Paper crafting is our main activity and therefore provides the basis for all our courses. However, we love to support our participants to explore the creativity within them and to use this to personalize the things that they make. Therefore, early in our courses, we introduce a variety of other materials, tools and techniques, exploring how mixed media approaches can enhance participants' work.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, all courses are now delivered online in real time via Zoom, with all the materials and tools needed posted in advance of the sessions. These become the property of the participant. Information about the online courses is given below. We are looking forward to both online and face-to-face delivery in the long term and will add information about our face-to-face courses when appropriate.
We aim to provide sponsored/free courses* and will post information when these are available.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form, for more information or to discuss.
* A £5 booking fee is required to secure a place. This will be refunded after the event if you have attended.
Our pop-up/taster events (1A) introduce 1 or 2 crafting activities such as quilling, box and card making. They are fun, social activities that offer the opportunity to taste and/or develop skills in specific crafts. These events can be adapted to meet the requirements of organizations or informal groups e.g. as part of team away days or social events. Contact us to discuss numbers and event length and we will work with you to design a bespoke event.
Our Short courses (2A) allow the exploration of a specific crafting activity such as quilling, the ancient art of rolling narrow strips of coloured paper to make stunning 2D and 3D designs, memory book making - in which you can make a personalised record of special people or events. They allow the development of some key crafting skills and knowledge such as the range of adhesives and paper/card types and weights, decorative materials and techniques such as inking, stamping and dusting, glitter and gilding wax.
Our From Beginner to Advanced Crafter Course (3A) allows participants to explore more than 20 crafting techniques and to develop their skills to become advanced crafters. Lessons quickly move on to creative ways of applying the techniques learned to produce a vast range of mixed media effects e.g. our little books for which everything from string, tissue paper and air dried clay have been used to create unique designs and cards which have been individually and beautifully decorated, with every product a 'one-off'. Participants also have the opportunity to train to become assistant and then craft tutors for Craft4Smiles C.I.C. We have divided the first term of this course in to 2 x 5 week terms to introduce a wide range of crafts. We very much hope, that following completion, participants will join us to go on to complete terms 2 - 8 of the long course!!
All our craft groups offer the opportunity for the development of sustained and supportive relationships between participants and between participants and the tutor. At the end of each session, each participant has a quality item to take away.
We have a schedule of pop-ups and short courses from November 2020 to April 2021 and for the long course from January 2021 to April 2022. Information about course content, dates and ways to book can be accessed via the links to our course leaflets:
- Pop-up/taster sessions: 1 x 2 hour session: Pop-Up Events: Real Time Online: November 2020 - April 2021 - Course 1A: Leaflet
- Short courses: 5 or 10 week courses: 1 x 2 hour session per week - link - Short Courses: Real Time Online: Course 2A: Short Courses: Real Time Online: Leaflet
- Long courses: 1-2 year course: 1 x 2 hour session per week for 10 weeks per term over 4 terms per year - Course 3A: From Beginner to Advanced Crafter 1 – 2 Years: Online Real Time Leaflet
For printable versions of the leaflets email: email@example.com.
We work with key community and mental health organizations that, from time-to-time, fund courses for the communities they serve. We work closely with them to secure funding and to allocate these places. If you are an organization and would like us to help with making a bid for funding, email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft4Smiles Crafters' Collections
Bessie experiments with a variety of medium. However, soft pastels are her favourite as she loves they way the can be blended, fading out or building to make rich colours. She often uses uplifting quotes as helpful positive reminders to help in more difficult times.
Gray loves to produce unique, one-off crafted items and has worked under the trade name 'One-Off-Originals' since he started crafting. He has shared this passion with participants in the Craft4Smiles C.I.C. groups.
Fiona crafts with Gray under the same name. She loves experimenting with the vast range of materials and techniques she has learned to use since she met Gray. Inking and dusting to produce subtle backgrounds and the use of gliding wax and 'Elegant Bits' off-cuts) to create unique designs are features of her work.
With our passion for crafting, we are keen to introduce as many people as possible to crafting - to develop their skills or simply to have a go at making things they haven't tried before. Based on the unique techniques and designs developed for our craft groups, we have produced craft kits and packs of embellishments - our 'elegant bits' - so that others can develop their crafting skills and produce something unique for themselves and/or their friends.
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