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Visual Arts

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Learning about Visual Arts

Idea Store Learning has developed a broad vibrant range of visual arts courses aimed at helping you learn new artistic skills. Whether you want to learn to paint with watercolours, learn screen printing techniques, ceramic design skills, create floral displays, develop your oil painting skills, be a creative writer or simply brush up on your life drawing, we have a course for you in which you will enjoy learning to be creative in a friendly supportive  atmosphere.

A taste of some of the courses on offer:
• Pottery and Ceramics – Beginners
• Get Started in Ceramics with Throwing and Hand Building – Beginners
• Painting and Drawing – Beginners
• Get Started with Watercolours – Beginners
• Get Started with Oil Painting – Beginners
• Introduction to Printmaking Techniques – Beginners
• Printmaking - Beginners
• Screen Printing on Fabric and Paper – Beginners
• Screen Printing and Batik on Fabric – Beginners
• Creative Writing - Beginners
• Introduction to Interior Design - Beginners
• Illustration for Marketing and Promotion – All Levels
• Preparing to Sell your Work Online – All Levels

For learners with some existing knowledge and skills there are courses for you too. Progress your learning by joining one our all levels*, intermediate or advanced courses:
• Pottery and Ceramics – All Levels
• Ceramics with Throwing – All Levels
• Explore Creative Clay and Ceramics – All Levels
• Improve Your Painting and Drawing – Intermediate
• Watercolours – All Levels
• Oil Painting – All Levels
• Printmaking – All Levels
• Screen Printing on Fabric and Paper – All Levels
• Screen Printing and Batik on Fabric – All Levels
• Creative Writing – All Levels
• Interior Design - Intermediate
• Illustration for Marketing and Promotion – All Levels
• Seasonal Floral Display – All Levels
• Life Drawing – All Levels
• Beaded Jewellery – All Levels
• Sell your Work Online – All Levels

*All Levels courses are a mix of learners of all levels including beginners or advanced learners.

You will be taught by highly skilled art and design practitioners and be taught to use a range of excellent resources. Following an all levels, intermediate or advanced course learners may progress to one of our workshops.


These workshops are for those learners who want the opportunity to progress their work further for employment or exhibition within the creative industries sector.

The aim is for you to increase opportunities to raise your profile either through producing work for exhibition or competition or by direct employment, as self-employed entrepreneurs producing work for sale.

If you wish to enrol on a workshop class, you must have completed at least 20 hours on one of our intermediate or improvers’ courses, within the last three years or hold an equivalent level of knowledge and skills.