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Brief description

A craft course which includes making upcycled jewellery, wire sculpture & bookmaking.

Learn & develop techniques in these areas in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at the beginner and for someone who has interest in broadening their making skills.

Course description in brief

The leisure course aims, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, to provide a community of craft, encouraging creativity and expression in 3 different craft areas.
There will be around 3 weeks spent in each area where students will have instruction in the techniques involved, encouragement to stretch each student’s creative skills, time to explore & experiment & follow good health & safety protocols.
Upcycled jewellery – Use everyday items to form new jewellery pieces such us buttons, bottle tops, old beads & aluminium drink cans.

Wire Sculpture – Use wire to form an animal or bird sculpture which can be free standing or a hanging piece.

Bookmaking – Initially decorate papers with relief stamps & inks, these papers will be used for the cover of your book & you will be able to make a blank book or album.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    Upcycled jewellery – This will take place in the jewellery workshop where you will make use of some of the equipment to form jewellery from non-precious & everyday items.

    Wire sculpture – Using wire & pliers to make a free standing sculptural piece.

    Bookmaking – Using relief print techniques to decorate papers & follow simple bookbinding instruction to make a book or album.

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

No qualifications needed. The class is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

What equipment will I need for the course?

None, all equipment is provided

What materials will I need for the course?

Basic materials are provided.

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


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

Students should arrive promptly, and during the class clear up their own space. Students need to follow the safety rules in the workshop spaces, and act responsibly at all times. Students can research and prepare work at home.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in an informal review session at the end of each term to look at your work and evaluate how you are progressing in context with the learning outcomes.

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

The course will give some work suitable for folio presentation to other courses in Further and Higher Education.
The course will foster skills suitable for arts and graphics environments.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Throughout the course there are set times to evaluate and review your learning and discuss issues that may be of concern to you.
If you have any problems with the course talk to your tutor, or if you feel you can’t, make an appointment with the curriculum 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
546a 2 Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 18 Sep 2019 to 11 Dec 2019 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £82; R Rate £30; A Rate £10
546b 2 Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 08 Jan 2020 to 01 Apr 2020 (12 Sessions) Full Rate £82; R Rate £30; A Rate £10
546c 2 Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 22 Apr 2020 to 08 Jul 2020 (11 Sessions) Full Rate £76; R Rate £28; A Rate £10

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.