Community Learning Online: A Creative Journey

Course overview

Suitable for beginners and/or those wishing to refresh their creative skills.

Practice drawing and experimenting using a variety of techniques and media, in combination with mindfulness, guided by Louise Anderson, an artist, creative arts tutor – who formerly worked and taught within healthcare for over 20 years.

This is an opportunity to take time out from your busy day, to be in the moment by mindfully, sitting and being still and creating awareness by learning to use your breath to enhance your observational skills – letting go of the need to be perfect.

You will be set projects to complete in between each session to build on what you have learned in the class.

No prior knowledge and experience are required, just an interest and curiosity to experiment and learn new creative techniques. You can spend as little or as much time in between each class but it is suggested that daily practice will help relax you and help you to develop your creative practice.  

You are welcome to join all or any of the following Thursday evenings (7- 9.30pm): 2022:

  • 13, 20 October
  • 3,10,17, 24 November
  • 1, 8, 15 December

2023:

  • 12, 19, 26 January
  • 2, 9, 23 February
  • 2,9, 16, 23, 30 March

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental wellbeing for adults aged 19 and over (at the start of the course). Participation can help those managing mental health conditions that have a mild-moderate impact on their day to day lives.

Each session you will start with a gentle relaxation exercise to help you to let go of the day and focus on the session.

You will then be guided for that session learning new techniques and skills that will help you practice this in your daily life by using a creative journal/sketchbook.

The sessions are designed as standalone, but it will benefit the participant if they attend all sessions to develop their skills and to create a creative habit.

You will be encouraged to sketch daily and take inspiration by using your observational skills: still life’s, music, poetry, nature, and the world around you.

Maybe you have not drawn or sketched in years, or just want to be creative?

Why not try out something new?

You will calmly cover mindfulness techniques in relation to creativity, demonstrated by your tutor. Following this, you will be encouraged to take part in different exercises and have opportunities to ask questions.

At the end of the session, you will set more practical work to continue your artistic ventures outside the class to develop your techniques further.

Material costs approx. £20.00

  • Sketch book – A4 that comprises of cartridge paper
  • Drawing Pencils – B, 2B, 6B
  • Biros that you use for writing – black, blue or any that you have lying around
  • Felt pens – just a basic pack that contains 5-10 colours
  • Newspaper/Magazines for cutting up
  • Simple box of watercolour OR acrylic paints – Ideally containing colours – Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White, Brown, Green
  • Paint brushes small selection
  • Scissors for cutting paper
  • Glue stick
  • Air drying clay – a small pack
  • Old Shirt or Apron

Most of these materials can be bought online or in shops such as The Works or local art Shops

Course Has Started Enquire Below
  • Flexible start - 31 July 2023
  • 19:00 - 20:30
  • Thursday
  • 20 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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