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 – Superstars, with Emily Bagnall

Mondays 10:30am – 11:30am

3rd May – 7th June


Ever wondered what its like to be a superstar? In this drama course learners will flex their imaginations, stretch their artistic skills, delve deep into their own ambitions and develop their Superstar Selves. As a group we will look at some famous superstars, their character traits and slowly design and evolve our own to present to the group.

Lets Design – Discover Painting, with Bela Kielt

Mondays 2:00pm – 3:00pm

3rd May – 7th June


During this course, students will be able to further explore and experiment with painting. They will be able to gain new or further experience through a variety of tasks using many painting techniques. This course will enable all learners to tell a story through painting.  We will look at the work of some surrealist artists to take some inspirations.

30 Days of Drawing, with Correne Preston

Tuesdays 10:30am – 11:30am

4th May – 15th June (inc. 1/2 term break)

Learners will continue to develop their coloured pencil drawing skills, learning new techniques and mastering existing ones. Each week on Zoom we will focus on a specific drawing skill/technique, using flowers as our inspiration. Learners will then have a week to continue their drawing and practise that week’s skill in their sketchbook. Learners will be given some blending solution, a drawing specific craft knife, a white pencil, a sketch pad and a selection of flower photos for use in the lessons. Those new to the course need to have their own supply of coloured pencils (12 is fine), at least a B and 2B graphite pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. Access to a small variety of flowers would be useful – these can be any flowers you have at home, including daisies/buttercups/dandelions. These will predominantly be for learners’ home working activities.

Spring Into Summer, with Aileen Wright

Tuesdays 10:30am – 11:30am

4th May – 8th June


Spring into Summer will be a celebration of the Greening of the land. We will be spending time outdoors in nature and in gardens observing the arrival of summer with mindful awareness. The group will be encouraged to draw outside as much as possible – enjoying being in the moment. We will take rubbings from stones and tree bark, use found items to draw and make marks with and explore different ways of drawing and recording what we see. Students will build up a sketchbook of raw material from which to develop their own unique piece of mixed media artwork. There will also be a focus on poetry, song lyrics and other writings about nature that move and inspire us and students are invited to share their own poems and creative writing. Perhaps some will incorporate words into their artwork. Early in the course, when the moon allows, we will also plant seeds together: fragrant, bee-friendly herbs that can be planted in gardens or window boxes for us and the insects to enjoy in late summer.

Inspired by India , with Lizzie Godden

Tuesdays 1:45pm – 2:45pm

4th May – 15th June (inc. 1/2 term break)


Indian culture is full of vibrant colour and pattern, which has influenced art and fashion throughout the world. We’ll be looking at exquisite embroidery, tassels, henna skin decorations and the use of shining recycled items to make embellishments. You’ll receive a bag full of exciting, bright and colourful materials.

Exploring Paper Weaving, with Helen Parkinson

Fridays 12:00pm – 1:00pm

7th May – 18th June (inc. 1/2 term break)


This term we will be going beyond warp and weft. In this weaving class we will be looking at incorporating diagonal woven elements into plain weave, adding loops and twists to our weaving to create 3D features and playing with random weave. We will be exploring hexagonal plaiting or ‘hex weave’ and we will also be taking a playful look at triaxial weaving. We will explore two different ways to make a round woven vessel using flat material.

Peculiar Portraits – One Step Beyond, with Warren Day

Fridays 2:00pm -3:00pm

7th May – 11th June

Have fun experimenting with a range of mixed media to produce some strange and unusual interpretations of portraits.  This term we will explore more new, unconventional and unusual ways to produce a portrait. We will look at other artists who have explored this subject and develop our own work in response using a mixture of 2D and 3D related workshops.

Discover Drama – Dramatic Design, with Emily Bagnall

Mondays 10:30am – 11:30am

14th June – 19th July

Looking at the world of traditional design for drama, we will put together a range of exciting items such as posters, leaflets, fliers, props. This course will reflect the drama course at Artspace and learners may well enjoy being on both. Each week we will work on a creative project using mixed media such as colouring pencils, pens, paints, papers and the odd surprise

Re-Imagining Still Life, with Melanie Clarke

Thursdays 1:00am -2:00pm

17th June  – 22nd July


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.

Experimental Acrylics, with Warren Day

Fridays 10:30am – 11:30am

18th June – 23rd July


Acrylic painting is a relatively new medium and many artists feel they can experiment more freely.  Together with fast drying times, acrylics can be dripped, poured, sprayed, scraped and scrubbed amongst many other techniques. Enjoy exploring the possibilities of this medium to produce unusual, experimental and innovative acrylic outcomes.

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.


Download a print version of the Summer 2021 programme here.

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