Courses/Art Sessions

jonny drawingA new not-for-profit life drawing organisation is launching in Darlington on April 13th.
Lust For Life Drawing is the brainchild of local artist Jonny Lancaster and his partner Grace Wakes.
Held on a monthly basis, each session will invite those who want to try drawing from life without the commitment of signing up to a regular course. The sessions will be untutored, with a relaxed atmosphere and hopefully a few surprises along the way.
Jonny is a self-taught artist and has previously held an exhibition in the Darlington Arts Centre and more recently had a piece at Crown Street Gallery. Some more of Jonny’s work has also being auctioned off to help raise funds for Oxfam through the town’s successful Oxjam Darlo music festival.
Grace Wakes, who is conducting the marketing for the sessions said, ‘For quite a while, we’ve been wanting to add to Darlington’s already flourishing arts scene and thought of what better way than organising casual life drawing sessions. We’re aware that there is a several other life drawing classes happening in Darlington and we encourage people to attend them if they want to learn something more structured, however we hope to offer something different. It’ll be a very relaxed affair with music playing, artists can get a drink from the bar and just draw what they’d like.”
Lust for Life Drawing’s first session is set to be held in the Hole in the Wall’s spare room with female life model Chris. Chris has modeled for art classes for 15 years after first seeing an ad in a local newspaper. Chris says she finds the process therapeutic and “provides calmness in an otherwise hectic world.”
As well as having some regular venues, Jonny and Grace hope to have some sessions at some non-traditional venues around the town in the future and as the year progress, the more imaginative the theme, the better. Eventually, Lust for Life Drawing wants to be able to provide drawing tools for those in the town who don’t currently have the income to afford art materials but still have a passion for being creative.
Entry for the first session at the Hole in the Wall on April 13th costs just £3 to cover the cost of the life model.
To keep up-to-date with all the latest Lust For Life Drawing events and news, don’t forget to like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.
For Further Information contact: Grace Wakes Tel: 07849 38 68 47 Email:

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Make Time – Making Time for Arts and Crafts make-time-logo_1
Art and craft sessions for parents & children (18 months to 5 yrs)
Wednesdays 9.30 at Danesmoor House Nursery, 158 Carmel Road North, Darlington DL3 8RH) Classes open to the public from 30th November 2016.
Fun, themed, art and craft sessions designed to:
 Encourage children to explore their own creativity and imagination,
 Develop motor skills, problem-solving and social skills,
 Learn through play, art, craft, music, rhyme and movement
 Extend play at home with things made in the class.
Enjoy making some time for arts and crafts with your child today!
Contact: Dawn on 07845 137856
Email: Facebook @MakeTime2 Also available for parties and events.

Spring courses programme for The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane. Phone 01325 244174

For details of the new Experimental drawing course at The Bridge, click on

Want to learn more about the performing arts?performing arts

Time to learn a new instrument
new piano

swingTransport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm. 6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. We run informal beginners classes weekly as well as evening socials every few months. No partner is required.
When Tuesday’s 7.30 – 8.30 followed by social dancing
Where Upstairs Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate
Cost £3 first class free
Contact Angeline

A beading group has been created in Darlington.Beading poster Tennyson
Janet Lambert is a bead artist with 15 years experience of beadworking, making jewellery by weaving and stitching beads together by hand.
She says: “Beading helped me cope with health problems and I am starting this community based beading group so like minded folk can work on our beading together, have a chat and a cuppa and share ideas, give each other help and support and show each other what we are making. Although I will not be giving structured lessons, I will provide advice and basic tuition and hope we will all support each other to develop our existing skills further. Beaders should bring their current project along, however a limited selection of beads will be provided to get new beaders started.”

Ukulele class
AGE UK Darlington’s Ukulele class meets on a Thursday from 2-3:30pm at Bradbury House. Sessions cost £3 and all levels of experience are welcome. For more information about the group, contact Dave Regan on 01325 362832

Worth checking out these workshops. Maggie Smith is a self employed artist and designer/maker who works from a studio in Darlington. She has exhibited her work both as an individual and in group shows for over 20 years. She works with surfaces, layers and small detail using paper, fabric, paint and stitch to create both 2D and 3D work.
An enthusiastic and inspirational tutor for many years, Maggie mentors individuals and groups, offers talks on her own work and runs workshops on mark making and stitched textiles. She is the author of two books, ‘Get Plastered’ and ‘Get Stuffed’, and is her online shop. Workshops Jpeg

Scrap Studioarts, the scrap store and studio space of Artist Yvonne Preston, promoting arts and recycling.
Scrap Studioarts offers a weekly programme of upcycling activities, see

Scrap Studioarts

Scrap store – collect/offer – clean safe waste materials, donated by local businesses and individuals who want to see their, surplus/unused materials, upcycled and have a new life in creative projects. Resources can be purchased @ £5 per bucket.
Yvonne offers creative upcycling workshops, projects, events, and parties for all the family
Weekly programme:
Tuesday – CREATIVE FAMILIES/MESSY LITTLE FINGERS 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm
Thursday – UPCYCLING CRAFTERNOONS 1-3pm, + a teatime ART CLUB 5-6.15pm and + CREATE NIGHT 7-9pm
And Saturday CREATIVE FAMILY WORKSHOPS 10.30 – 12 noon , Eco art skills and materials.
School Holiday Workshops – CREATIVE FAMILIES WORKSHOPS on Tues + Thursdays 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm.

For information please contact Yvonne on:
T: 07727706335
F: and
Twitter: Yvonne-preston@
Address: Borough Rd Nursery School, Borough Rd Darlington DL1 1SG

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New Rejig Sewing Sessions for 2017

Rejig are offering a bigger range of friendly, drop-in sewing sessions in community venues each week, along with short monthly textile skill courses and our popular, free ‘Sew Saturday’ sessions in the South Park on the
last Saturday of each month. uk/sessions/sew-saturdays/

This month’s Rejig Textile course is a 3 hour Wax & Colour session on Saturday 28th January from 9.30 – 12.30 in the South Park Education Room. Come and learn how to use wax resist batik and fabric dyeing techniques to pattern your own unique fabric. All materials included
Cost: £20 per person

For further details about these sessions, book a course or view more photographs about other Rejig projects please visit: uk/courses/wax/

knittting imageA reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds Monday night sessions. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773

Durham Wildlife Trust has announced the launch of an exciting new environmental education programme in Darlington’s South Park.
DWT’s education team will run a series of nature-based courses for local schools, using the existing Indoor Out Classroom in the park as their base taking advantage of the park‘s many attractions.
Kirsty Pollard, Worldly Wise Community Education Officer for Durham Wildlife Trust, said: “This is an exciting development for the Trust as we continue our work to foster a respect for wildlife and the environment among young people.
“Our Education Team can deliver a range of activities tailored to children from Early Years to Key stage 1 and 2. The sessions contain a combination of activities and games linked to the National Curriculum.”
Durham Wildlife Trust is working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council to engage local schools and the wider community in the nature on their doorstep. Please contact Kirsty Pollard at Durham Wildlife Trust for more information on 0191 584 3112.

Got a story to tell? Keen to be a writer? Then this could be your big chance
Keen to be a writer? Then this could be your chance
Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Summer 2017 term of his popular courses at the Friends’ Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington.
The adult learning courses deal with all aspects of creative writing, focusing primarily on prose, including short stories, novels and other forms of writing as well as occasional forays into the world of stage, theatre and radio.
Each course is different and deals with everything from characterisation to plotting, creating strong sense of place to how to edit. Each session runs between 7 and 9pm.
Summer term 2017 (8 weeks)
First session April 25
Half term No class May 30
Final session June 20

First session April 26
Half term No class May 31
Final session June 21

Cost £32 (Concessions £26)

More information is available from John on 01325 463813 or email
John is also running an online mentoring and writing workshops programme for aspiring authors, including a crime fiction course. John, who has had twelve crime novels published by Robert Hale, of London, is a co-director of Inscribe Media Limited, which is running the programmes. More information is available at—bespoke-mentoring.html
You can also access a free downloadable writing guide at,uk and find free tips on the blog at the site.

Dance classes

short courses at Cleveland College of Art and Design