Trying something new is a great way of keeping the brain active, along with getting out of the house and meeting new people. Over recent years with the help of programs such as The Great British Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee and The Great British Pottery Throw Down, there has been an explosion of arts and craft classes.
These might be independently run classes by artisan makers or provided and subsidised by your local council. In your area, you’re almost guaranteed there will be something that takes your interest. So here are our top five arts and craft classes:
Silversmithing is an ancient art, going back hundreds of millennia. Metalworking is a fun pursuit and there’s a range of metals to choose from. Silversmithing is one of the most popular. It’s surprisingly quick to pick up the basics too. You could create a handmade ring in around two hours. It probably won’t be an intricate masterpiece but it will be your own.
There is a range of classes available out there, from a two-hour workshop to an 8 week-long course. Just Google ‘silversmithing near me’ and there will be a range of courses to choose from.
The rise in the number of people ‘throwing’ pottery can be attributed to the Great British Pottery Throwdown. Along with other classic films such as Ghost. Again, this is a much loved ancient art. Creating pottery can be therapeutic too. Watching a blob of inanimate clay become a beautiful ornament, again which you created. The perfect gift for anyone’s Birthday or Christmas present.
Writing is something you can do anywhere. All you need is pen and paper. Making this one of the most accessible arts and crafts to learn. Attend a creative writing workshop or course and unlock the inner writer within you. Suddenly times that were spent idle can now become productive. Use your newfound skill on a long train journey or on a rainy day. You’re never too old to become a best selling author.
Perhaps better known as a professional skill, there are a number of places offering woodwork courses. With the explosion of Pinterest, there’s are a range of wooden gadgets people are scrambling to make. A lot of these don’t require much skill either. Meaning that after a short woodwork course, you’ll be well equipped to make your new tealight holder or upcycled pallet bench.
Learning to paint or draw encompasses a lot of disciplines. Making painting extremely versatile. Whether you like drawing with charcoal or fine watercolours, you can be truly creative on canvass. Or how about no canvas at all and learn the art of spray painting. Obviously, this should be practised in a proper class and not on the streets without permission!
Whatever you choose to do, taking up an arts and crafts hobby can be extremely therapeutic. Why not try them all. We’re certain there will be a class near you so start your arts and crafts journey today.
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