Craft, design and textiles courses in adult learning

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Whether you are repairing clocks or cutting stained glass, arranging flowers or restoring furniture, you will be amazed at what you can achieve in a short period of time. Our tutors are experienced artists and crafts people who are trained to teach adults, and we have the right kind of accommodation to allow you the space to express yourself.

Some specialist materials may be charged for separately.


Pottery and claywork

Beginners will explore the main techniques of pottery – pinching, coiling, slabbing and throwing. Glazing and decoration will also be covered, time permitting. For learners with previous knowledge and experience, the tutor can give guidance and suggestions to develop ideas and techniques. Charges for some materials and firing of work by our technicians are covered in the course fee. Learners making more, or larger, items may be required to pay an additional fee.

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Mosaics

Make beautiful mosaic items that can be used in the home and garden. Learners will be shown how to cut mosaic glass tiles, understand the appropriate materials, adhesives and grout used in the "direct" method of laying mosaics and prepare a design to make a mosaic piece. Individual projects can be discussed with the tutor prior to enrolment to ensure suitability. One/two day workshops and beginners courses include an additional charge for all materials. Some materials may be charged for separately on other courses. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Bookbinding

Repair or renew bindings or learn to bind books from scratch. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Clock repair and horology

These courses cover all aspects of clock repair and the history of Horology. You will need to bring your own timepiece to the course and the tutor will offer guidance and advice on its repair. You will also learn how to clean your clock and keep it in good repair. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Flower arranging

Create beautiful floral designs and floral art. Discover how florists create professional arrangements. You need to provide your own flowers, containers and appropriate equipment. The cost of demonstration materials is included in the fee.

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Calligraphy

Learn the art of writing script to express the beauty of the written word. Tutors give advice and guidance every step of the way to encourage learners to perfect the skills learnt. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Interior design

Learn the techniques, tips and principles of design. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Jewellery and silverwork

Come and make unique items for friends, family and yourself. Whatever your level of previous experience you will be guided through various techniques to enable you to make beautiful jewellery and silverwork. Some materials and tools are provided for beginners. Learners wishing to attempt more advanced projects will need to purchase their own precious metals and gemstones.

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Bobbin lacemaking

Create unique pieces of lace using traditional and modern methods. The tutor will encourage, guide and advise about the correct use of equipment, selecting threads / colours and traditional lace-making techniques. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Sewing, embroidery, needlecraft, crochet, needle felting and textiles

Sewing – curtains, cushions, blinds and home textiles

Learn how to make unique items for your home and discover the techniques used in curtain and blind making. Tutors are on hand to encourage, support and guide you through each step. Materials are not included. Please enquire when enrolling.

Sewing – making clothes

Create beautiful garments using modern techniques. Learn about various pattern-cutting techniques and how to use a sewing machine. Individual projects can be discussed with the tutor prior to enrolment to ensure suitability. You need to provide a basic sewing kit and fabric. Some specialist materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Patchwork and quilting

Creative embroidery classes are designed for stitching for pleasure. Various techniques will be covered and experienced tutors are there to guide, inspire and promote skills. Courses are suitable for all levels of ability and previous experience. You will need to buy your own materials. Please enquire when enrolling as tutors provide a materials list.

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Glass

Stained glass

Learn glass, lead and foil techniques that will inspire you. Courses are suitable for all levels of ability unless otherwise stated. The experienced tutors will guide and encourage you from introducing basic methods through to designing and completing individual projects. Some materials and technician fees are covered in the cost. You will need to buy glass and other materials. Please enquire when enrolling, as the tutor will supply a materials list.

Glass fusing

Glass Fusing involves joining together pieces of glass at high temperatures. The experienced tutors will guide and encourage you from introducing basic methods through to designing and completing individual projects. Some materials and technician fees are covered in the cost. You will need to buy glass and other materials. Please enquire when enrolling, as the tutor will supply a materials list.

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Upholstery

Upholstery classes cover a wide range of modern and traditional techniques. There are also specialist classes for cane and rush seating. Tutors give advice and guidance concerning materials and tools. Learners wishing to work on large pieces of furniture may need longer than one term to complete them, and need to enrol early to ensure they have a place on the next course. You will need to bring an item to work on and materials to complete it. Please enquire when enrolling.

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Next steps and continuing your learning

When you have finished your course you may wish to explore a more advanced techniques in arts, crafts and textiles by joining another course.

There are also many other courses available from Surrey Adult Learning that you may be interested in.

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There are other providers you can contact to help build your knowledge and skills too.

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