From the practical, to the fun, to the wildly creative, Exeter has plenty of inspiring evening classes, weekend workshops and short courses. Whether you want to learn how to build a beautiful website, make delicious dishes from food waste, or fine-tune your photography, look at what you can do in Exeter:
Fancy yourself becoming a pro at print? Then the Double Elephant Print Workshop is for you. From its basement studio at Exeter Phoenix, this creative hub offers screen printing weekend workshops, 10-week half-day courses and one-off screen-printing evening classes for all abilities.
Inspired by the green specimens that line its shelves, Hutch hosts regular botanical printing workshops in its upstairs space. Absorb yourself in this plant paradise and create printed cards, lino prints and houseplant monoprints. If you fancy creating your own macramé plant hanger, Hutch also run regular workshops.
Keen to reduce your impact on the environment and avoid fast fashion? Learn how to reinvent, alter and embellish your wardrobe with Bunyip Craft and inject some new life into your clothes and accessories. Currently you can book onto the following workshops: ‘Visible mending using hand stitching’, ‘How to mend and reinvent your jewellery’ and ‘Reinvent your wardrobe’.
Love flowers? Learn how to make stunning flower arrangements, wreaths and floral crowns with Flowers by Sophie Millington. The Castle Street florist will host you at her shop or even come along to your home or venue to share her floral wisdom.
For those with an eye for detail and fingers that can fiddle, Monty’s Beads has the perfect workshop for you. Whether it’s creating simplistic sterling-silver pieces to bold beaded bracelets, Monty’s Beads’ workshops are sure to catalyse your appetite for hand-made jewellery.
If you’re not scared of splashing a little wax on your clothes, The Recycled Candle Company could be for you! The workshops they run promise to spark a burning passion for candles and not only will you go home with an entirely new skillset, but you will also be able to walk away with your very own set of handmade candles.
Exeter Phoenix regularly host courses and workshops for people wanting to improve their tech know-how. Whether it’s to boost your CV or to kickstart your business, here are a few happening soon:
• WordPress 2-day course
• Radio and Podcast production
• Introduction to Editing (Film)
• Creative Skills (Instagram)
Totally tech-obsessed? Tubers offers young people the chance to delve into the world of gaming, animation and technology. Providing a space where students can push the limits of their creativity outside of the classroom, Tubers is a video creators academy which brings together 7 – 17 year olds with a desire to improve their digital media in video production skills.
Is your allotment going to pot? Or is your paved yard not satisfying your green-fingered needs? Head to St Sidwell Community Centre and improve your gardening skills in their fruit and vegetable garden, whilst picking up practical tips from experienced growers.
Do you want to bring the outside in? Learn how to make your own beautiful closed-jar terrarium at Hutch on Paris Street, the perfect way to bring life to any room.
Alongside its digital offering Exeter Phoenix also runs a huge range of art classes and courses, here are just a few coming up soon:
• Sculpture from life
• Drawing from the human form
• Mixed media still life
• Portraiture five-week course
Eating healthy and fresh doesn’t need to cost a bomb. St Sidwell Community Centre’s ‘Waste Not Want Not’ cooking classes focus on creating delicious dishes and products from food waste donated by supermarkets, farms and allotments.
Send your Instagram followers into a frenzy by learning how to make floral sugar craft cake decorations that are too good not to snap at a BAKE workshop. You will learn how to create delicate primroses, freesias, leaves, pansies and sweet peas that would impress even Mary Berry.
Though smart phones make it easy to take a quick pic, true photography takes skill and technique. Exeter College offers the perfect package for beginners, a ‘DSLR Photography for Beginners’ course plus a practical Photoshop evening programme. So, whatever stage of the image creating process you’re at, learn how to capture and edit your photos to a professional standard here.
At Exeter Phoenix you can take your photography to the next level in an ‘Introduction to Composition’ workshop, or experiment with cyanotype photography and learn how to produce distinctive prints. Don’t forget the hub’s Camera Group either – a must for photography enthusiasts who would like to meet up with like-minded individuals.
With so many workshops and courses in Exeter, an exciting new skill or craft is just around the corner for you.