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Brief description

A supported course for people with learning disabilties/difficulties.
Get creative; try out different art forms e.g. painting, pottery, marbling, printing, puppet making and lots more!

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

People who are interested in arts & crafts and require a supported environment

Course description in brief

  • To learn about a variety of art and craft activities.
  • To develop individual creativity through these activities.
  • To gain confidence in making art and craft objects.
  • To meet new people and socialise in a creative environment.
  • To learn new skills.
  • To develop an understanding between people of different abilities.
  • To make choices and decisions.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • completed a number of art/craft objects
    • learnt new art/craft skills and further developed ones that aren’t new
    • co-operated with other people in a group situation
    • use and/or developed communication skills (group);
    • developed or started to develop confidence in individual creativity
    • put personal & social skills into action by using the coffee bar

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

No – just enthusiasm and a desire to learn creative things.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Most of these will be provided. Students might occasionally be asked to bring in such things as old newspapers or bottles.

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

There will be no set scheme of work for the whole year as the course will be negotiated with the class. Students and volunteers will input their ideas for art projects. The class will then democratically decide which suggested projects are to be undertaken. The tutor will endeavour to structure projects so that they extend the students’ learning as much as possible. There could be a Christmas project; in which case, the festivals of students who don’t celebrate Christmas will be taken into consideration.

The first session will broadly be structured as follows:

1. Register and settling in.

2. Introductions – names – tutor introduction to course.

3. Inductions: fire exits, key places in Swarthmore and other health and safety issues.

4. Art project discussion – students and volunteers to input ideas – tutor to note these down.

5. Tea break

6. Warm-up art session. This will probably be something that will only take one session and will involve the use of paper, paints and pencils. (Could begin before the tea break

7. Tidy-up and review session.


Painting (water based and oils); Pottery; Lino printing; Origami; Wire and Tissue paper flowers; Puppet Making; a group multi-media mural; block painting; window pictures; Balsa woodwork; Papier Mache; mod-rock plaster work; candle making; jewellery; glass painting; card making.

There might be an outing e.g. to an art gallery

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

  • You will work as part of the group and on your own work.
  • You will work towards your own learning goals negotiated between you and the tutor.
  • You will need to be punctual and attend the class regularly.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Both formally & informally using progress monitoring sheets and photographic evidence will be used. With the support of your tutor, you will assess your own progress towards your learning goal.

There will also be opportunities for group discussion that will help you assess and make judgement about your own work.

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

  • There are a range of ‘supported courses’ that are available at Swarthmore
  • This course could be a first step to joining courses at other centres

How will I say what I think about the course?

  • A simple feedback form is completed at the end of the course.
  • Discussion with your tutor

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
L153 2 Tuesday 1pm – 3pm 25 Sep 2018 to 27 Jun 2019 (29 weeks) One Off £73.00 (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?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.