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What is it?

  • Among the many other forms of creative arts are sculpting and composing music, printing and bookbinding, paper making and calligraphy.  

  • More detailed information on each of them can be obtained from the specialist organisations listed below.  

  • They all require some degree of skill and access to some special equipment.  

  • Given the necessary materials and equipment, these activities are easy to do at home.

Find out more


British Polymer Clay Guild  www.heaser.demon.co.uk/polyclay/guild/britpol.htm
British Society of Master Glass Painters  www.bsmgp.org.uk/
Guild of Glass Engravers  0208 731 9352
National Society of Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers   www.wwid.co.uk/nationalsociety/ 
Society of Bookbinders  01483 283175
Society of Scribes & Illuminators  www.calligraphy.org/frPages/frHome.html
International Songwriters Association  www.songwriter.co.uk/
British Association of Paper Historians  www.baph.freeserve.co.uk/
Printmakers Council  www.printmaker.co.uk/pmc/


Popular Crafts 
Practical Craft 
The Songwriter www.songwriter.co.uk/  

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club for the activity that interests you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of creative arts.

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

What you need

Skills and people
  • These forms of creative arts can be done by people of all ages and both sexes. 

  • You can do all these activities at home on your own, but many people join a group or club of some kind, both for the access to materials and equipment, and also for the stimulus, opportunities to learn and social contact.  

  • Most people work as individuals, even within a group, and the people in the group may be of any age and skill level, and either sex

Equipment or clothing
  • Most of these creative arts use special materials and equipment which may be provided at the group or club where you do the activity. 

  • Printers need paper, ink and some method of printing;  sculptors need stone, wood or other materials and tools with which to shape these; even composers may require special paper and access to some instruments on which to test their compositions.   

A place or facilities
  • Creative arts can be done in any space big enough to house whatever equipment is needed.  A corner of the kitchen table may be adequate for some.  

  • Many groups meet in schools and colleges.  Some have special studios in which to work.

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