Check out these courses and workshops
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!
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.
Multimedia 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:
At Deda in Derby you can take in your sewing projects and gather with like-minded people in this regular session called Sew-cial.
Do a bit of Craft Bombing in Ilkeston! Weekly meets at Wash Arts in Ilkeston until 17 July
Join Kaleidoscope Community Choir from 18 February until a performance in July in Buxton
The Belper Arts Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Long Eaton, try this card making craft group
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:
Learn the art of play in this series of workshops that will combine physical comedy with the techniques of walkabout street theatre. After 5 days of workshops, you will take part in a performance on 16 and 17 August. In Buxton, 11-17 August
Give Morris a Go in Buxton on 13 July
F Philip Holland is running a Poetry Writing Workshop in Buxton on 13 July
Join A Masterclass with Rosalind Plowright on 20 July in Buxton
Making Up The Past is a Historical Fiction Workshop running on 20 July in Buxton
Join Samantha Norman, Nev Fountain, N J Cooper, Zoe Sharp & John Lawton for a discussion on crime writing, in Buxton 25 July
Journalist, broadcaster and writer Kirsty Wark talks about her first novel in Buxton on 27 July
Derbyshire young writer, Emma Pass is running a Novel Writing Workshop in Buxton on 27 July
In Derby at the Green Door Printmaking Studio there are also a whole range of printmaking techniques workshops to sign up for:
Acrylic Resist Etching: Line Drawing introduces you to the basis of creating an etched plate, 1 August
Sign up for an Acrylic Resist Etching: Aquatint workshop in Derby on 2 August
Cover Acrylic Resist Etching: Wet Ground in this 3 August workshop in Derby
In this workshop in Derby on 4 August you will learn about Acrylic Resist Etching: Lift Ground & Open Bite
You will be introduced to Intaglio Printing with Colour Techniques at this workshop in Derby on 5 August
Learn the intricacies of moveable type with this Advanced Letterpress workshop in Derby on 7 August
On 8 August, get an introduction to Photopolymer Letterpress in this workshop in Derby
Try something different with this Japanese Stab Binding Course in Derby on 9 August
There are also lots of regular groups to join:
Matlock-based photographer Tez Marsden offers photography courses year-round
Band rehearsals - Senior band Wednesday evenings 7.30pm. Training band and novice group Monday evenings 6.50pm in Long Eaton
One Day Photography Workshops run in Buxton on the first Sunday of every month, so check one of them out.
Make/Music is a regular an evening meet to make and play musical instruments in Matlock.
Focus on writing, perform writing exercises and get feedback on your work at Derby Scribes Writing Group
Join the Newton Solney Art Group weekly in Newton Solney, every Friday between 2 and 4pm
Get a free guided tour of Sharpe's Pottery Museum in Swadlincote on the last Wednesday of each month
Join the Brampton Best Knitters every Wednesday night, in Brampton , for knitting! (well, actually for crochet and spinning too)
Field Breaks: Art breaks offer a range of non-residential and residential art, craft, textiles and media workshops running over two to three days or a week throughout the year in Castleton.
Forest Arts provides workshops at Rosliston Forestry Centre in various forms; watercolour painting, botanical painting, photography, drumming, singing for pleasure, drawing from the forest floor and more.
Enjoy a literary lunch break. Go along and read (or listen to), historical fiction in a period setting on the first Monday of every month. Pickford's House Museum, Derby .
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.
There's plenty going on to keep your children entertained with classes and regular group meetings to suit just about every artistic taste.
Keep your professional practihce skills up to date. Also check out our Artists' and Arts Organisations' Training News page for many more opportunities.
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.
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
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