Creative Courses in Kent
Doing something creative is not just for those with an innate talent. It’s not just for kids. Creative fun is something that everyone can – and should – have a go at. Why? Because it’s good for you (even if you’re not good at it), and that’s a proven scientific fact. Being creative can relieve stress, renew (and increase) brain function, can help to prevent Alzheimer’s, increases serotonin levels to put you in a good mood and it can even be good for your social life if you decide to join in with one of the many creative courses that are available in Kent.
Kent Adult Education
If you aren’t entirely sure where you want to funnel your creativity then why not take a look at what the Kent Adult Education service has to offer? With courses ranging from art to music to languages and much more besides, there is sure to be something that catches your eye. It’s even possible to purchase vouchers so that you can treat your friends and family to the gift of creativity too.
Some of the courses available through Kent Adult Education include crochet, sculpture, photography, interior design, pottery, knitting and lacemaking. Flip the page to find out more.
www.kentadulteducation.co.uk // 0300 041 2222
Emporia Fabrics & Crafts
Making your own clothes, and clothes for your children, is a skill that has been somewhat lost over time thanks to mass-produced ‘off the peg’ items so readily (and reasonably cheaply) available in the high street clothing and fashion stores. However, it’s also a skill that, once learned, will mean you never have to run the risk of bumping into someone in the same outfit as yet – and it’s plenty of fun too!
Emporia Fabrics & Crafts based in Ashford offers a wide range of different classes throughout the year, plus it’s a fabric shop too, so you can find everything you need in one rather beautiful place.
Upcoming classes include how to make a simple gathered skirt, ‘Alice trousers’ (loose, summer trousers), a pair of reversible shorts, a girl’s reversible dress, a kimono dress and there is a patchwork course too.
At AJ’s Crafts you can learn how to work with wood in all its many varieties. There are a number of different one or two day courses to pick from, all of which offer you the chance to work with completely natural, organic materials, and discover more about their beauty and uniqueness.
You can learn to make garden furniture, weave willow baskets, carry out spoon carving, understand trug making and carve bowls. And if there is anything else you want to know about, the experts will be on hand to answer your questions.
www.ajscrafts.co.uk // 07923 616608
Music is one of the most wonderful creative arts there is – music uplifts everyone, and it always has a story to tell. If that’s something you want to be a part of, then Kent Music’s songwriting course could be exactly the right creative outlet for you.
If you would rather learn how to play an instrument, or you want to be part of a larger choir, Kent Music has courses for you too including singing courses, recorder lessons, a musical theatre course and a symphony orchestra course.
www.kent-music.com // 01622 691212
The Clay Room
From clay taster days to full 12-week pottery courses, The Clay Room in Orpington is all about getting creative. All of the courses on offer here are open to people with any level of experience from beginners to experts, and no matter how much tutelage you need, you’ll receive exactly the right kind of information.
As well as pottery courses, you can get involved in slip casting, mould making and a specific three-day teapot making course. Some courses take place in Shoreham, near Sevenoaks.
www.theclayroomuk.com // 07938 102062
A jewellery-making course with Creatstudio in Faversham will show you the different ways to make beautiful traditional and contemporary jewellery, as well as allowing you to explore silversmithing techniques too.
Why not try hand engraving, soldering silver and copper, stone setting, or even making your own wedding rings?
www.creatstudio.co.uk // 07900 532154