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Pottery-Beginners course timetables

Brief description

Have a go at basic techniques using clay and glazes to build yourself some lovely pots and perhaps a new vocation in the craft world.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.
  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.
  • New Learners

Course description in brief

An introduction to pottery making for beginners. Learn the basic skills and build confidence to progress to accredited or leisure courses in the future.

To acquire new skills, to broaden your horizons, find those hidden talents and build your confidence.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    o How to use a range of pottery materials and equipment

    • To understand some basic design principles
    • To increase my visual awareness
    • About some relevant Health & Safety issues
    • To make some hand-crafted pots to take home
    • How to increase confidence and to participate in discussions
    • To evidence my learning in a simple log

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous experience or qualifications are needed to join. All you need is to want to ‘have a go’ and willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

All materials and equipment are supplied. An old shirt or overall will be needed but some can be supplied.

What materials will I need for the course?

There is a firing charge of £2.00 a kilo for the pots that are fired.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

10 week block of teaching with tutor demonstrations for all activities. Health & safety guidance.Various techniques taught e.g. Coiling, Slab-building, use of press moulds, glazing and throwing on the potters wheel.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. As well as creating practical Art & Craftwork you will be encouraged to keep a simple log of learning and project sheets to demonstrate your learning and development. To help each other to learn. To be pleasant to other students/staff.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with the tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportunities

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. Natural progression will be onto the Certificated course at level 1: laterally onto another beginners course in another craft area or progress onto an arts leisure course . The tutor will give information about progression opportunities near the end of the course, or an appointment with an advice and guidance worker can be made.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in other evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L516b 2 Friday 1pm – 3pm 12 Jan to 23 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

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