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There are loads of courses and workshops in Derbyshire, and we’ve trawled around for the best courses for you to improve your skills or gain new ones — or just simply to feed your soul. Read on!

Craft and practical skills courses and workshops

Have you always promised yourself some 'me time' to get to grips with a new skill? We've got all angles covered with our selection of groups, classes and workshops to get involved with. So, get wiggling your belly, tapping those feet, carving wood or stone or take to treading the boards.

Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp illustrationMultimedia artist, Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp has put together a programme of workshops throughout 2014 that will take place in her studio in Earl Sterndale near Buxton. Download the PDF at the bottom of this page for the full programme 'at a glance'.

Straightcurves in Chesterfield have a packed programme of arty and crafty workshops - and the focus over the summer in on children's entertainments! - to help you learn a new skill, whether the skill you would like to learn is arty or crafty! 

Or you could take a look through this selection of arts and crafty workshops all around the rest of Derbyshire:   

There are also plenty of regular workshops, groups and club meets:

Deeper interest courses, lectures and workshops

There's something for everyone here, whether you want to actively get involved in a workshop, or want to listen to a lecture by a seasoned guide.
 
pauline townsend foxglove silk paintingPauline Townsend is a silk painter based in Buxton who runs a series of silk painting workshops for beginners and advanced silk painting enthusiasts alike.
 

Try some of the following and dig deeper into one of the interests you have in your life including this range of offerings as part of the Buxton Festival 2014:

Etching workshop Derby August 2014In Derby at the Green Door Printmaking Studio there are also a whole range of printmaking techniques workshops to sign up for:

There are also lots of regular groups to join:

Reading, libraries and literature

Read more about the Derbyshire County Council library service in the PDF attached at the bottom of the page. The library service is more than just a building with books!! You can access a whole range of other services online 24 hours a day, so read on to find out more.

The Book Chat list for 2014 has been published for established Book Groups.   The Book Chat List is a list of group sets that registered Book Groups can borrow from the libraries. With titles such as Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, Ned Beaumann's The Teleportation Accident, Sian Busby's A Commonplace Killing, Clare Balding's My Animals and other family, Ann Atkinson's From Matlock to Mamelodi and Khaled Hosseini's And The Mountains Echoed, there is a diverse selection from which to choose to suit most group's tastes.

If you are looking to join a Book Group then try the Reading Groups for Everyone website which is the Reading Agency’s dedicated website for readers and readers’ groups nationally. There is lots of information about current book awards and initiatives, writers, free books and competitions for book groups. You can register your reading group on the site and connect with other groups

If you’d like to receive the Derbyshire County Book Chat e-newsletter, send an email to Priscilla.Baily@derbyshire.gov.uk to request being added to the mailing list.  It’s open to anyone who is interested in books, reading, and literary events in Derbyshire libraries so let your friends and family know too. 

Check out the WEA brochures for Derby, Derbyshire and Chesterfield (see below) for a variety of arts and creative courses.  

For children

There's plenty going on to keep your children entertained with classes and regular group meetings to suit just about every artistic taste.  

There are also these regular groups running throughout the year too, so maybe now is the time to give them a try?

  • Kids Club runs every Friday evening and Saturday daytime.  So join in at a 2 hour session in Alfreton where you can paint your choice of figurine and then have a go on the potter's wheel.  
  • There are helping hands for your Piano, Organ and Music theory tuition in Long Eaton. 
  • Bakewell School of Dance & Theatre Arts offers comprehensive Theatre and Dance training for all ages and abilities in regular weekly sessions on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays for ages 3+.
  • Theatreworks- Classes offered in Drama and Musical Production for aged three to 17 years in Bonsall .
  • The ICODA Infrared dance and theatre school runs very Wednesday 4.15pm-6.15pm in Long Eaton and is dedicated to teaching children and young adults skills in performing arts.
  • The Glee Club Burton on Trent runs every Monday from 6.30-7.30pm for 10-16 year olds and from 7.45pm to 8.45pm for 17+ year olds. 
  • Twistin' Tots is a fun mix of songs, rhymes, actions and props to educate young children and keep them entertained. Every Monday in Duffield , Tuesday at 10am in Matlock or 2pm in Belper , Wednesday in Ripley , or Fridays at 10am or 11.15am in Belper .
  • Dancebeats are dance classes around Derby for children aged 3-18 years old. Venues include Stepping Lane, Chellaston, Mickleover and Chaddesden. Performing Arts classes for aged three to 17 years.
  • Professional development

  • Keep your professional practihce skills up to date. Also check out our Artists' and Arts Organisations' Training News page for many more opportunities. 
  • In Loscoe on 7 July you can receive some Professional Development Planning at this workshop for creatives
  • Adult Community Education

  • Get on course with Derbyshire Adult Community Education. New courses start running each term, and so it's never too late. For full course details, download a brochure for your area from the Derbyshire County Council website. The areas covered by each brochure are as follows:
  • Western : Covering Ashbourne, Bakewell, Hope Valley, Matlock, Wirksworth, Buxton and Fairfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Gamesley, Glossop and New Mills.
  • Eastern : Covering Bolsover, Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Eckington, Killamarsh, Shirebrook and South Normanton.
  • Southern : Covering Alfreton, Belper, Codnor, Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Hatton, Melbourne, Newhall and Swadlincote.
  • At the bottom of this page you will also be able to find the latest Spring brochure for the Eco Centre in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, a venue that is stuffed full of heritage crafts, arts and carfty workshops and courses.

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