Creative Arts & Crafts

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Creative Arts & Crafts

Celebrate over 63 years of adult learning in Reading, explore your creative side, learn a new skill and meet new friends!

New Directions College has a long standing history of offering local creative arts and crafts courses. Over our 60+ years we have offered everything from ceramics to knitting, dressmaking to re-upholstering furniture and more. Our current offer of courses are delivered through face to face classroom sessions and online workshops.

At New Directions South, we have our very own pottery and kiln and offer an excellent range of ceramics courses for total beginners through to more advanced potters.

We are excited to be offering brand new courses in 2021!

Cartooning, illustrations for Children’s books, felting, bag and dress making! Brand new creative courses starting from May 2021!

NEW Button Bridal Bouquet

Add an extra special element to your big day by making a unique, beautiful button bouquet in this 5 week course. We will create your bouquet using buttons and wire and you can add a little something special by including some special buttons or jewellery for your something old, something borrowed and something blue.

Starting: 26th May 2022. Classes will run for 5 weeks every Thursday at 10.30am for 2hrs at New Directions, South Reading. Parking is available.

Course fee: £85

NEW Create and Make – Bag

Make your own bag in this 8 week course. We will custom make our own bag or rucksack and will learn techniques to insert fasteners and hardware to create professional looking products, perfect for adventures or business ventures!

Starting: 25th April 2022. Classes will run every Monday at 13.00pm for 2hrs at New Directions, South Reading. Parking is available.

Course fee: £156

NEW Cartooning (evening)

Bring your cartoons to Life! Whether you’re cartooning for fun or starting out on a new career, this 10 week cartooning course is the first step towards bringing your cartoon world to life. See your work improve as we guide you through different cartooning techniques. Enjoy your work as you create, share, discuss and learn. This course also includes advice on promoting your work and developing contacts and opportunities. So begin your journey into a brighter and more colourful cartooning future today. Sessions will run either online or in a classroom at New Directions, South in the evenings.

Starting: 14th September 2021, 18th January 2022 and 26th April 2022.

Course fee: £140

Ceramic Design (evening)

During this 10-week evening course, you will be using the principles and elements of design, alongside making and decorating techniques, to expand and hone your skills and knowledge of ceramics. For example you will be looking at using armatures to support building animal and human figures to convey movement.

Starting: 23rd September 2021, 13th January 2022 and 28th April 2022. Classes will be delivered in our ceramics studio at New Directions, South Reading on a Thursday evening between 19.00 – 21.30pm. Parking is available.

Course fee: £230

Ceramics – Sculpting in Clay (day)

During this 10 week course, you will learn how to sculpt in clay by exploring a range of themes based on tutor led projects. Sessions will run from 10:00 – 12:00noon at New Directions South. Parking is available.

Starting: 20th September 2021, 10th January 2022 and 25th April 2022

Course fee: £160

Ceramics – Supported Learning (day)

This 10 week course is specifically designed for adult learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. In our supportive and relaxed ceramics studio at New Directions, South Reading, you will learn how to make and decorate pottery to take home. During this course you will learn how to make pottery pieces using a wide range of hand-building and decorating techniques including pinching, coiling, slab work and glazing.

Starting:

  • Monday 20th September 2021 at 12:30 – 14:30
  • Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 12:30 – 14:30
  • Friday 24th September 2021 at 10:00 – 12:00
  • Monday 10th January 2022 at 12:30 – 14:30
  • Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 12:30 – 14:30
  • Friday 14th January 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
  • Monday 25th April 2022 at 12:30 – 14:30
  • Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 12:30 – 14:30
  • Friday 29th April 2022 at 12.30 – 14.30

Course fee: £160

Ceramics – Throwing, Beginners (day)

During this 5 week course you will learn the basic skills required to Throw, including centering, throwing various shapes and turning. Depending on your experience, by the end of the course your skills will be improved and expanded, and your confidence will have grown. Courses will be at New Directions, South on a Wednesday at 14:30 – 16:30pm. Parking is available.

Starting: Wednesday 22nd September 2021 and Wednesday 16th February 2022

Course fee: £85

Ceramics – Throwing, Moving on (day)

Develop your ceramics throwing skills and brush up on essential techniques. This 5 week course will be delivered at New Directions, South Reading on a Wednesday at 14:30 – 16:30pm. Parking is available.

Starting: Wednesday 12th January 2022 and Wednesday 27th April 2022

Course fee: £85

Ceramics for all (day and evening)

During this 10 week course you will learn a range of skills to produce ceramic pieces using a variety of techniques and materials. You will be following tutor led projects or working on your own designs. Sessions will be delivered at New Directions, South on a range of days and times. Parking is available.

Day courses starting: Thursday 23rd September 2021, Thursday 13th January 2022 and Thursday 28th April 2022.

Day sessions run from 10:00 – 12:00noon.

Evening courses starting: Tuesday 21st September 2021, Wednesday 22nd September 2021, Tuesday 11th January 2022, Wednesday 12th January 2022, Tuesday 26th April 2022 and Wednesday 27th April 2022.

Evening sessions run from 19:00 – 21:30pm

Day Course fee: £160 (total of 20hrs)

Evening Course fee: £230 (total of 25hrs)

NEW Christmas Rag Wreath (evening)

Make a beautiful wreath for your front door that will be the envy of all your friends and neighbours. 2hr Workshop.

Starting: Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 19:00 to 21:00

Course fee: £41

Cookery – Supported Learning (day)

This 10 week course is specifically designed for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Delivered from our new state of the art kitchen at New Directions, South, you will develop basic cookery skills to enable you to be independent and make nutritious everyday meals. Sessions will run on a Tuesday and/or Thursday at 13:00 – 15:00pm. Ingredients and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 21st September 2021, Thursday 23rd September 2021, Tuesday 11th January 2022, Thursday 13th January 2022, Tuesday 26th April 2022 and Thursday 28th April 2022.

Course fee: £160

NEW Cooking from around the World (evening)

This 5 week course will enable you to cook and learn about different cuisines from around the world. You will cook Thai, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern and the dishes from the Caribbean. Classes will be held in our new state of the art training kitchen at New Directions South. Parking is available. Ingredients and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 2nd November 2021 at 19:00 – 21:00pm for 5 weeks

Course fee: £85

NEW Corset Making (evening)

During this 9 week course you will learn to modify a pattern to size, make and fit a toile and make a fully boned corset to measure. Based at New Directions, South. Parking is available.

Starting: Thursday 28th April 2022 at 19:00 – 21:00pm for 9 weeks

Course fee: £158

Drawing and Painting (day)

During this 10 week course you will explore the various techniques used for drawing and painting using a variety of media such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolours and acrylics. You will also develop your observational and painting skills, whilst gaining an understanding of perspective, methods of modeling and shading, composition and colour theory. You will be using a range of subjects from still life, landscapes including buildings, animals and portraits. Learners are required to bring a pencil and sketching paper to their first lesson. They will then receive a list of topics covered on the course and details of any additional materials they may wish to buy. Sessions to be held at New Directions South.

Starting: Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 10:00am – 12:00noon.

Course fee: £160

NEW Dressmaking for beginners (day and evening)

This 10 week course is designed to teach and improve dressmaking skills and techniques through a series of garment projects. You will learn to follow a sewing pattern and create simple garments. This course is suitable for beginners or those who have completed the ‘Sewing and Dressmaking: an Introduction’ course. You will need to supply your own materials. Sessions will be held at New Directions South. Parking is available.

Day course starting: Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 10:30 – 12:30pm

Evening course starting: Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 19:00 – 21:00pm

Course fee: £160

NEW Dressmaking – moving on (day)

This 10 week course is ideal for those who have some sewing experience, perhaps having completed one of our Beginners courses. We will be working on intermediate level sewing projects, learning some more challenging techniques, like lining garments and modifying a sewing pattern. You will need to supply your own materials. Sessions will be held at New Directions South. Parking is available.

Starting: Monday 10th January 2022 at 10:30am – 12:30pm

Course fee: £160

NEW Dressmaking – advanced techniques (day)

This 8 week course is ideal for more experienced learners, including those who have completed the ‘Dressmaking Moving On’ course. In this series of classes we will work on more complex garments. We will learn to modify a sewing pattern to our own designs, and adjust to our desired size. We will cover some more advanced techniques to build confidence tackling more challenging projects. You will need to supply your own materials. Sessions will be held at New Directions South. Parking is available.

Starting: Monday 25th April 2022 at 10:30 – 12:30pm

Course fee: £160

NEW Dressmaking for all (day and evening)

This 10 week course will develop your skills and expertise to make a variety of dresses. Bring along your sewing projects and work on them alongside likeminded people in our well equipped sewing room with support and guidance on hand to help. You will need to supply your own materials. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available.

Day courses starting: Monday 13th September 2021 at 13:00pm – 15:00pm, Monday 10th January 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00pm.

Evening course starting: Wednesday 27th April 2022 19:00 – 21:00pm.

Course fee: £160

NEW Easter Rag Wreath

Make a beautiful everlasting wreath for your front door. Celebrate Easter in style and be the envy of your friends and neighbours. 2hr workshop. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Thursday 10th March 2022

Course fee: £41

Easy Breadmaking (day)

During this 5 week course, you will learn the basic skills required to make your own homemade bread rolls, basic loafs, flat bread, soda bread and foccia. Sessions will be held in our new training kitchen at New Directions South. Parking is available. Ingredients and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Monday 10th January 2021 10:00 – 12:00pm

Course fee: £85

NEW Embroidery – figures from photographs (evening)

During this 8 week course, we will learn how to create an embroidery template from a photograph of a person, and create linear embroidery with colour pops and embellishments. This technique can be used to create unique textile artworks, and to embellish clothing and textiles. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Thursday 16th September 2021 at 19:00 – 21:00pm

Course fee: £156

NEW Felting Fun for beginners (day)

During this 5 week course you will learn the basics of dry and wet felting to create a cute animal and some pretty, unique felt to use in a variety of ways. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Thursday 16th September 2021 at 10:00 – 12:00pm.

Course fee: £85

NEW Further Fun with Felt (day)

This follow on 5 week course will build on developing your felting skills. You will begin to use wire to create posable figures and beautiful landscapes. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Thursday 21st October 2021 at 10am – 12.00pm

Course fee: £85

NEW Felt ball mobile (day)

During this 3 week course, you will learn how to create pretty, colourful felt balls then use them to make a stunning mobile. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Thursday 13th January 2022 at 10:30am – 12:30pm.

Course fee: £62

NEW Felt hearts wall hanging (day)

During this 3 week course you will use the skills you learnt in our other felting courses to make cute felt hearts then use them to create a beautiful wall hanging. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Thursday 28th April 2022 at 10:30 – 12:30pm

Course fee: £62

French for beginners – Module 1 (day and evening)

During this initial 12 week course, you will learn French using a variety of methods. This course is for beginners with no previous knowledge of the French language. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South. On completion you will be able to progress to the next Module.

Day course starting: Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 10:00 – 12:00noon.

Evening course starting: Thursday 16th September 2021 at 19:00 – 21:00pm.

Course fee: £160

French for beginners – Module 2 (day and evening)

This 14 week follow-on course is suitable for those who have a basic knowledge of the French language or if you have already completed the French Beginners – Module 1 course. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Day course starting: Wednesday 2nd March 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00pm.

Evening course starting: Thursday 3rd March 2022 at 19:00 – 21:00pm

Course fee: £160

French for the holidays (day)

During this 5 week course, you will learn to talk the talk. By the end of this course you will be able to feel confident to order food, ask for directions and other essential holiday phrases. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00pm.

Course fee: £60

French Improvers – Module 3 (day)

During this 11 week course, you will take the next step in learning the French language. Suitable for those who have a good knowledge of the basics or those who have completed our French Beginners – Module 2 course. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 10:00 – 12:00noon.

Course fee: £160

French Improvers – Module 4 (day)

During this 15 week course, you will take the next step in refining your knowledge of the French language. Suitable for those who have a good knowledge of the basics or those who have completed our French Improvers – Module 3 course. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Tuesday 1st March 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00noon.

Course fee: £160

NEW Create and Make – Handbag or Clutch (day)

During this 10 week course, you will make your own handbag(s) or clutch bag(s). You will custom make your own bags (choosing from a range of styles) learning techniques to insert fasteners and hardware to create professional looking bags, clutches and purses. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 10:30 – 12:30pm

Course fee: £160

NEW & FREE Healthy meals on a budget (day)

Come along and learn how to cook healthy, tasty meals on a budget. Sessions to be held at New Directions South in our new state of the art kitchen. Courses run for 5 weeks. Ingredients and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 21st September 2021 and Tuesday 26th April 2022. Sessions run from 10:00 – 12:00.

Course fee: FREE

NEW Introduction to Children’s Book Illustrations (evening)

Bring your children’s books vividly to life with this Introduction to Illustrating Children’s Books course. This 5 week course, written and taught by illustrator Afreen Rubbani, is for anyone interested in illustrating children’s books. Develop your imagination, style and techniques with exercises, assignments, feedback and advice. Learn how to respond effectively to a specific brief and discover more about each stage of the whole process of illustrations. Your confidence will grow alongside your skills so that you enjoy the process of learning. By the end of the course, you will have a growing body of work and a great set of new skills. Sessions will be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Thursday 16th September 2021, Thursday 20th March 2022 and Thursday 28th April

Course fee: £

NEW Make your own 1950’s Swing dress (day)

In this 8 week course you will make your very own Rockability 50’s swing dress in time for the Summer. We will modify sewing patterns to our measurements and design preferences, make and fit a toile and make a stylish dress from scratch. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 26th April 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00pm

Course fee: £156

NEW Make your own Fitted Jacket (day)

In this 10 week course we will modify sewing patterns to our measurements and design preferences, make and fit a toile to make a jacket from scratch. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00pm

Course fee: £160

NEW Make your own Winter Coat (evening)

In this 10 week course we will modify sewing patterns to our measurements and design preferences, make and fit a toile and make a Winter coat from scratch. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 19:00 – 21:00pm

Course fee: £160

NEW Recycled Fashion (day)

This 8 week course is an informal way to develop creative skills, learning to think outside the box and create something new from something old. We will begin by selecting our materials (unloved garments, old curtains and textiles, broken jewellery) and planning a design around these items. We will then work to transform our materials into one-off items of clothing/accessories through pattern cutting, fabric manipulation, sewing and embellishment. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Tuesday 26th April 2022 at 10:30 – 12:30pm

Course fee: £156

NEW Sewing and dressmaking – an introduction (day)

This 10 week course will build confidence and inspire inexperienced sewers and sewists (those more experienced in sewing are also welcome!) through relaxed sessions. We will introduce you to threading and operating a sewing machine, we will learn many sewing techniques; various seams, pocket styles, pleats and tucks, inserting a zip and we will cover the basics of using a sewing pattern; everything you need to begin your first sewing project. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available. Basic kit and equipment will be provided.

Starting: Monday 13th September 2021 at 10:30 – 12:00noon

Course fee: £160

Spanish for beginners – Module 1 (day)

During this 12 week course you will learn Spanish using a variety of methods. This course is for beginners with no previous knowledge of the Spanish language. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 13:00 – 15:00pm and Thursday 16th September at 14:00 – 16:00pm.

Course fee: £160

Spanish for beginners – Module 2 (day)

This 14 week follow on course is suitable for those who have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language or if you have already completed the Spanish Beginners – Module 1 course. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Wednesday 2nd March 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00pm and Thursday 3rd March at 14:00 – 16.00pm.

Course fee: £160

Spanish for improvers – Module 3 (day)

Take the next step in learning the Spanish language. Suitable for those who have a good knowledge of the basics or those who have completed our Spanish Beginners – Module 2 course. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Tuesday 14th September 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00pm

Course fee: £160

Spanish for improvers – Module 4 (day)

Take the final step in learning the Spanish language. Suitable for those who have a good knowledge of the basics or those who have completed our Spanish Improvers – Module 3 course. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Tuesday 1st March 2022 at 13:00 – 15:00pm

Course fee: £160

Spanish for the holidays (day)

Learn to talk the talk. By the end of this 5 week course you will be able to feel confident to order food, ask for directions and other essential holiday phrases. Sessions to be held online or at New Directions South.

Starting: Wednesday 27th April 2022 12:30 – 14:30pm

Course fee: £60

NEW The secrets of Indian Cookery (evening)

During this 5 week course you will learn about different herbs and spices used in Indian cookery to make authentic dishes. Sessions to be held in our new state of the art training kitchen at New Directions South. Ingredients and equipment will be provided and is included in your course fee.

Starting: Tuesday 22nd September 2021 at 19:00 – 21:00pm

Course fee: £85

NEW Thread Painting (day)

In this 8 week course you will work to create a detailed embroidery art piece using the thread painting/silk shading technique. Sessions to be held at New Directions South. Parking is available. Basic kit and equipment will be included.

Starting: Tuesday 14th September 2021 at 13:00 – 15:00pm

Course fee: £156

Upholstery (day)

During this 30 week course, you will learn or develop your skills to restore and upholster furniture. Sessions to be held at New Directions South every week during term time. Parking is available. This is one of our longest running courses and so we celebrate this by offering a special fixed price year on year.

Starting: Wednesday 29th September 2021 9:00 – 11:30am

Course fee: £409

Watercolour Painting (day)

On this 10 week course you will explore the various techniques used for watercolour painting. You will also develop your observational and painting skills, whilst gaining an understanding of perspective, methods of modeling and shading, composition and colour theory. You will be using a range of subjects from still life, landscapes including buildings, animals and portraits. Learners are required to bring a pencil and sketching paper to their first lesson. They will then receive a list of topics covered on the course and details of any additional materials they may wish to buy. Sessions to be held at Emmer Green Community Centre.

Starting: Wednesday 15th September 2021, 13th January 2022 and 21st April 2022. All courses run from 10am to 12 noon.

Course fee: £160

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