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Lewisham School of Arts and Design aims to create, develop and support creativity in all our learners, from complete beginners, through to those with more advanced skills. Discover, design and make with specialist tuition form artists, designers and experts practising in their fields across a wide range of subjects.

We offer courses in...

Art, Pottery and Performing Arts: art history, botanical illustration, watercolours, calligraphy, drawing and painting, life drawing, portraiture, pottery, dance, acting

Design, Media and Music: glasswork, jewellery, printing, film studies, photography and Photoshop, music theory, keyboard, guitar, singing skills

Textile and Floral Design: clothesmaking, tailoring, pattern cutting, hand sewing, sewing machine skills, upholstery, home furnishing, patchork and quilting, handknitting, floristry, gardening, balloon design

For more information and a full list of courses visit

https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/adult/find-a-course

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Portraiture - 10 week online course

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Please note this course will be delivered online. This course will introduce you to drawing faces from observation. Through weekly projects you will explore line, shape, tone, form, movement, colour and composition. Long and short poses will be included. You will have the opportunity to use various drawing and painting media including charcoal, pen and ink. You will be encouraged to explore and develop personal ideas. Cost: £110 (full), £55 (reduced/concession) Find out more and enrol online: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/app001sol---portraiture---autumn---online---72505

Sewing skills online - learn to use your sewing machine confidently!

Do you have a sewing machine at home that you have never quite got round to using as you hoped to? If so, this two session online course is designed as a basic introduction for learners who may be interested in progressing onto any other Fashion & Textiles course- or who just want to be able to carry out basic tasks at home. Most domestic machines work in a very similar way- so with help you will gain a good understanding of using your own machine safely, and you will be introduced to all the main functions and controls, from correct threading and tension adjustments, to sampling a range of stitches & simple techniques. This course is suitable for either complete beginners, or those with very rusty skills they wish to refresh & no prior knowledge or experience is needed. Cost: £21 Find out more and enrol online at: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/tfd0011ol---sewing-skills-online---learn-to-use-your-sewing-machine-confidently----72327

Life drawing - 5 week online course

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Please note this course will be delivered online. This course will introduce you to drawing the human figure from observation. Through weekly projects you will explore line, tone, form, movement, colour and composition. Long and short poses will be included. You will have the opportunity to use various media including charcoal, pen and ink. You will be encouraged to explore and develop personal ideas. Cost: £55 (full), £27.50 (reduced/concession) Find out more and enrol online: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/app003sol---life-drawing---all-levels---autumn---part-1--online---72503

Introduction to Book Illustration - online

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Please note that this course will be delivered online. Try something new and perhaps start work on that children's book you have dreamt of. Through a series of demonstration, discussion and set mark making tasks you will be guided into the world of creative book illustration. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to enrol on this course. Basic computer skills are essential. Cost: £70 You will need to enrol online before the course starts: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/dmf806sol---book-illustration---introduction---online---72294

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