This page provides a list of places where you can do classes, courses and workshops in art, craft and design in Bristol.

Bristol Adult Learning Service
Stoke Lodge Centre
Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop
The Bristol Adult Learning Service at Stoke Lodge offer lots of different courses and one-day workshops in a whole range of creative activities, including painting (watercolour, acrylic and oil), drawing, clay sculpture, jewellery making, calligraphy, dressmaking and textiles, sewing, patchwork and quilting, embroidery, upholstery, stained glass, art history and floristry.

St Pauls Learning and Family Centre
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
The Bristol Adult Learning Service at the St Paul’s Learning Centre run lots of different courses and one-day workshops in a whole range of creative activities, including painting, drawing, floristry, enamelling, sewing, patchwork, soapstone carving, textiles, stained glass, print making, dyeing, mosaics, jewellery making, pottery, sculpture

The Station
Silver Street
Bristol BS1 2AG
Tel: 0117 204 7338
The Station offers a range of creative courses and activities for young people aged 13-19, including film-making, photography, fashion and art, and garden design and creation. For more information visit:

Bristol Drawing School
Royal West of England Academy
Queen’s Road
Bristol Drawing School offers a diverse range of activities, including courses, workshops, exhibitions and artist talks linked to various forms of drawing, plus related activities such as printing.

Bristol School of Art
Queens Road
0117 9736259
At the Bristol School of Art you can take part-time day and evening courses in life drawing, enamelling, art history, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and jewellery making
The art school also offers the full-time Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as well as a variety of HE courses including BA (Hons) Fine Art, FdA Fine Art, FdA Graphic Design, FdA Fashion & Textiles, BA (Hons) Applied Arts and BA (Hons) Art History

Bristol Folk House
40a Park Street
Bristol Folk House offers courses and one-day workshops in drawing, painting (watercolour and acrylic), charcoals and pastels, cartooning, illustration, photography, digital illustration, art history, printmaking, calligraphy, stained glass, sewing, pattern cutting, patchwork, felt-making, beadwork, silversmithing and jewellery making, enamelling, knitting and crochet, willow weaving, and bookbinding.

Graft Workshops
Graft run workshops in graffiti art and mural painting for adults and young people. They offer workshops to schools and youth groups, one-to-one and small groups, birthday parties, work socials & team building events, festivals, family occasions and more. Contact them (email: or phone 07894 222939) to discuss your requirements. If you are planning a stag or hen do, why not book Graft’s stag/hen package, which starts with a tour of Bristol’s famous graffiti, gives you a chance to learn about graffiti styles and techniques and shows you how to design your own ‘tag’. You can have a go at using spray cans and markers and then create a small board to take away. This package costs £35 per person for a 3 hour workshop.

Beginner’s Painting and Drawing Classes in Bristol
Will Stevens runs classes in Bristol teaching you how to use a variety of different painting and drawing materials including pencil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel. These classes are particularly suited to beginners, but non-beginners are also welcome.

Poppy Patchwork
The Poppy Patchwork shop in Westbury-on-Trym is closing on 31st March 2017, but the business will still be running online.
Poppy Patchwork is a specialist patchwork and quilting shop. They run a variety of patchwork and quilting workshops and classes in a dedicated workshop room above the shop in Westbury-on-Trym.

Make It – Kim Thomson Design
Kim Thomson delivers a range of creative workshops specialising in Jewellery & Silversmithing. From one to one and small group classes at her studio in Mangotsfield – to regular workshops and night classes at The Bristol Folk House. Kim also has over 11 years experience delivering community group and schools workshops, specialising in young people with additional needs and behavioural issues. For more information see:

Chandos Atelier
2 Chandos Road
t: 07980 827755
Chandos Atelier offer fun art classes, clubs & parties for all ages from toddler to adult. An unprescribed exploration of methods and materials, participants are free to make choices, and then change their minds. There is no right or wrong, just safe practise and exciting art discoveries. Sessions are run in their bright, colourful workshop by a professional maker.

Bristol Print Room
Stonebridge Park
Bristol Print Room is an exciting and exceptional new art facility in Bristol opening in January 2017. Visitors can try all sorts of intalglio print making – dry point, collographs, monoprinting lino and more. Beginners art workshops and artists groups starting in the new year. Visit for more information.

Sophie Ploeg
Sophie Ploeg is a professional artist who has exhibited her work at the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society, the RWA in Bristol and many other places. She is based in Thornbury and offers workshops for small groups in an informal setting. Her workshops are mainly for oil painting, pastel and drawing in a realistic style with tips and techniques, demos and plenty of practice. For more information visit her website.

Hens with Pens run hen party life drawing sessions in Bristol and other locations across the UK. At one of their parties you can share a unique experience with your friends by trying your hand at drawing exercises that give you the opportunity to learn drawing techniques from skilled artists. The final hour of the party involves drawing a male life model. The classes take place in the hens’ own venues across the UK, but Hens with Pens are happy to help arrange venues too. For more information visit the website:

The Art Troupe
The Art Troupe are Bristol based artists and other creatives that offer a wide range of entertaining workshops to you, your friends, family or colleagues. Operating in the South West of England, The Art Troupe are mobile and can organise a venue that is convenient for you. A rich resource of creative talent, they offer a simple, convenient solution to whatever your event may be. Whether it’s festivals, birthday parties, hen parties, children’s parties, school workshops, corporate team building or just a little get together with friends, they organise something fresh and a little bit different. Among the Troupe are professional mask & puppet makers, jewellery designers, print makers, illustrators and paper artists, fantastical hula hoopers, an astrologer and many more! They have their own space within an artists studio complex in the heart of Bristol, but they can also bring our workshops to you or find a suitable venue on your doorstep. For more information visit their website:

Creative Glass Guild
Unit 4 St. Philips Central
Albert Road
St Phillips
The Creative Glass Guild run over 30 glass craft courses in their fully equipped designed studio spaces, ranging from how to make stained glass to fusing, painting on glass and lampwork glass bead making.

Department of Creative Industries
University of the West of England (UWE)
Kennel Lodge Rd
Bower Ashton
The Department of Creative Industries at UWE is one of the largest providers of specialist arts and media education in the South West. They offer a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short courses across a range of creative domains, including animation, applied Arts, communication design, creative media, Fashion, fine art and Photography.

Let’s Make Art
Let’s Make Art provides high quality, well-resourced art sessions, for children aged 2 – 11+

Bamba Bazzar
7 Gloucester Road
Bamba Bazzar run a variety of classes covering a range of different styles and techniques of beaded jewellery making (starting at beginners level and moving on to more advanced levels). They provide all the tools and findings needed and beads can be purchased from the large selection in the shop.

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC)
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Activities at Knowle West Media Centre range from after-school groups for young people and innovative energy-saving projects, to music workshops and art exhibitions. Visit their website to find out more about courses and workshops on offer.

Makey Mamas
Makey Mamas offers pregnant women and mums of young babies creative workshops where they have the chance to learn new skills, make lovely things for their bumps and babies and relax and socialise with other mums. Workshops include: How to photograph your pregnant bump or baby, Natural skincare product making, Crochet bootie making, Toy making, Patchworking and Casting pregnant bumps or babies. They run workshops throughout Bristol, and also offer home workshops and baby showers. For more information visit:

IC-Visual Lab
13 West St.
Old Market Quarter
The remit of IC-Visual Lab is to support the development of photographic practice. In addition to screenings, seminar-based events and exhibitions, they run a number of photography related workshops.

Flying Saucers
Pottery Painting Café
9 Byron Place
Flying Saucers is a Painting Pottery Café, where individuals or groups of children and adults can select pottery items to decorate and take them home after firing.

City of Bristol College
City of Bristol College is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK. The College offers a range of academic and vocational qualifications at a number of different locations across Bristol, including the Ashley Down Centre, College Green Centre and Soundwell Centre. Courses in art, design and media are offered at a range of levels from Level 1 (entry level) Diplomas to Degree level courses

Ashley Down Centre
Ashley Down Road

College Green Centre
St George’s Road

Soundwell Centre
St Stephen’s Road
BS16 4RL

Café Sewciety (formerly known as Cordial & Grace)
Café Sewciety specialises in providing private sewing lessons, small workshops, sewing get-togethers & parties. 2015 has brought a change in location and Café Sewciety has evolved from being a tea room & sewing café in Clifton to a sewing studio in Montpelier which has been set up as a friendly & tranquil place to sew. Sewing lessons are available Tuesday to Sunday – daytime & evening. Visit the website to find out more.

The Creation Station
Creation Station activities are designed to meet the needs of babies, toddlers, preschool children, and all children up to the age of 11. In addition to classes, Creation Stations also run creative parties for children. There are three Creation Stations in Bristol:

The Creation Station – Bristol North

The Creation Station – Bristol South

The Creation Station – Frampton Cotterell

workshop 22
After almost six years of trading workshop 22 closed its doors for the very last time on Christmas Eve 2016. The creative people at workshop 22 will be setting up new businesses and embarking upon new adventures. See Lucy’s Facebook page and Sarah’s Facebook page for more information.

Children’s Scrapstore & Artrageous
Scrapstore House
21 Sevier Street
St Werburghs
The Children’s Scrapstore run ‘Super Saturday Sample Sessions’ every fortnight which allow children and adults to experiment with products from the Artrageous shop.

The Silai Centre
176 Easton Road
The Silai Centre is a multi-use centre managed by the charity Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) and is open to all members of the community. The Silai Centre offers high quality affordable courses, childcare, family support services, an affordable café and spaces to rent at a convenient location in inner-city Bristol. They run a number of courses including craft and creative courses, dressmaking, upholstery, soft-furnishing and curtain making.

Flo-Jo Boutique
36b Gloucester Road
Flo-Jo Boutique is a vintage-inspired sewing and textiles venue that specialises in quality fabrics, haberdashery. They offer a range of sewing workshops including beginners sewing, corset making, pattern cutting, and various dressmaking projects, plus drop-in sewing sessions.

Spike Print Studio
Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road
Spike Print Studio is the largest open-access print studio in the South West. They provide training in contemporary and traditional printmaking by means of a mixed programme of courses, workshops and master classes. Courses include: etching, screen printing, relief printing, woodcuts, textile printing, monoprinting and drypoint.

Stitch-Up Studios
The Island
Nelson Street
Stitch-Up Studios is a communal sewing space run by its team of members. They share equipment and knowledge with anyone wanting to get involved in sewing. Facilities include an overlocker, 2 industrial machines, 3 domestic machines, a large pattern cutting table and several mannequins. Facilities can be used on a private hire basis or by attending an open-session or workshop.

Hamilton House / Coexist
80 Stokes Croft
Coexist hosts Hamilton House as a space in which people collectively live, work, play and innovate to create a better world for each other, our community and the environment. A number of creative events and workshops are run from its various spaces.

The Village Pottery
70 Princess Victoria Street
The Village Pottery is a family-run pottery based in Clifton Village. They run pottery classes, ranging from a one-to-one taster lesson, to a Wheel and Hand Building & Glazing lesson for 2 pupils. For larger groups, workshop sessions from Jen’s other studio in Easton-in-Gordano.

Shiney Rocks
14 Sandy Park Road
Shiney Rocks is a bead shop and jewellery-making venue located in the Brislington area of South Bristol. Shiney Rocks offer a range of jewellery and tiara making classes to suit all ages and skill levels. They have recently introduced other creative classes such as bag making.

Get Knitted
39 Brislington Hill
Tel. (0117) 300 5211
Get Knitted is a yarn shop selling a large range of yarns, knitting and crochet supplies. They run a number of workshops in knitting and crochet, plus a Friday morning drop-in Knit & Natter group.

Pottery on Wheels
A mobile pottery studio
Tel: 07725 137 676
Twitter: @pottery_wheels
Pottery on Wheels is a little bit quirky and a lot of fun! It’s a pottery studio that is neatly transported around in a converted Landrover Defender. There is are two portable pottery wheels, several tables and benches, a wrap around awning and everything else you need to be creative with clay. POW is based in Bristol but being mobile means the fun can travel to you. We can set up in most spaces whether it be your home, workplace, community centre, school, market or holiday cottage. Alternatively, set up can take place in and around the Landrover if you are camping, having a garden party, don’t have space inside or just enjoy being outdoors. A POW experience is tailored to your interests and requirements with all equipment, materials and teaching provided. So if you are celebrating a birthday, doing something new as a family, team building with colleagues or developing your art portfolio, we can cater to your needs. Your POW experience will be delivered by Sarah who is a qualified art teacher with 10 years of experience, 8 of which she was the Head of Art, a first class honours degree from Newcastle University and a masters degree from the Institute of Education, London. Sarah is also a practising GCSE Art and Design moderator. Most importantly she will ensure you have an enjoyable experience whilst you create your clay masterpieces!

The Make and Do Emporium
The Make and Do Emporium is a craft shop and haberdashery that runs regular craft and sewing workshops, plus a weekly craft club for adults.

Mobile Sewing Tutor
If you can’t attend a workshop or course because of timings or lack of transport it dosen’t mean you can’t learn to sew. Jenny the Mobile Sewing Tutor will travel within the Bristol area to teach you in your Home, Lesson content is based on what you want to learn, from getting more out of your Sewing Machine or Overlocker to Dressmaking, from Soft Toys to Soft Furnishing. All Ages Covered.

Bristol School of Sewing and Textiles
Unit 4
Midland Road Business Park
Midland Road
Staple Hill
BS16 4NW
The Bristol School of Sewing and Textiles provides a whole range of courses including all aspects of sewing, willow weaving and painting.

Mandy’s Make
Mandy’s Make
Mandy’s Make run kids and adult parties, courses in sewing, furniture painting, lampshade making and much more. for information visit their website.

Warm Glass UK
5 Havyat Park
Havyat Road
BS40 5PA
In their professional teaching studio, Warm Glass UK offer a variety of creative and instructional courses for all abilities, from enthusiastic novice to experienced users of art glass, covering a range of skills including fusing, slumping, casting, flameworking and more.

Laura After Midnight
Laura is Bristol-based Costumier and Seamstress. At The Midnight Atelier (based at Pithay Studios in the centre of Bristol) she creates beautiful, historically inspired Costumes and Fashion pieces for clients all over the world. She runs small classes on how to sew beautiful clothes and accessories, plus a sewing club and a crochet club. For more information and to book see her website:

42 The Grove
Potstop courses are suitable for complete beginners and for those already experienced in working with clay. They offer endless possibilities for creating your own functional pottery or sculptural ceramics. Their 4 week course gives you the chance to try out some creative ways to make and decorate your own pottery or ceramic sculpture. The 12 week course introduces you to handbuilding including coiling, slab work, moulding and sculptural techniques and wheel thrown work.

Orchard Workshop
Kingswood Foundation
Britannia Road
BS15 8DB
Orchard Workshop was founded by Janet Parsons in 1988. It offers people of all abilities and ages the opportunity to develop their creativity and skills in practical crafts. They offer courses in woodwork, woodturning, woodcarving, stained glass, jewellery and silversmithing, drawing and painting, sewing and knitting, enamelling and pottery.

Wot Pots
Westbury Wildlife Park
Trym Rd
Wotpots are a pottery company that delivers a range of pottery and pottery painting workshops, courses and parties, for all ages and abilities, from their studio based in the Westbury Wildlife Park in Westbury on Trym.

tel. 07717 313651
GO SKETCH are a group of local artists and teachers who run high quality fine art and sculpture workshops for enthusiastic artists aged 7 years to adult. They also run art parties for an extra special birthday celebration. GO SKETCH work in various locations in and around Bristol. See for more information.

Beshley’s Wool Shop
Beshley’s Wool Shop is a Bristol Based online yarn shop, stocking a gorgeous selection of yarns all sourced from within the British Isles. They run drop in knitting groups. If you would like to receive updates about the knitting groups please email

Glass Designs & Gallery
261 North Street
Glass Designs is a stained glass gallery and gift shop based on North Street in Southville, Bristol. Founded in 2003 the shop and gallery is managed by Claire Dadswell who has worked as a professional stained glass designer/maker since 1998. Glass Designs offer taster days in stained glass (fee £95.00). Classes are held at their other studio just down the road from the shop.

Room 212
212 Gloucester Rd
Room 212 run a weekly drop-in Knitting Club in the shop and gallery on Monday evenings.

Spinning Weal
63 Hill Rd
Town Centre
BS21 7PD
Spinning Weal run a large variety of courses, classes and workshops in Dressmaking, Embroidery, Felt making, Knitting & Crochet, Quilting, Spinning, Doll making, Fimo, Screen printing and Jewellery making.

The Wool Stop
34 High Street
BS35 2LH
The Wool Stop run a programme of workshops in knitting and crochet, They also have two Knitter Natter groups (Monday evening at Thornbury Golf Club (7.30 – 9.30) and every other Thursday Afternoon at Turnberries Cafe, Thornbury (2pm to 4pm).

Dr Sketchy’s Bristol
Dr. Sketchy’s is the setting for life drawing classes with a difference. Fusing classic drawing techniques with contemporary trends and styles, it allows artists to express themselves in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Since its foundation in New York City in 2005 by Ms Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s has wasted no time in spreading its creative vibe all over the world, reaching more than 100 cities in 16 countries. Established in 2013 by renowned burlesque performer and freelance photographer Boo (aka Lou-Leigh Blue) Dr. Sketchy’s Bristol is aiming to to draw on the city’s world-class heritage of street and other contemporary art to amazing effect. Each class is a three-hour, fun-filled session featuring great music, fantastic costumes, and some of the country’s best modelling and dance acts. And there’s no need for fear: doors are open to artists of all persuasions, experienced and amateur.

Windmill Hill City Farm
Philip Street
Bristol BS3 4EA
Windmill Hill City Farm is a charity that provides recreation, education and therapy using food, farming and the environment as a theme. They run a number of workshops in sewing, painting, jewellery making and stained glass, as well as courses in gardening, and more.

The Makershed
St Pauls Learning and Family Centre
94 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
A new workshop opening February 2017 within the St Pauls Learning Centre, The Makershed offers courses in woodwork and joinery, upholstery, carving and DIY and practical workshops for children during school holidays. Bench space for is also available for hire for those not needing class instruction with some sessions providing use of woodwork tools and advice on hand.

Chew Valley School of Crafts
The Chew Valley School of Crafts runs sewing, Arts and Crafts workshops and courses for all skill levels, taught by experienced practitioners, in various locations in and around The Chew Valley, near Bristol and Bath.

Create & Grow
Create & Grow runs ‘Learn to Sew’ workshops and classes for everybody from aged 8, in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area.

Backwell School
Station Road
BS48 3BX
Backwell School offers members of the local community the opportunity to join one of a number of evening courses being held at the school each year (September to June) including Art for Absolute Beginners, Batik, Drawing, Approaches to Life Drawing, History of Art, Knitting and Crochet, Digital SLR Photography, Traditional Photography, and Silver Jewellery.

Gift Frippery
Gift Frippery teach gift wrapping workshops, including printing paper and embellishing at a number of locations around Bristol. Take a look at their website to find out more.

Direct Sewing Machines
46 Sandy Park Road
Direct Sewing Machines runs a series of workshops that use sewing machines and overlockers to make patchwork, cushions and much more. Visit their website to find out more.

Working Wool Knit & Weave Textile Studio
Bristol Textile Quarter
1A Barton Road
St Philips
BS2 0LF (under development)
The Working Wool studio offers an affordable co-workspace in Bristol to support the local textile community, particularly those who work with yarn-based processes. They also run workshops, hire out teaching/meeting space and equipment and will be holding a regular textile monthly meet-up in 2015.
Studio membership includes: deskspace; use of equipment (industrial and domestic for cut, sew, knit and weave); internet & printing; growing library of resources and shade cards; kitchen & bathroom facilities inc. free tea; secure storage; basic supplies inc. dot+cross paper; waste and acrylic yarns as available and a discount on workshops. Membership is offered daily, weekly and monthly with discounts available for long-term members.

Children’s Scrapstore & Artrageous
Scrapstore House
Sevier Street
St Werburghs
Bristol BS2 9LB
Children’s Scrapstore & Artrageous are a Bristol based children’s charity who are ambassadors for play and creativity. They aim to help improve creative play opportunities for children and young people and to reach as many people as possible. The Scrapstore is an Aladdin’s Cave of low-cost, varied and abundant scrap materials for creative play – safe surplus resources collected from business and industry. You can access the Scrapstore by becoming a member. If you’re not eligible, you can gain access with our Artrageous loyalty card. Artrageous is the Scrapstore’s very own quality arts and crafts shop is open to everyone – prices are very competitive and Scrapstore members can enjoy a 20% discount on shop purchases. They have a children’s area and also host fortnightly free Super Saturday Sample Sessions for families to come in and get crafty! Room To Play is where they host creative sessions for adults, art classes or training as well as play sessions for families. The emphasis is on creative play and messy fun! The room itself is available to hire for classes, parties or meetings. Visit for more information.

Sew Easy Bristol
Sew Easy Bristol is a sewing and fashion studio based in St.George, Bristol, run by Julie Collins, a skilled and experienced Tutor in all fashion and sewing related subjects. She runs a wide range of one-day and two-day courses for you to choose from including: Bra making, Corset Making, Pattern Cutting (Beginners and Intermediate), Stretch Top Workshop, Vintage Style Tea Dress; Knicker Making Workshop, Child’s Fleece Top, Stretch Tube Dress Workshop; Beginners Dressmaking, and more. Sew Easy Bristol also offer one-to-one Private Tuition on all of the above workshops plus sewing and sewing machine basics. Visit for more information.

The Letterpress Collective
6 Leonard Lane
The Letterpress Collective run workshops that teach both type composition and printing skills. They aim to bring slumbering presses back to life to engage with artists, writers and community projects in Bristol. They offer one day workshops with their top printers (including Pat Randle, Terry Wright and Richard Lawrence and The Letterpress Collective’s Laurence Hand). You can spend the day learning the basics of hand setting type and printing on their presses and go home with something that you have typeset and printed during the day.
Workshops start at 9.30 and finish at 4.30, with lunch at Roll for the Soul cycle cafe (three minutes walk away). All workshops take place at The Letterpress Collective, Centrespace, Leonard Lane, Bristol BS1 1EA. Leonard Lane is next to Stanfords Bookshop in the old city area of Bristol, ten minutes walk from Temple Meads Station. The cost for a day’s workshop is £75 which includes lunch. Please email to register interest, book a space or ask a question.

Pottery Classes in Bristol
Andrew Richardson runs a small pottery studio Cromwell Road, North Central Bristol (close to the Arches, Montpelier Station, and the Gloucester Road), equipped with two electric wheels, two kilns, a wide selection of glazes, and all the other equipment and materials necessary to make attractive stoneware pottery. He provides patient step-by-step tuition in the traditional skills and techniques required for making beautiful bowls. Classes are suitable for either one or two students at a time and are available during the daytime and evenings. The classes are suitable for beginners and intermediates. Andrew also offers ‘decorating only’ sessions. Visit the website to find out more or call Andrew on 07817 509 452 (mobile) or 01179 425 396 (home) to book a lesson.

Patchwork and Quilting Classes with Lynne Quinn
Lynne Quinn runs a range of different classes in Patchwork and Quilting including: Beginners Leisure Class, Intermediate Leisure Class, Advanced Leisure Class, City & Guilds 7716 Level 3 and City & Guilds 7716 Diploma. The courses take place at The University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Hollybush Lane,Stoke Bishop, Bristol, BS9 1JB. For information about the courses visit

The Milliners Guild
5 St James Arcade
Telephone: 0117 244 0027
The Milliners Guild run a range of millinery courses and also sell gift vouchers that can be used to pay for courses. Visit to find out more.

Yellow Dog Workshops
Studio 8
Barleywood Walled Garden
BS40 5SA
Based in an idyllic restored Victorian Walled Garden, Yellow Dog Glass run Annie Sloan chalk paint techniques classes and workshops in fused glass making for all ages and abilities. They accommodate bespoke classes for one or two, small groups and parties for any type of celebration. They also run a craft club on Saturday morning and parties where you can choose from a range of differently priced activities. Visit their webpage, Facebook page or email for more information.

Emma Burleigh
Emma works as a private tutor and is available for workshops, tutorials and courses of lessons with adults or children of all ages, for pleasure or to help you raise your grade at GCSE and A Level. She is available for one to one and group teaching. She can tutor you to develop your drawing and painting skills, and if you’re scared to pick up a pencil or paintbrush but have always longed to, her special interest is in helping you to feel the fear and do it anyway. Emma can teach small groups of friends, sharing skills to enable painting for the sheer delight of it all. She can also tutor you or your child to work towards raising your grade at Art GCSE or A Level, or to develop a portfolio for applying to Art College. She is familiar with most Art and Design, Fine Art and other Art related exam courses and exam boards, and regularly works as an assessor for two of the largest GCSE exam boards. For more information see:

Didac Woodwise Academy
Crews Hole Rd
Tel: 0800 773 4230
Didac Woodwise Academy are a specialist training centre that run courses in Furniture Making and Upholstery in Crews Hole, St George. They offer part-time, short courses in upholstery and furniture making by hand and also part-time City & Guilds Level 2 Qualifications both in Traditional Upholstery and Furniture Making.

Cotswold Art Studio
34 Crantock Drive, Almondsbury
BS32 4HG
Cotswold Art Studio in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire run courses in Mosaics and other Arts and Crafts. They offer One-to-one Mosaic courses, Creative Mosaic Group courses and Creative Mosaic Workshops. They also offer Zendoodle workshops. For more information call: 07813 864472, email: or visit:

The Mulberry Shed
Sheila Jones runs Silk Painting Workshops’ from her studio, The Mulberry Shed, on the Polden Hills, at the edge of the Somerset Levels (10 minutes off Jct 23 of the M5). Sheila uses steam-set silk dyes to create vibrant, beautiful silk-art to wear or hang on the wall. Workshops are for full or half days with a maximum of 3 students, experimenting with silk painting techniques and designing and painting your own silk-art, pictures, scarves and handkerchiefs. For dates, details and updates visit Sheila’s facebook page or

Badger Upholstery
15 Wellington Lane
tel. 07753820333 or 01179422992
Karen Shields has been running Badger Upholstery since 1999 and has recently set up a workshop in her home in Montpelier. She runs daytime and evening courses on Mondays and Tuesdays where you can bring your own furniture each week, or purchase a footstool frame and all the items needed to complete it. She also runs 2 and 3 day intensive workshops, which are designed for both complete beginners and people who already have experience but want to take on a larger challenge. For more information about workshop dates and prices see:

Simple Printmaking
In Bristol Studios
Evening courses and day workshops in simple techniques for printing on fabric. Learn how to create your own textile designs and print your own textiles without using use fancy equipment. Workshops in Bristol and Cirencester. Silk screen printing, lino printing, and potato printing, This is a relaxed and friendly environment welcoming people at all ages and levels of creative confidence.

Love Art Classes
The White House
High St
Iron Acton
BS37 9UG
Love Art Classes run 12 week art courses for adults in north Bristol. We have fully tutored courses to cater for complete beginners and others for those who are more experienced. From basic drawing skills to painting Chinese watercolour, art will open up a whole new world for you. All materials are provided. For more information please visit our website: or facebook page: or call for details on 01454 227116.

Chango World
Unit 9, Ferry Steps Industrial Estate
Albert Rd
(0117) 971 7506
Chango World run a variety of educational workshops and events. These include weekly West African drumming classes for adults, music and arts holiday programmes for 5-11 year olds and bespoke workshops in community and educational settings in the Bristol area.

Textile Explorations
Becca Birtles offers workshops in creative textiles in Yate, a small town 11 miles

Leather Needle Thread
Leather craft, bag and shoe making workshops in Bristol and beyond
Leather Needle Thread runs workshops in leather craft, bag and shoe making in several venues throughout Bristol.  You can learn how to make wallets/iPad cases/glasses cases, leather bags, backpacks, espadrilles and leather plant hangers. Workshops last from 2 hours to more intensive 6 week courses.  Leather Needle Thread teaches both traditional leather craft techniques, using different leatherwork tools and modern bag construction techniques using industrial and semi industrial sewing machines.  They also offer bespoke/one to one courses for people who have specific learning needs.  Creative parties and hen parties are also offered.

The Art Group Painting and Drawing Classes
The Art Group run part-time painting and drawing courses for complete beginners and those with some experience. Choose from multi-media courses, Painting with Acrylics or Watercolours. Choose a course that suits your level and needs and you will be given all the support you need to develop your skills and style in tutor-led classes. Learn techniques, handy hints and tips that will help you create the artwork you have always wanted to.
Courses run in 12 week blocks with a Spring Term, Summer Term and Autumn Term and are a full 3 hours once a week with all your materials and equipment provided.
To find out more contact The Art Group on 07540 332 022 or find them on Facebook.

6 West Street,
Old Market,
SPACE is a place to develop concepts, evolve art practice & promote business ideas in the creative field. The Island is now curating a very exciting programme of monthly events, ranging from exhibitions, workshops, art & crafts pop-up shops, small theatre shows, fashion markets and so much more! Their vision is to create a welcoming and open to the local community space and support the creative community in Bristol with a new hub where they can showcase work and share ideas. To find out more about the programme visit:

North Bristol Community Project (NBCP)
telephone: (0117) 9246228
North Bristol Community Project (NBCP) is a registered charity which over the past 34 years has been using the arts as a means of empowering individuals, promoting well-being and bringing about positive change in our community.  Their team of artists, teachers, youth workers and volunteers work in consultation with Bristol residents to deliver  engaging education, training, volunteer and leisure opportunities. Recently they have restructured their premises on the busy Gloucester Road, in order to create affordable working spaces, accommodating  creative freelancers, artists, start-ups and other entreprenuers. NBCP provide hot desking, co-working office space and artists workshop space. There is also a large retail space which would suit a community café / creative hub, where artists can display their artwork on the walls, hold exhibitions and host other creative events. NBCP run regular arts workshops, so there are opportunities for artists to facilitate these. If you have a viable proposition, we are open to discussing them with you. NBCP is also looking for textile artists interested in running a small sewing enterprise project for refugee asylum seekers and other disadvantaged people to make upcycled customised clothing, shopping bags out of recycled materials, cushion covers and other items which can be sold via the internet. There is an  opportunity  for running after school ART clubs,  private ART parties, sewing surgeries and many other activities from the premises. For more information e-mail:, telephone 0117 9246228 (Monday to Friday 10.30am-2.30pm) or visit their website:

Life Drawing Bristol
St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road
St Werburghs
Life Drawing Bristol is a new group run by Laurence Kell & Beki Bernstein, it is open to any one no matter what their experience of drawing. This class is un-tutored, however Laurence is on hand to help those who would like advice or support with their drawing. For more information, call Beki on 07931561911.

Faraway Tree Cafe
136 Church Road
St George
Telephone: (Lulu) 07921 504630
‘Tuesday Tastic’ & ‘Mid-week Mayhem’ Art Clubs for Children and Adults are run by local Artist Lulu at the Faraway Tree Cafe. Children’s After school club (4.00-5.00pm) followed by Adults Art clubs (from 7.00-9.00pm).Come and unwind and disappear into a world of creativity that is totally achievable by anyone of any ability.  Themes run in 6 week courses for both children’s sessions and adult. First rotation for Tuesday -Tastic sessions is “Colour and Imagination” and Midweek Mayhem is “Make your own Monster” Taster evenings take place on 11th April (£5), 6 Courses starts Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 25th. Email or call to book up for your 6 week block (£42 children £52 adult classes) limited numbers. When booking for a space in the after school club, please state age of child.

Craft and Therapy with Ann Huntley
Telephone: 07939063656
In these days of laptops, tablets and smart phones there is a need to calm our minds and get back to using our hands. You don’t have to be Picasso or Dior – anyone can learn a new craft or art skill that will enable you to make something you are proud of and enable you to relax,reduce anxiety and calm your mind. Ann Huntley has BTEC qualifications in art and City and Guilds qualifications in Fashion and Design, as well as many years experience in crafts and sewing. By using these skills and her experience as a social worker she is able to put you at ease and teach you new skills using your hands in a calm and relaxed atmosphere – and if you want to, enabling you to talk about any concerns you may have in complete confidence. Give Ann a call for an informal chat or send an email. Sessions are based in the Fishponds Staple Hill area.

Andrew Hardwick Mivart Art Class
Mivart Studios
Mivart St
Bristol BS5 6UF
Small friendly art class, run by professional artist. Based at Mivart studios 7 o clock on a Wednesday evening. Suitable for beginners looking to paint and draw – and more experienced artists wanting to pursue ongoing interests and projects.
Also possible outdoor painting class to come. Visit for more information.

The Crafty Gardeners
The Crafty Gardeners run a variety of small, friendly, hands-on Floral Craft and Garden Design workshops in beautiful countryside venues near Bristol and Bath. The 2019 Floral craft programme offers seasonally inspired workshops for Spring, Summer and Autumn where you can learn how to make a hand tied posy OR How to make a floral vase arrangement and for Winter we offer our ever popular Christmas wreath workshops. The Garden Design workshops include Planning Planting, Failsafe Garden Plants, Easy bulbs and quick containers and Wildlife Gardens.

For more information please visits our website:
Hannah Redden Interiors & Textiles
With classes held at:
Margot Mays on North street, BS3
Kiln Workshop North Street, BS6
Cass Art Park Street, BS1
The Hive Shepton Mallet
Tel. 07751933426
Hannah runs classes where you can craft your own drum lampshade suitable for either a table or pendant light fitting. No previous experience is required. Bring along your own fabric and Hannah will supply the materials needed and the guidance to help you make your own creation to take home.(Firm cotton fabric works best but if you are unsure, email for further advice). If you are interested in getting a group of friends together to learn how to make a beautiful lampshade, then please contact Hannah who will be happy to discuss arranging a date for you and your group at a location of your choice.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s