Courses For Adults


Artspace Cinderford looks forward to running our regular weekly classes again once the current Covid -19 situation changes and we are able to re-open. In the meantime, we are running distance learning via Zoom.

COURSES FOR ADULTS – Distance Learning

 Our adult programme is for people aged 19 and is subsidised by Adult Education in Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire County Council).

 Costs: £30 for a six week course (this includes all materials, resources and weekly zoom sessions). Concessions:  Courses are FREE for people with disabilities or for people with fewer than 5 GCSE’s (level 2).

Enrolment: To express your interest in a place, please email and provide your name, telephone number and the title of the course you are interested in and we will get back to you.  Please note that staff are currently working from home and we are all part-time, so if you don’t get an immediate response, please don’t worry, we will get back to you.

Distance Learning – How Does it Work?

Artspace specialise in providing arts activities for people of any age or ability. Our Distance Learning courses have been specifically designed to enable people to participate in creative activities within the comfort of their own home.

 Step 1: Contact us, express an interest in a course and we will enrol you over the phone. 

Step 2: We will deliver a package of art materials and resources directly to your home address.

Step 3: Courses are 6 weeks long.  Each week you can participate in; 

  • 1hr Zoom Workshop: Enjoy face-to-face interaction with your tutor and other ‘classmates’ over zoom. We will email you a zoom invite/link beforehand (we can help you with this if you have never used Zoom before, we may also be able to loan you some IT equipment if you don’t have access to a computer, please contact us to discuss).  During the Zoom call, the tutor will explain the creative activities that you will explore during the week.  It’s your chance to ask questions and to be inspired!  The zoom session is followed by;
  • Independent Work Time: Work on your artwork in your own time, from the comfort of your own home… but don’t worry, we will be on hand to help you with;
  • Follow-up Support: We will contact you over the telephone during the week to ask how you are getting along and to answer any questions you might have.  You can also contact us, via facebook, or by email at our

    Distance Learning Courses for Adults

    Discover Drama, with Emily Bagnall

    Mondays 10:30am – 11:30am

    18th January – 22nd February


Drama is the power of stories. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment and drama. Together as a group we will work on some classic tales that have been told for centuries and we will look into the way to bring drama into the spoken word and the character that can be put into just a few lines.

Lets Design – Discover Painting, with Bela Kielt *FULLY BOOKED*

Mondays 2:00pm – 3:00pm

18th January – 22nd February


During this course, students will be able to discover more about painting. They will be able to gain new or further experience through a variety of tasks using many techniques. This course will enable all learners to look at many artists and paintings throughout time from classic to modern art.

Re-Imagining Still Life, with Melanie Clarke

Thursdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm

21st January – 25th February


Six sessions are to run on consecutive weeks using objects familiar to everyone and perhaps mean something to each learner. This will be the starting point to explore some different ways of representation. The ‘still life’ could be made from stones and shells collected on the beach, flowers and seed heads found in the garden, a favourite mug or even a pair of shoes! The same thing or group of things will be used for each of the 6 sessions exploring different ways of representation by using different media.

Peculiar Portraits, with Warren Day

Fridays 2:00pm – 3:00pm

22nd January – 26th February


Have fun experimenting with a range of mixed media to produce some strange and unusual interpretations of portraits. We will look at other artists who have explored this subject to produce unconventional and memorable portraiture artworks using materials such as paint, found objects and chocolate sauce!

Spring Share 2021, with Jane Spray

Tuesdays 10:30am – 11:30am

9th February – 16th March


With a relaxed and open, mindful attention, we will observe, explore, share and enjoy the unfolding of this particular Spring together. We will record what captivates both our senses and our imaginations, in individual ways, including through words. Short writing exercises and prompts will be given throughout the course to help with this. We will look at different examples of nature-writing together, and share our own creations, be they poems, nature notes, song lyrics, short stories or flash fiction. You will also be encouraged to explore another medium to complement your written pieces – drawing and painting, clay work or photography, for example. Everyone will be given a small, native tree in a pot to plant during the course, recording this in your own way. In this way by the end of the course we will have planted our own small but creative copse!

Inspired by India, with Lizzie Godden


Tuesdays 1:45pm – 2:45pm

9th February – 16th March


Indian culture is full of vibrant colour and pattern, which has influenced art and fashion throughout the world.  We’ll look at examples of their work and we’ll draw, paint, collage, print and stitch to create our own pieces.  You’ll be given a supply of exciting, bright and colourful materials.

30 Days of Drawing, with Correne Preston

Tuesdays 10:30am – 11:30am

9th February – 16th March


Each week on Zoom we will focus on a specific drawing skill e.g. shading, mark-making, perspective etc. After some skills practice, we will do a 20 minute drawing as a group which focusses on that week’s skill. Learners then have a week to do four further 20-minute drawings, practising the drawing skill, using everyday objects before the next session. Learners will be given a large sheet of drawing paper divided into 6 rows of 5, 10x10cm squares, a selection of drawing materials and objects for use in the Zoom drawing session. All other drawings can be of any household objects of your choice.

Printmaking Without a Press, with Melanie Clarke

Thursdays 10:30am – 11:30am

11th February – 18th March


An introduction to printmaking using methods easily done at home with minimal equipment. We will explore printing with different surfaces incorporating relief printing, stamp printing with hand made blocks and vegetables! Try monoprinting making layered coloured images using drawing and stencils. This will be a course encouraging playing, experimentation and invention emphasising that nothing is wrong! What you will have at the end is a vocabulary that could enable card making, invitations, parcel labels and tags as well as prints to go in a frame.

Exploring Paper Weaving, with Helen Parkinson

Fridays 12:00pm – 1:00pm

12th February – 19th March


In this class we will be exploring some creative techniques used in paper weaving, we will be adding texture by incorporating both natural and manmade material elements as well as looking at random weaving techniques.  We will explore two different ways to make a simple woven vessel with straight and bias plaiting.

Peculiar Portraits, with Warren Day

Fridays 1:00pm – 2:00pm

12th February – 19th March


Have fun experimenting with a range of mixed media to produce some strange and unusual interpretations of portraits. We will look at other artists who have explored this subject to produce unconventional and memorable portraiture artworks using materials such as paint, found objects and chocolate sauce!

Acrylic Allsorts, with Warren Day

Fridays 10:30am – 11:30am

5th March – 9th April


Enjoy exploring the use of acrylic paints using a combination of different techniques and subject matter such as landscape, portrait and still life. Over six sessions, you will learn simple effects to produce interesting outcomes for your home or personal portfolio and learn from other inspirational artists who have produced similar work. No experience is needed as we will start from scratch and have fun finding things out.

Download a PDF version of our Spring Programme here

Places are limited, please contact to book your place.

Whilst the New Mercury building remains closed, Artspace will put ideas and links to videos on this website and any updated information will be included.

Click here to see the gallery of previous adult courses at Artspace Cinderford