Art and Design for Confidence and Well Being (Hillcroft Campus, Surbiton)

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

(Women Only)

This course is designed to build your sense of well-being and develop self-confidence through exploring your creativity.
Over 2 weekend sessions you will focus on a variety of drawing, painting and craft techniques designed to stretch your creative ability and extend your technical skills.
In addition to learning a variety of arts and crafts your course will help you to set your own manageable goals and recognise your own personal responses to social and emotional situations. Your course will include tips and strategies about how to manage stress and develop emotional resilience through a range of exercises designed to promote a sense of personal well-being.

Course Content

Activities include:
Introduction to visual language and drawing
Research into art movements and artists, and crafts and crafts practitioners
Exploration of a range of processes and techniques used in art, design and craft disciplines
Use of sketchbooks to record and explore ideas
Health and safety in workshops
Individual presentations and group work
Discussion groups to explore the effectiveness of various techniques
Tutor, peer and self-assessment
Activities and exercises designed to promote a sense of self-confidence and personal well-being.

This is a project-led course and you will produce work on a given theme. There will be no formal assessment but you will receive regular feedback on your work from your peers and tutor.

This is a project-led course and you will produce work on a given theme. There will be no formal assessment but you will receive regular feedback on your work from your peers and tutor.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

There are no specific entry requirements but you must be keen to explore your own creativity and experiment with techniques and processes you have never tried before.
You need to be willing to accept constructive criticism, learn from your peers as well as your tutor, take feedback on board and work harmoniously and creatively with your fellow learners.

You will be invited for an interview to make sure this course is right for you when we receive your application.

First Class Requirements

Pen and notebook, A3 sketchbook, any art materials you may possess eg pencils, paints, brushes, pastels etc. Cartridge paper and charcoal will be provided.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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