Adult Arts and Crafts

Adult Art and Crafts

Our selection of art and craft workshops and sessions are delivered by freelance artists and gallery staff. Each workshop connects to our changing exhibition programme.

For more information or any questions please contact

Pile of photographs and stampsDigi-Scrapbooks

Thursday 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March, Thursday 21 & 28 April and Thursday 5 May, 2-4pm

Looking for an opportunity to make friends, explore something you love and create a keepsake Digital scrapbook? We want to hear from you. If you’re curious about your family history, have a story to tell, want to find out about the history of your home or local sport, this is your chance.

This eight week course is based at Oldham Local Studies and Archives and is funded by a National Archives grant.

Cost: FREE, suitable for everyone, all materials included. 

Pre-booking is essential and you will need to attend all 8 sessions.

Life Drawing with Hunion
Thursdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, £8 per person
17 February, 17 March, 28 April, 12 May, 16 June, 14 July, 18 August, 22 September, 20 October 

Saturdays, 10.30am – 12.30pm, £16 per person 
21 May, 23 July 

From beginners to experts we welcome all abilities to our life drawing sessions. Explore drawing the nude form with a variety of models, our monthly sessions are very friendly, relaxed with refreshments and basic materials provided and a great playlist to draw along to. 

Sessions are untutored but led by artist Mark Rigby who is able to support if needed. 

SATURDAY sessions feature two models who will interact for interesting and dynamic poses!

Pre-booking is essential and tickets back be found by visiting Eventbrite

Woodcut Printing with Anthony Ratcliffe 

Always wanted to learn how to print? Take a look at the short film below.

Printmaker Anthony Ratcliffe predominantly works with landscape themes based on drawings made on site. In this short film he demonstrates the process of making a simple woodcut print starting with a sketchbook drawing made on local Pennine moorland. The drawing is recomposed, inverted and painted onto a woodblock in its reversed state. The block is then cut and printed by hand using readily accessible tools and materials.

Anthony uses this basic woodcut procedure in his own practice but also uses multiple blocks and reduction printing to make larger complex prints involving many colours. Have a look at Anthony Ratcliffe’s website for more details about his work.

Pastel tutorial with Janina Cebertowicz 

Join artist Janina Cebertowicz as she shares her top tips on using pastels to build up colour and depth in your work. A great film to watch for beginners and those who want to improve their technique with this medium. Take a look at more of Janina’s artwork via her website.


Museum Jigsaws

Have you had a go yet at our Museum Jigsaws created from artworks within our collection. Test your skill and piece them together! For more puzzles follow us on Twitter and Facebook every Sunday for a new challenge. If you’d like to see some more click here.


For groups of all ages and abilities we offer a range of hands-on activities. Our Adult arts and crafts courses and workshops are designed to help you develop new skills, experiment with new techniques and explore new and unusual materials!

Arts, crafts and heritage workshops are available based on our collections for a range of community and voluntary groups for all ages and abilities.

To find out more call 0161 770 4744 or email