Earlier this year, we launched the Green Space Happy Place Photography Competition in partnership with Explore Essex. to promote the positive…
Be inspired, get creative or learn a foreign language and immerse yourself in culture. Our courses are now available in the classroom, craft studio and online, so whatever way you prefer to learn there’s a course here just for you.
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Learn at your Leisure
Be inspired and develop your knowledge and skills in these free hour-long sessions, including: Philosophy, Photography, Textiles and Mindfulness – more will be added soon.
We offer a comprehensive range of art, drawing and painting course. You’ll discover new and exciting skills whilst exploring your creative side and sharing inspirational moments with others.
British Sign Language & Makaton
We offer courses that help you to develop essential communication skills and new languages. These can be used to connect with people in the community, and support those with communication difficulties, by providing a way for them to express themselves independently.
Enter the exciting world of creative media where you can develop skills in using a broad range of online and offline tools. Whether you want to make the most of social media, blogging or learn something about the gaming industry, we cover the basics for you to take that initial step.
Release your inner wordsmith and convert your ideas into readable and interesting fiction with our creative writing courses. We have a fantastic range of courses including beginners, advanced and improvers.
Learn how to make beautiful arrangements, seasonal wreaths and bouquets with a floristry course. Learn the techniques and tricks of the trade used by today’s professional florists to produce a variety of traditional and contemporary arrangements suitable for both informal and formal occasions.
We offer a range of language courses, whether you’re learning for fun, holidays or work, begin learning today. Improve your vocabulary in a range of languages with help from our professional tutors.
History & Philosophy
Our History and Philosophy courses offer you the chance to discover a range of interesting subjects including, meeting your ancestors, local history and those big questions around what makes us human there are lots of fascinating courses to choose from at various times in the year.
Stand out from the crowd with your own unique jewellery and handmade artefacts produced in ACLs professional silversmithing studio. You will explore different techniques from soldering to embellishing and polishing to make extra special pieces. You won’t be disappointed.
Explore your musical talents with our range of music courses including guitar, keyboard and saxophone from complete beginners to improving performance. Our music appreciation courses provide a grounding in the theory of appreciation of music, with a focus on attentive listening and breaking down music.
Discover life through the lens developing new and exciting skills whilst exploring your creative side and sharing inspirational moments with others. We have a fantastic range of courses including: Photography and Photo Editing courses from complete beginners to advanced studies that will take you away from the manual setting into a whole new world.
If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, join our pottery class! You’ll have the chance to create your very own pottery from home. Discover pottery using hand built techniques, decorating and glazing to produce vases, bowls and so much more. You can be as creative as you want with this versatile medium.
Start making a difference to our environment by engaging in a thrift craft where we focus on recycling, re-purposing and repairing to give old items a new lease of life. Raw materials are becoming more precious and therefore making use of wat you already own to produce a beautiful craft object is more relevant than ever before.
Discover the wonderful world of traditional crafts that have undergone a significant makeover throughout recent times. There is a huge joy in producing hand crafted objects, each with a unique quality that harks back to a previous era steeped in nostalgia.
Do you have a project you’d like to complete or want to build something new? Our Woodwork courses are for you! Are you interested in gaining the skills required to be creative with wood using conventional hand woodworking techniques then this course is just for you. Start your journey in learning the skills to build your own unique piece of furniture or crafted artefact in this engaging and rewarding area.
We offer accredited creative courses for people looking to turn their passion into a career. From floristry to woodworking, you will learn a range of skills and gain a recognised qualification to progress in your career of to set up your own business.
Are you looking to try something new or take the next step and embark on a creative qualification? Book onto our Tasters and Try It Out sessions to help you decide what’s right for you.
How we are moving towards a sustainable curriculum
Explore new ways to be environmentally friendly and sustainable whilst developing your skills with others in a range of intriguing subject areas. This includes discovering the wonderful world of traditional crafts and thrift crafts that incorporate elements of sustainability.