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Brief description

A supported course for people with learning disabilities/difficulties.

Learn how to work with clay, make pots and models in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Individuals with learning disabilities/difficulties who have no experience, or very little experience, of pottery

People who require a supported environment

Course description in brief

To learn about a variety of pottery techniques.

To develop individual creativity through the use of clay.

To gain confidence at working with clay.

To meet new people and socialise within a pottery class.

To develop an understanding between people of different abilities.

To co-operate in a group situation.

To make choices and decisions.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Learnt new skills using clay

    Developed more confidence in my creative ability.

    Met new people and co-operated with them in a group situation

    Developed and practised some key skills such as making choices and decisions, joining in a group discussion and using the cafe.

    Finished a number of clay objects demonstrating the learning of pottery techniques and development of own individual creativity.

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?

None, all equipment is provided

What materials will I need for the course?

None, all materials are provided. You will pay a contribution towards firing costs of your pots. This will be discussed with your tutor.

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. Flexibility is important as the course content will be negotiated with Students and volunteers. Class members will suggest ideas for pottery projects. What projects are done will, more often than not, be democratically decided by the class. We will mostly work on pottery techniques. Students will choose their own project within the technique, thus allowing the development of individual creativity. There will be some instances where the Students will all work on the same project (suggested by students), but they will tackle it individually. These will mostly be projects for festivals such as Valentine’s Day.
Most of the following techniques will be covered:
Coiling; slab building (hard slabs); use of moulds; pinchpots; soft slab building; modelling; throwing; decorating techniques
We will use some of the following clays:
St.Thomas (brown stoneware); white stoneware; raku (gritty); porcelain; terracotta (earthenware). (The kilns are fired at stoneware – a high firing).
We will learn to decorate the pots with colour using glazes, oxides; slips; underglaze.
The first session will broadly be structured as follows:
1. Register and settling in.
2. Introductions (names)
3. Tutor to tell students about the course.
4. Induction – tour of pottery, fire exits, health & safety, key places in Swarthmore.
5. Group discussion about projects – students to input ideas, tutor to write up.
6. Start a short project to be finished in one session, eg pinchpots
7. Tea break.
8. Continue project.
9. Tidy up & review session.

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?

Learning will be recorded informally and formally using progress-monitoring sheets.
Photographic evidence will also be used.

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

There are a range of other supported courses available at Swarthmore or this course could be a first step to joining courses at other centres. Your tutor will be able to advise you towards the end of your course or speak to our Student Advisors

How will I say what I think about the course?

You can tell your tutor at any time about how you feel about the course, or speak to any manager. At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form.

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
154 2 Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 26 Sep 2019 to 09 Jul 2020 (33 Sessions) £75
155 2 Thursday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 26 Sep 2019 to 09 Jul 2020 (33 Sessions) £75

Course Funding

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

Courses with course codes marked by ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘LCC’ and ‘CityC’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘LCC’ 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.