Art for leisure courses

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Manchester’s most welcoming creative arts organisation, Ancoats Visual Arts, runs studio-based Art for Leisure Courses suitable for everyone who loves creative arts and crafts. No previous experience is required.  Art for Leisure courses are available for charities and socially-engaged organisations to book-on-request. 

The Art for Leisure courses consist of 2 artist-led sessions where you will enjoy teaching from an experienced community artist.  
Participants will also have the option to attend a free Be Creative studio-session to encourage them to continue to attend Ancoats Visual Arts and embrace creativity into their lives.

We meet in a beautiful art studio close to Manchester city centre. 
Access by car, metro and bus is really easy. 
Click here for directions

Testimonials

“ A great way to socialise and share idea/tips with other life drawers. Always enjoy this event! ”
Gem

“I have come to Ancoats Visual Arts almost every week.  Working in a group with other artists challenges me to improve my drawing and painting skills.  I benefit from sharing thoughts and ideas with like minded people in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

I have been able to look at aspects of my practice in different ways and I hope to expand on this.”
Caroline J

“ Glad I went, found it inspiring. ”
Charmaine B

“A regular welcoming group in a funky building where like minded people exchange ideas, have a rant, release their creativity and laugh.  I would like to see it grow into a bigger group so that more can share.”
Gerry R

“ Very friendly and welcoming, would recommend to art enthusiasts of any level. ”
Dave H

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Art for Leisure courses

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Zendoodle drawing

Book-on-request

Day options: Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri 
Time options: 10-12.30 or 1.3-4pm

£57

per participant

For groups of 6-10 participants

Course details
Relaxing, meditative, drawing technique to calm the mind and expand your creativity.
Suitable for: Adults, Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

  • Class 1
    Learn Zendoodle techniques step-by-step , introducing tone + colour
  • Class 2
    Learn how to use your skills to create your own creative Zendoodle masterpiece, with guidance + support
  • Optional Be Creative studio-session
    To encourage you to attend Ancoats Visual Arts on a regular basis you have the option of attending a free Be Creative studio-session during the same month as your Art for Leisure Course

Inspiration: Pinterest ideas board

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3D Paper sculpture

Book-on-request

Day options: Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri
Time options: 10-12.30 or 1.3-4pm

£57

per participant

For groups of 6-10 participants

Course details

Fun imaginative use of newspaper, sellotape + collage to create wonderful contemporary + creative animal sculptures perfect for door-stops or bookshelf companions.
Suitable for: Adults, Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

  • Class 1
    Learn to build the support structure for your paper animal using simple materials.  Start creating your 3D sculpture with paper + sellotape.
  • Class 2
    Learn how to bring your creatures to life with colourful collage and add final details with paint and wire decoration.
  • Optional Be Creative studio-session
    To encourage you to attend Ancoats Visual Arts on a regular basis you have the option of attending a free Be Creative studio-session during the same month as your Art for Leisure Course

Inspiration:  Pinterest ideas board

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Collagraph print-making

Book-on-request

Day options: Mon, Tues, Thurs or Fri 
Time options: 10-12.30 or 1.3-4pm

£57

per participant

For groups of 6-10 participants

Course details

Up-cycle your scrap materials to create fun quirky prints onto greetings cards or keep as framed prints for your wall.
Suitable for: Adults, Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

  • Class 1
    Learn a fun and exciting print technique to create interesting and quirky prints.  Build your Collagraph plate ready for printing.
  • Class 2
    Learn how to prepare your idea and get the best print.  Printing in monochrome and experimenting with adding colour.  Once dry you can add finishing touches to hand-made cards.
  • Optional Be Creative studio-session 
    To encourage you to attend Ancoats Visual Arts on a regular basis you have the option of attending a free Be Creative studio-session during the same month as your Art for Leisure Course

Inspiration:  Pinterest ideas board

Art for Leisure courses

About

Artist-led art and craft classes taught by an experienced community artist.  Art and craft classes are perfect for beginners, improvers and intermediate artists looking to learn and improve their arts and crafts in a friendly, relaxed, supportive class.

Click the green Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Supportive teaching

Each course will introduce students to a new art or craft technique giving them plenty of time to relax, learn, experiment, and go home amazed at what they have created.

Relaxed learning

Classes are relaxed as everyone learns at a different pace – no-one will be left behind as all levels of experience will be supported and encouraged. Join us, bring your friends and make new friends.

Book these courses if you want to learn new arts and crafts skills.

  • Materials to bring:

    • Art for Leisure courses
      All materials provided
    • Be Creative studio-sessions
      Bring your own materials 
      Details on the Be Creative webpage

    Useful items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for mopping up spills
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for new ideas

  • Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Refreshments
    Tea, coffee & biscuits by donation (50p per cup).
    Or provide your own.
    Please provide your own lunch if you require it.

  • Each Art for Leisure class is taught by an experienced community artist with skills in teaching and guiding participants in a friendly, supportive way ensuring everyone feels included and is able to fully take part in all activities.

  • Find out about previous Art for Leisure sessions on Ancoats Visual Arts’

    Meetup.com Page

    Facebook Page

  • Future dates

    CLICK HERE

About AVA

AVA is an informal community group

  • the group aims to support members, and encourage the wider community, to embrace creativity and art into their lives.
  • the group relies on much-valued, passionate + dedicated volunteers to lead peer-supported sessions.
  • the group offers members different ways of getting involved
    • Be Creative studio-sessions 
      peer-support
    • Art for Leisure courses
      artist-led
    • Art Critique + open discussion
      artist-led
    • Bespoke tailor-made community arts projects

Creative Art Courses supports AVA with

Meetup.com platform is used for

  • Memberships signup
  • Membership communication + Noticeboard
  • Sharing artwork images

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