Craft Projects For Absolute Beginners

A beginners craft workshop for anyone wanting to learn new skills and experiment in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. Students will be taught a variety of crafts over the course of the term.
All necessary health safety measures will be taken with hand sanitiser and wipes available. Please wear a mask.

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone interested in 'making things', working in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. Even if you haven't attended a course of this kind before, we hope to teach you new skills which you might use to create small gifts for your friends or for yourself. Beginners very welcome! No previous knowledge or experience necessary.

What does this course cover

Instead of the usual Craft studio in the basement, we will be using the art studio in Room 23 and the adjoining classroom, 23a, to allow for social distancing. Studio 23 has access to a sink and water and facilities for printing and for painting items you have made, such as wire and plaster sculptures. We will also be making 'clean' crafts such as sewing small gifts, felting, papercraft, including card-making and pop-ups (handy for Christmas), small weaving and making Mexican 'God's eyes', or making Milagros (Mexican tin art). These activities have the added advantage of your being able to carry on with your work at home without making a mess! The final programme will be influenced very much by the interests of the group.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

Create a variety of crafty items using the new skills you have learned. Have sufficient confidence in your abilities to be able to present your friends and family beautiful gifts for the holiday season.

What will it be like

The class will take place in a large studio, Room 23, and the adjoining classroom, to allow for social distancing. There will be group and one-to-one tuition. The tutor will introduce the subject of the lesson with a video and/or demonstration or PowerPoint presentation followed by discussion and individual guidance and support, taking health security measures into account. There will be written, illustrated handouts for each student which will help you throughout the lesson and when working at home. You are encouraged to ask questions so don't be shy!

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Due to the ongoing pandemic, students will not be able to share resources.
You will therefore be provided with a zip-lock bag with your name on it containing the tools that you will need for each craft. These tools will remain the property of the college but will be available for your use only throughout the course. The bag will be wiped and kept in the college until the following week. You must wear a mask to college and in shared areas, such as the staircase.

What this course could lead to

Students can continue onto specialised courses at the Mary Ward Centre and learn more ambitious techniques.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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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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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’