LivingWell: Design and Create Your Own Artist Book

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Course code: PM1952C

Use simple book-making techniques to make your own Artist book to share your achievements and life goals in a creative and visual way.

When and where


From 02 Mar 2023 to 30 Mar 2023
Thu 10:30-12:30

5 weeks

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02 Mar 2023

10:30 to 12:30

09 Mar 2023

10:30 to 12:30

16 Mar 2023

10:30 to 12:30

23 Mar 2023

10:30 to 12:30

30 Mar 2023

10:30 to 12:30


Springbourne Library 

297A Holdenhurst Road


Fees and concessions

Free. There is no tuition fee charged for this course.

What the course is about

During this course you will receive both group and individual support in order to help you learn more about how to visually record positive thoughts and experiences and to identify and plan future goals to well-being in your own unique Artist book.

<b>Artist books can be anything, any size, any shape:</b> jewel-like tiny books, a journal, a way of exploring materials, an illustrated thought or memory, illustrations of a collection of favourite objects, extendable pages of ideas and goals, or an album; a vessel of pages to hold treasured tickets and images…

This is a structured course with demonstrations of techniques and individual coaching.

<b>You will discover:</b></p><ul><li>How diverse an Artist book can be and possible unique book formats</li><li>How individual and versatile an Artist book can be</li><li> Ways to design the layout of a page</li><li> How to visualise ideas, memories and personal goals in pictures through drawings, colour and paper-cutting</li></ul><p><b>You will:</b> </p><ul><li>Use the format of a simple Artist book to record happy memories, a life event, a tale or your aspirations</li><li>Gain skills using a range of materials including watercolour and drawing</li><li>Learn simple book binding techniques</li><li>Gain illustration techniques and page design</li><li>Learn simple pop-up and paper mechanic techniques</li><li>Create a Narrative; Tell your own story and illustrate your own personal experiences </li></ul><p><b>The outcome:</b>

You will make and illustrate your own unique Artist book that incudes colour, paper mechanics and drawn elements. You could include additional pages for future goals beyond.

All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and some writing, and you will work using these elements throughout the course.

Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people.

Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience.

This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.

Pre-course information session or interview

There are no pre-course admissions sessions or interviews in order to enrol on this course.

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will work with you to develop a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will help you review your progress towards achieving your goals during the course.

There is no qualification or examination attached to this course.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This is a Beginners course, and you will have no experience in the subject or very basic knowledge of the subject. This course could be helpful for people who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and/or stress.

Materials and costs

You will need a notebook, pen and A4 folder. Some materials will be supplied. However, we would recommend you bring a range of drawing and painting materials to the session.

You are advised to wear old clothes or an overall to protect your clothes.

During the first session your tutor may discuss additional materials to bring if possible.

Next Step

Other courses at the next levels may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

Additional information

<b>English, maths and computing skills:</b> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.
<br><b>Refunds:</b> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=""></a> or in our brochure.
<br><b>Attendance:</b> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.
<br><b>Places on courses:</b> some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.
<br><b>Fully funded learners:</b> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.
<br><b>Home study:</b> you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.
<br><b>Qualification Levels:</b> there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.
<br><b>Proof of identity:</b> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.
<br><b>Off-site activities:</b> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.
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<br><b>Refreshments:</b> tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.
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