Learning arts & crafts
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What is it?

  • The range of possibilities for learning arts and crafts is very wide, including cooking and gardening as well as painting, embroidery and much more (see general section on arts and crafts for a list of the possibilities).  

  • There is instruction available for complete beginners and for those with some knowledge already. 

  • You can learn in your own time, take a quick day or weekend course, or commit yourself to a longer programme of study. 

Find out more


See the organisations listed under Learning and under individual arts and crafts.



See the magazines listed under Learning and under individual arts and crafts

Getting started

  • Find a local art and crafts group or club that covers the type of activity that interests you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.  See if your local group offers introductory sessions or events.  Check magazines or the Internet for distance learning possibilities and arts and crafts study weekends or holidays.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of arts and crafts.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Anyone can learn arts and crafts at any age and no special abilities are required. 

  • You can study most arts and crafts either at home on your own, or with a teacher and a group of people. 

  • There are many systems of distance learning (mail order, radio, TV and Internet based), as well as short and longer local classes. 

  • You can also go on learning holidays that include specialist instruction and practice in a range of arts and crafts.

Equipment or clothing
  • Most arts and crafts need special materials and equipment if you are to do them (for more details see under individual arts & crafts).  

  • Much of this can be provided for you if you attend a formal class or group session.  You may also need some books, patterns and/or instruction leaflets.

A place or facilities
  • To learn arts and crafts at home you need sufficient space in which to work and set up the relevant equipment (see individual arts and crafts).  

  • Local groups and classes usually meet in schools and adult education centres or local halls.

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