ENROLMENT DAY - Enrolments will be taken in person or by telephone on 028 9181 0803, on Wednesday 10 January 2018 between 9am and 5pm.*

Please note: ALL class and workshop fees are payable in full on enrolment and are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by Ards Arts Centre.  Participants will be required to bring their own materials unless otherwise stated.

All classes are suitable for ages 18 years+ only unless otherwise stated.

We make a decision on whether to run a course one week before the start date. Please help us to help you by enrolling promptly.

Classes commence the week beginning 22 January 2018 and will run for 10 weeks unless otherwise stated. 

*Classes fill up quickly, so please book early on Enrolment Day to avoid disappointment!


Lee Boyd will help you explore the mediums, techniques and styles of drawing, ways of looking and how to capture mark making that builds your confidence and enjoyment of the process of drawing.

In this hands-on sculptural ceramics class, learn the various hand-building methods including coiling, slab-building and paperclay.

These classes will centre around building skills in watercolour painting

This is a great opportunity to explore a variety of bead jewellery making techniques.  

During these classes we will focus on learning and developing acrylic and oil painting techniques.

Whether you have just bought yourself a new guitar or are looking to improve upon your playing skills, Darren can teach you the skills to make you a better player.

If you enjoy sketching and using watercolours, you can improve your skills and experiment using simple yet effective pen and wash techniques.

Learn the timeless craft of patch-working with the help of Gillian Barr

Due to popular demand, an evening class of illustration with Bernice Anderson has been added.

Through a series of exercises the aim is to improve ways of seeing, develop mark making skills, improve decision making and above all encourage each unique and individual style.

This class is suitable for those advanced or experienced pupils in traditional, modern and contemporary floral arrangements.

Suitable for complete beginners and those with little experience, create your own floral displays while learning the principles of floral arrangements.

Learn the different styles of Calligraphy with artist Jacquie Brachi

Aimed at a beginner level, this class is perfect for anyone who has a digital camera and wants to learn to get the best from it.

Aimed at those who have attended Carrie's class before, or those with a bit more photography practise and are looking to improve their skills, this course is perfect for anyone with a digital SLR or camera with a fully manual shooting mode.  

Lee Boyd will help you explore the mediums, techniques and styles of drawing, ways of looking and how to capture mark making that builds your confidence and enjoyment of the process of drawing.

Suitable for ages: 6 - 10 years
Drawing inspiration from our favourite books, we will go on a series of creative adventures that tells its own story!

Suitable for ages 7 - 12 years.
Kids will enjoy creating clay sculptures inspired by local nature.

This popular and sociable course covers all aspects of the timeless craft of patchwork and quilting.

Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard will facilitate this full day painting masterclass concentrating on the nude female figure. (Intermediate level)

Join sculptural textile artist Lauren Scott and make your own Spring birds using traditional textile techniques in an innovative way.

Spend a day of fun in the workshop and create beautiful silver stacking rings. Facilitated by Diane Lyness.

Build your own Minecraft world this half term holiday with a whole day of Minecraft adventures, quests and journeys hosted by 145 cic.
Suitable for ages: 7 - 11 years

Calling all Easter bunnies who want to get creative over the holidays! Put down that chocolate egg and hop along to Ards Arts Centre to enjoy a whole day of arts, drama and jumping clay!
Suitable for ages: 6 - 10 years

Banish boredom over the Easter hols with this arts scheme, designed specifically for young teenagers who want to develop their creative flair!
Suitable for ages: 11 - 14 years

Singer and teacher Diane Petherick-Holt teaches all the songs by ear in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

If you are a keen knitter )or enjoy crochet)and love a good natter, you'll love this weekly knitting circle!

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