Gone are the days when learning for life was a real option. When one could learn almost anything at a local education centre at modest cost. Study for a degree at the OU, with a substantial grant, at any age! Sadly nowadays even the young are beset with tuition fees! And how on earth was Sussex University allowed to get away with cutting their community education programme?
But looking on the bright side there are still a huge range of courses in some places at modest cost, including in art and craft at Brighton’s Friends Centre and Evolution Arts (I have highlighted wonderful courses at the latter before). Brighton Friends Centre is subsidised and Evolution is a charity, so in both cases fees are a lot better than many other places.
Emma Sutherland is a ceramic artist and demonstrating the first steps of a course on Beads Buttons and Brooches She is uses a Japanese technique with coloured porcelain. Here is some of the students work in progress,
Cath Bristow on the other hand is a screen printer but she loves teaching too. Here she is teaching on a course where students experiment with mono prints, screen printing, blocks all in one day! Students work in progress.
These days of course youtube provides lessons on just about everything but it doesn’t offer the social contact Perhaps instead of threatening to close libraries, they should be encouraged to show a selection of courses on youtube with cups of tea and discussions in the interval.