Snap, Coffee & Craft: Creative Courses in Nottingham
You’ve settled into the new year and the winter is getting a little old. In just a few months time you’ll be shunning the comfort of your living room and soaking in the energy of balmy evenings and spring flowers. But for now, it’s time to get busy. Time to pick up a new hobby or hone an old skill, crack out the crafts and start wowing people with your creations.
With such a wealth of independent businesses in Nottingham who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with you, we’ve selected a few of the best workshops and classes to get you feeling inspired.
We may talk about Debbie Bryan Studio a lot, but there is certainly good reason. For starters the interior is a delight for the eyes. With paper lace patterns and mood-boardesque collages adorning the walls, you’ll immediately be inspired to get creating yourself. Wandering through the shop, you’ll find a beautiful selection of local and international artisan crafts, while workshop programmes are available from the counter
From knitting socials and ever popular Crafternoons, to arranging flowers in teacups, linocut and printmaking, the calibre of sessions on offer is rather spectacular. Taking place in the tea rooms, you can enjoy your crafting with a good dose of tea and cake, and if that still leaves you wanting more, visit the gin and wine tasting nights and exclusive supperclubs.
If you’re a coffee lover and relish in finding an impeccable latte or cappuccino, you must have surely visited 200 Degrees at some point. With their flagship store on Flying Horse Walk, off the Market Square now joined by several other outlets including Birmingham and soon Leicester, these guys are serious about good coffee.
They also want to share the experience with you, from learning about the origins of coffee to perfecting a pictorial foamy masterpiece on the top of your drink. Choose from Basic Barista, Home Brew, or Latte Art as your focus and get stuck in with hands on training and small classes. We are convinced you’ll leave with a buzz and an urge to show off your skills.
Having been trading for more than 15 years, The Bead Shop are experts in their craft. If you know anything about beads you’ll know it can become quite an intricate subject, but the team at The Bead Shop maintain a high quality and extensive service which includes online ordering, wholesale quantities, thousands of varieties of beads and supplies, and a longstanding series of bespoke workshops.
Introductory beading and one-on-one courses are available to start you off, giving you a feel for the basic supplies and techniques. If this gets you hooked (and it probably will!) there are further options such as Boho Embellished jewellery or silver smithing for beginners. The relaxed workshops take place of the first floor of their Market Street premises with fair trade tea, coffees and refreshments are all provided, along with a 10% voucher for everyone who attends the workshops!
Hidden away on the grand and historic Welbeck Estate, The School of Artisan Food offers a fantastic selection of top of the range short courses taught by some of the highest regarded practitioners in the country. Whatever your taste palate, just reading through their vast programme of courses will get your mouth watering, and give you a bellyful of ideas to choose from!
Learn about edible flowers, charcuterie, cider brewing and making your own cheese. Perfect your homemade sausages, pickles and bread, or if you’re a sweet toothed foodie, opt for whipping up ice cream, chocolate or choux pastry. For those who are really serious, there are courses in beginning your own business, professional butchery, or creating a successful micro bakery, and they even provide courses for kids!
While it seems everyone is a photographer nowadays, there is something rewarding in understanding the mechanics of a well produced photo. Line and Light are a contemporary photography school in the midlands dedicated to providing intensive one day courses in all aspects of photography, so your photographs aren’t just fluke and filters. From choosing your camera, framing shots, and using light on location, to post production techniques, you’ll be sure of a thorough and hands on course to step up your photography skills.
Choose a course focusing on portraiture, architecture, astrophotography (!) nature and more, with access to stunning venues, professional models and a wealth of experience and knowledge. As a small, independent business, Line and Light pride themselves on a genuine and friendly inclusive service, from the point of booking to long after your course is over. Not only will you come away with a set of fantastic new skills, but also having captured some amazing shots to work with.