Courses For Adults at Artspace



Come to Artspace to enjoy a group workshop in our fully equipped art studio in Cinderford.

Enrolment: To book a place or for more information about a course, please email: and provide your name, phone number and the title of the course you are interested in, and we will get back to you.

Cost:  Our courses for adults start from as little as £35 for an 8 week course  and include all materials.

*Concessionary rates are available for those with a disability or who are on means tested benefits.

**FREE places are available on select courses for those with fewer than 5 GCSE’s (level 2) or less than a level 2 maths qualification. If you think you may  qualify for a concessionary rate, please contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Click here to download a copy of our Spring 2024 programme



Union Jack flag with yellow text saying "festival" in the centre

Close Up Blue Electric Guitar Music Instrument Rock With American Flag

Festival – Born in the USA, with Angie Burgess


Starts Monday 15th January 2024 / 6 weeks with half-term break

10:00am – 12:00pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

**FREE for eligible learners**
Cost: £50/ *£30 concessions

Next in the ‘Festival’ range will be ‘Born In The USA’.

We will be identifying some of our favourite artists and bands from the USA, from the swinging 60s and before to the present day and choosing tracks for  our playlist. Inspiration for our artwork will be based on the music and  associated images.

Singing and dancing will be encouraged. Which era will your artists be from?!

This will be a fun course for all learner levels


A collection of willow baskets and bowls

Willow Weaving Frame Baskets, with Helen Parkinson


Starts Monday 15th January 2024 / 6 weeks with half-term break

10:00am – 1:00pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

£80 (*£45 concessions)

During this Spring term we will be focusing on creating a beautiful and useful frame basket using a variety of different coloured willow. There will also be an opportunity to complete a variety of small projects for your home and garden.

At the end of the course, you will have a good basic knowledge of willow types
and how to prepare them, weaving tools and how to use them and the traditional techniques involved in constructing a frame basket.

You are welcome to bring along a favourite pair of secateurs, but tools will be provided.


Knitting for Beginners, with Cherry Lyne

Starts Monday 15th January 2024 / 6 weeks with half-term break

12:15pm – 2:15pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

**FREE for eligible learners**
Cost: £50/ *£30 concessions

Learn the rudiments of knitting while you create your own scarf. Together we will learn and practice the basic stitches that make up so many garments we love. All materials supplied and this is an in-person course aimed at the complete beginner. We will be learning knit, pearl, rib and moss stitch, as well as casting on and off and you will go home with a gorgeous scarf you have made yourself!

Those who attended last term who wish to continue will have the opportunity to expand their range of stitches either by continuing their current project or starting a new one.

Returning knitters are welcome to extend their knowledge/experience.



Yellow and black print of leaves

Print & Paint


Starts Tuesday 16th January 2024 / 6 weeks with half-term break

10:00am – 12:00pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

**FREE for eligible learners**
Cost: £50/ *£30 concessions

This course will encourage learners to experiment with different forms of simple printmaking and other painting techniques. We will work on paper, card and fabric and you can choose from a range of designs or make your own. We will explore a range of different paints and make our own from earth pigments and natural materials. No experience necessary, just be prepared to have a go!


Red theatre curtain

Circus & Performing Arts, with Jo Jarratt

Starts Wednesday 17th January 2024 / 9 weeks with half-term break

10:00am – 12:00pm (at Artspace Cinderford)


Do you like to perform? Do you love the theatre? Do you love the circus? Come and join us on this 9 week course of circus, drama and dance, where we shall work together to create a fabulous performance of our own!


Ceramic teapot

3D Ceramics, with Jane Spray


Starts Wednesday 17th January 2024 / 8 weeks with half-term break

10:00am – 12:15pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

Cost:  £80/*£45 concessions

A ceramic class for those with some previous experience of using clay. Students will be encouraged to work on their own personal projects and may wish to explore techniques of using slips and printing on clay further.


A tin of watercolour paints and brushes

Discover Painting, with Bela Kielt


Starts Wednesday 17th January 2024 / 8 weeks with half-term break

1:30pm – 3:45pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

Cost:  £80/*£45 concessions

This course is perfect for beginners as well as people with some experience. During the course you will exercise and explore some of the basic principles of painting: types of composition, light and mixing paint. We will try a variety of exercises, such as making super-fast sketches with a brush. Working on a large scale, you will have fun using paint, charcoal and pencil. We will explore different styles and spend lots of time focusing on observation and painting from life.


Hands polishing a ceramic pot on a potters wheel

Evening Pottery, with Derek Lamb


Starts Wednesday 17th January 2024 / 8 weeks with half-term break

6:30pm – 8:45pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

Cost:  £80/*£45 concessions

If you cannot make it to Artspace during the day, then this is the evening class for you! Relax and enjoy using clay in a creative atmosphere. A range of making and decorating techniques will be explored throughout the course and you will be encouraged to work on and develop your own projects.



Multicoloured textiles with mood boards

Developing Ideas for Textiles, with Lizzie Godden

Starts Thursday 18th January 2024 / 8 weeks with half-term break

10:15am – 12:30pm (at Artspace Cinderford)

Cost:  £80/*£45 concessions

We’ll keep an ideas book; we might call it a scrap book. In it we’ll doodle, print, add pictures, found objects, text and stitch, developing our ideas. We’ll have fun experimenting and exploring.  Our workbooks could be used within the course to create personal textile pieces.



Actors dressed as Laurel and Hardy with a neon tunnel in background

Discover Drama, with Jo Jarratt


Starts Friday 19th January 2024/ 9 weeks with half-term break

10:15am – 12:15pm (at Artspace Cinderford)


Have you ever wanted to have a go at acting? Do you want to develop your confidence? This course offers adults the chance to explore and develop their communication and performing skills; using improvisation, characterisation, vocal and physical exercises in order to challenge and excite! There will also be the opportunity to devise your own piece of theatre for performance.


Steampunk mask with top hat
Carry On Steampunking!, with Warren Day
Starts Friday 19th January 2024/ 8 weeks with half-term break
2:00pm – 4:15pm (at Artspace Cinderford)
Cost:  £80/*£45 concessions

Travel back into the Science fiction version of the historic past, involving  advanced technologies usually based on steam power.

We will explore and manipulate materials and paint techniques to create more visually stunning steampunked objects which incorporate items with brass,  copper and leather effects.

Amongst other things, you will create the iconic plague doctors mask