crafts course, you are in the right place! Have a search for your perfect course and get ready to start your new hobby. The best part? You will leave with a work of art to be proud of and won’t have to give it to your Mum.
Adult Learning Editor, IDP Connect
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.
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