This course has concessions available

Over 60s Arts and Crafts

Learn simple, fun techniques in art and crafts, gain skills and gain confidence using a range of materials. We'll encourage you to develop a personal style in a friendly environment. Beginners are particularly welcome.

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Who is this course for

Any person over 60 who is wants to learn to draw and paint and who is interested in learning to 'make things'. Don't worry if you don't have good eyesight or a steady hand or if you have any other physical or learning difficulties - you will be included in all activities and extra help can be given if necessary. Just have a word with your tutor on the first day of term.

What does this course cover

Each term we will experiment with different techniques in drawing, painting, or collage. We will also be exploring different crafts, both traditional and new. A typical term might include drawing, painting, decoupage, sewing felt accessories, jewellery making and working with glass or metal. We will try to design the course according to the interests of the majority of the students and you will be encouraged to work on your own projects, with help and/or advise if you need it.
To initiate and establish a productive, friendly and fun art and craft activity group To develop confidence when discussing your own work and that of others. To enable and promote confidence in making items and visual expression
To promote confidence when using different materials and techniques
To encourage, where appropriate, the development of individual projects

Topics include how to create and understand the importance of colour, tone, composition, contrast and texture in 2D and 3D image-making.
' Using marks, shape, tone and colour in various ways.
' Using various materials to make 2D and 3D images and objects
' Using different materials and techniques
' Discussing, appreciating and learning from your own and others' work
' Gaining confidence in developing your individual style and subject matter
' Discussing and collaborating with the group, and learning and practicing the
skills of constructive self-critique

What will it be like

We aim to provide a safe and friendly class atmosphere in a programme which will be, as much as possible, student led. The course is based in the Mary Ward Centre craft room and so, over the year, you will be able to learn many of the crafts usually taught in this specialist studio.
The days will usually start with a video or PowerPoint display followed by a discussion and a demonstration. There will be a written handout to help you, and one-to-one help will be given by the tutor throughout the lesson. There will be an optional break for tea or coffee in the morning. At the end of the lesson there will be an opportunity for all students to show their work for a positive critique from the tutor and other students.

What else do you need to buy or do

Most materials will be provided by the college but, at the beginning of the term, you will be given a small list of items that you might prefer to buy for yourself.
If you need to use a large amount of the college's resources, you may have to buy additional materials yourself.

What this course could lead to

You may wish to join other art or craft classes at Mary Ward Centre and/or elsewhere, building on the skills that you have acquired on this course. Specialist courses are available, or you may wish to continue with this course, improving newly-acquired skills
There is detailed information in Reception about all of our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London Colleges to help you continue your studies.

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’